Homeschooling 1st Grade: A Look at Our Year & Curriculum

This year has been going well for my youngest son who is seven-years-old and in the first grade. At the beginning of the year, I gave you a glimpse at the basic curriculum I was going to use, but in this post, I am able to tell you more in depth what he's been working … Continue reading Homeschooling 1st Grade: A Look at Our Year & Curriculum

Homeschooling: Diving into Human History

I'm extra excited to tell you that one of the things I added mid-year are history lessons. If there's one thing I've been wanting to learn more about, it's history. 🙂 Until now, history is something I have not worried about incorporating into our homeschool lessons for several reasons. First, I don't think young children … Continue reading Homeschooling: Diving into Human History

Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our First Science Curriculum

Up until this year, I guess you could say that we have "unschooled"science. My son loved nature and, consequently, science. We got outside to explore often, and we did experiments at home for fun. We raised butterflies. We grew carnivorous plants. We read books. He got into robotics, which he still likes. We watch countless … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our First Science Curriculum

Homeschooling 4th Grade: Math & the Multiplication Tables

I love math. Wait. Did I just say "I love math?" Why, yes, I think I did. It's the first time I have ever made that statement.  One of my English professors said that English majors are usually proud to say how bad they are are math. That's kind of true. But now I know that the … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade: Math & the Multiplication Tables

4th Grade Homeschooling: Language Arts

By the time my son graduates, I not only want him to be a competent writer, I want him to have read a lot of great literature. I think good literature teaches children much more than language arts. I use it to teach compassion, history, and about different kinds of people and places, just to name a few … Continue reading 4th Grade Homeschooling: Language Arts

A Slow, Different Kind of Education

Days are passing fast and furious, and I'm watching my boys grow up at a tremendous speed. My youngest son's baby cheeks have completely vanished in the last few months. He's so tall that he's wearing the shirts his brother (who is three years older) wore last year. My eldest is becoming a young man … Continue reading A Slow, Different Kind of Education

Holiday Prep and Cheer

December has been a whirlwind of activity, though I don't think we experience the busy-ness that many families experience. We don't spend a lot of time with extended family. Relatives either live too far away; or they have their own lives, commitments and interests; or both. The adults in my family don't exchange presents either. But we still … Continue reading Holiday Prep and Cheer