Life of Fred: An Alternative Homeschool Math Program

When we started homeschooling Bookworm, we started with Saxon math because everyone recommended it.  After four months of struggling, we realized Saxon math was NOT the math for Bookworm.  We switched to Math-U-See and loved it.  I happily planned to use it throughout my homeschool career with all of my children. Math-U-See works great for […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Memoria Press’ Illiad & Odyssey Complete Set

Here’s my confession for the day.  I was an English major in college.  I read a lot of classics, but I could never made my way through either The Illiad or The Odyssey.  I wasn’t exposed to that kind of writing in my secondary education, so when I got to college, reading those works seemed […]

Homeschooling Kinesthetic Learners

I’m a visual learner.   Bookworm is a visual learner.  Cuddle Bug is an auditory learner. And PB & J Girl?  She’s our kinesthetic learner.  There is nothing she loves more than d-o-i-n-g. There is nothing I have a harder time doing than appealing to her learning style because it’s the least likely way I […]

Homeschool Review Crew: Bessie’s Pillow by Linda Bress Silbert

If you read many of the book reviews on the blog, you know that I love reading books about World War II.  When the chance came to review Bessie’s Pillow: A Young Immigrant’s Journey published by Strong Learning, Inc. I jumped at the chance. About Bessie’s Pillow Bessie’s Pillow is written by Linda Bress Silbert, […]

FYI: As a Homeschooler, You’ll Likely Be Judged

When we first started homeschooling in 2013, I was nervous and excited.  What I didn’t expect was the judgement that went along with the territory.  I had a librarian tell me how much she disliked homeschooling.  I had people at the grocery store question why my kids weren’t in school.  Some were pleased when I […]

Homeschool Review Crew: Creating a Masterpiece

In our homeschool, art is a subject that we try to give ample time to.  All three of my kids love doing art, though they prefer it in different ways.  Some like to just create on their own, while others like to learn from a specific art program. Recently, my artist who most loves learning […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Circle C Stepping Stones Books 1 and 2

We were first introduced to Kregel Publications and Susan K. Marlow‘s delightful books chronicling the life of Andrea Carter (Andi), a girl who lives in California on a horse ranch in the late 1800s when Bookworm and I reviewed Thick as Thieves two years ago.  This time, the girls and I were able to review […]

Homeschooling Offers the Time for Imaginative Play

There were several reasons why we decided to homeschool, most importantly because we lived in an area with poor public schools and we didn’t have the money to pay for private school for three kids. We decided to homeschool for a year and see how it went.  The kids and I both enjoyed it, and […]

IEW’s Fix It! Grammar Series: Grammar Made Easy

Confession time.  I’m an English major, but I HATE grammar.  Ugh.  I hate grammar.  When we started homeschooling and used a classical program the first year, Bookworm had to learn how to diagram sentences.  He hated the experience as much as I did when I was in school, and it didn’t seem to help him, […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1

Ah, math.  Suffice it to say that math was not my favorite subject in school, and it’s not my favorite subject to teach.  I had all three kids following the same math program, and we were fairly successful with that until we hit two stumbling blocks.  First, the math program we used relied heavily on […]