middle school

Volcanoes Unit Study: Parts of a Volcano Worksheet
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Volcanoes Unit Study: Parts of a Volcano Worksheet

Inside: Struggling with how to teach kids about volcanoes? I’ve put together an extensive collection of resources and helpful links to simplify your teaching. Be sure to also grab the free ‘Parts of a Volcano Worksheet’ (and sample of my bigger Volcano Unit Study) included in the post to enhance…

Classical Literature in the Digital Age| Heritage Humanities for Homeschoolers

Classical Literature in the Digital Age| Heritage Humanities for Homeschoolers

Inside: Heritage Humanities transforms the rich, complex world of classical literature into something accessible and engaging for today’s digital natives. Diving into classical texts of English literature can often feel like navigating a labyrinth, especially for young learners. Marc’s recent experience with the CLT8 exam highlighted a significant gap in…

How to Teach Kids about the Moon Phases| Worksheets and Tips
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How to Teach Kids about the Moon Phases| Worksheets and Tips

Inside: Explore the Moon with your kids through fun, hands-on activities, ideas, apps, videos, and free Moon phases worksheets. It’s a perfect blend of learning and play! Ever felt a bit lost when your child throws a tricky question your way? You’re in good company if your kids’ latest questions…

Earth Day Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Curious Minds: Nurture Environmental Literacy
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Earth Day Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Curious Minds: Nurture Environmental Literacy

Looking to bring more environmental consciousness in your homeschool? Find practical tips on learning about Earth Day hands-on and interdisciplinary and lots of resources like the Earth Day Reading Comprehension Worksheets to enrich the experience. There are so many ways to inspire the next generation of eco-conscious citizens! Keep reading to find them all.

Cultivating Entrepreneurship for Teens: A Guide to Upcycled Crafts Business Success

Cultivating Entrepreneurship for Teens: A Guide to Upcycled Crafts Business Success

Inside: Teen’s Guide to Making and Selling Upcycled Arts and Crafts emerges as a must-read for fostering entrepreneurship for teens. It demystifies the journey of business by combining real-world wisdom with actionable steps. Perfect for any teen with a business dream, it lays down the groundwork for success in the…

20+ Delightful Spring Activities for Kids and  Valentine’s Day Unit Study Ideas❤️ | Thematic Learning
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20+ Delightful Spring Activities for Kids and Valentine’s Day Unit Study Ideas❤️ | Thematic Learning

Inside: Looking for engaging Spring activities for kids and a Valentine’s Day Unit Study to sprinkle some fun and learning into your homeschool day? You’re in the right place. From engaging activity ideas to learning about myths and developing literacy and numeracy skills, this post has it all! Spring is…

How to Excel at Junior High Book Reports: Free Book Report Template Inside!
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How to Excel at Junior High Book Reports: Free Book Report Template Inside!

Inside: Thinking of ditching book reports in junior high? Hold that thought! Book reports teach vital skills to teens. Learn how to quickly organize and effectively create comprehensive book reports by using my free book report template, a sample of my comprehensive The Ultimate Book Report Master Guide. In elementary…

Discovering Life’s Story Review (Vol. 1) | The History of Science
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Discovering Life’s Story Review (Vol. 1) | The History of Science

Reading is an important part of our homeschooling but it’s difficult to find those special, inspiring books that not only inform but also rouse curiosity. When it comes to STEM, my son’s passion knows no bounds (some of you know his interests). So, imagine my delight when I stumbled upon…

Why We Chose BookShark Curriculum Level G for 7th Grade History and Language Arts | Review
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Why We Chose BookShark Curriculum Level G for 7th Grade History and Language Arts | Review

From the very first moment I opened our BookShark curriculum box over a year ago, I had a strong feeling that this was a homeschooling gem we’d treasure for years to come. And I wasn’t wrong. Because, honestly, what’s not to love about it? If you love reading, you’ll love…

Raise Creators, not Consumers of Tech | Teach Computer Skills for Kids
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Raise Creators, not Consumers of Tech | Teach Computer Skills for Kids

There’s a common misconception that kids can pick up all computer skills for kids on their own. We might assume that because our little ones are tech-savvy with iPads or our teens breeze through video games, they’re already tech experts and computer literate. But here’s a different way to think…

Mr D Math Geometry Review | Empowering Independence and Confidence
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Mr D Math Geometry Review | Empowering Independence and Confidence

