standard school, Friday Five: child chefs, checklist chats, kindergarten kids, and awesome audio

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Friday Five: follow-through, fun, freebie, FAQ, & free reads ~ follow-through ~ It’s been a pretty standard week around here. Nothing amazing, nothing terrible. No milestones. No melt-downs. Ok, maybe that is rather amazing. :) Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week: Follow me on Instagram ~ fun ~ It’s been fun to have my kids doing more regular and even more independent kitchen help the last several months. My older two now like to grab the Simplified Pantry Collection off … Read More

Friday Five: common conditions, containers, camaraderie, and conventions

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Friday Five: follow-through, fun, freebie, FAQ, & free reads ~ follow-through ~ It’s been a solid, standard week of school around here. We checked off most of our boxes. That might not be the most important thing, but it is satisfying nonetheless. Hans finished his Science book (The Story of Science volume 1) last week, so I ordered the next one and he started in on that. I guess this three-book series will only take us two years instead of … Read More

Fresh Feature: Friday Five

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Ok, so SEVEN quick takes was taking way too much time to pull together, so I’m cutting it down to five consistent things I’ll be sharing on Fridays. Friday Five: follow-through, fun, freebie, FAQ, & free reads ~ follow-through ~ I’ve been really enjoying our Elementary Lesson time this year, when we do our content lessons with friends while my younger kids are playing – lessons are at my house and the “developmental-oriented preschool” is at my friends’ house. Last … Read More

Kitchen contentment for ordinary days

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  ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life – in my kitchen. ~   We’re back to hum-drum daily life, but people still have to eat every day – three times a day! It’s best to keep a cheerful perspective on the whole thing, otherwise the only option will be to weep. But, with handy tricks for making our food instantly taste better, how can we not be inwardly amused about the whole thing? It’s like Jedi mind-tricks … Read More

Winners, winter, workshops, and wonderings

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    ~ 1 ~   The winner of the Third Day Naturals prize package is Catie! Congratulations! Remember that you can still use the discount code TDNgifts for 15% off your entire purchase at Third Day Naturals! Disclosure: Although I am an affiliate for Third Day Naturals, I am not being otherwise compensated for this giveaway or review. They asked if they could give a Christmas package away, and I thought you all would love it, so I said … Read More

Giveaway, gifts, goodies, and great gadget

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    The giveaway is the at the very end – you only have to leave a comment to enter to win a generous prize package from Third Day Naturals that would make a great Christmas gift!   ~ 1 ~   Our Christmas tree is up, our stockings are hung, the advent calendar is partially consumed, and one lone candle on the advent wreath is waning. For Advent for the last 5 or so years, I’ve wrapped 2-3 new … Read More

Breaks, books, baking, books, boards for the bored, & books

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~ 1 ~ I am so ready for our break week! This was the last week of a longer-than-usual term and I am feeling it. I may be hosting Thanksgiving, so it’s not like it’s a week of doing nothing at all, but it is still going to be a relief to not have to direct five children into productive behaviors first thing every morning. Shouldn’t this whole Start a School Day thing run on autopilot by now? Sheesh. We … Read More

Podcasts, preparations, practices, principles and parental perturbations

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FYI: The Scholé Sisters newsletter goes out at noon today! So if you aren’t on that list and want to receive it, now is the time to hop over and sign up! It’s been a decent week of school, but I think we are all ready for the upcoming break! We’ll be taking all of Thanksgiving week off, and then do only light schooling in December. It’s hard to believe half our school year (we began in July) is nearly … Read More

A peek into some breakfast strategies at our house

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  ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life – in my kitchen. ~   In honor of this week’s release of Simplified Breakfasts, I thought I’d share a little peek into breakfast strategies that have been working in our house lately. Pretty Prepared The number 1 strategy that makes no-stress breakfast happen on homeschool mornings has definitely been taking the time on Saturday to prepare baked items in advance. I make an extra-large batch of muffins and bread … Read More

butternut, breakfast, birthday, & bread!

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~ 1 ~ Our milestone this week was that Hans – age 12, the oldest – passed Math-U-See Prealgebra’s final test and began Math-U-See Algebra 1! ~ 2 ~ And this week a certain little 2-year-old became a 3-year-old! This is seriously such a cute and fun stage. ~ 3 ~ pretty * happy * funny * real ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Butternut Squash Week! A neighbor of mine grew a butternut squash jungle … Read More

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