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
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Is Brown the New Green?

So is brown the new green? I think not! Cities in Southern California are covering their greenscapes with brown mulch chips and putting out cute little signs proclaiming “brown is the new green”, encouraging people to change their landscaping over to brown mulch chips, dirt and rocks. Well, it’s not pretty in Phoenix or Palm […]... Read More

Wild Fermentation

Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz I love to preserve my homegrown bounty and I have also wondered how it was done before the advent of water bath and pressure canning in the 1800’s. Certainly people preserved foods long before rubber canning seals were invented. Sandor Katz digs deep into ancient preservation methods – primarily […]... Read More

Planning for High School

We have been planning for high school for several months, now. Yak, currently taking a fun break, will spend a couple more months in “8th grade”, then start “9th grade” in or around September. According to conventional standards, he should be in 8th grade in September. The beauty of homeschool is not having to bow […]... Read More

Homestead Blessings

Homestead Blessings is the website of The West Ladies. They also have put together a series of videos by the same name. These gals live a simple life. They are currently building a little cabin and growing most of their own food. They love to share their homesteading skills and expertise and their videos are […]... Read More
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Working and Homeschooling – The Value of Routines

Routine helps increase self discipline. In high school, I would get up, throw on my clothes and go run for a couple miles before getting ready for school. Fifteen years ago I moved out to the country to live a less stressful, richer life. I decided that I needed to get up and have prayer […]... Read More
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Working and Homeschooling – Self Discipline

Working and homeschooling is a tricky balance. A child intensive curriculum, one in which the child is responsible for his work and corrections is wonderful in theory, but doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to in practice. Some children just want to be doing something else. Anything else. So they need a certain […]... Read More