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Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal

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Ohhhh! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you. The kids are pretty excited about it too! My fingers are going faster than my brain as I am typing and somehow or another they are managing to put into words what I want to say. I did show a sneak peak of some of the items we’ve received in this post here but now I am going to show you everything we have right now.

If you haven’t seen my latest posts about homeschooling check out the links here but if you are only interested in what we have planned for this year, please keep scrolling.

I’ve been talking about how excited I am for our next homeschool year and I just can’t wait to get started. I have actually talked about this curriculum before but its been awhile. My kids are finally at the age that I think this will work out really well for everyone. Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal


Kirby’s Kids: The Who, How, Where, and When of Your Homeschool

In the post Homeschool: Making the Decision to Homeschool we addressed the Why’s and the What’s of Homeschooling and if you are reading this post I’m guessing that you are still interested in this idea so we will get in a little bit deeper. But first I want to welcome you the ever growing Homeschool community!

You are probably chomping at the bit to find the right curriculum and resources but we have a little homework to do first.

Who will you Homeschool?

This question might seem a little silly because we know that you plan to homeschool your kids but have you given a lot of thought into this? What does he/she like to do? How do they learn best? What interests them? Do they have any special needs or concerns?

You really need to think about these questions and figure out what type of learner you have. If you have multiple children there may be a variety of different learning styles present.

There are some people who may be homeschooling grandchildren, step children, or other relatives so you probably need to check into the laws about this as well. Now would be a good time to research learning styles and teaching approaches so you can be prepared for any future challenges they may hold.

How will you Homeshool?

Another silly question, right? Not really as there are many different methods of homeschooling. The top methods include:

  • Charlotte Mason
  • Montessori
  • Ecletic/Relaxed
  • Classical
  • School At Home
  • Waldorf
  • Free Schooling
  • Unschooling

Confused yet? Don’t be just do your research and don’t be afraid to choose the wrong style because you can always change or use a mixture like we do. We use/have used a variety of all of these methods at some point in time. Do what works for you and your family. A boxed curriculum (School At Home)  may work best for one child while another may be better suited for a Montessori approach.

Each child’s needs will change as they grow and their learning style may adapt as well. Knowing a little about each of these methods could help with future planning and decisions.

Check out the internet and Pinterest for ideas and information.

Where will you Homeschool?

Yet another crazy question, I know. It is called Homeschool so you probably intend to school at home, right? Well, not everyone schools at home. Some people school on the road or on vacation. Sometimes kids travel back and forth between houses and school at both so this might not be as straightforward as it seems.

When I first started homeschooling I imagined it would look like school but at home. I tried to set up a little school area with a nice work area and a computer. Plus I had my desk where I could sit and watch the kids work. That didn’t last long.

I mean part of the reason I chose to homeschool was to make it a better environment for my kids. Making them sit still at a hard table wasn’t better. They weren’t happy and they complained, a lot. Just take a look around your house and decide where the best place might be. It probably needs to be as distraction free as possible but easily accessible too. Remember that you can always change your mind later.

As we became more comfortable with homeschooling my idea of how our homeschool should look relaxed, a lot. Most days we are found learning around the big dining table but sometimes we are piled on the bed, or the couch, or maybe sitting outside on the porch, and even the kitchen island has served as our homeschool area a time or two.

If you and your family need a structured learning space then by all means go for it, if you have the space to spare. If you are in a smaller space, like we currently are, then use the space you have. We use headphones to help drown out noises and sometimes we use cardboard dividers between the computers to provide a more personal space. It all depends on the day and what we are doing at the moment.

When will you Homeschool?

Whoa! What do I mean by when? Most people assume that homeschoolers get up early and start schoolwork. They also assume that they work for 5-6 hours or more a day on school work. This is not always the case.

When we first started I felt like we had to work several hours in order to accomplish what we should. The first program we used we would work 8-10 hours a day and still be behind. As time went on I realized that wasn’t the right program for us and we found another one to use.

Now on most days we are finished with our work in 3-4 hours a day. Some days may take longer while some may be even shorter. We also cut back our school week to 4 days a week. Gasp! I know… it felt like we were cheating at first but we found a schedule that worked for us and hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you soon.

You don’t have to homeschool like they do at school. If your kids learn better at night then homeschool in the evening. My older daughter did the majority of her work at night as she is a night owl and hated getting up early. (She now gets up early for work though.)

If your family’s schedule doesn’t work with a Monday-Friday schedule then find a schedule that works. Just keep in mind that some states have a requirements for how many days/hours that you must attend school.

Another thing to consider is that you don’t necessarily need to start school in August/September and end in May/June. You can start whenever you like and stop whenever you like. You can also plan breaks to coordinate with your schedules and vacations. Many families even school all year round to allow for longer breaks in between quarters. Do your research and try out a few ideas.

Note: Many first time homeschooling families will often do a test run during the summer to see if this is something they really want to do.

I do try to write down a tentative start/finish date so that I can keep myself accountable. I also try to pencil in important dates and events so we can plan around them.

