Archive for the Family fun Category

Bad Company: Good Board Games at Department Stores

Bad Company: Good Board Games at Department Stores   This post contains affiliate links. CHOIS may earn a small commission from links. Your purchase enables CHOIS to continue to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.   by Kathleen Bretton   If you want to buy a quality board game, your best bet is to swing by your friendly local game or toy store. There, knowledgeable staff can guide you and might even have a demo copy for you

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Cooperative Board Games

Peace on Earth! Cooperative Board Games under the Christmas Tree By Kathleen Bretton This post contains affiliate links. CHOIS may earn a small commission from links. Your purchase enables CHOIS to continue to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.    Board games are a great way to spend time together as a family, but it can be hard to find a game that makes children of various ages happy. With many games, your 14-year-old is bored with its simplicity and

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The Ultimate Homeschooler’s Guide to Board Games

The Ultimate Homeschooler’s Guide to Board Games (Organized by Subject!)   by Kathleen Bretton   This post contains affiliate links. CHOIS may earn a small commission from links. Your purchase enables CHOIS to continue to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.   What makes a quality board game? It doesn’t have to be difficult, burst brain cells or take a weekend to play to be an engaging board game. A quality board game – often referred to as being

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Finding Ways to Serve as a Family

Finding Ways to Serve as a Family by Niccole Perrine   As I find myself discussing the art of serving with those around me, one of the questions I run into most frequently is “Where can I serve?”. It seems that most folks are interested in the idea of service but don’t quite know where to begin.   To simplify things, here is a list of places where your family should be able to find a way to love others

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Serving with Margins

Serving with Margins   by Niccole Perrine   “So…what do you think?” My friend inquired.   I paused before responding. 

My heart ached for my friend. I desperately wanted to help. This was an opportunity to serve! I love to serve. And I love my friend. I could see she was struggling. And she was asking me to help! I knew, if I worked at it, I could rearrange things to make this work.   However, I could also see

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Of Skiing Down and Growing Up

Of Skiing Down and Growing Up     by Abigail Prigge   Our feet dangled off the edge of the ski chairlift over the snowy chasm below. I was riding up to the top of the mountain with three of my siblings, ages 13, 11, and 8.   This moment.   These people.   Someday my seven younger siblings could be littered all over the United states or even the world. But for now, here we were. The four of

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A New Season of Service

A New Season of Service     by Niccole Perrine Do you ever find your schedule monotonous? Not bored from inactivity, but perhaps finding yourself eager for something different? Some change to shake things up a bit? 

My own restlessness often has to do with the changing of the seasons. A fresh wind blows through the valley and stirs up something in my heart. I suddenly find myself craving something new. Whatever the case, I find change adds a certain zest

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Ten Steps to a Smile

Ten Steps to a Smile (OR, How to Light Your House for Nearly Free)       by Elise Hooper   So you’re heading through the kitchen with an empty laundry basket under one arm and a full and stinky hamper in the other, when he jumps from behind and skids to a stop in front of you.   Mama, do you want to see what I made?   Step One: Stop walking. Don’t slowly inch your way past him

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The Art of Exercising with Kids

The Art of Exercising with Kids     By Jessi Webb   As a homeschooling mom of three busy boys, I know how difficult it can be to get anything done, let alone make time for exercise. But may I encourage you not to make this your excuse? There are things in life we simply have to accomplish in a day, and one way or another we manage to get them done (when was the last time you went without dinner?). So

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Blessing Buddies

Blessing Buddies by Niccole Perrine   As we navigated the busy shop, watching for little hands to mind their manners, I was drawn to a colorful display. The Elf on a Shelf trend had recently sparked my interest. I really wanted to do the Elf on a Shelf. I love creative opportunities. However, the price seemed steep and we also don’t choose to spend much time encouraging Santa at home. The more I looked into the product, the less I

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