Garden · Homeschool · Kids · Nature Study · Pests

Hornworm Experiment

Each summer we pick through our tomato and pepper plants looking for hornworms. This has been the best summer yet. I found the only one this year as I was ripping out all my tomatoes. The battery in my irrigation timer died when we were out of town and they took a beating in the… Continue reading Hornworm Experiment

Classes · Homeschool

2016-2017 2nd Grade Line Up

We’re planning on starting 2nd grade this week and I’m sprinting to the finish line of organizing for the coming year.  It seemed like a big jump from kinder to 1st grade in the amount of work and it feels like another big jump as we head into 2nd grade.  We’re changing some things up… Continue reading 2016-2017 2nd Grade Line Up

Compost · Garden

Compost Tumbler Update

I unloaded my first batch of compost from my compost tumbler last week. I started loading it up back in February.  It took me several weeks to fill it because this thing is huge!  I kept filling it as the kitchen scrapes and yard waste started decomposing.  It was really hard to stop and just… Continue reading Compost Tumbler Update

Homeschool · Writing

Animal Mini Book Project

We recently started using the Jot it Down program from Brave Writer for part of Language Arts. It has turned out to be a much better fit for Storyteller. I’ve been very pleased with the work she’s done and the effort she’s put into these projects. Her most recent project was an animal mini-book. There… Continue reading Animal Mini Book Project


UPDATED – Sonlight A vs. Bookshark K Comparison

Last year I was undecided between Sonlight and Bookshark. I had been expecting to use Sonlight Core A but then Bookshark came onto the homeschool scene. It is often described as the secular version of Sonlight. They are sister companies but it appears that describing Bookshark as a secularized Sonlight isn’t as straight forward as… Continue reading UPDATED – Sonlight A vs. Bookshark K Comparison