Homeschool Overview 2020-21

In this post: homeschool options, homeschool methods, homeschool curriculum, learning styles, teaching styles, online resources Background (quick-style): We never had plans to homeschool but life is full of surprises. We've been homeschooling in various ways since the girls were preschoolers...and I guess really since they were born...and maybe in the womb since I taught Pre-K... Continue Reading →

Boats + Fish Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Mina’s Ups and Downs

Here's a look at a new bilingual book for your family to enjoy in the Mina Learns Chinese series from Katrina Liu: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram *Mina's Ups and Downs Released: July 17, 2020 Publisher: Bowker Page Count: 35 Book Style: Picture... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [July 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *I Can Read My Illustrated Bible Melody (age 13): With colorful illustrations on every page, and delightful Bible stories-what's not to love?... Continue Reading →

Vehicles Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

The Money Challenge for Teens

As someone who has a degree in business finance, it's always "fun" to learn about personal finance. I love that this resource is available to youth who may not be ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of managing lots of money but it gives them a good start in a conversational tone that teens can... Continue Reading →

Dino Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [June 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Berenstain Bears Very Beary Stories: 3 Books in 1 Melody (age 13):  The Bernstein Bears are back again! This book... Continue Reading →

Doodle Fun

Last month we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp together! It is 12... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Programs 2020

It is always a fun bonus when there's a prize for reading books. I'll add to this list as the programs start and (perhaps give updates as we finish them!) 🙂 TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! (We used to have the timer bookmark lights we realized the... Continue Reading →

Where is Wisdom?

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Where is Wisdom? Melody (age 13): This book is about wisdom. Wisdom can only be found in God because He is all-powerful and knows EVERYTHING and... Continue Reading →

The Edge of Everywhen

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Edge of Everywhen Melody (age 13): This book is about a book - a special magical book, in fact! It can speak to... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [May 2020]

Here's a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Fiona, It's Bedtime! Melody (age 13):  This is a cute and gentle book that shows different types of zoo animals. At the same... Continue Reading →

Shelter In Place Survey for Youth!

After I posted my Shelter In Place Reflections forms and journaling pages, the girls decided they wanted to make something for youth so here are some surveys. Not bad for their first-ish time during Google Forms. It's a beta version so let us know what you think - what can be added or adjusted? Thanks!... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Here are some snapshots of our family through the year. We had fun in the ordinary things and in some big things. We look forward to different things in the new year and hope you will join us on in the adventures no matter how big or small and near or far!

Scarlett’s Spectacles

I like this book because it talks about our feelings and how we can be glad, sad, grumbly, happy, and other emotions. It also shows that when we wake up we can choose ourselves what we can feel, but that we also have to think about what other people think about you feeling grumbly or... Continue Reading →

Christmas Jars (DVD Giveaway)

If you're looking for a feel-good, inspirational story that brings hope and kindness to light, this is the movie to see!!! From the start, you will be drawn to the wonder of Hope's story and the mystery of her past as well as her investigation of her present present - a Christmas jar! *Note: This... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Summer

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for us than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. We'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous months. I don't... Continue Reading →

Overcomer Books

Melody and I enjoyed the movie Overcomer so much! We heard some friends watched it more than once at the theater. So we were thrilled for the opportunity to check out these new books based off of the movie. Keep reading for our thoughts on them. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure... Continue Reading →

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff is about three friends who find themselves in a money organization whose motto is Give, Save, Live! They give money to charity, and they save money so they can live. by Emily, age 10 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff... Continue Reading →

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