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Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 5th and 7th Grades

Our homeschool year is going to be very different this year. Half of my children will basically be doing their own thing, leaving me with only two children who are truly at home full time.

My oldest daughter is in 11th grade and will begin dual enrollment at our local community college and her other courses are outside of our home. My 9th grader is beginning high school at a local public charter high school, so her school day is covered completely.

Only my 5th and 7th-grade boys will be home with me full time. I plan to use as much of the same homeschool curriculum with both of them so we can learn together throughout the day.

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Five Reasons we are Sticking with Mr. D Math in our Homeschool

Last year we made the switch to Mr. D Math for everyone in pre-algebra and beyond. Even though I was a math teacher, I could not keep up with teaching upper-level math to three students.

Mr. D math literally saved my sanity last year.

Because of Mr. D, Tricia made it through pre-algebra, Kayleigh made it through geometry, and David is still halfway through pre-algebra. (David will continue this year.)

Without a doubt, we will be sticking with Mr. D Math this year and I have five good reasons why it’s a great fit in our home.

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Booklists, Homeschooling, Literature

Twenty Graphic Novels Your Middle Schooler Will Love

This collection of graphic novels for middle school contains a variety of titles so you can find the perfect one for your child. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself immersed in these titles as well.

While an engaging graphic novel can draw in a reluctant reader, don’t limit these delightful, visual stories to only reluctant readers. Everyone can benefit from learning to use their brains in a new when reading a graphic novel, even adults.

A list of graphic novels for your middle school child.
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Geography, Homeschooling

Hands On World Geography with Pin It Maps

After our wonderful experience with the US Geography Pin It Map set, I was ready to give the World & Continents Bundle a try. This year was the perfect time to use it because we are ready to travel the globe as we study World Geography this year.

I knew that hours of pin building were in store for me once the set was delivered, but I was ready for it.

These interactive, sturdy, reusable maps sets are well worth the effort it takes to put the pins together. After all, pin making is a perfect excuse to catch up on a few good Netflix shows. Better yet, invite a friend over to work on their set (or to help you) and catch up over a few hours of conversation.

In the end, you won’t regret it.

Looking for a hands on way to learn World Geography? Look no further than Pin It Maps. Check out how we are using them. Continue Reading

Book Clubs, Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

More Than a Shelf of Books

I am not one of those moms who can’t get rid of books. I am a purger. And I have no problem purging books.

The way I see it, that is what libraries are for. Libraries house my books.

But even I have my soft spots and my memories, so I must admit that there is a section of our hallway bookcase that is more than just a shelf of books.

It is a collection of memories that will always be exempt from purging.

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Homeschooling, Music

SQUILT Music Appreciation Review

Last year we spent a semester learning about the orchestra, the instruments, and a few composers as well. We had a great time and I was able to put together my own curriculum that carried us through a basic introduction to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra.

This year I want to build on our foundation from last year and dive a little deeper into composer studies. But this time, I don’t want to have to create the study.

This time I want the plans done for me.

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I want something that is already well-planned but allows for flexible implementation. Because if you know me, then you know I am always following my own inspiration, but I need a solid leaping off point.

I had no idea what would fit the bill until I tried SQUILT music.

SQUILT music lessons are easy to implement music appreciation lessons that are perfect for your homeschool. Read my full SQUILT review and learn how we are implementing this curriculum. Continue Reading