• Free Creative Writing Story Prompts - fun prompts for creative writing for elementary and middle grades
    free printables,  language arts,  resources

    Free Creative Writing Story Prompts

    One thing I want to incorporate into our upcoming homeschool year that we have never done before is to add in some creative writing. My daughter does some writing on her own here and there, a couple of years ago she was dictating her stories to me while I typed them out on the computer and now she’s switched over to writing her own stories out. Recently she was working on creating a list of characters for a story, it included a family tree and short descriptions of each of the characters, too cute. And while I love that she chooses to write her own stories I wanted to be…

  • When teaching your child to read- should you use phonics or a whole language approach?
    language arts,  reading

    Phonics vs Whole Language When Teaching Reading

    I honestly have no idea how I learned to read. I don’t know who taught me or what kind of process they used but I know that I have been a voracious reader since I was young. Since reading is such a big part of my life I want my kids to love reading as well. I truly feel blessed to have taught/be teaching both of my kids to read. So many people have told me that teaching their kids to read is one thing that scares them away from homeschooling, they just don’t know how to do it. To be honest, I didn’t either!     People often assume…

  • Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool with Brave Writer and The Writer's Jungle
    language arts,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool

    I’m honestly not sure if one can be involved in the homeschool community in any way online without quickly hearing about Brave Writer. If you read around homeschool blogs for more than five minutes you are going to hear about someone raving about Julie and Brave Writer. And for good reason. Remember when I was talking about Poetry Tea Time and how much my kids adore it (if I forget one week they are bound to remember)? Well, Poetry Tea Time is the brain child of Julie over at Brave Writer. I recently received The Writer’s Jungle from Brave Writer after hearing so many people rave about it. When people…

  • Games in our Homeschool and some of our favorites
    games,  language arts,  math,  music,  science

    Using Games in our Homeschool

    My husband has always loved games, he even has a group of friends that get together every month to play games. So it comes as no surprise to me that both my kids ask to play games often. The only games I played when I was younger were pretty much Clue with my brother and endless rounds of Monopoly with one of my cousins (we did not play by the rules). We don’t have a huge selection of games but we are slowly building it over birthdays and Christmases, games are such a great gift to give kids. Thankfully almost every game out there has some kind of educational benefit to…

  • Our Free Homeschool Grade 1 Language Arts Curriculum - lots of reading and a bit of writing.
    curriculum,  language arts

    Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 Language Arts Curriculum

    Over the next few weeks I will be sharing how I am planning our practically free grade one curriculum. Today I’m on to our language arts curriculum. You can check out the rest of the series here: Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 Math Curriculum Our Free Grade 1 Spanish Curriculum Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 Music Curriculum Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 Science Curriculum Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 Art Curriculum (coming soon!) Our (Practically Free) Grade 1 History Curriculum (coming soon!) Also, Our (Practically Free) Preschool Curriculum And An Overview of Our Whole Year If you are looking for ways to save money in your homeschool without skimping on education make sure to come back and…

  • Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.
    art,  curriculum,  geography,  history,  language arts,  math,  music,  preschool,  science,  spanish

    An Overview of Our Homemade Grade 1 & Preschool Curriculums

    Today is our official start to our first year homeschooling! I have been waiting for this day for about 3 years and I’m kind of nervous that it will all blow up in our faces, I don’t think it will but that fear is definitely there. When I started thinking about what I all wanted the kids to learn this year part of me got overwhelmed and just wanted to buy a full pre-made curriculum. BUT one of the reasons we are homeschooling is to have more flexibility in our days and our learning and I knew that wouldn’t be the best way for us. So, I decided to hack together…