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  • World News for Kids

    March 29, 2017
    One of my main focus points in our homeschool is educating my kids to have the mindset of a world citizen and not just an American viewpoint. Google ‘global citizens’ and you’ll find a plethora of articles, books, and opinions. As a home educator, my time is already stretched thin and I’ve found just reading...
  • The Goldfish Boy

    March 27, 2017
    This reads like a middle-grade whodunit. Matthew is our detective. The neighborhood kids have nicknamed him Goldfish Boy because he is only comfortable in two rooms of his home and spends a lot of time looking at the windows observing his neighbors. Matthew suffers from severe OCD and it is one of the plots in...
  • Divergent Thoughts

    March 26, 2017
    Note that I wrote most of this post last Summer and have since finished reading the series.  I got an email asking about this post, and I never moved it here to the new blog, so I edited a bit, and here it is. I’m re-reading the Divergent Series. I wanted something light and wanted to...
  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

    March 25, 2017
    Alyssa may not be from Chicago, but she certainly seems like she absorbed a lot of our attitudes on life. If time had allowed I would have plowed through this memoir in a day. It’s an easy, honest peek not only into The White House but into the life of a very average person who...
  • American Gods

    March 24, 2017
    “Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine. First they were driving through countryside, then, imperceptibly, the occasional town became a low suburban sprawl, and the sprawl became the city.” ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods The upcoming series and the fact that I need a little brain candy has driven me into a re-read. (Plus I am...
  • Women’s History Month Books

    March 23, 2017
    President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went...
  • Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)

    March 22, 2017
    I’m a big fan of this book. Thank goodness the entire trilogy is already published so I can get to books 2 and 3. In many ways, this is an uncomfortable book to read out loud. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it just consider yourself forewarned that reading about racism and slavery. It’s...
  • Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong

    March 21, 2017
    Do violent video games lead kids to be more violent in real life? This was a huge debate amongst homeschoolers five-ten years ago. I’m not as involved in the day to day discussions of that subgroup anymore, but I feel like there are plenty of people who still believe that they do. So much research...
  • The Sun is Also A Star

    March 19, 2017
    Ok, so I am not a romantic at all. The premise of this story is love, at first sight, all in one day. The plot device of the one-day story is fantastic as is the city setting and I’ll bet most teens will love this. In a way, it reminded me of the movie Serendipity with...
  • Beauty and the Beast

    March 18, 2017
          We’re on our way to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. My motto, of course, being that the book is better than the movie. The original animated version is one of my most favorite movies ever and when we went to Disney I was most excited to meet Belle. I guess if the...