Review Night!

Review Night!

Recently, we had a review night with the kids and since I'm always looking for fun and creative ways to review with kids, I thought you might be too!  Here's what we did: Step #1: Create questions from your recent lessons.  Many lessons have review questions at the end, so this might be a fairly easy job.  Write the questions down on index cards and hang on wall. Step #2: Divide kids up into teams.  We tried to keep the ages mixed up so everyone had a fair shot at winning.  Kids were … [Read more...]

Digital Detox: Helping Kids Get a Balance on Screen Time

Digital Detox: Helping Kids Get a Balance on Screen Time

It’s no secret that our sons and daughters are digital natives. They are the first generation of kids who cannot remember a time before wireless Internet, Smart devices, and digital gadgets that don’t require a massive desk or mess of wires to operate. While these advancements have opened our children up to a world of information and means of communication, they have also flooded our homes and schools with screens. Unfortunately, initial research is showing that too much time in front of screens … [Read more...]

Making Summer Meaningful with Simple Family Activities

Making Summer Meaningful with Simple Family Activities

Around here, we start counting down the days until the glorious season of summer months in advance.  As we take down the Valentine's Day decorations, we start dreaming about ice cream cones, flip flops, walking by the lake, and being able to go outside without 4 layers of clothes on (we're a snowy city!). Yet, even though we pine for summer and anticipate it's coming for weeks on end, it always seem to float away like a dandelion in the wind.  We've tried various methods to hang onto the … [Read more...]

Cain & Abel: Dealing with Anger {Preschool & Kindergarten}

Cain & Abel: Dealing with Anger {Preschool & Kindergarten}

This past Sunday, we took a closer look at the story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4.  Currently, I'm teaching the ages 5-8 Sunday School class and they are very active, so we have to keep things very engaging and hands-on.  The curriculum we're using (church-wide) is the Answers Bible Curriculum from Answers in Genesis.  I have to say, I'm not impressed.  I use a few things out of the book, but most of my prep time is spent coming up with more hands-on, sensory rich activities.  Here's some of … [Read more...]

Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Autism

Once any child reaches school age, parents start to wonder if they’re making the best decisions regarding their education. The severity of this decision is multiplied if we’re talking about a child on the autistic spectrum. Some parents try changing the school system and adjust it to their child, and some choose to go the homeschooling route and design a system that works for them. Whether or not homeschooling is right for your family is a big decision and should not be taken lightly, … [Read more...]

How To Prepare For A New Kitten

How To Prepare For A New Kitten

Getting a new kitten is a joyful experience. Not only are you about to experience the magic of having a tiny kitten around, but you're starting a journey with a pet that you will have in your life for years to come. Everyone looks back fondly on when their cat was a kitten, so enjoy this precious time with your new pet. In order to make the most of your new kitten's arrival, here are some tips to make sure that everything is ready and perfect for your new fluffy companion. Get Your House In … [Read more...]