Fun Things - Field Trips, Games, Creative Ideas

Twelve Teens & Two Nights in Washington, D.C.

Monuments, museums, metros, miles, and memories were made on our teen trip with our homeschool co-op.

On a Monday morning, two crowded vans left Eastern NC bound for Washington, D.C. For many of us, it was our first trip to our nation’s capital. As a first-timer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I spent most of my time soaking it all in, not really worrying about seeing it all. Along the way, I took note of things that went really well, and things I might would do differently. I’ll share with you what we did, and some tips on how to take a small homeschool group of teens to D.C.

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The Critical Thinking Co. Middle School Math Games Review

I love teaching with games! Not only are they fun, they break up the monotony of textbooks and add what I like to call, “learning with glitter”. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Middle School Math Games  from The Critical Thinking Co. I have used some things from The Critical Thinking Co. before, and their material can offer a bit of a challenge for the average student. My ninth grader, who finds math a struggle at times, was who I had in mind to try this product with.

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Fanatic News Flash – May

I can see the light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel for the 2018-19 school year! How about you? We are not year-rounders, and I am looking forward as much as the kids are for a long break! My goal is to administer our required standardized testing just after Memorial Day, and when that’s done, we’re done! Unfortunately, due to some changes, starts, and stops, my girl will be working on algebra this summer. One of the many reasons I love homeschooling is that we can work at our own pace. This allows time for real learning and understanding. So, in the sweltering NC heat, we can stay inside and fill in some of the gaps that we need to before moving on.

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Curriculum, Reviews, Planning & Products, Review Crew Posts Review

The mission of is making education accessible, anytime, anywhere. I received a trial subscription to to check out their CLEP and DSST prep materials. We are just in the beginning stages of our high school journey, so I was unfamiliar with CLEP and DSST. If this is new territory to you too, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests that evaluates college-level knowledge. Administered by the College Board, the goal is to help students earn college credit without taking college courses.

DSST are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. (Formally known as DANTES). In 2004, these tests were made available to the general public and now serve as another way for self-motivated, goal-oriented college students to pick up speed as they race toward the finish line.

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Weekend Wandering

Beautiful lighthouses, sand as far as you can see, and a place that has forever changed history; these are some of the things my family and I got to experience a few weeks ago. What started as a field trip idea to enhance a book we were reading for review, has now become one of my favorite places. I am proud to call North Carolina my home. We have beaches, mountains, a rich history, and there is still so much I have yet to see! I hope this will be the first of many posts of the wonderful things NC has to offer. So pack your overnight bag, and check out how my husband and our two teens spent a memorable weekend!

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Stopmotion Explosion Review

I’m always looking for something fun to add to our homeschooling experience, whether it be cool art supplies, a new game, or a microscope. I wonder how I have been homeschooling for 10 years, and we have never tried anything with animation? When I saw we had an opportunity to review a  Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, I was eager to try something totally new to us! I am at the point in my life where both my kids surpass me when it comes to technology. When our animation kit arrived, and all I really had to do was check the box to ensure everything was there, and say “have at it”!

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Transcripts Made Easy Review

Ready or not, my first born is nearing the end of ninth grade! I have always loved homeschooling and all that goes with it – except the paperwork. I’ll admit that I’m not the most organized in that department. I knew when an opportunity came by to review Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork from Everyday Education that I needed to sign up!

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Books & Film - Reviews and Recommendations, Review Crew Posts

Heroes of History – Orville Wright Review

How do you choose which book to read when given a lengthy list of fantastic titles by YWAM Publishing? Easy. Pick the one that not only can you read the amazing story but go to the place where such history was made! YWAM Publishing offered us on the Review Crew several choices from their Heroes of History and Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of books.  When I saw Heroes of History- Orville Wright  on the list, my choice was obvious. I am fortunate to live only a few hours from Kitty Hawk, so you can easily see why I chose that one.

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Fanatic News Flash – April

Happy Spring! We are in what I call the “short rows” of our school year. While we we continue our normal studies until Memorial Day, this time of year I like to do more games, unit studies, and field trips. Speaking of field trips – we just visited the Outer Banks of NC last weekend. Not that we needed an excuse for a get-away, my main purpose was to visit the Wright Brothers Memorial and museum for a book review I am writing next week. It’s awesome to see places where history was made and walk where such pioneers in history walked -and flew! We also visited two lighthouses in my endeavor to visit all the NC Lighthouses this year. I am looking forward to sharing a detailed post with you soon, in case you are ever planning a trip to the OBX.

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IEW Fix It! Grammar Review

What if I told you that you can cover grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting practice in less than 15 minutes a day? You can! Before I became a member of the Review Crew, I chose Fix It! Grammar  from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) as part of our language arts curriculum for the current school year. We are nearing the end of Book 1, so naturally I was excited to review Book 2, (Robin Hood) of the  Fix It! Grammar program.

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