APP REVIEW: Dragonbox Math

APP REVIEW: Dragonbox Math

  Dragonbox ROCKS!! I have enjoyed these apps for years! I swear I enjoy the apps as much, maybe more than, my kids! If you haven’t heard of Dragonbox yet…its a company that gamifies math. Specifically algebra. They now also have other math games, it looks like. I’ve only played their algebra apps. But judging by the quality and fun […]

Easter funny

Easter funny

I just found this in my blog drafts…I apparently had written this up really quick on Easter so I wouldn’t forget it…then forgot to post it, woops!  Well, here it is…better late than never!! An Easter funny for your enjoyment: My 17yr old daughter is just as funny as her dad…just overheard: (Discussing dad needing to get up so the […]

Book of the Week: Poetry Speaks to Children

Book of the Week: Poetry Speaks to Children

[amazon_link asins=’B00BP0N7CW’ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’be234ff0-3214-11e8-bf5d-e39bd828ec97′] I’ve had this book for years…I believe it was given to me to review on another website of mine, but I’ve since forgotten. I never got into it because I’m just not really a poetry person. But I’ve recently gotten all about Julie Bogart’s “Brave Writer Lifestyle“, and along with that comes “Poetry Teatime.” […]

12 Tips on Children and Chores

12 Tips on Children and Chores

Featured image CC by David D Ah, chores… Dreaded by both kids and parents alike. Kids hate doing them, parents hate having to enforce them. I don’t have all the answers, and things are NOT going smoothly in our house…but I was thinking the other day how much better things are FINALLY going in our house in regards to chores. […]

Book of the Week: Amy’s Light

Book of the Week: Amy’s Light

[amazon_link asins=’1584691298′ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e6ae34da-320d-11e8-b33b-d3f2c4917e5b’] This is a lovely little story of a little girl bringing fireflies into her room, to chase away the darkness. Told in rhyming verse with absolutely GORGEOUS pictures, this enchanting tale would be especially wonderful for those of you that actually live in areas that have fireflies. Sadly, we don’t have them where I […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Free to Be…You and Me

MUSIC REVIEW: Free to Be…You and Me

  If you grew up in the 70s, you’re familiar with “Free to Be…You and Me“. It was a project by Marlo Thomas created to “encourage post-1960s gender neutrality, saluting values such as individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one’s identity. A major thematic message is that anyone—whether a boy or a girl—can achieve anything.” [amazon_link asins=’0762430605′ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cbd70986-3206-11e8-b01f-f57b93f4debb’]   […]

Book of the week: The Garden

Book of the week: The Garden

This book is called “The Garden” in the UK, and “Under the Moon” in the US. Same book. The one I have is called “Under the Moon”. I noticed on Amazon it’s harder to find under that title…but you can look for that title as well… [amazon_link asins=’B01FEP3084′ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6e10ed5f-2d65-11e8-b7c2-83558b422c6f’] I discovered this book because I have another […]

Homeschooling with Les Miserables

Homeschooling with Les Miserables

I am a Les Miserables enthusiast.  Fangirl. Fanatic. Let’s just say I have a passion for this story, the characters, and the music… And as such, I’ve tried to find ways to bring it into not just our family life, but into our homeschooling… First, a little background: I went to high school in NJ and we saw NYC tv commercials […]

Book of the Week: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, And Me

Book of the Week: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, And Me

This book is a little young for my kids, but I just adore it. It’s by Maya Angelou! [amazon_link asins=’0375825673′ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c5333281-2ca6-11e8-bf4d-554abbf6a804′] It’s super cute…full of bright, colorful photographs. The story takes place in a village in South Africa, with a little 8 year old girl named Thandi, whose best friend is a chicken. It’s told in the […]

My son reviews the Foxcraft series

My son reviews the Foxcraft series

[amazon_link asins=’054569082X,0545690854,0545690870′ template=’CopyOf-ProductCarousel’ store=’homeschoolrealm-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’468f8463-2877-11e8-a7f1-c53476eabf95′] My 12 year old son just finished this trilogy and is RAVING about it. So I asked him if he’d write a review about them, to share here…and this is what he had to say… PLEASE NOTE: The book links are Amazon affiliate links, and I do receive a small percentage of purchases made through […]

New Booklist Page!!

New Booklist Page!!

This is very exciting! I discovered something that allows me to upload my booklist spreadsheets to my website with ease!! Check out my first page that I did this on: Children’s Historical Fiction Series, Chronological Order And this link will always be available in the sidebar, under “Book Lists”, so you can easily find it again! And that is also […]

Book of the Week: The Rainbow Bridge

Book of the Week: The Rainbow Bridge

This week I read an old favorite of mine to my kids, The Rainbow Bridge By Audrey Wood. [amazon_link asins=’015202106X’ template=’CopyOf-ProductAd’ store=’fresnofamilyc-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’da9c9749-0de4-11e8-9d61-7bbec421cdb4′] This book is an adapted version of the creation story of the Chumash tribe (Native American) of the Central Coast of CA. The story is beautiful, the images are gorgeous….I love reading this story aloud. It tells […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 12, Final Words

Homeschooling the early years, part 12, Final Words

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is the final part in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 This is the final part in my series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”. I have spent […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 10 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 This is part 10 in my series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, where I share what our family did […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 9 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 This is part 9 of my 12 part series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, discussing the things that my […]

Book of the Week!

Book of the Week!

So I need to get my butt in gear and finish publishing my 12 part Homeschooling Early Childhood series…It’s all written and I just have some tweaks to do on the final posts…but, sadly, my ADHD is kicking in and I’ve gotten off track. I promise, I WILL get back to it and finish it…I promise! And in the meantime, […]

The toilet habits of earwigs

The toilet habits of earwigs

Ahhhh, my children have inherited their father’s sense of humor… We were just cleaning Tyren’s room, when we found a live earwig…I told him to go get some toilet paper (to catch him)….and Tyr said: “Why? Does he need to wipe his butt?”   Oh my, I live in a house full of comedians!