A year ago this week, I started a blog. I didn’t start a blog because I needed something to do, wanted to get rich, or because I think I’m the best homeschooling mom. I started a blog because I have a fire, a passion, and a drive. My goal has always been to encourage, share ideas, cheer on existing homeschoolers, and convince others to join the homeschooling lifestyle.Continue reading “Rewind – The Very Best of Homeschool Fanatic”
Often times, the timing is just perfect for a review. We were on our last week of school, all but a few lessons were complete, and we were experiencing our first heat wave here in coastal Carolina. Mill Creek Entertainment sent us the movie Life With Dog to watch and review at the perfect time! My teens we more than happy to have popcorn and watch a movie as part of their school day!Continue reading “Life With Dog Movie 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.Continue reading “Heroes of History – Orville Wright Review”
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.Continue reading “Fanatic News Flash – April”
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.Continue reading “Drive Thru History® – Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” Review”
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.Continue reading “Read Across America”
It’s the start of a new year, and I am so excited about this month’s reading choices! There are so many things I love about the new year, and new books are near the top! During the holidays, our reading fell off a bit, but that is to be expected. I am looking forward to the quietness and fresh start of a new year. This post contains affiliate links.Continue reading “What We’re Reading in January”
At the start of every new year, people everywhere make resolutions. Losing weight, being more organized, and changing habits are probably the most popular. While I would like to do all those things, the one thing closest to my heart is homeschooling. Finding ways to improve, finding new things to implement, most of all – finding how to balance homeschooling with the rest of my life. Please tell me I’m not the only one struggling with balance!
I am not an early shopper. I am also not a fan of the craziness of Black Friday shopping, heaps of plastic toys, and the frenzy of the season in general. I may be a little “grinchy”, but there are some things I do like about the upcoming season, such as cooler weather, hot coffee, tacky Christmas lights, and thoughtful gifts. Yes, thoughtful gifts. When you are simply exchanging gift cards, perhaps it’s time to stop. I haven’t always been this way, but I became disgruntled when my own kids were small. I remember it vividly: two feet deep in wrapping paper trash covering the floor, and they were still looking for the next thing to rip open. I was literally sick to my stomach. Every year since, I have sized the gift-giving down. I can’t say the same for the grandparents, but it brings them joy – so, whatever. Continue reading “Top 10 Usborne Gift Guide”
November is a busy month for our family, (probably more so than December) so maybe I should title this “What We’re Not Reading”……well, we are reading, just not as much as I’d like. I’ll begin with our read aloud: