Favorite Books – Chapter Books

This is part 4 of my 5 part series of favorite books. Part 1: Audiobooks Part 2: Picture Books Part 3: Easy Readers Part 4: Chapter Books Part 5: Read-Aloud Books Wow, there are so many great chapter books for kids out there. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite chapter books…

Favorite Books – Easy Readers

This is the third installment of our favorite books series.  I will share our favorite easy readers today. Part 1: Audiobooks Part 2: Picture Books Part 3: Easy Readers Part 4: Chapter Books Part 5: Read-Aloud Books By “easy readers” I am referring to what my local public library refers to as “easy readers.”  Also…

Favorite Books – Picture Books

Clear the shelves!  It’s time to pick out a good book! This is the second post of a 5-part series dedicated to our favorite books for children and youth. Part 1: Audiobooks Part 2: Picture Books Part 3: Easy Readers Part 4: Chapter Books Part 5: Read-Aloud Books My kids are mostly finished with picture…

Favorite Books – Audiobooks

This is the first post of a 5-part series dedicated to our favorite books for children and youth. Part 1: Audiobooks Part 2: Picture Books Part 3: Easy Readers Part 4: Chapter Books Part 5: Read-Aloud Books One of the most fun and unanticipated benefits of being a parent is that I have thoroughly enjoyed…

Spaced Out

My 15 year old is currently obsessed with space.  He wakes up in the morning thinking about rockets.  He goes to bed at night and dreams about space travel.  He spends his days thinking about rockets, and how to build one. So what can we do with this interest in space? Astronomy Days at the…

Review: Singapore Math Primary Workbooks

While we don’t generally follow any set curriculum, we did use Singapore Math. Singapore Math publishes a variety of materials, and my kids each worked through the entire set of “Primary Math Workbooks, U.S. Editions” 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, and 6B. I ended up with the Level 5…

Review: Piedmont Wildlife Center

This is a personal review of the Piedmont Wildlife Center (PWC) located in Durham, NC. My kids have participated in several programs there, including summer camps and homeschool camps.  Piedmont Wildlife Center (PWC) does a variety of outreach programs, wildlife rehabilitation, and camps.  Specifically, I will be reviewing their camps for kids. I am happy to say…

“I want to be a park ranger.”

My oldest son has decided he wants to be a park ranger. This makes a lot of sense.  He loves to be outside, he likes enforcing rules, he loves to interact with people, and he has completed the Junior Ranger program for each of the 40 states parks in North Carolina. One of the requirements…

Teaching History Chronologically

As a kid, I hated history.  When I thought about teaching history to my kids, my basic thought was something like “Ugh!” Then I had an idea.  I could write my own script.  I didn’t have to teach history in any particular order or according to someone else’s core standards.  So I created the “Timeline…

Camping in the Desert

One of the joys of homeschooling is that we have a very flexible schedule.  This year, we took off for three weeks in October to travel through Arizona and New Mexico.  The picture above is from Catalina State Park in AZ – what a beautiful place, so different from NC! On our first night of…

Off the Beaten Path

I had two years’ worth of travel and exploration that I was trying to cram into a two-week itinerary.  This was my first visit to the southwestern United States and I had been looking forward to it and planning this trip for over a year.  I had never seen the Grand Canyon or Carlsbad Caverns,…

Family Camping

Since everyone in my family loves the outdoors, we go on a lot of camping trips. In 2018, we visited all 40 of the NC State Parks, and camped at about ten of them.  The facilities have been consistently clean and well-run, with well-developed campsites, friendly staff, and beautiful places to enjoy. We don’t generally…