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Enjoying Mother’s Day moments with my Elijah (age 9)
- Squares with concentric circles :: From contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling
- Successful teen homeschooling: Two vital factors :: Laura Grace Weldon
- 5 story stones ideas – Storytelling with rocks :: The Artful Parent
- The rise of alternative education in China :: CNN
- A new growing season :: My post this week on Steady Mom
Jamie’s recommendations this week:
This week I wrote about the importance of decluttering in your homeschool, and I found this short ebook to be an encouraging read on the subject. Simply Homeschool is all about focusing on what really matters in our lives and eliminating the rest – I love that message. Only 99 cents on Kindle!
If you’re wanting to give a child who is a new reader their first Bible, my 9-year-old loves this one. The Discoverer’s Bible has large print and is written for a 3rd grade reading level, using the New International Reader’s Version (which is like the NIV for kids)
If you or your kids enjoyed Little Women (one of my favs!) or other Louisa May Alcott books, you’ll love this picture book, Louisa May’s Battle, about her Civil War experience that led to her writing. A great addition to a Civil War unit study or paired with her novels.
The 2nd season of Little House on the Prairie has just been rereleased in this remastered DVD edition, featuring better picture, sound, and extra bonus features.
I know the series isn’t anywhere close to the storyline of the books, but both hold a special place in my family’s heart as inspiring. I spent hours watching these with my dad way back when.
Featured sponsors this week:
Imagine Childhood is a wonderful online source for earth-friendly toys, open-ended creativity, and educational inspiration. I often give it a browse before an upcoming birthday or holiday. Check out their sweet garden section.
Our family has listened to Sparkle Stories for years now and they have brought a ton of inspiration and calm hours our way.
On top of their weekly subscription series, they also offer Stories for Helping & Healing–audio books to help kids work through challenging topics like sibling rivalry, fear, grief, and more.
If you’ve been considering a monthly subscription to Little Passports, they are having a pre-summer sale this week! Take 40% off your first month of a new subscription with the code FUN40 – valid through Thurs, May 22nd. Adding this to our geography study has been a perfect fit – we’ve loved learning about the world alongside Sam and Sofia.
“Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.”
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton