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 →

​Exploring Nature’s Beautiful Order from Memoria Press– A Review We were very excited to review Nature’s Beautiful Order from Memoria Press, as we love their classical Christian curriculum. Nature’s Beautiful Order is a science curriculum designed for children in 6-9th grades. The text starts off with the cat, fundamentally because it is an animal that has a body with a distinguishable head and limbs that are that are close enough to ours to be easy to relate to. Then the curriculum works down to the sea urchin and back up from the bee to man. This is a unique presentation, but really makes the moreRead 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 →

Review of Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors by The Pencil Grip, Inc. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors, a set of art tools from The Pencil Grip, Inc. But I was not prepared for the huge range of uses my kids would find for these innovative tempera paint sticks. This was an exercise in outside of the box art! I know The Pencil Grip, Inc. as a supplier of rubber grips for pencils. We used them when my children were first learning to write as a way to help them learn the correct grip.Read More →

​OPC Rescued Me, and My Homeschool – A Review of Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity What Is It? Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity (OPC) is a wonderful service that allows Moms to take a close and honest look at themselves and their homeschool and then guides us through the process of changing what we don’t like and enhancing what we want to keep. Each lesson is a video (or audio or PDF transcript, whichever suits your needs best) that brings Heather at OPC right into your life for what feels like a one-on-one counseling session. At the end of each lesson, you will getRead 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 →

A Review of Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon, A Book Giveaway, & Make Your Own Stuffed Harpster! We were lucky to have the opportunity to review this 4th book in the Hamster Princess series. Everyone in the family absolutely loved the book And who is Harpster? Well you either have to read the book, or look down the page and download the Sewing Pattern so you can make a stuffed Harpster for your child (or maybe for yourself!) Here are some things my children had to say about the story: The Story is Amazing! It was So Fantastic that I Stayed Up TillRead More →