The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

This school year is the first time since I started homeschooling that I have FOUR kids in FOUR different grades… and on top of that I now have a middle schooler, as Connor has entered 6th grade (gulp!) Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to homeschool a 6th grader and a kindergartener at the same time and feel like they are both getting challenged! So this year I decided to do something a little different in Science. Usually, science is a subject that I teach all of the kids together — what I call Group Subjects. We also have Independent Subjects, which they each do Read More

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2017 Curriculum Roundup: Group Subjects

If you’ve been hanging around my blog for a while, or you know me IRL(!), then you probably know that we do a January-November homeschool year, and we take off the holidays instead of the summers. I go into more detail as to why we choose this calendar in this post here. But in a nutshell, it just works for us! In the past, I’ve shared with you our curriculum choices. (You can see all of those on my Homeschooling page here.) Today, I’m going to show you what we’re using for our Group Subjects for the 2017 school year, which just started a few Read More

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Homeschool Room Tour!

Today I did a Facebook Live video tour of our new homeschool room. Watch below to check it out!! Here are links to several of the things shown in the room — if you want to know about anything else, let me know! Calendar (this one is not exactly like mine, but the closest I could find– maybe mine was discontinued?) GeoPuzzles Binding Machine Craft cubby shelves Crayon caddy Colored book bins Colored craft drawers White Board   Click here if you want to see the original Facebook Live video (and the comments). And click here to see our OLD homeschool room — what a Read More

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Hayes Presidential Center

We love to go on field trips in our homeschool. Recently we were passing through Fremont, Ohio on our way to another destination, so I checked out the website for the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums to see if it would be worth our time to make a pit stop. I was elated to see that it was listed as a Blue Star Museum so our whole family got to get in for free with my military ID! The Hayes Museum has two main parts: the Presidential home and the museum. Our first stop was to take a tour of the home, but we could see Read More

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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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HUGE list of New Dimension Educational Videos on Amazon Prime

[edit 1/5/17] When I originally generated this post a few years ago, I was going off of a list that a fellow homeschooling mom emailed to me. It has come to my attention that the list below originally came from the talented homeschool blogger Charlotte at The Homeschooler’s Helper. She has graciously agreed to let me keep up this post for everyone’s benefit! Please take a minute to hop over to her blog and show her some love! I love supplementing our homeschool lessons with videos. They bring the lesson to life in a way that textbooks never can! I found this amazing resource called New Dimension Read More

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Toledo Botanical Gardens

This year in our homeschool, we’ve been studying plants in science class. I have been loving this subject, because it has given us lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy God’s creation! A few weeks ago, we went on a field trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens in Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to share with you some photos and a few things I loved about it (and a few I didn’t). A few other things I loved: Free admission AND free parking! Walkability: it was big enough to explore, but not so big that it would be exhausting for the kids to see it Read More

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Greenhouse & Garden Scavenger Hunt :: FREE printable!

We’re learning about PLANTS this year in science class in our homeschool, and one of the things that we love about homeschooling is taking frequent field trips. We try to take one every week, but sometimes it doesn’t happen if I get too busy (or plan poorly). This past week we went on a field trip to a local greenhouse to learn about plants, and just before I was leaving, I thought it would be fun to make a little scavenger hunt for the kids. I sketched it on paper, made 2 copies, and off we went! They had a blast looking at all the plants Read More

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Ohio Day Trips: Tiffin Civil War Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! We try to take one every week {though sometimes I fail and skip it} A few months ago, we were learning about the Civil War in history, and I was surprised to find that there was a Civil War Museum in Tiffin, Ohio, only about 30 minutes from where we live! We’ve lived and traveled all over the world, and I’ve personally visited many of the world’s best museums. I have to say, most of them have one thing in common: they are not very kid-friendly. It’s unfortunate, really, that more places don’t make an effort to reach Read More

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Spanish for Elementary Schoolers

As you may know, I have four kids, who are currently 3, 5, 7, and 9 years old. I’ve been homeschooling since my oldest was in preschool, going on six years now. One of the things I really wanted to pass onto my kids in our homeschool is my love and knowledge of languages. I thought it would be easy, because hey — I took Spanish in high school and I speak it pretty decently myself! But my idealistic notions were quickly put in place once I started teaching. I realized that it’s hard to teach a little kid another language outside of immersion. Yes, I Read More