Homeschooling Skyrockets as More Parents Get Fed Up

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The school house is no longer the save haven of education that it once was. As preppers we are out to protect those things most dear to us in times of calamity. I think its safe to say that our education system is in serious disarray. Can you imagine another institution suffering indoctrination, bullying, suicide, …

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Legal Aspects of Homeschooling

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What is really going on at your child’s school? Do you actually know? Are your kids on a path towards success in the world of the 9-5? Is that even what we are trying to create in school? There are many more questions I can ask about the makeup of schools and what they are …

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Homeschooling: The Best Hope for America’s Future

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How do we prevent our school system from doing more harm? We have an antiquated school system that is creating little serfs. There is no getting around this fact. We should have a school system that creates entrepreneurs who leave school with apprenticeships and a business plan. Of course, that would start to infringe on …

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Homeschooling: The Best Hope for America’s Future

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Homestead Homeschooling: Year 3

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School is becoming an obsolete idea. Not the idea that children should be taught but the methods and model that is used in public school is just getting to be a bit much. In fact, its a scary! The risks of putting a child through public school are growing each year. Every time we see a …

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California Targets Homeschoolers Following Tragedy; Home Visits Possible

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Calls for severely regulating homeschooling in California have begun in the wake of the horrific Turpin child-abuse case that made national headlines.

“There’s no better way to isolate your child if you are an abusive parent than to homeschool,” Rachel Coleman, the executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Homeschooling, told NBC 4 in Los Angeles.

Two California state assembly members, Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside), want to increase restrictions on homeschooling. The two are partnering with the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torkalson, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board is among those pushing for tougher restrictions. David and Louise Turpin are accused of keeping their 13 child starved, chained up and living in filth.

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“The answer is that the couple exploited California’s lax homeschooling laws to keep the authorities from finding out what they were doing to their kids,” a Bee editorial charges. “ … Beyond local zoning and fire codes and an annual registration to show that the children enrolled are not truant, private schools have scant oversight in California. The state Department of Education doesn’t approve, monitor, inspect or oversee them. They don’t have to perform standardized testing. The state can’t monitor their academic performance or review their curricula.”

California, the editorial board said, should “follow the lead of New York and Pennsylvania, which require standardized testing and regular assessments.”

“It might also take the labor-intensive step of requiring site visits, as with private day care centers,” the editorial board said.

Civil Rights Violated?

But some say increased regulation is a bad idea.

“We are concerned … that this horrible incident – words fail to describe the depravity – may lead to an unwarranted backlash and violation of the civil rights of law-abiding, thriving, homeschooling families,” James R. Mason of the Home School Legal Defense Association wrote in a Sacramento Bee op-ed.

“The story out of Riverside has prompted The Sacramento Bee and others to adopt a frightening position,” Mason charged.

He summed up the position: “This parent who claims to be home schooling has committed unspeakable acts. Therefore, we need to treat all parents who claim to be home schooling with suspicion and make them submit to periodic government inspections of their homes and children.”

Mason then quoted a 1979 Supreme Court decision that affirmed homeschooling: “That some parents ‘may at times be acting against the interests of their children’ … creates a basis for caution, but it is hardly a reason to discard wholesale those pages of human experience that teach that parents generally do act in the child’s best interest. … The statist notion that governmental power should supersede parental authority in all cases because some parents abuse and neglect children is repugnant to American tradition.”

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Seasons, They are a Changin’

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The season is changing from summer to fall and the seasons of life for us are also changing.

I recently wrote about the realtor asking me to share 10 things about our house that would help the new owners.
Our house wasn’t listed for 36 hours and it had 5 showings and two offers.

The two offers were within dollars of each other. One offer stood out. They had written a letter. A letter saying how they both grew up with woods and acreage. How they were engaged and had a baby. Also had a 12 year old son from a pervious marriage.

We started our marriage very similar to theirs and I knew they were the ones. I had prayed for them without even knowing them.
This 5 acres needed more children to play here. My babies were 3, 5, 11, and 12 when we moved here. So much laughter. So many memories. It was a wonderful place to raise our children.

It only makes sense that this would be the time to move. I’m already grieving the kids growing up. Not that they asked me, but that isn’t anything new.

We close in a week. One more lazy Saturday morning. One more drive to church. The lazy Saturday’s are much quieter, as are the drives to church.
I am in the middle of grieving their childhood and the memories in this home, and at the same time so excited of the journey that is to come.

You see, The Principal didn’t get the job in Seattle (had I even mentioned that was a possibility?) That process kept us from buying a 5th wheel and traveling full time, which was the plan we had originally. It put the brakes on that plan and in the end was a huge blessing and the home of our, well my, dreams.
A yellow house with a red door, 3 dormers (my mom always wanted 3 dormers), and a large front porch. It’s in town. I know! No more homesteading. Well, in the traditional sense. Suburban homesteading and prepping may be topics going forward.

Can you grieve selling your home? I believe you can. There was a lot of life lived in 15 years. A lot of hugs. A lot of arguments between siblings. A lot of sleepovers on the trampoline. There were 4 new teenagers in this home. There were 4 new drivers who maneuvered our driveway and 4 18th Birthday born fires.

Our daughter shared this:

I drove down the driveway in Blanchard for the last time today. The next time I drive down that driveway it will probably be to show my Kids where I grew up. As it is sad to leave, I carry my memories along with me. Building and re-building the different tree houses that we never finished, riding our bikes around on the quad trail that we made or pacing around it when having a ruff day, walking through the woods behind us with the moose trailer and grandma with a gun to get to the Millers, the sword fights, capture the flag with glow stick, the many bonfires, walking to the end of the driveway to get Grans paper every morning, the many Christmas, the animals we have buried, the family debates in the living room, the full on wrestling matches (where I won by the way) and many many more memories both good and bad. We moved onto this property when I was 5. Now we go on to the next adventure that awaits us. We may have sold a home but we have not sold the memories. If anything we opened up an opportunity for a new young family to make their own memories on this Red Rock Ranch.