You know what terrifies me? High school math. 🤣 Yep, I’ve been there already, staring at those thick, intimidating textbooks, trying to remember what all those formulas even mean, and breaking a cold sweat. But then we stumbled upon something magical the self-paced math courses with Mr. D Math! Let…

10 Tips for Teaching Multiplication to Struggling Students
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10 Tips for Teaching Multiplication to Struggling Students

After going through Algebra 1 and elementary math in our homeschool, I can say with certainty that teaching basic math is sometimes more difficult than Algebra 1. We had our fair share of hurdles in math, despite my rising 7th grader getting ready for high school Geometry for the upcoming…

Unlocking the Secrets of Singapore Math: Beyond Rote Memorization (Singapore Math Dimensions)
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Unlocking the Secrets of Singapore Math: Beyond Rote Memorization (Singapore Math Dimensions)

Are you curious about finding a more effective way to teach math to your child? Are you on the lookout for a curriculum that goes beyond mere rote memorization and fosters a genuine understanding of mathematical concepts? Then keep reading. As I reflect on our homeschooling journey, I can confidently…

From Novice to Word Wizard! Wordela Homeschool Online Vocabulary App | Review
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From Novice to Word Wizard! Wordela Homeschool Online Vocabulary App | Review

We all know vocabulary is an important tool in communication. But many times, in our homeschool, we tend to ignore teaching or implementing it. We assume children learn it from exposure, from great literature, and from all sorts of communication being carried around them. There are countless vocabulary curricula out…

Greg Landry Homeschool Science – Life Prep Physics  | Review (✞)
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Greg Landry Homeschool Science – Life Prep Physics | Review (✞)

Finding the right science curriculum can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not well-versed in science yourself (🙋🏻‍♀️). Add a high schooler that hates science to the mix, so what should you choose for them? Greg Landry Homeschool Science provides a Christian-focused high school science curriculum for non-STEM learners….

An IEW Structure and Style for Students Review – From Doubt to Confidence (VI)
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An IEW Structure and Style for Students Review – From Doubt to Confidence (VI)

Are you a homeschool mom struggling with reluctant or disorganized writers? For the past six blog posts, we’ve been looking at IEW Structure and Style for Students in a complete review of the homeschool writing curriculum that has the potential to revolutionize how we teach writing. We’re now at the…

10+ IEW Tools You Wish You Knew About| Enriching SSS  (IV)
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10+ IEW Tools You Wish You Knew About| Enriching SSS (IV)

Did you know that you can enrich your writing experience by using various IEW tools regardless of the writing program you’re using? We’ve been using the Institute for Excellence in Writing for two years and I’m continually discovering new gems on their website. They have so many valuable tools for…

The “Write” Way Forward: A Holistic Writing Curriculum | IEW (I)
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The “Write” Way Forward: A Holistic Writing Curriculum | IEW (I)

Do you remember the last time you read something that truly captured your attention and held it until the very end? Writing is a powerful tool that allows us to communicate our ideas and connect with others, yet this essential skill has seen a decline over the past years. As…

What’s Inside IEW’s Structure and Style for Students? | Key Components (III)
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What’s Inside IEW’s Structure and Style for Students? | Key Components (III)

We’ve already talked about IEW’s holistic approach to writing and seen how IEW teaches writing through the three programs it offers. Now let’s dive in and explore the components of Structure and Style for Students, a video-based writing program that has been consistently ranked among the best in the industry….

Laugh and Learn with WordUp! The Vocab Show| Review | The Ultimate Vocabulary Booster
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Laugh and Learn with WordUp! The Vocab Show| Review | The Ultimate Vocabulary Booster

Never had I thought I would see my 6th grader excited to learn vocabulary! But this is what happened to us with WordUp! The Vocab Show, a gem of a vocabulary program that would spice up your cumbersome vocabulary lessons. In this review, I’ll share everything you need to know…

The Tan Book Review | Learning Language Arts Through Literature {6th grade}
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The Tan Book Review | Learning Language Arts Through Literature {6th grade}

A real struggle over the years for us has been to find an all-in-one language arts curriculum that fits all the checklists: concise, easy to implement, affordable, and based on classical books. While there is no such thing as a perfect curriculum, Learning Language Arts Through Literature from Common Sense…

