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 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

Daily schedule

Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner with Dollar Tree Upgrades

Choosing a new planner each year is always a bit of a chore. This year I used "A Simple Plan" homeschool planner from Mardel, plus the On The Go planner from Well Planned Gal for personal/household scheduling. I liked that "A Simple Plan" had large spirals that opened easily, however they were a little too… Continue reading Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner with Dollar Tree Upgrades

Field Trips

Homeschooling Perk: Spring Break without the crowds

We took our spring break this week. Why would we wait till mid April, when we are only a few weeks till the end of school? Our main reason for waiting is to have a beach without the crowds. Especially with COVID-19 still a thing, we wanted to be able to have plenty of social… Continue reading Homeschooling Perk: Spring Break without the crowds