12 Tips on Children and Chores

12 Tips on Children and Chores

Featured image CC by David D Ah, chores… Dreaded by both kids and parents alike. Kids hate doing them, parents hate having to enforce them. I don’t have all the answers, and things are NOT going smoothly in our house…but I was thinking the other day how much better things are FINALLY going in our house in regards to chores. […]

Homeschooling with Les Miserables

Homeschooling with Les Miserables

I am a Les Miserables enthusiast.  Fangirl. Fanatic. Let’s just say I have a passion for this story, the characters and the music… And as such, I’ve tried to find ways to bring it into not just our family life, but into our homeschooling… First, a little background: I went to high school in NJ and we saw NYC tv commercials […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 12, Final Words

Homeschooling the early years, part 12, Final Words

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is the final part in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 This is the final part in my series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”. I have spent […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 10 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 This is part 10 in my series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, where I share what our family did […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 9 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 This is part 9 of my 12 part series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, discussing the things that my […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 8, media time

Homeschooling the early years, part 8, media time

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 7 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Here’s what we’ve covered so far in this series… Instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum in early childhood, […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 7, weekly clubs and classes

Homeschooling the early years, part 7, weekly clubs and classes

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 6 in a 12 part series….part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 I’ve been talking in this series of blog posts about what can be done instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum in early […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 6, outside time

Homeschooling the early years, part 6, outside time

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 6 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 This series is about what our family did instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum…So far, I’ve shared about: setting up an enriching environment […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 5, Friends

Homeschooling the early years, part 5, Friends

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 5 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4 I’ve been sharing what our family did instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum…I’ve shared about: setting up an enriching environment spending lots […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 4, creating & playing

Homeschooling the early years, part 4, creating & playing

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 3 in a 12 part series….Read part 1, 2, 3 So far I’ve talked about setting up an enriching environment, and doing lots and lots of reading great books instead of using a […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 3, books

Homeschooling the early years, part 3, books

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Please note: All links on book titles and covers are Amazon affiliate links and I do get a tiny percentage from any purchases made through them. If you like this site, this is […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   So…lately I’ve been obsessing with going through family pics from the early years of our homeschooling adventure. The years when I had at least one preK or kindergartner.     What spurred […]

Enjoying nature with my kids

Enjoying nature with my kids

  Years ago, I worked as an intern at SCICON Outdoor School (aka “The Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation”) in the foothills of eastern Tulare County, CA. In fact, it was where I met my husband, Adam. It was a FANTASTIC experience. Seriously life changing. For one school year I worked 10-12 hour (or more) days, hiking around in the […]