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Review of The Thinking Toolbox

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Logic can be a difficult subject to teach, yet The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn, is a great introduction to develop the absolutely necessary thinking skills required to excel in […]

Review of Bless the Lord — The 103rd Psalm

Monday, November 24th, 2014

We love reading the Bible to our children, which is one reason why we love the book, Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm by Johannah Bluedorn. It is a marvelously illustrated version of Psalm 103 with gorgeous full-color drawings on every page. In Bless the Lord, the 103rd Psalm is divided into short sentences or […]

Review of The Fallacy Detective

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. “Mom, that was a red herring!” My daughter blurted this out as we were watching a news show one evening. The most interesting thing about her statement was not the fact that she had learned it from our reading of The […]

Review of The Thinking Toolbox

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-Five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills is another delightful offering from brothers Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it picks up where their book The Fallacy Detective (now in its third printing) left off, and helps readers to delve more deeply into informal logic. Their unique […]

The Scottish Chiefs — A Battle Against Nation-Building

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Here we have a thirteenth-century Scotland overrun by tyrants — English soldiers doing the bidding of their King Edward who was bent on nation-building and greed. Here we have a freedom-minded people who acknowledge none but the laws of God and their own country, and will never submit to a tyrant’s law. “I am Sir […]

Hitty — Her First Hundred Years

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

First published in 1929, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years is a nearly perfect book. Hitty is a doll carved by an old Irish peddler in 1827 from a piece of well-seasoned mountain ash wood. She tells the story of her first hundred years and how she is owned by many little girls, is lost several […]

New Astronomy Curriculum

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Astronomy and Astrophysics by Sarah Salviander New astronomy curriculum for ages 13 and up. This 36-week course covers the night sky, the solar system, stars, the Milky Way, the many galaxies in the observable universe, the origins of our universe, classical and modern physics, and the latest in theoretical cosmology. Students will gain an appreciation […]

Review of The Thinking Toolbox

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Review of The Thinking Toolbox on Amazon I am a homeschooling mom, and this school year has been very memorable because of the addition of two great books, The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox, to our curriculum. I am amazed at how much my children and I learned from reading these books a few […]

Learning the Greek Alphabet

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

“Our family has studied Greek in the past, but there’s something about learning a different alphabet that makes it very difficult for younger students. What we really needed was a Greek phonics book—rather than a curriculum that covers the entire alphabet in two weeks—and a copybook to practice writing the letters…” A review of A […]

How to Lie With Statistics

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff Written in 1954, this little book is a classic. Its subject is statistics and how they can be used to trick you. It talks about samples with a built-in bias, tricky averages, misleading graphs, manipulative figures, monstrous margins of error, and generally, how you can lie with […]

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