Lower Grammar Curriculum Choices For An Eclectic Homeschool (plus $500 Rainbow Resources giveaway!)

Lower Grammar Curriculum Choices For An Eclectic Homeschool (plus $500 Rainbow Resources giveaway!)


Our lower grammar curriculum choices for 2016-2017 will include grades K4, 1st, and 2nd. We will also have 1 student in dialectic level (6th grade) and 4 in pre-school, or primer level.  I will share about each of those levels in another blog post.

These are the plans I currently have, but I may change some things since I have not actually bought all of our curricula yet. We start our new school year on September 3rd, so there is still a little time for changing my mind. Plus, we are going to our homeschool conference this weekend and will be checking out all of the amazing vendors up-close. Praying I can keep my senses amidst all of those new books! lol.

By the way, if you can’t attend a homeschool convention in-real-life, then check out this awesome FREE digital homeschool convention featuring over 30 speakers and tons of virtual vendors for 1-stop curriculum shopping without leaving your house! More info here >> Digital Homeschool Convention 

I had wanted to have all of our curriculum purchased by August so that I could spend a month preparing, but our budget didn’t allow that. Now I am feeling like we are cutting things close, but I don’t plan to stress too much if we don’t get all of our books by September.

Psst… we are giving away a $500 gift card to Rainbow Resources! Enter at the bottom of this post! Read more

Healthy Ways To Grieve (is there such a thing?)

Simple, practical, & healthy ways to grieve as a busy mom and wife...


I am a realist and a factual person. So, it has been hard for me to admit to myself that I have been running from my grief for years. It has been my coping mechanism, I guess. Plus, I am a mom and moms don’t have the time or energy to grieve, right? It has taken years for me to learn healthy ways to grieve… if there is such a thing.

The truth is, I have to “be strong” or I would fall apart. I have to stop the flood of tears or I would sit in a puddle all day, every day.

When the wave of grief hits me and a heart-wrenching sob tries to surface, I know I can’t give in to it because I am needed constantly by my children.

I can’t give myself 5 minutes to grieve alone because the truth is if I allowed myself to think about my mom or my son in any depth, the grief would be so overwhelming that I don’t think I could ever cry enough tears or feel enough hurt to overcome it.

So, I suck it back in and I forge ahead. I am a mom and my children need me.

But, that isn’t really healthy. And it’s all gonna come out in the end, probably in an ugly rush of snot and tears when I least expect it or want it to. So, what is a busy mom to do with her grief? Read more

Literature-Based Homeschooling With Multiple Children (Plus A Personal Note)

Literature-Based Homeschooling With Multiple Children


We used Tapestry of Grace (Year 1) this last year and it has been wonderful. It provided a structured guideline for history, includes geography, and teaches social studies from a Christian perspective. Over the last year, I realized that I love literature-based homeschooling, and that it creates the atmosphere that I want, as I teach all 7 of my children at the same time! Read more

Why I LOVE My Homeschool Conference & Why YOU Need To Attend One

Why I LOVE My Homeschool Conference & Why YOU Need To Attend One


There are so many reasons why I love attending our local homeschool conference. If you have never been to one, you should find one near you and make plans to go! Every state has at least one large, main homeschool conference. For us, we attend the conference that is hosted by OCEANetwork (Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network) and takes place in Oregon, since our state’s homeschool convention is too far away from where we live. Read more