Gina G. Smith

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No-Fail February

February 2, 2015

It happens every year. For the homeschool mother of young children and teens, there is often a silent, steady build-up of anxiety, like the watched pot that never boils. Only it eventually does boil and that mama spills over the edge of her pot, with all her feelings of failure and her overwhelming list of Read More


Reading Help

January 19, 2012

I really loved reading this interview that my friend Stacy linked up to the other day on Facebook, especially the bit about responsive reading. I can’t keep up with all that my 3rd grader reads…honestly. She is so fast, but I don’t want to forget to talk to her about what she’s reading, whether it’s something Read More


Plenty for Which to Be Thankful

November 8, 2011

I’m seeing lots of thankful people around “the Facebook” these days. I think that’s so nice. I love what gratitude does for my own heart and it makes me happy to see that other people are finding the same kind of joy this month. I’ve always got plenty to be thankful for–we all do, correct? Read More


Birdie Cupcakes

March 16, 2011

When I see this guy sitting in the tree out front, I think he is communicating to me that the bird feeders are in need of filling. I’m totally serious. Learning that they were hungry prompted us to make our bird friends some treats in addition to their normal diet of sunflower seeds and popcorn.  Read More


Lovely Links

February 18, 2011

Time for some links! It’s been a while since I just gave a list of links that I’ve been enjoying, so here goes. It’s Bird Week at The Magnifying Glass.  This means a whole week of posts about birding and it’s just up our alley. Everything from photos, to book recommendations, to tips for winter Read More


Popcorn is for the Birds

December 14, 2010

Want to know my favorite snack? It’s popcorn and orange juice. I’m a dentist’s nightmare, to be sure. But I love it. Because it is yummy and because it’s something my dad and I shared growing up. We still have that snack together when I’m visiting my parents. But today, we made popcorn for the Read More


Good Reads in the A.M.

December 9, 2010

We spent our morning reading. It was lovely. Greek Myths over muffins and coffee/apple juice at the table with blankets. Then on to Bob Books And Little House (she and I agree on our favorite in the series). We also started something new this week. I’m in love.


Still Here.

December 2, 2010

After several weeks of running,  we’re enjoying our time at home and catching up on all things “school” and home. Advent has begun and so have the late night sewing marathons. Look for a few goodies to appear in the shop very soon. Here are a couple snatches of my days: things I love and Read More


Right at our Fingertips

September 16, 2010

Homeschooling is an adventure. We all know this. It’s also scary and frustrating and a huge sacrifice. It also brings so much joy, excitement and closeness to our family. And I am really impressed by all the families who did it “way back when.” You know, before the internets–when encouragement, I’m sure, came rarely. If Read More


Science is for the Birds

September 13, 2010

After only one week, we are finding Apologia Science to be a good fit for us. So far so good. Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Fascinating! Since we are practicing handwriting in other subjects, it’s working out really well for the kids to narrate their answers back to me . I’m recording their responses Read More

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