Erin’s Ring

Erin’s Ring by Laura H. Pearl Waterford, MI: Bezalel Books, 2014 Erin’s Ring by Laura H. Pearl is a delightful Catholic young adult novel. Molly McCormick is the new girl in Dover, New Hampshire. An 8th grader, she is the oldest of six children with one more on the way. Her father is a pilot …

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Art with Anything

Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff (Mary Ann Kohl Books) by MaryAnn F. Kohl Silver Spring: Gryphon House, 2010 Designed for use with children ages 4 – 10, “Art with Anything” by MaryAnn Kohl features a year’s worth of art and craft ideas guaranteed to keep kids busy and creating. Using …

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Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Pickert 2012 Lori Pickert and her family began homeschooling when her sons were four and seven. Before homeschooling, she founded a small private school with a Reggio-inspired, art- and project-based curriculum and served as director for several years. “Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners” is focused on child-driven projects …

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Book Review:Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Journey to the Summit (Encounter the Saints) by Ana Maria Vazquez and Jennings Dean Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 2004 One of the great joys of homeschooling is learning right along with your children. This past quarter, we have been reading “Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Journey to the Summit” by Ana …

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Book Review: Catholic Homeschool Treasury

A Catholic Homeschool Treasury: Nurturing Children’s Love for Learning by Rachel Mackson and Maureen Wittmann Kindle Edition 2011 1999 Ignatius Press I recently downloaded the Kindle version of A Catholic Homeschool Treasury, not realizing that it was actually a newish edition of a 1999 book. It does appear that the authors updated the resources section, …

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Book Review: Montessori at Home

Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method by Heidi Anne Spietz Rossmoor, CA: American Montessori Consulting, 1988 “Montessori at Home” is an older book you might want to find in your local library system if you are interesting in using Montessori methods in your homeschool. Heidi …

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Homeschooler’s Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts

Are you a homeschooler who needs to create a portfolio for end of year reporting? Do you have a student starting high school and are wondering how to record high school work in order to create a transcript that colleges or future employers will recognize? Do you have a student who is almost done high …

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Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners

Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners by Cindy West Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, Inc., 2012 In many ways, the title of Cindy West’s new book, Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners, is a misnomer. West does discuss the special needs and challenges of gifted students, but this book is much more than that – it is a …

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How Children Learn

It’s almost embarrassing to admit that I have been homeschooling for six years and never read a book by John Holt. Considered the father of modern homeschooling, his thought has contributed much to the homeschooling movement and while he was primarily in favor of unschooling, everyone who homeschools today owes him a debt of gratitude …

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The Best Book on Homeschooling I’ve Ever Read

I don’t often reread books. As a book reviewer, I always seem to have more good books in my “to be read” pile than I could ever have time for. Therefore, for me to read a book twice, it really needs to be something extraordinary and helpful to my life. A Little Way of Homeschooling …

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