What We Read: November 2016

November has flown by! While I am really excited about the upcoming holiday season, I admit I'm feeling a tad anxious about all the busyness of this time of year. We have a new baby set to arrive in early January, so my mind is racing as I think about all that needs to be done this month. This month we finished Term 1 of school, had a week off for exams, and then spent the last weeks of November reading Thanksgiving-related books, so my girls' assigned books have been fewer than in … [Read more...]

What We Read: October 2016

October came and went so quickly that I am just now sitting down to see what we read last month. I have never been good about tracking our "read" books - until this school year. I have a Master Checklist for our school work on which I include the books the girls are reading as well as how many pages/chapters they are expected to read daily. This list/schedule has been a real lifesaver for me! Plus, if I remember, I try to post my books and read-alouds on Goodreads. Here's what we read in … [Read more...]

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {Review & Giveaway}

Being a parent has been, by far, THE hardest, most personally refining experience of my life. The love a parent feels for her child is indescribable. Yet, the day-in, day-out struggles can be grueling, especially when we neglect to see the big picture. In his latest book -- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp provides that big-picture view of God's plan for parents and outlines 14 key principles centered on the Gospel that will give your … [Read more...]

What We Read: September 2016

Earlier this week I shared 3 booklists for my 3rd grader, which is a compilation of living books my oldest will be reading through this school year. I truly enjoy seeing what people read and getting book recommendations for myself and my girls, so I thought I'd share with you the books we read in September. Read-Alouds We have read-aloud times throughout the day, but breakfast is consistently the best time for us. Last month, we read 2 books together exclusively during that 30 minute … [Read more...]

Jan/Feb 2016 Books We’ve Been Reading

Winter is my favorite season for reading. There's just nothing like snuggling up with a hot mug of coffee and a page-turner. This winter has been colder than usual here in Tennessee, and while my kids watch their fair share of "Wild Kratts," they're also spending quite a bit of time with some good reads. Weekly library trips, daily read-aloud times, "the quiet reading hour", and assigned books are just a few ways we make reading in our home a priority. And the rule is that Mama reads too. No … [Read more...]

Grapevine Studies: Review of “The Birth of Jesus – Beginner” Study

Bible study is a regular part of our day. Beginning our school days in God's Word and prayer is foundational. So I'm always on the lookout for new curricula or Bible study materials to use with our girls that challenges them in new ways, applies different learning styles, and works for multiple ages. Recently, Grapevine Studies provided me with the opportunity to take my little ones on a journey to Bethlehem to learn about Jesus' birth in their Birth of Jesus- Beginner study. In exchange for … [Read more...]

Maestro Classics: “The Nutcracker” {Review}

Two years ago I took our oldest daughter to see a local production of the Nutcracker ballet. She fell in love and so did I. Afterwards, we checked out all the library books on the Nutcracker we could find and watched countless Youtube videos of the performance. Kate and her little sisters pirouetted across our living room floor to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and imagined they were each Clara on her journey with the Nutcracker prince. Since that ballet our girls have always gravitated toward … [Read more...]

What We Read in September

Fall is officially here. We're in our third month of school. And the weather is definitely cooling off around here in Tennessee. While we got off to a great start with our school year, I'm feeling compelled to slow down. In September, we didn't read as many books as I would have liked, so I'm planning to snuggle down and read more together in October because providing my children with rich ideas to feast on is so important. Here's what we read in September: Read-Aloud We have gotten … [Read more...]

Gentle Preschool Curriculum — 2015-2016

My three-year-old daughter Annabeth is a little firecracker. If there's a clown in every family, then she's ours. She's always trying to make people laugh with her silly faces and made-up words, so while I am excited she wants to "do school" like her big sisters, I am also a little sad. Why can't time slow down a little?! Preschool Curriculum Ordinarily, at age 3, my girls are still doing puzzles, playing with their dolls, and "reading" books with some Sing Spell Read & Write Preschool … [Read more...]

A Sing-Along Alphabet Book for Children {Review}

By far our favorite part of the day is Read-Aloud time. As I select books for our children, I'm guided by the verse from Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. We only have a limited time with our children, so it's important that we're reading books that instill goodness, truth, and … [Read more...]