Travel The World {Homeschool Review Crew}

Travel the World

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I have always wanted to travel the world.  But, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to.  A goal for my parenting is to help my children see and experience as much as I can.  We’re doing just that by using Let’s Go Geography as part of our homeschool.  As we get online and login we get to travel to different places every week.  Much fun is being had in our geography travels!

 

Let's Go Geography
 

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?  That is a question I asked my kids when we started with this geography course.  Geography hasn’t been a huge part of our homeschool until this year.  I was interested in what countries or states or continents interested my kids so we could make sure and do those first.

About the Program

Travel the world in style.  Your own style that is!  Let’s Go Geography is a three year course that allows you to travel through a few states in the United States as well as some countries each year.  You can plan on two regions of the United States plus roughly 26 countries each year.  With the curriculum access or download you get access for one year for one teacher or mom to use with her children or a coop class.  

Each week an email comes to my inbox telling me what the destination of our travels will be.  It is a 36 week course but does allow a few break weeks as well as some review weeks.  There are two reviews per semester plus a review at the end of the year.

Because everything you need is set out for you this is a very easy program to follow.  You can use it a bit every day or make one day a geography day and do it all then.

This program is designed for grades kindergarten through fourth.  I have also been using it with my fifth and sixth graders and my preschooler.  It is very easily adaptable. 

 

Let's Go Geography

 

What’s it Like?

You are going to go online into your back “office” location.  There you click on the schedule week you wish to do.  It will then have you click to download or access the PDF which you can print off.  Each destination has six chapters for you to work through.  These are:

  • Chapter 1: Map it!  Here you learn where you are going in your travel the world course and pin or mark it on a map.  Plus you’ll learn a few basic facts.
  • Chapter 2: The Flag!  Learn about the country flag and what it means/symbolizes.  You’re going to color/cut and have lots of fun learning about and doing some hands on fun with the flag.
  • Chapter 3: The Music!  Listen to music from the country and learn about their culture. There are also videos to watch.  These are safe to view videos.  Nothing questionable to have to worry about like simply looking stuff up on YouTube.
  • Chapter 4: Let’s Explore!  Go sighseeing!  See what the country has to offer.  Check into some different areas of the country and get to know the people.  Plus some fun facts.
  • Chapter 5: Create!  Hands on activities with step by step directions.  Much fun to be had.
  • Chapter 6: Printables! Here you’ll find notebooking pages, fun classroom activities and much more.

Our Thoughts

I love that it isn’t a set in stone journey.  We can travel the world as we want to and are not locked into going to this destination then this one in a set order.  I could jump around and choose where we would visit based on my kids interests or what we were studying in other areas of our homeschool.   It’s very easy to supplement other reading books to where we travel each week as well.  Those get stuck in our morning book basket and the kids can read on them during free reading time.  Sometimes finding board book or toddler/preschool level reading books about where we travel can be hard though.

 

Travel the World

 

I do feel I should mention that it is made to be a set in stone journey.  We chose not to use it that way and it worked really well for us.  We also used this four days a week.  Because the whole week is laid out we still got all of the information covered.

Some of the countries we decided to visit include Canada, Greenland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  This week we’re finishing up visiting Iceland.  As you can tell other than Canada we are staying in a central location.  Because there are reviews we did decide to do countries only within semester 1.  All of these are in that semester so they do tend to stay centralized somewhat.  I like that we can have the flexibility to jump around as we want.

I personally am learning and enjoying this program.  My kids are loving it.  I can see us continuing to use this and most likely purchasing years 2 and 3 as well so we can continue our exploration.

 

Travel the World

 

Let’s talk about the Break weeks just a little bit. It’s basically a week where there are no lessons.  Week 9 is the first break week.  For us we just will be skipping over that break week and “saving” it for later.  We tend to take a week break off of all school during slow times in my husbands business(he’s self employed) and during the off season for doing some amazing field trips.  So break weeks are just not being done here currently.  

Now review weeks.  I love this idea!  The first review week is week 12.  If you follow the schedule there would be 10 countries visited to review.  We’ve already done 6 countries but only two of them are in that section.  I am planning on skipping that week as a review and just doing another lesson.  We will then finish visiting all semester one spots and do two review weeks back to back after we’ve done all the countries.  

