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How to Homeschool Kindergarten Without a Formal Curriculum

Grace, my older daughter, is in fourth grade this year. We have done cyber school, boxed curriculum, and our own thing, and we have been through at least a dozen different publishers’ stuff. I feel like I’m an old pro at elementary school, even though I’ve just been through it once. At any rate, Allie came along into the school mix this year. I started doing some really basic stuff with her around February or March, and she was into it. She wanted to learn to read and write, but she didn’t really understand that the letters make sounds, so I was … 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

Writing a Letter {Preschool Activity}

Everyone loves to get mail. I know not a single person who lacks excitement when she opens her mailbox to find a real note addressed with handwriting from a real person. (As opposed to junk mail and bills, I mean. No one is excited about those.) Allie and I wrote “letters” to send to her friends yesterday afternoon. She had a great time doing it. I am taking part in a 40-day blog series on the The Jesus Storybook Bible, each day highlighting one of the stories from the book along with a hands-on activity that relates. This is the … Read more

7 Tips for Helping Struggling Writers

  Grace and I have long used a journal during our homeschool time. When she was much younger, she wrote just one sentence and dictated the rest to me. That worked pretty well. All along, I have helped her to sound out her words and reminded her to put finger spaces between the words and add the capital letters and periods. She’s in second grade now, and I think she should be taking on more of the responsibility for the writing (spelling, format, and punctuation), and that is causing a lot of friction between the two of us. In fact, … Read more

What is Rainbow Writing and How Does It Help Emerging Writers?

rainbow writing and emerging writers

When we first started homeschooling, I saw rainbow writing all over the place, and I couldn’t figure it out. Back then, Grace resisted all writing practice, and I didn’t really investigate. Now that Grace enjoys tolerates writing practice, and she adores rainbows, I gave it another chance. A lot of people use the term rainbow writing in a lot of different ways. Here’s how we do it: Handwriting Practice I’ve written before about how she first taught herself to write and then had to relearn how to form the numbers and letters correctly. Once in a while, I still have her practice forming the … Read more