Our 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum with High School Planning

As I type this post and think back over this past year, it feels like one of the longest homeschool years we’ve ever had. I’m sure that’s partly because we spent it isolated at home during a pandemic, but it’s also been a lot of work because my son is in the 8th grade, and it’s the last year before high school. Wow. I can’t believe we’ve made it this far! When I started homeschooling all those years ago, I had no idea how it would go, but I’m glad it’s turned out good.

As I wrote last year, I am creating PDF resources with all the nitty gritty about our curriculum just like I used to write blog posts, but now they are even more detailed. I have written 8th Grade with High School Planning to complement the one I wrote for 7th grade last year. It’s a bit shorter (at 10 pages) because it’s strictly about the curriculum, but I’ve also included my plans (so far) for each subject in high school and links that have helped me figure out how to award credits and create a transcript for high school.

In 8th Grade with High School Planning, you’ll find the the resources we’ve used for all the major subjects:

Writing
Literature
Vocabulary
Math
Science
History
Foreign Language

I was also happy to realize recently that Payhip, which is the company that I use to sell my digital products on, has created a bunch of cool new features for me to use, so now my store looks like a real website by itself. Please check it out.

I’m taking advantage of two new Payhip features. First, my products are set to “pay what you want.” There is a minimum price, but most of my minimums will be $1.00 unless it’s something much longer in length, such as The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Yearswhich will have a $3.00 minimum. But basically this will allow some people to pay a bit more, if they can, and if they feel my work warrants it. But if you can’t pay more, a dollar it is. My main goal is to help people, but I truly appreciate all the support I can get too.

The other new feature available on my store is a blog, which I don’t really need since I have this blog, but I thought I might use it for some quick, inspiring homeschool tips. You can check that out here.

What else should I do for my store? If there’s anything else you would like to see me write about, please let me know. I appreciate your support very much. If you can’t buy my PDF resources, that’s okay. If you can share my blog or store on your social media outlets, I’d really appreciate that too. And I always love hearing from you, even if it’s just to chat! Thanks so much. 🙂

May 2021

This VIEW!

May has been a brighter month for me. Earlier in this year, when I learned we would have to prolong our isolation because the COVID vaccine was not approved for kids yet, I fell into a sad slump, which was made worse by other circumstances. However, similar to the experience I had last year — when I realized we were going to be stuck at home for a very long time vs. a 2 week lockdown — I eventually accepted the situation and felt much better. (I am a huge fan of the word ACCEPTANCE. For many years now, I’ve realized that this is a magic word. If you wield it, it has power.)

It goes without saying that beautiful spring weather can lift anyone’s mood. We’ve had a beautiful month, and I’m soaking up the breeze, the birds, flowers and plants. I love sitting on my front porch. It’s my favorite place to be.

Smoky Mountain National Park

After being at home for nearly two years (we had other health issues we were dealing with before the pandemic), we finally got away for a week this month. We rented an Airbnb in the mountains of North Carolina, and I’m sharing photos from that trip in this blog post. The best part of that trip was the view from the porch of our Airbnb. Never in my life have I been so lucky to stay in a place with a view like this. We went birding along the Little Tennessee River Greenway, hiking on the Bartram Trail, and one day we went into the Great Smoky National Park. (We’re planning to go back because there’s so much we couldn’t see in one trip.) We got groceries, ordered take out, sat out on that porch and played games. We had a terrible cell phone signal and no wifi, but we had cable television, which we don’t have at home, so we watched our favorite cooking competitions, Chopped and Iron Chef, and another guilty pleasure, Shark Tank, but that was the only T.V. we watched.

The view at sunset.

Now that we’re home I feel refreshed, and I’ve enjoyed thinking about the homeschool lessons that my boys need to finish up for 5th and 8th grade. They will work until mid-June, and then they’ll enjoy some virtual summer programs. That will slide us into August when we have birthday month, and hopefully by early October we’ll all be fully vaccinated, and the boys can resume face-to-face lessons and other activities. We are especially looking forward to attending music concerts in person again!

William Bartram Trail

At the end of April my 14-year-old received some happy news. He won 2nd place in the state piano competition again, and on top of that, he won 3rd place in a regional competition (8 southern states). You can view his latest performances on his YouTube channel, if you’re interested, and I know he’d love for you to subscribe too. 😉

Little Tennessee River Greenway — Great place for birding. I will share my bird photos someday.

