Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream

The Internet has opened the floodgates of knowledge and history to the world. Prior to its introduction into modern day households, textbooks, biographies, and VHS tapes were the ticket to knowledge.  Now, a couple of clicks and you can be roving around Mars or gazing at the Mona Lisa.  In Abraham’s Journey, by Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian, the …

Why our kids don’t go to kindergarten

From Salon.com. Somehow, I missed the two earlier stories in this series. But anyone who claims that home schooling is anything more than a tiny part of the solution to America’s educational woes is kidding themselves. Home-schoolers are a self-selected, constitutionally nonconformist group that encompasses, at a generous estimate, 2 to 3 percent of the …

Study: Homeschoolers Scoring ‘Well Above’ Public School Peers

A study by NHERI commissioned by HSLDA. Homeschooled boys (87th percentile) and girls (88th percentile) scored equally well; the income level of parents did not appreciably affect the results (household income under $35,000: 85th percentile – household income over $70,000: 89th percentile); and while parent education level did have some impact, even children whose parents …

Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure

by P.B. KerrReading Level: Ages 10+Reviewed by Kathy Davis Twins John and Phillipa seem like normal tweeners – that is until their wisdom teeth erupt by their 12th birthday. While under anesthesia during the teeth extraction, both children experience a dream visitation from their eccentric Uncle Nimrod. He appeals to them to come spend their …

The Boxes

by William SleatorReading Level: Ages 9 – 12Reviewed by Kathy Davis Entrusted by her Uncle Marco to care for 2 strange boxes while he is away, Annie is bothered by his firm instructions to store the boxes apart, and not to ever open them. Her curiosity overwhelms her, and she does exactly what she was …

New Secular Homeschooling Magazine I just ran across this site for a brand new magazine called Secular Homeschooling. There’s a call for writers and low early advertising rates. Not much content yet but this could be good. Check it out. Secular Homeschooling is a non-religious magazine that reflects the diversity of the homeschooling community. Its …

Leonardo da Vinci

by Kathleen KrullReading Level: Ages 11+Reviewed by Kathy Davis Most people are familiar with Leonardo’s works of art – like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Many are acquainted with his blueprints for flying machines, tanks and other mechanical devices. But few know the extent of his scientific mind and pursuits. This biography paints …

Katie and the Sunflowers

by James MayhewReading Level: Ages 4-8Reviewed by Kathy This charming picture book playfully introduces children to art appreciation. When Katie visits the art museum on a rainy day, masterpieces from the great post-impressionists (Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin) literally come to life, allowing Katie an extraordinary interactive art adventure. The author has chosen a brilliant sampling …

Four more years… …unrelated to politics. I almost forgot: On this date, four years ago, we registered this website Homeschoolbuzz.com. At first, we were just tracking the homeschool news, then we added our book search. Later Kathy started writing book reviews and we launched our newsletter. Recently we started Homeschool Blog Watch. Thanks to all …

GMability Education (website review)

by GMReading Level: K – 12Reviewed by Kathy GM has available some new educational websites for children in grades K-12, complete with downloadable lesson plans, activities, and on line games about environmental, energy and technology issues. Find loads of information like interactive tours on fuel cells and internal combustion engines, or learn about the car …

Project Mulberry

by Linda Sue ParkReading Level: Ages 9 – 12Reviewed by Kathy Classmates and best friends Julia and Patrick team up for a school project on silkworms. Through the project’s conception to its conclusion, the author explores family relationships, friendships, cultural differences, and racism, while giving readers a fascinating education on silkworms. The author draws on …

Petey

by Ben MikaelsenReading Level: Ages 10+Reviewed by Kathy A beautiful book about life, love, and unlikely friendships, Petey will grab your heartstrings and not let go to the very end. Petey was born with cerebral palsy, labeled an idiot, and institutionalized in an asylum for the mentally insane. The book describes Petey’s life experiences from …