June 2016 in Photos

June 2016 in Photos: Hospitals, Dancing, and Beach Fun

June was a crazy busy month for our family.   This month included Audrey being admitted into the hospital, dance performances at libraries and nursing homes all over the county for the girls, and a week-long beach visit with family.   Although June began a bit bumpy it ended up being a super fun and busy […]

Instant Pot Potato Salad:  Quick & Delicious!

Instant Pot Potato Salad: Quick & Delicious!

Potato salad seems to be a summer staple.  It goes well with the barbeques and potlucks that seem to come together during the summertime.   Alex requested potato salad for a recent family get together and I decided to use my Instant Pot.  Boy, did this speed up the process!  Instant Pot potato salad is […]

May 2016 in pictures

May 2016 in Pictures: Fishing, Butterflies, & Kittens!

Here is my May 2016 in pictures post, watch out I am catching up!  Just like in April a lot of fishing occurred.  It is a good thing that we are surrounded by water!  We also had new additions to our family and even fostered a few critters until they could be released back into the […]

Our 6th year homeschooling and we are still loving it!

Our 6th Year Homeschooling…Still Loving It!

It is transition time in our family homeschool.  Alex and Ava had their annual homeschool portfolio evaluation, required by our state, and moved up a grade level.  It doesn’t have to happen this way but since we homeschool year-round it seems like a good time to move on to the next grade level. I also sent […]

April 2016 in pictures

April 2016 in Pictures: Fishing, Fun, & A Road Trip!

April was an awesome month for our family!   We fished, played, learned, and went on a fun road trip.  We spent the month doing what we do best, living and learning with love.   Join us on our adventure…April 2016 in pictures! April 2016 in Pictures The Sebastian Inlet Tide Pool is one of […]

Using Lapbooks with Literature

Using Lapbooks with Literature

In our homeschool we prefer living books over textbooks.  Some of our favorite homeschool moments happened while snuggled up reading books together.   Two of the three children are fluent readers but we still enjoy reading aloud together.  We really enjoy using lapbooks with literature studies.  Using lapbooks is a fun way to record what […]

Field Trip:  Space Coast Area Transit

Space Coast Area Transit: Homeschool Field Trip

It’s time for another fun homeschool field trip here in Central Florida.  We drive our van around town so my children have had very little experience utilizing pubic transporation.  We headed to Space Coast Area Transit for our next homeschool field trip, this was just the place to learn about and experience public transportation. I […]

Field Trip Fun:  WFIT

Field Trip Fun: WFIT Public Radio Station

If we are not listening to an audio book or Pandora we are listening to WFIT 89.5.  It is one of the very few radio stations programmed in our van.  My husband introduced me to this radio station many (many!) years ago.   He actually thought of this fun field trip idea…thanks Shane! The kids […]

January 2016:  Our Month in Photos

A Mini-Vacation & Tons of Fun: January 2016 In Photos

My kids were looking through all of the photos in the Mamatography Project that I used to participate in, a photo a day,  and they were bummed when they came to the last post.   They asked me to start posting photos again and I agreed that it was a great idea.  The Mamatographgy Project […]

Fun Learning Lessons:  The Periodic Table of Elements

Homeschool Learning: Discovering & Understanding the Periodic Table of Elements

Alex decided to ditch the science path that we were on this homeschool year in order to learn about chemistry (yeah, we often change it up mid-year).  I knew that learning about chemistry would involve learning about the periodic table of elements and that scared me.  Once I got over this fear I found many […]

Discovering Japan:  Homeschool Lesson Ideas

Homeschool: Learning About Japan (including Epcot fun!)

This homeschooling year we are exploring World Geography and cultures.  This week we discovered Japan and we had a blast learning all about the country and the culture of the people who live there.  We watched videos, made crafts, read books and took a trip to Epcot while learning about Japan. Being able to include […]

Bubble painting

Living & Learning With Love: August 2015

August was a fun and busy month!  I told myself that we would not be as busy this year but there are just too many fun things to do and see near where we live.  I am very grateful to live on the Space Coast of Florida, there are tons of homeschoolers and so many […]

Interest-let Learning With Structure

Interest-Led Learning with Structure: Our Children’s Involvement In Their Home Education

It’s that time of year again, time to decide what our we will be learning in the upcoming homeschool year. This is our fifth year homeschooling.  We have attempted many different approaches to how we homeschool. We have been very structured (that lasted about a week), we deschooled, unschooled, and finally found our groove as […]