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Review: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

There are few books as suited to finding homeschool rabbit trails as The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I’m sure you know the story: A family with four boys was shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. Because they had been planning to set up a colony, the ship was full of useful supplies, […]

Halfway Through the Homeschool High School Year

As we approach the halfway mark in our homeschool year, I look at what we have accomplished and panic.  We are so far behind where I had hoped we would be!  It’s very stressful, this being behind, and years ago I used to pass that stress on to the kids.  Let’s work harder, let’s do […]

Fond Memories: Our 5 Kids’ Top 30 Homeschool Resources

My five children (ages 13-22) have gone through a huge range of curriculum in almost two decades of homeschooling, so when I asked the at-home crowd what their favorites had been, there was silence around the table.  They needed to think…and then they started to talk.  Later, when I emailed my oldest daughter, I got […]

Three Computer Games I Almost Always Allow

I’m over at the Curriculum Choice today writing about three computer games I almost always allow: I disapprove of screen time and, perhaps foolishly, long for the ‘good old days’ when we had no screens except the bug screens in our windows.  Of course, too much screen time is good for no one, but I’ve […]

Review: Henry Hudson by Ronald Syme

What a moving biography Syme has written of the tragic explorer Henry Hudson!  This story for middle school children, the best I have read about Hudson, is unusual for this age range.  Very few children’s biographies attempt to present a person’s complex character in the way Syme did in this book.  For that reason, Henry […]

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