December 31, 2018

Saying goodbye to 2018...and a peek into goals for 2019!

Can you believe that tonight is the end of 2018? This year seems to have just vanished like a cloud of smoke. 2018 had quite a few challenges, but also new opportunities. New decisions made. Changes. And 2019 is set to be full of them as well!

December 22, 2018

Inspiration from Isaiah 41 {Nature and Verse}

Have you ever read Isaiah 41? 

I'm sure I have before, but it came back into my view today and I spent some time reading it and

December 21, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns: Wholesome and Refreshing {a Movie Review}

As parents, we work hard to monitor what movies and TV shows our children watch. When we were little ourselves, we knew that we were good as long as it was a Wonderful World of Disney movie. You know what I’m talking about—remember how it would come on every Sunday night? Oh how I loved all those movies—Pollyanna, The Parent Trap (the original of course), The Love Bug, Davy Crockett, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Shaggy Dog…the list could go on and on. Those movies were great family entertainment. Unfortunately, movies today do NOT have the same level of wholesomeness—and it seems Disney is one of the worst offenders these days. Because of this, we have only taken our WHOLE family to the movie theater three times to watch new movies—preferring to preview them ourselves to make sure they will be okay. I mean—children’s movies---DISNEY movies rated PG-13? Come on! Last night, we took a chance. Last night, my husband treated the WHOLE family to the new Mary Poppins Returns movie, hoping and praying that it would be everything we ADORED about the original—especially the wholesome goodness. I am here to let you know that we found a rare diamond in this world of trash! Today, I decided to give you just a family review of the Mary Poppins Returns movie. It’s not sponsored by anyone or anything. I simply just wanted you to know that this movie is WORTH your time and money!

December 16, 2018

The Amish Letters Series by Kathleen Fuller {Book Review}

Amish Letters Series by Kathleen Fuller- a Review
The Amish Letters series by Kathleen Fuller follows the three Amish couples whose lives were changed because of a letter. This trilogy was one of my first experiences with books by Kathleen Fuller and I quickly decided I enjoyed her style of writing, even though Amish fiction isn’t my favorite thing to read. I am sharing my review of the books of this series in a joint post since they all take place in the same town of Birch Creek.

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About the Books

The Amish Letters series consists of three novels by Kathleen Fuller. Each novel is set in the Amish community of Birch Creek, and each book has characters who are connected in some way.

December 14, 2018

Amish Celebrations: Four Stories by Beth Wiseman {Book Review}

Amish Celebrations by Beth Wiseman {Book Review}
Amish Celebrations is a collection of four novellas by bestselling author Beth Wiseman. Each of the novellas are geared around a celebration of some sort, and explore life within the Amish community. While Amish fiction isn’t my favorite to read, I have found a few authors that I do enjoy with their “not-so-cookie-cutter” presentation of the unique culture. Beth Wiseman is one of those authors, and I am happy to bring my review to you today.

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About the Book

Amish Celebrations consists of four novellas: The Gift of Sisters, A New Beginning, A Perfect Plan (also published in An Amish Wedding), and A Christmas Miracle.

The Gift of Sisters explores a story of twin girls Hannah and

December 13, 2018

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton {Book Review}

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton {Book Review}
USA TODAY’S bestselling author Lauren K. Denton’s latest release Hurricane Season is a story of a family’s unusual journey to healing—and the relationships that must be restored along the way. This was a new-to-me author and a novel set in contemporary time—not a favorite setting of mine. However, when I received the book to review, the back cover summary caught my interest, and I’m now ready to share my review with you!
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About the Book

Hurricane Season takes place in southern Alabama on the Franklin Dairy Farm. The owners Betsy and Ty Franklin have buried their desire for children of their own. The day-to-day operation of the farm keeps them both busy enough to try to

An Amish Family: Four Stories by Kathleen Fuller {Book Review}

An Amish Family by Kathleen Fuller {Book Review}
An Amish Family is one of the newest collections of novellas by Kathleen Fuller. While Amish fiction isn’t my favorite, I’ve grown to enjoy certain authors of the genre. I couldn’t remember having read any by Kathleen Fuller, so I was curious to see if I would enjoy her take on this unique culture.

