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

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

Homeschool Grammar – Simply Convivial

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At long last, here is the post I promised back when I wrote about how I teach writing on how I teach grammar. Grammar and diagramming is not something that has always come easily for me. I remember 7th or 8th grade when diagramming was introduced in my Bob Jones Language Arts workbook. My mom and I both gave up because we didn’t get it. Fast forward a few years and I was an English major at the University of … Read More

Our Homeschool Year: Low-Key Kindergarten & First Grade – Simply Convivial

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Thinking about my homeschool day in manageable chunks not only helps me plan them out, but also helps me “do the next thing” each homeschool day in the chaos that is this homeschooling life. In Plan Your Year, Pam explains how to schedule this way and also gives you several other options like looping that will help make it all seem much more doable. This year we have an 11-year-old boy, 9-year-old boy, 6 1/2-year-old girl, 4 1/2-year-old boy, and … Read More

Homeschool Day Planning: Preschool & Kindergarten – Simply Convivial

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I have a 5-year-old daughter who is only barely beginning to learn phonics and blend. She’s currently on the second Bob Book. So she is beginning to read, but only just, and with much labor. My 3-year-old son sits in on the phonics lessons, and knows all the sounds we’ve learned so far as well as my daughter, so I’m getting a 2-for-1 deal on phonics time by having him sit next to me on the other side of the … Read More

Goals for the Upcoming School Year – Simply Convivial

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It is so tempting while planning for an upcoming school year that is still a few months away to get grandiose ideas about the possibilities. I am an optimist, and there’s nothing like the beginning of a calendar year or school year to fill me with unrealistic idealism. To keep my inner optimistic idealist at bay, I limited myself to 3 goals, 3 priorities, for this year. These aren’t SMART goals. They are still rather idealistic, but they are also … Read More

Homeschooling Preschool & Kindergarten: Philosophy – Simply Convivial

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My third-born child just turned 5 and my fourth-born will be 3 next week. I am in my second round of pre-k now, and although I have a plan, it doesn’t resemble a conventional preschool or kindergarten scope and sequence or curriculum. I wrote awhile back about how teaching reading is like teaching walking or potty training. I don’t see content or even reading or math skills as the essence of the preschool and kindergarten years. I believe that the … Read More

Teaching a Child to Walk, to Use the Bathroom, and to Read – Simply Convivial

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My third-born child just turned 5 last week and my fourth-born will be 3 next month. I am in my second round of pre-k now, and although I have a plan, it doesn’t resemble a conventional preschool or kindergarten scope and sequence or curriculum. I liken the pre- and beginning-reading years to the pre- and beginning walking of an infant or pre- and beginning-potty training. If you wait, it will be easier. In three years, there will be no difference … Read More

Book Review: Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide – Simply Convivial

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Denise Eide’s Uncovering the Logic of English made it to the top of my to-be-read stack because I wanted to see what she had to say before I get started with real reading instruction for my newly-five-year-old daughter. Thankfully, my conclusion confirmed on every page was that the best thing to do was continue with TATRAS. TATRAS might not be as thorough in spelling rules as The Logic of English, but it teaches the big ones in the context of … Read More

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