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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