Fun ways to practice spelling

Now that I am homeschooling a 2nd grader, I have found myself diving into the world of spelling.  Being a former English teacher, one would think that would be easy.  Not so much.  I have an extreme dislike of memorization as a learning technique.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for memorization in […]

Flannel Board Fun- Letter A

When A-Man was a preschooler, we used the Letter of the Week curriculum.  If you are unfamiliar with this free preschool resource, you should really check it out.  Each letter has a series of songs, fingerplays, and poems.  At the time, I decided that the fingerplays needed a little bit of a makeover.  So instead […]

The power of a penpal

When I first started on our homeschool journey, I never put much thought into having a penpal.  The idea occurred to me as a way for A-Man to stay in touch with his first playmate.  We were living in South Carolina and I met a wonderful women on a mom’s site.  We became instant friends […]

Tuesday Freebies (Oct. 8)

It’s time for another installment of Tuesday Freebies.  There are some good ones so grab ’em, download ’em, print ’em, use ’em now or later, but enjoy! Use words wisely printable from Picklebums Free Lego writing paper and how to make a Lego story folder from Homegrown Learners Free pumpkin activity pack from 3 Dinosaurs […]

Tinker Toys

How many of you remember the scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie starts to tell his parents that he wants the rifle for Christmas?  Once he realizes that his parents won’t approve, he says, “Maybe just some Tinker Toys.”  Honestly, I have never owned Tinker Toys and I’m not entirely sure I really knew […]

30 day squat and plank challenge

Both hubby and I have been talking about making some changes to our health.  We both have some extra weight that we want to remove.  Yesterday, he mentioned a co-worker talking about a 30 day plank challenge.  I actually like to do planks so this was intriguing.  After the kids went to bed, I did […]