Teaching Dolch Words with Logic of English

Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying your summer! Due to back-to-back moves with a vacation sandwiched in between, we ended up taking about 4 weeks off from homeschooling this spring, so we are still finishing up our final weeks of school with the occasional break here and there. But don't worry, the kids are still having a blast with swim lessons, great library programming, VBS, drama camp, and season passes to Six Flags. We will probably finish up this school year sometime in July, and … [Read more...]

Back to School

It’s that time of year. Green Gables Schoolhouse is back in session! After a busy summer of camps and traveling, I am so happy to be back home and back to school. Most people look forward to summer break, but I look forward to the first day of school. I am a person who thrives on schedules and routines, so summer totally throws me off my game. While we do not follow a strict schedule during our school year, we do fall into a nice rhythm that seems to bring out the best in both me and the … [Read more...]

My Review of Logic of English Essentials

We are unpacking and getting settled in at the new house. In the meantime, I am trying to reestablish our homeschool rhythm and already thinking about my plans for next year and the changes I want to make. If you are a fellow homeschooling mom, you are probably also thinking ahead to next year, so I want to tell you about my experience with the Logic of English Essentials program. Logic of English is fairly new to the homeschooling scene. In 2012, I went to the Teach Them Diligently … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Plans for 2015-2016

Hello friends! We are planning to start school on Monday and since my mind is occupied with all things homeschooling at the moment, I thought I would share a bit about our plans for the upcoming school year. Jack is seven and will be starting 2nd grade. Aidan is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten. Kate is 21 months and will be destroying the school room while we work. Haha. But seriously. Last year we began using the Ambleside Online Curriculum, which isn't really a curriculum nor … [Read more...]

The First Five Weeks {Homeschooling}

I thought I would take a little break from the home tour to update you on how our homeschool year is going so far. We are 5 weeks in and things are better than I anticipated! I was nervous about transitioning from our very relaxed summer routine into a more structured daily rhythm, but the "schedule" we have been keeping has been relaxed enough for me to not feel pressure, but structured enough that our days have been going very smoothly. Jack loves school and is breezing right through the … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Room

One of the first rooms we painted and decorated in our new house was our school room, which also serves as my craft space and office. This room was top priority for me because I knew that the boys and I would be spending majority of our time in this space, even though we were months away from our homeschool year actually beginning. And as I predicted, the boys have spent many of their summer hours in this room crafting and playing, and now that school has begun, we are in here for several hours … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Plans for 2013-2014

Yesterday was our official first day of homeschooling as Jack began his Kindergarten year! I am so thankful for the past three years that I have somewhat obsessed about early childhood education philosophies and tried many different styles of teaching to see what works best in our home. Because of that time of trial and error throughout Jack’s preschool years, I am beginning his Kindergarten year with confidence in my choices of curriculum and overall plans for our school year. As a … [Read more...]

Behind the Blog {Sept. 2012}

Books I've Read... The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Woman's "Work" by Kathleen Norris I read this book based on recommendations from Sarah Bessey. I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected, meaning she didn't write about the everyday in oversimplified terms, but the book read more like a memoir with great insight in many areas of life. I enjoyed her writing style and will definitely be reading more of her books.  Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Ann … [Read more...]

Indoor Sand and Water Play

When we went to the Children's Museum last month, two areas that the boys really enjoyed were the fishing/water area and the moon sand table, so I thought I would try to recreate those environments at home. We are blessed with a huge sunporch off the back of the house, so that was the perfect location for this messy activity area. I purchased two 41qt Storage Totes, one for "sand" and one for water. (They were a little pricy at $11.99 each, but I knew we could clean them up and use them for … [Read more...]

March Sensory Bin and Playdough

Yesterday we made green glitter playdough for March. We used this recipe and simply added green food coloring and glitter. For our sensory bin, I didn't have to buy anything. I just went around the playroom, through the activity closet and art cabinet to find green objects that I thought would be fun to touch and add to the play dough. I added some different types of objects this month like popsicle sticks, cars, and dinosaurs. The boys played with it forever yesterday and it captured … [Read more...]

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