History Odyssey Impressions

It's been almost a year since we started using History Odyssey level 2, Ancients.  We had quite a rocky start, and there were times we got in over our heads.  However, we pushed through, worked the problems and were able to make History Odyssey work for us.  We are now going strong, and looking forward... Continue Reading →


IEW Student Writing Intensive Impressions

We have just finished the Student Writing Intensive level A, and it's time to share our experiences!  For the nuts and bolts review of the program click here. Our year with the Student Writing Intensive (SWI) was a very positive one.  We've tried a few other writing programs, and none of them matched the results... Continue Reading →

Elemental Science Impressions

This year we needed something a little more advanced for my fourth-grader's science curriculum.  We had moved past the elementary level science programs (we are huge science buffs in this house).  I sifted through the massive amount of science curriculum choices out there, and found what I thought would be the right program for us. ... Continue Reading →

Fix It Grammar Impressions

We are closing in on the end of the school year, so it's time to look back on some of the programs we've used this year.  First up, Fix It Grammar. I was excited to try Fix It Grammar for this year.  It looked promising from the reviews I could find online.  I was a... Continue Reading →

Rosetta Stone Review

It's been a year and a half since we took the plunge with Rosetta Stone to teach my oldest Spanish.  We have learned so much in that time, and not all of it has been Spanish. We had a goal that was unrealistic; we even knew it at the time.  The goal was to have... Continue Reading →

Using Code.org in Homeschool

This year, we gave code.org a try.  My oldest son spent 18 weeks learning the basics of coding in Course 2.  He’s now got his certificate of completion, so I thought I’d share our experiences using the site. I looked all over for reviews on code.org for homeschoolers.  I couldn’t find much, so I was... Continue Reading →

Word Up Review

Word Up is a DVD containing ten lessons of common Greek and Latin root words and the English words we derive from them.  Each lesson lasts about twelve to fifteen minutes, covers one concept, and presents both the Greek and Latin word base word, and 10 English words that come from each. The lessons are... Continue Reading →

Math U See – Early Review

Last school year, we hit a big wall with our math program, and had to switch things around in the middle of the school year.  Consequently, I do not feel we've used enough of the program yet to give a definitive review, but I can give you my first impressions on the program.  This post... Continue Reading →

P.E. Book Review

For years I have struggled with physical education for my homeschool.  While I do believe that letting the kids run wild is great exercise, I also feel the need to have structured physical education that can focus on coordination, endurance, strength, and skills to balance out the free form exercise that the kids are already... Continue Reading →

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