Our Favorite Homeschool Needs – 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

Welcome back to the 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement. Today I am running late with my post! We have had a busy week, but that is what life is all about sometimes. Today is Friday Favorites and I get to share with you some of our favorite things for homeschooling!

My very first favorite thing when it comes to homeschooling is our local library! We use this resource for free and are able to access many books, not only from our library but also through inter-library loans. This means that I can usually find whatever I want to find when it comes to a book.

The second item that I really love is the internet. Between the work that I do, and being able to let the kids play on World Book (with our SchoolhouseTeachers membership), having the internet is a must in our house.

When it comes to our actual curriculum, there are two things I have fallen in love with! There are lots of different curriculum that we have tried. While we liked a lot of them, there were only two that are items that we need to keep using.

The first one that we love and won’t go without, in fact, it is one that we have had since the beginning of our homeschool journey. This is our membership to SchoolhouseTeachers. This one membership covers everyone in your house from the preschool ages and all the way up to mom and dad. There are over 400 different courses available. I love opening this up when we don’t know what to do and finding the course that we really need or want to do.

The second thing we need for our curriculum is MasterBooks. This company is one that we recently learned about, and have since fallen in love with. Their Math Lessons for a Living Education is a blessing for Ray Ray. We have tried many different types of curriculum all of which end up in frustration and tears. However, when we found this one, it is now the first subject he wants to do each day! Once that worked, I poked around with other subjects and have fallen in love with them just as much! I hope to have the little kids on a 90% curriculum of just Masterbooks within this year.

What are some of your favorite items for homeschool that you need to have each year?



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Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kelly @ Hope in the Chaos
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

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Back on Schedule – 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

Welcome back! I didn’t get my post up yesterday, life happened! But that is part of being a homeschool mom who works from home part-time. Funny thing yesterday was the Work It In Post, and that is one I really wanted to write about. Well, now you know that sometimes we just can’t work it all in, even when we want to!

While I didn’t get my post up, I did spend some time looking over the posts that were there. I really loved this one from A Glimpse of Normal on how to work in your school supplies to your budget. This is a great post for not only homeschoolers but anyone who has school aged children!

Today is Thankful Thursday, and I want to tell you why I am thankful to be getting back to our full daily homeschool curriculum schedule. While my kids may argue this, there are some points that are saving my sanity!

Our homeschool schedule changes throughout the year. We adjust it to the seasons and events that are going on in our house. This summer I decided I didn’t want to do a full schedule. I wanted to allow the kids to play a little more and for some beach time. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to do that in our school schedule.

Now I am thankful for the chance to be able to slowly add things back into our schedule a week at a time. I am not pressured to jump right in with both feet. We had been doing our language arts and math all summer with some science mixed in. Our first week “back” to school, we added in our history lessons, followed by Ray Ray’s geography. Our full science will come next and we will be back on track.

I am also thankful for the fact that Moe Man is able to do a lot of things on his own. He has been working on getting all his credits to graduate. He has been working hard on this when he has time during the summer. Yes, he can do things as his pace! That means he may be reading something at bedtime, or he is busy during the afternoon heat. Whenever it works for him.

What are you thankful for today?

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Check out the other ladies participating in the blog hop:

Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning Annette @ A Net in Time Ashley @ Gift of Chaos Betty @ Let’s Get Real Brenda @ Counting Pinecones Carol @ Home Sweet Life Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses Christine @ Christine Howard Christy @ The Simple Homemaker Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag Debra @ Footprints in the Butter Diana @ Homeschool Review Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together Kelly @ Hope in the Chaos Kellyann @ Walking Home … Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break Laura @ Four Little Penguins Linda @ Apron Strings & other things Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures Lori @ At Home: where life happens Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama Marla @ Jump Into Genius Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays Missica @ Through The Open Window Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart Tess @ Circling Through This Life Wendy @ Life at Rossmont Yvie @ Gypsy Road

Curriculum Choices 2018-2019 – 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

Welcome back to the second day of the Back to (Home)School Encouragement Blog Hop! I am so happy to have you here! Did you see my Motivation Monday post yesterday?

Today is Take a Look Tuesday. Today I want to take you into our homeschool and show you what we plan to be doing this year. This year I will have a senior(!), a fourth grader, a second grader, and preschooler. This will be a fun year filled with a bunch of different learning!

Let’s start at the top and work our way down. Believe it or not, I am having a hard time believing it, but Moe Man is almost done with school. I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child all the way through graduation, now it is happening, and I am excited.

This year, Moe Man will be doing a few different things. He really doesn’t need that much to make his year complete, but we have found some fun stuff that he wants to do, and that makes me happy!

Two of these courses come from MasterBooks. This is a company that I had heard of but never looked at until last year. At that point, I fell head over heels in love with everything they have to offer! For Moe Man’s electives this year, he picked to do Worldviews in Conflict and Survey of Astronomy.

I am looking forward to starting these, and can’t wait to see what they have to offer for him. (Watch the blog, I will be writing more about them shortly!)

Next, I have Ray Ray. He is going to be in the 4th grade this year! I remember that he was the reason I started homeschooling when he was in preschool. Almost all of his courses will be from MasterBooks this year. While we are getting back into the swing of school again on a full-time basis, we are still finishing up our books from last year.

We are using MasterBooks Math Lessons For a Living Education for math. We will be finishing up Level 3 and moving on to Level 4 as soon as we are finished with our current level. Along those same lines, we are finishing Amerca’s Story 1 and moving forward to America’s Story 2.

