How I taught middle school Geography at our homeschool co-op

How I taught middle school Geography at our homeschool co-op

When I was tapped to teach 5th to 8th grade Geography last year at my homeschool co-op, I was really excited but totally clueless about where to start looking for a (preferably free) middle school geography curriculum. I really wanted to teach a fun class that opened my students' eyes to the diverse beauty of [...]

To-do list for the day after a school shooting

To-do list for the day after a school shooting

-Tell myself I will NOT argue with the moms on Facebook saying “guns aren’t the problem” -Argue with the other moms on Facebook saying that “guns aren’t the problem” -Stare wistfully at the tufts of my son’s blonde hair while he draws with markers  -Answer the question, why is Mommy crying? -Answer the question, why [...]

A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

Now in my fourth year of homeschooling, I've tried my fair share of literature curriculum for my kids. I've been on a search for diverse high school literature curriculum for the last two years, and if it's free it's even better. Curriculum can get expensive. We've done Memoria Press, with its classical (borderline boring) approach [...]

Why we’re all Luisa from Encanto’s “Under the Surface” right now

Why we’re all Luisa from Encanto’s “Under the Surface” right now

I’m not sure how much more can be said about the amount of seismic stress crushing parents right now. A month or two ago, I was feeling pretty optimistic about the way things were going, with lower case numbers and vaccines for kids under 5 (both of mine are in this age group) on the [...]

The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

Saxon math parents, it's been an epic quest but I have found the holy grail: the online, self-grading Saxon math site that has absolutely changed my life. I'm feeling borderline evangelistic about this resource, y'all. After four years of homeschool, the one curriculum I've stuck with year-in and year-out is Saxon math. It's a solid [...]

Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

In epic tales, the spiritual mentor dies just when the quest is at its most precarious. As a member of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, I felt this way when we lost our beloved priest, Thomas McKenzie, to a car wreck this week.    In Lord of the Rings, the fellowship is already weary and [...]

The Good and the Beautiful science curriculum: Is it rigorous enough?

The Good and the Beautiful science curriculum: Is it rigorous enough?

This review contains my honest opinions. I wasn't compensated for this review and didn't receive free copies of the curriculum. When I first started homeschooling my kids—then in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades—I relied heavily on my sister's library of used homeschool curriculum, which was mostly made up of Memoria Press workbooks and teacher's guides. [...]