Illuminations Homeschool Scheduler Saved Our Year

The Illuminations scheduler from Bright Ideas Press saved the homeschool year for my 6th grader. I've been trying to focus my attention this year on helping two of my children learn to read while loving on my 3 year old and infant. I haven't had time to create lesson plans for my middle school student. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Illuminations to the Rescue That's where Illuminations saved the year for me. I was already planning on using most of the … [Read more...]

Cursive First Handwriting Curriculum

I was a little baffled when I first heard about teaching cursive before print. Cursive seemed more difficult to write and I wondered how my children were going to learn to read print if they were taught cursive first. Cursive First was affordable and it coordinated with my favorite phonics and spelling program so I decided to give it a try. I read the teachers manual in one day and quickly discovered the benefits of teaching cursive first. I have been using this curriculum for several … [Read more...]

Fix It! Grammar: Turning a Boring Subject into an Exciting Adventure

I'm going to guess that you and your child aren't thrilled with the idea of studying grammar. Diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech doesn't sound very fun. That is why I love the Fix It! Grammar curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). What Is Fix It! Grammar? Fix It! Grammar takes an exciting story and turns it into a fun lesson in grammar. Each week students will learn a few new grammar concepts that will aid them in finding and correcting errors in … [Read more...]

Science in the Beginning {Review}

Today I wanted to tell you about Science in the Beginning by Dr. Jay L. Wile. It is an elementary science curriculum that my kids and I have really enjoyed. Science in the Beginning takes the six days of creation and teaches science topics based on what God created on each day of creation. For example, on the first day of creation God created light so topics include light, color, energy and the human eye. On the fifth day of creation God created the birds of the air and the fish of the … [Read more...]

Writing Truth Back Into Biology {Apologia Biology Review}

One thing I love about high school curriculum for homeschoolers is that most of them have been created for independent work by the student. That makes it easier on the homeschool parent but a little challenging to review without the high school student's input. {This post contains affiliate links.} My oldest is graduating from high school this year so I asked for her input on her favorite high school curriculum. Today we are looking at Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology … [Read more...]

Institute for Excellence in Writing: Encouraging Even the Most Reluctant Writer

My Family's Experience with IEW My oldest daughter is a natural writer so my failure to incorporate writing instruction in her homeschool years didn't hinder her from searching out people who could help her develop her natural gift and love for writing. My other children are not as gifted when it comes to writing though. After years of frustration and tears caused by writing programs that didn't deliver any real success, I decided to give the Institute for Excellence in Writing a try. I had … [Read more...]

WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets {Review}

My absolute favorite phonics, spelling and reading curriculum is Spell to Write and Read and using this curriculum just got easier with the creation of the WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets books! (Check them out here.)Elizabeth FitzGerald, homeschool mom and SWR trainer, has created worksheets to go with the enrichment activities in the WISE Guide (the spelling list portion of the Spell to Write and Read curriculum). The worksheets make the enrichment activities simple and fun for … [Read more...]

Little Hearts For His Glory: Why I Liked It But Didn’t Use It

This school year was the first time I had ever purchased a curriculum for kindergarten other than the phonics and math programs I have always used. I was hoping to find something that my active son would enjoy doing that would make school time more fun than just learning to read and do math. I got pretty excited when I came across the Little Hearts For His Glory curriculum. It provided simple daily lesson plans divided into 9 different categories that could be done throughout the day as … [Read more...]

A New Favorite for Preschool and Kindergarten {Rod and Staff}

I've never been big on investing lots of money on preschool (or even kindergarten) curriculum. I'm happy letting my kids play all day and leaving the formal education until they are older. However, it's always nice to have a few things on hand for when my kids start showing an interest in doing school work at the table with their older siblings. In the past I've kept the Developing the Early Learner workbooks on hand (and still do) but recently I came across some cheaper preschool and … [Read more...]

From Primer to Calculus: Why We Use Math U See

Of all the curriculum that we have used over our ten years of homeschooling, Math U See is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It has provided my children with a solid foundation in math while helping them understand the concepts in addition to memorizing facts and formulas. As a kid, I was pretty good at math. It was easy for me to memorize formulas and follow the step-by-step process to get the correct answer but I never understood why those formulas worked. Then I … [Read more...]