Finding Comfort & More in Stories

Written by contributor Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom

As a child, I loved reading. My mom would take us to the library each week where I would select 10-20 books to devour in a matter of days. In my dad’s words, I “always had [my] nose in a book.”

Books were sustenance for my imagination — and the adventures I lived through reading were a welcome respite from the cares of the everyday. Thankfully, I married a reader. And even though he favors theology and other non-fiction while I’ll take a novel any day of the week, we have a family that loves the gift of story and who takes great comfort in books.

For me, it’s not a question of reading ability; it’s a matter of loving a good story. I know the stories that my children love will bring them comfort. And that will draw them to reading.

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5 Educational Ways to Welcome Spring

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

A note from Jamie: We made it through another winter! Tulips are currently blooming on our nature table and though it’s still pretty chilly, we’re making plenty of plans for when the weather warms up. It brought to mind this post, originally published on March 22, 2010. Happy spring to you!

Living in New England, I always give myself a little pep talk before winter.

I make an intentional decision to enjoy the seasonal fun winter provides: snow, cozy fires, hot chocolate, and the holidays.

But when March hits and the calendar approaches spring, joy floods my heart. We made it–and the sunshine is (hopefully!) there to announce our victory.

Who could stay inside on days like these?

Fortunately as homeschoolers–we don’t have to.

Here are five fun ways to merge both learning and welcoming the new season.
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Q&A Friday: When do you start planning for the upcoming school year?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Can it really be time to begin thinking about the next school year?

Already?

Has the arrival of spring brought to mind decisions about curriculum and upcoming purchases? Or are you putting those thoughts on hold while you enjoy the (hopefully) arrival of warmer weather?
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5 Tips to Occupy Your Toddler While Homeschooling

The following is a guest post written by Erin Walton of Calling it Progress.

One of the lovely things about homeschooling is that the family is home together much of the time.

It is part of the reason many of us homeschool, but it can also be one of the hardest logistical parts, especially with a toddler!

What can you do to keep that little one busy (but not ignored) while you work with your older kids?
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Weekend Links

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~ Charles Dickens


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