Thought for the Day

If you have a child who is PASSIONATE about an activity or skill that would fall nicely under an academic heading such as foreign language or science, etc…

FEED THAT PASSION, but…

DO NOT EVER TELL him that it is part of his school work!

Keep clandestine records of her activity if you must, but NEVER let her know you are counting it as “school”. The minute you do, the revelation will act like a nasty, sharp, pointy pin of drudgery that will perniciously pop your student’s bubble of desire.

Resist the urge to take the reigns in the name of “homeschooling”. Rather, sit back and savor the ride as true growth and education blossom before your eyes.

Journeys of Faithfulness Review

Devotional books for teen girls are plentiful in book stores across the country – a blessing that many folks appreciate more and more in today’s world. However, finding just the right book that clicks with your teen can be a challenge. The angle, the language, the author’s voice, the theology, and other elements play an essential part in the appeal and effectiveness of such books. Some devotionals come across as too juvenile, irrelevant, or preachy. It is a double gift to find one that stikes the cords of your teen’s heart.

Apologia Educational Ministries publishes Journeys of Faithfulness by Sarah Clarkson. As I’ve said before, this household has never met an Apologia product they haven’t liked, and Journey’s of Faithfulness is rapidly becoming a lifelong treasure in my two teen girls’ lives. It is a devotional chapter book written for teen girls ages 12 and up.

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A Cry From Egypt Review

“Up until 3-ish reading A Cry in Egypt! Do not wake UP!” That pretty much says it all for this review. You can read the rest if you like, or you could save time and go buy the book right now.

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America in the 1880s Review

American history is full of fascinating events ranging from the pilgrims’ arrival to the Declaration of Independence, from the Civil War to the first moon landing and beyond. Taking time to pause and study a certain time period or event in depth can be a rewarding endeavor. Marshall Publishing offers a selection of videos that are great resource for such studies.

Unbeknownst to most people, the 1880s was a decade filled with intriguing people and exponential growth and progress. I learned this when, as a member of the SchoolHouse Review Crew, I received a copy of The History of America in the 1880s to watch with my family. The 60 minute DVD is divided into 2 parts – a 30 minute overview of the decade’s highlights and a 30 minute dramatic reproduction of Alexander Graham Bell’s work.

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940 Saturdays

I was reading over at Jennifer’s blog, and she said something that deeply moved me today:

Recently I read that we have 940 Saturdays with our children from birth until their 18th birthday. For my girls those are more than halfway gone. I hope we have many more as fun filled as this one.

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Incoming!!!

I think I know what a humble little stone in a sling shot might feel just before being released into the wild blue yonder. I can feel the tension… pulling, pulling, pulling… back, back, back… and suddenly Tuesday morning I will be launched into the new school year!

I will have 17 classes this year, and most of them are filled to overflowing! It was a surprising turnout, considering the economy and all. I’m ready though. NerdGirl and I made over 70 handouts which multiplied to somewhere around 30,000 copies for 250 students.

I am down to just two of my own kids now that the oldest has packed up and moved on to college *sniff!!* Thankfully, I have had NerdGirl and Fashionista up and running on their own homeschool work for a couple weeks now. They also have their co-op texts, notebooks, and packpacks all ready to go.

So I was sitting here on this Labor Day Weekend (Ha! What an ironic holiday name when you are a teacher, right? ;-) ), and I got to thinking, I better make a schedule for next week so I know when to get up in the morning and where to be when… Good thought, huh?

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Notable Novelists Review

As a writing teacher as well as a homeschooling mother, I have a passion for unique and entertaining products that celebrate literature. I happen to be blessed with a sixteen year old NerdGirl who is a chip off the old block. We were tickled pink when the SchoolHouse Review Crew received the opportunity to review the Notable Novelists card game.

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3 Keys to Fitting It All In

One of the most common questions people ask about educating your children is “How do you fit it all in?” There are so many opportunities and topics and subjects to cover throughout the course of a student’s K-12 education, how can anyone possibly cover all the bases?

The question is somewhat a red herring because the truth is, you can’t fit it all in, and you shouldn’t even try. Somewhere along the line, homeschoolers (and other teachers too!) learn that trying to fit in all the possibilities is a short cut to burnout and the quickest way to suck all the love of learning out of your student.

Any sense of accomplishment and success in education, homeschooling or otherwise, is in the basic, foundational approach. In reality there are just 3 key skills that will actually unlock everything else your student will ever need to study.

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Vocab Videos Review

Have you ever faced a challenge where the outcome would determine your future possibilities? Such a concept is daunting, yet that is what every college-bound student who takes a standardized test faces.

It sounds like a good opportunity to declare WAR on any obstacles that might lead to failure, right? Enter stage right: Vocab Videos.

Vocab Videos is an online SAT-level vocabulary learning program that offers an arsenal of ammunition for blowing the vocabulary section of any standardized test out of the water.

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King Alfred’s English Review

As part of the SchoolHouse Review Crew over the summer, I had the opportunity to read King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do by Laurie White. Little did I know that this would become my new favorite history book.

With humor and keen historical and biblical insight, Laurie White combines my two favorite subjects – English and history – with a large dose of linguistics. One would think that such a college level combination would cook up a torture as dry as dust, but White has a way with words that makes you feel like you are actually being entertained rather than merely educated!

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