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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
A diverse US History curriculum every high school kid needs to read
How to read “Pride and Prejudice” along with the BBC miniseries
This winter I'm reading through one of my favorite books of all time, Pride & Prejudice, with my thirteen-year-old daughter for her homeschool literature course. It's the perfect time of year for it, when we can pull up blankets by the fireplace and read out loud to each other...kind of like the Bennett sisters would have done. [...]
12 things I actually loved in 2020
There's been a lot to not like about 2020, but I've had several things that have brought me joy this year too. They're simple things, like robes or books I've read. Or even simple routines I've added that have made a significant difference for me this year. So, I wanted to share them! No affiliate [...]
Free daily to-do printable for The Good and the Beautiful ELA curriculum
This year my kids have started using The Good and The Beautiful's language arts curriculum, and even though it's just day 2 of school I'm already feeling more relaxed and in-control than I have in previous years with different ELA curriculum. What I love about this curriculum is that it's all-inclusive for ELA -- they're [...]
Our 2020 printable summer read-aloud list is here!
We're excited to share our 2020 printable summer read-aloud list with you all! With pools closing or limiting attendance, camps cancelled, and so many other disappointments for our kids this summer, we're trying to look for the silver lining...and (ahem) some activities that will keep them busy during these long days. So, we've created this [...]