Need Help With the “Build Your Bundle” Sale?

  Are you confused or overwhelmed by the Build Your Bundle sale? I’d love to answer your questions and get you some help today. Who is the Sale For? If you are a homeschooler, parent, or homemaker you will find products in the sale for you. Why would you even consider buying? The products are all 86-96% off regular prices. How many items are in the sale? There are over 200 products, so the first thing you might want to {Read More}

Silent Reading Time with a Reading Journal: Day 2 of “6 Days of New Year’s Resolutions”

One goal I’m making for the new year is for all of my kids, and me, to get back to having a silent reading time every day. I’ve kept up my reading-aloud to them, but my younger kids haven’t been reading to themselves much. I found a really fun way to accomplish this goal–with a Reading Journal! My oldest 3 have had some books that they have been reading (my oldest has been re-reading the Harry Potter series, my 2nd {Read More}

Intro to “21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation” curriculum

I’ve been working on it for a year, and it’s now ready for you!  Hop over to my brand new store. What is it? 21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation is a 36-page ebook curriculum is delivered in digital format to make it easier to follow the links to hear and watch the music. You will find 21 lessons, which can be taught to students in grades K-12 in only minutes a day. Also included are 2 notebooking {Read More}

Homeschooling High School monthly blog hop- Introduction

  As you probably know, I will be homeschooling my first highschooler starting next year. I’m excited to be part of a group of bloggers who will be sharing about a homeschooling-high-school subject once a month, the last Wednesday of the month for the rest of 2015. Today I will introduce the different bloggers and what the topics of each post will be. I’d love to know if you have questions about homeschooling high school. What would you like to {Read More}

Free 20th Century Music Lesson Plans and Printables

I’m happy to share with you today some free 20th century music lesson plans!  My latest is “20th Century Music Overview in 20 Minutes.”  See the download for it below. As you may remember I have spent the past year teaching a 20th Century Music History/Appreciation class at our Tapestry of Grace homeschool co-op.  I taught the 20-minute class twice each Wednesday, once for the elementary kids and once for the middle school and high school students.  Each week was a {Read More}

Help Your Child Grow in Character

How do you help your child grow in character? We try to talk through it daily–ways to be kind and more loving. We read the Bible and pray. But I am always looking for more ideas to help me in the area of character training! I’m sure I’m not the only one. I have personally used The Picture Smart Bible Old Testament: I started this one with my elementary kids this year. We went through the first lesson about the {Read More}

Dear Mom Who is Hesitant about Homeschooling Middle School

    Dear Mom Who Is Hesitant about Homeschooling Middle School, I’ve been in the homeschooling community for quite a long time, since before my first child was born.  And I’ve heard something often spoken that I’d like to address today.  Many moms say, “I’ll just take homeschooling one year at a time. And I’ll sent them to school when they get to middle school.” I’d love to encourage you to rethink that strategy.  Homeschooling Middle School is wonderful!  You {Read More}

Review of Greek Morphemes Lessons (It’s NOT Greek to Me!)

Greek Morphemes Lessons (It’s  NOT Greek to Me!) by Ready to Teach is a wonderful new curriculum that we have spent the last 6 weeks working on.  I’m so happy to have found it!  I received the Student and Teacher books (both paperback physical books 102 pages long) with CD and flash drive.  The CD and flash drive both contained the same information, a group of instruction files and a group of review files.   So what is the purpose of {Read More}

Series: Preparing to Homeschool Ninth Grade (Post #3) Using a 4-Year Planner for High School

I’m excited today to share about another great idea for helping your child (and you!) start homeschooling 9th grade.  It’s to use 4-year planner for high school.  Why is this helpful? It will keep the student organized He will know what assignments are due and when Even if due dates are easy now, they get more complicated in college, so he gets used to keeping track of them now It provides a place to write down other important information like {Read More}

Series: Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade (post #1)- The How-To Book

Welcome to Post #1 in my “Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade” series.  Today I’ll be discussing the book How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grades: Simple Steps for Starting Strong by Lee Binz. I attended my first homeschooling conference when my oldest son was 17 months old and have been a “homeschool mom” ever since. I can’t believe he will be in high school next year!  I have learned about homeschooling throughout the years almost as much as I’ve taught my {Read More}

Tapestry of Grace “Roaring Twenties” Celebration

I’ve mentioned how happy I am with our new homeschool co-op this year! We are using the curriculum Tapestry of Grace and studying 20th Century literature, history, and geography with our friends.  (I also teach music appreciation/music history). Twice this year we will have a Unit Celebration where we all get together in the evening to celebrate an era of history we’ve studied.  Our first one was a “Roaring Twenties” party!  The kids had so much fun dressing up in {Read More}

Learn about Chicago, Illinois!

