Today is Darwin Day (February 12), a day to celebrate scientific ingenuity and bravery. Charles Darwin was just one of many scientists who strove to change the way people think about the world. Charles Robert Darwin, (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882) was an English biologist, naturalist and geologist. He was best known for … Continue reading "Happy Darwin Day!"
Have you ever wondered why Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world? Especially during the winter months, you wouldn’t expect such a cold, dreary place to be so cheerful. And yet, the Danish people have mastered the “art of coziness”. They call it hygge. Hygge is a word technically unable to … Continue reading "Happy, Hygge Homeschooling?"
Request for pictures of you with your BYL Family Reading Crate! We are looking for some pictures of you with your reading crate box for our use with future marketing efforts (webpage, Facebook, etc.). If you would like to participate, please upload a picture of yourself with the hashtag #bylcrateselfie to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter … Continue reading "#bylcrateselfie Contest!"
Every book that has been scheduled into Build Your Library products has been specially curated for a specific purpose. It has been pre-read, evaluated and assigned to be read aloud by the parent or read independently by your child in accordance with the specifically themed topic being covered. But what do you do if your … Continue reading "Skip this book."
We use several reoccurring phases at Build Your Library. If you have purchased one of our new Family Reading crates, you will find them printed on the sides of the box. “Read everyday.” “I love books.” Our catch phrase “Building young minds, One book at a time…” Even our name “Build Your Library” implies a … Continue reading "Read everyday. I love books."
Its that time of year again when we can start to announce our 2018 travel plans so you can try to attend a secular homeschool convention and catch Build Your Library in person. So far, we have 2 conference appearances scheduled. We will update this page if any new dates or events come up. [MARCH 2018 – Glen Allen, VA] … Continue reading "Build Your Library on Tour 2018"
For the fourth year in a row, Build Your Library has been nominated for the Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader’s Choice awards! While I am not particularly one for receiving accolades, I really do appreciate being able to describe Build Your Library as an Award Winning Homeschool Curriculum! Three years ago, our first year nominated, we … Continue reading "2018 Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader’s Choice award"
I am very excited to announce the next installment in our Harry Potter unit study series! It’s time to head back to Hogwarts for Harry’s fifth year in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This year Harry has a lot on his plate. The Ministry of Magic is actively working against him, the … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
When we started Build Your Library, we adopted the “standard” public school style naming conventions, such as Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, etc. Of course, there is no “standard” in homeschooling, but those grade levels seemed appropriate at the time. Appropriate and familiar. When I went to public school, I didn’t go to the Level … Continue reading "Levels vs. Grades vs. Ages"
It’s my favorite time of year! The air is crisp, we’re bundled up in fuzzy socks and cozy sweaters, and my children and I are baking up a storm! There’s just something so homey and warm about a Christmas tree and holiday lights. It makes me want to snuggle on the couch with a good … Continue reading "Shop Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!"