1st Grade Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum Review

1st Grade Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum Review from Starts At Eight

Science is one of the subjects I don’t typically use a curriculum for in the younger years. While this approach has been very hands on, it has lacked some of the structure and order you can benefit from by using a curriculum. The Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum is one option for adding some structure to […] more



The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen from Starts At Eight

The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

Social media is becoming an all-encompassing force in the lives of our children. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat allow them to be connected with their friends nonstop throughout the day. As a parent, it can be difficult to feel like they’re ever really engaging with you when their eyes are constantly scanning the screens […] more

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #26

Welcome to Finishing Strong! Today we’re highlighting the non-core subjects – electives. Electives can be so much fun. They are not only needed for high school transcripts, but they are also a great way for older students to learn more about subjects that interest them. By going beyond math and language arts, teens can gain […] more

Planning High School Geography With North Star Geography from Starts At Eight

Planning High School Geography With North Star Geography

For tenth grade we are studying World History & Geography. We are covering the geography portion of that using a curriculum called North Star Geography from Bright Ideas Press. Right I am now working on planning our high school geography with North Star Geography. One of the very first things that jumped out at me, […] more

TypeKids Online Typing Program for Kids from Starts At Eight

TypeKids Online Typing Program for Kids

In this age of technology, keyboard typing has become an important skill to obtain, even at a young age. All three of my children either have or are currently using an online typing program to promote good typing skills. What I have found throughout my many years of homeschooling (and parenting for that matter) is […] more

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #25

Welcome to Finishing Strong! Today we’re featuring a few of the best posts about homeschooling high school that you have shared with us over the summer. Homeschooling high school can be a daunting thought for many families. But as you’ll see from these posts, it isn’t as scary as you may think. In fact, it […] more

No More Perfect Kids from Starts At Eight

No More Perfect Kids!!

Before you had children, you most likely dreamed of children. You dreamed about what it would be like, who they might resemble and how your family life would be with them. These expectations can lead to disillusionment and disappointment for you and your children. No More Perfect Kids was written to help you shatter your […] more

Not Back to School Photos 2014 from Starts At Eight

Not Back to School Photos 2014

Last year was the first year we took Student Photos here at Starts At Eight. It was so much fun doing them that we decided to give it a go again this year. Doing these Not Back to School Photos gave us a reason to get out and explore a little to find a new […] more

High School Literature List ~ Popular or Contemporary Literature from Starts At Eight

High School Literature List ~ Popular or Contemporary Literature

This is the fourth and final part of my four part series called High School Literature List.  My hope is that these lists will give you a place to start from. They are by all means not all inclusive but will give your teen a good literature base. Popular or Contemporary Literature Suggestions While popular […] more

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Reivew & Giveaway from Starts At Eight

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Review & Giveaway

Minecraft is a big topic on our house. Both of my younger children love to play and build in this online world. Problem? Being online can be tricky with little kids. You never know what they are going to run into. In walks the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft server! It is a safe and fun environment […] more

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #24

Happy Wednesday and Welcome to Finishing Strong! Today we’re featuring a few of the best posts about homeschooling middle school that have been shared with us over the past few weeks. Middle School is such a fun season for homeschooling. Your kids can think more abstractly, allowing them to discuss subjects at a deeper level […] more

Organize Your Homeschool Bookshelves from Starts At Eight

Organize Your Homeschool Bookshelves

One of the things I love about having a designated homeschool room is the ability to have everything together.  In our old house I had books tucked away in every room and it was difficult to take advantage of those resources because I had such a hard time finding and accessing them.  Now, a large […] more

High School Literature List ~ Authors of Poetry from Starts At Eight

High School Literature List ~ Poetry

This is the third of my four part series called High School Literature List. This section covers some of the most famous poets you might want to read about and read some of their poetry. As with all these literature selections it is not necessary to cover them all, but to try and include a […] more