2021-22 Curriculum Post

All the homeschoolers in the house, make some noise!!! St. Bruno the Great homeschool has four students this year: Byron, senior; Edie, sophomore; Fulton, 8th grade; and Teddy, 5th grade. We’re going to continue with our classically inspired, “hot mess” style curriculum for the umpteenth year in a row. Let’s jump into all the details …

2020-21 Mid-Year Homeschool Review

So I guess last weeks Takes just aren’t happening. Might as well get to this weeks latest, which is a mid-year school progress report! WOOT! (Oh, and of course- AFFILIATE LINKS!) I can’t believe we’ve made it halfway through our year. Knowing we’re on the downward slope will make it easier as we meander through …

Welcome Back to St. Bruno’s: 2020-2021 Curriculum Picks

We’re wrapping up our second week of school so it’s the perfect time to share my annual curriculum post! It’s littered with affiliate links so feel free to click and toss some pennies in my hat. (More links coming as I get time to add them.) After only homeschooling Edie and Bryon for the last …

2019-20 Mid-Year Homeschool Review

I wish I would’ve gotten in the habit of these mid-year (or 2/3 year) review posts earlier into my homeschool blogging game. From August to August it can be hard to remember all the things I changed and reasons for doing so, but after a couple semesters, it’s usually much easier to reflect and make …

2019-20 Curriculum And Back to School

The 2018-19 school year was jam packed with major life events and hospitilizations. I’d hoped that after one final hospitalization in June we’d have left all the bugs behind us and could start back in September with a clean, sterile, disease free slate. Instead, my home currently sounds like a tuberculosis sanitarium. Fulton remains healthy, but …

{SQT} Piano, Party, And 2018-19 Curriculum Picks

Well, I had three potential topics for this week, NONE of which panned out the way I expected. All were going to be very exciting and WOW inducing and I’m feeling a bit of, “Why can I not get my life together since I’m almost forty?” Not having control over several big projects in my …

2017-18 Curriculum: St. Bruno’s Smallest Class To Date

Since I only had to write out lesson plans for two kids this year, I considered bagging my usual curriculum post, however, even though I’m not writing out 10,000 words on everything for five grade levels, it’s probably still useful information to someone, and nice for my archives. Last year I did manage to do …

How To Teach Catholic Kids About The Middle Ages

At some point in your children’s education they’re going to learn about the Reformation. Maybe you have some idea of what your ideal Catholic Middle Ages homeschool curriculum should look like. If you have a nice Catholic homeschooling family like mine, you try to make do with the Protestant history book you have while skipping …

Seven Things Working In Our Homeschool Right Now

Since we’re more than halfway through the school year, I thought, for once, that I would actually do a mid-year follow-up on what’s working in our homeschool. (There’s also some things not working, but that’s a post for another time.) You can read about my 2016-17 curriculum choices here for comparison.   1. Addie is …

2016-17 Curriculum Post for Homeschoolers Who Like Way Too Much Information

This is the probably the latest I’ve ever posted my curriculum choices, so hopefully no one has been waiting to purchase books based on my recommendations. (I’ll be the first to tell you that you value my opinion too highly.) But regardless of what anyone else thinks, I enjoy making a note of all my …

2015-16 Curriculum: Fingers Crossed

I don’t know how many of you care, but I like documenting my curriculum from year to year. This is my fourth curriculum post ( No. 1, No. 2, No. 3). I always intend to do a mid-year follow up with myself to see how things change but it’s never happened. Maybe this will be the year. …

How to Write Your Own Lesson Plans, Part 2; Completing and Motivating

You’ve decided to write your own lesson plans! Good for you! If you’re this far you’ve probably already filled out a Course of Study for each of your students. Now you know what subjects and what materials will be covered for the year. Now the trick is to take all that information and break it …

How to Write Your Own Lesson Plans, Part 1; Discernment and Preparation

The last time I purchased lesson plans was in the summer of 2006 as I prepared for Addie to start pre-school. Homeschooling was an exciting yet overwhelming prospect. I needed someone to hold my hand and guide me (and Addie) through these unknown waters. Within a few weeks, I quickly realized that we were not …