Science for the Year: Apologia Chemistry and Physics

The girls share a few subjects: Science, World History, Bible & Character. This means we have the same lesson for both, with slightly different age-adjusted follow up activities. We’ve been doing this since we started homeschool, and it really does save me time. Last year for Science, we did Apologia’s Exploring Creation Swimming Creatures of the […]

Beep, Beep the Lab Jeep!

We were supposed to design a light-up card using the supplied LED lights, batteries, and copper tape. Raine and I, naturally, thought of the card design first. Raine drew her UFO with the copy “You are out of this world!”, and then we stuck in the LED lights through the card to light up the alien ship. “So where’s your circuit?” asked The Hubby. Apparently, all the other teams started with the circuit design. That had us flummoxed. Our aesthetically pleasing card did not have a circuit-friendly design.

Review: SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership

Over the Christmas break, the kids and I got to check out the perks of having a Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com—the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. And ‘curriculum site’ is exactly what it sounds like. You can find your entire year of homeschool curriculum in all the major subjects, short online classes on […]

Mathemize Your Home: Teaching Shapes and Colors (Part 1 of a Series)

    Parents worry about their kids’ reading skills, but I rarely hear them worry about number skills (I admit to that). But our children’s success is as dependent on numeracy as it is on literacy. Numeracy, which involves our ability to make sense of numbers, time, and patterns, to think logically, and to create […]

The HP Academy of Homeschool Shmool

This year, we finally took the plunge and decided to homeschool the girls. It wasn’t a sudden decision; I informally homeschooled the girls before we put them in for Kinder, and it was always one of the options, albeit not the most likely one. Until now. Why did we decide to homeschool? Three main reasons. […]