Category Archives: Curriculum

First Grade – Week 4

Week four has been a lot of fun. We read and narrated from 50 Famous Stories Retold, Child’s History of the World, and the Burgess Bird Book. We covered our basics and added back in Learning through Sounds. While I … Continue reading

First Grade – Week 3

Okay, I’ll admit it – we’re behind. While the basics are getting done every day, the extras aren’t always. This is why having a loop schedule makes me very happy (and not dating the planner! Argh, no dates!) You can … Continue reading

Review: Ann McCallum’s Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant

I’ve been curious about using math stories to teach Boobear different concepts. The idea just appeals to me, so when the Review Crew was offered the chance to review one of Ann McCallum’s math stories, I grabbed the chance. The … Continue reading

Review: Peter and the Wolf from Maestro Classics

The Review Crew was given the opportunity to review a product from Maestro Classics. Since it’s such a great introduction to different instruments, we snagged a copy of Peter and the Wolf to review. I lucked out! This was something … Continue reading

Halloween Salt Dough Skulls

We don’t have much in the way of money to go all out buying Halloween decorations. We reuse things we found previous years or make our own things. This year, we decided to get creative with salt dough and try … Continue reading

Review: Institute for Excellence in Writing Resource Set

I was given the opportunity to review the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Resource Set as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. There are three parts to this set: Teaching with Games (DVD/CD-ROM set), Timeline of Classics, and A Word … Continue reading

Review: Writing Through Ancient History Level 1 Manuscript by Brookdale House

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like using Charlotte Mason methods in our homeschool. Boobear responds well to them and I find it easy to implement. (Now, that in no way means it’s easy! Just easy for me to use.) … Continue reading

Owl Unit Study

We recently read “Why Mr. Great Horned Owl Hatched the Eggs” from Clara Dillingham Pierson’s Complete Among the People Series. This is part of both our moral stories and natural history. It’s what I used to replace Parables of Nature … Continue reading

First Grade – Week 2

Well, we finally have finished what I’m satisfied with calling week two. Yes, it took a while and it was spread out, but we had good reason! And we did some things that counted as “school” over the time period. … Continue reading

Review: ASD Reading from Reading Kingdom

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I got the chance to review Reading Kingdom’s ASD Reading with Boobear. Oh my goodness, I have so much to say about this product! But first, let’s talk a bit about Reading Kingdom. … Continue reading

Review: Middlebury Interactive Languages

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was offered the chance to review a 100% online language program from Middlebury Interactive Languages. The program is an immersion program where most things are spoken in the target language. We reviewed the Elementary Spanish 1: … Continue reading

Minecraft: Educational Tools for Kids

Minecraft! Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a fact that most kids seem to adore the game. I have to admit, I’ve played a bit myself and quite enjoy it. Boobear adores it. We have a deal – … Continue reading

1st Grade – 1st Week

So we’re back to school! Yes, we actually did our first week a bit ago, but hey – life. So it got spread out a bit, but we were still learning. Videos, bug hunts, and whatever science book is hanging … Continue reading