Homeschool Planning

One of the many great things about homeschooling is that you can structure you school year in the way that best suits your family.  What we have chosen to do as a family is to begin our new school year with the new year.

January 7 will begin our 7th year of homeschooling.  It is impossible to believe that we have been schooling our children at home for 7 years.

This coming year I will officially have 5 children in school.

One of my academic goals is to do better at documenting what we do.  I have tried fancy software and printed planners and none seemed to meet our needs exactly or were just too time consuming to keep up with.

For 2013 I hope I have come up with a solution that will work for us.  My goal is two fold:  document the work we have done and create more independence in my older students.

Here is what I have for our kiddos so far:

Samuel–Year 7Samuel Samuel’s Year 7 Weekly Lesson Plans

Isaac–Year 5

Isaac Isaac’s 2013 Year 5 Weekly Lesson Plans

Olivya Faith–Year 1Olivya FaithOlivya 2013 Year 1 Weekly Lesson Plan

Alexis Grace–Year 0Alexis GraceAlexis 2013 Year 0 Weekly Lesson Plan

Paul and MalachiThis planner will come tomorrow with hopefully word documents of all planners.  I made the planners in publisher and I am having trouble loading them in an editable format

The whole tribe–just because they are so cute;)
The whole Tribe


Encouragement for homeschooling moms and dads

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Curriculum overview for the week of October 25-29, 2010

What’s in the box for Alexis and Olivya

This is what Alexis and Olivya will be doing this week:

We are studying the letter E this week and focusing on the number 6.

Box 1–

Letter E and the number 6 to put on the letter tree
Our Letter Tree

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

We do not do every box every day but these will be our twelve activities we will focus on this week.

What’s in the box for the Tot and Tiny Tot.

This is what Paul and Chi get to look forward to this week:  Our tot and tiny tot join in with what Alexis and Olivya are doing.  But they do have specific activities that are just for them that hopefully are fun, teaching new skills and increasing their attention spans (we are really working on that one with Chi)

Box 1–

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6–  This week for bible we will focus on the story of Elijah.


What’s in the box for Samuel and Isaac?

I will post pics and descriptions of what they are working on later this week but I do what to show you the one new curriculum that we will be working of this week.

Both the boys have been struggling with their math facts.  So we will be taking a break from their regular math books and doing times tales this week.  We are all excited to start.

Back to school and books

School is about to start or may have already started for some of you.  As you gather the last minute supplies to make your child’s school year a success you may want to check out the new Usborne Books and More Catalog.  Give your child an added boost or a special treat to their curriculum. See the attached catalog or visit the Usborne Books and More website to order your books.

Read to your children every


Tomorrow or this weekend I will complete my post our curriculum.  School begins again for us on Monday.  The kids and I are anxious to get back into the routine and structure of school.

Notebooking Pages

I am so excited about what is happening at Notebookingpages.You will want to check out what is happening.  Simply click the treasure book link to the right to learn about the incredible deal in notebooking papes.  If you have ever wanted to add notebooking to your homeschool this is the opportunity you have needed.  But you must act now because this deal ends after Labor day.  And because you are my special reader don’t forget to use this code treasury10 to get an additional $10 off any product from Notebookingpages.

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