Pictures of Baby Guinea Pigs

We recently adopted an older guinea pig that was in search of a new home with loving children. We have owned several hamsters and a dog but never a guinea pig. In a very short time, she captured the hearts of our entire family! Guinea pigs are now one of our favorite pets and we all agree that they are incredibly adorable. Pictures of baby guinea pigs are just the cutest!

Just look at this adorable little pig with its paw so delicately placed on the wood. Precious!

This charming beauty makes the flowers more pretty!

This newborn guinea pig is so small that it fits in a hand. Oh I wish I could hold it!

This little gray guinea makes my heart smile!

Guinea Pigs are so Cute! Should I Adopt One?

Guinea pigs are super cute and you may find yourself wanting to get one. But wait, research and think first! Guinea pigs do make wonderful pets because they are social animals, can be quite cuddly and let you hold them or sit in your lap. They are much easier to hold than hamsters and also much easier to find if they happen to escape! Oh have we got a crazy escape hamster story for another time!

Guinea pigs require commitment and care but are certainly worth it- you just need to know the commitment first!

How Long Will a Guinea Pig Live and How Big Can it Grow?

Guinea pigs are a great pet because they do live longer than hamsters but not as long as dogs. Most guinea pigs will live between 5-8 years. Be prepared to commit to raising an animal this long before adopting one. Eight years can be a long time and there needs to be at least one person who will care for the animal for that long. The positive to this is that they become part of the family!

Guinea Pigs can grow up to 10 inches long and weigh up to 2 and a half pounds. They are large enough to easily hold yet small enough to be carried in one hand.

Are Guinea Pigs Easy to Take Care of?

Guinea pigs are not low maintenance and require significant care. It’s easy but takes time and commitment.

Daily, they need to be fed and have their cage cleared of waste. They need to be given dry food but also benefit from fresh vegetables daily. Food not eaten within 24 hours should be thrown away. They may have a water bottle in their cage which needs to be checked daily for enough water. Being very social animals, they should be shown some attention every day.

Weekly, their cage should be deep cleaned. Even with clearing their waste every day, residue and odor will build up in their cage. Guinea pigs are larger rodents and have a larger amount of waste. The water and food dishes should be cleaned weekly with the cage.

Sensitive to temperature, they should be kept at normal household temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. Anything hotter than 80 degrees can harm them.

What are Guinea Pig Personalities Like?

Like all humans and animals, guinea pigs all have different personalities. They are incredibly social animals and need daily social interaction or another guinea pig friend. Interesting noises are a unique quality of guinea pigs. Guinea pigs need to be treated gently and with kindness. Very susceptible to stress, guinea pigs can become physically sick if they are neglected or hurt. Loud noises can also startle these gentle animals.

While easy to handle, they do need to be picked up and held gently. They tend to squirm while being moved and can easily be dropped.

They will hide in objects and should be provided with something to hide in.

Be kind, gentle and loving so your guinea pig will likely be friendly and social with you.

What Do I Need to Take Care of a Guinea Pig?

There are many items on the market for Guinea Pigs but not all are needed.  They need something to chew since they are rodents and their teeth grow continuously. If they are provided with crunchy food such as carrots or celery daily then there is no need to spend money on chew toys. A safe home is important and there are a few options of lining for their cages.

  • HABITAT: They are larger rodents and need a larger area to exercise. Their habitat should be at least 18 inches tall, 36 inches long and 30 inches wide. It should be escape-proof and be made of wire. We use this one and our guinea pig loves her home.
  • CAGE LINER: Most commonly used is shredded animal bedding. I don’t prefer because I think that it just stinks! I love animals but not the smell of their waste. In a desperate attempt to embrace our pig and not have a stinky house I discovered this liner. It really has decreased the odors form the cage when regularly cleaned. The other great quality of this liner is the cozy and cuddly extra layer which provides a built in place for your guinea friend to hide. The poop is scooped up daily and the liner is laundered weekly (follow manufacturer’s care).
  • HIGHT QUALITY FOOD: Timothy hay and Guinea Pig Food should be available at all times. They should be given fresh vegetables daily. Romaine lettuce and carrots are the favorite of our little beauty.

