Category Archives: The Good Life Homeschooling

Homeschooling Teens Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 7 Tips

It seems man-boys need to conquer something. Isn’t that what has gotten our world into so many wars? Maybe conquering the useless is the answer! Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Pledge Allegiance?

Last night, visiting after dinner, our family started discussing the Pledge of Allegiance.  Certain members of my family were saying that it seemed like serious brain washing to have kids stand and say it every morning.  That we shouldn’t pledge … Continue reading

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Find The Homeschool Lesson In This:

I was just remembering a day not too long ago my kids and I were at the Grocery Outlet, or, as my BFF calls it, the Used Food Store. I shop there because I’ve found I can get some good … Continue reading

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My Support Group

Wow! Here is a picture of our field trip to the big city! We all live in the woods. We all homeschool our kids. We are the best of friends and our kids are the best of friends. And we … Continue reading

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Middle School Homeschool Language Arts Recommends

Here are my top pics for homeschooling middle school.  Remember, I don’t subscribe to one certain school of thought when it comes to homeschool.  Have you heard of eclectic style homeschooling?  That’s us.  We take months off at a time … Continue reading

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Keepin’ It Real!

I think it’s fun to post cute pictures of our cute life, where everything has a place and all things are in their places.  Neat and tidy we homeschool moms are.  Right?  Mandy days that’d be a lie over here.  … Continue reading

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Keeping The Peace

With a first grader, sixth grader and ninth grader all in the same room doing school, the energy in the room can get . . . loud . . . frustrating . . . silly . . . ridiculous . … Continue reading

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Middle Schooler’s Homeschool Schedule

Here is my first year Middle Schooler’s schedule using curriculum I posted here. Daily Homeschool Schedule   Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Shurley English 30 minutes Lesson 1 Shurley English You don’t need to do Vocab Lesson 2 Shurley English … Continue reading

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Curriculum I have experience With

This is a random list of curriculum/resources I’ve used over the last 7 years homeschooling Shurley English levels 1-5 Story of the World books 1-4 Usborne Interlinked Encyclopedia Wordly Wise Teach your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons Hooked … Continue reading

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More than half way through 9th grade!

So, after taking 2 months off for our Mexico adventure, we are back at some academia here at home.  We are back into the swing of things and the kids just jumped right into their books.  Our unschooling time on … Continue reading

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Why We Homeschool

When we first decided to homeschool, our oldest was just finishing up 2nd grade.  He was in a cute, country school and had a great teacher.  We were enjoying the experience, for the most part. Kyler was making good friends … Continue reading

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Hunters Moon Afternoon Hike

We did Science on the go the other day!  We spent a beautiful NW afternoon and evening hiking through the woods, making dinner on the fire, eating food we brought plus some chantrelles we picked along the way.  This is … Continue reading

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Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling through High School has it’s own, new challenges and can seem a bit daunting.  For our guide, we are using this 4 year plan that I got from the Washington Homeschool Organization website.  It’s incredibly useful for making a … Continue reading

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Integrating Mind-Body-Heart in the homeschool

We really are not trying to ‘duplicate school at home’.  In fact, our home learning looks very different than that of a public or private classroom.  First of all, we are really trying to serve the body, mind and heart … Continue reading

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Homeschooling for The Good Life

Kyler School: Honors English-Sound Learning Math-Teaching Textbooks Spanish-Rosetta Stone Science-Physical Science-Sound Learning PE-YMCA History – I DON’T KNOW YET!!!!!!!!!! Typing on Good Typing Kaleb School: English-K12 English History-World History A  K12 Online shcool Math-Teaching Textbooks PE-YMCA Science-k12 Science Maya School: … Continue reading

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What is the simple life today?

Well, today, this wonderful Monday, it means doing school in the morning for me and the kids and a home inspection this morning for Izee.  Then, off to the beach for a very restful afternoon.  Maya and I took a … Continue reading

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How much is nourishing & How much is too much?

How much of what we do is done just because it’s ‘what you do’?  There is so much in life to do, a never ending amount of awesome experiences.  There’s Scouts, Little League, Pee Wees, Dance, Gymnastics, Youth Group, Missionettes, … Continue reading

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Morning Walks

So, I have been reading and reading and really feel that the ideas behind Enki are speaking strongly to my family.  Especially my husband who has been trying to encourage me to be rhythmic for a long time now and … Continue reading

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Physical Education for The Good Life!

We had a really fun “PE” class today.  The kids did a rock climbing training with Isaac.  Maya is learning to be lowered and to just feel comfortable with the harness and the ropes and the whole experience.  KK & … Continue reading

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Primary Science Checklist

For my elementary kids, I used this checklist in the front of their science notebook.  We used The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia & Eyewitness Books Animal Kingdom. I would read to him aloud, or as he got older, let him read.  … Continue reading

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Homeschool Helpers

So, for our history, we are doing History of the World.  We are finishing up last year’s book 2, Middle Ages.  We will (hopefully) be starting in on book 3 in October.  For my middle schooler, I have made some … Continue reading

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Elections Unit Study

I can’t believe this has already been almost 4 years ago!!!!!! How can that be?  This is a copy of a post I did on another blog.  I thought I would repost as elections are coming closer.  How’d all that … Continue reading

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A Garden Salad

So, garden food for The Good Life. We try to make a huge portion of our food be in the form of raw vegetables. In the summer, this is an easy task. We have made it easier by making our … Continue reading

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Chores and Work Ethic

Let me preface this with: We really want to raise kids equipped for The Good Life. Whatever that may be, for them. We know, though, that being a happy worker is a good thing. So is a worker who has … Continue reading

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Terrarium Fun!

We had a great time making terrariums together. We found some of the glass at the Goodwill for $2.99 each and the vases we found in all of junk. I have lots of cupboards to declutter! These we made for … Continue reading

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Family Hikes and The Good Life

We think weekly (or almost weekly) hikes are part of our Good Life. Here are some pictures of some of those. My sweet nephew was with us on this one.

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Our Homeschooling Journey

We believe homeschooling is part of our Good Life.  This is our fifth year homeschooling our 3 kids.  My oldest is in 7th-ish grade and we started homeschooling him in 3rd grade (besides a half of a year of kindergarten), … Continue reading

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