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

Book: My Family and Other Animals

Thanks to Laura H., who left a comment on my blog about a year ago recommending Gerald Durrell's books, I have a new favorite book...or books. (I am planning to read all of Durrell's books as soon as I can get my hands on them.) My Family and Other Animals combines my two favorite things: … Continue reading Book: My Family and Other Animals

Book: Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was always on my bucket list, so my husband bought me the new translation by husband/wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. They are translators of many Russian novels, and their work is critically acclaimed. This translation of Anna Karenina was published in 2000 and was the winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation … Continue reading Book: Anna Karenina

Homeschooling 3rd Grade Language Arts

Some of this comes from my larger post about our 3rd grade schedule and curriculum, but it goes more in depth on how we did language arts this year. I'm going to try to do at least one post each year on math and language arts because I know focusing on one subject can be helpful to some people, … Continue reading Homeschooling 3rd Grade Language Arts

Schools on Trial

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 23, 2016. If you’re a parent with a child in public school, you may want to read Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice by Nikhil Goyal. Nikhil Goyal is an accomplished twenty-year-old journalist (he’s one of Forbes’ 30 … Continue reading Schools on Trial