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Our Homeschool Curriculum | 2018-2019 School Year

  This week is our official start of the school year! This is also the first year without Jack a part of our year, planning and day to day life. There were a few changes we made this year to our curriculum and daily schedule and I am very excited about this breath of fresh air into our school year. This is our 13th year of homeschooling (not including kindergarten) and I am a big believer in using what works, …

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What I Have Learned Homeschooling | This Stuff Is For All Of Us

This year marks our 13th year of officially homeschooling and as I reflect back over this journey I am in awe and humbled by what has been invested, how our family has been impacted and how I have changed as a mom and wife. A few weeks ago I was talking with Kelly about all of the things I have learned about our home, family, children and myself over these years homeschooling. The biggest being myself.  Whether your kids are …

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Early Registration Ending | Creative Collage with Leslie Rottner

One of the sweetest parts of what I have the joy of doing is seeing something so beautiful and unique in an artist and asking them to share it with all of you. When I first saw the work of Leslie Rottner I couldn’t help but come back to look at it again and again. The more she shared her work the more I knew it was different and set apart. When you see that in an artist it is …

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What I Have Learned Through Homeschooling | This Stuff Is For All Of Us

This year marks our 12th year of officially homeschooling and as I reflect back over this journey I am in awe and humbled by what has been invested, how our family has been impacted and how I have changed as a mom and wife. A few weeks ago I was talking with Kelly about all of the things I have learned about our home, family, children and myself over these years homeschooling. The biggest being myself.  Whether your kids are …

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Gorgeous Online Art Courses Coming in September!

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend! We have been creating, watching movies, stealing wild sunflowers from the side of the road and reading.  It has been exactly what we were needing. I wanted to let you know about FOUR courses that are beginning this month.  I don’t ever think we have had such a rich line up in one month.  This is the perfect time of year to dive back into your creativity! Hand-Forged: A Metal and Torch …

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Studying Under The Masters For KIDS! {registration is open}

For children, art isn’t about rules and critiques. Art for kids is about expression and creating and fun! Creating art with kids is like opening the most fantastic Pandora ’s Box of possibilities. You never know how they will express themselves through art. Going back years and years to some of the most beloved Masters of art is a great way to intrigue children about different forms of art, different styles and different mediums. When young people used to aspire …

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High School {are you kidding me?}

  I never (and I mean I NEVER) had any intention of ever teaching my children in high school.  When we started in kindergarten I was just taking it year by year and to be honest…I am shocked that 10 years later that we are still doing school together. At the end of last school year Jack was asking a lot more about high school and for the first time really showing interest in doing something besides homeschooling.  After nine …

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I Never Asked For This {thank goodness I got it anyway}

Life is funny and we are often pulled by expectations, dreams, status quo and sometimes even fear. I never planned to homeschool our children and as I look back over our homeschool journey so far I can sometimes be surprised we chose to do this crazy thing that has usually felt comfortable and natural and freeing. There are many things that are not for everyone and I have never thought that there is only one way to teach children.  I …

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Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling

I am beyond proud to announce that registration has just opened for Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling! Few things are as close to my heart and my day to day life as homeschooling. Alicia Hutchinson will be leading you in this one week online course! This one week course is $46. The course will begin on April 27, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos! All of the videos are pre-recorded so you can …

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Making Art With Children {Letting Them Lead}

My children have been surrounded by art supplies, art books, art on the walls and art museums their whole lives. Sometimes what they really need is just the freedom to create. When I put supplies out for my kids and then I walk away to do my own thing I feel that my kids rush through the process instead of really taking their time. The best thing for me to learn as a mother when it comes to art is …

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My Favorite Things 2012 {Homeschool Favs}

Today I will share my Homeschool Favorites of 2012 You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites, Home Favorite and Beauty Favorites. If there was ever something in our lives that I never went looking for, didn’t plan to do and could have never pictured myself doing..homeschooling is it! If there was something that has blessed our lives immensely…homeschooling is it! I started because I had a 5 year old that was reading beautifully and my teacher friends recommended …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I haven’t answered any of your questions on the blog for awhile. I asked for questions on our Facebook Business Page this week. Here are some of your questions and my answers. Keep your questions coming:-) Heather asked How do you handle blatant knock offs of your work? And, how do you feel about others selling your packaging as their own? (For instance, I went to a local antique mall and noticed several burlap bags with a 5 stamped on …

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What Does a Schoolroom Look Like {Would You Recognize One If You Saw One?}

Growing up I went to the public school through fifth grade, private school through 11th grade and then finished high school in the public school. I also grew up in a small town of 3,000 and for many years I went to the local school. When I went to the private school a bus pulled up in front of our house, before the sun was up, every weekday morning. The hour long bus ride was usuallly a time for sleeping …

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Product Highlights {of our school year}

I often get emails from readers wondering what curriculum etc. we use for school. Over the years I have come to really enjoy putting our curriculum together…where as when we started (6 years ago) I bought an all inclusive curriculum. I love the freedom that putting my own curriculum together gives and I truly believe I am picking the best in each subject for my children. There has been wonderful games, books, videos etc that we use each year that …

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High {low}

Once a week my children go to an enrichment school for homeschoolers. My kids love it…I love it…all is well on glorious Thursdays! It is nice to have a day that everything they tell me is a surprise. I like to play a game with them on the drive home. We play high/low. They tell me one high and one low. They will also ask me. We also play this game around the dinner table and it is fun for …