A World of Study One Unit at a Time

A World of Study One Unit at a time

When our family first starting homeschooling 9 years ago, I jumped headfirst into a traditional textbook/workbook approach to school. We in essence were just doing school at home. Our older children had already attended the local public school for a couple of years and were used to this style of schooling. I was quite frankly afraid that I would mess something up and create a big gap in their learning by doing anything else. It was in January of that first year that I began to realize that school should be excitement about learning and exploring things that intrigued us Continue reading

Complete Homeschool Curriculum for Ages 4-14 (Moving Beyond the Page Review)

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  Do you love literature-based learning but struggle with planning it all by yourself? Moving Beyond the Page offers complete curriculum options for homeschoolers based around a multitude of Science, Language Arts, and History topics. The units combine hands-on activities with writing and discussion-based assignments. Explore great books with the Language Arts Packages that include learning guides and books. Choose a physical or online guide and get started right away. Guides from Moving Beyond the page support multiple learning styles including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Manipulatives and hands-on projects engage active learners, while the images in the books and drawing Continue reading

Snow Day Fun!


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful! Winter has officially arrived! With it, comes frigid temperatures and {for many} snow. My kids enjoy playing in the snow, but after a while it just gets too cold. After days of snow on the ground, they aren’t begging to go outside and play anymore. They start to get tired of being cooped up in the house, and they are looking for new things to do. I begin to hear “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” What’s a mom to do? Snuggle up with a good book We Continue reading

Homeschool Online Learning (SchoolhouseTeachers Review)

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Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were recently given a  full Yearly Membership Option to SchoolhouseTeachers.com for review. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a homeschool online learning experience unlike any other, brought to the homeschool community by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. SchoolhouseTeachers contains more than 50 subjects, with current or archived content written for Preschool through High School, and new teachers and subjects added each month.   You’ll also find daily printables for math, copywork, geography, spelling, Bible memorization and more, all ready at the click of a mouse for an incredible online learning experience. In addition to the daily, weekly, or monthly lesson Continue reading

Are We Having Fun Yet?

are we having fun yet

Congratulations! You are fast approaching the mid-way point in your school year and have accomplished much, but are you having FUN? Let’s face it. We homeschool parents have a lot on us. Not only do we have all the responsibilities of other parents, but we also bear the weight of educating our children. We take it very seriously, as we should, but do we sometimes take it too seriously? We schedule Bible, math, English, grammar, spelling, composition, science, history, geography, foreign language, chores, sports, music lessons, and a myriad of other things into our school days. But do we schedule Continue reading

A Guide to Creating Unit Studies — Manatees

My kids have a tendency to pick topics out of the blue that they want to study.  It’s not uncommon for us to travel up and down the timeline for history.  But isn’t that one of the biggest perks of homeschooling — flexibility?!?! I try to be flexible when it comes to the kids wanting to study different topics.  I actually stopped doing long-term lesson plans because it was happening so often.  I have even given up the thought of purchasing a “boxed” curriculum.  I try to use the same items for reading, math, but history and science change periodically. Continue reading

Literature-Rich Studies for Ages 7-13 (Moving Beyond the Page Review)

Moving Beyond the Page is a literature-rich curriculum that encourages children to think both critically and creatively.  Appealing to multiple learning styles, the units are engaging and challenging.  Children will think independently and “outside-the-box” as they respond to their reading through activities and projects.  Meeting state and national standards, you won’t find gaps within the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum.      Individual Language Arts, Science and Social Studies unit studies are available for 7-13 year-olds. Prices vary among the unit studies.  You have the choice of purchasing only the unit guide in either physical or online format.  Another option is to purchase a package Continue reading

Fiesta Time: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo (a Unit Study)

Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May in English. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day. This is a time when individuals living in Mexico and the Unites States celebrate and commemorate the victory the Mexican army had over French soldiers at the 1862 Battle of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. People celebrate the Mexican-American culture and heritage with parties, dancing, parades, music, and delicious food. I will sharing several activities that you could possibly do to celebrate and recognize Cinco de Mayo with your children. Geography and Social Studies Language and Culture  Learn about Mexican traditions and culture in reference books and through online research. Spanish is the Continue reading

Schoolhouse Review Crew Bloggy Convention — Day Four (Lightning Lit Giveaway)

We’re at day 4 of our Schoolhouse Review Crew Bloggy Convention! I hope you’ve been keeping up and reading about our favorite reviews of 2012 so far. And the giveaways! Don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaways we’ve been offering every day. There’s another one at the bottom of this post, this time a great bundle for your high schooler, as well as a fun product for your younger students! Here are links to our other giveaways, already in progress, as well! Just click on the banners below.             And now for today’s favorite vendors Continue reading

Schoolhouse Review Crew Bloggy Convention — Day Two (Knowledge Quest Giveaway)

Welcome to day 2 of our Bloggy Convention. We have 5 more favorite vendors to share with you an another awesome giveaway — this one from Knowledge Quest!   Knowledge Quest  Knowledge Quest has ” historical outline maps, timelines, geography curriculum such as A Child’s Geography and Expedition Earth, historical biographies your whole family will love, engaging mobile apps plus much more.” The Johnson family started their business, Knowledge Quest, Inc. in 2001 out of their own need as a homeschool family to create products that they could not find elsewhere. As a result, now other homeschool families can benefit from what Continue reading