Backwardschooling

We live in a state that has relatively strict homeschool reporting requirements, including a comprehensive year-long plan due in the summer before the upcoming school year, with plans and curriculum for each of the required subjects. While I’m diligently completing this requirement to convince the district that we take home education for our six year…

The “EWWWWW” factor

Gypsy moths and I do not get along. They don’t belong in North America. (true story) They’re gross. Hairy. And they eat the oak tree leaves. Last year, it was so bad that the deck was covered in feces that I had to sweep up on a daily basis, but we couldn’t eat or play…

Coffee Filter Parachutes

I love finding simple, creative ways to explore with my kids. When I came across this idea for coffee filter parachutes, it fit the bill because 1) – we already had coffee filters and pipe cleaners (chenille stems) 2) – it required very little finesse or talent. Pinterest and I don’t get along very well.  3)…

A Summer Plan – FREE PRINTABLE

Last year, as I was bringing my kindergartner home for the summer, I knew that we would need some kind of guidance, at least for the first couple of weeks, to keep us from the “I’m bored!” “What can I do now” stage. My then-five-year-old is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker. If you give him options…

We Don’t Have to Fix It

A couple weeks ago, my son wrote a story. A whole story. On his own. Without being forced. I don’t know who was prouder – him or me. He was so excited and wanted to email it to his cousin so she could read it, and we agreed that he would dictate the first two…

The Easiest Sprouts Ever (seriously)

My success in gardening and helping things grow has been marginal, at best. Which is pretty pathetic considering my grandparents were farmers and we always had a garden growing up.  So imagine my excitement to find an easy, quick, mess-free, edible growing experiment that even my 3-year-olds could handle. So happy.  You need  A clear…