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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

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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 · 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

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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

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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

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Simple Weekly Lesson Planning

Each year, about this time, I start thinking (i.e. planning) about next year. Big picture planning. Shopping for curriculum options. Scouring Pinterest. Dreaming big. The fun stuff. However, at the end of each week, I do a different type of planning. I grab my pencil and and a big eraser, and go to work making… Continue reading Simple Weekly Lesson Planning

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Friday Fun

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) Mondays and Fridays are my favorite days of the week. Mondays are full of new week energy, and I feel rested from the weekend and ready to conquer my task lists… Continue reading Friday Fun

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Kicking off the 2017-2018 year

Two weeks ago today, we started our new school year with an excited 1st grader, 4th grader and 5th grader. I baked donuts with icing and sprinkles for breakfast. We made new school shirts. We painted grade signs for taking photos. We wrote about ourselves on the first day of a new grade. Then I… Continue reading Kicking off the 2017-2018 year

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Our spring break week (or monthly week off, whatever you want to call it) and handling boredom

As I have mentioned before in an earlier post, since Christmas, we went back to taking one week per month off from school. It works out nicely for us to take our break this week. The spring break for the local schools would have been a rotten week for us to take a break anyway,… Continue reading Our spring break week (or monthly week off, whatever you want to call it) and handling boredom

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Homeschooling Austism: Social-emotional learning

My ten-year old is a petite, loving, social, creative, extremely intelligent child (I am not biased, of course, ha!) who happens to have high functioning autism. Homeschooling allows her to have a caring instructor (me) who is deeply committed to a rich education while trying to help her to grow her ability to handle strong emotions, sensory overloads… Continue reading Homeschooling Austism: Social-emotional learning