I’ve received a lot of questions about assigning grades, so I’m writing this blog post to share some suggestions. Ultimately, how you assign grades is up to you 😉, but here is how *I* did it. My philosophy about grades I never made grades the focus of our homeschool. Learning in our house wasn’t about[…]
Using a literature-based curriculum is one of the best ways (in my opinion) to engage students. It steers clear of boring textbooks, adds variety, and builds retention. While it may be one of the best ways to engage a student’s interest, it can also really engage your pocketbook! I homeschooled my children for 20+ years,[…]
As homeschool parents, we sometimes measure our success in educating our children based on where they are according to grade level (or other man-made categories). Let’s face it, it looks good when our kids do well based on test scores, perform at or above grade level and ace other measurements of their progress. We beam[…]
Years ago my son learned about color theory. This is a repost of that lesson. We made a color wheel featuring primary, secondary and tertiary colors out of cupcakes and frosting! I liked scheduling in activities like this into our homeschool, especially on Friday. It was a great way to wrap up the week and something[…]
Back when I was paving the way with my oldest (Hannah), I worried about my children’s futures in the context of my homeschooling choices. There is a lot of responsibility placed on a homeschooling parent’s shoulders. Like, if you don’t get the BEST, PERFECT, MOST WONDERFUL curriculum, you will destroy your child’s love for learning[…]
I’m a sucker for art books. When I was homeschooling, I had quite a few on the shelves for my kids like Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad and various Klutz Art books, among others. I have always felt that basic art and drawing skills are important to teach! I recently had the chance to review Drawing School. (Thank you Quarto[…]
Don’t have access to a library but you need books for your homeschool? This article has a multitude of solutions!
Make an edible DNA model out of licorice and marshmallows! Who says science can’t be yummy?
The Big Bag of Science gets 5 stars! My teaching philosophy when it comes to science is to make topics as hands-on and engaging as possible. When my kids were younger I invested in TONS of science kits and have always kept a closet stocked with hundreds of different science related items (as well as[…]
It’s not often that I ever found one item that could literally last me years, but Startwrite is one of the exceptions. I certainly got my money’s worth from it! I hope my sharing this review will help some of you who are looking for an affordable handwriting solution. Startwrite is a handwriting “worksheet wizard” that has so many[…]
Is your student interested in cooking his/her way around the world? Guest Hollow’s High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum is chock-full of more delicious and ethnic recipes, great books, videos, art, music, activities, and more! One of the recipes I added to the FREE Guest Hollow’s Geography & Cultures Online Textbook is Irish Blaa. I couldn’t resist[…]
Do you plan on having your children study a foreign language in your homeschool? I’m learning Japanese, and it’s made me look back over my years of homeschooling and our attempts at learning different languages. I think learning a different language is an important skill that is often given a back burner in homeschools but[…]