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2015 Year Around Homeschool Planning Schedule

Yikes! I have been in a panic mode since it has been full speed ahead for moving out of our home.  So knowing that I will be traveling soon, I went ahead and prepared the 2015 Year Around Homeschool Planning Schedule form.

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Remember this is NOT a calendar.  Okay, well it is, but it isn’t.  Just calendars are kept on STEP 2. Choose Calendars/Appointment Keepers.

This is a planning form.  There is a fine difference.  A calendar is for a reference and a planning schedule is for planning school noting important things that come up in your life which will affect your school.

Since year around homeschooling is an option and it is about planning too, these types of forms are kept on STEP 5a. Choose Unique forms JUST for You!

Forms on Step 2, which are calendars, are a must-have for your planner but the forms on Step 5 are option forms.  This fine difference between the two steps or calendars helps you to stay organized as I always want you to have control over how you put your planner together.

Also, just to remind you of the uses of this form because I have new faces following me, look at these options:

  • This form works for you if you live in a country where your school year begins with the physical year.
  • This forms works for you if you prefer to follow the physical year instead of the school year.  By the way, I did this for many years and I loved it.  I wouldn’t have all the school hype for changing grade levels during a busy time and it seemed prices were cheaper too on some curriculum during mid-winterish.
  • This forms works for you if pull your children out mid-school year and want to start planning.

Do you have any other ways you use this form?

Download the 2015 Year Around Homeschool Planning Schedule here.

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Finishing Strong – Homeschool Link Up Party {Homeschooling Middle & High School Years} #22.

Thank you for joining us this week at Finishing Strong Homeschool Link Up Party that focuses on middle & high school students.

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Welcome to Finishing Strong!

Today is all about history, so we’re highlighting some of the best history posts that have been shared with us over the past few weeks. There are plenty of unique ideas to get you thinking as you consider how you’ll be studying this important subject during the coming year.

History can be a boring subject for some students, especially if they think it’s all about memorizing dates. Hopefully you’ll take some of these hands-on ideas and strive to bring history to life in your home school.

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Let’s Have Fun with History

Teaching About Independence Day in Your Homeschool from 7Sisters Homeschool

The Angelicscalliwag Homeschool : Why History? from Angelicscalliwag

Project: Middle Ages History & Fashion from Blog She Wrote

History of the Ancient World and Tapestry of Grace Year 1 from Classically Homeschooling

The Liberty Bell: Timeline & Trivia – FREE Printable from Education Possible

How To Help Your Kids Love History and Save Money on History Curriculum from Family, Home, Health

3 Homeschool Co-op History Resources Worth Exploring from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Next week we’re going to look at some exciting ideas for learning about science. Hopefully you’ll join us!

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

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Easy Details to Remember & Even Easier Guidelines.

      • The link up party goes live at 5:00 a.m. CST each Wednesday and stays open until the following Tuesday at 11:55 p.m.
      • Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them.
      • You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, or other link ups, or parties. I will remove them. Homeschool related reviews are permitted and of course all topics related to homeschooling middle to high school students.
      • Grab a button to add to your post after you link up and if you were featured, grab an “I was featured” button.
      • By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course.
      • That’s it! Glad to have you here and let’s party!
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Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1

It’s true. The longer you homeschool the more picky you become about what your homeschool curriculum keepers are for a year.  I find that sometimes I need less and other years I want an abundance.

This year will be the less is more motto.  Knowing that we will be moving by the end of August (yikes) from place to place, room to room, country to country and hotel room to hotel room, I tried to narrow down what I was going use this year for Tiny.

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One thing I did was to go ahead and bite the bullet and put Mr. Awesome in an online high school program.  He will not be doing all online but it helps me to focus on Tiny because I need to take more physical books for him.  I have tried to reduce to as many eBooks as I can too, but I don’t want to be floundering around trying to find a printer either when we need a lesson plan.

I will be taking physical books in our suitcases.  Here are two things for my minimalist plan so far and I am thinking it may be my only list this year.

My first curriculum keeper is Horizons Math Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1. I linked to one grade level so you can see it.

I have used many different math programs.  Here are some that I can remember: Calvert Math, Teaching Textbooks, Rod and Staff math, Modern Curriculum Press math, Key to . . . Series, Saxon, Math U See and Singapore Math.  Guess what? I have loved each one of them because they each had a purpose matched with a need for one of my sons.

Horizon Homeschool Math thumb Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1Horizons is my choice of math medicine for Tiny.  It has been a good fit for him.  As I have learned, math does not have to have boring black and white pages to be rigorous.  Horizons has colorful pages along with detailed boxes that explains each lesson.  The lesson explanations in the student workbook are very helpful and the teacher’s manual contains not only the answer but some helpful tips.  It is not a comprehensive teacher’s manual though which I don’t need now.  I prefer programs to be comprehensive in the student’s book though as they grow older because it promotes more independent learning.   Horizons Math Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1 does this, which I like because it gives the helpful explanations built into the workbook instead of relying on the teacher’s manual.  Because the workbook has good detail along with the worksheets, there is no hard back or large bulky textbook either. It is a 2 book series and soft bound.  It has been a delight to teach math with this series and I don’t say that lightly because you know I run from math.

However, my boys love math so I stick around to teach it.

