Author Archives: Challice

3 Simple Ways Busy Moms Can Conquer Nature Study

I love fall. The air is crisp and cooler after a long hot summer. For us here in the desert, the garden’s perk up. The leaves turn either yellow or brown to let us know their season is over. The children rush out of doors first thing and enjoy being in the outdoors. We hear birds more easily. The bees… Read more »

Author Spotlight; Why You Should be Reading This one

The first book I ever picked up by Gloria Whelan was her National Book Award Winning, Homeless Bird.  It was a very moving story about a young Indian widow, only thirteen. Koly is in a very poor family and ends up being given in marriage away for the price of a dowry that her parents end up receiving. The “man”… Read more »

5 of the Best Children’s Books Worth Reading This Summer

Book lists are my one weakness. I know I have mentioned this before, but its true. However, when I am trying to find books to read, sometimes there are so many that I have already read that I begin to wonder if there is anything new under the sun. Hint: there’s not. But there are a vast number of opinions… Read more »

What is Morning Time and Why You Need it in Your Homeschool

Title: Better Together by Pam Barnhill Synopsis (courtesy of Amazon): Bring delight back to your homeschool. Have you fallen into a routine of checking boxes? Do you wonder why you don’t have time to focus on building your children’s character and love of learning? That can change. Better Together teaches you how to design a part of your homeschool day where… Read more »

Canadians In Space: A Study for All That You’ll Want to See

Picture Copyright of Braelyn Rae Photography. When I was approached by Amanda Cunningham, author of the Canadian Space Unit Study, I was humbled and excited. Canada is probably a bit dear to my heart because while I have never actually been there, my husband was born there and I feel like its a part of our heritage. Even more coincidental… Read more »

10 of the Best Books for your Minimalist Homeschool

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I never thought I would write this post. I mean, my formal introduction to strangers should be, “Hi! My name is Challice, and I am a bookaholic! I have shelves and shelves of books that I adore and will never part with!” Maybe it is because of this that I feel safe to offer some of my opinion on what… Read more »

The Best Of Newberry Winners And 5 Not Worth Your Time

This past year I tried to start reading the Newberry Honor or Winners and work my through ALL of them. The goal was to get an idea of the ones worthwhile. I had a lot of “great kids books” on the shelves, but hadn’t really read a lot of them. My eyes were kind of opened when I first read,… Read more »

2nd Annual Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

In my previous post I shared my final thoughts for my first year in participating with Books and Chocolate’s Back to the Classics. There are 12 prompts that you choose a classic to fit. This year I am thrilled to reveal what I chose for this year’s prompts. 1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and… Read more »

Final Thoughts on the Back to the Classics challenge of 2018 and Reading Tips

Wow! I know EVERYONE says this every year but really, where has this year gone? It just flew by. One of the ways I marked the passage of time was doing Back To the Classics Challenge 2018 hosted by Book and Chocolate . I revealed last year my book choices for the challenge prompts. Well, I want to do it again!… Read more »

Top 5 Homeschool Resources We Loved in 2018

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Often times there are things we add to our homeschool that end up seeming like a good idea, but ultimately end up not being enjoyed like I envisioned. Cross stitch kits… that are still in my craft closet… from over a year ago, for example. But, there are some that really do love and we use often enough that I… Read more »

Australian Laura Ingalls {Review of Audrey of the Outback}

I have had these books in my Amazon cart for well over a year. I don’t even remember how I heard about them! I am like that. But I finally got them this past month and I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts! Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris (get your copy here)  First, I love that… Read more »

6 Books my 10 year old daughter and 9 year old son read and loved!

Disclaimer! My eldest two children have showed me some amazing growth and maturity these last few months. Since we tend to read, a lot, I have trusted them to tell me of any objectionable material for OUR family standards. If and when they do, I read it and get an idea of how the story will play out. Sometimes I… Read more »