We Survived our First Year of Homeschool

*Disclosure- I received the Bookshark homeschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our journey. All opinions are my own.*

We did it! As of last week we are DONE with Homeschool Kindergarten. Finito. Finished. Summer is officially here and we’re having so much fun. But, I have to say I’m already missing it a little.

With the help of Bookshark this year, homeschool was SO easy.

It was all planned out for me, and the entire process could not have gone any smoother. Yes, some days there were tears (from both of us!), but we were always able to turn our day around.

I never realized how much our son’s schooling would affect our daily lives. I mean it’s only Kindergarten, right? But, the other night at dinner, our conversation went from: talking about table manners, airplanes (as one flew over the house), lift, gravity, and Sir Isaac Newton. All subjects we had talked about in school.

We did so much reading this year, I never thought he would be able to retain it all. But, he has! He can quote entire poems, hold conversations about outer space, different countries and cultures, and so so so much more! I think sometimes we underestimate our little ones and how much they are capable of learning. With Bookshark leading the way this year, I was able to unlock abilities inside of him I would have never known about. And I ended up learning almost as much as he did. 

If you’re on the fence about Homeschool, don’t be.

I encourage you to really consider it. With the help of a great curriculum, you really have nothing to worry about. I wish I could go back to the beginning of the year and tell myself that I can do it. Because here we are- we did it!

Best of all? We’re BOTH already excited at the thought of First Grade. We had originally only planned on doing Homeschool for the first couple of years- but Bookshark has given me the confidence to be in this Homeschool thing for the long haul!

So whether you’re in First Grade, Heading into Middle School, or even just Pre-K and mulling over your choice to homeschool: Bookshark has a curriculum for you!

{Look at all the books we read this year- and then some!}
Maybe you are just interested in the History or Language Arts portions?

You can pick and choose what subjects you want and cater your curriculum to your family’s needs. And honestly, that’s my FAVORITE part about our decision to homeschool. Being able to focus more on what my son is interested in.

If you have any questions about our journey, or our decision to homeschool- always feel free to message me or ask them in the comments. There is great community in homeschool families and also amazing support.

Thank you so much for following our homeschool journey this year- and I can’t wait to share what’s coming up next! Throughout the Summer I’ll also be sharing how we’re using what we learned this year, to prepare us for next year.


  1. This Messy Season

    June 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    awww congrats! We are going to go through the end of this month, but its bitter sweet

  2. Sally from Little Hiccups

    June 15, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Congrats! I like the idea of home schooling, but can’t imagine having my three kids home in our two bedroom apartment all day every day!

    1. mrsbishop

      June 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Haha I totally understand. I don’t know how moms of more than one get anything done, because I have no context lol

  3. Patricia

    June 15, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Oh my gosh, his smile!! Way to go…both of you!!!

  4. ashley peavey

    June 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Aw Congrats! what a little cutie!

  5. Mary Leigh

    June 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Congratulations on a successful year! I want to start homeschooling in the fall for pre-k! My oldest will be just 3, but I think he could benefit from some structured learning! I’m going to check this curriculum out!

    1. mrsbishop

      June 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Awesome- we started doing ‘homeschool’ around that age too. Especially by just checking out books from the library. I liked to do themed weeks. Like we’d do space, or birds, we even did lady bugs once. We studied the subject, checked out children’s books about them, did a craft and made a snack. It didn’t even feel like school, but he was learning!

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