A friend introduced me to Carole Joy Seid-a mother and home school coach whose philosophy is books-lots of really good ones. I've been listening to her interviews here.
I love Elizabeth Foss's screen rules for her home. Ours are a lot a like, and I'm sure just like mine, they adapt as we see fit. (And mine only applies to the older kids, as the younger ones who don't need them for school homework are almost never allowed on any device.) If you need some motivation here's a big dose.
I noticed these great deals on Amazon this week-these are toys and games we've enjoyed here.
Hape Gourmet Kitchen Starter Set -30% off
Melissa and Doug Food Groups-20% off
LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party-22% off (This was a gift-I usually don't buy toys that make lights and sounds, but Janey loves this-and we've all memorized the songs the teapot plays. And there is a low volume button :).
For the boys-
2 in 1 Travel Magnetic Chess and Checkers Set - 12.5''-24% off
Polybag Farm Collection 5 Pieces-22% off (Patrick played with these animals all the time-I love the size of the Wild Republic brand-we have the African and Asian Mountain brands.)
Reading:Every week Janey and I go to the library and select five picture books from the shelves. I usually have one favorite out of the bunch. This one is a favorite and I put it in my Amazon cart for Christmas. There is a tiny little ladybug hiding on every page and she gets so excited when she spots it.