How We Homeschool American History WITHOUT Textbooks

For our family, learning the history of the United States is vitally important. Not only is it required by our state homeschool laws, but it can serve as a reminder of the once sovereign spirit the people of this nation once held. It can instill courage and inspiration in those of us living today in a world of ever-increasing tyranny.

In today’s video, I shared how we approach one of my favorite topics WITHOUT textbooks.

Homeschooling Language Arts Without a Curriculum

Language Arts…you either love it or you hate it. Like other subjects, the approach you take can make it or break it.

Contrary to popular belief, a formal curriculum isn’t required to effectively teach language arts, so today I shared some tips on how to homeschool this subject WITHOUT a curriculum.

https://youtu.be/wJXKYvGIEZ8

Science: Relaxed Homeschooling

Today is my last video in my Relaxed Homeschooling series…for now. Over the past few weeks I’ve shared how we approach language arts, math, and social studies. Today I’m tackling science.

Always remember that your child’s education need not look a thing like school. In fact, we don’t use any textbooks at all to cover social studies or science, the two main subjects that people feel chained to textbooks for.

I hope you gain some new ideas (if you’re looking for new ideas 😉)!

Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs

Of all the types of notebooking techniques out there, copywork is, by far, the easiest one to explain how to do.

The problem is, it’s the why that seems to take the most time to describe.

Because of that, I decided to stray a bit from my most recent Notebooking 101 format, which consisted simply of clarifying how to get started. Instead, today I’ll be tackling some Copywork FAQs, such as:

  • What is copywork?
  • When should we start doing copywork?
  • Why should we do copywork?
  • How do you even do copywork?

Shall we begin?  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs”

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”