Homeschool and Summer Camps

We finally hit the age where my homeschooler can attend summer camps.  She’s been to two and has one more sports camp left.  Interestingly, two of the three camps have been connected to the public school, but both were attended with other children she knew.  Plus, they were only around and hour a day.  I knew (or will know) the adults in charge, so I was comfortable.

Then came the first overnight to church camp (that I may or may not admit left me a sobbing mess).  An adult from our church was attending with our church children, so I knew she would be fine.

Friends, if you are like me and your child has always been where you could check on them, nothing quite prepares you for an overnight at camp- even if she was being watched by a dear friend.  I had suggested to my daughter earlier this summer I could go and help and the camp and was met with “absolutely not.”  Apparently, she has realized I volunteer for 99% of the things she is involved in and she has decided a little breathing room would be nice.

While I do not suggest leaving your child with a perfect stranger, church camp was a good experience for her.  She had the opportunity be with others her age and learn and enjoy church camp.  I had someone I trust that was there and watching out for her.  (And yes, I may have checked the camp’s Facebook page a few times in the 24 hours she was gone.)

Eventually, she is going to go off to college and live on her own.  Hopefully, small experiences like this will begin to prepare the both of us.

Have you sent your homeschooler to any type of camp?  I’d love to know about it!




The Back to School Countdown

Even though the school books have been staring at me for a while, I finally looked over our Abeka math and language arts closely for the fall.  (We use Classical Conversations for everything else.)  I have 4th grader this year and I have always felt there is a change in curriculum at this level.  They are growing up and the text books show it.

I made a list of supplies we needed.  I ordered some books for reading I have intended to order and had not got to yet.  I made a list of the first week of school assignments (which I’m pushing back a week due a VBS my daughter really wants to attend.  Late nights and the first week of school are not a good mix).

Then, if I can be honest with you, I sat and tried to figure out how I’m going to get it all done.  Math is going to be tougher this year and language arts about twice the work.  I’m still planning to continue my job as well as do the books for my husband’s business.  Then there is the cooking and keeping up with the house.

So, after jokingly telling my husband I needed to hire a housekeeper, I’m working on formulating a plan.  I’m looking at switching around some of our school schedule as well as my household chores and cooking schedule.  Once I get this somewhat figured out, I’ll share it with you.

Are you considering making any changes to your routine for fall?  I’d love to hear about your plans!

Classical Conversations Cycle Three Science Resource

For Classical Conversations Cycle 3, I plan to supplement weeks 19-24 with It’s Couldn’t Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God’s Aweseome Creation.  In addition, we will be using our Bible for this portion of science.

Do you know of another good resource for weeks 19-24 for Cycle 3?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Classical Conversations Science Weeks 13-18 for Cycle

For Classical Conversations Science weeks 13-18 I plan to use the following resource. Again, I may add in something different each week too, and I’ll share that as we get into weekly resources.

The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book

Do you know of a elementary friendly Periodic Table book I could look into?

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Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Science Weeks 1-12


I plan to use two Usborne Books with Classical Conversations Science weeks 1-12.  I’ll probably add other books as we go each week, but these appear to work for the entire first 12 weeks.

See Inside Your Body and Usborne Human Body Reference Book.  (The Human Body Reference does have a little reproductive information.  Please make sure you find it appropriate for your child.)

You can buy these from an Usborne representative or you may be able to find used copies on Amazon or Ebay.  (I purchased these from a friend’s party.)

Do you know of any other great books for cycle 3 science for week 1-12?

Preparing for Classical Conversations Cycle 3

I know it’s  June, but I’m working on my book list for Cycle 3 when our Classical Conversations community starts meeting again in early August.  These are resources I feel will work for us for the entire cycle 3.  I’m also working on my weekly resources and will share them with you.

For history:

The Story of the World Volume 4

The Story of the World Activity Book Volume 4

Liberty Kids DVD set

For geography:

The 50 States: Explore the USA with 50 Fact Filled Maps

Do you know of something else I should use?  I’ll be sharing what I plan to use weekly as well!

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