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Our Spring Activity Wish List

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Happy first day of spring! Even though it doesn’t feel like spring today- its 23 degrees near Chicago today- it’s sunny outside, promising long days ahead. Winter is my least favorite month-although I appreciate it more now since I’ve have kids- so I’m really looking forward to warmer days, long bike rides and hikes, and [...]

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10 Resources To Find Great Books to Read with Your Kids

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Besides travelling, reading aloud to my kids is my favorite thing to do as a family. Last night I sat down and estimated that the kids and I have already read over 2,500 books together…..and they’re not even 7 yet! I know the number of books we read together each year will drop as the [...]

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Valentine’s Day Activity Wish List

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Last year the kids and I went to a Valentine’s Day party with a homeschool group. We spent quite some time filling out cards, making little candy bags to pass out. It was fun, but I must admit to feeling a little overwhelmed. This year, after a busy, hectic first month of the year, I’m [...]

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Our January Unschooling Activities & Resources

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January was a whirlwind of a month. The first start of the month started off with out-of town family members coming to stay for 4 nights for a wedding (Alexa was the flower girl!). And then after that came a flurry of the usual gymnastics and swimming lessons, a pulled tooth for Jared, bowling, playing [...]

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5 Ways Routines Can Lead to a Creative, Spontaneous, & Passionate Life

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I’ve held an aversion for the word routine for quite some time. The word routine for me conjured up the same feelings as the word schedule-restricted, limited, reduced creativity, permanence, and unchanging. All those feelings made me feel chained down. I wanted feelings like freedom, spontaneity, unlimited creativity, openness, and abundance. Having all those lovely [...]

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The Importance of Realigning Priorities

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Back in the fall, we signed up to be part of a Roots and Shoots group. Its group’s focus is on community service, usually in the form of environmental cleanup or nonprofit fundraising and collections. They also provide a lot of opportunities to get close to rehabilitated animals and do other outdoor activities. Sounds great, [...]

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Our December Unschooling Resources & Activities 2012

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I knew December would be a busy month, and it felt busy, but as I put the finishing touches on this list, I was amazed at how much we did this month! I’m sure things were the same in your house, too.  And this was after I worked hard and not letting us get so [...]

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Winter Activites Wish List

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Two more days until winter! It certainly hasn’t felt like winter around here yet. In fact, Steve and Jared went for a late night bike ride just two days ago! But they’re predicting snow for this Thursday, so it looks like it might be a somewhat white Christmas. I started compiling our Winter Activities Wish [...]

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Everyday’s a Holiday- Celebrating 31 Days of December

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Lighting Christmas trees, giving Hanukah gifts, building gingerbread houses, and gathering together on Christmas day to read the story of Jesus’ birth- these are December traditions most of us are familiar with. But there are quite a few obscures holidays in December that are interesting, too. Here is a list of 31 Holidays to Celebrate [...]

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Christmas Activities Wish List

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a time when, for just a few short weeks, we get to do things that we won’t do for another whole year. We can: drink eggnog, sing Christmas songs, bake special cookies, light Christmas candles, hang ornaments and give gifts to everyone in the family at [...]

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