How to choose the best 6th grade homeschool curriculum | Eclectic curriculum

How to choose the best 6th grade homeschool curriculum | Eclectic curriculum

When it comes to choosing a 6th grade homeschool curriculum, it’s important to find one that works well for both you and your child. Keep in mind that there is no perfect curriculum, but you can come pretty close to perfection by selecting a combination that makes sense for both…

Homeschool Science Curriculum – EdisonLearnNow Review
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Homeschool Science Curriculum – EdisonLearnNow Review

Science has always been M’s strong subject. He is devouring our homeschool science curricula and accelerating faster than with any other subject. While that’s amazing for him, it’s a constant source of stress for me because I always need to be on the lookout for more science curricula to keep…

The Best Homeschool History Curriculum | BookShark Level F –  Full Review (We ❤️ it!)
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The Best Homeschool History Curriculum | BookShark Level F – Full Review (We ❤️ it!)

After 6 years of homeschooling, I can finally say I am head over heels in love with our curriculum choices, especially our homeschool history curriculum: Bookshark History Level F- Eastern Hemisphere. (Keep an eye out for the full reveal of our other 6th-grade choices, soon). Ok, this is the LONGEST…

Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science Membership – Self-paced science ✞
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Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science Membership – Self-paced science ✞

Do your children take notes? Mine hates the idea. But I couldn’t learn any other way. And I am so grateful I can access resources like Greg Landry’s self-paced science that puts the accent on HOW to learn. Because once you know how to learn, you can learn anything! Greg…

Finding and Filling Learning Gaps- Education Perfect Review
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Finding and Filling Learning Gaps- Education Perfect Review

Homeschooling, just like regular school, will inevitably leave some learning gaps. But how do we find these? And most importantly, how do we fill them? There are various ways to discover these gaps, from a casual conversation (where you discover your homeschooler doesn’t know what erosion is 😒) to testing….

Our favorite educational platform – BrainPOP Homeschool Review
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Our favorite educational platform – BrainPOP Homeschool Review

One of the best homeschooling investments you could make is to get access to a good online educational platform. This would serve either as a launch pad for introducing new topics or starting new curiosities or as a supplemental resource hub when you get stuck. I’ve written about multiple platforms…

10 Summer Ideas for Homeschooling Fun & Exploration – part 2

10 Summer Ideas for Homeschooling Fun & Exploration – part 2

Because I promised we don’t only do academic stuff during the summer, here’s part two of our plans for the next couple of months. I condensed them into 10 summer ideas for homeschooling fun and exploration. You can read about our planner, summer learning, activities, and why we chose to…

Independent Science Curriculum – Heron Books- Circulation of the Blood Review
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Independent Science Curriculum – Heron Books- Circulation of the Blood Review

Science isn’t an easy subject to teach at home. Many times parents place it at the bottom of the list because there’s not enough time for it or they don’t know how to tackle it. The perfect solution to this dilemma is to get an independent science curriculum. Kids will…

The Best Grammar Curriculum for Homeschoolers | Fix it Grammar Review  {4th edition}
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The Best Grammar Curriculum for Homeschoolers | Fix it Grammar Review {4th edition}

Updated: March 26, 2024 Inside: Fix It! Grammar is a one-of-a-kind grammar curriculum for homeschoolers because it transforms traditional grammar lessons into engaging, story-based adventures. Kids learn grammar and editing skills in context without even realizing they are actually learning the complexities of language. This is why the Fix It!…

Online Music Classes with Great Bend Center for Music HighKey Kids™
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Online Music Classes with Great Bend Center for Music HighKey Kids™

Music is uplifting and a necessary outlet for emotions at every age. But many communities don’t have access to quality music lessons. That’s where online music classes might be a good option for families worldwide. I’ve already written about why I introduced music into our regular curriculum, and why I…

Homeschool Music Learning  with My Rock Online – Guitar Lessons
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Homeschool Music Learning with My Rock Online – Guitar Lessons

I recently realized that I’ve made a mistake by mostly ignoring homeschool music learning. Since M didn’t show any special interest in music, I just let it slide. Thankfully, it’s never too late to learn how to play an instrument and there are so many options today, saving you time…

Academic Vocabulary-Take Your Homeschool Vocabulary Further with Evan Moor
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Academic Vocabulary-Take Your Homeschool Vocabulary Further with Evan Moor

While we can learn new vocabulary by reading, and M is a voracious reader, I still feel that we need to work on it diligently, year after year. But an aspect that I feel isn’t covered enough by just reading literary works is academic vocabulary. If you’re like me, you’re…