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Adventures/Travel

Keeping Perspective on Family Adventures

As I type this, my crew and I are on the road toward eclipse totality. We decided to take off for an overnight adventure to chase the full eclipse because our day trip plans were canceled by Mother Nature. Now we will spend a total of two nights away from home so that we can experience 2 minutes of totality excitement.

We have no idea where we will spend our time while waiting for the eclipse. There are reports of traffic jams, crazy people, and gas shortages.

Personally, I am concerned about one thing: a bathroom WITH toilet paper. Every time my husband or father suggest a spot to meet and set up “camp” for the day I ask, “Where is a bathroom?”

It’s become quite clear to me that men don’t think about these things the same way.

So our spot for tomorrow remains a mystery. As do the traffic conditions, the bathroom issues, and the weather.

Tomorrow could be a fantastic family memory or a complete disaster.

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Our Morning Basket: Geography Books for Kids

As we kick off our Geography studies this year, I have started gathering book titles for our Morning Basket. We will read some sort of Geography book daily because this year we are focusing on World Geography and World Cultures.

Some days we will learn from informational text and other days we will enjoy a story. It might depend on the plan, but it usually depends on my mood.

Either way, I’ve gathered a lot of options. I like options.

Books to read during your Homeschool Morning Basket Time that accomplish your Geography goals. Continue Reading

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Book Club Titles 2017-2018

Another year of school is about to start and another round of book clubs are ready to begin. Of course, these are just your average book clubs. We love to dive in with a memorable, themed party school book club!

This will be my third year organizing book clubs for my kids. While the girls have been in a book club for two years, last year was the first year that my boys participated in a book club.

It takes a bit of organization to pick the dates and then we choose the book titles. We typically choose books from the Brave Writer annual subscription lists so we can use the Arrow and Boomerang Guides, but that isn’t a hard, fast requirement.

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Homeschooling, Music

SQUILT Music Appreciation Review

Last year we spent a semester learning about the orchestra, the instruments, and a few composers as well. We had a great time and I was able to put together my own curriculum that carried us through a basic introduction to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra.

This year I want to build on our foundation from last year and dive a little deeper into composer studies. But this time, I don’t want to have to create the study.

This time I want the plans done for me.

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I want something that is already well-planned but allows for flexible implementation. Because if you know me, then you know I am always following my own inspiration, but I need a solid leaping off point.

I had no idea what would fit the bill until I tried SQUILT music.

SQUILT music lessons are easy to implement music appreciation lessons that are perfect for your homeschool. Read my full SQUILT review and learn how we are implementing this curriculum. Continue Reading

Adventures/Travel, Out West

Travel the Southwest USA with Kids

We decided to Travel the Southwest USA as a family and it was an amazing experience. Two years later and we still revel in our memories. Our family packed up our 12-passenger van and headed out west to tour well-known parks and landmarks in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

This experience was a first for our family and now you can learn from our experience because I took really great notes:

Every time something happened that worked out well, I jotted it down. When a plan failed, I made a note of the problem. Finally, when I found myself thinking, “I wish I had known that,” then I wrote it down.

And now all of this information is compiled in a 40+ page guide so you can take your own adventure out west!

This great information can be downloaded for only $4.99 and you can begin planning:

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Headed for a vacation with the kids to the Southwest USA? I've got you covered with tips, hotels, restaurants, and more in this 40+ page e-book! Continue Reading