Vintage Homeschool Moms

Special Replay: Best Last Minute Summer DIY Tips

Best Last Minute Summer | What are the best last minute summer DIY Tips? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool MomsThe Absolute BEST Last Minute Summer DIY Tips with Felice Gerwitz

What are the best last minute summer DIY Tips? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice Gerwitz shares her passion for all things DIY and some quick gift ideas to make for the holidays that are just around the corner. Use recyclables you have on hand or with a minimum of cost, create beautiful items you will treasure. The best thing? The kids can help!

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Show Notes: The Best Last Minute Summer DIY Tips

  1. Get Organized.
    • Now is the time to just relax – for me that means doing something creative. If you or your children love to create crafts for gifts make a list of some people on your list.
    • Look around the house. From the podcast I created on getting organized fast here,  you may have things you were going to throw away that you can recycle. What about an old frame, some mason jars or a plastic bin that can be recovered or painted?
    • Trash day. My kids use to ride bikes up and down the road to see what neighbors were throwing away and sometimes came home with treasures. The awesome wrought iron and wood bench (my son refinished with new wood) that sits in front of my pond is one of those treasures. Look around on trash day.
  2. Gift Making
    • Useful items. Picture frames with a treasured memory, hand painted to match any decor specifically for a family member.
    • Tool holders: kitchen utensils, pencils, crayons, etc.
    • Shelves. Floating shelves are all the rage. Ask dad, mom, grandpa or even grandma (not me–but some of my friends are really handy!) to help. Here are some directions on how to make floating shelves.
    • Mixes. A great help for when you begin homeschooling again. Make muffin mixes, sour dough, cookie mix, biscuit mix from healthy alternatives. Use organic ingredients, make them vegan or gluten free. There are many great recipes.
    • Painted pots. Hanging pots with an inexpensive fern or recycled wood look great.
  3. The Best DIY Ideas For Families
    • Gift Cards. My favorite ideas revolve around hand rubs, neck rubs, car washes, etc. When kids were younger it was “watch the baby” for 30 minutes, etc. Give in a homemade envelope or box.
    • Create Job Calendar: These involve paper and clothes pin. Listen to the podcast for specific directions.
    • Meal Schedule
    • Vacation planning
    • Pizza night
    • Last minute getaways or field trip ideas


Workforce In The 21st Century

Workforce | What does the workforce look like in the 21st century? Today's guest, Lisa Nehring shares what it means to enter the workplace today. How it is different and what you can do as a student, or adult to prepare. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #workforce #workforce21Century #jobs #newjobsWorkforce Today ~ Episode 406

What does the workforce look like in the 21st century? Today’s guest, Lisa Nehring shares what it means to enter the workplace today. How it is different and what you can do as a student, or adult to prepare. Lisa is a podcaster at Lifeskills 101 here.

Find Lisa here: True North Homeschool Academy  True North offers K through 12 live online classes and some prerecorded classes.

So many people today work at home and during the year 2020, we learned the lesson the hard way as more and more stores and offices were shut down. Many were unprepared but those who worked at home just continued on.

*Excerpt of the show – listen to the recording for the full presentation.

Lisa shares how to move forward.  She believes we are just in such a time of transition, technologically we’re in, what’s called the fourth industrial revolution, and it’s really fascinating. You can look it up and check out the three previous revolutions, but we are in an industrial revolution. That’s global, we’re a global culture. And a lot of how we work is changing a lot of how we educate is changing. One book that I’ve really enjoyed the last year is called College Unbound. It’s just about how we were going through school, we would graduate from high school and there were two groups. One group would go to work and get married. And one group would go to college and then get married. Not everybody got married, but it was typical. Today that’s not necessarily the case.

