The Elements – Reviews of the book, cards and a calendar

The Elements; a Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe By Theodore Gray and Nick Mann Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc. 2009 Reviewed by Monica Walmsley The Elements is a well laid out, colourful, coffee-table-style book on the subject of the Periodic Table. The book begins with an introduction to the Periodic Table and how it got … Continue reading

How Do You Keep Your Children Safe Online?

Facebook for Homeschoolers? Over the Easter holiday break, our youngest daughter, (16 years old) finally joined Facebook.  She had been resisting joining, partly because of all the negative press she had received from her dad and me about it.  And she had held off for a very long time. But things had reached a point where she was one of the … Continue reading

Book and Course Recommendation

This week I received a happy surprise in the form of an email from someone who is just completing the Grammar Lessons Made Easy course.  I wrote back to Suzy and asked her if I could share her email, and she said yes! 🙂 So here it is: Hi Stephanie, Just a quick email to let you know how much … Continue reading

Old Blue Study Guide

A review by Silvia Cashia   ‘Old Blue’ by Mary Taylor is an exquisite picture book with remarkable illustrations. The story, a true one, is fascinating.  The study guide has nothing complicated for the mom to prepare extensively for only a few minutes of children involvement.  Stephanie explains how to make reading aloud a special time, and she has compiled … Continue reading

A Visit to The Art Gallery Study Guide

by Eloïse van der Merwe Since embarking on our journey of art appreciation the Charlotte Mason way, we really savour our visits to art galleries when the opportunities arise. We soak up all we can and then spend time browsing the gallery’s shop, followed by a light lunch or mug of hot chocolate. I often get home and think of … Continue reading

How to Get Your Teenager Reading

Billy is in junior high school, he’s a fairly normal, dedicated student who loves art. But there’s something not so normal about him; he’s a half-dragon. Bonnie is also in junior high school, she’s an orphan who is constantly being shuffled from one foster home to another. She hides the same secret; she too is a half-dragon. Billy and Bonnie’s … Continue reading

Gary Schmidt – a Total Find

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt Newberry Medal Winner Suitable for Ages 12 + Turner Ernest Buckminster III is the thirteen-year-old son of the Rev. Turner Ernest Buckminster II. When Rev. Buckminster gets offered a job in Phippsburg, Maine, he takes it and moves his wife and son from Boston to Phippsburg. Turner’s life is in … Continue reading

The Guardians of GaHoole – reviewed

by Monica, age 15 The Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky is a fifteen-book series about a magical world of owls focusing Tyto Alba Barn Owl called Soren. The first book, The Capture begins in Soren’s nest in the Forest Kingdom of Tyto when he is just a hatchling. Through a series of unfortunate events, Soren finds himself at St. … Continue reading