A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have mentioned KONOS Character Curriculum on my blog. This unit study resource is not only just about my favorite tool in our homeschool, but it’s also a symbol.

You see, after I burned out, sent my kids back to school, and then withdrew them again, KONOS was the first curriculum I used after I finally decided to never replicate school again.

Ever.  Continue reading “A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum”

Teach Your Kids History Through Literature with Beautiful Feet Books

I love history. 

Let me rephrase that. I love history now. As a student, it was probably my least favorite subject (besides math, of course).

All of those boring textbook assignments left me feeling like I didn’t care if I never read another history book again. And the memorization. Oh my Lord. In my opinion, if you’re looking for an effective way to kill any desire your child might have to learn about the past, make them memorize a slew of dates that have no meaning to them.

I didn’t want that for my kids. One of my main reasons for homeschooling is that I want my kids to actually want to learn.  Continue reading “Teach Your Kids History Through Literature with Beautiful Feet Books”

How to Use Five in a Row in a Relaxed Homeschool

Over the past eight years, we have tried out a lot of curriculum. Some of it we loved, some of it we hated, and some of it became a staple in our home education routine from the moment we opened the first page. (If you’re interested in seeing our full curriculum for our littles this past year, you can find that on YouTube.)

Five in a Row is one of them.  Continue reading “How to Use Five in a Row in a Relaxed Homeschool”

Homeschool Your Active Learner with Nessy Reading and Spelling

Homeschooling can be hard. Really hard. Throw in a housefull of wiggle worms, and you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Speaking from experience here!

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not always that way. Getting your kids excited about a hands-on history activity or a messy science experiment can be a piece of cake.  Continue reading “Homeschool Your Active Learner with Nessy Reading and Spelling”

How to Homeschool Geometry Without Losing Your Mind!

Over Christmas break, my 12th grade daughter informed me that she wanted to take a geometry refresher course. 

I was horrified.

Don’t get me wrong. I was happy to see that she’s very serious about her studies, but geometry? Thoughts of proofs, postulates, and theorems flooded my brain and made me want to take off running. Sigh. Why me?? 

Continue reading “How to Homeschool Geometry Without Losing Your Mind!”

Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!

Imagine a homeschool day where your children beg you to let them start doing their schoolwork as soon as they wake up. Imagine your children happily chatting away as they diligently tackle the day’s assignment with nary a complaint or protest to be heard.

…Now imagine that assignment is a writing assignment.

Does this seem like an impossible scenario? Last year at this time I would’ve agreed with you, but guess what?

That’s been the atmosphere in our homeschool for the past month.  Continue reading “Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!”

Simplify Your Christian Homeschool with Pathways Reading and Language Arts Curriculum

Anyone who is familiar with my main homeschool philosophy knows that, to our family, simplicity is key. Anytime I come across a curriculum that is simple, literature-based, and cross-curricular, you can bet I’m going to be excited about it!  Continue reading “Simplify Your Christian Homeschool with Pathways Reading and Language Arts Curriculum”

Take the Kids to Switzerland with the CASE OF ADVENTURE Switzerland Unit Study

I love unit studies.

 If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re probably tired of hearing about it, but I can’t help it. It’s true. Combine the quaint beauty of Switzerland with a unit study, and you’ve got me hooked. That’s why I was so excited to discover CASE OF ADVENTUREContinue reading “Take the Kids to Switzerland with the CASE OF ADVENTURE Switzerland Unit Study”

French for Children, Primer B- Review and Giveaway!

(The following is a guest post written by Carol of journey-and-destination.)

 At the beginning of last year, my nearly 11 year old daughter started using French for Children, Primer A (FFCA) published by Classical Academic Press after a number of years of informal French study. It proved to be timely for her to commence learning this language using a more formal approach, and we were both very happy with the material. I wrote about our experience here.  

French for Children Primer B (FFCB) was published late last year and Classical Academic Press kindly sent me a copy for review purposes. I really like this Curriculum, and so my review is unabashedly positive, but it is my honest opinion.  Continue reading “French for Children, Primer B- Review and Giveaway!”

3 No-Nonsense Ways to Work with Life of Fred Math

Of the eight years we’ve been homeschooling, our favorite math curriculum hands-down is Life of FredNot being a family that particularly loves the drill-and-kill method of learning, Life of Fred has provided a fun alternative to the otherwise dreaded math programs we’ve used in the past.

As our homeschool has changed over the years, so has our approach to these books. What I’ve discovered through it all is that no matter which of these options you choose, your children will not only learn math as it is used in real life, but they’ll enjoy themselves while they’re doing it, too.  Continue reading “3 No-Nonsense Ways to Work with Life of Fred Math”