How my 6-year-old taught me to love cooking

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies.

I used to hate cooking.

I made sure my family had access to healthy foods and tried my best to prepare balanced meals..but I didn’t enjoy it.

wanted to, but I didn’t.

Over the years, I’ve tried to force it and I’ve tried to fake it, but it just never clicked. There was always something else I’d rather be doing.

My quest to love cooking reached an all-time high when we first stumbled into homeschooling, because it was then that I discovered the homesteaders.

You know the ones. Somehow, these amazing women are able to educate a passel of children and bake fresh bread and hang laundry on the line and care for chickens and prepare from-scratch meals that make your belly rumble… not to mention the quilts, jams, candles, and soaps.

And their children get to watch and learn from it all.

There is a huge part of me that wants to be able to do that, to live out my girlhood Laura Ingalls dreams.

But the reality is, I can’t figure out the balance piece of it.

So maybe, if we’re being honest here, I just want an amazing homesteader to adopt me.

(Because you can’t be a homesteader if you don’t enjoy cooking.) 

This realization caused me to, once again, hang up my wannabe-homesteader apron and stick with what I know. Instead of acting like the Ingalls family, we read about the Ingalls family.

And then something amazing happened.

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3 reasons your read-aloud book is taking too long

3 Reasons Your Read-Aloud Book is Taking Too LongWritten by Sarah Mackenzie of Read-Aloud Revival

Sometimes I’m discouraged at how few books our family can enjoy reading aloud over a school year. I pretty much always wish I could read more with my kids. I know it’s good for them. I know it’s good for me. I know it’s one of the most powerful ways to connect with my children and to bond them to one another.

I know that hearing accurate, beautiful, and sophisticated language patterns is the best way to help my children learn to read, to think, and to write.

But still. I struggle.

Can you relate? Maybe it’s taking you forever to get through your current read-aloud. Maybe you’re struggling to drum up the oomph to make reading aloud a habit. Or maybe you’re just having a hard time getting back into the groove of reading aloud after a bit of a hiatus.

I’ve been in all of those situations, and trust me- I can relate. I want to read aloud, I even LIKE reading aloud, so why the heck do I ever struggle with reading aloud?

And why do you?
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Caught reading during (home)school


Written by Carolyn Leiloglou of House Full of Bookworms

I caught my son trying to read during “school” time this morning.

I was SO excited!

My son hasn’t been a big reader. Sure, he’ll read things for school if I ask him to without complaining (thankfully).

And he’ll pick up most of the picture books, fact books, or graphic novels I bring home from the library without any prodding. But getting him to read a middle-grade novel just for fun?

Not so much.

Which is why I was thrilled to see him trying to sneak a chapter during the end of science.

It got me thinking about my own experiences with books in school.

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When your homeschool gets way off track

off track
Written by Kara Anderson.

Oh February.

I am not the first, nor will I be the last homeschooler with a few years of experience to say that February can be a really hard month.

A lot of us tend to get off track. As parents we doubt ourselves. Our kids seem extra stir-crazy.

But this February, my family got waaaay off track.

Like miles and miles off track.

Like if it were on an actual train that had been headed to say, Alaska, we instead rode it to Maine and then crashed into the ocean.

Surrounded by ice and confused lobsters, I wanted to give up.

That’s just silliness, but here’s what really happened:

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The challenges of raising kids in an online world

The challenges of raising kids in an online world
Written by Deb Velto of Oak Meadow

Electronics can be an overwhelming presence in our lives these days, and their use has become a topic of debate–and source of guilt–for families everywhere.

Between our smartphones, iPads, home computers, video games, and high def TVs, electronics are woven into the fabric of American life whether we like it or not.

No one likes the thought of their child staring at the electric glow of a screen all day, but some purposeful screen time can open new opportunities for learning in our homes that was never possible before.
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