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

Jackson Stables Trail Ride, Estes, CO

Trail rides are a great way to enjoy horseback riding. Especially if you don’t have time, money or facilities to own your own horse. Well kept grounds and large paddocks characterize Jackson Stables. Uniquely located in the YMCA camp complex in Estes Park, CO and right outside Rocky Mountain National Park, it is an ideal spot to […]... 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

Cure Tooth Decay

Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel Dentist Weston A. Price did extensive research on nutritional factors of tooth decay in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Based on his findings, Ramiel Nagel set about healing his 3 year old daughter’s extensive tooth decay and met with great success. In Cure Tooth Decay, Nagel draws upon his family’s […]... Read More

Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker is jam-packed with practical, down-to-earth wisdom from the Plain People. Probably most of us want to stop being slaves to money and start living the good life. The Amish have a reputation for living well on less, consequently, it might help to find out how they do it. A […]... 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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Wierd Science – The Curiosity Files

Join Professor Ana Lyze as she leads you and your students on a wild scientific adventure, searching for “outlandish insects, rare diseases, unique gems and more” (from Introduction to The Dung Beetle).  The Curiosity Files is a new series of Unit Studies by The Old Schoolhouse, focusing on unusual scientific subjects.  We were captivated from […]... Read More
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Speekee Spanish for Children

I have been attempting to teach my son Spanish since he was preschool age.  Not being fluent myself, I don’t quite have the whole converstional thing down, and so far none of the programs we have tried have quite clicked for us.  Until Speekee.  Speekee teaches Spanish through total immersion, using fun puppets, catchy music […]... Read More
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Teaching Love For Music – Peter and the Wolf by Maestro Classics

I remember listening to Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with my mom when I was small.  I don’t recall if it was narrated or if mom told me the story while it was playing.  All I know is that it was the beginning of a lifetime of music appreciation.  Maestro Classics goes far beyond the […]... Read More

Easy Classical – Classical Education, Charlotte Mason Style

The Easy Classical program offers a full 36 week set of lesson plans, or “schedules” for teaching a classical curriculum using living books, as Charlotte Mason proposed.  The system seems to be built around Susan Bauers’ book,  “The Well Trained Mind:  A Guide to Classical Education At Home”, which is recommended reading before starting the […]... Read More