• Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life
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    How Our Homeschool Looked This Morning

    Today I thought I would show you a look into what our homeschool looked like this morning.

    We are currently alternating between the Flight Research Unit and the Butterflies & Bees Research Unit and alternating within the Butterflies & Bees. So, one day we do Flight then the next is Butterflies, then back to Flight, then Bees, then back to Flight, etc.

    Today we were learning about bees, so here’s how it went . . .

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    We always start by looking the lesson over and then begin pulling out our books on the topic/sub topics and seeing what we can answer from the books we have.

    We have a great home library and also borrow lots of books from the library so we can often answer a lot from the books that we have.

    Today we were focusing on queen bees, worker bees, drone bees and the waggle dance so we looked for mentions of those topics in the books that we have and then started answering the questions.

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    While the big kids were doing their research and recording their findings the preschooler pulled out one of the Primary Journals to work on some pre-writing skills. Today he traced the letter A (both uppercase and lowercase), did some cutting on one of the scissor skills pages and colored an airplane.

    He loves to be included and “do cool”.

     

    Flight Primary Journal - Homeschool Preschool Journal

     

    After we had gleaned all we could from the books we had, we went over to the couch to watch a couple of videos about bees. Today we watched one from SciShow and one from National Geographic.

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    Then we stumbled across a Wild Kratts show about bees and the kids asked to watch that as well, we don’t often watch these kind of shows during “school time” so it was a fun treat.

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    Above is a look into my daughter’s notebook and below is my son’s. I adjust my expectations for what they write, how much research they do on their own, etc. based on their age and skill level. I love this kind of homeschooling because we can do it together and just make tweaks as needed.

    Lest you think this was a perfect morning, there were also some tantrums from the toddler and preschooler that went unpictured. 😉

     

    Butterflies & Bees Research Unit - Homeschool Unit Study - Homeschool Day in the Life

     

    The Butterflies & Bees Research Unit is one of the twelve units included with the Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum that we have on sale right now. In addition, the curriculum has some supplemental resources and Primary Journals in the same themes as the Research Journals for the little ones to feel included in your day.

    The curriculum is on sale for just a few more days, if you are thinking of purchasing it, this is the best deal you’ll ever get.

     

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  • Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum - a Research Unit Study based curriculum for relaxed homeschoolers
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    The Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum is now available!

    We have been working hard the last while to get the Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum all polished and ready to go and I am excited to announce that it is finally here!

    This curriculum and the units and other products included are what we use in our own homeschool and we are excited to be able to share it and our relaxed homeschooling method with others!

     

    Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum - a Research Unit Study based curriculum for relaxed homeschoolers

     

    The curriculum includes:

     

    Twelve Research Units (for grades one through eight) covering the topics:

    • Birds
    • Butterflies & Bees
    • Emperors, Kings & Queens
    • England
    • Explorers
    • Flight
    • Forests
    • Inventors
    • Mammals
    • Mongolia & Nepal
    • Solar System
    • South Africa & Lesotho

    These research units cover a variety of subjects including:

    • art
    • geography
    • health
    • history
    • language arts
    • science
    • social studies
    • and more

    Six Supplemental Resources:

    • Copywork Journal
    • Creative Drawing Journal
    • Creative Writing Journal
    • Mother Culture Journal
    • Poetry Journal
    • Research Journal

    Primary Journals (for ages three to five) in the same themes as the Research Units that cover pre-writing skills such as:

    • letters
    • numbers
    • tracing
    • shapes
    • scissor skills
    • coloring
    • mazes
    • dot-to-dot
    • and more!

     

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    See inside the curriculum here:

     

     

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  • Typical Homeschool Week in the Life - Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum
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    a typical HOMESCHOOL WEEK – a look into our regular weekly homeschool rhythm and resources

    Here’s a look into our weekly homeschool rhythm as well as the resources and curriculum we use!

     

    Typical Homeschool Week in the Life - Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum

     

     

    The Intentional Homeschooling Curriculum will be releasing April 19th!

  • OUR PRESCHOOL PLANS - resources we are using with the three year old for preschool
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    OUR PRESCHOOL PLANS – resources we are using with the three year old for preschool

    I’m excited to share our preschool plans for the year!

    I’m using the idea of preschool curriculum really loosely here, it’s more like a list of preschool goals and a list of resources we are going to be using.

    All the things I can link will be included below!

     

    OUR PRESCHOOL PLANS - resources we are using with the three year old for preschool

     

     

     

    PRESCHOOL LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED

     

    Reading Magic

    Best-selling children’s author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and—for this new edition—includes two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of “Twenty Books That Children Love.” Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents.

     

    Brain Quest Cards

    Loved by kids and teacher approved, and featuring hundreds of curriculum-based exercises and games, Brain Quest card decks reinforce classroom learning with a fun, fast-paced game.

    Brain Quest Pre-School introduces kids aged 4–5 to learning in a smart, entertaining, and engaging way, covering counting, spelling, vocabulary building, and more.
     
    In a set of two fan-decks, Brain Quest Pre-School features hundreds of questions and answers to help kids know exactly what they need to know, when they need to know it.

