The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.

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I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)

Pros:

~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.

Cons:

~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.

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That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.

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8th Grade Homeschool Schedule {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

This year i’m going to be sharing with you my kids homeschool schedules.

Today i’m starting with my 8th graders homeschool schedule for the first semester of the 2018/2019 homeschool year.

8th grade schedule

Monday-Thursday

8:00 – Math

9:00 – English

9:30 – Vocabulary

9:45 – Language Arts

10:00 – History

10:30 – Science

11:00 – Reading

11:30 – Handwriting

11:45 – Piano

12:00 – Lunch Break

1:00 – Art

1:20 – Spanish

1:50 – Typing

2:00 – Schools out

Since we do year round schooling, we don’t do school on Fridays. I plan on sharing more about our year round schedule later on this month, so if you are interested in hearing more about that, be on the look out for that blog post coming out in the next few weeks.

I’ve made his schedule into a handy printable, which you can download for yourself for free, by clicking the link below!

 

———> 8th Grade Homeschool Schedule (First Semester) <————

 

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August Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s another new month, so you know what that means, another monthly reading list!

august reading list

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Bound For Oregon

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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I Rode A Horse Of Milk White Jade

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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Wake Up, Sun!

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Veronica (Me)

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Prodigal Summer

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Idaho: A Novel

That’s what we’re reading this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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First Day of School Interviews {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

I started this tradition of interviewing my children on their first day of school, when we first started homeschooling back in 2013! Ever since then it has become one of my favorite things of our whole back to school process.

Here are their interviews for this school year…

Samuel

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My name is Samuel

I am 13 years old

The yummiest food to eat is Grilled Cheese with pickles

My favorite show to watch is Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street

The best thing about school is getting done

The worst thing about school is waking up early

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at being creative

My favorite color is Silver

The best place in the world to be is outside

When i grow up i want to skydive

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to dance

3 words that tell about me: creative, smart, funny

This year i hope to learn Spanish

 

Dasean

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My name is Dasean

I am 10 years old

The yummiest food to eat is all foods

My favorite show to watch is Nexo Knights

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is siblings complaining

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at building LEGOS

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is home

When i grow up i want to be a master of building LEGOS

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to suck my thumb

3 words that tell about me: funny, smart, intelligent 

This year i hope to learn fractions

 

Karina

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My name is Karina

I am 7 years old

The yummiest food to eat is strawberries

My favorite show to watch is Son of Bigfoot

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at typing

My favorite color is pink

The best place in the world to be is with my mommy

When i grow up i want to sing

I really really do not like to eat broccoli

My best friend is Mommy

When i was little i used to drink milk

3 words that tell about me: cute, funny, a princess

This year i hope to learn how to be a mom

 

Cruz

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My name is Cruz

I am 4 years old

The yummiest food to eat is bread

My favorite show to watch is Halloween kid shows on YouTube

The best thing about school is B

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Cruz

I am really super good at playdough

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is with family

When i grow up i want to be Lincoln’s age

I really really do not like to eat bird poop

My best friend is Lincoln

When i was little i used to sleep in a crib

3 words that tell about me: funny, silly, gooey 

This year i hope to learn ABC’s

 

  •  In case you are curious, you can read some of their previous interviews below:

2013/2014 School Year

2014/2015 School Year

2015/2016 School Year

2016/2017 School Year

2017/2018 School Year

 

  • Or if you want to interview your own kids, i have made it into a handy printable. Just click the link below:

Free First Day of School Interview

 

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First Day of Homeschool {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

As you can tell by the title of this blog post we have started back up with homeschool, for our 6th year of homeschooling!

This year i have an 8th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, and preschooler.

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*Seriously why is it so hard to get 4 people to look at the camera at the same time and smile. This was the best picture i got.*

I plan on sharing all our curriculum choices in a separate blog post, so be on the lookout for that.

But as far as how our first day of school went, it was pretty good. We are doing a new schedule this year so of course that takes time to get used to. I might share our schedule in a separate blog post, if that something you guys would like to see, let me know. As we were doing our school work i realized some of our stuff hadn’t arrived yet and i also realized that i forgot to order a few things, so that was our one hiccup during the day. Nothing major though, and we were able to move along with the day.

Cruz, my preschooler, loves doing school. He keeps asking for more work, gosh how i love that age! I wish my 8th grader was as eager to do school work.

I really wish we had a fun, first day back at school tradition, but the only thing we do is take these pictures and do interviews, which will also be in a separate blog post. I was thinking though that we might do something fun on Friday to celebrate our first week of being back to school. Not sure yet, but i will let you know if i come up with something.

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Sam’s 13th Birthday

Earlier this month my oldest child, Samuel, turned 13 years old. It’s really hard to believe i have a teenager now.

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He loves Nerf guns, so he requested a Nerf gun themed party.

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We bought him a metal detector because he has been wanting one for awhile now, and since we now have the land we thought it was the perfect time.

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He is such an awesome kid, i’m so glad God chose me to be his mama!

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Tip Tuesday #6

Hi Guys!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Tip Tuesday, that i thought now would be a good time.

Tip Tuesday

Today’s tip is for those of you with more than 1 child, and this tip is all about how to get more 1 on 1 time with your children.

As a mom of 5, i’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to get alone 1 on 1 time with each of my kids. But it’s not impossible.

So i thought i’d share my ways on how i do that.

Way #1 :

When i do my weekly grocery shopping trips i usually just bring 1 kid with me, and i rotate it so each kid has a turn. This is great 1 on 1 time where we get to talk (uninterrupted), laugh, spend some time together, and maybe even get a special drink or treat together.

Way #2 :

Dates. Occasionally i will see a kid is really needing some time with me, so i will plan a special date with them, it could be during the day or at night. We might go out to a restaurant to eat, go see a movie, do some fun shopping, go to the park, or whatever interests that child.

Way #3: 

Homeschooling. Homeschooling provides lots of time for me to get 1 on 1 time with each child, although not necessarily in a fun way as way #1 & #2 would be. Reading with my 6 year old, helping my 10 year old with a math problem, or doing a science experiment with my 13 year old are all examples of how i get a few minutes here and there of alone time with them.

So those are my ways/tips on how to get 1 on 1 time with your kids, when you have more than 1 kid. I hope you enjoyed them, and if you have some tips of your own, leave me a comment.

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