Figuring This Thing Out

All I can say is wow. I have come a LONG way in our homeschool.  I don’t really even recognize it. I have tried all the ways of homeschooling and struggled to fit into any of them. Thanks to Brave … Continue reading

Plans for the Week

I decided to put my plans all in one place instead of in separate posts.  So in this post you will see my meal plan and my school plan.  Both will be pretty relaxed! Meal Plan Breakfasts Fried eggs, fruit, … 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

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

Excitement and More

This post is going to be a combination of things, so bear with me! Gosh.  I feel like everything is working out so so well. Ethan’s behavior has already improved tremendously because he’s able to be outside and be as … Continue reading

Reading Comprehension and Digging Deeper

I’ve mentioned before that Karis is on an 8th grade reading level (at least she was when she left school in March).

She loves reading and that’s fantastic, but I want her to think critically and dig deep into the books.  I also want to expand her vocabulary.

I have so many ways for her to do that!

Teachers Pay Teachers has so many fantastic novel studies.  I love The Book Umbrella the most!

Starting next week she will be doing a novel study on Ella Enchanted (we have this book from the library).


In addition to novel studies, I will have her use different forms of reading response questions to answer in her reading response journal.  These will be on books of her choice.  She has to answer them in a paragraph with text evidence (4-6 sentences).

I will also have her read some non-fiction/informational books and respond to those.

We will learn about figurative language.

We will use reading menus with prompts and a rubric to grade.

And lastly I will teach skills and strategies and have her respond to them using a sentence starter (also in a paragraph).  These are a few examples:

I will use this rubric to grade all reading response:

The books that I will be having her study are on my homeschooling page above.     In addition to the books that I will have her study, I will give her plenty of time to read for enjoyment.  We will study one novel a month along with one novel to go with our history, and the rest will be books of her own choosing.