Benefits of Being in an Ensemble

I’d like to talk with you about the importance of music in your children’s lives. More specifically, I want to tell you the benefits of participating in a group music experience (ensemble). Whether it is band, orchestra, chorus, or musical theater, these experiences are invaluable for our children! It gives them an “anchor” and a sense of belonging and purpose…. Read More

To dream again.

I remember being that young mom in my early twenties with only a couple little ones under toe. I stayed at home, I baked, I cooked, I went to bible study, homeschooled, and had, 3-days a week, playdates with my best friend who had kids the same age. It was fun and hard at the same time and just the… Read More

The Value of Play

Scenes from my morning… My four children who are developmentally preschoolers (even though their ages range from 4 to 10) are happily playing with homemade play dough. Each is busy rolling, poking, cutting, pulling, and smashing the dough. This keeps them busy for a somewhat miraculous two hours. They are so engrossed in what they are doing, I decide not… Read More

Raising a Lifelong Learner

Someone looks out the front window to see a snapping turtle in the yard. Immediately, kids and adults run out the door to see the critter that has made its way into our space. Wildlife handbook in hand, we determine the species and habitat of our visitor. We talk about what it eats, where it lives and why it might… Read More

Organizing Digital Bookmarks

By now, many of you have probably caught on to the Pinterest addiction as I have. If you haven’t yet, skip ahead to the next section. If you spend hours surfing and pinning, you’ve already established boards for your favorite finds. Just organize those boards as you would organize your computer files and you’re good to go. Happy pinning! Organizing… Read More

How to Pick the Right Curriculum

Before you get too excited, let me say that this article will not suggest any one curriculum, or devalue any other curriculum. There are far too many choices out there for me to offer much wisdom in that area. Indeed, homeschooling has come a long way from the few publishers that would actually sell to a homeschooling family; now homeschooling… Read More