• Lion King Movie 2019

    Disney’s The Lion King – Teach with Movies Homeschool Resources

    Disney’s the Lion King as a homeschooling unit study? when I tell people that I often use Disney movies as homeschool lesson plans, they largely look at me like I’m absolutely insane. But it’s true, I often glean main points from some of our favorite Disney movies and make them into teachable moments or actual lessons.  Obviously movies that are also books are easy; A Wrinkle in Time lends itself to homeschool curriculum and of course DisneyNature movies like Penguins are equally easy to make into a homeschool lesson plan.  So, when I learned that Disney and Jon Favreau would be returning to the African Savannah, I knew I wanted…

  • Plants Animals Mini Unit Study Homeschool

    How to Create a Plants & Animals Mini Unit Study for Young Learners

    While we don’t jump into heavy curriculum during the Summer months, I do like to incorporate easy mini unit studies that tie in to what we’re doing, what we’ve seen on days out or whatever interests my son has at that particular time. When I decided on a homeschool schedule for our family, I wanted to ensure that we were still continuing with educational activities through the Summer. this post contains affiliate links I learned early on that ‘school’ happens year round, whether we’re on vacation or just running to the post office.  Educational opportunities about in life. Living is learning. In addition to wanting to keep relaxed learning at…

  • Wrinkle in Time Printables

    A Wrinkle in Time Curriculum Resources and Printables | Disney Movie Homeschool

    A Wrinkle in Time, with it’s rich characters, themes, plot and a positive message for all young people. These printables, lesson plans and activities offer a comprehensive study for your homeschool. A Wrinkle in Time won the prestigious Newbery Medal in 1963, the year after it was published. Led by three celestial guides, we discover, through middle-schooler Meg Murry, that strength comes from embracing your own individuality and to conquer our fears by finding strength by not being afraid to be who you really are. Lesson Plans for A Wrinkle in Time      Download the Reading Guide for A Wrinkle in Time from Scholastic Book Files.  It features chapter questions…

  • Hummingbirds Homeschool

    Bird Unit Study: 4 Simple Ideas to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring | Book List and Ornithology Resources

    Introduce a fun Bird Unit Study into your homeschool to celebrate the arrival of Spring! Kids of all ages will enjoy these simple activities that you can easily incorporate into a morning basket! Bird Unit Study Read Aloud What started as a simple Build Your Library Family Reading Crate unboxing, turned into a complete Bird Unit Study that I expect we’ll be working on periodically throughout the year. I started reading The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya to Zac at bedtime, reading between 1 – 3 chapters per night, just depending on how long he wanted to listen. An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A…

  • Hate Math Homeschool

    Best Homeschool Math Curriculum for Struggling Students and Parents: Navigating Numbers with Ease

    One thing that stressed me out when I started homeschooling was that dreaded question. “How am I going to teach my kids Math?” I was terrible at any and all forms of Pre-Algebra and Algebra. With three middle-school aged kids ready to embark on upper-level Math, I panicked. Where could I find the best homeschool curriculum that teaches mathematics concepts and skills that are easy to understand? After more researche and more panicking, I finally settled on a few online programs. There are countless ways to teach math to kids. You can outsource to a co-op or online program.  Also remember, there’s no race to the finish. The ultimate goal…

  • Strawberry Homeschool Unit

    A Short and Sweet Strawberry Homeschool Unit Study

    Whether it’s strawberry season or not, there’s just something about this bright, sweet non-berry that seems to make people smile. When you’re a homeschooling mom, anything can be made educational and the strawberry is no different. What’s even better is that a trip out to the fields is a unique idea for a parent and Kid strawberry season date! Here are three ways to make a lesson out of these aggregate fruits; i.e. ones that come from a single flower rather than an ovary.  Get Kids Cooking with Unique Strawberry Recipes  The best way to incorporate strawberries into a fun homeschool lesson, aside from just eating them, is to get…

  • Disneynature Penguins

    Disneynature Penguins Movie Activities, Field Trips and Homeschool Resources – Disney Penguins

    I have this annoying homeschool mom habit of taking a random thought, idea or new movie and running with it, often turning the mundane into a history, science or geography lesson. Disney movies are no different, which is why I’m looking forward to the newest release from Disneynature: Penguins on Earth Day. The movie is set for release on Earth Day. Disneynature has a committment to conservation and the film they create empower audiences to help make a difference in conservation efforts and supporting the wildlife featured in the films. Because of how well these educational Disney are done, I naturally took the ‘penguin’ theme and ran with it.  Here…

  • Disney Mary Poppins Returns Activities Resources and Printable Coloring Pages

    If you’re anything like me, your childhood consisted of gathering together with family each time Mary Poppins returned to television. In the days before On-Demand and digital movies any time you want them, these not often televised events were eagerly anticipated.  Now that movies are available at a moments notice, I like to incorporate many of our favorite movies into our homeschool days. Often we’ll purchase leveled readers and novelizations of movies, do activities and printables, games and coloring pages related to the movie.  Toward the bottom of the page, I’ve compiled a few resources that go along with Disney Mary Poppins Returns. Mary Poppins Returns will be released by…

  • Teach Poetry Homeschool

    Introducing Poetry into Your Homeschool | Poetry Tea Time

    Deciphering new words through context is one of the most organic ways of learning which makes teaching poetry in your homeschool a great family-time activity with educational benefits. The idea of reading poetry as a family invokes warm, fuzzy thoughts of sitting by the fire with a warm cup of tea with children listening intently conjuring up visual imagery of the poetic verses being being read. Poetry helps children develop rhythm.  The rhythmic structure of stanzas can help kids bridge the gap between words they know and words they don’t.  Reading Aloud in Your Homeschool The growing trend toward incorporating hands-on, family-oriented homeschool activities like Read-Aloud Revival and Poetry Tea…

  • Homeschool American History Curriculum Elementary

    Our Star-Spangled Story: A Homeschool Elementary American History Curriculum Review

    When I first saw the email from Notgrass History that the Our Star Spangled Story American History curriculum for elementary grades was on the horizon I knew I had to get my hands on it!  We’ve been doing some roadschooling while vacationing over the last few years and I hadn’t been having much luck finding an elementary American History curriculum for my 7 year old. Many of the curriculum options I looked into didn’t touch on US History until 5th grade and I wanted to start building that foundation of knowledge now to pair with our upcoming roadschool travels and visits to living history sites like Colonial Williamsburg.  Our Star-Spangled Story…