Book Review & Giveaway - The ABC's of Homeschooling

~ Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM ~

(** Article first published as Book Review: The ABC's of Homeschooling by Laura Ann Huber on Blogcritics.)

I really appreciates more materials (whether books, apps etc) that relates to educational topics. So when I received an email pitch from the author of this book and upon checking out further info on this book, I decided I must review this! So here goes my review for the "The ABC's of Homeschooling" book:

Title:  The ABC's of Homeschooling
Author: Laura Ann Huber

Publisher: Laura Huber an imprint of Telemachus Press, LLC (November 24, 2011)
ISBN-13/-10:  978-1937387914 / 1937387917
Paperback:  130 pages
Dimension:  8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches

Description from the product page:
" The ABC’s of Home Schooling is an alphabet book with a twist. It is a guide for parents – not their children. Each letter is assigned a basic principle necessary to educating your kids at home with confidence and success. Incorporated with gentle life lessons and quotes from Aristotle to Einstein parents will learn how to bring out their child’s God – given gifts and natural talents in a cozy, comfortable, and orderly atmosphere.

E – teaches parents the importance of being a shining EXAMPLE at all times.
D – examines ideas for getting your children to help with household DUTIES.
U – states the usefulness of UN-SCHOOLING yourself to become a better teacher.
C – prepares the way of order by learning how to: COMBINE, CONDENSE, and CONTAIN.
A – reminds us that a good ATTITUDE and AUTHORITY will carry the day.
T – tells of the gift of TECHNOLOGY and how to use it to your advantage.
I – will enhance the IMAGINATION of you and your children.
O – is the leverage you need for overcoming OBSTACLES.
N – will show how easy NESTING makes learning, and ensure proper NUTRITION for you and your child.

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Firstly, I love guide books like this! It explains to you from A to Z on what you need to know if you are contemplating your journey into homeschooling and I would have to say this book helped me understand more as well.

I received this book a few hours before we left for our short weekend family trip up north and I decided to bring it along so I can read it in the car when our kids nap (and yes, they did for 2 hours!) The book is not too thick and just at the right size to be easily carried around (I slot it into my diaper bag during my family trip)

When I read about Laura's experience and methods in using TV and other children's bad behaviour to teach her children about the importance of good behaviour, I can't help but to agree completely, as I use the same methods. 

For example, sometimes I need my mother-in-law to watch my kids for a while when I need to rush some accounting and invoicing for my hubby and if it is night time, she will definitely be watching TV in the living room. When I see them watching fight scenes (like a policeman fighting with robbers), I will explain to my boy that he must not get into fights like these people, and I will also explain the consequences of doing bad things, which lead to police catching and putting the bad guys into prison.

Of course, some of you might think too much TV is no good for children. Yes, everything in moderation. I have cut down TV and iPad time for Ben (currently TV only during mealtimes and after 6pm, sometimes no TV during daytime too)

It doesn't mean that everything is bad, we as parents must know how to make use of the opportunity to teach our child. There are times I even use scenes from TV shows to remind my boy not to misbehave or to maintain his cool and I can clearly see him thinking back (mind running hyper speed, no doubt!) before he nods his head in agreement and understanding.

I also appreciated the brief history on how schooling came about.

I love some of the key points shared by the author, such as "W=We The People" (page 103). As I wrote in a post in early September,  Ben threw a tantrum in Sunday school, and a friend suggested we send Ben to a preschool or kindergarten so that he could learn discipline and not easily throw tantrums. I would like to take this opportunity to explain that my boy does not throw tantrums without a reason and I do trust that being a 3.5-year-old, his actions were justified though yes, I do believe my boy needs to learn to control his tantrum outburst (but then again... he's just 3.5?!)

So anyway, what about social skills for my child? When I read this book, I couldn't help but agree as well that things weren't like this long, long ago. I feel children need to mix with people of all ages, not just with the same age group. My 13-month-old girl learns everything by observing her surroundings, her brother, my hubby and I, her grandma, her cousins, through our Bible action songs video on TV and people around us. Every moment she is learning things. Iif she is placed with children of the same age as her, what can she learn? Think about it...

I do appreciate the inspiring quotes that comes with every keypoint and the author's personal experience and her sharing of her childhood memories. Reminds me of my own childhood memories too!

One thing that I would like to recommend is to include some illustrations in this book as I personally feel all text and explanations will not keep my attention for long. I need books with pictures so I can rest a bit from reading too much text.

Another observation I noted (which I have also highlighted to the author as well) is one of the websites she suggested,, cannot be found. I can only see Turns out it is a typo, which the author said she will be rectifying.

In summary, this is a must-have book if you are contemplating homeschooling or having doubts whether you are going the right path in your homeschooling journey.

HIGHLY recommended!

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You can get this book from Amazon.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Soldier, Soldier!

~ Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM ~

I think it was last year that hubby bought this set of small green colored plastic soldiers for Benjamin to play with but he's not very into it. Then few months ago, hubby's 1st sister passed on a few bags of toys from her kids and one of the bag contains more soldier toys, with different colors as well! And there's even astronaut set, dinosaur set and a couple of ninjas as well. For sometime Ben was enjoying the ninja pieces all thanks to Lego Ninjago coming out then.

I used to try teaching Ben to sort them by the colors, even arranging them in a line but he's not interested until I saw him doing this last week:


I was pleasantly surprised to see him arranging all the astronaut set and then I also noticed him using his right hand to swipe down this set of yellow colored soldiers on his right. If you see the picture below, you will noticed the set of green colored toys which I arranged myself prior to discovering Ben following me later on. There are also some dinosaur toys on the grey colored plastic covers (which I told Ben it is a cage to keep all the dinosaur in)


Ben said 'Attack!' and he also said the soldiers all fall down already, need to send to hospital. Oh-kayyyy....


And then I noticed something else over the left side of our playroom. A green colored bridge neatly placed in between 2 storage boxes (We had 3 boxes to store different type of toys in the playroom: soldier toys, car toys and wooden blocks) There's a ninja toy stuck hanging in the bridge and when I asked Ben why is the ninja hanging there, he said, need to rescue ninja because he is hanging there.

Oh boy... what an imagination and pretend play! So anyway, I used to be worried that Ben is not learning anything I'm trying to teach him but turns out, things happened on its own time.

We as parents just do our best to teach and when the time is right, you just sit back and see it happens. You see your child showing you what you taught them or even casually mentioning to them somethings long ago and you will be amazed that they are really listening even though they don't seem to be paying attention during then.

iPad App Review - TTT (Touch The Thing)

~ Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM ~

I decided to review this app as I can foresee my 3.5 years old boy benefiting from using this app. Anyway, my review as below...

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* Title: TTT (Touch The Thing)
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Education
* Released: Jul 29, 2012
* Version: 1.0
* Size: 119 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Rashin Taheri
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

Description from the product page:

"TTT turns every object into a fun, interactive artwork. Your children can look at the object, bring the object to life by touching it, learn the name of it, and develop their vocabulary in a creative, fun way never done before. What makes TTT so effective is that it is easy and fun to use, and helps your children quickly learn 180 words with perfect pronunciations by listening to a native speaker pronounce it again and again."

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* This is a simple and easy to use app which my 3.5 years old boy has no problem using without my guidance. He just touch and touch whatever objects on the page and learns what is the name of the objects.

* There are some pages which got Ben's attention such as the transportation page and the bathroom page (especially now that he's into playing in his bath tub with all the bubbles!)

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You can purchase the "TTT (Touch The Thing)" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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