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Encouragement for Teaching the "Little Hearts" that God has given to you

How Reading Together Connects Our Family

By Amanda | May 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

Today, I want to share with you one of the best ways that I have found to connect with my children: through reading together. Whether we are reading picture books, Bible stories, or chapter books, reading provides connection for my family like nothing else that I have found!   How Reading Helps Me to Connect with … Read more…

Why We Love Homeschooling Year-Round

By Amanda | April 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

One of the most important things that I have learned about homeschooling is that it doesn’t have to look like “school at home.” While this concept includes the traditional learning style of textbooks and notebook paper and the 8:00AM to 3:00PM mentality, I have found that it also reaches much deeper than that. It also includes the … Read more…

4 Reasons Why Nature Study with Young Children is Important

By Amanda | March 15, 2017 | 4 Comments

Some of my best memories as a child are times of being outside in nature to explore. I loved to study rocks, pick wildflowers, and chase butterflies. I remember going on walks with my dad, who showed me interesting things. He taught me how to identify trees, showed me animal tracks in the dirt, and … Read more…

Right Now on Amazon – The Boxcar Children Book Series #1-12 Only $3.99!

By Amanda | February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Right now Amazon has the Kindle Edition of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: Books One Through Twelve available to download for just $3.99 (regular price is $59.99)! The Boxcar Children Series follows the life and adventures of four orphaned siblings – Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny – and everywhere they go, they find a mystery to solve. … Read more…

Healthy Strawberry Banana “Ice Cream”

By Amanda | February 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

A Cool Valentine’s Day Treat (Dairy Free and Sugar Free!)  Healthy eating is a challenge (for children and adults alike). My husband and I make an effort to eat a healthy diet. We try to include lots of fruits and vegetables and limit our sugar intake. And we try to teach our children to do the same. But it’s … Read more…

Why My Daughter is Learning Cursive

By Amanda | February 10, 2017 | 4 Comments

Over the past year or so, to teach or not to teach cursive handwriting has been a major topic among elementary educators. When I first heard of this debate, I actually could not believe that this was even a discussion. I mean, why wouldn’t you learn cursive? But then I began to really think about this question. … Read more…

Pie Baking and Birdhouse Making: Making Time for Fun Projects as a Family

By Amanda | February 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

Happy New Year! Yes, I know it’s February 1st, but I took the entire month of January off from blogging 🙂 But now I’m back and will hopefully be posting at least once a week. I just wanted to share with you something that we have decided to do as a family each week in … Read more…

Top 5 Educational Toy Gifts for Preschoolers

By Amanda | December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Preschoolers are natural learners. They are curious about the world around them and learn so much through play, and they find simple things fascinating. (Is it just me, or does anyone else’s preschool age child prefer to play with my kitchen utensils and tupperware containers over their toys?) Choosing good toys for preschoolers does not have … Read more…

Why Our Christmas Tree is Up Before Thanksgiving

By Amanda | November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

  So yesterday we put up our Christmas tree. I know what you’re thinking, we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet! Yes, our Christmas tree is up 4 days before Thanksgiving. And I have to say that this is earliest I have EVER had a Christmas tree in my house. I know that many people are … Read more…

Rod and Staff Preschool Workbooks

By Amanda | November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Today, my two little hearts were so excited because of a box that was delivered to our front door. It was a box from Milestone Books and contained our new Rod and Staff Workbooks! I was introduced to Rod and Staff through the Heart of Dakota Curriculum, Little Hearts for His Glory. My 6 … Read more…

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."  ~ Charlotte Mason