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Are you a children’s books fanatic? I sure am! And today, I’d like to gush about some titles from Beautiful Feet Books that we have absolutely ADORED recently. 

(Yes, again. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know we love Beautiful Feet Books.)

We start our day with Coffee and Books, we listen to audiobooks in the car during the day, and we end with books and snuggles. Beautiful Feet Books makes Coffee and Books learning a snap! I’ve yet to read a title from Beautiful Feet Books that my kiddos didn’t love!

Coffee and Books with Beautiful Feet Books: A Memorable Start to the Day!

*Disclosure: I received the following titles from Beautiful Feet Books and was compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy. We absolutely adore Beautiful Feet Books. We have loved their books for years! 

The backstory…

Our homeschool routine includes carefully selected, high-quality read alouds and educational games. There are heaps of fantastic books on the market today!

I believe that you could homeschool the elementary years with your library card alone.

Yes, really.

And yet, this is easier said than done. As homeschool parents, we all have the best of intentions. But then life happens and we end up scrambling to throw something together at 7:00 in the morning as the kids are coming down the stairs.

(Does this sound familiar? Trust me, you aren’t alone!)

I’ll be honest: I love when someone does all that work for me. I love an incredible book list or a literature-rich curriculum.

Why I love Beautiful Feet Books

For the uninitiated, Beautiful Feet Books is an award-winning company that offers homeschool families literature-rich curriculum that is both inspiring and easy to use.

Beautiful Feet Books features some of the best literature available, with countless award-winning titles.

The lessons use a Charlotte Mason approach and therefore includes:

  • reading
  • reasoning
  • relating
  • recording

The activities contained in the study guides include drawing, writing, vocabulary, maps, notebooking, timelines, research, and more. The activities cover a variety of academic and non-academic subjects.

You can see some examples from Around the World with Picture Books II below:

Want to see if Beautiful Feet Books might be a good fit for you? Check out these free downloads, including printables and notebooking pages!

For those curious, I try to use secular curricula. Beautiful Feet Books is not secular, but it’s not overtly religious either. Much of the emphasis is on character and building empathy and I love that.

I have used- and enjoyed- the following packages from Beautiful Feet Books:

We have honestly enjoyed every single title included in these studies. Every. Single. One. And I have my eyes on History of the Horse! (Stay tuned, book lovers!)

But, today, I’d like to chat about our recent Coffee and Books obsession: Around the World with Picture Books II. That’s right! The second part of this amazing series is now out!

Beautiful Feet Books: Around the World with Picture Books II

We loved Around the World with Picture Books I so much that I was over-the-moon excited to check out part II! It did not disappoint! This picture book study features many titles you will recognize, and many more that will make your family read-alouds memorable and magical!

Around the World with Picture Books II is designed for use with elementary school students (preK-3rd grade), but I am a huge advocate of using picture books with older students and my 11-year-old enjoyed these, too!

This new course includes coverage of South America and Europe.

Together, your family will journey through Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Brazil and then through France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Great Britain. Your travels will include heaps of award-winning books. Additional resources and ideas for nature study, folktales, music, art, poetry, biographies, and history are also included.

The teacher guide includes questions to guide you through the exploration of each country. Maps and flags are included for coloring pages, journaling, or notebooking. Additional resources and reading lists are included so that you can take each lesson to another level if you so desire.

Around the World with Picture Books II includes approximately 70 lessons.

You can choose to complete four lessons per week for a semester of study or you can do two lessons per week for a one-year exploration.

Or, you can use this as a morning Coffee and Book study and move slowly through each country, sprinkling in Lazy Unit Studies here and there! It’s really up to you!

For those curious about part I, Around the World with Picture Books I includes Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica and it’s also wonderful. We have used it in the past and we love having the books on our shelves. Beautiful Feet Books has the best titles– these are titles you’ll want to save for your grandkids!

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Today, I’d like to welcome Heather Pleier to the site. Heather is a second generation homeschooler raising three amazing kids on Long Island, NY. She blogs at Wonderschooling about curiosity, creativity, and empowering children to discover the world around them. Have you ever wondered how to strengthen sibling relationships with gameschooling? Well, Heather is here to chat about gameschooling with siblings today!

