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

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

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

Friday Five: End-of-Year Itch, Mom’s Day Out, and Preschool Years

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Featuring frivolity with friends 1) follow-through 2) ‘fore & aft 3) freebie 4) FAQ & 5) favorite fiction ~ follow-through ~ Oh my goodness. The home stretch of the school year is rough. We are all ready to be done. We just need to wrap up loose ends. The house is fraying at the seams. One more week, then testing, then we’re off! We can do it. I am looking forward to our June break, but it is already looking … Read More

The Secret of Year-Round Homeschooling

We’ve all felt it. The freshness of the new school year has faded. We go to bed bone-weary, frustrated, wondering if we’re doing everything all wrong. We wake up tired, put one foot in front of the other, and dread the task of getting everyone moving in the morning. This, my friends, is the beginning of burnout. We can’t ignore the warning signs. We can’t push through it. We can’t homeschool well in burnout mode. Homeschooling from Rest At a … Read More

How I Use Latin for Children

Being consistent with Latin over the years has been a struggle – one I have not always won. My oldest began Latin for Children Primer A when he was 8 – four years ago – and he’s now 3/4 of the way through Latin for Children Primer B. I’m sure glad Dr. Perrin’s favorite motto is festina lente. My second son is 10 and in his third year of Latin and just wrapping up Latin for Children Primer A. Next … Read More

Planning for Real Life – Simply Convivial

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It’s a new year and that means time for new goals. It’s irresistible. And I don’t recommend resisting. I love new year goals and resolutions, but they can lead to discouragement unnecessarily. Sometimes we conclude that because we can never reach and maintain our ideal, then it is the ideal bringing us down. We’re tempted to stop trying to clean the house, organize the toys, lose the weight, balance the budget, or train the children because we never reach our … Read More

Homeschool Planning Helps + Giveaway – Simply Convivial

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Pam Barnhill and I just did a hangout on homeschool planning with Chelli from Planted Trees this Monday (well, I was late to the show because I had to take a child to the doctor for a bad cough). It was a lot of fun! Find the links mentioned and a discount code at Simplified Organization. Pam is offering a giveaway of her planning sheets expansion pack! You can enter below and also at Simplified Organization, Everyday Snapshots, and Planted … Read More

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