Review: Time Capsule Medieval England homeschool curriculum

I’m happy to review today a homeschool curriculum called Time Capsule: Medieval England. The first thing I noticed when I looked at this curriculum is how extensive it is! There are 351 pages!  It was written by Michelle Caskey and illustrated by Michelle Rankin. See more about it at When my kids were all in elementary school and younger, my favorite way to homeschool was to come up with a topic–like Medieval England–and do a whole unit study on it. I {Read More}

Free lessons about Ancient Egypt

It’s time to study ancient history again for us this fall. It’s really a fun subject for younger kids, especially ancient Egypt! See below for some really fun Free lessons about Ancient Egypt. Students LOVE to learn about King Tut and Ancient Egypt! Download a FREE lesson for kids about Ancient Egypt and jump into King Tut’s history! The freebie has several activities included in this pack, including reading comprehension, math review, map skills, and timeline practice, so there are {Read More}

Using Unit Studies for Delight-Directed Learning

Today I’m happy to be guest posting over at Ben and Me blog about using unit studies for delight-directed learning. I share what delight-directed learning is what a unit study is how we have used unit studies about a specific unit study we did on cowboys Head over there and read all about it!  You can also learn more about our Cowboy Unit Study here.  And check out Marcy’s awesome ebook and planner about delight-directed learning and unit studies:  Delightful {Read More}

Review: Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool

One of my favorite bloggers, Marcy Crabtree of has put together a new ebook called Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool.    Delightful Planning is 49 pages long.  I had expected it to only be a planner, full of different worksheets (which is has), but didn’t realize that it’s also an ebook explaining all about Delight-Directed Homeschooling, using unit studies, field trips suggestions, and many other techniques for following the delight-directed style of homeschooling. This first section {Read More}

Review: Homeschool Legacy’s “Forest for the Trees” unit study

  We just finished a great unit study from Homeschool Legacy called Forest for the Trees.   These wonderful unit studies are all available in digital format, including the one we received (and some are available in print copy). One thing I really love about these unit studies is that there are so many choices- lots of books, experiments, projects, and field trip ideas.  There’s no way to do them all–so you just pick and choose what’s best for your family. Forest for {Read More}

Review of Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea, a Once-a-Week Unit Study

I’m excited to do a review today of an awesome product called Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea. It’s a Once-a-Week Unit Study from Homeschool Legacy. Are you familiar with unit studies?  I have done tons of them in my homeschool career.  What I usually do is pick a topic and then head to the library to check out a bunch of books, CDs, and/or DVDs on the subject.  We then try to add as many disciplines as we can {Read More}

Homeschool Essentials: Antarctica Unit Study/ Penguin Lapbook Resources

    This week I’m joining the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials blog hop.  Come back here each day this week to find out some of my favorite homeschooling resources.   And down at the bottom of the post you’ll find links to other blogs! Today I’m sharing about the fun unit study we just completed about Antarctica and Penguins.  We’ve been studying world geography, and this was the perfect time to get to Antarctica.  It was even -18 degrees {Read More}

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}

Apologia Swimming Creatures Final Post

We had an absolutely wonderful time studying science this year using Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.  This was the fourth of the elementary Exploring Creation books that we have done.  And I have loved all of them!  Jeanne Fulbright loves the Lord and brings her understanding of God’s creation to all of her readers.  We become fascinated with not only what He made but how he made everything!  We also learn about what evolutionists {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: The Little House’s Clove Apple

Today at “From House to Home” I’d like to share about the new literature unit study that we’ve started.  It’s on one of my favorite all-time book series:  The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  We’re almost finished with the first book Little House in the Big Woods.  My girls (ages 4, 8, and 9) are enthralled!  My 6-year-old son is also listening in. They’ve started a fun lapbook, we’ve sung some of the songs, and we {Read More}

Review of Josefina American Girl Unit Study/ Multisensory Curriculum

For the last 6 weeks my daughters and I have been using a multisensory homeschool curriculum (a unit study) for the American Girl books.  I asked my oldest daughter which one she’d like to do, and she chose to do the Josefina one.   I’m glad I asked her because it would not have been in my top five choices and we ended up enjoying it immensely!  Specifically, the downloadable unit study is called “Girls of American History Unit for {Read More}

