A Review of Singapore Math
Math is one of those subjects that you either love or love-to-dislike, but at the end of the day it still has to be taught. We started in Kindergarten …
Level Up! Grade Levels in Homeschooling
Grades don’t mean a lot in the younger years of homeschooling, unless you’re enrolled in an enrichment program or following a curriculum that specifies a grade level and even then there’s not much cause to it. But by marking the next level…
Summer Reading Programs
Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage and reward readers of all abilities. Children can earn free books, food, theme park tickets, and other amazing freebies. Don’t forget to sign up with your local library!
Homeschooling My Dyslexic Son
I’ve had my suspicions about my son having dyslexia since he was 2, though at the time I didn’t know what to call it. I signed him up for a fun four week class at the city which was interactive, musical, and just plain playful with running, jumping, and dancing.
If you know our family, then you know we love Lego around here. They’re great for building houses, planes, robots, cars… you name it and the kids will try to build it. Our next step is to get into the motorized version with gears and axels using the…
A Grocery Store Comparison 2017
What does comparing grocery store prices have to do with homeschooling? It has everything to do with homeschooling! Where we shop determines how much money we spend on groceries and how much we have left over for curriculum, supplies, classes.
The Civil War
Continuing along in with our Early American History studies, the kids and I embarked on the American Civil War. It was a terrible war, taking more lives than any other American war.
Aidan & Leah – Go To The Library
Aidan & Leah is a new comic series I’m beginning this year, starring a typical homeschool family and their daily life. We all have those awkward, “Why aren’t your kids in school?” and “How will the kids be socialized?” moments.
That One Missed Subject
Do you ever have the feeling like you’re missing something? You research for days pouring over all the different curriculum to find the best fit for your child’s learning style…
Early Elementary Math Games
What’s the best way to teach young children math? With games, of course! Playing games with math helps children make the connection between the curriculum and the real-world. These are some of our favorites.
Embracing Minimalism In Our Homeschool
Early one morning, several months ago, I was sitting up in my bed getting ready to take my warm toes out from under the covers and start the day. There were my two children snuggled up on the floor amid the unfolded piles of clean laundry.
Writing in Cuneiform
Today we went back to ancient Mesopotamia and took a look at the history of writing. Where did it come from? What did it look like? We’re making our way through The Usborne Book of Discovery, which is a fabulous book that documents inventors, scientists, and explorers throughout the history of the world. We’ve started off with Inventors and what they invented.
Looking for Homeschool Curriculum?
If you’ve never heard of Exodus Books, you may want to check them out. They sell both new and used homeschool curriculum, in addition to a host of other books, board and card games, literature and other homeschool material. They stock over 30,000 products in their inventory!
What I Planned, What Actually Happened
This is the first of the Homeschool Funnies for This Homeschool Life blog. How does your schedule work? Does your schedule look more like the left or the right column?
The Twelve Days of Giving Back This Christmas: Day 1
I want my children to not only know but experience the concept of “it is better to give than to receive.” We are…
The 2016 Gift List for Homeschoolers
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to share this incredible list of gifts made specifically for homeschoolers. Budgets are usually tight this time…
Homeschool Holiday Deals 2016
‘Tis the season for homeschool holiday deals! Top 20 deals for the 2016 season.
Fascinated by Airplanes
The past few months have been all about planes — how they’re made, how they fly, famous aviators, air shows and simulators. My kids are hooked on them even though they’ve never flown before.
Travel Guides & Maps For the 50 States
I remember when I was in second grade, in public school, the teacher had us each draw a slip of paper from a basket with the name of a state on it. That state would be ours for researching that year. I pulled Wyoming.
Entering Second Grade
I sat down at the kid’s school table the other day and reminisced about the past year. All we have accomplished in reading and writing and the struggles we went through in math. Through the tears, whining, and frustration, there were days of joy, wonderful Ah-Ha! moments, and accomplishment.
Colorado Field Trips
During the second part of the first grade year, we took several field trips in Colorado around Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. Here are a few of the highlights…
What is a Maker? Can My Child Be One?
Have you ever heard someone use the term “Maker” and didn’t know what they were referring to? Simply put, a Maker is someone who makes something. Easy enough, right? There’s a little more involved.
