We love playing board and card games in our homeschool. Of course, we also love Minecraft, but for those device free days, nothing beats a rousing game that requires quick thinking, strategy, and a whole lot of fun. With the winter days rearing their frigid heads, it’s the perfect time to break out a game and play around the Netflix fake fireplace. (That fake fireplace gets waaaaay more airtime at our house than it probably should.) Check out our top 10 favorite must-have games for kids below and then let us know what your favorites are!
I’m not sure where 2016 went, but I swear it was just yesterday that I was picking out and praying over the word of the day for the year. If you haven’t heard of the concept, basically you pick a word that becomes your beacon or mantra for the year. In 2016, my word has been “happiness.” I wrote it daily at the top of my planner, tried to gauge my actions and measure my tasks against the word, and focus on things that made me happy. It worked – for the most part – and when I had to make decisions about whether to do something, I often found myself asking if it was going to make me happy. In 2017, my word will be Focus.
We’re studying some basic anatomy in our lessons this week and the kids are fascinated! Who knew that learning about the human body could be so exciting? In fact, the human body is so intriguing that we’ve decided to study it for a few more days. One of the ways that I’ve jump started the lessons each day is by presenting a fun fact about the human body like the ones below that lead to further discussion. It’s a great way to grab students’ attention and get them excited to learn more!
Do you have a Minecraft enthusiast in your house? We do! Keeping them engaged when they’re not in game is simple – when you have Minecraft related activities! Here are 100 Minecraft activities and resources that are perfect for your block builder!
I grew up in a household where I was expected to help with dinner. Every night I was either cooking with my mom or cleaning up afterwards. It wasn’t a big deal – it was just what families did. As I got older, I remember cooking dinner while my mom and dad were still at work and having things ready for the family by 5:30. I didn’t necessarily like to cook nor was I that great at it, but it did teach me things that I knew I wanted my kids to learn. In fact, all three of our kids now cook to some degree or another and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s why all children should learn to cook from an early age.