Review: The Typing Coach

I have considered myself a relatively decent typist—meaning I don’t use the two-fingered-hunt-and-peck method, and I can type without really looking at the keyboard most of the time. But I also know that I can work much more efficiently if I learned how to type the proper way. I also wanted the kids to learn […]

Review: Homeschool Rescue

The course will only work as much as you let it. Meaning if you don’t take time to think about the questions that Heather raises, you won’t get much other than more head knowledge to cram into your most-likely-already-full brain.

Review: Algebra for Breakfast

We’re all about finding different ways to make Math fun and easy, so I was happy to be able to review Algebra for Breakfast. I wasn’t sure what level Raine should be on, since we’re on the tail end of fourth grade, so they kindly granted us access to both levels, Grades 3/4 and Grades […]

DIY Science-Themed Party

I had such a great time reminiscing about Raine’s last Japanese-themed birthday party, I dug up photos from her 7th birthday, when we had a Science-themed party here at home. This one was really a family affair, with my mom, sister, sister-in-law, The Hubby, uncle in the US, a good friend, and the sister’s boyfriend […]

Review: Daily Bible Jigsaw

I did something new the past month: I played a video game almost every day. And while I’m not a fan of game apps or video games, I did enjoy the Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316. Surprisingly. This review was a rather unusual one, given that it isn’t directly related to homeschool, unless, of […]

Stop Stressing Over Math!

Seeing the basic relationship between numbers, and the ability to manipulate them are skills that can be acquired. So how can we parents ensure that our kids don’t get Math anxiety, and that they develop numeracy skills? Here are a few tips:

Review: Creating a Masterpiece

I’m a frustrated artist-wannabe, so when the opportunity to review the Monthly Plan of Creating a Masterpiece came up, I begged for a slot. Shamelessly. Creating a Masterpiece is an online art curriculum taught by artist and art teacher Sharon Hofer. Through video instruction, she guides students, step-by-step, through art projects from Beginner Level to Level 5. She demands excellence from each project, in that each is meant to be a ‘masterpiece’ and not just some arts and crafts project.

Review: Circle C Stepping Stones Books

I initially thought that we wouldn’t be able to do the review on Susan K. Marlow’s newest Andi book series, Circle C Stepping Stones. More than a month after Kregel Publications mailed us the books, we still hadn’t received them. I usually don’t have problems receiving book packages from the U.S.; most of our homeschool […]

Review: Creative Freewriting Adventure

This Creative Freewriting Adventure exercise is a no-judgement one—the technical stuff like spelling and punctuation are not corrected. This is meant to be a fun, free-flowing exercise to help release creativity and, I suppose, ‘prime the pump’ for writing.

Beep, Beep the Lab Jeep!

We were supposed to design a light-up card using the supplied LED lights, batteries, and copper tape. Raine and I, naturally, thought of the card design first. Raine drew her UFO with the copy “You are out of this world!”, and then we stuck in the LED lights through the card to light up the alien ship. “So where’s your circuit?” asked The Hubby. Apparently, all the other teams started with the circuit design. That had us flummoxed. Our aesthetically pleasing card did not have a circuit-friendly design.