Homeschool Planner 2020-2021

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what homeschool planner i’m using this year.

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First, before i get into what planner i’m using this year, i thought i would share homeschool planners i have used in the past and what my thoughts on them are.

When we first started homeschooling i used Confession of a Homeschooler’s planner. Which worked ok for our first year. It’s pretty inexpensive ($9.95) because of the fact you have to print it out yourself. That was the part i didn’t really like about it. I found out i like already printed/bound planners.

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My next year of homeschooling (and up until 3 years ago) i used, Well Planned Gal’s Homeschool planner. It ships to you already printed/bound, it has a lot more features (shopping lists, dinner menus, weekly to do lists, etc.), and is sort of reasonably priced ($34.95) for all that it offers.  What i didn’t like about it, is that it is only for up to 4 children.

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I then tried the Bloom Daily Planner, which was very basic and simple compared to Well Planned Gal’s planner. What i didn’t like about it, was at the time we were doing year round schooling, and this planner started in August. The cost for this planner fell between COAH & Well Planned Gal, at only $19.95.

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This year i’m using, A Simple Plan. I’m really excited to use this planner. I love that it starts in July (for those year round homeschoolers). It wasn’t as expensive as Well Planned Gal’s, this one was only $22.99. It can be used for up to 6 kids! It feels like it will be a perfect fit for our family.

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If you are homeschooling and have a planner you love, i’d love to hear about it!

Happy Homeschooling!

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Our New Homeschool Room

Hey Guys!

As some of you might remember, back in 2018 we bought a house out in the country. We definitely down sized with this house, as we moved from a 2800 square feet house into this 1900 square feet house. In doing this move, we lost having a homeschool room.

I tried for 2 years to make dining room table schooling work for us. I know learning can (and does) happen everywhere, and that you don’t need a dedicated homeschool room to homeschool. However, not having a designated homeschool room doesn’t work for me.

Having some school work/supplies upstairs, some in a closet, some in the kids rooms, some in my room, was becoming super frustrating. With our house being the way it is, there was no way for us to have all the school work/supplies in one area together.

That is why we decided to build a school house…

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We were able to design it exactly how we wanted it.

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It only took us 2 months to build.

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We were able to add in built-in shelving.

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I love that the whole family was able to work on this project together.

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We still need to paint the exterior.

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We start school soon and we all can’t wait to do school in our new school house.

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Once the school house is fully organized and decorated i will share a homeschool room tour.

All this week i’m sharing homeschool stuff, so be sure to come back tomorrow for another homeschool post!

Take Care,

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I’m Back

Hey Guys!

If you look back at my blog, you will see that my last blog post was in May of 2019. That’s right, i took a whole year off from blogging. It wasn’t a planned break, life just kind of happened and i needed to clear my mind.

I’m back now, and i hope to get back into a blogging rhythm soon. However, I didn’t just want to start blogging again without some sort of explanation of my absence. I wish i could share with you, all the personal details that lead to my “blog break”, but i’m not comfortable with that yet, maybe someday. Until then, it feels good to be back doing what i love (blogging).

In a couple of weeks we will be starting back up with homeschool, this will be our 8th year of homeschooling! I know a lot of you are also homeschoolers, so this week i will be sharing a lot of homeschool stuff. If you are interested in that, then you won’t want to miss my blog posts this week!

I hope you all are doing well and i will be back Tuesday with another blog post. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Teaching Textbooks Vs. Math-U-See

From the very first day we started homeschooling (6 years ago), we used Math-U-See. I loved how you watch a video of the lesson, and then you do the worksheets that go along with that lesson. We had no problems with Math-U-See until my oldest son hit pre-algebra/algebra.

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My son would watch the video which took like 15 – 20 minutes, the videos up until this point had been relatively short about 5 minutes at the most, and then he would try to do the worksheets but he was finding himself stuck on lots of problems and really just not grasping the concepts.

Re-watching the videos at this point was not really an option, because then he would be spending about an hour on math and not doing any actual work.

Having me teach him the lessons really wasn’t an option either. I love doing math, up until a certain point. I will teach my kids; counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, etc., but once you get to adding the alphabet into your problems, i’m out.

So, needless to say we were both a little frustrated with math, and we needed a change badly, like yesterday. So during the middle of the school year, i switched him to Teaching Textbooks online. What a difference it has made. He enjoys doing math now, and he is finally understanding all the different concepts.

There is also a big difference price wise as well, Math-U-See pre-algebra costs $182 vs. Teaching Textbooks online pre-algebra costs $67.08!

I love how Teaching Textbooks also grades all the work, all i do is login to my parent portal and check his grades to see how he is doing. No more grading paper after paper, they do all the work for me!

Now, this doesn’t mean we are done with Math-U-See, in fact i just bought the next level up for 2 of my kids for our next school year. I plan to continue using Math-U-See with my children, until they hit the pre-algebra level, and then i will switch them over to Teaching Textbooks.

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Have you used Teaching Textbooks or Math-U-See? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

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My Homeschool Co-op Experience

When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.

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Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.

I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.

Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.

Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.

If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?

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