I am also happy to report that I have finished a short PDF resource about homeschooling 8th grade. I have no idea when I’ll have time to post it in my store, but I’ll try to do that soon. Meanwhile, if you have any questions for me, you know where to find me. 🙂 I hope spring is lifting your spirits. Please leave me a message, if you have a moment, and tell me about your favorite part of spring.

Gosh I’m going to miss that view.

April 2021

I’m living in this space where I feel a deep sadness on one side and a deep contentment mixed with joy on the other side. It is very weird. I feel quite unmotivated to do certain things, yet I stay busy. Where I find joy hasn’t changed very much: my family, the light through the window, my garden, books. I savor these.

We are entering the final stage of our school year. It’s around this time that I give up on any grand plans, and we just focus on our priorities. I’ve talked a lot on my blog about how I set certain priorities for each year, and this has helped me focus on the important stuff when we get crunched for time or start to have spring fever. Right now we’re dealing with both those things. I know we won’t finish everything I set out to do at the beginning of the year, but we’re getting the big stuff done.

We can and do homeschool through the summer, but I’ve learned that the summer tends to have a mind of its own. I want to give the boys a break from the lessons I assign them, and I don’t make them do any lessons while they are in their summer programs. They really look forward to these. I was hoping we’d have face-to-face programs this summer, but very few schools are offering that, and, of course, they shouldn’t unless they can follow strict guidelines. The boys do well with Zoom, though, and they have fun. My 11-year-old will be participating in his first summer strings program and another program on animal behavior, so he’s really excited.

We’re looking forward to mid-June when the summer programs begin, and that’s my goal for finishing 8th and 5th grade. However, if we need to, we’ll find time to tie up loose ends after the summer programs end. My official start date for 9th grade (high school!) and 6th grade is September 1st, but you never know. We may start some stuff early. Summer is overlap time, but lessons are always low-key.

How are you doing? What joys are you finding this spring? What plans do you have for this summer?

March 2021

These daffodil bulbs came from my Dad’s property, and there’s a good chance they were originally planted by my great-grandmother. 🙂

Hello to anyone who still cares to read this blog. 🙂 I have been quiet here partly because there’s not much new to say. As you know, we are still stuck in this pandemic, though I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. With a few spring-like winter days, our hearts are uplifted and looking forward to when we can start going places again.

Unfortunately, my extended family and I experienced a traumatic event in January as well as the loss of two family members. My husband, boys and I remain at home unable to visit grieving family face-to-face. This is another sad event during this time that is sad for so many people, and it’s not always easy. But I’m still grateful for so much that it’s hard not to be happy with life in general. It’s the tough times that make you appreciate the good times, so I’m grateful to them as well.

white crocus

I have to admit, there are some things I like about being stuck at home. I used to worry that we could not get as many homeschooling lessons done as I wanted because it takes a lot of time to get ready to go places, drive there, come home, etc. Of course, everything we did was very valuable, but this year, I think we’ve had more time to dig into academic lessons. I believe this because my 5th grader is a little further along in math than his brother was in the 5th grade. It’s not a huge difference, but it’s helping me plan something different for next year. Likewise, my 8th grader is making progress in all his subjects, though he has much more to balance considering he spends more time on music practice and theory.

Similarly, I can do the laundry more regularly, and I can predict which evenings I’ll feel like cooking a bigger meal. There’s something to be said for staying home. But, it can also feel a bit more like a grind, so when the weather warms up, like today, I told my boys to forget their afternoon lessons because we all needed to take a walk. And we did. I even have a little time to start this post before dinner.

camellias

One of the things that has gotten me through these past few weeks is reading a new textbook I bought for my son’s high school literature course, which I’m planning to teach him next year. I love it. I feel like I’m in college again, but this time, I don’t have to cram. I can read it slowly and savor everything. I forgot how much I love to read short stories!

Although I probably would not recommend it to any young person now, I’m very grateful that I was an English major in college. As a young person, I was very sheltered from the larger world. I kind of marvel at my younger self — I was so naive! But as an English major, though it did not prepare me for a lucrative career, it helped to open my eyes to the world, and it gave me so many valuable life lessons. It also made me a more compassionate person because literature offers a lens to see into other ways of life and how no one way of life is better or worse than any other. As I get older, I see that this kind of compassionate knowledge is missing in so many people. Most people I meet see the world only in black and white, and they don’t understand that it’s actually made up of many shades of gray. But who can blame them when the media, politicians, and even religious institutions will only paint the world in one stark shade with no room for nuance?

