One Wintry Night

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham is a beautifully illustrated picture book that you will want to add to your Christmas reading list! A young “mountain smart” boy ends up caught in a snowstorm and seeks shelter in a log home his grandpa helped build. The elderly woman who lives there welcomes him with … More One Wintry Night

Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics {Review & Activities}

One of the best ways to approach science in the younger years is by reading biographies and experimenting. This foundation spurs a curiosity about science and keeps that interest high until the math necessary for formal science studies catches up. There are several excellent scientific biographies available, one of which is Michael Faraday: Father of … More Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics {Review & Activities}

The Wright Brothers {Review & Suggestions}

They were unique. They stood apart in history. They were persistent. They provided the world with the solution to heavier-than-air flight. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough is their story as told by a master storyteller. This #1 New York Times bestseller by a two-time Pulitzer winner describes the chronological story of the Wright brothers’ … More The Wright Brothers {Review & Suggestions}

Finding Winnie

Many people don’t realize there was a real bear behind A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick tells the heart-warming story of the real bear Winnie-the-Pooh was named after. The story begins with a Canadian veterinarian from Winnipeg, who was leaving home for the war … More Finding Winnie

How the Grinch Stole Christmas {Review & Activities}

There is one Christmastime favorite that we revisit year after year: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.  While youngsters delight in the simple, captivating language, the older students ponder the meaning of the tangible elements of the story: Why did the Grinch dislike Christmas so much? What does it mean when one’s heart … More How the Grinch Stole Christmas {Review & Activities}

Critical Conditioning

We all want our children to think critically about the ideas they encounter.  To help this along, we often add a “critical thinking” class to the other subjects we cover.  While there is undoubtedly good that can come out of certain types of critical thinking skills developed in isolation, there is a limit. A mother … More Critical Conditioning