::passing you a tissue::

I am blessed to have lived in one place for so long, considering my beginning. I never dreamt I would be so blessed for what is to come.
Here’s to new memories in our new home and may we take good care of it as the previous owners did.

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5 Things to do After Homeschool Graduation

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By Alyssa Liljequist

At times, it seemed like it would never end. Week after week, month after month, grade after grade—surely my home education would last forever, I thought.
As a child, I wanted to finish my schoolwork as quickly as possible so that I could play. As a teen in homeschool high school, I had writing and filmmaking projects for which I needed to make time. I dreamed of the freedom I’d have one day.

Suddenly, it stopped. There was no more required schooling. I had finished. Graduated. Arrived. Or had I?

Now I can see that those seemingly endless years of homeschooling were just the beginning. Those years prepared me to enter into adulthood. They gave me a great start to my future. That’s a really good thing, because turning 18 and being faced with decision after decision that would affect the rest of my life was scary. It still is. Sometimes I feel as though I’m drowning under a sea of options. I wonder if you feel that way too.

The first thing to do is to seek God’s will through prayer. Talking with your parents is essential as well. Then, what often helps me is to make lists.
Making lists of the pros and cons related to different choices can bring clarity to a foggy situation. There may be three good choices, one not-so-good choice, and one excellent choice for your particular circumstances.

I’ll be listing five options that a homeschool graduate may pursue; many of them can be combined. It’s up to you to identify the pros and cons.

1. College. This is probably the first one that comes to mind for most families. Should you encourage your children to attend a university? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. If your child’s goal in life is to become a neonatal nurse, college is the obvious choice. If, on the other hand, your child wants to become a writer, college is not necessary but could still be beneficial.

Whether or not to go to college was a decision I really struggled with. Initially, I decided against it due to the time and money that must be invested. However, college opens a lot of doors that I can’t open for myself. For example, most internships are available only to college students. Attending college can give me an opportunity to familiarize myself with expensive equipment that I couldn’t afford to buy, and colleges also happen to hand out that piece of paper that lots of jobs require. While I personally don’t think such emphasis should be placed on having a degree, it’s the reality we live in. In the end, I have chosen to pursue a degree in media production (starting Fall 2013).

Because I desire a very hands-on approach to higher education, online college programs are not a good fit for me. However, if it works for you, online degrees enable you to study from home, save money, and work at your own pace. Make sure you are earning a degree from an accredited college.

2. Employment. This option means that you decide to enter the work force right away. Of course, this can be combined with college. As you all know, trying to get a job in the U.S. right now is not easy. If you don’t have much experience, a specialized skill set, or a degree, job opportunities are even more limited. I suggest calling local businesses, food places, and retail stores to ask if they are currently hiring. Then, begin filling out those applications! It’s easy to become discouraged by multiple rejections. Keep trying. I need to remind myself of this. It’s going to take perseverance to find a full-time job.

3. Self-Employment. This option has become increasingly popular as a result of the lack of “regular” jobs. Having flexible hours, doing something you enjoy, and not living with the fear of being laid off are benefits accompanying this choice. Yet, to run your own business, you must be self-motivated, work even when it’s tedious and not enjoyable, and be responsible for keeping the business afloat. Moreover, the work often never ends, and trying to keep your personal life and work life separate can be a struggle.

I’ve done part-time freelance writing for more than two years now. During that time, my work has been published in a variety of online and print publications. It has been rewarding to use my writing skills in this way, but a regular part-time, minimum-wage job would have earned me a lot more money. Recently, I began working as a technical writer for a local mechanical engineering firm on a when-needed basis. I am paid to provide a service; I am not, for the time being, an employee of the firm.

4. The Military. There are many benefits to joining the military—guaranteed employment is a big one. In return for your service to your country, the government will also help you pay for college. Graduating without college debt is rare these days. Still, I don’t believe people should serve in the military solely for employment and education. You need to be physically, emotionally, and mentally strong, and you should be genuinely patriotic. Enlistment in the military requires a huge commitment, and whether or not to join is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

5. Missionary Service. This is the one option that has nothing to do with making money. In fact, you have to raise money from supporters to be able to cover the costs. That’s why, generally, only those who have a burning passion to personally go and reach the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ serve on the mission field. In addition to a desire to pray and to give, some individuals experience a restless longing from God that says go. You know who you are.

We also need senders. We need people who are making a steady income to provide funds to support missionaries and to feed the hungry.

For those who think missionary service is an easy way out (You mean I don’t have to go to college or get a job at McDonald’s?), true missionary service is anything but easy. It’s tough not knowing if your supporters will keep their financial commitments or not. It’s tough being away from your family and friends for months and years at a time. It’s tough facing culture shock and spiritual warfare.

Even the application process to serve with a missions organization can be time-consuming and involve many steps. While it is hard, don’t let that stop you from following God’s will for your life. It is absolutely worth it. I served with Operation Mobilization (OM) on board the Logos Hope for 7½ weeks. I had never worked so hard physically or been so exhausted in my life! It was a very stretching and wonderful experience.

There they are: five options. Each choice represents multiple variables. What kind of job? What branch of the military? What country? Enjoy the journey of discovering what you desire to pursue.

I’m thankful to live in a country where I am given the chance to choose what I want to do with my life. What will you choose?

Alyssa Liljequist is a 19-year-old homeschool graduate of 2011. She is a freelance writer whose work has been published by various online and print publications. Alyssa is passionate about missions. Her other interests include videomaking and working with kids. Her short story E-Book, Deadly Delirium, can be purchased here or on She blogs at



Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.