How to Strengthen Sibling Relationships with Gameschooling

You can strengthen sibling relationships with gameschooling

Something magical happened the other day. J, who is 8, was looking for a chess partner.

E, who is 5, agreed to play, but with the stipulation that he needed to give her “the best moves.”

They went off to play, and lo and behold, J coached E, she “won” the game, and both ended the experience pleased with how the game had gone….

…very different than the many times we have ended a game early or in tears because something wasn’t fair or my ultra-competitive child couldn’t handle losing.

Playing often can help siblings to strengthen their relationship

We play lots of games around here, and we also work a lot on our sibling relationships. In order for this to work, our kids need to have permission to leave the game when they want. No one is forced to stay in a situation they’re not enjoying. By doing that, their siblings are incentivized to find a way to make it work. If they want to keep playing, they need a willing partner, and to have that, the other person needs to feel supported.

To do this, we take the power dynamic out of the game. Winning isn’t the goal. Instead, playing harmoniously with healthy relationship dynamics is emphasized.

We model this as parents and help the siblings work on these values as well.

How does that look in a variety of game settings?

Cooperative games are the easiest, with everyone working together toward a common goal.

In strategy games, we have a couple of different approaches. We sometimes ask the younger person how many “bad moves” we should make, or we set up a mentoring relationship where the one may give the other advice, because the goal of the game is spending time together and enjoying the interaction, not winning, per se.

Team games work well, too, to help our kids work together and value each others’ contributions. Old-school games like Pictionary or Outburst, Jr work well, as do partnering up with younger siblings in games otherwise out of their reach.

Kids vs. Parent Games are an easy way to model good sportsmanship when letting the kids “gang up” on us. In this morning’s version of There’s a Moose in the House, I ended up with 12 moose and the 3 kids had none. This is not a problem, because they were working together, collaborating, and I was demonstrating joy in the midst of a total defeat.

Goal Games are another way to take the fight out of otherwise competitive games. My son might not beat me at air hockey, but he can have a goal of more points than the last time we played. With Jenga, we set a goal of how many rows we think we might be able to build to. If we get there, we feel like we’ve won. With Scrabble, we set a goal of a number of points, a word with so many letters, etc, or some other manageable goal, so the kids can feel successful even if they don’t have the most points at the end. The fun thing that happens with this is that they help each other come up with bigger and better words because they’re collaborating rather than competing.

One of the best ways to strengthen sibling relationships is to laugh together. Silly Games enable us to do just that. It’s so fun to see our kids enjoy each other’s creativity and giggle together. Whether it’s Apples to Apples Junior, eeboo’s Obstacles or Quelf, the kids learn to listen to one another and to appreciate each others’ contributions.

Gameschooling for the win…

Yesterday, my 5-year-olds were playing a German speed matching game called Halli Galli. The one twin was getting frustrated because the other had won a number of hands in a row. On their own, they decided to slow down, started clapping for each other, and worked out a way for both to feel good about the game. It was magical.

Now, we still have meltdowns, especially in pure “luck” games where strategy can’t be leveraged to help everyone feel included, but the kids are growing in their empathy and desire to find solutions that work for everyone, and that is a “win” in my book.

Love this post from Heather at Wonderschooling?

Be sure to check out these other popular articles from Wonderschooling:

This post is part of a “Gameschool Voices” series…

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My Little Poppies by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley - 3M ago

I would like to give a shout-out to all the single homeschool parents out there. I’ve chatted with you on this site and in Raising Poppies and I am so proud of you all for making it work.

I think you are amazing. Truly.

Homeschooling can be extremely challenging at times.

And it’s even harder when you are doing it alone.

I’m fortunate because my husband is my biggest supporter.

And while he supports me wholeheartedly, he does work a lot.

Having a spouse who works a lot is completely different from being a single homeschool parent. These are two separate worlds. And so before I get into homeschooling when Dad works a lot, I wanted to give a shout out to all the single homeschool parents who rock this homeschool gig day after day.