Enjoy the Pictures!

Baby guinea pigs are so cute! Never get a pet just because its cute though. Pets are animals that require care and attention. Be committed to providing a good home if you choose to adopt one!

Before adopting an animal, learn as much as you can about how to care for it so you are prepared, love it intentionally and live fully. Blessings to you!

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Nature Activities Kids


Being in nature has a way of making almost everyone feel better. Science can explain the benefits quite articulately. I know from experience in myself and my three boys that the positive benefits are so great that they cannot even be measured. Being immersed in nature helps to decrease stress by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. Calmness and increased sense of energy fill the mind and body within just a short amount of time. Positivity and creativity are more welcome effects of immersion in nature. I always enjoy just walking in nature but my boys benefit from more active engagement and rarely are interested in simply walking.

Remember to care for the natural world around you as you enjoy it. Take only pictures and leave only footprints!

If you plan to be outside during daytime hours, begin by protecting your skin.

Bonus : these can all be done while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet!

Photography Scavenger Hunt

This is a twist away from the traditional printable scavenger hunt, which we have never successfully completed due to lack of interest. Instead, using my cell phone as a camera, we take pictures of “anything that is interesting.” Doing this, requires attention and encourages observation. We take pictures of leaves, beautiful flowers, flowers of weeds which can also be quite beautiful, logs, branches, mushrooms, animals, anything you can see or think of! We look through the pictures afterwards and I encourage explanation about what was interesting. This connects me to the way my children perceive the world around them which is often quite different from myself!

Make sure that your camera has a high quality protective case before letting your kids use it!

Listen for Animals

As we walk through nature, we tend to make a ruckus which scares away all wildlife. If we are listening for animals, we step lightly and keep quiet so we can hear them. Pay attention to the animal sounds around you. Squirrels scurrying. Birds chirping – how many different songs can you hear? Coyotes at dusk. Bullfrogs in the evening. Bees buzzing. Take the same walk at different times of the day and hear different animals. This activity trains the sense of hearing which improves observation. It’s also a reminder and important life skill that we need to stop talking if we want to hear others. Listen and learn!

Look for Animals

This seems like it could be the same activity as listening but its not. You can hear animals far away and you can see small animals that never make a sound. This activity also requires quiet stealth. If you are parading through like a herd of elephants, all the animals will be hiding before you are even close. When you slow down and train your eyes to observe, animals are all around. We have been soaking up as much nature as possible. In the past week, my children have found a frog, toad, 8 snakes, 2 different baby birds, a nest of 6 baby bunnies, 2 crayfish, ducks, geese, swans, many fish and countless insects.

We take pictures when possible and pour over the cuteness of the animal and wonder at the ugliness of some! This provides opportunity to learn more about animals if they are interested. We can check out library books or google to find out more information. We learned that momma bunnies leave for the day and return at night. The nest full of baby bunnies was not abandoned – i.e. we don’t need to adopt them forever- mom will come back. Touching baby birds will discourage momma bird from caring for it but the same doesn’t apply to baby bunnies.

What does this animal eat? Is this animal always here or does it migrate in winter? Isn’t it interesting how some animals are camouflaged so well? Some animals freeze and stay completely still when being approached while others run (or hop) and hide. How does the animal protect itself? How do you know if the snake is poisonous (or frog in some places)?

Please please please be kind to animals! Never do anything to hurt them. We observe to learn about the world and have a greater appreciation for the Creator who made them. If you do touch an animal, be sure it is not poisonous, can’t hurt you and be sure to wash or sanitize your hands afterwards. Never take an animal from nature. Observe, learn and appreciate.

