• Free Printable Harry Potter Themed Matching Game for Young Kids

    This year we’re working through the Waldock Wizards and Wands Homeschool Curriculum developed by Jessica Waldock from The Waldock Way.   This year-long study has students reading Harry Potter books, watching the movies and completing related extension activities. The subjects covered include: Alchemy, Astronomy, Charms, Enchantments, Herbology, Incantations, Magical Creatures, Muggle Studies, Potions, and Spells. It is designed for Grades 2-6. During our first week using the Waldock’s Wizards and Wands curriculum we celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday at the library and were treated to a birds of prey presentation from The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC.  If you’re looking for activities to do with younger kids while working…

  • Our First Week of Harry Potter Homeschool | Waldock’s Wizards and Wands Curriculum

    Our first week of Harry Potter Homeschool began during Harry Potter’s Birthdae. We completed lessons from the Waldock’s Wizards and Wands curriculum. We also read 2 chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and watched the first two movies in the series. On July 31st, our local library held a Harry Potter birthday celebration that included a fun and very well-organized birthday celebration. We attended The Owlery which was a birds of prey presentation from The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC. We’d been to the center before but it was fun to see the owls in an unusual environment like a Muggle library. The Owlery: Learning…

  • Ocean-themed Homeschool Activity to Help Teach Writing | Grades 4 – 6

    I like to take varied approaches when teaching writing in our homeschool and one of them includes hands-on activities to get my son to do some out-of-the-box thinking. One of our favorite activities is visiting the aquarium during the homeschool year. As year-round homeschoolers/roadschoolers. we often take a few weeks off in the middle of September and November but still ‘do school via field trips or aquariums in the cities we visit. Ocean-themed Writing Activity and Craft Incorporating lesson plans, unit studies and hands-on writing activities like this Choose Your Own Adventure Ocean Pop-up Book are fun ways to get away from stale textbooks and workbooks. Homeschooling affords us the…

  • Make a Harry Potter Bookmark #WizardingWorldofHomeschool

    We’re well on our way with the Waldock’s Wizards and Wands Homeschool Curriculum and have been prepping, organizing and dabbling these last few days with all things Harry Potter! In honor of Harry Potter’s official birthday, July 31, I wanted to share this fun Harry Potter felt bookmark craft. It’s a great way to kick of your Harry Potter Homeschool year or really just fun to do any time! If you’re curious about the Waldock Wizards and Wands Harry Potter homeschool curriculum, I invite you to check out how we’re planning on using it in our homeschool. The link will be updated every week as we work through the curriculum…

  • Waldock’s Wizards and Wands Harry Potter Homeschool Curriculum

    I’m so incredibly excited to start homeschooling with Harry Potter this year! I received the Waldock Wizards and Wands homeschool curriculum recently to review and I wanted to share everything about this awesome curriculum here on the blog!  I intend to update both here and on my YouTube channel. Weekly I’ll be sharing what we’re doing and how we’re using the curriculum over the course of the next year.   this post contains affiliate links For third grade, we’ll be reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We will likely take next year off from Harry Potter. I’m thinking we will pick back…

  • Homeschool Shark Unit Ideas for Ocean and Marine Biology Lesson Plans

    Learning happens all the time, as we all know and the Summer is no different. Another reason we choose year-round homeschooling is because we enjoy traveling quite a bit during the regular school year. When we take a few weeks off in the middle of September or November, we still ‘do school’ via field trips at the aquariums or museums in the cities we visit. This works well when we incorporate unit studies throughout the year or add activities like this Choose Your Own Adventure Ocean Pop-up Book that incorporates writing and a craft in an engaging and fun way. Since we take time off in the Winter, Fall and…

  • 26 Places to Find Homeschool Curriculum for 2 – 3 Year Olds for Free or Cheap

    Whether your children are  2 or 3 years old or you are homeschooling a variety of ages; finding homeschool preschool curriculum that can be a challenge. For this reason I wanted to compile all of the resources I have found over the last several years of homeschooling my own children in one place to help other parents navigate this often overwhelming world of homeschooling toddlers and preschoolers. this post contains affiliate links Homeschooling Toddlers and Preschoolers Lesson Plan Videos One of my favorite ways to keep my 3 year old preschooler busy was to ensure I had several hands-on activities at my disposal. I created preschool toddler trays or tot…

  • Magic School Bus Science Kits: A Fun Hands-on Secular Science Curriculum Perfect for Tiny Space Living

    Magic School Bus Science Kits are a great option when you’re short on space, living in a tiny home or roadschooling in an RV.  One of my goals for the coming years is to downsize and roadschooling in an RV a few months out of the year to travel the U.S. When we began homeschooling in 2011, an unexpected benefit was the convenience of taking family vacations while public school was in session. Traveling in the off season with minimal crowds, optimal weather and discounted prices was a huge draw. With three adult kids now in college and out in the working world, we’re getting very close to being able…

  • More than Other: Our Favorite Picture Books for Biracial Kids

    Offering biracial kids a true sense of who they are, where they come from and an understanding of their place in the world will help them positively contribute to it. It forges the way toward self-confidence, strength and compassion to become the change the world so desperately needs right now. More than Other – Checking off the Boxes One thing I learned early on as a biracial child myself is that I never felt like I truly belonged to a particular race. Identifying as “half-black” and “half-white” made me feel less more like “other” than those check-boxes I had to fill out in forms and applications.   The instructions screamed  “Choose…

  • Math Curriculum Beast Academy Homeschool

    A Homeschool Math That is Engaging, Challenging, and Fun? Beast Academy May Just Be All That!

    By Tricia Brookover My oldest kiddo learns math similar to how I learn it, so choosing a math program for her was easy.  And then kiddo #2.  We struggled (and cried!) through multiple programs. I couldn’t understand what he didn’t like about them and he was too young to articulate it.  In his third grade year, I stumbled onto Beast Academy by Art of Problem Solving.Finally.  We had a winner!  Three years later, Beast Academy has proven to be an excellent fit for him and for my youngest. {Now finishing grades 5 & 3.}It’s also provided us with laughter, made math fun while also challenging them…and me! Beast Academy: The…