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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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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May Reading List

Hey there!

May is just around the corner, so i thought today i’d share what we are planning on reading in May.

may reading list

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards Book 2)

Dasean (11 years old/ 5th Grade)

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Secret of the Staircase (The Virginia Mysteries Book 4)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

Veronica (Me!)

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Bible Promises for Moms

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Mere Motherhood

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The Bronte Plot

That’s it, those are all the books we have planned to read this month. What are you reading?

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April Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s a new month, so you know what that means. Another monthly reading list.

Here’s what we are reading in April.

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Samuel (13 years old/8th Grade)

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The Cooper Kids Adventure Series books 6,7,8 – He loves the Cooper Kids!

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Electronics for Kids – He is wanting to know more about electricity, so he asked me to get him a book about it.

Dasean (11 years old/5th Grade)

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Ghosts of Belle Isle (The Virginia Mysteries volume 3) – He loves this series!

Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)

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Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Veronica (Me)

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Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed

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Past Darkness

That’s it! Those are the books we are reading this month! What are you reading?

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