I opened the mailbox the other day to find a wonderful surprise! A picture book that teaches fractions is a fun and engaging way. The Story Twinderella is the story of two girls, Cinderella and Twinderella, who live with two mean step sisters and a wicked step mother (figured out the twist yet?). They get the opportunity to go to the royal ball, but must share everything they are given by their fairy godmom, just as they share their daily chores: by fractions! The real surprise is how they end up sharing when they meet the prince (or could there be two?) and how theirRead More →

Everyday Cooking, a cookbook for homeschooling families from Everyday Homemaking When my children are grown and move away to start families of their own, I want them both to know how to cook and so I was very excited when we got the opportunity to review “Everyday Cooking“, a cookbook filled with extra tips and ideas from Everyday Homemaking. More Than Just A Cookbook Everyday Cooking is so much more than just a cookbook. Vicki Bentley wrote this book for her daughters. She wanted them to have one spot filled with all the recipes that they grew up with, as well as advice and directionsRead More →

No-Nonsense Algebra

No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials We discovered that No-Nonsense Algebra is a fantastic curriculum from Math Essentials designed to teach your child algebra in a way that will ensure he masters it. And my son has learned more than Algebra using this text – he has learned to take control of his own education! We Planned to Use No-Nonsense Algebra As Review My son is currently working his way through Algebra II and so we decided to review No-Nonsense Algebra more as a way to check and see if he remembered Algebra I or if he needed to brush up on some of the lessons.Read More →

The Children of Lir is an Irish folk tale that demonstrates the power of family and perseverance, and that love for one another can conquer evil. The Story in a Wonderful Picture Book I ran across a Kindle eBook version of The Children of Lir a few weeks ago that is absolutely fantastic. The illustrations are gentle and perfect for younger children as well as the rest of us. The story is detailed enough you could easily read this book aloud as a bedtime story. Audio Drama Version If you have children who are audio learners, there is a recording of The Children of LirRead More →

Raise Them Up – How Can You Find The Best Way? How can your best “raise them up”? That is a question that all homeschooling parents struggle with daily. We have been homeschooling for a long time. Our journey is a bit unique because even though we have two children, they are twins and mostly travel through schooling adventures at the same time. And so every course and each activity I plan or create is only used once. I need to be learning and growing at the same pace as my kids to prepare new materials and fill in the gaps in my own educationRead More →

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products I was excited to get an opportunity to try a totally new type of sculpture crafting product, Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products, and the kids and I ended up having fun. What Comes In The Box We opened the package to find 2 packages of Rigid Wrap and 1 Bag of CelluClay. There are project ideas on the sides of the box, and you can find more project ideas in the free ebook (ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS). Prepping The Art Area When the product box arrived, my kids unpacked it from the shippingRead More →

Marigold Bakes A Cake

A Review of “Marigold Bakes a Cake” by Mike Malbrough It took me a while to get my hands on this book when it arrived at our house, as my children squirreled it away and declared it the most fantastic book ever. That might seem reasonable and normal for children who are picture-book age… but my kids are teenagers! Marigold Bakes a Cake is the story of a orange cat with a penchant for things creative, but if it is Monday he must bake. The book chronicles Marigold’s hilarious adventures one Monday as he attempts to bake a cake, with a lot of help fromRead 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 →

​A Review of Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries My children recently started activities that are, for all intents and purposes, internships and yet I did not know how to document them in our homeschool. So we were pleased and relieved when we got the opportunity to review Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries. What Is It? This a workbook designed for use by homeschooling parents and their high school age children. The text takes you on a clear, step-by-step tutorial for finding, acquiring, doing, and documenting an internship so that your child receives high school credit for the activity.Read More →