Link-up: You Might Be a Homeschooler… (10/3)

You Might Be a Homeschooler if you make curriculum deals in parking lots.

As homeschoolers, we all do those things that may be a little off-center. You know what I’m talking about. Those things that are normal to us, but may make others look at us and say, “You may be a homeschooler…” So link up and tell us what you did or said this week that made you or someone else say, “You may be a homeschooler…”

So, as I’m on Facebook making arrangements to meet a homeschool mom in a parking lot to sell her a textbook, it occurs to me that it’s the second time I’ve done so in the past three months.

You might be a homeschooler if you conduct curriculum deals in parking lots like some kind of confused drug dealer.

You Might Be a Homeschooler


TOS Review: Memoria Press Geography I (Grade 4+)

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Jeffrey has long been interested in maps, so he was excited to get Geography I from Memoria Press to review. Geography I covers the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. The course includes a Textbook, a Student Workbook, and a Teacher’s Guide. You’ll also receive a United States States and Capitals Review Student Workbook and Teacher’s Guide. Jeffrey was excited that he knew about half of the state capitals although he’s never studied them. He knows all of them now. 😉

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TOS Review: Flowering Baby (Ages 0-5)

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I’m excited to have the chance to review the preschool curriculum from Flowering Baby. We used the Four to Five Years level of  Flowering Baby , but there are five levels available:

You can find samples of each program at the bottom of the page after clicking on the links above.
Flowering Baby Level 5 Flowering Baby is a full program meant for birth to five years that can be as structured or loose as you prefer. Lessons range from talking and dancing with your infant and activities to help develop his motor skills to preschool activities to learn basics such as numbers, letters, counting, weather, to practical life skills like basic Spanish (or any language you prefer), calling 911, learning his phone number, and sorting laundry or brushing his teeth on his own (well, maybe with a little help). The “lesson plans” are called “Guides” and they are just that. These are probably all activities that we would do come up with on our own to do with our children if we had nothing else to think about. In the real world however, we have a million things going on and we don’t always think of these things. I liked that, even while being a loose guide, it reminded me to sit down with my son and try new things. Continue reading

SchoolhouseTeachers.com: The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew

I’m so excited to be a part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2013! Not only will I have the chance to try out some great curriculum options, but I get to tell you all about them so you can make informed choices for your family. I can’t wait to see what the year holds for us! My first review is for SchoolhouseTeachers.com, so let’s go!

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a homeschooling parent’s dream website. With more than 25 subjects ranging from Pre-K to high school, every family can find something that works for them. Brought to us by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, this site is a fabulous resource. Depending on the subject, you can use daily, weekly, or monthly lesson plans to put together a full curriculum for your student or just pick one or two subjects to supplement your regular lessons. Or you can do what we’re doing and just pick out the subjects that look fun and do the lessons for those. 😉 Continue reading