Quick Review: Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1 and Part of Level 2

I was lucky enough to receive Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1, a.k.a. The Island Level for free when I wrote a comprehensive article on grammar programs for home/school/life magazine. Being able to see a full curriculum before buying it is a luxury most homeschoolers don’t have, and for that reason, I was … Continue reading Quick Review: Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1 and Part of Level 2

Quick Review: Life of Fred Intermediate Series, Fractions and Decimals and Percents

To see my review of the Life of Fred elementary series, click here. My son has always loved Life of Fred. He completed the elementary series by the end of the fourth grade, and in 5th and 6th grade, he completed the intermediate series (Kidneys, Liver, and Mineshaft) and then Fractions and Decimals and Percents. He always went … Continue reading Quick Review: Life of Fred Intermediate Series, Fractions and Decimals and Percents

How Did We Do? Our 2018/2019 Homeschool Review

At the beginning of each year, I write a post about what curriculum and resources I’m planning to use. At the end of each year, I write a follow-up, letting you know what I changed. Because I always change something. So this is my follow-up to At Home with the Editors: Shelli’s 6thand 3rdGrade Curriculum, … Continue reading How Did We Do? Our 2018/2019 Homeschool Review

Nearing the End of 5th Grade Homeschool

Officially, our "homeschool year" isn't over until August, and I will continue to give my boys lessons through the summer. However, when the weather turns warm, we start making time to get outdoors, and I begin to prioritize our lessons in this way: What can we finish before June? What do I want to stop … Continue reading Nearing the End of 5th Grade Homeschool

Math Curriculum Review: Life of Fred Elementary Series

If you’re a seasoned homeschooling parent, you probably know that deep sense of satisfaction when you have completed a long curriculum with your child. I had this feeling last year when my eleven-year-old finished the 10th book in the Life of Fred series, which is the end of what the author, Dr. Stanley Schmidt, terms his … Continue reading Math Curriculum Review: Life of Fred Elementary Series

History Lesson Log #2: The Hebrews, Ancient India, Ancient China

As promised, I'm continuing with my detailed record of what resources we’re using for history. Sometimes we may simply read about a topic, and other times we may go on field trips and do activities. Over time, we may add more to our studies, so I may come back and add more resources to these … Continue reading History Lesson Log #2: The Hebrews, Ancient India, Ancient China

Our 2nd Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum

Here I am teaching 2nd grade for the second time to my eight-year-old. I consider second grade part of those "early elementary" years where children should have more time to play and explore than do sit-down academic work. But my youngest son has a little more structure and academic lessons than his brother did at … Continue reading Our 2nd Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum

Our 5th Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum

Here we are: the fifth grade! I guess you could say I "officially" started 5th grade on September 1st this year, but truthfully, I started some of this curriculum a little earlier, and some of this is just a continuation from last year. I only use grade levels as a sort of approximation or guide. … Continue reading Our 5th Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum