I have always loved letters: their shape, their sound, their purpose. My once playroom has an alphabet theme and I sorta collect alphabet books. I wanted to pass on this love of letters to my kids so when my first child was preschool age I started “The Letter of the Week”. We focused on a different letter each week and did activities, recipes, crafts and learning games all around that letter. We had so much fun that I did it with my next child and this fall I will do it again with my third child. This section of the blog is dedicated to the Letter of the Week.


Homeschooling Highlights

I homeschooled all four of my kids last year and it sorta kicked my butt. Some days were straight out of a dream and a few days were out of a nightmare. However, most days were somewhere in between. Through all our time together we had some wonderful highlights.…

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Dad’s Role in Our Homeschooling

Homeschooling was a joint decision between my husband and me. We decided together, and we are in it together.
He knows I do more of the daily schooling and a lot of the work and pressure falls on my shoulders, but he is willing to help in any way he can. Besides working hard everyday to provide for our needs and our wants (and our field trips), dad helps with the following in our homeschool:…

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Homeschooling Hybrid

I’ve always believed in responding to the needs of each individual child, each year — not wholly picking homeschool or public school as THE right way. So this year as I looked at our school year and assessed the needs of the family, including mine, I came up with a plan to do a homeschooling hybrid. I wanted to keep what we loved and what worked well for us with homeschooling last year, and I wanted to get rid of some of the areas of conflict, tension, or neglect. So here is our homeschooling hybrid plan for the 2015 – 2016 school year (or for today at least): ELLE: Elle is an 8th grader and I am sending her back to Jr. High on a modified schedule. I wanted her to ease back…


W and X Week

We have acutally finished Letter of the Week around here but just haven’t taken the time to get all the photos compiled and posted. I am a person who tries to finish what she starts even if it is way late, so here is W and X week:…


U and V Week

Yep, I am doubling up letters.   The last 6 of the alphabet don’t really deserve an entire week to themselves anyway. Do they?  Plus I have been fizzling out and want to expedite this letter adventure so we don’t end up into summer.  Also, it takes a lot of creativity to come up with activities, crafts and foods for these last six letter U.V.W.X.Y.Z. so I am going to combine letters. Thank you for understanding. CRAFT: Croft made Valentines for her Uncles and it wasn’t even Valentine’s Day. What a fun idea! until I underestimated how many uncles Croft has. 12 to be exact.  So we cut out hearts, and she glued and decorated and wrote. She especially loved picking out co…

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T Week

I wasn’t planning on doing a letter this week. But as we started the week, Croft used her magic touch. She tweaked and twisted our regular schedule and turned the week into T week!…


S Week

Holy smokes! It is S week and it has been spontaneous and super and special and all kinds of superlatives.…

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R Week

It is R week! And as fate would have it, I was responsible for Fairy Tale Friday at Croft’s school and our fairy tale was … Rumpelstilskin! R week ruled! Here we go……


Q Week

I bet you all thought I quit Letter of the Week. Well, quite frankly I don’t blame you. We are definitely going at our own pace around here and it ain’t quick. The quest to finish the alphabet continues and it is Q week!…

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P Week

It’s P week! And can I just say that the letter P is perfect. Just perfect. So many possibilities with that letter P.…