What We Read: December 2016

December 2016 was, despite the busyness of the holidays and the arrival of a new baby, a month of rest and lots of good books! I am honestly amazed at how much we read in December, but that's largely due to how I revised our homeschool for the holiday season so that we only did the 3 R's plus our Advent Bible readings, composer study, and afternoon reading time. In 2016, my goal was to read 25 books but, according to my Goodreads board, I actually read 41 books. This year my goal is to read … [Read more...]

What We Read: November 2016

November has flown by! While I am really excited about the upcoming holiday season, I admit I'm feeling a tad anxious about all the busyness of this time of year. We have a new baby set to arrive in early January, so my mind is racing as I think about all that needs to be done this month. This month we finished Term 1 of school, had a week off for exams, and then spent the last weeks of November reading Thanksgiving-related books, so my girls' assigned books have been fewer than in … [Read more...]

Resolution in Our Homeschool Challenges

We are in our 5th week of the new homeschool year, and overall, I feel pretty happy with our subjects, curricula, and how things are going. This year we're tackling a lot more subjects than we have in the past, but they are all subjects that Mama enjoys. Unlike in the past when I tried to do an extra math program or a popular science curriculum because I thought it was "what I should do," this year I am only doing what I know is in the best interest of my children and me -- not what the public … [Read more...]

Our 1st & 3rd Grade Curriculum, Term 1- 2016-2017

Last week I briefly and very generally shared our homeschool plans for the coming year. I want to elaborate on the specifics in this post. My intentions are simply to share what we are doing/reading/learning in an attempt to help and encourage anyone who might need some guidance or ideas :) Our school year is broken up into 3 terms. Each term is 12 weeks long but at week 6, we take a short break. This year I will have a baby in January, so our second term will look a little different than … [Read more...]

Our 2016-2017 Homeschool Plans

It has been awhile since I last posted, but I'm popping back on to share with you our homeschool plans and curriculum for the coming school year. We officially started back last week but at a nice leisurely pace ;) Meet My Students This year I have 3 students. Kate is 7 1/2 and starting 3rd grade. She is active, an avid reader, and loves to cartwheel, flip, stand on her head, and do backbends. Cora is 5 1/2 and starting 1st grade. Curious, imaginative, and funny, she has recently … [Read more...]

Winter Term 2015 Books & Curriculum {Charlotte Mason}

I posted our 2015-2016 curriculum back in August, and since then, we have {of course} made some changes. I simply cannot continue using books, materials, or curricula that don't work for us although I have gotten much better. Thanks to the advice of some very wise homeschool moms, I now force myself to stick it out for at least 6 weeks -- the length of our terms. Now that we are about to enter into our third term of the school year, I have decided we need to make a few changes in order to … [Read more...]

Maestro Classics: “The Nutcracker” {Review}

Two years ago I took our oldest daughter to see a local production of the Nutcracker ballet. She fell in love and so did I. Afterwards, we checked out all the library books on the Nutcracker we could find and watched countless Youtube videos of the performance. Kate and her little sisters pirouetted across our living room floor to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and imagined they were each Clara on her journey with the Nutcracker prince. Since that ballet our girls have always gravitated toward … [Read more...]

A Charlotte Mason-Friendly Geography Curriculum {Review}

I vividly recall memorizing state capitals and locating the U.S. states on a blank map in elementary school. Fortunately, I had a decent memory, so I could recall facts quickly and effortlessly and make the grade. As homeschoolers, though, we take a more relaxed approach to our studies, and memory work is not stressful. As Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, I try to present my children with a feast of ideas and use (limited) curriculum that encourages curiosity and sparks their imagination. Thus … [Read more...]

Study Guides for Literature with a Christian Perspective {A Review}

When someone asks me what curriculum we use in our homeschool, I hesitate because we're an eclectic mix of Charlotte Mason and classical. But if asked what we do all day, I would say READ. Aside from math and handwriting, the majority of our day is spent reading our subjects from a variety of sources. As a former doctoral candidate in English literature, I value good living books and look for any opportunity to insert them into our day. Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a study … [Read more...]

Reading Kingdom {A Review}

My five-year-old daughter has started learning to read. It's been a challenge to find the right curriculum, but we have had great success with her current reading program. I have really wanted a tool to help her develop and hone her new skills and increase fluency. Like most children, Cora loves playing games on the iPad so when I was given the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom, I decided this would be a good option to try. In exchange for my fair and honest review, I received Reading … [Read more...]