October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up | 2017

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay!

Today I  am sharing our October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up. This post is more than a little late, but life has been a bit crazy lately. I run a rental company (This makes me sound way  more “with it” than I am… We have one rental home down in NC that I manage.), and we have some serious issues happening with a HVAC project gone wrong. On top of that lovely gem of a mess, our house is under attack by all the germs. So instead of sniffing and coughing my way through a video, I am just doing a blog update this time around. Continue reading “October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up | 2017”

Inside Look: Curriculum

Want an inside look at our curriculum selections?

Before I purchase any curriculum I do tons of research... Part of that research consists of watching videos with sneak peaks inside the books. Today I am doing my version of an Inside Look: Curriculum. I already shared our Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100 BookShark materials with you, but I am just getting around to sharing our Timberdoodle and Amazon purchases. Check out my video below to see Kenten's science and our STEM.

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BookShark’s Level 100 Package

Want a peak at what is included in BookShark’s Level 100 Package?

Today I am sharing a video walk-through of BookShark’s Level 100 American History & Literature kit. We are so excited to be using BookShark  for the very first time this year. Although we started school a few weeks ago we were waiting for Kenten’s science materials to arrive before starting any of our new curriculum. Thankfully the last of our core materials are here, so we can finally dig into all these amazing books from BookShark. Continue reading “BookShark’s Level 100 Package”

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This year we have reached a new milestone... My first baby is starting highschool! What? How did this happen? Check out our 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks below.

There was a lot of hesitation when I had to choose Kenten's 9th grade homeschool curriculum this year. I'm not going to lie... Beginning this highschool journey is terrifying! I have not felt this nervous about homeschooling since our first year. Hopefully just like our first year those jitters will disappear quickly as we fall into our routine. I went back and forth between purchasing Timberdoodle, Build Your Library, or Bookshark for Kenten.

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7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Do you have a 7th grader? Today I will be sharing my 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks for Julia.

Yesterday I shared our overall 2017-2018 homeschool plans. I really struggled making decisions for Jack's 5th grade year, but I knew immediately what I wanted to use for Julia's 7th grade homeschool curriculum. All three of my children are using boxed curriculum from Bookshark as their core. I have selected Level 7 All Subject Package for Julia. This level is geared towards children ages 12-14. Julia just turned 12 at the end of July, so she could easily use Level 6 or 7. Level 7 included a few of the books that I wanted to read with Julia this year, so Level 7 was the better fit.

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

The 2017-2018 school year is quickly sneaking up on us. Are you ready?

I don't know about all of you, but I really struggled with making decisions this year (at least for Jack)! I just submitted our list of 5th grade homeschool curriculum to be purchased yesterday. After much debate I decided to try out Bookshark's Level 3 All Subject Package. I love that Bookshark uses an age range for their levels and has a customization feature. Bookshark Level 3 is for children ages 8-11. Jack is 10, so I think this level is perfect fit for his core 5th grade homeschool curriculum.

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2017-2018 Homeschool Plan

Summer is coming to an end and schools plans are being finalized... Are you ready for the upcoming school year? Check out our 2017-2018 homeschool plan below!

Last year we joined a brand new homeschool partnership, which opened up so many new opportunities for my family. One of the biggest opportunities is being able to partake in a "full time seat waiver" program. This program allows me to homeschool my children without having to pay for their curriculum. The trade off is that on paper my children appear to be public school students. Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT fully anti-public school, so I simply see this as a technicality. The reward (thousands of dollars in free materials) far outweighs this technicality--at least to me! Since our budget drastically increased I decided to change up our 2017-2018 homeschool plan.

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Easy Grammar Review

Brace yourself….
This may be the first negative review of Easy Grammar you have read!

I have used this program two different times now, and I will never use it again. My children are not typically complainers when it comes to school, but Kenten and Julia spent MOST of this past year complaining about their grammar work. Continue reading “Easy Grammar Review”

Singapore Math Review

If you have been homeschooling for awhile, or even if you just started looking into homeschooling chances are you have at the very least heard of Singapore Math. When we started our homeschool journey in 2011, we quickly decided to try out the Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition from Singapore Math. There were so many good reviews about the program and it was very affordable. Continue reading “Singapore Math Review”