How to prepare a child for a kindergarten: main psychological tips

Such preparation should be started no earlier than after the child is more than 1.5 years old. As a rule, in this period, children begin to gain some independence from their mother. Chances are you have been leaving your child at his/her grandparents or with a nanny. If you had no such experience, now it […]

5 healthy morning habits

These simple rules that will lift your spirits up for the whole day. The morning motivates us to be successful and energetic throughout the day. That’s why it’s so important to set yourself up and enjoy every minute of your life. Some mornings seem to be a nightmare: irritating sounds of the alarm clock, lack […]

Finally Friday: The Great American Eclipse

The first real day of school for us happened to coincide with the Great American Solar Eclipse, which made for a very wild first day of school.We didn’t have the special eclipse viewing glasses by choice so we had fun experimenting with various eclipse viewers.We used NASA’s instructions for a cereal box viewer and it […]

Activity Books to Use with Mystery of History, Volume 2

As I mentioned in previous posts, we are using Mystery of History for our history spine this year. I thought that I’d share some of the supplementary resources that I will be using to round out our history studies and to adapt them to my younger kids. History Pockets: Ancient RomeI bought a couple of […]

Finally Friday: Pickles and Planning

When school ended May, I didn’t want to think about next school year at all. That attitude lasted for a full six weeks. Earlier this week, sometime between coming home from a lovely week in Tahoe and putting the last of the laundry away, my mind shifted to all-homeschool-all-the-time mode.So in the mornings, I worked around the house […]

How I Organize Mystery of History for the Year

Mystery of History is a BIG program to sort through. I have found that it is easier on me if I do the majority of my planning and preparing before I read the first page to my kids. Step 1: Make a Lesson Planning Grid and Fill it Out For me, the first step to […]

Our Back to Homeschool Shopping List

Back to school shopping is a little different for us homeschoolers, but not that much different. Here are my must buys at this year’s back to school sales. School Supplies Besides buying packs of cheap Crayolas, packs of paper, and pens, some of the things I always get at back to school sales are:Mechanical Pencils–I […]

Our 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018

After a few weeks off from school and blogging it’s time to start thinking about next school year. I just ordered the last of our curriculum and thought I’d share what my 7th grader will be doing next year.  Math For math, we are departing from Singapore Math to do a year of Saxon Math before starting Algebra in […]