You will need some kind of a notebook or binder to keep all your activities and pages in.  They call it a travel journal.  Neat idea!  So we grabbed a package of writing paper for each child plus a three ring binder that I will hole punch and put all the papers in.  We then put dividers in it to divide out each week.

 

Let's Go Geography

 

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Want to learn more?  Check out the main blog post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You can also find Let’s Go Geography on facebook and pinterest.

 

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History Story Books {Homeschool Review Crew}

History Story Books 

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We love history in our home.  Not just in our homeschool, but in our everyday reading material as well.  That’s why we were so excited to be offered some history story books from Carole P. Roman to review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.  We received three titles in the mail to read and love.  Our package contained If You Were Me and Lived In. . .The American West: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, If You Were Me and Lived In . . . Viking Europe: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, and If You Were Me and Lived In. . . Ancient China: The Han Dynasty- An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time.

 

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If you can’t tell, there is a bit of a theme throughout these three books.  We have three different places and periods of history to read and visit.  A big factor for us in choosing books is to hold them up against the standards of Charlotte Mason.  Are these books teaching us?  Or are they merely telling us something made up and entertaining us?  I feel that these history story books are what we would call “living books” and help to teach history as well as culture.

How to Use History Story Books

For us we like to read the books for pleasure first.  Something in the book will normally stick out as interesting or exciting and garner their attention.  That’s when mom takes over.  We then delve deeper into whatever that is.  What caught their interest?  Why do they love a certain time period or practice or custom or culture?  Take their interest and make it into a learning experience.

The If You Were Me and Lived In series from Carole P. Roman definitely fits the history story books theme as they are full of information about the cultures and time periods.  They give you information that just a history book might not.  And of course, it’s not dry reading but fun and interactive.  These books work best for ages 4-9.  They’re a longer reading book but not so long as to be a history book.  Each book contains a glossary in the back to help with any words that might not be familiar.  The drawings in the book are amazing and I love the attention to fashion detail.  I’m a bit of a fashion of old times lover so I took particular interest in those.

 

Books by Carole P Roman

Viking Europe

This book is 76 pages long.  We were able to read this aloud in less than an hour.  I did read this aloud to my children as I have a few who cannot read on their own yet.  But, I also have some big kids that stole these books as soon as they were out of the package and read them through quickly.  Viking Europe is a time period we chose because my children love all things Medieval.  Boats and swords and vikings oh my!  It’s the stuff of little boys dreams!  My boys are 10, 9, and 9, well and a 15 month old as well but he’s more into tractors and trucks right now.

Now that we talked about what my boys expected, this book does cover the typical sea faring Viking but also talks about how they made villages and farmed as well.  Plus the class system that the Viking Norse people had in place during and around 870 AD.  I loved learning about the clothing of the period while my children were more interested in what they ate and of course those ships!  The distinction of not only owning two shirts but wearing two shirts at one time.  Oh my.  We’re quite far from that today.

My boys were the first to pick up this Viking book and took particular glee in telling my almost teenage daughters all the not so fun things that would have been their daily tasks.  Oh and the whole married at the age of 15 business to help prosper the father.  Not sure we’re going to be adopting that tradition anytime soon!  I did appreciate that the Vikings respected their women and that a wife could divorce her husband for abuse or cruelty.  

 

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American West

Let’s visit the American West!  54 pages long and full of wonderful information this book is going to keep your little cowboys and cowgirls entertained.  In this book we’re focusing on the mass immigration of 1843 to points out west.  Particularly this book has children being around 12 years old and moving to Willamette Valley, Oregon from Ohio.  Because we reenact the Civil war which was merely twenty years past this date we do know a lot about the clothing and customs of the time.  However, I’ve never even been to Oregon so reading about the land and lifestyle out there is informative.  Oh and to travel by wagon!  We have had the pleasure of riding in a covered wagon but only for a mile or so.  I can’t imagine travelling that way for miles upon miles all day long.  

The jumping off point for all the wagons travelling west was Independence, Missouri.  This is literally within two hours of us and we’ve been there multiple times for just visiting friends and also doing reenactments.  It’s a great way of making the history story books just a little more real for us.  Of course, my girls did take offense to the sister being called whiny and getting to ride in the wagon.  They assured me that they would have walked and are not whiny.

