Homeschooling Ideas And Reviews


We are in our 10th year of homeschooling.

Schooling at home seemed like an appropriate fit when we began. It has morphed into a different mindset over the years. Not the intent just to school in a home environment, but to truly educate these young minds. To inspire them to educate themselves, and become adults who always chase knowledge. It is a privilege, and we believe God’s will, for us to journey on this path. We could never have imagined how it would change all of our lives. To increase our awareness of the world at large.

Now, we’ll have two high schoolers! I’ll be shifting this page to focus more on reviewing products that will help for this age group. It is a new frontier, high school, but an exciting one!

If you have questions, I am happy to help answer them if I can. Use the contact button at the top of the page. Sometimes I will write about this, sometimes I will steer you over to thought provoking pages on other sites. If you are just starting out, or in need of encouragement, these books have been invaluable.

For the parent Books:

Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson- Wish I had this from the start

A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick

How To Create Your Own Unit Study by Valerie Bendt

One Hundred and One Devotions For Homeschool Moms by Jackie Wellwood

The Unschooling Handbook: How To Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith

Christian Unschooling by Teri Brown- Whether  you agree with the philosophy, you’ll benefit by the encouragement of choice

Any books by Linda Dobson

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson

The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling by Barbara Frank

The Ultimate Guide To Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell- For High School this is awesome, no need to fear!

How To Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and Onto Learning by Carol Barnier- This book was so helpful with distractable child

To Help:

Highly recommend membership in HSLDA, Home School Legal Defense Association – Their resources are priceless

Catalogs I love:


The Rainbow Resource

The Vision Forum

Sonlight Catalog


The Old Schoolhouse -been helping me since day 1

Homeschool Enrichment- first place I was ever published!

Eternal Encouragement – Formerly known as TEACH, still has great homeschool resources

Want to read my latest homeschool article? has it posted at

The Gift of Time”  originally published in The Old Schoolhouse magazine

Before we even began high school, we heard nervous conversations about the dreaded SAT (insert creepy music).  Clearly it strikes fear into the heart of many.  However, I am truly relieved to have found an awesome program to put those fears to rest. College Prep Genius: The No Brainer Way To SAT Success is a three part program designed by Jean Burk.

Within the first few pages it becomes clear that the author is dedicated to helping kids prepare for the SAT. She has a sincere desire to help students get do well, and win scholarships.  With commitment from us to work at it, she breaks it down into manageable steps. It doesn’t have to be a mystery, the SAT. It is just a test. Granted, it is an important one, but with preparation the student can know what to expect and how to succeed to the best of their abilities.

Here is what you get in the program:

  • College Prep Genius Textbook- There is a solid, lengthy section on introducing the SAT, and then each section is covered in detail. It includes working toward scholarships, definitely a bonus.
  • College Prep Genius DVD- The author goes through 12 lessons that correspond with the information in the book.  It is designed to be used for personal, classrooms of any kind, and homeschool co-ops.
  • College Prep Genius Workbook

My daughter was pleasantly surprised at how the program was laid out, and is able to use it on her own. When I give occasional reviews, if the product is not good, I’ll let you know the truth. This is a top notch product. The cover of the book says “Featured on NBC, CBS, FOX, and The Homeschool Channel”. My teen no longer fears the SAT, she sees there are logical patterns and will be more confident to approach the test later this year.

Check out her site for additional helpful info at


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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