Purposeful Links #109

The importance of your psoas muscle, bacon recipes, why homeschoolers will never truly be socialized, & more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

Here are this week’s purposeful links:

  • Although this article leans a little too far toward the “New Age” side, it has excellent info on the psoas muscle and how critically important it is to our health: both mental and physical. I never knew anything about this until I started taking Jen Hoffman’s Healthy Moving classes, where she emphasizes how important our psoas is. It’s amazing how our bodies and brains are connected!

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)


Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide (Review Crew)

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is a substantive, student directed high school literature course that isn't afraid to tackle tough worldview issues.Literature has always been a critical component of our homeschool curriculum.

I’m a huge proponent of literature based, rather than textbook based learning, and that’s how I’ve structured our homeschool. That means we use books, books and more books for almost every subject. When my kids get into high school, I like them to have a course or two that focuses solely on literary analysis, even though there is some analysis integrated in with all the other reading we do for history, etc.

So, since I have two high schoolers this year (how did that happen?!) I jumped at the chance to review Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide from Writing With Sharon Watson. We’ve used and been impressed with her writing programs in the past, so I was eager to take a look at her literature course. [Read more…]

Purposeful Links #108: Back to Homeschool Edition!

This week's edition of Purposeful Links focuses on my favorite homeschool related resources and links, in honor of the new school year!

I procrastinated all summer, so now I’m in the throes of planning for our homeschool year! Since I’m immersed in lesson planning and researching curriculum and teaching methods, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite homeschool related links and resources this week!

So, here are this week’s purposeful links, “homeschool style”:

  • Homeschooling in high school is intimidating! I can’t begin to tell you how much help and encouragement I’ve gotten from Lee Binz at The Home Scholar! Her website and Facebook page are a wealth of information, and her little Coffee Break books have been lifesavers to me as I navigate these waters!
  • For thorough reviews of curriculum and lots of other great info, you can’t beat Schoolhouse Review Crew! I love being a part of this group.

What are some of your favorite homeschool related links and resources? :)

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Horizons Math: A Solid Homeschool Math Program (Review Crew)

Horizons Math 1st Grade Set - HomeWithPurpose.net

The new school year has arrived!

I’m in denial that my youngest is in 1st grade! How did that happen? I’m also still not as prepared as I should be, but we’re jumping in anyway, ready or not!

I’m partial to computer-based learning for math, especially in the upper grades, but one of the few textbook programs we’ve used and liked over the years for the lower grades is Horizons Math from Alpha Omega Publications. Just in time for the new year, I’ve been given the opportunity to review the Horizons 1st Grade Math Set. I received not only the two consumable student texts, but also the comprehensive teacher’s guide for this level from the publisher. Horizons 1st Grade contains 160 lessons and covers time, fractions, sets, graphs, sequencing, estimation, and more. [Read more…]

Purposeful Links #107

Our favorite protein bar recipe, Christians and politics, 3 reasons NOT to homeschool, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

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Have a wonderful  weekend! :)


Purposeful Links #106

Dry body brushing, back to school snacks, the unexpected gifts of homeschooling, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

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  • Here’s another favorite snack recipe in honor of the back to school season: Cocoa Almond Crumbles. This is one of our family’s favorite snacks, and they’re so simple to make!

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)