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Homesteading and balancing all that weight!

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Homesteading and balancing all that weight! Renee “The Homestead Honey Hour” Chances are, if you homestead, you also engage in several of the following activities. Work off-farm, have a family, take care of livestock, keep a large garden, preserve and put up food, heat with wood, and home school, Maybe you also run a home … Continue reading Homesteading and balancing all that weight!

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Homeschooling with Netflix {American History}

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Netflix American History

I am doing a series on Homeschooling with Netflix.
I will cover American History, Ancient History, Literature turned Movie, Math and Money, Health Class, Nat Geo, Science, Christian Viewing, and Documentaries.

This are movies on American History that we have watched and enjoyed.
I included the Netflix commentary, as well as our own, because some of these were watched ages ago

Colonial & Revolution Era

The Crossing
“A stirring dramatization of George Washington’s surprise attack on the British Army’s German mercenaries at Trenton during the American Revolution, based on the book by Howard Fast”

Johnny Tremain
“When an injury bars him from pursuing his trade, Revolutionary War-era silversmith’s apprentice Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster) finds a new life in the ranks of the Sons of Liberty army, taking part in the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s legendary ride.”
(A little dated, and the kids thought it was a little cheesy. That said they watched it in it’s entirety and liked it.)

Civil War

Gettysburg:The movie
“The fiercest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a realistic production that painstakingly re-creates the events of three fateful days in July 1863 — from the actual battle locations to the uniforms and boots”

“Loosely based on the letters of Union commander Col. Robert G. Shaw, this Academy Award-winning drama follows the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War — and shows how they helped turn the tide of the war.”
(We love all things Civil War.)

“Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln’s cabinet regarding the war and abolition.”
(Lincoln is our favorite President. This was a great movie.)


Memphis Belle
“A U.S. bomber plane’s crew is ordered to hit a heavily defended German city. Capt. Dearborn (Matthew Modine) leads his men into battle while their commander and a public relations officer (John Lithgow) await the squad’s return in this film based on a real World War II mission. Amid friction between the captain and his co-pilot (Tate Donovan), a scandal erupts when a medical officer’s dishonesty is exposed.”
(Very engaging. Especially when the realized my dad was in the Air Force at the end of WWII)

Paper Clips
This is from 2004, but the age of this documentary doesn’t take away from the impact. A must see for your middle schooler to high schooler.

Recent History

Dear America: Letter’s Home from Vietnam
“Set to a 1960s soundtrack and accompanied by authentic news footage, still photos and home movies, these readings create an honest snapshot of a tumultuous time.”
(This was PG13. We really enjoy Dear America stories. Great listening on road trips. This didn’t disappoint.)

The Help
“In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Eugenia, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times.”
(Another PG13. I have watched it a few times and still get angry at how the country was then.)

Remember the Titans
“The year is 1971, and the people of Alexandria, Va., are none too pleased when African American Herman Boone is given the nod to head a newly integrated football team. As the season progresses, however, their contentious attitudes begin to change.”
(Another great watch for recent history.)

What movies would you add to this list?

Netflix: American History
Netflix: Math & Money
Netflix: Christian Viewing
Netflix: Nat Geo
Netflix Science
Netflix: Ancient History
Netflix: Documentaries
Netflix: Literature turned Movie Widgets

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Homeschooling High School: Curriculum that Worked for Us

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Homeschooling High School. Curriculum that Worked for Us

Our Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Homeschool curriculum choices can be!
Like, over the top, make you crazy trying to choose which is best for your children, crazy. If you are like me, each child has a different learning style, but you can’ justify 2 or 3 or even 4 different sets of books to cater to each child.

I don’t call myself an expert, but I have gone around the block a few times and read my share of curriculum catalogs.
While we have run the gamut of styles from K12 to Unschooling, I have really enjoyed Charlotte Mason style the most.
I use (loosely) Simply Charlotte Mason as a guide. There is also Ambelside Online.

We are on our 10th year of homeschooling and down to only 1 child who will actually be enrolled at the local community college.
This list is of our favorites for high school. All 4 of my kids enjoyed these curriculums. Yes, they all had different learning styles, but they enjoyed the Charlotte Mason style of schooling.

Critical Thinking
Anything from

Living History. Books from the library. This is where I use Simple Charlotte Mason as a guide. The books are listed in age appropriate sections by era.

I use the Simply Charlotte Mason literature list as a guide as well. I get the books from the library or search Amazon for free downloads.

Teaching Textbooks.
We have tried Saxon and Math U See. Teaching Textbooks seems to be the best for our family. The kids watch the cd on the computer and it teaches them as they figure the problems.

Apologia for Science.
We have loved ALL of our Apologia science over the years. I have heard both good and not so good about their Biology. My kids aren’t going to an Ivy League College so this works for us. There is also the Living Science list. I will get these books from the library

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Homeschooling Resources For Teaching Technology

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If you’ve paid any sort of attention to the landscape of education in the last five years, you know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects are very “in” right now. There’s been a huge push to teach children how to code, Lego Robotics teams are all the rage in schools and at home, and then there’s the perennial frenzy over whether American kids’ math test scores are high enough. Many traditional schools are making a real effort to get kids into the 21st century by issuing laptops, iPads, and other devices.

Obviously the easiest way to teach your 2nd grader electrical engineering, short of enrolling him at MIT at the tender age of six, is to make sure one of his parents is also an electrical engineer. If, for some reason, you have failed to provide your child an engineer parent, do not despair! Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or just want to keep your kids from forgetting everything over the summer, tons of easily accessible STEM resources are available.


