What’s Hoppin’ at Hopkins Homeschool – January 21, 2018


Wow, another week has happened! Where did that go? I can tell you that I honestly don’t know! I have had an issue of getting myself ready for a week when I wasn’t ready for it. I had all the best intentions, but no motivation to make it happen. However, being in the homeschool way, we can make things work as we see fit!


This week started slow. Monday was a holiday that I hadn’t planned on taking off, but did anyway. After taking that day off, I felt behind for the week. I couldn’t understand, mentally, that we were on a Tuesday and not a Monday.

Tuesday was the worst Monday that I have had in a while! I didn’t have the lesson plans done for the week and the kids didn’t want to do anything if they didn’t have to. I was not happy that I was behind, which in turn caused the kids to not want to do anything.

We finally got some things done, and they actually went smoothly for how the day had started. This was a great thing. I was happy to turn my flop into a success!

But before I went to bed Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Ray Ray came downstairs, he had a tummy ache and we spent time in the bathroom until 4am. Lucky for us, he didn’t get sick, but it was no fun.

This means that Wednesday was a long day! There was very little school that got done, there was lots of water being passed around and lots of rest was required, especially for mama! I didn’t want anyone else to come down with this, and I especially didn’t want to get this.

Of course, by Thursday I had little hope for the week. Everyone was feeling better and our Minnesota weather allowed us to get outside again. We were able to spend time working on our Coping with the Cold unit study. This has been such a great way to get school in when we really don’t want to do anything.

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I love how many great studies Cindy has over at Our Westward Journey. There is something for everyone and for something for every season. There is no true day by day lesson plan, but I have no problem to grab what I need when I plan my lessons out for the day. We also love how there are ideas to use this in conjunction with our Winter Time Morning Plans.

Another thing we did get done this week was our new music lessons! I love that we found a great Charlotte Mason style of music. This fits our homeschool style so much! Finding something that is simple, yet effective and all laid out for me is great. I love it!

So, this week we have had a few fails, some that we could have avoided, like me and lesson plans, and some that we couldn’t control, like the sickness. But, through this week we have been able to learn a lot. While it may not have been on our lesson plans, we did learn a lot this week!

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What’s Hoppin’ at Hopkins Homeschool – January 6, 2018

It is the first week of the New Year! What does that mean for us? We are working on getting back into the homeschool swing of things. What does that entail? Well for us it means getting back on schedule. It also means starting something new that we really seem to like!

I am starting the new year off with a plan! To have a plan, I need to have a planner that works for me. I love online planners, but I love to have something in paper and fun, colored pens! I am using The Focused Homeschool Teacher Planner to help me stay focused on all things this year!

Homeschool Teacher Planner

We have spent many years homeschooling now. I still feel like a newbie, but in the homeschooling world, I guess that I am more experienced than I would like to think. During these years, I have tried many different things. We found some we liked, others we just couldn’t stand.

The one thing that kept standing out for me, was that the kids love to read, or be read to. They love worksheets, but love to learn while living as well. Now, when I look at curriculum, I look to make sure we can use it in real life and that books are involved.

Morning Time Plans

With the start of the new year, we are going to be using the Morning Time Plans from Pam Barnhill. I love how simple these are to follow, yet how full of learning they are! We are starting the Winter Plan on Monday. I spent this last week finding what books I could from our library system and getting them sent to me.

Morning Time Plans

One of the programs used with this plan is the NaturExplorers Coping with the Cold. This is a great, goes with any style of learning, curriculum! I love the use of the books and getting outside. You can take this and use it as a Unit Study, or add it to your textbook and worksheet style of learning. I love that I can use this for multiple grades and it fits right into our homeschool!

Morning Time Plans

Now that we have had our short week of getting back into a schedule, I am excited to get going on our full swing homeschool schedule. I want to read all these books to the kids and I want to see them excited to learn new things in a fun way!

