About Hodgepodgedad

Steve keeps busy with five children and a job in information security. He also has a second job as principal of the Hodgepodge homeschool.

LEGO® StoryStarter Set Review

LEGO® Education StoryStarter Review www.hodgepodge.me

Don’t miss the $100 LEGO® Education gift certificate giveaway at the end of this review! Perfect for Christmas presents! LEGO® Education StoryStarter set is very easy to use for all our ages and a wonderful introduction to story building, language arts and creativity. Our older middle and high school children also folded into the learning. The […]

The Tool Bag

Tool Bag by Steve Hodges www.purposeful-parenting.com

My eldest son turned 14 in May. I was determined to find a birthday gift that would have lasting significance. After looking high and low for a gift, a thought occurred to me. I headed to the garage. I pulled out a practically new tool bag that I had bought some time ago. I had […]

LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics Review

LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics Review www.hodgepodge.me #legolearning

Don’t miss the LEGO® Education bricks set giveaway at the end! Build and create with a LEGO Education set and the computer? We knew we’d like it. And the more we experimented, the more we learned, the more we enjoyed! LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics is very easy to use for all our ages and a […]

Trust Him – Passionate Purposeful Parenting

Daddy Destinations

I grew up in Southern California. One of our favorite summer Saturday outings as a family was to visit one of the many large regional parks in Orange County. One Saturday morning while I was in middle school, my dad called all of us children together and asked a question: “Would you like to go […]

iPastels App Review and More Art Apps

iPastels App Review + Other Art Apps

Chalk pastels are “blessedly messy,” as Nana says. Yet we’ve found a way to avoid the mess and enjoy pastels – even on the go! We discovered the iPastels iPad app from Norbyte. Of course this app isn’t exactly like holding a piece of soft chalk in your hand. But it does offer a close […]

He waits…patiently

playing with toy trucks

A four year old boy sits, waiting patiently. Ten minutes pass.  Twenty.  Thirty.  Still he sits, watching.  He leans in toward me periodically, wanting to get a close up view of what I’m doing. A boy’s construction truck playthings are not made like they were when I was a child.  Back then they were big, […]

Technology for all ages

Technology for Multiple Ages at Hodgepodge

In our home, we use basically three types of teaching applications or technology-based learning: computer games/apps, edutainment and courseware. Computer Games/Apps Did you know that spending a few minutes playing some of your child’s computer games can equip you to use these games to teach?  One very popular game, Angry Birds (which is available on […]

Daddy Destinations


The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  –Psalm 24:1 My wife recently attended a two-day blogging conference.  While at the conference, I spent the days with the children. Our family has long had a tradition of Daddy Destinations.  A Daddy Destination is a trip to some […]

Stack the States App Review


The iPad has become a teaching tool. Educational apps abound, with an amazing variety of subjects available. In the geography category, we have Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson. Stack the States is both fun and educational; a game that uses some of the best mobile features – interaction and manipulation. While learning about the 50 states […]

The Habit of Improving


Last October, the Human Resources department where I work scheduled a leadership conference. All of the managers and directors for the organization were required to attend. Most of the people I work with thought this would be a colossal waste of time.  There was simply too much to do to spend two days away from the […]

The Habit of Generosity


In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome — funding the project. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, […]

Father/Son Retreat


…We drove to Petersburg, Kentucky.  Stopped along the way at Joyce Kilmer memorial forest.  We stayed in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  We visited the museum, travelled around the area, got to see a nuclear power plant up close.  Ate too many cheeseburgers, and took advantage of the hotel’s free breakfasts. Along the way, we went through the […]

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