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Show Your Children the World! ~ ~ A Review of WonderMaps™ by Bright Ideas Press

September 19, 2012
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One-hundred (or even fifty) years ago, when school course listings included geography, children usually learned about mysterious, far-away worlds that affected America only marginally or not at all. Today geography study in schools has almost disappeared, our world is even more mysterious, and our students are largely geography-illiterate. Now, when cultures in our shrinking...

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The Orderliness of Words: A Review of Visual Thesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com

September 13, 2012
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The Orderliness of Words: A Review of Visual Thesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com

Do you hear “boring” from your children when you ask them to use the dictionary or learn new vocabulary words? Every home-educating parent would love to understand and teach language in new and interesting ways. Visual Thesaurus.com, an online subscription-based site, and Vocabulary.com, a free site, will help you accomplish that better than any...

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Remembering 9/11: A Review of When the Lights Go Out by Max Elliot Anderson

September 10, 2012
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Remembering 9/11: A Review of When the Lights Go Out by Max Elliot Anderson

Some dates burn deeply into our collective national memory forever. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on September 11, 2001. You probably know the same. Your children, quite possibly, were very young or not yet born before 9/11, and you will have to explain that famous date to...

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A Review of Not Just Tacos by Shirley Solis

June 25, 2012
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Tacos and More! It is ironic that I am reviewing a cookbook for HST. I actually don’t like to cook (Yes, yes, there are homeschooling moms who don’t like to cook!). That makes me the perfect candidate to explore this cookbook. My husband loves to cook and enjoys reading cookbooks. But we live in...

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A Review of The Book Tree

May 7, 2012
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Growing Readers No one denies the importance of reading in the life of a child. The difficulty for parents is choosing from the vast array of literature available. It is challenging to find books that meet the requirements of Philippians 4:8, that encourage a love for story and strengthen personal character, and that are...

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A Review of Jamie Soles’ Music for Children

May 7, 2012
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Sole Music: A Review of  The Way My Story Goes Fun and Prophets Up From Here If there is one indicator of the enthusiasm that my family has for the music of Jamie Soles, it is that while I write this review, one of my children is playing “The Way My Story Goes” upstairs...

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A Review of The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

May 7, 2012
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20 and Counting by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Do you want to draw stares in the community? Are you interested in becoming the center of attention in any public place you visit? Take a double-digit-size family to a restaurant or the mall. After the first question, “Are they all yours?” the next question is...

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A Review of Brightest Heaven of Invention

May 7, 2012
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A Key to Understanding Are you looking for books that analyze literature from a Christian perspective? There are a slew of them but, unfortunately, most are of poor artistic or scholarly quality. Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays by Peter Leithart (Canon Press, 1996) is a refreshing change. His...

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Wiping It “Kleen”: A Review of Kleen Slate

April 24, 2012
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Wiping It “Kleen”: A Review of Kleen Slate

White boards are an unusual topic for a review. After all, a personal white board is just a white board, right? That’s what I thought until our family used KleenSlate. Use white boards to practice basic skills. I don’t understand it, but if you ask a child to write a sentence on paper, he...

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