30 Favorite Fiction Books for Upper Elementary Students

Looking back at the end of each school year, I am always amazed at how many good books we've read, listened to and enjoyed ~ books that have helped shape our homeschool and my boy's childhoods. My oldest, in 3rd grade this year, is a voracious reader. It's been quite the feat to keep up…

Studying Sedimentary Rocks ~ A Complete Lesson Plan

If there's one thing my kids never get tired of learning about - it's rocks. We had so much fun studying sedimentary rocks last week! I love how much joy can come from such a simple element of nature. Here's a rundown of our lesson on sedimentary rocks and the books and resources we used:…

Calling All Rock Lovers – The Rocks + Minerals Journal is Here!

I don't know about you, but if there's one thing on our nature shelves that crowds out everything else - it's rocks. Years of visiting rock shops in small mountain towns, collecting small pebbles from the stream, and receiving various rock kits in the mail has resulted in quite the collection. And so of course…

Our Curriculum Picks for Kindergarten

I can't believe my little guy is in Kindergarten already - cue tears! This will be round two for me, and I've collected a few more resources over the years that I'm excited to use with him.  We don't do a lot of actual sit-down time for Kindergarten, as I believe play and time outdoors…

Our Curriculum Picks and Book List for Grade 3

There's just something about the new school year that always makes me a little giddy. By about January, I'll be tempted to ditch everything and try something new - but DON'T WORRY. I've learned this is normal. I'm committed. 🙂 This is going to be a long post, with a massive booklist - so feel…

37 Favorite Books from our First Grade Homeschool

Wow, did we cover a lot this past year! I finally went and sorted through the books my son and I worked our way through for his first grade year. It made me smile to see all the different subjects we covered - art, music, biographies, history, science, culture... I realized what a rich homeschool…

Night Sky Playdough; Our Favorite Way to Study Space

Let me begin this post by saying we made this night sky playdough NINE MONTHS ago and it is still going strong! I don't know how, I don't know why, but this playdough lasts forever. (We store it in a ziploc storage bag inside a cupboard inside a cool room). We've used it to study…