Russia Books for Kids

Russia¬†was a fun country to study during our year of homeschool units of countries and cultures. Like all countries, Russia has folktales and we found several variations of each one. It was interesting to read each one and compare the books. During our study we also listened to and read Peter and the Wolf–something we’ve […]

10 Tips for Managing Homemaking & Homeschooling

Managing homemaking and homeschooling can be a tricky thing. If you are anything like me, juggling the homemaking and homeschooling at the same time can be overwhelming at times. Laundry, cleaning, cooking meals, and caring for the children is a lot when you add homeschooling into the mix. I fail…often. However, I have learned a […]

5 Tips for Great Homeschool Field Trips

One of the great things about homeschooling is the amount of flexibility we have with scheduling field trips and learning adventures. In a typical public school classroom, kids will only take a few field trips over the course of a school year. At the school where I taught kindergarten, we were limited to two field […]

Nature Walk Bag

One component of our homeschooling is nature walks. We get outside, enjoy fresh air, and learn about the world around us. We often have several things we need to carry with us for our nature walk time. Instead of packing and unpacking a bag every week, I set up a Nature Walk Bag with some […]

Magic Light Bulb Balloon Science Experiment

My kids love balloons. What kid doesn’t? So, it’s only natural that we would do balloon science experiments. There are lots of science experiments with balloons out there, but this Magic Light Bulb Balloon Science Experiment is the most fascinating of all. My kids were mesmerized and asked to do it over and over again. […]

China Books for Kids

As we’ve been studying countries and cultures in our homeschool, we’ve read some really great children’s books about China. These China books for kids have taught us about the way of life in China and the rich culture full of legends and Chinese folktales.¬†Every time I post a new book list for kids I always […]

2017-2018 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

It’s hard to believe I have a 5th grader this year, but I do. That means I’m beginning my 6th year of homeschooling! This year our curriculum seems to take a step up in the difficulty level. I will admit that I’m a little nervous to see how it all plays out because it seems […]

2017-2018 Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

It’s hard to believe that my youngest is in kindergarten this year. We waited an extra year to start him because of his birthday and his sensory processing disorder, but it’s finally here! I always love to share what homeschool curriculum we’re using–partly as a record for myself, but also as information for others. You […]

Writers in Residence Homeschool Writing Curriculum

Writing and Math. Those are the bane of my son’s existence. He’s not a fan of either one, but if he had to choose one over the other, it would be writing. Finding a homeschool writing curriculum for him has been a challenge. I haven’t been too impressed with the options I’ve found and neither […]

Readers in Residence Homeschool Reading Curriculum

In the younger years, we are so focused on teaching kids how to read using phonics and decoding skills. But what happens after that? Do we send them off into the sunset with a book in hand and never teach reading again? No! Kids need to be taught things like context clues, making predictions, making […]