You can go to work in high school. You can go to work after high school, a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities because of technology that didn’t even exist five years ago, are available today. And so a college degree isn’t going to determine your lifestyle necessarily as much as it used to. Licensing makes a big difference depending on the industry that you’re in. But we’re going to see real shifts in, in how people work and technologies that are really important and a couple of technologies that are going to become really important in the next you know, in the future three-D printing, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

During the pandemic, when a lot of people were told to stay home and work from home, people made this big shift in their life. Their kids were sent home, and parents had to figure out how to juggle work, staying at home, managing their lives, and their kids being home. Many people will not go back to work in the traditional ways that they thought they would. Other industries that are going to really explode in the future are, or not go away. They’re not going to change too much. There are jobs with stability such as our counselors, pastors, and physical therapists. And I think those two lists are very interesting. On the one hand, we have three-D printing, AI, and robotics.

We have this real techie space in this rural interpersonal space. And I think as our world grows more technologically astute with artificial intelligence, robotics, three-D printing, I mean they replaced a spleen printed by 3d. That’s crazy, right? But in that technological space, there’s this real need and desire for connection and understanding who we are as people. And that’s where the pastors and counselors come in and physical therapy, of course, a robotic entity cannot take care of PT issues. There’s just not going to work. And I think right now, as we’re all experiences that experiencing this pandemic and just walking through it, we need to be really aware of the fact that we’re living in a, in a world where we can understand what’s going on globally, by turning on our phones or computers.

We have to be really intentional about reaching out in the ways that we can. And thankfully we have technological devices to help us with that. Like just you are half a country away. And yet we’re seeing each other and talking to each other, which is a beautiful thing that is that’s amazing. And, you know, we don’t really think about the emotional side of things.

So we have to be ready. And I just think this is such a perfect time to talk about this because you happen to have an online school that is available. As an educator, for example, I’m sure they’re going to need more because things are, some people won’t want their children to go back to school. At True North, we do an orienteering class where the kids are doing college and career exploration. And they’re doing personality inventories because not everybody is going to be geared towards being an AI specialist. There’s space for everybody and who they’re created to be in this new world.

The four areas to think about are our physical, mental, social, and emotional, and again, when things get really tough, when you have a crisis in your life habits can be disrupted I really think it’s important to keep the habits that you can.  So if you got up at seven before, try to get up at seven even now and then create new habits in the new space that you’re in. So one of the things we always have done for years and years, because we don’t all have to leave right off in the morning, we’re homeschoolers is that we get up and share a cup of coffee together and just talk about things. How’s it going for everybody? What’s the news and just kind of chat together. But if you don’t have this kind of habit already established create some new ones.

We can focus on the things to be thankful for that can get us through a lot of things and, and talk to each other about the things to be thankful for.



Saving Money For Big Purchases

Saving Money For Big Purchases | Saving Money For Big Purchases is not as hard as you think! Today, we are going to be talking about money, saving tips for large purchases. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #savingforbigpurchase #savingmoney Saving Money For Big Purchases – Episode 405 with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Cutis.

Saving Money For Big Purchases is not as hard as you think! Today, we are going to be talking about money, saving tips for large purchases.

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership and Meredith’s curriculum – Powerline Productions

Debt free living is closer than you think. Meredith has done this for years and learned that not every American needs to have debt! It takes so much pressure off of life. If you’re a teen listen up, because I just tell you from experience, it is better to live debt-free than to struggle under debt. Debt can feel like bondage.

Meredith has written her number one bestselling book is called Economics and Finances and Business, and it’s a high school economics class. It covers all the basics of economics. It covers all the basics of financial management, including how to buy a car and how to write your first department. And it even covers how to start a business. And so I do want to encourage you to consider that course, you can find that because it does cover some of the things I’m talking about in a very thorough step by step way, but so much more.

Budgeting is important and knowing how much money a month you make and how much you want to save. a

  1. The first thing, when you’re thinking of large purchases you be realistic and you need to pray and to say, Lord, this is what I would like. Is this something that you want me to have? And if it is something you want me to have, will you help me come up with a realistic plan? So here’s what I mean by that. It is not realistic to think that you are never going to go to a movie that you are never going to eat out, but it is realistic to think, I’m only going to spend $40 a month on entertainment and food. Come up with a plan that will work for you and commit that to the Lord and keep praying about it.


