Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge

*This post contains affiliate links.* Reading By the Letter: Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge I love books. I’ve tried to pass on my love of books to my children, and one of the ways I’ve tried to do that is by reading to my kids. I love reading to them and even though they’ve grown up quite a bit now (and one of them is about to be 18!) I keep on reading to them. Some days they are more agreeable than others, but mostly they don’t mind.  We’ve read so many great stories over the years. We do have

Summer Reading Round-Up

Summer reading round-up! Any time is a good time to read a book! But there are few times better than on a hot summer afternoon, relaxing with a book and a cold, iced drink. I’ve been a busy reader this summer! Well, compared to my reading record lately. One of my goals for this more intentional, more relaxed summer is to read more books. I’m currently finishing up the Narnia anthology that I purchased a few years ago. So far this summer I have read Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair. One more book

10 Kids Magazine Subscriptions

Are magazines “old school” now? Perhaps, in some ways, yes. But, aside from online shopping, the internet still can’t provide the joy of finding something fun in your mailbox. The kids love getting things in the mail (and who can blame them – none of the bills have their names on them.) 😉 The kids’ were first introduced to the world of magazines several years ago when my mom bought the kids an annual subscription to ZooBooks. We’ve had a couple others over the past few years and I’ve decided that magazines are something I want to spend some school

ABC’s of Homeschooling ~ Spelling : Guest Posting at The Momma Knows!

My letter “S” post isn’t here! Today it’s over AT The Momma Knows. And it’s all about…. SPELLING! Did you just jump? Get the willies? Are you skeered? Spelling is another one of those skills that parents often worry about but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.. … well, you’re going to have to click on over to read the rest of it. ;0) ~~~ Also, you may have noticed that I didn’t write one for Q. Or R. Or that I have written ANYTHING else for the past two weeks! Well… things have been QUIET.

Overcoming Obstacles & Phonics ~ ABC’S of Homeschooling

Obstacles. I can’t say that word without thinking of “O Brother, Where Are Thou” and how they say it as OB’STACK’els. But I digress. Obstacles are a part of life, and most certainly, a part of homeschooling. There is almost an unwritten guarantee that your child will dislike and struggle with either math or reading. (Or if not one of those, writing.) In our house we’ve run up against all three. Princess had some difficulty grasping math, Drama Queen had trouble learning to read, and now they both take issue with writing. Now, however, the issue isn’t that they *can’t*

Bedtime Routines (Story Time)

For a long time.. no, I mean, a REALLY REALLY LONG TIME.. bed time at our house has looked (how shall I say this?).. kinda like a car wreck. It was like herding cats. Or trying to stuff an octopus in a shoe box. Or corralling a troop of kangaroos on a trampoline. It wasn’t pretty. Oh, I tried Routine once and I gave up on it. Reading bedtime stories to my kids was p.a.i.n.f.u.l. If I read to them all as a group, they argued/talked/played and so on. If I read to them individually, someone else was always getting