Computer programming is everywhere in our lives, even if we don’t often recognize it for what it is. Most animated movies these days are someone’s calculations just as much as they are art. Think of the scores of apps on your smartphone, or even the technology that allows you to read this article right now. Most people who are adults today never heard much about coding until high school or college, but there are lots of opportunities for children to learn how to code when they are young.

  • From MIT, we have Scratch, a free online coding instruction program. By dragging and dropping commands, you can create your own animations, stories, and games. Scratch is set up like an open source community that allows users to share their projects and the source code behind them.
  •  has a game based on the Disney movie Frozen that teaches coding via a series of puzzles to make snowflake designs. Also uses a drag-and-drop interface. also has a coding game that has an Angry Birds theme.
  • Khan Academy’s coding instruction program is less like a game and more like actual instruction. Like Scratch, Khan Academy is also set up like a community. This one would be more effective for older students (as in, not 8-year-olds).


A solid foundation in mathematics is essential for someone wanting to enter the technology field. Lawmakers are forever lamenting America’s low math scores. Electrical engineering requires a solid basis in multivariable calculus and differential equations. This is a problem in a society where math is automatically labeled “hard,” whether it is or not, and kids who like math are sometimes teased. Kids need to be comfortable with math when they’re young if they are to get into it when they’re older, and something as basic as a math puzzle book can help. Here are some ways to make math fun (or, at the very least, slightly more interesting):

  • Math Facts Games. The curator of the Easy Peasy All-in-one online curriculum has assembled a list of free online math games for practicing basic math facts
  • Number Munchers. Kids of my generation probably remember playing endless rounds of Number Munchers during computer class in elementary school. Happily, Number Munchers is now classified as abandonware, which makes it freely available to the public at no cost. You can play it in your internet browser at, or if you are more technologically inclined, you can download it and play it via a DOS emulator.
  • Calculus by and for Young People. Don Cohen was a mathematician who ran a math clinic for children, wherein he introduced topics such as infinite series, fractals, and the Fibbonacci sequence. Materials related to this clinic were made free and open to the internet upon his death in 2015. Calculus by and for Young People includes a series of videos (via YouTube), a workbook, and a textbook, both pdfs. If you prefer the actual workbook, it can be purchased here for a little over $10.
  • Vi Hart. You may have already run into those “doodling in math class” videos. Those are the work of Vi Hart, who is an expert in explaining interesting calculus concepts with colored sharpies and a spiral notebook. After watching a couple of her videos, you, too, will want nothing more than to go out and count the spirals on pinecones.
  • Math Blaster. Another math drill game. It requires registration, but is free. Also available as a mobile app.
  • Khan Academy again. While Khan Academy also offers lectures, etc, on a variety of other topics, most of the site is devoted to mathematics. The early math and basic arithmetic section are enjoyable enough that my four-year-old likes to dabble in it from time to time. There is plenty for older students, as well, with courses in algebra, geometry, and calculus. Khan Academy differs from the others because it offers full courses – if you can pass every question and meet the challenges, you can feel confident that you’ve actually mastered the subject. It uses a self-directed learning approach that lets you choose which topics you’d like to cover, so you can save harder questions for later or skip easier ones.


  • Hacker YouTube Channels. There are many of these. You’ll know them when you see them. There are about a million and one online tutorials about how use a lemon to light things on fire or a vaccuum cleaner out of a plastic bottle. Most of these projects only require basic items usually found around the house, in addition to wires and nine volt batteries.
  • This is a teacher’s dream. Oodles of free lesson plans for all grades in a variety of subjects related to science.

Non-Internet Resources

Old Textbooks

Yes, old college textbooks. I use them for my elementary school-age kids. If you know where to look, these are easily sourced for cheap, and have lots of pictures. I live in a college town, so our local thrift store is full of textbooks that the university bookstore wouldn’t buy back. Last year I found a 1000+ page biology book with the glossy pages and fancy illustrations and it only set me back $4. If it’s good enough for Biology 101, it’s good enough for me. In my experience, it’s a lot easier as a teacher to dumb down a text than it is to try and give more detail when it’s not printed in the book, so it’s easy to work a level you and your child are comfortable with. For my first grader, looking at the pictures and reading the captions is more than satisfactory at this point.

Check Your Local University

The university in my town has a lot of programs open to the public that are specifically to encourage children’s interest in STEM fields. Our local university had an engineering expo for middle and high school students this last spring. Many local schools brought their students on field trips, but as it was open to the public I went along with my elementary-aged kids and we had a fabulous time. The physics department also hosts a big astronomy day for the community every May, with activities for all ages. The scope of university-sponsored family activities varies considerably from one establishment to another, so you’ll just have to ask around or check out the university’s website.

Visit Your Local Library

Libraries aren’t just for checking out books, any more! Some libraries have summer or after school programs for Lego Robotics or computer programming. The children’s nonfiction section is full of possibilities in itself.

This is not anywhere close to an exhaustive list. If you’ve found something that you find useful for teaching STEM subjects, let us know in the comments!

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Why Preppers Should Consider Homeschooling

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preppers homeschoolI don’t remember when I first became convinced that homeschooling was the only type of education I wanted for our children. I do know it was long before I ever became pregnant. Now that we’ve finished our eleventh year of homeschooling, I’m more glad than ever of our choice. Homeschooling has been the perfect fit for our prepping family.

The foremost benefit for preppers like us is that homeschooling provides a continuous flow of education in spite of changing circumstances. Any event that would normally disrupt the school year doesn’t have nearly the same impact on homeschoolers. During a time of intense stress and change, a homeschooling family is together, along with the reassurance and the anchor that only parents can provide. This family survival manual will set you up with everything necessary for getting ready for emergencies.

