Our First Day of School

I have been homeschooling long enough to know that the first few days (and even weeks) of a new homeschool year don't usually go as planned. Today was no exception. I thought we'd ease into a new school year by doing only three subjects today. Bible, math and spelling seemed easy enough to tackle. I should have known that Bible and learning to follow directions without grumbling would have been enough. My day started at 2 am when the baby woke up needing to nurse for almost an hour (or … [Read more...]

A Simple Way to Organize Homeschool Records

Check out my simple system for organizing homeschool records. I've put together an instructional video to walk you through how to set it up and how to use it. I also included instructions in this post with helpful links to supplies and forms that you may want to use. Can't see the video? Click here. Supplies Needed for Your Homeschool Records System Here are the supplies you will need to put together your own homeschool records system. It can be very helpful to color-code your kids so … [Read more...]

Revealing School Book Review

It was in one of my online homeschool circles that I first heard about the book, Revealing School by Britton B. LaTulippe. I was intrigued by the subtitle which stated, "Discover what school is really doing to your children" but I didn't give it more than a quick thought since my children were not in public school. When I was offered a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review I decided to visit LaTulippe's website for more information on what the book was about. The description … [Read more...]

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

I love kindergarten. My kids are always eager to learn and excited to do "big school work" like their older siblings. Choosing kindergarten homeschool curriculum can get a little tricky though. In my excitement to start formal education with my kindergartner, I can easily get wrapped up in loading us down with curriculum instead of fostering a love for learning. This year I'll be focusing on Bible, phonics, penmanship and math with my kindergartner. All the other subjects and curriculum are … [Read more...]

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here. My son is heading into 2nd grade with a lot of energy and a very short attention span. I tried to find 2nd grade homeschool curriculum that will either keep him engaged or can be done in short periods of time. His reading skills are developing at just the right pace for him but are considered below grade level by traditional school standards. My focus this year with him is reading and spelling along with math and handwriting. … [Read more...]

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here. Are you looking for 4th grade homeschool curriculum? Math-U-See, Spell to Write and Read, IEW writing and The Mystery of History are some of our favorites. We are trying out some new things this year as well like The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Illuminations and Winston Grammar. Here is a list of everything we'll be using for 4th grade this year. What curriculum are you using? 4th Grade Homeschool … [Read more...]

6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here. This will be my second time teaching 6th grade. It's amazing to me how each child is so unique. Each one has different strengths and weaknesses. What my oldest child (now in college!) did for 6th grade is completely different than what my current 6th grader will be doing this year. Keep that in mind when reading through this 6th grade curriculum list. Your child may be ready for more difficult material or need something … [Read more...]

Cleaning Out Our Homeschool Area

It's that time of year again. After having some time off from homeschooling, it is time to get things ready for the new school year. That means tackling our homeschool area (aka dining room). I have to clean out all the old curriculum and school supplies to make room for the new stuff. I put together a YouTube video that explains how I sort through last years curriculum and supplies and start putting things back together for the new school year. You can watch it below or on my YouTube … [Read more...]

The Ultimate List of Summer Activities

We are done with school and my kids are ready for some fun summer activities. I've been searching the web for fun things to do this summer. Some days are so hot we just want to stay indoors and other days are so beautiful we want to spend the day outside. I gathered together a list of summertime crafts, indoor activities, outdoor activities as well as some fun educational activities for those of you who want to incorporate a little learning into your summer. {This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

A Child’s Art Box that Delights the Imagination

My children love to pull out our art box and use their imagination to create all kinds of things from abstract art to 3D creations. They didn't always enjoy craft time though. They felt constricted with pre-made crafts and got discouraged when their finished project didn't look like the sample they were suppose to recreate. I didn't like art time either. It took hours of my time to search for craft ideas, purchase supplies, prepare the materials, execute the project and then clean it all … [Read more...]