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 →

Six-month online aviation course from Doctor Aviation – A Homeschool Review Crew review My son loves to discover how things work and he loves history and flying machines, and so when the opportunity to review a six-month online aviation course from Doctor Aviation came our way, we jumped at the chance. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Lessons Are Designed To Be Flexible Doctor Aviation’s course can be used in a number of different ways. Your child can work through the videos and extra course material independently for high school credit, or you can pile all your kids together to watch the videos and everyone willRead 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 →

​C.S. Lewis Biography with accompanying study guide from YWAM Publishing – A Review What Is It? When the opportunity to review Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis, a biography about C.S. Lewis with an accompanying study guide from YWAM Publishing came our way, I could not pass it up. This is more than just your everyday biography. The book and study guide are one in a series called Christian Heroes: Then & Now that allow you and your children a front row seat through the extraordinary life of C.S. Lewis, from a child writing and then playing in imaginary worlds with his brother in the attic, toRead More →

The Life of Fibonacci

This week I wanted to feature a wonderful picture book about the life of Fibonacci, the mathematician. Fibonacci lived in the 1100’s in medieval Italy and learned about math on his travels on behalf of his father’s business to far away places like northern Africa, Turkey, Syria, Greece, and Sicily. Fibonacci will even take you into the court of Frederick II, of the Holy Roman Empire. It is a wonderful way to tie the development of mathematics with other history your child is learning! This book takes your child on a rollicking adventure through Fibonacci’s life and travels. You can use this to reinforce geographyRead 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 Review of “Bessie’s Pillow” by Linda Bress Silbert Bessie’s Pillow is a book with accompanying historical background at www.bessiespillow.com, published by Stong Learning, Inc. So, What Did My Kids Think? This book is, hands-down, the best-loved of any my children have ever read. “Yes! I knew Bessie is smart! Her Tateh and Mameleh taught her really well!” “Nooooo! He only wants to date you! Run away!” “Sheesh! Why can’t she tell what his motivation is? What is wrong with girls?” “Why were those sweat shops in New York owned by Germans?” “How can people be so mean to each other? Why won’t someone, likeRead 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 →

Hi! If you are like me, you spend some portion of the summer planning. Planning, and searching, and scouring the ‘net for that perfect game, or worksheet pack, or algebra curriculum that will make your kids’ schooling year fantastic. I discovered the most useful finds are often free and are materials that moms, like us, made for themselves and their children and then offer up as downloads. So, this is why I accumulated the start of my pile of worksheets. and planners. and games, and curricula on one page for you: New Curriculum Download Page Share With Your Friends31Read More →

I have been thinking about the central part which history plays in the teaching of our children. It is the subject most often sidelined or corrupted in public schools, which really only serves to indicate the importance of the subject. We decided a while back that the best way to learn is not by reading someone’s interpretation of an idea or subject, but to read the work written by the original authors as much as possible. In math, this means wading through Euclid as a means to understanding Geometry. In physics we use Richard Feynman as the introductory source, with others like Maxwell and SchroedingerRead More →