Love the Journey — Homeschooling: Principles to Practices

Do you know the feeling you get when you find something so exciting you just can’t wait to share it? Well, that’s exactly how I feel right now! I have stumbled upon a brand new homeschool book titled Love the Journey – Homeschooling: Principles to Practices. It’s written to encourage teaching moms…especially those who

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Printable Homework and Morning Work – and how I’m using it in my kindergarten homeschool!

printable homework

This past year I have been doing kindergarten homeschool with my oldest child, who just turned 6. By mid-year, his reading and math skills were advanced enough that I wanted to introduce him to some independent work — both for the additional benefits and challenges that would provide him, as well as for having

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The Very Best Pet for Kids

best pets for kids

I grew up around lots of different kinds of animals and I really want my kids to have the same kinds of experiences I had as a child. I think caring for animals teaches kids a lot about responsibility, life (and sometimes death), and compassion. Over my childhood, my family had countless kittens and

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Christmas Activities for Kids

christmas activities for kids

Here’s a round-up of all the Christmas art, Christmas crafts, and Christmas activities for kids from us here at In Lieu of Preschool! Hope your holiday season is merry and bright! Christmas Activities for Kids from In Lieu of Preschool Click the picture to go to the corresponding post for full directions and tutorials!

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Reindeer Footprint Art Christmas Keepsake on Canvas

reindeer footprint art

Two years ago the kids and I crafted a few Christmas keepsake art projects and those keepsakes have been my absolute favorite holiday decorations to unpack each Christmas since! The first were our handprint Christmas trees, and the other, which I never shared here on the blog before, were our Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Flubber Slime Recipe – Messy Play

flubber slime

It’s slime! It’s silly putty! It’s flubber! To be honest, I don’t really know what it is! I have always tiptoed on the edge of messy play, but feeling brave this week and wanting to try something new with the kids, we tried our hand at adapting a sensory play slime recipe from Growing

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Snowman Hush Bottles – DIY Calm Down Glitter Jars for Kids and Adults!

snowman hush bottles

About a year and a half ago — was it really that long? — we shared our perfect hush bottles with you. Those calm down glitter bottle / mind jars / sensory bottles were a big hit in our family AND with our readers. After much use, I finally had to toss ours several

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Behind on Laundry {Memories of a Mom}


My 5 year old has suddenly taken affinity to certain items of clothing, one being his beloved Carolina Panthers shirt. He will wear it for a week straight unless we intervene and remind him that clothing must, at least occasionally, be washed. This week, I have been sick. In the bed sick. Apparently I

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Extreme Glitter Christmas Ornaments

extreme glitter

After the fun the kids and I had making Paint Swirl Christmas Ornaments, the idea struck me that we should try to make some more baubles using our new bottle of Extreme Glitter Mod Podge! Does the name “Extreme Glitter Mod Podge” get you as excited as it does me? Ok, probably not, but

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Paint Swirl Christmas Ornaments – An All Ages Holiday Craft

paint swirl ornaments

When I taught 5th grade many moons ago, my co-teacher introduced me to a super simple way to paint Christmas ornaments that turns out very professional looking, fancy, and beautiful. The kids loved the craft project, but I have to admit I was just as enthralled with making the baubles as the kids were.

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