Tree, Plant or Flower Hunt

Before you touch any plants, know which plants in your area can cause reactions. In our area, we have poison ivy, poison sumac and wild parsnip, all which cause skin reactions – so don’t touch!

This nature activity can be done almost anywhere! There are small green spaces even within the largest cities. Look for anything green, identify it if you can and talk about the plant. What do you notice about it? What make it unique? How is it adapted to survive? Can it be naturally found in your are or was it brought in?

We have a home in our neighborhood in central Illinois that has palm trees every summer. They are most certainly not native- they are brought in and replanted every year. We enjoy seeing them but they are not native to our area – oh sometimes how I wish they were!

If your child is interested, you can collect flowers or leaves then dry & press them to make a nature scrapbook. Make sure you have permission before collecting anything though.

Creek Play

While all the previous activities were quiet and clean – this is by far our FAVORITE! With three boys, it is loud and messy! We walk the path in a public park or nature center until we come to a creek. We do NOT cross the creek. Wearing water shoes, we walk in it. If it has been rainy, we also play in the mud! When I say we, I actually mean the kids. I walk through it and they roll in it! Afterwards, rinsing off occurs in the creek. Experience your senses!

Make sure you use good judgment. Have permission to use the creek and don’t use if there are dangerous animals like alligators, you should be able to see the bottom and it should not be too deep for your level of experience,

  • What do you see? Water, rocks, sand, plants, animals?
  • What do you hear? Rushing water, animals, cars in the distance?
  • What do you smell? Flowers, spring?
  • What do you feel? Is the water warm or cold? Is the sand soft or squishy? Are the rocks large or small and hurting your feet? Do you feel relaxed and calm? What stress can be swept away with the water?
  • Please don’t taste anything and wash your hands before you eat!

Get Out

Get outside and do some fun nature activities with your kids! Learn as much as you can, love intentionally and live full present. Today you are making the memories of tomorrow! God bless you and your family.

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Games to Play in the Car

Summer break has officially begun and one of the many things we enjoy is traveling! But… the…. car… rides…. can… be… so… long! Thankfully with the ETA from my MAPS app we can more accurately answer the age-old question of “Are we there yet?!” Car rides can still seem to last forever though with restless kids. Engaging the mind in something meaningful helps pass the time. We often listen to audio books and music but we also like to play games in the car.

Selfie Karaoke

This is our new favorite! We have songs that we’ve listened to for years and know all the words. On our latest car, ride we passed the time with selfie karaoke. The obvious disclaimer is that the driver of the vehicle should not be the videographer. A phone can be used as the video camera and placed in the sunglasses holder up high. You can really place it anywhere that it will stay and not distract the driver. Passengers can also take turns holding and recording others. Passengers position themselves, while remaining properly buckled, so they can be in view. Press record when the song starts and record singing to your favorite songs! You can use sunglasses and hats or anything else lying around as props. People can pop in and out of frame at different parts. Passengers can even move their arms and legs to “dance” as long as they aren’t distracting the driver. Record an entire playlist or CD and then passengers can watch the videos. So much fun!


I spy is a classic favorite and can be played with two or more people just about anywhere. One person is “IT” and chooses an object within sight of everyone in their mind. They start by saying “I spy something….” and describe the object. The other players inside the car take turns asking questions with a yes or no answer. When a player thinks they know the object, they can use their turn to attempt to guess the object. The person who guesses the object becomes “IT” for the next round. There is no winner to this game but just instead players have fun playing and keep going as long as the fun continues!

For us, learning is a lifestyle so I always use this game as a chance to reinforce that the thing that is spied is a noun, which is a person, place, thing or idea. The words used to describe the noun are adjectives. Some adjectives are better or more descriptive than others so use interesting adjectives!

Alphabet Search

This is another game without a winner where all players work together. The goal is to find words that start with each letter of the alphabet starting with A and ending with Z. The words can be on road signs, the side of a truck, names of stores, etc.

