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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 […]

Six Historical Thinking Skills and Your Homeschool

  There is a new movement sweeping history education that seeks to enhance critical historical literacy using six thinking skills.  These skills can benefit anyone who studies history and are especially relevant to homeschooled teens, but they are not without danger either. The following brief overview consists of notes taken when Donna Ward, the mother […]

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, […]

Review: Fly Boy by Eric Walters

At seventeen, Robbie McWilliams had enough of waiting to fight the Nazis.  His pilot father had been prisoner of war for a few years now, and it was time to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and help end the war.  With a great deal of ingenuity and with the support of his friend Chip, […]

Review: King Alfred’s English by Laurie J. White

This year I was looking for a way to teach my girls about the English language without teaching grammar itself.  I wanted to give them an understanding of its beauty and history so that they would learn to love it and also be able to use it more skillfully. And then I was offered King […]

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