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FREE Magic School Bus Science Curriculum

I think most people know that The Magic School Bus is an awesome educational resource — jam-packed full of science facts and lessons, packaged in a way that kids love: fun, engaging, and entertaining. But how do we turn an educational television show into a full-on science curriculum? I’m here to share how we did it in our home! I was able to find some great worksheets to go with the episodes (credit to them here), but figuring out how to actually turn it into a curriculum was a big hot mess. I spent a lot of hours compiling and organizing everything and writing lesson plans Read More

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2016 Curriculum Roundup: Group Subjects

Yesterday I shared with you all of the books & curriculum we are using with our kids for the subjects they do individually — on their own. Today, I’m going to tell you what we’re doing this year in our group subjects! These are always a lot more fun, and the kids enjoy them more! Our Schedule Before I tell you what we’re learning, I wanted to give you a quick rundown on what a typical school day looks like (excluding #FieldTripWednesday): 6:30 – I get up and start getting my stuff done (devotions, online stuff) 7:15 – I wake up kids to get showered and breakfast Read More

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2016 Curriculum Roundup: Independent Subjects

Yesterday we started our first day of school for the 2016 school year!! We do a January through November school year, so each kid started a new grade this week. Connor is now in 5th grade, Lia is in 3rd grade, Sophie is in 1st grade, and Finn started pre-k. It’s a lot of moving pieces to work with this many kids, but somehow it works — and it certainly helps that Byron is home with me full time! We have our day broken into two parts: group subjects that I teach the children all together {I’ll share more about these tomorrow!} and independent subjects, Read More

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Homeschooling the 50 States for FREE!

I’m a big proponent of using FREE resources for homeschooling as much as possible. In fact, it’s possible to homeschool completely for free if you really want to! {Check out this post for more ways you save money on homeschooling!} I took a little of the work out of it for you today, and I put together this list of resources to homeschool the good ole U.S.A.’s 50 states for free! Here you’ll find printables, resources, links, and even tests! :: Lesson Plans :: This is what my lesson plans looked like each session. We did Geography twice a week for 30 weeks, for 60 Read More

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Our 2015 Curriculum Roundup – INDEPENDENT SUBJECTS

Yesterday, I told you about all the fun books and supplies we are using this year for our Group Subjects. Today, I’m going to tell you what each kid is using for their Independent Subjects. Connor ~ 4th Grade Math: Teaching Textbooks 4 – we started with Teaching Textbooks last year, and it has been wonderful. Math used to be a fight, but no more! (We just use the CD-ROM, not the workbooks.) Reading: Premium Education Reading 4 – one out of every 4 weeks. The other 3 weeks are reading novels, with content questions from www.superteacherworksheets.com and book reports. Spelling: Spectrum Vocabulary 4 Handwriting: Star Wars Read More

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Our 2015 Curriculum Roundup – GROUP SUBJECTS

Yesterday I told you about how I plan my school year. Over the next few posts, I’m going to show you exactly which books we’re using for each subject! Let’s start with the group subjects. I teach these subjects to all my kids together. I tailor the work to each individual’s grade level. For example, my kindergartener might have to trace a few key vocabulary words, my 2nd grader writes a sentence, and my 4th grader writes a paragraph. These are our group subjects and the curricula we are using this year: Science This year in science we are doing animals! We are going to start Read More