Lord, I’m trying to save money, help me save money. And of course, it goes without saying that the tithe belongs to the Lord. I find that when we give the Lord his ten percent, it’s much easier to live on ninety percent.  I’ve actually seen it help us to save money quickly when you put the Lord first in your finances. When you are first – or just committing all of that to the Lord and trusting him to move forward with your plan it can be frightening.

  1. Look at your income
  2. Look at your needs vs. you wants
  3. Look at your bills – make a list and total costs
  4. Create a budget, how much will you spend on eating out and entertainment?
  5. How much will you save?

Saving money – put the money into a savings account. If you are paying for things use a debit card tied to your checking account. The money in your savings account can go toward a big purchase. Keep in mind the money in your savings account is not to spend. Keep a goal in mind and as you get toward that goal it becomes exciting to see how much you’ve saved.

And, take a look at your expenses and then live in a way that focuses on your needs versus your wants.

When you earn money, earmark it by breaking the money out and separating it, so it is off-limits. You will find with finances, there is always a financial need. And if all your money is together, you just tend to think, Oh yeah, I am saving money. My savings are accumulating. But then when then you realize, Oh, it’s not accumulating, I’ve spent it on this and this and this and this. So I think when you separate money out that your savings, it helps better to keep track of it.


Special Replay: Teaching Creation Science

Teaching Creation Science | How do you teach Creation Science when you have no background in science? Try teaching with Creation Science Study Guides! Primary sources are always the best, but how about first-hand research? | #podcast #teachingcreation #creationscienceSpecial Replay:  Teaching with Creation Science Study Guides Episode 362

How do you teach Creation Science when you have no background in science? Try teaching with Creation Science Study Guides! Primary sources are always the best, but how about first-hand research? In this episode, we will delve into not only why teaching creation science is important but some amazing resources to complete your homeschool library.

Many years ago, early in my homeschool journey I attended a homeschool conference and walked away with hundreds of dollars worth of books on the topic of creation science and no idea how to teach the topic. I had attended an amazing set of talks but creation scientists who were all degreed in science for the universities in different areas. For example, Dr. Jay Wile has a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from the University of Rochester.

While I was impressed with the science credentials and knowledge of many of the people that I listened to, they taught me many great facts, but not how to implement teaching creation science into my homeschool. So, I began as many other homeschool moms before me and I wrote a curriculum series.

The Creation Science Study Guides still is as relevant today as when I co-authored the series in 1994 (when our first book was published). God introduced me to a creation scientist. A geologist by degree and homeschool mom to three boys by occupation. We met by a God-incident and became friends and soon co-authors. You see, Jill Whitlock had been an atheist and had worked as an oil and well geologist for a big company. When she lost her job she found a new one at a church. When they handed her a Bible she told me that she opened it an immediately had a difference of opinion with the first sentence, “In the beginning, God created…” Jill went on to study creation for ten years before I met her.

She was able to take all those books I wrote and we used them as resources for our study guides. We wanted something parents could use with their kids with no prior science knowledge. My background was education so I could teach. I just didn’t know enough science to teach from a creationist perspective. Teaching creation science became my passion and taking difficult topics and bringing them down to basics while the kids had fun was a challenge.

First, why teach creation science? Why not? Secular books, and all public and some Christian schools teach evolution as fact. Why can’t we teach both? I’m not opposed to teaching science from an evolutionist perspective, besides a creation one. If your children are little, begin with the Bible as a foundation. Start at the beginning in Genesis and study Biblical history. This foundation helps when teaching creation science.

Give big bang theory example here.

DNA example here.

