Easy Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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During the Christmas season, I like to take a break from our regular home preschool curriculum and focus on themed activities. This week in addition to our daily Truth in the Tinsel activity, we've been having a lot of fun with Christmas trees! We put up our Advent calendar, decorated our family Christmas tree, and pulled out our felt Christmas tree for the little ones to enjoy over and over Continue Reading

Why Our Family Prepares, Eats, and Cleans Up Meals Together

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As we enter the busy holiday season, it's easy to let family time suffer. I know this is the time of year when I want to slow down. I want to enjoy my family and really focus on Christ. But with busyness of the season, it can be hard. We have to be intentional to guard our family time.  Family meal time is sacred for our family. Sometimes it is the only time of the day we actually sit down Continue Reading

How We Do Family Devotions with a Toddler

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To be honest, neither us grew up doing family devotions. My husband and I have never seen them done, and we've only read about them in books. Getting family devotions started in our family was not easy. We didn't know where to start, how to do it, or even what to do when we did start. Do you do family devotions at sunrise? Breakfast? Bedtime? Three times a day? We didn't have a clue. But Continue Reading

The ABC’s for Godly Children Review & Giveaway {Intentional Homeschool}

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I get emails often asking me what curriculum I suggest for toddlers and preschoolers that is based on Biblical truth. I also get asked often how I plan on training my boy in Biblical manhood. Well, here is my answer - The ABC's for Godly Children Curriculum. What are The ABC’s for Godly Children? The ABC’s for Godly Children is a teaching tool meant to aid in the Christian and Biblical Continue Reading

Clear Your Calendar Day and Ignore the Mud on the Floor

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Last week I posted this picture on our Facebook page with the following words: I have dishes in my sink, floors covered in mud, beds unmade, and laundry the size of Mount Everest. So I decided to do some painting with my toddler. #priorities I was overwhelmed with the response to this simple little gesture to encourage others to just let it all slide for a day. One fellow mom said: I Continue Reading

We Choose Virtues Giveaway

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We are celebrating the launch of our new site, Intentional Homeschool, with a week of giveaways! Let's be honest, instilling virtues in kids is hard work, but it should also be fun! In fact, there's no better way to learn. So We Choose Virtues brings memorable catchphrases, endearing characters, and just plain fun to simply inspire character that lasts. It's the best choice you can make for the Continue Reading

{Intentional Toddler Time} Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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{Samuel is currently 21 months old} This week our theme was planes, trains, and automobiles, or better known around our home - AY-PLANE, CHU-CHU, AND CARS!!! Samuel literally yells these words all.the.time. Why transportation theme in the middle of October when you should be focusing on leaves and pumpkins? It's simple. Samuel is incredibly interested in cars and anything else with wheels at the Continue Reading

Autumn Theme Toddler Time

Autumn Crafts for Toddlers

What fun we had last week! We are still enjoying as much outside time as we can right now. Snow has started to fall on the peaks, but afternoons are still beautiful! Our theme for the week was Autumn Leaves. We continued with our sensory bins this week; although, I have to admit - he was not as excited about this one as he was the fish sensory bin. However, he still asked for his Continue Reading

Intentional Toddler Time: Shapes, Shapes, and More Shapes

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{Samuel is currently 20.5 months} Our theme for Intentional Toddler Time this week was shapes. I've found if I focus on a theme each week, I can organize my thoughts and plan fun activities. Like I said last week, we don't always stick to the plan, but doing "unit studies" keeps my brain organized. I'm thoroughly enjoying this intentional time with Samuel each week, and he's growing so fast! I'm Continue Reading

Intentional Toddler Time: A Week of Outside & Fish

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{Samuel is currently 20.5 months} After almost an entire month of traveling, mostly by airplane, we are so glad to be back home and back to Intentional Toddler Time. We are in the throws of fall in Steamboat Springs, and the temperature is dropping into the 30s at night. I'm well aware that our first snow season is quickly approaching (remember when I said I liked my flip flops?); therefore, Continue Reading