How to Create Activities for Any Book

We love books, and we love learning through books here. Picture books, chapter books, encyclopedias, anthogies, whatever!  But being the perfectionist that I am, I’m often less than enthused by curricula that’s designed to tell me what I should be doing with each book we read.  It just always seems thin, and sort of forced.

After buying several such books, I realized that I was not following 80% of what they were telling me anyway – I was designing my own ideas.

Today I’m at My Joy Filled Life talking about just that!  Come on over and stay awhile, Sarah has a fantastic blog.

Here’s the link to my post –

How to Create Learning Activities for Any Book

See you there!

5 Things My Daughter Taught Me About Homeschooling with Dyslexia

This week is the last week I’m Homeschool-Teacher-Mom to my daughter.

Next week she starts her semester at the community college for her last two classes of homeschooling…ever.

This girl of mine, what can I say? I knew when I was pregnant with her that she would be special.

I wasn’t sure exactly how that would play out, but what I *didn’t* expect was that she would teach me far more than I would teach her.

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Nine Favorite Picture Books About Snow

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In honor of the snowstorm blanketing the East Coast right now, I’m sharing our favorite picture books about snow.

For us, reading about snow always seems to bring the same sense of calm anticipation that actual snow brings us. It’s a loving, hunkered down but excited-to-get-out-in-it kind of feeling.  There may be snowmageddon going on outside, but inside we are warm and cozy, with our hot cocoa and favorite books — this introvert/HSP’s dream. Continue reading “Nine Favorite Picture Books About Snow”

Once Upon a Time Card Game

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We love games here, but I don’t typically buy them except for Christmas and birthdays. So I surprised myself by heading over to Amazon to purchase the Once Upon a Time card game on a whim. I’m so glad I did!

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Reading Challenge 2016

Are any of my readers doing Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge for 2016?  For several years I attempted reading challenges and fell woefully behind, typically quitting when I knew there was NO WAY I would ever accomplish the “challenge”.   I think my problem was I picked challenges like Read 10 Books in Every Genre Every Month!  

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge is MUCH more doable.  Just 12 books!  I think I can do this.

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In which the Highly Sensitive Homeschooler goes on a college trip, and decides she’d rather stay in her bed forever.


It was an average day, really. Nothing from the outside that would make it look like I should want to retreat to my bed never to return.

Beautiful weather, kind people, peaceful campus. (Wait, that actually sounds better than average…)

So what was the problem?
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Some favorite hands-off homeschooling items

With five children, I tend to get “talked out” fairly quickly – not only their talking to me and to each other, but my own talking as well.   I get tired of the sound of my own voice rattling in my ears, and love to have something to hand the children that is educational but keeps me out of it for the most part.

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