Author: Melanie

Orleans board game giveaway (ENDS 9/7/16)

Last fall, I wrote a post about some board game recommendations for Christmas gifts hoping to help readers—especially those in my homeschooling community—discover some new board game gems. Little did I know then that I would be the one to discover the greatest gem: a new friend! As a direct result of that post, I became friends with a fellow CC Challenge director and board game enthusiast, Renee. In the months since, she and I have shared countless messages across the miles detailing our latest board game discoveries and sharing homeschool-related resources and advice. She has become a dear friend to me...

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Evolution of the B notebook

Last year, I tried something new with my Classical Conversations Challenge B class. You can read all about my B notebooks here, but in case you were wondering how it turned out, let’s just say it was a mixed bag. I had a class of 11 (5 girls, 6 boys) and it pretty much fell along gender lines: the girls seemed to love and use them, and most of the boys used them for drawing (which isn’t necessarily bad).

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My 5 favorite homeschool tools

It’s that time of the year again: time to go to your favorite superstore of choice and load up on notebooks, binders, pens, pencils…basically all the things! I’m headed out to do that very thing later today, but I started thinking about the things that I don’t have to buy and wanted to share my list with you. These are, quite simply, the workhorses of my homeschool and I would be lost without them. They don’t really fall under the supply list, but rather I would call them my favorite homeschool tools.

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Using the Book Patch for Challenge B Anthologies

So you’ve decided to publish your anthology through The Book Patch. Where to start?!

First off, take a look at some of your own books and figure out the general size that you want your self-published book to be. Trade paperback? Letter sized? Something eye-catching and unusual like a square? The Book Patch has an extensive list of sizes to choose from so once you’ve figured out that part, go here and download the appropriate template.

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Board game review: Istanbul

You are a merchant, scurrying to and fro with your assistants through the bustling bazaar district of Istanbul. Your assistants load their wheelbarrows with warehouse treasures, then scurry away to sell them at a premium with rubies being the ultimate reward for their efforts. This is the basic storyline of Istanbul, a fun, family game for 2-5 players that plays easily within an hour.

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