I have used lots of wonderful language arts programs too.  Classical writing, Bob Jones, Calvert, Rod and Staff, Write Shop, Five in a Row, Institute for Excellence in Writing, English for the Thoughtful Child, Jump In, Writing With Ease and Learning Language Arts Through Literature are some I can remember.  Again, I have loved just about everyone because they each had an option matched to a need at the time.

My next choice for this year, which is Growing with Grammar Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1, I have to thank my close sweet friend Cynthia for a gentle nudge in that direction. I linked to one grade level for you too.

Cynthia is one of my dearest friends and she always understands the way I enjoying teaching and knows what a change it has been as we have been getting ready to move.  Sometimes you need a nudge from a friend to get that moment of clarity as to which program will be beneficial at a certain time.  Using Growing with Grammar this coming year is a return to one of my previous luvs in my early years of homeschooling.

Growing With Grammar thumb1 Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1This past year has been a struggle for us because some days as I was packing, I needed Tiny to be more independent in doing his work.  When a lesson plan is all tied together, it’s hard to move ahead on the lesson plan until you have it all done.  Most years, I have wanted curriculum that is more tied together or related because it does make sense. We love Bob Jones and it worked good for us up to this time.  This past year it was not an advantage for us though because Tiny could not scoot ahead when I needed him to or when he needed to.

Also, learning can come in waves and trickles at time. There is a time when your child spikes in some areas and wants to stay on grade level in other parts of language arts.  We had one of those years.  Because I need something that he can work on more independently without holding up the whole lesson plan waiting on me and more importantly so he can move on when needed and stay on one level when he needs more review, Growing with Grammar is the answer.  It is just a fantastic program anyway.
Growing with Grammar Homeschool Curriculum Keepers Part 1 allows you to separate the components of language arts to tailor make your curriculum.  So you can pick the grade level of each component.

By the way, Growing with Grammar is secular and I never have a problem with secular curriculum as long as it doesn’t bash the Bible.  Growing with Grammar is really just religiously neutral and that is a nice perk if you want to teach your worldview.  Again, the most important reasons I have chosen it though are because the lessons are compact, short, straightforward, easy to understand and the writing process is broken down into manageable bites with review at each step.  This is what Tiny needs this year.

I know these two key curriculum resources are going with us and I have a few more pieces to squeeze into the suitcase that we have to have.  I’ll tell you about them in the next part.

Have you started narrowing down your curriculum choices for this next year?

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5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 5 Things the Teacher Luvs

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Homeschooling is not all about the kids.  Okay, well maybe it is.  Today though it’s all about you and in 5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for your Homeschool Spaces, Day 5. Things the Teacher Luvs,  I rounded up some things to keep the teacher happy.

Whether it’s eye candy, a cute printable or how to make a diy magazine holder (swoon), I have to be excited about the new school year too.  Besides creating my 7 Step Homeschool Planner, I try to create a teacher space that I want to be at each day too.

Sometimes it’s a small thing like a new pen or a new chair.  One year, I got tired of looking at my lamp shade and knowing that a little coral color loving doesn’t hurt anything, I painted my lampshade.  Adding a little chic to your homeschool spaces will keep you excited about the new school year too.

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Look at some of these things I rounded up. So swoonworthy!

Do you have any favorite things you luv as the teacher?

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Did you miss any days in this series?

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 1 Small Spaces

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 2 Repurpose and Reimagine

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 3 Eazy Peazy Learning Tools

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 4 Just Plain Clever Storage

Look at some of these other creative ideas!

Creative Storage Solutions for Homeschool

Streamlined Record Keeping

Baskets, Bins and Buckets For Homeschool Storage

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*** The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Aug. 1***

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5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 4 Just Plain Clever Storage

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Another way to combat clutter in your homeschool spaces is to make diy storage containers.  So today, on 5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 4 Just Plain Clever  Storage, I rounded up some fun ways to use every day simple things to make a space fabulous.

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 4 Just Plain Clever  Storage

You know part of the reason I have wanted to do this series is because I have been itching to do more DIY projects.  I don’t know, maybe it’s the move too that has me dreaming of the possibilities of new spaces.

Whether it’s a clothes hanger turned file organizer or a pvc pipe turned cubby hold storage and glammed up with washi tape, it gets me giddy for the possibilities.

The salvaged drawers turned vertical storage is just plain genius too.  For me, though I love to save money, clever storage is not always about not having to spend money.  It is about making that one specific item that is unique to my space or to the way my children learn.

Part of the reason that organizing turns off a lot of people is because containers are not always unique, flexible or blend into our homes.  So instead of making storage containers useful for our home or homeschool spaces, we try to adjust our needs to a rigid container.  I know perfect containers do not equal perfect homeschooling, but it feels good when you know that you have one or two pieces that are perfect, special and clever for your crew.

Check out the possibilities.

What about you? Do you have a piece that you love and that is unique to your family?

Hugs and love ya,

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Did you miss any days in this series?

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 1 Small Spaces

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 2 Repurpose and Reimagine

5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 3 Eazy Peazy Learning Tools

Look at some of these other creative ideas!

Creative Storage Solutions for Homeschool

Streamlined Record Keeping

Baskets, Bins and Buckets For Homeschool Storage

          

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