What I'm Reading - August Edition

Reading has definitely taken a back seat this summer. Even though I quit my day job, and envisioned a ridiculous abundance of time, we’ve been extremely busy and have spent very little time at home. With the school time routine in the near horizon, I’m ready to get back to reading. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 – I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read this in it’s completion. It’s at the very top of my list this month. Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side – I quickly read though this one a few months agoREAD MORE

What I'm Reading

With a new month, comes a new reading list. I’m still finishing up Swipe Right, from last month’s selections, but looking forward to what’s next. Here’s What I’m Reading in April Old-Earth Creationism on Trial by Tim Chaffey & Jason Lisle – The girls and I have focused a lot of our morning apologetics discussions on the age of the earth. We recently watched a broadcast of a talk Ken Ham gave about dinosaurs at a church in Georgia. On a survey of twenty-somethings many confessed that though many still believed  that the Bible is God’s Word, the idea that the earth is millions of years old,READ MORE

What I'm Reading

Last month’s reading selection is taking a little longer to complete than I expected; nevertheless, March is here, and with it is a new set of books I’ll be diving into in the next few days. Here’s What I’m Reading in March The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by AVI – The girls and I picked this one out as our read aloud for March, and I gotta say we are really liking it. It’s the story of a 13-year-old girl’s journey from Liverpool to Rhode Island as the only female passenger on a merchant ship. We’re only a few chapters in, but we’re hooked! SwipeREAD MORE

Encouragement and Inspiration for the Homeschool Blahs

Are you in need of encouragement and inspiration for the homeschool blahs? I’ve heard it say that many homeschoolers are ready to call it quits in November and February. I’ve been there more than once due to burnout and when our routine and curriculum just weren’t working. Here’s some great news whether this describes how you’re feeling or if you just need some encouragement and inspiration. The bloggers at iHomeschool Network, have put together an amazing resource to get you soaring through the rest of the year. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2 was just released and is available on paperback and KindleREAD MORE

What I'm Reading

February has arrived, and has brought along a brand new book selection. Here’s what I’m reading this month: Brooklyn Bat Boy by Geoff Griffin – The girls and I read this book while taking part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and we can’t recommend it enough. You can see our full review here. Technically we read this one last month, however we enjoyed it so much, we are actually reading it a second time. A Visual Defense by Robert Velarde – My apologetics pick of the month. Every topic covered starts out as a conclusion, the author goes on to argue for or against each statement byREAD MORE

What I'm Reading

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) If there is one thing that every homeschool, household has in common is a ridiculous need to hoard books. I buy books from friends, I buy them online and at bookstores. I’m first in line at the public library sales (fill a giant bag of books for $1, yes please!), and it’s the only thing I’ll but at yard sales. When my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, I asked for more bookshelves, and more books. I’m happy to say that my love for books was passed on to three of my six children, andREAD MORE

100 Books For Your Middle Schooler

    My dad encouraged me to read great books at a very young age. I didn’t always understand what was going on, but I did develop a deep love for books. I remember him urging me to read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne when I was just seven! It was well beyond my years, however I re-read it at age 12 and I was surprised at how much I remembered it and enjoyed it. The following, is a list of great books my kids and I have read and loved. I asked all six of them for their input, so I assure you thisREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

The Father of American Literature Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835. Of  course you and I know him better as Mark Twain, master story-teller, humorist and teacher.  Some of his most well-known novels are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince And The Pauper. As we get ready to dive in to his life and works, take a look at these 8 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain, and watch the video below. The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn One of Twain’s most popular novels is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If you haven’t read it, IREAD MORE

Since I am a working homeschooling mom, my days are busy, and my schedule is demanding not just on me, but on the rest of the family too. With that being said, our days are more structured than most homeschool families. READ MORE

(This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.)   After trying various homeschool curriculum and philosophies (traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, un-schooling, etc.), we realized that like many other families our style didn’t really fit into any one single box. Our learning style has evolved over time, and we’ve finally come up with our own “philosophy”. We consider ourselves interest-led-classical-charlotte-mason-homeschoolers. Maybe we should come up with an acronym for that one. What this means to us, is that the girls are very involved in choosing curriculum, field-trips, and any other learning activities. We borrow ideas from different styles, and come up with customized educational plans.READ MORE

How We Organized Our Homeschool Space | The Musings of Mum

As we wrap up the school year, and as conventions are around the corner, I’m exited to make room for new curriculum and re-arrange our homeschool space. (This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.) I’m also very exited about organizing our homeschool space. Yes, organization makes me giddy. For the last few weeks I’ve been cataloguing bookshelves, cleaning out drawers, making lists and getting ready to sell or donate what we don’t plan on using. In our old house, like many homeschool families we used our “formal dining room” as a dedicated schoolroom. Because of the layout, the room was somewhat separate from theREAD MORE