Our family began a simple tradition many years ago that has had an incredibly positive impact on our dinner conversation.
We stopped asking our kids how their day was or what they did that day. Instead, we asked two simple questions:
- What was the highlight of your day? (or what was your favorite part of the day?)
- What was the hardest part of your day?
Our oldest child was only around 8 years old when we began to ask these questions on a regular basis and these two questions became the foundation for our current family conversation starters.
Our house is bursting with creativity and tons of art supplies this year.
We kicked off our year with several Mixed Media projects from the Art of Fall and we have continued to create new masterpieces each season.
Recently, I incorporated art appreciation into our studies so that my kids learn to recognize and appreciate the work of well-known master artists.
Of course, I didn’t want to stop creating our own masterpieces so I decided to find a way to incorporate both art appreciation and art creation.
I’ll admit that my favorite homeschool days are the ones we spend at home with no outside commitments or activities on the schedule.
I protect our days at home as much as possible.
But there are days that we have to take this show on the road.
I see you. Staring at your child’s standardized test scores. Feeling frustrated, disappointed, or concerned.
This score can’t be right.
You KNOW your child. Your child is witty, fun, creative, and bright. But this score doesn’t reflect any of it.
Yet this number counts for a lot. Maybe for too much. But that is a discussion for another time.
Put the scores aside for a moment and picture your child moving through their week.
What do they love?
How do they treat people?
What makes them unique?
What do they do for fun?
What makes them laugh?
Hold on to that image while you read 101 Things Standardized Tests can’t Measure.
Are you ready for the ultimate art experience in your homeschool?
Alisha Gratehouse, one of our favorite art teachers, has released an annual membership option for her art courses called the Masterpiece Society Studio Membership.
Our family has enjoyed Alisha’s Mixed Media courses in the past. We are currently working through the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media course, and we completed several projects in the Fall Mixed Media Workshop.
This annual membership will give us immediate access to all of Alisha’s wonderful courses in addition to member bonuses.
It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the current year and usher in a new one.
It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the change:
- What did I love about 2017?
- What am I looking forward to in 2018?
- Who am I now?
- Who do I hope to be?
It’s exciting. A clean slate is in front of us and we are ready to write.
Need a few thoughtful and original gifts for a teen girl in your life?
I was at a complete loss when it came to Christmas for my teen girls. I started searching online and asking friends for ideas.
In the end, I am thrilled about the options I found for the 13 and 15-year-old girls in this house.
Now I will pass on some of the great gifts for a teen girl that were given to me.