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Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewers

We are just 2 days away from the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, and I’m probably the only person left on the planet who hasn’t bought the necessary glasses. It’s a huge homeschool fail, I know. I see all the homeschoolers around me ramping up for the big event, drafting elaborate unit studies, inspiring excitement and anticipation. And me? […]

Paddle-to-the-Sea Unit Study Chapter 8-9

Our reading of Paddle-to-the-Sea is such an interesting way to learn about geography!  We pulled out our map for Chapters 8 and 9, to follow Paddle’s journey through the Great Lakes. Chapter 8 – The Largest Lake in the World In Chapter 8, Paddle drifts from the Nipigon River into Lake Superior, the largest lake […]

Testing the Tongue Mapping Theory

Remember testing the tongue mapping theory in elementary school? We were told that the tongue was divided into different sections. Each section was meant to taste either salty, sour, bitter or sweet. I clearly remember sitting in class, watching the teacher go around the class, dropping a drip of mystery fluid onto each student’s tongue. According […]

Paddle-to-the-Sea Unit Study Chapter 6-7

Our Paddle-to-the-Sea unit study (Chapters 6-7) continues.  Clark and Luci are completely engrossed in this book, as we explore all of the details and subjects that each chapter introduces. Chapter 6:  Paddle Meets a Sawmill In Chapter 6, Paddle, wedged onto the side of a log, is transported to a sawmill.  Needless to say, Clark and […]


I met the Oola Guys a couple of years ago at a company convention.  They were in the Expo area, where all day long they were busy sharing their message, their book, Oola, Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, and snapping crazy pictures with their fans.  I didn’t know what exactly their message was, I […]

The Wonderful World of Wildflowers

One of my absolutely favorite things about homeschooling is the freedom we have to explore whichever subjects that we choose.  One of my children’s absolute passions – I imagine it is probably every child’s passion, if given the opportunity – is to experience nature.  From early on Clark and Luci were fascinated with dirt, bugs, […]