Experienced homeschoolers know that you can “do school” at any time of the day or night. You can fill a backpack and a Kindle with all the curriculum you need and hit the road. School can happen in the waiting room of a hospital, in a Red Cross emergency shelter, or at Grandma’s house for an extended stay.

READ MORE: What if you were forced to homeschool? Could you do it? What might you need to do now to prepare?

It’s the versatility of homeschooling that lured us to this way of life and should everything hit the fan, for whatever reason, it may disrupt our homeschooling for a time, but at least we have the curriculum, supplies, and confidence to continue, even through the high school years.

No relocation trauma

If a family decides to move to another location or has to evacuate for a time, other than losing some time in the moving process, kids can pick up their schooling right where they left off. When we moved from Arizona to Texas, it did take a bit of catching up and a few hours with a math tutor to get my daughter back on track with Algebra, but within weeks, it was as if we’d always lived here and our schooling just continued in spite of the rather large blip.

(Our move didn’t go exactly smoothly, and I wrote about it here.)

The trauma of leaving one school and starting over in another is a non-issue. Our kids didn’t have to face walking into a classroom of strangers and when we landed in our little corner of Texas, little by little, they found their place among homeschoolers. We joined a large group of homeschooling families, which offered a Girls Book Club, a Boys Book Club, papercrafting classes, a homeschool baseball team, horseback riding lessons, a homeschool archery club, a rowing team, rugby, lacrosse,  you name it. Within a short time, it was as if my kids had always lived here.

In case a pandemic hits, homeschooled kids will already be at home, along with their textbooks, computers, and everything else they need for learning. School closings and quarantines will be one less thing to worry about.

Will they be isolated and weird?

If you’re worried about socialization, that homeschooled kids will turn out “weird” and unable to order a cheeseburger at McDonald’s,  I present to you my two children.

My daughter is now a senior in high school and, gasp!, she’s been homeschooled since kindergarten and throughout her high school years. She has taken sewing classes, been on swim teams and in a year-round swim club. She’s tried out cheerleading, took piano lessons, has been in Toastmasters for 3 years, a homeschool drama class, has dissected just about everything a Biology student can dissect and is handy with both a rifle and a handgun. She cooks from scratch, can make her own homemade beauty products, knows how to dehydrate food and can use a Sun Oven.

When she left for church camp this summer, she packed a small emergency kit with her: an emergency blanket, her Swedish fire knife, a Sawyer mini water filter, a multitool and a flashlight. She is confident and in so many ways already ready for college and beyond.

So proud.

My son is now 14. He’s in Civil Air Patrol and focused like a laser on moving up in the ranks. He’s on a rowing team, plays on a homeschool baseball team, and can talk with anyone about anything, anywhere, anytime. In the past, he’s been on an archery team, gone to a shooting skills summer camp, taken horseback riding lessons, and has even made his own forge. I’ve seen him stay calm in situations where I was near panic and have come to rely on him as a strong and steady member of our family.

Just from these bits and pieces of my kids’ homeschooling activities over the years, you can see they’ve had plenty of time to learn practical skills and spend time with people of all ages. They aren’t unique. They are very much typical homeschoolers and ours is the typical homeschool experience.

The false argument, “But what about socialization?”, isn’t an issue, and it never really was. (I don’t happen to think that putting a gaggle of kids who just happen to be the same age in a room together for 9 months is the ultimate in developing well-rounded kids, but maybe that’s just me.)

Both social and practical skills

Our homeschooling has given them the time to develop practical skills, like canning and gardening, that would otherwise be limited by public school hours and homework. For preppers, this is the ideal educational setting: kids are able to learn academic subjects and still have time to explore their own interests and learn skills of self-reliance.

When I was in elementary and high school, decades ago, there were practical skills classes beginning in 7th grade. I learned how to iron, how to bake and cook, and how to use basic hand tools. Hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening, and canning were once a part of everyday life for the majority of Americans. Now, if parents do not teach these skills to their kids, who will? Certainly not the public school system.

DON’T MISS: “Homeschooling: Where Academics & Survival Skills Meet

If you want your kids, to learn practical, life-long skills, it’s up to you. This is where grandparents and extended family can play a huge role. Certainly, among the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others in you family circle, there’s an abundance of knowledge and skills that could die out with that generation. Just yesterday, I was wishing that I had thought to ask my own great-aunts about growing up during the Great Depression.

Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge right in your own backyard and prepare your kids for a future of self-reliance by learning those skills now. Homeschooling helps make this possible because the “school day” is generally much, much shorter than the 7-8 hours spent in public schools, Monday through Friday.

Homeschooling for the tightest budgets

Another reason that preppers should consider homeschooling is because it’s many advantages come with a tiny price tag. In fact, there is a multitude of resources online that are absolutely free.

The curriculum that our family has thoroughly enjoyed over the years is AmblesideOnline. This challenging, 36-week curriculum is completely free and follows the educational philosophy and principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator who established several schools in the late 1800’s. The website, SimplyCharlotteMason, explains:

The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”

AmblesideOnline provides the curriculum, book lists, and dozens of resources — the only expense is the actual books, and many of those are free online and can be found in used bookstores. For many reasons, this curriculum worked out perfectly for my family. When I saw my 11-12 year old daughter reading the original Mary Poppins, the original Peter Pan, and Oliver Twist and then discussing with me the themes of the novels without the need of a textbook or workbook guiding her thoughts and conclusions, well, I was impressed, especially coming from a public school background as a teacher, where so much literature for kids is “bottom of the barrel.” (Captain Underpants, anyone? The mindset of the public school system is that kids just aren’t bright enough to comprehend “hard” books.)

There are dozens of other curricula, though, and if you’re a beginner, you can read through my articles of advice for beginners. The main point is that homeschooling doesn’t have to cost much money at all. In fact, since so many homeschooling families are single-income with mom staying home, you’ll find yourself right at home with families who are also budget-minded and prefer to live simply in order to provide this education for their kids.