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About the Book

An Amish Family contains four short novellas which each stand independent: Building Trust, A Heart Full of Love (also in An Amish Cradle), Surprised by Love, and A Gift for Anne Marie (also in An Amish Second Christmas). As I noted, two of these

December 6, 2018

Adventures in Crochet: New Projects and Exciting News

It's officially December, and that means it's full on crochet time! I have so many projects that I want to get done or have started or have on deck. Today I figured I would share what I'm working on, what I'm finishing, and what I've purchased or snagged for upcoming projects. And then, I'll finish with some super duper fun and exciting news!

Finished Projects

I've knocked out a few hats in the same design. I love this Stacy Beanie with the puff stitch and slouchiness! 

November 30, 2018

More later...

Just a quick note to let you know that I am alive and plan to do some blogging soon. This last month has been a blur and the next one doesn't look like it's going to be much slower! But for now, I'm enjoying that today is Friday. Which means tomorrow starts the weekend with my Sabbath rest day, my most favorite day of the week. It's also my anniversary tomorrow. Hard to believe it's 16 years. Wow. 
As I said, there will be more later. So for now, I just wish you a most wonderful and peaceful weekend. 💙

November 16, 2018

10 Brain Engaging Gifts Under $25 for Children {Gift Guide 2018}

10 Brain Engaging Gifts Under $25 for ChildrenIt's just one week before Thanksgiving (Yikes!), and that means it's one week before all those wonderful sales kick in gear! There are so many toy ideas for kids, but let's be we really want to buy our kids MORE toys like dolls, trucks, video games, ect? LOL. If I'm going to buy a gift for a child, I'd prefer buying something that will engage their mind with critical thinking or gearing up their imagination! Today I'm going to share 10 Gifts Under $25 for Children which aren't your typical toys, but are still a lot of fun--in fact, our family owns and plays with several of them regularly!

November 14, 2018

The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts {Book Review}

Do you like meaty books? I mean like fiction books that make you uncomfortable and don't end with a feel good feeling. I don't always reach for them, but every now and then I am willing to give them a try. When I was initially sent The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Yates to review, the book cover presented a story that although peeked my interest, it didn't grab me right away. I recently decided to pick it up and give it a try, and discovered a very deep rich story about racism, secrets, grief, and the power of forgiveness and friendship. I'd like to give you a peek into this book and let you know what I took away from it in my review today.

November 13, 2018

Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble {Book Review}

I have been a fan of Colleen Coble's books for quite awhile. She is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I enjoy reading. She only has a few historical fiction books, so imagine my surprise when I was sent Freedom's Light, an inspirational historical fiction book set in the Revolutionary War, to review. I hoped that it would have the intriguing plot that I have come to love in her books. Join me today, as I share my review of this new release!

November 8, 2018

Adventures in Crochet: My Favorite Yarn Brands

Hello, my friends! Just wanted to give you another hobby update with my crochet adventures! I've actually put myself on a "yarn freeze" even though I hate it. LOL. But I refuse to buy more yarn, until I USE UP some of the beautiful skeins of yarn I have already. I'll be sharing some photos of what things I'm making to do this in a later post.

Now I have been getting asked quite often what yarn brands I would recommend to people wanting to explore crocheting. There are a dizzying amount of brands out there and yes, some are MUCH better than others--but it can be hard to know this if you aren't experienced or know what to look for. So, I will take time today to share my thoughts on some of the popular yarn brands you will find in most craft stores around the United States...and you will learn how I rate them and what makes the list as being the favorites in my basket!

October 16, 2018

Live the Adventure of the Courageous Huguenots in St. Bartholomew's Eve from Heirloom Audio {Product Review}

Once again, I am thrilled to be able to review another amazing audiodrama from Heirloom Audio! This story brought to life a time in history I know every little about and it made me eager to search our more information about the time period. Unlike some of the other Heirloom Audio productions, the theme of this particular story really stuck with me and applied to my life right away. So I encourage you to stick around and read more about the latest release based on a novel by G.A. Henty...St. Bartholomew's Eve!

October 12, 2018

Adventures in Crochet: New Projects and FibreShare

Brrrr. Hello from a blustery chilly NE Kentucky. I believe the weather got all screwed up and jumped from summer to late fall/early winter! This is not the fall I know and love! I need the brisk mornings that warm up into lovely 60-70 degree days! Not cold and damp and dreary! Who knows what's going to come next?! But on the bright side, this weather just makes me want to hang out inside watching Netflix and working on my crochet projects! So I decided to share a few updates in my little crochet world for those who like to see what I'm working on...AND photos of the beautiful FibreShare package I received from my partner in Wales!

