Monthly Archives: January 2011

Easy Maple Sugar Snow Candy

We made maple sugar candy with the freshly fallen snow today.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Only three ingredients:  maple syrup, vanilla extract and snow. If you don’t have any snow, you can use crushed ice instead. You will also need … Continue reading

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This Just In: I’m Nuts

Yesterday was just one of those days. Actually, it wasn’t. It was a normal day. Or what qualifies as normal around here. Kids played, did school work.  Got in their usual scuffles over toys. Then Love Bug refused to nap. … Continue reading

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Review of RightStart Math

Choosing a math curriculum was one of the bigger purchasing decisions I made as I embarked on our homeschooling journey.  There are several very solid programs out there, and it’s not an easy choice for someone new on the homeschooling … Continue reading

Posted in Early Elementary Years, homeschooling, math | 13 Comments

A Peaceful Time-Out Alternative

A few years ago, realizing that “time out” was not making much of a difference in some concerning behaviors of my then-three-year-old, we were inspired by the concept of the Montessori Peace Table.  Our adapted version are the Peace Flowers, which … Continue reading

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Learning Letter Sounds: Our Letter Pockets

This is our Letter Pocket Board, made from a tri-fold display board that can be purchased at any office supply or craft store, inspired by The Activity Mom. I took 13 long, white envelopes, sealed them, and cut them in … Continue reading

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Winter Fun with the Hot Chocolate Café

I surprised the kids this morning with a pretend Hot Chocolate Café.  So far, they’ve used it for several hours of creative play and it was so simple to put together, mostly with things I already had in our stash … Continue reading

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Learning What Works

We are so, so, so off balance here this week.  We’ve added The Queen Bee to our homeschooling mix last week and we are trying to find out what works for all of us, what will make our day flow. … Continue reading

Posted in Early Elementary Years, homeschooling, preschool, time management, toddlers | 4 Comments