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Our 2013/2014 Homeschool Curriculum

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It never fails that I always change things up in our homeschool curriculum. I get introduced to something new, or just want to try something new to keep things fresh. There is also life changes that play a part in my choices. For instance our newest addition to the family will be here in December. So, I am planning around her birth as I am doing things too.

2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

Everyone will be using the following on their appropriate level.

Bible-Who Am I by Apologia

Grammar-Growing with Grammar

Spelling-Soaring with Spelling

Writing-Winning with Writing

Math-Life of Fred

History-American History from Bright Ideas Press


Geography- Little Passports USA edition *NOW THROUGH AUGUST 20th GET 40% OFF OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WITH CODE: OFF40*

Little Passports

Science-God’s Design for Life from Answers in Genesis

God's Design for life

Reading-For the older 2 they are using the library with journals. For the twins they are using All About Reading Level 1.







This is the bulk of what we will be doing this year. I am really excited about our choices, and am looking forward to getting started. The first few boxes have already arrived, and with each delivery the kids are getting more excited.

What are you using this year?

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Sacrificing To Homeschool

Sacrificing to homeschool doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. To me though, homeschooling is the biggest blessing, but with that blessing there are certain sacrifices that sometimes we must make. There are always different phases of life. Sometimes, finances are tighter than we would care to admit. Other times the mental strain that a rough homeschool day can take on us is more than we would like to bare.

Sacrificing to Homeschool

Trust me I have been there. I’ve had those days when the pressure of things not going right starts to weigh you down. I’ve had the thoughts that make me want to march to the closest school and enroll them all. After all wouldn’t that be easier? Wouldn’t it be great to have 8 hours to myself everyday to clean the house, or even get a job that would eliminate all of our financial hardships?

The financial end of things alone is enough to cause most to think twice about jumping into homeschool. The curriculum costs, having to give up that second income, never having a spare moment to yourself. Those are all things that can weigh on a homeschool mom’s mind. However, I firmly believe that if you are called to homeschool your family, then God is big enough to fill in the gaps that may happen financially. Through our obedience comes His blessing.

I can tell you I have had years where I didn’t even know how in the world I would afford the curriculum that I needed. But, God has always come through for us. Whether it be through an amazing sale, someone blessing me with the books, or an odd job that is the amount I needed to pay for what we needed, it always works itself out.

I know when we have been in hard times, so many people wonder why I don’t just give it up. After all wouldn’t that be the responsible thing to do? Send everyone off to school so that I could get a job to help with the financial end of things. Thankfully my husband is not one of those people. He fully supports me being at home to homeschool our children. I do know this, that even though it may not make sense to someone looking in from the outside, we are doing exactly what God has called us to do. In the end that is all that matters. Not what other’s think of our decision, but what HE thinks?

Is all the sacrificing really worth it? OF COURSE! There is no greater gift to me than being able to homeschool my children. Sure there are times I have had to give up a modern convenience, or set out from an activity that we really wanted to do. In the long run, those are just things, and hold no eternal value. What I am imparting into my children is so much more.

Have you had to sacrifice something in order to homeschool? It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!



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A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner Review

*I was provided a free copy of A Simple Plan in exchange for my honest review

My love for planners is almost as high as my love for curriculum. I have tried several different ones over the years, and have liked them, but there was always something I would want to change about it. When I saw that Mardel was releasing a new planner for homeschool families this year I was so excited!

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner

There are so many features that are packed into this planner. For starters, it is beautiful. I adore the cover and look of this planner. Who doesn’t love the teal and turquoise color pallet? A Simple Plan is a little thicker than most planners that you find, and that is because of all the goodness that is inside the covers.

One of my favorite features is that it has tabs. It makes skipping around for planning purposes so much more simple. I can find what I need right when I need it. Another very important feature for me was the ability to use this with multiple students. I have 4 that are school age right now and I need to be able to keep track of all our studies in one convenient place. This planner accomodates large families. I will be able to use this even as our family continues to grow. There is a place for up to 6 children, though it has plenty of space and I am sure you could fit more if needed.

A Simple Plan has yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars to help you plan your school year with ease. It also has planning pages for each of your children. You can set their individual goals for each semester, and plan out their curriculum for the year.

You also have monthly and weekly assignment planning pages. You can view your month at a glance, then use the weekly pages for more detailed assignment tracking.

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner

Of course, what planner would be complete without a place to keep track of all the days of your hard work? The student record pages are a great place to keep track of attendance and also curriculum that you have purchased or still need to purchase.

If you are a pen and paper person like myself, then you will want to pick up a copy of the paper version. However, if you are a more digital person, there is a FREE digital version of A Simple Plan available for you. You can get all of these great features in an online format.

If you are looking for a great planner for your upcoming school year, I highly suggest A Simple Plan from Mardel. You will not be disappointed.



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