Connecting Around the Kitchen Table: Benefits of Family Dinners My childhood didn't involve family dinners. Perhaps because I didn't really have a family in the traditional sense, and perhaps because I did a lot of the cooking from a very early age. It wasn’t until college that I really started to notice the value in sitting down to eat a meal and enjoy conversation. After I got married, my husband's childhood memories of family dinners made a huge impact on me, and I knew it was a ritual I ... Read More about Connecting Around the Kitchen Table
Witches for Children I don't have many memorable Halloween costumes from my childhood, but I do remember being a witch for about 8 of those years! I was a wicked witch, a good witch, a fairy witch, a candy witch, and who knows what else! What is it about witches that makes them so alluring? It turns out this is a pretty loaded questions with a lot of baggage. I have a big disclaimer before diving in to the topic of witches: our family is not religious. I consider myself a Christian and ... Read More about Are Witches Good or Bad for Children?
Want to know how to teach a foreign language when you don't speak it? Find out how to learn new vocabulary and use songs, stories, and more to gain fluency. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I didn't try harder to learn Spanish growing up or as a young adult. Three out of four of my grandparents spoke Spanish as their first language, and my grandparents on my dad's side never spoke great English so we never really got to communicate through words. My dad's first language was ... Read More about How to Teach A Foreign Language When You Don’t Speak It
Take advantage of the summer sun to create this fun sun melted crayon art project. We're in the midst of a summer heat wave, and it's just brutal. No matter how long I live in South Texas, the summer heat always comes as a shock! Just how hot is it outside? Hot enough to melt crayons! Sun-Melted Crayon Art I saw a friend post this idea on Instagram, and I knew my kids would love it too. We had all of the supplies on hand and got to work putting it together. One part science and one ... Read More about Sun Melted Crayon Art
Summertime means fun, but for homeschool moms, it means planning too! I've been busy figuring out our Charlotte Mason schedule for next year, and I want to share some of the tools and techniques that have made this year's planning a breeze. My daughter will be in second grade, Form 1A, this year. Last year, I planned out the curriculum resources we would use for the year and had a plan for what we needed to cover in each 12-week term. I didn't have a daily schedule as life with a baby and ... Read More about Homeschool Planning: A Charlotte Mason Schedule