O is for Obidiah

O is for Obidiah. This evening my son and I met in the living room for our daily spelling lessons. For many years, I tried all sorts of different spelling curricula for him. Nothing seemed to work. I could not understand why. These were highly rated spelling programs! And then a few years ago I realized I had not been listening to my boy. He was telling me loud and clear what he needed. He learns by sound, not visually or by touching. It turns out that even though he can learn many subjects in other ways, spelling is one of those that only worksRead 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 →

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 →

A Review of the “Walking with the Waodani” by Stacy Farrell Overall, this unit study is fantastic. We were lucky to have the opportunity to review “Walking with the Waodani” from the Home School Adventure Co. There were some moments during our readings that go down as those moments you remember of your kids forever. The material is designed to accommodate a wide range of learning styles and an even wider range of ages. There are reading comprehension questions, as well as questions which stimulate further conversation and investigation. How We Used The Material: We sat in our living room each afternoon and spent an hourRead More →

One of the components missing from all the selections of grammar texts, worksheets, games, and other curricula I have gathered over the years was an engaging story. A story sticks in a child’s head forever. If you can tell a story about a hithertofor unstoried subject, then you have won a major victory for retention. And so we come to the story: “Grammar-Land or, Grammar in Fun for the Children of Schoolroom-shire” by M.L. Nesbitt. The best part is that this book was published in 1878 and is available at no cost online as a download (PDF or eBook versions). And a kind woman hasRead More →

Why is it that homeschooling is synonymous with cleaning? I often feel my family and I are living in one of Frank Baum’s Oz stories: mundane beauty and surreal adventures. My day is scheduled around a combination of educating my kids punctuated by sporadic cleaning activities. Every day at 11:30 am, while I am cooking lunch, I have a date with a particular drinking glass, a chipped white bowl, a squirt bottle of homemade dishsoap, and a crocheted dishrag. Every day, each month, all year, at the same time there I am. It is a time when the monotony of daily cleaning tasks allows myRead More →