Tuesday, August 8, 2017

No-Nonsense Algebra {Crew Review}

Have you been looking for a great way to teach Algebra to your student?  Maybe you've been searching for a great Algebra review to prepare for the SAT or the ACT?  Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra is a wonderful product for both purposes!

I chose this review for two reasons:  I needed a good Algebra review book for myself to prepare to teach my older children more about Algebra and I needed a great book about Algebra to teach my children!  I was not disappointed at all in this choice.  It's met every purpose that I was looking for.

This text is made for one student but I was able to make it work for our needs by using good, old fashioned notebook paper like the public school does with their textbooks.  I had my students and myself, read through the text and write out their equations on paper.  And ohhhh, how I forgot about SCRAP PAPER for math equations!!  Scrap Paper is a definite must for Algebra by all students, in my opinion.

This is a simply formatted and straightforward book.  There's no fluff or fun.  It jumps into learning and is serious stuff.  You begin with Adding Integers.  There's a great little number line that helps you learn this concept.  The lesson covers the How-To, then shows examples of the work being taught.  This is followed up by exercises to complete what the student is learning before moving onto the next step.  Lessons are short but as a bonus there are free online video lessons included with the course book.

This book makes a great review for you as the parent to use for teaching students Algebra as well.  I took Algebra 1 and 2 in High School but honestly I cannot tell you much about my lessons.  So this book was an awesome refresher course for me to help prepare me for teaching the kids these same math concepts and skills.  It was also great to see that I haven't forgotten as much as I though I had.

Now for the kids:  I was able to put them to work with this course book right away.  The video lessons really helped them learn without me having to put in a lot of effort.  They sometimes learn better from a different instructor anyways and this was the case with this course.  Then they took what they learned between the video instruction and information in the lesson to figure out the answers to the questions for each lesson as we worked through.  Of course, this is a full-length Algebra textbook so we are still working our way through.  I'm slightly ahead of the kids on these lessons but we're both learning so much from the course together.

The book is 10 chapters of Algebra and 280 pages in length.  It can easily be carried along with you for schooling on the go.  It's a great review for students preparing for the SAT/ACT and other tests as well.  It's a great review for parents preparing to teach students Algebra.  And of course it's a great course for new Algebra students.

No-Nonsense Algebra is available from Math Essentials for the low price of $28.95.  Y'all this is an amazingly LOW price for a coursebook of this type!  And it can be used for so much too!  It's a great deal you don't want to miss out on!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

I Can Study Jonah And Ruth {Crew Review}

Did you guys know that Greek 'N' Stuff carries more than just Greek products to learn with?  Have you been in search of a great bible study to use with your children at home?  Look no further!  I Can Study Jonah & Ruth Alone With God Bible Study in the NIV version by Karen Mohs is amazing!

Honestly y'all, I did not realize just how great this 13 week Bible study was going to be for me and my family.  The study is designed to be used by one student but at $8.95 it's more than affordable to purchase as many as you need in your home or homeschool.  It's really good stuff, y'all.

The front of the book has a short parent guide included which prepares you for using this study with your student at home.  It's short and simple but covers all you need to know in 100 words or less.  This study is really easy to put to use and learn with.

Lessons 1-5 cover the story of Jonah which worked well for us since we were using another curriculum that also covered Jonah's story to teach diligence in our home and life.  My kids are very familiar with Jonah's story.  You can't pass up a story of a big fish when you live with a bunch of fishermen and fish lovers!

This study goes more into depth than your usual stories though.  Each lesson breaks the verses down for each day.  You begin with prayer.  Then you read the verse that you are learning for that day.  There are lots of particular questions that are asked to really get to the heart of the verse your covering.  There's even an explanation as to why we should do daily devotions.  At the end of the week, there's a box called "Think and Pray About It".  This helps to enforce what you've been learning all week before moving forward to learn more.

