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  • The Wright Brothers {Review & Suggestions}

    The Wright Brothers {Review & Suggestions}

    Unique. Persistent. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough is their story as told by a master storyteller. Review & suggestions.

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  • Finding Winnie {Review}

    Finding Winnie {Review}

    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.

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  • Joy to the World! {Review & Go-Along Activities}

    Joy to the World! {Review & Go-Along Activities}

    Joy to the World! covers 25 Christmas carols, one for each day of December through Christmas. Perfect spine for a Christmas unit!

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  • Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

    Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

    In Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey, you’ll find no political correctness, just the simple story of a journey of faith.

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas {Review & Activities}

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas {Review & Activities}

    Youngsters delight in the simple, language, older students ponder the meaning. Review and activities.

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  • Critical Conditioning

    Critical Conditioning

    Critical Conditioning provides an age-graded outline of critical thinking skills we can apply to most disciplines, but especially through literature.

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  • Come Look With Me Art Series

    Come Look With Me Art Series

    The Come Look With Me series by Gladys S. Blizzard is a set of books that makes art appreciation for young children very simple!

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  • A Time of Wonder {Book Activities}

    A Time of Wonder {Book Activities}

    Time of Wonder is a favorite read aloud, and another gentle introduction to geography. 

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  • Natural Speller: Review & Helps

    Natural Speller: Review & Helps

    Natural Speller by Kathryn Stout is part of a series of books from Design-A-Study that help the DIY homeschoool Mom craft her own custom curriculum, focusing on going at the student’s pace, while working toward mastery.  It is the only book you need to teach spelling from the time your child is reading well to…

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  • All the Places to Love ~ Review

    All the Places to Love ~ Review

    All the Places to Love is a beautifully illustrated picture book that begins where a child is — or in this case where a child is born. Review and suggestions.

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  • Tree in the Trail

    Tree in the Trail

    Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling book activities.

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  • The Patriot’s Handbook

    The Patriot’s Handbook

    Before a student finishes his high school years, there are several documents we hope he will have become familiar with.  Those primary source documents would include, but not be limited to, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. If we wish him to be proficient in understanding history, he will have…

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  • How to Write Clearly

    How to Write Clearly

    Dr. Beechick’s ideas when it comes to writing are are summarized in her book, How to Write Clearly: The Meaning Approach.

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  • Ginger Pye: Review Go-Along Activities

    Ginger Pye: Review Go-Along Activities

    What is more lovable than a puppy? Ginger Pye captures the heart of not only his adopted family, but also the reader. We also root for Jerry and Rachel as they try to track down “unsavory” — the Unsavory Character who they believe stole Ginger Pye on Thanksgiving Day. Written in 1951, Ginger Pye by…

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  • Review: Carry a Big Stick & Go-Alongs

    Review: Carry a Big Stick & Go-Alongs

    Courage, humor, a love of family, faith, and “the Strenuous Life” are just a few of the characteristics that define Theodore Roosevelt in this easy-to-read biography.

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  • Drawing With Children {Review}

    Drawing With Children {Review}

    Drawing with Children was written for parents to enjoy drawing with their children, but the book can also be used for self-teaching.

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  • Learn to Write the Novel Way: A Review

    Learn to Write the Novel Way: A Review

    Carole Thaxton, co-author of KONOS Curriculum, has discovered an excellent way to encourage our children to write! Intelligent students are not excited about grammar drills UNLESS they see their meaning within the whole.  In other words, the ingredients are not what make writing so exciting…Imagine your child writing a novel, a good novel, a novel…

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  • Review: Who Should We Then Read?

    Review: Who Should We Then Read?

    Review: Who Should We Then Read? A book about books that makes our jobs easier. Highly recommended!

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  • Geography From A to Z

    Geography From A to Z

    We once attempted to use a particular curriculum that covered geographic terms — all of the terms — in about a week! With no background knowledge to support such a study, the exercise fell flat. Cape? Isthmus? Peninsula? Gulf? Bay? Atoll? Archipelago? Enter Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton. This…

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  • Bach: A Review

    Bach: A Review

    Part of The Great Composers series published in 1966 by Crowell. Written by an author who loved her subject.

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  • Homeschooling With a Meek & Quiet Spirit

    Homeschooling With a Meek & Quiet Spirit

    Let’s face it, homeschooling is not always easy. Keeping up with the chores, making sure math is finished on time, handling interruptions to our schedules, training our children and addressing their needs — all can lead to irritation, frustration, and anger. We face the fears without — the thoughts and opinions of others, school officials,…

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  • Homeschooling for Eternity

    Homeschooling for Eternity

    Homeschooling for Eternity by Skeet Savage encourages us to become intentional as homeschoolers. This book has not been written by or about the perfect homeschooling family.  Rather, it contains the simple testimony and practical advice of a veteran homeschooling single mother who successfully raised six children as she invested her life in full-time service to…

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  • Review: What Your Child Needs to Know When

    Review: What Your Child Needs to Know When

    When you are pulling together an individualized education for each child, you need an organizing framework, a method of evaluating where your child is, and a resource to help you develop guidelines to meet his needs. What Your Child Needs to Know When by Robin Sampson, author of the Heart of Wisdom unit studies, is…

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  • Grandma Moses {Review & Go-Alongs}

    Grandma Moses {Review & Go-Alongs}

    Ever since she watched her father paint pictures on the living-room walls, Anna Mary Robertson wanted to paint. But there never seemed to be enough time. There were chores to tend to, families to work for, a husband to help, a family to raise and a farm to run. So it wasn’t until she was…

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  • Pocketful of Pinecones

    Pocketful of Pinecones

    If you are interested in pursuing nature study with your children, hopefully you found at least one or two useful ideas in our post, 10 Ideas for Nature Study. But sometimes you just have to see something in action to understand how to implement it. If this describes you, you might enjoy Pocketful of Pinecones:…

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  • Managers of Their Homes {Review}

    Managers of Their Homes {Review}

    Complete and detailed look at a homeschool mom’s schedule with practical help for getting it all done!

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