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What We’re Reading in January

It’s the start of a new year, and I am so excited about this month’s reading choices! There are so many things I love about the new year, and new books are near the top! During the holidays, our reading fell off a bit, but that is to be expected. I am looking forward to the quietness and fresh start of a new year. This post contains affiliate links.

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This Isn’t a New Year’s Resolution. It’s an ALL YEAR Resolution!

At the start of every new year, people everywhere make resolutions. Losing weight, being more organized, and changing habits are probably the most popular. While I would like to do all those things, the one thing closest to my heart is homeschooling. Finding ways to improve, finding new things to implement, most of all – finding how to balance homeschooling with the rest of my life. Please tell me I’m not the only one struggling with balance!

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Top 10 Usborne Gift Guide

I am not an early shopper.  I am also not a fan of the craziness of Black Friday shopping, heaps of plastic toys, and the frenzy of the season in general.   I may be a little “grinchy”, but there are some things I do like about the upcoming season, such as cooler weather, hot coffee, tacky Christmas lights, and thoughtful gifts.  Yes, thoughtful gifts.  When you are simply exchanging gift cards, perhaps it’s time to stop.   I haven’t always been this way, but I became disgruntled when my own kids were small.  I remember it vividly:  two feet deep in wrapping paper trash covering the floor, and they were still looking for the next thing to rip open.  I was literally sick to my stomach.  Every year since, I have sized the gift-giving down.  I can’t say  the same for the grandparents, but it brings them joy – so, whatever.   Continue reading “Top 10 Usborne Gift Guide”

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What We’re Reading in October

I read several blogs, and one of my favorite things is seeing monthly posts of what other homeschool mamas and their kids are reading.  As a new blogger, and a lover of books, I wanted to do the same here.  I got a little behind over the past few weeks, so I’ll fill you in on what we’ve been reading the for the past six weeks.  Hopefully, I’ll be on a monthly schedule of what we’re reading, and post around the middle of each month.  This post contains affiliate links.   Continue reading “What We’re Reading in October”

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Look It Up!

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I have a beautiful aqua bookshelf that I keep some of my favorite things on.  Books.  There’s a section dedicated to the kids larger history and science books that are heavy and clunky.  There’s a section that contains a few of my personal books that I have not yet read, or that I am keeping handy for reference later.  My husband has part of it filled with Bible study materials.  There’s even a shelf for the dog that contains her toy box.  I want to zoom in on the bottom self.  This shelf has books old and new that I’ve collected over the years.  They are not part of our curriculum, although we can use them for most of our subjects.  It’s what I call our Reference Shelf.  It’s where the kids go to when they hear three words, “look it up.”   Continue reading “Look It Up!”

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Book Review: BLUEPRINT HOMESCHOOLING

This is absolutely one of the best homeschool planning books I have ever read!  I love books that help me organize and plan, and this one certainly stood out right off the bat with the subtitle, “How to Plan a Year of Home Education That Fits the Reality of Your Life”.  Anyone who has been homeschooling for more than a few days knows that there are many homeschoooling methods and there is no one-size-fits-all.  So, how does this book help you plan for a whole year for the reality of your life?  Well, read on! Continue reading “Book Review: BLUEPRINT HOMESCHOOLING”