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 →

​The Cat and The Green Army Men – A Homeschooling Parable The Parable We had a birthday recently in our house, which is always a cause for decorations and chocolate cake. This time I decorated the table with little plastic green army men and plastic chickens, for reasons that could only make sense if you knew my kids. Strangely, my kids never got to play with the green army men. Our little orange cat decided that in fact those green army men were for him. God only knows what goes through the mind of our cat and why molded green plastic toys are on hisRead More →

Timelines were something I stressed over when we began homeschooling. I looked at the options we could purchase, but couldn’t find something that fit our lifestyle. So, I put up a blank, homemade, timeline. It covered all of history, divided neatly into 100 year segments, a century on a piece of 8.5 by 11 paper. All I did was draw a line in pencil across each piece of paper in the same spot and label the start and end of the line with a year. It turned out that our dining room was perfectly sized to accommodate the entire timeline, taped up, end to end,Read More →

New Roads for High School

We are headed into the Fourth Of July next week (a big celebration in our little neighborhood) and things are looking good here in our little homeschool! Sewing & Snagging Snorlax We spent an entire day on a sewing project this week to make a stuffed pocket version of a favorite video game character. Oh yes, and that darling daughter of mine finally captured herself a Snorlax (our continuing Pokemon Go saga) after looking for one for more than a year… and all we had to do was drive through two apartment parking lots and a legal office driveway and run across a couple ofRead More →

American Christian from Hewitt Homeschooling – A Review I was very excited to have the opportunity to review American Christian Authors from Hewitt Homeschooling, as I was searching for a high school literature curriculum for my kids that would expand the base of authors we read. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Exposure to New Authors and Points of  View When your homeschooler reaches high school, one of the biggest challenges can be expanding their exposure to literature beyond the authors and books you know yourself. A literature curriculum like the Lightning Literature from Hewitt Homeschooling can do just that. The selection of authors included in theRead More →

Accessible and Rigorous General Chemistry for Homeschooled High School

General Chemistry from Novare Science & Math – A Review I was very excited to have the opportunity to review General Chemistry from Novare Science & Math , as I was searching for a high school chemistry curriculum for my kids. A few weeks ago, I was looking at my Memoria Press catalog as part of planning next year’s science curriculum since they carry top quality materials (see my review of Memoria Press’ Nature’s Beautiful Order). To my surprise, I discovered that Memoria Press recommends the Novare Science & Math General Chemistry curriculum. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Lessons That Your Child Can Do Independently, with aRead More →

This week was pretty run-of-the mill. We just continued along our merry homeschooling way. … BUT I found a pile of resources to use for next year as I continued to plan (my absolutely favorite activity, truth be told). So, here is what I have found so far… Books I ran across these wonderful fairy tale books (Fairy Tale Calculus) that teach the basics of calculus in a gentle and understandable way. I started looking through them to see if the kids could benefit and then got hooked! I think I will be reading these aloud in the fall!   We are also reading TheRead More →

Taking a Sunday Drive Thru The Gospels

​Taking A Sunday Drive Thru The Gospels – A Review of Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History® What Is It? Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is a DVD set and accompanying study guide from Drive Thru History® which tells the story of the life of Jesus in a way you have never experienced. It is wonderful for children and adults and perfect to be shared together as a family. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Absolutely. If your children love unit studies, Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”, with it’s study guide can be the keystone of a unit study on theRead More →

A Peek Into Our Typical Day A typical day in our homeschool is never the same. Or typical. The kids wake each morning with new ideas and plans. The only constant is the rough framework that overlays our day. We Schedule Using Blocks After trying many different options for making our homeschool run consistently and without stress, we settled on a block scheduling idea. The “if it is 3, it is time to read together” concept works great for us. My kids and I know that at any time during the day there is a general activity for us, but I am not so rigidRead More →

Review of First Form Greek by Memoria Press I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review First Form Greek Complete Set, a curriculum from Memoria Press, but I was not prepared for how fantastic and flexible the lessons are. I have purchased some Memoria Press curricula for my children in the past and so was not surprised at the high quality and rigorous nature of the First Form Greek Complete Set, but I was surprised at how easy it is to teach and how flexible the curriculum is. Memoria Press makes top of the line classical christian homeschool curriculum, and this productRead More →