Homeschooling the Elementary Years
Finding your rhythm, getting to know your child’s learning style, and encouraging the spirit of curiosity are the keys to a successful elementary homeschool.
Maggie has some great ideas for giving your student’s writing a boost with a combination of project-based learning and community service.
Think of mythology as the building blocks for future literature studies — though, admittedly, they can be messy, complicated, ambiguous building blocks. This 52-week reading list is designed to cover a full year of mythology studies, and while it’s accessible for elementary students just diving into the wide world of literature, older students looking for a place to start a systematic comparative literature study may also find this a place to begin.
Aminata and Malcolm have discovered that a purposeful morning routine is the perfect start to their homeschool day.
Shelli reviews a beginner’s Chinese curriculum that’s working well for her 6th and 3rd grader.
Truly, the biggest hurdle to cobbling my own history curriculum together has been organizing the resources in such a way that I know where they are, I remember all of the ideas that I had, and I don’t leave anything out.
Fix It! Grammar by IEW is a practical, no-frills elementary grammar program that competently covers the essentials.
IEW’s Student Writing Intensive is a practical, step-by-step writing curriculum that works great for kids who think they hate writing.
Logic lovers, reluctant readers, and everyone who loves a good puzzle will enjoy these short stories mysteries.
When you use writing as a form of punishment, every writing assignment can make kids feel like they're in the homeschool version of detention.
You don't have to use a curriculum to learn a lot about geography. Here's how Shell's family does it.
We’re highlighting some of the elementary books we think do a great job illuminating Native American history.
Tua and the Elephant is a fun adventure story that makes you feel like you've been transported to Thailand.
People have strong feelings about this step-by-step reading program, but it worked great for Shelli's family.
It's all about adventure in these new books, whether you're visiting a fantasy world where one brave guild stands between a city and disaster or meeting a tween determined to start her own restaurant.
Homeschooling the second kid is a brand-new experience — now that you know what you're doing, you've got a whole new personality and dynamic to navigate.
You don't have to rush or totally shift gears to successfully homeschool first grade. Figure out how you want your homeschool to feel, and build your days from there.
Start honing critical thinking skills early with a philosophy curriculum designed for elementary-age kids.
Shelli's family watches documentaries every day—and screen time has become an important ritual for their homeschool routine. Here's why their daily documentary works for them.
A made-up word sends a classroom into chaos in this lively elementary readaloud.
Shelli's homeschool schedule keeps the big picture in mind while making day-to-day plans.
it’s full of hilarious moments that, on reflection, critique everything from stereotyping to the education system in some pretty spot-on ways.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's book about her husband's childhood in upstate New York is an old-fashioned farm story that reflects the seasonal cycles of a 19th century farm. (Also, the food in this book will make you hungry.)
Want to add more current events to your homeschool? The News-O-Matic app is an easy way to help your kids plug into what's happening in the world.