Purposeful Links #112

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Here are this week’s purposeful links:

  • I made this Chive Butter Chicken last week and it was a huge hit with the whole family. It was super simple to make! We had roasted veggies with it, and it’s definitely a new favorite meal!
  • This post makes some great points, although we’re still a bit more structured than she seems to be: Why the School-At-Home-Room Drives Me Crazy. I did find pretty quickly when I began homeschooling that a separate “school room” was not a good for for us. If you homeschool, where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you a structured “school at home” family, unschoolers, or somewhere in between?

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)


Middlebury Interactive Languages: Elementary Spanish (Review Crew)

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I always have great intentions of including a foreign language in our studies in the elementary years.

And we mostly do – it just isn’t always as consistent as I would like. Living in South Texas, Spanish is the obvious choice, but I have to admit that when time is tight (which it often is!), it’s one of the things that gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Still, we’ve tried several different programs over the years, some that we’ve really liked, and others that we haven’t. The latest one that we’ve tried out is Middlebury Interactive Languages. For the last month or so, Kendall (9), Kade (6), and I have been using their Elementary Spanish 1 course, meant for approximately grades K-2.

Middlebury offers immersion style online programs in Spanish, French, German and Chinese, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The courses are self paced and multimedia, using a variety of approaches including text, audio, video, and interactive activities. [Read more…]

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life – Heroes of History (Review Crew)

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Reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books is a rite of passage in our family.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve read the Little House on the Prairie books, both as a child and with my own kids. Kendall (9) and I had just finished reading through the whole series together when I was offered the chance to check out Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life, and it’s accompanying unit study curriculum guide, part of the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. We’ve enjoyed other books from this series, so I thought it would be the perfect follow up to our reading.

Heroes of History is a unique biography series that tells the stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history, both in the past and all the way up into modern times. With names ranging from statesmen like Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, to literary giants like C.S. Lewis, to modern public figures like Billy Graham and even Ben Carson, plus many more, these books, written in an engaging narrative style, are suitable for the whole family. [Read more…]

Purposeful Links #111

The amazing properties of breastmilk, Crockpot Butter Chicken, the problem of rest, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

Here are this week’s purposeful links:

  • We love Crockpot Butter Chicken. There are multiple variations out there, but this one is closest to how I make it.

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)


Super Teacher Worksheets: A One Stop Resource! (Review Crew)

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Printable worksheets have always been a staple in our homeschool.

I’ve used them for extra practice and reinforcement, unit studies, holidays, and more. You can find quite a bit by Googling and using several free sites aimed at teachers, but it can be time consuming. I’m at a point where my time is at a premium (who isn’t?!), and I have less time than ever to search out what I need. So, I’ve been enjoying my Individual Membership to the Super Teacher Worksheets website over the last several weeks since we started the new school year.

A membership to Super Teacher Worksheets gives you access to literally thousands of printable worksheets for homeschoolers, teachers, and parents in just about every category you might ever need:  [Read more…]

Stinky Kid Math: Help for Homeschool Algebra and Geometry (Review Crew)

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Upper level math has never been my my forte.

Once my kids hit a certain level I’m more than happy to outsource as much as I can with online and video resources. The latest resource we’ve tried is Stinky Kid Math. For the last several weeks, my high schoolers have been using Stinky Kid Math’s online algebra and geometry tutoring alongside our math curriculum.

This program consists of streamed online videos along with printable worksheets and online games. The videos are divided into three categories:

  • Foundational Algebra (covering Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1)
  • Complex Algebra (covering Algebra 1 and 2)
  • Geometry

[Read more…]