How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum

As a mom of 11, there are two things that allow me the sanity and the finances to homeschool- simplicity and frugality.

Now I don’t claim to have all the answers, but after spending about nine years in this homeschool life, I’ve come across some fantastic resources that fulfill those two requirements when it comes to curriculum.

Whether you’re a traditional homeschooler, prefer unit studies, or like to gather things as you go, having access to a quality website that offers great customer service, a variety of resources, and competitive prices will enable you to not only homeschool, but to homeschool well.  Continue reading “How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum”

Teach Your Kids Hands-On History with Time Capsule: Medieval England

When it comes to homeschooling, history is my absolute favorite subject to learn about with my kids. When you combine hands-on activities, the Middle Ages, and a unit study, it’s enough to make me squeal in delight.  Continue reading “Teach Your Kids Hands-On History with Time Capsule: Medieval England”

Our 2017/2018 (Very) Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 1st and 2nd Grade

I love homeschooling. Well, specifically, I love relaxed homeschooling.

After the disastrous beginning to our homeschool journey that ended with my children being enrolled in school again, if there’s one thing I’ve learned on this adventure, it’s that simplicity is a necessary component in this slightly chaotic household.

My approach to homeschooling 1st and 2nd grade may come dangerously close to unschooling, but that’s okay. It works for us.   Continue reading “Our 2017/2018 (Very) Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 1st and 2nd Grade”

Our 2017/2018 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade

I’ll be homeschooling nine kids this year. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually one less than last year since my oldest daughter became my first homeschool graduate.

Sniff.

As stressful as people think that may sound, it truly isn’t as chaotic as people think. Busy? Sure. I’d be worried about any homeschool that wasn’t busy. But believe it or not, homeschooling is actually pleasurable for me.  Continue reading “Our 2017/2018 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”

7 Reasons I Didn’t Buy Homeschool Curriculum This Year

As a frugal mom of 11 kids- 10 who are actually being homeschooled- I’ve turned my money-saving skills into an art. I mean, really, who actually wants to spend thousands of dollars on curriculum each year if they don’t have to?

Of all the years I’ve been homeschooling, our second year was the year I spent the most money because I was going through the “homeschool has to look like school” phase and bought individual boxed curriculum sets for each kid.  Continue reading “7 Reasons I Didn’t Buy Homeschool Curriculum This Year”

Curriculum We Loved and Curriculum We Hated This Year

And curriculum that’s just okay…

Over the summer, I shared our curriculum choices for our 2016/2017 homeschool year. Since we’re over halfway through our school year, I thought that now would be a good time to give you an update on how those choices fared.

The truth is, there are some resources we’ve loved this year, some that did the trick without too much excitement, and some that we…well…hated. I know that “hate” is a strong word, but anything that is going to make learning feel like a dreaded chore has earned that position, in my book.   Continue reading “Curriculum We Loved and Curriculum We Hated This Year”

New Year Curriculum Choices for Our Relaxed Homeschool

I can’t believe it’s August already. The summer is going by so quickly. In just 3 1/2 weeks time, my high school age kids will begin their new homeschool year, although my younger kids have all been at it for close to a month already.

One of the best things about homeschooling is our freedom to choose the curriculum our kids will use. In fact, some choose to not even use a curriculum at all! And while this is a huge benefit to us, let’s admit that sometimes this choice is difficult. There is such a vast array of curriculum out there that sometimes it can seem overwhelming.  Continue reading “New Year Curriculum Choices for Our Relaxed Homeschool”

Lazy Day Links- 6/24/16

lazy day links
Image courtesy of porbital at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My kids spent the week at VBS, and I feel like I was the one running around all week. We just returned from the closing picnic, where I spent over 2 hours trying to keep track of 7 kids, and I am exhausted.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with this week’s links!

My Favorite Posts:

The Orwellian Charge of the Campus Bias Response Team– National Review

Objections to Homeschooling: “I won’t have enough time to myself.”– Intoxicated on Life

45 Ways to Define Homeschool Curriculum- Is Your Definition Holding You Back?– Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Our First Bloom Night– Happy Hearts Homeschool

Homeschool Requires Commitment– Homegrown Learners

 

Posts You May Have Missed:

Why Should We Homeschool?- Part 10- Following Your Own Schedule

How to Peacefully Transition Your Child from School to Homeschool

Homeschooling Methods: An Overview of the Relaxed Approach

Keeping It Simple: How I Homeschool 10 Children

Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma’s Heart, by Becky Thompson

 

(This post contains affiliate links.)

Books Worth Reading/ Movies Worth Watching:

1984– George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury

The Giver– Lois Lowry

The Giver (movie)

The Adventures of Ociee Nash (movie)

 

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!