Today is the release date of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit! But you probably already know that if you’ve been on our Hobbit journey. It’s been a wild trip, as you can read in our previous posts: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 2) Week Two, 3) Week Three, 4) Week Four, 5) Week Five, and 6) [...]
Other Hobbit Read Along posts: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 2) Week Two, 3) Week Three, 4) Week Four, 6) Finale, pt 1: Andrew Peterson’s Joyous Turn, and 7) Finale, pt. 2. One Last Giveaway Can you believe it?! It’s the last week of our read along, and less than two weeks until The Hobbit [...]
The entries are in! As you probably know, we’re running a contest in which kids were invited to record themselves reading a few pages of The Hobbit. On the first week of our Hobbit Read Along, we heard from John Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog books, and I asked you all to help [...]
Now that the turkey feathers have settled, it’s time to get back to The Hobbit! In case you’re running behind, here’s a recap: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 3) Week Two, and 4) Week Three. It’s been a little heady around here lately, so I thought today we might roll our sleeves up and get [...]
Welcome to Week 3 of our Hobbit Read Along! If you’re just joining us (and it’s not too late!), you should probably check out the Introduction, Week 1 and Week 2 of the read along. You can find the full reading schedule in the download at the bottom of this page, but just fyi, we’re [...]
Are you interested in joining our Hobbit Read Along? Sign up to receive weekly emails during the event either below or in the comments of our introduction: Hobbits, Hot Chocolate, and The Bookshelf Giveaway. Check out Week 1 of the read along, or skip ahead to Week 3. Welcome to Week 2 of our Hobbit [...]
Are you interested in joining our Hobbit Read Along? Sign up to receive weekly emails during the event either below or in the comments of our introduction: Hobbits, Hot Chocolate, and The Bookshelf Giveaway. Or see Hobbit Read Along, Week Two for the next installment. A Good Beginning Welcome, trolls, elves, and burglars alike, to [...]
On Tuesday, Janie talked about the Higgs boson, and the search for what’s under the surface in physics. Today, I’ve invited Nathan Huffstutler, a writing and literature teacher at Maranatha Baptist Bible College, to lead us on a similar search in literature. And I’m so excited to share his thoughts with you guys. The basic [...]
I’m not quite ready to retire to a rocking chair in front of the general store, bending the ear of hapless passers-by: “Yessir, it was rough back in them early homeschoolin’ days . . .” But still, it’s fun to off-handedly mention that when I started homeschooling, way back in 1985, neither A Beka nor [...]
Last October, Janie and I celebrated Reformation Day with a read-along of Pilgrim’s Progress for families. Janie covered the original book for older kids, while I picked up Oliver Hunkin’s Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress. It would turn out to be more than just a good read or a vocabulary builder. My mom [...]
What is Environmentalism? With the movie version of The Lorax hitting theaters this weekend, man’s role in shaping and caring for the environment is back in focus for parents and kids. The message that we ought to protect and nurture our environment is not a new one—it’s been around for decades now, and can be [...]
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