It’s for these reasons that I have enjoyed picking out the literature that my son reads for his homeschool lessons. (He reads a lot of books on his own too.) I have and will try to pick a broad range of titles that will give him many lenses to gaze through. I hope over these next few years, he’ll begin to see the world in all its complexity, and this will be one link in a long chain of lessons he has learned at home to prepare him for adult life.

purple crocus

Please leave me a message and tell me how you are coping during this pandemic. I hope you are well and that you’re keeping your spirits up.

December 31, 2020

Foggy morning sunrise

Happy New Year!

I hope you have had a good holiday season. I have not felt like writing much this month. There was a lot of holiday prep to keep me busy, but I’ve also had mixed feelings of sadness about the ongoing pandemic and other events as well as some contentment and gratefulness for my daily life. All of this puts me in a quiet mood.

I have been thinking about the future, though, and I’m excitedly putting together plans for my eldest son’s high school years and my younger son’s middle school years. I’m still in the early stages of planning. I do want to take the time to write a pdf resource that will outline how we handled 8th grade, and I’ll write a blog post or two about my younger son’s 5th grade. But this may not happen until late spring or early summer. I’m writing at a snail’s pace these days.

In the past, I wrote more regularly on this blog, sharing details of projects and whatnot, and this helped me when it came to end-of-year record keeping. Now I don’t have that to look back on. I’m going to have to scratch my head and remember what we did. 🙂 But I won’t have to work on that until summer. I don’t mean to rush things, but as we turn our attention to spring, I can’t help but take note of everything that will need to be done.

In the near future, I’m excited that my boys will be taking some courses on Outschool. By sheer good luck, I happened to find a science class for my eldest son that is using the same textbook he’s reading right now. So he’ll have a live teacher to help him through the second half of it, and the class will include experiments and activities. I’m glad he’s going to get a taste of an online class because he’ll be doing much more of this in high school.

Today I’ve been doing a little housecleaning. Twice a year I go through our homeschool room and declutter, rearrange and organize it in a way that will better meet our needs for the days to come. I am creating a bit of a science laboratory in there in anticipation of this class. 🙂

As far as books, I will share what I’m reading right now, which is a middle grades novel set during the Revolutionary War. Forge by Laurie Halse Andersen is the second book in the Seeds of America Trilogy. Even though it’s written for youth, it doesn’t feel that way to me. It’s a story that makes me want to keep reading. It is extremely well-researched, includes quotes from primary resources, and most importantly, it gives us a new perspective of this war because its main characters are slaves. I assigned the first book, Chains, to my 8th grader this year as part of his literature unit, but I loved the book so much that I wanted to keep reading the rest of the series. My son wanted to read the second book too, but I told him he’d have to wait until he finishes his other assigned books. 😉 I would highly recommend these books to anyone, and they are appropriate for adolescents, though they don’t shy away from difficult subject matter.

Also, if you have emailed me, and I haven’t written you back, I’m sorry! I will hopefully find time to keep in touch in the new year, and I hope you’ll also keep in touch with me and let me know how you’re doing.

Hopefully one year from now, 2021 will be ending on a brighter note!

November 2020

Greetings & Happy Holidays. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and that you’re looking forward to the winter holidays in December. We had a pleasant Thanksgiving, but the best part has been taking a few days off from our regular routine to play and putter around the house. Boy, I needed that! And the boys needed it too.

There’s much going on that I can’t write about in this space, so let’s just say that this homeschooling mama is growing older, and she’s feeling tuckered out. I turned 49 in October! It’s hard for me to believe that. When I was a young girl, a 50-year-old was old old. LOL Now poof. I’m almost there. Of course, I don’t consider it old anymore, but I do notice a lot of changes in my body. *groan*

But life is mostly good, and for this, I’m grateful. At this age, I have learned to appreciate all the good, simple things. Being alive is on the top of that list. And healthy. I like to rake leaves and trim the foliage in the flowerbeds. I love watching birds, and I love the blue sky, and I love rain too. I have a cozy home, and I love my family. I get a little time here and there to share my thoughts on this blog, and somehow that’s like meditating for me. It helps me breathe and sort my thoughts.

