Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

I'm very happy to announce that I've finally finished a project I've been working on for a long time. It's a new e-book, The Everyday Homeschooler's Guide to Teaching First Grade. I recommend this book for anyone contemplating or currently homeschooling a child between the ages of 4-8. ("First grade" is only a guideline!) This book … Continue reading Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

Homeschooling 4th Grade Curriculum

This is the third post I've written about homeschooling the fourth grade. I wrote about our schedule and how I will decide what to work on each day in my last post. Our Curriculum Language Arts My main priority is reading good literature to my boys. I think reading is the best way to learn … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade Curriculum

What the Summer is Boiling Down to

I am sitting here wondering where the summer is going. It's already late July, and here in my county, children will start back to school on August 1st. Luckily, we're homeschoolers, so I can start our new "school year" any time I want. On the official paperwork, I pick September 1st. But in reality it'll … Continue reading What the Summer is Boiling Down to

Everybody Needs a Mentor

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on April 27, 2016. This bread-baking mission I’m on is full of frustrations, but since I’m doing it for fun, that’s okay. It’s like a puzzle I’m determined to figure out, and I’m relieved I have no deadline for it. I bought a book, Classic Sourdoughs: A Home … Continue reading Everybody Needs a Mentor

On Homeschooling and Mommy’s Learning Curve

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 17, 2016. I’ve been noticing lately how easy it is to sit down with my six-year-old and do his lessons. He might complain that he doesn’t like lessons, but when we sit down together, we usually have fun, and sometimes he wants to write … Continue reading On Homeschooling and Mommy’s Learning Curve

How do you balance supporting your child’s interests while also achieving the academic goals you believe they need?

One of the main reasons I began homeschooling was so I could support my children’s interests. We all learn better and retain information when we are engaged with what we’re doing and we want to learn the subject. I have never seen much point in forcing kids to keep learning about things they aren’t interested in (notice … Continue reading How do you balance supporting your child’s interests while also achieving the academic goals you believe they need?