22/52: Garden Bounty

ARTistic Pursuits Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


I have always heard great things about Artistic Pursuits Inc., but had never gotten around to trying out the curriculum. When I learned that I had the chance to review one of their books, I decided to give ARTistic Pursuits, Elementary 4-5 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition a try with my 5th and 3rd graders. We've been rather haphazard with our art instruction, jumping between video tutorials, books, picture study, and free creativity.

21/52: Last Day of School!

Pants-Free June!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Nearly 7 years ago I tried giving up pants for a month... And decided to give them up for good! Since then I have hosted a few "pants-free July" challenges for friends and followers to join in, and since the weather is finally warming up and I need to figure out which wardrobe gaps need to be filled in my closet right now, I thought I'd host a Pants-Free June challenge this year!



20/52: Homemade Glasses and Bird Funerals

19/52: Archery, Irises, and Bridges

Stay-At-Home Art Lessons: Beyond the Stick Figure Review

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


Art is a long-neglected subject in our homeschool... The artistically-inclined children in the family pull out the art books we have and draw frequently, but trying to get a few of these kids to do any sort of art is like pulling teeth! So I was excited to try Beyond the Stick Figure Art School for their Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses, since it's geared towards the whole family. We've got a lot of little up-and-coming artists over here!

18/52: Chick Days

Fermenting Made Easy: Fermentools Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Fermentools kit

I've always been curious about fermenting, but overwhelmed by the wealth of information. I knew about the touted health benefits (did you know ONE scoop of fermented sauerkraut has more probiotics than an entire bottle of store-bought probiotics?), but didn't know if we would actually enjoy *eating* fermented foods. So I jumped at the chance to try out this starter kit from Fermentools! It came with instructions on making homemade sauerkraut, which was easy enough that my 10-year-old son can do it entirely on his own. And when it finally came time to taste the finished product? The kids LOVED it! So much so that I'm glad we've planted a lot of extra cabbages this year... They go through sauerkraut quickly!

17/52: We Took to the Woods

Christian Focus Review: Psalms for my Day

Friday, April 24, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


We received a devotional in the mail from Christian Focus, and the artwork is just lovely! Psalms for my Day contains excerpts from the psalms in the Bible, along with a quick prayer and devotion for each. Interestingly, the text in the book does not come from one translation of the Bible, but from the late Alec Motyer's personal translation from the original Hebrew. Because of that, many of these psalms might seem new or unfamiliar to you or your child. If your child isn't used to thinking of God as "Yahweh" this could be particularly confusing! I think it's helpful to use it as a teaching moment, and perhaps compare the translation in the book to the translation in your own family Bible.

16/52: Playing Mass, Helping in the Kitchen, and Oldest+Youngest

15/52: Holy Week and Easter Week

Reading Unlocked Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


It's not a big secret that I'm not a huge fan of screens. I have trouble learning from them, I've got at least one child who gets addicted FAR too easily, and we just generally try to limit screen time for all the kids. So I probably never would have chosen to use a reading program that was screen-based. But... Reading Unlocked is actually working for us!

14/52: Lucy the Tagalong (and Flowers and Baking)

Meatless Meal: Chickpea Burgers

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Need a meatless meal idea that uses some of the beans you might have stocked up on? This is a Friday favorite at our house! Reminiscent of falafel, but with a texture that's a bit more kid-friendly, and no frying necessary. We love these chickpea burgers with feta cheese, bell peppers, homemade tzatziki sauce, and flatbread!


 I've got pictures to walk you through each step, and you can scroll down for the complete recipe.

Gardening for Beginners: Seeds & Seedlings

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Congratulations! You've built your beds, decided what to plant, and you're finally ready to actually get things planted!

But... How? Do you need seeds? Is it better to buy plants that have already been started? Is it time to spend hundreds of dollars building a huge greenhouse???
 


 Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

One Homeschool Week

Monday, April 6, 2020

I've had a lot of requests for "a day in the life" post to show how we homeschool, but it hasn't made any sense to me because every day is so different! But when Lea requested a "week in the life" post, that made more sense! So here we go...

Gardening for Beginners: What Shall I Plant?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

One of the most frequent questions I field is people asking me what they should plant in their garden. And honestly? I can't really tell you what to plant without knowing a few things...



13/52: Crafts and Crutches

Gardening for Beginners: How to Start

Monday, March 30, 2020

So, you want to start growing your own food! Great! If you're not already sold on the idea, here are 7 Reasons to Start a Garden.  And I'll add one more, which I never thought I would need... If your local food supply gets disrupted, being able to grow food at home makes a HUGE difference in food security.



Now, obviously you need to be able to practice a little bit of delayed gratification, since even if you go out and plant radishes RIGHT THIS SECOND it'll still be a month+ before you're eating them (and they're the quickest thing you can grow). But with our governor just issuing a "Stay at Home" order that extends through June 10th (I know!!), it really seems prudent to do what we can to avoid leaving the house whenever possible. So... Why not try to grow a little something that helps tide you over between grocery trips?

But where do we even START?

Well, your garden needs three major components to be successful:

Bread for Beginners: Homemade Pizza

Friday, March 27, 2020

Homemade pizza is something that eluded me for years. My crust was always too tough, or too soggy, or awkwardly shaped... It just felt better to order pizza or grab something frozen from the store! But I've been using this recipe for years and it's perfect. Give it a try!


