Learnin’ needn’t cease entirely simply because of the tilt & rotation of the earth ’round the sun. I find it easier to keep some educational momentum going with our homeschool studies by following an abbreviated schedule during summer months: Heavy reading, light math, loads of field trips and hands-on backyard science projects, regular library trips, sneaky writing (pen-pal correspondence, Read More →

The Kindergarten graduates recently had another themed “book club” party, after procuring identical copies of Happy Pig Day at the library. Willing to do ‘most anything to keep them reading during the summer, we simply added piggy-themed treats and an easy craft to make it special. The rest of us are also actively racking up reading Read More →

For this week’s installment of What to Read Wednesday, and in conjunction with online pals, I’m reviewing a recent addition to our home library from our favorite modern historians who publish the most compelling, concise, & affordable biographies on the market…  My Learning Table’s Who Was? What Was? Where Is? Blog Series runs from July to September– and is a terrific Read More →

Our close friends moor their boat in the same lake where my Great-Grandfather drowned, years ago, on opening day of fishing season. Our daughters’ favorite new friend tragically drowned in a swimming hole at camp where she was a junior counselor mere weeks ago. Another dear friend’s brother recently drowned in their parents’ pond. It’s all just Read More →

In the margins of our summer adventuring and backyard science lessons, we’re actively logging reading hours to redeem at our local library. Does your library host a Summer Reading Program?  In the same vein as their recent Charlie & Lola Day, the almost-first-graders enjoyed a simple Harold & the Purple Crayon activity… We watched Wonder again, this time Read More →

Handsome Husband whisked the fam off for a restful, yet adventure-filled couple of days at the Oregon coast to celebrate my recent birthday. We hiked, frolicked in the sand and surf, ate heaps of great seafood, slept in, and I unapologetically binged on my latest novel to the soothing ebb & flow of the faithful Pacific. Even Read More →

Now that it’s officially summer, Little Man and the next-door cousins are joining in our daily homeschool riffraff… translation: backyard science, field trips, library days, read-alouds, & parties. We’re presently enjoying The Vanderbeekers of 141st St., our read-aloud time foraying into simple, related activities. We also enjoyed a simple Teddy Bear Picnic at a nearby park, Read More →