7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

It's time for another homeschool year. Here are my 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-2018 school year. Curious about what I'm using in other grades this year? I have a 1st grader, 3rd grader and 5th grader as well. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices LifePac Bible 6 LifePac Bible contains 10 units that the student works through independently. My daughter did the first 4 units last year. She … [Read more...]

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

(This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Last year I switched my daughter's curriculum mid-year and tried video lessons (which I said I'd never do). I was surprised by how well she did with them so this year I am having her try out BJU Press Distance Learning curriculum for many of her subjects. You can check out all of my 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices below or watch me share them in this video. Bible I love … [Read more...]

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...]

Demystifying the Spell to Write and Read Program

I love the Spell to Write and Read program for teaching phonics, spelling and reading to my children. I know from experience that Spell to Write and Read (SWR) can seem daunting when you first get it. In this video I try to demystify the program for you so that it's not so overwhelming. You can read my review of the Spell to Write and Read program or visit their website for even more information. I also have helpful tips for overcoming the challenges of the SWR program that you might want to … [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...]

Phonogram Progress Charts {FREE}

I've got phonics on my brain these days! I just finished watching an insightful DVD on language and the Spell to Write and Read program called Hidden Secrets to Language Success. While the audio and video might not be stellar, the information presented in this DVD set is excellent. You can watch a clip here or purchase it here. I have also been busy looking through curriculum and preparing for the coming school year. Right now I am absorbed in phonics, spelling and reading preparation. This … [Read more...]

Multi-Sensory Phonics

When two (or more) senses are being used in the acquisition of knowledge more connections in the brain are developed to help aid in learning and retaining information. No wonder so many phonics programs claim to provide multi-sensory instruction. But are programs with cut-and paste activities and letter tiles truly offering the full neurological benefits of the mulit-sensory approach? While cutting and pasting and moving around tiles can be a great supplement to phonics instruction, these … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Challenges of the Spell to Write and Read Program

Over a decade of homeschooling means a lot of different curricula has come and gone in our home. Spell to Write and Read (SWR)  by Wanda Sanseri is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It’s a low cost yet highly effective phonics-based program for spelling and reading. If you want to know more about SWR you can read my review or watch this video that explains the program. The benefits of the SWR program far outweigh the challenges and that’s a good thing because there … [Read more...]

Spell to Write and Read

One curriculum that we really enjoy using in our home is called Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri. It is a phonics and spelling program for preschool thru high school age students. I love that I only had to purchase the core kit one time for all my children for all the grade levels. Once you buy the core kit you are off and running for years of phonics and spelling lessons. The only additional purchases I make are one Learning Log (primary or black) per child per school year. In … [Read more...]

Learning with Candy Land

My  kids love games and they would pick playing a game over doing school work any day so I came up with this Candy Land game to help review our Spell to Write and Read phonograms and spelling words. Of course, you can modify this game to fit your own spelling and phonics program too. (Scroll down for a video of how to play the game.) First, get out your Candy Land board game. Ours is an old one so yours might look a little different but any Candy Land board will work! Next, make … [Read more...]