Back to School 2015-2016

It became Fall overnight in our neck of the woods.  That means it’s high time for a back to school post.  I’ll share what our family lessons (history, science, etc) are going to consist of another day. Alice Alice is growing like a weed and I can’t believe she’s a year old already!  I especially…

Red Desert Violin (Online Violin Lessons… and They're Awesome)

I want to tell my fellow music loving, homeschooling, penny pinchers about something awesome. **This post contains affiliate links but this is not a sponsored post and I have not received anything in return for this review, Red Desert Violin only knows me as the crazy woman who keeps asking weird questions.  I just love it!** Several months ago, Emma…

Math Wednesday

We had another great math lesson today that I thought I’d share my short and sweet lesson plan with you. We continued on with our chapter on Archimedes in Mathematicians are People, Too. After reading of his discovery of volume displacement and then the discovery of Pi we watched Danica Mckellar’s nerdist Pi Episode (I could…

Teaching Exponents – Why Rabbit Trails Matter

Anyone that has ever been in a conversation with a friends knows how rabbit trails work.  You start talking about one thing and then you are reminded of something else and after a few minutes you are talking about something entirely unrelated to what you originally began with.  This can be frustrating at times but…

Lucy's Letter

Several weeks ago (at the hight of the ebola news cycle), Lucy would linger around when she heard me talking about it and asking Matt questions about what was going on at his hospital.  Over the course of a few days she would ask me questions about it and ask me how to spell things related…

Literature Based Education – Ancient History

How about another installment of my “Literature Based Education” series? I’m sure that a lot of you have read my thoughts over the last few posts on history and wondered “WHERE exactly is the LITERATURE you claim to love so much??” Today is your day!  Today I’m going to share with you my favorite ancient history literature…

Back to School 2014-2015

School started back up for us the same day that school started for the public school kids.  I didn’t plan it that way, but I needed a break from the chaos of summer vacation and new baby recovery.  So out the school schedules came!  Since I can easily teach from my recliner with a baby…

Literature Based Education – History – You Wouldn't Want To…

I’ve told you about my history anchors for world history and American history.  Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite resources for the entire span of recorded history: The You Wouldn’t Want To… series. I’m going to tell you straight up, this series is NOT for everyone.  You can usually find several…

Literature Based Education – American History Anchors

I’ve already told you about the World History Anchors I use in our family’s literature based education in addition to a few other excellent resources.  Today I’m going to tell you about my American History Anchors. As I mentioned yesterday: My only complaint about the Classical Model of history study is it is too light on American History for…

Literature Based Education – World History Anchors

History is one of the easiest subjects to teach using literature… but writing an article on a literature based education in history is another story all together!  There is just SO much material that it would be impossible for me to tell you about all of them.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try…

The Dark Eagles: Wells in Desolation {Review}

Not too long ago I was able to read and review The Dark Eagles: First Flight by David R. Smith.  For the past year and a half I have eagerly awaited the sequel and was more than pleased when David contacted me for a review.  As expected, The Dark Eagles: Wells in Desolation did not disappoint….

Washington DC Part 1 – The Holocaust Museum

Not too long ago Matt had a rare week off of work.  We took full advantage of it by taking a road trip down to DC.  We planned on camping while we were there, but the rain and cold had other plans for us. After we found a parking garage that accepted vans I took…