Homeschooling When Dad Works A Lot  

The Homeschool Sisters chat about homeschooling when Dad works a lot

In this episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss what it is like when dad works or travels a lot.

It can be stressful to be the only adult on duty, 24/7. Bedtime becomes more challenging, washing machines break, and the last thing you want to think about is dinner.

Cait and Kara have been there, too, and they have some survival strategies to help you through it. From games to fantastic audiobooks to dinner picnics, we’ve got you covered!

Cait and Kara want to send a huge hug to all the single mamas out there who rock solo-parenting day in and day out. If you know a single mama, ask her kids over for a playdate so that she can get lost in a bookstore, savor a silent moment, and enjoy her coffee steaming hot!

Listen to I Want a Milkshake: When Dad Works a Lot {S1E3}

Listen to the episode by clicking the image below, and you can read the show notes with all resources mentioned here.

Click on the above image to listen to the episode!

Here are some ideas for homeschooling when Dad works a lot

Here are some back-pocket ideas for when you homeschool and your spouse works a lot:

Follow The Homeschool Sisters Podcast Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you handle single homeschooling, or homeschooling when Dad (or Mom) works a lot? Share here!

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Today, I want to tell you about one of my daughter’s favorite books. It is called What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir.

This is the perfect book for the little history fans in your life!

‘What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies’ will Delight Your History Lover

Our homeschool routine is based on carefully selected, high-quality educational games and fantastic read-alouds.

Every morning in our homeschool, we enjoy a tradition called Coffee and Books, and then later in the day, I attempt to pair our morning read-alouds with educational games.

Coffee and Books was an unplanned, unexpected tradition, but one that has made a huge impact on our homeschool. I love to share our Coffee and Books on Instagram and, last year, I created a free 5-day Coffee and Books series. My hope is that the Coffee and Books series will improve your morning routine. I hope that it makes your homeschool day a little bit easier, that you build a morning connection that lasts throughout the day.

Young History Fans will Love ‘What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies’

What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies is written by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. This story is an engaging, entertaining, and fact-filled read that will delight U.S. history fans young and old. 

Your children will be enthralled by the trivia in What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies. With fantastic illustrations, your children will learn oodles of fun facts about the women who left their mark on the White House. Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln loathed slavery and worked to abolish it in our country? Or that Sarah Polk prohibited dancing in the White House? Did you know that Julia Grant was the first first lady to issue a press release? Or that Edith Wilson helped to break codes during WWI?

What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies offers a glimpse into the lives of the women who helped shape our nation’s history. In this fun, kid-friendly book, your children will learn that first ladies are more than just the wives of U.S. presidents!

More wonderful history books for your homeschool

I am continually amazed by the growth I see in my children when I add high-quality picture books to our existing curriculum.

Here are more fantastic history books for your homeschool:


Gameschooling with awesome history games

Gameschooling history can be so much fun!

Here are some wonderful history games:


Don’t forget about incredible documentaries!

Over two years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic educational video streaming service called CuriosityStream. And it was love at first sight.

Our family still uses CuriosityStream all the time- it is the best $2.99 I spend each month.

For less than the cost of one of those fancy Starbucks beverages, our family has access to high-quality on-demand educational documentaries without commercial interruption.

You can read my review here:

But you don’t have to take my word for it. CuriosityStream offers a FREE 7-day trial. 

CuriosityStream calms my trio… and they are learning as they watch!

Would you like to read more about our history curriculum choices? Additional history resources

For history and geography, everyone has enjoyed:

Our homeschool curriculum choices, by year

I get a lot of questions about our curriculum choices. You can read more here:

Gifts for the history lover in your life Additional homeschool history resources for your homeschool Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have a favorite history picture book right now? Share here!

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As homeschool parents, we are always on the quest for balance.

How do we juggle homeschooling, errands, running a household, eating nutritious meals, getting enough fresh air, and exercise?

Some days, it feels impossible.