October 10, 2018

CashCrunch Careers: Helping You Explore the Possibilities {Product Review}

CashCrunch Careers~ Product Review
Although my oldest son is only twelve years old, it’s not too early to help him think about the things that he might like to do when he gets older. He has a lot of strengths and things he enjoys doing, and I’d like to show him how he can use those when picking a career for the future. We were recently given CashCrunch Careers from CashCrunch Games to review. My son and I both explored what this program has to offer and I’d like to share our review with you today.

October 4, 2018

Books of the Bible At-a-Glance~ Summary Sheets for Every Book in the Bible {Product Review}

Books of the Bible At-A-Glance ~ Product Review
I’m always looking for resources to assist in my personal Bible study, and for our school Bible lessons. We’ve recently been able to review the Book-By-Book Bible Printables from Teach Sunday School, and I’d like to take some time today to share our thoughts on this Bible resource.

About The Product

Book-By-Book Bible Printables from Teach Sunday School are a resource designed to help you understand the Bible better. They are as the company describes “One- page cheat sheets for

October 2, 2018

Forensic Faith for Kids {Product Review}

Forensic Faith for Kids~ A Review
For the last several weeks, my son has been working through the book Forensic Faith for Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy. This book is designed to help your children learn how to defend their Christian faith based on evidence. Because this is something that I believe is very important for any Christian to be able to do, I was curious about the book and today am sharing my review.

Is Puke an Inconvenience or a Problem?

I can't believe that it's already been over a week since my last check in--but here we are, on our journey home. I'm actually typing this still about 5 1/2 hours away. We are almost 2 hrs behind our schedule because of an unfortunate inconvenience...puke.

September 25, 2018

Strengthen Math Skills with I Know It {Product Review}

Whether you are wanting to have your children practice new math skills for mastery, review old skills, or have something to keep the skills strong during the school breaks or summertime, finding a math program that ISN'T a workbook can be challenging. We recently were introduced to I Know It and have been reviewing the program with both of my boys for the last several weeks. Today I'd like to share with you why this online math program has been working well for us!

About I Know It

I Know It is the latest offering from the creators of the award winning website Super Teacher Worksheets. (Read my review of THAT website too!) I Know It is an interactive math practice site for elementary aged children. Not only are their interactive lessons, but you are able to assign lessons for your children to do. The program also provides progress reports so you can check on how your child is doing. 

September 21, 2018

Adventures in Crochet~ A Little Bit of This and That

Just popping on really quick to share some of the crochet things that I've been working on. Now if you've been following me over on Instagram, this won't be anything new...but for those who only follow my blog via email, I figured you might like a peek!

I found a super incredibly cute baby girl pinafore pattern and I loved how it worked up in these yarn colorways...

September 14, 2018

Just Checking In to Say...

Just popping in really quick to let you know that I am here and have a whole bunch of posts I want to share with you that AREN'T review posts, but I am super incredibly busy right now. I am getting bogged down as we finish our harvest season here and also prepare to attend and worship at the Feast of Tabernacles in Florida in just 8 more days.
I am confessing that we haven't even kicked off our 2018-2019 school year officially yet, even though we've been doing partial days here and there. It's just been TOOOOOO crazy around here with all we have going on. Thankfully, with homeschooling, you get that freedom to adjust your schedule as needed.
There are some exciting things that I want to share about including being a founding member of the brand new Lewis County Homeschool Co-Operative which leads to a BUNCH more responsibilities on my plate--but it is going to be so worth it.
I'm hoping to have a chance to sit down and blog about some of the things I've got going on in life, around the farm, school, and a few recipes, but I don't see that really happening until I get home from our trip. But I hope you will still keep checking in with what we've got going on here on the farm.

Remember, that I am super active on Facebook and Instagram because I can share things much more quickly. So if you want to follow me over there, I'd love the support!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend--and if you are in the path of any of the parts of Hurricane Florence, I hope you stay safe and batten down the hatches! ;)

September 12, 2018

An Introduction to Latin Vocabulary with Picta Dicta Natural World from Roman Roads Media {Product Review}

We recently had the chance to review the Picta Dicta Natural World, a beginning Latin program from Roman Roads Media. The program is designed to be an introduction to Latin that is interactive. It is ideal for elementary-age students. We have had some experience with different Latin programs in the past and I was curious to see how this one compared, and to give my youngest son a chance to try his hand at foreign language for the first time.

