What Being on the Homeschool Review Crew Means to Me

I’ve had the pleasure of being on the Homeschool Review Crew for the past six years.  In fact, it was only our first semester of homeschooling that we weren’t on the Crew!  Though sometimes working on the Crew does mean a lot of work, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks! Opportunity to Try Amazing Homeschool […]

The Shepherd’s Stone & The Lion’s Roar (Homeschool Crew Review)

As regular readers know, a large, important part of our homeschool is reading aloud fabulous books.  We’re on track to have read aloud nearly 100 books by the end of this year.  (Audio books are a large part of our homeschooling when we’re driving in the car, which we do. . .ALOT!)  Recently, we added […]

Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks Review

As the girls get older, they’re spending more time playing with toys that can be used in multiple ways for building and designing.  When we got to review Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks by Brain Blox, the girls found all sorts of ways to use these and have been pulling them out every day! I […]

Fun Family Chess (Homeschool Crew Review)

Bookworm and Cuddle Bug LOVE playing chess.  They took to it like a fish to water and haven’t looked back.  I, on the other hand, can’t seem to remember the rules or which players can move which ways.  Time and time again, I’ve sat down with one of them to play only to be frustrated […]

Seafood Nachos Appetizer Recipe

Years ago, long before I was gluten free and dairy free, I used to LOVE going to Chi Chi’s restaurant to order Seafood Nachos, an appetizer that I always ate as my meal.  I was so sad when the restaurant chain closed, but when I discovered a Seafood Nachos appetizer recipe, I was ecstatic!  These […]

Reusable Halloween Costumes Your Kids Can Wear All Year Long

When my kids were little, I hated paying $20 to $40 for a Halloween costume that would only be used once for a few hours on Halloween nights.  Instead, I tried to find clothes that I could do double duty–act as a Halloween costume on Halloween night, but also be functional, usable clothes that I […]

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Book Review

This post contains affiliate links. Bookworm is taking Honors English this year, and while I’ve read most of the short stories and plays he’ll be reading, I haven’t read many of the novels, so I plan to read along with him.  The first novel he had to read was Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, […]

Family Read Alouds for Ages 8 to 12–September, 2019

Rather than large novels hundreds of pages long, this month, we read shorter kids’ books that were 80 to 150 pages long, so we finished many more.  I wasn’t planning this, but it just worked out based on our Sonlight reading and the books that the girls picked out.  Here are the family read alouds […]

Blogging Through the Alphabet: Circle C Books

One of the book series we’ve fallen in love with are Circle C Books.  Created by Susan K. Marlow, these books are an excellent resource to learn about the history of California as well as to delight in the main character, a tomboy, Andi, living in the late 1800s on a California ranch.  All of […]

Our 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum for 2019-2020

Cuddle Bug is in 4th grade now, and LOVES stories.  She’d be happy if all of her homeschool curriculum came via read alouds.  We do read aloud and listen to audios for a lot of books every year, but, of course, that can’t be her entire curriculum.  We’ve chosen her curriculum this year to play […]