The pool is open. The lemonade has been made. The grill is getting hot. Summer is in the air. And homeschooling mothers everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. Another year finished! But as soon as we turn in the final portfolio or take end of the year tests, our thoughts start to turn to plans for next year. Where do we even begin? Excellent published
With the Olympic Summer Games coming up in August, I am gathering some great resources for a unit study. It has always been fun to start our homeschool year off a different way – learning about the Summer Olympics! We did this four years ago. Have you considered this too? Because we need fun to ease back into a homeschool routine, I chose summer games
Looking back, organizing my homeschool was not all about having the “right” resources, art supplies and curriculum. It was really more about finding ways that I could meet my daughter’s educational needs, within a loving, nurturing home. The atmosphere of our home was the most important ingredient for me. That my daughter felt loved, encouraged, and also had a routine that nurtured her, that was
Winter, summer, spring, or fall there are nature studies to be had in any season and any weather…that is, if you want to go out in said weather! Nature notebooks can be homemade, or bought. They can be a blank slate for you to self-direct or have pre-printed pages as a guide. What is so great about it is that a nature notebook can be
To encourage independent learning when my girls were younger, I would buy a ‘In The Hands Of A Child’ lapbook and give it to them to work through on their own. Obviously we would have a chat on how to utilize the resource and if they got stuck I was available to help out. These would often be interest led topics. For example, my daughter went
Yes, homeschoolers can navigate the SAT and ACT plus earn college credit through advanced placement and CLEP exams. We have been sharing reviews of some of the top college test prep resources to help your students prepare for these exams. To make it handy for you, we have put those test prep reviews together in one spot – plus added some great homeschooling high school
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