The introverted mom’s advent calendar

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Hey there, fellow introverted mama. The countdown has begun.

We can face the upcoming weeks with wonder, delight, and sacred stillness.

OR we can crash and burn–driving ourselves into the ground as we attempt to do more and be more and have more and shop more. Which will we choose?

This time of year can be a challenge for moms of any personality type, but I think introverted mothers are especially susceptible to ending up drained and depleted before Christmas even arrives. 

So I had a gift made that will help us. And I hope you LOVE it as much as I do!
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How to squeeze in one-on-one reading (and spread smiles)

How to squeeze in one-on-one reading (and spread smiles)

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to homeschooling multiple children is how to squeeze in that oh-so-precious one-on-one time.

Amazing things happen when we invest individually into each of your children.

Whenever I spend time with a child, I learn something new about him or her. And afterward? I notice more smiles, increased kindness toward siblings, and improved cooperation overall.

(Plus, feel good.)

I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering how this is even possible.

I mean, let’s be honest: Homeschool mamas barely get a minute to themselves. How can we manage to carve out daily one-on-one time for each kiddo when we can’t even use the bathroom alone?

About a year ago, I stumbled upon a super-simple solution to this  conundrum. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s beautiful. And it’s so simple that I almost didn’t write about it.

But then I thought about how much this one change in our homeschool routine has improved our homeschool and I wanted to share here.

The best part? This simple solution involves reading aloud to your child, so we’ll be crossing off some of our homeschool must-dos as we make memories with each child. It’s a win-win!
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The power of play

Written by Kara S. Anderson

I’ve been thinking a lot this summer about the importance of play, and how it can help kids dive deeply into learning.

It began simply, with an idea – to put something out for my kids each Monday this summer that they could explore at their leisure.

I didn’t want to force anything. Instead, I wanted to make something available that could be our go-to for the week.

Unschoolers call this idea “strewing.” I’ve been calling them Monday Morning Invitations, and so far they’ve included ideas like making sidewalk chalk paint and giant bubbles, crafting a s’mores solar oven and creating gnome homes.

Some of them have been huge hits and extended far beyond the initial week. Some have been minor misses. The kids didn’t hate them, but the idea didn’t stick around as long.

But all have been fun and hands-on, and maybe arty or science-y (and usually a little messy).

And all have reminded me of what can be learned through play and time and space.

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How to introduce your kids to Anne of Green Gables

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

For someone over a century old, Anne Shirley certainly has been making headlines recently. The new Netflix series has thrust her into the limelight once again–and not without plenty of controversy.

But whether you love the new adaptation or despise it (there don’t seem to be many in the middle!), I’ve heard from a few of you who know how much I adore this redhead–asking me when and how it’s best to introduce Anne to your own kids.

There’s no question I’d rather answer! I wanted my three children (girls and boys) to get to know Anne because I had loved her myself, so I came up with a plan when they were younger to make that happen.

If you’d like to do the same, here are my suggestions:
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A structured summer break for kids who crave routine

A Structured Summer Break for Kids Who Crave Routine | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, Simple HomeschoolWritten By Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies.

We are year-round homeschoolers.

(Well, sort of.)

I didn’t set out to homeschool year-round. I wanted our summer days to be filled with watermelon and popsicles, sandy toes and cannonballs, shooting stars and fireflies.

But…

I’ve come to the conclusion that my kids crave structure.

Whenever we stay up too late, whenever we veer a smidge too far from our normal path, I notice a change. There is an increase in power struggles, sibling squabbles, and tears.

As a result, I’ve learned that homeschooling year-round works best for us right now, in this season.

Here’s how we homeschool in the summer and still have plenty of time for popsicles and cannonballs and shooting stars:

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