Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Kindergarten

"Are these my books for homeschool?" My five-year old eagerly eyes the stack of books beside me on the table. I'm inputting lesson schedules into a newly-discovered online planning program and she's right at my elbow. We're almost buried in the stacks of books around us. "Some of these are yours." I pull her few books … Continue reading Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Kindergarten

Homeschooling in a Multi-Functional Space (A Homeschool Room Tour)

Homeschooling in a Multifunctional Space (A Homeschool Room Tour)

Every morning, we gather in the living room/dining room. These conjoined rooms are the hub of our home, the place where we spend the bulk of our time. We eat here, read here, talk here and homeschool here. Our house is small, so this is also the place where we entertain guests. It's a space … Continue reading Homeschooling in a Multifunctional Space (A Homeschool Room Tour)

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Review: Why we love this online math curriculum and why we use it.

Our Favorite Homeschool Math Curriculum (A Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Review)

When we first started homeschooling, I purchased a math curriculum for my oldest daughter that was far too advanced for her and didn't suit her learning style. At all. Every day, she would cry. And every day, I would force her to do that particular math program anyway. (I still cringe when I think about … Continue reading Our Favorite Homeschool Math Curriculum (A Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Review)

Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Grades 3 and 4

It's officially summer break (with the exception of some leftover math and spelling lessons), and I'll soon be sitting down to schedule and plan curriculum for the fall. I already have most of what we'll need for next year, which is a wonderful feeling. Since I love reading about other people's curriculum choices, I thought … Continue reading Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Grades 3 and 4

What to do when your homeschooler just isn’t getting it…

Last week, one of my daughters wrote in cursive. We had worked on it last year but then set it aside and focused on fine-tuning their printing instead. Cursive just wasn't sticking. A few weeks ago, I re-taught the letter "a" in cursive, but the days have been busy and I never did get around … Continue reading What to do when your homeschooler just isn’t getting it…

The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

Slips of white paper curled and blackened as flames licked the edges. We gathered round, my three daughters and I, and watched our handwritten words fade into fire. And then they were gone, and all that was left were a few glowing embers and a bowl full of ash. I added a little bit of … Continue reading The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

Five Fun Ways to Practice Math Facts

Just a few weeks before my daughter started kindergarten, we made the decision to homeschool. We notified the private school in which she was enrolled, and I excitedly ordered her curriculum for the year. The only problem? I had no idea what I was doing. (None of us really do when we first start homeschooling, … Continue reading Five Fun Ways to Practice Math Facts

One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool

Up until last week, my daughter disliked writing. Perhaps dislike is not a strong enough word. Writing was right up there with skinned knees and red sauce on her spaghetti. It pained me because writing is what I love the most, next to Jesus, my family, coffee and my hidden stash of chocolate (the one … Continue reading One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool

Start Your Homeschool Day on the Right Foot: Nourishing Your Homeschooler’s Body

    “We spread an abundant and delicate feast in the programs and each small guest assimilates what he can.” (Charlotte Mason) When talking about home education, homeschoolers with a Charlotte Mason leaning often use the term "spreading the feast". We read poetry and beautiful stories. We study art and listen to wonderful music. We … Continue reading Start Your Homeschool Day on the Right Foot: Nourishing Your Homeschooler’s Body

Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t

Perhaps it's because of illness. Perhaps it's because of grief. Perhaps it's because of a happier event like a new baby or a vacation or a big renovation. Whatever the case, there are times when school just doesn't happen. And you know what? That's okay. Sometimes, life happens and school doesn't. Sometimes, there are more … Continue reading Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t