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...]

Online Language Learning for Your Homeschool {A Review}

In our homeschool this year, we are learning Latin, but I also have been throwing in some Spanish vocabulary too. When you're trying to learn a foreign language, the earlier the better. I had been considering an online language learning program for our children but have been reticent to make the investment. So when I was given the opportunity to try out Middlebury Interactive Language's online language program, I jumped at the chance. In exchange for my honest review, I received a complete … [Read more...]

Super Teacher Worksheets {A Review}

In our homeschool, reading and narration are the primary modes of learning. We really only use workbook pages for math and handwriting. However, my girls like worksheets just as much as I do, and I've found that when they we need some down time, worksheets on topics of interest are a perfect quiet time activity that they can do independently. Plus, worksheets are nice supplements to check student progress and provide extra practice to reinforce learning. Recently, I was given an Individual … [Read more...]

What We’ve Been Reading — August 2015

Originally, I had planned to share both the assigned and read-aloud books we're planning to read for our entire school year. However, since we school year-round and I tend to be overzealous when it comes to list-making -- see last year's list here -- I decided to only post what we are reading on a month-by-month basis. So my plan is to share the books our family is reading individually and aloud during read-aloud time each month. Here's what we've been reading this month: Read-Aloud -- For … [Read more...]

Horizons Preschool for Three’s {Curriculum Review}

My three-year-old has been asking to "do school" like her sisters for a while now. I've printed off worksheets and activities for us to do but have been reluctant to break down and buy a preschool curriculum. That's because I'm cheap, and I really don't believe it's necessary. But when I had the opportunity to review Horizons Preschool for Three's Curriculum Set from Alpha Omega Publications, I just couldn't pass it up. {I received a full set of Horizons Preschool for Three's curriculum kit … [Read more...]

2nd Grade Curriculum — 2015-2016

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

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...]

Fun Science Unit Studies {A Review}

While history is our #1 favorite subject, science comes in at a close second, especially when experiments and activities are involved. We recently had the opportunity to review "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" from Susan Kilbride of Funtastic Unit Studies. Let's just say it was the perfect fit for our Summer of Learning this year! I received a physical copy of the book "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" in exchange for my honest … [Read more...]

Gentle Preschool Curriculum — 2015-2016

My three-year-old daughter Annabeth is a little firecracker. If there's a clown in every family, then she's ours. She's always trying to make people laugh with her silly faces and made-up words, so while I am excited she wants to "do school" like her big sisters, I am also a little sad. Why can't time slow down a little?! Preschool Curriculum Ordinarily, at age 3, my girls are still doing puzzles, playing with their dolls, and "reading" books with some Sing Spell Read & Write Preschool … [Read more...]

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

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...]