Our Journey out of Homeschool

Our Journey out of Homeschool

In April, I hopped a plane to Tennessee to spend a few days with fellow kidmin Infuse members and the amazing Jim Wideman. During this information packed retreat, I learned a lot of things, including (big surprise), I can't do it all. Ever since baby #3 arrived, I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Even though we brought on a Children's Ministry assistant in October (who is, by the way, fabulous), I still had the distinct feeling that I was falling behind in everything. At the … [Read more...]

Giving Your Children an Extra Boost in Learning

Giving Your Children an Extra Boost in Learning

I was chatting with a friend at church the other day about our education plans for our children.  Currently, we're homeschooling, but I have to admit, it's a lot different than I imagined!  I remember reading all the homeschool blogs, speckled with adorable children and beautiful moments and I knew I wanted to spend my days sitting around on the living room floor exploring magnetic force and singing songs about the state capitals.  I mean, what a dream! Truth be told, it's a lot more work … [Read more...]

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

With Christmas just around the corner, you're likely scrambling to get things done while still trying to squeeze in some learning along the way!  If you're looking for a few easy toddler activities, grab a box of Fruit loops and keep reading. Activity #1: Fruity Tree Let your toddler or preschooler decorate a construction paper tree with fruit loops or cheerios. They can either use liquid glue and a paint brush (shown above) or a glue stick, depending on the level of mess you're … [Read more...]

Simple Construction Paper Easter Egg Basket  (Toddlers and Preschoolers)

Simple Construction Paper Easter Egg Basket (Toddlers and Preschoolers)

Here's a great Easter craft for the little ones in your life!  This would be fun for preschool homeschool or even in even in a toddler Sunday School class.  For Sunday, you could write attributes of God on each egg as you put them in the basket. Supplies Needed: Coloring Page of a basket Construction paper, cut into the shape of eggs Glue sticks Crayons (optional) What You Do: Have kid color the basket if they'd like.  Hand them eggs, one by one, and encourage them to glue … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes: Activities for Preschool

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes: Activities for Preschool

I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but around these parts, it is seriously cold.  Being trapped inside all day calls for some creativity and perhaps some Valentine's Day playdough cupcakes! What You Need: Playdough (we use this recipe here) Sprinkles Cupcake papers What You Do: Lay out the supplies and tell the kids you'll be making cupcakes for Valentine's Day!  Encourage them to make balls with the dough and then press the balls into the cupcakes … [Read more...]

Homeschool Kindergarten: Here We Come!

Homeschool Kindergarten: Here We Come!

Little Chipmunk is eager to begin school and even though she's still 4, I thought we'd give this homeschool thing a real go!  I figured even if I mess it up, she can still go to Kindergarten next year (though I think we'll be okay).  I recently read through the book, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, and the classical model of homeschooling really resonated with me.  For Kindergarten, our main goals are to learn how to read and do basic adding and subtracting.  I … [Read more...]