Homeschooling and Exercise: How to Make it Work

Today, I am sharing resources for those looking to balance homeschooling and exercise. I can tell you that, from my experience, these two items work best when I exercise alongside my children.

Easier said than done, I realize, but it works for this season.

Cait and Kara chat about homeschooling and exercise, and the constant search for zen

When you become a mom, things change. Exercise isn’t what it used to be… and your body isn’t what it used to be. Things change and that luxurious gym you belonged to decades ago is a thing of the past. Exercise feels out of reach. You find yourself doing yoga in the living room over a laundry basket, desperately searching for your zen. Or, you have a child by your side, commenting on the yoga faces you are making… or pretending to be your spin instructor…

The best Instagram photo EVER.

… and sometimes, you might find yourself afraid to go biking at all! It’s hard enough to make the space for exercise as a mom, but when you add homeschooling to the mix things get even trickier!

Listen to Where’s My Zen? Homeschooling and Exercise {S1E8}

Listen to the episode by clicking the image below, and you can read the show notes with all resources mentioned here.

Click on the above image to listen to the episode!

Are you trying to make homeschooling and exercise work for your family?

Here are some related articles:

What will you play today? We are having morning yoga thanks to @thinkfun !

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Follow The Homeschool Sisters Podcast Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you make homeschooling and exercise work? Share here.

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We have stumbled upon the perfect book for little scientists. It is called Oh, Ick: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! by Joy Masoff, author of the best-selling Oh Yuck!

My boys absolutely adore this one, you guys! If you have kiddos who love all things gross and icky, they will love Oh, Ick. Bonus? They will be dabbling in science!

‘Oh, Ick’: A Gruesome Science Book Kids Will Love

Kids will love ‘Oh, Ick’

Oh, Ick: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! is loaded with yucky fun facts, engaging photographs and illustrations, activities (“ick-tivities”), and experiments (“ick-speriments”).

This icky book features a wide array of topics including: arachnids, awesome acids, bacteria, blood, boogers, burps, crimes, dirt, earwax and ear hair, eyeballs, farts, fossils, fungi, garbage, guts, hair horrors, halitosis, icky ice cream, insects, lava, mummies, noxious noises, odious odors, offal and other awful eats, poop (of course), quakes and sink holes, scabs and stitches, slime, spit, toilets, urine, vile viruses, vomit, worms, yucky yolks, zaps, and zits.

This is a perfect book for stealth learning, especially if you have a kiddo interested in science.

When my kids become obsessed with a certain book, this homeschool mom comes up with a plan. When a child is passionate about a certain book or topic, amazing learning can happen with a little bit of planning.

Here are some other science titles we have enjoyed:


It can be fun to watch a fantastic documentary after reading a great book

Over two years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic educational video streaming service called CuriosityStream. And it was love at first sight.

Our family still uses CuriosityStream all the time- it is the best $2.99 I spend each month.

For less than the cost of one of those fancy Starbucks beverages, our family has access to high-quality on-demand educational documentaries without commercial interruption.

You can read my review here:

But you don’t have to take my word for it. CuriosityStream offers a FREE 7-day trial. 

When you finish the book, add some gameschooling and take the learning to the next level

One of my favorite things to do, as a homeschool mom, is to pair a fantastic book with an educational game… and I have the perfect game to pair with this book. It is called Totally Gross: The Game of Science and my kids love it.

Totally Gross: The Game of Science is an uproarious game that combines science facts with gross-out challenges. My kids’ favorite part? The slime/booger that you use to move your place on the board! (Yes, there is slime included!) This homeschool mom’s favorite part? As they move that booger, they are learning biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, zoology, anatomy, and physics!

One day, we cleared our homeschool schedule. We made a few “ick-speriments” including a giant spider web and a cup o’ blood. Then, we had a raucous game of  Totally Gross. We had such a blast that the kids asked to play another fun science game. Later that evening, I left a deck of Professor Noggin science cards on the table. As I made dinner, the kids took turns sharing facts from the deck.

All in all, we had a science-filled and fun-filled day! (If you are looking for more ways to pair fantastic books and educational games, check out my gameschool challenge!)

