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I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. An advocate of slow food and simple living. A keeper of memories, a collector of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my daily digest via email or RSS feed. Or, follow along with Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016

Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016 {The Unlikely Homeschool}

In true eclectic style, I've put together an a' la carte curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year. I hope it will be nine months marked by passion-directed learning and lots of rabbit trails.

I'll have four learners and one little guy doing some very gentle Pre-K, so it's sure to be a busy year.

Here's what I have pulled together for our group learning. Since we adhere to a four-day-schedule, you can assume that each of these items will be completed four days a week unless otherwise indicated. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Video Peek Inside Our Annual Portfolios

A Video Peek Inside Our Annual Portfolios {The Unlikely Homeschool}

I just put the finishing touches on the 2014-2015 annual portfolio and I thought you might like to take a quick peek at it before I file it away. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Well-Planned Homeschool


With summer in full swing, the countdown to the 2015-2016 school year has begun. I have prepared an annual portfolio of last year's work. I have packed up the old books and have brought out the new. I have made a few last minute curriculum decisions.

And now, I've come to the fun part...
the part I always look forward to.

Now it's time to begin sketching out the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

20 Must-Read Chapter Books for Young Girls

20 MUST READ Chapter Books for Young Girls {The Unlikely Homeschool}

She's a voracious reader, my girl. Ever since she turned the first page all by herself, she just can't seem to get enough of words...beautifully woven words.

The stories and plots have crafted her.
Shaped her.
Molded her.

Each wonderfully painted character has left an indelible mark on who she is and who she will become. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

My List of the TOP Book Lists {and other tips for developing a reading culture}



Developing a reading culture in your home seems like a simple enough plan...just immerse your family in literature, right?!

Well, yes...and no.

While surrounding your children with books IS the first step to cultivating a love of reading and a story-formed home, there really is more to it than merely scattering a random stash of books around a house.

Creating a literary home...a home where books are a part of the family rhythm and culture...takes intentionality. It requires purposeful selection of reading material and a schedule that gives priority to reading.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Top Nature Study Series and Field Guides for all Ages

Top Nature Series and Field Guides for All Ages {The Unlikely Homeschool}

We just purchased an annual membership to our local arboretum. It's a wonderful oasis of nature smack-dab in the middle of our town. Thursday nights often find us hiking or biking together as a family, and the woodsy trails of the arb provide not only a lovely backdrop for our evening strolls, but plenty of opportunity for nature study.

Since one of our "gentle schooling" activities is to complete a summer-long nature study each year, hiking trails often become our outdoor classroom. I'm not naturally a nature-girl, but, I've grown to love learning about God's creation right alongside each of my kids.

We have an embarrassingly large number of field guides and nature books and almost always have one packed for our family hikes. Although we have several shelves jam-packed with nature-themed books, there are a few that we seem to come back to again and again. If we don't currently own them, we borrow them from the library often.

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