Best Christmas gifts for the homeschool mom

Homeschool moms wear a lot of hats:  teacher, principal, and curriculum advisor, not to mention their homemaking roles, financial advisor, etc.  While that may create stress the other 364 days per year, on Christmas Day it means many more options for gifts! Here are my favorite Christmas gifts for the homeschool mom.  Some for her, some to make homeschooling easier.  The things she wants but won’t ask for!  Read to the end for a fantastic giveaway just in time for …

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Homeschooling a second grader and kindergartner

It’s hard to believe it’s our 3rd year of homeschooling.  It seems like I just had two in diapers and now I have two in school!  ((Cue the weeping))  A few close friends ask for homeschool updates, so without further ado, I’ll share what we’re planning this year while homeschooling a second grader and kindergartner. If you want to read our past updates on homeschooling: A really long post about our first year of homeschooling Second year of homeschooling The …

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Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – Mansfield, Ohio

A member’s review + tips for if you go Back in December, my mom was asking me what kind of Christmas present she could get for my kids.  Knowing we were relocating to Mansfield, Ohio right after Christmas, I thought that money towards a family membership to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum would be just the ticket (pun intended) to keeping the kids occupied on dreary Ohio days! We’ve been three times so far, and it’s safe to say that this …

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2nd year of homeschooling – planners, curriculum, and controlling the circus

It’s crazy to believe we are racing to the finish of our second year of homeschooling!  I’ve made changes to our approach this year, as I’ve learned more about myself and more about my son! Last year seemed like the year of personality struggles and the big adjustment to schooling full-time. This year feels like a full-blown attempt at scheduling & curricula. Things you should know: Momma doesn’t always know best (sshhh don’t tell anyone) The hardest part of homeschooling for me, …

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My 2016 Christmas List

Blogland is full of lists- Best gifts for travelers! Best gifts for boys aged 7-12!  Best gifts for dad! This is the list titled– Best Gifts for Leah Yoder — fully egocentric and very specific.  Friends, since I can’t have a 10-day Pacific Islands cruise with my family (and a nanny), I’ve resorted to a traditional list. I wrote this for 2 reasons.  So I don’t receive a turkey baster wrapped in a Target bag (We made it through that one, Mr. YT) 😉 Because I …

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A visit to the Newark Earthworks with kids

Some of the best travel happens right outside your door.  We lived nearly on top of the Newark Earthworks for 7 years, yet never really fully explored them.  When some nice November weather hit us, I realized that NOW was the time to visit. The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures IN THE WORLD.  The earthworks were built by the Hopewell culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D.   Over the years, the growth of Newark destroyed many …

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A really long post about our first year of homeschooling

There’s nothing like celebrating the end of our first year of homeschooling with a little Alice Cooper. #notyourtypicalhomeschooler Ha!   As of today, we are d-o-n-e, done.  Now that’s not to say we won’t do some review over the summer or keep up with our daily kids’ devotional, but no more 4-days-a-week-2-hours-a-day for the next 3 months. I’m going to break down what went well, what worked and what didn’t- mostly for my own reference to just.keep.swimming.  However, SO many people asked …

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Wahkeena Nature Preserve with Kids

This past fall a girlfriend and I packed up our kids and visited Wahkeena State Nature Preserve, the perfect day-trip for anyone in Central Ohio.  Located just south of Lancaster in Fairfield County, the Preserve is ljust on the northern edge of the Hocking Hills region.  Wahkeena is the Native American word for “Most beautiful.”  The unassuming vegetation of this area really is beautiful. There are 2-3 different trails at Wahkeena.  These are short in length and fairly easy for children.  Watch for the …

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Who is Zane Grey, anyway? A visit to the National Road & Zane Grey Museum

It’s easy for me to forget that history is literally all around us- sometimes we just need to do a little searching.  This week our family found a local jewel in the National Road & Zane Grey museum.  The museum is located only 10 minutes east of Zanesville in Norwich, OH on US 40, the National Road! Run by the Ohio Historical Society, the museum features three exhibits focusing on: 1.) the building of the National Road 2.) Zane Grey, …

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What do I really want for my kids?

You may have gotten the gist from the blog that we plan to homeschool our children.                                                       Jackson is quickly approaching kindergarten and I’m knee deep in trying to pray and research and network my way into a curriculum that works for us.  I’ve passed on some knowing that this season where I still …

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