Silas watches a tutorial on wood carving while Elsie takes a break from writing her story to look on Today I’ve been reflecting on the gift of TIME. We can earn more money, more things, but we can never earn more time. One of the reasons that we choose to homeschool is to give our… Continue reading Give your children TIME
After you’re done with a reading program, what’s next? It’s time to move on to practicing with real books! This list contains some of our kids favorite books to “graduate” to after they complete “Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons” They are listed in order of increasing difficulty. I recommend that you… Continue reading Books for Beginning Readers
Do your kids line up in a silent, still row and listen to you read aloud for hours on end? I didn’t think so. Having activities available to keep hands busy during read aloud time is a “mom hack” that has blessed our household for years! Even my littlest ones will stick around during our… Continue reading Activities to Keep Hands Busy during READ ALOUD TIME!
A month of giveaways! How fun! Thank you to all the companies who participated. Giveaways were featured in The Kreke Family vlogs during January. Click the company names to visit their sites. Little Pilgrim's Big Journey (free book) Winners: Deedra Fulkerson and Tanya Thorpe Chickie&Roo ($20 credits) Winners: Tania Brower and Mina Martinez Pretty Nerdy… Continue reading January Giveaway WINNERS
I have had many requests to share a list of books our kids have enjoyed. What our kids read shapes who they become. Some of the series I read as a young person gave me an unhealthy desire for the world and caused me a detour in the path that God planned for me. I… Continue reading 75 CHAPTER BOOKS our kids recommend!
Having 8 children means that we are always on the lookout for frugal fun! If you’ve watched my video about our Christmas traditions, you would know that my husband and I fund the kids shopping trips to pick out Christmas gifts for each other instead of us being the ones buying the gifts. Our kids… Continue reading 18 (Kid favorite) Stocking Stuffers under $10!
What a precious season of life are the years considered kindergarten. A time of great learning without effort. Kindergartners are naturally curious about the world and very easy to teach. They WANT to learn new things! (Which can sometimes pose its own set of challenges 😊) https://youtu.be/l8_QJpZBCG4 When my child shows readiness, I begin moving… Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten
I have loved books as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest childhood memories are the times spent listening to my mom read aloud. She faithfully read to us from babyhood all the way through highschool. Now I have eight children of my own and I am carrying on the tradition! The love… Continue reading 9 Classic Picture Books Every Toddler Needs
In our home we require just a few daily subjects: Bible, Math, and Language Arts. Beyond that we love exploring the excitement of learning with many different subjects and resources. I choose one "extra" subject each day to explore with my children so that I am continually presenting their minds with new ideas and areas… Continue reading Electives and Extracurriculars: How to homeschool the “extras”
One of the great blessings of homeschooling is time. It takes time to be able to surround yourself with nature and observe it throughout the year. Since we’ve moved into the woods of Missouri my children’s natural curiosity has propelled them to learn so many things. I am continually amazed by their knowledge of our… Continue reading Nature Study (done naturally)