12/52: Cream Puffs and Laetare

School in the Time of Quarantine: Home School in the Woods Review

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


We are BIG history fans in this house. After studying Ancient Greece for the past year and a half (it... took us a while to get through the longer book I chose, which apparently we were supposed to be reading three chapters from each week instead of two. Whoops!), it was finally time to move on to Ancient Rome! Hurrah! So the timing was perfect to try out some of the supplementary activities from the team at Home School in the Woods.


Bread for Beginners: Sandwich Bread Recipe

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A few months ago I decided I'd like to try baking all our bread instead of buying some of it at the store. I was already baking about half of what we eat, but was tired of getting cheap grocery store bread that was full of junk (and the nice stuff is pricey!!). So I tried out a bunch of different recipes, tweaked my favorite, and baked my heart out.

Little did I know that a couple months later, there would be a serious bread shortage in stores! I'm so glad I was already in the habit of baking all our bread, and if you've found yourself in a new position of needing to bake all of your own, maybe this will be a good place to start?


The Action Bible Anytime Devotions Review

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



We are big fans of The Action Bible, so much so that I've been tempted to get a second copy just to help settle fights over who's reading it, who lost whose place, and whose turn it is to read it next! So I was pretty excited to see that David C Cook had come out with a new book with similar artwork, The Action Bible Anytime Devotions.

11/52: The Playground

Byron's Games Review: A Geography Board Game

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



We are a board game family. Perhaps to a fault, because we're running out of room for games, but just keep getting more! I can't pass up a good educational game, though, so when Byron's Games offered to send their award-winning Continent Race board game, I jumped at the opportunity!

Venturing with God in the Congo Review

Thursday, March 12, 2020


Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
 

I had never heard of "missionary stories" as a book genre until Venturing with God in the Congo arrived from Conjurske Publications. A sturdily-bound book, I was impressed just by the physical durability of the publication. The book is the perfect size, pages are thick and high quality, and the binding is secure enough to withstand it getting dropped multiple times by my children with no issues!

10/52: Signs of Spring


Carole P. Roman Review: Picture Books That Bring History to Life

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



We are BIG history lovers in our family, and I'm always on the lookout for more books to keep on our shelves that will correspond with different historical periods we study. Lucky for us, Carole P. Roman has a whole series of colorfully illustrated reference books that appealed to all the children in our family!

Albert Whitman & Company Review: The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set

Monday, March 9, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



We have been fans of the Boxcar Children books for years. Both my husband and I read them as children, and I was excited to introduce our children to the original chapter books once they started reading fluently! So I jumped at the chance to review The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set from Albert Whitman & Company. 

9/52: Baby Chub, King Cake, and Soap Carving

PRIDE Reading Program Review

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


I have a confession to make:

What's In Your Easter Basket? A Small Shop Gift Guide {and giveaway}

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lent is officially here! I'm always happy to have the opportunity to buckle down and renew my prayer life during this liturgical season, but... there's also the details of Easter to think about and plan for! When I was a child, we got nothing but candy in our Easter baskets. I loved it! But I try to branch out a little when it comes to Easter baskets these days. Below you'll find 18 friends you can shop from to support Catholic small businesses, and I know you'll find something you love. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an amazing giveaway!

8/52: A Very Fancy Tea Party

Thursday, February 27, 2020


There has been a whole string of warm-enough days lately, which has resulted in hours and hours of outdoor play! Mostly this means everybody goes nice and far from the house, so I don't really see what they're doing, and only see evidence by the mud caked on their various pairs of shoes. The mud room is really living up to its name!

They've also discovered a bunch of old tiles and cinderblocks though, which stay fairly close to the house because nobody really wants to cart those all the way down to the woods or the pond. Usually the kids make houses for Edith out of them, but the other day they set up a very elaborate tea party for dolls and stuffed animals, and it was adorable. Mary Claire came inside to get Edith and bring out as many stuffed animals as they could carry. Then she came back for apple slices, clementine slices, and a single carrot, arranging them artfully on a play kitchen platter. I went out to check on them, and she was hollering at anyone who tried to eat them before they were "fed" to the tea party guests... The snacks are only fair game after they are "eaten" first by the inanimate objects. As one does.

Mary Claire has been taking Lucy outside a lot for wagon rides and visits to the chickens, as well. It's GREAT but I have few pictures, because generally this means a few minutes of freedom for me to go to the bathroom/wash dishes/prep food, so I'm not about to cut into my limited baby-free time! Poor Lucy has so few pictures of her, but it's her own fault for being so darned clingy... We love her very much!

Let's Go Geography Review

Monday, February 24, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

This post contains affiliate links

https://www.letsgogeography.com?aff=Rosiehill425
I'll admit, over the past several years of homeschooling, I've slightly neglected any formal geography studies... I wasn't sure if Let's Go Geography would work for us, but I figured it was worth a try. So we jumped right in with Let's Go Geography, Year 2!

"Okay, we're going to do a geography lesson and then we'll be done with school for the day."

"Ugh! No!!! I don't WANT to do geography!!!"

They changed their tune quickly.


7/52: Little Kid Time

Thursday, February 20, 2020


6/52: Big Gap No More?

5/52: Legos and a New Band

Saturday, February 8, 2020


January Reads

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

I'm going to blatantly copy Hannah and do a summary of the books I read in January, because I never did get around to a 2019 summary—too many books, and too many from so many months earlier that I can't remember much about them!!

Here's what I read in January:

This post contains affiliate links


Whose Body? ⭐⭐⭐ I've seen Sayers recommended time and again, so I thought I'd give her a try.

4/52: Nursing Baby Dolls, Bagels, and Buttons

Cecilia, Age 9

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

3/52: Lucy Mischief

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
CopyRight © | Theme Designed By Hello Manhattan