For Sarah on Your Graduation Day

For Sarah on your graduation day: You are the bravest girl I know. You stood up to me at age two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. About age 16 you realized we were better as a team and the continuous...

For Anne Mary on Your Graduation Day

Dear Anne Mary, When you were little, we thought you might be slow. You were so very quiet. Long after all the children your age would have been speaking in full sentences, you barely spoke. Then one day you started to speak in full, perfect, easy to understand...

Review: Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization

Institute for Excellence in Writing has provided our family with their product, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization.     We received the Teacher’s Manuel and CDs. Included in this product as it is sold is a downloadable student workbook....

Book Review: The Kid’s ROTH IRA Handbook

I had the pleasure of reviewing The Kid’s ROTH IRA Handbook: Securing Tax-Free Wealth From a Child’s First Paycheck or Money Answers for Employed Children, Their Parents, the Self-Employed and Entrepreneurs and I think it is a great resource. If given to a...

Review: Zeezok Publishing

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to try and review Zeezok Publishing LLC ‘s Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades. Recipient of this hearty music appreciation curriculum. So far, I love it. It goes through several composers. For each...

Review: Socrates Meets Jesus

This book review was written by Anne Mary Russell, my 15-year-old daughter, and student at Boyce college in Louisville, KY. Kreeft, Peter. Socrates Meets Jesus: History’s Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1987....

Review: The Pencil Grip, Inc : Kwik Stix 12 pk

My daughter, Rebecca (3) was the very happy recipient of a set of Kwik Stix 12 pk from the The Pencil Grip, Inc. company. These beautiful paints come in 12 tubes that look similar to glue sticks. But they don’t work like glues sticks! These are a vibrant, smooth...

Still a Woman in Need of a Savior

So many times we want to be so much more than we really are. And, we expect our children to be so much better, faster and stronger, smarter and wiser than we were at their ages. I catch myself doing this all the time with my 17 year old. I know the pain that my own...

Watery-Youth Gospel by Anne Mary Russell

The following was written by my fifteen-year-old daughter, Anne Mary Russell.  Anne Mary attends Boyce College in Louisville, KY.  I hope you enjoy it. The church is built on the Bible. The Bible itself says that it is “living and powerful, and sharper than any...

Review: C.S. Lewis’ Christian Heroes: Then & Now

My son David (11) has had the opportunity to read and enjoy YWAM Publishing’s book,Christian Heroes, Then and Now: C.S. Lewis and to use the Digital Unit Study. My children have loved the YWAM Publishing  books for years!  Our introduction to these books began...

God’s Country Botanicals

When we started researching making out own laundry soap, I was doing an online search for essential oils. The tiny bottles from the craft store were outrageously expensive, so I was searching around for other sources. I came across a website: God’s Country...

Review: Apologia Educational Ministries Writers in Residence

Apologia Educational Ministries has given us the opportunity to review their new writing curriculum, Writers in Residence. Since we already use an extensive amount of their science curriculum for elementary, middle and high school, I was interested to see their...

Review: A+ Interactive Math

A+ Interactive Math gave me the opportunity to review some of their Math-Mini Courses. Since we are pretty set on what we do for our core mathematics, I thought it might be fun to use the mini courses for teaching Daniel (5) time and money. Daniel is roughly halfway...

Bible Curriculum

In our family we do not use a specific Bible Curriculum.  Instead, we have found that the best way we have found to teach our kids the Bible is the Bible. I read this incredible story called: Ten P’s in a Pod. It was by a man who required his children to read...

7 Things I Learned Having Aging Parents

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. – James 4:14   Years ago at a homeschool conference, I was teaching a class on managing a home, when an audience member...

Review: Talking Fingers – Read, Write and Type

Every once in a while you try something with skepticism and are pleasantly surprised. For whatever reason, I am always a little skeptical of anything that is computer based. I guess I am kind of old-fashioned when it comes to schooling. However, I was given the...

Review: Homeschool Copywork

  Homeschool Copywork  has given our family the opportunity to review their copy work and has given us a Lifetime Membership  to their Copywork site. I am thankful for the lifetime membership because I can see many areas we can use this over the upcoming years as...

Review: Homeschool Diploma

With TWO daughters graduating this year, purchasing a diploma that is beautiful, high quality and befitting the occasion is important to us. I was thrilled when given the opportunity to review the Exclusive High School Diploma from HomeschoolDiploma.com   When I...

10 Minutes Chores

The 10 Minute chore list is a useful tool for several purposes: The house is kinda messy, and we are just flat out busy. But if everyone can do one quick 10-minute chore, everything starts to feel a little better. I am having a hard time getting motivated, so I will...

Review: Trigger Memory Company: Times Tales

I’m in a stage of life where everything my children can do independently is very appealing. One area where my son needed some additional time and study is in the area of multiplication tables. For this reason, we eagerly accepted an opportunity to review the...

God’s Not Dead 2 – Giveaway

Synopsis: From the college classroom of GOD’S NOT DEAD to the public square in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow? The film...

Review: Logic Of English

It has been a delight to get to review:  Essentials 2nd Edition from https://www.logicofenglish.com/ With six children, each with different learning styles and learning issues, it’s encouraging to find something that will help me quickly assess where my student...

Review: FishFlix.com

Our family was given the opportunity to review the movie: The Gospel of John from  https://www.fishflix.com// Before I talk about the movie, first I want to make sure you know what FishFlix.com is all about. FishFlix.com carries all kinds of Christian films....

Anne Mary Russell, Graduation Date: May 2016

For the graduation ceremony for home educated students, we are required to submit 12 pictures that are meant to summarize her life in This is impossible, and requires 30 hours of looking at 20,000 pictures. You relive a lot of memories over these photos- as if the...

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