Tag Archive: living books

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.”…




Homeschooling ABC’s: J, K, and L

With this post we’re officially half-way through our “Homeschooling ABC’s” journey.  I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts!  If nothing else, you’ve got to love the picture above.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a trip to the beach.  The sun and the surf…I love ’em! J is for Jocularity: Isn’t that a…




How To: Inspire the Reader in Your Child

It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that our children need to be good readers if they are going to experience success in life. But there’s more to reading than just good phonics instruction (though that is a critical foundation).  Does your child comprehend what they read?  Can they use context to interpret words they don’t…




How To: Teach Social Science, Part 2 (History)

I love history.  As a matter of fact, I am working on (finally!) finishing my Bachelor’s degree and while I am majoring in English Literature, I am minoring in History. Going through school I was fortunate enough to have some great history teachers.  However, when I first attended college over 30 years ago (ouch!), I…