Another example in our book deals with plate tectonics. This is the divide of the continents. Have you ever looked at a map of the world and see that it could fit together into one landmass if you cut out all the continents and puzzle-pieced them together? Evolutionists claim that it took millions of years for the division of the continents from one landmass to land masses that are continents that are divided by oceans. Creationists believe the continents split, quickly as stated in Genesis 10:25 where God divided not only the lands but the languages.

For example, our study guide talks about radiohalos. A quick search online recently showed that this finding set the scientists crazy trying to refute the claims. I’ve included two links you will find helpful. The bottom line is the radiohalos are an indicator of a young earth. The question becomes, does this matter?

Evidence For:


It matters. Why teach from only one perspective?

Here are my reasons for teaching creation science:

  1. Your kids won’t get it anywhere else.
  2. Evolution has many false findings taught as fact. Ernst Haeckel among others.
  3. I believe God created the world as he stated in Genesis.
  4. If we teach creation as a myth or allegory then that means the entire Bible is one as well.
  5. Darwin said that the fossil record would validate this theory and it never has.

If you want a series of study guides that will entertain your kids from preschool to high school I highly recommend you check out the Media Angels Creation Study Guides. They are available for immediate download on the website – all of my books for one low price and they include the study guides which are ready to go experiment sheets, games and puzzles as well as the books.

One of the great things about teaching creation science is that it is so hands-on. Your kids will love doing the activities and learning as they have fun. I do believe there is an added benefit. Creation science points to a creator God. It talks about the wonders of God’s creation and gives us awe about the world God created!


Replay Vacations On The Cheap

Vacations On The Cheap | How about DIY vacations on the cheap? Many people would like to travel but feel they can’t afford the cost. That’s exactly right, but we share some top secret tips! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #vacations #vacation #vacationonthecheap #cheapvacations Replay Vacations on the Cheap ~ with Felice Gerwitz

How about DIY vacations on the cheap with your hosts, Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis? Many people would like to travel but feel they can’t afford the cost. That’s exactly right, but in this podcast, we share some top secret tips!

Visit Meredith Curtis here: and her podcast Finish Well with great family podcasts here.

Visit Felice Gerwitz here: and

Research for DIY Travel on the cheap!

  • Where do you want to go?
    • Must see vs. I’d like to see if we have time
  • Look online, DK Travel Guides
  • Keep a folder on Pinterest

Look For Deals

  • TravelZoo
  • Groupon
  • Living Social
  • Skyscanner

What do you want to see?

  • List of must-sees
  • List of  what you’d like to see, but only if time

Saving money can be done with little-known tips such as packing snacks, renting condos or homes outside of bigger cities or famous attractions, and being prepared to fly instead of drive if the airfare is cheaper — yes, it often is… I can fly from Fort Myers to BWI (Baltimore/ Maryland) for less than $100 round trip! Gas to get there is more, as well as wear-and-tear on the car! Look for deals for DIY travel on the cheap tips.

Where will you stay?

  • Hotels
  • Rental homes
  • Rental condos
  • With a friend

Where will you eat?

  • Restaurants
  • Bring food, nonperishables
  • Take water on the plane if you fly (must buy it after security point) or bring an empty water bottle and fill it at the airport for free
  • Roadside kiosks (depending on where you visit, this may be an inexpensive option).
  • Buy food to cook.


  • Plan your itinerary. Where will you go first?
  • Plan transportation if you are taking the bus or train
  • Costs – be sure to account for the cost of travel

Check the Weather

  • When you have a travel date look at the weather
  • Plan indoor activities if the weather is bad
  • Layer clothing, it is better than taking big, bulky clothing

Money Saving Tips For Teens

Money Saving Tips For Teens | Is it easy to teach money-saving tips? No. What about teens? Many kids do not know how to save money and we will help you! My special guest Meredith Curtis is a mom of five and the queen of frugal! | #podcast #homechoolpodcast #homeschool #savingmoney #teensavingmoney #moneysavingMoney-Saving For Families and Teens ~ Episode 404 with Felice Gerwitz and Merit Curtis 

Is it easy to teach money-saving tips? No. What about teens? Many kids do not know how to save money and we will help you! My special guest Meredith Curtis is a mom of five and the queen of frugal!

