Thinking Kids ~ Pack Your Bags and Help Chart a Direction!

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I’m a compulsive planner.  I plan our meals, our reading, my writing, this blog.  I’m usually pretty good at following through with those plans.  Occassionally, though, life seems to get in the way.  Lately, life has been large and in charge.  (I know, that’s SO corny.)  We’ve been busy, though.  We’ve added a grandbaby to the family, said goodbye to a grandparent, dealt with health “stuff”, finished up most of our subjects for the school year… and spent some time remembering just how precious life is.  We know that we’ll spend eternity with Jesus.  While we’re here on earth, though, I want to remember to cherish the people God’s given to me to love.

What was I talking about?  Oh, yes.  Planning.  It’s time to plan for the coming school year again.  While I map out our schedule for school, I thought I’d assess the direction of Thinking Kids and plan out posts.  At the same time, I thought I’d ask you all how you feel about Thinking Kids.  After all, I want the posts here to be of value to you.   If you have a moment, will you answer the three short polls below?  Even more valuable would be comments on why you read Thinking Kids.  What appeals to you?  What would you like to see more of?

Thanks for your time!  I know you’re busy, spending time with some pretty valuable people.

First, could you let me knowwhyyou read Thinking Kids?  Pick you favorite, and feel free to leave a comment telling me what you love, what you dislike, and what you’d like to see more of…

This school year, I’m beginning a three-year survey of the Bible with the boys (using some great resources).  I’d be happy to provide the reading schedule I’m creating with suggestions for Scripture memory, study information about each book of the Bible, craft ideas, notebooking questions, etc – by developmental level (rather than grade).  Would that be useful to you, or to families you know?

Also, the boys and I will be cooking through our history and geography studies this year.  Here’s my confession:  we’re meat-eating vegans.  We just have a lot of allergies.  So… I’ll be altering the recipes to be egg, dairy, nut and gluten free.  Oh, and no cranberries for us.  Would you be interested in seeing our slightly-altered recipes as we cook through the 1800s, and from countries around the world?

Thank you for your time!  In the comment section, would you tell me how you found Thinking Kids, what you like about the blog, and what you’d like to see more of?  How can I come alongside you in your parenting, or in your schooling?  Let me know, and we’ll travel a new road together!


~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a freelance children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., Pockets, Devozine, Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.  


  1. says

    I think I found Thinking Kids because I knew you were writing a blog and I just searched for your name. I really appreciate your thoughts regarding parenting in general and homeschooling in particular. Those are my favorite blog posts. You give me a lot to think about. Keep up the good work!

  2. says

    I really enjoy reading Thinking Kids which I found via a Christian Focus blog hop. Anything to do with books is great as are the parenting/marriage articles. I think I read all the posts. The suggestions around Bible reading would be good esp if some of the ideas would be suitable for younger as well as older children. Really struggling to engage our 3 year old with Bible stories/reading at present. Duplo ziggarats and Tower of Babel models have been hits but it is difficult to think of relevant and reverent activities. Recipes would be interesting especially as we like to cook along with our lessons. My only caveat would be that it would be useful if ingredients are as basic as possible as specialist ingredients can be difficult to obtain elsewhere. For example, I never cook with cake mixes but have seen many recipes which ask for white/yellow cake mix which would be virtually impossible to obtain in the UK.
    Looking forward to the next year of posts.

    • says

      Sarah Elisabeth~

      Thank you for such a detailed comment. I appreciate knowing what you find helpful. :)

      I had NO idea you couldn’t get cake mix in the UK! Any recipes would be from scratch, but I appreciate that reminder. I’m glad to hear that the Bible survey might be helpful as well.

      ~ Danika

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