School Plans 2018/2019

We are getting ready to start school here in a few weeks. The last few weeks of summer we are going to milk and have as much summer fun as possible. The kids completed their summer reading program and now have coupons for all sorts of fun things like free put put, free camping, free boat ride, free ice cream, free tickets for the Potomac Nationals and the list could go on!

We are excited to do as many as we can, but even as I type this I’m starting to get a bit nervous for school next year. I’ve thought a lot about what we are going to do, I’ve planned, I’ve researched and I’ve listened to advice, but in the end I have to decide what I think is best for our family and what we feel God calling us to. There are SO many options that it can all be so overwhelming. Continue reading “School Plans 2018/2019”

Tonchi’s 5th Grade Reading List

In our End of Year post for homeschooling I mentioned that I had kept a book list of what Tonchi had been reading for 5th grade. The following is that list! I also added a quote or two summarizing the book in Tonchi’s words. Continue reading “Tonchi’s 5th Grade Reading List”

Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #3}

The final installation or summary of our mini homeschool retreat is in! I’ve been thinking about this one. There is so much on my mind and so much to say or not to say… Homeschooling in the hard times is the subject of this talk by Elsie Ludicello at the Portland Wild + Free.

We had our own hard times in 2015 and I’m not sure I homeschooled well. I know my kids survived, I know we did what we could, and I know we made it through. But I also know I didn’t really take time to stop and intentionally try to plant some routines that would serve us well and help us get through the tough times. We did slip into some routines that were helpful and did work and were successful. Were they the best options? I’m not sure. Was there something better we could have been doing? I’m sure there was. Continue reading “Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #3}”

Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #2}

A continuation of our retreat, but really a different topic than the last post.

The following are questions from Terri Woods talk from Portland’s Wild + Free Conference:

Why are we homeschooling?

What is the end goal?

What is our family called to?

Such good questions to ask, and often questions I’ve asked and answered in the past, but shouldn’t I re-evaluated every year? Things change and our priorities change, or we start to change our schooling and wander from our goals. Both are normal, and can be the right changes, but sometimes asking these questions help provide clarity with what we are doing and why. Continue reading “Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #2}”

Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #1}

This past weekend a friend of mine scheduled a homeschool retreat for herself and four other homeschooling mamas! I was one of them! It was a WONDERFUL time for conversation, fellowship, encouragement, sharing of ideas and learning of new ideas! Part of what made it so wonderful is that we all have a similar homeschool philosophy. We want our kids to have a love of learning, read lots of amazing books, enjoy being outside and learning about nature, be self motivated, hard working and responsible. Continue reading “Homeschool Retreat {Instillation #1}”

End of 2017/2018 School Year Review

We are finished! The year is done! It came much sooner that I expected! Usually I have a really hard time in March and April keeping on track and finishing our work. This year it was much better and the end of the year kinda snuck up on me! Continue reading “End of 2017/2018 School Year Review”

Teaching from Rest

Rest has been my theme this year. Not inactivity or laziness, but rest. Even in the chaos of life, the challenging and the difficult; to truly rest. I’ve worked hard to let go of the to do list more and not be married to my detailed plan for the entire year… page by page of each subject planned out. Continue reading “Teaching from Rest”

2017/2018 Homeschool Lesson Plans

WARNING: Super long homeschool post…

In years past I’ve posted what our schedule and plans are for the homeschool year. Those of you who have followed my blog over the long haul know that a lot has changed. My posts have changed and what was my normal post almost no longer exists.

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Homeschool Curriculum for 2014/2015

This year is going to be a lot like last year in terms of the curriculum we are planning on using. I guess that’s a good thing! I’ve found stuff I like and that Tonchi (Hopefully Koa this year) do well with. So even though I see other new stuff that looks cool and grabs my attention, I’m just going to stick with what worked last year and suited our needs! Continue reading “Homeschool Curriculum for 2014/2015”

Homeschool Plans for 2014/2015 School Year

School started this week! 😉 And so far so good! We usually start the 2nd week in September and did exactly that again this year! It’s been nice to be back on a schedule, but at the same time it makes me feel so busy and so much to do that I’m not giving us a lot of freedom to scrap school and do something fun! But… just wait… keep reading and see what our schedule looks like! It’s super busy, but at the same time we aren’t sitting at desks all week long! Continue reading “Homeschool Plans for 2014/2015 School Year”