Progeny Press Literature eGuides

We had the opportunity to review one of the eGuides from Progeny Press, which is a Christian-based company offering unit study guides for all ages and reading levels. We reviewed one of the literature eGuides for lower elementary level, The Josefina Story Quilt – eGuide. We do a lot of readlouds due to my kids being so new to reading and they loved this story. But beyond that, we were able to go much deeper into the whys and hows behind the story due to the guide from Progeny Press. To give a plot synopsis of the book we were

5 Awesome Things About Code for Teens

We have been reviewing a new book called Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1). Wait…why am I reviewing this book when I’m not a teen and don’t have teenage kids?! Well, I am a blogger, and I do take care of everything to run my site, so coding knowledge comes in handy. I took a web design class waaaaaaay back in college (circa 2002) and learned HTML and CSS, so I could do basic site design without using a system like WordPress (which is what I currently use). ANYWAY, it’s been awhile, and as a

Prime Day 2018 Homeschool Deals

It’s that time of year again! Prime Day deals are BACK! Raise your hand if you love Amazon. Okay, don’t raise your hand since I can’t actually see you. There are tons of deals but it can be hard to find what you’re wanting since there is so much to sift through. Here are some tips for navigating the sale and some suggestions for what to look for as a homeschooler. The sale starts July 16, 2018 at 3pm Eastern and will run through the 17th.

Brush Up on YOUR Math Skills With Math Essentials (Review)

As homeschool moms, we are charged with teaching our kids EVERY subject, even the ones that are tough for us. Thankfully, the same popular publisher that makes homeschool math materials for students also makes resources for parents who may need some help remembering from way back when! Enter: Math Refresher for Adults. Math Essentials has put out this book teaching math for adults that is perfect for those of us who need a little help figuring out these concepts so we can help our kids with their own work. Now, my oldest is going into 2nd grade and still working

Family Bible Lessons with Bible Study Guide For All Ages

Bible Study Guide For All Ages is hands-down the best program I’ve seen for teaching children about the Bible. We have been reviewing the Primary (1st to 2nd grade) student pages with the corresponding teacher guide, as well as the Large Bible Book Summary Cards and the Wall Maps and Timeline Set. It has been an incredible method for teaching about God’s Word. It has brought us closer as a family and I can see true learning happening in my girls. I have been using this with my oldest two girls who are almost 7 and almost 5. We haven’t

The Master and His Apprentices – Apologetics and Art

We have done pretty much nothing when it comes to art appreciation and art history, namely because I’m not okay with all the nudity involved. We have been reviewing the digital version of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective and I’m so glad to say that this is the perfect resource for people like me who prefer to shield their children from nudity for art’s sake. It is not really intended for younger children (the verbiage and material is simply over their heads), so if you have teens, listen up! We had the chance to

Why I Don’t Require Scripture Memorization

Almost every Bible program for kids includes memory verses. I prefer not to use them! I think memorization is a bad way to teach a complex subject when understanding is imperative to practical application. Memorizing God’s Word is a noble thing to reach for, no doubt. And eventually, it WILL happen after enough study (even if not word for word). But for young kids who soak up everything we teach them, be it spoken or unspoken, rote memorization of Bible passages doesn’t seem like the best way to go. Here’s why. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley

Finally…a favorite chili recipe!

I love chili but have spent literally years looking for one that tastes good every time (or even one time). I was using my mother’s recipe but maybe my taste changed because it stopped tasting good. I hate when that happens. Over the past maybe five years, I’ve been googling a new recipe almost every time I want to make chili and nothing ever tastes how I want it. And sometimes if I repeat one I already used, it doesn’t taste the same. I think this is because I am inconsistent with how much meat I use and also the

Beginner Art Lessons with ARTistic Pursuits

I think most kids love to do arts and crafts. Yet some seem to take a more serious interest in it, like my oldest, so this review of the program from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. was timely. The ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray series was already on my short list of non-Common Core aligned art programs for kids and combines a textbook with video lessons to switch things up. I’ve been using it with my oldest two children (almost 7 and almost 5) to give them their first glimpse into more formal art instruction. The series is

Creating Your Summer Bucket List

Bucket lists are fun to do during summer! It’s a time when public and private schools are out so there are tons of kid-friendly events and activities going on. Even though homeschoolers have the option to school through the traditional summer break, we can always add in special trips out of town or random and fun activities around the house. Here’s how you can create your own bucket list to maximize summer fun. I would suggest writing it all down on a sheet of paper or in a note on your phone and then copying it to a posterboard or