Morning Time Plans

What are you looking forward to in the new year? Do you have new plans or curriculum you want to try?

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What’s Hoppin’ at Hopkins Homeschool – November 18, 2017

The perfect homeschool starts at the same time each day. Your child comes down, eats their breakfast and asks what chores they need to do. This is followed by them sitting down and completing all their lessons without a struggle. But that doesn’t always happen!

These last two weeks have been a fast blur for us! We have been staying up late, and sleeping late. Our school schedule is off, oh no! And the kids love to fight having to sit down and work, they would rather play video games, watch TV or YouTube. Yes, I said it, I let them watch shows, and not just on the TV on the devices we have in our house. Yep, I am that mom!

Now the other week, I had waffles in the house. The kids went to bed ready for waffles for breakfast. While Ray Ray didn’t wake up that early, so at 10:30 in the morning (yes you read that right, why do you think we homeschool?) I called up that waffles were ready. My mistake!

Little did I know that Ray Ray did not pick up his room, and had numerous stuffed animals and blankets in his bed. When I called him to come from breakfast, he got his feet tangled up and fell head first out of his captain’s bed. Before hitting his head, he put his arm down to catch himself. As he says, “I stood on one arm for 2 seconds and then my elbow bend slightly backwards and I fell.” Yes, this slightly backwards bend was a great start to the day!

The cry I heard from his room…it made this momma skip two to three steps in each leap and bound I took to get to him! I just knew that something was wrong, especially when he tells me he wanted to throw up instead of having a waffle! So off to the ER we went.

Ray Ray did not like the fact that he had to tell the same story over and over again. Especially since he had not yet had anything to eat for the day. Mommy got yelled at after giving him simple fruit snacks at 1 in the afternoon, but my poor boy was hungry! Not to mention that while we were watching a cartoon in the ER room, it decided to focus on waffles…

Guess what we found out? Ray Ray broke his elbow! Yes, his elbow, not his arm, his elbow. It was not a major break, but it was a break. One that requires a cast. So, for the next 3-4 weeks, this kid is rocking a long arm cast. He is happy that is it not his writing and drawing arm, but he is not happy that he cannot get out and make snow angels when it snows, or lay on his side to sleep. But these are minor things, considering how it could have turned out!

Needless to say, my dream of getting up at a set time, getting breakfast and chores done followed by homeschool lessons without argument did not happen, I am glad that we didn’t have to have surgery! I am glad that I have another day, or week, to get things back on somewhat of a schedule! Have you had any flops or flips or Yays in your homeschool this week? I would love to hear about them in the comments below! Also, I am linking up with DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life this week. Check out what other homeschool families have been through this week!

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What’s Hoppin’ at Hopkins Homeschool – September 15, 2017

Ok, so we have finished our second week of September. This means all the public kids are back in school and all the homeschoolers who don’t homeschool year-round are back at school what does that mean for us? Not a thing…except Moe Man had a few troubles logging in to do his online lessons last week. I am glad that they were able to spend the time needed to fix that! You never know how well your homeschool site works until the week after Labor Day!

After we got that all sorted out, we were able to get into a groove, until the end of the week when Moe Man turned 17! I think I might have cried a little, or a lot. I was not ready to accept the fact that he is now one year away from being an “adult”. How can he be that old already?? Does every mom feel this rush of fear, worry and excitement all at the same time?

Ray Ray has been busy working on his new curriculum. We have picked some full curriculum choices from The Critical Thinking Co. This is a whole new way of learning for him and I love it. It makes him think outside of the worksheet and lets him explore in a whole new way! With the way he learns and thinks, this type of curriculum is working for him!

Little Miss has been busy working on her writing and reading skills. I have loved many of her reading programs before, but right now she is trying out Reading Eggs, and you know what? She isn’t fighting me to say the words, instead she is just doing. But I will tell you more about that later! She is also super excited because I bumped her up to 1st grade this last week. Where did that time go? How can she be that old already? Yes, I had a hard week with realizing how grown up my kids have become!