When you make it to Z you can start over and transition to the next fun game!

Spelling Bee

This is a game that can be played for fun or for a winner. We like to chose themes and spell words within the category. To be competitive, one person, asks other people in the car to spell words and everyone continues taking turns as long as they spell the word correctly. If a word is misspelled, the player is out and spelling continues until one person is left and is the winner! To play for fun, everyone continues to take turns even if a word is misspelled.

Examples of categories are age dependent and can be chosen for different players based on age of the player:

  • colors
  • numbers
  • shapes
  • cities
  • states
  • rivers, lakes, oceans
  • authors
  • flowers
  • fruits and vegetables
  • things related to the season
  • things related to road trips
  • things related to camping
  • car makes and models
  • celebrities

Travel Safe and Have Fun!!

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Learn as much you can, love intentionally and live your life fully to honor God.


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The Best Spray Sunscreen for Kids

Sunscreen use provides important protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun which can cause cancer such as melanoma. Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen daily when in the sun. In our home, sunscreen application has been a challenge as nobody I’ve ever met really likes the feel of it. Spray sunscreen is the easiest to apply and has the best feel. So which is the best spray sunscreen for kids?

Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen SPF 50

Hands down, this is our favorite. This is reef safe and water resistant. The spray smells good and dries clear.


Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

The clear mist from this sunscreen creates a barrier on the skin and physically blocks out the sun’s harmful rays. This is also reef safe and water resistant. The spray takes longer to dry and rubbing it in helps speed up the drying process.

?REEF Safe?

Reef safe simply means that the sunscreen does not contain 2 specific UV blocking chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, that are known to cause coral bleaching.  The coral in reefs absorb these chemicals and can have unfortunate effects. Also, these chemicals in the water also supports certain viruses in the water which can make coral sick and lead to death.

Sun Bum Original Spray SPF 30 
This sunscreen smells great with added vitamin E to nourish the skin,. It is ultra waterproof and sweatproof. This sunscreen dries very quickly and smells great.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist
The claim to fame for this sunscreen is its “weightless and clean feel.” The sunscreen applies in a fine dry mist which feels a bit cold. This also dries fast and leaves little residue but smells like sunscreen.

Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Sunscreen
With a bottle that is the easiest to hold, Banana Boat is light weight, easy to rub in and water resistant. Note that this sunscreen also reports to be tear free. All sunscreens are irritating to the eys but this sunscreen is the least.

How to Use Sunscreen Spray

The sprayable sunscreen is our choice  but its important to also apply correctly. Hold near the skin and contiue to spray generously. Rub the sunscreen in to ensure complete coverage. Pay attention to the border area of clothes because they often move and uncovered spots are unprotected.

Sunscreen is not 100% effective in blocking the sun’s harmful rays so use in combination with other protective techniques including wearing protective clothing, wearing a wide brimmed hat, wearing protective sunglasses,  seeking shade when possible and reapplying sunscreen every two hours or after swimming / sweating.

Cautions with spray sunscreen

  • do not inhale (we hold our breath while spraying)
  • never spray directly on face, instead spray on hands and then apply to face
  • do not spray when its windy becuase it blows away and is easy to inhale, insteasd seek shelter from the wind
  • never spray near an open flame

Be Safe and Have Fun in the Sun

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Learn as much as you can, love intentionally and live fully! God bless you and your family.


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Games For Kids to Play on Zoom

Social distancing certainly has created challenges for all of us, especially kids who are used to seeing and playing with friends and family. Within every challenge lies opportunity though. We are blessed with useful tools for creativity. Online platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet give people the chance to see others and interact face to face in pairs or groups. My kids, without any direction, will often just stare at the screen making funny faces and noises. While this is amusing for a few minutes, games are much more fun and interactive.

Here are also some ideas for other fun activities.