A large shock was had by all at the amount of acreage that one couple was granted.  Our main characters family was granted 640 free acres.  That’s a lot of land.  We live on a farm that is 63 acres and think it’s a good sized amount of land.  I cannot imagine having 640 acres to explore and build on.  My boys of course are now making their own little “house” in our timber using the instructions given in this book plus some more details that we found through our research.

 

Books by Carole P Roman

Ancient China

The book that we were sent as a surprise is about Ancient China.  We haven’t spent a lot of time studying the ancient civilizations except for Egypt so this was mostly new information to us.  This history story book is 76 pages long and full of all kinds of interesting information.  The time frame is 150 AD.  Some fun facts we learned were about the Silk Road and how the silk trade made a whole new class of people within the merchants due to silk being such a commodity.  The Han dynasty lasted four hundred years making it one of the longest lasting dynasties.  It was also a very important dynasty for Ancient China.  Because of the progress and government being formed it is often called the Golden Age of Ancient China.  Paper and porcelain both came from this era.

Because this book focuses on the children of a doctor they are fairly well to do.  It then delves a bit into the other ranks of class and how they would live as well.  Other take aways are fun things like chicken being the staple dish.  My girls found it interesting that colors had such significance and that they would have been married in a red dress versus white.  The lay out of the house is very unique and I for one can’t say that I would enjoy it.

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Make sure you go to the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog and check out all the history story books reviews.  There is a vast range of books that were reviewed so I’m sure you can find at least one or two that you’d like to learn more about and check out.  You can also find Carole P. Roman on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and good reads

 

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Narnia Studies {Homeschool Review Crew}

Narnia Studies

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As part of school year we are reading(again) all of The Chronicles of Narnia.  We’ve read them several times as a family but this year I want us to do more in-depth Narnia studies of the books.  Our first study is thanks to Progeny Press and their The Silver Chair E-Guide which we are reviewing through the Homeschool Review Crew.

 

Narnia Studies

About The Curriculum

This is an E-Guide so it is downloadable. You can use it as an interactive study or print it off and use that way.  We like to print them off just because we don’t do a lot of school on the computer in our homeschool.  When you have ten kids and limited computers it’s just easier.  Plus I’m a bit anti-technology in the homeschool.  I like for us to experience things and pen and paper seem to allow that to happen more.

For our study, The Silver Chair, students should be in grades 5-7 for the best understanding.  I had two students working through this.  I classify both at a sixth grade level for reading and comprehension so this is a good fit for them.  My students directly next in line are working at more of a fourth grade level and I definitely do not think this would have worked for them.  This is one study that I did not try to tweak to make it work for all my children.  Did we read the books together?  Yes.  Did all my children have discussions and talk about the concepts in the book and what was going on?  Yes.  But the in-depth study would have been way above most of the others heads.

This study guide is relatively new to their line up and is 61 pages long.  It currently retails on their site for $18.99.  I found it to work with both our newer copies and our older copies of The Silver Chair.  They are both full versions though and not abridged.

 

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How We Used

I printed off two copies of this our first in a series of Narnia studies and put each in a three ring binder.  I will add the other studies to the binder as well so all the studies for all the books in the series are contained together.  And because I have OCD tendencies I do feel that I will place them in order, whether if that is order in which they were written or chronological I haven’t decided yet.

My kids have read these books on their own and have had them read to them.  Being very familiar with the written words of this book allows us to move quickly through the study.  I’m really challenging them to dig deeper though.  Dig into the meaning behind the words.  That’s our primary focus.  What is the meaning?  Is there something being conveyed here that we haven’t seen?  Where are the Biblical parallels?  I’m really enjoying helping my kids work through this.

Our Thoughts

We loved it!  Our little homeschool has used Progeny Press studies in the past and adored them so I knew that we would like this one as well.  Because it pertained to one of our favorite books it made it that much more enjoyable.  My kids couldn’t wait until daddy got home so they could tell him new things they learned about this book that we are reading again in school.  Or to quiz him to see if he’d ever made this or that connection.  I love watching them learn and be excited about what they’re learning.  

We love this book and have read it multiple times before which means we’re working through this study at a faster pace.  You can choose to go slower if wanted/needed or take it at a fast pace like us.

Learn More

Interested in learning more about Progeny Press and all their literature studies?  I’m pleased to say that they have other Narnia studies as well.  Some previous reviews we share on the blog include The Sword in The Tree, Sarah Plain and Tall, The Courage of Sarah Noble and The Little House in the Big Woods.  Classify us as BIG fans of this company!!

