Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

You know how Amazon.com will make recommendations to you based on your previous purchases? Well, after buying some cello repertoire for my 10-year-old cellist, Amazon recommended the young adult novel Great Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill. After reading the about it, I decided to check it out from the library. At first my 10-year-old looked … Continue reading Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich is the fourth book in the Birchbark series for young adults, and I read it out loud to my boys last year. We love this series, and I highly recommend it. You can find links to my reviews of the previous books on my book recommendations page, starting with The Birchbark House. … Continue reading Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

History Lesson Log #5: The Islamic World

I don't always have the resources to delve deeply into a topic, but as far as the Islamic World, the thirteen-year-old and I have read over a few texts and listened to his dad's podcast on the topic, and I think that's good for now. We will eventually watch some Great Courses on Islam, but … Continue reading History Lesson Log #5: The Islamic World

Planning Junior High Homeschool

My son has finally reached junior high school or 7th grade. I won't dwell on how quickly this happened. 😮 {Note: Every state seems to have different terms for these middle years. In Georgia, they call 6th-8th grade "middle school," but for simplicity's sake, I consider 6th grade part of elementary school and 7th & 8th … Continue reading Planning Junior High Homeschool

Quick Review: Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1 and Part of Level 2

I was lucky enough to receive Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1, a.k.a. The Island Level for free when I wrote a comprehensive article on grammar programs for home/school/life magazine. Being able to see a full curriculum before buying it is a luxury most homeschoolers don’t have, and for that reason, I was … Continue reading Quick Review: Michael Clay Thompson’s Language Arts Program, Level 1 and Part of Level 2