    Featuring:

    • Two full-color Q&A decks in a reusable flip-top storage box
    • 300 questions and answers covering counting, letters, colors, and more

     

    Nature Alphabet Flash Cards

    Nature themed alphabet flash cards.

     

    Tactile Letter Cards

    Upper and lowercase tactile letter cards.

     

    Printable Letter and Number Pack

     

    Free Printable Letter Cards

    Sign up for my newsletter and I’ll let you know when I have them available again!

     

    Wipe-Clean Castle Activities (Usborne Wipe-Clean Books): Amazon.com: Books

    Usborne Wipe Clean Books

    We love so many of these books!

     

    Book Outlet

    Get $10 off your first order at Book Outlet!

     

    Ideas for a simple preschool journal for 3 year olds

    Simple Preschool Journal

    Fun and simple ideas for a preschool journal.

  • why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next
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    why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next

    Well, it’s been a few months since I shared a video.

    I am excited to finally be back with another one!

    If you get my newsletter you’ll already know that we decided to give the Gather ‘Round curriculum a try – a big change from our normal unschooling ways – and today I want to share some of our initial thoughts with Gather ‘Round and where we plan on going from here.

     

    Gather Round Curriculum Review - why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next

     

    why we started using GATHER ROUND: some initial thoughts & mini review + what we plan on doing next

     

     

    Here are some links and resources I shared in the video:

     

    If you like the video format, I would love to hear what other kinds of videos you would like to see from in the future. I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post videos but I have a lot of fun with them and hope to get back to sharing them regularly.

  • How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule
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    Our DIY Charlotte Mason Homeschool Schedule – Part Two

    Welcome back to what is turning out to be an entire series on Charlotte Mason homeschooling!

    In case you missed them and want to check out the other posts, here’s where you can find them:

    Like I’ve mentioned in my previous posts I have always loved the idea of the Charlotte Mason method but have struggled with how it actually works. Obviously I have a bit of troubles taking something abstract and turning it into a concrete plan.

    A few months ago I took a few weeks to really try to figure this out and I think I’ve come up with something fairly straightforward and yet will be really great for our family.

     

    How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule

     

    In this post I am going to tell you how I am taking all our lists of books and resources and turning them into a daily/weekly schedule. You can totally do the same thing if you want to make your own DIY CM schedule. You would just take a look at the different subjects and gather different books and resources and then plug them in as I share in this post and voila; your personalized Charlotte Mason curriculum.

    One thing I did not do is create a detailed plan for our full year filling it exactly what we are going to do each week. I have decided to take each week as it comes. This is for a couple of reasons: first of all, we are coming from a more relaxed homeschool with no schedule and I feel like if I create a schedule we’ll fall behind immediately and then I’ll just scrap the whole thing, I don’t want that. I also wanted to do it this way because I want to be flexible, that is a huge reason we homeschool to begin with so it seems counter-intuitive to create this rigid schedule. This has already proven to be useful because I had planned for us to start school today but instead we will be attending my husband’s grandpa’s funeral. I find that the ability to be flexible in our schedule helps me to be more present in life because I don’t have to constantly feel behind.

     

    How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule

     

    This coming summer I actually plan to “take the summer off” at least more than we have in the past so anything that I really wanted to get done this year that we haven’t finished but the time summer comes we can carry over into the summer.

    I actually got this idea of my weekly layout from somewhere but it was after many internet rabbit trails and I’m not sure exactly which site it was from now, if I come across it again I’ll definitely add a link in here.

     

    How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule

     

    For my weekly plan I decided to separate our daily activities and our weekly ones. Oh, and one other note, I am only planning for four days of school, most weeks I am hoping four days will work for us, and then if we need we can use the fifth day for catch up.

    On the list for our daily activities are: reading, writing, recitation, narration and outside time. Then our weekly list includes: art/art study, cooking/baking, drawing, geography, handicrafts, hymn study, music study, nature study, and poetry. There are a couple of subjects that aren’t included in either our daily or weekly list that are covered in the “readings” section of the schedule.

     

    Our DIY Charlotte Mason homeschool schedule and how to create your own

     

    I’ve included circles to fill in with each of the subjects and readings. So each day I make sure we will do some reading (that’s independent for my third grader and reading practice for my kindergartner), writing, recitation, narration and outside time. And then for our readings I will pick a few to do each day. The books that we do multiple readings of I make sure to spread out throughout the week so we don’t read all the chapters of Pilgrim’s Progress on one day but rather do one a day.

    Our weekly activities are often done in the afternoon. They tend to be the more “extra curricular” activities.

     

    STARTING SLOW

    The Charlotte Mason method can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many good resources a person wants to get to!

    One way to ease into this type of schedule is to start by disregarding the weekly activities and slowly adding a couple in each week. We did a bit of this in the summer and I’m actually leaving handicrafts off our list for a few more weeks.

     

    How to create your own Charlotte Mason elementary schedule

     

    Have you created your own Charlotte Mason schedule before? I would love to hear how you go about it!