first grade, Homeschool Curriculum, Homeschooling, Preschool

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2018-19

{ I wrote this post a couple of months ago before we started school. Now we’re a few months in, but still using the same resources as planned. }

School year here we come! We’re getting ready to start back to school and I wanted to do a preview of our curriculum for this year. Phoebe will be in first grade and Phin will be doing a Pre-K curriculum this year. We’ll be doing a lot of subjects together with all the kids – it is mostly for Phoebe, but Phin will listen in and learn some and Asher and Seth will be along for the ride.

Here’s what we have planned for the 2018-2019 School Year:

Individual Subjects

Phoebe – 1st Grade


This year we are continuing with Saxon Math. We started their Math 1 book last year, so we will continue on with that until we finish and move into the next book.

Reading / Language Arts

I debated several different reading and language arts programs for this year. Ultimately I decided I wanted to keep it really simple. My goal for this year is for Phoebe to enjoy reading and to become an independent reader. We are using the Explode the Code Books for some phonics review and practice. We’re also using some readers from the Sonlight Curriculum. She is reading the “Dick and Jane” stories that I’ve collected, and each week when we go to the library she picks out a book on her reading level. I may add more later in the year, but I’m pleased with this plan so far. Lastly, Phoebe is using “A Reason for Handwriting Level A”

Phin – 3-year-old PreK

I decided to have a simple curriculum for Phin’s PreK year. There are plenty of resources online that I can pull from, but I do well with an already laid out plan. We decided to use “The Good and The Beautiful PreK” and so far I really like it. It’s mostly focused on learning letters and number and it uses games and activities which is REALLY good for him! I’m excited to try this out and see how it works for us. I may add a math curriculum later in the year, but we will see.


Family Together


We are using “The Mystery of History” curriculum and I’m so excited about it! It was very highly recommended to me by a friend and I’m hoping it will be a good fit. We will mostly be reading it all together and doing some of the suggested activities for younger students.


Phoebe is doing a co-op class for science and using Apologia. All the kids enjoy listening as we read the book together, it’s definitely one of their favorite subjects in our homeschool.


That’s it! We’re trying to keep school simple and FUN, but the kids are also really learning a lot.

Do you homeschool? What are your favorite choices for this year’s curriculum?


Happy Mama, Lunch, Meal Prep, Mom Life, Preschool, Simplify


Do you ever find yourself staring into the fridge around noon while your kids are climbing the walls and declaring that they are starving just hoping that some prepared meal is going to suddenly appear for you to take out and serve for lunch?

Me too!

Lunch is one of those things that use to stress me out. I would try every day to come up with some grand meal for my kids that wasn’t the same thing they had eaten yesterday. But I finally figured something out: my kids don’t care if they ate it yesterday! They don’t care if they have the same meal every day for lunch all the time. So I stopped trying to be super creative and decided to be super simple instead. I do have a few different options that I pull out, but for the most part lunch for kids is pretty much the same things. Here’s what we do:

Protein Choices: Cheese and Turkey cut up into bites (or something fun shapes if I’m being really fun), yogurt, peanut butter sandwich, or peanut butter spread on crackers, or a spoonful of peanut butter

Grain Choices: Whole wheat crackers, pretzels, cheese crackers

Fruit Choices: grapes, bananas, apple sauce, or oranges. (I’ll pick one or two that they have all week)

That’s it! Super simple, super quick, super happy kids, non-stressed mama.


Part two of how this works really well for us is this: Make lunches for the whole week!

Since I’m a stay-at-home-mom and we homeschool, we are home for lunch most days. But I figured out it was still easier to pack a bunch of lunches at the start of the week and then when my kids are unable to live without food a second longer ready for lunch I can just grab the containers from the fridge and set them on the table. It also works great for days that we have co op or head out for a playdate or even need to run errands during lunch time. I don’t have to even think about it, I just throw the containers in a bag and we’re ready to go. I like these Bento Divided Lunch Containers the best, especially since they have different colored lids for each kid.


Do your kids have a favorite lunch?



Birmingham Moms Blog, Preschool, Reading


I’m excited to announce that I’m a new contributor for Birmingham Moms Blog!

My first post is live today and you can read the full post on the blog. Here’s a little sneak peek…

Growing up I didn’t just like to read, I LOVED to read. I was the kid who was supposed to be cleaning my room or coming down to dinner, but instead I was reading. I never went anywhere without a book, and at night I would crack open my closet door and turn on the light so I could sneak in and read (sorry, Mom!).

Reading can be an education, an adventure, and an escape. Sometimes it means getting lost in a story in another world, and other times it means learning something new. Since becoming a mom I have hoped that my children would grow up as readers, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to foster that at a young age. These are a few simple things I recommend to raise readers.