Alphabet Challenge

Go through the alphabet starting with A and ending with Z naming items that start with each letter

  • Animals
  • Things you find in a kitchen
  • Movie titles
  • Book titles
  • Famous people
  • Instruments
  • Insects
  • Cars
  • Movie Characters
  • Drinks
  • Foods
  • Cities
  • Nature

Who Am I?

Summarize a person, place or thing and the other person or team attempts to guess. The winner chooses the next item to summarize,

Twenty Questions

One person thinks of an object. Each other person takes a turn asking a yes or no question up to twenty questions. Players may try to guess the object on their turn. After twenty questions, everyone takes turns guessing. The winner chooses the next object and the game continues.


Players attempt to guess the tagline from a book or movie. Examples:

  • “With great power comes great responsibility” from Spiderman movie
  • “To infinity and beyond” from Toy Story
  • “I laugh in the face of danger. Hahahaha” from Lion King
  • “I do not like them Sam I am” from Green Eggs and Ham
  • “In the beginning….” from the Bible
  • “May the force be with you” from Star Wars

Who Said It?

Players take turns guessing who said famous quotes. Examples:

  • “Four Score and seven years ago” Abraham Lincoln
  • “I have a dream…” Martin Luther King Jr


Grab a hairbrush, spatula or pen and have a blast singing!

Simon Says

One player is designated as Simon and tells everyone else what to do. However, Players must only obey commands that begin with “Simon says…” Players are OUT if they don’t obey a “Simon Says” command or if they obey a command that’s not a “Simon Says” command. Last person in wins and is the next Simon.

Hide and Seek

Just kidding! Thanks for reading all the way to the end!

Have Fun

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Make the most of your time by learning as much as you can, loving well and living fully. God bless you and your family! Read about more activities here. 


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Summer Fun Activities for Kids in 2020

Yesterday was the first day of summer break so we embarked on a leisurely bike ride through town. Baseball fields were empty and overgrown with weeds. Playgrounds have been roped off with CAUTION tape. The pool filling with crystal clear sparkling water will not be opening this year. Without warning, tears streamed down my face as I grieved the loss of our normal summer activites due to social distancing ordered in Illinois because of coronavirus. The tears flowed for a few moments as I hid my face from my three sons. Taking a deep breath, I reminded myself that we are incredibly blessed and there are so many other fun things to do in summer. I just need to remember what they are so I can focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot. I hope you can find some inspiration as well.

Indoor Activities Without Screens (except as needed to learn a new skill)

  • Put together a puzzle (bonus if while listening to an audiobook)
  • Create a cardboard box maze for a marble or hamster
  • Make something yummy in the kitchen
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable
  • Plant indoor herbs and move outside when the weather is nice enough
  • Read and dramatize short stories out loud : more drama = better
  • Practice character voices reading out loud
  • Try to talk in a British accent
  • Then try a Scottish accent
  • Build a DaVinci Bridge from sticks (popsicle sticks, tree sticks, paper straws- be creative)
  • Learn to count to ten in Spanish
  • Practice counting to ten while doing jumping jacks
  • Learn to count to ten in Japanese
  • Practice counting while doing squats or push-ups (do them on your knees if you need to)
  • Create and send cards to family or friends
  • What and who do you really miss? Let them know how much you appreciate them
  • Clean, really deep clean- it feels so good afterwards!
  • Rearrange a room
  • Paint a room for a fresh look and feel
  • Learn a new way to make an old recipe Did you know you can cook eggs in the microwave?
  • Reminisce through old photos
  • Create a photobook
  • Read a book
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Construct an obstacle course using pillows, chairs, broomsticks, blankets, anything
  • Have races through the obstacle course
  • Listen to encouraging music
  • Play balloon volleyball
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Play a board game
  • Construct a racetrack with painter’s tape
  • Draw a picture of something you love to do
  • Draw a picture of something unique to this year in your life
  • Sword drills with a bible
  • Pretend you are royalty
  • Dress up nicely to stay home and practice uber fancy table manners (stick your pinky out when you hold a cup!)
  • LAUGH out loud!! Smile often 🙂
  • Memorize your favorite poem and practice saying it in different voices
  • Learn to solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Kids swim in the bathtub with swimsuits, googles and waterproof toys
  • Play an intrument
  • Make a drum set with unbreakable pots, pans, bowls or tupperware – experiment with different sounds
  • Make a stringed instrument with rubber bands
  • Read a book from every continent
  • Read your favorite old picture books (do you still memorize them?!)
  • What have you wanted to do ….. someday?…. Do it this summer!
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Paint rocks
  • Campout with blankets and pillows to sleep in a different room
  • Take close up pictures of everyday objects in your house
  • Create “A Day In Your Life” album by taking pictures of everything for a day

