Holidays · Science

Halloween STEM Activity: Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapult

October is such a great month for incorporating fun STEM! From autumn to Halloween, there are so many opportunities to add fun scientific activities. Since those little candy pumpkins are all the rage around my house, I combined a favorite STEM activity, building catapults, with the scientific method and candy pumpkins, of course. First, we… Continue reading Halloween STEM Activity: Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapult

Curriculum

What we are using for 9th grade

(This post contains affiliate links that help to support this blog.) This is our eighth year homeschooling, but our very first year to have a high school student. I have to admit I am a little giddy because as a former high school science teacher, I am pretty psyched to teach upper level classes again,… Continue reading What we are using for 9th grade

Curriculum · Daily schedule

What we are using for 8th grade this year

(This post contains links, some of which help support this blog.) This is the second year in a row that we are homeschooling eighth grade. My oldest daughter is in ninth this year. We kept most of what we used with her to use with our middle daughter this year. For English Language Arts, we… Continue reading What we are using for 8th grade this year

Math

File Folder Battleship from Junk Drawer Algebra by Bobby Mercer

I happened upon two books by Bobby Mercer on the Sam's Club website: "Junk Drawer Algebra" and "Junk Drawer Geometry". I was intrigued, and although I usually purchase books used, I went ahead and ordered them. The activities in the books are designed to use with one or more students with items commonly found around… Continue reading File Folder Battleship from Junk Drawer Algebra by Bobby Mercer

Daily schedule

Our first day of school 2021-2022

Ever since I was a child, I have loved the first day of school. I loved it more than my birthday some years. The anticipation was exhilarating, the smell of new books, new backpack, and new sneakers intoxiyfing, and the adventure of new classmates, new teacher, and a new classroom full of hope and promise.… Continue reading Our first day of school 2021-2022

Curriculum · Social Studies

Using The Good and the Beautiful History Year 3 for elementary, middle, and high school

(This post contains links. Some are just links to cool resources that I like and use, and I receive no compensation for sharing them. Purchases made through the links to my Teachers Pay Teachers store do help to support this blog. Thank you!) For the past two years, we have used The Good and the… Continue reading Using The Good and the Beautiful History Year 3 for elementary, middle, and high school

Curriculum

What we are using for 5th grade this year

This will be my third time to teach fifth grade in homeschool. It is bittersweet that my youngest is starting her last year in elementary school the same year that my middle is going into her last year in middle and my oldest is starting her first year of high school. We have been using… Continue reading What we are using for 5th grade this year

Curriculum · Science

Planning for Apologia Biology

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links and some of the TeachersPayTeachers.com links are to products in my store. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) My oldest child will be starting ninth grade in a few weeks. She will be our first high school… Continue reading Planning for Apologia Biology

Curriculum · Daily schedule

Homeschool Year Calendar Planning

I usually start planning our next school year early in the spring. I'm just one of those Type-A homeschool moms who gets a thrill out of the planning part. (Until reality sets in, of course, that I cannot do ALL of things I want to. Then, I start scaling back and thinking about my actual… Continue reading Homeschool Year Calendar Planning