When I began researching homeschooling options way back when, I ran across Ambleside Online and was immediately intrigued. For various reasons, I ended up selecting another curriculum to begin with; however, Christmas found me lingering on the Ambleside Online website. By the New Year, we jumped into Year 1 and haven’t looked back since. Ambleside Online (AO) is a K (Year 0) through 12
Grammar is a subject near and dear to my heart. I know not everyone can (or will) admit to that, but there it is. Throughout my children’s elementary years, we explored several different grammar curricula, and all have had their good points. This year, however, I came across a FREE curriculum that is thorough and easy to use and free. (Did I mention that already?
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
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
My goal in homeschooling is to raise overall well-rounded sons who will one day enter this world and be positive contributing parts of our society. I am concerned with life skills, character, and a solid vocabulary. “Without grammar, very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary, nothing can be conveyed.” David Wilkins Wikipedia shares the importance of vocabulary: aids expression and communication, directly linked to reading
I first discovered King Alfred’s English in 2012 when a friend of mine reviewed it on her blog. With her glowing praise for the book, I ordered a copy. However, my kids were just too young then so it remained on my library shelves until this fall. We have gradually been progressing our kids to become independent learners. When my daughter began 8th grade this past
When we first began the school year this past fall, one of the things we were most looking forward to was the Cover Story writing curriculum. We had utilized a variety of writing programs over the years and none were really very exciting. I had a strong feeling that Cover Story was just what we needed to spice things up. We’ve been working through Cover
I first came across the idea of Circle Time from Kendra Fletcher at Preschoolers and Peace when my oldest was four years old. We’ve been reveling in leaning together for five years now. And after all these years, that’s still my favorite part of the practice–that we spend the bulk of our time learning, reading, and experiencing together. Circle Time in our homeschool is anchored