In our family, we’re all about age-appropriate transparency. If our kids have questions about something mature, we do our best to provide honest, clear answers. And if there’s something I don’t know, we read a book or Google it...
The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated annually during the month of January. Schools usually do special units around him and the entire civil rights movement. Some schools even host special events like parades or...
Choosing the right school can seem like an overwhelming task. Combine that with the fact that there are so many different types of schools and education options, and it can make your head spin. Our hope is that this...
We officially turned on the heater in our house, which meant it was time to dust off our winter picture books! Over the years, I've come across many precious books about Christmas and chilly weather and I wanted to...
Christmastime is one of the most romantic times of the year. With very little effort, you can find hundreds of movies and books about newfound love and happily-ever-afters wrapped up in holiday glee. However, what happens after the yes's,...
Before I could write full-time, I worked at a greeting card company. Christmas started in May when catalogs and holiday material went to design. From design to proof, proof to print, print to customer. Christmas in July was real....
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...
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...
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Lexington's Old Mill, located near downtown Lexington at 711 E. Main Street, is home to many businesses - a yoga studio, boutiques, art studios,...

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