This isn’t to say I don’t see the darker side of life. We are still waiting out this pandemic, and we are more than ready for a vaccine, but we know that life will stay somewhat altered for a while beyond that. This isn’t fun. I know many people who are over 50-years-old who are being negatively affected by this pandemic. You don’t necessarily have to catch COVID-19 to have it take away your freedom to be with loved ones or access to proper healthcare, which has other negative consequences. I also know plenty of people who aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, and they don’t wear masks or take any precautions, and this is frustrating because their decisions impact us. We’re having to stay home for an entire year because we can’t trust going out among the general population for anything except essential shopping. Thanks a lot, I say.

Sigh. But life goes on, and we savor the good and try to let the other things go. This too shall pass.

If there’s one good thing about being stuck at home, it’s that we can do a lot of learning and reading.

My 5th grader just finished up a fantastic class on outschool.com. (If you don’t know about Outschool, you should really check it out.) He took a 10-week zoology class with a great teacher who made the class fun. It met twice a week on Zoom, so it was in depth, and he did a lot of homework for it. He also took a class about birds from this same teacher over the summer. Outschool has been great, and I plan to use it more as my son’s needs grow.

As a family, we have been enjoying the series How the Universe Works, which is available on Amazon Prime right now. We’ve watched a lot of documentaries about space, but we’ve never gotten the detailed information that we are getting in this show. Keep in mind, it’s a few years old, so with rapid technological advances, some of this information is already out of date. In addition, we usually don’t like documentaries that repeat information and images over and over again (you’ll see a lot of explosions), or use dramatic language to describe nature, but the basic information is so good that we can overlook that.

As for books, we are all diving into our favorites. My 11-year-old won’t give me back my Kindle! He is devouring chapter book after chapter book, and I haven’t even kept track of everything he’s reading. My husband is supplying him with plenty of series. As long as the books have animals for main characters, my son is happy, and I’m thrilled he’s reading so much, so he can keep my Kindle. 😉 At the moment he’s reading the Seekers series.

My 14-year-old is enjoying the classic science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert right now.

As for me, I’ve always got a few things I’m reading, but for my bedtime book, I’m reading The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. I just started it, but so far, so good. It’s entertaining and informative, and since I’ve learned a lot about the research of birds in documentaries, I feel like I have some knowledge and background which makes me thoroughly enjoy this book.

I also recently finished re-reading the classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, though I’m questioning now whether or not I really read it as a kid. I thought I did, but I sure didn’t remember anything from the book! Maybe I just saw the movie. (I don’t have the greatest memory.) Anyway, I enjoyed it, though I see where teaching this book today would be tricky. You definitely need to read it keeping in mind the timeframe it was written and perhaps juxtapose this book with some more current but also wonderful books written by black authors. I would recommend Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, which is also set in the 1930s. Do you have any other recommendations?

How is your homeschooling going, or what plans do you have for the holidays? Please tell me in the comments below.

October

October is well on its way and the weather has been beautiful. I’m even starting to see a little color on the trees too.

Our homeschool year is going as expected, and it’s keeping me extremely occupied, to say the least, which is why this is a short post. This year is the most challenging as I homeschool both 8th grade and 5th grade. The 5th grader is no longer in the “easy grades,” as I like to think of them, and we are consumed with thoughts on how we’ll manage high school next year for my 8th grader. I spend my days checking my notes, making sure we’re ticking off the to do list and staying on task. It’s not always easy, and I juggle a lot, but I also make sure I preserve time for myself so that I have the energy to do the work.

The boys are older, and there’s so much to look forward to. I appreciate staying busy while we sit out this pandemic, but we also have those humdrum days when we just want to fast forward a little bit. I can’t wait until we (as a society) can get back to some sort of normal, if not exactly the same normal we had before.

Recently we went to the botanical garden, took a leisurely walk, and I cherished every moment. There were many flowers blooming, and I enjoyed using my camera. Outings like these have always kept me sane, and I’m happy to share some of the images with you. Please tell me how you’re doing in the comments. I hope you are well and that you’re getting out into nature too.