A multitude of free homeschooling resources on the web can take the place of more expensive curriculum if need be.

Self-reliant families in homeschool circles

I have found that homeschooling parents are generally eager to share their experiences and offer advice and suggestions, and chances are, there are homeschooling activity groups and co-ops in your area. However, beyond that help, you will find that homeschooling families tend toward self-reliance, and you will likely find other prepper families in these groups.

We’re used to swimming against the flow and are just a little bit rebels at heart, so prepping and homeschooling are a natural fit.

READ MORE: Here is a list of all the homeschooling articles that have appeared here on The Survival Mom.

“Follow your heart”, isn’t always the best advice, but when it comes to homeschooling, I think it’s an excellent guide. If your heart is telling you to, at least, consider homeschooling, there’s no better time to do that than right now.

This article was originally published in June, 2009, and has been updated.

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Some of Our Favorite Educational Apps

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Educational Apps for K-3 @MamaKautz

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I have a folder for each subject.

I got the iPad for school


Since my their (my kids) tastes change so often I am posting an update of our their favorite apps. Most of these apps are free. I sometimes will pay .99….not more than, say, $2.99…unless it is something I think they will love and use…
Geography Apps

Geo Walk HD – 3D World Fact Book – Vito Technology Inc.

Google Earth – Google, Inc.

Stack the States™

Stack the Countries™

Learn US State Flags and Capitals – Quiz and Study Guide – mindwarrior

Science & Critical Thinking Apps

Cross Fingers – Mobigame

Moon Globe – Midnight Martian


Anatomy 3D – Organs – Real Bodywork

Periodic Table Shoot ’em Up – Brian West

Rush Hour Free – ThinkFun, Inc.


History and Citizenship

Presidents vs. Aliens™
… Yes, I thought this was not an ok app at first…same people that made Stack the States…12 year old LOVES IT and is learning.

USA Presidents

U.S. Quarters – Wooblue, Inc.

US Presidents (Match’Em Up™ History and Geography) – EnsenaSoft


undefined – Marcel Widarto

Fractions App By Tap To Learn

Math is Easy – Prime Factorization and Equation Solver

Math Battle

Pearl Diver HD

Math Bingo –

Language Arts and Spelling

BrainPOP Featured Movie – BrainPOP®

Grammar Dragon – NRCC Games

Bluster! – McGraw-Hill School Education Group

Story Maker HD – BlueFinger


Art Apps

Van Gogh’s Dream

Monet HD

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Dear Mom of the ADHD Child, You WILL Be Okay

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Dear mom of the child with ADHD

Dear mom of the ADHD child,

You will be okay!
You will have days when you want to pull your hair out.
You will have days when you see hope.
You will be judged if you choose to medicate.
You will be judged if you don’t.
You will be accused of being a bad parent.
You will be accused of not discipling enough.
Or too much.
People will take pity on you.
They will look down their nose at you.
Doctor’s will give you advice. So will Grandma. And the neighbor. And the teachers.

Until they live an HOUR in your life, they don’t know.
They don’t know the struggles you have every morning getting ready for school.
They don’t know the struggles every afternoon to get homework done.
They don’t know you worry that your child isn’t eating enough because the medication curbs their appetite.
They don’t know you sometimes don’t want to answer your phone because you are afraid it is the principal. Or the bus driver. Again.

Who doesn’t judge?
Who doesn’t accuse?
Who does know?

A loving and merciful God!
Do you know Him?

He knows your daily struggles.
He knows you get discouraged.

He LOVES your child even more than you do!

He hears your prayers!

He CHOSE you to be this special child’s mama.

You know why?

Because YOU are the BEST mama for your child.
Nobody else!

I am HONORED He CHOSE me to have not just a child with ADHD, but also a child with ADD.
Sixteen months apart.

They are in their 20’s now, and I am here today to tell you about it.
You know what that means?
I survived.

No, it wasn’t a cake walk.
There are full periods of time in their young lives that are a blur to me.
There are also great memories.
There were many adoring kisses and handfuls of dandelion bouquets.
Many ‘look mom’ moments as they were daredevils on the playground.

Friend, I am here today to tell you


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Could You Handle Living Life Off The Grid?

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February 29th, 2016

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One family left everything they had behind to live without electricity, running water, or any means of communication in the backwoods of Eastern Idaho. In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle. Part 1 of 2

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Survival Saturday: Should You Really Be Worried About Zika?

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Homeschool Family Sued For Letting Kids Play Outside

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A homeschool family has been sued by neighbors for letting the children play outside, and the mom is speaking out.

Homeschool mom Kelly Counts and her husband are facing a lawsuit over the “loud and obnoxious noise and commotion caused by the children playing” which has “unreasonably interfered with the Wards use and enjoyment of their property” and “harmed the Wards and caused damages to their property rights.”

The suit also states that the Counts violated their neighbors’ property rights because the children are “on the play structure [playhouse] several times each day during weekdays (when most children are in regular schools) and constantly on weekends, weather permitting.”

In other words, the Counts are being sued because their four children are homeschooled.

“It’s unfathomable to me,” Kelly Counts said of the situation in an interview with CBS-DFW. “I can’t imagine the sound of kids playing at any age or stage of my life and thinking that I needed to sue someone over it.”

Lawsuit over Playhouse

The structure is a playhouse that Counts and her husband built on their back porch in Plano, Texas. The noise the children made playing there so upset the neighbors, Irving and Anita Ward, that they complained to a home owners association, called in a city inspector and played explicit gangster rap music at a high volume to drive the kids away.

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Homeschool Family Sued For Letting Kids Play Outside

The Counts’ playhouse.

