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Homeschool Planet

It’s that time of year again people…time to choose curriculum!

When the curriculum hunt begins every year, I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Then I get frustrated by the deluge of information, and angry that no one is answering the questions I want answered. After that, I feel resigned to go with my first choices. But finally I have a breakthrough, I find what I want and feel ecstatic to begin the new year.

So the five stages of curriculum hunting are: excitement, frustration, anger, resignation, and confidence. Continue reading “Homeschool Planet”

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Fix It! Grammar – Review

fullsizeoutput_289Before I started learning grammar, my writing was abominable, and so when I began homeschooling, grammar became an important (and loved) part of my english curriculum. Continue reading “Fix It! Grammar – Review”

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Professor Carol – Review

Discovering Music

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Me and my mom were having a tough time finding an appropriate music curriculum and we shopped around a long time before we found Discovering Music. I’m so glad we stuck it out and waited though, because it turned out to be one of my all time favorite courses.

Discovering Music is Continue reading “Professor Carol – Review”

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LIFEPAC Spanish – Review

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I already speak two languages, and when I started homeschooling I felt it was important to continue learning more. I chose Spanish because it is relatively easy to learn and is spoken in so many countries. Plus, I find it fun to pronounce the words!

The first Spanish curriculum I studied was LIFEPAC Spanish I Continue reading “LIFEPAC Spanish – Review”

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History Odyssey vs. BookShark

Most of my homeschool curriculum revolves around a four-year system. So in science for example, the order is biology, earth science, chemistry, and then physics. In history it goes ancients, middle ages, early modern, and modern history. But Continue reading “History Odyssey vs. BookShark”

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YouTube-izing Homeschool

Yep, I totally meant to write “YouTube-izing” like that.

What I really mean by this is that YouTube is a great resource for homeschoolers. There are so many talented content creators out there that make really cool, short videos on topics that are relevant to school. Below are some of my favorites, but there’s tons more. Continue reading “YouTube-izing Homeschool”

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Spine Learning

In a traditional school environment you are provided with a set of books and aren’t given any other sources from which to draw information and insight. When I started homeschool, Continue reading “Spine Learning”

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How Do You Take Notes?

Recently I began taking classes that are in lecture form, so I have to take notes.  Up until this point in my life I’ve never had to use notes to study.  And I mean never. Now in truth I’m a neurotically organized person, so the idea of taking and organizing notes wasn’t Continue reading “How Do You Take Notes?”

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MCT Curricula Review

I’ve been homeschooling for three and a half years now, and for two and a half of those years I’ve been using Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts curricula by Royal Fireworks Press.  The subjects that I’ve used are Grammar, 4Practice, Vocabulary, Literature, and Poetics.  The only subject Continue reading “MCT Curricula Review”