If you're a parent or a teacher, chances are pretty high that you feel pressure to teach the children in your care meaningful skills. With so many of the standard subjects to cover and never enough hours in the day, is teaching poetry a waste of time? Is teaching poetry a waste of time? Before directly addressing this question, I want to take a moment to remember January 2019, the day the world lost the beloved poet, Mary Oliver. As soon as I heard the news, time felt fuzzy and my ... Read More about Is Teaching Poetry a Waste of Time?
After 12 years of homeschooling, I've identified my 3 biggest homeschooling mistakes. I want to share them with you so that you can avoid making them too! I've been thinking about all of the things that have worked well for us, as well as the things that haven't. The curriculum that was a total flop versus the materials that ended up being an ideal fit. We've had some of the most incredible field trips, amazing science experiments, and unique opportunities. But we've also had plenty ... Read More about My 3 Biggest Homeschooling Mistakes
If you've been feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it's time to slow down and consider how to avoid the busyness trap! First, what exactly is the "Busyness Trap"? You know that thing that happens when you find yourself standing in the kitchen, staring at piles of dishes and a messy countertop? The feeling of mild panic that rises up when you wonder how in the world you're going to get everything cleaned up AND figure out what to do for dinner BEFORE you round up your kiddos and rush out ... Read More about How to Avoid the Busyness Trap
If you're often fearful and riddled with self-doubt, you might not feel like a very brave person. Maybe you find that anxiety and insecurity are chipping away at your self-esteem until you feel incapable of taking action. But in reality, there might be many examples of bravery in your life. Are you actually braver than you think? Are You Braver Than You Think? I used to think that some people were brave and other people weren't. I thought that bravery meant being assertive, outgoing, ... Read More about Are You Braver Than You Think?
Did you know that April is National Garden Month? Here are 5 simple ways to celebrate with the kids in your life so that you can easily enjoy this holiday together! How to Celebrate National Garden Month with Kids! 1. Plant something In honor of National Garden Month, why not get outside and plant something!?! Don't have a yard? No need for this to stop you! If you're lacking outdoor space, you can still plant something small indoors. Feel like you don't have a green thumb? ... Read More about How to Celebrate National Garden Month with Kids