SPLATS and Delights

SPLATS & Delights {Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Homeschool WrapUp} Our week was filled with ups and downs this week. SPLATs and Delights. My kids were sick this week, just the last week before we declare vacation until the new year. I guess that is one of the downsides of homeschooling – you still do lessons when you are sick. But I try to give my kids lots of treats like hot chocolate, tea, and chicken soup when they are sick as well. So this morning I asked my poor, cold-ridden daughter what she wanted for breakfast and she said, “Hamantaschen.” I haven’t actually everRead More →

F is for Finally

F is for Finally Ever have one of those moments? You have been trying to teach your child spelling, or addition, or history, or even to write his letters for what seems like eons. It may actually have been years that you have been at it. Then one day, quietly and without fanfare, your wonderful precious child gets it. He all of a sudden, overnight, understands! And what is your first thought? Well, what is your first thought after you call your husband at work to tell him the wonderful news about a minutia of your homeschooling life that he absolutely doesn’t understand? If youRead More →

True Identity

True Identity by John C. Majors {a review for Bethany House} True Identity is the kind of book you can safely give your teen. It is the kind of book that he will read and then come to you to talk about his ideas about love, marriage, and identity. Teenagers today are engulfed in a sea of messaging. They get it in school (unless you homeschool them). They get it in movies and books, the news and most especially from each other. These days I think (and hope) children and their parents are realizing that they need to find their heroes in different places. ChildrenRead More →

characters in crisis

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson– a Homeschool Review Crew review I was very happy and relieved to have the opportunity to review Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson, the second in a series by Sharon Watson as evaluating literature and story structure has always been my weakest area. This year-long literature course is focused on the characters in great stories who are in trouble. Sharon Watson will help your children explore how an author forms tension in a story using the characters as a vehicle to creating compelling literature. While this is the second course inRead More →

E is for Everything

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet! We are on week 5, and that means the letter E. . . . . .join my two wonderful co-hosts ( Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool and DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood) and me as we blog together through the alphabet (Link Up is below) Now, let’s consider ‘E’. . . E is for Everything – Wouldn’t It Be Great? The biggest challenge when you homeschool is finding books and materials and curricula to teach your children. So many of us end up from time to time purchasing something that we think will work wonderfully for our children. Your childRead More →

This afternoon my teenage daughter got really scared. The kind of down-to-your-toes spooked that shakes you to your core. I was with her at the time and it really was disturbing, but I found myself in a dilemma. Do I acknowledge that it was scary so she understands that her judgement is spot-on? Or do I act more reassuring and let her know that it really was safe because I was there to be mama and protect her? Comfort (as all Mama’s want to do) or Reassure (so she builds confidence in her own judgement)? If my child were younger, this would not be aRead More →

thinking like an engineer

Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe– a Homeschool Review Crew review We were excited to try Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe as my son would love to follow in his father’s footsteps as an engineer. My son jumps at any chance to discover what engineers do and learn some of the tools they use. The Thinking Like an Engineer course from the Innovators Tribe is an interesting way of introducing engineering to children in grades 6 to 12. The course takes you through an overview of some of the different types of work an engineer can do and gives children the opportunityRead More →

​Once lost is found – a lesson in faith When my children were small, many years ago, my husband lost his wedding ring. We searched through the entire house and even took apart the ducts attached to the furnace – all to no avail. The ring was gone. It was very sad and although we never gave up hope, neither of us expected to find it again. Fast forward twelve years. . . Earlier this year, my husband was hurt and immobile. I was trying to get my footing with the new responsibility of taking care of him and doing the chores he once did.Read More →