Review of “Our America” Series historical fiction novels by Susan Kilbride

I have just finished reading 3 wonderful new historical fiction novels by Susan Kilbride in the Our America series!  These are definitely going on our History bookshelf, so we can read Living Books while studying American history! The newest (third) historical chapter book, The Salem Adventure, just came out and to celebrate Amazon is giving away the Kindle version of the second book in the series, The King Philip’s War Adventure, for FREE at this link on July 15, 16, and 17, 2013!    The second book:  The King Philip’s {Read More}

Imagination Station Books #8 and #9 Review and Giveaway

I’m happy to share with you today a review of the newest Imagination Station books presented by Focus on the Family and published by Tyndale. They tell the adventures of cousins Beth and Patrick as they travel back in time through the Imagination Station of Odyssey (for all you Adventures in Odyssey fans!). We were once again not disappointed by this series. I love that they are written for younger kids. My 9 and 10-year-olds especially enjoyed reading them to {Read More}

How do we do Circle Time?

A number of years ago I read about Kendra Fletcher’s views on Circle Time.  I thought, “This is what I want!”  But for years, no matter how hard I tried I could never get all of us organized in the morning to meet together as a family.  So, I finally accepted that we would just do it in the afternoon as soon as I put the baby/toddler (s) down for a nap.  And that HAS worked for years! This year, {Read More}

Homeschool Curriculum 2012-2013

Here is our 2012-2013 Curriculum   B (age 11, 6th grade): Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12” Bible:  Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids — Revelation (Bible Prophecy for Kids and A Sneak Peek into the Future) Grammar:  Daily Grams 6 (Easy Grammar) Latin:  First Form Latin Music:  violin lessons, band (saxophone) at Christian school History:  Mystery of History and Story of the World, vol. 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with notebooking materials from Homeschool in {Read More}

Homeschool 2012/13: Historical Fiction for Middle Ages

Along with our wonderful history curriculum, Mystery of History, we’ll be reading lot of historical fiction.  It’s such an exciting way to study history–and makes it more memorable, too!  We’re in volume 2, which covers Pentecost (A.D.  29) through the Gutenberg Press (1456).  This period of history always feels very boy-oriented to me:  evil Roman emperors, Vikings, Knights, Robin Hood, and Marco Polo!  It should be a fun year! We’ll also be listening to Story of the World in the {Read More}

Imagination Station- My kids’ review

I’ve had a really fun week doing this blog tour!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too.  I thought I’d leave you with a few reviews from my kids! My 9-year-old said he liked book # 5 (Showdown With the Shepherd) about David and Goliath the best of all six.  He liked how Hugh tried to change history but couldn’t.  This boy has had a harder time getting into reading on his own.  I feel the Imagination Station books gave him {Read More}

Imagination Station- What the future holds

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Q and A with Marianne Hering, main series author of the Imagination Station book series.  Here are a few more insights from her, and she tells us about the next books which will come out. Be sure to leave a comment again today to be entered into the drawing for all 6 Imagination Station books! Imagination Station Blog Tour Q&A with Marianne Hering 9. What do you hope kids will walk away with after reading Imagination {Read More}

Imagination Station- More Q and A with Marianne Hering

Be sure to leave a comment today to be entered in the giveaway for a drawing of the first 6 books of the series!  You can leave a comment each day this week, for a total of 5 entries.                      Imagination Station Blog Tour Q&A with Marianne Hering 5. These books are geared towards young readers, ages 7 and up. What is the number one issue that children learning to read {Read More}

Imagination Station–Meet the Authors, Q and A

Yesterday, I shared about a wonderful new series called Imagination Station which is historical fiction written for early readers (ages 7 and up).  If you’d like to receive a copy of all six Imagination Station books, join our giveaway!  Just leave a comment each day this week (total of 5 entries available per person).  The winner will be randomly chosen next Monday, November 14. Today, I’d love to introduce you to the authors:   Paul McCusker (creative director) has written {Read More}

Imagination Station blog tour book review and giveaway

                     I am excited to introduce you to a great new book series called the Imagination Station series.  Do you recognize “Imagination Station?”  Yes, it’s the time machine from Adventures in Odyssey!  These books are historical fiction using the tool of the Imagination Station to send Patrick and Beth, cousins, to different past historical time periods.  It’s described as a Christian version of Magic Tree House.  We were given a set {Read More}