• Book Nook,  Books,  History,  Holidays

    Annie’s Thanksgiving Bookshelf

    A friend asked me today for Thanksgiving book recommendations, which prompted me to pull all my mine down from their high shelf. The kids quickly flocked around to see their old holiday friends back again. I hope these stories will warm your hearts in a season of gratitude. (Books are listed in order from youngest ages to oldest.)

  • Art,  Cottage School,  Curriculum

    Curriculum Spotlight–What We Use for Art

    New school year plans mean new supplies, new calendar planners, new outfits, and new curriculum. Most people like all the new shiny things, but for me, the best part is the curriculum planning. I love pouring over a new book to see what we will study and how to make it our own. To be honest, when I chose ARTistic Pursuits Volume 2, I wasn’t particularly excited about ancient art. Wasn’t it really all clay and paper and primitive sketches? How could these Ancient Near Eastern cultures be relevant to our elementary students? But as I flipped through the pages and began to lay out a plan, I could see…

  • Summer

    Summer School

    It seems like every school year I resolve to have a “real” summer break, and every summer I find myself in summer school in some shape or form. The reasons and the form of summer lessons has varied from year to year.  First, our Southwest summers are h.o.t., so we basically hibernate. Some form of continuing education keeps us busy and gives purposes to our long days. Sometimes, we school in the summer to catch up on subjects we didn’t finish. Whether it’s a busy extracurricular schedule, church activities, or family responsibilities, it’s easy to get behind on a subject or two or several weeks of lessons by the end…

  • Book Nook,  Books,  Curriculum,  English,  History

    4th of July Books

     This holiday weekend is for cookouts, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue. Enjoying our freedoms with family and friends is certainly what it’s all about. Let’s be intentional and teach our kids WHY and WHAT we are celebrating on Independence Day. Here are my favorite 5 books for learning more about the 4th of July: