Kiwi Crate – Kids Craft Subscription

Kiwi Crate - Kids Craft Subscription from Starts At Eight

Hands on crafts and art projects are not my strong suit. I am not creative enough to come up with something on my own, and I often tire of searching around to find supplies for things I find online or in a book. This is not great news for my youngest who LOVES to do […] more



Beginning A New Homeschool Year from Starts At Eight

Beginning a New Homeschool Year

This past week marked the first week of our ninth year of homeschooling. Normally we would begin right after Labor Day but things stacked up to waiting an extra week to begin. Beginning a New Homeschool Year means a switch back to more routine and structure in our house. It also means many hours of […] more

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #28

Welcome to Finishing Strong! If you’ll be homeschooling middle school or high school students this year, you’re not alone. Every Wednesday, faithful readers share their amazing ideas and encouragement for schooling older children right here. You can read their inspiring and informative posts below. Recently, our most loved posts have been all about back to […] more

High School e-Learning With Standard Deviants Accelerate from Starts At Eight

High School e-Learning With Standard Deviants Accelerate

As we enter our second year of homeschooling high school, we are finding that having access to online learning resources is a valuable addition to our studies. Not only does it afford us the opportunity to gain access to more information and learning resources but it allows us to do so while remaining in our […] more

How to Create a New Year in Homeschool Tracker from Starts At Eight

How to Create a New Year in Homeschool Tracker

Starting a new school year comes with varied tasks in our house. From clearing out the old, to bringing in the new. One of the things I need to do at the beginning of a new year is Create a New School Year in Homeschool Tracker. This is where I will keep all of my […] more

3 Steps For Creating the Ultimate Graduate Admissions Essay from Starts At Eight

3 Steps for Creating the Ultimate Graduate Admissions Essay

The graduate admissions essay is probably the most challenging essay you’ve ever had to write so far. Most students bomb it, but you don’t have to. Just follow these three simple steps for creating the ultimate writing sample. Step One: Brainstorm It all starts with a good brainstorming session. These should essentially be a “stream […] more

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #27

Welcome to Finishing Strong! Today we’re featuring another one of our co-hosts, Kyle from Aspired Living. Don’t forget to link up your own posts with us after you read all about her. Howdy, I’m Kyle McVay of Aspired Living and I’ve been blogging since 2006. I’ve been married for nearly 18 years to the World’s […] more

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

1st Grade Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum Review

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