Counts had to bring the kids inside, and the family called a police officer because of the explicit lyrics in the rap songs. The Counts also tweaked the playhouse to meet city code – for example, removing the playhouse porch roof. But the city issued a variance allowing the Counts to keep the playhouse, and so the Wards sued.

“The Wards have never once asked me to tone down the noise of the kids playing,” Counts said.

The Wards aren’t talking

“I have nothing to say,” Irving Ward told CBS-DFW. “I have to call my attorney.”

Case Could Threaten Homeschoolers’ Rights

The civil case, Ward v. Counts, could threaten homeschoolers’ rights and the rights of all parents, wrote Rebeca Frech of the Patheos blog Catholic channel.

“If the Wards prevail, will the courts have handed those who are against home-based education an effective new way to attack our families and our way of life?” French wrote. “What will become of homeschooling families if the court agrees to this? Will it mean the death of recess and play time for homeschooled children and those who are too young to attend a traditional school?”

It looks as if social workers and school officials are not the only legal threat to homeschoolers’ rights. Some neighbors and their attorneys are now a threat.

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7 Must Have Books for the Homeschool Mama

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7 Must Have books for the Homeschool Mama

We are about to embark on our 9th year of homeschooling.
I want to encourage you, whether just deciding to homeschool or you are also a seasoned mama.

Here are the books I find myself turning to most often. Some more than others, but they are all on my bookshelf.

Homeschool Mom’s Bible ~ God
First and foremost please make sure homeschooling is God’s calling on your family. Seek His guidance in all of it.

Lies Homeschool Moms Believe ~ Todd Wilson
A quick read that will encourage you on your journey. One that you will come back to again and again.

Dumbing Us Down ~ John Taylor Gatto
An older book, but a must read.
“Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic-it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.”
― John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling ~ Debra Bell
A great book for new and seasoned homeschooling parents alike.

Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit ~ Teri Maxwell
This book helped me change from a yeller to a quieter mom. I wasn’t Michelle Duggar after I read it, but I wasn’t a yeller anymore.
It was life changing.

Top 102 Picks ~ Cathy Duffy
THE list of curriculum in one place. I have the Top 100 Picks and I still go back to it.

Teenage Liberation Handbook ~ Grace Llewellyn
This is a must read if you are leaning toward Unschooling. It’s also good if you are
trying to copy the classroom approach at home.

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This Is How the Government Will Put an End to Homeschooling

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homeschoolTruth be told, fear is probably the most powerful emotion we have, and has been exploited countless times in history to hamstring the rights of the people. From the War on Drugs to the War on Terror and everything in between, every movement that tries to take away any given right, is driven by fear.

Which brings me to the next ideological tug of war that is sure to be fought in the years ahead. For now, homeschooling isn’t really a hot topic in America, in part because only a small percentage of parents teach their own kids. But make no mistake, no right is safe in our society today, and it won’t be long before the media and the government decide to set their sights on families that want to teach their own children (especially considering the fact that it is a rapidly growing movement). If you don’t believe me, take a look at this AP article that was published last week. This is the rhetoric you can expect to hear from the nanny state and its minions in the years ahead.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn’t been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family’s barn.

All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it’s unlikely these states will start keeping closer tabs on home-schooled children.

“It’s largely a conservative thing, but even progressive home-schoolers tend to resist oversight,” said Rachel Coleman, co-founder of the nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Home Education. “Part of it is because there is an assumption that parents always know what’s best for their children.”

Yes. I suppose parents only think they know what’s best for their children. The state knows better right? Obviously there are crappy parents out there, but does that give the government the right to regulate everybody for the mistakes and malice of the few? In any case, can we even trust to state to attend to the individual needs of our children? If our public school system is any indication, then no they cannot. They treat education like an assembly line, where otherwise gifted kids often fail to succeed. The article goes on to say:

Such cases are horrific but they don’t typically lead to new restrictions on home-schooling, which many parents see as their deeply personal right, said Rob Kunzman, director of the International Center for Home Education Research at Indiana University.

How dare they guard their parental rights? How could they refuse to give up their natural rights when a few lunatics kill their own children?

For home-schoolers, the emotionally charged argument against additional oversight is that parents, not the government, know what’s best for their children.

“As many as two-thirds are home-schooling in part for religious reasons,” Coleman said. “Part of that for conservative Christians is that God has given that child to the parents, not the state. The state doesn’t own my child, God has entrusted my child to me.”

The horror! Some parents don’t want their kids to be indoctrinated by state sponsored schools.

Finally, the article goes for the jugular by trying to push the reader’s fear button. A study conducted by pediatricians with a ridiculous small sample size of 28 abused children, found that about half of them were homeschooled.

“For over half, few individuals outside the abuser(s) knew of the child’s existence,” researchers wrote. “This social isolation typically involved preventing the child from attending school or daycare.”

Knox said she would like to see uniform home-schooling laws across the country that at least keep tabs on children with open or previous Child Protective Services cases who are removed from school to be home-schooled.

For the 47 percent of children in her study who were removed from their schools to be home-schooled, it “appears to have been designed to further isolate the child and typically occurred after closure of a previously opened CPS case,” the researchers wrote.

That’s not a bad idea. Just check up on families that have a history with CPS. The only problem is that as time goes on, our society is defining child abuse in increasingly broad terms. Now you can expect to have your kids snatched by the state for playing outside alone, living off the grid, or if parents merely question the advice of a doctor. You don’t have to be a bad parent to have your kids taken away.

And considering how the state runs our public schools, somehow I doubt they should be able to determine if our children are safe at home. Many of our schools have become extremely dangerous places over the years, and as a result, are being turned into kid prisons, with no shortage of security cameras, locked gates, metal detectors, and armed guards. If that’s their model of a safe learning environment, then their agents shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near your children.

