Hands-On Music History

Home School in the Woods has become a favorite of ours! We have now been reviewing the Composers Activity-Pak, which is part of their collection of Hands-On History Activity-Paks. We previously reviewed a couple of their a la carte items if you’d like to find out more about their extensive variety of products. This in-depth music unit study set covers history (obviously) but also music theory, the orchestra, composers, instruments, and a bunch of well-known songs to add an auditory component.

Lower Elementary Science Unit Studies

As a Christian family, we do not believe in an old earth or macroevolution, so it can be hard to find homeschool science resources that reflect these biblical views. We have been reviewing Learning About Science Collection, Level 2 from WriteBonnieRose. While the material itself does not discuss the origins of the earth, there is a curated list of applicable content from creationist websites that we found very helpful as a supplement. We have used Level 1 previously and enjoyed it as it’s right on par with what my children are able to understand about these topics. I feel Level

Smart Kidz Radio Review

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been exploring Smart Kidz Radio, which is a free streaming radio station for children. For this review, we checked out the streaming “edutainment” radio option as well as some of the podcasts available, which are also free. This is an effort put forth by Smart Kidz Media. The goal of the company is to offer free “foundational education programs” to every child, no matter their religion, race, or gender. Smart Kidz is expecting to add on-demand options, which will not be free, but will be available at a low cost on a monthy

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

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

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

T is for Tree, a Beautiful Alphabet Book (Review)

My goal as a homeschool mom is not just to teach my kids their ABCs and 123s. It’s to help them become well-rounded, competent adults who love the Lord. My duty to lead them to Christ is THE highest priority I have as their mother. Reformed Free Publishing Association has put out this beautifully illustrated book for young children that connects the alphabet with scripture. It’s called T is for Tree: A Bible ABC. It was written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer and intended for kids ages three to six. We received a copy of this hardcover book to