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How To Homeschool Third Grade

Last spring, we quit the cyber school. Grace hated the Calvert curriculum, she hated school time, she was grumpy, and I dreaded making her do work. Nothing was working. All of the beauty of homeschool was dying dead because I was afraid of some record keeping. One morning, I woke up to the fact that we were drowning in boxed curriculum, and I asked her if she wanted to quit. “YES!” she said. “CAN WE QUIT TODAY?!” So we did. We quit that day, and we have never looked back. Knowing what I know now, I wish we had quit … Read more

How to Homeschool Second Grade

Grace turned 7 in June, and we are just about to finish second grade. We continue to participate in a cyber school (here’s why we chose that route). I wanted to quit the cyber school (and its curriculum) partway through last year, but I thought Grace and I should make the decision together. Quitting meant she would have to give up the in-person classes she really enjoys (art, music, and dance), but it would have given us a lot more freedom and flexibility in terms of day to day schoolwork. Grace was adamant that she did not want to quit, so … Read more

Looking for Bilingual Readers to Translate the Jesse Tree Devotional

How to Celebrate Advent with a Jesse Tree

My Jesse Tree Devotional has now been downloaded over 18,500 times. It continues to spread across the internet, even though a third of Advent has already passed. In the last 5 days, it has been downloaded over 2,000 times. I am amazed and humbled and excited to be a part of something that is able to touch so many lives. Over the last couple of weeks, I counted profits of my friends who sell their Advent ebooks and real books, and I’ve been feeling a little down. I’ve been feeling a little small. I thought, “If I charged even $1.99 … Read more

Little Pim #Smartholiday Twitter party

Little Pim #SmartHoliday Twitter Party

Did you know that children who learn a foreign language before age 6 are much more likely to become fully fluent in that language? The foreign language develops in the same area of the brain that her native language develops. The two languages are absorbed together, in the same way. Did you know that learning a foreign language after age 6 makes that language develop in a whole different area of the brain from your native language? It becomes facts you know rather than part of your natural speech. I was a French education major before I decided to teach … Read more