Learning Plan: Age 6

Well, the new year has started!  This is our first official year, paperwork included, as a private school here in California.  California doesn’t have homeschoolers.  Those who are homeschooling without the support of a public school system (like a charter school), file paperwork just like any private school here in the state.  So, we decided…

Tot School: Community Worker (Helper) Theme

Another post that fell to the wayside with my second pregnancy…so mainly pictures here. 🙂 But, hopefully you’ll get some ideas and be inspired for your own look into it. I put “helper” in the title to help for those searching for ideas, but I always said “worker”.  I think it’s a misnomer to call…

Kids’ Book Club: Creek Exploring with Minn of the Mississippi

This month’s kids’ book club book: Minn of the Mississippi This is a 5th grade reading level book.  It’s a wonderful mix of fact and fiction, but I’d say my newly turned 5 year old had a hard time focusing.  We skipped a lot.  I’d recommend this book for the 7 and up age range…

Learning Plan: Age 5

And so it begins!  For reals! Well, kinda. My homeschooling, in a legal sense, will start for real next year, but I’m going to use this year as a sounding board for the best way to keep records for the state.  You can find my own goals and ways of doing things on my mentoring…

What A Four Year Old Can Learn

Last year I realized that it was a bit of a misnomer to call this list “goals,” as I wasn’t really focused on trying to get her to accomplish them.  It was more just keeping track of what she was learning. Moving forward to get something done is a pretty inherent aspect of the word…

Book Club: A Southern Linner

This was our cookbook month for our adult/teen book club.  The plan is to read a cookbook or read about a cook and everyone cooks and brings a recipe from it.  This month’s book is: A Love Affair with Southern Cooking I chose this book first because everyone loves to read it and the recipes! …

Kids’ Book Club: Up the Rhine to Switzerland!

Book for this month’s kids’ book club: The Overall Boys in Switzerland (This link is for the kindle or hardback version.  DO NOT buy the paper book!  I did and immediately returned it.  It was terrible!  No pictures, tiny print.  I ended up just printing a pdf of this Google ebook.) This book is a…

Book Club: A Tale of Two Cities – Bangers and Baguettes

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: A Tale of Two Cities This book is about a 9th or 10th grade reading level and would interest 14/15 year olds and up.  If you’d like to include younger kids, I would suggest Great Illustrated Classics: A Tale of Two Cities, which is a 5th or 6th…

Kids’ Book Club: First Stop! China with Little Pear

  Books for this month’s kids’ book club: Little Pear Little Pear and His Friend I found some translations, as well!! Petit Tang (French Edition!)                                Petit Tang et Ses Amis (French edition!) Der Kleine Shang (German Edition!) The book is a high 4th/low 5th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-10ish.    There are two…

Kids’ Classics Book Club

I started a classics book club for myself and my kids. For those who are like me and would like to start one up, but don’t have enough friends who are interested, I joined a few meetup.com groups in my area and posted each book club meeting and started a secret private Facebook group for…

Historical Fiction: The Great Depression

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Angels in the Dust-Raven (4.2/0.5) The Babe and I-Adler (3.2/0.5) Born and Bred in the Great Depression-Winter (no level) Don’t Forget Winona-Peterson (2.8/0.5) The Dust Bowl-Booth (3.8/0.5) Dust for…

Historical Fiction: War of 1812

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-2) An American Army of Two-Greeson (2.9/0.5) The Battle for St. Michaels-McCully (3.1/0.5) The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story-Evans (3.4/0.5) Chet Chestnut-Sargent (4.2/0.5) Snow (White)-Sargent (4.5/0.5) (Description: A…