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Field Trips 101

Field trips can inspire your child to study a topic, give him further insights into his current studies, or provide closure to a completed unit. Is there somewhere you’d like to take your children to reinforce a topic this year? Or just want to visit because it would enrich their […]

Teaching Geography

If you know me or have read much of my material, you know I am extremely geographically challenged. I’m not sure why—my father was a navigator. He even taught me celestial navigation, which I in turn taught to the eighth grade science classes in my junior high school (does this […]

Life is Still Messy

Let’s be real … homeschooling is not a cure for all that ails our families. Life is still messy. In fact, sometimes all that one-on-one time can really magnify shortcomings in our relationships with our children as well as with our spouses. Some of the most heartbreaking consulting calls I […]

Cultivating a Heart of Kindness

We all have probably heard the principle that it is better to give than to receive, but how do we teach our children to treat others kindly, give generously, and serve willingly? What are our kids mirroring? Children are often like little mirrors, reflecting our attitudes and actions. They are […]

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Keeping Preschool in Perspective

I didn’t go to kindergarten, nor did I have the benefit of a preschool program, yet I might be perceived by some to be a well-adjusted, academically adequate, productive person. As recently as twenty-five years ago, kindergarten was a half-day program in most areas, with an emphasis on school readiness. […]

Turkey Pot Pie — Use Up Those Leftovers!

Some of our turkey leftovers were just begging to be blanketed in a flaky, warm crust! I know pie dough can be intimidating, so here’s a step-by-step for a by-hand flaky crust. (I have a “food processor” pie crust recipe in Everyday Homemaking, so here’s a more rustic version — […]

Apple-Stuffed Puff Pancake

This apple-stuffed puff pancake is a quick-and-simple breakfast — serves 2-4 from a regular skillet, so you may need two skillets (or use a larger baking pan and double the ingredients). I use a cast iron skillet for this — I have both Griswold and Lodge — but you can […]

Blessing Blankets – Yet Another Update

I’ve had a lot of interest in the Blessing Blankets I’ve been making for my grandchildren. You can see the how-to post with instructions and a few photos, and then the follow-up post with more photos, such as this one: Today I finally finished my most recent granddaughter’s blanket, and […]

The Life-Changing Gift of Friendship

A young mom recently expressed her confusion as to why so few families participate in local support group activities but so many women lament being lonely. I was reminded of this post that showed up in my social media feed a while back: We have lived in [a fairly small […]

Scrambled Eggs in a Stainless Steel Pan

I know I showed you the photos of the egg fried in my stainless steel skillet, but some folks asked about scrambled eggs. And even worse–CHEESE eggs. So I finally got around to a quick video of the scrambled egg process in stainless steel.I had to video in three parts […]