• Literacy,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Curriculum Add-Ons

    As with any planning process, new things pop up out of nowhere! It is important to me to follow my children, so if they show interest or ask to incorporate something new, I’m happy to oblige.  I have found some extra studies to include in our 2019 school year and I am so excited to share them with you!   Enrichment Extras As I mentioned in my last blog post, I wanted to be more intentional about incorporating fine art studies in a structured manner. Fridays are already our enrichment day, so I thought a once-a-week loop would be lovely way to ease into this and wrap up our week…

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  • Resources,  Subscriptions,  Unit Study

    Creating A Unit Study with Letters From Afar

    What Is Letters From Afar? If you haven’t heard of this incredible company, then you’re in for a real treat! Started by a wonderful woman named Shawnee, Letters From Afar is a beautiful collection of travel letters delivered to you each month! Shawnee is the author and illustrator of each letter and they are absolutely gorgeous! She writes to you as ‘Isabelle’ based on the historical world traveler Isabella Bird. Each month you get a glimpse of a new location complete with bits of geography, history and culture. As an extra cherry on top, a portion of the subscription fee is donated to Pencils Of Promise. So, supporting Shawnee and…

  • Literacy,  Unit Study

    Poetry Tea Time

    What is Poetry Tea Time? Poetry Tea Time is a term coined by the wonderful Julie Bogart from Brave Writer. She is brilliant, intelligent, and fun! Julie comes up with incredible ways to raise lifelong readers and passionate writers. Poetry Tea Time is quite simply a time to gather with tea (or any drink of your choice) and read aloud poetry. This is meant to foster bonding and inspire critical thinking. Delighting in the finer things in life that are often overlooked is a luxury we should all make time for. It calms us, it soothes our souls, and it draws us closer; to one another and to literature. How…

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    Nature,  Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    Summer Science

    What do you do during the summer in terms of home education? Are you 365-homeschoolers? Do you focus on just one subject for the summer? Do you take a break from academics for the season? Do your children participate in summer camps and special events? We like to take a more laid-back approach to give everyone a break from our routine. The state of Florida doesn’t require schooling over the summer, so I don’t log our attendance and record every activity we do. But, we do school year-round, so we pick a couple subjects and just focus on exploring those in a fun and interesting way. This season we chose…

  • Resources,  STEM,  Subscriptions

    Subscription Boxes-What Are They And Should I Get Them?

    Material Connection Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. I only recommend products or services that I have personally used and/or believe will benefit my subscribers. In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”    I don’t  know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of subscription boxes. They are an amazing tool and resource for our family. We are subscribed to three services and we look forward to them coming each month. It is like Christmas morning in here when the packages arrive. The first subscription box we ever signed up for was Little Passports and…

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    Resources,  STEM

    Steam Kids Challenge

    STEM or STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art), and Math. It’s everywhere these days as children are interested in technology and the advancements we are making as a society. We are a very STEM-oriented homeschooling family in that we do a lot of science and technology-based lessons at home. My children are naturally very curious about science and love the hands-on learning that STEM guides provide. We often perform science experiments, incorporate themed math lessons and tie in art to our daily lessons. Roo’s favorite subject is math and Chickie always wants to craft and paint, so STEAM-based learning is perfect for us to combine academics with…

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    Nature

    Getting Out In Nature

    There is no place on this earth that doesn’t have beauty and experience to offer. Sometimes, we get so involved in our daily responsibilities that we don’t stop and make time to go out and soak it in. As parents, it is our duty to ensure we equip our children with all the tools for them to grow into healthy adults and build a life of their own. THAT is our legacy. We live on through our children by what we’ve passed down to them. In order to do this, we must step outside. We must feel and learn and grow from nature. I know it is challenging to make…

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  • Community,  Resources,  STEM

    Libraries: Beyond The Books

    I know that everyone knows the value of checking out books from the library. Finding endless imaginative stories and information in the texts while promoting responsibility and respect when borrowing/returning products on time are important. Teaching kids how to look up a book title or author using the library’s website, searching by alphabetical order, or learning the cataloging system is a beneficial skill that will help them gain independence. But is that all the library has to offer? NO WAY! I’m not sure if this is the case with all libraries, but our local libraries have a friends of the library program. People donate their used books and media or…

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