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...]

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...]

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...]

How to Teach High School at Home

CHEA of California is offering ten free lessons on how to teach high school at home. This is a great resource for anyone who is planning on homeschooling through the high school years. Each of the ten lessons will be emailed to you weekly. It's like attending a class each week from your own home! The lessons include the following: 1. Can I Teach High School at Home? 2. Setting Requirements 3. Designing Courses 4. Scheduling and Lesson Planning 5. Standards and Evaluations 6. … [Read more...]

Must Read Books for High Schoolers

How time flies! My oldest child will be turning 18 years old soon. We started homeschooling her in 1st grade and here we are getting ready to graduate her from high school. It has been a delight to have her home all these years and I often wonder if she has taught me more than I taught her. I guess that is what happens when you foster a love for learning in a child. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) And with a love for learning comes a thirst for books. I … [Read more...]

Is Public School the Best Choice for My Child?

People often ask me my opinion on the public school versus homeschool debate. I don't mind sharing the reasons behind why my husband and I have chosen to homeschool our children. I don't even mind talking about my strong convictions for Christian education. However, when it comes to answering the question of what you should do with your own child I am quick to point out that God has given you, as the parent, the authority and responsibility to raise your child, not me. I love how God has … [Read more...]

Tackling High School Physical Education for the Homeschooler

I'm sure most of us remember going to PE or gym class in high school. My memories include wearing an unattractive PE uniform, the awkwardness of changing in the locker room with dozens of other teenage girls, and participating in sports that I was not interested in. I always hoped my school schedule had PE as the last class. I didn't want to endure being sweaty and smelly throughout the school day. I am pretty sure that my husband's memories of PE class were a little more positive. I guess he … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Older Kid Who Hates School Work

What do you do when your older kid protests against an assignment? As a parent, you probably recognize the importance of completing a lesson even when your child dislikes doing it. Learning to follow through on a task is part of growing up and learning to be responsible. On the other hand you want your older kid to enjoy learning. You realize that trudging through the assignment means they will probably retain very little information. Their goal is to get the assignment done with as little … [Read more...]

Math Placement Help for Pre-Algebra and Geometry

One of the challenges of homeschooling is knowing when to offer instruction in a particular subject or topic. I was recently asked when it was appropriate to move a child from foundational math to pre-algebra and it made me wonder how many other homeschool parents ponder the same thing. I decided to chat with a math teacher, who has about 30 years experience teaching high school math, to ask him about pre-algebra and geometry. Pre-Algebra What is taught in pre-algebra? Pre-algebra prepares … [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...]