Elementary

Winter Olympics Resources

Winter Olympics Resources

The Winter Olympics are fast approaching!  I remember doing a unit study with the kids for the last Winter Olympics and I loved it so much – More than they did I am pretty sure! One thing I love about unit studies is the chance to spend so much time on a subject, really getting(…)

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40+ Colorful Tween Fiction Books

40+ Colorful Tween Fiction Books

When children start to enter their tween years it can be hard to find engaging books for them. They are growing and feeling as though they are too old for the beautiful picture books, and basic chapter books of their younger years. On the other hand you aren’t ready to have them tackling some of(…)

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American History Timeline Resources: Colonial America

American History Timeline Resources: Colonial America

Stop number two on our American History Timeline Colonial America. This period of time covers the first Thanksgiving as well as early life in the first colonies. We are choosing to use a timeline format as the base for our studies. Each week will focus on a different section of the timeline. In our first installment,(…)

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100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options

100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options

Are you a secular homeschooler? Looking for non faith based homeschool curriculum? Then this list of 100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options is for you! Come take a look at all the options available for every subject and age! What Does Secular Mean? I am going to try and start with a brief discussion of what(…)

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Lego Math: Teaching Multiplication & Division

Lego Math: Teaching Multiplication & Division

Math is one of those subjects that puts fear in the hearts of parents and kids alike! One way to make it easier (and more fun) is by using hands-on teaching techniques such as using Lego Bricks to demonstrate and manipulate math concepts. Multiplication and Division are great two great concepts where Lego Math can(…)

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American History Timeline Resources:  Before 1630 – Pre America

American History Timeline Resources: Before 1630 – Pre America

We are beginning our American History Timeline studies with Before 1630 or “Pre-America.”  This time period was filled with voyages of exploration into lands unknown. We are choosing to use a timeline format as the base for our studies. Each week will focus on a different section of the timeline. This time period was the(…)

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ShillerMath Review – An Unboxing & Review of Kit II

ShillerMath Review – An Unboxing & Review of Kit II

Are you looking for a complete, hands-on math program for elementary and middle school? Do you want something that is open and go, easy to use? Have you seen ShillerMath? If not, look no further! I have a complete Unboxing and ShillerMath Review of Kit II so you can get the inside scoop on what(…)

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Summary Writing How to for Kids

Summary Writing How to for Kids

While I have always had my children keep a book log, rarely have I had them do any summary writing. I have to laugh because of how opposite my two younger ones are when they do this. Not surprisingly, how they went about summary writing reflects each of their personalities. When I set about to(…)

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Homeschool Writing Curriculum: A Writers in Residence Review

Homeschool Writing Curriculum: A Writers in Residence Review

Writing is one of those things that homeschoolers often worry about teaching. It can be difficult to evaluate writing as it can be so subjective. Throughout my years of homeschooling I have taught writing both using a homeschool writing curriculum, and not using any curriculum at all. Teaching without can feel a little like being(…)

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Enriching Homeschool Reading Curriculum That Goes Beyond The Written Word

Enriching Homeschool Reading Curriculum That Goes Beyond The Written Word

Reading curriculum you say? Who needs a reading curriculum? Here’s the thing, reading goes way beyond just physically reading the words on the page. Reading involves knowing spelling, pronunciation, phrasing, context, plot, and so much more. Reading a book, really reading it and delving in, can take you to new places and teach you new(…)

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How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan

How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan

There are multiple ways to go about teaching history in your homeschool. We have often used a unit study approach where we focused on a specific event, person, or time period. Another way to teach history is chronologically through the use of a timeline. For my last go around with homeschooling middle school, I have(…)

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Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Finding a student planner that works for you and doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge! Throughout my years of homeschooling my needs (and the kids’ needs) have changed. We have tried all kinds of planners, both digital and printable. This Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style} is a no muss no fuss(…)

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