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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

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