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How to Homeschool Fourth Grade – Curriculum Choices for 2016

For fourth grade, we are doing traditional homeschool. We have done cyber school in the past, but we need the freedom and flexibility of traditional homeschooling and switched over about a year and a half ago. Fourth grade is exciting for me because we have fully switched over from learning to read to reading to learn. Grace’s reading skills are really advanced and she loves to read for pleasure (score!!!). She hesitates to read “school books” so I try to label as little as possible as school material. I have always liked the ideas of Charlotte Mason in that we … Read more

How To Homeschool Third Grade

Last spring, we quit the cyber school. Grace hated the Calvert curriculum, she hated school time, she was grumpy, and I dreaded making her do work. Nothing was working. All of the beauty of homeschool was dying dead because I was afraid of some record keeping. One morning, I woke up to the fact that we were drowning in boxed curriculum, and I asked her if she wanted to quit. “YES!” she said. “CAN WE QUIT TODAY?!” So we did. We quit that day, and we have never looked back. Knowing what I know now, I wish we had quit … Read more

How to Homeschool Second Grade

Grace turned 7 in June, and we are just about to finish second grade. We continue to participate in a cyber school (here’s why we chose that route). I wanted to quit the cyber school (and its curriculum) partway through last year, but I thought Grace and I should make the decision together. Quitting meant she would have to give up the in-person classes she really enjoys (art, music, and dance), but it would have given us a lot more freedom and flexibility in terms of day to day schoolwork. Grace was adamant that she did not want to quit, so … Read more

6 Tools to Determine Your Kids’ Learning Styles

Determining Kids' Learning Styles

I homeschool for many reasons, not the least of which is that I can do a better job with my two kids than a classroom teacher can with 25 to 30 (or more!). There is no room for debate on this issue. Educational experts have called for decades for smaller class sizes, but as budgets get tighter, class sizes get bigger. There’s no doubt that a personalized education far exceeds a factory model. Except. What if I’m treating my homeschooled kids as if they were seats in an assembly-line classroom? When Grace showed signs of reading readiness, I purchased Handwriting … Read more

How to Homeschool First Grade

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum

5-year-old Grace will soon finish first grade, so I thought it was time to share the curricula we’ve used this year as well as what worked and what didn’t work. We continued to participate in a cyber school for first grade (here’s why we chose that route). I wanted to quit the cyber school (and its curriculum) partway through this year, but I thought Grace and I should make the decision together. Quitting meant she would have to give up the in-person classes she really enjoys (art), but it would have given us a lot more freedom and flexibility in terms … Read more

How to Homeschool Kindergarten

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

A few weeks ago, I wrote about why we use a cyber school program, but I didn’t give you a full picture of how we’re homeschooling kindergarten. The cyber school’s stuff is the tip of the iceberg. I plan for our school time to be around 90 minutes, and we cover that stuff in around 10. (It isn’t meant to be covered in 10 minutes a day. More on that later.) The rest of the time may be spent on other subjects, reading, drawing, or playing Barbies. While I was working on my first education degree, I learned about interdisciplinary, … Read more