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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 […]

Skeletal System Lesson Activities

Homeschool: Learning About The Skeletal System

We are continuing along our human body learning journey.  We have already learned about skin and cells, this week we are discovering the skeletal system.  I am really excited about our human body learning unit, we did this a few years ago but they are older now and I know that I will be able […]

Turkey Creek Field Trip

Field Trip Friday: Turkey Creek Sanctuary

The weather has been very warm lately so for out Field Trip Friday outing this week we loaded up and headed to Turkey Creek Sanctuary.   We discovered this hidden treasure last year (thank you Kristi!) and it has become one of our favorite places to explore. Turkey Creek Sanctuary is located at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, […]


Homeschool Helper: Reading Eggs

I recently posted about our daily learning drawers.  In that post I included what a typical learning drawer for Alex contained.  I now realize that I left something out.   Alex and Ava’s daily learning drawers contain a laminated computer card.  They look something like this (these came from KinderTastic): At some point during the day they bring […]

Planets:  Lesson Ideas

Learning About Planets: Fun and Free Activities

Our most recent learning topic has been space.  This is a topic that my little man has always been interested in.  I am not surprised as we live on the space coast! Of course a new learning topic means that we got to create a new lapbook.  I turned to Homeschool Share and found more than one awesome […]

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

Fall is here.  We live in Florida and I am having a hard time getting into a fall-ish mood with temperatures in the upper 80’s.  I haven’t always lived in such a tropical climate so when this time of year rolls around I miss the cool crisp air and beautifully colored leaves.  I decided that if I can’t have the fall that I […]


Homemade Moon Sand

We are currently learning about space and we were due for a new sensory bin.  It seems that it was the perfect time for a homemade moon sand sensory bin! Making homemade moon sand is super easy and you probably already have the two ingredients in your home.  All you do is mix up, I […]


Our Homeschool Curriculum (Or Lack Thereof…)

My family lives in a state that is very relaxed in regards to homeschoolers.  We are able to decide for ourselves what we learn about and the manner in which we learn it.  I am so grateful that we have the freedom to create our families learning curriculum.  This year, our homeschool curriculum has a little bit of structure and a […]


Field Trip Friday: Sebastian Inlet Tide Pool

This week marked the beginning of Autumn.  I have been jealous of all of the blog posts and Facebook status updates about the cooler autumn weather.  I live in Florida.  The temperature is still in the mid 80’s and there are no leaves changing their color much to Ava’s disappointment. I am actually contemplating a […]


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Audrey Violet Turns Two

My sweet Audrey Violet you were a surprise from the moment I found out you were growing inside of me to when you decided to make your arrival one month early. My sweet Audrey, you are loved….. you are happy…. you are independent….   you are peace…..   you are amazing…. you are two….I love you with […]


Learning With File Folder Games

Last week while searching for ideas for a 5-8 year old busy bag swap in I stumbled upon file folder games.  I could not believe that I had forgotten about file folder games.  I had made at least fifty of these games while pursuing my education degree. This week we started to make file folder games […]


Tadpoles, Frogs, And Crickets: Learning About The Food Chain

We just finished up a mini-unit on the food chain.  As always, I look for fun and free learning activities.  The kids had a blast learning about the food chain through free activities, videos, and crafts. We watched this video explaining the food chain, food web, and energy pyramid: It was no coincidence that I chose […]


Field Trip Friday: Melbourne Police Station

Alex was super excited about our field trip to the police station.  It is not so much the police that excited him it is the actual physical police station.  He is most interested in the design and layout.  I am sure this has to do with his favorite Lego set ..the police station!  I think he really wanted to […]