Favorite Children’s Books

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on one of her favorite things, children’s books!
Greta was so excited about this episode.
But she showed some self control by not diving straight into a long list of everyone’s favorite books.
Instead, she starts with some discussions on how reading books together fosters relationships, and asks for some tips for creating a reading culture in your home.
We even spent some time discussing what to do with a reluctant reader, because we know that not everyone has a house full of excited readers.
And after all that, we get into the long list of favorite children’s books, from baby books, to books your teen will love, favorite series, and the best audio books.
The show notes are loaded with great stuff! We hope you’ll enjoy it all.
And do share one of your favorite children’s books with us.
Thank you fellow book lovers!

Show Notes

Picture books for the littlest ones:
Peek a Who by Nina Laden
I am a Bunny Richard Scarey
All the books by Beatrix Potter
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
All the books by Robert McCloskey
Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
All the travel books by Miroslav Sasek
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
I Can Fly by Mary Blair
Books by the Provensens—A Year at Maple Hill Farm and The Animal Fair
Wing on a Flea by Ed Emmberly

Beginning Chapter books:
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
A Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Favorite Series:
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
The Ramona Quimby series by Beatrix Potter
The Henry Higgins series by Bestrix Potter
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
Green Ember series by S. D. Smith
The Wing Feather Saga byAndrew Peterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Princess and the Goblin and the Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

Some Favorite Biographies:
Abigail Adams by Natalie Bober
John Bunyan: The Tinker of Bedford by William Deal
Biographies by the D’Aulaires
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

Favorites for older readers:
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Robinson Caruso by Daniel Defoe

Resources for finding books:
Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
Ambleside online
The Read Aloud Revival podcast

Greta’s Blog Post with lists of Favorite Audio books and readers

Greta’s Blog Post: Creating a Book Club For Kids

 

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Meal Planning

In this episode of At Home, Brianne Busky leads the discussion on “Meal Planning”.
Before we recorded this episode we put out the call on Instagram. And you responded with lots of questions and things you wanted us to discuss. So we did our best!
We cover everything from what our own meal planing (or lack there of)  looks like, to favorite snacks, and easy lunches. We talk about eating healthy on a budget, what to do when you feel like you’re in a meal planning rut, and how to deal with the always troubling picky eaters.
There’s a lot here guys!
We’re hoping you find some good take aways and feel inspired to plan some good meals for your family. Or at least make a good snack. 😉


Show Notes:

Recipes:

Dump Ranch 

Greek Yogurt Dip 
Greta’s Pinto Beans

Recipe Resources:
BA Basics
Smitten Kitchen
Whole 30 IG accounts here, here and here

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Myth of the Perfect Mom

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on “The Myth of the Perfect Mom”. This is something many of us moms struggle with as we try to be and do everything for our families. It can be overwhelming and defeating, and we’re hoping our discussion will offer some hope to any mom who feels the weight of this burden.

Our discussion started with what we imagine when we think of the perfect mom. We realized that each of us has a different picture of the perfect mom because it is our own insecurities that feed that image. That led to the idea that striving to better ourselves isn’t necessarily bad, as long as our motivations are coming from the right place. But if they’re not, letting go of them can be very freeing.

In the end, if that’s the root of our struggle, we need to let go of perfection and hold onto grace.

And that is our hope for all of you mamas who are walking through this very thing today. That you’ll cling to God and His strength in your journey through motherhood. His grace is sufficient for you!

Thank you for listening today!

Blog Post: “Try Not to be So Hard on Yourself”by Sally Clarkson
Quote: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
Scripture: “Do not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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Keeping Marriage Fun

In this episode of At Home, Kristin Rogers leads the discussion on “Keeping Marriage Fun”.  Our past marriage episode is one of our most listened to, so we decided it was time for another one.
And while this one is more light hearted, we still think you’ll come away with some good nuggets of truth.

First we talk about whether or not fun in marriage even matters.
Is it important?
Answer: yes!  We think it is.
We believe marriage should be enjoyed, not just maintained.

We want to have fun with our spouses and we want you to as well.
So we talk about some of the ways we have fun in our own marriages: laughing together, going the extra mile, having adventures, and Greta mentions doing a babysitting trade with friends. You’re going to want to listen to this stuff!

Best of all, there’s a quick question round at the end of the episode, where you’ll get to hear us answer questions about marriage, like who’s the better dancer. Its a good time.

We know not every season of marriage is fun. But we hope this episode offers you encouragement to add in fun so that you have that reserve there for the harder times. Its just one of the ways we can work on strengthening our marriages. And that matters a great deal to us.

Show Notes:
Book: “Praise Her in the Gates: the Calling of Christian Motherhood” by Nancy Wilson

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A Charlotte Mason Education

In this episode of At Home, Jen Dees leads the discussion on “What is a Charlotte Mason Education”? The four of us all practice the Charlotte Mason philosophy in our home schools, so we begin by talking about what attracted us to Charlotte Mason in the first place. The answers range from short lessons and no tests, to offering a beautiful education, helping children love to learn, and schooling that is seeped in good books. And that is only a part of it! We are all pretty smitten with our girl Charlotte.

