Create a Peaceful Homeschool Day I’m in the midst of homeschooling an 8th, 5th, and 2nd grader along with a precocious K-4er… add to that a 2-year old with a twinkle in his eye and a newborn. It’s a full house around here and I am always on the look-out for tips and tricks that will make our days more peaceful and … Read More
How to… middle school homeschool? I’m glad you asked. Good morning, world! This is me, Viv. I’m an 8th grader who is learning history, literature, language arts, and Bible through Sonlight 100. Are you curious about using Sonlight’s middle school curriculum? Come see what a typical day looks like for me at home. I’m about to start my day… and this … Read More
Build homeschooling socialization while reading a good book together!
“The general tone of the team picked up immediately. It recovered its old-time solidarity, and once more the dogs leaped as one dog in the traces” (59)
Last year, Vivienne and I had such a great time hosting A Tom Sawyer book club together that we decided to do it again this year. Vivienne’s 8th grade Sonlight literature curriculum includes The Call of the Wild.
We wanted to invite some friends along for the journey north.
We want to share the good news about Jesus, but we are so self-indulgent. Every morning, we gather at the breakfast table and thank God for our opportunity to learn and to develop our gifts for Him. We ask Him to use us in His world. Little by little, we want to learn how to love God and how to … Read More
Two of the most common questions about Sonlight Curriculum are… “How do you teach multiple students?” and, “How much time does it take to teach multiple Sonlight grades?” I don’t have all of the answers, but I’ll share what works for us AND give you a peak at our weekly schedule. (P.S. I received Sonlight 100 in exchange for a … Read More
Check it out: A sustainable way to utilize the gargantuan Sonlight Instructor’s Guides! This year, I’ll be teaching Sonlight 100 to our 8th grader, Sonlight E to our 5th grader, and Sonlight LA 2 to our 2nd grader. You know what that means: larger-than-life Instructor Guides (IG). As much as I LOVE the wisdom, guidance, and plans packed in each … Read More
So far, six of the kiddos in this picture love to write. (The littlest one is still learning her ABC’s…) Six of them have won young author awards for creative nonfiction. And six of them have been raised on Sonlight Language Arts. Half of these kiddos are mine, half belong to my dear friend. She and I have been friends … Read More
One of the beauties of homeschooling is learning together as a family. As our children get older, I’m always looking for ways to gather everyone around the table to learn a common subject together. History continues to be a great source of interest and unity in our homeschool. Every afternoon, we mix our ages and stages to enjoy a beautiful … Read More
For the first time in my life I feel uninspired about homeschooling. There’s no magic. No sparkly feelings. Nothing. This is odd for me because I’ve been a homeschool enthusiast since I was a child. While other kids dreamed of becoming the POTUS or the first person to set foot on Mars, I gazed starry-eyed at the prospect of gathering … Read More
Build homeschooling socialization while reading a good book together! Viv and I figured that if, way back in 1876, Mark Twain wanted her to get a kick out of Tom Sawyer’s adventures, we would read the book just like that. We intended to have some fun with this one!
We wanted to invite some friends along for the ride and we didn’t have to look very far. Fifteen enthused peers read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer together. It was my job to guide them toward “entertainment” the whole time! We read the book over the span of 8 weeks, covering 4 – 5 chapters each week. In the end, I can confidently say that the students thoroughly enjoyed the book together and I was honored to sit in on their laughter and discussions. Here’s what we did!
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