A Review of “SMOOT the Rebellious Shadow” & “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” by Michelle Cuevas ​I was recently given the opportunity to review SMOOT – A Rebellious Shadow, and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas. These two wonderful books are my first introduction to the author, Michelle Cuevas, but now that I know her writing I will be tracking down all her other books. These Books Turn Shadows & Darkness Into Comforting Places Both books are absolutely beautiful. Michelle Cuevas has a gift for turning shadows and darkness into not-so-dark and comforting places. ChildrenRead More →

Review of a Homeschool Geography Curriculum by Let’s Go Geography I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review a homeschool geography curriculum from Let’s Go Geography, but I was not prepared for how easily and effectively  I could apply the lessons for my high schoolers. I was not familiar with Let’s Go Geography before we began this review and I might easily have passed it over as an option for my high schoolers, as it is designed for younger children. But that would have been a mistake. The curriculum is so easy to tune to older children and effectively teaches geography evenRead More →

Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing I was excited to get the opportunity to review Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing even though my children are teenagers.   The Story This is the story of a young ten-year-old boy who is reluctantly in the middle of a move across the country with his parents and his dog, Molly. When he loses his dog and chases her into the woods, he falls and finds himself plopped down into the world of Noah and his family as they prepare for the great voyage on the ark. TheRead More →

Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails It was a good week This was a good homeschooling week. Not one of those prize-winning performances fit for a Pinterest post, but a solid week where everyone made forward progress in spite of twisted ankles and the obligatory fall colds. My kids are really good at making the most of every situation they find themselves in, and so we progressed through our week in a happy lopsided fashion, with plenty of liquids, pain reliever, and the go-to activity of all under-the-weather homeschoolers: documentaries. We mostly focused on Geography We are reviewing Let’s Go Geography! rightRead More →

My daughter loves to draw and paint. Ever since she was old enough to hold a crayon in her fist, she has been creating art. For her it is a way to express joy and sorrow. The other day, she drew a chicken as a birthday present. In our house drawings and paintings make the best presents! The bit that really struck me about this chicken is how happy she is! And that means that my daughter is happy as well. And that is a wonderful present for anyone in the family! Stop by and see all the wonderful art at the Virtual Refrigerator BlogRead More →

Books by Carole P. Roman – a Homeschool Review Crew review I am always interested in integrating children’s books into our homeschool and so I was really happy when we got the opportunity to review this pack of books written by Carole P. Roman including If You Were Me and Lived in….the Mayan Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 4),  If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 5), If You Were Me and Lived in…Renaissance Italy: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 7), Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag: An Oh SusannahRead More →

Macbeth E-Guide – a high school literature study guide from Progeny Press I have the hardest time following Shakespeare, and so I was very happy to have the opportunity for my children (and I) to review the Macbeth E-Guide from Progeny Press. My kids, on the other hand love Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. And so one of the hardest part of homeschooling, for me, is guiding them through the Shakespeare plays. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Absolutely! Even if you were an English Lit. major in college who specialized in Shakespeare’s works, this literature guide provides extra bits you might not think to include whenRead More →

This is one of those weeks when I think back on our homeschooling efforts and cannot for the life of me come up with a single flop… or a funny… or even a minor fail… at least not any that relate to homeschooling. I have one funny, but it is about our pair of young chickens. These two girls are slowly joining the flock of the other four, year-old chickens we have. It has been a very, very slow process. We let our chickens roam free in the backyard and so recently I started letting the young ones out to roam with the older pack.Read More →

I was interested to review Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract because when I saw the package I realized how many creative ways you can use these little pumpkin boxes from Let the Little Children Come. Each package comes with 25 sheets of thick, full color, die cut paper. One side is printed with a pumpkin with the words “Is There Anything Better Than Candy?”, and the other side has Five thoughts intended for children about God and their faith. Messages Printed On Each Pumpkin Petal Front And Back Of Product                     The assembly instructionsRead More →

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set – a fantastic high school science course from Apologia Educational Ministries The marine biology course I took as a teenager changed the course of my life, and so I was beyond excited when we got the opportunity to review the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set (including the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD) from Apologia Educational Ministries. My daughter loves all things marine science – from the wonderful and strange marine creatures, to the oceanography and ecosystems. This review was a dream come true for my daughter. In fact, she loves the course so much that she isRead More →