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    Review: Economics for Everybody

    When Laura was a senior in high school I wanted her to take an economics course. Math is not her strong suit, so she didn’t do the math portion of a typical economics course. However, we did read several books on the subject together, so she would have a basic understanding of how economics works. During Rebecca’s senior year we…

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    How to Help Your Child Listen When You Read Aloud

    In our homeschool I have spent many, many hours reading aloud to my children. There are so many benefits to reading to your children, and it’s always something I’ve enjoyed, so it was a high priority for us. As it turns out, an oral literature-based approach is perfect for our situation as both of my children have learning challenges: one…

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    Review: Bloxels

    Today I’ll be talking about another product Timberdoodle sent me to review as part of Rebecca’s continuing education. This one is a build-your-own video game kit called Bloxels. The kit is made up of two main components: 1) the 13×13 plastic design board with little cubes of various colors, and 2) the downloadable Bloxels game app. Bloxels is a complete game…

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    Review: Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro

    For the past few months I’ve had some time to work on developing my graphic design skills. This is something I’ve always enjoyed and I’m finding that it comes in very handy at the print shop. I’m actually being able to do some simple projects for customers now, which I find very rewarding. One of my first projects was quite a challenge,…

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    Review: Watercolours Made Easy

    Yes, I know “watercolours” is not the American way to spell watercolors. But neither is “aquarelle” which is the name on the box. This is a multi-cultural project, don’tcha see? The facts are these: Watercolours is the Brit spelling. Aquarelle means “watercolor” in French. Ravensburger (the maker of this kit) is a German company. The artist Claude Monet was French.…

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    Review: Tenzi Game

    In the midst of our moves over the past few years, I’ve whittled down our table game collection to just our very favorites. We like to play games as a family when we’re camping and during the holidays. The girls play games with each other and with their friends on winter evenings. And so we enjoy a wide assortment of…

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    Review: Simbrix

    Simbrix is another product Rebecca and I are reviewing this fall as part of her “continuing education.” It was sent to us by Timberdoodle in exchange for our honest review. You can probably tell from the pictures what it is, but I’m going to talk about it anyway. I’m sure you’ve seen (and maybe played with) the fusible beads that…

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    Review: Puzzleball Globe

    One of the main reasons we moved back to Idaho this past spring was so that I could homeschool again. Officially, our girls have graduated. However, we decided that Rebecca would benefit from some “continuing education” type classes. To facilitate that I needed to change jobs and work part-time rather than full-time. So far it’s working out great. We aren’t following…

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    Homeschool Organization

    One of the little things I enjoyed most about homeschooling was having an excuse to add to my home library. Every year when the new Sonlight catalog came out (usually April 1) and the school year was winding down, I took inventory of my Sonlight library. I checked to see which books were still on the shelf where they belonged and which had “walked…

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    Finding a Balance in Your Homeschool

    As many families are starting the school year and starting to get into a routine, the questions from homeschoolers change from “choosing” to “using.” Many of them are quick and easy, such as “Where can I find the maps?” or “When do we use this item?” Others are more complex, based on the individual family’s situation. One mom I talked to…