Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner & Unit Study Planner {FREE Printables}

Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner & Unit Study Planner {FREE Printables}

During the summer I like to plan and prepare for our next homeschool year. As I'm in the midst of that I created these two free printables to help put these plans on paper.  I'm a very visual person, and writing things out really helps me to get organized. Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner Plan out your weeks in advance, so you don't have to worry about it when the busy school year starts. Unit Study Planner We don't do a whole lot of unit studies in our homeschool, but when we do I like … [Read more...]

Homeschool Organization: Books

5 tips organize school books

Over on my blog, In All You Do, we have been talking about Homeschool Organization this week. And today I want to talk to you about organizing and reigning in that ever-growing book obsession most homeschool families have. Organizing your books may seem either seem like a simple task or an overwhelming, heart attack waiting to happen. Me...I'm the latter. I love books and I love finding great deals on them. In fact, we are blessed to have an amazing "book wagon" that is at our local … [Read more...]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Review

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website.."Friends and Heroes is an animated children's adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can … [Read more...]

“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

homeschool planning

Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [Read more...]

Homeschool Moms Pick: Top 10 English Curriculum Choices

homeschool english curriculum

Do you want to know how to find out which homeschooling curriculum programs are the best? That's easy, ask a homeschooling mom who uses the curriculum! A few weeks ago, I polled the moms from our Facebook page and the Frugal Homeschooling Moms Facebook group to see what their favorite homeschool English curriculum was and why they loved it. Here's what they had to say: First Language Lessons "short lessons, easy to use, repetitive" Rod & Staff- "Absolutely loved it! … [Read more...]

July Activity Calendar

July Activity Calendar

I hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you running out of ideas for keeping the little ones busy? Print out this activity calendar for some fun, fresh ideas to entertain your crew on a hot summer day! Be sure to check out the recipes and notebooking pages that are included in this month's packet! >>> Click here to print out your July Activity Calendar. <<<   … [Read more...]

Homeschooling with a Newborn

Homeschooling with a Newborn

My babe is only 7 months old & already I feel so blessed to have been given another lil one :) Another wee child to raise up & teach His ways. To encourage. To love. To care for. I had never homeschooled with a newborn/baby before... And it has been overall a pretty good experience, yet with it's own set of unique challenges. If you're in the throes of homeschooling, and have a newborn...or are simply expecting, then this post is for you!!! Here are my Personal TOP … [Read more...]

Top 3 Places to Look for Free Summer Fun and Learning


In 2011, I put together our family’s Summer Bucket List of 94 Things to Do, as well as a more general Bucket List of Summer Sensory Ideas. In 2012, I shared six specific ideas for summer sensory fun as I focused on helping my children enjoy a summer replete with activities that included, among other things, the simple pleasures of swimming at local beaches, enjoying many meals outside, taking hikes at local parks, and having pool noodle fun all over our yard. Last summer, since each of my … [Read more...]

Homeschool Moms Pick: Top 10 Math Curriculum Programs

Top 10 Homeschool Math Curriculum Programs

It's about that time when we begin thinking about curriculum for next year. I decided to poll the readers of my Upside Down Homeschooling Facebook Page and the members of my Frugal Homeschooling Moms Facebook group to get their opinions on various curriculum choices. I started with math. I asked over 8,000 homeschooling moms to share their favorite homeschooling math curriculum and to share why they loved that particular program. According to their answers, I've compiled a list of the Top 10 … [Read more...]