HERE WE ARE: A Review & A How-To Using A Picture Book To Learn Together Who Is This Book Good For? This is a fantastically-sweet story for young children. The story by itself could be read to babies easily. The author’s gentle love for his own baby shines through like a beacon in the text. If you have preschool-aged children or even kids as old as 7 or 8, this is a wonderful teaching book to give young hearts an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the world we live in.   “This is a wonderful sweet story and I am keeping this bookRead More →

characters in crisis

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson– a Homeschool Review Crew review I was very happy and relieved to have the opportunity to review Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson, the second in a series by Sharon Watson as evaluating literature and story structure has always been my weakest area. This year-long literature course is focused on the characters in great stories who are in trouble. Sharon Watson will help your children explore how an author forms tension in a story using the characters as a vehicle to creating compelling literature. While this is the second course inRead More →

thinking like an engineer

Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe– a Homeschool Review Crew review We were excited to try Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe as my son would love to follow in his father’s footsteps as an engineer. My son jumps at any chance to discover what engineers do and learn some of the tools they use. The Thinking Like an Engineer course from the Innovators Tribe is an interesting way of introducing engineering to children in grades 6 to 12. The course takes you through an overview of some of the different types of work an engineer can do and gives children the opportunityRead More →

Finding My Way to Zendoodle Calm

A Review of Zendoodle Calm By Felicity French and Lauren Farnsworth Zendoodle Calm is a fantastic new kind of coloring book for adults. You color designs with doodles, not solid color. This makes coloring more of a meditative activity, and thus the name, Zendoodle Calm. Coloring with doodles is a lot like the pattern shading that Albrecht Durer made commonplace in his famous rhinoceros woodcutting in 1515. I actually tried an art project with my kids once to recreate their own versions of that Durer rhinoceros, but it was a disaster. The kids were too young for the concentration required to make the detailed patternsRead More →

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures I was excited to have the opportunity to review Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures and I was even able to interest my teenage son! Season 4 of the Brinkman Adventures includes 12 episodes of fun and adventure and learning about what it means to be a Christian. Each episode highlights a Christian principle that we all try to instill in our children. Some of the episodes relate fun and hijinks. Some of the episodes are mostly fiction. And many of the episodes tell the real-life stories of one person’s struggle to worship God in spite of culturalRead More →

CTCMath Family Membership

Our Experience Trying Out The Family Membership from CTCMath My son and I were delighted to try out the Family Membership from  CTCMath. We discovered that it is a great way of learning math for homeschoolers, and you can try it out – free! As homeschooling parents, we spend a lot of time trying to fill in the gaps in our education that we all have but that homeschooling moms must fill so that they can better educate their children. That is one of the reasons that homeschooling benefits three generations: the child who is homeschooled, the parent who strives to learn so that sheRead More →

Jeremy Camp Shared "The Answer" With My Teens

I Am So Glad I Discovered Jeremy Camp’s Music I had frankly never heard of Jeremy Camp before I had the opportunity to review new CD (The Answer) for FlyBy, but I am so thankful that I did. Jeremy Camp’s Music is Real & Authentic & My Teens Love “The Answer” I love his music and his message. It is real and gritty and authentic. My teenagers, who are often the biggest critics when it comes to faith-based music, love Jeremy Camp’s music. The message is real and not preachy, a feature that is so important to teenagers. My kids listen to this music over,Read More →

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 →