14 Types of Play to Stimulate a Child’s Creativity (Instead of Dumbing it Down)

14 Types of Play to Stimulate a Child's Creativity Instead of Dumbing It Down | keeperofthehome.org

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer Kids are a lot smarter than toy manufacturers give them credit for these days. Unfortunately, the gimmicky blinking and flashing cheap battery-operated plastic toys that provide cheap entertainment are becoming more and more the norm, as classic types of play are sadly undervalued. In our mainstream culture, the purpose of toys is mostly to merely entertain. If it sings the alphabet, it’s an automatic bonus. Not much thought beyond that is given to the design and marketing of toys (aside […]

Why Our Family Leans Towards Classical Education

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If you currently homeschool, or have spent any amount of time looking into it, you’ll know that there is a veritable smorgasbord of theories and methods out there. For our family, although we still throw in a few eclectic options and have also been influenced by educators like Charlotte Mason, we tend towards a Classical education approach. Classical education places primary importance on the fundamentals of learning, and there is a certain rigor and discipline about it, with a focus on developing character and virtue. It is […]

Project-Based Homeschooling

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This year is going to be our first year homeschooling. I’m excited! My first is finally 3.5 years old, meaning she’s old enough for “preschool” now. She also has a strong interest in learning, and I can’t wait to get started with her in a couple weeks. We’ve chosen to do what I call “project-based” homeschooling this year. We haven’t chosen any particular curriculum or books to work out of. In fact, the few times I’ve sat down with […]

I Wasn’t Trained to Be a Mom (But I Can Still Love It)

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Sometimes I end up rummaging through past posts for one reason or another, and a post that I have written (and forgotten about) will jump out at me and I am freshly inspired by whatever it was that spurred me on to write the post in the first place. The quote below is from just such a post that I re-discovered a few weeks ago. It was called “Rejoicing in my Role“, and it keenly expressed a challenge that I still deal with, more than […]

Real Food Makeover: The Woody Family

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This week’s makeover is for the Woody Family. There is mom Stephanie, dad Josh and children Delaney (5), Dawson (3), & Finn (2). How They Currently Eat: This family particularly touched me with the email they sent me to be chosen as one of the makeover families. Here is an excerpt from it: Our journey to being a whole food family is much harder than I anticipated.  My wife and I are great planners and dreamers, but the process of doing and finishing, or sometimes […]