The Requirements to Homeschool

  While the first week of October I focused generally on blending the areas of our lives, this week I will focus on homeschooling. If you do homeschool, feel free to chime in on the comments. If you don’t, my hope is that this will give you a better understanding of the blended life that

The Most Important Work You Can Do

Work. The word casually meandered into our conversation, but it gave her pause. “Oh, you work?” Her question had a hint of surprise in it. She is a mother, now with the great-grandchildren coming, so a snappy comment along the lines of,  “Of course I work! What mother doesn’t?” was unnecessary. She had “been there

Summer Routines for a Happy Mom and Kids

It always makes me smile when my friends start complaining about their kids getting out of school. They wonder how they are going to get things done with the kids home all day. My perspective is just the opposite. Since we shelved the school books and completed the last worksheet a week ago, I have

Creating a Daily Rhythm

I’ve told you before that I’m not a big fan of balance  but prefer rhythm instead. That sounds nice, but how does it look practically speaking? Here are few tips for making a daily rhythm that creates a better flow for your day: 1. Determine your “chords”. Referring to the stable parts of the schedule

Spring Field Trip Ideas

If your family is like mine, you might be getting ready to get out of the house and do some outdoors learning after being shut up for the winter. Unfortunately, in the Northeastern US, we still have plenty of cold, rainy weather. That doesn’t mean we can’t get some fresh air, though. Here are a

How to Teach Your Child to Be a Good Reader

Cherish the Call is a blog that inspires community among  Christian women who write about their creative pursuits at home. Here is my post over there this week: Educators in public schools and homeschooling parents from across the country all seem to agree on at least one thing: The key to producing a great student

5 Ways to Entertain Preschoolers

Every homeschooling mom of more than one child has faced the dilemma of what to do with younger children during school hours. Adding a paid job to the mix only makes the situation more urgent. While none of us wants to ignore the little ones or pass up giving them their own education, there are

One Word: Enough

While New Year’s Day is past, we are still just at the beginning of 2013. You may have noticed that many bloggers have chosen one word to simplify their goals for the year. I have done this for the past three years, and it has been a meaningful exercise. This is the word I have