A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

Now in my fourth year of homeschooling, I've tried my fair share of literature curriculum for my kids. I've been on a search for diverse high school literature curriculum for the last two years, and if it's free it's even better. Curriculum can get expensive. We've done Memoria Press, with its classical (borderline boring) approach [...]

How to watch Love Actually without the nude scenes

How to watch Love Actually without the nude scenes

Love Actually is ... actually ... one of my favorite Christmas movies. At some point my husband and I realized this is a film we watch every year, and all of a sudden it became tradition. But as our kids have grown into teens and stay up later at night, our margin for watching movies [...]

The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

Saxon math parents, it's been an epic quest but I have found the holy grail: the online, self-grading Saxon math site that has absolutely changed my life. I'm feeling borderline evangelistic about this resource, y'all. After four years of homeschool, the one curriculum I've stuck with year-in and year-out is Saxon math. It's a solid [...]

The Good and the Beautiful science curriculum: Is it rigorous enough?

The Good and the Beautiful science curriculum: Is it rigorous enough?

This review contains my honest opinions. I wasn't compensated for this review and didn't receive free copies of the curriculum. When I first started homeschooling my kids—then in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades—I relied heavily on my sister's library of used homeschool curriculum, which was mostly made up of Memoria Press workbooks and teacher's guides. [...]

Why I’ll keep masking . . . for a little while, at least

Why I’ll keep masking . . . for a little while, at least

The CDC announced this week that vaccinated people no longer need to mask or social distance, and that's really exciting news. But last night, as I took my two teenagers to get their vaccines and left my disappointed on-the-cusp 11-year-old at home, it struck me that this new phase of the pandemic might be scientifically [...]

What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

What we’re reading: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

When I spotted Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri in nearly every "best of" YA list for 2020, I was first struck by the title. It's a phrase I remembered from Tolkien, made especially poignant to me after the death of my son's best friend. We've clung to these words through the darkest forests of [...]

How to read “Pride and Prejudice” along with the BBC miniseries

How to read “Pride and Prejudice” along with the BBC miniseries

This winter I'm reading through one of my favorite books of all time, Pride & Prejudice, with my thirteen-year-old daughter for her homeschool literature course. It's the perfect time of year for it, when we can pull up blankets by the fireplace and read out loud to each other...kind of like the Bennett sisters would have done. [...]