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 →

Some May Like It Hot, But Not Us!

It Was Hot This Week, So We Took It Slow… This week was actually our 4th week of the new school year, but we really only just got into a full schedule. It has been hot as summer hangs on for it’s last gasp before fall tumbles in. Hot days are not days that we do much, in our homeschool. I try to keep the amount of schooling low and spend more time playing outside, or watching documentaries about glaciers and polar bears! My kids are starting their high school years and it is exciting and terrifying and sad all at the same time. IRead 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 →

What Kind Of World Do You Want

​Learning to Lead in the World Today Isn’t that why we homeschool our children? My husband and I know what we want for our family. We have a deep and abiding conviction that our children need what we only can give them. I know they will not get it unless we get up early and plan and prepare and spend our days raising strong sons and daughters and teaching them our morals and the basics. We teach them to tell right from wrong and to resist deception in all its forms. And most importantly we teach them to teach themselves. Helping our children to understandRead More →

Why Do You Need Fellowship With Other Homeschool Moms? When you homeschool, your life changes. You have problems and joys that other moms may not understand. Even if you have plenty of friends, it can be helpful to have a few who know what it is like to have a bad day. It helps to have someone to share that blessed day where everything in your homeschool goes perfectly. Look To Your Local Homeschooling Association For Fellowship There is probably an association in your state that is dedicated to helping homeschooling families, including providing fellowship and opportunities to get togther. In my state, it isRead More →

Homeschoolers Rarely Stay Home Possibly the biggest myth about homeschooling is that you stay at home to do it. I have to admit that those few days that we are at home all day are days that I cherish. They are slow and easy and I can multitask and get all the housework and cooking done without scurrying. But there are not many of those days. Especially when your children are young. There were years, before my kids reached high school age and began apprenticeships and evening clubs and activities, that we would pack up each morning and be gone for most of the day.Read More →

School Supplies for Your Homeschool The school year is starting in your homeschool and you go to reach for a pen to jot down a thought about teaching little Billy fractions in the kitchen while baking and…. there are no working pens! Has this ever happened to you (the reaching for a working pen or pencil and finding none)? Well it has happened to me! Essential Supplies for Your Homeschooling Year I have a list of essentials that I keep stocked in our homeschool throughout the year, just as I keep coffee stocked in the kitchen. Here is my list: Printer Paper – The qualityRead More →

​Finding Curriculum Can Be Tough Today I am joining my friends at the Homeschool Review Crew in kicking off a 5-day Back To Homeschool Series. Many homeschoolers take a break over the summer, or even just slow down the pace a bit through the summer months. So the start of fall means, for many of us, our children are in new grade levels and have new subjects to study. Throughout this week I will post about a different topic each day and today is all about Curriculum. Is Curriculum A Scary Word In Your House? Curriculum can be a scary word for a lot ofRead More →

firsts

This was a week of firsts for our family. This was my kids’ first week of 9th grade, homeschool style and so as you might expect it was full of hustle and bustle and changing plans… also it was the husband’s first week back to work (which made everyone so very, very happy around here!)   First Week of Dramatic Macbeth Readings and AutoUpkeep Lessons The first week we did dramatic readings of Macbeth alongside a literature guide from Progeny Press (review coming soon). The dramatic readings were sometimes more dramatic than others. My son really loves to sing (opera style) the parts of allRead More →

It is time for a Back To Homeschool Blog Hop with my friends at the HomeschoolReviewCrew.com! For me, one of the great parts of homeschooling is actually the planning and the choosing of new curricula. I know some who really don’t like it but for me new pens and markers and glue and books and schedules and pacing guides is almost as exciting as Christmas! So tune in during the week of August 14 through 18 to hop on through a pile of great new posts about homeschooling. Each day we will cover a different topic: Monday – Curriculum Tuesday – School Supplies Wednesday –Read More →