04 Oct

Core studies for 3rd grade home education (writing, math, history)

This year I’m starting off with curriculum that I’m more excited about than last year. I feel like it’s closer to challenging my son than just giving him what’s standard for his age – which was one of our major reasons for homeschooling in the first place.

  1. IEW writing intensive & teaching writing: structure and style
  2. Beast math

Everything else is loose. We’re reading

01 Oct

Ireland study, home education

I’m preparing to study Ireland. Here are the resources I’ve found so far. Please comment and add resources!

  1. Pandora – Irish music
  2. we’re adding a UK clock to our clock wall (central time +6)
  3. Netflix: Ireland’s Wild River
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3r9bOkYW9s – history of English, some adult content and language.
  5. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/search/search_results.html?x=0&y=0&q=ireland

De Vere – The Legends of St Patrick (http://books.google.com/books?id=7Js-AAAAIAAJ)

Irish Folk and Fairy Tales
O’Sheridan – Gaelic Folktales (https://archive.org/details/gaelicfolktaless00osheiala)
Strahan – Irish Fairytales, Folklore, and Legends (http://books.google.com/books?id=vFsKAAAAIAAJ)
Tibbets – Folk-lore and Legends: Ireland (http://books.google.com/books?id=kokvAAAAYAAJ)


30 Sep

Education theory for homeschool

In the self test for my preferences for educational style, I come out split between classical education (because of the emphasis on a rich, full-mind and body educational journey) and unschooling (because of the emphasis on a full, rich life).

Here are some of the resources that I’ve found most useful:

  • charlotte mason forum
  • charlotte mason FB page
30 Sep

Cool science stuff for homeschool

Here’s the cool stuff I’ve found so far. Please comment with your favorite science projects / books / whatever.


  • http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/k-8/science-activities.html – American Chemical Society
  • http://www.inquiryinaction.org/
  • http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/adventures-in-chemistry.html

Full courses and curriculum:

  • http://store.ellenjmchenry.com/?product_cat=elements – I’ve heard great reviews of this and plan to check it out
  • http://www.theplantedtrees.com/2015/07/living-book-chemistry-plans-for.html#uds-search-results

Videos, TV shows and movies:

  • http://www.periodicvideos.com/
  • https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=science+of+disney+imagineering+
  • http://dep.disney.go.com/mathscience.html
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Games and other stuff to buy:

  • http://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math
30 Sep

Homeschool printable planner / schedule

This is my second year home educating my son, and staying organized takes a lot of energy. I’m not an organized person, so I need to have schedules to make up for that.

I was thinking about buying one of those homeschool schedule books, mainly to make sure we get in field trips and other fun stuff. Yesterday I ran across this one by Living Well Spending Less: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/our-homeschool-planner/

I like it because it is more of a ‘whole life’ planner.

What do you think?

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