Category: Homeschool: Planning and Preparation

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Starting to Homeschool

Tips for How to Start Homeschooling! This year is like no other. I’ve been fielding a LOT of email from readers looking for advice on how to start homeschooling, so I wanted to update this post and make sure it’s easier to find. Are you starting to homeschool or need fresh inspiration? Here are tips on how to start homeschooling, homeschool teaching strategies, units you could cover and more! This...

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Our Homeschool Resources

Finding materials on the Homeschool Den! I wrote this post to help you find some of the pages, posts and homeschool resources within our blog that might be the most useful for you. Over the years, I have made homeschool packets on everything from history and science to spelling, math, spelling and foreign languages (German & Spanish).  And, many of those are free! We have materials from preschool through high...

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Homeschool Supplies & Science Supply List

What supplies do you need to have on hand to homeschool? This post includes a free printable list of basic homeschooling supplies and science materials that you might want to have on hand. This list covers everything from office supplies & art materials to math manipulatives and science materials we have used in our homeschool through the years. Obviously, the first starting point is access to books and curriculum. No...

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End of Year Homeschool Questionnaire – for Students, for Parents

Homeschool Reflection Questions Have you finished your homeschool year? If you did, no doubt, this one ended more dramatically than any other one, right? Whew! What a year! I usually take some time to reflect how the year went for our family.  I’m always curious to see what the kids think now that the year is over. A number of years ago, I made a questionnaire for the kids to...

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Homeschool Kindergarten – 1st Grade

This is just a really quick post to tell you that I updated the Homeschooling Kindergarten-1st Grade page and also updated the FREE 50+ Page Curriculum Resource Guide. You will find that free printable here: Creating Your Homeschool Curriculum: Kindergarten – Grade 1 FREE Homeschool Planning Guide This is a FREE 50+ page resource guide that I put together to help answer some basic questions: What subjects should I teach...

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12 Hands-On Science Activities You Can Do Today!

Here are 12 Hands-On Science Activities that you can do with minimal preparation! It can be daunting to know just where to start with science, but in our household it has been one of the kids’ favorite subjects. Why? Because of hands-on activities! With so many parents now wondering what to do and how to get their kids intrigued and excited, turning to hands-on activities can be just the secret...

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10 Ways to Transition from School to Homeschool

Tips and Strategies for Doing School at Home Around the country and around the world, there are widespread school closures because of the coronavirus. Students and parents are facing a huge transition from a daily school routine to life at home. How can you help your students transition and even thrive given this huge change? Assuming (and that’s a big assumption here!) that you are able to take time off...

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Homeschool Goal Setting

Hi! Happy New Year!! I hope you have had a restful, joyous winter break! For those of you in Australia, I hope you, your family and friends have been safe from all the bushfires. I’m thinking of you! Do New Year’s Resolutions Work?”  That’s what one of the latest news headlines asks. An article I just read said that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February. Another article...

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Course on Happiness and Well-Being for Teens

Recently, our family decided to dive into a (free) course on happiness and well-being. It was most popular class in the history of Yale and is available free online at coursera.org. It was called “Psychology and the Good Life” and was first taught in the spring of 2018.  It is now called The Science of Well-Being – Stuff That Makes us Happy.  Nearly a quarter of all Yale undergraduates enrolled...

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Free 2020-2021 Calendar Printable

Grab this free printable 2020-2021 calendar! UPDATE: You might want to go to this post instead because it has the FREE printable Calendar for January 2021 through August 2022. Today I wanted to share our (latest) free calendar printable, 2020-2021.  This free calendar printable covers 20 months (January 2020 through August 2021). It starts in January 2020 and includes the 2020-2021 school year through August 2021. I like having a...

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FREE Homeschool Planner

New! Homeschool Planner Printable Booklet We now have two FREE Homeschool Planners. One version is a 1/2 sized printable Homeschool Planner booklet, the other has full-sized pages. Grab them both with the links below! With the holidays coming up, family coming into town, and more on our plate than ever before, I needed to get everything down on paper.  I wanted something slightly smaller than the normal homeschool planners I...

5 Things you Can Do Now to Prepare for the New Homeschool Year - Homeschooling 0

5 Things you Can Do Now to Prepare for the New Homeschool Year!

It’s mid-summer. For some of us, school is still a few weeks away.  Others have started homeschooling or never stopped!  Regardless, we all would like to head into the new year more organized and ready to go, right?! Here are a few tips for getting off on the right foot: 1. Relax It is SO important to get recharged.  Make sure both you and the kids have stepped away from...

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Free Resource Guide for Homeschooling in High School: Grades 9-12

Over the past few months, I’ve had quite a number of people contact me, asking if I had the Homeschool Resource Guide for High School, Grades 9-12, ready yet.  It is now available and like the other Curriculum Resource Guides for younger students, this is FREE to download! I hope it’s helpful! This free Homeschooling in High School Resource Guide for grades 9-12 will help you and your student figure...

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Homeschool Challenges – Organization, Schedules, and More!

As homeschoolers we wrestle with a lot of questions, issues, and challenges: planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, juggling, managing (moods/squabbles) AND getting things done. Plus, we have the added challenge of having our kids watching us and learning from us every moment of the day! “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana As we look at a new year (or even when we look at the...