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It is my hope that you will find encouragement for your homeschooling journey in my posts. Being a mom isn’t an easy job and adding homeschooling to your plate brings an extra challenge to your already full days.

Homeschool 2022-2023 Update

Earthquake experiment with a marshmallow & linguini building.

New Curriculum Experience

In 2021, we tested BJU’s reading and spelling curriculum. My girls both enjoyed and excelled in these subjects. 

I loved the online option because it gave me a little break from teaching everything. Burnout is a real thing!

For 2022-2023, we decided to try the online, full grade level from BJU for fourth and sixth grade.

This year has really flown by. I love the flexibility of using BJU’s Homeschool Hub for lesson planning, printing, and keeping track of grades. 

I’ll get a review up soon, but just wanted to let you know what we’ve been doing this year!

Homeschool Summer of 2021

Homeschool Mom Cindy and the fish she caught.

So thankful for lots of family time this summer. We squeezed in three weeks of camping!

My youngest daughter loved fishing. She caught her first fish on a hot summer day.

Even I caught a few. The one in my picture is only about 3 inches long. 

We safely returned all our little fish to the pond. 

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Before my homeschool mom days...

I was an elementary teacher before I became a mom. Because I loved reading and teaching, I invested in a masters degree (Curriculum & Instruction, emphasis on literacy). 

As a mom, I sometimes wish I’d skipped all those classes. They aren’t essential to what I’m doing today. In fact I sometimes get hung up on the “school” part of homeschool because of my background.

But at that time, I was teaching in a combined third and fourth grade classroom and loving it. Little did I know, that a handsome church pianist on a Harley would swoop in and change all my plans. He likes to point out that the Harley Fat Boy was a chick magnet despite being in the repair shop when we first met.

Now I'm a stay at home mom.

These days I am at home with our two girls and loving the benefits of homeschooling.

Every day is a new adventure full of unexpected events and conversations! We started our homeschool journey when Miss T. (pseudonym to protect privacy) was preschool age and Miss R. quickly joined in.

We are part of a great homeschool co-op! We’ve made some precious friends and truly enjoy our time together.

In a surprise turn of events, I volunteered to teach a homeschool gym class. Definitely way out of my comfort zone!

You don't need to be a teacher to homeschool!

I’ve heard moms say they don’t feel qualified to teach. PLEASE don’t believe that lie!

You are qualified! You are your child’s first teacher.

Without you, your child would not know how to use a spoon, drink from a cup, use the bathroom, wash hands, be kind, or …

just think of all you have modeled and practiced with your child–that is teaching!

We are on this journey together.

Send me your homeschool mom questions and struggles. Comment on the posts, write an email, drop by on social media, subscribe to my blog. Let’s support each other! I’d love to hear from you. 

May your day be full of blessings!

xxx  Cindy

Curriculum Choices for 2021

This is our sixth year of homeschooling! We’re trying a few new things this year.

My girls are both becoming more independent and branching out in their interests.

They are brand new to typing and Spanish. Also begging for guitars and lessons.

We are homeschooling four days a week and attending co-op on the fifth day. Along with library and kids programs at Church, our schedule is filling up.

We’ve jumped into some new curriculum for science and reading. Take a look at our reviews to see if these would be a good fit for your family.

I highly recommend trying out the free samples. That’s a great way to test new curriculum!