The California Homeschool Manual Review

The California Homeschool Manual Review

We’ve homeschooled for a grand total of 12 years, and we’ve tried every style, philosophy and type of homeschooling you can think of. In 2004, we pulled our then 2nd and 3rd graders out of public school. We did it without thinking, and without considering the huge responsibility that came with our choice. It was disastrous. They both went back to public school that fall. Then in 2007 our 7th grader asked to be homeschooled. My immediate response? A resounding no.…

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Get Organized With a Digital Curriculum Inventory

Convention season can feel like Christmas for the homeschool mom. Long walks in giant exhibitor halls, and temptation to buy everything in sight, can mean trouble if you’re unprepared without a digital curriculum inventory! I’m a pretty organized person, and living simply is something I strive for, however, I do have one, ok two weaknesses. These are books, and curriculum. I’m a hoarder, with a serious book problem, and though I…

4 Steps to Digital Recordkeeping in Your Homeschool

This past year, I’ve focused a little more on digital recordkeeping than in years past. While there are some things I want to keep in physical form, I know I’m much better off by simplifying. So what do I mean by recordkeeping? Besides the traditional report card and high school transcripts, some states require homeschool portfolios. Typically portfolios are a collection of the student’s best work, and can include anything…

5 Digital Planning Tools for Your Homeschool

I’m a planner, list maker and list checker. I crave order in everything do, even when I procrastinate! With that said, the need to plan every lesson took over a big portion of my life when I began homeschooling. I spent an entire summer, planning every minute and every second of the coming school year, not knowing that it would all go to waste within just three days. That first…

Why Attend the CHEA Homeschool Convention

The summer before we started homeschooling, a church friend urged me to attend a homeschool convention. “Once you see the faces of the homeschool community, you will be convinced it’s the right decision.” She said. Though part of me wanted to attend, a much larger part of me wanted to stay away for as long as possible. Attending a convention where hundreds of people were in close proximity, and in constant…

Homeschool Planet, The Easiest and Quickest Way to Lesson Plan

Homeschool Planet, The Easiest and Quickest Way to Lesson Plan

[I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing an honest review. All opinions are my own.]  Homeschool lesson planning was one of the biggest roadblocks I stressed over before homeschooling. I was overwhelmed by the thought of lesson plans for multiple subjects. Then I nearly lost it when I came to the realization that I would have to somehow coordinate all those lesson plans and multiple subjects…

Our Organized Homeschool Space

Our Organized Homeschool Space

When I was 2, I was the little girl who organized her stuffed animals by height, color and type on her bed each morning. I was the girl who cried when her younger sister sharpened one of the color pencils a little more than the rest, and the girl who had to get a brand new notebook every time a page had a tiny smudge. Wait a minute, I’m still…

Yearly Classical Charlotte Mason Planning Printable

We’ve finally come to an end of our Classical Charlotte Mason series, and before we close, I wanted to leave you with a freebie. I created a weekly lesson plan and a 36 week planning printable. The weekly lesson planner I’m sharing is a blank version of the schedule I shared on day 4 of our series (minus the curriculum column). The first column is for the subject, second is…

Our Classical Charlotte Mason Weekly Schedule

Welcome to day 4 of our Classical Charlotte Mason homeschooling series. So far we’ve discussed the principles of Classical education, principles of a Charlotte Mason education and some similarities (in my opinion), between the two. Today I’m giving you a peek at what a combination of these philosophies looks like in our homeschool. Classical Charlotte Mason Curriculum and Resources For the last 4 years, we’ve used a combination of Classical and Charlotte…