homeschooling curriculum

An Unexpected Lesson

One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is the freedom it affords to pursue interesting topics you might otherwise not have time for, especially topics you weren’t planning on studying. Last weekend, as my husband came in from an errand, he had news to share. “Come outside!” he said excitedly. “I’ve found a beehive!” We all ran outside and looked up in the tree

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History for Younger Students

To me, the start of a new school year always seems full of possibilities as I plan the school days and what type of curricula we will use. Every summer I re-evaluate our books to see what worked, what didn’t work, and what we should try next, and each year the list of options continues to grow as new programs are made available on

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Finding Classes for Homeschoolers

Our area has several homeschool email loops for announcements and opportunities. As the school year begins, I’ve seen a lot of posts for classes in art, music, sports, and other extracurricular activities, as well as classes in core subject areas that might be harder to teach at home, such as upper-level math classes and science courses with labs. If you are looking for outside

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Teacher Created Resources

When I first began homeschooling, a friend of mine introduced me to unit studies, lessons that center around a particular topic that include activities from across the curriculum such as reading, writing, math, social studies, science, art, music, and/or life skills. These work especially well for children in the elementary grades, and as a homeschooling parent, you can choose topics of special interest to

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Incredible Art Lessons

I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can

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Homeschooling Questions? Ask Cathy Duffy

It’s that time again — time to finalize plans for the coming school year. Perhaps you already have your lessons in order, but, if you’re like me, you still have a lot to do before you feel confident and prepared. While I have some plans about the curriculum we’re going to use, I’ve been getting ideas from other homeschooling friends and family about what’s

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Making Music

The relaxed days of summer are a good time for children to try new things. If you’re child has an interest in learning a musical instrument, this might just be the season to start. Studies have linked listening to music (particularly Mozart’s compositions) and playing music to an increased ability in spatial reasoning, the type of reasoning used when working on math or drawing.

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Stories to Tell – Folktales for Kids

This week, I’ve been teaching writing classes at a local art camp. The theme of the camp is “Art Around the World,” so in my lessons I’ve incorporated folktales from around the world. Throughout the week, the students will hear folktales from various countries, then they’ll work to write their own. Although you can find folktales in print today, these stories were originally meant

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Bug Out With These Homeschool Ideas

During Memorial Day weekend, we gathered with extended family for our annual holiday/camping/family reunion in the mountains of Tennessee. While walking across one of the fields on Saturday, a group of us came across a very ugly insect struggling in the grass as it was molting. The weekend was full of other insect discoveries, as the children caught fireflies, moths, grasshoppers, and more, making

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For All the Write Reasons – Journaling

Since my children were in the early elementary grades, I’ve had them write journal entries, either once a day or just a couple times a week. Sometimes they would write about events such as trips, celebrations, or visits from family. Other times I would give them a particular assignment, such as, “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be, and

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