I have had a fantastic year with you, my lovely readers. So much has happened, and so many wonderful friendships have been made, and my muses (Big, Middle, and Littlest) keep growing so that it is hard for me to continue calling them Littles. When you’re youngest is looking at 11, they aren’t so little anymore. In fact, no one asked for toys this Christmas. I had a hard month, not just figuring out what on Earth to put in their stockings, but dealing with the fact that I’ll never have my own Little running around the house ever again. Hard times, indeed. But watching them stretch toward being young men is its own reward, so I’m ready to settle into this new phase and enjoy it before it blinks by, too.
Writing this blog has been a blessing for me. I am nothing if not a mother, a writer, a teacher. Getting to share my ideas and regrets, my joys and my pitfalls, with so many wonderful people has been an outlet I cherish and hope to continue to cherish for years to come. Some of you may be new to the Lit Mama Homeschool (in fact, if this is your first visit, let me welcome you with open arms), and you may have missed some of the more popular posts from 2015. Some of you may have been too busy to catch some of the good stuff. So here are the 12 best Fires I Started When You Weren’t Looking from the past year. I hope you enjoy them. (I think you’re still able to comment on them, too, so feel free to do so if you have something interesting to add!)
If you’re anything like me, you know that January is a busy time for homeschooling. Sometimes we’re vamping up the schedule. Sometimes we’re starting over. Sometimes we are just knee-deep in it and trucking along. Whatever the case, it’s busy. My January post How Do You Homeschool? covers most of that, along with scheduling and my own struggles with homeschool-envy… Yeah, I have that!
February is the Love Month, right? But this past February I ran into an old acquaintance and the experience was, well… Awkward? Uncomfortable? Mildly enraging? A teachable moment for the Lit Mama. Anything but love! Read all about it in What to Do When. And take the advice at the end… it’s better for all of us. 🙂
March is the time, around here, when we start poking our heads out from under the covers and shaking off the long winter sleep. Last March was no exception for us. Take a look at Marvelous Meandering Homeschool. The post was wildly popular because it’s about all the amazingly good reasons we homeschool and might just remind you why you do it, too. Or convince you to give it a try.
April means it’s time to fish here in Indiana, which means a whole new set of learning experiences for the boys. Read about them in Lessons from Dad, which might also give you a little clue as to just how in love with my husband I really am. (It’s a lot. Like, high-school-crush-come-true big. I’m a ridiculous puddle around him. But then, he deserves that kind of love.)
Ever wondered why I sign all my posts ‘Love wins?’ There are really good reasons for it, and I tell you all about them in May’s post Love wins. Plus, if you really want to get to know me, that post is all kinds of insightful about the Lit Mama. I mean, I guess I could just admit to being a big geek right here, but it’s not quite the same!
Another insight into life for the Lit Mama appears in June’s post This Crazy Cool Country Life. I was city-born and -raised, so I’m kind of a newbie country girl. But that just means I get to appreciate it more. This post is a tour around our farm and lists all the reasons it’s great for homeschooling. Enjoy the pics!
We have had a Very Rainy year this year here in Indiana. In fact, while snow is usually a threat this time of year, we have had an unusually warm December and it has rained since Christmas Eve (almost nonstop), and our rivers are once more flooded along with our yards and fields. July was like that for almost the Whole Month. So I posted 11 Awesome Activities to Do in the Rain. They are summer suggestions. But I dunno, I may have to come up with some winter activities. Number One: Be grateful it’s warm and this isn’t 6 feet of snow.
One of the absolute most popular posts on this blog Ever, let alone in 2015, was Easy Peasy Homeschool P.E. It has some great, fun suggestions for incorporating physical activity into your homeschool day. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with things on our own, so read this post if you’re struggling with how to get your littles active. (My littles who are now big tend to groan these days when I break out the dice–but they know better than to refuse to play!)
Another wildly popular Lit Mama Post was September’s Make the Coolest Solar System Model Ever. We’ve had this model hanging in our classroom for years, and it really is incredible. We added each planet to the model as we studied it, so the Littles have no problem remembering which planet is where. If you want to have a lasting solar system model that your littles will continue to use, check out the post. And let me know how your own models turn out!
For more about my personal journey, check out October’s post, Homeschooling with Hypothyroidism. And once you’ve read that, come back here and read that since I wrote that post I HAVE LOST 25 POUNDS. I am super stoked about this, and intend to share that journey with you, too. Once I’ve lost a bit more. So I can really wow you with my unprecedented success.November
In November, I posted about reading Dickens for Christmas. The post has a lot of great ideas about guiding your little homeschoolers through classic novels. Plus, it gives you a little insight into my Dickens obsession. Well, a little more insight. I tend to write about it A Lot.
It’s been a slow month for Lit Mama posts. December usually is. It’s such a busy time of year for all of us, right? I honestly didn’t have much to choose from this month. I hope I’ve not let you, my beautiful readers, down too much, but you should know by now that my kids always come first, before Anything and Everything, and December is a month for them. I hope you forgive me. Even so, I wrote this post about Composer Charts that might give you an idea for studying composers or any lesson in your homeschool.
If you’re looking for great craft ideas, free worksheets, recipes, or other ways to make reading fun, check out my Story Time category. I promise to fill the next year with more Story Times so you can enjoy reading with your littles.
I am so grateful to you for the year I’ve had as the Lit Mama. May 2016 be blessed for all of us. May your struggles be few, your joys be many, and your journey as bright and sunny as can be. May you remember, in the coming year and always,