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Analytical Grammar || Curriculum Review

Review of Analytical Grammar Analytical Grammar is our favorite program for high school English. I met the late author of the program, Robin Finley at a homeschool conference. She spent time with my oldest son and I in showing us the program and how it worked. My son was hooked on her statement of “all you need is this program and finish it in one year and then you do not need grammar for the rest of the high school…

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Environmental Science True North Academy || A Review

The environment is a hot topic these days. On one side there are the groups warning that the sky is falling, and the seas are rising, and the polar bears are dying. On the other side there are the groups that argue that the environment is fine, that the climate is cyclical, and that there’s nothing to worry about. As an adult it’s difficult to sift through the rhetoric of both sides to come to a balanced understanding and find…

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Mystery Of History || Curriculum Review

I stumbled upon Mystery of History after I started my online homeschool curriculum rental business, Yellow House Book Rental. Wanting to know more about it before I started renting and selling it at Yellow House Book Rental, I incorporated it into our Sonlight curriculum, and we loved it. My two oldest had graduated and I used it with my younger two, ages 11 and 13. Linda Hobar, the author of this world history series, states, “World history is far more…

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Exploring Nature With Children || Curriculum Review

On a recent homeschool birding hike, we loaded ID guides, nature journals, and binoculars into our packs to eagerly trek through forest and field. Maybe we were noisy or it was too late in the morning, but we had yet to find a single bird! As younger children searched for muddy tracks by the creek, an older child moved to a quieter place for birdwatching. Her patience paid off. She spotted a large owl perched in the trees. Everyone took…

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Take Time For Art! || Curriculum Review

You’re in the middle of a history curriculum and you’re thinking to yourself, “Something is missing.”  Oh, the read alouds were really good.  And those suggestions for food and costumes were great.  But the art activities ended up being a bit confusing, you didn’t have all the right materials, and the art history was totally missing.  Sound familiar? Art!  It’s that activity that we all want our children to experience, and yet it seems to keep getting pushed to the…

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Bravewriter Help For High School || Curriculum Review

One of the most daunting challenges of teaching high school at home is writing. Maybe it’s because so much seems to ride on the all-important “College essay!” We certainly don’t want our kids to mess that up. Or maybe it’s because we remember the dreaded red ink pen markings all over the essays we submitted as teenagers, slashing and striking through our carefully crafted thoughts and ideas. Even now the thought of a teacher tearing through a piece of writing…

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Apologia Botany || A Curriculum Review

My kids are budding scientists.  Nearly every afternoon you will find us carefully mixing household items, creating charts, or dissecting small bits of God’s creation.  From my four year old carefully putting paper clips onto a foil boat and watching them float to my 11 year old learning Greek and Latin roots describing plants, Apologia is hands down my favorite science curriculum. This post contains affiliate links. Presently, we are working through Apologia Botany and I am enjoying it just as…

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A Review of Creative Littles || Homeschool Preschool

Are you looking for a preschool or kindergarten program to teach your child their alphabet? Look no further. Creative Littles is a great program for ALL kids. It is geared forwards ages 2-5 and can also be used for children who may have a learning disability. Have you ever heard that children learn the alphabet better if it is not taught in alphabetical order? Totally true! I learned this the hard way with my daughter, Isabella. I tried to teach…

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A Review Of WriteShop 1 & 2

I’m one of those homeschooling mamas that hears, “WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!” when I think about using a pre-made, detailed curriculum. So, when I was approached to try Write Shop, I was a little reluctant.   I wasn’t sure what I would be getting myself (or my son) into, but I told myself – either it will work, or it won’t. Well, I’m happy to tell you that it is working! With this subject being one of our son’s advanced areas,…

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An Honest Horizons Math Review

 Ensuring your child has a strong math foundation is crucial to later success. So often homeschool moms feel pressure to choose the “right” math curriculum for their child. What if they don’t understand it? What if I choose the wrong program and my child ends up hating math? So many questions! Well, today I’m going to answer those questions when it comes to Horizons Math from Alpha Omega. Let’s get started! This post contains affiliate links. What is Horizons? Horizons Math is…

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