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Review: The Rainey List of Best Books for Children

Our family loves books.  By reading we learn about God, ourselves, and the world.  We learn wisdom:  how to live well in this world, and what ‘live’ and ‘well’ and ‘world’ mean.  We go places we could never go on our own and learn from other people’s hard work and hard-won experience.  And we have […]

Fundamentals of Literature: A Study Guide

Although there are many ways of studying literature in the homeschool, all of them should, to some extent, involve discussions of fundamental concepts such as conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone.  Whether one uses a textbook, reads novels, stories, and poems, or focuses on writing, understanding these fundamentals is essential to […]

A Homeschooling Essential—How Should We Then Live?

There are many good books and a few great ones but only a handful that should be read by all Christian homeschooling parents and teens. How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer is one of them. Beginning with the Romans, Schaeffer traces the history of Western thought right up to the present.  Yes, even […]

Susan K. Marlow’s Historical Fiction for Your Homeschool

After two decades of homeschooling, I sometimes look back and see things I wish I had done differently.  If I could do it over, I would get more of Susan K. Marlow’s exciting and wholesome books for my family to enjoy.  The Circle C Ranch books are written in several series from beginning readers to teens […]

Canadian History Celebration

Since 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, we aim to celebrate that in our homeschool.  Some say Canadian history is boring because it has no impressive royalty, revolutions, or invasions, although it does have its own version of each of these.  Indeed, its history is a whole lot less dramatic than that of many other countries […]

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