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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

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Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More

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2016 Challenge: January

I am totally loving the 2016 challenge so far! I think my favorite part of this whole thing is the small community of friends and strangers who have joined with me to pursue challenges of their own. We meet together on facebook to share struggles & successes, and motivate and cheer each other. The accountability I’ve been getting from the group has definitely pushed me through some of the harder days when I wanted to just quit. My challenge for the month of January was homeschooling. I’ve shared before that we do a January through November homeschool year, so this clean slate seemed like an ideal Read More

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Circle Time with Little Ones {with FREE printable!}

Circle Time was something I did every day with my older kids when they were younger. Somewhere along the way we moved on to bigger kid stuff and older kid subjects, and Circle Time got lost. About 18 months ago I started back up again with my younger two kids, because I felt like they were missing out (and even my 7 year old joins us of her own free will) — it’s just better to start the day with some dancing and fun! This is how we do it!! 1. Prayer One of my kids will open us up in prayer, to pray a 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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Put-in-Bay

One of my favorite things about this school year is that we have been going on a field trip every single Friday! We’ve been learning about the War of 1812 in history class, and I was delighted to discover that one of the biggest battles of the war {and the turning point for the U.S.!} happened not far from us, in Lake Erie on a little island called Put-in-Bay! So of course the kids were delighted to find out that we were going on the LAKE on an ISLAND and on a BOAT. Sophie got to call the shots {literally!} when he fired an authentic Read More