The Hidden Village by Bonnie Rose Hudson, A Review, A Unit Study, & A Giveaway Learning to Step Up, Even When You Are Little The Story begins with a little boy Manju is a young boy who lives in a village at the edge of a mangrove forest in India. One morning he takes his new bible to the top of his favorite tree to spend time as close to God as he could climb. The forest he lives near is a place where, “trees linked arms,” and mangroves with roots that stick out of the ground, “grew that way to catch boys who aren’tRead More →

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017 This is our Top 11 Pick Post of all the terrific new homeschool products we used this past year. My kiddos and I spent the year trying out more than 40 products designed for homeschooling families.  We were so blessed to be a part of a crew – The Homeschool Review Crew – who get the opportunity to try loads of products at home and then write reviews. My kids and I are also so grateful to the wonderful companies who allowed us to use fantastic products! We explored traditional curricula, online art classes, books, and even someRead More →

Review of a Homeschool Geography Curriculum by Let’s Go Geography I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review a homeschool geography curriculum from Let’s Go Geography, but I was not prepared for how easily and effectively  I could apply the lessons for my high schoolers. I was not familiar with Let’s Go Geography before we began this review and I might easily have passed it over as an option for my high schoolers, as it is designed for younger children. But that would have been a mistake. The curriculum is so easy to tune to older children and effectively teaches geography evenRead 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 →

​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 →

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 →