While you’re checking them out head over to the main Homeschool Review Blog post to read all the reviews.  You can also find Progeny Press on facebook, twitter, pinterest, YouTube, and instagram.  There were a total of four literature study guides being reviewed by the Crew this round.  Make sure to check out the other titles as well over on the blog.

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Feeling Feminine

Feeling Feminine

I have to be honest.  I love to feel feminine.  Feeling feminine is one of the main reasons that I wear dresses or skirts 95% of the time.  It’s the reason I have a strand of pearls and wear earrings on a daily basis.

 

feeling feminine

 

Recently I received a wooden watch to review in the mail from Tempus Wood Watches to add to my list of things that make me feel feminine.  I love the design and over all feel of the watch.  It’s definitely a watch that accentuates femininity.  So many watches these days that women wear just look like men’s watches.  I wanted to stay away from those.

A wooden watch has been on my wishlist for quite some time but the price tag was a bit more than I could handle. Enter Tempus Wood Watches. This company makes affordable and gorgeous watches that are also wooden.

Wooden watches are both pretty and practical which is what I’m looking for in a watch.  Something that’s going to leave me feeling feminine instead of self conscious about the huge thing on my wrist.

The watch I received as part of this review is the Tempus Callista Women’s Bamboo Watch.  It retails for $79.99 in the United States.  I chose this watch as I loved the rose gold coloring and the leather band.  The other two watches highlighted in the women’s collection are the all wooden Tempus Elinor and the Tempus Willoughby.  The Elinor has gorgeous wooden links as a band while the Willoughby has a fabric band which reminds me of a watch you’d wear while playing sports or being very active.

 

Feeling Feminine

 

It’s gorgeous! I love that it has a leather band instead of plastic. Most watches that I’ve been seeing lately have a plastic band. In fact, I have one. I really don’t appreciate it as it’s extra hot and does not breathe. The leather band breathes and is also a great place to put a drop of essential oils for diffusing.

I love that the watch face is large enough to easily read. It’s also a gorgeous color with a rose gold frame. I’m not a fan of typical yellow gold as it’s not a good color for me. White gold and rose gold are much better for my skin tone but they’re harder to find.

 

feeling feminine

 

I love that this watch can be dressed up or down.  If I’m feeling a need to look my best I can put on a “going out” dress or skirt and it still looks completely natural.  Same with just wearing a denim skirt and blouse.  This gorgeous watch goes with everything!  I’m so pleased with it and can’t wait to purchase a second one just so I have a variety of colors in my life.  They say you can’t have too many shoes but what about eco-friendly wooden watches?  I’m thinking you can’t have too many of those.  What do you think??

Because Tempus Wood Watches is a fairly new company they don’t have a huge selection yet.  But the watches they do have are gorgeous and well made.  I highly recommend them.  Feel free to check out their social media accounts as well.  You can find them on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and youtube.

The 20th Century Lapbook {Homeschool Review Crew}

The 20th Century Lapbook

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Lapbooks.  Have you ever used them?  We don’t often but when we do we love to use A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks.  They have such fun and simple lapbooks.  Recently we’ve been working through the 20th Century Lapbook.  This lapbook titled An Overview of the 20th Century is geared towards grades second through seventh so it’s a perfect fit for my crew.

About the Curriculum

This curriculum is a lapbook.  Lapbooks are a fun hands on way of learning about a subject.  You do a lot of fine motor work with lapbooking so this is great for anyone needing that practice.  

 

20th Century Lapbook

 

The main focus of this lapbook is the 20th century in an overview.  It’s a run through of all the main key topics that went on during the 20th century.  It is a learning lapbook with a study guide included.  There are pages included of reading for teaching about the events.  Then you have the pieces to cut and color and glue to your folders.  There are also recipes that are fun to make as a family from the depression era.

You can purchase the downloadable file for $8.00 currently while the print version is $18.00.  We received the download.  While I normally like print things this is a great way to do a lapbook.  For us it’s easier to print 9 pages of page 10 than it would be to try and make copies.  I did print out the entire lapbook so that I have it in a binder for quick reference.

