Category Archives: Product Reviews

Institute for Excellence in Writing – Student Writing Intensive Review

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is perhaps the most well-known writing curriculum among homeschoolers. At least it seems to be among the people I know, both locally and on-line. I’ve been hearing people rave about it for years.  So although I’ve been curious about IEW for a while, I had never actually tried it. […]

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Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse

For Lisa Velthouse’s whole life, Christianity had been about getting things right. Obeying her parents. Not drinking. Not cursing. Not having premarital sex. Vowing to save her first kiss until she got engaged, even writing a book called . . . well, Saving My First Kiss. (This, it turns out, does not actually help a […]

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Yesterday’s Classics

Books. I love them. Some might say too much. But among homeschoolers, I’m pretty normal. Actually our home library is a bit smaller than many others I’ve heard about. I love to read. I want my kids to love to read, and I don’t want a lack of good books available to be used as […]

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Starting a Micro Business by Carol Topp

(Cincinnati, OH) With unemployment rates high, the teen population is finding it harder and harder to find work. Adults are competing for the same minimum wage jobs. But there’s an alternative—starting a micro business. What is a micro business? It is a very small, one-person business that you can start easily and quickly with what […]

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Daily Word Problems

I have a confession to make. I’m a math geek. Math was always my favorite subject. I was excited for my son to get to Algebra so I could help him with it. My favorites are word problems. Yes, I love those problems about paddling canoes upstream, 2 trains leaving Boston, or 2 people painting […]

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TeenCoder by Homeschool Programming

My kids are growing up in a different world than I did. The advances in technology just in my lifetime are staggering. (and I’m not that old!) There’s actually a term for members of this computer generation. They’re called Digital Natives. My oldest son has loved all things computer since he started playing with his […]

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Code of Justice by Liz Johnson

I’m participating in the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge again this year, but I have done a terrible job of posting updates. (That means I haven’t posted any.) It’s not because I haven’t been reading, but my personal blogging time has definitely been affected by Baby Boy. And I am a bit behind on […]

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Elements of Faith

Elements of Faith: Faith Facts and Learning Lessons from the Periodic Table Vol. 1 by Richard D. Duncan Elements of Faith Vol. 1 discusses the first 50 elements of the periodic table. For each element the author has included the following sections: Data, Analysis, Reaction, Quick Quiz, and Response. The Data section contains several facts […]

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Pirose Nursing Cover

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know we have a new member of our family. He’ll be 2 months old tomorrow! It’s been an adjustment, as new babies always are, but the blessings far outweigh the trials. In the past, I’ve mainly reviewed homeschool products and Christian books. But with this new […]

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Encouraging Moments

I’ve heard that e-mail is on its way out. Younger people don’t even use it anymore. I guess I am officially “not young” because I get a lot of e-mail. I mean a lot. You may be wondering why a homemaker like me gets so much e-mail. I haven’t done a statistical analysis or anything, […]

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