Baby Girl is hanging out around the table when the kids are learning. I find fun little printables for her to work on, and the older kids help her if she seems to get stuck. She loves having the big kids help her and I love that she is learning at her own pace, but still learning!

This upcoming week, we are going to spend some time learning more about hurricanes. I have found a few good resources, one is an upcoming review of SuperTeacherWorksheets.com and the other is a unit study found right here. With all that has been on the news, it only seems smart to bring it into our homeschool as well.

Mommy is busy getting ready for the next season. I love freezer cooking and freezer meals when the times get cold, and the days short. I have been spending some time on MyFreezEasy getting some meals planned out. This site has been a great helper when I really don’t want to plan out a grocery list. It does it for me when it comes to suppers around here! My current favorite recipe is the Slow Cooker Pepperoni Chicken…um, chicken and pepperoni, two of the favorites for the picky children, means that they eat and I am happy! Have you checked this site out yet?

What is something fun you have done this last week? What are you doing in the upcoming week? If you are dealing with the aftermath of Harvey or Irma, or are dealing with the wildfires in the west, know that you are in our prayers!

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What’s Hoppin’ at Hopkins Homeschool – August 7, 2017

Wow! We are already into August!! I don’t want this month to happen, if it does, my first born will turn 9, my oldest will be turning 17 after that, summer will be over and in the state of Minnesota that means winter will be here soon.

This past week we have been busy. We are getting back on track after our week of summer vacation. Yes, one simple week of summer vacation. Why only one? Because we take a full week off numerous times through the year. We start, and finish our lessons well before the day is over, if we wake up early. And because this year we took a lot of time off in February after Daddy came home from surgery and we needed to adjust to a new schedule.

What Are We Reading?

This past week we have been reading a few different books. Moe Man is reading Shepherd, Potter, Spy – and the Star Namer from Peggy Consolver. This is fitting in perfectly with his Bible lessons. I loved this book, and am excited for him to be reading it!

Ray Ray is reading, a lot! He is my son for sure because he can read multiple books at the same time and not have an issue with keeping them separated! He is in love with U.S. Presidential History Bites and U.S. History Bites. These are super short and to the point! But he also started Great Escapes: Mount St. Helens 1980 Fiery Eruption! This is one I want to steal from him!

Little Miss loves running around the library each week and picking out a bunch of books. This week her picks were three from The Berenstain Bears. I love when she picks out books I remember from when I was a kid! We have read The Big Road Race, Too Much Junk Food, and Go Out for the Team. I love being able to teach lessons with great stories!

Baby Girl doesn’t always pick out books when we go to the library. That is where I step in and help find some good selections for her. Our favorite this week is The Adventures of Beekle. This is such a cute little story and it had everyone stopping to listen to it!

What Are We Learning?

These last two weeks have been slow learning. We are having fun enjoying summer and only doing what we need to do. We have been having fun with trying out a few review items and just taking it easy. Have you seen our review for In the Reign of Terror? This was a great way to get some learning in while still having fun.

And no matter what we do, we always include some type of Bible study every day. We have a new one that we have had the chance to check out. Keep an eye on the blog this week to hear more about I Can Study 1 Samuel Alone With God.

What have you been up to this past week? Did you do something fun and exciting? Find a new curriculum you can’t live without? I would love to hear about it!

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High School, Summer and More…Oh My!

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High School, Summer and More…Oh My! I just don't know what to do anymore! Do I homeschool year round, take a week off every 3 weeks or just take some time off for the summer? And this High School kid, since when do I have a high schooler?? I just don't understand where all the time has gone!

High School, Summer and More...Oh My!!

So this last week I spent some time working on our summer schedule. You know what I came up with? We are going to continue with our school through the summer. Yep, I am that mean mom. But before you burn me with those mean stares, let me explain. Our schedule will have us getting up like normal during the week days. I mean, 8:30 isn't that early. We will do our school after breakfast, and finish up by lunch. Do you know what that means? ALL afternoon to do what we want!

