• Cooking Wednesday’s: EVOO Donuts 🍩

    Colton is a 6-year-old ball of raw energy. That energy can be used for good or a lot of mischief at any moment. This morning I was determined to keep my cool and connect with him on something he cared about…

  • Minecraft Math

    I’m a big believer in incorporating the boys’ obsessions of the moment (from the Garbage truck days to Dinosaurs to Minecraft) into learning activities.  A little motivation goes a long way.  I found another Minecraft themed math workbook that’s been making…

  • Summer Rules

    Summer Rules! I slightly tweaked a template found online. It’s a little hit and miss so far, but this framework has overall been helpful. Especially for Luke who likes to know what’s expected without the structure of school. I love hearing…

  • Learning to Read: Ice Cream Soup

    I found a young reader book with a fascinating subject matter.  The boys happily worked hard to read the story so they could make the same ice cream creation. They sounded out new words and helped each other decode the recipe. …

  • Class Cookies

    On Friday after school, Luke asked, “How many kids are in my class?” I told him I thought there were twelve or so. “No mom, I need to know exactly, like fourteen or fifteen?” I told him we have a school…

  • Puzzle Strategy

    Luke loves puzzles, but the 200 piece sets have been too tricky for him to do alone. The last time we finished the puzzle together he mostly left it for me to work on. After it was put together that time…

  • Pumpkin Math

    Luke has been asking to grow pumpkins ever since a recent class field trip to a pumpkin farm. “Mom, I will make a sign. It will tell everyone in the neighborhood to come in and pick a pumpkin. Can we take out…

  • Sharing the AC

    We’re in the middle of a heat wave this week. Our house is really hot, but the old window AC units in the bedrooms help a little bit.  I checked on the boys’ room before I went to bed around midnight…

  • Boys at Work

    “Mom, I need a work space. Just like yours. A computer. And a phone.” Luke was very persistent with his request so I pulled out my laptop and a side table next to the couch to make a small desk. I…