This study covers Jonah in the first five lessons and Ruth in the last lessons.  It takes you slowly through the lessons really allowing you to dissect and learn what the verses mean.  This is also a great way to learn to study the Bible on your own, showing you how to ask questions to deduct meaning and relating the verse to it's true meaning.  What you learn through this study can be used with so many other things as well.

This Bible Study is meant to be used by one student but we used it for our family by simply using it as a discussion guide together.  We prayed together.  We read the verse together - I wrote the verse on our dry erase board each day along with the questions.  I then allowed the kids to answer the Bible Study questions together.  They then wrote the Verse, the questions and their answers out for copywork.  This was a great way to learn the Bible together as a family and to build skills needed for learning more about the Bible.  For my 4 year old, I printed coloring pages for him to do on Jonah and Ruth as we worked.  Fishie Boy loves Jonah.

You can find I Can Study Jonah & Ruth Alone With God Bible Study in NIV and in KJV from Greek 'N' Stuff for $8.95.  There is a sample page available on the website as well.  There are many other Bible Studies also available along with many other amazing products for your homeschool.

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    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    In The Reign of Terror {Crew Review}

    Heirloom Audio Productions presents In The Reign of Terror, a two and a half hour, non-stop audio adventure for your family!  Created for ages 6-16, this radio drama is sure to excite listeners of all ages!  I know it was one greatly enjoyed by my family.

    In The Reign of Terror features a wonderful cast:
    Brian Blessed from Star Wars, Tarzan and Robin Hood
    John Rhys-Davies from The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones
    Jack Farthing from Poldark
    Cathy Sara from Downton Abbey
    Christina Greatrex from The Royal Shakespeare Company
    and Jill Freud from C.S. Lewis at War

    This great team of experienced professional actors bring life to this dramatic tale of friendship and family during the French Revolution, one of the many extraordinary adventures of G.A. Henty.  This is a 2 CD-set filled with adventure and an additional study guide is available for the program to help bring the audio adventure away from the ears and onto paper to bring it to life.  This great guide helps your students focus on the importance of the French Revolution and the experiences being shown through this amazing story's telling.

    An added bonus is the Biblical background to this story, providing a solid Christian stance on History which is lacking in so many Historical programs these days.  Heirloom Audio Productions provides moral values and eternal truth through their many audio productions available through their website.

    Through In The Reign of Terror, students can learn the differences between the American Revolutionary War that was fought for Independence and the French Revolution which was more of a selfish fight for freedom and ended with a lot of unnecessary blood shed.  Students get a feel for what life was like in turbulent France at the time of the war, how it felt to live in this time period and face such troubling times in life.  They see how the War brings chaos and strife to friends and family who were in the midst of such a terrible event.

    Heirloom Audio provides wholesome family entertainment for children, that excels in historical value with a touch of fun to keep children intrigued and keep boredom at bay with their amazing audio adventures.  There are many to choose from and enjoy.  In The Reign of Terror is just one of many available.

    Additionally, Heirloom Audio Productions is releasing a brand-new online program with their Live The Adventure Club!  They are currently offering an amazing 3 month trial offer for the program for free to give it a try!  If you act now you can also grab their newest audio adventure, Captain Bayley's Heir for only $1!  What an amazing deal!

    The Live The Adventure Club provides great parenting advice along with amazing wholesome materials to use with your family.  These great historical treasures are gifts that every family can use.  And there are hundreds of fun activities provided for kids as well!

    Our family loved In The Reign of Terror.  We listened to this one as a family and discussed what was taking place, lead by the study guide provided.  From 4 to 16 and above, we all enjoyed the great voicing of the actors, the story line, the adventure and we look forward to listening to more of these audio productions in the future.

    In The Reign of Terror is available through the Heirloom Audio Productions website for $29.97 plus shipping and handling.  There are other great audio productions available as well.  And don't miss out on the Live The Adventure Club available on the website as well!

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    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Too Blessed To Be Stressed.. Devotional {Frontgate Review}

    Have you been looking for a devotional to use every day that brings peace to your soul?  The Too Blessed to be Stressed... Inspiration for Every Day devotional may be just what you need.  This book is beautifully written and designed to be inspiring to you, the reader.

