TOS Review: Happy Kids Songs

We’ve been listening (and singing along!) to Happy Kids Songs three song sets Friends & Sharing, Happiness & Attitude, and Manners & Character for a month and a half now. I received the files via download and put the songs onto the Ipod to play in the van… you know, so we could listen and […]

Travels and an Electronic Rooster

Thursday afternoon, I started writing a new blog post. This is what I wrote: Tomorrow, bright and early if I have anything to say about it, the kids and I load up and drive 10 hours to visit my parents in South Dakota. Elliot has yet to make the trek and meet Grandpa, and we […]

Charlie got stung by a bee. Ultra-serious, quiet Charlotte stepped on a bee. And screamed. Oh my word, did that girl scream. One high pitched, LOOOONG scream. Followed by shrieks. I didn’t know the girl was capable of such carrying on. When all had calmed down, I had the stinger out and her foot scrubbed […]

Deep Clean Week 1: Unanticipated Depth

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Last Sunday, I devised a plan. My kids are getting older, and the house maintains fairly well with our daily chores, but it doesn’t get good and scrubbed very often. I decided we’d pick one room per week, and make a list of deeper cleaning to be done in there. I wanted to start in […]

School, children, shopping… life.

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Pierce walked up to Liberty and asked her to read to him. She was sitting on the couch with an English textbook in her lap. She agreed, and started reading… her textbook… out loud. I’ve never heard such expression in the descriptions of parts of speech. Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives… it might as well have […]

TOS Review: Mathletics

Sterling and Eden, ages 7 and 9, have been working on the award winning online math program Mathletics from 3P Learning as part of a review for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s review crew. They worked on a nearly daily basis during the week online, playing math games and doing math problems, even competing with others […]

Back to School

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We started back to school yesterday. It was one of the worst days ever. I’d planned to go back two weeks ago, but when the day came, I couldn’t do it. We took two more weeks off and jumped in. It was one of the hardest days. Ever. We started late. Children disobeyed. We reached […]

TOS Review: Hewitt Homeschooling

I have been reviewing Hewitt Homeschooling and their My First Report: Middle United States with Sterling. Sterling is seven and has just begun second grade, so he’s at the bottom edge of the age group for this – he needed a bit of help, but understood the work. This is recommended for grades 1-4. When […]

The Many Faces of Elliot Adelaide

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With just a week before Ellie is five months old, she’s growing and changing at a rapid rate. She has the most expressive baby face I’ve had in a baby, and we thoroughly enjoy watching her expressions. A few for your enjoyment… There’s the “that toy looks fun” face…. the slightly worried face,   the […]

TOS Review: Apologia’s Flourish

When the Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Review Crew was offered a book published and offered by Apologia Educational Ministries titled Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate, I all but begged to be on the review. Having never been disappointed by anything from Apologia and finding the title of this book intriguing and perhaps […]