Dinosaur Unit Study and Lapbook

In January we did a unit study and lapbook on dinosaurs (after my 5-year-old son has begged me for months!) We read through an incredible book called Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham. We also like the DVD set Dinosaurs, Genesis & the Gospel by Ken Ham and Buddy Davis If you want to learn about dinosaurs from a biblical perspective, get some of these Answers in Genesis materials!  Yes, God created dinosaurs on Days 5 and 6, along with the other animals.  Yes, {Read More}

Get Ready to Celebrate Reformation Day

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Revolutionary War unit study and lapbook

  After Colonial Times, we started studying the Revolutionary War.  We didn’t get to much into battles, since my kids are so young, but my oldest son read about them a bit. Here are the books we read: Johnny Tremain How to be a Revolutionary War Soldier (Ratliff) Annie Henry and the Secret Mission (Olasky) Annie Henry and the Birth of Liberty (Olasky) Buttons for General Washington (Roop) Land Battles of the Revolutionary War (Smolinski) Boston Tea Party (Furstinger) Growing {Read More}

Colonial Times Unit Study and Lapbook

Our next big study of the year was about the Colonial days of America.  Here are some of the books we read: Picture Books: Colonial Life–Kalman Colonial Crafts–Kalman Colonial Kids:  An Activity Guide—Carlson A Day in the Life of a Colonial Blacksmith–Wilmore A Day in the Life of a Colonial Printer–Wilmore A Day in the Life of a Colonial Wigmaker–Wilmore A Day in the Life a Colonial Silversmith–Wilmore The Thirteen Colonies–January Colonial Living–Tunis Sarah Morton’s Day–Waters Colonial America: Building Toward {Read More}

Explorers Unit Study and Lapbook

Last fall my oldest kids did an Explorers Unit Study and Lapbook.  (I know I’m a bit late in posting this, but better late than never!) We were able to go on a field trip last summer where we went on board two replicas of Columbus’ ships–The Nina and the Pinta.  The thing I was most amazed about these ships were that they were so small!  Here is the website so you can see if the ships will be sailing near {Read More}

Pirates Unit Study and Lapbook

My oldest son has begged to study pirates for years, so we finally did. See today what we did for our Pirates unit study. There are some fun kids’ pirates books, plus we listened on CD to the classic “Treasure Island.”   We downloaded the audio book for free and listened to it in the car on the way to some field trips.  There are several readers; some are great, and some are pretty bad.  But it’s free, and I could never seem {Read More}

Cowboy lapbook and unit study

Last month we did a fun study on cowboys. Here are the books we read: A biography of Will Rogers Armadillo Rodeo (Brett), C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Gagliano), Cowboys (Penner), Cowboys and Cowgirls: Yippee Yay! (Gibbons), I Want to be a Cowboy (Liebman), Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On (Why Cowboys Series)(Knowlton), Riding the Range: Western Activities for Kids (Drinkard), Little Sure-Shot: The story of Annie Oakley (Spinner), Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Henry, on CD), {Read More}

Africa Unit Study and Lapbook

We have finished our Africa study!  Another great learning time! We started out by going over to the house of some friends of ours.  The older couple were missionaries in Liberia in the 1970s.  And their daughter spent last year as a missionary in Ghana.  They gave us a wonderful presentation of the foods there–fruits such as plaintain, cassava, bananas, papaya, edo, and mango.  She fried some of them, and others we ate raw.  We also had plaintain chips.  It {Read More}

Rainforest Unit Study and Lapbook

The above graphics for the lapbook are fromHands of a Child Rainforest Habitats and Jena the Jaguar, Squidoo, and Homeschool Share.  See some great pictures of Jimmie’s lapbook here. Rainforest Books that we read The Jungle Book (Kipling, Rudyard) Afternoon on the Amazon (Osborne, Mary Pope) The great kapok tree : a tale of the Amazon rainforest     (Cherry, Lynne)  Rainforest birds (Kalman, Bobbie) Tropical rain forest (Silver, Donald M.) Over in the jungle : a rainforest rhyme (Berkes, Marianne Collins) Rainforest {Read More}