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Apologia Science: Botany, Chapter 5: Fruit a.k.a. Seed Dispersal

We’ve been working through Exploring Creation Through Botany really slow around here. The sheer wordiness of this particular volume versus the amount of pertinent information on the subject has really disappointed me. The amount of educational information found in most chapters could easily be summed up in one day.  Despite this, however, I like the books and plan to continue through the series.


Today, while the boys are working on the anatomy of a seed I am preparing a fill in brochure for chapter 5. I bought the Junior Notebooking Journal that goes with the text and I’ve been more than a little disappointed with the messy format and have been making and preparing my own type of pre-made notebooking lapbooking worksheets.

I thought I would share my day’s “home work” with you. You can find the Seed Dispersal Brochure by clicking this link. It is my hope that this will save you a little preparation time and provide a fun, creative outlet for your children as they learn about seed dispersal.


Long Vowel Worksheets

DSCN9244What else is there to do on a cold, dreary winter day then to spend some much needed time creating a few worksheets that I have needed to supplement our reading curriculum? We use a popular but unique phonics curriculum and sometimes the colorful workbooks distract from the learning process yet I simply can’t find any extra workbooks that fit the style they are teaching.

This morning I created this workbook for my youngest reader. Click this link Long Vowel Workbook to download your own free copy of this 5 page workbook.


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The Mystery of History on Audio

MHAHIstory has never been one of my favorite subjects and I have sifted through book after book to find one that I can tolerate with my children. We discovered Drive Through History on Netflix a few years ago and promptly flew through all of the videos they have available. The following year I purchased several audio lectures by Diana Waring. I liked those but my children thought her puns and giggling where a bit much.

Now that my older two have graduated I found that it was time to go back to the Mystery of History that I used for them on their younger brothers. EXCEPT I had sold my books and I remember the tedious hours of reading to children who aren’t listening and how frustrating it can be and I didn’t want to go there again. I bore myself when I read aloud. So it was to my delight that I found The Mystery of History is now on audio! Check it out over at Christian Book Distributors. Now we like to listen to history while we eat our lunch or while on the road and knock out two things at a time!


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World War II History Lessons

My eleven year old son asked several weeks ago if we could study World War II. His interest was fuel by the fact that his Great Grandpa was part of it. It always excites me when my children begin asking for things to read that interest them. We began our search for living books about World War II. Here are a few that  we have found…

The simplest approach to explaining World War 2. I really like this one as a basic introduction that can be expanded upon later. You can find it on Amazon.

This book is very detailed and way too much information for smaller children. Perfect for the tweens on up.Sometimes it contained items of interest that I didn’t really find beneficial to the book.

I’m really excited to be getting this book. I expect that it will be everything I thought World War II for Kids would be. Simple and straightforward.

This was a very good book to read to children of all ages. It gives a picture of US life during World War II. I highly recommend it. It is an endearing story.

An autobiography about being a young man living in the US during World War 2.

If you have found any great children’s book on World War 2 please feel free to share them in the comment section!


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Sumoku: A Review

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure to be introduced to this delightful happy looking game. My husband and I spent four solid hours playing it and loved it. It is a bit like scrabble with numbers and perhaps that is why I enjoyed it and can’t wait to play it again; this time with the boys during school.

This is from the women who doesn’t like math. However, I do like teaching math because I’m learning all those things that didn’t make it in there the first time around. Sumoku is one game that will help “get those things in there” the first time. Here are a few things that this game give the fun occasion to teach or reinforce:  skip counting/ learning multiples, color sequencing, addition skills, patterns, observation, and strategy.

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The Value of Fairy Tales


‎”Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.” – G.K.Chesterton

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Review: Mammoth Math

It is probably pretty obvious from posts over the years that I’m a huge fan of the Math U See curriculum. I have successfully brought two children through it. However, any seasoned homeschooler can tell you that not all children learn the same and it turned out that Math U See was lacking in a big way for one of my children who is a struggling learner. It was difficult for him to understand and express the simple Math U See layout and I began to see that he needed to be shown not only one way to do addition and subtraction but multiple ways so that one of them might click.

Back to the homeschool proverbial chalk board to search for a needle in a haystack. I was so thankful that I thought of Cathy Duffy’s website and looked their first under math. The “needle” turned out to be easier to find than I thought because she had already done the footwork for me.  Thank you Cathy Duffy! She had recently reviewed Mammoth Math and I liked what I read so I checked them out.

This short video by the lady who designed Mammoth Math was very interesting me and I had fun investigating the free products that she offered and looking through the math placement. One of the perks to this curriculum was that I could order the PDF! Now I can print it for all my students and only have to purchase it once! It is as simple to use as Math U See and we are loving it! It has really helped my child tremendously.


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