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Makerspaces, Tinker Tables and FB Live – Oh, My!

Makerspaces, Tinker Tables and FB Live – Oh, My!

I’m being interviewed today by Misty at Year Round Homeschooling. We’ll be talking about makerspaces – what they are, who they help, and why you want one in your homeschool. If you are joining us from that chat, welcome! I am including links to various […]

How to Build an Amazing Makerspace

How to Build an Amazing Makerspace

The maker movement is the idea that kids need to get more hands on in their learning. It is about nurturing creativity and making stuff (If you aren’t sure why creativity is important in 21st century learning, watch this amazing TED Talk!). The act of making teaches […]

How to Make a Giant I Spy Board

How to Make a Giant I Spy Board

What kid doesn’t want to be a spy at some point in time? I mean, it’s cool, right?! You get to hunt down clues and solve a mystery. Maybe fight a bad guy?! When I was in charge of events at a previous school’s PTA, […]

Friday Freebie | 13-Story Treehouse Printable

Friday Freebie | 13-Story Treehouse Printable

So, we love the 13-Story Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths. Love. LOVE, L*O*V*E them!! Right now the series includes five books — 13-Story Treehouse, 26-Story Treehouse, 39-Story Treehouse, 52-Story Treehouse  and 65-Story Treehouse. The author is ‘building’ 13 more stories and “78-Story Treehouse” is due […]

Our First Month of Middle School | What’s Working and What’s Not

Our First Month of Middle School | What’s Working and What’s Not

As we come to an end of our very first month of homeschooling middle school, I thought I’d write about what worked this month and what didn’t. In my mind, homeschooling is like ‘lean management’. We run such a small, tight school (currently just one […]

50 Lunch Hacks for Homeschoolers

50 Lunch Hacks for Homeschoolers

Confession time. I forget to eat lunch. Always. Worse confession. Sometimes my middle schooler does, too. We just both get in the groove — me with writing, her with whatever reading or art project she is working on — and lose track of time. While […]

Book Review | The Lost Hero

Book Review | The Lost Hero

My middle schooler has had a love-hate relationship with books and reading. She learned to read by the age of 3. I had nothing to do with it! She just *did* it. Firstborns are always pretty precocious, and she takes the cake in that department. […]

101 Cream Cheese Dip Recipes

101 Cream Cheese Dip Recipes

What started out as a little list of 10 cream cheese recipes that I wanted an easy way to save way back in 2012 evolved into this massive list of over one hundred recipes that has been pinned over 375,000 times!! I keep adding new […]

Book Review | If I Were a … Series

Book Review | If I Were a … Series

In my previous life, I was an overworked PTA President. As such, I wore many, many, MANY hats. One of those hats was creating a well-rounded Amazon Wish List for library books. Our last charter school had neither a library, nor a paid librarian (although […]

Our Homeschool ‘Bucket List’

Our Homeschool ‘Bucket List’

Everyone talks about a ‘Bucket List’ — that next-to-impossible list of things to complete/see/do/accomplish before you die #YOLO, right?! Morbidity aside, the idea of creating a list has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to start their own. There are websites, books, and even movies […]