10 Hygge Principles to Embrace during Quarantine

I’ve been thinking a lot about Hygge during these weeks we’ve been stuck at home during the Coronavirus quarantine. As a short summary, Hygge (pronouced ‘hue-guh’) is the pursuit or acknowledgement of the things in our lives that bring contentment or cosiness. There are obviously things you can buy or do that would bring about […]

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50+ Life-Schooling Ideas for Sudden Homeschoolers

What strange times we live in right now. Who could have guessed even a few weeks ago that we would be forgoing so much of what is familiar to us for the sake of society as a whole? I’ve got plenty of draft posts I’ve been meaning to get up on the blog, but this […]

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31 Days to a Minimalist Homeschool

I don’t know about you, but January is right around the time I’m ready to make some adjustments to our school day, and I’m itching to create a bit more of a minimalist homeschool. We’ve gotten a few months under our belts and I have a pretty good idea of what’s working and what needs […]

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The Great North American Road Trip

Alright, that may have been a bit of a stretch. We are on a family road trip around parts of North America, and it has been pretty amazing, but we definitely don’t have the time or resources to see it all. Does anyone? How Did We Get Here Anyways? The short version is that we […]

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Thousand Trails Review {Part 1}

We are about half way through our road trip and have a few Thousand Trails campgrounds under our belts now, so I figured we would do a little review of what we’ve thought so far. A full review will come at the end of all the campgrounds and their amenities. What is Thousand Trails membership? […]

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4 Cozy Fall Diffuser Blends for Learning

I can’t possibly be the only one wishing Fall wasn’t this tiny season between sweltering summer and frigid winter. Occasionally we will have a Fall that lasts a full 3 months, but most of the time it seems we are half way through and there’s already been a blizzard, or we haven’t even left summer […]

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Mensa Excellence in Reading K-3 List by Lexile

If you’ve never heard about it before, the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading program can be an easy way to motivate kids to read while enriching them with carefully selected Living Books. They’ll be reading books like  Blueberries for Sal, Madeline, Little House on the Prairie, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and Anansi the Spider, […]

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Girl reading Ox-Cart Man to a younger sister.

10 Fabulous Fall Read-Alouds

Temperatures are occasionally dipping into sweater-weather {I really mean leggings as pants} these days {hurray!}, so we have been pulling out some of our favorite Fall read-alouds. I am sure there are dozens more high-quality picture books and novels that are set {at least partially} in the Fall, but the ones listed below are some […]

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7 Character Building Read Aloud Books

Character can easily be learned through experiences and life lessons, and picking yourself up after failure is an important part of growing, but we don’t ALWAYS want our kids to be learning things the hard way, do we? My kids learn plenty of lessons through the natural consequences that come from their actions, but they’ve […]

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Core Phase Priorities & Learning Goals {Ages 0-7/8}

We are a TJEd family. Or rather, the educational philosophy we most identify with is Thomas Jefferson Education {Leadership Education}, and it informs much of the WHY, WHEN, and HOW of our homeschool. Charlotte Mason has also been highly influential, especially in the area of WHAT we teach and sometimes the HOW, but right now […]

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