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Friday, July 30, 2021

Curriculum Choices 2021-2022

I have had most of our school stuff ready for a couple of months, but while going over the last things I need to be ready to begin our school year, I decided to get this post done.

Planning high school is more stressful than the younger grades, but it's fun to see what my kids want to learn about. The biggest difference this year is that I'm only planning for three kids. Our oldest graduated in May and is planning her own path for college! Which reminds me I really need to post about the end of our previous school year.

A lot of our books are not pictured, and I did link some things. IEW and spelling links are affiliate links. 

Other things that my kids do are piano, P.E. (various activities, exercise videos, free play, archery), and XtraMath for the younger children.

11th Grade

My son has two years of high school left and we're planning courses to fill in the credits he needs and adding interests for electives. He's trying a new science program this year and I hope it works out. This is his 9th year homeschooling.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Curriculum Choices 2020-2021

I never did this post for last year. Oops. I like looking back to see what we did.

I thought we had everything figured out a month ago. Then we talked about it and decided to change some things. As usual, something will not be ready in time for us to start school. Maybe next year we won't be using something that is brand new and we won't have that issue!

12th Grade

Can you believe my oldest is entering her last year of high school and homeschool? It's crazy! She just took the ACT and did great! She wants to improve her science score though, so we are switching up our science plans this year so she can study chemistry and physics.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Free Schroth Bean Bags Pattern


My daughter does Schroth physical therapy to help with her scoliosis. Her therapist has taught her which size of bean bags are right for her and where to place them. 

Our favorite material to use for these is a sturdy material, something like a giant bean bag seat is made of. It has a vinyl outer and a soft back. Other less sturdy fabrics and materials don't work as well, they just don't hold their shape  which is really important for the wedge shaped bean bags. 

Schroth Bean Bags Pattern

The instructions are on each pattern. The large wedge pattern will need to be taped together.

These patterns are based off a hand drawn pattern our therapist had. We adjusted and modified and included what we found works best. Please feel free to use this pattern to make your own bean bags or to donate to your local Shriner's Hospital for Children or other facility with Schroth trained therapists.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Solar System Fact Cards now in my Etsy Shop

I've decided to open my Etsy shop again! I closed it a few years ago because I no longer made cloth diapers. Everyone grew up, and I didn't have as much time to sew while we homeschool!

Well, I have been dabbling in digital painting. In the upcoming school year, we are going to study astronomy and geology. I created a set of solar system fact cards and decided to list them online to see if anyone else is interested in my digital artwork.

Solar System Fact Cards

I realize digital products are readily available to many countries. We use the imperial system of measuring, but so many other countries use the metric system. When you purchase my new Solar System Fact Cards, you will receive both sets of cards! You can choose which one you'd like to print, or you can print both for families that use or want exposure to both systems.

These cards also include extra pages to create a three-part card set if you use the Montessori method of learning. If you don't, print multiples of these pages to create a game of Memory, or a game of Go Fish. The possibilities are endless, and your children will have fun learning with their new fact cards.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Our Language Arts Favorites

This is my eighth year homeschooling my children. Wow! Many things are different from when we started. This past week I have been trying to figure out what to do for our writing curriculum next year and beyond. I know what I want to do, but I needed to pick the appropriate levels for my children.

The younger two have the possibility of doing the same level of writing, which would be fun to do together and less expensive for me. But I just didn't feel good about that. Every time I tried to decide which level to have them do together, I got confused. So I started to consider putting them on their own level and having them work independently. That option felt so much better, and it was easy to see where to start them. They are going to start on IEW's new writing curriculum, Structure and Style for Students. N will be in 4th grade and will start at the beginning, with Year 1 Level A. E will be in the 7th grade and will start with Year 1 Level B. Year 2 of both levels seemed like a more logical place with their writing experience, but those won't be available until the end of the year. Also, starting them with Year 1 of their level leaves enough levels ahead to fill future school years!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Training Treats

This post is mostly for my own reference. I want to have a place to come back and find my thoughts on these treats.

There are a lot of training treats that are similar in size. For a puppy, I cut the treat in half so the dog can eat it quickly and be ready to pay attention to me again. All of these treats have a good amount of smell. The cat thought so too, but he wouldn't eat any of them.

The price range varies widely. Zuke's has many flavors and bag sizes and about as many prices as each choice.



Zuke's also has a small crunchy treat. They are called Zuke's Crunchy Naturals and come in three sizes.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New IEW Writing Courses

Did you hear the announcement from IEW last night? They have redone their student teaching seminars and are preparing them to be released! The new curriculum is called Structure and Style for Students. Ever since I bought TWSS (Teaching Writing, Structure, and Style) I just knew this was something they would do. I'm so glad it's finally happening!

The student writing classes used to be called Student Writing Intensive or SID/SWI, and then a second course was called Student Writing Intensive Continuation Course or SICC. Both were in three levels, approximately elementary, middle school, and high school. The new products are similar in levels but the names are easier to understand, and the content is updated.


See? That's much easier to follow! The best part about these new courses is they include "forever streaming" for the videos! No DVDs to loose or scratch, no subscriptions to maintain. For families with multiple children, that's a huge benefit.

Here is a video "trailer" for this new product.

The first course is available for preorder now. The rest will be available as they near completion, but in time for the fall 2020 school year to start. There are also options to purchase the writing course in a bundle which includes grammar, or with DVDs.

I'm hoping the rest of the samples are available soon. We're trying to decide between Year 2 Level A and Year 1 Level B .