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Have you ever read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott?
Written as a sequel to Alcott’s critically acclaimed Little Women, Little Men was a beautifully written book which chronicled the lives of a group of boys who were being “homeschooled” by Jo March. More than once, I was completely inspired by the curiosity, energy, and love of nature that “Jo’s boys” had and wished I could instill in my own children.
So when I was given the chance to read My Eight Brothers, by Martha Morton Alexander, I was interested in whether this true story about eight homeschooled brothers (amongst several sisters) would be anything like it. Continue reading “My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review”
As a homeschooling mom who adores reading to my kids each and every day, choosing our read-aloud books can be a bit tricky.
Sure, there are lots and lots of great books out there, but I want to find high quality books that I know are going to hold the interest of my adventure-seeking children. While some children will merrily sit for any read-aloud time, my kids like to make me work for it. 🙂 So whenever I come across a book or, better yet, a series, that will captivate my children’s attention, I am one happy mama.
Continue reading “Take Your Kids on an Adventure with Jorie and the River of Fire!”
I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. As a blogger, vlogger, and writer, technology plays a huge role in my life. Every day I spend hours upon hours on my laptop working, marketing, and interacting with those looking for homeschooling advice.
As a mom of 11, I find this very. very. draining.
You could say I’ve got a bit of an aversion to technology. You’d think that would make it easy for me to limit the time I spend on my phone and computer, but no. I get pulled in just like so many other people.
Did you ever notice that there’s always one more notification to check? One more email to respond to? And one more blog post to read? Before you know it, your “quick check-in on social media” turns into a 3-hour marathon tuning into everything, except for the reason you logged on to begin with! Continue reading “Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review”
Have you ever imagined a world parallel to our own? A world in which whimsy and magic are as commonplace as electricity is to us?
Such a place can be found in Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson. The second installment in a fanciful series, Jorie and the Gold Key picks up where the first book, Jorie and the Magic Stones, left off. Continue reading “Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review”
Imagine a homeschool day where your children beg you to let them start doing their schoolwork as soon as they wake up. Imagine your children happily chatting away as they diligently tackle the day’s assignment with nary a complaint or protest to be heard.
…Now imagine that assignment is a writing assignment.
Does this seem like an impossible scenario? Last year at this time I would’ve agreed with you, but guess what?
That’s been the atmosphere in our homeschool for the past month. Continue reading “Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!”
I love the library. And I love reading to my kids. Combine the two into a colorful picture book for kids, and you’ve got me hooked!
Little Bunny’s Own Storybook, by Margaret Welwood, is an adorable story aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 8, although I’ve got a hunch that children and adults of all ages would be entertained by this quaint little tale. Continue reading “Little Bunny’s Own Storybook- Review”
Everybody Can Help Somebody
In a world that often seems as if most people only care for themselves, it can be a bit intimidating to raise children who are able to see the good in their fellow humans. Violence is widespread, people with opposing viewpoints resort to arguments instead of good-natured discussions, and the sheer force of consumerism drives many to do crazy things. (remembering recent Black Fridays…) Continue reading “Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids- Review”
Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth
The United States was formed by a population of Christians who were seeking a land where they could worship as they chose. Fast forward a few centuries, and this country has seemingly embraced a worldview completely opposite that which this country was built upon. Continue reading “No Fear by Tony Perkins- Review”
Real Stories from Successful Parents
As someone who is admittedly obsessed with the topics of homeschooling and education, in general, I have read dozens of books on the subjects. As fabulous as these resources are, many of them seem to simply repeat what I’ve read in other similar books.
Dr. William Overton has brought a fresh perspective to home education with The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More. He takes great care to emphasize the fact that no matter how your kids are being educated- in school, out of school, or both- education is an essential component in the stewardship of parenting. Continue reading “The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More- Review and a Giveaway!”
This year we will have our very first homeschool graduate. It’s an exciting time, albeit a bit stressful because this is uncharted territory for us. There have been moments of serenity where I’ve thought, I’ve got this, and others when I’ve panicked and convinced myself that I had no idea what I was doing. Continue reading “Homeschooling High School with College in Mind- Review”