What We Read: December 2016

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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...]

Resolution in Our Homeschool Challenges

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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

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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

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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}

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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...]

A Charlotte Mason-Friendly Geography Curriculum {Review}

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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...]

2nd Grade Curriculum — 2015-2016

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Of all 4 of our children, academically-speaking, Kate is my Mini-Me. She's an avid reader, loves history and writing, and has a real affinity for languages. This year we're learning (a little) Latin and Spanish, and she's already claimed they're her favorite subjects. Sounds just like me. Unlike me, Kate is very outgoing, adventurous, fashion-savvy, and fun-loving. She's also headstrong and opinionated, so our homeschool can be a little emotional at times. Still, I can't think of anything … [Read more...]

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum — 2015-2016

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When I shared our gentle preschool curriculum recently, I described our second youngest daughter as the family clown. That's true, but our second oldest daughter is equally funny in her own right. Cora is our eccentric child. You know that expression, "One of these things is not like the other"? Well, that describes Cora to a tee. She is her own unique person, marching to her own drum, doing things her way even though it might not be the conventional approach. I'm thankful for the opportunity … [Read more...]

Our 2015-2016 Homeschool Curriculum {Charlotte Mason/Classical}

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This marks our third year homeschooling. It's a learning process each year as I try to find what works best in our current season, but I continue to be drawn to both the Charlotte Mason and Classical approaches because of my love of good literature and the variety of subjects presented to the children. I'll share what curriculum we're using for 2nd grade, Kindergarten, & Preschool later in the week. For today, I want to share what we'll be doing 4 days a week with all 3 … [Read more...]

2015 Summer Reading List

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Recently, I shared our family's Summer of Learning plans. I think the summer is the perfect time to start new habits and learn new skills because we don't have to compete with a million other things that are going on during the rest of the year. This summer, in an effort to nourish my poor thought-deprived mind, I am committing to read for 30 minutes every day. When I'm reading books of substance -- not trash that I escape laundry and hide from children in order to read -- but books that … [Read more...]