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 →

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 →

Outdoor Summer Fun

Summer break may be here already for some families. We were chatting with friends about things to do and places to go! Our post on summer reading programs (and more) will be coming soon, but here are some outdoorsy things to do when the UV Index shows safe numbers.  Some are local-to-us but if you... Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossoms Across The Country

Originally, the Cherry Blossom Festival started when Japan gifted the United States 3,000 cherry blossom trees as a symbol of friendship. These trees were planted in March 1912, in Washington D.C., by the first ladies. They still do this to the present day. In return for the cherry blossom trees, the U.S. sent flowering dogwood... Continue Reading →

Castro Valley Marketplace

When people ask, "What's good around here?" it used to be a bit hard to answer. There were a good number of decent places, but we come from San Francisco where there are lots of good eats open all hours of the day and night. Slowly but surely, there are some eateries arriving on the... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2018: Castro Valley Library

The third reading program of the season we're signed up for is the San Leandro Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Read about other national and local-to-us reading programs HERE. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. 3 Simple Steps Step 0 :: Sign up at the library or sign up online.... Continue Reading →

A Mid-Month Update [February 2018]

Hello February! I see a fresh start every day because #momlife #wifelife is crazytown some days, but it is nice to "physically" turn the page to a new start. If January didn't go accordingly, here's to a new month. Let's do this! 👊🏼 - Joyce *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy... Continue Reading →

A Back-to-School Tradition

It's that time of year - back-to-school season! Remember when the sales on school supplies started at the end of August and we school started after Labor Day? Well, gone are those days! Our family is not particularly great at keeping traditions, but we great at eating ice cream, so I guess having a "surprise" back-to-school... Continue Reading →

Greenridge Park [Parks + Playgrounds]

First in our Parks + Playgrounds Summer Series is Greenridge Park. This post is by Melody with notes from Mom. This summer, instead of just sitting around the house, being bored, (not cool), we came up with an organized schedule of things to do. It began on Tuesday. We have been to Greenridge Park many times... Continue Reading →

Lent + Easter with Kids

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. *A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families by Amanda White   The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall Read more HERE. Get your own copy *HERE. *Egg/Puzzle Hunt Activity Set from Dayspring   *The Legend of the... Continue Reading →

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