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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: Look Inside the Time of Jesus

Sometimes kids find Bible stories difficult to understand because they don’t understand what life was like long ago.  Look Inside the Time of Jesus addresses this problem in an engaging way with colorful illustrations and many intriguing flaps to peek under. Beginning with Jesus’ birth, each two-page spread of this sturdy book illustrates everyday life […]

Review: WordUp!

Sometimes we moms need to introduce something new and different into our homeschool days. This fall is like that for us, and one of the new things we’re trying is Word Up, a vocabulary program from Compass Classroom. Usually we do not use vocabulary programs, relying instead on enormous amounts of reading to increase our […]

MathScore, EduFighter, and our Family

We have used MathScore off and on for years, and now we have also tried out its new game EduFighter.  As I wrote in an earlier review, MathScore is a drill program that’s all about math, instead of being mathematical entertainment.  Entertainment is fine in its place, but a good, solid math drill program that goes […]

Kids’ Books, Creativity, and the 20 Percent Rule

I love kids’ books, especially picture books and nonfiction.  In fact, I’m convinced there’s no better way to learn the fundamentals of anything than to check out books from the children’s section of the library. Not only do you learn the basics of your topic without having to wade through the politics and posturing of […]

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