March 11 is a day dedicated to one of my favorite American folk heroes – today is National Johnny Appleseed Day. Born in 1774, John Chapman is the man who became known as Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He often traveled
Do you know what my favorite time of year is? SPRING!!! I’m writing this in the doldrums of February and quite honestly about to go a little nuts. I’ve been stuck inside the house with 4 kids for the last week while it’s been raining and about 36 degrees for the high. So SPRING is
If there are no allergy issues, then 3/1 is one of my favorite days to hear, “What’s for lunch, Mom?” The reason is that 3/1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Crazy, I know, but one of the benefits of homeschooling (in a family without nut allergies) is that we can love and eat peanut
November of 10th grade was when I started seriously brainstorming about making changes in how I was homeschooling my son. Homeschool, as it was happening, just wasn’t working for me. Let me explain. Homeschooling Tres had always been a struggle. It wasn’t that he couldn’t learn – he just didn’t care. He wasn’t invested.
In the frigid dark winter, I become convinced that April is my favorite month of the year. Yet in the humid, relentless heat of July and August, I am convinced that September is my favorite month! For homeschoolers, September is a time of new beginnings. We’ve worked all summer to get caught up. We
When it comes to busy months, I think of September, December and May. In September, everything is starting up for the new year–school, Boy Scouts, Awana, every activity that runs with the school year. December is the scurry and flurry leading up to Christmas. May is the rush to finish everything you had planned
April 25 is World Penguin Day! This can be a wonderful topic for a unit study for a day, or even for a week. Here are some ideas for World Penguin Day, if you want to make it special. To make your penguin day (or week) successful, I recommend you prepare in advance of
National Jelly Bean Day is always celebrated on April 22nd. Jelly beans have been around since at least the Civil War! In the 1860’s, candy-makers advertised that family members should send gifts of jelly beans to their soldiers. And what a great gift to send – unlike chocolate, jelly beans do not melt in