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...]

The Most Important Thing When Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

You've probably heard someone say that when it comes to choosing homeschool curriculum you need to consider your child's learning style and your views on education. I tell newbie homeschoolers this all the time because it helps narrow down choices in a sea of curriculum options. However, you can pick a curriculum that matches your philosophy of education and your child's learning style and find that it still does not work for you. Why? Because you haven't taken into account the most important … [Read more...]

I’m Switching Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year

I had a great line-up of curriculum for my kids (kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade) this year. We were going to study the the Renaissance, Reformation and growth of nations, Earth and space, and read literature books together. My kids and I enjoy learning together as a family so I am always looking for multi-age curriculum. But as the school year got under way, it became apparent that my curriculum choices were not going to work this year. I tried to adapt what we were using but switching … [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...]

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...]