Growing Up

Simple Teething Tips

Surviving Teeething - simple teething tips from a mom of 4

Sharp, searing pain bringing screams and screeches to a little one who cannot communicate through anything else.  Or maybe it is a dull, driving pain that produces a headache that won’t wait.  I really don’t know what it is like to struggle through teething.  I think God knew what He was doing when He gave us teeth in our early years – so we wouldn’t remember the pain that came with it!  But as parents we need some serious teething tips to help get us through it!

Our kids have never been the up-crying-through-the night-teething-babies.  And we have 4 (I have to say that to myself every now and again to let it sink in)!  All of them have been able to sleep through the pain with a little help from us.  I thought the process we had for our kids was pretty customary –  pretty much the way all parents dealt with it.  But a little while back I posted a picture on my Instagram feed of our current teether with a tip I had not discovered until baby #4 and people commented that they had never heard of treating teething that way.  So, I thought I would share the wisdom I have gained as a result of shepherding 4 kids through the nightmare that is teething. Continue Reading

Devotion, Growing Up

A Simple Latin-English Reader for you

The concept of the one-room schoolhouse must, as a necessity, be a reality in our home.  This year we are homeschooling a 1st grader and a pre-k kid, while trying to keep a busy and quick learning almost 2-year-old.  Well, we are homeschooling in between nursing the baby and dealing with tantrums and naps and meals (and, and, and).  And there are days that go incredibly well and days where nothing happens of seeming importance.

These are the days when I have to take the long view of the education of our children.

I take a deep breath (or a fresh cup of coffee) and remind myself we have a LOT of days in which to educate and train our little ones.  I also remind myself that the older two, for better or worse, are test cases.  Hopefully, I have much more figured out once the younger two are walking through the stages we are going through today with the older.  I think: “We can make mistakes.  We can take breaks.  We will have another chance to do these things.”

Ok, that was a little bit of a bunny trail…where was I? Continue Reading

Pennies from Heaven

Dreaming of Disney – Planning the Perfect Trip

Disney World - planning the perfect trip - when to book your trip

I have a case of serious Disney FEVER!!  I don’t really know what has come over me in the last few weeks, but I just cannot stop thinking about and planning for the ultimate family vacation to Disney World.  The only problem:

We have to wait over a YEAR before we get to GO!!

Currently our girls are the perfect ages for a trip (6 and 4), but our little guy (almost 18 months) is still figuring out the walking thing.  But the big obstacle is the baby in my tummy!  So, we are shooting to take a big family trip to the World in September of 2018 – when baby is about a year old and the kids are all mobile (for the most part).

I have heard through my research that Disney believes it takes the average family 3 years to plan and save for a trip to Walt Disney World.  So, I figure I am not too early in the process.   Even though it does feel like this is WAY too early to be thinking of a vacation! Continue Reading

Growing Up

Skip Counting Tips and Tricks – with FREE Printables

simple ideas for teaching skip counting

When we started homeschooling at the beginning of this school year, I had no idea what lay ahead of us.  I had plans, yes.  But there was no way to see what lay ahead.  I compared it to looking out over an abyss and trying to determine what would happen.

But one day, we just began.  We jumped into the homeschool thing.  And we have had a BLAST!

My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun.  We work our homeschool  program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3

One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts.  A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin.  But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same. Continue Reading

Devotion

Verse by Verse through The Gospel of John, 1: 6-8

Inductive study for kids - working through the Gospel of John verse by verse

We have been slowly working our way through John chapter 1, using a modified inductive study method.  We focus on asking lots of questions and reviewing the information a LOT!  In the short time we have been working through John, we have learned much of the content.  For more information and to discover how we walked through the first part of John, check out the previous post in this series.

Here are the simple ideas we used to learn John 1:6-8. Our girls are 4 and 5 years old.  Continue Reading

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