Grapevine Studies: Review of “The Birth of Jesus – Beginner” Study

Bible study is a regular part of our day. Beginning our school days in God's Word and prayer is foundational. So I'm always on the lookout for new curricula or Bible study materials to use with our girls that challenges them in new ways, applies different learning styles, and works for multiple ages. Recently, Grapevine Studies provided me with the opportunity to take my little ones on a journey to Bethlehem to learn about Jesus' birth in their Birth of Jesus- Beginner study. In exchange for … [Read more...]

Maestro Classics: “The Nutcracker” {Review}

Two years ago I took our oldest daughter to see a local production of the Nutcracker ballet. She fell in love and so did I. Afterwards, we checked out all the library books on the Nutcracker we could find and watched countless Youtube videos of the performance. Kate and her little sisters pirouetted across our living room floor to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and imagined they were each Clara on her journey with the Nutcracker prince. Since that ballet our girls have always gravitated toward … [Read more...]

A Charlotte Mason-Friendly Geography Curriculum {Review}

I vividly recall memorizing state capitals and locating the U.S. states on a blank map in elementary school. Fortunately, I had a decent memory, so I could recall facts quickly and effortlessly and make the grade. As homeschoolers, though, we take a more relaxed approach to our studies, and memory work is not stressful. As Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, I try to present my children with a feast of ideas and use (limited) curriculum that encourages curiosity and sparks their imagination. Thus … [Read more...]

Study Guides for Literature with a Christian Perspective {A Review}

When someone asks me what curriculum we use in our homeschool, I hesitate because we're an eclectic mix of Charlotte Mason and classical. But if asked what we do all day, I would say READ. Aside from math and handwriting, the majority of our day is spent reading our subjects from a variety of sources. As a former doctoral candidate in English literature, I value good living books and look for any opportunity to insert them into our day. Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a study … [Read more...]

Reading Kingdom {A Review}

My five-year-old daughter has started learning to read. It's been a challenge to find the right curriculum, but we have had great success with her current reading program. I have really wanted a tool to help her develop and hone her new skills and increase fluency. Like most children, Cora loves playing games on the iPad so when I was given the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom, I decided this would be a good option to try. In exchange for my fair and honest review, I received Reading … [Read more...]

Online Language Learning for Your Homeschool {A Review}

In our homeschool this year, we are learning Latin, but I also have been throwing in some Spanish vocabulary too. When you're trying to learn a foreign language, the earlier the better. I had been considering an online language learning program for our children but have been reticent to make the investment. So when I was given the opportunity to try out Middlebury Interactive Language's online language program, I jumped at the chance. In exchange for my honest review, I received a complete … [Read more...]

Super Teacher Worksheets {A Review}

In our homeschool, reading and narration are the primary modes of learning. We really only use workbook pages for math and handwriting. However, my girls like worksheets just as much as I do, and I've found that when they we need some down time, worksheets on topics of interest are a perfect quiet time activity that they can do independently. Plus, worksheets are nice supplements to check student progress and provide extra practice to reinforce learning. Recently, I was given an Individual … [Read more...]

Horizons Preschool for Three’s {Curriculum Review}

My three-year-old has been asking to "do school" like her sisters for a while now. I've printed off worksheets and activities for us to do but have been reluctant to break down and buy a preschool curriculum. That's because I'm cheap, and I really don't believe it's necessary. But when I had the opportunity to review Horizons Preschool for Three's Curriculum Set from Alpha Omega Publications, I just couldn't pass it up. {I received a full set of Horizons Preschool for Three's curriculum kit … [Read more...]

Fun Science Unit Studies {A Review}

While history is our #1 favorite subject, science comes in at a close second, especially when experiments and activities are involved. We recently had the opportunity to review "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" from Susan Kilbride of Funtastic Unit Studies. Let's just say it was the perfect fit for our Summer of Learning this year! I received a physical copy of the book "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" in exchange for my honest … [Read more...]

Project Passport: The Middle Ages {A Review}

If you were to ask my girls what is their #1 favorite subject, you would almost certainly hear: "HISTORY!" For my girls, learning about people, places, and events in the past through stories and hands-on activities has been key to their love of history.While we are still working our way through the ancient world in our studies, I leapt at the opportunity to review Home School in the Woods' Project Passport World History Study of the Middle Ages. {In exchange for an honest review, I … [Read more...]