Updated: Apr 13
(And Supplement tools for Public and Private School)
***(3/20/2020) I’ve updated some details on the Catholic Heritage Curricula since I wrote this. Also if you need a schedule printable or are looking for some simple steps to take for homeschool your child click here.
(9/15/2020) I also updated things here and there throughout the entire blog.***
I started homeschooling my children in 2014. My oh my, how the time has flown. Back then I used a tablet with a keyboard to type my blog posts in between school and meal prep. So glad my husband surprised me and got me a laptop. 🙂 But I digress…
Other things have changed since then as well. My family has grown, to a total of 6, yes 6 people [this is now 7 as of 9/2020], and we finally found our home in the country (and with a little elbow grease, will be perfect for us). My class size has changed as well. I currently only teach my 2 (almost 3-year-old) at home [Nope. That's changed too. Now I teach #3 & #4 while finding busy work for the youngest]. My 2 oldest ones go to a local Private Catholic School in Town.
I have every intention of sending my youngest ones to the same schools. Not because I don’t enjoy homeschooling, but because I feel this brings a good balance to our family. It gives me the opportunity to be there one on one during their younger more impressionable years to help mold them and create happy, well-balanced humans. But sending back to school in their older years gives them the opportunity to get to know other kids, learn how to deal with stress and organization and how to work with others outside of our family.
I was no longer able to give complete attention to all my children (at once) as I was in the beginning. My oldest was in need of more social aspects, that I was unable to provide such as friends, dances, etc. I was also concerned about college, which is fast approaching, and my ability to create transcripts that would truly show the kids' work and grades. So after much consideration and discussion, my husband and I decided that the Private Catholic School route would be the best fit. They were able to offer the unique education that we were looking for and continue including our Catholic values (as I was doing, and still do, at home). But this year, homeschooling came back into the swing. My third child is now in need of some education as well [This has been up'd even more so now, I have my oldest doing virtual do to the pandemic. So making sure my youngest children had school was even more important. I needed the younger kids to have work to do so not only were they learning, but they understood that they had school to do during the day, just like their older siblings]. So back to the schoolbooks I go.
With all the different ages I have worked with and the changes we have gone through, I have been able to narrow down what I do to a few helpful websites. I wanted to share my changes and the sites I use to help any of you parents homeschooling out there (that need a little direction). But the items I use also work well for supplementing during the summer breaks, and even to add a little extra during the school year with my oldest kids also.
One thing that has changed is how I teach the kids. I no longer make my own curriculum, it became way too difficult when I got towards the end of my third pregnancy, and I was worried I was missing things as I went. So after a lot of research, my husband and I decided on a curriculum we really like. It’s only curriculum and teaching guides, so I teach and grade everything myself, but the books, schedules, and guides are all done for me. I am able to supplement here and there where I need, but for the most part, I really don’t need to. It’s all pretty much done for me.
If you’re a Catholic family looking for a Catholic curriculum that includes a lot of the educational aspects you need, enjoyable and informative as well as affordable I would recommend this for you. It’s called the Catholic Heritage Curricula. They have a lot of helpful tips and information as well. Below is the link to that site as well as the 3 other sites I use to add fun or helpful things to my kids' schooling.
1. Catholic Heritage Curricula: for those of you that want a Catholic Education at home, this is what I use (Below are some pictures I took of one of my daughters using the curriculum on her first day of pre-school and my son doing a science project when I did the curriculum with him). Also, The CHC now offers some FREE downloaded PDFs for everyone! Make sure you check that out as well.
2. WorksheetsWorks.com: I LOVE this site for creating worksheets. I use the Handwriting Practice for the kids’ extra practice “spelling word practice” sheets. I still do this for my son who has spelling lists still.
3. Teachers Pay Teachers: This site has a lot of fun activities (especially for the younger students). You can get a free login and a lot of the worksheets and activities are offered for free. You can buy some too. Think of it like Etsy and Pinterest combined for Printable School Work.
4. The Math Worksheet Site: I still have my older kids do 5-minute math tests, and this site offers some great options for that with the answer key. Worksheets Works.com also has some nice Math worksheets as well, but I like this site for the 5-minute math tests.
So to sum it up in a fast easy list….
Catholic Heritage Curricula: for those of you that want a Catholic Education at home, this is what I use (Below are some pictures I took of her using the curriculum on her first day of school)
WorksheetsWorks.com: I LOVE this site for creating worksheets. I use the Handwriting Practice for the kids’ extra practice “spelling word practice” sheets. I still do this for my son who has spelling lists still.
Teachers Pay Teachers: This site has a lot of fun activities (especially for the younger students). You can get a free log in and a lot of the worksheets and activities are offered for free. You can buy some too. Think of it like Etsy for school work.
The Math Worksheet Site : I still have my older kids do 5 minute math tests, and this site offers some great option for that with the answer key. Worksheets Works.com also has some nice Math worksheets as well, but I like this site for the 5 minute math tests.