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The Struggling Middle School Reader

Do you have an older elementary or early middle school student still struggling with reading comprehension, or maybe even with decoding skills? While many of us think of a child learning to read at about age five, the truth is that the reading readiness age varies widely, as children mature […]

Chocolate-Filled Paratha

My friend Stephanie over at https://unfoldinglovelyeats.com/ is always on a food adventure of some sort and inspired me to try paratha, a layered Indian flatbread. You can find the original recipe I used  here: https://thegardeningfoodie.com/layered-flatbread/ and see my original flatbread post here: Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha) This was super with […]

Layered Flatbread

Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha)

Paratha, or a layered Indian flatbread. I was inspired by my beautiful friend Stephanie over at https://unfoldinglovelyeats.com/ to try a layered Indian flatbread. Since I’ve never actually had it before, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be like, but I liked it. (You can find the original recipe here: […]

Is my child ready to read

Is My Child Ready to Read?

Some of our kiddos read at age four, while others didn’t read till almost eight. One of my girls had no interest in even learning the alphabet as late as first grade, and I felt a bit panicked that she wasn’t reading at all in first grade, but she suddenly […]

Quick Scalloped Potatoes – Pressure Cooker Style

30 minutes from “chicken in the freezer” and potatoes in the bag, to chicken, scalloped potatoes, and Brussels sprouts on the table!      I got a hankering for scalloped potatoes. Well, I was hoping to cook them sliced, in sauce, in the IP – pot in pot — but […]

What About Socialization?

Q: What about socialization, and how can I be sure I’m doing a good job at it? Are there any tools to help me? A: It may help to first define terms: Socialization is the lifelong process through which people learn (dare I say internalize?) the values and norms of […]

When Math Doesn’t “Add Up” for Your Child

You know that all kids learn at different rates and have different strengths. But it’s still easy to get a bit nervous when your 4th (or 7th) grader seems to still not grasp concepts you’d think she should know — or that you know you’ve gone over. You get a […]

Orange-Cinnamon Danish Rolls

We like the Pillsbury “whomp biscuits” version of Orange Danish Rolls. Yep, the store-bought, heaven-knows-what’s-in-them version. That little can is a special treat. I’ve tried to replicate them with various recipes from the internet, but they are usually just cinnamon rolls made orange — in other words, too bread-y to […]

Pen Pals

Pen pals! What a fun idea! It’s always more interesting (and motivating!) to write to someone specific, rather than to have our “pretend letters” (a.k.a. school writing assignments) filed into a drawer. Why Write Letters? Letter writing encourages conversation skills while allowing children to practice grammar, spelling, and composition in […]

ElderCare & Homeschooling

An increasing number of homeschoolers are considering the question of whether to provide in-home care for aging parents or grandparents. Many of you face—or may someday face—the challenge of helping to manage a parent’s daily life of nurses and therapists, chemotherapy and blood transfusions, oxygen providers and medical equipment, prescriptions […]