Homeschool Life, Letter of the Week, Literature-Based Curriculum

Activities and Books for the Letter A

Letter A Activities For Preschoolers

Letter of the week activities and crafts are a fun way for preschoolers to learn the alphabet. Check out this post for letter A activities for preschool!

My homeschool motto is “child-led, lots of books, and lots of play! If you are looking for a similar style of homeschool, this blog post is for you! I provide a simple and easy way to implement some school work with just one book and one activity you can do with your child 3 days a week.

Our preschool “curriculum” was super simple and followed the “Letter of the Week” format.  At ages 3 and 5, we spent about 30 minutes to an hour each day doing a few sit-down activities and crafts. Most of the time they were playing together, but we also read books, went to the library, and spend time with our homeschool group. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Georgia Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 books for a unit study about Georgia.

map of Georgia with a red pin in it

Sigh. What can I say about Georgia. First off, it’s one of the most beautiful states in the country. BUT! I will always be perplexed by the red dirt. Being born in Iowa and now living in Wisconsin I am used to rich, dark, brown dirt. Every time I have driven in Georgia I am always thrown off by the red dirt. Just add it to my list of quirks.

Secondly, it’s home to one of my favorite tv shows, hello Walking Dead, but it’s also the home to one of my all-time favorite novels, Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell brings not only characters alive through her writing, but the state of Georgia as well. Gone With the Wind is obviously a high school reading level, but I urge all homeschool parents to add it to their reading list. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of New Jersey Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 Books for a unit study about New Jersey.

New Jersey Unit Study Book List

Ahhhhh, New Jersey. Home to the greatest show ever on television, The Sopranos. My husband likes to argue with me and say that another “New” state is home to tv greatest show, New Mexico and Breaking Bad. We don’t argue about much, but this will be a battle will have until our dying day.

Television battles aside, the third state in the Union is up next for a unit study book list.

ICYMI here are the lists for the first two states!

If you are starting to study New Jersey, I have a list of 20 books of various reading levels to get you started. From Thomas Edison to the Battle at Monmouth this list has something for all interests and age ranges that homeschooling families may have. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Pennsylvania Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 Books to Kick Off a Pennsylvania Unit Study

The best part of being in Pennsylvania is that it means you aren’t in Ohio anymore. Nothing against the fine state of Ohio but when you are trucking across the United States in a big rig, Ohio gets a bit, how do you say it? Boring!

In the fall of 2004, I was able to ride along with my husband as he drove his semi across the eastern US. It was an amazing time and some of our best memories as a newly married couple. We spent a lot of time crossing Pennsylvania, and while being steeped in American history, it is also an absolutely gorgeous state. read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Delaware Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 Essential Delaware Unit Study Books for Your Homeschool!

Studying the States this year? Looking to start with Delaware, the first state? This post has 20 Delaware unit study books that will rock your homeschool!

Who has the best state joke? Is it Wayne’s World?

Or Jim Gaffigan?

I honestly thought of both these jokes when I began researching the states for our state unit study. What can I say, I love to laugh. Sometimes so much so that I crack myself up.

Being a proponent of literature-based curriculum, I start my research for any topic we are studying with a good book list. My kids told me they wanted to study the United States, so we started our state unit study with the first state, Delaware. read more