At dinner the other night, I told my kids I had a confession to make. “What,” Ivy said. (whispering) “I’m starting to get excited for school to start.” Unsurprisingly, they did not share my feelings on the matter. But it’s hard for me not to get a bit excited. A couple weeks ago I was… Continue reading A Confession….
We finished up our homeschool year with IOWA testing this week. It was a great year at Highlands Latin in Cincinnati, and I’m looking forward to next year, both the classes I’ll get to teach and the ones my kids will get to experience. But not yet. I’m definitely ready for a summer break. At… Continue reading Summer (School?)
“After wicked King Vortigern had first invited the Saxons to settle in Britain and help him to fight the Picts and Scots, the land was never long at peace.” So begins King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green. Green, who has written into narrative many famous myths and legends… Continue reading “King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table” Review
I don’t like The Magic Treehouse series. There. I said it. I’m assuming that there are millions – literally, millions – of parents out there who feel differently. There must be. How else could Mary Pope Osborne have published approximately 2,469,698 titles? How else could they sell so well? How else could they occupy entire… Continue reading “The Imagination Station” – a Series Review
I was a pretty good student as a child and took some of the higher math classes offered at my high school. I say “higher math classes” because, honestly, I don’t really remember what the highest level was (which is telling). I know I took geometry and pre-calculus. After that…not really sure. Which has often… Continue reading Basic Math Facts: Important and…Miserable?
“It began with the day when it was almost the Fifth of November, and a doubt arose in some breast – Robert’s, I fancy – as to the quality of the fireworks laid in for the Guy Fawkes celebration.” So begins The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit. Never heard of her? Neither had… Continue reading “The Phoenix and the Carpet” Review
King Richard the First, Richard Coeur de Lion, came to the throne in 1189 – and very soon left his throne empty when he set off on the Crusade to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. So begins The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. This is a book I recently taught in my fifth grade literature class. It… Continue reading “The Adventures of Robin Hood” Review
This is another sly opportunity to get my kids to a) practice their writing and b) help add to my blog all while talking about something they love: reading! This guest post is from my son, 7 year old Simon. He did great! “Why does it have to rain?” Josh asked as he and his… Continue reading “A to Z Mysteries: April Fools’ Fiasco” Guest Review
I loved my student teaching experience my senior year of college. I split time for that semester between a local public school and a Christian school and graduated with both my degree and an excitement about teaching. It was fun! It was something I was good at! I was going to be a history teacher!… Continue reading Loving Teaching Again!
In my heart, I’m sort of a rugged outdoorsman, full of wood-lore and adventure. Of course, my heart is misinformed. If you know me, you’ll surely be quick to point out that this inner desire isn’t necessarily reflected on the outside. Like, in my actual life. (I will note that it is often observed –… Continue reading “What Tree is That?” – A Different Kind of Review