How to Raise a Child To Love Reading


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our children just naturally loved reading?  Of course!  It would be equally wonderful if I naturally loved making dinner but, let’s face it, that’s not happening.  Instead, I do what’s necessary to make dinnertime work for me (the crockpot and 15-minute meals are my BFFs).

The same is true for our kids and reading; we have to make it work for them.  Some kids naturally enjoy reading and some would rather eat dirt than read for just twenty minutes.  (I have one of each in case you’re wondering.)  So what are we moms to do when we want to instill a love of reading in our unenthusiastic children?

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November Picture Book Favorites

6577387Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!
Mrs. Millie is silly!  In this fun story, Mrs. Millie takes her class to the pumpkin patch, where her students spend the day guessing the real meanings of her nonsense words.  The story is cute and clever with an emphasis on rhyming, as many of Mrs. Millie’s silly words rhyme with what she really means to say (dragon instead of wagon, spider instead of cider, and so on).

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5 Tips for Successful Read Aloud Time

Before I knew anything else about how I wanted to approach homeschooling, I knew reading aloud to the kids would be a big part of our routine.  You don’t have to look hard to find about a bazillion studies on the importance and benefits of reading to children – things like developing critical brain connections and unique bonding opportunities between parents and their little ones.

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How We Pulled the Plug on Cable TV


“Wait, really?”  “Don’t you miss it?”  “I could never do that.”  These are the types of things I hear from people when they find out we don’t have cable television.  It gets worse once they hear we don’t have Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming service either.  We might as well be time travelers from the 18th century.  Do we even have indoor plumbing?  Why do we do this to ourselves?  How do we live without infomercials, holiday specials, Sunday football, and the endless current of over-the-top reality shows?  Actually, it’s been easier (and better) than I imagined at the start.  And we even still blend in with the rest of cable-connected society…at least I think we do.

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Using Who Was Books in your Homeschool


Since the beginning of our homeschool adventure, I’ve been looking for the perfect history and science curriculums.  Every pre-designed, boxed program I found didn’t seem to work for us for various reasons, and I spent our first homeschool year piecing together random lessons from across the internet.  We still learned some great things that year, but the prep work on my part quickly became overwhelming.  I knew we needed something different, but after scouring the web for recommendations I still came up short.  Then, during one particularly blessed library trip, I struck gold.  I came across the Who Was book series by Scholastic, and our history/science combo curriculum was born.

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For the Mom Who Wants to Quit


As a mom of three (ages 9, 7, and 4) I’ve experienced my fair share of moments when I wanted to admit defeat and run away. Burnout is not just a thing you can do in a muscle car. It’s a real-life byproduct of the business of motherhood. If you’re an imperfect mom like me and you feel ready to quit, know you’re not alone. Take a few moments to yourself, have a coffee or some tea, and reflect on these reminders to bring you peace of mind and heart.

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