I am so excited to share this with you! I found a great resource when it comes to homeschool curriculum and unit studies called Teach With Movies. In this article, I will outline how to navigate the website to maximize your homeschooling experience, ideas of different activities and lessons you can use for unit studies, and I will show you where to get your FREE 31-Page Finding Nemo & Coral Reef Unit Study Pack for ALL Ages!! Teach with Movies has a variety of lesson ideas for a number of movies on the market. You can search by movie type,
Getting organized for the beginning of the homeschool year is not an easy feat. It is not easy to stay organized and ahead of the game for the whole year, either. Homeschool planning overwhelm can easily set in! I do things a little differently from some other homeschoolers when it comes to homeschool planning because I don’t look at the year as a whole so much. I like to look at the parts of the whole, and break it all down into easier, bite-sized pieces. Homeschool lesson planning is better done bit-by-bit for me, and for anyone who experiences homeschool
We can buy a course or find countless blogs extolling the virtues of homeschooling planning. They tell us to have a plan in place so we won’t be spinning our wheels or wasting our precious homeschool time. I understand its appeal, a plan for the entire year sounds lovely. But is it realistic? Our home isn’t an educational institution that carries on no matter the individual circumstances. If a child misses a day of third grade, oh well, the class continues, and it’s up to the child and their family to complete the work. Homeschooling doesn’t work that way. Homeschooling
You ever see the “have it all together” homeschool moms on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts? You know, the ones who have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house…they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year. I always wondered how in the world they did it! I mean, and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with the husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc. I still have no idea but I do know that I am NOT that mom. I also know that we
It’s a teacher-in-service day and your friend, whose kids go to the neighborhood public school, asks you, “Can you watch Susie, Johnny, and Frankie today?” Your neighbor, who has two preschool-aged children, has taken a new job and now has to make childcare arrangements. She asks you if you’ll watch them, because “You’re home anyway.” Your aunt has recently retired, and she wants to spend more time with you and your kids. That’s great. The problem? She wants to do it right in the middle of the day and doesn’t seem to understand that just because you’re home, doesn’t mean
Gentle homeschooling is a goal for many mothers. But how do you get there? Starting the day with a smile, a full cup of coffee, and a meek, quiet spirit seems ideal, right? Creating the peace we long for in our home(schools) is easier than you think, and it all begins with the daily rhythm.
“I’m homeschooling high school.” Gulp! The realization hit me hard and fast when someone asked me what grades my children were in. All of a sudden I realized my little babies were no longer…little nor babies. I mean, I knew that they weren’t little as they both tower over me. But knowing and realizing the impact on our life and homeschool is a little different. When facing homeschooling high school, FEAR is a common emotion. Fear is also amazing. It can either freeze you in place or it can drive you to find the solutions you need.
No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, you are probably looking for ways to give your kiddos an effective learning experience. Am I right? The hours spent trying to find the right curriculum, the Pinterest boards filled with “maybe I’ll try this” pins, not to mention the countless Facebook groups you’ve joined aren’t for nothing! One approach to homeschooling that has won me over is this one: unit studies. Unit studies have picked up a lot of momentum in the homeschooling community, and rightfully so. This is one of the best methods I have come across that not
Bucket lists are fun to do during summer! It’s a time when public and private schools are out so there are tons of kid-friendly events and activities going on. Even though homeschoolers have the option to school through the traditional summer break, we can always add in special trips out of town or random and fun activities around the house. Here’s how you can create your own bucket list to maximize summer fun. I would suggest writing it all down on a sheet of paper or in a note on your phone and then copying it to a posterboard or
Do you ever get such a good deal on something that you feel like you’re stealing?? I used to feel like that a lot during my couponing days. Maybe it’s just me. But I made out like a bandit with the Build Your Bundle sale this year! I have never shopped it before and was overwhelmed by my choices at first, but I followed the procedure I laid out in my post last week about it and it made my decision so much easier! I want to detail what I ended up doing and what products I am most looking