3 Things to Keep in Mind if You Switched Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you switched curriculum mid-year? If you have, then these three things are important for you to keep in mind. You Are Not Behind There is a tendency to think that switching curriculum mid-year puts you behind. Be assured that you are not behind. You are exactly where you need to be. I'm guessing that if you switched curriculum, you chose to do it because you thought it was the best decision for your child, for you or for you life circumstances. If that is the case, then you are right … [Read more...]

6 Christian Children’s Books You Will Love

Like many parents, I want to read quality literature to my children. When it comes to Christian literature for kids,  it can be hard to find books that compare to the classic literature that we love. That is why I was excited to discover six children's books that contain excellent stories and beautiful illustrations that delight my children's imaginations. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Christian Children's Books by R.C. Sproul The first three books … [Read more...]

Math Lessons for a Living Education

Math Lessons for a Living Education is an elementary math curriculum that uses the Charlotte Mason method. Children learn math concepts, along with Christian values, as they read stories about two children named Charlie and Charlotte. It's a unique approach to teaching math that only takes a few minutes. No teacher's manual is needed, as the student learns from reading the stories. A suggested daily scheduled is included in the front of each workbook. If you'd like a peak inside Math … [Read more...]

Dinosaurs and the Bible

Turn on your child's favorite science show or open up a book about dinosaurs and your child will immediately hear that the earth is millions of years old and that dinosaurs lived long before any humans were alive. Eventually your child is going to ask you how the Bible and the story of creation fit in with the claims that dinosaurs are millions of years old. How old is the earth? When were dinosaurs created? Why don't they exist today? Answering these questions from a Biblical worldview can … [Read more...]

How I Modify the BJU Press Distance Learning Online Program

The BJU Press Distance Learning program has been a great fit for my family this year. My kids are enjoying the video instruction and I am appreciating the extra help with educating my kids at home. For me, one of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to modify curriculum to better suit my children's educational needs. With BJU Press Distance Learning online, I am able to utilize the excellent video instruction while still being in control of what my children are learning and what … [Read more...]

3 Places Homeschool Moms Can Find Encouragement

As homeschool moms, we can quickly grow discouraged as we juggle homeschooling, home management, our marriage, our kids and all the other responsibilities we have. That is why it's important for homeschool moms to find a good source for ongoing encouragement. Are you looking for encouragement? Here are three places where homeschool moms can find the encouragement that they really need. From Other Homeschool Moms Homeschool moms benefit greatly from having homeschool mom friends. It is a … [Read more...]

5 Simple Solutions for Homeschooling Big Kids with Little Ones Underfoot

Homeschooling with little ones underfoot is challenging but not impossible. Here are five simple solutions to help you homeschool your big kids while loving on your little ones. Solution #1: Creating an Efficient Space for Homeschooling A little story... When I first started homeschooling in 2004, I had a 1st grader and a newborn. Two years later, I had a 3rd grader, a toddler and a newborn. It became increasingly difficult for me to teach my oldest child while keeping the toddler and … [Read more...]

Curriculum Review Comparing BJU Press Distance Learning and ABeka Academy

Last year I realized I needed to change the way I homeschooled my kids. Besides a few co-op classes for extra-curricular subjects, I had been teaching all of my children, all of their cores subjects on my own for over 10 years. I just couldn't find the time or the energy to homeschool four children while caring for two rambunctious, noisy little boys this time around. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) I decided to look into online classes and DVD programs … [Read more...]

A Look Inside BJU Press Elementary Spanish Curriculum

This year my kids and I are trying out BJU Press Distance Learning for a lot of their subjects. As I looked through the BJU Press website for all the classes they offered on video, I found Pasaporte al español. It is a three year Spanish curriculum for the elementary grades. The first year of instruction is on video which got me excited. I've been wanting to introduce my kids to the Spanish language but haven't had the time to teach it. Not to mention that my Spanish skills are … [Read more...]

Creating a Student Binder for The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History curriculum makes a great read-aloud for the entire family but this year my seventh grader is working through volume 4 on her own. That meant that she not only needed a history binder but also a checklist to follow so she knew exactly what to do each day. Keep reading to see how I set up The Mystery of History student binder and grab your FREE download of my volume 4 student checklist. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) The … [Read more...]

How I Set Up and Use My Student Logbook

My Student Logbook has been a sanity saver for me. My kids are able to work more independently on their homeschool work while I only have to write out their weekly checklist once for the entire school year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) My third grader and fifth grader are using My Student Logbooks as a checklist to help them know what they need to do and when they are finished with the school day. My seventh grader has been able to use her My Student … [Read more...]

4 Keys for a Winning Homeschool High School Transcript

Colleges are realizing that homeschoolers have a lot to offer in higher education but it's still a good idea to have a winning high school transcript. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) You want to "wow" the college admissions office with your teen's accomplishments. A great transcript is the way to do that. Taking time to create a winning homeschool high school transcript can help set your child apart from other college applicants. 4 Keys for a Winning … [Read more...]

Truth from the Trenches of Motherhood and Homeschooling

I started writing this as a short caption to a picture I was going to post on Instagram. It quickly became a long caption so I finished writing it over here.  (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) From the Trenches of Motherhood and Homeschooling Anyone else have a rough day? I won't even begin to explain the day I've had. Let's just say that homeschooling 4 kids, along with a 3 year old who is testing limits and a one year old who has learned to climb just … [Read more...]

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

It's time for another homeschool year. Here are my 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-2018 school year. Curious about what I'm using in other grades this year? I have a 1st grader, 3rd grader and 5th grader as well. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices LifePac Bible 6 LifePac Bible contains 10 units that the student works through independently. My daughter did the first 4 units last year. She … [Read more...]

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

(This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Last year I switched my daughter's curriculum mid-year and tried video lessons (which I said I'd never do). I was surprised by how well she did with them so this year I am having her try out BJU Press Distance Learning curriculum for many of her subjects. You can check out all of my 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices below or watch me share them in this video. Bible I love … [Read more...]