School Days

I came across a curriculum not too long ago that I have used in the past for the other kiddos and knew Eliza and Tate would love it.

It saves me from planning school for them! I just follow the plan and use the student sheets with the curriculum.

And right now as my two oldest are working away from home, we are showing our house and farm, and getting ready to move – it is the perfect timing to follow someone else’s plan.

I do love planning their school though. I am sure I won’t last too long without looking for some extra crafts or ideas to go along with what we are doing! Cause that is the best part of being a teacher!

We have been enjoying our school days very much!

We also have been running with learning about the prairie because of our FIAR book Three Names.

I think I am going to keep going with this because I have a great Unit Study that I can use!

I also thought a field trip to Pepin, Wisconsin, where the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum is would be fun now that it is warming up outside!

We had our snack on a blanket ‘in the prairie’ one morning while I read library books to the kiddos.

Tate and Eliza love to be read to and will sit and listen to books endlessly. I am so glad they enjoy this!




We always read a Bible story everyday. We learned about Noah and the flood, so I quickly pulled up Pinterest and found a fun rainbow craft.

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The littles are learning one alphabet letter a week in the curriculum I am using. This week is all about ‘s’ and the sun. These two love paper, crayons, scissors, school, crafts…..and are constantly saying, “Mom! What’s next?!”






I am using tactile activities to teach them how to write their letters. We trace the puzzle letters with our fingers. On this day, we used a container with salt in it to practice writing the letter ‘s’.



Lane is an easy student to teach as well. Teaching these kiddos is really not about filling them up with knowledge, it is about lighting a fire under them to love to learn! Lane has that fire! Actually, they all do!! Lane is usually roaming the house while working on his work, and you never know quite where you will find him. He joins the big kids sometimes.


My plan is to keep going through this curriculum with Eliza and Tate through the summer, but at a slower pace. I will have a new plan for Chad and Lane for the summer, once I figure out what that will be!

Grant finished all his High School work last night (at 6:18 p.m.!! But who was counting!!)! He is a GRADUATE!!! YAHOO!!!!! Addie Mae is not far behind! We will not be having graduation parties for our two seniors – they have requested a family vacation together instead. We don’t have it planned yet, but we all LOVE that idea!!!

Our school days are full of fun and blessings!


  1. Tristan RowLee says:

    I love seeing a peek into your homeschool! Most of my kids are happily plugging along with homeschool but I can see the wild look in my 9th grade daughter’s eyes each day. She’s ready for a good break. I tease her that she wouldn’t be quite so tired if she hadn’t joined the local public high school’s track team this spring. She’s got practice daily and two meets a week to run at. She just shakes her head and says, “I know, Mom. What was I thinking?” Still, it is fun to see her trying new things and stretching her wings a bit. All she wants to do for school right now is curl up and read. I can’t say that I blame her!

    Hope all is going well on all fronts for you all. Praying!

    • Steph says:

      Friend! All is going well on all fronts. We are blessed. I hope all is well for you and your crew too! Your daughter is ambitious – and that may not be a bad thing! Hope Mason is regaining his strength after surgery and casts. Think of you all the time!!

  2. Jennie says:

    Congrats to the two graduates, and good job mom! That’s a great accomplishment for all of you.

    We love those First Little House books too! It’s so nice to be able to get out and enjoy the nice weather while you’re reading. 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    I enjoy the home school posts! I am currently using My Fathers World.
    I originally found your blog because I read up on China adoption a lot. I feel called but I don’t know if it will ever happen, whatever God’s will is!

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