Outside Activities – Practice “Leave No Trace.” Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints

If you are outdoors during daytime hours, don’t forget to protect your skin by wearing protective clothing and/or sunscreen.

While you are driving to your next destination, play games in the car!

  • Walk around the block, neighborhood or local school track
  • Plant flower seeds – Zinnias are our favorites because they bloom beautifully, cut well and attract butterflies
  • Bike ride in town
  • Bike ride on a trail (public restrooms may be closed)
  • Hike a trail – they are everywhere when you learn to look (in a MAPS app, look for nature center or park)
  • Bring a bag with you to pick up garbage you see on your walk and help your community
  • Play in a creek – this is an absolute FAVORITE! Creeks are everywhere (have permission) so when you hike a trail and find a creek, stop and play in it. What can you find in it? Bring a net and magnifying glass. Make boats from sticks and have boat races. Use stones to build a dam or interesting structure. Climb a wall of mud and slide down it. Fun is all around you!
  • Beach ball volleyballplay-in-a-creek
  • Waterballoon battle
  • Support local restaurants by ordering to-go and have a picnic
  • Backyard camping
  • Geacache
  • Stargazing at night
  • Campfire, roast hot dogs and toast marshmallows
  • Tell scary or silly stories around campfire or candle if you can’t have a fire (practice fire safety)
  • Say hello to neighbors you’ve never talked to (with social distance)hammock
  • Fishing
  • Wash the Car
  • Read a book in a hammock
  • Find shapes in clouds
  • Listen to the breeze through the trees
  • Feed the birds then watch them (how may different varieties can you attract?)
  • Camera scavenger hunt – have your kids take pictures of anything they find interesting then sit down together and let them tell you about their pictures. It’s fascinating to see the world from their view. Make sure to have a high quality protective case before handing it over to your kids.
  • More nature activities for kids

Games without Screens

  • WAR card game is easy for even the younger ages
  • Go FISH
  • Hangman
  • “Try to guess” quotes from books or movies you’ve enjoyed as a family
  • I SPY something….
  • Alphabet soup games – Start with A and go through Z trying to think of things that start with the letter…
    • Animals
    • Boys names
    • Girls names
    • Instuments
    • Cars
    • Movies
    • Songs
    • Foods
  • Guess Who
  • Memory
  • Clue
  • Anything from Melissa and Doug
  • Puzzles
  • Carcassone
  • Charades
  • Pictionary

Activities with Screens

There are no shortage of games for kids to play but I try to find sources that bring some value to the fun.

  • Search “How to draw….” in YouTube to learn to draw anything you want
  • Zoom games
  • “Smarter Every Day” YouTube channel
  • Learn Our History to watch cartoons and learn all about US History (we stream just for the summer)
  • Operation Math or Math Evolve app to practice Math facts
  • Mindbenders apps to encourage deductive reasoning
  • Greek Latin Word Roots apps
  • Stack the States App
  • Stack the Countries App
  • Nitrotype to practice typing
  • Mekorama to practice spacial reasoning
  • Brain Out to practice thinking outside the box
  • Tinkercad to learn 3D Design
  • Chess online or app
  • Marco Polo to send video messages to family and friends from a safe social distance
  • Audible App
  • Bible App for Kids
  • Monument app for 3D puzzles
  • Math Analogies for math challenges
  • Camping with Grandpa App
  • Starfall online or app for preschool to 2nd grade for learning through songs


Coronavirus, or COVID 19, has changed everything. What has not changed is my determination to learn as much as I can, love intentionally and live fully. I encourage you to do the same! Today you are making the memories of tomorrow!!!

