Organic Homeschooling™

18412 Brumley Gap Rd
Abingdon , VA 24210

Phone: 276-628-6978




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  1. Glori Baird says:

    so glad I found you. really looking forward to some guidance this next year.

  2. kara says:

    We’re glad you found us, as well. We look forward to helping you disciple your children through good books and life.

  3. Marcee says:

    I may have missed something on your lovely site, but I’m wondering what age range your curriculum covers.

    • kara says:

      Preschoolers to twelve years old, or so. Of course, it will depend on your child, but this it what I use with all my children until they work independently around the age of thirteen.


  4. Marcee says:

    Thank you Kara:) My children are 10 & 7 so this would be perfect for us. Thanks for the free Nov. sample?

  5. Leslie McCardell says:

    I am considering ordering OH but it keeps changing. I have an April sample, I see the current Nov sample and read notes that it’s being changed again for Jan 2012. I still like what I see but want to know what I’m ordering. Can I preview a sample of the new format if it’s available? I’m starting schooling next year and I’d feel so much better knowing what material I’m using so I can relax a little bit. Thanks for your time.

    • kara says:

      Yes, OH is constantly changing. The basic format, the subject areas we cover, the way instruction is given, etc. all stay the same . . . oh, and the basic resources for the school year only change in Sept. We do change the layout and sometimes add extras, etc. We change these things to build in variety. I believe that we homeschoolers often change our curriculum because we get bored with it, the same thing every day, day after day. Getting something new and fresh each month keeps us motivated. It also keeps us from feeling like we have to play catch-up. If things don’t go as planned one month, we get to start fresh the next.

      You can find a recent sample on the sample page. I hope this helps!

  6. Marcee says:

    We have really enjoyed our first day with OHS. It feels good to put art, memorization and poetry back in our curriculum as well as God. You had asked about starting a forum for OHS users which would be great. I think a FB page would be nice too.

  7. Julie says:

    I ordered the monthly cirriculum and was directed to watch for an email from you confirming. I may have done something wrong but have not seen an email yet. Checked the junki folder also. Thank you.

    • kara says:

      Julie, I tried to e-mail you and there seems to be a problem with the e-mail address you gave. Perhaps that’s the problem with the receipt, as well? Can you e-mail me at and we’ll see if we can this all worked out? We want to get it fixed before the February curriculum comes out on the 15th!

  8. Marcee says:

    Hi Kara,
    I signed for a subscription on Jan. 8th, but have not rec’d next months information. I checked the blog, but didn’t see an update. I did get an email yesterday saying thank you for trying the Jan. Sampler, however as I mentioned above I did sign up for a subscription.

  9. Laura says:

    I have looked and looked on the website, and cannot find somewhere to sign up for an e-newsletter, but I thought I had seen you have one. Is there something I can sign up for? Or just add my email to the list. I will bookmark the page, of course, but also might enjoy email reminders :) My little one is just 3, so too early to sign up for the curriculum, but I *really* like what I see!

    • kara says:

      Great question, Laura! We do not have a newsletter at this time, but I’m sensing a trend . . . I like e-mail reminders, too. :) We’ll have to think/pray about it (and look into the logistics)! I (Kara) do frequently write for HST’s e-newsletter, Homeschooling Helper, if that helps.

      Please do bookmark the page. We try to post every weekday, and actually accomplish that most of the time! It’s great for you to be thinking/learning with your three-year-old. You’ll be far ahead of the game when the time comes for more “serious” learning.

      God Bless!

  10. Marjorie says:

    Quick question…I did not receive a link for the February curriculum. Could another be sent? I have received other months, so I think my email is fine. Thank you for the help.

  11. Tori says:

    I have been subscribing to Organic Homeschooling since May, 2011. When I was reviewing some of the past months’ curriculum I realized I had not saved some months. I have my receipts and have tried typing in the URL but they say “page not found”. How long do past month’s curriculum stay in the archives and is there anyway to retrieve the months I’m looking for?



    • kara says:

      Great question, Tori. For here on out, the curriculum should, Lord willing, always be available to go back and download. We made a major website shift in October so the old curriculum links are not correct. I e-mailed you privately . . . I’m happy to give you the new links to you can access the curriculum you purchased! Thanks for being a part of OH!

  12. Lorna Halverson says:

    Hi! A friend of mine emailed me the link to OH a couple days ago and I am definitely intrigued. First, my situation….we have 5 kids, ages 11, 10, 8, 7 and 5. This year I switched from the curriculum I’ve been using for the past 4 years. The new one I decided to try turned out to be *way* too intense (4 of the 5 kids in different levels!), so now I’m kind of at a loss. I wouldn’t use what OH has scheduled for science, history or Bible, as I have different things I really want to use. So is it still worth the money? Also, if I would start a subscription now, would I need to cancel it for over the summer since we don’t school year-round? Thanks!

