Elementary Lessons Plans 2017-2018 – in Evernote

Elementary Lessons is the name of our mini co-op that I teach twice weekly at my house with 2 of my kids, 2 of my friend’s kids, and 1 child of another friend. My younger-than-elementary (now only 1 of those!) kids go down the street to my friend Kirsti’s while hers walk over to mine. It’s an ideal set-up, and not entirely unintentional or accidental. During our twice-weekly 2-hour lesson chunk, we do writing (with only the 9-11 crowd), history … Read More

SY 2017-2018: First Week Report

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July heat is upon us and for our family that means back to school! The way our year-round homeschool schedule works, we school for 6 week terms with a week off in between. On top of those break weeks, we take December entirely off as well as 6-8 weeks (depending on when we end in May and when 4th of July lands) in the early summer. This works for us because the weather is gorgeous in May and June and … Read More

9th Grade – Homeschooling High School | 2017-2018 School Year

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Crazy times. My oldest will begin high school this year. Our state has a program whereby high school junior and seniors can attend the community college as dual enrollment students, and it’s our plan to take advantage of that program. Both my husband and I graduated high school with an AA through our local community college, and it was a good experience for us both. All signs seem to indicate it will also be a good fit for our oldest, … Read More

Seventh Grade, second round | 2017-2018 School Year

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My second child enters 7th grade this year – crazy. But the good news is that I was about 85% happy with the 7th grade plan I created for my oldest, so all I had to do this time around was find solutions to the parts I didn’t like. If you’re curious what didn’t work for us in 7th grade, I wrote about that. Middle School Priorities As homeschooling moms, we have the ability (and necessity!) to plan not just … Read More

Elementary Grades | 2017-2018 School Year

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And the cycle rolls ever on. My middle children are smack in the middle of their elementary years while my older two have moved beyond. The students are the main difference, not the material – they will be doing pretty much what their older brothers did, except more consistently. Years of experience (i.e. practice) and adding more children increases consistency. We’re continuing our three-year history cycle, continuing Math-U-See, starting Latin for Children with this second round, and counting Morning Time … Read More

Pre-K Homeschool Plans & Priorities | 2017-2018 School Year

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This year with my youngest is kind of a kindergarten year, but next year probably will be, too. So I guess that makes it Pre-K. She’ll be 5 in November, and she wants to learn how to read and do “real math.” So, dragging my feet a little, I’ll be incorporating the fifth child into our homeschool routines with her own little 15-20 minute lesson time 3 days a week. Pre-K Homeschool Priorities My rule of thumb for starting young … Read More

Morning Time As Happy Time | 2017-2018 School Year Plans – Simply Convivial

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What is happiness, really? That’s actually a deep philosophical question expounded upon by great minds for millennia. Too often, we think happiness is doing what we want, having no laundry to fold, or eating chocolate. And our kids think happiness is sleeping in, playing computer games, and having no chores. Guess what? We’re both wrong. If that’s your idea of happiness, make sure your goal is not to keep your kids happy. Then again, we can’t say happiness doesn’t matter. … Read More

2017-2018 School Year: Overview

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time for school planning! We’ve been off school a month now, and I know what we’ll be doing next year. The books have all arrived, the pieces fit together, and now it’s time to work out the details. What’s New My youngest will be 5 in November, and so she’ll start easing into some school routines besides Morning Time with the family. PreK is pretty casual around here – even when I’ve … Read More