About the Product

Picta Dicta Natural World is one of the Latin instruction products from Roman Roads Media. Designed to be an interactive introduction to Latin, it is ideal for elementary-age students. It focuses on vocabulary specific to the natural world. The students will learn the Latin (and

September 7, 2018

GrammarPlanet~ A Comprehensive Online Grammar Program...for Free! {a review}

Have you been looking for an in depth ONLINE Grammar curriculum that really gives a comprehensive curriculum? How about one that is free? For the last several weeks we have been reviewing GrammarPlanet, a program designed to help your child (or you!) master the mechanics of English. Let me share our review of this brand new program from the makers of the award winning Analytical Grammar!

About GrammarPlanet

GrammarPlanet is aimed for students aged 10-99+! It’s a free online curriculum designed to help anyone who desires to improve their English. Whether used by students in school, home, adults individually, or in a group, GrammarPlanet is sure to get them mastering the mechanics of English.

September 6, 2018

Take Reading Skills to New Heights with Workbooks from Reading Eggs {Curriculum Review}

Reading Eggs Workbooks--Product Review
My #1 recommended reading resource for elementary aged children is Reading Eggs. This online reading program well deserves their multiple awards and it's hard to think that you could improve on the program--until I discovered the 200 Essential Reading Skills workbooks created by Reading Eggs to expand their reading curriculum. For the last several weeks, we have been reviewing 200 Essential Reading Skills for Third Grade, a 36-week comprehensive curriculum and I'm eager to share my review with you.

About the Product

200 Essential Reading Skills for Third Grade is based on the multi-award winning reading program Reading Eggspress (geared for grades 2-5). With 200 pages of assignments based on comprehension, spelling, and grammar, it’s like getting three books in one! This is a comprehensive 36-week curriculum geared to build the key skills students need to succeed in reading. When combined with the online Reading Eggspress lessons, this program is an incredibly strong boost to language skills! In fact, with Reading Eggspress, your student can improve reading skills in just 15 minutes a day!

August 26, 2018

Upcoming Reviews for September/October 2018: What Are We Working On?

By now I’m sure that a lot of you have kicked off your new school year. Here at the farm our new year isn’t going to start for a bit longer, because we are still in the middle of hay harvest season when all hands are on deck. We are still, however, working through some review products which help keep us prepared for when we do start our official school year. I forgot to share our reviews for all of August, so make sure you check our my reviews of an Old Testament Activity-Pak, a Paddington Bear unit study, and the book Godschooling! Here are the products that we have in house right now for September and October 2018 reviews!


August 24, 2018

Friday Favorites: Favorite Homeschooling Essentials {5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement}

FAvorite Homeschooling Essentials
If you talk to any homeschooler about their homeschooling experience, they will always have their FAVORITES to rave about. It may be a favorite curriculum, favorite website, or favorite school supply. So it’s my turn! Today I am going to give you three of my favorites in each of those categories—will one of YOUR favorites be on the list? Join me as I share with you some of my Favorite Homeschooling Essentials for Friday Favorites as we conclude our 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop this week!
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Favorite Curriculum

This is the one that I am asked about ALLLLLLLL the time. I have soooo many favorites, but I will share three of the ones that I bring up time and time again in curriculum discussions.

August 23, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Blessings of Rural Homeschooling {5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop}

There are lovely benefits to homeschooling in the city. You have access to culture and resources at your fingertips. So much of our nation's history resides in large cities. Museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, historical structures, large co-ops, sports leagues, large libraries, and so much more. These are all things that rural homeschoolers (especially extremely rural) typically do not have access too. It can be frustrating at times being isolated in the country when you are homeschooling, but there are also some incredible blessings. Today, I'd like to mention some of the Blessings of Rural Homeschooling as part of Thankful Thursday of the 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop.

I have put together a list of my five key blessings of rural homeschooling and at the end, I've included quotes from other rural homeschoolers about what they are thankful for as rural homeschoolers!