Our Thoughts

I love these lapbooks.  They’re so fun and engaging plus lots of hands on fine motor skill practice.  Because this lapbook was the 20th Century Lapbook I feel it didn’t really focus on any one issue that we faced and merely glanced over them.  I’m an over-thinker and an over-teacher of things.  So, you might have already guessed this but we added a lot of information to our lapbooks.  Lots of extra reading and even some rabbit trails.  The original lapbook was to be 3 folders big.  Our is still going to be three folders big we’re just mushing a few extra facts in there.  Really and truly I have only printed about 5 extra things to stick in our folders.  The rest is just information that we’ve learned and read about to add to what is already mentioned.

My oldest son is 10 and he wants to do an entire lapbook on just World War II. I told him we could definitely do that but first he would have to do an entire lapbook on World War I.  So once we are finished with this lapbook look for a more indepth exploration of those events.  There is really no way to do them justice in this lapbook.  It hits the key points which is great but inquiring boy minds want to know about war!

This 20th Century lapbook is geared for grades 2-7.  So, approximately ages 8-13.  I used this with my older nine children.  The baby at almost 15 months did not participate much except for having to do some coloring and trying to eat all the tiny scraps of paper.  My age range for this was ages 4-12.  Now, my four year old is in preschool and probably didn’t understand and won’t remember all that we talked about but she really enjoyed the cutting and pasting part of this and it gave her practice while also imparting knowledge to her.

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Want to learn more about A Journey Through Learning and the lapbooks they offer?  You can check out all the reviews linked up on the main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media on facebook, twitter, google +, and instagram.  This round members of the crew reviewed two Classical Conversations lapbooks, different Apologia lapbooks, An Overview of the 20th Century, and The Greatest Inventors.  Make sure to read over all the different reviews as I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to you.

 

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Family Chore System {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Chore System

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It’s chore time!  How do you make chore time less of a battle in your house?  Recently we’re working on implementing a family chore system.  This comes from a review of The Everyday Family Chore System which is a PDF downloadable ebook from Everyday Homemaking.

 

The Everyday Family Chore System

 

Chore time can be a chore in and of itself.  We’ve always given our kids chores to do but that hasn’t stopped the whining or the nagging by me for them to get them done in a timely manner and done right.  How do you change this?  I know a lot of it is through good character training and we’re working on that.  More on character training and how that’s helping our daily life soon.

Today we’re discussing a family chore system as outlined in The Everyday Family Chore System.  It’s a 90 page ebook.  I printed mine out on 45 pages front and back after downloading it.  It downloads as a PDF.  The first half is just about how to use the system while the second half contains printables and lists that will help you effectively implement the chore system.

About the Program

Vicki Bentley is the creator of the Everyday Homemaking website and subsequently the products available through it.  She wanted to help parents by giving them practical tools and options for managing their homes effectively as well as their time.  As a mom of eight and also a foster mom of over fifty children she definitely has the experience to back up this desire.  This website and products combine all of her years of experience and wisdom in a fun and helpful way for both new parents and seasoned ones alike.  She’s here to help you make the most of your home and teach your children to help and be responsible all at once.

 

Everyday Homemaking
The Everyday Family Chore System is available through the Everyday Homemaking website for $15.99 in the ebook form or $19.99 in print form.  While I normally prefer a physical book this is one example where an ebook is a bit better as I don’t have to copy the pages from a book but can merely hit print and then print as many copies of the one page as I need.

And as a side note I want to put in a plug that you should check out the homeschool planner she offers.  It looks amazing and I’m wishing it was in my budget this month as we’re starting school again!

Our Thoughts

As we’re implementing parts of this system to fit our needs I love how flexible it is.  I really think it’s going to end up blessing our household once I work out all the quirks that I’m having.  With ten kids and having been a bit too lax in the character training area of our life lately I do feel it will take time to get to where I want to be.  But with everything in life it takes work and effort on the parts of all involved to make any system ideal.

As a mom I like this system.  It’s straightforward and I don’t have to come up with it myself.  No reinventing the wheel needed.  Am I using every aspect?  No of course not.  But that’s the joy of this.  I can pick and choose and customize based on the ages of my children and what their individual needs are.  As we get more confident in our chore system and I get all the wrinkles ironed out I’ll be sharing more!  We’re just getting started with our new school year so there is lots going on in our house these days!

