APR
24
2016

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you all plan your homeschool year. If you have any suggestions for helpful planning posts let me know and I’ll see what I can do!   Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover for 2nd grade. Of course you’ll want to make sure to check with your state requirements to make sure you’re including anything specifically required by your district. The * indicates subjects that are optional. *Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Language *Music Social Studies/History Science/Health *PE Vocabulary **US History (If you live in the United States most states require that you do a certain amount of US History each year, so you’ll … [Read more...]

APR
17
2016

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. Anyway, I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you out then whoohoo! Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your first grade curriculum. And my hope is that you will take my top picks as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover. Of course you’ll want to make sure to check with your state requirements to make sure you’re including anything specifically required by your district. Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Language Social … [Read more...]

APR
10
2016

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I’m back again today with our top kindergarten homeschool curriculum picks for you. I hope these posts are helping you all plan your homeschool year. If you have any suggestions for helpful planning posts let me know and I’ll see what I can do! If you missed my Preschool Homeschool Curriculum picks, make sure to check them out here.   Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Bible Phonics Reading Math Handwriting Optional: Art, Science, Social Studies   So let’s get started! Most of you know that I created a Kindergarten (K4/5) curriculum several years back, and I still love it! … [Read more...]

APR
03
2016

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you all out then double yay! I’ll be starting this week with our preschool homeschool curriculum choices, and going up through the grades each Monday.     Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do. Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Alphabet (Recognition & Sounds) Art & Music introduction Bible Calendar skills: Days of the week, months of the … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2016

Homeschool Curriculum: Educents

Hey guys! I have a special deal for you today! Educents is offering a 10% discount sale for my readers on their entire website! For those of you who don’t know about Educents, they offer a ton of homeschooling resources, including curriculum, books, parenting stuff and more. And they usually have great prices and deals all year long as well! So to get your extra 10% off on the Educents site, just use the coupon code CHS10 at check out to get your discounted items! NOTE: The discount code will be good through 3/31/16.   Happy Homeschooling!   Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, just passing on some deals to share the homeschool love! … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2016

2015-2016 Mid-Year Curriculum Review

Hi everyone! We’ll we’re about half way through our 2015-2016 homeschool year, and I thought I’d do a mid-year review for you all since we’ve made a few alterations. For the most part I’m happy with what we’ve chosen this year. And I think we did good as far as balancing teacher led, with student independent work as well. But we have changed up a few things as needed. So here’s what we chose for the year and what we like or dislike, and whether or not we’ll stick with it for next year!   Miss Lady Bug: 1st Grade   So after going through our day, I realized that I loaded up Miss Lady Bug’s schedule pretty full. As a matter of fact it is almost too full, so we did drop some things to make it easier for her to get through her day, and make her schedule a little more realistic for what she’s able to handle right now. She’s still doing everything with the exception of my Literature units, & handwriting. I had planned to use my Lit. units as … [Read more...]

JAN
10
2016

Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope your 2016 is getting off to a good start? Ours has been a little crazy, but we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! We’re heading into our 2nd week back in school after the holidays and that’s always the time that I like to introduce a new curriculum if we’re going to be making any changes.   So I also thought that it would be a great time to do a Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum giveaway for you all. For anyone looking for a new Bible curriculum, now’s a great chance to get ahold of a fun and engaging curriculum! It’s the new Series 1 Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum from Friends & Heroes. We’ve been doing daily devotionals which we’ll continue with, but I was excited to add in this new element into our week. I love that it provides a little break from the norm for us. We get out of the school room and head to the family room for a little movie time during school! What? Yep, I didn’t get one single complaint from any of … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2015

All About Reading Level 4 Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have an awesome Christmas giveaway for one of you today! All About Learning Press sent us All About Reading Level 4 for review, and we’re having so much fun with it! I had Tinker Bell, who is in 4th grade, review it for me. So let’s hear what she had to say about this program!   “I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell I’d have to agree with her assessment, I like that the activities for reading are fun for her, and anything that she asks to do gets a thumbs up from me! The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well. For our reading lessons, she really enjoys the fun hands-on activity book. They usually involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2015

FotoFinch Elementary Photography Curriculum

Hi everyone! I reviewed a product for The Foto Finch a while back and we loved it. Strawberry Shortcake used it last year as her elective class. She loves to take pictures and it really helped her with learning how to use her camera as well as how to put together a well composed shot.   My other kiddos were anxious to try out the program themselves, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult since they are younger. And so today I wanted to share with you the elementary level version that is now available! Along with written lessons, assignments, and activities, the elementary level curriculum also comes with video lessons to help explain the concepts and assignments which I love. That way students can choose whether the prefer to read the lessons, or watch them online. My son prefers to watch the video lessons and honestly so do I.   Each lesson is followed by a hands-on activity to help solidify the concepts taught. Just to give you an idea of the lessons, … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2015

A Christmas Carol Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today!  A Christmas Carol is definitely a classic in my book, and we’re enjoying going though it as a family. This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done, so I hope your family enjoys it!!   Story Summary: A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday story for both kids and adults! On Christmas Eve the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner, Marley. he’s informed that he will be visited by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Through his adventures Scrooge has a change of heart in regards to life and to the Christmas season. Since it’s a bit more difficult to read, we’re doing it as a family read aloud in the evenings. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the original version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. There are several versions of this book, this red … [Read more...]