Our Favorite Thanksgiving Read Alouds

Since we’ve been reading and learning about the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving, we’ve come across some books that we’ve really enjoyed and have made some of them our own because they are ones we will read every year in years to come. I…

Fall Family Fun and A Mini Pumpkin Unit

Two of the things I look forward to when we stay up North are apple picking and pumpkin picking. It’s just not the same back home in Florida. Here, we go into the patch where the pumpkins have grown and pull them off the vine ourselves. There&#8217…

Our Homeschool Schedule- A Typical Day

From day one our typical homeschooling schedule has changed again and again. I was looking for that sweet spot where bedtime, wake up time, the order of our schedule, and weekly activities that don’t happen everyday come together in a pretty little bow. Then reality hit. I realized…

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

After our apple picking adventure I had lots and lots of apples to use up. My husband kept asking me “are you making applesauce today?” and “When are you making applesauce?” (subtle, right?). It’s really simple, I love simple. You really can’t…

Apple Picking with Homeschooling on the Side

My family is very blessed to be in upstate New York during the Summer and Fall. For the last couple of years we have taken the girls apple picking at our local orchard (there’s no shortage of orchards here). Our favorite stop is Beak & Skiff and our…

First Grade Curriculum 2016-2017

It’s been 6 weeks since we started our school year. There have been many tweaks and changes in the last several weeks in our schedule and curriculum while we find our flow. Right now, I feel like we’ve gotten to a good place, it took a…

Alzheimer’s Has Changed My Life

Guillermo was born in Puerto Rico in 1952. He is one of 14 children. He is the only one who went to college and had a career. He served 28 years as a Corrections Officer in New York. This is my father and he has early onset Alzheimer’s…

There Are No Rules For Grieving

My life was marked by death at a young age. Life was innocent and carefree up until that point. All of a sudden I had to look after myself and my little sister. I had to “grow up fast”. I don’t remember my mother’s…

So, How’s Homeschooling Going?

I get asked this question a lot. It’s not a bad question, just my friends wanting to know how things are going. We’ve been homeschooling a little over 6 months now and we are loving it. There is a huge learning curve that we are still…

When Enough is Enough

Way back in June I pulled Sakura out of therapy, both physical and occupational therapy. And boy did I get some crazy looks! In the special needs community it is unheard of to pull your child out of therapy for several months. Maybe for a week to recoup or go…