My name is Lauren Hill and I am the Mama behind Mama’s Learning Corner.
We began our homeschooling venture in the Fall of 2010 when my oldest son began Kindergarten.
I had no idea how to choose curriculum in that first year. I didn’t really know what kind of learner my son was and I certainly didn’t know what constituted the right curriculum fit for him.
We stuck with our original curriculum purchase during Kindergarten, but it did require some extra supplementation. My oldest is a boy that soaks up every piece of knowledge you give him. He literally wakes up in the morning and says, “What are you going to teach me today, Mama?”
Our chosen curriculum was just not robust enough for his desire to learn.
I scoured the internet for worksheets that were visually appealing, yet had quality content. Honestly, I had a hard time finding the type of supplementation I wanted him to have.
So in my free time (ha!) I started making a few supplemental worksheets for us to go over together. Davis really enjoyed the worksheets and he loved the one-on-one time we spent together while working on them.
Because I put a lot of time and effort into creating these worksheets, I thought it was a shame for them to sit on my hard drive. Other families might be looking for the same resources for their own children.
And then Mama’s Learning Corner was born.
If you have never tried worksheets with your child, give them a whirl. I have detailed instructions on getting started with worksheets if you need a little help.
I always want to know about the author when I visit a new-to-me site, don’t you?!
Here are 20 Random Facts to get to know me better. They’re not in any particular order:
♥ Even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 11, I didn’t fully commit my life to Christ until October of 2013. Who knew a revival at my church could literally change my entire life.
♥ My husband, Brian, and I have been married for 14 years. At our wedding, we had a soloist sing “Grow Old Along With Me.” One line out of that song is: Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. I had no idea how true that really is! I am so very blessed.
♥ I have 4 kiddos that keep me on my toes: Davis (10), Clara (9), Sadie (6), and Anna, The Red Head, (5). Being their Mama is the privilege of my life.
♥ I worked as a Registered Nurse for almost 10 years. I came out of work 2 weeks before giving birth to our 3rd child. Yes, I do miss it at times.
♥ I am an introvert at heart and crave long periods of quiet to recharge.
♥ I find it hysterical that God called me to homeschool, considering the above statement.
♥ I find homeschooling to be pretty challenging most days. 3 different learning styles, 4 varied personalities, multiple learning needs. Homeschooling ain’t for the weak.
♥ If I could live anywhere, it would be in the mountains. I adore the mountain air and how peaceful it is.
♥ I strive to live a simple life. Some weeks I rock it, and other weeks I fail miserably.
♥ I like coffee. A lot. Kirkland’s is my favorite at the moment.
♥ I’ve eaten (mostly) the Trim Healthy Mama way since January 17, 2015. I don’t want to be diabetic, and I want to grow old with my husband and children. So I decided to make a huge change and haven’t regretted it one day, despite giving up my beloved sweet tea.
♥ I’ve lived in North Carolina all of my life. I’m so appreciative of those pockets of rural North Carolina, where I can still experience true Southern Life. I want my children to be able to appreciate that as well.
♥ Speaking of the South, I have my children say ‘Yes, Ma’am’ and ‘No, Ma’am.’ I realize that is very out of the norm these days, but manners and respect are important to me.
♥ We will ditch our school day in a heart beat to work on character issues. Even though our academic work is important, my children’s character means way more to me than their knowing math facts.
♥ I adore reading good books with my children. Read alouds are just the best! They are certainly my favorite part of homeschooling.
♥ I over-commit myself frequently. It’s hard for me to say no.
♥ I am a true home body.
♥ I play the piano. The first song I ever learned to play with both hands was the hymn “At Calvary.” My mama taught me the C scale when I was about 7 or 8, and I’ve loved the piano ever since.
♥ I often over plan, but fail to implement. Sigh.
♥ I’m not a risk-taker. I’m a pretty plain, vanilla-type person.
Why Worksheets and Printables?
Since I grew up in the public school setting, my frame of reference for learning “outside of the box” was fairly limited.
Honestly? I had no idea there were other ways to measure learning and success in those early years of being a homeschool mother.
In fact, my views on measuring learning have drastically changed since my oldest son was in Kindergarten, but that’s a post for another day. 🙂
While I initially saw worksheets and printables as a method of learning measurement, I’ve now come to understand that they are only tools I can use to expose my children to different types of information.
For example, if we’re learning about birds, my daughter can use the matching definitions set in the Bird Worksheet Packet to challenge her own knowledge of bird vocabulary. She can then impress us at dinner the following night with all of her bird knowledge!
If I’m practicing rhyming words with my Kindergartner, we can just print out the Rhyming Picture Cards and have a neat time exploring those together.
Worksheets and printables are a way for me to connect with my children while we’re learning together.
It’s as simple as that.
Are there other methods and ways to learn?
Oh yes. Only a million.
Printables are just one way that have been a great fit for my kiddos and their very varied learning styles.
What Will You Find Here at Mama’s?
When I go to a new-to-me blog, I’m always curious what the most popular posts and topics are about. What is everyone else reading? I don’t want to miss anything!
So here are the most popular places to visit here at Mama’s.
I have a lot of Preschool/Early Kindergarten moms that are looking for ideas for their little ones. Make sure to stop by the Preschool/Early Kindergarten page for a ton of printables and games (scissor skills, ABC finds, match games, and tons more).
Color-by-Number Worksheets are one of the most popular pins from Pinterest! Check back often for additions. I have lots of them. 😉
In the recent months, I’ve added several new topics here at Mama’s. Take a few moments to browse through these!
This is a typical scene from our school room!
Davis (10), Clara (9), Sadie (6) and Anna (5).
We have a fabulously busy house!