Holidays

Homeschool End-of-year Clean Out

School's out for summer! We officially finished school on May 21, but we had finished out school work two days earlier. We spent the last two days on field trips. Just like public school, summer has come, the kids are done. The teacher is not. The last week of school was spent wrapping up grades,… Continue reading Homeschool End-of-year Clean Out

Curriculum · Teacher Pay Teacher Store

End of Year Report Cards

We wrapped up our 2020-2021 school year with my oldest kid graduating from eight grade last Friday. Even though we are not required by Texas to keep records, I do keep numerical grades for math and English language arts, as well as attendance records. My kids get a kick out of getting report cards at… Continue reading End of Year Report Cards

Electives

Displaying and storing student artwork

My kids love art. They love drawing, painting, crafting, all things art. We have a three-tier rolling cart full of supplies: a variety of paints, brushes, various types of papers, chalk and oil pastels, etc. We are prepared for almost any art or craft project our curriculum (or Pinterest project) calls for. What we wrestle… Continue reading Displaying and storing student artwork

Science

The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever

This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Purchases made through the link help support this blog. Thanks! As part of our botany unit, we have been using our microscope A LOT. At one point, when we were viewing an anther from a lily covered in pollen grains, my 7th grader said what a great… Continue reading The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever

Daily schedule

Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner with Dollar Tree Upgrades

Choosing a new planner each year is always a bit of a chore. This year I used "A Simple Plan" homeschool planner from Mardel, plus the On The Go planner from Well Planned Gal for personal/household scheduling. I liked that "A Simple Plan" had large spirals that opened easily, however they were a little too… Continue reading Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner with Dollar Tree Upgrades

Field Trips

Homeschooling Perk: Spring Break without the crowds

We took our spring break this week. Why would we wait till mid April, when we are only a few weeks till the end of school? Our main reason for waiting is to have a beach without the crowds. Especially with COVID-19 still a thing, we wanted to be able to have plenty of social… Continue reading Homeschooling Perk: Spring Break without the crowds

Science

Botany with The Good & The Beautiful and a new flower parts iron-on

This post contains an affiliate link to my TeachersPayTeachers.com store. Purchases made in the store through the link help to fund this blog. Thanks! We are a few weeks into our The Good & The Beautiful Botany unit, and I have to say it is one of my favorite units to date. We have really… Continue reading Botany with The Good & The Beautiful and a new flower parts iron-on

Social Studies

Using Paper Dolls in History

As part of our The Good & The Beautiful History Year 2 curriculum, I read aloud from a chapter book of historical fiction for whichever time period we are studying (ancient history, Middle Ages, explorers, modern history). We have discovered that paper dolls are a great addition during history read aloud time! I have several… Continue reading Using Paper Dolls in History

Daily schedule

A Blessed Friday

It is an absolutely beautiful Friday! We spent the morning doing our Friday school work, but then spent a couple of hours outside in the sunshine this afternoon. Does it get any better than beautiful spring Fridays when homeschooling? We began our day with an ending. We read the last story in our "Kingdom Tales"… Continue reading A Blessed Friday

Electives

Artist Study: Georgia O’Keefe

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) Last summer, when I asked my kids what electives they would like, my youngest replied, "Art!" We had used the World's Greatest Composer study from Confessions of a Homeschooler last year… Continue reading Artist Study: Georgia O’Keefe