And in any case, when has our government ever applied minimal regulations, that weren’t reinforced by draconian measures later on? They never stop once they get their foot in the door with a few simple laws. They’re always trying a cook up new regulations, until they have complete control over any given part of our lives. It never ends.

And that’s where fear comes in. You can see the nanny state stratagem on full display in this article. It all boils down to fear. Fear that our fellow citizens can’t take care of their children, and fear that we can’t take care of our own. That kind of fear always ends in more and more control. What will start with a few reasonable laws, will end in total control.

Every instance of a parent abusing a child will paraded in front of our eyes by the media, and the millions of parents who do a good job will be ignored. They will paint a picture that suggests homeschooling is inherently unsafe and irresponsible. And every homeschool horror story you hear about, like the ones in this article, will be used as an excuse to pass new laws. They’ll do it over and over again until homeschooling is regulated out of existence, and no alternative to our increasingly dumbed-down public schools will be available.

Don’t fall for it. The next time an authoritative figure suggests making something safer, ask yourself, is it really about safety? Or is just about having more control over society?

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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25 Family Friendly Games {No Batteries Required}

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25 Family Friendly Games {No Batteries Required} Just in time for Christmas @MamaKautz

I am teaming up with a few of my friends from the Green Mom Bloggers Network. Our Top 25 choices for Christmas.
I chose Family Friendly Games. We own most of the ones on this list. We have been a homeschool family for a little over 9 years so the majority of these are educational.

These are in no particular order

Say Anything
Every player answers a fun question like “What’s the worst thing to say to a cop after getting pulled over?” or “Who’s the most annoying celebrity in show business?” Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best.

Settlers of Catan
Every player answers a fun question like “What’s the worst thing to say to a cop after getting pulled over?” or “Who’s the most annoying celebrity in show business?” Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best.

Two armies face off in a battle to capture the flag.who will taste victory? Form a battle plan, use your bombs, and be cleverly deceptive to defeat your opponent and capture the flag!

Postcards from America
Postcards from America is a unique game where the players learn geography by traveling to cities and other locations based on actual postcards. Inventor Bill Rolette used 64 postcards from his continental travels to create this game, which is fun for both kids and adults. Made in Germany for Ages 6 and up.

Apples to Apples
The name of the game is a play on the phrase “apples to oranges,” and the game is about making comparisons between different things. General game play is as follows: players are dealt red cards which have a noun printed on them, and the judge (a different player in each turn) draws a green card on which an adjective is printed and places it for all players to see. Each player then chooses a red card they are holding that they think best describes the green card. The judge then decides which adjective she likes best.

Wits and Wagers
Wits & Wagers is history’s most award-winning party game. Why does everyone love Wits & Wagers? Because you don’t need to know the answers to win! First, everyone writes down a guess to a fun question like “How many people have walked on the moon?” Then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer.

Mexican Train
Mexican Train Dominoes is a popular game where participants work to play the dominoes in their hand onto one or more chains (or trains) emanating from a central hub station.

Ticket to Ride
October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own. The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Become a Farkle fanatic with this Classic Dice-Rolling, Risk-Taking Game that comes with score pads. Take a risk and keep rolling to build your score. Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a Farkle. It’s a fight to the finish in this fabulously fun game of strategy and luck

It’s hard to find family games that are fun and challenging for both kids and adults, but Rummikub fills the bill on all counts. The rules are simple, the game is varied, and the fun is free for everyone!

Lead your troops. Take a risk. Rule the world. Rally your armies to march across continents. Carefully craft your strategy—you’ll face your opponents on the field of battle and they’ll give the fight everything they’ve got. Keep advancing until you’ve defeated all of your foes and taken over the world. Strategic game of “global” domination pits you against your opponents to try to take over the world.

Spice up your family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy

Name that Country
“Dear Pen Pal, Konnichi wa! We’ve been to see Mt. Fuji. Name my country! Sayonara, Michiko.” Challenge your group with this fast-paced geography game.

You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items. Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon. *We tried to play this one. We have many people who love. We need to go play a round with them. It was hard for us to learn

Prepare kids for more complex abstract strategy games

Enchanted Forest
Explore a magical kingdom with your favorite fairy tales in Ravensburger’s Enchanted Forest board game. This game, recommended for children ages six and up, lets you travel through forests and towns to find magical items from common fairy tales scattered across the kingdom.

Morphology is a fun, creative and challenging party board game combining simple shapes, your imagination and creativity. Using wooden sticks, glass beads and colored cubes how would you create a “butterfly” or “airplane”. Now try doing it with your eyes closed or using only the string

HiHo Cherry O
Preschoolers have so much fun picking fruit to fill their baskets, they don’t even realize they’re developing and practicing math skills such as counting, addition and subtraction! Take turns picking pretend cherries, blueberries and apples from your tree and put them in your basket. Be the first to pick all the fruit from your tree and win! When it comes to a fruity fun way to sharpen kids’ math skills, you couldn’t “pick” a better game!

Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything’s possible with a spin of the Life wheel!

The suspects you know, in the mansion you remember, with the weapons you love. Ages 8 and Up. 3-6 Players. Game board. 6 suspect tokens. 6 weapons. Deck of suspect. Weapon and room cards. Confidential case file. Detective notebook pad. Die and riles.

Chutes and Ladders
Going up the ladders and down the chutes, a child will learn (by the pictures) the rewards of good deeds and the consequences of naughty ones.

The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the 13 possible scoring combinations

Boggle, the world-famous 3-minute word game


America’s No.1 brand of family game. See why this color coded card game is such a popular brand of family game. Be the first player or team to score 500 points. Points are scored by being the first to rid yourself of all the cards in your hand before your opponents.



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