    There are 365 devotions included within the pages of this book by Debora M. Coty.  The devotions are dated with dates that can be read and used again and again, like May 2nd or December 6th.  There is one devotion for each and every day.

    These devotions touch on differing topics that reach to your heart.  Things like Loose Lips and The Real Deal.  There's something there to touch your heart and change your thinking for sure.

    The devotions are short as well.  Keeping devotions short ensures that you can complete at least a daily devotion every day, bringing you closer to God and His word.  Each devotion also includes a Bible verse to meditate upon and inspirational words to encourage you on your journey.

    Too Blessed to be Stressed... Inspiration for Every Day is definitely inspiring and encouraging for every day.  And at $16.99 this little book is affordable as well.  Don't miss out on the Giveaway going on now at http://www.blessedfreebies.com/tooblessedtobestressed.html

    The Crafty Classroom: R.E.A.D. {Crew Review}

    Have you ever been to The Crafty Classroom website?  Have you seen the amazing products available there, like the Learning to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and the R.E.A.D. Review Pack?  There are LOADS of other great things there too.

    First, let me say how much I love The Crafty Classroom and the amazing products there. You can seriously spend hours just looking through all the good things to use in your homeschooling.  Curriculum for all ages.  It's good stuff, y'all.  Check it out!

    I'm planning to grab the Alphabet Curriculum Notebook pretty soon for Jackson.  This is a 26 week curriculum that I think will be amazing for him to work on his letters with.  And for $15, it's a steal!!

    For this review though, we were given a PDF copy of the Learning to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook, along with the R.E.A.D. Review Pack.  These two products really made me fall in love with The Crafty Classroom.  They are a complete reading curriculum for young students and they are packed with fun!  

    The Learning to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook is 798 pages long.  This curriculum doesn't cover the alphabet.  That's covered in the awesome Alphabet Curriculum Notebook.  This Notebook concentrates on learning to read by providing a different word family each week with awesome activities that go along with it.  Students also cover sight words that are easily recognized.

    The week begins with a great brightly colored image that can be printed of the word family you'll be working on.  In the beginning of the file, you'll find a Daily Warm-Up sheet.  I chose to laminate this for Jack and Laycie.  It has space for their first and last name, a clock to use hands to mark the time, as well as an analog box for learning to write the time.  It has a place for temperature and weather for the day.  There's a calendar to make the month, day and year, as well as the day of the week.  It's a great little start up for each day.

    The first sheet of learning provides the word family word underlined with an arrow that instructs you to follow the sounds to learn the word.  Am is the first word so you would start with the "A" sound and follow through with the 'M" sound to teach your child to say the word.  This is quick and fun to do with your child to enforce learning to read.

    The next part of the lesson jumps right into writing by putting a letter in front of "am" for your child to learn to relate words through rhyming.  This begins your lesson in learning about words that are similar and helps your child with spelling. It's great fun for your little one.

    There are also printable cards for learning.  These can be printed on cardstock or paper and laminated as well.  They allow the child to see rhyming words as well as some sight words.  These are a great way to learn to recognize words in print.

    There are sounding out and matching activities to help reinforce what your child is learning.  There are also grammar activities included in this curriculum which teach noun, verbs and other important grammar along with learning to read.  There are so many activities that your child will love learning with like mine have.

    The R.E.A.D. Review Pack is really awesome as well.  This pack contains handy little readers that you print and staple together for your child to reinforce what they are learning in their Learning to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook.  These are easy to make and use with your little ones.

    I used these two items with Jack and Laycie who are both at different places in learning to read but both LOVE fun activities on worksheets for reading.  There were so many activities to make this last all week for them.  They looked forward to the daily lessons and enjoyed doing it together.  Jack still needs some alphabet work but we will be working on that soon.