August 22, 2018

Work It In Wednesday: Two Hacks for a Smoother Homeschool Week {5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop}

Two Hacks for a Smoother Homeschool Week
I am not quite ready to start planning for the 2018-2019 school year out yet--we won't start until the beginning of September and not full until after we attend the Feast of Tabernacles at the end of September. But even though I haven't started the actual planning, there are two things that I know will be included in our plans--our 4 1/2 day school week and our Mandatory Monday Morning basket. It's taken us a few years, but I've come to learn the value of both of these Hacks for a Smoother Homeschool Week, and I'm going to share them with you today as part of Work It In Wednesday of the 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop.

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Why A Mandatory Monday Morning Basket?

I know that I am not alone in dealing with reluctant learners every single Monday morning. I think it's the same whether your child is in public school or homeschool! Monday rolls around and school is the last thing they want to do. But school needs to get done. Our Monday's are even more crazy,

August 21, 2018

Take-a-Look Tuesday: Exploring Benefits of Multi-Age Curriculum {5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement}

If you have multiple children that you are homeschooling, you may find yourself going crazy creating schedules for everyone. Most families use customized curriculum for each student to make sure they get what they need for grade level work. While this is a great path and one that I've been taking for a few years, I have decided to try a different route this year. Even though my boys are 4 years apart (grades 3 and 7 this year), we are going to be using the SAME curriculum for both boys. Yes, we are going to be working with curriculum meant for multi-ages this year! I am hoping that this will actually make our days LESS stressed and flow much easier. Are you curious how this is going to work with an elementary student and middle school student? Read on my friend as I discuss the Benefits of Multi-age Curriculum in today's Take-A-Look Tuesday edition for the 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop!

August 20, 2018

Motivational Monday: 5 Things to Help Me Get-Up-And-Go {5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement}

Today’s theme is Motivational Monday. When I think of Motivation, I think of what makes you “get up and go”. As a homeschool mom as well as a wife, I must admit, my get-up-and-go most mornings is…gone. So what do I do on those mornings when I open my eyes and just want to close them again and pull the covers up over my head? The mornings when I need to do school, but my body or mind says “I don’t wanna!”? The mornings where it seems everyone woke up on the wrong side of the bed? How do I make the day end up being a productive day when I just want to crawl back in the bed and pull the covers over my head? Let me share with you Five Things to Help You Get-Up-And-Go to get things done!

August 19, 2018

Back to School Blog Hop Week 2018!

I am happy to share that this week is a great week! It's the annual Back to School blog hop! This year, the theme is 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement and I'm itching to share my posts with you! I have a very busy week, so if they don't show up in the morning, make sure you check back for them later in the day! And as always, you can follow me over on Facebook and never miss new post!

Motivational Monday: 5 Things to Help Me Get-Up-and-Go
Take a Look Tuesday: Exploring the Benefits of Multi-Age Curriculum
Work it In Wednesday: Two Hacks for a Smoother Homeschool Week
Thankful Thursday: Blessings of Rural Homeschooling
Friday Favorites:Favorite Homeschooling Essentials

See you soon!

Want to go ahead and get started? Here is the list of all the bloggers participating this week!

Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

Christine @ Christine Howard
Christy @ The Simple Homemaker
Dawn @ Schoolin' Swag
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me...Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home ...
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom's Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things

Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

August 17, 2018

God Schooling by Julie Polanco {Book Review}

When it comes to being homeschool parents, you can never learn too much. Just as our children increase in knowledge, we as homeschool teachers chase after it too. We desire to present the best education we can to our children. As a Christian homeschooler, I desire to create the best GOD-centered education that I can. I recently was given a copy of the book God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco to review and hoped that it would be a great encouraging resource about how to bring God more into our homeschool experience!

About the Author

Julie Polanco is an author, educator, and homeschooler. She and her husband have homeschooled their four children from the beginning, with their first graduating in 2016. She is passionate about homeschooling and Christian living. She is the author of several other non-fiction books and works as ghostwriter as well. She maintains a blog at where she focuses on homeschooling, Christian living, and the writer life.

Her latest book God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is designed to be a guide for homeschool parents who are asking the

August 14, 2018

Exploring Paddington with Branch Out World {Product Review}

Do you love the stories of Paddington as much as I do? There is just something about that darling bear which warms my heart. We were recently asked to review a unit study of Paddington Bear from Branch Out World, a British company.

About Branch Out World

Branch Out World is a British company producing educational resources like the Picture Book Explorers series. These are a collection of literature based unit studies created around beautifully illustrated picture books with links to the British Isles. These are all downloadable units that incorporate reading aloud with a variety of coordinating fun and educational activities.

