12 great book-to-movie adaptations for families

Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins

Creating a homeschool lifestyle that works for our family involves a lot of things I didn’t expect at first.

For example? One of the most important things for keeping our days running smoothly is not lesson planning. It’s not even meal planning, though that would probably be wise.

The most important thing for keeping our family sane is REST.

By “rest” I do mean sleep, but I also just mean reserving some time for being unproductive on purpose.

Without rest, the kids get overwhelmed and easily distracted. Without rest, all our tempers get a little short. We end up bickering about nothing and everything. Without rest, I turn into a cranky mama-robot of doom, cycling joylessly through chores and tasks and appointments. (Just me?)

So rest is important.

Rest is also hard. I continue to be terrible at it, even with lots of practice. The best solution I’ve found is to build regular times of rest into our schedule, whether I think we’re going to need them or not. (We will. We will need them.)

We all have a daily quiet time, so our ears can rest.

The kids go to bed before I do in the evening, so my brain can rest.

And on Friday nights, the kids know to expect a Family Movie Night so we can all take a break and rest together.

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How to boost summer learning with travel games

Written by Cait Curley of My Little Poppies

Gosh, I love summer.

I love the sunshine, the white space on my calendar, and making memories with my children.

Simple memories are my favorite ones to make.

How to boost learning and fun with fantastic travel games | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, Simple Homeschool

When I think back to my childhood, some of my favorite memories are those simple ones:

  • Swimming with neighbors in a local pond
  • Building forts in the backyard
  • Afternoons with all-you-can-eat watermelon
  • Running through the sprinkler
  • Flying kites and exploring tide pools at the beach
  • Endless summer reading
  • Chasing after the ice cream truck
  • Playing board games and card games with friends

These are the types of memories I want for my children. Simple, old-fashioned fun.

Today, I’d like to chat about that last bullet point: games.

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ALL NEW: Read the World Summer Book Club 2018

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Here we go again, friends! I’m here today to kick off our 3rd Annual Read the World Summer Book Club, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

It will be our third summer reading our way around the world, one book at a time! Last summer we had over 6,500 families from six continents and dozens of countries join us.

And this year will be better than ever–with a new logo, new printables, and other fun changes, so that even if you’ve participated before it will still feel fresh.

We’re even adding a private Facebook group that will make it more interactive, allowing us all to share from our own corners of the world! We’ll post new videos, recipes, resources and more there.

It’s simple to participate, and we’re hoping that new families as well as those who have been with us since the beginning will jump in for this fun, global adventure.

Just take a peek:

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7 Christmas movies your kids might not have watched yet

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

The countdown is officially on with only a handful of days left until Christmas! And if your family is anything like ours that means you have some serious movie watching to do.

I keep a list on my phone of our favorite holiday flicks, and many of those we watch are the well-known classics: White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and so on.

But I thought it might be fun to share a few that perhaps your kids haven’t watched yet, to enjoy this week–or to add to your own list for the years ahead! Happy viewing:
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10 unique, educational stocking stuffer ideas

Written by Caitlin Curley of My Little Poppies

I absolutely adore the holiday season, but I dread all of the stuff that comes with it.

I’m not talking about cookies, or handmade ornaments, or holiday cards from friends and family. I love all of that stuff.

I’m referring to the accumulation of new toys, many of which are either of the plastic or stuffed variety.

It seems this stuff is exciting for a minute or two, and then it takes up space in some nook or cranny and is rarely played with again.

I cannot control what friends or family give to my children, but I can help to eliminate unnecessary stuff at home.

We have significantly cut back on the number of gifts we give our children, and I declared a war on stocking stuffers.

Let’s face it: stockings are incredibly fun, but they can be a slippery slope to unwanted and unnecessary stuff.

I’ve made it my goal to fill stockings with fun and educational materials that could double as homeschool resources. I want our stocking stuffers to spread smiles and serve an educational purpose.

Today, I am sharing some of my absolute favorite stocking stuffers from over the years.

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