How to Build the Alamo: Day 5 Hands-on Learning (Free Texas Unit Study) and more...

{Please share my weekly newsletter with another homeschool mom who would benefit from it.} Newsletter Winter January 15, 2016.

(I don't have enough to do, so for 2016 I created a new Pinterest account, come on over and follow me there too.)

Slow uhmm Sweet Start to the New Year!

Look who came to visit, Mr. Senior 2013. I admit it, I have been playing hooky.


I haven’t seen my baby in 6 months since he left South America to move to New York.

And I had all my sweet men corralled in one spot, a favorite Japanese restaurant, so I grabbed a picture or two.

(Of course, I only took pictures of us after I stopped crying like a baby.)

He leaves this week, but I am so happy to at least be on the same continent with him again.

Back to reality, I need to scoot on with our homeschooling, so look what we have been up to.


If only magic fairy dust could be sprinkled in my fairy tale land that I like to escape to when the hard times of homeschooling hit. And then all my homeschool woes could go away. I’m still waiting for it to happen.

In the meantime, sharing 3 ways you’re making homeschool harder than it has to be, I hope these tried and true tips will help you make some changes and sprinkle a little magic fairy dust for you.

Creative Ways to Give Life to History

History field trips have a way of not only making history fun, but places have a way of helping a child remember important dates, important people and events.

Moving from the book to visiting historical places makes learning history memorable and engaging.

Look at this list of 22 places to visit for history and oh yes, be sure to print off some copies of my Homeschool Field Trip Journal Pages and my free Editable Field Trip Tracking Guide.


Homeschool Luv

Slapping down a map to label states and countries has never been an engaging way to teach my kids homeschool geography. Drill and kill of boring facts to remember only worked for a short time too.

I am sharing 11 awesome ways to learn geography that don’t include labeling a map because geography is so much more than writing out the names of states and countries.

Can you say snore? zzzzzzzz. (okay, okay)

Including ways to teach geography to a variety of ages, I hope some of these help you to get out of your geography rut.

7 Step Curriculum Planner.

Did you grab your 2016 calendars yet? I have two color options.

Here is Dreaming!

And here is Sparkle!

What's Coming Up!

You know my passion for hands-on activities.

I have a HUGE, HUGE resource coming, 365 Days of Hands-On Activities.

One for every day of the year! Stay tuned.

And I have some updates coming up for the planner including some 2017 forms and a fun twist on a new fun science curriculum we are using.

Don't Forget About Our Exclusive Facebook Group.

Be sure to read the guidelines because I want it to be a place that everybody feels welcomed.

Just Plain Fun Things

I love this reference, The Ultimate Guide to Ancient History.

And I love this reference too, Kids Learning to Code!

Check out all the other blog posts below!

Hugs and you know I love ya,

How to Build the Alamo: Day 5 Hands-on Learning (Free Texas Unit Study)

Learning how to build the Alamo was another fun change to our schedule as we have continued in our series of hands-on homeschooling learning. We thought it would be fun to sketch a quick layout of the Alamo as we read about it. Having studied about the Alamo before, we pulled out The Alamo, An […]

Free 2017-2018 Year Round Homeschool Planning Form

Today, I have the first color choice for the new school year. It is the 2017 to 2018 Year Round Homeschool Planning form and I named this color scheme Sea. Remember that I create both academic and planing calendars. Though they may seem similar they are not. When you take a closer look, you will […]

Exploring Edible Cactus: Day 4 Hands-on Learning (The Desert)

Because we are learning about life in Texas during the time of the Alamo and we have an upcoming desert unit study, we took time today to read about cactus. Exploring edible cactus was the next step because we have never tasted it and if anything involves food we are in. First, we found a […]

How to Teach History in 14 Lessons (From Daunting to Doable)

It’s hard for me to believe that I could’ve birthed a child who loathed history, but I did. Beginning to teach him the same way I had his older brother, my history hater pushed back. And he let me know there is absolutely no reason to learn history. Teach History in 14 Lessons Explaining that […]

Make Zopf (Swiss Style Bread): Day 3 Hands-on Learning

For another switch in our routine, we read Cuckoo Clock Secrets in Switzerland (Case of Adventure Travel Series Book 1) and have been working our way through a fun and interactive Unit Study called Destination Switzerland by CASE OF ADVENTURE. Today, we madeĀ  Zopf (Swiss Style Bread) and you talk about delicious! We basically followed […]

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