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


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


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

How we go to the zoo (with FREE printable activity sheets!) ~ Our Cozy Den

How We Go to the Zoo (with FREE printable activity sheets!)

In our homeschool this year, we’ve been doing Field Trip Fridays – with a fun educational outing each and every week. We’ve been to some pretty neat places, but one of our favorites is the zoo! I don’t know about you, but a trip to the zoo with a vanload of kids can be pretty stressful for me. That is, until I changed the way I did things! Here’s my failproof, stress-free zoo plan! 1. Break it up. Don’t try to see the whole zoo in one trip. There’s no rule that says you have to look at everything every time you go! For our Read More


10 Ways Homeschooling is Cheaper than Public School

Many people have told me that it’s too expensive to homeschool! You guys know how much I love saving money, so I wanted to tell you all the ways that homeschooling is actually CHEAPER than public school! There’s a lot of math in this post, so let’s have some fun breaking down the costs! I think you’ll be surprised at some of the numbers! 1. Curriculum Yes, curriculum can be expensive if you choose to go that way. But there are hundreds or thousands of free resources online (too many for me to count). So you don’t have to spend any money unless you want Read More


What I miss about Germany

Before I left Germany, I wrote a blog post about what I missed about the USA. I am SO happy to be back on American soil and to be enjoying those luxuries again. But now that we have been back for 10 months, I’m reminiscing fondly about the things I miss about Germany! Here are a few things on my list. The Running Paths The entire German countryside is a patchwork of paved farm roads which are perfect for running. There are no cars, only horses and the occasional tractor. You could run for miles and miles and miles without having to step foot on Read More


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 and book reports. Spelling: Spectrum Vocabulary 4 Handwriting: Star Wars Read More