How I Encourage Pretend Play in Our Home

Through the years, I’ve worked hard to encourage my children to use their imaginations.  I have some children who are extremely creative, and others who are more gifted in other areas. But regardless of how creative my children are, I’ve provided them with opportunity after opportunity to use the magnificent creative brains that God gave […]

Why Imaginative Play is a Priority in Our Home

Thankfully with having 4 children, I realized early on that imaginative play has huge benefits.  While I create a boatload of worksheets and printable activities for us to use in our homeschool, they never trump pretend play. Imaginative play is a priority in our home. For many years, I felt like I wasn’t disciplined enough […]

Sweetheart Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re looking for an easy Valentine’s Day goodie to make with your kiddos, these Sweetheart Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies will be perfect! Not only are they easy to put together, it’s a very kid-friendly recipe. While mom can do the heavy mixing, kids can add the ingredients and the chocolate hearts and sprinkles at […]

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

For the past couple of years, my children and I have attended a Valentine’s Day Bowling party with the homeschool crowd from our church. It is just so fun!  My kiddos are looking forward to it. Each year the children exchange Valentines and candy with one another. It never fails that I don’t remember this particular […]

All About Birds Writing Practice

While we usually use a traditional handwriting program here at the Hill House, I’m always willing to postpone it a day or two for a little copywork that relates to our current topic of study. This spring, my kiddos and I will re-visit all of our marvelous bird books and unit study resources. I’m so […]

Free Groundhog Day Printables!

Oh I am SO very late getting these super cute Groundhog Day printables posted! Thankfully, they are no-prep activities, so you can just print and go! Do you and your kiddos look to see if the groundhog sees his shadow? While we make mention of it on February 2nd, we don’t do a big unit […]

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup – and it’s gluten free!

Because I adore soup in the winter months, I have another soup recipe for you today! In fact, we eat soup at least once a week here at the Hill House when the weather is cool. Soup fills up the tummy, is usually fairly frugal, feeds a crowd with leftovers, and is a great way […]

Life Cycle of a Snowflake Booklet

I am so excited to share this new snowflake booklet with y’all today! Because I planned a Snowflake Unit Study with my younger girls, I’ve had the idea to make these snowflake printables for months.  But I never could carve out the time to create them. But I finally got them finished today, I’m so […] Winter Sale – $25 off Lifetime Membership!

We are long-time fans of Notebooking here at the Hill House! We started out with notebooking several years ago, took a bit of a break, and are now back to notebooking on occasion. In fact, notebooking is such a versatile way to assess your child’s knowledge, that I’m able to use it with my […]

How I Help My Children Go to Sleep

Do your kiddos struggle with going to sleep? Out of my 4 children, I have 3 that struggle almost nightly with trying to go to sleep.  As their homeschool mama who has been with them all day, I need them (oh so desperately!) to be in bed by 8:15 or 8:30. My own introverted need […]

Strawberry Oat Smoothie Recipe

I just celebrated my ‘Trimaversary’ on January 17th (oh yes, that is a real thing), and since eating the Trim Healthy Mama way, my eyes have been opened to the World of Smoothies. And since I have come to know and love smoothies, so have my children! This particular recipe is one of their favorites, […]