Here Comes First Grade

  We started back to school last week and have officially entered first grade. She has even lost two teeth. The whole thing is ludicrous, but I suppose I must accept it. This year we are using more curriculum than we have in the past though are still attempting to hold on to some level of flexibility. Language Arts Quiver Full of Arrows (Bravewriter) Jot it Down (Bravewriter) Poetry Teatime Lots of Audiobooks Explode the Code and Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading History History Odyssey: Ancients Level 1 Science Real Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1…

How to Take a 6 Day Camping Road Trip with Kids and Not Lose your Mind (And Have Tons of Fun Too)

{All photos in this post by Tina Carter} You can read about what we did and where we did it in this post on our recent 6 day camping trip, but with this post I’d like to give some tips for HOW we did it. I am still amazed that we were able to be out for 6 days, cover about 1700 miles and still like each other at the end of the trip! 🙂  How to Plan the Trip Tina and I started planning our trip by opening Google Maps. We knew we could be gone for only…

Learning On The Road: A Homeschool Trip

At the end of February, I got to take an epic road trip with one of my homeschooling best buds. We covered about 1700 miles over 6 days, with visits to some beautiful places. We stayed in a hotel our first and last nights and then camped each night in between. I cannot even begin to describe how much fun we had and how much learning happened along the way. All photos in the post are from Tina Carter, because she is amazing 🙂 Our first stop was Congaree National Park, which preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood…

Our Japan Month Long Study: An Overview

My nearly six year old daughter received Little Passports as a Christmas gift and so we have been expanding on the country each month as part of our homeschool. This month we have been learning about Japan. I like to include lots of books (of course!), movies, artist study, geography, science (wildlife info for my animal obsessed kid), cooking, and music. My overall goal is always to show the variety of ways people live in the world and to find ways to be inspired by our differences and our similarities. Books I try to find a wide variety of books…

Our Morning Basket

About two months ago, I watched this scope by Julie Bogart of Bravewriter (yes, I am a bit of a Julie fangirl) and it made me swap around how we work our mornings for the better. Previously I had been starting the day with our math, phonics, and handwriting pages and then we’d take a break and I would try to do science reading at my scheduled science time or my social studies at my scheduled social studies time and I’d try to read from a chapter book and picture books at some point and more…