    In Him,

    • kara says:

      Hi, Lorna. Welcome to Organic Homeschooling! Have you checked out the sample? I think it will answer some of your questions. It would be easy to substitute another resource for the Bible reading, and I suppose you could skip the science reading/nature walk on Wednesdays and do something else on that day. You know what, Lorna? The more I think about it, I’d like to use your question in a blog post and answer it more thoroughly than I can here. Sound good? Look for it around February 29 or March 1.

      • Lorna Halverson says:

        First off, thank you so much for taking the time to give such a thorough answer to my questions. We’ve gone through 2 weeks of the lesson plans now and I am pleased to say things are going well. My older girls like that they can complete the reading assignments on their own, and everyone is enjoying the poetry and children’s literature book. My oldest is ending up adding more reading by her own choice, but she enjoys the selections that the lesson plans have. It looks like, so far, OH is going to be a very nice fit for us. Also, I used to have to write or type up what each of the kids accomplished each week, but now I just use the OH plans I print out and add what math pages they do, etc. I’ve never had it so easy! So I am loving that!!
        In my initial question, I had talked about substituting different resources for science, etc. It’s turned out that I only substituted one thing! Instead of the Child’s Story Bible, we read a kids publication of Voices of the Martyrs called Kids of Courage. We’re reading all about China right now, so they get some geography along with learning how Christians in other countries are being persecuted for their faith. My husband reads the Bible to them every night, so I knew that was being covered already. Otherwise, all the things you’ve scheduled are working out great. The kids like the dictation sentences you have. I’m using the DK science book and just supplement with Nature Friend magazine. Nature study is kind of a way of life for us since we live on a farm. I do have to intentionally have them draw pictures, though! Last week the kids were able to see coyote and deer tracks through our backyard, so they drew those, and this morning they got to go out to the barn and see our first little bull calf! And, because God works things out *so* well, the point where you are at in history was exactly where we had been with the old curriculum. :) It meshed perfectly! We did the painting activity last Friday, and all the kids loved it!
        So, I’m still kind of “holding my breath” as to whether this will actually be the curriculum I stick with, but it’s looking *very* hopeful! After getting excited about things so quickly so many times, I’m finally beginning to just wait and take it little by little. That’s exactly one reason I think OH could work *really* well for me. I like to anticipate and have new things I can look at, so to be able to look forward to what I will be sent each month gives me that. It was actually not so good for me to have an entire year of lesson plans in front of me all at once because I got bored with it. This is something “new” every month! Also, the fact that you have assigned us moms to listen to Victoria Botkin encourages me so much. I’ve listened to the first 5 sessions and she is such a godly woman!
        Anyway, I better end this. Sorry it ended up being so long! Just know that I appreciate all your work to provide these plans. They have been such a blessing to me and may turn out to be just what I’ve been looking for!

  13. Angie says:

    I wish to sign up to get Organic Homeschooling, but do not have a credit card, how would I go about getting it?

  14. Lorna Halverson says:

    Hi Kara,
    Just wanted to let you know I haven’t received the link to April’s lesson plans yet. Have you sent it out yet? I’m excited to see what we’ll be doing next month!

    • kara says:


      I’m not sure why you haven’t received April, but I will e-mail the link to you and then we’ll investigate to make sure it’s working. In the meantime, can you see if your card was charged?



  15. Angie says:

    I am trying to get to about organic homeschooling and it keeps telling me error. How can I obtain a copy?

  16. Kara…I love you! Really. Thanks for all your blogging. I have yet to subscribe. Still trying to figure things out. I do most things very similar to you. I would LOVE to know what a typical day looks like for you (I.e. waking, chores, school, length of reading aloud, play, lunch:). Pretty much I would love to be a fly on the wall:). I have four under 6 and am just figuring out the people management.
    On a different note, have you read the Bluedorn’s books Teaching the Trivium?

    • kara says:

      Great questions, Debra!

      Going backwards in answering your questions: Yes, I read Teaching the Trivium years ago, likely the first year or two it was published. My favorite part is Laurie talking about working with a dawdling son and having to sit next to him so he could complete his work and she concludes that the alternative is duct tape. (Ha!) With eight boys, don’t think I haven’t been tempted!

      I think I’ll address your first question about what our day looks like in a blog post this week. i

      You are in the toughest years, physically and organizationally. It took me a long time to really “find my stride” as a mom of many. The one thing I think I did well and would advise anyone in your situation to do is to really try to stay with your children, be near them and available as much as possible. I do not regret the hours spent sitting on the porch swing (usually nursing) while the children played in the yard.

      We had five children five years old and under, and then I had health issues. If I could do it over, I’d worry less (knowing that it was a season that would pass) and be content with small goals–beds made, children dressed, dishes washed, a little reading and writing done.

      You are doing a good work and doing it cheerfully now will lay the foundation for a enjoyable season as the children get older!

  17. Harmony S says:

    I have tried and tried to purchase the full year curriculum for year 1 but all the links take me to an error message and I have turned every pebble on the Highlands Ministry website and can’t even find it mentioned. Help!

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