    You can purchase the Learning to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and the R.E.A.D. Review Pack from The Crafty Classroom.  The notebook pack is $25 and the review pack is $15.  Both are priced incredibly low for the content they provide.

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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Health Update {July 2017}

    This week has been hard.  The last month really.  My medicine is no longer controlling my uterine bleeding like it had been and now I am exhausted again.

    I emailed my doctor's office last night to set up a new appointment with the doctor so I can go ahead and schedule my hysterectomy.  I wasn't ready before but now I am.  I want my life back and energy back.  I want to enjoy my days again.

    So right now, I'm low in energy.  I'm eating tons of spinach and other iron rich foods to keep my blood volume up but it's only doing so much since my body doesn't absorb iron like it should.  I'm also trying to take a multivitamin daily.

    I'm not sure when surgery will be schedule but I'm hoping by August 16th so I can be up and moving by Jack's birthday.  We will see.

    Until later on... I'm off to take a nap...

    ACTIVA Products are FUN for the Family {Crew Review}

    We live in an artistically creative household.  My 14 year old, Emmalee, dreams of being an artist.  She loves all mediums for Art.  So when the ACTIVA Products review became available I knew this would be exciting and fun for her and possibly my younger kids as well.  She has not been disappointed with the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit or the ACTIVA Products' Favorite Sculptures KIDS CRAFTS free eBook.

    The Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit comes with 2 4 inch by 5 yard rolls of Rigid Wrap.  This stuff is AWESOME and we will talk about how to use it in a few minutes.  Also included is an 8oz package of CelluClay Instant Paper Mache.  Paper Mache was a FAVORITE of mine in Elementary school.  It brought me so much fun!

    There are also instructions for 12 different projects included with the box on a small set of sheets.  These ideas include a Volcano, a Totem Pole, a mask, a Happy Mummy, a Peppermint Candy Bowl, a Sarcophagus and more.  Jackson really wanted to make a Mummy and put him in the Sarcophagus.  We're still working on that.

    This whole kit is so neat!  I've never used Rigid Wrap before so it was a learning experience for both me and Emmalee, who ended up loving it.  She enjoyed the texture and feel of wetting the webbed material and smoothing it so that it formed to what she was trying to shape.  She cut strips and wrapped them around a straw to make beds which she later painted.  She used a small light bulb and draped the Rigid Wrap over half the bulb to make a small basket for their dolls.  She helped Jackson wrap a toilet paper roll with the wrap to make a Mummy and helped Laycie wrap another one so she could make a spider.  And they are still working on ideas to use the Rigid Wrap for fun!

    It does take a few hours for the product to dry.  It will feel cold to the touch if it's not yet dry.  And you can wet it again to reform it if needed.  It's really easy to work with and a whole lot of fun though I do warn you, that it makes little hands messy since it's a wet sticky substance.

    The CelluClay Instant Paper Mache is equally easy to use.  Add water and smooth it out over whatever your working on to create your project.  Start small and add more as you go.

    The ACTIVA Products' Favorite Sculptures KIDS CRAFTS free eBook was really great too.  This eBook is jam packed with great fun ideas to use the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay with your family.  It contains 12 fun sculpture ideas to be used.  The website also has great ideas for using the products as well.

    My kids have had so much fun with this, especially Emma.  At a price of $11.90, the kit is easy to budget in.  Emma plans to use the rest of our kit to make more beads that she can paint and design.  The paint adheres well to the products and hold the colors well.  I really look forward to more of her future designs.

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    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Take Flight In Your Homeschool {Crew Review}

    Do you have a child who loves planes?  Or maybe you have always wanted to learn more about flight.  Either way, Doctor Aviation and their flight learning platform is a great way to learn about flight, planes and all the elements that go along with the program in the comfort of your own home.

    This program is designed for older students or parents to use but if you have a young one who just loves planes, they can view the lessons alongside of you and really learn a lot.  So in my opinion, this is a family program for learning about flight.  Jam-packed with information that I haven't seen any where else.

