Homeschool, Life Lately

Build Your Library Update

Are you interested in the Build Your Library Curriculum? Click here to learn about some of the activities and books this homeschool curriculum has to offer!

Howdy folks! I thought I would give you a little update on how the first couple of months has gone with our new homeschool curriculum, Build Your Library. Click here for our reasons for choosing this curriculum.

We started at the beginning of September and things are going really well! We began with 1st grade even though my kids are in second and fourth grade age wise. Grade 1 began with ancient history so I thought it was a great place to begin the curriculum.

Sisters in front of sunflowers in their backyard

The curriculum includes lessons for history, mythology, literature, science, art, and language arts. Not all are done everyday or on the same day. It has lesson plans for five days a week but I am able to condense it down to three days a week to better suit our schedule. read more

FAQ, Homeschool

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

Advice, Homeschool

Homeschool Supplies from Amazon!

10 Homeschool supplies you can order from Amazon!

Looking for a list of homeschool supplies? Need tips on where to buy your supplies? Check out this post for 10 homeschool supplies you can get from Amazon!

Back-to-school time is great opportunity for homeschoolers stock up on some supplies: notebooks, markers, folders. I don’t know about you, but everytime I brave back-to-school shopping I either can’t find what I need or they are sold out of what I wanted to buy! It’s so frustrating. I would much rather replenish my school needs from Amazon. No crowds and I always get what I need.

Homeschool Supplies from Amazon

Traditional School Supplies

Pilot G2 pens are the absolute best pens in the whole world and you should never use another type of pen ever, ever, ever. We go through a ton of these pens and Amazon always has the best price for them! read more

Activities, Homeschool

15 Chapter Audiobooks Kids Love

Chapter audiobooks are a great way to include more reading in your homeschool.

chapter audiobooks

I have such a love affair with audiobooks. One of the best times of my life was when my husband was a long-haul truck driver, and I would go with him on the road for two week stretches. As fun as it was, you still need to occupy your time and one of the best ways is with audiobooks. We listened to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (just to name a few) and we were hooked!

Audiobooks also helped my oldest daughter learn to read! We would listen to chapter audiobooks, and she would follow along with the book. It really fired up her love of reading. We have listened to about 30 audiobooks in the past year and today I am sharing with you 15 chapter audiobooks you and your kids will love listening to! read more

Advice, Homeschool

Summer Survival with Kids | Tips from a Homeschool Mom

Summer survival with kids can be a stressful but a word of advice from this homeschool mom, it doesn’t have to be.

Summer Survival

I hear it all the time “I don’t have the patience to homeschool because I would go crazy having my kids around all the time.” I am immune to this statement by now. So I politely nod my head and say “It isn’t for everyone.”

Then summer comes around and before long moms of school aged kids are yelling, “When do the kids go to back to school?!” I’m gonna let you in a little secret. Homeschool moms get a chuckle out of this. No judgement of course, more like a “spending-time-with-your-kids-during-the-most-awesome-part-of-the-year-isn’t-that-hard” kind of chuckle. Homeschool moms don’t know everything of course, but we do know how to survive with our kids day-in and day-out. Today I have provided you with 10 tips for summer survival with kids. read more