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You can learn more about Everyday Homemaking by finding them on facebook.  For more information about how other people have used the family chore system as well as the other item available for the Crew to review called Everyday Cooking please check out the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog

 

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Teach Me Some Greek {Homeschool Review Crew}

Teach Me Some Greek

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Have you ever wanted to learn a new language?  We’ve always thought languages are a key component in our homeschool.  Recently we added in some Greek through a great company called Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  We received their Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set to help facilitate our review.

Greek 'n' Stuff
This level 2 set is geared towards grades 2-4 who have no previous Greek knowledge.  Level 3 would be where you wanted to start with older children.  They do recommend fourth grade and up start on Level 3 as it does teach the alphabet in a fast paced way at the beginning.  Because my key student for this review is a bit delayed for her age and at a level below fourth grade I did make the choice to use level 2 with her.

Hey, Andrew!Teach Me Some Greek!
A detailed lesson plan is included in the set.  This gives us 5 daily lessons per week.  We are doing a four day school week this year but found that doing this on our off day did not take up a lot of time and was very easy to incorporate into our life.  

About the Curriculum

This curriculum.  Teach Me Some Greek.  But guys it’s not the Greek you’ll hear spoken in Greece today.  This is common Greek, or the Greek used during Bible times.  To me this is amazing and definitly the Greek we want to learn as we’ll probably never need to speak it with someone in Greece.  It would be awesome of course to go to Greece, but that’s not our key reason for wanting to learn Greek.  Greek and Hebrew are on our list primarily so we can learn them and then use that knowledge to understand our Bible better.

Greek 'n' Stuff
The curriculum set we received is for one student only.  Now, we all know I have way more than one student!  My plan was to have one child use this for the review period so we could get an understanding for how we like it.  Said child has done so!  Now for our new school year we are purchasing the Level 3 for my two older students and more Level 2 books for my other children.  I have yet to decide if I want to do the primary level 1 with my preschooler/kindergarten kiddos or just wait until they’re ready for level 2.  Oh the decisions we homeschool moms face!

With our set we received a pronunciation CD, a student workbook, and an “answers only” answer book.  Because I don’t speak any form of Greek I was very grateful for the pronunciation CD.  There is only so much you can teach your child if you’re not sure you’re saying the words correctly. 

Greek 'n' Stuff

Our Thoughts

As I mentioned I’m planning on using this with all my kids I would say you might already have my opinion.  Yes, we love this curriculum.  It’s simple to understand and use.  Great curriculum that kids and adults can love.  If you’re an adult and want to learn common Greek definitely think about using Level 3 for yourself.  I’m ordering an extra workbook for me!  The big debate in our house is whether I should buy one for daddy too or not.  What do you think?  Should daddy be made to do his own workbook or should he just have the kids teach him their lesson from that day?

Teach Me Some Greek

Learn More

Learn more about all the products offered up for review through Greek ‘n’ Stuff on the main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Besides Level 2 and Level 3 of the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! courses reviewers also got a choice of several Bible Studies.  These titles were I Can Study Jonah and Ruth Alone with God Bible Study(13 week study) in NIV or KJV, I Can Study Ruth Alone with God Bible Study(13 week study) in NIV or KJV, I Can Study First Samuel Alone with God Bible Study(39 week study) in NIV or KJV, and I Can Study Acts Alone with God Bible Study(53 week study) in KJV or NIV.  I love that all the Bible studies are offered in both translations as we’re a KJV family ourselves and sometimes it’s hard to find things using that version for children.  

You can also find Greek ‘n’ Stuff by following them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.  Hey, Andrew! Teach me Some Greek can also be found on facebook

 

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ABC Bible Memory Verse {Homeschool Review Crew}

ABC Bible Memory Verse

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I love having my kids memorize Bible verses.  And, I have to be honest, it’s good for me too.  We should all continue memorizing verses even into our adulthood.  But, the problem I sometimes have is what verse should we memorize.  Where do I start?  Enter ABC Bible Memory Verse for preschool learners.

Crafty Classroom
Recently we were able to review Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom.  This is a super cute preschool curriculum that utilizes a four day school week.  It also has a verse per week that allows me to have ALL my kids memorizing scripture.  

This is a downloadable program.  It contains over 600 pages of curriculum(658 to be exact on my computer).  Currently you can purchase this on their website for $15.00.  Covering 26 weeks it is designed for preschool through K4.

