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 […]

My Homeschool Planner

A good homechool plan can make or break a year. That’s why I’ve searched high and low for a good homeschool planner. Every year I go to the homeschool convention and look at the fancy homeschool planners at various booths and every year I decide they aren’t for me. Either I don’t like the way it’s […]

Japan Books for Kids

Our homeschool study of countries and cultures has us reading lots of books from the library. This time it was books about Japan for kids. We loved reading these Japan books for kids to learn about Japanese culture from the nonfiction books and hear some great stories from the fiction books. Our trip to the […]

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

It’s time for all things Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, and turkeys! I’ve pulled out our Thanksgiving Books for Kids from our overflowing bookshelves and thought I would share them with you. Some of these are educational and share the story of the first Thanksgiving and others are just for fun. Some of the fun ones are […]

Black Friday #Homeschool Deals 2015

This Black Friday there will be some fabulous deals from great educational companies that are perfect for homeschool families. Some of these deals are definitely on my Christmas shopping list! I’m also going to take advantage of our homeschool umbrella school’s Black Friday deal for next year’s tuition. This is by no means an exhaustive […]