Other science games we love:


Love science?

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Our homeschool science curriculum choices

My oldest two participate in a homeschool nature class and everyone dabbles in:

Our homeschool curriculum choices, by year

I get a lot of questions about our curriculum choices. You can read more here:

Do you love family read alouds?

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Do you love fantastic children’s books, too?

Be sure to follow My Little Poppies because we share snapshots of our homeschool day… and heaps of fantastic books!

You are also invited to join the {Virtual} Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a private Facebook Group for parents who love to read fantastic books to their children… and chat about them!

Did you know I sell Usborne books?

I started selling Usborne six months into our homeschool journey because the Usborne encyclopedias are the best. If you need an Usborne fix, I’m your girl.

Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have a favorite science book right now? Share here!

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My Little Poppies by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley - 4M ago

Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom,

Oh no.

I know that face.

You are drowning.

You are overwhelmed, homeschool mom.

It’s normal to feel this way.

You are not alone.

Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom

The Homeschool Sisters want the overwhelmed homeschool moms to know they are not alone

In this first episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, Cait and Kara discuss homeschool overwhelm.

As homeschooling moms, it can be a challenge to balance everything! From homeschooling to laundry to dinner to self-care, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and overextended.

But not to worry, we’ve got some ideas! From brain dumps and bullet journaling to Cait’s Year of Nope, your sisters are on your side. (But out of bread, because: life.)

Listen to the episode We’re Out of Bread: Homeschool Overwhelm

Listen to the episode by clicking the image below, and you can read the show notes with all resources mentioned here.

Click on the above image to listen to our very first podcast!

Are you feeling overwhelmed right now?

Here are some articles that can help:

Follow The Homeschool Sisters Podcast Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Are you an overwhelmed homeschool mom? What helps? Share here.

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I found the best boredom-buster, you guys! It’s called Unbored Treasure Hunt and it is oodles of fun!

There are two words that- when repeated incessantly- can drive a parent close to the breaking point:

I’m bored! 

Yet, when we allow our children to stew in their boredom long enough, it is my experience that they usually stumble into something wonderful. My children are their most creative, most imaginative, most happy just after whining about boredom.

Here is a recent example:

But there are some days when I just cannot take the whining about boredom. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep or have a headache, maybe a child is under the weather, maybe the weather itself is the issue. Whatever the reason, some days I cannot bear to listen to the “I’m bored” broken record.

I like to have something hidden in my back-pocket for these occasions. Something I can pull out to get a few hours of peace. This something might be a book or a game or an art project… something that will encourage imagination and creativity and, at the same time, provide mama with a moment.

Do you do the same?

Today, I am sharing the latest tool in my arsenal.

Unbored Treasure Hunt is the Ultimate Boredom Buster

This post is part of the Growing List of My Little Poppies Game Reviews. Slowly but surely, I am making my way through our game closet and sharing our thoughts. Stay tuned for more posts in this series!

Unbored Treasure Hunt will bust boredom and cause belly laughter!

Are you familiar with the book Unbored Games? It is now a series and it is fantastic. 

Let me tell you, this little book has saved my bacon countless times over the years.

I pack it on vacation in case we get a rainy day, I’ve used it on long car rides, I’ve pulled it out on sick days, I’ve given it as a gift time and time again.

Somehow, I didn’t know that MindWare Toys now carries two games based on the book Unbored Games. When I first heard about MindWare Toy’s Unbored Treasure HuntI had to check it out.

Basic overview:

This box houses oodles of fun for kids. In Unbored Treasure Hunt, children will tap into their imagination and creativity as they create their very own treasure hunt!

Components:

The kit includes a field guide sure to inspire your children. The guide walks children through the steps needed to create their own treasure hunt, including how to create secret clues and codes! The kit also includes 25 clue cards, 12 envelopes, graph paper, a compass, and a penlight.

Skills covered:
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Movement
  • Laughter
  • Fun!
How to Play:

Together, your children will decorate a treasure box, fill it with loot, and hide it in a secret location. This game can be played outdoors or indoors. The first time my kids played, they played outdoors in our backyard and surrounding woods. We have since played it indoors on rainy days.

