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

History Lesson Log #1: Intro, Prehistory, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt

As I mentioned in my last post, I plan to keep a detailed record of what resources we’re using for history on this blog. 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 … Continue reading History Lesson Log #1: Intro, Prehistory, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt

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

Now available!  The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Years is for all parents of young students who are beginning to homeschool or who are in their early elementary years. Homeschooling young children doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and this no-fuss resource will show you how. It will show you how to create … Continue reading Homeschooling 1st Grade: A Look at Our Year & Curriculum

How Will I Teach Writing and Grammar? And My Preparations for a Language Arts Review

You might think that a mom with a degree in English would have the easiest time teaching writing and grammar to her children, but that is not the case. When I was little, this was my strength. I wrote poetry and stories in my free time, and I never minded my English classes. They were … Continue reading How Will I Teach Writing and Grammar? And My Preparations for a Language Arts Review