North Star Geography homeschool curriculum

Illuminations, What subjects do you print?

Illuminations, What Subjects Do You Print

(Affiliate link ) Illuminations (ILM) is a digital download covering all your subjects but math, deciding what to print can be a little overwhelming.

What subjects I print:
• Read-Alone Guides (RAGS)
• High School Study Guides (HSSG)
• Spelling
• Copywork
• English from the Roots Up (EFRU) Notebook pages
• Graphic Organizers (GO) to go with RAGs [Read more...]

The Greco Roman Book, A Product Review

*Warning: If you give a boy a book on how to build  weapons it will lead to building a helmet, a shield, a tunic, a cape…

Greco Roman

Really I should title this post, “Boys, Duct-Tape and Weapons.” I usually write my product reviews on items I find and love but this time I was contacted by Gloria Erickson from Warfare by Duct Tape and asked if I would be interested in doing one on The Greco Roman Book. As soon as I clicked on the website to look at the book I knew instantly my boys would love this. Then my next thought…how much money will this set me back?

The biggest cost in these projects is the duck-tape. I found that the dark gray was cheaper at Target for $2.29 a roll. For the silver and colored duck-tape AcMoore price was $3.97. But you can always wait for sales or use 40% coupons. We used about 5 rolls of duck-tape to make 6 swords, 2 helmets, 1 shield, 2 capes and 2 tunics. [Read more...]

Life of Fred Math: Ideas, Activities and Notebook Pages

life of fred

Math at my house generally brings frustration and agony to my kids and me. I usually avoid any questions on which math curriculum do you use…cause we have used most of them. Especially since each of my kids learn differently. I have to work hard not to grumble about teaching math.

A few months ago I stumbled upon an online discussion of math books and discovered Life of Fred. At my first convention I bought the first three books in the series.

After reading the Life of Fred Apples, I knew I was going to need to incorporate hands-on activities and extra practice with the concepts. [Read more...]

Organizing Our Mystery of History Notebook

Mystery of History Notebooks

This year will be my third cycle through the Mystery of History volume 1 (affiliate link). For the first time my children will be able to use some of the extra material I have created.

When homeschooling parents stop by the Bright Ideas Press (affiliate link) booth at conventions I often tell them the Mystery of History book is all you need to teach history…the extra supplements are for different learning styles. Being a momma of boys…coloring pages never really get a lot of excitement at my house, this would be an easy purchase to skip. The audio cds don’t work for my visual learners but my one audio learner loves them. If you need hands-on with little writing go with the folder books.

Linda Hobar explains in the introduction how to do notecards, set up time lines, and how to organize a notebook. I have taken these guidelines and tweaked them to work at my house. [Read more...]

5 Things This Thrifty Mom Will Spend Money On

5 Things I will Spend Money On

5 things this tightwad thrifty mom will spend money on.

Did you catch my post on 10 Signs You Are Visiting a Tightwad’s House? It seems the word tightwad still has a negative connotation and thrifty is the better word choice. I was first exposed to living thrifty by reading “The Tightwad Gazette” and since then the word tightwad has grown on me over the years.

Tell me one thing you gladly spend money on? Does anything on my list show up on yours? [Read more...]