Free Printable Reading Log

free printable reading log

Sometimes getting kids to read is harder than finding the weird smell in your refrigerator.  If you're having trouble getting your child to read, helping your kids fight off summer boredom or inspiring them to tackle a new book you need this free printable reading log.  Printable reading logs are a great tool to use to inspire your kids to read more. At first they might grumble. OK, they will grumble. But if you stick with it than it's a great way to show them that they can read more than they might have imagined.  Let's just be honest - I need this for my kids right now. … [Read more...]

Affordable (Or Free!) Educational Worksheets And Activities For Your Child This Summer!

The Best and most affordable resources to help your child learn this summer!

Schools out for summer!! OK well not yet but it will be soon. Chances are that you'll still give your kids something to work on during the summer just to keep their brains active and prevent them from turning to mush from all that TV and snowcone sugar overload.  So how can you help your kids stay educationally active without spending a ton of money? How can you find affordable workbooks and lessons to do over the summer break? The great news is that these ideas do not only apply to summer. You can use them at any time for affordable homeschool curriculum or as a way to supplement … [Read more...]

Cloud In a Jar

how to make a cloud in a jar - great lesson for kids

Have you ever asked your kids how clouds are formed? Dependent on age, the answers can be pretty funny.  Maybe a unicorn got a haircut in heaven or possibly they'll get close to the truth. But how great would it be to show them on a level that they can touch and see? This week we made a cloud in a jar for our homeschool science lesson.  It's a simple science lesson that left my kids dancing for joy. Plus the great news is that once you have all the supplies together, you can make it over and over again.  By the 5th time to make a cloud in a jar within 30 minutes, I was a … [Read more...]

A little note about Homeschooling

Advice for First Year homeschoolers

 The school year is quickly approaching if it's not already here for some of you. In Texas the school districts start at the beginning of September so they don't have to pay the cost of cooling the school buildings during the hottest month of the summer, August.  So we still have a few weeks before the homeschoolers can venture back out during the day without crowds. You know that's a perk to homeschooling right? The museums are empty. The grocery store is only full of older people or moms savoring the time without their children that are in public school. The park is empty except … [Read more...]

The Homeschooling Socialization Myth

Undoing the Homeschool Socialization myth

For as long as I can remember I have been hearing whispers that homeshoolers are not socialized. Before we started homeschooling I actually listed that as one of the reasons that I didn't want to homeschool because I wanted my kids to be great with other people and not a victim of homeschooling socialization issues. Yet now years later as I'm walking in the footsteps of a homeschooling family and spending time with homeschoolers and public schoolers alike, I am convinced that there are no ties between homeschooling and socialization issues, it's a myth.  The thing is that you can't … [Read more...]