    I really was not sure if I wanted to join in on this one because I'm not a big fan of aviation but I've really enjoyed learning more through Doctor Aviation.  The lessons begin with the basics of the course and the Aviation system.  Then you move straight into learning about the aircraft itself.

    The lessons on the aircraft cover every element involved.  The major components of the aircraft are covered, as well as the axes and forces involved.  You learn about why an aircraft flies and why they turn, pitch and how they fly.

    In section 3, you learn about Air Traffic Control and how it works to help keep aircraft safe.  Without Air Traffic Control, the airways would be a crazy place.  Air Traffic Control are the police of the airways, keeping the right people in the right places.

    Section 4 covers Aircraft Maintenance and how different engines are checked and how they are kept safe.  One person missing one thing on this list is life or death for those on the flight.  Those who do aircraft maintenance have one of the most important jobs of all.

    Section 5 teaches you Airfield Operations and how the airport works.  A large airport is a city in itself, containing all your personal needs while you wait in layover for your next flight.  It also covers the small airport, the little guys who don't get the big action.

    In the last section, section 6, you visit the Aircraft again, learning more about the particular elements that make up the plane.  You learn how altitude works and how the airspeed indicator works to keep the plane in flight.  You also learn about other types of aircraft, how they work and how they differ from planes in flight.

    The whole course works to give you a complete picture of how aviation works and what it takes to take wings and fly.  This program is perfect for the future pilot in your family or just someone who has a deep interest in flight.

    There are 15 lessons, each around 45-60 minutes in length.  Each also has a PDF file to extend the lessons for your student.  Each lesson has guided notes and also tests that you can use to see how much you are learning.

    You can get your own online subscription for Doctor Aviation for $99.  This is a 6 month subscription and you can pace your lessons to fit your student's needs so long as they complete them in the 6 month period or your renew your subscription at the end of this time.

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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Trust Fund (Movie) {Crew Review}

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    Some days are slow ones.  You just need to sit back and enjoy a great movie with your kids.  A good, Christian, family movie like Trust Fund from Mapelle Films.  Bonus when it comes with a book like Love Was Near.  Extra bonus when it's a movie produced by a fellow homeschooler like Isaac Alongi.

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    Trust Fund tells the story of Reese: sister, daughter, lover and writer.  She's a girl who's been lucky in life, very blessed and who's always tried to find the easy way to get through her day to day.  Her parents worked hard to provide a good life for her and her sister, Audrey.  Audrey is the perfect daughter who does all the things she's supposed to while Reese is the one who pushes the limits and goes against the family's wishes for her life.

    Reese finds herself wrapped up in a situation that only faith and hope can really get her out of.  She trusts the wrong people, loves the wrong people and has to learn that the right people were there for her all along.  Her family's love is unconditional and forgiveness comes in time for all.

    If you're looking for a great Christian family movie, Trust Fund is it.  This isn't a movie for young children but is rated PG.  There were no edgy scenes, no bad words, no risky issues.  The story line is better understood by older children though.

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    Along with the movie, we were sent a copy of the book that was based from the movie, Love Was Near.  This is Reese's story and is written in a journal like design.  Reese talks about her feelings in life, things she's going through, happiness, sadness and all that is between.

    I really love this book.  It's interactive.  Questions are asked and there are spaces for answers to be provided.  It works like a book report or a journal and really gets the person reading the book thinking.  It provides a place to get your thoughts onto the pages and is a great keepsake.

    My 14 year old daughter Emmalee and I watched this movie together and read through some of the book as well.  It was a bonding experience for us both that we enjoyed.  Just hanging out for the day, talking about the movie, sharing and being together was a wonderful, relaxing day for us both.

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    Trust Fund (movie) will soon be available through Mapelle Films.  There is a movie soundtrack currently available for $9.99 through the Mapelle Films store.  Love Was Near is also available in the store for $12.99.

    Additionally, there is a downloadable study guide for this movie which we did not use but it's an amazing addition if you like using study guides with movies.   You can get it here: https://mapelle.com/tools/ 

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