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

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9/11: Remembering and Responding

***Originally posted 9/11/13***

9/11: Remembering & Responding Twelve Years Later

Twelve years ago today I was a 26 year old mom of two.

My husband was off that day, and we were sleeping in, snuggling with our 3 year old and 6 month old. A family member who worked on a military base called and told us to turn on the news. Sleepily, we did, just in time to watch live as the 2nd plane hit. It was hard to comprehend and process what we were seeing. It didn’t seem real. 
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Purposeful Links #110

Yoga for healing chronic illness, the dangers of our youth-driven culture, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

Here are this week’s purposeful links:

  • I’m fully convinced of the benefits of yoga (as a physical exercise and not incorporating the spiritual aspects that are sometimes included) since I’ve been regularly doing Jen Hoffman’s Healthy Moving classes. This information about yoga for healing chronic illness sounds very interesting!
  • I’m trying Life of Fred for the first time with a couple of my kids this year. Right after I ordered, I stumbled on to this article: What’s so great about Life of Fred? Have you ever tried it? What do you use for math?

Have a wonderful  weekend! 🙂


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…]