Crystal Marcum

Curriculum Specialist, Lesson Designer

Crystal Marcum has twenty years of experience in education, both in public school setting and homeschooling.  As a writer for, Crystal loves to share creative, hands on activities to teach multiple subjects at the same time!  She firmly believes that homeschooling is a blessing, and during the year, Crystal remembers to “plant with the harvest in mind”.  Three smiling faces meet her at the dining room table each morning to begin their homeschool day!  Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, gardening, baking sweet treats, and working on numerous craft projects.  She also serves as a Curriculum Specialist and Editorial Assistant of, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®. 

Course taught Crystal

Beginning Listening and Speaking Skills Teaching beginning communication skills with early learners provides a firm foundation that will help them throughout their lives! Basic speaking and listening skills can also boost self-confidence in many daily routine settings and activities. This course helps you build your child’s listening and speaking skills through thirty simple activities.

Little Language Arts covers a wide range of language arts and writing topics for grades 2-4. Weekly lessons will be given to include teaching strategies, printables, literature suggestions, and websites related to the topic. Generally, each unit of four weekly lessons will be centered on a theme and include a project designed to last the duration of the unit to extend learning.

Course Co-Authored by Crystal:

Exploring God’s World with Fourth Grade Science explores topics often taught in fourth grade including the scientific method, plants and animals, habitats and environments, the earth and solar system, and many other topics. This full-year course includes reading assignments, worksheets, quizzes, and optional labs for hands-on practice.

Fun with Gravity and Climate: These lessons include daily Bible reading from Genesis to help children understand gravity, creation, climate, and weather from a Biblical perspective as well as daily activities to reinforce their understanding. Each week, students complete activities such as writing assignments, printable activities, creating family treats in the kitchen, conducting research, and creating projects based on their research.

Stretching Higher with Third Grade Math builds on the math skills students have previously learned and guides them through new concepts involving multiplication, division, working with money, fractions, decimals, equations, and more. Daily lessons are provided with ample problems for review and practice. Regular quizzes and tests are also included. Answer keys are provided.