Category Archives: Reviews

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 »

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 »

My 10 Year Old’s Summer Recommendations {And Mom’s thought}

I asked my daughter to pick out 5 books that she thought other similar aged children would like. I said children but being a girl, these tended to lean more towards the girl side of life. 😉 This post is going to give you information on the books but I also suggest you watch the video that corresponds with this… Read more »

My Non-Fiction Favorites

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Occasionally I have been asked if I have any non-fiction recommendations. That is such a broad question, I might add. It is also not one easily answered. I can easily begin grabbing books off a shelf and end up with a towering stack before I am even finished and I am constantly adding to that stack. So when I decided… Read more »

Mama Reads Books | Reading Goals for the New year

Every beginning of a new year gives new promises. These promises sometimes take the form of resolutions, “this year I will finally loose those last x number of pounds.”  “I will complete my buckets list.” or “I will be a better person.”  And so on and so forth.   I love new beginnings because they give me a starting point, like… Read more »

All About Books, 15 Questions Pertaining to Books

Which 3 books are on your TBR list and 3 books on your wishlist? To Be Read- The Pleasure of Reading in a an Age of Distraction  By Alan Jacobs Mother Carrey’s Chicken by Kate Douglas Wiggens (more known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T.Anderson Wish List- Some Pig by Melissa Sweet The… Read more »

A Charlotte Mason Education for the Younger Years (wrap up 2016-17)

Of course, as a new school year approached I had all these grand ideas of what our school days were going to look like. Don’t we all? The problem was, I was envisioning of what it should end up looking like, not our beginning footsteps in that direction. For my younger students, (who may or may not be categorized into… Read more »