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This week we had ‘THE’ day. The one day a year my children look forward to more than any other. Once a year, the Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its doors to homeschoolers at no charge. This is a big deal as the tickets can really set you back and frankly we wouldn’t be able to go if it weren’t for the homeschool day. Getting tickets for those homeschool days is no mean feat! You are given a day and a time to log in and request a ticket and you must be patient. This year I sat in the virtual queue for more than twoRead 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 →

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 →

Is math enrichment, and what do we have to do to really understand it? Most of us think of math as a required subject. The one with all the worksheets and memorization. The subject that starts with, “Because everyone needs to know this,” and often ends with tears and frustration. Most of us don’t think of math as an enrichment. But it really is. Math provides the tools to ‘enrich’ your child’s understanding of physics and chemistry and even biology and medicine. Understanding math enriches your child’s ability to run a business, estimate and budget, and even to do their taxes one day. Laurie andRead 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 →

10 Super Science Classes

10 Super Science Classes For Your Homeschooler Under $10 Really? (I know you are thinking that as you begin to look at this post) Can I really get 10 sciences classes for my homeschooling family for under $10? Yes! I found a treasure trove of fantastic science courses for homeschooling families, many more than 10 actually but here are my favorites… 1. Small World Sensory Science (Preschool) 2. Having Fun with Kindergarten Science (Kindergarten) 3. A World of Animals (elementary) 4. Science Experiments with Jason Lindsey (elementary) 5. Everyday Astronomy (elementary) 6. Geology (elementary, middle, and high school) 7. Botany (middle and high school) 8.Read More →

But Mom Why Do I Have To Learn Algebra?

My Math Story Reads Like A Race Over Speedbumps I have to be frank here: I hated math in high school. How that happened is a lesson in why homeschooling is a wonderful choice for middle school-aged kids. But I will start at the beginning. When I was young, in the days of smelly hippies and love-fests, I loved math. I was lucky and had a sixth grade teacher who let me work on my own for math. I loved the subject. I would rather stay in the classroom during recess and work on math than go out and figure out how to play withRead More →

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set – a fantastic high school science course from Apologia Educational Ministries The marine biology course I took as a teenager changed the course of my life, and so I was beyond excited when we got the opportunity to review the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set (including the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD) from Apologia Educational Ministries. My daughter loves all things marine science – from the wonderful and strange marine creatures, to the oceanography and ecosystems. This review was a dream come true for my daughter. In fact, she loves the course so much that she isRead More →