  Here are a few links for you to use as you study the state we live in:  Illinois–with a special emphasis on Chicago! Learn about Chicago, Illinois! Famous Landmarks: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Cloud Gate/ The Bean Places to Visit: Navy Pier Millenium Park Chicago Art Institute Shedd Aquarium Field Museum of Natural History Adler Planetarium Lincoln Park Zoo Museum of Science and Industry Food: How to make a Chicago Hot Dog How to make a Chicago Deep Dish {Read More}

Weekly Wrap-up: Baptism, Birthdays, and Astronomy

Weekly Wrap-up?  Ok, to be honest, it has been so long that I’ve done one of these posts that it’s really going to cover the last 2 months! Hope you enjoy! On August 30 my 4th child was baptized by her father in a nearby lake.  I’m so proud of her for making the decision to follow Jesus and identify with him in baptism! Is this little girl cute or what!  She has now decided she doesn’t need an afternoon {Read More}

Free 20th Century Music Appreciation Lesson: Sousa and Joplin

Today I’d like to share something that I’ve been working on this year.  My kids are now involved in a Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group where they are studying 20th Century History and Literature.  I teach a 20th Century Music Appreciation class each week.  I use the following lesson plan format for all ages Kindergarten through 12th grade, with the elementary kids in one class and upper grades in another.  I teach more detail for the upper grades and add {Read More}

Review of “Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at your Feet”

Today I am happily reviewing Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet .  It’s an e-book in PDF format written by Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace . This helpful resource is for any mom who is homeschooling an older child with a preschooler (or baby or toddler) and only costs $2.99! It’s an easy-to-read e-book and is 47 pages long.  It has a few pictures sprinkled throughout. When I first started blogging 8 {Read More}

Review “UberSmart Math Facts” software

  Are you looking for a great way for your kids to learn or practice their math facts?  Today I’m happy to review UberSmart Software, which has created the product we used called UberSmart Math Facts.   Math facts are so important for kids to learn.  They can’t easily go on to the next concept in math if they are still trying to remember them.  If you aren’t sure what I mean by “math facts,” it’s knowing their basic addition, subtraction, {Read More}

Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule and a BIG $500 Giveaway!

  Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule is going to be a work in progress, but I knew I needed to have something to help guide me as we get started and see what works. The kids will be 8th grade (B), 7th grade (J), 6th grade (M), 3rd grade (R), 2nd grade (T), 1st grade (L), preschool (4 years-I), and toddler (2 years-E).  It will definitely be our most complicated year yet! My oldest son wants to audition for all 3 {Read More}

Skrafty Safe Homeschool Minecraft Server–review of classes

If your kids are like mine, they are Minecraft fanatics!  We only have one Minecraft account, which means that only one kid can play at a time.  We also have some very specific rules that are posted right by the Minecraft computer: only after all schoolwork and chores are done, only 20 minutes a day on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends, they only get to watch one other kid play, and if they forget to set the timer they {Read More}

Intro to Our Brand New Curriculum: Tapestry of Grace (+ Giveaway!)

We are doing something new this year:  Tapestry of Grace! I’m really excited about it because it completely fits in with my style of teaching: some Charlotte Mason (reading living books) and Classical Education (learning all humanities through the guidance of the the history we’re studying).  We’re doing Year 4, which means we will all be studying 20th Century history, literature, music, and art.  The kids will also have writing assignments for history and literature “class.” Our family will be {Read More}

Our Homeschool Verse of the Year & Ultimate Back to School Link Up Party

Here is our Homeschool Verse of the Year!  Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”   I pray that the words of this Scripture will not only make a difference in my kids’ lives, but also my own.  Yes, I am a selfish person, too, and it’s hard for me to give of myself so much {Read More}