Learning Piano with Hal Leonard’s “Piano for Kids”

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. We recently got a new keyboard, as we are waiting on getting a new piano next year.  In the mean time, I am glad to see the kids have immediately taken to playing the piano. However, we don’t have time for official lessons […]

Cobblestone Magazine (**GIVEAWAY!**)

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. While my kids love reading, I have found that over the years, magazines are a great way to go when it comes to inspiring them to read.  There is something about getting a magazine in the mail, and having literature that is supplemented with images. […]

School on Wheels: Priceless Road Trip Lessons for Kids and Their Parents

  Road trips are a fun tradition for families throughout the world. Nothing beats getting away from the daily routine for a couple days to share new experiences and create lasting memories with the family. However, a road trip also provides a great opportunity to teach your kids some invaluable lessons in a relaxed setting, […]

Money Savvy Kids ~ Getting Smart About Money! (**GIVEAWAY**)

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. I have always tried to teach my kids the importance of saving their money.  Now that my daughter is 9, it is a great time to teach her about managing her money properly, especially as she has been learning about money at school and also […]

ThinkFun Math Dice Chase Game

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We love games in our house, and educational games are even that much better.  ThinkFun’s Match Dice Game couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as my daughter is working on her multiplication skills. One part hot potato, one part math – […]

Smart, Silly and Sweet: Priceless Pointers for Parents of Gifted Children

    Of course, all parents believe that their children are special.  However, some children advance faster than others and exhibit exemplary talents related to academics, music, sports, etc.  And in some cases, gifted students may host eccentric traits, being overly sweet, silly, and smart.  Children with a lot of potential should be nurtured and […]

MultiBandz ~ Learning Multiplication with Silicone Wrist Bands

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My daughter just finished second grade, and while learning times tables was a goal for this year, it was not something that we finished.  The kids are still being taught other math skills and the end of the year was really busy. […]

Space Scouts Summer Adventure Subscription Box

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We are looking forward to summer vacation, but between boredom and idle time, it is important to me that the kids are learning things too.  Space Scouts is a subscription service that sends educational materials right to your home! Summer Vacation!  It’s […]

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

    I have been an avid reader since I was a kid, and I still read every chance that I can.  Although I have less time for it now that I have kids, I share my love of reading with them as much as I can.  Both my kids love reading, but sometimes things […]

Science for Kids: Milk Experiment

  If you are looking for something easy to do with the kids, but to also learn a little science too, this is a fun experiment you can do.  It only takes a few supplies that you probably already have at time, there is very little setup time, and it isn’t messy.  We have seen […]

The Learning Box Preschool (**GIVEAWAY**)

his product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The Learning Box Preschool is a professionally designed online educational preschool curriculum program filled with fun hands-on activities, arts and crafts, and early literacy experiences for children ages 3-5. The Learning Box Preschool program kits are all inclusive and hassle free! Goodbye hours of […]

Homeschooling Through Life’s Circumstances

I don’t know about you, but my life never goes as I plan. Be it personal {I never thought I’d be a single mom for this long!}, the blog, or homeschooling, I am always running up against a wall. This month, the wall that stopped me in my tracks is my health. I am only […]

This is all part of homeschooling (Homeschooling in the New Year)

So, it’s almost time to start a new year. 2013. It’s coming~ and it’ll be here soon. Even though homeschooling goals and schedules are set in the Summer, this is a great time to re-evaluate how your year is going. Are you on track to meet your goals? Are you on track to finish on […]

Footsteps2Brilliance Review and **GIVEAWAY**

Since we found out we were pregnant with our first child, over 10 years ago, I have been on the look out for a good reading program I could do with our children at home. As a teacher and mother, I knew the importance of reading, and vocabulary development for academic success. All the programs […]

Homeschool Thankfulness (Plus My Favorite Resources)

Homeschooling is hard! There is so much planning, researching, studying, talking to others, etc that goes into each and every week, just to have your carefully laid plans go up in smoke over some unforeseen glitch. Being a single mom homeschooling girls with Special Needs, it seems that I spend more time trying to get […]

Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When our children know that everything is in order at home, when they know that they are accepted and loved, it is a lot easier for them to […]

Simply Homeschooling

There is a vision amongst us homeschoolers that everyone is a homeschooling supermom. Everyone has it together, is organized, has great resources and kids that are working at least one full grade ahead. Everyone except us. Well, I am hear to tell you, it’s actually everyone except me! I love the moms that are together […]

Make the new school year a new beginning

  With less than a month to go before most of us start homeschooling for 2012-2013 school year, I am once again asking myself “What the heck and I going to do with these kids?” This time last year, I was writing the series ‘Why I No Longer Homeschool’ parts 1, 2, and 3.  I […]

Summer is for Family Learning Fun

  “No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!”  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling than knowing that you have almost 3 full months of nothing ahead of you. Well, “nothing” for me was the summer reading program at the library, as […]

Take Homeschooling Outside

  The cold, cold days of winter are long past, but schooling is not quite done.  At least it’s not for us; we school year round.  But now, it’s finally summer and it’s time to move the schooling outside! I don’t know about you, but the thought of walking through the woods collecting different kinds […]

Homeschooling: On the Road and In the Summer?

Our family is planning a vacation to Wyoming and South Dakota this summer.  So, why am I talking about homeschooling?  Because we are doing unit studies and reading books about those two states and different places, people, animals, plants, etc. in preparation for our trip.  We are learning a little history, geography, science, math and […]

Homeschooling When It’s Hard

Sometimes, it gets hard to homeschool. Well, honestly, it’s always hard to homeschool, but some times it’s worse than others. Recently, I hit a rough patch in our schooling that has caused me to sit back and reevaluate what I was doing.  Is the program for us?  Is the curriculum for us?  Why am I […]

Sinking and Failing at Homeschooling

If any of you are regular readers of my posts here on a Nation of Moms, you know that deadlines and I do not get along. At all. So, I definitely did not understand that I was getting into deadline heaven when I first started cyber school with the twins. If you refer to Why […]

Career or Kids? Why I chose my kids over “my” life

I think I lost a friend.  I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure she’s not my friend anymore.  And, I think she’s not my friend because I have made the decision to put my kids above my career. We all make decisions in life, some big and some small, and we make them everyday.  […]

Our Homeschool Preschool Plan

I know this might come a tad bit on the late side, but I just didn’t have the time to plan out our school year until just recently.  (Or perhaps I was just avoiding the responsibility because I didn’t want to add one more thing to my already filled plate.)  Hopefully this might help some […]

Why I No Longer Homeschool ~ Part 3

In the last two parts of Why I No Longer Homeschool we talked about what led me to cyber school and the benefits to me.  This time, I would like to take a minute to talk about what to look for in a cyber school~ in case you decide to give it a shot for […]

Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 2

In a previous post, I discussed my decision to enroll the girls in a cyber school.  This post is about the benefits to ME!   I remember that fateful day in October 2009~ Knuckles’ very first Parent-Teacher conference.  She was in Kindergarten.  It changed my life forever. I don’t remember if I had The Princesses […]

Why I No Longer Homeschool~ Part 1

I know I ‘homeschool.’ and I am (one of) the homeschool contributor (who misses her deadlines by 2 or 3 months) here, but I have a confession.  I am not homeschooling anymore.  My kids are going to *GASP* public school. Well, kinda…  Not really but kinda… I have, indeed enrolled my kids in public school […]

Homeschooling and the Single Mom

According to several Twitter (@momtosprouts) and Facebook (Home Grown Families) prompts I am the ONLY single Mom that homeschools. Fortunately, a Google search confirmed that this isn’t true but there definitely aren’t a lot of us. Homeschooling is hard. Period. When you talk to other homeschooling Moms they will tell you how much they love […]

What’s the Big Deal About Tot Trays?

Have I shared with you my love for Montessori?  If I haven’t, I apologize.  I am completely engrossed in the entire idea and have started implementing and modeling our environment after these very principles.  So where do I get my inspiration and ideas for Montessori activities for my 3 year old son?  From three very […]