What is great about Unbored Treasure Hunt

Here’s what I love about this kit:

  • It inspires creativity and imagination.
  • Children are required to work together.
  • The kit can be used with multiple ages and any number of children.
  • On the surface, it may seem like all fun and games, but hiding a treasure and coming up with clues and code and arranging them in the proper sequence is a big job for kids and it involves a lot of problem-solving, teamwork, and learning.

And here’s the icing on the cake…

The first day my children used this kit, they played it outside for three and a half hours!

It’s safe to say that Unbored Treasure Hunt has earned a place in our overflowing game closet. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we checked out the other Unbored kit on the market.

If you like Unbored Treasure Hunt…

… you’ll want to check out MindWare Toy’s Unbored Disguises because it is hilarious. This photo says it all:

Do you love games and gameschooling?

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Be sure to follow My Little Poppies because we share snapshots of gameschooling moments… and heaps of incredible books!

You are also invited to join the My Little Poppies Gameschool Community, a private Facebook Group for parents who wish to add more play to their family and/or homeschool routine.

Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What is your family’s favorite game right now? Share here.

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Today, I am talking about how to make homeschooling easier with Mr. D Math Live, but first I’d like to share the backstory…

Homeschooling was never on my radar. I loved working in inner-city Boston as a school psychologist. My husband and I are both products of public education and I just assumed we’d send our kids to public school because that’s what people do. Well, in 2014, life threw us a curveball. Our oldest son did not fit in that proverbial box and we found ourselves suddenly, unexpectedly, homeschooling.

In the beginning, I was completely overwhelmed. I was flying by the seat of my pants and worrying about alllll the things. 

It can be incredibly intimidating to be tasked with homeschooling a profoundly gifted child. I had a hard time staying in the moment because I kept worrying about alllll the things I would need to teach him. I hadn’t multiplied fractions in decades, I couldn’t remember the formula for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius. And what the heck was a dangling participle?

I am happy to report that I’ve relaxed quite a bit since those early days. Homeschooling has been my favorite curveball. I wouldn’t change this journey for the world and yet, if we’re being totally honest here, I still sometimes worry about math.

This year, I outsourced math and it was the best decision for all of us. Today, I’d like to tell you why!

How to make homeschool life easier with Mr. D. Math

*Disclosure: I received access to Mr. D Math’s prealgebra course at no cost and I was compensated for my time to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review. As always, I only share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy. My son *loves* Mr. D Math. Keep reading to find out why!

How to make homeschool life easier with Mr. D. Math

When I look at our homeschool and our routine, I honestly love most of it. Yes, we have tricky days and challenging seasons. No, our homeschool isn’t perfect. Yes, there are things I could improve upon. But, I love it.

That said, math is my least favorite part. I always performed well in math, but I do not feel that I received adequate teaching. When my kids ask me a question, I feel I lack the language to explain the concepts. 

And I feel like my kids are mathier than I ever was. I could be wrong here; it’s entirely possible that I was mathy when I was their age. I just don’t feel I am mathy now. 

And the absolute last thing I want is for my children to dislike math. I want the sparkle to stay in their eyes. I want them to be enchanted by the magic of math.

Last year, we hired a fantastic math tutor for one day a week. She was on break from college, where she was majoring in math. She delighted in my children and they delighted in her. Together, they solved problems and chatted math and had a blast.

I decided that I would outsource math as soon as I could.

Enter Mr. D Math Live.

Best. Decision. Ever!

About Mr. D

Dennis DiNoia is a secondary education math teacher who left the public school classroom to develop his own online curriculum. His goal was to help students understand math as a language and to incorporate problem-solving skills they could transfer to their own lives.

It was tough for me to capture him on video during class, so here is a screenshot from the Mr. D Math site:

Mr. D’s courses are offered as live classes that meet at a regular time each week or as self-paced courses that you can work through on your own schedule.