August 13, 2018

Dive Into Savings with a BOGO Sale from SchoolhouseTeachers! (Ends Aug 31)

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Dive into savings this month with the BOGO Sale! Get TWO FULL YEARS of Ultimate Membership for the one low price of $139! Also receive a free tote bag and print copy of 2018 Summer issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine delivered right to your door.

That’s $139 for two full years of access to almost 400 preK-12 courses, plus tons of planning and organizational tools, with new content being added all the time!

With the locked-in renewal rate of $139/yr for as long as you continue your membership with, the value just gets better every year!

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We plan on incorporating some of the material on the website this year for at least my oldest. I especially want him to work through the Tinker's Club because he will love the weekly challenges. I also love the Daily assignments. I also use the website for recordkeeping and all the access to the online World Book Encyclopedia collection!

Want to see SchoolhouseTeachers in action? You can read my review OR watch my Facebook video review of the resource to learn more!

August 6, 2018

Lessons from Arts & Crafts (Summer Camp 2018)

Arts and Crafts Lessons~ Summer Camp 2018
For the last several days, we have been enjoying our annual trip to our church pre-teen summer camp in Northern Ohio. This was my 6th year and even though I typically work as a counselor for the youngest girls dorm, I "got a break" and worked as activity staff in the Arts and Crafts class. This class is my second most favorite place to work because unlike most of the other activities that encourage working as a team and don't allow for much interaction, we interact ALL THE TIME with our kids that come through. Our usual job is to help these kids make their imagination become real using various craft tools. 

August 2, 2018

Creating an Old Testament Activity-Pak with Home School In the Woods {Product Review}

Old Testament Activity-Pak from Home School in the Woods {Product Review}
I have written many times about unit studies and lapbooks and why our family enjoys them. One of the favorite companies for us is Home School in the Woods. We have reviewed several of their products over the last few years with great success. We recently had another chance to review on of their great products and have been enjoying putting together another one of the Hands-on History Activity-Paks, this time working through The Old Testament

About The Old Testament Hands-on History Activity-Pak

The Old Testament is just one of the many products in the Hands-on History Activity-Paks series from Home School in the Woods. Other products in the series include: Make-A-State, The New Testament, Artists, and Composers. Each of the Activity-Paks includes projects on the topic that together create an entire lapbook. Providing a hands-on experience for gaining and demonstrating knowledge on a subject. Home School in the Woods prides themselves on being a hands-on history company with multiple product lines. 

Every Activity-Pak includes step-by-step directions for each project, directions and photos for all the aspects of the lap book assembly, and all the printable pages needed to complete each activity. They can be used to accompany any text you are using--curriculum, unit studies, or just books in general! Another option is to use the lap book as a guide for your studies, simply add the reading and research each project as you do it! (Scripture references accompany the New and Old Testament projects.)

The Old Testament Activity-Pak includes 15 different lapbook covering different parts of the Old Testament including:

July 30, 2018

Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 from WriteBonnieRose {Product Review}

WriteBonnieRose~ Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 {Product Review}
There are times when at the early elementary levels, you want a science program that is more of an introduction to a subject over rigorous study. But perhaps you desire something that allows you to fill it with loads of library books, Netflix programs, and other resources. Let me introduce you to WriteBonnieRose and her Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive), where your children can explore life science, physical science, and earth science in a gentler more relaxed method.

About the Learning About Science Collection

The Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 from WriteBonnieRose contains seven books of science study. Included in the collection are:

July 27, 2018

Smart Kidz Radio~ Enjoyable Family-Friendly Entertainment {Product Review}

Smart Kidz Radio-Product Review
Do you ever get disheartened with the music that is geared for kids these days? It can be very hard to find something for your children to listen to that is actually age appropriate, positive, full of strong morals, and encouraging…especially something available in a streaming style with a Christian based message. Enter my review of Smart Kidz Radio from Smart Kidz Media.

About Smart Kidz Radio

Smart Kidz Radio is the newest venture by Smart Kidz Media to offer family friendly and enjoyable entertainment to even the youngest of listeners. Smart Kidz Radio was designed to help children learn valuable life skills and empower them with positive self-esteem, something seriously lacking in modern entertainment. The station also seeks to promote strong moral values and encouraging positive character traits in the young listeners. It is unusual for internet radio in that it features hundreds of original songs and stories all promoting values!