Jul 22, 2019

2019-20 Curriculum Choices

Every year, I write this post about our curriculum choices. This year, I am a little late, but we have been busy with school!

We have been homeschooling, officially, since Jellyfish started Kindergarten. He graduated this year (2019) at age 17, and by the time he turns 18, he will be taking his tests to be an EMT. He is already a first responder for the ambulance district in our area. None of this would have been possible without the flexibility of homeschool. Homeschooling high school is not hard, but does require some planning and record keeping. I will write a blog post about this (eventually).

I just have my two girls left to homeschool and we are already in week 9 of an awesome year. My baby is in Kindergarten and Millie is in 5th grade. I have to say 4th and 5th grade are my favorites as far as the subject matter they are learning!
My student today
Brook (Kindergarten):

Abeka: I am a firm believer in sticking with the same curriculum (whatever that may be) for Language Arts & Math. We start our school day about 10:00 and we do phonics, handwriting, math, and Social Studies. We will start Science after Christmas. She loves learning and is doing great. I always find extra things on the internet for her to do for art and letter crafts. She is learning to use her scissors a little better, and coloring in the lines better.

We start our day with "morning meeting" type activities. This involves doing our calendar, weather of the day, saying our Bible verses, and books of the Bible. We also count by ones and tens, practice our address & phone number, and say the pledge!

I try to allow her activity time during the lessons. We play little games as we are learning, that allow her to move around the room. Young children are not always wired to sit still for long periods. Brook does very good and loves school!
Millie (5th Grade)

Math:  Teaching Textbooks (they have an online version which is very reasonable now)!

Reading/Grammar: allinonehomeschool.com

Spelling: Abeka

History: Mystery of History I (I did this with Jellyfish years ago and can't wait to give an update on how we do it now)

Science: God's Design for the Physical World (Answers in Genesis)

Bible: Our Mystery of History curriculum is a chronological study of the Bible as it happens in history. So we get a little Bible AND History! She also reads a lesson in

Drawing: Millie loves to do anything crafty. She wanted to continue her drawing skills and we are using All In One Homeschool's drawing and painting course. She loves it and is learning so much!

Computer: All in One (AIO). She is making a blog this year!

Early American Music: All in One (AIO). She also takes piano lessons.

PE: All in One (AIO)

It takes about 2 hours of so for our official kindergarten work. The rest of our learning is active play or certain educational iPad apps!  Millie's work takes about 3-4 hours. I make her write her spelling words each day which takes some time. It works well for some of her work to be on the computer and some regular book work.

I hope your year is going well!


Jul 25, 2018

2018-19 Curriculum Choices

I enter the 2018-19 school year with a preschooler(turning 4 in August), a 4th grader, and a Senior. It is unreal that time can fly by so quickly. I always give much thought and prayer to our curriculum choices. It is not something I decide on in the summer, but something I think about all year. 

Jul 23, 2018

Multiplication Resources

Teaching multiplication can be a daunting task...and a very important one. This skill sets the stage for middle and high school subjects. When my husband taught high school, he found it very common to have students who had not mastered their multiplication facts. These kids were at a disadvantage for sure!

Nov 6, 2017

Weekly Highlights: Goodbye October

I feel like that post title should say, "Goodbye October, hello winter." For some reason November always feels like the beginning of winter for me...maybe its the cooler temps, the time change, or the fact that I'm actively Christmas shopping now; either way, I'm embracing winter.

Nov 5, 2017

How I Use Essential Oils in Daily Life

Essential oils have become a part of our daily lives since I began using them a couple of years ago. It seems that I am always finding new ways to use oils. I thought I would share with you how we use oils in our daily lives.

Nov 2, 2017

Using mini-offices for elementary

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Mini-offices have been a fun addition to our homeschool through the years. They provide a quick reference point for your child and are great for things they will use over and over again. 

Does your child need a daily reminder of important facts, weekly focus points, or memory work? Maybe you just need a way to arranged all of this information in a simple, yet organized way?  Mini-offices are an awesome graphic tool that can create a visual reminder for information retention. 

Oct 29, 2017

Curriculum Choices: 2017-18

Choosing curriculum each year comes down to quality, style, and budget. We have no allegiance to any particular brand, but try to choose based on our family's needs.  

This year's curriculum has been the easiest and best decision of my life. All in One Homeschool (Easy Peasy) is a full-scale, challenging curriculum, and it's FREE! It was developed by a homeschool mom who continues to update the site and provide it to the rest of us for free. 

Oct 28, 2017

Billy Sunday Mini Unit & FREE download


The Story...

Billy Sunday was a baseball player who became a Christian, then evangelist, reaching more than 100 million people during his ministry. He was fiery and bold for the Lord! His preaching style was a little different and a little dramatic for many. God used him in a mighty way and he is a true hero in my book. His story is definitely worth sharing with our children. It will captivate your heart and inspire you. His link to baseball just makes this story even more appealing to kids. This is a great read for kids!

Jan 9, 2017

2016-17 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

I'm a little late on our 2016-17 curriculum choices, because I really have lost track of this blog since the littlest jibberjabber came along. Who knew adding one more kid to your arsenal would throw a person off so much! She's a two-nager now, by the way.