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership and Meredith’s curriculum – Powerline Productions

Meredith wrote an economics book for teens that teach kids how to be frugal, budget, and save money. Teens are interested in money so what better time to start.

  1. First renew your mind when thinking about money. Many times the attitude in saving money can be, I just want to get something as cheaply as possible, but the Bible tells us the Workman is worthy of his wages. And so the right attitude that one more time, the money is to start with this.
  2. Everything I own belongs to God now, yes, I give him the 10%, But even that rest of that 90%, that’s the Lords. And so my question becomes, Lord, how can I manage your money? How can I get the things you want me to have in a way that honors you? Because I’m a steward and I’m accountable to the Lord for how I spend my money. And I’m accountable to the Lord for the things that I accumulate. And there are many things that we need, and I believe it’s the Lord’s desire to bless us. He said in his word, it says that he creates all things for us to richly enjoy. So I think when we think about teaching our kids money, saving tips, the first thing we need to teach them is that you, as a Christian, everything, we have belongs to God and we’re taking care of things for him.
  3. I need to decide if I really need the items, and ask the Lord what do you want, what do you want from me? What is your will for me?
  4. And would you provide that for me? And that’s a really key step because I think so many Christians forget to just ask for things.

We should work hard and save money. And it is amazing what will happen in your life. God provides through hard work. So God provides through us working hard and saving that money to buy what we need. Debt is really more of a result of the fall. And the Bible calls that foolishness. It, doesn’t say it’s sinful to go into debt, but definitely as a young team, you don’t ever need to go in debt.

You can work hard, you can save money and save money up for the things that you would really like to have. And again, if you’re living in a way where you’re, you’re a steward of the Lord’s money is it being a good steward to buy fast food, everything, or would Jesus not have you do that? You know, those are the kind of questions you tackle. I find when I remember that I’m a steward, I spend less money. And when I do things, I’m much more cautious in what I purchase.

When you’re thinking about working hard and saving money, many times, if you’re living that way, you will actually have quite a large savings. And sometimes the Lord will have you use that savings to help someone go on a mission trip or something like that. But a lot of times, if you’re really living, a life with Christ at the center, you are going to end up being able to save money rather easily, because you’re less likely to splurge on little things.

When I counsel young people some don’t listen, but many of them do. I’ll say if I were in your place and I was able to save this much money each month, I would save up. I know this is crazy, but I would save up $10,000 and I would get a really nice car that would last me for 10 or 15 or even 20 years. One of the money saving tips that I’ve learned over the years is it’s better to buy quality that will last than to hurry and buy the first thing you can afford. And it’s also better to save up over a long period of time than to just get the first thing you can, you can get.

Remember, the Lord will help you in this journey.



Saving Money – Field Trips

Saving Money Field Trips | Are you ready to save money? These field trips are wonderful for kids and will not break the bank! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #savingmoney #fieldtrips #tripsthatsave #homeschool #homeschooling #summertripsSaving Money – Field Trips ~ Replay

This is a replay of another podcast on the same topic – but now is the time! Saving money and field trips is always a good idea. If you are interested in saving money and field trips that won’t break the bank – tune in!  Today my special guest is Meredith Curtis – who podcasts on Finish Well (be sure to check it out)!

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership and Meredith’s curriculum – Powerline Productions

Saving money isn’t always easy especially if you are like us and have lots of kids! A fee such as $10 a person seems unaffordable when you multiply it by five kids and then add in the adults. Today we talk about places that we can go for free or you can do things and get a discount, or even get family passes! Even a field trip to a nature center or even go on a hike, can turn into a learning experience. And, you’ll save money in fact it might be as little as $3 for the whole family.

