Category Archives: Reviews: Curriculum

Lila the Science Cat – A Review

  The following review is by my daughter Colette who has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and also teaches Chemistry classes at the college level: Lizzy Knight, author of the “Lila the Science Cat” series, desires to write books for children that convey scientific facts at an age-appropriate level. As a scientist myself, I’m an…




Homeschooling Preschool: Is It Even Necessary?

First of all, I’d like to define our terms here. Technically we could say that from the first moment we start teaching our children anything (even telling them “no” when they want to pull on the lamp cord) we’re “homeschooling.” For instance, I know some homeschooling parents will say that they’ve been homeschooling “since birth.”…




Stealth Homeschooling a.k.a Fun Summer Learning

Hello readers!  As you know, I’ve spent the last several blog posts sharing my version of the “Homeschooling ABC’s.”  We were at the half-way point with my last post, Homeschooling ABC’s: J, K, and L, and I thought that would be a good place to take a little break in order to share this post…




10 (More) Smart Gift Ideas for Kids

With the holidays upon us finding the right gift is on many parents’ (and grandparents’) minds.  But no one needs more junk in their house! Last year I published a post that seemed to be quite popular titled “10 Smart Gift Ideas for Kids.”  I thought this year I’d offer parents additional gift ideas for…




10 Smart Gift Ideas for Kids

With the holiday season coming up many parents are looking for gift ideas for their kids.  None of us want more junk cluttering our homes, so we try to plan and purchase gifts that will last – and that might even teach our kids something!  In this post I share 10 gift ideas that will entertain,…




Six Workbooks That Work

A couple of weeks ago I featured a post by a home-schooling friend who goes by the name of CaptiousNut.  His blog Marginalizing Morons is advertised as “an online home-school curriculum, for adults!”  He has frequently commented on my posts and in his comment on “Have You Ever Done This?” he mentioned that he finds workbooks…




Sonlight: A Literature-Based Approach to Learning

  I have never personally used Sonlight curriculum but everyone that I know who has used it has always told me how much they love it.  In my quest to help you make informed choices concerning your home-schooling adventure I thought I would ask some home-schoolers who use Sonlight to tell me why they use…




Write With the Best!

I have frequently mentioned that I have been home-schooling for twenty years (since 1990 to be precise).  As a matter of fact, out of my four children, only my daughter (my oldest child and only girl) actually went to a traditional school, and that was only for kindergarten.  Our home-school journey began when she started…