How We Used It

I’ve said before that I do have some children who are delayed.  Knowing this it will make more sense when I tell you that I’ve been using this with two children ages seven and four years old.  They’re both doing a preschool age level so this fits them perfectly.  In fact, I’m definitely going to be making sure this program gets switched to our new computer and saved in multiple locations so that I can use it with my one year old when he gets ready for preschool.  We really love Bible based programs.

My favorite part of this curriculum has to be that they use the King James Version of the Bible.  This is almost solely the only version we use in our house and having this curriculum actually use it means less confusion and less work for me.  With other programs I would have to look up the verse and write it out in the KJV for my children to hang on the wall instead of using the provided print out.

Another part I like is that there is a character verse in addition to the Bible verse.  I did not require my kids to memorize that one but I did require my older children to read that verse as well and actually have a more in-depth conversation with me about the verse and what it meant/how they could implement it into their lives.  Love these teaching moments that span the age range.

 

ABC Bible Memory Verse

About the Curriculum

So some fun facts about the curriculum that I wanted to share.  As I mentioned above it uses the KJV for Bible verses which is a huge thing for us.  Each week has a different letter that you focus one.  Within that letter focus there is also a Bible memory verse, a Bible character verse, and some other things that will be focused on.  These include an aspect of the character of God each week that is studied such as God the creator or God the warrior.  

A Bible theme or story is also part of the lesson.  The Bible theme is in direct correlation with the letter of the week.  So letter A is Adam and Eve while F is the Fruits of the Spirit.

In addition to the Bible theme is Bible vocab.  This shocked me a little bit as I don’t normally teach vocab to my young ones but I really do enjoy this part.  Definitely a fun bit.

My girls love all the fun games and pages that go along with each week of curriculum and I love that they’re learning while having fun.  And bonus of course is that the entire learning is centered around God and the Bible.  

 

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Learn More

You can find out more about Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook and The Crafty Classroom by heading over to the Homeschool Review Crew main blog.  The other programs that were available to choose from for this review are Alphabet Curriculum Notebook(a version without the Bible aspects), Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and R.E.A.D. Review Pack, USA Activity Bundle, and How to Write a Paragraph.  The Crafty Classroom can also be found on social media through facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.  If you’re like me and like the idea of using an ABC Bible memory verse program with your little ones please check this out!

 

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Family Movie Night {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Movie Night

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Do you have family movie night?  We tend to do it either Friday or Saturday night depending on our schedule.  Recently it was a mom and two older daughters movie night though.  We received a new movie from Mapelle Films.  This movie is Trust Fund and it’s a new twist on the prodigal son story from the Bible.  We also received Love Was Near, a book to go along with the movie. It’s the to be read after viewing.  This movie and book are geared towards ages 12 and up.

 

Family Movie Night

Because this is geared towards ages 12 and up it was not an entire family movie night.  But rather just my oldest two daughters and I watched the movie and read/discussed the book.  The rest of the family had a different movie they watched.  We don’t often separate out the family for two separate movies but it seemed like the best solution to this.  I had not prescreened the movie and did not know if it would be something I’d want my four year old to watch.  It’s not just FYI.

Have you ever heard of the prodigal son story from the Bible?  Most people have.  Even people who don’t attend church know this story. It’s a classic of it’s own.  This movie gives it a new twist.  It’s no longer a son but a daughter who decides to go out and leave behind all she’s known for a bright new future.  Only the future isn’t quite what she thought it’d be.

Who do you relate to most in this story?  The brother who stays home or the one who leaves and comes back to much rejoicing?  I never really thought about it much but while going through the movie and study book with my daughters I really examined my own feelings.  The daughter/son who stayed home.  That would be me.  And then it hits me.  Am I really that person?  Am I cynical?  Do I think I deserve that attention and that I’m more worthy?  Lots of great discussions can come from this movie!

About the Movie

The movie is the product of a homeschooler!  Isaac Alongi was someone early on the scene to homeschooling being homeschooled starting in 1982.  Guys I gotta add that was before I was born!  Anyway it’s always nice to see that homeschool kids can do great things too!

Now this movie is based loosely on the Bible story of the prodigal son.  Before you schedule this for your next movie night please make sure and read some reviews and think about the ages of your family.  Due to some violence and hard lessons learned I’m not sure I would alter the age given by the movie.  It suggests ages 12 and up and I agree.  Now I might relax that to 10 or so but not much more than that.

