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2019 Fall Booklist for Mom

My reading list is always huge so I am narrowing it down to focus on specific titles each season of the year.

I wrote my first list in the summer and having a list definitely kept me focused. It also forced me to read a variety of titles, which I enjoyed.

I might not have the time to read every book on the list, but that is okay.

At least I am ready to grab the next book as soon as I finish one.

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Parent’s Guide to Ponyo from Studio Ghibli

Are your children interested in anime, but you don’t know where to start? Studio Ghibli films are a great introduction to the genre. These movies are delightful children’s films that are fun for both adults and kids.

That said, it can be hard to navigate movies that you aren’t familiar with at all. These posts about Studio Ghibli films were created to guide you as you navigate the world of anime.

It is my desire that this particular post will serve as a guide while you enjoy Ponyo with your children.

As always, use your own discretion when selecting movies for your family.

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Handling Life’s Big Emotions: It Isn’t Easy for Me. It Isn’t Easy for My Kids.

I woke up angry with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

The events of yesterday were still on my mind and all of my anger, disappointment, and frustration came flooding back. I felt horrible.

I wanted to fix everything so desperately, but I didn’t cause the problem and the solution I desperately craved was out of my control. My only option was to sit with the consequences and try to move through the current situation.

It wasn’t easy.

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Five Reasons we are Sticking with Mr. D Math in our Homeschool

Last year we made the switch to Mr. D Math for everyone in pre-algebra and beyond. Even though I was a math teacher, I could not keep up with teaching upper-level math to three students.

Mr. D math literally saved my sanity last year.

Because of Mr. D, Tricia made it through pre-algebra, Kayleigh made it through geometry, and David is still halfway through pre-algebra. (David will continue this year.)

Without a doubt, we will be sticking with Mr. D Math this year and I have five good reasons why it’s a great fit in our home.

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Homeschooling, Poetry, Uncategorized

The Ultimate Guide to Poetry Collections for Kids

A good poetry collection throws open the door to the wide world of poetry by exposing the reader to a wide variety of poems and poets.

Over the years we have enjoyed reading various poetry collections and I’ve collected most of the titles to create this Ultimate Guide to Poetry Collections for Kids.

It’s here just in time for National Poetry Month (April), but you can (and should) pull them out all year long.

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How Mr D Math Restored My Homeschool Sanity

Last year, math became the one subject I couldn’t keep up with in our homeschool.

As a former middle school math teacher, I wasn’t prepared for this reality. I love teaching math, especially Algebra. I was thrilled when it was finally time to teach the slope of a line to my homeschooled kiddos.

It meant that we were finally getting to the good stuff.

But then the next kid hit pre-algebra and the third was not far behind. I quickly realized that I could not manage three individual math lessons for three kids every day AND teach all of the other subjects.

I was losing my mind trying to handle it all so I did what all good homeschool moms do

I asked everyone I knew in all of my homeschooling circles and I googled like a crazy lady.

Thankfully, I discovered Mr. D math and we decided to give it a try.

Mr D math restored my homeschool sanity when it came to teaching upper level math.

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Parenting, tweens and teens, Uncategorized

Parenting Fears: Driving Test Day

It’s already four o’clock and I haven’t eaten lunch. This isn’t normal for me.

I pause and think about it and realize that my stomach is in knots. No wonder I haven’t eaten. There is an ache in my stomach making me feel ill, but I am fairly certain that I am not sick. It’s not that kind of ache.

It is the sort of ache I get when I am stressed, so I start to think about it.

Am I stressed? 

I can’t think of any particular stressor at the moment. Typically the root causes of this type of ache are the kids’ schedules, work, or homeschooling. But as I mentally think through my list, I can’t identify any deadlines or projects that are weighing on my mind.

I start to think about my schedule for the next day and the knot in my stomach tightens. This time, I feel seriously ill.

Then it hits me. I am avoiding any thoughts about one particular event on the calendar tomorrow.

My oldest child is taking her driver’s test.

And despite my brain’s refusal to think about it, my stomach is in knots.

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