I promise I’ll write more next month. 😉

September

When I was a little girl, my favorite children’s book was Wacky Wednesday. I read it over and over and over again. It was about a boy who woke up on Wednesday, and everything about the world was wacky. Shoes stuck to the ceiling and planes flew backwards. As he went through his day, the world got more and more wacky, and he was the only one who could see that everything was not quite right. Finally, the day ended, and when he woke up the next morning, everything was back to normal. What a relief!

As a child, this story was funny but also cathartic. Things go wrong! Not everything is perfect. However, if we wait long enough, we’ll come out the other side.

I think we can all relate, can’t we? We might have a wacky day or a wacky year. Yep, the world is pretty wacky right now, but I’m not counting on waking up one morning and everything being back to normal. I think what we can count on, however, is our ability to adapt, grow and change when necessary, which makes it much easier to deal with the wacky world, which, actually, has always been wonkers. Some of us have a harder time with change, which makes life so much harder for them. These people can make life more difficult for others too. :/

If I’ve learned anything from this wacky time, I think it’s that whatever a person chooses to listen to, i.e. what media they read/trust, says a lot more about that person than whatever the Truth is. No media outlet, reporter, book, opinion shouter, has the whole Truth. It’s always more complicated. We think we’re so connected and that we have all the answers at our fingertips, but I think it’s even harder now to cut through the endless hype. Hmm. Less media and more meditation might help. Ha ha.

Okay, I will stop while I’m ahead.

We had a good August, and my boys are a year older! Again! Yikes. And now I’m homeschooling 5th grade again, and whoa….8th grade! It’s the last year before high school. Wow. Wow. I can’t believe we’re at this point. Every year has gone by faster than the one before it.

I’m excited about our upcoming year. Despite the pandemic, I think it’ll be a great year. The boys have a lot of activities they are involved in (all remotely). Maybe it’ll be a better year because we’re going to be home together everyday. With time moving as fast as it is, I know my boys will be growing up and living away from this house before I know it. So I’m always going to appreciate this extra bit of closeness we had together.

Still, I hope hope hope that later this year we’ll have some kind of relief, and it’ll be safer to resume in-person lessons and meet-ups. Fingers crossed. If not, we’ll deal with it, right?

At some point I’ll write about our plans for 5th and 8th grade, but I can’t promise when. I’ll probably pepper my monthly updates with tidbits, but I may wait until the end of the year to give a comprehensive overview of our curriculum because I always end up tweaking my plans and letting some things slide. This is also the year my husband and I will be doing some serious thought about high school for our eldest son. It’s so exciting! But we have a lot to consider and research. I’m thankful that my husband is big on research, and this is one area he seems to like researching.

We took a couple weeks off in August, and most of the summer we were on a lighter schedule. It was good to keep a little structure in our days, but we also played a lot of games, read lots of books, and enjoyed many movies and documentaries. Here are some of our favorites:

Exploding Kittens — Our new favorite card game. It has a big giggle quotient. 🙂

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet — My younger son is really enjoying this classic book series right now, although I don’t own this particular boxed set. We had some old copies and also used our Kindle to get the whole series. My eldest son really enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time when I read it to him many moons ago, and it was my favorite book when I was in the 4th grade. I even wrote a letter to Madeline L’Engle, and she wrote me back!

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church — I read this book for myself, and I can’t recommend it enough. I first heard about it during an interview with the author on NPR’s Fresh Air last year, and listening to her speak about her upbringing, the realizations she made in her late twenties, and the love that she still has for her family, I wanted to read her book. If I find the time, I may write a longer review of it, but I do highly recommend it. I like it because this is not a vengeful exposé. It’s a thoughtful retelling of her experiences and the events and thought processes in realizing her family’s and church’s mistakes. And it’s a good testament that yelling, spewing insults, and arguing do not change people’s minds. What changes minds is building relationships in kind and gentle ways. Something the whole world could learn from right now!

Connected — A Netflix original, and a truly great documentary that shows how our world is much smaller than we think it is. Watch the trailer at the link. (And remember: I try to post all the educational programs we watch on Pinterest.)

So please tell me: how are you feeling right now? Are you managing okay through this wacky time? What plans do you have for this upcoming school year?

New Curriculum: Vintage Poetry for Modern Kids

You may remember that I wrote a post last year about how to teach poetry to a child who hates it. I came up with some good ideas, but I wish I had this new resource then because I think it would have been a great way to teach poetry to my boys.Vintage Poetry for Modern Kids contains 52 classic poems and hands-on projects that can be adapted for any child at any age.