For Language Arts, we have started using Writing Strands Beginning 2. We had tried Beginning 1, but it was almost too easy and boring for him. But he is my advanced child in this area so I can see how that would be. I also plan to add Memoria Press’ Grade 4 Literature Set to our lineup within the next month or two. I really want Ray Ray to focus more on actually digging deeper into the books he reads, and from past experience, these guides do just that for him.

Little Miss has jumped around a little with different types of curriculum as we learn what her style of learning is. I think we are finally finding that out and can really start some planning for her.

Math is the same as Ray Ray. She really enjoys Math Lessons for a Living Education from MasterBooks. We are working on finishing Level 1 and will move to Level 2 after that.

Right now for Language Arts, Little Miss is in love with Reading Eggs. They have a new workbook series that goes along with their online program. This is how she wants to learn reading, so I am going to let her go with it. However, I do plan to introduce Language Lessons for a Living Education Level 2 shortly to add some other concepts for her.

Baby Girl is preschool. When I started homeschooling, I felt that I needed to have something all planned out even for that age, but now I know better! As I am reading The Read Aloud Family, I have decided that I will be focusing on just reading to her right now. She does some ABC Mouse on the iPad, and I will occasionally print out worksheets when she wants, but reading to her will be the core of her preschool years along with playing and being a 3-year-old!

So this was a peek into our homeschool this year. There will be more, but this is what I am most excited about! We love reading and the Charlotte Mason style of learning for many things, so MasterBooks works perfectly for us.

What are some new things in your homeschool or something you just are excited to be doing this year? I would love to hear about them!

Check out the other Take a Look Tuesday posts right here:



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Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

Motivating Books for Mom and Dad – 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement

Welcome to the first day of the 5 Days of Back to (Home)School Encouragement! Today is Motivation Monday, and while I had an idea of what I wanted to share with you after I started writing, I was pulled in a different direction.

As a homeschooling mom, we are always worried about what our children and their learning. We as parents spend so much time looking into the right curriculum, the right style to teach, and the right programs to enrich their learning. One thing we don’t always do is find the books we as parents need to be reading to help us help our children. I want to share my favorite three books with you today.

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope

The first book that I have fallen in love with is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope by Hal and Melanie Young. I have an older child, and when he went through the tween years, I was lost and confused. I didn’t know what was happening and felt like I was doing something wrong as a parent. Once my second son hit the tween years and started doing the same things, I really felt worried. Now I really felt like there was something wrong in our house.

In came No Longer Little as a review item. I didn’t think anything about it until I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down. I could see my children in the examples! Were Hal and Melanie spying on my house to write this book?

No, instead I found out my children are normal. They are going through regular changes, and I am doing the right thing with my kids! It feels so good to know that these changes and attitudes are healthy and having the encouragement to guide me through this time is a huge blessing! Read my full review right here.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn

The second book that I have been reading that gives me motivation is God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco. I am still in the middle of reading this book, but I am so thankful for this book. The one thing that stands out to me from what I have read so far is comparing the fact that we should always have God first, we are not to have other idols in front of God. These idols include the curriculum that we pick for our children.

Each chapter of this book concludes with study questions that help us go over what we have read in the chapter. These questions will challenge you to look at the way you are homeschooling. Are you really following the plan that God has for you and your children? In this time of planning for the new year, this is a great book to help you slow down and listen to what God has to say to you. While I do not have a review for this book, you can check out the reviews of the Homeschool Review Crew right here.

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids

And the last book that I am reading right now. Yes, I am currently reading three books, while almost done with one, and actively reading the other two. This last book is The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie. This is the newest book that I have started reading.

I have followed Sarah Mackenzie and her Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It is just this year that I have finally splurged and took the leap into actually reading the book and joining her online premium membership. The Read-Aloud Family takes what I have always known to be true, my mom read aloud to my brother and me until we were teens, and put it into perspective for how I can use reading aloud in my homeschool.

If you are still looking for a literature program for your homeschool, but don’t like what you have looked at already, this book may be an eye-opener for you. You can take reading aloud to your kids to not only build some great memories, but you can turn this into a literature program for your kids at the same time. One that is fun and not dull. I am excited to keep reading this and learning more about using reading aloud as our literature program this year.

Moms, and dads, there are books for you. You are not alone in this process of raising these blessings. You have resources available to you. I have only listed three of these, but there are more out there! Have you read a good book that other parents should read as they raise and/or homeschool their children? I would love to add to my want to read list, so please let me know in the comments!

Stop by and check out the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew who are participating in this 5 Day Back to (Home)School Encouragement Blog Hop:

Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

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Back to (Home)School Encouragement – Coming Soon!

We all need some encouragement from time to time. Next week I will spend five days talking about Back to (Home)School Encouragement along with other members of the Homeschool Review Crew.

Monday will be Motivation Monday. This is the day you will hear me talk about homeschooling with multiple kids and while dad is sick.

Tuesday is Take a Look Tuesday. This day I will take you inside our homeschool and talk about what we will be doing this upcoming year.

Wednesday is Work It In Wednesday. Here is where you will see how we work on getting to the library to avoid late fees and how we get 3 grades done plus preschool lessons each day.

Thursday is Thankful Thursday. Find out why we are thankful to be getting back into our homeschool routine!

Friday is Friday Favorites. Stop by and find out what our favorite courses and supplies are for this upcoming year!

Make sure you come back Monday and follow along with me and everyone else who is writing during this 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop!

Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Christine @ Christine Howard

Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road 

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