The following courses are currently available:

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus with Trig
  • Test Taking Boot Camps (SAT and ACT)
For those with student-athletes, I thought you’d like to know that Mr. D Math is now NCAA-Approved for the following courses:
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry 
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry  

We have been using the live pre-algebra course and we love it!

See Mr. D’s course catalog HERE.

What we love about Mr. D Math

My oldest son enrolled in a live prealgebra class with Mr. D back in August of 2018. Initially, he belly-ached that I was making him “do math in August” but those complaints quickly disappeared.

My son absolutely adores Mr. D! He’s never late for class (and if you know him in real life, you know this says a lot!).

Best part? I always hear him giggling during class!

Mr. D is charismatic, engaging, funny, and an incredible cheerleader. Here is a clip from the third day of pre-algebra, way back in September:

Mr. D | Pre-Algebra Pep Talk - YouTube

I love how Mr. D encourages his students!

Every class starts off with Mr. D welcoming each student. He’s typically humming or singing, and he often shares jokes: 

Mr. D Math Live | Humor - YouTube

As Mr. D is welcoming students, humming, and joking, he also preps the kids for the day ahead:

Mr. D Math Live | Pre-Algebra - YouTube

My son has adored this entire year with Mr. D and has repeatedly asked if I will sign him up for Algebra in August.

(Yes, he wants to do math in August!)

Here he is, talking about Mr. D Math. He can’t keep that smile off his face, you guys!

Mr. D Math Review - YouTube

And just in case you’re curious about Skateboard Guy, you can see him in action here:

Mr. D Math Live | Skateboard Guy - YouTube

Mr. D offers extra help sessions each week for students who are struggling or those who have additional questions. I love how students are expected to stay organized and complete daily assignments. My son has found the assignments to be super manageable. He loves that he can check his work for errors and enter grades for daily assignments. 

Mr. D Math makes homeschool life easier!

I cannot tell you what a wonderful year this has been for our family. My son adores this course, and I feel a weight lifted off me. It’s nice to have an outsourced class!

I have witnessed his self-confidence improve this year and he repeatedly tells us that math is now “tied for first place” when it comes to favorite academic subjects. 

I recommend Mr. D Math wholeheartedly. I honestly can’t wait until my little two are old enough to take his courses… and they are excited, too!

See Mr. D’s course catalog HERE.

Love math? Check out these resources: Be sure to follow Mr. D Math

See Mr. D’s course catalog HERE. You can follow Mr. D Math on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Have you tried Mr. D. Math? Do you have a math resource you are loving? Share here!

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My Little Poppies by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley - 4M ago

Sometimes, I wish this parenting gig came with an instruction manual.

Take screens, for example.

For a number of reasons, which I will get into below, we came late to the technology game.

And things are going smoothly.

But we live in an age with countless opportunities at our fingertips… all we need is that iPad or laptop or cell phone.

And yet, for some kids, screens can be a slippery slope.

Using Screens in Your Homeschool

Today, I’m sharing some resources for using screens in your homeschool. When you’re finished reading (and listening!), I’d love for you to share how your family navigates these waters.

The Homeschool Sisters invite a friend to chat about how to navigate screens in your homeschool

The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they’re phoning a friend- The amazing Mary Wilson from Not Before 7!

Mary has a great strategy in her home and she has found peace with this topic, so you’re going to love hearing what she has to say.

Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much How do you find balance between “learning” screen time and “play” screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable?

And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that?

There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It’s like a deep breath for worried parents!

Listen to Screens- Monsters or Manageable? With Mary from NotBefore7 {S2E19}

Listen to the episode by clicking the image below, and you can read the show notes with all resources mentioned here.

Click on the above image to listen to the episode!

Are you trying to figure out how to use screens in your homeschool?

You aren’t alone! Here is another outlook on navigating technology at home:

  • 5 Ways To Let Your Kids Have A Tablet And Not Go Crazy

Wondering what we enjoy on our screens?

It took us a long time to love screen time. (You can read more about that journey here.)

Here are a few resources- past and present- that we have loved:

Follow The Homeschool Sisters Podcast Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How are you using screens in your homeschool? Share here.

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