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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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…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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