This book is beautiful and truly helpful for homeschool parents and teachers. It’s everything I want in a homeschool curriculum: easy to use and designed to be flexible. The poems are arranged by season, but you can pick and choose the poems and projects you want to use. It is secular too.

Each entry in the book includes the poem, synopsis and notes, questions that will help you start a conversation about the poem, and a section on how to guide your student to read the poem like a writer. In addition to that, there are fun projects that you can do too. For example, for “How the Little Kite Learned to Fly” by Katherine Pyle, there is a lesson on how kites fly and directions and a template to build your own kite.

Here are two selections from the book that you can read for yourself:

“How the Little Kite Learned to Fly” by Katherine Pyle
“The Grass” by Emily Dickinson

You can also read the Table of Contents and Introduction ofVintage Poetry For Modern Kids on Amazon, which is where you can purchase it too. Check out the book’s webpage on The Flourish Workshop Press for copies of the individual poems and craft templates that you can print out as needed.

I’m going to try using this resource this year with my 5th grader this year. If you try it too, please let me know what you think! I’m excited about it.

Crash Course in Homeschooling

If you are considering homeschooling, these are the first things you need to consider:

  • You need to know the laws regarding homeschooling in your area. In the U.S., homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but the laws pertaining to homeschooling is different for each state. You need to find out what is expected of you, if you make this decision. After finding out the laws, I would find a homeschool support group (most of them are on Facebook), and let others in your area guide you. I know in my state of Georgia the law sounds more complicated than it is. So begin by doing an Internet search for “homeschooling laws in ______” and enter your state in the blank.
  • You need to consider whether or not you will be sending your child back to a more traditional school setting after a period of time. If you are sending them back to school, then you need to pick a curriculum that will “tick all those boxes” and keep them on track for the school’s agenda. If you are going to keep on homeschooling, then you have more freedom to pick curriculum that might allow your child to explore their interests and really dig into learning.
  • If you know the laws in your home state, and you know how you want to homeschool, then you need to figure out how to schedule your time. See my blog post about this. If you have to work full time while homeschooling, this can be very difficult, but it’s not impossible. I’ve known families who do this. They might homeschool on the weekends or in the evenings. They take turns with their spouses. They give their kids assignments they can do alone while they’re working, and then they sit with them during their off hours. Or they might employ a tutor or use an online class. Or, in non-pandemic times, they might enroll their child in community classes or in a homeschool co-op. Other homeschooling families might help them by taking care of their kids on certain days, etc. You need to get creative, if you want to homeschool and work full time as well.
  • You don’t need to panic! You can do this. The most important academic skills your kids need to pass all those standardized tests is math and writing (grammar, etc.). (Or math and reading, if they are early elementary.) If you don’t have time for anything else, just concentrate on those two subjects. Your child is not going to fall behind because they didn’t go to school for a year or two. Reading books and watching documentaries together can go a long way toward learning about science and history, and you may find that by learning together, you and your child enjoy it more.
  • Take it one day at a time. Once you tackle these few things, you can slowly add more, if you want to. Or maybe you’ll see that your child is doing just fine while they are homeschooling, and you’ll want to keep doing this. Good luck!

I know that finding curriculum is probably the most difficult part of homeschooling. There are so many resources out there that I can’t possibly list all of them here! If you click here, you’ll find a list of all the materials I’ve used while homeschooling elementary school, and here are a few comprehensive curriculums that I am aware of:

Oak Meadow
Time4Learning
Moving Beyond the Page

Other good resources:

Royal Fireworks Press — This press prints quality curriculum for gifted kids, but any kid could use their materials when they are ready for it.
Outschool — Lots of online courses by freelance teachers using Zoom.
Cathy Duffy Homeschool Curriculum Reviews — Offers reviews on hundreds of homeschooling curricula and resources. Notice that in the right-hand margin of each review, she alerts you to the religious perspective of each curriculum. Be sure to look for secular, if that’s important to you. (My blog is secular.)

For those teaching preschool/kindergarten, I suggest this post that I wrote:

The Only Preschool (or Kindergarten) Curriculum You Need Is Your Enthusiasm

I also offer some short, easy-to-read PDF resources in my store for elementary and 7th grade.

I’m always happy to chat with people or answer questions about homeschooling too. Please e-mail me!