book review, Books We're Reading, Childhood, Homeschooling, parenting

Mercy Watson, Princess in Disguise – Kate DiCamillo

This was my first Mercy Watson book and I loved it, but it was way too old for my son. It is part of a series about a pig, named Mercy Watson, who is much like a beloved family dog and the scrapes she gets into. This is a Halloween story and is a hilarious tale of the trouble a pig can make when her owners take her trick-or-treating. This story would be perfect for the child who is just starting to be interested in “chapter” books since it is split up into short chapters, and can maintain their attention for a slightly longer period of time. It can be read aloud in under 15 minutes, though, which is good for the parents looking to get young ones wanting “one more chapter, please?!” into bed. I will pick up this series again when my son is a little older, maybe 4, and will be able to understand the humor. This time around, he was just excited to see a pig!

book review, Childhood, Homeschooling, parenting, Quotes

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Before you read any further, you should be aware that this book is written from an explicitly Christian perspective, that I, myself, don’t necessarily agree with. So, if that’s a deal breaker…. don’t read it.

Disclosures aside, this book has a lot of awesome content about education, and a particularly a parent’s involvement in education whether they are public school parents, private school parents or homeschooling parents.

Continue reading for an excessive amount of quotes from this book, my poor pages are so dog-eared upon just one read through…. I’m going to let the quotes speak for themselves.

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Childhood, D.I.Y.

DIY Shapes and Colors Felt Toy Game for Toddlers.

My son is quite a bit too young to be ready for any formal education, but my husband and I think that learning is so important and we’re really excited to start teaching him things – anything! We like to incorporate learning into as much as possible, that includes solo play time. Recently, I made a wall-hanging felt game for Charlie that he loves to play with. Right now, he can’t play with it the way it was intended, but he loves that the felt pieces come off and stick back on, the bright colors keep him occupied, and he’s being exposed to the idea of shapes and colors. When Dave and I see him playing with it, we often take a few minutes to sit with him and talk him through what color and shape he’s currently playing with. It’s fun for everyone and it’s so so easy to make!

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Homestead

Backyard Chicken Basics – 8 Things I Wish I Had Known.

My husband and I have been backyard chicken owners for about 4 years now and we absolutely love it. However, I have learned a few things along the way that I wish I had known before we started this adventure. (My husband, on the other hand, would definitely have taken the time to learn these things had I not just come home with them one day.) There are lots of small things that make owning chickens a little easier than it already is. Here is a list of 8 things I wish I had known before I had started.

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