Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!

Let me ask you a question.

If you could eliminate one subject that you have to teach, what would it be?

For me, there’s no question about it…it would be math. As much as I love numbers and computing numerical equations, it just doesn’t come as easily for my kids as it does for me.

You have no idea how hard that isContinue reading “Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!”

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Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0

Have you ever noticed how “language arts” encompasses so many other subtopics?

The thought of homeschooling this particular subject is likely to get a new homeschool parent a bit nervous. After all, there’s a lot to cover – reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and vocabulary to be precise.

Now that I’ve been homeschooling for a decade, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade, such as combining combining combining!

Gone are the days my poor children used to have five separate workbooks for language arts alone. I’ve discovered far more practical ways to cover the bases.  Continue reading “Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0”

A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again

Come on, admit it.

As a parent, there have been times – lots of times – that you’ve wanted to “lose” one of your kids’ books simply because you couldn’t take one. more. reading.

One of my favorite things to do with my children is to sit and read aloud to them. As much as I’ve adored reading The Foot Book with each of them, after reading it dozens of times a day for months at a time, I did grow a little weary.

Shh! Don’t tell my kids!

Recently, however, I came across a colorful, comical picture book that I’ve been enjoying as much as my kids… Continue reading “A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again”

Homeschooling History with Beautiful Feet Books

Have you ever found a homeschool curriculum that literally made you giddy with excitement? 

Beautiful Feet Books

(I received this product for free and was compensated for writing an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

One that not only did what it promised to do, but also seemed to simultaneously fit your teaching style, your children’s learning style, and your homeschool philosophy? No?

Believe me, I hear you. As a homeschool mom of many, finding a curriculum that meshes well with our hectic lifestyle can be tough. Our ideal learning resource has to be interesting, cross-curricular, living books-based, and gentle, all rolled into one.  Continue reading “Homeschooling History with Beautiful Feet Books”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Well, here it is – my final post dedicated to presenting next year’s homeschool curriculum.

As with our chosen curriculum for the littles and middles, my teenagers’ (who will be in grades 9 and 11) learning remains as relaxed as possible, which I know really goes against the grain when it comes to most homeschooled high schoolers.

The thing is, last year I graduated my first homeschooler, and that experience really helped me to realize that I’m far more interested in preparing my kids to become adults than I am in stuffing them with trivial facts and dates. So if you’re looking for a vast array of textbook selections, you won’t find that here. 😉  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade

Another week has rolled by, and I’m keeping my promise to share next year’s relaxed homeschool curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade, aka “the middles.”

Last week when I shared our curriculum choices for my littles, I explained the fact that our homeschool philosophy is pretty much, “The less textbooks, the better.” Nowhere does this hold true as much as it does with my middles because next year, in fact, they will be using no textbooks at all. None. Not even a workbook.  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade”

How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool with Confidence

Okay, confession time.

I’m not a big fan of formal homeschool curriculum. But if you’ve been here before, you knew that already. As a relaxed homeschooler, I try my best to integrate all of the subjects my children are required to learn as holistically as possible.

Take writing, for example.

Up until this point, our go-to approach for tackling this field of study has been notebooking. This tool has allowed my children to not only get a feel for the writing process, but to actually enjoy it, as well.

Now that I’ll have another child entering the high school years next year, however, I’ve really been contemplating how to cover this subject in a way that will equip my children for college, should they choose to attend, without boring them to tears.

I think I found the answer to what I’ve been looking for.  Continue reading “How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool with Confidence”

Making Sense of the Past with an American History Timeline

I’ve got a confession to make. 

Even though we are currently in our 9th year of homeschooling, and even though history is hands-down my favorite subject, I may have only recently begun to use timelines.

Shocking, I know.

I honestly don’t know why or how timelines slipped past my homeschool mom radar. I mean, I knew what they were and I knew that lots of people use them. Somehow, though, I never made the connection that when you approach history in a non-linear fashion as I do, a timeline is a crucial tool to bring everything together chronologically.  Continue reading “Making Sense of the Past with an American History Timeline”

Homeschool Math Curriculum You Can Trust and Afford

Have you ever reached a point in your homeschool when you thought you had it all figured out, only to discover that you were sorely mistaken? 

If I had to name one homeschool subject that would do this homeschooling mom of many in, I would have to say it would be math. Not because I don’t like math, or because I was never good at it, because I’ve honestly always kind of liked it. Unsurprisingly, though, my kids don’t learn the same way I did.

I was one of those kids who was great at memorizing and regurgitating. My kids, on the other hand, aren’t. So finding a successful and workable homeschool math curriculum has been quite the journey for us. Additionally, since I am homeschooling nine children this year, it is absolutely imperative that I find something that is well within our price range.

Believe me, it hasn’t been easy.  Continue reading “Homeschool Math Curriculum You Can Trust and Afford”

How to Homeschool High School Literature with Excellence

Sometimes homeschooling high school can seem like a daunting task. As a homeschool facilitator, keeping things balanced between being interesting and being thorough can be a bit of a struggle.

All too often it seems like we have to make a choice between fun and shallow, or comprehensive and boring, and, as a lifelong bookworm, nothing makes me sadder than a literature curriculum that is guaranteed to bore a student to tears.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool High School Literature with Excellence”