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Homeschool help, unit studies, recipes, and relaxation for busy homeschool moms.

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Hi, I’m Jen!

I’m the voice behind Life Beyond the Lesson Plan. I’m a wife, semi-retired homeschool mom, and curriculum developer. Welcome to my little corner of the web!

Unit Studies



Looking for a unit or notebooking study? You'll find plenty of great units for art and art history, literature, science, and more!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

Whether you’re brand new to homeschooling or have a few years of experience under your belt, trying to determine a method to follow can be a bit daunting, to say the least. Unit studies, classical, traditional? Who’s Charlotte Mason, and what’s this all about? This series of posts will cover the various styles of homeschooling, giving you information about each style, which types of learners each is good (or not so good) for, examples of the popular curriculum choices for each, and ideas for implementation.

Getting Started with Homeschooling

If you’re thinking about homeschooling, chances are you have a lot of questions; I know I did when I started! 15+ years ago, there really wasn’t much of a “blueprint” to follow, and most homeschool moms either tried to go it alone or received their mentoring from support groups (many of which are awesome). Today, […]

Homeschool Discounts and Deals!

‘Tis the season for family, fun studies, and amazing Black Friday deals!

Whether you’re just starting your homeschool journey, need to stock up for next semester, or want to get some fun educational goodies for your kids for the the holidays, I’ve got you covered. You could spend time tracking all of these down yourself…but you’ve got more important things to focus on!

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