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  • Word Matrix: Mare

    <mare> “found in or pertaining to the sea,” from Old French marin “of the sea, maritime,” and directly from Latin marinus...

    InformationHeather and Poppy JohnsonJanuary 28, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Hume

    <hume> from Old French humide, umide “damp, wet” or directly from Latin humidus “moist, wet,” variant (probably by influence of humus...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 27, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Humid

    <humid> from French humide or Latin humidus, from humere “be moist” Word Sums Humid Humid + er = humider Humid +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 26, 2019
  • ‘Hello Lilac – Good Morning, Yellow: Colors and First Words’ Book Review

    When I started homeschooling my oldest daughter when she was a preschooler, I started with lessons on colors. I followed the...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonJanuary 22, 2019
  • Determiners Are Not Adjectives

    Traditional grammars categorize determiners with either adjectives or pronouns. But determiners are not adjectives. Repeat after me: Determiners are not adjectives....

    English AdjectivesHeather JohnsonJanuary 12, 2019
  • ‘Bucketloads of Friends’ Book Review

    My preschooler son loves look-and-find books. He will spend quite a lot of time poring over hidden picture magazines and loves...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonJanuary 12, 2019
  • Answering 100 Questions About Oceans and Dinosaurs: Simon Abbott Book Reviews

    As a homeschooling mom, I am always on the lookout for new books to add to our home library. I especially...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonJanuary 4, 2019
  • ‘The Children and the Whale’ Book Review

    Reading is one of my favorite activities to do with my children. I have been reading aloud to all three since...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonJanuary 1, 2019
  • Nesselrode Pie Recipe

    Nesselrode pie is a custard cream pie popular in Europe during the nineteenth century. The pie was first created for Count...

    RecipesHeather JohnsonDecember 28, 2018
  • Felt Mistletoe Craft

    Mistletoe is a leathery-leaved parasitic plant that bears white berries in the winter. Kissing under the mistletoe is a popular tradition...

    BlogHeather JohnsonDecember 17, 2018