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 →

​The Cat and The Green Army Men – A Homeschooling Parable The Parable We had a birthday recently in our house, which is always a cause for decorations and chocolate cake. This time I decorated the table with little plastic green army men and plastic chickens, for reasons that could only make sense if you knew my kids. Strangely, my kids never got to play with the green army men. Our little orange cat decided that in fact those green army men were for him. God only knows what goes through the mind of our cat and why molded green plastic toys are on hisRead 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 →

The Ocean & Deep Dark Holes | A Quick Science Unit Study Let’s start the week off with a bit of mystery and fun. Take a look at how deep and dark the hole that is our water-filled ocean goes… You could use this as a fun aside, or the start of a unit study on oceans or marine life, or simply a “Hey, Kids! Come over here and look at this utterly cool thing!” This is great for any age kid, and homeschooling moms too!     Ocean Art Activity And art always goes better with music to go with it. You could putRead 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 →

My kids are learning to map. They are not memorizing states or capitals, but learning how the world is shaped and how settlements and historical events relate directly to the surrounding geography. We start with a blank piece of paper and they free-hand draw the general area they are studying. And then they fill in the major mountain ranges, rivers, and cities (historical and contemporary). Once they have a number of maps of areas located in a general geographic area, we lay them out and relate them to each other and to a broader event. I adapt a book written by Ellen J Mchenry thatRead More →