Another book for next year!

I have written before that we read through part of Story of the World this year.  She actually read (without complaint, as she enjoyed these) Volume 1 (http://amzn.to/2nEFPZg), Volume 2 (http://amzn.to/2oEkMHd) and most of Volume 3 (http://amzn.to/2ox2cE0).  Next school year, I hope to finish Volume 4 (http://amzn.to/2nSCGWA).  (We will finish Volume 3 as part of our summer reading.)

Because she enjoyed these so much, I decided to purchase this to consider for next year:

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I think this Story of the World workbook for Volume 1 will be something we will both enjoy.  You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2o52H7e .

Although, I may order the workbook for Volume 4 and start there.  I’m still trying to decide.  My daughter really enjoys this series and I encourage you to check it out.  If you use Classical Conversations, I find it goes along well- especially with Foundations.

Do you have a great history resource to recommend?

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Meal Planning

I’m trying something different with meal planning.  I’m trying to spend about an hour on either Saturday or early Sunday morning preparing fruits and veggies for the week, instead of as needed.  (I’m sure you do this already…I mean why haven’t I tried this before, right?)

So I spent about an hour this morning doing this:

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That’s my current menu plan on the bottom.  It’s likely to change, although as far as evening meetings go, this is a light week but tis the season to begin farming.

I should also clarify breakfast around here is usually eggs right now (thank you, chickens) and toast or eggs and turkey bacon or turkey sausage.  Lunches can be leftover, lunchmeat, etc.  I often have lunch meetings.

This is about the third week I have tried this and it seems to be working well.  Do you have any meal planning tips?

Thinking about homeschooling next year?

Are you thinking about homeschooling next year for the first time?  Or are you a seasoned homeschool parent trying to make plans for next year?

I find it helpful to talk to some seasoned homeschool moms each year- especially if I a considering a curriculum with which they have had experience.  At the same time, I recently had lunch with a friend who is considering homeschooling for the first time.

Interestingly, this blog was born out of the number of conversations I’ve had about how I manage to be employed outside the home and homeschool- so folks could have my daily schedule, what we use, to refer to when they needed it.

Many enjoy going to homeschool conventions and practicums.  For me, it’s sometimes difficult to rearrange my work schedule to make that happen and most in my area on weekdays.  But if you can attend, they can be useful.

It is possible to homeschool and work outside the home?  Absolutely.  Be flexible and willing to find a schedule that works for you.  Find a seasoned homeschool parent who can help you. (Feel free to message me, I’d love to attempt to answer your questions.)

 

Extracurricular Summer Activities

Summer can be a lot of fun- and super busy!  We choose to continue a few extracurricular activities in the summer, while letting some break.

Of course, summer is a busy time with children’s programming at church at 4-H.  We choose to continue piano lessons in the summer, but take a break from our weekly physical activity so we can take swimming lessons instead.

While our local library has a wonderful summer reading program, you have to attend once a week, and it is while I’m at the office.  We will visit the library for fun reading books and I have purchased a few from this series for summer reading as well:

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We’ll also be outside a lot…and in the garden a lot.

Are you ready for summer?

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Planning a summer schedule…

It’s time (for me at least) to start planning ahead for a summer schedule.  We are winding down our school year. I have the church summer calendar for the kids and I have a decent idea on the 4-H calendar.

So why start planning now?  So many of these fun activities will take place while I’m at work.  Our church is in the same town as my job.  So there will be a handful of days that I’ll drop her off at church in the morning and pick her up with about an hour left at the office.  That will be a good time to schedule in summer reading.

We are still trying to figure out church camp, but there’s a chance I’ll rearrange my schedule to go.  As for 4-H, I switch my schedule around 4-H week.  (I am blessed to  be able to switch around hours/ day off when needed.)

There’s other things going on the calendar as well.  I just have to figure out where to put them.  However, because I work outside the home, it’s important I plan these things in advance so my job is covered- and my child has a great summer as well.

How do you schedule your summer?

Planning for next school year…

My Abeka order for next school year arrived last week.  I’m naturally (well, for the most part) a planner.   Why would I order in March for next school year?

My job is pretty busy during the month of June and July is always busy.  My husband’s business makes spring (and fall) busy in general.  It’s fresh on my mind the changes I want to make after summer break next year.  So really, it’s just a good time for me to order.

In reality, I’m still trying to figure out a few subjects and am studying the Classical Conversations catalog.  But it’s a start.

Do you have any tips on planning for next school year?

Tinker Crates and Doodle Crates

Recently, at the high recommendation of a friend (and thanks to her $10 off link) I purchased both a Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate for my daughter.  We were both quite excited when these boxes came in the mail:

We have started on Doodle Crate, which is the paper bowels, but have not finished those yet.

However, my daughter (with a little help from dad- which in all honestly she probably didn’t need), worked hard to put together her crane from her Tinker Crate.

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And this was the end result:

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This offered a few great lessons.  First, following directions for a project on her own without much help- and it took about 45 minutes for her to put it together.  The directions were kid friendly.  Second, STEM.  Finally, it has entertained her the better part of two days now.

Kiwi Crate offers boxes for all ages of children and is a monthly subscription service (so be sure to cancel if you no longer want to receive it).  Follow my link below for $10 off your first order: http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=HollyH107

We are excited to receive next month’s boxes!

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