Here is another great podcast to save you money! Virtual Field Trips – here

Don’t forget to pack well! You can visit this blog post by my granddaughter, Samantha, here with a field trip packing list.

Money Saving Field Trips:

  1. Start around your house.
  2. Think Parks! Bring binoculars and a magnifying class. A bird and nature book.
  3. Railroad tracks (be sure there are no trains coming!)
  4. Farms
  5. The Dentist or doctor’s office
  6. Grocery store: give the kids a list of things to find. Talk about the grocery store and talk about how the food got there!

Money Saving Tips:

  1. Group discounts (can be as little as ten people).
  2. State discounts
  3. AAA discounts.
  4. Attend practice or dress rehearsal for the symphony (get permission)
  5. Family passes for nature centers, movies, parks, museums, zoo
  6. Ask for family passes for presents
  7. Bring lunch to save more money.
  8. 1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach
  9. Church festivals – Greek Fests
  10. Outdoor activities where the kids can learn – oceans/ beach/ streams/ fishing



Special Replay – Let’s Talk About Teaching History


History is about a bunch of dead people and stuff that happened long ago or so I thought when I was a kid. As a homeschool parent, I found that history is actually “HIS” story and when it is revealed we find so many wonderful lessons to learn. In this session, you’ll hear some of the ways that both Meredith & Felice have taught history to their children from the zany to the classes Felice asked her brother-in-law to teach to homeschool kids!

Meredith and Felice discuss their favorite resources – here is a list of their combined books, below the audio player.

American History Online Course 

World History Reading List  – All rights reserved Media Angels, Inc. 2014

September History Reading Books

  1. In the Days of Noah by Gloria Clanin
  2. Life in the Great Ice Age by Michael and Beverly Oard
  3. The Mystery of the Ark by Paul Thomsen
  4. The Lost Kingdom (Reg Danson Adventure #2) by Clint Kelly
  5. Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times by Ruth Beechick
  6. Genesis: Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick
  7. Dinosaurs in God’s World Long Ago by Henrietta Gambill
  8. What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? (DJ and Tracker John) by John Morris and Ken Ham
  9. Priceless Jewel at the Well: The Diary of Rebekah’s Nursemaid, Canaan, 1986-1985 B.C. (Promised Land Diaries)
  10. The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells: A Book About Archaeology by Jackie Posner
  11. Exploring Ancient Cities of the Bible by Michael and Caroline Carroll

October Reading Books

  1. Tutankhamun by Robert Green
  2. Tirzah by Lucille Travis
  3. Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt by Lila Perl
  4. Miriam’s Cup, a Passover Story by Fran Manushkin
  5. Learning About Passover by Barbara Soloff Levy
  6. Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton
  7. Adventures in Ancient Egypt by Linda Bailey
  8. The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  9. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne
  10. The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone: Key to Ancient Egypt by James Giblin
  11. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  12. Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
  13. Kids Discover: Ancient Egypt
  14. The Peaceful Warrior: The Diary of Deborahs Armor Bearer, Israel, 1200 B.C. (Promised Land Diaries)
  15. Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson
  16. Journey for Tobiyah by Barbara Morgan
  17. King Solomon’s Navy by Nora Benjamin Kubie
  18. The Temple at Jerusalem by Jacqueline Morley

November Reading Books

  1. The Usborne Story of Music by Simon Mundy
  2. The Usborne Story of Painting by Anthea Peppin
  3. The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago: Everyday life through the Ages, by Felicity Brooks and Helen Edom
  4. God-King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson
  5. Aesop’s Fables for Children
  6. Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
  7. The Seven Voyages of Sinbad (and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights) retold by Gladys Davidson
  8. King Solomon’s Mines (Puffin Classics) by H Rider Haggard

