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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Fascinating Biology from Fascinating Education – A Homeschool Review Crew review My daughter loves biology, but most science textbooks work their way slowly through the information with a lot of review. This drives her bonkers and so when we got the opportunity to review Fascinating Biology, a high school biology course from Fascinating Education, we jumped at the chance. And this course did not disappoint. If you have children that need the review, they can have it by going through the relatively short lessons over several times until they understand everything. But if you have kids that pick up and understand the material right away, this courseRead 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 →

​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 →