Homeschool Crew Review: Carole P. Roman

I love teaching my kids history with living books.  While I loved learning history (still do), the way it was presented in high school–read the textbook and listen to the lecture–was uninspiring and mind numbing.  I don’t want that for my kids.  One of my favorite resources for fun, interesting history books, especially for the […]

Homeschool Crew Review: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide

As a former English teacher, I love teaching my kids about literature.  Yet, much to my chagrin, they’ve been less than enthusiastic.  However, both Cuddle Bug and PB & J Girl loved reading The Bears on Hemlock Mountain aloud.  Then, PB & J Girl (3rd grade) and I followed up that reading every afternoon with […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Apologia Marine Biology 2nd Edition (High School)

When we started homeschooling Bookworm in 4th grade, we were just trying it out for a year.  I really didn’t think much about high school.  However, here we are.  I used to get intimidated thinking about teaching high school science, but with the right program and the right tools, it is possible. This post contains […]

Our 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum: 2017-2018

Bookworm is in 8th grade, and in typical homeschool fashion, he’s right where he should be in some subjects and ahead in others. While we considered sending him to school this year, in the end, we all decided that wasn’t the best option, so he’s home and, unless unforeseen events arise, he’ll likely be home […]

Homeschool Crew Review: The Everyday Family Chore System

Since I had my foot surgery in mid-March, life has been a bit crazy.  The kids were off school for about 6 weeks while I recovered, my mom stayed for a month and then left (which required a big adjustment for the kids), and chores had fallen by the wayside.  As a result, our house […]

Beautiful Coloring: A Timberdoodle Product Review

My girls love being creative, and they love art.  While they do a lot of free hand drawing and painting, I thought it would be fun to have them do something a bit more structured.  Enter Timberdoodle’s Beautiful Coloring book, part of their 4th grade curriculum. About Beautiful Coloring Beautiful Coloring is a fun coloring […]

Reason #1 Why I Love Homeschooling: Flexible Schedule

This year, we seriously considered putting Bookworm in school.  We visited three schools this summer and finally decided on a local charter school.  I was extremely nervous because I wasn’t sure it was the right choice, and he absolutely did not want to go.  In the end, we decided just days before school started not […]

Homeschool Crew Review: In the Reign of Terror

Cuddle Bug would like nothing more than to get all of her education through read alouds.  I happily oblige and read her many books, but sometimes it’s nice to get a break, and sometimes she likes to hear others reading.  I’ve quickly found that not all audio books are equal; some are simply fluff.  However, […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Doctor Aviation

Flying is definitely not one of my favorite things to do.  I hate turbulence, and even though I know it’s irrational, every time there is turbulence, I worry that the plane will crash.  Recently, I’ve been trying to put my fears to rest by learning more about planes and how they work thanks to the […]

Homeschool Crew Review – Time Traveler American: The Civil War

This year, we inadvertently ended up studying The Underground Railroad because Cuddle Bug kept picking books from that area of the library.  That lead to the girls earning a badge from American Heritage Girls about the Underground Railroad.  So, a natural fit was to next teach them about the Civil War, which we have been […]