• Homeschooling

    Homeschool Curriculum that Correlates with Classical Conversations Cycle 1

    Image Source We will be starting our second year of CC next year, and we love it! I’ve been thinking ahead about what books I want to read with my kids while we study Cycle 1. Out of curiosity, I decided to research curriculum that lines up (at least mostly) with what we will be studying. Note that some people use CC as a stand-alone curriculum. I like to add more to the curriculum to make sure it is full and complete. And besides, I really enjoy reading aloud with my kids. In all of my researching, this is what I found! Sonlight I personally really enjoy the way Sonlight is set up.…

  • Homeschooling,  Travel

    A Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Foundations Road Trip!

    I’ve been planning out an ideal cross-country road trip, and wondered what a road trip to as many Classical Conversations related stops for Cycle 3 would look like. At first I tried including every stop I found, and created a 43 day road trip. I decided to reduce the road trip to 1-2 sites per CC week instead. Note that when I list multiple sites below, only the first two are actually mapped out, making this approximately a 28 day road trip. I chose the 2 sites to visit by sorting the list of possible sites for each week by 1. Relevance and 2. Trip Advisor Reviews. You, of course, may…

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    Homeschooling: Choose Your Best Subjects and “Outsource” the Rest

    I think a trap that many homeschool moms get into is believing that in order to be a REAL homeschool mom, they have to do it all themselves. This isn’t true–it’s a lie–and it causes well-meaning moms to burn out. As a homeschool mom, you’re in charge of your child’s education, but this does not mean that you have to teach every single subject. What is your passion? We all have our favorite subjects. For me, it’s history. All of my kids love history because I love history. We have spent hours on the couch reading about history and looking at maps. I confess that in the early years, I loved teaching history…

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    5 Reasons Homesteaders Should Homeschool

    photo credit I say that I’ve been homeschooling our kids ever since my oldest was 2 (I was an over-achiever back then ;)). This year, for the first time ever, we sent one child to public school–that is a long story for another time. I am still homeschooling 3 out of 4 of our kids. I really enjoy being their teacher. I think that homeschooling on the farm was a great choice for our family. My title of this post sounds a little bossy, saying “you should homeschool,” like you’re doing something wrong if you have not chosen to homeschool. That is not the message I am trying to send at all,…

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    What to Buy a Homesteader for Christmas

    Homesteaders, wonderful as they are, are a different kind of folk. 😉 While most of the world is wishing for new technology and bling this Christmas, homesteaders are looking for something different. Remember this post, Money and Possessions Don’t Feed You? Homesteaders “get it.” If you love a homesteader and you don’t know what to get them for Christmas, this post just might help you. If you are a homesteader, this post might make you covet things you don’t yet own. 😉 A Grain Mill This is a Blend-Tec, both reasonably priced and well-reviewed. I don’t know a homesteader who doesn’t want (or already own) a grain mill! The Executioner…

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    Free Online Coloring Pages for Homeschoolers

    There are tons of free coloring pages online! All About Coloring Free coloring pages of several themes, including Bible, Animals, and more. Bible Coloring Pages This site has some nice Bible coloring pages. Beware though, they bombard you with banners and pop-up ads. Christian (Bible) Coloring Pages More Bible coloring pages.  There are ads on this site too. ChristianColoring.com Coloring pages of baby Jesus, holiday pages, craft projects and more. Coloring-Page.net This website has Bible coloring pages, as well as coloring pages of several cartoon characters, holiday themed coloring pages, transportation, nature, symbols, etc. Down on the Farm These coloring pages are of things you might find on a farm.…

  • Farms,  Homeschooling,  Vegetables

    Planning the Garden with Kids

    It’s been snowing here this week (I know! In March!?), so it hardly seems like time to plan the garden. But the truth is, IT IS time to plan! So far, I have cauliflower, cabbage, celery and celery root plants in pots, and I’ve got more on my list to start this week (like kale and eggplant). We’ve had a “tractor guy” come till our field (the first tilling out of the three we plan to do this year), so we are getting ready! Our garden is huge–100 feet by 50 feet. And yet, not huge enough!! 🙂 It certainly won’t feed all 9 of us for a year–but we…

  • Homeschooling

    Teaching Kids about Sustainable Agriculture

    We're farmers, so it may seem obvious that we ought to be incorporating agriculture into our homeschool, somehow. We get plenty of hands-on experience, that's for sure, but I want my kids to understand why we do things the way we do them. Last week I checked out some books from the library about Sustainable Agriculture, and the Science of Food. Food is a big deal. Most of the population in our country does very little in the way of providing for their own food. I don't believe everyone has to be a farmer, but I do believe that it's wise to be aware of (and to teach our kids…

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    How I Homeschool with a Toddler

    I don’t want to give you the impression that our homeschool days are all wonderful and perfect, but here’s a glimpse of one of the days that was working for us! Many people wonder what to do with a little one while you homeschool. My trick? Find something they’re interested in. Ruby loves to play “party” (tea party) every day. Every day! Multiple times a day! She will pull this stuff out, clean it up when I tell her to, and then pull it out again later. She LOVES playing tea party. She plays at the end of the table while we homeschool at the other end (we keep leaves in…