How do I teach 1st grade? What are my kids supposed to learn? What resources should I use? How do I plan lessons and schedule my day? How do I meet other homeschoolers? The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Years will answer these questions and more. This simple guide also shows you how to create an environment that … Continue reading PDF Resource: How To Homeschool 1st Grade/The Early Years
Life may not be boring, but I can write about it only so much, or I'm going to bore you. I mean, how many times do you want to read that the eight-year-old beat me at Star Wars Monopoly? (And I swear I'm not letting him win.) Or that the eleven-year-old played Mozart's Fantasia for the thousandth time, or that I am still a failure at cooking, and you couldn't eat off my floors, but all the laundry gets done, and the dishes are washed three times a day.
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
A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robbins, Georgia, which is the second largest museum in the United States Air Force. This was very exciting for my boys who have learned a great deal about military aircraft in their digital games and for my husband, who is … Continue reading Museum of Aviation, Warner Robbins, Georgia
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
Today is the 150th birthday of Marie Curie, the distinguished Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist. She was the first woman and first person to win the Nobel Prize twice. As a coincidence, I've been reading a biography of Marie Curie, written by Robert Reid in 1974. The book may have already been surpassed by … Continue reading Marie Curie’s Homeschool Co-op
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
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
This is a master list of all the curriculum and resources I have used while homeschooling that I can highly recommend.
It's autumn, and the weather is just right for day trips! Yesterday we decided to take a trip to the Greenville Zoo. Greenville, South Carolina is about an hour and a half from our home, and on our previous day trip there, we decided we'd like to go back more than once. It's a beautiful, … Continue reading The Greenville Zoo