Daily schedule

Our first day of school 2021-2022

Ever since I was a child, I have loved the first day of school. I loved it more than my birthday some years. The anticipation was exhilarating, the smell of new books, new backpack, and new sneakers intoxiyfing, and the adventure of new classmates, new teacher, and a new classroom full of hope and promise.… Continue reading Our first day of school 2021-2022

Curriculum · Social Studies

Using The Good and the Beautiful History Year 3 for elementary, middle, and high school

(This post contains links. Some are just links to cool resources that I like and use, and I receive no compensation for sharing them. Purchases made through the links to my Teachers Pay Teachers store do help to support this blog. Thank you!) For the past two years, we have used The Good and the… Continue reading Using The Good and the Beautiful History Year 3 for elementary, middle, and high school


What we are using for 5th grade this year

This will be my third time to teach fifth grade in homeschool. It is bittersweet that my youngest is starting her last year in elementary school the same year that my middle is going into her last year in middle and my oldest is starting her first year of high school. We have been using… Continue reading What we are using for 5th grade this year

Curriculum · Science

Planning for Apologia Biology

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links and some of the TeachersPayTeachers.com links are to products in my store. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) My oldest child will be starting ninth grade in a few weeks. She will be our first high school… Continue reading Planning for Apologia Biology

Curriculum · Daily schedule

Homeschool Year Calendar Planning

I usually start planning our next school year early in the spring. I'm just one of those Type-A homeschool moms who gets a thrill out of the planning part. (Until reality sets in, of course, that I cannot do ALL of things I want to. Then, I start scaling back and thinking about my actual… Continue reading Homeschool Year Calendar Planning


Homeschool End-of-year Clean Out

School's out for summer! We officially finished school on May 21, but we had finished out school work two days earlier. We spent the last two days on field trips. Just like public school, summer has come, the kids are done. The teacher is not. The last week of school was spent wrapping up grades,… Continue reading Homeschool End-of-year Clean Out

Curriculum · Teacher Pay Teacher Store

End of Year Report Cards

We wrapped up our 2020-2021 school year with my oldest kid graduating from eight grade last Friday. Even though we are not required by Texas to keep records, I do keep numerical grades for math and English language arts, as well as attendance records. My kids get a kick out of getting report cards at… Continue reading End of Year Report Cards


Displaying and storing student artwork

My kids love art. They love drawing, painting, crafting, all things art. We have a three-tier rolling cart full of supplies: a variety of paints, brushes, various types of papers, chalk and oil pastels, etc. We are prepared for almost any art or craft project our curriculum (or Pinterest project) calls for. What we wrestle… Continue reading Displaying and storing student artwork


The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever

This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Purchases made through the link help support this blog. Thanks! As part of our botany unit, we have been using our microscope A LOT. At one point, when we were viewing an anther from a lily covered in pollen grains, my 7th grader said what a great… Continue reading The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever