This past September, I made my biggest curriculum mistake yet. I had researched and thought and finally purchased a curriculum. But when it came time to start school, I realized that I would have to do heavy editing to make the curriculum match my student’s level. I set it aside and bought another curriculum–happily, one that we have been making progress in all year long.
English is not our native language. We learn English in various ways. Last month, I just shared about our grammar curriculum. Today I would like to share about the spelling curriculum we used in our first year homeschooling children, Spelling Workout. We use this curriculum as it is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition). Well, actually EFL (English as
A couple years ago, I was struggling to find a language arts curriculum that was both engaging and complimentary to our homeschool philosophy. In my quest, I sampled a wide variety of curricula. When I discovered Brave Writer, I knew I had found what I had been looking for. Not only does Brave Writer offer a variety of writing curricula and resources, they also provide
With spring upon us and homeschooling beginning to wind down soon, I would begin to ponder and day-dream about summer. I loved that my daughter and I would have time to get out in nature more, and do all those fun summer things together, without the daily work of homeschooling. I started to think about nature study fun for the whole family. At the same
We have used a couple of other handwriting programs over the years. But I’ve got to say that Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is my favorite. After my experience with the twins HWT has come through for me again. We have very different five-year-old boy/girl twins. Our sweet little girl has had all sorts of fine/gross motor skills problems. So when we began HWT this year there was
Profiles from History by Ashley Wiggers provides a wonderful blend of short biographies and active learning. Long biographies might feel a bit heavy for elementary students, especially those who do not enjoy reading. But I have found Profiles from History to be the perfect fit! These books share the most important information while offering crossword puzzles, word hunts, timeline activities, maps, photographs, and fill-in-the blanks
Why We Love Writing With Ease – A Review Writing With Ease – Strong Fundamentals, The Complete Writer by Susan Wise Bauer has been a welcome addition to our Homeschool Curriculum. The program was created and published in 2008 by Peace Hill Press as part of the growing resources available to parents who enjoy following the teaching ideas set forth in The Well-Trained Mind, also
Our elementary children were ready to explore homeschool astronomy. So this year that is just what we did. We have been learning from Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy – another text in the Young Explorer series by author Jeannie Fulbright. You might be wondering what the difference is in this Astronomy 2nd edition. I share more about that, below… ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the