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Review: The Great Carp Escape by Maddock and Ouano

Although I rarely review children’s picture books anymore, The Great Carp Escape by Maddock and Ouano is worth an exception. Beth and her little brother Paul lived on a large lake and spent their summers on the beach, but they avoided the swampy, muddy area near the weeping willow.  Once they had found a dead […]

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 […]

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