How is your homeschool year going so far? Usually by this time we begin to sense what’s working well and what isn’t. What we want to continue–and a couple of things, perhaps, that we’d like to drop.
Two years ago I wrote my first curricula bliss post, in which I shared the curricula bringing joy into our learning atmosphere at that time. Because sometimes you want to smile instead of sigh when you pull something off the shelf, you know?
Now that my kids are a little older I’m back to share the new resources we’re loving most this homeschool year. I hope they give you some helpful ideas and point you in the direction of joyful learning as well!
I didn’t really “get” Audible for a long time; it sounded complicated to set up a subscription. But after some frustration with low quality audio books from other sources, I took the time to figure it out. I’m glad I did!
Each month I add one new title to our growing audio library. You can also buy individual titles without a subscription and listen with the Audible app. Get started with two books free here if you’d like to try it out!
I first wrote about the Big Fat Notebooks from Workman Publishing here, and they continue to be one of my favorite finds this homeschool year! Think fun Usborne book-style designed for older children. Created for middle school students, I also think older elementary and early high school aged kids would find them useful and enticing.
The colorful and simple layout of these guides make them a home run for us. I’m keeping the American History notebook close at hand to coincide with our other history studies (see below), but I know we’ll go back to the notebooks on Math, Science, English, and World History again and again as well.
These free, fast-paced, packed with information videos on YouTube are a huge hit with my tweens at the moment.
I should mention, though, that they do bring up sensitive/mature topics on occasion, so you might want to preview first. We are enjoying the US History playlist at the moment, but you can also crash course your way through World History, Literature, Physics, US Government, and more!
I’m choosing all of our read-alouds this year from the recommendations in Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time. We plan to devote a month to each continent. At the moment we’re exploring Africa through this title, and we head to Europe in November!
To coincide with our geography studies, Trishna and I intend to draw our way around the world with these favorite guides, too, and I’ll also pad out our global learning with this hefty tome. Can’t wait!
A video game that will have your kids begging to do math? Yep, for reals! My kids used the free game Big Brainz to memorize most of their math facts, and we stumbled upon Mathbreakers for the win afterwards!
Different levels of the game cover addition, operators, and fractions. Bedtime Math is another daily favorite around here, too.
I use the app Productive to keep track of all the regular habits I have for our days–everything from recurring homeschool plans to self-care, exercise, and family time.
I love getting “credit” for what I do day in and day out around here, and it also helps me limit overwhelm and remember what constitutes “enough.”
About a year ago Trishna (now 13) started using these online lessons to learn piano, and I cannot rave enough about them. Simply Music allows kids to get straight to the fun part of playing songs without having to learn to read music first–brilliant!
My daughter loves these so much that she asked to send an email to the founder, thanking him for how much the lessons have inspired her. And you guys? He sent a video message back that absolutely made her day–so kind!
I turned to these workbooks in a moment of desperation, looking for a new resource to help my youngest continue on his journey to reading fluency.
Let’s just say that these get him running in excitement to the table to do lessons, so I’m a fan! There are workbooks for math and writing as well as reading to choose from in this series.
And voila! There’s our current curricula bliss–helping us fall even more deeply in love with learning, one day at a time. I hope you find what you need to feel the same way in your neck of the woods this year, too!
What are you and yours loving to learn with this year?
This post is sponsored by Workman Publishing and includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own!