We are on our 9th year of homeschooling. We’ve used A LOT of different curriculum. We’ve liked A LOT of different curriculum. And we haven’t liked a lot of different curriculum. This year we are using Heart of Dakota‘s Bigger Hearts For His Glory. It is recommended for ages 7 – 9 but the biggest determining factor (for the higher age) is if your student
After two decades of homeschooling, I sometimes look back and see things I wish I had done differently. If I could do it over, I would get more of Susan K. Marlow’s exciting and wholesome books for my family to enjoy. The Circle C Ranch books are written in several series from beginning readers to teens and, unlike many series, they remain interesting. In fact, I
After struggling to find a middle-grade writing program, we’ve found the one that works best for us – Writing & Rhetoric from Classical Academic Press. The Writing & Rhetoric Series The Writing & Rhetoric Series from Classical Academic Press is a 12-book series (at the time of this post, the first eight books have been released) using the classical progymnasmata method. The ‘progym’ is a
There are few books as suited to finding homeschool rabbit trails as The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I’m sure you know the story: A family with four boys was shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. Because they had been planning to set up a colony, the ship was full of useful supplies, but getting them onto the island was an adventure in
As homeschoolers it’s sometimes difficult to meet the needs of different aged children. True, we don’t have to manage a classroom full of 30 children. But most classroom teachers aren’t juggling multiple grade levels and a toddler and baby. Even with our best efforts, it can sometimes feel like no one is getting what they need. Easy Changes that Bring Peace At our house we
We are using Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory as our spine this year (3rd Grade) and one of the suggested items within that curriculum is Cheerful Cursive (which can be purchased at Mastery Publications, the makers). My son, who is almost nine, has NEVER enjoyed writing. EVER. I have worked really hard to get him to at least not completely hate it.
Are you looking for a creative way to teach character education to your kids? Have you ever seen it done through a coloring book approach? Last month I found just that, a delightful character education series of coloring books called Donnie Learns. This unique series of seven books is made up of inspiring stories that are paired with coloring activities. The activities teach important character
After using Growing with Grammar for many years with my older two, I decided to give Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary a try with my youngest. I really like the independent learning and usage set-up of the JacKris Publishing products so I figured Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary would be just as great an option as Growing with Grammar. Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary is a