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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 we’ve loved in the past or are beginning this year. Maybe it’ll help out a homeschooling mama who is a year behind us!
Books About Homeschooling:
Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us by Rebecca Frech
I bought the ebook and found it so helpful as I’m figuring out what kind of homeschooling fits our family. And then at the Edel Gathering a couple of weeks ago, a woman sat down and struck up a conversation. After two minutes I saw her name tag: Rebecca Frech. “THE Rebecca Frech? Teaching in Your Tiara Rebecca Frech?!” I had a bit of a fangirl moment (or really, I just followed her around all evening.)
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace* by Sarah Mackenzie
I plan to re-read this book before September because it was just so inspiring and beautiful. I need it to wash over me again before the school year picks up. This is less about the practical logistical day-to-day of homeschool and more of a deep-breath-hot-cup-of-tea-perspective-changing retreat. I can’t say enough about it.
Pre-Reading and Reading Resources
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
I tell everybody about this book. We’re on lesson 98 but Benjamin doesn’t need it anymore. By the second half of the book he started reading everything from street signs to nutrition facts. It’s just simple phonics and I thought it would be boring but Benjamin was literally begging me to do more lessons. We started just before he turned 5, but I think we could have started sooner. I will definitely be using it again to teach Lucy to read. The BOB books are also a great resource to use with this book. Benjamin is a little past them but I’m saving them for Lucy.
Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven by Sarah Park
Great preschool resource for Catholic families. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by saints, activities (and I mean EASY activities involving mostly construction paper, markers, and glue, not anything crazy that this un-crafty mama can’t handle), Scripture verses, and fantastic lists of picture books. We didn’t always do the activities, but we checked out all the books from the library and then ended up buying many of them because they were just great. I may do more from this one in the Fall since Lucy will be preschool aged and is starting to be interesting in letters and sounds.
For This Year….
Five in a Row by Jane Lambert
I JUST got this one in the mail and I can tell it jives with my style which is very literature-based.
Tons of Read Alouds (I’ll read to the kids and Benjamin will read to me) There will be lots of picture books and some chapter books. Right now we’re reading The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. If you’re interested, you can read about our favorite authors and favorite picture books.
Tons of Audiobooks (I really should do a post on our favorites.)
Beginning Math Concepts (I have no idea what curriculum we’ll use here. I’ve heard great things about Life of Fred, though. Any recommendations?)
And I’m thinking about starting Story of the World. Any suggestions on the best age to begin SOTW?
And to keep it all straight…
Mama’s Notebooks Homeschooling Notebook. I love the original Mama’s Notebook for keeping track of everything. But I think as we add a few more homeschooling activities in this year I’m going to really enjoy having this to job my memory–it’s not what it used to be! In fact, I opened the microwave because I needed to reheat my coffee only to discover yesterday’s coffee that I had reheated and forgotten about. C’est la vie!
Got homeschool resources to share? Tell me about ’em in the comments!