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How to Homeschool Fifth Grade – 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices

Every year, I spend hours and hours agonizing over what curricula to use with my kids. As I have said previously, we lean toward an unschooling model of homeschool, but we still do use some curricula and schedules. I guess this makes us more eclectic homeschoolers than unschoolers, but whatever. We just do what works. First and foremost, we live the Brave Writer Lifestyle. This means that our home is a place of a lot of learning and all of the following elements (from the Brave Writer website): Poetry teatime Read alouds and audio books Big juicy conversations Freewriting Observing nature … Read more

How to Homeschool 1st Grade – 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices

Every year, I spend hours and hours agonizing over what curricula to use with my kids. As I have said previously, we lean toward an unschooling model of homeschool, but we still do use some curricula and schedules. I guess this makes us more eclectic homeschoolers than unschoolers, but whatever. We just do what works. First and foremost, we live the Brave Writer Lifestyle. This means that our home is a place of a lot of learning and all of the following elements (from the Brave Writer website): Poetry teatime Read alouds and audio books Big juicy conversations Freewriting Observing nature … Read more

Preparing for the New School Year – My Homeschool Planning & Organization Resources

I am a planning junkie. I am so good at planning and coming up with new ideas, but my darling husband will tell you that I am so not good at implementing them and following through. So it has been my entire life. Overall Life Planning Even though I very successfully use Google Calendar to keep track of my family’s schedule, I really enjoy using the iBloom Life & Business planner to work out my daily goals and to do list, Power Sheets to track my weekly and monthly goals, and a family/homeschool planner (from the Recollections Collection at Michael’s) to write … Read more

10 Fun Uses for Baking Soda

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After writing two posts on how to use baking soda to clean things, I was getting a little bored with pragmatic information. This post contains nothing productive, but lots of really fun and interesting ways to use baking soda. Kids will love these, but so will adults! The science Every one of these activities present an awesome opportunity to talk to your kids (big or little) about science. When baking soda comes in contact with an acid (like vinegar or lemon juice), a chemical reaction occurs. The end result* of the reaction is the creation of water and carbon dioxide … Read more

Bouncing Back from Summer featuring a Bounce Giveaway

Summer is decidedly over. Tuesday is October 1, (!!!) and my children and I are already painting pumpkins and collecting acorns and making applesauce and eating pumpkin ice cream.  It is fall. And yet, we haven’t really left summer behind and gotten into the swing of our new homeschool year. I joked about the beginning of our school year. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my tongue-in-cheek first week of school. On the first day of school, we played in the creek. On the second day of school, we ate ice cream at Hersheypark. On the … 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