IndoctriNation: A Film Review

Recently, Great Commission Films sent me a DVD of their documentary IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America. My husband and I watched the DVD on two different occasions, and it sparked lots of discussion for us as public school graduates and now homeschooling parents. Synopsis "This is the story of our children. This is the story of the big yellow bus. This is the story of indoctrination." IndoctriNation presents the origins of our modern public … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids

I'm a book nerd. Reading is my favorite pastime and slowly my girls are also claiming it as their own. One way to encourage healthy reading habits in children, I've learned, is to let your child see you reading. Even though you may have many (or even all of your) books on an electronic device, there's something about holding a physical book in your hands that provides a visual example to your child that reading is important to you. Try to make it a point to read from an actual book each day … [Read more...]

Homeschooling 1st Grade: Our {Revised} Curriculum

Back in May I shared our curriculum choices for 1st grade and Preschool/Pre-K. {This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy.} We have been schooling since June 1st, and in that time, I have discovered two things. Some of our new curriculum wasn't working, notably our history and science. But also, I felt like something was lacking. Frustrated and unsure what to do, I started reading a book my friend Gabby had mentioned in her summer reading list called For the … [Read more...]

Homeschooling First Grade: Our Goals + Helpful Resources

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting our family! See my disclosure policy for more details. Back in March as we were finishing up our Kindergarten work, I created a handy printable to help me plan for the upcoming First Grade year. As I researched and planned for homeschooling first grade, I realized very quickly we were going to be adding more subjects and broadening our focus. However, I also needed to remember that our primary aim is preparing our children for … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Plans for May

I mentioned recently that I had some exciting news about our plans for the month of May. I'm not sure if "exciting" is the right word, but I did want to share what we'll be doing in our hiatus from "regular" homeschool course work. Kate has finished her Kindergarten course work, and while I really want to move forward and start First Grade (I'm really excited about our curriculum, which I'll share soon!), I'm reluctant for the following reasons: Teacher needs to reorganize the homeschool … [Read more...]