Summer, oh yes, the days where we spend time at the pool, right down the road from our house…literally, walking distance from our backyard. We will be riding bike to the school playground. You know, the one we can't go to during the school week, unless we wait and go on their schedule? Yeah, that one. And the times we just sit outside and take in the sights, sounds, and learning that we can do (shhh, I haven't told them they will learn while playing this summer)!

High School, Summer and More...Oh My!

Now, another thing I did this week, I hit the wall realizing that I am about to finish the first year of high school with Moe Man. I have a few things that I need to finish up on my end, but he is finishing the first year! Now, I remember the first night he spent with us, I remember the day of his adoption, his first day at Kindergarten, and the first day of homeschooling in 6th grade. But all those silly days in between, where or where did they go?

With this upcoming year, I hope to figure out what Moe Man wants to do with his future. We will continue the required classes, but I want him to start figuring out his electives and see what he plans to do in another 3 years. Wow, only 3!!

Free Notebooking Pages Sampler 

We have all been working on some great upcoming reviews. Have you heard of Essential Skills Advantage (ESA)? We love this program, and can't wait to tell you more! Moe Man started his Government class that is required using Notgrass Exploring Government. There isn't much "extra" to do with this unless you order the extra book, so I have decided to have him do some Notebooking Pages each day to show me what he is picking up on.


We are working on finishing up a new read a-loud. You know of Jerry B. Jenkins from the Left Behind Series. Well, we are reading his book The Glass Castle that he wrote with Trisha White Priebe. This book has us on the edge of our seats! Ray Ray has tried to steal it and read ahead when I am not looking!!

So there is what I am thinking about and doing this week! It has been a roller coaster of emotions realizing how fast everyone is growing, yet anticipation and excitement of what is to come. What have you been up to this last week? Are you homeschooling through the summer or taking a break?

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Weekly Review ~ February 23 -27 2015

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Another week has gone by for Hopkins Homeschool. We did some changes, added some things, took others away, but all in all it was another great week!

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Moe Man – Middle School

For Moe Man, we went back to Easy Peasy for our “core” this week. I have always loved this FREE homeschool resource, and I have always wanted to use it more. I finally decided we needed to do just that this week and we added it back into our daily schedule. Language Arts, Reading and Math are all being used from here, along with some Khan Academy for Math also. History, we have decided to start our journey with the Mystery of History Vol. 1. While it seems funny to be starting something new in the middle of the year, I am actually working on looking to the future and wanting to spend some extra time on some areas, so I need to start early for that! For Science and Health, we are using Visual Learning Systems. I will be sharing more about this in an upcoming review. Another item you will be hearing about is Pattern Explorer. Moe Man has been using this for his Critical Thinking lessons. (I have more fun with this one than he does though!) Moe Man is traveling along with the Bible Road Trip for his bible lessons. He is loving these and I am so glad we found them!

Weekly Review Ray Ray – 1st Grade

Ray Ray has been busy working on his reading this last week. He is a master at basic math, but doesn’t like to read. We have started using a reading tracker sheet, and setting goals for the amount of books that he can read (for every 50 he will earn a reward). To go with the reading, we have been using Easy Peasy and the McGuffey’s Readers for his lessons. To add some fun into this, we have been using worksheets from The Moffatt Girls and their No-Prep packets. I love these for the fun review that they provide! Math has included the No-Prep worksheets and the games on Easy Peasy. Ray Ray uses Great Parents Academy for his main lessons right now. We will have a review of this coming up. He is loving the fun he is having on there…please don’t tell him he is learning while playing on there! Ray Ray is joining with Moe Man for History and just doing a little bit less, but still enjoying it thoroughly! Bible lessons for Ray Ray have been listening to me read to him from Jesus Calling Storybook, but we have plans to move up a little more and start using Amanda Bennett’s First Steps In Faith along with our Jesus Calling Storybook.

