All Around the Home and Homestead #50

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

I don’t know about you, but I am looking to all the good food and fellowship that goes with Thanksgiving.
If you have any favorite recipes that you will be fixing for Thanksgiving be sure to link those up.


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Characters in Crisis ~ Review

Do you have a teenager who is in need of a good high school literature class? Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson just might be the course you are looking for. This two-semester course designed for students in grades 9-12, has been just what we needed for Brock’s Language Arts credit this year, the timing of this review is perfect. What a great way to wrap up this year’s run on the Homeschool Review Crew!

Like The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School which we reviewed last year, Characters in Crisis is written in a conversation tone that appeals to Brock. I’m sure this is due to Sharon’s years of experience as a homeschool mom and coop teacher.

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis
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All Around the Home and Homestead #49

Happy Monday!

This past week, we finished the new apple press! I’m a little bit excited about that! Before it started freezing, we had picked several boxes of pears and apples so that we could juice them once we got the press done. I wish it would have been finished sooner so we would have been able to get more juice made but I am thankful for the juice we got!




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Thinking Like an Engineer ~ Review

Are you looking for a great hands-on class that introduces Engineering in a really fun, engaging way? Maybe you are like me and didn’t even know you should be looking for a class like this. If you have a hands-on learner in grades 6-12 you need to check out Thinking Like an Engineer  and Thinking Like an Architect from the Innovators Tribe. Brock has been working through Thinking Like an Engineer for the past few weeks.

Thinking Like an Engineer
Technology Engineeering Education (TEE) has been taught in schools for over 100 years. These days it is the “T” and “E” part of S.T.E.M. education. According to Innovators Tribe, “There are an estimated 1.2 million home school and private school students in the U.S. who have these gifts. Some know it, and some don’t. The problem is the alarming few training and curriculum resources available to help identify, encourage, and train these special students who are often left without a sense of purpose.” Continue reading

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Thin Stix Creativity Pack ~ Review

Is it possible to have too many color options when creating art? My kids don’t think so! So imagine how excited they’ve been to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack which features 24 fun colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc. This review has meant they have even more colors to use when creating masterpieces including six neon colors and 6 Metalix Thin Stix.

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