In my world, education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them
I have discovered a new favourite blog :) Fran's World of Discovery is a blog after my own heart! Here is what Fran says about her educational philosophy:
While searching for strawberry recipes I read Fran's post about strawberries and saw that she has written an ebook called Strawberry Craze. When I contacted her about it she generously sent me a copy of her ebook to review.
To be honest, when I first saw this ebook I thought it was something different. I was expecting it to be more of a child-friendly strawberry recipe book. Now that I have read it I know that while there are easy strawberry recipes in it, this book is so much more than just a recipe book! It is full of fun, hands-on educational activities to learn all you can learn about strawberries!
I have never done a food post on here before, (other than food like China-shaped cookies). I see lots of recipes and pictures of food on other blogs, but I am just not into that. At least not normally. Today, you will see pictures of food on my blog, and I will tell you how yummy the food was when we ate it :) Most of all, I will tell you all about how my kids made the food, not me! (Make sure you read all the way to the end to see the great giveaway we have for you too!)
For our homeschool science we have been studying the stars! I love the stars! It is not unknown for us to bundle up and go outside late at night to watch the stars, especially when there is a special show on :) God really does the best fireworks shows!
Have you ever noticed that when reading homeschool / parenting blogs there are certain curriculums and programs that seem to be mentioned a lot? That is probably one of the best forms of advertising there is for those companies, because seeing so many other homeschoolers talking about how much they love certain programs always gets me curious :)
Well, here it is folks! I have been leaving comments all over blog-land about this wonderful book I have been reviewing - Asia: It's People and History. Now, I can finally give you my full review :)
To start off with, I have a confession. I love geography and history! I don't remember being quite so found of these subjects in school, but then again, when I was in school, I was taught very little geography. I think my love for geography began when I was in Bible college. I spent a good part of my Bible college years learning about missions and even thought for awhile that God was going to send me overseas somewhere as a missionary.
As a homeschooler, I have heard the name of Charlotte Mason all over the homeschool world. I have been curious about what the Charlotte Mason method is and have done a little research. What I found out looked interesting, so when I had a chance to review one of Kimberly Garcia's books from the Write From History curriculum, a Charlotte Mason writing program, I decided that this was a good chance to learn a little more about Charlotte Mason and how the Charlotte Mason method would work in our homeschool.
I was blessed to be able to read the devotional book, Putting on the Spirit: Ten Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor. It came right at a time when I had been thinking about how I really need to find more time to be with God. As a busy, homeschool mom, I found this month long devotional book refreshing!
Do you ever use audio teaching in your homeschool? Or ever just listen to audio stories in your home or vehicle? It's not something I've thought much about until the last year or so. Last Christmas Munchkin received a collection of Curious George stories with the stories in a book and on CD. I was amazed when my 4 year old and my 6 year old actually sat and listened to every single story from the CD in one sitting! (My kids are not the type to sit for hours at a time! They are very active children! Anything that can make them sit still is a wonder in my eyes!) At our homeschool convention last year Hal and Melanie Young were the main speakers and they were selling CDs with G.A. Henty stories on them. They talked about how they listen to these stories as a family and how important it has been for their boys to grow up listening to such heroic tales. Recently I read the ebook Listening to Learn by Amy Blevins, which talked about how useful she has found audio learning to be. So, when I heard that one of my favourite sites for getting learning resources from had some audio stories that they were looking for people to review, I jumped at the chance :) I have not regretted it! My children love The Adventures of Mrs. Claus from Little Learning Lovies!