Sometimes when I am in the thick of a homeschool day, I have to remind myself about finding the heart of homeschool. It can be busy and the needs of the age range are many. But during this homeschool week the Lord reminded me about relationships. And He reminded me to ask Him for wisdom. It went like this… It hit me. The mess on
We enjoyed a wonderful study of chickadees and other backyard birds in winter. I wanted to share because I know you will enjoy this winter homeschool nature study too! I love the variety of birds we see at our feeder each season. The woodpeckers stop by more frequently to eat the suet we share in winter. Or at least we notice them more. This post
Cultivating curiosity with nature study in your homeschool is simply a delight. It comes naturally with just a bit of practice. Here is how independent nature study went one day in our homeschool. “Mama, I need a towel because I did one of the nature prompts,” she calls through the cracked open back door. I look and her feet are covered in clay. I smile.
What does Christmas look like at Hodgepodge? Do we homeschool in December? I invite you to come and sit by the fire, enjoy a warm cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and put your feet up – for about five minutes. Just five minutes because in December things are changing moment to moment. Like most families, it’s so very busy. Time to head to
I imagine many of you have your tree or trees already decorated and you’re ready for all of the holiday festivities. Some of you may have to travel and some of you may have guests coming to your home. Some of you may not have very many holiday activities planned. This may be a lonely time of year for you. Here is some help for
It’s time for I’m Bored Christmas Edition. Because, it is official. It is Christmas break at our house. And that means I’ll be hearing, “I’m bored!” before we’ve even finished breakfast. When holiday homeschooling, this can be a struggle. The usual routine is gone and we need a bit of structure for our day. Even for Christmas school. So we’ve decided to resurrect the I’m
In honor of the Thanksgiving week, I am sharing my favorite yam casserole recipe with you. Especially great for Thanksgiving but also good for Christmas too! Yam Casserole Recipe Ingredients 3 cups cooked mashed yams or 2 cans 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 stick butter melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt Yam Casserole Instructions Mix all the above ingredients together until well blended.
Here is the habit that helped us simplify gift giving for our children. Three gifts for Christmas. The calendar flipped to November. Today, the days to Christmas widget on my desktop says 46 days. Time to panic? Five children x how many presents???? Since early in our parenting, we have given three gifts to each of our children, just as the wise men brought three