About our Homeschool

By age, our children are in the following grades (2018-19 school year):
Abraham, 10th grade
Sebastian, 8th grade
Malachi, 5th grade
Daisy, 4th grade
Juniper, 2nd grade
Marigold, Kindergarten

We also have Theodore (age 3), and Baby Ezekiel tagging along!

We use a variety of homeschool methods, primarily Unit Studies we write ourselves. We rely heavily on our county's excellent inter-library loan system!

For math, we are currently using Life of Fred.
For spelling, we are currently using Rod and Staff.
For grammar, we are currently using The Language Mechanic.
For handwriting, we are currently using Handwriting Without Tears and A Reason for Handwriting.
Around kindergarten age, we have taught the children to read using this book.
The younger ones also enjoy these little workbooks!

Marilyn also blogs here.
Sam was a Concept Artist for Disney, and he now teaches in the Center for Animation at Brigham Young University. He also teaches classes online at schoolism.com. His work can be found here.

I usually update this blog (and date the posts retroactively) at the end of each unit, about once every five weeks.

You can also read a little about Why We Homeschool here.

You can reach me at marilyn (dot) nielson (at) byu (dot) net.


  1. Hi there! I wasn't able to find your contact information to send you an email, but I just wanted to let you know we've featured your Homemade Kids Drums craft in one of our recent round-up posts. Here's the link, if you'd like to take a look: http://takelessons.com/blog/musical-crafts-and-activities

    Keep up the great work! :)

    1. Thanks, Suzy! I've added my email address above, too. :)


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