The Benefits of Driving an Old Van

JMJ93  *You can fit half the neighborhood into your vehicle when you go places.  Seriously, it is nice to have extra space for additional friends to accompany us, or do a favor for another parent and transport one or more of their kids, on whatever adventure you are off to. Ring the School Bell 93/180…

Setting Goals for Part 2 of the School Year

JMJ90  *How are you personally holding up?  If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with?  When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget.  Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we…

Bonding with your Older Child

JMJ-  *Be a good listener.  They will tell you more, if you just pause and listen.  Give advice in a non-bossy know-it-all way.  Talk about your own experiences, or what you would consider when they are talking about issues they are facing. Ring the School Bell 87/180 days I must confess, I have been a…

Reasons to Homeschool Part 2

JMJ  *With homeschooling, proper socialization opportunities abound, with people of all ages and backgrounds, assuming that you get out of the house!  It is more of a “slice of reality” to be mixed in with such an assortment of ages, than being mixed in with same-aged peers in a traditional classroom setting. Ring the School…

Technology and your Family

JMJ83  *As Sabrina worked diligently on her college application essay today, for Loyola Marymount University, it posed an interesting question: “Imagination requires going to the depths of reality. Do social media and instant communication pose obstacles to such reflection and serious thinking?  How can college students practice serious reflection in our always connected and instantaneous world?”…

Mandarin Mango Smoothie- from Sarah’s allergy sensitive kitchen

My family members agreed that the flavors work well together in this recipe.  The mandarin and mango complement each other, with a little banana to make it nice and creamy.  The yogurt gives it a healthy protein punch.   Mandarin Mango Smile Smoothie (Tree nut-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, egg-free recipe from Sarah’s allergy-free kitchen) Sign up…

Hosting a Kid’s Variety Show: 8 Easy Steps

JMJ80  *Our 3rd Annual Variety Show is coming up soon!  It’s an event where our school-aged friends come over and share their talents, whether they be musical, theatrical, comedic, dance, you name it!  We have had so much fun in the past with this, packing the living room with young performers along with their parents….

Easing Back into the Homeschool Routine (after a long winter’s nap!)

JMJ  *The week before school commences again is a good time to get back in the habit of getting up earlier, adjusting your household time zone, so it is not a shocker, and nobody experiences that tired “jet lag” feeling the first week back in school. Ring the School Bell 79/180 days Besides getting back…

How to Raise a Lifelong Learner

JMJ  *It’s not really part 2 of the school year, but it certainly feels like it.  We are not quite done with the first semester.  The majority of the states here in the U.S. require at least 180 days of instruction, but here we are, only on day 78!   Ring the School Bell 78/180 days…