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Education Reform Starts at Home

  For years now, our government has been lamenting the sad state of education in our country. So many methods of reform have been tried and have failed. As homeschoolers, we know that education reform starts at home. Education is not a one size fits all endeavor. The job market has changed and continues to […]... Read More
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Easy Potato Soup

Cooking from scratch is easy! Throw this Easy Potato Soup in the crock pot in the morning and it’s ready for dinner when you get home from work. Or whatever. When we filmed The Potato Soup Movie for YouTube, it seemed to only make sense to put it here in writing, as well. I am […]... Read More
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How to Make a Portable Trailer Skirt

Over the past year, I have improved upon my trailer skirting. I knew I wanted it to be inexpensive, easy-on, easy-off, and compact enough to be easily portable. I think I have finally hit on a working combination. Here is how I made my current Portable Trailer Skirt. When we got the Minnie, we started […]... Read More

Pompeii

  The 2014 movie Pompeii is great historical fiction. I have found movies to be a great tool to use in the homeschool. Especially historical fiction. Pompeii got the boy and me (and his older brother!) discussing the AD79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. We talked about how volcanoes work. We discussed other events of the […]... Read More

Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind

Jungle Doctor And The Whirlwind – Review http://christianaudio.com/jungle-doctor-and-the-whirlwind-paul-white Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind is a fun read, rather like the tradition of James Herriot and Tom Dooley. The book follows Australian missionary Dr. Paul White on his daily adventures. As a physician to tribal peoples in Tanzania, Africa, navigating mud tracks, surviving violent whirlwind dust […]... Read More
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40 Books Reading Challenge

Somewhere in the last month I read an article about a 40 books reading challenge. A teacher had challenged her class to read 40 books for the school year. The theory is that this will foster a love of reading. It sounded like a good idea. I did a quick search so I could let […]... Read More

Humanure Handbook

The Humanure Handbook, (c)2005 (3rd Edition) by Joseph Jenkins I tried a homemade composting toilet years ago, but I didn’t have the whole picture of what to do with the “waste”. The Humanure Handbook, (c)2005 (3rd Edition) by Joseph Jenkins, gives concise, complete instructions. It also offers supporting information about sanitary practices, composting times, and […]... Read More
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Urban Oasis?

  Rain is greening up Southern California. It’s wonderful. Green. Before the next round of drought and water restrictions starts, I want to say my piece. Brown is not the new green. We need green spots in the city, especially with all the brown lawns. We need spots where children can play, and people can […]... Read More
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How to use Cloth Produce Bags

Cloth produce bags are an old idea whose time has returned. They are simple and sanitary. You can keep a dozen on hand and they take up barely any space. Produce stays fresher and mold-free for longer. They can be used damp or dry, depending on what you are storing. They go in the fridge, […]... Read More
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Homemade Vitamin C

Homemade Vitamin C was today’s project. The urban homestead has a lemon tree and a grapefruit tree, so we have lots of raw material. We have never used any pesticides on the trees, so this stuff will be all organic! I have always felt wasteful throwing all those peels away. To find out I could […]... Read More