Girl books that boys love, boy books that girls love

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Girl books that boys love, boy books that girls loveWritten by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Jonathan (age 9 at the time) and I sat side-by-side at the dining table, filling out his new compass–discussing what he’d like to learn about in the next six months.

We reached the section that asks, “What books have I read that have most impacted or inspired me?”

“Well, definitely Little Women,” he said without hesitation.

He had read Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys via audio book that year, and had thoroughly filled me in on all the plot details as he went along.

“How has that book impacted your life?” I asked, secretly pleased since it’s one of my all time favorites.

“Well, even though the sisters have disagreements, they still make up and love each other,” he answered.
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Worn out on your homeschooling journey? Consider the view from the top.


Written by Laura Thomas of This Eternal Moment.

I love hiking. I love the feeling of the fresh breeze on my skin, the sights of green trees, flowers and wildlife in its natural habitat.

But most of all, I love the view from the top – it makes all my hard effort worthwhile.

Maybe you love hiking, too. Or maybe you prefer to ride in a car to the top of the mountain. I’ve yet to meet a person who didn’t love a beautiful, scenic view.

Homeschooling our kids can be kind of like hiking. There are beautiful discoveries along the way for sure. But there can also be blisters, insect bites, and poison ivy.

The struggles and challenges we may encounter as we teach our children can leave us discouraged and frustrated – you know, camped out on a bench in the middle of the trail, eating all the M&Ms out of the trail mix bag.

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Educational enrichment with or without homeschooling

Educational enrichment opportunities for your children with or without homeschooling

The following is written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

As we gear up for next school year, we are preparing for our first school year in eight years where nobody in our house is being homeschooled. Instead, all three of my children have decided that they want to go to school full time outside the home.

An end, whether it’s temporary or permanent, of our homeschooling doesn’t mean an end to enriching the educational lives of our children. It just means that we will be doing it in a slightly different way than before.

Perhaps you’re also finding yourself not homeschooling this year.  Maybe it’s because there have been life changes that have necessitated a change in schooling. Perhaps it’s because you have never homeschooled and are just interested in homeschooling.

I’m sharing some wonderful things that you can do for your children to enrich their lives whether you are homeschooling right now or not.

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Delighting in the abbey-ness of homeschooling


Written by Amy Frank of Frankly Journaling the Journey.

A couple of years ago when I was moaning about how I felt so isolated, but also so surrounded by others’ needs, a friend pointed out how my stage of motherhood is not too unlike the calling of a monk.

Just as a monk has chosen to leave the normal lifestyle for a life of devotion, a mom who has chosen to stay home to teach her children has given up the typical career paths and goals of this culture in order to devote herself to a different calling.

I began to see the parallels.

Monks are often awakened in the middle of the night by a tolling bell.  Moms are often awakened in the middle of the night by a hollering child. Life in an abbey is one of repetition and simple work. Life as a homemaker isn’t too different!

But then I began to see the beauty in this kind of life as well.

Traditionally, abbeys or monasteries were known to be harbors of so much more than chanting residents. They were places where life and worship thrived.

Through the patterns of simple living and their singular focus and devotion, they were able to offer the world great benefits!

For example …

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5 things your kids need to hear you say


Written by Pam Barnhill of Ed Snapshots.

I just knew my daughter was lying to me. What I was hearing was so incredible I couldn’t believe she would even craft such a silly lie and expect me to believe it. Not too mention I was right in the middle of a workout, which always makes me extremely grumpy anyway.

I exploded at her — for lying, for interrupting me, for breaking my concentration on the stupid set of side lunges.

I sent her outside to play, but she tearfully explained as she went out the door. It took me about two minutes to realize I had misunderstood.  I fumed at myself for the rest of the workout, berating myself for flying off the handle about something inconsequential.

As soon as I was finished I sought her out to say I was sorry.

We talk a lot as homeschool moms. We will find ourselves explaining, questioning, making requests, giving commands, admonishing. In the midst of all that chatter, though, there are five things that our kids really need to hear us say.

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