Free Spring Activities Roundup

Tired of Winter? I need some free spring activities because I am so tired of winter! I want warm weather, sunshine, and the scents of growing things in the air. Spring fever is alive and well at my house. Anyone else? For the last two weeks of this month, I’m…

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Homeschool 101: Third Grade Curriculum

Third Grade Thoughts Around ages 7-8, we start third grade.  An almost completely independent learner, my third grader loves learning, and she’s getting excited about doing school. Where second grade is about routines, third grade is about expressing and choosing. In third grade, because of the ability to be independent,…

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Homeschool 101: Second Grade Curriculum

Second Grade Starts Now Around ages 6-7, we start second grade.  By now, my girls are used to our routines and know what to expect. While they aren’t completely independent yet, they are well on the way. Second grade is all about cementing our routines and growing in independence. By…

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Homeschool 101: First Grade Curriculum

First Grade is Finally Here Around ages 5-6, first grade begins. First grade marks a big step forward into homeschool. Along with the academic instruction, I also start to train my girls in taking charge of their own education. My priority for homeschooling is always independence in learning. I teach…

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Homeschool 101: Junior Kindergarten aka K4

Skip Junior Kindergarten? I don’t normally do a Junior Kindergarten year, but for darling #5, her preschool year wasn’t enough to get her ready for my usual Kindergarten program. So this year, she will be doing a junior kindergarten year. Junior kindergarten or K4 is meant for 4 year olds…

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Homeschool 101: Preschool at home

Starting Preschool Preschool, for us, starts somewhere after their 3rd birthday, whenever we start school for the year, that year. My oldest was 3 in December, so we started school in January. When my 3rd was 3 in March, she started with us in September. My 4th was 3 in…

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Homeschool 101: Curriculum shopping

There are many homeschool curriculum choices. It would be impossible to list every single option for homeschooling curriculum.  As homeschooling has grown, so have the amount of choices.  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed.  Which program is best? Which one gives me the best value for my money?  Are there…

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Homeschool 101: Moving while homeschooling

Moving isn’t always pleasant. I’ve done variations of major and minor moves, on average, of twice a year since I moved out of my parents’ home. I have moved with the clothes in a suitcase, and I’ve downsized a 4 bedroom house with 5 children. Moving is not the most…

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