12 Math Ipad Apps for Love of Learning Phase


I’m certainly appreciative of all the extra educational help I can get for my kiddos.  We have a couple of family rules with the ipad.  1. You have a timer set and have to surrender the ipad set after the timer goes off.  2. Only educational stuff allowed.  We have educational games, but I have a focus with this part of technology.  With that said, here are suggested apps for math for your child in the Love of Learning phase (roughly ages 8-12). [Continue reading]

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Family Library: the Inspiration that Exploded Reading in our Family


We have various ideas that worked for our children to inspire a love of reading (see this article), but the one that had the biggest impact on our whole family was when we decided to run a family library.library1-baker

We loan out books to friends and family regularly, we have needs of various kinds of books our library systems do not have (mostly old classics and religious) such as old Blackstone’s American Law books, the Great Books Series, or Will Durrant’s History Series. Having books at the fingertips of your children inspires a desire for lifelong learning and reading. [Continue reading]

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Ways We’ve Inspired Reading


As no child or youth is the same, these are simply ways we have inspired our children to love or at the very least want to read. If you are feeling a little blank on finding another way to reach your child, I hope you can find something in these … [Continue reading]

Five Things I’ve Learned with the Great Teaching Key: Mentors Not Professors


“Someone who approaches twenty students with identical curriculum, methodology, goals and plans is not acting as a mentor. The mentor helps each student identify where he or she is, and then says, "Okay, let's develop a program for you. What do you … [Continue reading]

Utilizing Every Opportunity

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There have been friends and a family member in my life who recently passed away. My mom was completely insane and had crossed the line of reality by the time I was 15 years old. She homeschooled me and spent a lot of time teaching me and my sisters … [Continue reading]

The Liberal Arts and How they Bless My Life

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The Latin roots of the word Liberal means "noble, gracious, munificent, generous," literally "of freedom, pertaining to or befitting a free man," from liber "free, unrestricted, unimpeded; unbridled, unchecked, licentious." (Online Etymology … [Continue reading]

Five Ways to Keep Inspiration Going for Your Learners

Its not easy to change a whole mentality from what the world, school, and most likely our parents required of us growing up. You are the chain breaker. More and more challenging and head strong children are being born today than ever before. I believe it is because of their important missions on earth. I see how important it is now more than ever to change the way things are done to a more positive way. Here are five ways to keep in mind to keep inspiration burning in your learner's hearts.

Its not easy to change a whole mentality from what the world, school, and most likely our parents required of us growing up.  You are the chain breaker.  More and more challenging and head strong children are being born today than ever before.  I … [Continue reading]

Using Goodreads as Homeschoolers

Using Goodreads as Homeschoolers

We’ve used Goodreads since 2008 and I really appreciate the handiness of this tool.  I’ve found hundreds of books I wouldn’t have found otherwise.  I enjoy seeing what my other homeschool friends are reading and especially what they thought of each … [Continue reading]

Weekly Mentor Meetings & What Our Scholars Do


  Everyone needs a little motivation.  Especially your youth.   One of the ingredients of Leadership Education that I’ve been consistent in applying in our homeschool with great success is the weekly mentor meetings.  If your youth is not … [Continue reading]

The Anti-Roll Over Effect


  Truthfully, this is a totally made up effect, but it does happen in real life.  When we first started our detox from public schools years ago, my eldest kids were 9, 8, and 6...I had three others that were younger but they weren't … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Pallet Bookshelf


It’s chic.  It’s country.  It’s sturdy and gorgeous.  I love, love, love my pallet backed bookshelf.   What you need:   2 pallets (18-20 slats needed) 1 piece of pallet for the top front, if you desire (ours is 2 inches ) 1 … [Continue reading]

Ipad Apps for Scholar Phase


  We are blessed to live in a time where technology at our fingertips can enhance our lives and enrich our learning. Sometimes it is helpful to know what the best options are knowing another person has tried it and likes it. I love that we … [Continue reading]

Our Mid October Book List


It's a while since I've share what we're reading.  I've been asking people on Facebook for their book lists and I thought it helpful to share what we're doing.  Enjoy Cailynn: My 17 year old Uncle Tom's Cabin Portrait of a Lady Aristotle for … [Continue reading]

Two Ways to Create an Everyday Teaching & Learning Environment


I believe firmly that every woman who is a mother is the PERFECT mother for her children.  Can we each improve? Of course, but no other person can take your place. I’m expecting my tenth child.  I’ve had many difficult pregnancies during our … [Continue reading]

5 ways to Draw Answers from Your Brain


  Our minds are amazing and we are very intelligent whether you know it or not.  The power of intelligence lies is learning how to use your brain, drawing from it the answers that are already within you.  The following are five ways to draw … [Continue reading]