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 →

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 →

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 →

This week was pretty run-of-the mill. We just continued along our merry homeschooling way. … BUT I found a pile of resources to use for next year as I continued to plan (my absolutely favorite activity, truth be told). So, here is what I have found so far… Books I ran across these wonderful fairy tale books (Fairy Tale Calculus) that teach the basics of calculus in a gentle and understandable way. I started looking through them to see if the kids could benefit and then got hooked! I think I will be reading these aloud in the fall!   We are also reading TheRead 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 →

You know that you are a homeschooling family when you show up to the library parking area on a day that the staff are restricting traffic to patrons only due to a nearby sports event and as you reach into your purse to show your library card to the attendant, she says, “No need to get that out. I know you guys! Have a good time at the library!” It is even worse when you realize that even though you can pretty much recite the days and shifts worked by every single librarian as well as their general personalities and what kinds of books theyRead More →

Happily, literature and history were not my primary interests when I was younger and in college. If I had been a liberal arts student instead of a math and physics geek, I surely would not have begun the long path of self-education so that I might be prepared to teach my children in the mysterious ways of literature and western culture once they reach their high school years. And I would probably not run across Wes Callihan and his western culture courses. Roman Roads Media produces a western culture series, featuring Wes Callihan, aimed at the high school-aged, classically educated child that is well worthRead More →