Friday Five: with Christmas picture books

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Faithful Follow-through Follow-through looks different on break weeks – or break months – for sure. This week break week looked like getting back on top of the housework after last week’s big project push (our church fundraiser brought in $9,000 for the local Pregnancy Network!), play days with friends, Lego playing, book reading, doctor & orthodontist checkups, a little snow play, and some cookie decorating. This week my friend and I were definitely not white witches and were instead Christmas-celebrators, … Read More

Our 3 Year History Cycle & the books that make it work – Simply Convivial

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History should never be boring. History is the study of people – and people always have stories. Stories of individuals, stories of battles, stories of cultures, stories of legends – history is inherently fascinating and relevant. Dates are secondary to people. Dates are useful insofar as they help us place people in the right place within the flow of the story of history. So, of course history should be told as a narrative, for that’s what it is. History is … Read More

How to Use Evernote for Homeschool Book Lists – Simply Convivial

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Our next post in the Evernote for Homeschooling series is inspired by a question I received by email last week. Candy wrote: One thing I struggle with is trying to organize and maintain a booklist both for read alouds and for my kids to read.  There are so many wonderful websites and it’s difficult to get it all in one place that is accessible when I’m out and about at the library, book sales, etc.  So I’m wondering what you … Read More

Top 5 Books of 2014 – Simply Convivial

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Once again, I read fewer books than I had hoped in a year: 32. I read some really excellent ones, though, and that’s what counts. However, I don’t think I’ve ever had a year with as many two-star ratings – I suppose that’s what comes when I try to broaden my reading horizons. I decided to narrow my favorites down to my top 5 – the top 5 I would truly recommend be moved to the top of your list … Read More

Top 10 Audio Books for the Older Elementary Kids – Simply Convivial

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You know I love audio books, so I couldn’t drop the subject without one more list of them. Last week I made my top ten list of audio books for younger kids, so I thought I should follow it up with a top ten list for the older elementary crowd. Narnia. You’re never too old for Narnia. Tom Sawyer. Southern dialect is a good thing to outsource. Huck Finn. Get the one done by Elijah Wood! Pilgrim’s Progress. The archaic … Read More

Top 10 Audio Books for the Under-10 Crowd – Simply Convivial

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I love audio books for myself and for my kids! Today I’ll share some of my favorites. And if you want to expand your audio book collection, check out my tips for getting the most out of an Audible membership. Find all my Audible tips & tricks listed here! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of our month of homeschooling lists! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details to more book lists. It’s … Read More

A List of My Favorite Homeschooling Books – Simply Convivial

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Our full month of homeschooling lists is nearing an end. I can hardly believe it. I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. Homeschooling Lists Galore Index: Get Organized with Homeschool Lists Previous: Essential Pantry List for Simple Meals Next: Student Checklists Just as I decided to make the tough calls and limit … Read More

Elementary Fun-Reading Book List – Simply Convivial

One month full of homeschooling lists! I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. A Collection of Homeschooling Lists Index: “Get Organized with Homeschool Lists” Previous: “School Supplies for the Homeschool Mom” Next: Picture Book List Books for Elementary Kids to Read for Fun The problem with having kids who read is that … Read More

Essential Picture Books List – Simply Convivial

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Everyone has their favorite picture books. These are mine: My best picture book list. Homeschool lists! Let’s talk and share all sorts of lists this month during The Nester’s 31 Days series. I’ll share my lists, from managing day to day details to book lists to checklists to supply lists – rest assured, if it can be listed, I have listed it. So I pulled my best lists – yes, I had to abridge and combine the list of lists … Read More

Elementary Book Club List – Simply Convivial

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Instead of doing literature as a separate subject (with the exception of studying Shakespeare), our elementary kids have a twice-monthly book club that they love. Homeschooling Lists without Number Index: “Get Organized with Homeschool Lists” Previous: “Beautiful Fairy Tale Picture Books” Next: Essential Picture Book List Books for an Elementary-Level Book Club My good friend and neighbor-down-the-street hosts a twice-monthly book club for her two elementary students and my two. They read the same book, then gather to talk about … Read More

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