Second Grade Curriculum Picks
Second Grade is on the horizon for my little guy! After quite a bit of research and homeschool book reading, I’ve finally come away with our second grade curriculum picks that my little man will get to do. Here they are…
Slavery In America
In our study of slavery, we focused on the traditions of Africa, games that the children played and their escape on the Underground Railroad….
My little guy is into all the natural disasters: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Tsunamis are the recent interest. We read some books and watched some videos on YouTube about tsunamis and he wanted to try…
The kids learned to classify animals last week into their major groups- Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Reptiles, and Invertebrates. I found five of them from here. We pulled out all their Toob animals and set the cards out. We went over what type of animals went into which group.
Charlotte Mason’s philosophy emphasizes the use of nature walks to explain science to young children. God is visible in his creation. We just have to be observant enough to see it.
NCAR Field Trip
We made a trip to NCAR with the homeschool group a few weeks ago. They were talking about the sun and the light spectrum. The kids also got to tour the facility which is open to the public everyday. NCAR is set up on the foothill overlooking Boulder and wow is it beautiful up there.
Look Inside the Earth with Playdoh
My Little McQueen and Princess got to play with Playdoh to make the layers of the Earth. They each took different colors of Playdoh and wrapped each layer around a smaller layer to form the Inner Core, Outer Core, Mantle and Crust of the Earth.
The American Revolution
My Little McQueen wanted an American Revolution themed birthday party this year. Yes, really! Ever since the 4th of July, he’s been fascinated with the revolution, the battles fought, men involved and the American flag.
The Plymouth Colony
The kids wanted to make the Mayflower, so we procured a cardboard box, sketched out the general outline of it and they went to work cutting and painting it to make it look what the Mayflower probably looked like.
The Roanoake & Jamestown Colonies
The Roanoke and Jamestown Colonies were the first English colonies in the new world. The people of Roanoke Colony ultimately vanished into history. Their fate is still being deliberated today with some believing they were killed while others believe they went to live with the Indians. The Jamestown Colony had a rough start, but didn’t disappear like their southern companions. Jamestown has the accompanying story of John Smith and Pocahontas.
Living History Days
Living History Days is a diamond in the rough. Located along the foothills in Morrison, it is a reenactment of the time and place of the American Revolutionary war. We heard George Washington speak to the crowds.
Just west of Morrison, CO, lies a neat little mountain town made of miniature doll houses. A father built it for his young daughter about a hundred years ago to entertain her imagination. Kids can walk around, touch, and look through the windows of the houses. Some are sponsored building and kids are able to walk into them.
Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures! How could something so huge, so enormous roam the Earth unimpeded for so long and then suddenly disappear to be discovered only recently?
We went to Dinosaur Days at Dinosaur Ridge this past weekend. Just west of Denver, along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, lies a plethora of dinosaur remnants to discover. Dinosaur fossils, impressions…
Caterpillars to Butterflies
I’ve read about the metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies, but have never seen it happen in person. How great God is to have made his creatures transform in such a way! We ordered seven caterpillars (as part of the co-op group) from insectlore.com.
The kids learned about the concept of navigating with a compass and using their steps to measure distance. Columbus used a method called Dead Reckoning to navigate his ship. The compass was used for direction, but the distance was measured every hour…
We tried some science experiments these past weeks that the kids loved. We made rainbows with paper towels and celery! First we got down seven glasses, four of which we fill half-full with water. We added food coloring to those…
Our study this year begins with The Vikings as they were the first Europeans to discover the Americas. Leif the Lucky and his father, Erik the Red, and his men lived in Greenland. Leif’s sea faring voyages eventually led him further out west to Vinland (North America) where he and his men built wood shelters to stay for the season. Beginning our journey into early American history, we read…
Let’s Learn Graphemes
Phonemes are the sounds of letters and graphemes are the letters or a number of letters that represent a sound. While there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, there are actually many more sounds in the English language made up of a combination…
First Grade Curriculum Picks
First Grade is here for my Little Francesco! It’s not so bad that my soon-to-be six year old is headed for the next grade, though it’s a little sad Kindergarten is over for him.