This past week we started back with our co-op classes. This year, I’m teaching a middle school/early high school creative writing class, using WriteShop for our curriculum. WriteShop was designed by homeschooling moms who loved to write and wanted their children to love to write, too. When they didn’t find a course to suit their needs, they designed one themselves, creating a two- (or

Read More »

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

Read More »

Lunchtime Read-Alouds

Unless we’re running a lot of errands, most days we’re home at lunchtime — one of our favorite times to read together. It’s become a fun time to share a book, especially since my children all have different bedtimes, and finding a good time to read together in the evening can be difficult. Once everyone’s lunch is ready, I pick up a longer book

Read More »

Summer Reading for Elementary Students

Whether or not your children are working on school lessons the summer, it’s still a good time to keep them reading. Often, libraries will have summer reading programs or contests for kids to keep them motivated. If you’re looking for some good books for your children but aren’t sure where to start, ask your librarian for a recommended reading list. Or, even better, ask

Read More »

Easy Reads – Historical Fiction

“Historical Fiction” is the term given to books that mix fictional characters and action with historical figures, settings, and events. Supplementing your homeschool curriculum with historical fiction is a great way to make history come alive for students, as these books reinforce what the children have learned about a particular time period. Instead of rehashing facts and dates, they review the information by reading

Read More »

The Flat Stanley Project

A couple of years ago, we received a letter in the mail from my nephew. Inside was a paper doll – a boy who looked like the illustration in the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. My nephew had colored the paper doll and sent a letter telling us about his Flat Stanley. In the story, Stanley is flattened as thin as a piece

Read More »