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! These Thanksgiving Books for Kids are perfect to read during the month of November as you prepare for Thanksgiving. Use this book list for kids to help you plan lesson plans for a Thanksgiving unit in your homeschool or classroom. Some of these kids books about […]

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 […]

Mexico Books for Kids

Confession: The extent of my knowledge of Mexico could be summed up in a handful of things–piñatas, tacos, sombreros, and Dora. That’s probably not what you want to hear from a homeschool mom teaching a unit study on Mexico, is it? While that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, it’s not too far […]

Fairy Tale Activities for Early Learning

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes are some of the first literacy experiences young children have. These stories and rhymes are often told while sitting on a lap of a loved one and become favorites for years to come. These early literacy experiences are important for many reasons and are a staple of childhood. The fact […]

Geography Books for Kids

This year our oldest will be learning a lot about geography as we work through our 3rd grade homeschool curriculum–My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures. We’ll be looking at lots of maps and learning about the world we live in. I’ve gone through my bookshelves and visited the library to pick out some of the […]

Legoland for Homeschoolers

We recently took an end of the summer trip to Florida to visit family and have a little fun. While we were there, we took some time to visit Legoland and Disney World. We had a great time of connecting as a family, with a little learning sprinkled in. As I was sharing pictures of our […]