• Resources

    Math Review-Singapore & Simply Charlotte Mason

    MATH It’s quite a point of anxiety for most people. Families are paralyzed by the curriculum choices. Some parents find they need to switch when one curriculum isn’t working-only to find they don’t care for the replacement option either. Most math curricula can be quite pricey-especially the ones that include games and manipulatives. Not only is it an investment into our child’s future, it is an investment financially as well. Singapore Dimensions I was certainly in the former group. I was so scared of choosing ‘the wrong’ curriculum, that I simply chose none at all. I worked with my son through manipulatives, games, worksheets & workbooks until I felt his…

  • 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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  • Literacy,  Nature,  Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    2019 Curriculum Tour

    What Are You Using? At back-to-school time each year, the big question always seems to be: What Curriculum Are You Using?   I, for one, LOVE seeing what other families have chosen to use. It’s so inspiring to find out about new resources and how those choices work for others. I have certainly incorporated various curricula into our homeschool because someone else shared it and it spoke to me!   First, A Few Encouraging Thoughts With this being said, I feel it’s so important to listen to our hearts and our children and choose what is best for them. I shared my thoughts on a recent planning post where I…

  • Literacy,  Nature,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Summer School with The Peaceful Press

    Do you school through the summer? We learn year-round, but aim for a more relaxed routine during the summer. In summer, we like to lean a bit more toward ‘lifeschooling’ by learning life skills and learning from what is around us. This summer has been a perfect opportunity to use The Peaceful Press guides in an unschooling manner.   The Playful Pioneers   We started our summer by beginning The Playful Pioneers. This curriculum is so gentle and allows for slow-paced days filled with enrichment and closeness. The Playful Pioneers includes poetry, copywriting, history, cooking, and more all based on the Little House On The Prairie book series. It begins…

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  • Nature,  Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    Ocean Unit Study

    For the month of March, we are welcoming Spring by ‘diving’ (see what I did there?) into an ocean/marine biology-themed unit study! This is a community loop unit study that I’ve organized on Instagram and you can follow along under the hashtag #oceanschooling. If you study ocean life this month (or in the future), use the hashtag #oceanschooling in your posts to contribute to our growing array of inspiration! It is my goal to create diverse portfolios on many different subjects so that people around the world with homeschoolers of any age can see what activities and resources are used to teach a particular subject! Resources I don’t even know…

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  • Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    Human Body Homeschool: Part 2

    As you may already know, we spent the entire month of February studying human anatomy and the body systems using The Good And The Beautiful Curriculum. I shared Part 1 of our lessons, activities, and resources 2 weeks ago. If you haven’t checked that out yet, go give it a read to see how we eased in with the skeletal system, muscular system, organs, and digestive system. The second half of the month, we learned about the circulatory system, respiratory system, urinary system, nervous system, and cells. Circulatory System This was so much fun to dive into! First, we talked about the difference between oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. (Side note:…

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  • STEM,  Unit Study

    Human Body Homeschool: Part 1

    If you’re following our journey on Instagram, then you know we are doing a month long human anatomy unit study under the hashtag #humanbodyhomeschool. If you haven’t been following along, go check it out and feel free to join in! I have saved all of my lesson posts under the Human Anatomy logo in my highlights in case you are planning a human body study for the future and want to save some ideas! Resources We Are Using We are following along with the Human Body curriculum from The Good And The Beautiful. So far, I am absolutely loving the way the curriculum is written, the information included, and the…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Jessica from The Waldock Way

    What is your name and general location? My name is Jessica Waldock from The Waldock Way. We live in Florida near the east coast.   How many children do you have and what are their ages?  My husband and I have one daughter and she is six years old, although she thinks she is sixteen.     What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  It started out as me not wanting to let go of my baby. She was so tiny at four and preschool was so long. I was not ready to let go so I talked my husband into letting me teacher the alphabet and…

  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Shanda

    What is your name and general location My name is Shanda and I’m from the Mitten State – Michigan!   How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have three kiddos ages 5, 2 and 4 months.   What are the main reasons you chose to home educate? Education is so important. I wanted to make sure that both the mind AND heart were being nurtured and grown. I believe it’s my job as a parent to help bend my children’s hearts toward God. There is no greater calling or purpose of being a mother than that.   Do you follow a specific method or style…

  • Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    State Studies

    How State Studies Started As I’ve said before, unit studies are my life. They are how I think, how I plan, how I teach my kids and how my kids love to learn. When my son was 4 1/2, I decided I wanted to do something more interesting, something big, something more cohesive for his Kindergarten year of homeschooling. Numbers, letters and shapes were fun, but I thought he’d progress in a more meaningful way if that information was part of something larger, if he could see how it fits in and applies. I thought long and hard and came up with my own program which I dubbed State Studies.…

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