That’s a lot of information for now and a lot to work on. If you have your notebook from the last post then use it to jot down some more notes and ideas that have come to you. Be sure to stayed tuned for the next post where I hope to cover the following:

  • Researching and Buying Homeschool Supplies
  • Setting Up a System for Organizing the Supplies
  • Finding a Planner or System for Your Homeschool

Here are a couple of books that cover these topics and more:

You can also check out my Kirby’s Kids page for some old posts and links that we have used in our homeschool.

How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

Dollar Tree Finds: 10/20/2017

Its took me a few days to get this post written but I wanted to share a few neat things I found at my last trip to Dollar Tree.

My littlest ones are still really into dinosaurs and all of them are so artistic it’s complete craziness here sometimes. Right now we have crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and paper all over the table and floor from their latest projects. I probably have enough artwork to fill a museum… some of these masterpieces will eventually make it to friends and family.

I try my best to restrain myself when I walk down the ‘teacher’ section but I was super excited when I spotted these iDRAW dinosaur books with step by step instructions on how to draw so many different dinosaurs. Then I was almost doing a little happy dance to see that they had a few other versions like sea life, jungle animals, horses, and such. The kids are going to love these and I am hoping to incorporate them into some of their art classes while we homeschool.

There was also a Learn to Recycle kit that I picked up. I think this will work well as we are learning about the earth right now. If I don’t incorporate it into the Science lessons I’m sure I will find a place to use it as a teaching tool and they will have tons of fun doing this activity.

I found a few stickers to use on their projects as well as some jewel toned stickers. These stickers will, hopefully, be used to mark the countries and places we are ‘visiting’ in Social Studies. You can see more about this here. The kids are having a blast with this study so far. We have visited Great Britain and Spain with plans to visit France next week. (Our trip to Greece has been delayed as I haven’t received the Highlights kit yet.)

I’ll keep checking back and bringing you new items that I find to use in our homeschool.

Happy Homeschooling!


Start Date: Jul 5 , 2013
End Date: Ongoing
Type: Evergreen
Categories: Office Products

Homeschool: Freebie Finds 7/2/17

Here are a few of the Homeschool Freebies that I found this past week and printed off to use here at our house. Maybe you will find them helpful at your home too.

(I have a ton of things saved on my computer that I am currently sorting through so be prepared.)  🙂 🙂 🙂

Curriculum Map for Preschool by Pocket of Preschool


Homeschool Freebie Finds

FREE Download: 5 Paleo Snacks Your Kids Can Make

Groovy Lab in a Box and Ford STEAM Experience

Homeschool: Mystery Science Free Subscription

Pizza Hut Book It Program

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Homeschool: Freebie Finds 7/2/17

Homeschool: Freebie Finds 6/22/17



Homeschool: Freebie Finds 6/22/17

Here are a few of the Homeschool Freebies that I found this past week and printed off to use here at our house. Maybe you will find them helpful at your home too.


FREE e-book: 52 Weeks of Homeschool Group Activities

This is packed full of fun ideas, some of which I will be using to change things up around here a bit.

FREE Ten Commandments Copywork

These are available with the option of print or cursive. Such a great way to reinforce memorization and to improve handwriting skills.

Free Learning State Capitals Printables

These will come in so handy for reinforcing the work we have been doing. There are also other links for even more worksheets and activities that I will print out as well.


Also check out: (copy and paste the links)



Character Training Starts at Home

One of the benefits of homeschooling my children has been that I can focus more on character training. I will use this page to link to various resources that I have found and/or used in our homeschool.

Please feel free to add links to your favorite resources in the comments.


Other Links:

Large Families on Purpose: Character Training For Children

Doorposts – Biblical Character Training

Teaching Character to Your Kids | Focus on the Family

Kids of Integrity: Free parenting resources for teaching kids Godly …

What Is Character? – Thoughts On The Importance of Good Character

Character Traits Kids Can Develop | DiscipleBlog.com

Christian Character Traits for Kids | Parenting Like Hannah

Joyful Heart Character Overview — Hubbard’s Cupboard

Teaching Character Qualities | – Preparing the Soil

49 Godly Character Qualities | Grace Online Library

100 Kids Activities To Build Character – Moments A Day

Character Building Activities for Kids – Kids lovetoknow

Character Building Activities for Kids: Ready-to-Use Character …

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Homeschool: Character Training on Pinterest

Making Our Homeschool Schedule

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I don’t know about everyone else but keeping up with 6 kids and their school work can be stressful at times. They are on different levels ranging from Pre-K to High School and sometimes I just get confused as to who is where and what needs to be finished. I wanted to keep up with our school work and grades for my own records and I needed a system. The scholarship that my 14 year old has also required a portfolio to be kept and I had no idea where to start. Continue reading Making Our Homeschool Schedule

Homeschool: PreK

These are some of the activities and products that I use with my littles and with my special needs son.

Pick-A-Trick Matching Letters And Sounds! (coming soon!)

Homeschool: K

These are some of the activities and products that I use with my littles and with my special needs son.

Pick-A-Trick Matching Letters And Sounds!  (coming soon!)

Homeschool: 1st Grade