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    Cultivate Hope in Your Homeschool Day

    Cultivate Hope and Beauty in Your Homeschool Day | Pretty Nerdy Press

    February can be a tough month for homeschool moms. The weather has been cold and wet, the kids are bored with the curriculum, and everybody is ready for some summer fun! But...we still have a few more weeks until spring break and warmer weather, so we need some encouragement to keep going.

    Cultivate Hope in Your Homeschool | Help! for the Homeschool Mom | Pretty Nerdy Press

    Sarah, at My Joy-Filled Life, is hosting an encouraging series of articles called Help! for the Homeschool Mom. You'll find inspiring posts from fellow homeschool moms and lots of giveaways (including one of our posters and several packages from curriculum publishers)!

    Would you like to learn to Cultivate a Hope-Building Habit of Seeing Beauty in your Homeschool Day?

    Does your home look like the beautiful Pinterest and Instagram images you see in your feeds each day? Neither does mine. But I continue scrolling Pinterest and saving beautiful home ideas because I think there’s a place for aspirational and beautiful images in our lives.

    In order for your children to cultivate a habit of seeing beauty, you must personally develop the habit of seeing it and pointing it out to your children. Surround them with beautiful things in your home (this doesn’t have to be expensive!), expose them to beautiful places (you don’t have to go far!), and invite beautiful people into your lives. The more you do it, the easier it becomes! Read more on My Joy-Filled Life... 

    12 Beautiful Gifts for Kids that Love Geography & Maps

    12 Beautiful Gifts for Kids that Love Geography | Pretty Nerdy Press

    Do you have young adventurers or travel lovers in your home? Or maybe your kids just love maps as much as we do. There's something inspiring and imagination-building about seeing places on maps and wondering what it might be like there.

    I prefer to give our children gifts that encourage them to develop their skills and interests. Trendy toys might have great reactions when opened, but the kids lose interest quickly. These are the kind of gifts that have lasting value. I’ve gathered a short list of my favorite geography-related games, books, art, and school supplies to share with you! (And many of these shops support independent artists and shop owners in the US and around the world.)

    If you’re looking for gift ideas for your map lovers & adventurers, I know you’ll love these!

    12 Beautiful Gift Ideas for Kids that Love Geography & Maps | Pretty Nerdy Press 

     

    12 Gifts for Kids that Love Geography & Maps:

    (This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no cost to you! Thanks!)

     

    The 50 States 

    Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero

    Gorgeous illustrations in this book! Plus, it's filled with great little facts for your kids to discover. This book will be loved for years by kids of all ages.

    States & Capitals Poster

    Pretty Nerdy Press

    Add great art to your kids' rooms and inspire them to memorize their states and capitals effortlessly! (Order by Dec. 10th for Christmas delivery!)

     

    Wonder & Wonder Vintage Globe Enamel Pin

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    vintage globe enamel pin

    Love these! Enamel pins make fun little stocking stuffers. This is a trend that is here to stay. Young collectors will love this vintage globe design to add to their backpack or jacket!

     

    Maps

    Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

    Another book with beautiful vintage style illustrations that will be loved by the whole family!

     

    Treasure Map Pillow

    Alethea & Ruth for Minted

    Treasure Map Pillow | Althea & Ruth for Minted | Gifts for Kids that Love Geography & Maps 

    For the adventurers, this fun treasure maps pillow comes in multiple colors and sizes. Plus, you support independent artists every time you buy gifts from Minted.

    Our World Floor Puzzle

    Petit Collage

     

    We love these high-quality puzzles from Petit Collage. The pieces are thick and will last through hours of play and multiple children. This beautiful world map puzzle is perfect for kids that love geography!

     

    All Nations Necklace

    Ten Thousand Villages

    All Nations Necklace - Ten Thousand Villages

    For older girls, this beautiful world map necklace would make a lovely gift. These necklaces are handcrafted in Indonesia, providing meaningful work for many artisans in that village. 

     

    United States Map Poster

    Pretty Nerdy Press

    Another one of our geography posters! Inspire curiosity and adventure with this beautiful art print. If your kids are like mine, they'll study the map and plan out trips they want to take to some of the landmarks we've included on the poster. (Order by Dec. 10th for Christmas delivery!)

     

    Globetrotter Leather Journal

    Fair Trade Winds

    Globetrotter Leather Journal - Fair Trade Winds

    This handcrafted leather journal would be a beautiful gift for children that love to write! This company also works to source their products ethically and provide fair wages to artisans. 

     

    This is Ireland

    (and other vintage travel books by Miroslav Sasek)

    These beautiful vintage books have been recently reprinted! Check out the whole series which includes various countries and big cities.

     

    Oh the Places You'll Go Notebook 

    Grace Kreinbrink for Minted

     

    Oh the Places You'll Go Notebook Minted

    A customizable notebook option! Minted notebooks can be personalized with your child's name and filled with journal pages, planner pages, or address book pages.

     

    Vintage Maps Gift Wrapping Set

    Vintage Maps Gift Wrap Set

    And the perfect way to package small gifts for geography lovers! How awesome are these vintage map bags, stickers, and labels?

     

    Free Printable Thankfulness Worksheets for Autumn

    Free Printable Thankfulness Worksheets | Pretty Nerdy Press

    This weekend is the beginning of fall! One of the things I love most about this season is the focus on giving thanks. So I’ve created these free printable thankfulness worksheets for you!