December Reading Books

  1. The Odyssey for Boys and Girls by AJ Church
  2. Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. Famous Men of Greece by John Haaren and AB Poland
  4. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
  5. Usborne: The Greeks by Susan Peach & Anne Millard
  6. Adventures in Ancient Greece by Linda Bailey
  7. Cyrus the Persian by Sherman A Nagel
  8. Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
  9. Within the Palace Gates: The King’s Cupbearer by Anna P. Siviter
  10. The Greek and Roman Eras: (Journey Through History) by Carme Peris and Gloria & Oriol Verges
  11. Hand Me Another Brick by Charles Swindoll
  12. Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

January Reading Books

  1. Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries) by Kristiana Gregory
  2. About the History of the Calendar by AE Evenson
  3. Battle of Actium (Great Battles Through the Ages) by David Califf
  4. The Runaway by Patricia St. John
  5. Fountain of Life by Rebecca Martin
  6. Adventures in Ancient China by Linda Bailey
  7. A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
  8. Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
  9. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  10. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
  11. Titus: A Comrade of the Cross by Florence Morse Kingsley
  12. Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
  13. Famous Men of Rome by John Haaren & A.B. Poland
  14. Rome and Romans (Usborne Time Traveler) by Heather Amery and Patricia Vanags
  15. I and II Maccabees from the Apocrypha (available in Bibles that include the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books)
  16. Life Stories Of Men Who Shaped History, From Plutarch’s Lives
  17. Pompeii…Buried Alive! by Edith Kunhardt
  18. The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas
  19. Masada by Tim McNeese (Sieges That Changed the World)

February Reading Books

  1. Devil’s Island by John Hagee
  2. Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff[
  3. See You Later, Gladiator (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka
  4. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  5. The Eagle (previously published as The Eagle of the Ninth) by Rosemary Sutcliff
  6. The Story of Valentine by Wilma Pitchford Hays
  7. Augustine, the Farmer’s Boy of Tagaste by P. De Zeeuw
  8. The City of God by Augustine
  9. Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today by Richard J. Maybury
  10. The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  11. Beyond the Desert Gate by Mary Ray
  12. Jesus Freaks: Martyrs by dc Talk
  13. Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs by John Foxe (many different editions of this work are available)
  14. Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges
  15. Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland by Michael McHugh

March Reading Books

  1. Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett
  2. Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Haaren and Poland
  3. Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard
  4. Beowulf
  5. The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
  6. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
  7. The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
  8. Against the World: The Odyssey of Athanasius by Henry W. Coray
  9. Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam by Diane Stanley
  10. The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
  11. Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
  12. The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
  13. The Book of Pastoral Rule (also published as Pastoral Care) by St. Gregory the Great
  14. The Song of Roland (an epic poem)
  15. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  16. Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  17. Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  18. Camelot by AJ Lerner (script for the Broadway play)
  19. Viking Raiders (Usborne Time Traveler) by Civardi, Graham-Campbell, & Wingate

April Reading Books

  1. Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Haaren and Poland
  2. Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard
  3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. A Chaucer Reader edited by Charles W. Dunn
  5. Leif Eriksson: First Voyager to America by Katherine B. Shippen
  6. In His Name by Edward E Hale
  7. Paula the Waldensian by Eva Lecomte
  8. Lost Baron: A Story of England in the Year 1200 by Allen French
  9. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  10. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  11. El Cid, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
  12. Don Quixote (also published as Don Quijote) by Cervantes
  13. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg
  14. The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett
  15. Castle by David Macaulay
  16. Cathedral by David Macaulay
  17. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
  18. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  19. Knights and Castles (Usborne Time Traveler) by Judy Hindley
  20. The Striped Ships by Eloise McGraw ***
  21. The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionhearted vs Saladin (Great Battles Through the Ages) by Samuel Willard Crompton
  22. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (who also drew original illustrations for this book)[
  23. The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder

May Reading Books

  1. Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
  2. If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket by Barbara Willard
  3. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  4. Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde by Harold Lamb
  5. A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Chronicles–we recommend this series) by Ellis Peters)
  6. Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  7. The Dragon and the Raven (The Days of King Alfred) by G. A. Henty
  8. The Magna Charta by James Daugherty
  9. The Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky
  10. The Life and Words of St. Francis of Assisi by Ira Peck
  11. In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce by G. A. Henty
  12. The Beggars’ Bible by Louise Vernon
  13. Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon
  14. Morning Star of the Reformation by Andy Thomson
  15. Henry V by Shakespeare
  16. Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  17. The Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning
  18. The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly
  19. Constantinople (Sieges That Changed the World) by Tim McNeese[/easyazon_link]
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Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas | We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won't break the bank.  | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #graduationpartyideas #graduationideas #graduationparty #graduate #graduation #partyideas #partyideasonthecheapGraduation Party Ideas On The Cheap

We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won’t break the bank.

Enjoy this replay! with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis Episode 196

Graduation Party Ideas Here 

Have you started your high school graduation party plans yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Inexpensive graduation ideas are our specialty. Meredith has graduated five children and Felice has five graduates as well, so between them, they have quite an arsenal of ideas that you can implement even if you waited until the last minute. Grab your notepad and listen in.

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Show Notes: Graduation Party 

There are many locations that are great for a graduation party. During the season of the pandemic we had to be creative with ideas, and we were! We hosted our graduate at home and she even “walked” in her cap and gown ordered for under $20 from Amazon. We made the best of the situation!

  1. Location: churches, park, church fellowship hall, party at home
  2. Invitations – VistaPrint, at home computer
  3. Food
  4. Decorations
  5. Personal Touch

We discussed deciding on the type of graduation you want, planning the type of graduation early, and saving up money. Pray about the type of graduation that is right for you. Include your teens as well.

More great ideas

  • Food -finger foods – fun: candy bars – ice cream with toppings
  • Open house – visiting times staggers friends
  • Photo booth with props for teens
  • Personal touch – poster boards, items important to the teen


Literature Based Homeopathy For Kids

Homeopathy For Kids | Have you wanted to teach a class on homeopathy for kids? What about a literature-based program? Join Felice Gerwitz and Paola Brown, the author of a brand new course for kids. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeopathyforkids #literaturebasedcurriculum #literaturebased #curriculumforkids #homeopathyLiterature Based Homeopathy For Kids ~ Episode 403

Have you wanted to teach a class on homeopathy for kids? What about a literature-based program? Join Felice Gerwitz and Paola Brown, the author of a brand new course for kids.

Check out the other interview with Paola Brown here.

Paola Brown is a homeschool mom to a 12, 10, and 8 years old and currently lives in Budapest. She has written a curriculum that is language-based for parents to teach their children about health and homeopathy. Visit our guest on her website at 

Homeopathy For Kids – Teach Health and Homeopathy

Paola describes her journey from illness that seemed hopeless to health and wellness and the ability to change all of this with an understanding of natural remedies. This translates to her new curriculum “Teach Health and Homeopathy” that contains an accompanying novel. I (Felice) have personally used natural remedies for years, but not until I worked with Paola as a content editor on her book did I *really* understand what all the terminology means. She explains it all in an engaging story that will capture the attention of younger children to adults. This novel comes from her personal experience and that of her extended family with real-life situations that she turned into a novel. (Paola says some of the stories have been condensed or embellished for the sake of story-telling and interest.)

Homeopathy for Kids – Here is the information about her upcoming curriculum.

Teach Me Health & Homeopathy can be used for homeschoolers or anyone interested in teaching their children what natural remedies are and how they can be used. Paola created this amazing curriculum and even has songs, a website for interactive teaching with videos for the kids and so much more. This is a literature-based curriculum designed to use with children of various ages, there is something for everyone. The set comes with a teacher’s manual, activity book(s) for different levels, audios, and videos.

Need More? Homeopathy for Kids and Adults

Paola teaches classes here.