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Homeschooling Boys Curriculum – The Best Programs

These are simply the best curriculums for homeschooling boys in our experience but can also work wonderfully with all children. We have homeschooled our three boys for six years and have used a variety of curriculums. Since elearning began as a result of COVID, I have been asked about our homeschool experiences by many mothers who are considering transitioning next school year. I have always appreciated the wisdom and experience of others especially when we first started. I am delighted to be able to now share our experiences with you.

Best Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Speaking Curriculum

We have used a variety of curriculum for Language Art that I will not mention. We now use only products from Institute for Excellence in Writing. IEW : Institute for Excellence in Writing

Although the name can be deceiving. The curriculum is not simply for writing but all things related to the arts of language. IEW provides resources and instruction for reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, spelling and thinking.

As the teacher, you have three options for teaching. The first is to use the video based program in which Andrew does the teaching and the parent does the grading. The second is to learn the teaching style and do the teaching yourself. the third is to enroll your child in an online class with certified instructors.

Andrew starts all lessons with a joke to keep everyone engaged and in good spirits. Programs encourage and inspire so teaching and learning is fun with IEW. Innovative and always providing new, updated, and relevant resources keeps things interesting.



IEW serves all schools: home, private and public. They are proactive in offering free Language Arts Lessons to support families that are now educating in home. Free Language Arts Lessons

On June 27, 2020 IEW is presenting a one-day (free) writing conference for teachers, parents, and students. Free IEW Writing Conference

They also offer a free event each summer for those who want to go through IEW’s teacher training course with others. Free Teaching Writing Adventure

Read more in my IEW Review.

Best Science Homeschool Curriculum – Online

Science is fun and can be challenging to teach. I find it to be one of the more interesting topics but when we are crunched for time, the experiments are one of the things skipped. This is most unfortunate because the experiments are the most memorable and meaningful. I have also found myself in past years attempting to supplement science with interesting YouTube videos. This was more often than not a flop and waste of my time. These science classes are based online. They are interesting and engaging with links to some absolutely fantastic videos.

Ron Paul Curriculum provides a comprehensive education but we have only used the science at this time.

Best Science Homeschool Curriculum – Using Books

Sonlight Science is our favorite home school science curriculum without going online. The books are unique

and fascinating. They are often so much fun it’s easy to forget we are actually learning! Sonlight Science

Best History Homeschool Curriculum

Some of our favorite memories of home school are the books we have read out loud together. The books carefully chosen and scheduled in this curriculum have connected us with people across time and space in human history. The connections we have felt and empathy we have developed are priceless. Sonlight Bible, History and Geography Sonlight offers the best risk-free offer of anyone. You can take a whole year to use 18-weeks of a curriculum package or Instructor’s Guide. If you don’t love it, send it all back (used books and all) and receive a full refund of every penny you paid. My children are getting a great education and loving it … at least most of the time! Sonlight is a literature-based curriculum, so we read tons of great books out loud together. The kids devour plenty of books on their own, too. We stay away from boring textbooks and really engage in what we’re learning. Read more about our Sonlight experience here.

Best Math Curriculum

We have used several math curriculums and all agree that Math U See is by far superior to others. The longer we use the program, the more impressed I am with how Steve constantly builds on what is previously learned. This method is mastery based. The next concept is taught when the previous concept is thoroughly understood. Lessons are not completed simply because it’s the next worksheet in the book. Students progress as they learn. Bonus that Steve does the teaching on DVD or through online streaming. MathUSee Curriculum

God Bless You as you Educate in Your Home

Choosing to educate your children in your home is a blessing and has its challenges! Let me know if you try any of these and what you think. Learn as much as you can, love intentionally and live fully!

