I Never Thought I Could Homeschool, But…

Why I chose to homeschool

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I have officially decided to homeschool.  I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom.  In fact, I am pretty sure that I’ve said more than once, “I could NEVER do that” in regards to homeschooling.  And yet, here I am. The biggest question in your mind must… [read more]

Rock N Learn Learn a Language – Review and Giveaway

Rock N Learn Learn a Language review

Summer is in full swing! I hope you and your family are enjoying the couple months off from school.  A few weeks ago I talked about ways to avoid the summer slide.   It is important that kids keep their brains active and learning throughout the summer months when school is out.  It isn’t always easy,… [read more]

I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider!

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After all the pictures I’ve been posting from our recent adventures in Zion National Park, I thought it would be fitting to announce that I’ve been chosen to be one of the newest National Geographic Kids Insiders! In case you missed my pictures on Instagram or Facebook here’s a cute selfie of Little Brother and… [read more]

Tips to Keep Kids Learning Through Summer + Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD below for review purposes. All opinions are honest and are my own. The summer slide.  Not to be confused with the playground slide. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students… [read more]

Build Creativity with Bloco™ – Creative Building Toys for Kids

Bloco Toys - Foam Character building blocks, Creativity Toys

Creativity. When I think of the educational values I want to instill in my boys lots of important things come to mind: knowledge, hard work, persistence, and one more VERY important attribute–Creativity. Finding creative building toys that really engage your children is an exciting thing.  It is even more exciting when that toy also teaches… [read more]

Fabulous Fun Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Kids!

Dye Free Polka Dot Easter Eggs

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping down the Bunny Trail, Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s on its way! -Gene Autry It’s true – and he’ll be sneaking eggs in every nook and cranny of your home soon enough.  Speaking of eggs, aside from finding them, dying eggs is one of childhood’s favorite memories. This year, venture outside the… [read more]

Shaving Cream Painting – Wordless Wednesday

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Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids.  We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor.  They LOVED it!

Teach Important Words and Concepts with these Toddler Sorting Games

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My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages.  She didn’t walk until 18 months.  She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words.  She is no where near there yet.  The words she does use… [read more]

Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss You Probably Didn’t know – Free Printable!

Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss - Dr. Seuss Free Printable

This Sunday the world will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday!  In honor of the man who contributed so much to the lives of children everywhere I’ve created this free printable of Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss!   If you’d like to print out these fun facts about Dr. Seuss simply click on the image or… [read more]

Read-To-Cure with Reading Eggs – Review and Giveaway #ReadingEggsUS

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs. Early childhood education has always been very important to me.  Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations). While I… [read more]

Give the Love of Learning Languages with Little Pim – Review – Holiday Gift Guide

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Before I settled down, got married, and had children of my own I dreamed that one day I’d travel the world with my kids.  Now that the three littles are here I can’t imagine the travails that would come trying to cart them from one country to another.  I still have lofty aspirations to expose… [read more]

Give the Gift of a Love of Reading with Laughing Giraffe Books – Holiday Gift Guide

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Disclosure: I received a gift set from Laughing Giraffe Books in exchange for this gift guide feature.  All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.  I’m so excited to introduce you to our next Holiday Gift Guide feature!  I have several great loves in life, and one of the greatest of those is my… [read more]

Storytime with Craigmore Creations – Review and Giveaway

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My kids love to be read to and I have found that the best time that works for us is right before bed time.  They get in their pajamas, brush their teeth and then we all sit down for  a story.  So when I was asked to review some new books from Craigmore Creations I… [read more]

Help Break the World Record and Raise Awareness for Early Childhood Education with Jumpstart!

I love reading with my kids! Whether it’s at bedtime or on a rainy day, snuggling up with a good book is a great way to spend time together and grow their minds. This year, on October 3rd, we are going to read together and help break a WORLD RECORD in support of literacy and… [read more]