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: 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.

Review: Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C

Our current Language Arts program isn’t working as well as I’ve hoped, so I was intrigued by Eclectic Foundations.  So far, they have three levels of Language Arts programs (we picked Language Arts Level C – more on that later), with a fourth one coming out in April this year. What it is (and who […]

Review: Home School in the Woods HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Of all the reviews we’ve done so far (a mind-boggling total of three), HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages from Home School in the Woods was the one that the girls consistently looked forward to. What it is (and who used it) Home School in the Woods make engaging […]

Review: Times Tables the Fun Way

The chance to review Times Alive by Times Tables the Fun Way came at a perfect time, because Breeze is scheduled to learn her multiplication tables just about now.  And who wouldn’t enjoy online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way? I learned the times tables the old-school way: […]

Review: SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership

Over the Christmas break, the kids and I got to check out the perks of having a Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com—the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. And ‘curriculum site’ is exactly what it sounds like. You can find your entire year of homeschool curriculum in all the major subjects, short online classes on […]

Making Friends with the Bike. Again.

Biking and I aren’t close friends. We’re like those neighborhood kids who play together only when no one else is out on the street to play, and then grow up and have hello-do-I-attempt-to-give-you-a-hug-or-do-I-just-wave-awkwardly-from-five-feet-away encounters. For me and biking, those encounters came about once every decade (which you can read about here, and here). I’m not […]

Child’s Play

There used to be an ad (Milo, I think) that said something like, “A child playing is a child at work.” And true enough; Maria Montessori says that play is the work of a child. Play is how kids learn to deal with the world around them, how they practice skills—from motor to social to […]

We’re Off to See the Wizard!

From the time her Ninong Tata gave Raine her first copy of The Wizard of Oz—the simplified children’s illustrated version—Raine has loved Dorothy and Toto and the Scarecrow and the Tin Man and the Lion and the little Wizard. She talks about how the Wicked Witch got squashed and how the monkeys fly. She read […]

Silid Booklatan–Sharing the Awesomeness

  I wasn’t keen on posting this on Rainy Days and Mom Days at first, because it isn’t quite a mommy/parenting topic. Then I realized that 1. I am a Mommy; 2. Promoting literacy and love for reading should be something important to all moms; and 3. If this post somehow prompts a reader to […]