3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

My oldest son is in 3rd grade. Where did the time go? Come see our 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-2018 school year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) This year I a focusing on developing his reading skills while minimizing frustration. With that in mind, I chose to place him one grade level lower for English and reading. I also needed to find curriculum that he could do independently which is why you will see a lot of BJU Press … [Read more...]

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

Is it already time to start another homeschool year? Well, that means it is time to share my homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-2018 school year. I am trying out some new curriculum and sticking with a few favorites. Here are my 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Bible My younger children and I do our Bible time together. We read from God's Word, memorize scripture, learn doctrinal truths through … [Read more...]

Homeschool Room Tour: Simple Design for Any Space

I enjoy getting things organized and ready for the new homeschool year. Over the course of 14 years of homeschooling, I've organized our school area in a dedicated school room, our kitchen and our dining room. I've taught my children their lessons in just about every room of our house as well as in our backyard, front porch, in our van and at the park. This year we are back to having a dedicated homeschool room. I'm guessing most of my kids will scatter around the house to do their work … [Read more...]

Helpful Tips for Using Math-U-See

The first year I started homeschooling I chose Math-U-See to use with my first grader. Fourteen years later and I'm still using this excellent math curriculum. I love using Math-U-See and so do my kids. I've used it from Primer through Calculus and in the process I've discovered a few helpful tips. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) No Need to Do Every Worksheet Math-U-See is a mastery based approach which means once your child has mastered a concept … [Read more...]

The Mystery of History Curriculum Review

I never liked history when I was in school but homeschooling has given me a whole new appreciation and love for history. It started with  the first curriculum I purchased for my oldest daughter years ago. That curriculum taught history through a biblical worldview. My daughter and I began to see God's hand throughout history and we both got excited to see the unfolding of God's plan to redeem His people. Since then I've been on the hunt for a curriculum that is not only grounded in a biblical … [Read more...]

How to Plan When to Start and Finish Your Homeschool Year

When I was new to homeschooling everything seemed overwhelming. Trying to decide when to start and finish our homeschool year was no exception. I remember just staring at a calendar and wondering what day we should officially start. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) I sat down a few days ago to plan out our new homeschool year and decided to take you along with me. I recorded all the steps to choosing when our first and last day of school will be for the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculums

I've used a lot of homeschool curriculums over the years. There are numerous ones that my kids and I have enjoyed but there are a few that stand out as our favorites. Keep on reading to discover my seven favorite homeschool curriculums and then leave a comment and share your favorites. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Math U See I started using Math U See my first year of homeschooling when my oldest child was in first grade. I used it with her all the … [Read more...]

Our Summer Routine as a Homeschool Family

Our school year has come to an end and summer has begun which means it's time to create a summer routine for my family. With six kids still living at home, I have found a simple summer routine makes our days less chaotic and more enjoyable. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Since we homeschool, school life and family life sort of meld together. That means that even when school is officially over, we are still learning new things. Summer is a great time … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Preparing for a New Homeschool Year

It seems like one homeschool year ends and a new homeschool year rolls right in. Whether you homeschool year round or take a summer break, you still need to wrap up the previous year and make preparations for the new one. Here are five steps to help you prepare for the new homeschool year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 1. Clean Out and Make Room I'm always amazed at how disorganized my school area becomes toward the end of the school year. … [Read more...]

Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources

I love the Spell to Write and Read program for teaching reading and spelling. If you aren't familiar with the program then check this video. While supplemental resources are not needed to teach the program, they can add more interest for the student and be a great help to the teacher. I have compiled a list of Spell to Write and Read supplemental resources that I have used over the years. I hope you find it helpful. Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources All of the SWR materials … [Read more...]

4 Things To Do Now for a Great Transcript Later

Scrambling at the last minute to create a high school transcript for your child isn't the best choice. Believe me! I know from experience. My daughter was applying to a college and she needed her high school transcript. Since we homeschool privately, it was my responsibility to produce one for her. The problem was, I had dropped the ball on four things that could have saved me a lot of time and sanity when it was time to prepare her transcript. I've learned my lesson. I won't neglect these … [Read more...]

Noah’s Ark and the Flood: Answering Children’s Questions

One of the things I love about homeschooling is being able to teach my children history and science from a Biblical worldview. Learning about Noah's ark and the world-wide Flood is no exception. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) The question seems inevitable. “Mom, how did all the animals fit on the ark?” With pictures and toys depicting Noah’s ark as a small boat with animals crammed into every corner, it’s no wonder kids have a hard time merging the … [Read more...]

Our Simple Homeschool Day Schedule

Some seasons of homeschooling call for a detailed schedule while others run better with a loose routine. This year my family needed a simple schedule that could keep us on track but provide some flexibility as well. Simple Routine with Little Ones When my kids were all young, a simple routine was ideal. We ordered the events of the day but didn't attach a time to each event. That way, we were always on track whether we all got up early or slept in. Our simple routine went something like … [Read more...]

Online Courses for Homeschoolers

Online courses are a wonderful option for many homeschool families. Whether you are looking for a full program or just one or two subjects to round out your other curriculum choices, this list should be helpful for you. I've spent hours researching different online programs for homeschoolers and wanted to share my findings with you. The majority of these online courses have a Christian worldview but make sure to do your own research before selecting a program for your child. (This post … [Read more...]

Wondermaps: An Easy Way to Create Maps for Your Homeschool

I use to waste hours scoring the internet for just the right map to use in homeschool lessons with my kids. Usually, I had to settle for a map that was close enough to what we needed. I often saved maps in Microsoft Word so I could try to edit them to better suit our needs. It became such a frustration and a huge waste of my time. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Wondermaps to the Rescue I have to say that my map searching days are over! I finally … [Read more...]