The rest of our conversation covers such topics as: living books, whether CM is relaxed or rigorous, and a big confession by all four of us. Give a listen to this episode and find out what it is.  Perhaps you’ll relate. Or you’ll just shake your head over us At Home ladies. Either way, it’s our hope to shed light on a method of education we all believe is pretty wonderful. Cheers to Charlotte Mason!

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Homeschooling- Staying Inspired

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on “Staying Inspired in Home Schooling”. This is another in our September back to school series. And while it may be a little early in the year to feel uninspired about home schooling, we are here to prepare you for the day that it happens.
Because we all know it will.
In this episode we share different things we do when the freshness of the school year has worn off a bit, from favorite books to read, activities to do with our kids, spending time with friends, or even attending a home school conference.
There are some good nuggets here for you to glean from now, or to tuck away in preparation for one of the harder days to come. We hope you enjoy this one!
And we’d love to know what you all do to stay inspired in your home school journey. Please share!


Show Notes
Books:
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
Honey For a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaffer Macculay
Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie
Consider This by Karen Glass

Blog Posts:
Strategies for Successful Home Schooling by Greta Eskridge
Creating Your Own Adventure Club by Greta Eskridge

Speakers and Conferences:
Carol Joy Seid
Wild and Free

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Mom Guilt

In this episode of At Home, Brianne Busy leads the discussion on Mom Guilt.
We’ve all seen those pictures of kids eating ice cream at the kitchen table, with the caption, “let my kids have ice cream for breakfast! #momguilt”
And we all laugh about it, and go on with our day.

But we’re wanting to dive in a little deeper to the whole #momguilt thing. So we spend some time deciding what  mom guilt even is, and whether or not we struggle with it in our own lives.  We also discuss the possible sources of mom guilt, when we need to ignore it, and when we need to take it seriously.

Despite the somewhat heavy topic, this episode is still a lot of fun. We hope you’ll come away with some things to mull over as you walk this road of mothering. And we won’t even pour on any mom guilt if you don’t listen until tomorrow. Or the next day. #podcastlistenerguilt

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Sibling Bickering

In this episode of At Home, Kristin Rogers leads the discussion on sibling bickering. Like Kristin says, bickering is something that can drive an otherwise sane parent absolutely bonkers! And since this is something we all deal with in our own homes, we thought you might be too. That’s why we’re talking about it today.
Our discussion ranges from why dealing with bickering matters, to common causes for bickering, and some of the ways we handle it.

None of us profess to have the magic answer. But knowing we’re all in it together helps a bit. And we hope our own experiences and ideas will help too. Especially in those hard moments, when you’re tempted to throw in the towel.

And as much as we don’t like to be faced with this truth, we know us mamas set the tones in our homes. Let’s make these words from Proverbs our goal, as well as our children’s: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Don’t give up the fight friends! A peaceful home is worth fighting for.

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Serving in Motherhood

In this episode of At Home Jen Dees leads the discussion on “Serving in Motherhood”.  Jen begins by asking us if busy moms can really serve others. It’s a good question, and one we ourselves wrestle with, just as you probably do.

We talked about being on the receiving end of service, the many different ways we can serve others, and why its valuable for our children to see us serving others, even in the midst of our lives as busy moms.

If you are contemplating adding acts of service to your home school life this year, this episode will offer you not only food for thought, but also practical ideas for ways you and your children can serve others together.

Ultimately, we hope that you’ll remember that even if your act of service is small, it is better to do something for others than nothing at all. We’re inspired by the words taken from Mark 14, and written on the tombstone of the hymn composer Fanny Crosby, “she did what she could.” May we all do what we can to help others.


Show Notes
Articles: Fanny Crosby, Four Women Who Worked Hard
Resource for writing letters to prisoners : Prisoner Alert Through Voice of the Martyrs
Resources for writing letters to soldiers : Operation Gratitude, Veterans United, Operation Shoebox
Resource for providing Christmas gifts to children in need: Operation Christmas Child

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At Home Favorite: Hands on Nature

This week on At Home we are replaying one of our favorite episodes, Hands on Nature.
When we first aired this episode, it was a big hit. So we hope you’ll find inspiration here again, as you head out into nature with your kiddos for nature study, or to simply enjoy the abundant beauty to be found there.

In this episode @brebuskey leads a spirited discussion on the value of getting kids out, and into, nature. We share lots of stories, some funny and others frustrating, of times our kids have been chastised for things like climbing trees, picking wild flowers, or collecting sticks.
We confess our struggle with the mindset that tells kids that they can look at nature but not touch.
We talk about how we manage teaching our kids respect for authority, but also allowing them to experience nature in the way we believe teaches them best. Because ultimately we all agree that getting our kids closely connected to nature is one of the best things we can give them. This episode will give you plenty to think about, as well as practical advice for different ways to experience nature with your kids in a hands on way.

Now that you know some of our favorite ways to enjoy nature with our kiddos, we were wondering, how do you spend time in nature with your kiddos? Do you camp, hike, visit your local nature center, read books about nature, or something else entirely? We’d love to hear what your favorite hands on nature activities are!

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