Curriculum, Reviews, Planning & Products, Fun Things - Field Trips, Games, Creative Ideas, Review Crew Posts

Tied 2 Teaching STEM Activities Review

For the past few weeks, our home has had cards all over the floor, balloons floating everywhere, and jellybeans all over the table! I won’t mention chasing the cats around to try on a hat – well, maybe I will. We have once again been able to review a great product. It is from Tied 2 Teaching  and our afternoons have been rather entertaining with their STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading.

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Drive Thru History® – Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” Review

I thought I couldn’t have been happier than to have the opportunity to review Drive Thru History® as my third assignment with the Review Crew. When I found out it was Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” , I was even more excited.

When I come to the actual places and walk where the actual people in the Bible walk, it gives me an entirely new appreciation……”

-Dave Stotts

Dave Stotts does a phenomenal job of bringing the Books of Acts-Revelation to life! His likable personality, quirky sense of humor, and zeal shine in each episode. When your teenagers are eager to watch them, that tells you they must be good! I have viewed other videos in the Drive Thru History® series, and all of them are fantastic! The information, presentation, and cinematography are all top-notch.

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Fun Things - Field Trips, Games, Creative Ideas

Pi Day, Pie Day!

Math can be a struggle for many. Pi Day is a great day to take a break from the norm, have some math fun, and eat pie!

We have been celebrating Pi for three years now with a small group of friends. We normally play games, make art, and of course eat pie! It’s always a treat to do something different from our regular math routine. I have scoured Pinterest and Google for fun things with a mixed group (we have elementary-teens), and I have found a few things we have tried and that have been enjoyed by all ages.

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Fanatic News Flash – March

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I can’t believe we are well into March! I would say the biggest thing going on now is my daughter is driving! She is my oldest, so this is something brand new for our family. I’ve learned that I am a horrible passenger, despite that she has shown to be a really good driver so far. For those that have gone before me, I’d love some tips in this unfamiliar territory!

At least my son is not the one making me as nervous these days! Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a great parkour coach last week. He has learned some fantastic skills under him over the past few years. What began as what I thought was an active class for kids to “get their energy out” is really in fact a learned skill that requires much practice, coordination and strength.

Other fun things this month include a Pi Day celebration – a tradition we enjoy with other homeschool friends. I hope to be able to squeeze out a post about that next week. We also have a scheduled field trip with our co-op to Bath – North Carolina’s oldest town. At the end of the month I am planning a weekend family trip. It will involve sand dunes, wind, and maybe a lighthouse or two! Be sure to stay tuned for that!

What I’m Reading in March

In addition to my year long Bible reading plan, and year long Organized Homeschool Life book club, I am still reading a couple of books I started in January. To add to my stack, I joined an online book club hosted by my friend over at Schoolin’ Swag. We just started Girl’s Club by Sally Clarkson and her daughters. It is about the importance of cultivating deep friendships with other women. I’m excited about this one, because it’s often a lonely world out there! If you’ve never been part of an online book study, this one would be great to start with.

Our read-aloud for this month happens to be a book I am reviewing for the Review Crew. It’s from YWAM’s Heroes of History series, Orville Wright. That may be a big hint as to where our weekend family trip will be.

Not Review Crew related, but I will also be taking another look a DVD that I own and have seen several times, and sharing what I gather from it with you. Divided is a documentary by a young filmmaker who notices that the youth of his generation are abandoning the faith. His findings tell a lot about modern youth ministry. It is something I have struggled with in the past, but is now clear to me. It is an eye-opener! Hopefully it will provide some insight and discussion.

Crew Review News

I have so enjoyed my first month on The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. They have been sending quite a few goodies this month to review and share with you. Victus Study Systems review was posted last week on the blog. My next review is Drive Thru History Acts-Revelation. We’ve have viewed some of the Drive Thru DVD’s before, and they are pretty awesome. We have also been doing some STEM activities that have been a fun addition to our learning. At the end of the month is an online math review that we are still testing.

Usborne Books & More Favorite of the Month

This is Not a Math Book shows how math can be beautiful and art can be numerical. We have used several of the activities in the book, and had great results! It was such a hit, This is Not Another Math Book was recently created with even more math art activities! These are just $14.99, and are great for tweens and teens – math-minded or artsy!

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How is your month shaping up? Do you have any holiday traditions in spring, or a favorite Pie recipe for Pi Day? I love to hear from other homeschoolers! Tell me about your spring plans!

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Victus Study Skills System Review

Study, study, study….. These are words most people have heard at one time or another throughout their life, but never had that important skill taught. I can remember many frustrating evenings when I was in high school. I’d be sitting in my room, staring at a book, or some form of unorganized notes for hours on end not retaining much. It wasn’t until I was in community college that I had to take a required class the first semester. The class was an orientation and study skills class. It turned out to be one of the most helpful classes I ever had. I learned about several methods of study that were foreign to me, but oh so useful! Not only in college, but in life.

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Books & Film - Reviews and Recommendations, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Read Across America

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The special day did not start until 1998, so I was never a part of the celebration and activities that surround this day when I was in school. When my kids entered preschool, they celebrated the day by reading silly Seuss books, and making Dr. Seuss inspired crafts. I also loved hearing them tell me about the green eggs they had (or didn’t have) for snack! I’m a fan of Dr. Seuss, and so was my son. I remember giggling over There’s a Wocket in My Pocket over and over. My daughter was not as amused at the silly stories as her brother and I. Curious George was more her style.

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Persistence, Love, and Kindness

A really neat thing happened to me last night, that touched me enough to share a little story with you. It all started Friday afternoon, as I was scrolling Facebook for the events in my area. I saw there was a dog comedy show in my hometown. Excited with the idea to surprise my dog-loving daughter with tickets for her upcoming birthday, I was disappointed to see it was sold out on their website.

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10 Ways a Homeschooling Mom Can Love Her Husband

Last month, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. Half of that time we have been a homeschooling family. It was a joint decision, and he has been fully supportive all these years. As a matter of fact, it was his idea that I resign from my job and stay home with our baby girl almost 15 years ago. He had to take on a second job for a while to replace some of the missing income as we made adjustments. We have never regretted that decision. It is no secret that any marriage takes work, and homeschooling adds a whole other dimension.

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Fanatic News Flash – February

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I’m switching things up! I had started writing my monthly “What We’re Reading” post, and it was looking like a repeat of last month. Life happened. Rather than relist those with an additional book or two, I wanted to do something different. I thought maybe a newsletter-type post near the beginning of each month would be more practical. I’ll still include reading, as well as other topics of interest as to what’s coming up for the month.

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Curriculum, Reviews, Planning & Products Review

I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to be on the Homeschool Review Crew for 2019! That means I get to try out a variety of homeschool products, use them with my kids in our homeschool, and give you a review of what we thought of them. This is great news for a curriculum junkie like myself, in that I will actually use these things with my family, and be held accountable for reporting our findings. It’s great news for you too! You will get our real opinion of a product after trying it ourselves for a few weeks.

My first assignment was a review of the Ultimate Annual Yearly Membership  from It is an online, subscription based, complete curriculum from preschool all the way through high school. I must confess….. I haven’t always been a huge fan of online products. Sure, my kids take math courses online, but that’s it. I am usually a boxed curriculum kind of gal. Huge, spiral bound teacher manuals, answer keys, workbooks – everything a “doing school at home mom” loves. It has only been a few years ago that I started becoming more eclectic. But still, I had to have my large, spiral manuals…….or so I thought.

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