Tip #20: Find Joy in the Small Things

Making and decorating gingerbread on Christmas day has been a family tradition since the children were little. After all the gifts are opened, the meal eaten and the dishes done, the kids and I have made gingerbread houses, villages, mangers, and cookies and have decorated them with royal icing and lots of candy. We used…

Reading your way through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to…

Summertime: Sinkhole or Summit

  Memorial Day was traditionally the first day of summer vacation in the Schrader homeschool household. We often found ourselves cramming in tests and math lessons that final week of school and then we all collapsed in exhaustion. Many of our friends took time off during the regular school year and continued schooling during the…