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...]

DEC
06
2015

Anne of Avonlea Classic Literature Unit

Hey guys! I have another fun literature unit for you today. Anne of Avonlea is a super cute and charming story following Anne Shirley along with more adventure. If you If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, you’ll love Anne of Avonlea!     Story Summary: In this classic, Anne Shirley is grown up and starting out on her own life. She has begun a new job as a teacher at Avonlea School, and also started the Avonlea Village Improvement Society with her friends Dian, and Gilbert whom you will recall. While many things have changed, Anne is still just as prone to adventure as she ever was! I hope you enjoy this classic as much as I did! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Avonlea version as retold from the Lucy Maud montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2015

Expedition Earth: India

Namaste! I hope you have a few minutes today to join us on our Expedition Earth travels through India! We’ve learned a lot about India culture this week, and tried some amazing food as well. We started off by finding India on the map, then we located the capital, as well as the Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea. India is the 7th largest country in the world. It also boasts some of the world’s most amazing landmarks as well. The Taj Mahal is located in northern India and is one of the world’s most magnificent buildings. The structure was completed in1643 and is a white marble monument built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The world's largest pilgrimage destination is in India. It is called the Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupati. Around 30,000 people visit this temple daily, donating about $6 million US dollars everyday. The most rainfall in the world ever in a month's time fell at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. It was in July 1861 and 9,300 … [Read more...]

SEP
27
2015

7th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I’m back today with another What’s in the Workbox? video for you all! Today we’re taking a look into my 7th grader’s daily homeschool workboxes.   It’s crazy to think that I have a 7th grader, but here we are in Jr. High already! I’ve been homeschooling her for 8 years an that just seems crazy to me! Anyhoo…let’s take a closer look to see what her day looks like, and how she goes about her daily assignments. She is mostly independent in her work now. I still help teach her English as well as our group subjects. But otherwise she’s doing well working on her own. And she likes to get a head start in the morning so that she can finish early and be done with school for the day. Click here to see our 7th grade daily homeschool workload video!   For those of you who prefer photos and links feel free to keep reading! Drawer 1 In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer which holds her basic school supplies, as well as her … [Read more...]

SEP
22
2015

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today! This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done! If your student liked The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then they’ll probably love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn too!   Story Summary: Wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow Huckleberry Finn in this adventurous story! Huck is an independent boy growing up in mid-1800’s Missouri. Of course trouble finds him as he goes on a great rafting adventure down the Mississippi River, where he runs into his old friend Jim. He also meets a few new acquaintances who seem eager to make Huck’s life as difficult as possible! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older … [Read more...]

SEP
20
2015

6th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hello fellow homeschoolers! Today I have a fun video showing you what my 6th grader’s day looks like. We’re taking a closer peek into his workbox drawers to see what he does all day long. The only thing not shown in the drawers is his affinity for procrastination. And a few group subjects that I’ll mention at the bottom of this post too! So let’s take a closer look into my 6th grader’s homeschool workload each day!       For those of you who don’t like videos, here are some pics and links to all of the products for you! Drawer 1 His first drawer contains our expandable drawer organizer from The Container store along with all of his basic supplies like pencils, pens, erasers, glue, etc. It also has his daily assignment spiral which tells him exactly what he has to do each day. He just crosses each item off as it is completed. It also has his Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion which he does daily. They’re nice short devotions … [Read more...]