Hi. I’m Ellie March.

Meet the Author

This is the part where I’m suppose to introduce myself.  The first thing you should know about me is that I really dislike talking about myself.  So this will be the shortest “About Me” blog page that you have ever read, or I can force myself out of my comfort zone and share a little […]

April Week 1 Weekly Menu

Meal Planning: A Guide to Grocery Savings

I shop for groceries on a weekly basis.  Before I did meal planning I use to go to the grocery store multiple times a week.  I was always forgetting something or running out of the basics.  Meal planning has changed the way that my family shops and eats.  We always had healthy meals but meal […]

So You Want to Homeschool . . . Now What?

Down the Rabbit Hole of Different Theories of Learning

So You Want To Homeschool

So I’m 100% sure that homeschooling is the right decision for our family.  As our boys get older and their personalities and need evolve, then of course we will reassess as needed.   But for now, I’m all in baby.   I’m a competent, well adjusted, educated adult.  I think, I’m capable of educating our […]

Why Families Choose Homeschooling

And Why We Think It's the Right Move for Us

Why Families Choose Homeschooling

Hint:  It’s not because we are crazy and that we want to shelter our kids in bunkers from the outside world. I think our decision to homeschool came about naturally.  I think that many families today probably made the decision to homeschool the way I did.  They had a friend or acquaintance that homeschooled or […]

What is “That Home Life”?

This is a good place to start

I lead a small quiet life.  Or at least I believe it to be small and quiet.  I like to think of my life as a tiny jewel box.  It’s something that is precious, but also something that can be easily missed by others.  If you walk into a room, a jewel box sitting quietly […]

What To Look for in Day Care Centers and Preschools

Here are some important qualities to look for when considering teachers, classrooms, and instruction. Teachers: In quality day car centers and preschools teachers: Keeps a well-run, orderly classroom that also encourages children to participate in and enjoy learning Use many creative ways to  help children learn language and learn the knowledge and skills that will […]

What Children Should Be Able to Do By Age 3

The following is a list of accomplishments that you can except for your child be age 3.  This list is based on research in the fields of reading, early childhood education, and child development.  Remember, that children don’t develop and learn at the same pace and in the same way.  Your child may be more […]

Reading to Your Child

Tips for Helping Children Learn How to Love Reading

Make reading a pleasure.  Read to your child in a comfortable place.  Have your child sit on your lap or next to you so that he can see and point to the print and the pictures.  Show him that reading is fun and rewarding. Show enthusiasm as you read with your child.  Read the story […]

Reading with Infants + Toddlers

Birth Through Age 2

What to Do at Home: Talking to and reading to infants and toddlers are two good ways to prepare them for later success in reading. Talk To Your Child: Begin talking and singing to your child from birth.  Your baby loves hearing your voice.  Play peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.  Recite nursery rhymes or other verses that […]