Frugal Homeschooling + General Plan for the Rest of the Semester

Robert and I have looked at finances for the next few months.  We are taking a backpacking trip next weekend, then we are going to Colorado in October to spend time with my in-laws.  The main costs are gas and … Continue reading

Immense Joy

The definition of happiness is the quality or state of being happy… good fortune and pleasure. The definition of joy is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation; something greatly … Continue reading

Our Homeschool Week, Not a Normal Week

We have been super busy and we have two more busy weeks ahead (this week and next week).  I have decided to have them do independent work today and just do school tomorrow through Friday and Monday through Wednesday of … Continue reading

A Glimpse of Our Homeschool Day

Most of the time people aren’t super interested in what I do each day and I typically share anyway (because I enjoy it).  But this time I actually have a “real” reason to share.  Others are interested in how a … Continue reading

First Week of School Plans

Morning Time (Language Arts): Monday Have candles lit, tea/coffee, homemade breakfast Discuss an overview of my plans, come up with goals together, routine, etc.  Teach inferencing through the wordless book Unspoken– E + PK=I (Evidence from text + Prior Knowledge … Continue reading

The Adventure Begins

I’m doing it!  I’m letting go of the structure of a curriculum for language arts and other subjects, and I have decided to dive head first into Brave Writer and the Brave Writer Lifestyle!! I have been talking with my … Continue reading

Working Through the Hard by Focusing on the Joy that I Have

Yay!  I’m so super excited. No, my cough isn’t gone. But I have an appointment with an allergist and my nurse practitioner is sure that I’m having an allergy issue.  We’ll see! I do know that being dairy free makes … Continue reading

Updated School Plan Including Karis’s Plan, 2019-2020

Luckily it didn’t take much time to add to the plan since I already pretty much knew what curriculum I was going to use (and the assessments for levels had already been done).  I’m looking forward to this year so … Continue reading

Big, Exciting Things Are Happening

Wow, I’m still in shock. I have been talking with Karis about homeschooling for months and months.  She has been adamant that she didn’t want to homeschool, no matter what.  I finally let go and just accepted the fact that … Continue reading

Our Homeschool, 2019-2020

Now that this school year is over and I have a good idea of what worked/didn’t work for my boys, I have made final decisions for next year. I was planning to have the boys do math through the summer … Continue reading