Our Homeschooling Plans (with a 1st Grader, a Preschooler, a Toddler, and a Cross Country Move)

Our homeschooling plans (2015) with a first grader, a preschooler, a toddler, and a cross country move // Carrots for Michaelmas

My inbox has been filling up with questions about homeschooling lately, so it must be that time of year to start thinking about curriculum for the fall! Just Starting Out? If you are thinking about homeschooling or just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend two lovely books: Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us by Rebecca Frech Teaching from Rest: A … [Read more...]

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, there’s an interesting moment when educational rights are discussed in the wizarding world. In the final book of the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the three main characters Harry, Ron, and Hermione, are in hiding while the dark wizard Voldemort takes over the magical world. Their friend and former professor, Remus Lupin, visits them to … [Read more...]

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

Image source: Books, by shutterhacks It looks like everyone is scrambling to put together their homeschool curriculum for the year. We take it pretty easy at our house because my oldest is in Kindergarten, so most of our day involves digging in the dirt, climbing trees, playing with LEGOs, and reading books. Not much structured school time yet. But we do have a few homeschooling resources that … [Read more...]

The Why and How of Homeschooling (for Us)

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(Benjamin shows off one of his many fearsome LEGO creations) Some of the most frequently asked questions I get from readers are about why and how we're homeschooling our kids. Currently, we're only officially "schooling" one child--our oldest, Benjamin, age 5. But I thought I'd share a bit about why we choose to teach him at home and what exactly we're doing. Why Are We Homeschooling? Daniel … [Read more...]

Catholic Preschool Curriculum Review: Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven


Although we decided long ago that we would homeschool Benjamin during his preschool years, we're still figuring out exactly what that will look like. Whenever his interest in a certain thing is peaked, we try to follow his lead and offer him resources to learn more. School for us this year is very flexible and I don't think Benjamin has made a distinction between playtime and schooltime (and they … [Read more...]

Preschooling at Home: Our Vision

I promised to follow-up our “why” we’re homeschooling post with a “how we plan to do it” post. And I thought I’d start out by addressing a great question from a reader who asked, “Why bother “pre school homeschool” anyways?...I might have a stricter idea of preschool homeschooling in my mind though, I really see formal preschool as something that could get in the way of natural play and … [Read more...]

My Homeschooling Experience

After last week’s post on why we’re homeschooling, readers had some questions about what my homeschoolinge experience (3rd-8th grade) looked like. I thought I would answer in a short post tonight since tomorrow’s posting prospects are looking grim. Benjamin’s having trouble with his asthma and I have a premonition that tomorrow will involve a long morning at the Dr.’s office. (Please pray he … [Read more...]

Why We Are Homeschooling (From a Gal Who Tried Everything)

At 5am on Sunday morning, my husband woke up our 3-year-old son, Benjamin, and took him on a surprise adventure. They drove away from the light pollution of the city and found a place they could watch the Perseid meteor shower. After laying out a blanket and showing him where to look, my husband got to witness the delight on our son's face when he saw a shooting star for the first time. When they … [Read more...]