Curriculum

Do your kids resist writing?!?

Since 1st grade, Jozlin has displayed a strong resistance to writing. Assigning a paragraph or even one sentence would send her into a downward spiral of emotions. For over a year much of my mental energy was spent trying to develop a way to kindle a love of writing within her heart.  Thankfully I’m not in …

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Cursive

This year, Jozlin is learning cursive. To her it’s an exciting secret code. Jozlin says, “I love learning to write cursive because it is beautiful, it strengthens and exercises my hand, and it teaches me to read better.” Cursive is now the coveted subject in the Barnes Family Homeschool. Zaylee flew through level 1 handwriting, …

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Multiplication

In 3rd grade, Jozlin is working to master multiplication facts, long division, and stacked multiplication.  Multiplication facts are FOUNDATIONAL and CRITICAL. It feels like we are standing at the bottom of a nasty cliff. She must memorize these facts in order to make the climb to smoothly sail forward in her mathematical career. *Note: I …

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Sewing Unit

We find it easiest to add homeschool enrichment classes in small units. For a sewing unit we spent December afternoons sewing minky quilts.  Last summer, Tony’s sister found a bunch of new minky fabric scraps at a garage sale. For $15 we obtained enough minky to make 3 tops, 1.5 backs, and plenty to spare. …

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A Peek into our Daily Reading

Five parts of our homeschool reading curriculum include: 1- Reading chapter books aloud as a family is amazing! The majority of the time we read a chapter at bedtime. When we are excited to learn what happens next in the book we tend to read more during the day. I keep a running list of …

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A Year of Books to Read Aloud

One magical thing I love about parenthood is reading books to my children! I love sharing stories with them! By reading one chapter a night we completed 18 books over the course of a year (Aug 2020 – Aug 2021). Reading is a beautiful thing! Reading together is powerful! Reading increases creativity and provides an …

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