Month: August 2014

The Best Methods, You’ve Never Heard of, to Occupy Toddlers During School

The Friday before Labor Day weekend; I’ve got the first day of school in my sights. I’m not running. I’m tackling it head on like the insecure, homeschooling pro that I am. (Just for good measure, Tony restocked my hard cider supplies so I’m set.) One of the hardest things about homeschooling can be teaching Read More

2014-15 Curriculum or Too Many Books; Act Like You Care

It’s that time of year again where I over share ALL the books and materials we’re using for our upcoming school year. Being the curriculum nerd that I am, I love reading what other people are using and checking out new-to-me materials, so naturally I’m assuming you’re dying to learn everything about the 2014-15 St. Read More

Saturday’s Surprise

Looky looky what the little boys got this weekend! Those are two handmade quilts comprised of sixteen cross stitched squares each, all carefully crafted with love by volunteers for Cole’s Quilts. Organized by Linda Sietsma-Zuroff, Cole’s Quilts donates beautiful quilts to children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Linda contacted me more than a year ago about Read More

Happy Friday!!!

My second submission into the eternally running, This Ain’t the Lyceum lip synch battle. Just in case you ever wanted to see a clip of Kanye West’s Gold Digger sung by a 35-year-old mom in an 1980’s bridesmaid dress and vintage fur coat. Plus an Ariel crown thrown in? You got it. YouTube gave me Read More

Planning To Prevent Burnout Now

The boxes of books are arriving! Lesson plans are being recorded in crisp new planners! A new school year is just around the corner! How exciting! This will be the year, thanks to a sparkly new curriculum, we master chemistry. In addition, we radically modified our schedule in ways guaranteed to maximize learning and prevent Read More

{SQT} The First Non-Emotionally Charged Blog Post You’ll Read All Week

Who else didn’t write much this week because they knew it would all be a bunch of senseless, angry babble and they just needed to simmer down and not add to the glut of unhelpful and emotionally charged things filling up Facebook? Just me? It was a major case of “if you can’t say anything nice, Read More

The Power of Asking the Internet Or THANK YOU!

On Monday, I did a post that detailed several different options for transporting a wheelchair dependent friend or family member onto the beach. I wanted to shine the light on the many products that are available for families like mine, and hopefully help those who were unaware such devices existed. One product I highlighted was Read More

Heatin’ Up the Summer With a Lip Synch Battle

Ah the lazy days of summer. Let’s spice things up a bit shall we? I herby declare the inaugural This Ain’t the Lyceum Lip Synch Battle underway! Maybe you’re familiar with the viral clip of Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone battling it out on The Tonight Show. My rules will be the same. Each contestant Read More

Get Your Wheels On The Beach

I’m back from a fun week at the beach with the family. Nothing like a family vacation to break all the great habits you’ve worked so hard to instill in yourself and your children. I’m sorry I don’t have another karaoke video to drop on you, or anything. I know I’ve gained some new readers Read More