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Little Miss – Preschool

Although I don’t require much from Little Miss right now, she loves to work on her school as well. We have found numerous free printable worksheets on Pinterest (Check out my Preschool boards here and here). She also gets to use Starfall for her computer school, and Easy Peasy has some fun daily learning lessons we have started for her. I love that she loves to learn as much as she does. She sits in with the boys for history, and loves to color whatever they are coloring, and she also joins in with Ray Ray for Bible stories.

What have you been doing this past week? Are you having fun trying something new, or do you have that tried and true favorite you love to use? I want to hear about it! 

Our Week in Review ~ August 25-29, 2014



So, here we are into our school year. I know that many of you are still waiting on Moe Man’s curriculum choices, and I will get there. We actually had a few things change with each child as the first few weeks got started and now that we seem to have a good thing happening I can get that list together.

This last week has been a busy and fun one for us. Our public school friends were here this week for “daycare”, and that meant kids wanting to play instead of learn. I stepped our studies back, a little, and let that happen. But I will tell you we didn’t skip out on everything.

Moe 8-29

Moe Man has been working on learning about the New World Explorers for American History. We have started using the Time Travelers Studies from Homeschool in the Woods and Moe Man loves the hands on fun with this! This week we got to learn how to tie some knots. We also started a new grammar program from IEW, Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Book. This is a simple way to work on grammar daily and I get to share a review with you soon!


Ray Ray has been working on his reading with BOB Books. He loves this because we have the Kindle edition, so he has an excuse to use the tablet! We have found a fun lesson plan over at This Reading Momma. We pick and choose the activities that we will use and only print those. We have fun stamps for some of these, but mommy pulled out our letter tiles, and everyone had fun with those! This week for math, I wanted Ray Ray to have fun. We started on our addition families. With this, we started our Addition Lapbook and used UberSmart Math Facts and Starfall to practice. Ray Ray is also working on mastering his number writing. He has never been a fan of writing, so we are taking our time instead of forcing it on this one.


Little Miss is just having fun for her learning! She has taken to loving Starfall like Ray Ray did at her age. The biggest difference I have noticed with Little Miss, she loves to write and draw! She got to have fun on the dry erase board this week and started drawing herself. Both Little Miss and Ray Ray watched some Magic School Bus for their Science lessons. I feel that at this age, the littles just need to be introduced to these topics. Little Miss love The Magic School Bus and it is one of those go to videos that I am thankful is available on Netflix streaming.

Together we are working on memorizing our prayers. Next week we are going to add in our Scripture memory for the year. We are going to use Verse Pack 1 from Simply Charlotte Mason. Lots of new things will be coming next week as we will be onto our full schedule instead of the getting started schedule. I hope that you will join me back here to see what we did!

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Weekly Wrap Up ~ February 22, 2014


Oh, what a busy week! We went from one season to the next in a matter of hours this week! We celebrated President's day and did lots of "field trips" out of the house.

Our week started out with bringing daddy to work and driving in some nice snowy weather. We came home and learned a little about President's Day, but you will read more about that on Monday in my Poppins Book Nook post 🙂

Wednesday was a gorgeous 40 degrees and felt like spring! We spent the day at my dad's farm where the kids love to play in the snow. We even got to meet the new calf that was named after Ray Ray. While we were there, the kids got to see where the milk is stored before going in the milk truck. 


We went and saw Great, great grandpa on Thursday before the "mega" storm hit us during the evening hours…and man, did it hit! 10.5 inches overnight and than the wind and drifting hit!…ugh.


Yeah, I am about done with winter. We have made progress in our unit study of Percy Jackson and are loving it. I love being able to listen to the audio book while working on other things. Moe Man loves following along with the reading and is excited about watching the movie. 


What was your week like? Is the weather just as "yucky" for you as it is for us? What are some of the fun things you did this last week? 

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