I’d love to hear your experience. Leave your comments below 🙂


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Summer Schedule Kids

Today you are making the memories of tomorrow! People thrive on routine and hard work is immensely satisfying. Having a summer schedule for kids helps them feel more satisfied and less restless. There are endless fun things to do with kids in summer.

Why Do Schools Have a Summer Break?

Three months is a long time for kids to not have the structure of school or the benefits of education. So why is there such a long break? There are a couple theories circulating. The most common explanation is that schools took a break so that children could help their parents with farming and homestead tasks. Another explanation is the lack of air conditioning in urban areas caused so many students to skip school that officials eventually created a summer break for all. Whatever the reason, all parents know that summer breaks can be great fun and a great source of stress.

The Transition is the Hardest

Any change, positive or negative, is stressful because of fear of the unknown and lack of certainty. Simple solution. Let the kids know what to expect! Always keep a positive attitude because it’s catchy.

Celebrate the end of the year first! It does not have to be anything big. We always visit our local coffee shop and take a picture in the same spot. We talk about our favorite memories from the school year, look through pictures and make goals for the summer and the next school year.

Decide What is Important 

Every family is different so it’s important to decide what are the most important things for you at this point in your life. Know that this will change every year based on age of kids. Developing good habits is much easier than trying to change bad habits. It’s never too late to start! It only takes 30 days to form a new routine. Self control is needed for success so start today!


  • make bed
  • quiet time
  • chores that are age appropriate
  • brush teeth
  • brush hair
  • put on deodorant (tween and older)
  • personal reading
  • act of kindness
  • tidy up
  • make and clean up lunch (age appropriate)
  • draw / color picture
  • 100 piece puzzle 
  • 300 piece puzzle
  • exercise
  • read short or longer stories out loud
  • typing practice
  • journaling
  • math practice
  • science experiments
  • art projects
  • board game
  • make music or dance around to silly songs

We have certain things that we do every day no matter what. Then we have loose scheduling that we fill in with other activities as time allows. Be spontaneous to laugh, play and be silly with your kids. Those make the best memories!

Let Kids Know What to Expect

Make it visible in your home. Talk about it every day. Encourage but don’t nag, whine or pout. Inspire as you require.

Model self-discipline, cheerfulness and routine in your own life.

Printed sheets, magnet boards, picture charts, white boards, chalk boards or apps are all ways to make routines visible to children. Making a song out of a routine also helps them memorize.

Today You are Making the Memories of Tomorrow

Looking for some fun activities? Read  Summer Fun Activities.

Have fun making meaningful summer memories! Routines help at home but don’t let sticking to the schedule stress you out. The goal is to develop life skills to help children become adults. Be flexible when other experiences opportunities arise. But never skip the deodorant!

Learn as much as you can. Love your children intentionally. Live fully.

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Welcome to Love Learn Live

Welcome, friends, to Learn Love Live at Home! I am so glad you are here. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you to help you live your best life.


I am a nurse, a wife, a mom, and now a home educator.   Faith, family, fitness and having fun are some of the passions that drive my life. Every day, I strive for excellence and to live life to the fullest.

Learning from many mistakes over the years, I have gained experience and wisdom. I would not be where I am without the people that have poured into my life. Community, friends, and other people are necessary in our journey of life. This has never been more obvious than when living through the social distancing of the COVID crisis.  We are not in this alone. We need to support, encourage and love one another.


The average adult makes 35 THOUSAND choices per day! We are overwhelmed with information. Learning from mistakes is what I often do but I aleays prefer learning from the wisdom of others. I want to share my wisdom and experience with you to help you make choices and live your best life.


I  encourage you to Love God, yourself and others; Learn as much as you can; and Live your best life!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Christy Lynn