Why I Stopped Following the Well-Trained Mind

The first homeschool book I read was The Well-Trained Mind. I loved the premise of the classical education, the history cycle, and the wonderful books. The method seemed like the perfect mix of reading, narrating, outlining, and writing. I was sold! I scoured the book and the forums for curriculum advice, and I dove inRead more

Skipping Middle School in Your Homeschool

Is middle school really necessary? If a child is ready for more of a challenge, can you catapult over the middle school curriculum and reach straight for the high school levels? A few years ago, I attended a webinar all about skipping the middle school academics and heading straight for high school credits. After all,Read more

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum

My little 1st grader just completed her K year during which we moved very slowly and even completed some parts of the curriculum twice. She was only on the cusp of being ready for K work. Throughout the year, she really grew in confidence and maturity. She slowly caught on to concepts in math andRead more

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

I’m teaching 3rd grade for the 4th time. And this year, I’ve revamped my plan to try several new things, because I really need something new in our schedule. I’m changing up our language arts, science, and history. I think we’re going to have a great year with some new curriculum choices. My 3rd graderRead more

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

I have a precocious 5th grader this year. She is my artsy, creative, winsome, and compassionate child. She’s more interested in fairytales and far-off adventure lands. You’ll usually find her dancing around the house singing at the top of her lungs. But this girl picks up things quickly, and because of her high reading level,Read more

6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

It’s 6th grade take 2! My second child is about to begin 6th grade. He’s a vastly different learner than his older sister, so our plan looks quite different for his year. He is my late bloomer – brilliant in math and abstract thinking, but a struggling learner in reading and spelling. However, during hisRead more

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

How did I get here? I have a teenager who is about to enter high school – in fact, she’s already working on some high school credits. We’ve been talking about college and testing and life plans. WHAT? It’s a little bit crazy. As I’ve planned this school year, I’ve felt overwhelmed with thoughts ofRead more

How to Start Homeschooling

So, you want to homeschool? It’s ok. You can do it. There are so many resources to help you get started. So, where exactly should you start?? Let me give you a quick start guide to get you on the road to homeschool success. Step 1: Find your local or state homeschool organization. There areRead more