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YWAM's Heroes of History - Orville Wright | Review

YWAM Publishing

YWAM Publishing has a wonderful series called Heroes of History. We previously reviewed Benjamin Franklin, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read Heroes of History- Orville Wright and use the corresponding Study Guide for an easy unit study. 

A Plan to Deal With My Worst Days

Sick kids. Sick mama. We all have bad days, but do we ever plan to have a bad day? One of my assignments during the Homeschool Rescue course that I took recently was to make a plan to deal with my worst days.

We have a list of things we do when we are under the weather, but most of our effort goes towards healing and comfort. I don't mind when the children are sick. I can love on them, take care of them, and read to them, but when I am down, it's harder.

So, I wrote down a list of things that I do when I'm not feeling well emotionally or physically, or if I'm just plain overwhelmed and burnt out. It was nice to have them down on paper and actually give myself permission to follow this plan.

In the Homestretch with All About Spelling Level 7 | Review

All About SpellingAll About Learning Press has been a part of our homeschool for the past 6 years. My 12 year old, Malachi, started with Level 1 at age 6 in the 1st grade, and has completed all the books from 1 to 6, doing one level per school year. I have love teaching this program and he has loved learning with it.

We finished Level 6 this spring, but he's such a great speller now that I debated whether or not we should do All About Spelling Level 7. The last few levels have been easy for him, so I thought that All About Spelling had worked itself out of a job. But, then I took a closer look at Level 7, and I knew I wanted him to finish strong.

Our Mess-free Experience With Thin Stix | Review

Who: The Pencil Grip, Inc.
What: Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors
Why: To see if these solid tempera paint Thin Stix really look and feel like paint.
Where: Available at retailers like Amazon and Toys R Us.


I've seen a lot of bloggers rave about the Kwik Stix, so I was curious to try the Thin Stix to see if these really look and feel like paint.

My Homeschool Journal | May 2017

In my life this month…
  • we have had a busy spring soccer season, but the end is very near and life will slow down a little. 
  • we are cleaning and rearranging the house for a walk-through/inspection (our first since we moved into this rental 8 years and 8 months ago). 
  • Nathan is graduating from high school this month. 

Love Letters from God Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart | Book Review

Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart is a sweet collection of stories from the Bible for and about girls.

Love Letters from God - Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart

Written by Glenys Nellist and published by Zonderkidz, it is 32 pages in length and printed on glossy pages and in full color. It is a beautiful hard cover book with a matching dust jacket.

There are 14 stories in all. Each story is on a two page spread with appealing illustrations, a Bible verse, and a lift-the-flap "love letter from God."

Captain Absolutely | Review

Captain Absolutely Defending Truth, Justice, and Lots more Truuuth! is a juvenile comic book by Focus On The Family.

The comic book is colorful and printed on glossy pages throughout (not newsprint like I think of when I think of comic books), with black outlined boxes, classic speech bubbles of various shapes and sizes, and plenty of whams, whaps, slams, splats, thuds, and pows to draw your child into the comic book world.

Homeschool Rescue | Review

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue
Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity is an online course designed to help you "breathe new life into your homeschool."

This course is for any mom, dad, or homeschool parent or teacher who needs a new perspective and a fresh start.

Our Year of Learning with Little House

It has been a very full and wonderful year learning with the Little House on the Prairie books! 

IEW High School Essay Intensive | Review

Who: Institute for Excellence in Writing

What: High School Essay Intensive, Second Edition

When: Grades 9-12

Why: To review composition skills, to prepare your student for the essay portion of the ACT/SAT, and to guide your student through the process of the Personal Essay.

How much: $79.00

Do you have a high school student bound for college? Have they taken the ACT yet? Have you thought about how to prepare them for taking the ACT or SAT?

These Happy Golden Years, The First Four Years, & Farmer Boy | Prairie Primer

The majority of our time with these books was spent in reading and discussion, so I'm sharing this post for the sake of documenting that we have completed these units in The Prairie Primer. :)

These Happy Golden Years

ArtAchieve Level III | Review

ArtAchieve provides unique online art lessons inspired from art around the world. The lessons, which are available in five different levels for a variety of ages and skill, are designed to help students achieve success and make cross curricular connections with art.

The lessons are available individually, but the Entire Level III is bundled together for $58.50 for a one year license. Level III is designed for ages 9 and up, so I chose to use this with my 10 year old daughter, Eliana.

The Secret Bridge | A LampLighter Book Review

Lamplighter Publishing

The Secret Bridge is a beautiful book from Lamplighter Publishing that had me captivated from the very first chapter because the story was charming and begged to be read.