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Homeschool Plan 2017-18

Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-18 school year!

Homeschool Curriculum for 2017

This year I will be teaching a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, and my how things will look different this year. Up until about May of last year, our kids’ schooling could best be described as being kids. They played with their toys, read books, built things, and played outside. We had a very, very loose curriculum that suited their personalities and learning style.

More on our past unschooling/preschool curriculum plans here!

This year my kids are ready for big kid work. For the past couple of years I have purchased workbooks, much like these Brain Quest workbooks, and one day a week we would have workbook time. The other days were library day, game day, Magic School Bus kit day, and one day for homeschool outings or errands. Homeschool is all about adjusting, and I felt the kids needed something more challenging than just workbooks this year. read more

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Wisconsin Homeschool Laws

Understanding Wisconsin homeschool laws is the first step to legally homeschool in Wisconsin.

The first step to homeschooling is finding out the laws and regulations in your state. Curious about Wisconsin homeschool laws? Click here to find out more!

Today, I am linking up with Eva Varga for her “Homeschooling State-by-State” series. It’s about getting homeschool bloggers from all across the country to share their individual state’s laws and resources. This is such an awesome link-up because when you decide to homeschool, it is completely overwhelming. Today I am going to share with¬†Wisconsin homeschool laws.

First off, what does it mean to homeschool? If you are participating in a virtual charter school, YOU ARE NOT A HOMESCHOOLER! At least in the eyes of Wisconsin law. From the Department of Public Instruction’s website “Virtual charter schools are public schools. If your child is enrolled in a virtual charter school, he/she is considered to be a public school student and you should not submit form PI-1206.” More on that form in a bit. read more

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Day in the Life of an Unschooler

A day in the life of an unschooler!

What does an unschooling schedule look like? Do you like the idea of unschooling, but have no idea how to structure your day? A day in the life of an unschooler involves imagination, problem solving, storytelling, conflict, and play! If you need ideas for your unschooling preschool, check out this post!

A day in the life of an unschooler will probably look a bit different than most. My girls are 3 and 5 and while we do some traditional sit down schoolwork, a majority of their time is spent playing. Wanna know why? Because they are kids. Mark Twain once said “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” And they are learning. They are using their imaginations, problem solving, creating, taking risks, storytelling, and the ever present conflict! They are sisters after all. read more

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Homeschool Schedule for Preschoolers

A flexible and reliable homeschool schedule for preschoolers

A flexible but reliable daily homeschool schedule helps to keep our family running smoothly. Click here to see a homeschool schedule for preschoolers!

I am a firm believer that a predictable schedule will help any family. Most kids thrive on structure and routine. What I love about homeschooling is we can set up a schedule that suits our family best. A daily schedule is a must if you have young children.

Over the years, we have tried many forms of a schedule. My kids refused a schedule as babies so I don’t have much advice in that area ūüėČ My kids thrive best under a flexible but reliable schedule. We have a basic outline of our day. Our day starts and ends at the same time and moves in blocks throughout the day. It is structured but not too strict. read more

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Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

Homeschool preschool curriculum, 6 categories to get you started!

Homeschooling the preschool years doesn't need to be expensive. Check out this post on how I created a homeschool preschool curriculum!

Today I am going to share the curriculum plans we used for the preschool years, ages 5 and 3 for our daughters. All for free! Our curriculum consisted of our goals for the preschool years, and the types of activities our daughters enjoyed.

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

Letter of the Week

In 4k, Harley¬†really enjoyed the letter of the week theme, so I am used that¬†to reinforce some things for her and begin more formal schooling for Bear. The letter of the week entails concentrating on one letter and it’s sound and words that begin with that letter. read more