eXtra Special People: Biographies for Kids

When we are learning about new people in our homeschool studies, we often like to delve deeper into the life of that person. However, sometimes it can be quite difficult to find books that aren’t too dry. I want something for my kids that is full of good information yet will hold their attention. Over […]

Poetry for Kids

I did not grow up reading poetry. Other than memorizing a poem in 2nd or 3rd grade, I don’t really remember studying much poetry in school. Since I started homeschooling, I have discovered quite a few great poetry books for kids. While we don’t do formal poetry studies, it is nice to grab a book […]

10 “Clean” Joke Books for Kids

My kiddos all loved joke books when they were about 8-10 years old. However, I sometimes found that even in the children’s books there were tacky and somewhat inappropriate jokes. Jokes about bodily functions. Jokes with words like stupid or dumb. They just wanted to make people laugh, and I wanted it to not revolve […]

Amish Fiction for All Ages

Amish Fiction for Adults A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid This is a new favorite of mine. It’s well-written, and the story moves quickly. A Miracle of Hope is the first in a new series entitled Amish Wonders. This is a story of an unwed mother in an arranged marriage facing some very difficult decisions […]

Diary of a Real Payne Go-Along (a Hands-On Activity)

Diary of a Real Payne: A True Story is such a fun book. My 5th grader loved it, and she often begged for more time so she could continue reading. It’s not sassy or rude like other “diary” books we’ve seen. It’s about a spunky ten-year old girl, EJ, who is an avid daydreamer. Each chapter […]