Tips to make your Preschool day run smoothly

Are you starting preschool at home? Or have you been doing it for awhile, but now that the initial excitement has worn off, you find that something just isn’t working? After years of teaching lots of kids at once, and then teaching preschool at home for my daughter and some […]


How to do Yellowstone Right

Since moving to Montana almost a decade ago, our family has been to Yellowstone National Park many times. Each time we go, we learn how to make the trip a little bit better for the next visit. I’m sharing with you the things we’ve learned over the years, so when […]


Use these tips to Beat the Summer Slide in Math Skills

It’s so easy for kids to back slide in their math skills when they’re out of school in the summer months. Many students score lower on fall assessments than they had the spring before because of the summer slide. Just being intentional about having kids use their math skills can […]


Ways your Family can Visit other Cultures when you can’t Travel

It can be scary to venture into a new country and its culture. But after you do it enough times, you start to notice something. These people who speak a different language and eat unfamiliar foods are just like me. They’re families trying to enjoy life and raise their kids […]


Use these tips to Beat the Summer Slide – Reading Edition

Keep your kids’ minds sharp and avoid the summer slide. What is the summer slide? In a nutshell: “use it or lose it.” More specifically, it’s the dip in a child’s academic abilities that often occurs at the end of summer vacation. It mainly refers to reading skills and math […]


Why Glamping might be right for You 2

Is this you? Caught in an idealized version of camping, only to arrive at your campsite where reality sets in,  and you have to deal with: lugging gear half a mile from the parking lot to the campsite or parking and sleeping right next to a bunch of perfect strangers […]


The Secret Recipe for making a Staycation Actually feel like a Vacation

What’s the secret recipe for making a staycation actually feel like a vacation?  First let’s look at the ingredients that make a vacation yummy.  Seeing/experiencing new things.  Being away from school and work. Not doing chores Not rushing around to extracurricular activities or other obligations Dining out Jumping on the […]


Teach Kids Listening Skills with this Directional Egg Hunt

Are you constantly repeating yourself when trying to get your kids to do something? I know you’re all nodding your heads. Kids are notoriously terrible listeners. But the truth is that even adults can be pretty bad at listening. That’s because it’s a skill that needs intentional practice. This Directional […]


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Practical Tips for Teaching Kids at Home 6

Whether you are helping your kid on their homework, tutoring a struggling child, or suddenly find yourself homeschooling, there are some things you can do to make teaching your kids at home go more smoothly. First off, make sure everyone is fed. If you or your child(ren) are hangry due […]