How to Encourage a Heart for Prayer While Learning Geography

As a mom, I want my children to learn the importance of prayer. My desire is for them to have a heart for the Lord and compassion for others. It's easy for me to fall into the habit of only praying with my kids before meals and bedtime. I want more for them though. I want them to know that they can approach their Heavenly Father anytime through long prayers or short utterances. The best way for me to teach the value of prayer is through modeling it for my kids and practicing it with them. I … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Creative Ways to Review Spelling Words

When it comes to reviewing spelling words, most kids are familiar with writing their words 2 times each, creating sentences, or alphabetizing their spelling words. After awhile these methods become dull. In an effort to make practicing spelling more enjoyable I came up with some creative alternatives. {This post contains affiliate links.} Creative Ways to Review Spelling Words Stamp Your Words Grab your letter stamps and let your child stamp his spelling words all over a piece of … [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...]

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...]