Circle C Milestones (Thick as Thieves Book Review)

Thick as Thieves Book Review

Circle C Milestones is where you can find the Circle C ranch and Andrea Carter, a horse-loving 14 year-old girl growing up in California in the 1880s. The third book series in the life of Andi (the first two series share Andi’s ranching life as a six year-old and as a 12 year-old), the Circle C Milestones series is aimed at children over the age of 12. Members of the Crew were delighted to receive the first book in this new series, Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow, along with its accompanying downloadable study guide. From experiencing her horse’s first foaling Continue reading

Planning Your Own Unit Study

Plan Your Own Unit Study

Teaching with unit studies is a great way to include children of multiple ages all at once. It’s also a great way to take a topic children are interested in and teach things they need to know using that interesting subject matter. Although there are packaged unit studies you can purchase (or sometimes find free online), it’s not difficult to pull together your own study on any topic you want to study. Here’s a step by step guide to planning your own unit study. Choose a topic Often unit studies are a great way to follow a child’s passion. Does Continue reading

Arts and Crafts for Elementary Kids

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I don’t know about you but one of the things I enjoy about children is their ability to whole-heartedly participate in artistic pursuits with joy and abandonment. For our children the focus needs to remain on enjoying the process of artistic expression. Art and craft at home is an immensely diverse and intimate human activity that each and everyone of us can embark upon and enjoy.  The biggest challenge we have is to tackle this subject without over burdening our students but allow them to explore their own personal creative expression. Pablo Picasso said it best – “Every child is Continue reading

Everything You Need to Manage Your Homeschool (Lord Heritage’s HomeSchool Office Review)

Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office Review

Do you sometimes forget your reason for homeschooling? Are you having trouble seeing the forest for the trees? Are you overwhelmed with the homeschool record keeping requirements of your state? Or maybe you just wish you had a way to assign lessons to children & adjust them on the fly. If any of these sound like you, you might benefit from Homeschool Office from Lord Heritage. A full featured, Internet-based homeschool administration program, Homeschool Office is based in both God & business-oriented principles. The interface is divided into 5 sections to track almost everything you could think of related to Continue reading

From Homeschooling to Home Business

From Homeschooling to Home Business

Homeschool for our family is a lifestyle. Whether we are at home, running errands, or even on vacation, I try to incorporate meaningful learning experiences for my children. Including aspects of our family business with our homeschool seemed a natural extension to their lessons. Our three children are currently in 5th, 9th, and 11th grades. Cuts By Laser was started by my father over a decade ago, but over the past year my children have been a part of the company’s growth after the purchase of a new laser. My parents have generously allowed our entire family to be a part Continue reading

GPALOVEMATH Online Math for Grades K-5 (GPA LEARN Review)

GPA LEARN Review

GPALOVEMATH is a web based math program by GPA LEARN.   They have math programs designed for Kindergarten through 5th grades.  Each level has a different animated character to coach your child.  These “Learning Coaches” guide your child through supplemental math lessons and practice drills. GPALOVEMATH philosophy is to LEARN, ENGAGE & MOTIVATE Each grade consists of over 150 lessons and 10,000 problems.  The lesson format is as follows: Instruction — Practice — Quiz Completing 4 to 5 lessons a week will complete a grade in approximately 10 months A unique feature to this program is it’s fun motivational rewards system.  Continue reading

Empower the Mind! (The Critical Thinking Company Review)

Critical Thinking Company Review

Do you want your children to learn discernment?   Is learning how to put all the pieces together important in teaching your children?   Then you’ll be delighted to learn about our latest review product. Over the past few weeks our blogging team has been delighted to review a number of products for The Critical Thinking Co. These are the products we have been looking at: Alphabet Song Game (Windows software download) (Gr. Toddler – 1) Sing along and play to learn letter names and shapes… for FREE! Math Analogies Beginning (Windows software download) (Gr. K-1) Math Analogies Level 1 Continue reading

Using Virtual Worlds in Your Special Needs Homeschool

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Most wouldn’t imagine using a virtual world such as “World of Warcraft” in their daily homeschool schedule, but perhaps you should. Virtual Worlds are built upon many of the same social theories we encounter in our every day, real world lives. As a result, they can be fantastic resources for helping students with special needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, overcome some of the challenges they face.   Every day, we use symbols to navigate the world around us. Symbols such as speed limits, road signs, logos, etc. serve as tools to help us physically navigate, while body language, tone, Continue reading

Easter Resources Round-Up

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Easter is the time of the year where teachable moments surround us daily in the stores, advertising and more.  I love how Egglo Eggs from Egglo Entertainment  have empowered me to share the true meaning about this special day in our calendar. Today the crew would love to share some of the resources they have created and discovered on the web for you. Jen from Happy Little Homemaker  shares 3 Easy Ways to Celebrate the Whole Easter Season, My Favorite Easter Book — Simon and the Easter Miracle and 10 Clutter Free Easter Basket Ideas Jennifer over at Chestnut Grove Continue reading

Mother Should I Trust the Government? (FreedomProject Education Review)

Freedom Project Education Review

FreedomProject Education is an accredited classical academy with a philosophy firmly based on Judeo-Christian values as presented in the United States Constitution.  Common Core-free classes are provided in a live, interactive online setting for students in grades K through 12.  In addition to their commitment to presenting classes free of the CCSS, Freedom Project Education is on the front lines of educating families about and opposing the implementation of the Common Core. Crew members were given the opportunity to participate in FPE’s online course  Mother, Should I Trust the Government?  This course was recommended for students ages 13 and up Continue reading