Friday, January 21, 2022

40 Kansas City Area Homeschool Co-ops, Drop-offs, Sports, Enrichment Opportunities *updated regularly*

New to the area? Lived here your whole life?

Either way, welcome to my post full of Kansas City homeschool co-ops (parents must pitch in to make it work), drop-offs (parents get a break), and hybrids (a couple of days at co-op and the rest of the work is done during the week at home). 

I've spent quite a bit of time and care compiling this information, so please let me know if you find a link that is out of date or if you know of another entry I could add to the list! You can email me at 😁 or leave a comment on this post.

With so many options in one spot, I'm hoping it makes it easier to choose the best one (or more!) for your family! 

Monday, January 3, 2022

All About Pokemon Hands-On Unit Study Course on Teachable for Grades 3-8

So back in the day, my kids were obsessed with Pokemon. They got a huge Pokemon education for sure, but I couldn't find a Pokemon unit study online. I found one site where the writer showed a few books she got for her kid that were Pokemon-specific, but nothing was laid out and ready to teach. 

Then I found the All About Pokemon Hands-On Unit Study Course on Teachable for Grades 3-8 and I did a little happy dance because my son Samuel is now 12 and in 6th grade and would looove this!

From the Teachable site:

The All About Pokémon Unit Study includes 4 main areas:

1- Learn & Explore: in this section, your child will read articles and watch videos on anime, the history of Pokémon, the Japanese language, Japan and Japanese culture. Through each lesson in Learn & Explore, your child will complete various assignments and earn Poké Points along the way!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Aspirational and Sentimental Homeschool Clutter

I may not have a lot of books compared to some homeschoolers, but it feels like a lot when I'm sorting through things and feeling overwhelmed. When I realized books had overflowed off of two bookshelves into my storage room and were piled high in stacks on a filing cabinet, I knew I had to do something about that. Thankfully, it was Christmas break so I could finally tackle the project.

Let's take a specific book I've been saving as an example and make it our scapegoat. The book in question is What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Revised and updated): Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (The Core Knowledge Series) and my youngest child is 11 years old and in 5th grade. This means this dialogue also applies to several more books I own in the series.

My dialogue goes something like this:

Saturday, January 1, 2022

How to Conquer Homeschool Clutter

If you came here from the post Aspirational and Sentimental Homeschool Clutter, welcome! if not, please go check it out!

When I first decided to homeschool, every retired schoolteacher I had ever known graciously wanted to gift me the entirety of their saved classroom supplies, which they had each saved for just such an occasion. I was excited at first at the thought of all those books, wall maps, ABC charts and games, but then the clutter of unused and over-saved items took over and I got overwhelmed. Questions swirled in my mind: What might I need in the future? What would I need this year? What could I pass on?

Homeschool clutter can cause you to waste a lot of time searching for things you may or may not own, as well as causing you to spend money buying things you already have! Below are some ways I found to help tame the different kinds of homeschool clutter and paper monsters and find some peace, organization and money saved in my life.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Table of Contents: What Your First Grader Needs to Know


Never fear! I will be typing this up soon so you can grab it and print it out from Google Docs, just like I did with the Home Learning Year by Year benchmarks!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Junior Great Books Table of Contents and Overlap in Stories

We discovered Junior Great Books when my daughter Callie took a homeschool co-op course around 5th grade. Now I'm in love with them and try to buy up all of them. Some of them we consume and are not in love with, so we pass them on. Some we save and I hope to teach my own Junior Great Books class at the co-op someday :-) Here you can find the Table of Contents for the books we have read:

Series 2, First Semester (1992) (selling in upcoming homeschool used book sale)

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter

How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling

Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath by A.A. Milne

Arap Sang and the Cranes (African folktale as told by Humphrey Harman)

Blue Moose by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Our Reading Box

What Our Box Contains

Bob Books

Explode the Code workbooks

Hooked on Phonics

Reading Pathways

Sing Spell Write

Sounds & Symbols Early Phonics Storybook from Calvert School (when we did virtual school)

Books to read aloud together

Alphabet Books

A Was Once an Apple Pie by Edward Lear

Alphabears: An ABC Book by Kathleen Hague

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault

I Spy: An Alphabet in Art by Lucy Micklethwait

On Market Street by Arnold Lobel

Other Resources:

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (my family did not like this one, but many seem to enjoy it)

Highlights Magazine

Also Check Out:

The New Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Read-Aloud Revival by Sarah Mackenzie

Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt