Every year, I like to keep track of what I read. I used to just jot it down in a spiral notebook, then I had a database in excel for a while. Now I keep track at Goodreads. At the end of the year, I like to reflect back on what I read. Now that … Continue reading "The Year in Books – 2013"
My youngest child, Regina, is 4. I am often asked by well meaning strangers and family members when I’m going to start teaching her. I usually say that I already am – but it might not appear to be true. I haven’t done much in the way of formal curriculum with her yet, and to … Continue reading "Thoughts on Early Learning"
One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "History and Science Based Narration Cards"
We’ve organized our books, set up our school supplies and prepared for our first day back to school. But there’s something else we must do in order to have our school year run smoothly. We need to create a daily routine. I’m not a fan of the strict schedule. Every time I’ve created one, I’ve … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “The Daily Routine”"
Last time we talked about organizing your home library. Today, I want to chat a bit about how to organize your child’s schoolwork. There are many different ways you can do this, but I’m going to show you what works for my family. This is our “School” shelf in the kitchen. I wish we had a … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Organizing Your Schoolwork”"
It’s that time of year again! By the end of August, I’m usually just about ready for autumn to begin. I love this season – the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the brand spanking new school supplies, and the excitement that a new school year brings (with no mistakes in it yet)! I’ve been brainstorming some … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Book Organization”"
My twins do not like to read. They also despise history. There, I said it. This has been difficult for me to accept. I’m as enthusiastic as Buddy the Elf when it comes to history, pass the maple syrup! And books? I am what you may consider a book hoarder. I have loved reading since … Continue reading "Keeping it Real"
Have you been wondering if Build Your Library is the right curriculum for you? Today only, The Secular Home School Community is hosting a giveaway and you could enter to win a free Instructor’s Guide for a full year program! What do you get in an Instructor’s Guide? You get: A booklist A daily AND weekly … Continue reading "Build Your Library Giveaway"
Figuring out which math curriculum to use has probably given me the most problems over the course of our homeschooling journey. Personally, I was never very good at it when I was in school, so teaching my children math promised to be a daunting task. After many years of worrying about math, I’ve finally found … Continue reading "Recommended Math Programs"
Every summer, Discovery Channel has their Shark Week special, and my family and I look forward to it every year – to say we are shark fans would be an understatement! So of course, I had to write a Shark Unit Study! Now you can celebrate Shark Week any time of year! With this multi-age … Continue reading "Unit Study: Sharks!"