Jessica Rothe plays Reese.  The younger spoiled daughter of a rich man who is an aspiring author.  When she learns her dad has been keeping secrets from her she decides she can’t trust him and goes off on her own.  She thinks she’s found true love. Of course, if that was the end of the story there would be no story.  So guess what?!  It’s not the end of the story. She has an older sister who has to stand by and watch and pick up the pieces when her younger sister runs off.  And there is her dad of course too. Oh and what about this guy she thinks is worth leaving her family for?

Needless to say because it’s the prodigal son story she comes home.  She’s lost everything but her regret and has yet to realize what true love is.  Until she comes home and her father still loves her.  That’s the general synopsis.  You’re going to want to watch the movie to find out all the juicy details.

I’d rate this movie a four out of five.  Not bad.  A good family movie night movie for older kids and parents.  Plus it can spur lots of discussion.

 

Love Was Near Book

Now the Book

Love Was Near is a book companion for the movie.  It retails currently for $12.99.  Think of a diary where you’re thinking about and reflecting on a monumental part of your life.  That’s the vibe that this book gives off.  It’s more of a reflection and rethinking of the movie than just a story version of the movie.  I think it offers quite a bit of thinking and reflecting on ourselves and our own lives as well.  

There is so much more to life than what we see and hear the first time around.  Sometimes if we reflect and think on the things that have happened it offers up a new perspective and learning experience.  Join Reece as she does just that with what has happened to her in this book.  I personally think it’s a good read and makes you think a bit about your own life and really take away some new points.

Side note:  There is also a study guide to go along with the movie.  This would make a great Bible study type program to do with the movie with your own children or a church group.  Find it HERE.  

 

Mapelle Films

Learn More

Want to hear more about this movie and book for your next Family Movie Night?  Check out the main Homeschool Review Crew blog for the main post. A great article to read is from a local(to me!!) Homeschool community the Midwest Parent Educators so take a peak at it too! You can also find them on social media through facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram

 

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History through Living Books

History Through Living Books

5 Days of Homeschooling with Living Books 

A great way to learn history through living books is by reading biographies.  

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Biographies are boring.  They’re dry.  You can’t get interested in them.  Well we’ve got a fun new way of reading biographies for you then.  Try YWAM books.  

The series we use is Christian Heroes Then and Now.  These books focus on missionaries.  They’re a fun biography book that actually keeps you engaged and learning at the same time.  Also YWAM offers study guides to go with the books so that you can use them for a small unit study as well.  I love that my kids want to read these books and they love the books so it’s a win win.

 

Charlotte Mason History

And yes, my kids do love these books.  I recently attended a homeschool conference local to me and bought the WHOLE SET of YWAM Christian Heroes then and now.  All of them.  Every last one they have in print currently is now in our library.  I came home with these books.  Immediately my kids were unwrapping them and finding their favorite reading nooks to dig in.  History through living books.  We love it.  

Other great ways to use living books for your history is to find a book based history curriculum.  We enjoy using The Story of the World as a read aloud.  It’s a great history book that reads like a story and won’t bore your children.  They currently have four in the series.  

Another idea would be to find a curriculum that is book based that includes history.  Our favorite one to recommend would be My Father’s World.  We’re currently using this curriculum though we’re using Exploring Countries and Cultures so we’re adding in some extra history of our own.  I like that they use a book basket.  However, I do not approve or allow all of their book basket books into my home so it’s definitely something individual.  Make sure to go through and only get the ones you’re comfortable with.

Some other books we’ve enjoyed for not only learning about history but also about virtues and character traits are Profiles of Valor and Portraits of Integrity.  They’re great books that give verses to support character traits as well as a historical figure who exemplifies those traits.  I’ll do reviews on those books later on so look for those.

Other books we love to include for history and character training as well are those from Lamplighter Publishing.  Not all of their books are going to qualify as history but they do have some good ones.  Make sure and screen them to see what you think.

What do you use for history?  What do you love?  My kids are excited to start studying American History this year so I’m stockpiling books about the American Revolution for our first big read.  All the Pilgrims and Puritans as well.  Oh and got to get those Native American ones too.  My list keeps getting bigger!  Make sure to comment your suggestions for me!