    Free Printable Thankfulness Worksheets for Autumn | Homeschool Gratitude Project | Pretty Nerdy Press

     

    Cultivating a heart of gratitude takes practice. (But I do think it’s a little easier in this season with so much beauty outside!) A discipline of thankfulness to the Lord can transform a grumbling and complaining heart into one filled with joy and contentedness.

    Pretty Nerdy Press offers beautifully designed educational posters for your home & classroom

     

    Use these printable thankfulness worksheets to start your autumn days reflecting on the ways God has graciously provided for your family. Do your kids start the day with grumbling? Do you find yourself complaining in your heart instead of finding joy in your daily work? We definitely have days like that here!

    Practice seeing the little ways God is encouraging you in the everyday work he has called you to. Start out the day with gratitude and happy hearts!

    You can use the thankfulness lists as a homeschool morning time project, a daily journal prompt, or a Thanksgiving break activity. (Or anything else you can think of!) There are 2 designs included with the download.

     Pretty Nerdy Press offers beautifully designed educational posters for your home & classroom

     

    You may print as many as you like for home or classroom use, but please send your friends back to our shop to print their own copies instead of sharing or selling the PDF files. Thank you!

     

    Encouragement for When You Don't Finish Your Curriculum

    Encouragement for When You Don't Finish Your Curriculum | Pretty Nerdy Press

    Did you finish all of your curriculum this year? I’m guessing you didn’t. I didn’t either.

    Guess what? The majority of us are leaving things undone. And it’s ok!

    Plans are helpful, goals are great. It’s wonderful to check things off lists and to move on to new things. Goals spur us on and encourage us to continue striving through the hard days.

    Yet we often feel like we failed our kids when we didn’t complete everything we planned. We feel like we failed ourselves, and even feel like we failed the Lord. Moms are prone to feeling like failures even when they have poured their heart and soul into raising their children all year long. Maybe you are reviewing your year, planning for next year, and feeling discouraged and inadequate.

     

    Encouragement for When You Don't Finish Your Curriculum | Pretty Nerdy Press

    Yes, we have bad days. Yes, we sin against our children. Yes, we waste time and choose laziness sometimes. But God is gracious and forgiving. And in our weakness, God’s power is made known.

    Remind yourself every day…God’s grace is sufficient for you. It is sufficient for all of us, for all of our failings, and for all time. His power is made perfect in your weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

    Put your confidence in the only one that is sufficient to meet all the needs of your children and find rest in Him.

    This year, we added a new baby to the family. My children learned to care for me while I rested at the end of my pregnancy, they learned to resolve some of their own conflicts, they learned to love a new baby, they learned gentleness, they learned perseverance and flexibility as we rearranged our days. They also learned math, science, history, and phonics. And we didn’t finish the books.

    Homeschooling isn’t just a curriculum. The ultimate goal isn’t finishing books and checking things off lists. It’s about training our children to love the Lord, to enjoy learning, and to grow into adults that are willing to serve the Lord and the people in their communities with their gifts and knowledge.

    You are not failing your children when you teach them conflict resolution, homemaking skills, and how to rest. You are not failing them when you go exploring, teach organizing, or practice caring for others. These are the things of everyday life. Think back over the things you did well and thank God for those things!

    As you begin to plan for next year, don’t allow feelings of failure to overwhelm you. Start again, finish your books or move on. It’s your decision. Pray about your options, make the best decision you can, and move forward confident in the work God has called you to.

    New Illustrated United States Map Poster (with Physical Features)

    Illustrated United States Map Poster with Physical Features | Pretty Nerdy Press

    We have a beautiful new illustrated map design in the shop today!

    I love maps! Who doesn’t? I think maps feed the imagination, giving us ideas & dreams about places we might want to visit someday.

    Illustrated United States Map with Physical Features | Homeschool Wall Art | Pretty Nerdy Press

    I designed this United States of America poster with elementary school children in mind. It includes the major physical features of our country, like mountain ranges, large rivers, deserts and plains, plus several well-known tourist destinations and national parks. I’m so excited about how it turned out…beautiful and practical, which is our intention for every new design!

    My kids have enjoyed looking at the map and keep coming back to see if they can spot new details, find places they want to visit, and reminisce about the states they’ve lived in. I think your kids will love it too!

    Maybe your summer plans include a road trip. This would be a fun way to learn about geography together before you pack up and head out to see the country. Or maybe you’re redecorating and organizing a school space or kid’s room and need some art that inspires your kids.

    The ocean blue and muted neutral tones will look beautiful hanging in a kid’s room, in your living room, or in a classroom. It’s a fun design that both kids and adults can enjoy together.

    Our art prints come to you carefully packed rolled in a shipping tube and wrapped in tissue paper. We print on high-quality matte paper that so that you can enjoy your art for years to come. This print is available in the 18″ x 24″ size so that you can see all of the fun details and clearly read the words.

    Illustrated United States Map with Physical Features | Pretty Nerdy Press

    This week we are offering a special launch discount (offer ends Monday, May 21st, 2018). Just use the code “maplaunch” to get 15% off your poster! Click here to shop the illustrated United States map poster.