Review: Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition

Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition by Greg Mortenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My kids and I (age 9 boy, 14 girl) really enjoyed this book. I know there’s a lot of controversy around it and the lies the author has told and mismanagement of funds…but it doesn’t detract from what my kids and I learned from this book. And that is that education makes all the difference in the world. Even if this were a completely fictional story (it’s not…yes, large chunks of it are fabricated, but the main message is true and the fact that Greg Mortenson has indeed built schools in that area of the world and does truly care about those people…) I would have loved it.

Review: Dear Dr. Bell…Your Friend, Helen Keller

Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller
Dear Dr. Bell…Your Friend, Helen Keller by Judith St. George

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This is a fascinating book! I had NO idea Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller were such good friends…or friends at all! And everyone I’ve talked to about this book was surprised as well!

My kids and I enjoyed learning all about Bell and Keller together in one book that focused on their relationship, but touched deeply on their individual lives as well. This was a great, quick read on 2 very inspiring and fascinating people!

I highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about either or both of these people!

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    No Mom is an Island, HomeschoolRealm.com

    I don’t know what I’m doing any more than you!

    I just read this article and it got me thinking…about parenting in general, about homeschooling specifically…

    None of us REALLY know what we’re doing, do we?

    We’re all just doing the best we can with the knowledge we have.

    But I don’t believe for one second that any of us should be doing this ALONE. Parenting OR homeschooling.

    No Mom is an Island, HomeschoolRealm.com

    Because humans are social beings. Both my kids and myself NEED other people to interact with regularly. Outside our immediate family. I truly believe that is CRUCIAL.

    Not just for “socialization”…which of course we all know is important…but because we need to unload our stress, we need to hear others are going through something similar…We need to know we are not ALONE.

    So if you’re someone that has a hard time getting out of the house…introvert or not…you need to do it, mama!

    How to regularly feel inspired

    IMG_3612.JPGI’m supposed to be doing my planning for the upcoming week, so what am I doing? Creating a new blog post because a thought just occurred to me as I saw pics on my own computer. I figured this might help others, so I’m sharing it with you now, even though I should be doing something else, because, well, that’s just the kind of (A.D.D.) mama I am!

    So here’s the thing…Do you regularly feel like you’re just not doing enough?

    I know I do, frequently…and it seems to be a common thread on all the online homeschool groups I frequent.

    But the fact is that most of us are doing plenty. Probably more than we even realize…so here’s a neat way to remind yourself of that.

    Review: Who Was Amelia Earhart?

    Who Was Amelia Earhart?
    Who Was Amelia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This was an excellent intro to Amelia Earhart! It made us (myself and my 14 and 9yr old) fascinated by this young woman’s life! Now I need to find a good documentary to supplement this book!

    This book was well written on a child’s level to explain the fascinating life of this heroic and spunky woman!

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