The Art and Science of Snowflakes

For many children (and adults), waking up to snowflakes falling is a wondrous event. There is something special in seeing the sunlight reflecting off individual flakes as they fall to the ground to create piles of rolling snow to be played in later in the day. What makes snowflakes so special? Is it because a snowstorm might mean a day off from school or getting to build a snowman? It goes far beyond that…we are homeschoolers, after all.

How to Homeschool When You Have Littles Running Around

Here, read pages 12-15 then answer this question… No! Don’t climb on that! And you do pages 16-20 with this question. No! Don’t dump all the toys… Sister’s schoolwork is not for cutting practice… …or coloring practice! Can we have 5 minutes of quiet time so your brother can focus on his schoolwork? Okay, well I’m not a mama of older homeschooled kiddos, but I do have 2 littles under the age of 3. So I’m pretty sure a scene like that unfolds in your home on the daily when you’ve got littles running around.

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

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

5 Backyard Fun Ideas for Summer

This week, we are moving from the midwest back down to Florida. My hometown actually! I have mixed feelings about it, but let’s not dwell on that. I am choosing to focus on the positives, and a HUGE one is that we will have a fenced backyard again! For four long years, we have lived in places that either don’t have a yard at all, only have a small patio area, or one house we lived in didn’t have a fence or really any backyard to speak of, but we did have a cul-de-sac. Not exactly the same! But we

Keeping Your Sanity When All Your Kids Are Little

You start out with one baby. He takes up a lot of your time, day and night. But eventually you find your groove and all is well. You might add another baby a year or two later. And now you have two little people to take care of, but no additional help. But eventually you find your groove there, too. Baby #3 comes along. And another. And maybe more after that. You always eventually find a balance and a swing to things, but you often feel like you’re not holding it all together so well. All these little kids who

Bring the Bible to Life with the Planet 316 Story Bible

There are tons of children’s bibles out there! But none have the awesome addition of “augmented reality,” and we were elated to have the chance to review this newfangled way of teaching kids bible stories. The brilliant minds at Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have done an amazing job and I’m excited to share their products with you. We received the Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App that goes with it. I used it on my iPhone 8 and I think it would have looked even better on the larger screen of a tablet, but

Ideas for Homeschoolers for Rainy Days (and Snowy Days and Hot Days and…)

Here in Wisconsin, we experience a variety of weather. Four real seasons, rainy days, snow and sleet, and cloudy and foggy days. We get a couple months of extreme cold and a good month of extreme heat. We might have beautiful days in the spring but the ground is still wet from the snow melting so playgrounds and parks are still off limits. Needless to say, we have a lot of ideas for indoor activities and appropriate outdoor activities so we are not getting cabin fever too badly! A lot of these ideas also work for if you’re stuck without

Crafting Fun With Zirrly Super Beads (Review)

I have two girls who looooooove crafts and art. They will paint, draw, cut, glue, assemble…and make messes to their hearts’ content. I, however, am not a fan of the mess nor the time it takes sometimes for me to be involved. I am steering them toward independence as much as is possible, while still keeping things safe for them, since they are young. Enter Zirrly. This is a company that makes all sorts of cool crafting stuff for kids. The Homeschool Review Crew have been reviewing the Super Beads, which are beads you fuse together after making a design.

Kids Will Be Kids – Magic Stix to the Rescue! (Review)

We have two problems in our house when it comes to markers. The first is that the kids are constantly leaving the caps off the markers, so they dry out. The second problem was the reason I finally banned markers from our home: writing on the walls. A thing on the shortlist of parents’ nightmares when it comes to naughty behavior. I had the opportunity to review the 24-pack of Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc. They make some claims that set them up for some pretty high expectations! they are washable they have no odor they