Did you know there is an International Artist Day? Yes, that's a thing! International Artist Day is on October 25, and this year, I would like to celebrate by telling you all about the extremely talented and inspiring collective...
Halloween is right around the corner and everybody is excited. However, those of us with younger kids can feel apprehensive since we are trying to find a balance between enjoying Halloween and the holiday feeling too scary for our...
Middle school readers are wonderfully unique. They are right between Middle Grade books, which are appropriate for fourth through seventh grade, and Young Adult literature, which spans middle and high school. How does one find appropriate, interesting books for...
A few weeks ago, my silly, sweet, and rambunctious five-year-old started kindergarten. She was looking forward to it for a long time. Her new school is in our neighborhood and right next to our favorite park, so she was...
I'm in my second year as a middle school teacher. And while last year was challenging and frustrating for a variety of reasons, this year has been worse. And we've only been in school for three weeks.  With COVID-19 still...
We've been homeschooling for eight years now, and as I've talked with new homeschool parents over the years, I'm discovering that there are two points where the fear of failure threatens to derail the homeschool process - high school...
We all know that sending our kids to school for their first day is nerve wracking for everyone. The children may be nervous, we as parents are nervous, even the teachers are probably nervous ... that first day is...
Back to school is my favorite time of year! When I was a kindergarten teacher, I loved setting up my classroom in anticipation of an eager new group of students. Now that I’m the mommy of a rising first...
Many parents mark their calendars for tax free weekend because it's the one time of year businesses - small and large alike - offer great sales ALONG with NO sales tax here in SC. And with school right around...
Michele Shearin is an Army wife and homeschooling mom of three, and the director of the newly established Trinity Homeschool Academy, a ministry of International Praise Church. I met Michele at the beginning of my homeschool journey eight years...
I was walking through Target with my son and we saw the school supplies all being set out. The summer items were already dwindling and being replaced by crayons, markers, and notebooks. It’s July. Summers seem to be shorter and...
Summertime is upon us! Time to let littles relax and have fun…playing outdoors, staying up late, and reading! Reading? YES! Research shows that kids who do not read over the summer can suffer from “summer slide” or “brain drain.” Did you...
Summertime is now in full swing! Sunshine, swimming, and lazy afternoons outside fill up our days. However, summer also includes unpredictable thunderstorms and rain, sometimes forcing us to sit inside, wishing about the sunshine instead. When all of us...
If you're on a mission to diversify your child's bookshelf, I've compiled 25 of my family's favorite books to help you get started! Whether your children read independently or read together, books are powerful tools to introduce new ideas and...
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