Making a 100 Chart for Math

I adore Grimm’s Counting with Wooden Number Chart, but I couldn’t move past the $140 sticker price, though I think it’s well worth it.  Still I really wanted a 100 chart like this, because we will be using the 100 chart a lot this coming school year for my youngest. I wanted something “whole brained”…

10 Tips for Rearing Butterflies in your Classroom

We have so enjoyed rearing butterflies over the years and observing their life cycles. Here are my 10 tips to get started on one for yourself. Of course I’ve listed a couple of activities and lots of our favorite BOOKS! Hope you enjoy an easy read on this Mother’s Day.

An Inspiration in Math for One Small First Grader

With everything there are trade-offs. It’s the same for homeschooling. Sometimes when I am planning I come across an activity or discussion that I think would work so much better in a group dynamic.  It doesn’t happen too often, but often enough.  Sometime, like with physics for my 13-year-old son this year, I just decide…

A Spring Project: Dying Eggs Naturally

I find color so alluring. It entices me with its beauty and temps me into so many, many projects. Projects that sometimes never get finished.   This time around it’s naturally dyed eggs.  Those beautiful muted colors created from plants have most years been too much, too long, too complicated. But not this year! This year…

Fall Window Cling Tutorial

One of our favorite things to do in the fall is to make window clings to place on our windows for decoration. There is a little bit of wait time involved, but this project is it rather easy one and a lot of fun. The overall project includes making lead lines with black fabric paint….

Seasonal Traditions

This time of year holds so many family traditions for us that make my heart grow warm at the start of the fall. I came to realize recently that these traditions serve as guide posts and memories for my children. I hope they seed a deep core of being cherished that guides through rough patches…