Homeschooling Resource Roundup

Are you new to homeschooling? Are you loving the pace of learning online or still trying to find your stride? No matter which camp you are in, you’ll enjoy the free insights from Oak Meadow’s Living Education free online journal.

This edition focuses on how life has changed due to the pandemic, and more importantly, how we can thrive in the midst of it. I offer up a ton of FREE places where you can learn online! This includes amazing places to learn online about art, music, history, and more! You can check out the Living Education journal here and you can check out my “Resource Roundup” here.


After Intermission

If you’ve ever caught the acting bug, you probably understand why theatre goers and actors all over are aching for the time when it will be safe to lift restrictions, and the “show will go on” as normal.

If not, you may be wondering why all the creative types are missing the arts so much right now.

Either way, join me and my friends at Shine-a-Light Press to get some perspective on why the arts are loved, and what the arts truly do here.


Jesus Freaks Book Review

They received death threats.

They were warned to say they would stop believing.

They were told that if they did not change their actions, there would be dire consequences.

All of this because of their relentless dedication for a Gospel that is still, today, deemed offensive to so many people.

Jesus Freaks tells the stories of people across the globe who have suffered for one thing: their belief in Jesus Christ. People who were abused by their own families because they would not adhere to another religion. People who were held captive in a prison by their country’s government, tortured because they would not take back their belief in the God of the Bible. People who could not believe what they wanted to believe without harmful retaliation.

These threats are not extinct, as many of our brothers and sisters across the globe are persecuted for simply being Christians. Possessing a Bible is against the law in some of these places; worshiping in secret is the only option for Christians to gather together. For them, the concept of having a church building is not an option. For them, the church is truly the people, not a building.

Jesus Freaks is vital reading for any Christian who wants to examine their own dedication to their faith. It is a wake-up call for those of us in the Western world who have enjoyed such a wide variety of freedom in comparison to our brothers and sisters in the persecuted world.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Need Help Homeschooling?

Need a little help with homeschooling?

Or are you on the other end of the spectrum, with years of homeschooling experience under your belt, and a routine that works for your family?

No matter where you find yourself, a little inspiration never hurts.

My friends at Oak Meadow have just released the spring edition of their free online journal. This edition asks the question Dear Earth, How Can We Help?

You can read the full issue here and check out my tips for how to teach a basic appreciation for the planet (even if science isn’t your best subject) here.

Toy Review: Toy Story 4 Make Your Own Forky and Friends Set

For the first time ever, I am doing a toy review! I am super excited, because I’ve been reviewing books for years, but this is the very first time that I’ve had the opportunity to tell you all about a toy.

It seems that I’ve been out of touch or living under a rock, because I was a bit unaware that a Toy Story 4 movie even existed – seriously? I thought the third Toy Story was the final one in the saga. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tim Allen, but what more could happen? Alas, I digress.

Thanks to Mattel for this free product! The opinions offered on this post are my own.

This is the Toy Story 4 Make Your Own Forky and Friends Set.

Some fast facts for those that may not be in the know: Toy Story 4 came out in 2019. Buzz Lightyear and Sherriff Woody, of course, are in this movie. Is it sad? That would be a spoiler, and I don’t provide spoilers here! What is a forky? Forky is one of the characters in the movie, and Forky is a spork.

I have to admit that when I first saw this toy, I thought of The Office when Dwight Schrute tries to start his own daycare center. Have you seen it? The Sesame Avenue Daycare Center for Infants and Toddlers…

Unlike Dwight Schrute’s plain collection of forks, the Make Your Own Forky and Friends set actually does contain tools for creative play. The set includes a Forky, a crayon, an apple, and a milk carton that can be decorated. The paint set has tiny little pots that are so cute! Markers and glitter glue are included in the kit, along with pom-poms and googly eyes. There are also buttons in the kit.

This play set is designed for kids four and up, and you’ll definitely want to stick to that rule due to the choking hazard of the small buttons. If your child loves Toy Story 4, and you’re looking for an activity that doesn’t involve screen time, your child might really like this activity!