Nonviolent Video Game Created By Homeschool Dad

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

Forgotten Passages, a nonviolent video game suitable for kids and adults, is a celebration of beauty, curiosity, and adventure. Plus, it was created by a homeschooling dad — my husband!

My husband is a professional video game artist, specializing especially in environments and foliage. While the term “video game” might conjure up images of a gamer sitting in a grungy basement, I promise it’s not like that at all! Video game art — like other genres of art — is very much a creative profession.

And for the last four years, in the early morning and late night hours outside of his commercial day job in the gaming industry, Josiah has been working on Forgotten Passages.

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

Four years, you guys! That’s a long time.

He created all the art, designed all the levels (one hundred of them) and even composed the majority of the music himself. That’s a lot of late nights, and a lot of early mornings.

Forgotten Passages is finally launched, and available for purchase.


(To play, you’ll need a Windows PC. At this time, there’s no version available for Apple products.)

Is this game right for you and your kids?

Obviously, I’m biased, but I think the answer is yes. It doesn’t have any of the unsavory elements often associated with video games. It encourages exploration and curiosity, celebrates beauty, and chases light. (Isn’t that exactly what we’re doing so many of our homeschools?)

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

Forgotten Passages is an exploration game.

As the main character wanders through each of the one-hundred tiny worlds, she collects glowing feathers which unlock the portal to the next world. Since it’s an exploration game, there’s no tension or battles. And no crazy video-game dexterity is required to explore.

Forgotten Passages has a child-like main character.

This means no mature figures or questionable characters.

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

Forgotten Passages is completely nonviolent.

This means no physical violence or combat of any kind. No weapons, no blood, no hunting or killing.

Forgotten Passages has no in-game dialogue.

This means no characters popping up on the screen saying dark things. Outside of the user-interface and the credits, there are no words at all the game environment itself.

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

Forgotten Passages has no intentionally-frightening imagery.

Although the environments are designed to be surreal and mysterious — vestiges of a forgotten world — nothing scary will jump out at you. This means no glowing skulls, no haunted houses, no bad guy.

Forgotten Passages has a short play time.

Since the worlds can be explored relatively quickly, there aren’t hundreds of hours of gameplay to draw you back to the screen in an addictive way.

It’s perfect for digital gameschooling, and our family is so excited to share it with you!

A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids

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A nonviolent video game for homeschool kids


Reading Challenge Ideas for 2020

PIN for reading challenge ideas for 2020

Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids and Adults

Ah, a fresh decade is such a tidy feeling, don’t you think? As a short-sighted, math-challenged five-year-old, I remember wondering if I’d be alive in 2000. Whoops! Here we are, twenty years past the furthest future my kindergarten self could imagine.

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I’m starting out this futuristic decade with a couple of fun reading challenges. I’ll be plotting them in a brand-new notebook — this dotted Leuchterm1917 bullet journal. (Any else suffer from the fear of messing up a new journal, or is it just me? My writing always seems so messy. I like printing and pasting, though.)

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Homeschooling, Poetry & Words

Jesus Heals: a Baby Believer book (& my story)

Jesus Heals: A Baby Believer primer, and my story

At 22, I sat in a doctor’s office and listened as the doctor told me I’d likely never have kids. My body, she said, wasn’t 22. It was 60.

“Give us faith to be strong
Father, we are so weak
Our bodies are fragile and weary
As we stagger and stumble to walk where you lead
Give us faith to be strong…” -Andrew Peterson

Time marches on.

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Homeschooling with Graphic Novels (like Robin Hood!)

PIN IMAGE: Homeschooling with Graphic Novels

Do you use graphic novels in your homeschool? Like Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves, graphic novels can be a bit of an edgy subject in conservative home education circles. But they’re amazing! And there are so many good options. (Keep reading to see my list of favorite graphic novels for your homeschool.)

A few years ago when Aveline was five years old, she quietly colored her entire face green with a marker, then hid in the entryway planning an ambush. When my husband came home after work, she jumped out and screeched, “What is your business in Sherwood Forest, papa?!” (Sugar and spice and everything nice, right? This is also how I learned Crayola washable markers are not washable on the skin.) From the day she was first introduced to Robin Hood and his gang, she’s been in awe.

[Disclosure of Material Connections: I received a complimentary copy of The Adventures of Robin Hood from Timberdoodle in exchange for writing and publishing this review. All opinions — and photographs! ;) — are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.]

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Homeschool Robotics: Review of Robotis Dream 2.0 (Levels 1 and 2)

Homeschool Robotics: Robotis Dream 2.0 Review, available at Timberdoodle
Puzzled over how to teach robotics in your homeschool? Want to introduce your kids to more STEM topics, but not sure exactly how to go about it? Although robotics can be an intimidating topic to explore, it doesn’t have to be.

Disclosure of Material Connections: I received complimentary Robotis Dream 2.0 Level 1 and Level 2 kits from Timberdoodle in exchange for writing and publishing this review. All opinions — and photographs! ;) — are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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