Nurturing Your Gifted Toddler

Nurturing Your Gifted Toddler

The pediatrician looked up from his checklist and asked, “how many words can she say?” and I kind of looked at him funny. “It’s okay if she’s not saying a lot right now. She’s only 18 months, so don’t panic. Language will...
Blow Up a Balloon with a Chemical Reaction

Blow Up a Balloon with a Chemical Reaction

Did you know that you can use chemical reactions to blow up balloons? What about your kids? Do they know? Show kids up close and personal how chemical reactions can give off gasses in this blowing up a balloon science experiment using carbon dioxide to inflate the...
Cultivating Creative Thinking

Cultivating Creative Thinking

Creative thinking is a crucial skill for kids of all ages. Teachers and parents need to include critical, creative, and logical thinking games, activities, and puzzles into their teaching and conversations with children.     No matter how old a child is, he or she...
Light Saber Crafts and Treats for Your Star Wars Fan

Light Saber Crafts and Treats for Your Star Wars Fan

Are you harboring young rebels? Or is your home crawling with Jedis? If you’re like me — mom to a bunch of Star Wars fans, you might want to check out this fun collection of light saber themed crafts and treats to surprise them on May the Fourth (Star Wars...
Squishy Circuits Volcano

Squishy Circuits Volcano

Have you tried Squishy Circuits? You can use them with regular clay and play dough to make circuits that really work! We use Squishy Circuits to make things that light up, spin, and make sounds! It’s a fun and safe way to introduce electrical engineering to...
Finding Community: Building a Support System Online and In-Person

Finding Community: Building a Support System Online and In-Person

Homeschoolers – especially those that have been doing this awhile – laugh at the question that is most often brought up by concerned family and friends. The socialization question really is quite amusing, as kids have opportunities to be social in so many ways. There...
Learning with Games | Blocks Rock!

Learning with Games | Blocks Rock!

MOM! She’s being mean to me! I closed my eyes and groaned inwardly. Seriously… the time between the end of winter and the beginning of springtime — you know, when the weather can’t quite make up its mind what it’s going to do — is so exhausting for an intense...
RLL 10 Sarah MacKenzie: Building Connections Through Books

RLL 10 Sarah MacKenzie: Building Connections Through Books

  Want to make the most out of your parenting — in just ten minutes a day? Listen in to find out the super (not so) secret way Sarah MacKenzie connects with her kids, builds meaningful relationships with all six(!) of them, and cultivates a passionate love of...
Sesame Street Live! | Coming to Cleveland

Sesame Street Live! | Coming to Cleveland

Live action theatre — it’s a surefire way to get kids excited and share joy with them. We love going to theatre of all types, and taking the littlest ones to shows that feature their favorite characters is a great way to ignite that love of theatre early...
RLL 09 Pam Barnhill: Better Together

RLL 09 Pam Barnhill: Better Together

  Strengthening your family, simplifying your homeschool, and savoring the subjects that matter most is a piece of cake when you take a moment to soak in the wisdom of today’s guest, my friend Pam Barnhill. She has a knack for putting things into perspective and...
Why You Should Attend a Homeschool Convention

Why You Should Attend a Homeschool Convention

Homeschool convention season is upon us and I am so excited to be back with Great Homeschool Conventions! I’ll have all-new talks to share, exciting new stuff happening in my booth, and I always love seeing the faces of new friends and old ones. It’s...
An Online Math Solution for Families With Diverse Needs

An Online Math Solution for Families With Diverse Needs

Cue the tears. And much gnashing of teeth. It’s math time for the ten year old and this never, ever goes well for us here. Surprising, really, as we don’t typically have trouble with math in this house. Well, I should be completely honest and tell you that...
RLL 08 Melissa: Following Their Joy

RLL 08 Melissa: Following Their Joy

  Raising creative, loving, and inquisitive kids is a goal of mine, and so many other parents out there — homeschooling, afterschooling, traditionally schooling, and everything in between. Today I’m talking to Melissa, a friend from the interwebs, about...
Black History Month and Your Emotionally Intense Child

Black History Month and Your Emotionally Intense Child

I sat down recently to begin planning out what all we’d learn about for Black History Month. The more I read, the more excited I felt to share such a rich heritage with my children, and the more grateful I felt to live during a time when our education is only...
RLL 07 Alicia Hutchinson: Homeschooling and Learning Well

RLL 07 Alicia Hutchinson: Homeschooling and Learning Well

  Simple ideas + Easy routines = Homeschooling with confidence… That’s the philosophy behind the beautiful community that is Learning Well with Alicia Hutchinson. In this episode, Alicia and I talk about the beauty of an ever-evolving homeschool life and...
101 Reasons Eclectic Homeschooling Works for Gifted Kids

101 Reasons Eclectic Homeschooling Works for Gifted Kids

It started out an easy, relaxed conversation, and then the mom at the library asked me the question I most dread answering… “What curriculum do you use with your kids?” I always stammer and then feel like a deer caught in the headlights. I mean, how...
101 Reasons You Need Audio Books in Your Homeschool

101 Reasons You Need Audio Books in Your Homeschool

“Alexa, play Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone from my Audible library.” My eight year old daughter grabs her portable easel, some felt tip pens, and her sketchbook and settles into a pile of pillows on the family room floor to listen to our...
Strew to Learn | Five Days of Inspiration and Support

Strew to Learn | Five Days of Inspiration and Support

I love to sleep in, snuggled deep into my covers, all cozy warm while the world gets started without me. It’s a little piece of Heaven. Two of my children are just like me in that regard, and for that, they’ll always be my favorites. Shhhhh… don’t tell the other two....
AlexaSchooling | Using the Amazon Echo for Homeschooling

AlexaSchooling | Using the Amazon Echo for Homeschooling

“Alexa, how do you spell instrument? i-n-s-t-r- Alexa! Spell instrument. u-m-e-n-t,” my eight year old lays sprawled out on the floor surrounded by colored pencils, Calico Critters and their teeny-tiny musical intruments, and a blank book in which...
RLL 05 Aurie Good: Roadtripping and Following the Child

RLL 05 Aurie Good: Roadtripping and Following the Child

  Homeschooling foster and adoptive mama, Aurie Good, is here today to talk with us about all the ways she follows her kiddos’ lead and balances the structure of a program like Classical Conversations with a more free-flowing, child-led approach to learning....
RLL 04 Amy Milcic: Keeping Things Fun While On-the-Go

RLL 04 Amy Milcic: Keeping Things Fun While On-the-Go

  Keeping up with homeschooling, parenting, and all that goes into keeping a family going is tough enough when you’re home all the time. For Amy Milcic and her crew, they’re (more often than not) out and on the go at tournaments and other travel sports...
RLL 03 Gina Munsey: Keeping Up With a Profoundly Gifted Kiddo

RLL 03 Gina Munsey: Keeping Up With a Profoundly Gifted Kiddo

  Do you ever feel like you’re barely keeping up with your child’s learning? Like you could keep throwing materials, supplies, and activities at him or her all day long, and it would never be enough? That’s what it feels like to be raising an...