The Myth of Fitting It All In

by Dawn Oaks on August 11, 2015 · 0 comments

Several years ago, friends visited us while on furlough during missionary service in an area near Siberia in Russia.  Over dinner one night, we began asking them all kinds of questions about life in Russia and the greatest challenges they faced in coming back to the States on furlough.  I was surprised by their response. […]


Keeping Your Eyes on the Big Picture

by Dawn Oaks on August 10, 2015 · 3 comments

Our topic for this first day of the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is Keeping Your Eyes on the Big Picture.  Many times, this is much easier said than done. I remember as a small child being asked what I wanted to do when I grew up.  It is funny to go back and reflect […]


WriteShop Review for Your Reluctant Writer

by Dawn Oaks on July 11, 2014 · 1 comment

When I talk with homeschool moms, many of them share how they just do not feel able to effectively teach writing to their children.  Some cite that they are not good writers themselves.  Some are weery from the battle of getting their reluctant writer to fill that white sheet of paper with creative and wonderful […]

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Go Science Series 2 DVDs ~ Product Review

by Dawn Oaks on June 27, 2014 · 0 comments

Our family does not school all summer long, but it is nice to be able to incorporate some learning on those rainy days or times when you hear, “Mom, I’m bored.  There’s nothing to do.” Enter from stage left, the Go Science Series 2 DVDs from Library and Educational Services.  I love these DVDs, our […]


Homschool conventions can be a wonderful blessing, but they can have their pitfalls too if you aren’t prepared.  I am so glad that you have joined me on this post about some basics of enjoying and getting the most out of your local homeschool convention. Fellowship Some of the wonderful blessings of attending a convention […]

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Unit Study for Geography and Missions

by Dawn Oaks on March 7, 2014 · 0 comments

My boys and I recently had a chance to review a new resource out by Bonnie Rose Hudson entitled, Asia: Its People and History. There are some resources that you use as a homeschool mom that even when you are done, you are not sure exactly which subject to count it as. That was certainly […]


Literature Study Units to Accent Your Homeschool

by Dawn Oaks on October 11, 2013 · 0 comments

A big part of our homeschooling is the use of great literature. Sometimes these are books from the list of great classics and sometimes they are books about individuals that will inspire and motivate us to be all that God intended for us to be. We recently had an opportunity to review Jim Elliot: One […]


Struggling with Math Curriculum?

by Dawn Oaks on October 2, 2013 · 0 comments

If there is one subject that I really try to be consistent with, it would be math. Because the skills taught build upon one another from lesson to lesson and from year to year, gaps can be created by skipping around from curriculum to another. However, there are times that you just really need to […]


Creative Learning on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on August 9, 2013 · 0 comments

In school, we study using textbooks and software. On the farm, we work with our hands and many different tools. However, the best learning happens when we break away and just use what is around us and get really creative. Sometimes we combine this in some way with our more conventional lessons and sometimes we […]


Dean Butler, the gentleman who played the role of Almanzo Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, in conjunction with Legacy Documentaries has recently released two new DVDs for your family’s viewing pleasure. Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura and Little House on the Prairie: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our family had the pleasure of […]