• How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum
    homeschool planning,  real homeschool stories

    How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum

    When sharing about our homeschool rhythm a few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to write a post about how I plan our year without a curriculum and I got a few online and in-person questions and comments on how I do it so here it is! When people find out that we homeschool and that our school division has zero curriculum requirements I can see the looks of concern and worry start to creep up on their faces. If I know homeschooling is not something they are interested in ever doing I’ll usually be quick to appease their fears by letting them know that I have my degree…

  • How we Bible Journal with Kids
    bible,  free printables,  homeschool planning

    How We Approach Bible Time and Bible Journaling in our Homeschool

    Welcome to a new series where I am going more in-depth on all the different subjects we will be tackling this school year! If you want an overview of our homeschool day/week/month you can take a look at our three-part homeschool rhythm. One area I knew I really wanted to do better this year in our homeschool was the Bible. I have tried a few different things (plans, methods, children’s Bible’s, etc) in the past and have not really been very good with sticking with them. One of the ways I plan on making sure I follow through this year is by having our family Bible reading at the beginning…

  • What We've Been Reading in Our Home and Homeschool Lately
    books,  reading lately

    What We’ve Been Reading Lately – August

    A big part of our life and homeschool is reading, if you haven’t already signed up for the book-ish newsletter I would suggest you do so, I have some fun stuff I will be sharing there soon. Sharing what we’ve been reading each month is a great practice for me to look back on the month and I love sharing about our reads because then other people read them and we can continue to have great book discussions. I also enjoy getting book recommendations, so if you have one (or more) that you think we would enjoy, let me know!     THE MOM I’ve mentioned a few times but…

  • The Best Picture Books for Fall and September
    book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for September

    It’s time for another monthly picture book list! To be honest, I quite love fall but in the past number of years I’ve allowed the impending winter to dampen my enjoyment of the season and I hope to change that this year. Because of the coming of autumn in the middle of September this is mostly a book list of our favorite fall picture books, all of which I am excited to read in the upcoming month and really get into the spirit of the season. If you have some family favorite fall picture books that aren’t on this list I would love to hear about them, I may even…

  • Free Owl Unit Study Resources
    nature study,  science,  unit studies

    Owl Mini Unit Study Resources

    Part of our homeschool rhythm for the year is to have a mini unit study every Monday afternoon. My main reason behind this was because there are so many different topics I want to study with my kids and many of them don’t quite fall under our plan for the year, this is my way of sneaking those topical studies in. This last Monday was our first mini unit study and we kicked things off with owls!     I started out by having the letter board and a few resources and books about owls out on the table in the morning. As soon as my son woke up and…

  • A peek inside the Elementary Homeschool Bundle - what we are using and how we are incorporating it
    real homeschool stories,  resources

    A Peek Inside the Elementary Bundle and What We’re Using This Year

    The second annual Elementary Bundle is available this week over at Intentional Bundles and I wanted to take a few minutes and share a peek inside some of the products and what and how we will be using them in our homeschool this year. UPDATE: The Elementary Bundle is now over BUT from time to time the bundles are brought back for a short flash sale, so make sure to be signed up for my newsletter to hear if that happens for this one! The thing I like about the bundle is that even if we won’t be using a product this year I can download it and use it…