Seeds of Hope {Litfuse Review}

Seeds of Hope

Litfuse Review

seeds of hope

About the Book Seeds of Hope:

Seeds of Hope.
 
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you can be found in Seeds of Hope.
 
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
 
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
 
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
 

About the Author of Seeds of Hope:

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers ofAmerica Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.
 
 
 
 
 

My Thoughts:

Miriam still hasn’t found the man she wants to marry.  She’s part of the Amish church but none of the men have made her heart do strange things.  Except of course for the man she can’t have because he’s English.  Not just English but also a lawyer.  A high profile guy that isn’t likely to visit often and even less likely to return her feelings.  That is until life throws him a curve.

Mark Byler often visited his grandfather’s farm and enjoyed his experiences there.  He also appreciated the friendship he made with a local Amish girl named Miriam.  But the idea of staying there or giving up the rest of his life never occurred to him.  Until he needed a place to escape to.

When a case goes wrong and his client is arrested again for the same type of crime his office gives him some “time off”.  Not knowing what to do with himself and having received a message from his grandfather that he needed him he decided to spend his time down on the farm.

Can Mark figure out why his innocent client has again been arrested?  Who is the guilty party?  What is he going to do with his life?  And just how sick could his grandfather be?  Oh and then there is Miriam.

Great read.  As most Amish fiction, this is a nice read.  Not a fast read but a nice slow read that you are still drawn into and feel as if these characters are your friends.

 

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Deadly Proof {Litfuse Review}

Deadly Proof

Litfuse Review

Deadly Proof

 

About Deadly Proof:

Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist in Deadly Proof.
 
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
 
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
 
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
 

About the Author:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including “Lethal Action” and “Devoted Defender,” which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including “Trial & Tribulations” and “Fatal Accusation.” These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. “Trial & Tribulations” was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.

 

 

My thoughts:

I love a good mystery.  Especially when it involves medicine of some sort.  This book contains pharmaceuticals and murder and mystery.  Who could ask for more!?  Oh and a guy with a past and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. 

Kate has worked hard to get to where she is as a lawyer.  She wants the lead on a case to bring some relief and closure to the families of victims of a drug with nasty side effects.  A main goal for Kate is actually making a difference something many of her lawyer friends don’t understand.  They call her an idealist.

As Kate takes over her new case she finds odd things happening.  Both inside her office and outside.  They become more sinister in the form of someone trying to scare her off the case and even kill her.  Who could be at the bottom of this?  Who can she trust?  

She knows she has someone inside her office that can’t be trusted but is her suspect the true problem?  And who is the one trying to hurt her and responsible for killing the whistleblower?  Is it the head of the company?  Or could it be their lawyer, her friend?

I truly loved this amazing book and highly recommend it.  Get your copy today and get to reading!

 

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Rescued Hearts {Litfuse Review}

Rescued Hearts

Litfuse Review

 

Rescued Hearts

Take a peek inside Rescued Hearts. 
 
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
 
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
 
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
 
 

About the author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
Find out more about Hope Toler at http://hopetolerdougherty.com.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love a good mystery. Suspense keeps me intriqued.  I found both in Rescued Hearts and couldn’t put it down.  Do you ever get a book like that? I find I’ve had a lot lately!
 
Confession #1:  I’m a total cat lover and have rescued my fair share.  I would have rescued the cat too.
 
Confession #2:  The blonde bimbo impression.  I’ve done it.  She did amazing.  Much better than I could have.
 
Confession #3:  I love Brett’s family!  Can they adopt me?  I mean the matchmaking is on point.
 
Confession #4:  I’d never make the first phone call so another reason Mary Wade and I would get along amazingly.
 
No clue what I’m talking about?  NO idea what a gorgeous cabin in the woods has to do with anything?  Check out this book from your library or purchase it at the store and you’ll know.  You also are going to want to make sure you have uninterrupted reading time.  Because it’s that good.  There are lots of secrets kept in this book.  Lots of notions that get challenged and hearts that have to be cracked open piece by piece.  It moves at a fast pace but not so fast that you’re missing important clues.  Definitely a good read in my opinion.
 
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Imperfect Justice {Litfuse Review}

Imperfect Justice

Litfuse Review

 

About the Book Imperfect Justice:

Imperfect Justice Litfuse Book Review

In Imperfect Justice the police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
 
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
 
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?
 
 
 

About the author:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.
 
Find out more about Cara at
 

My thoughts on Imperfect Justice:

I love a good murder mystery and suspense book.  It helps me to leave this world for a bit and use pieces of my brain that otherwise don’t get activated.  Not much chance for a stay at home mom of ten who homeschools to solve a murder mystery right?  Well.  I guess I do somewhat.  Sometimes I have to figure out who murdered the doll or the bottle of glue, but it’s just not the same.
 
I immediately fell in love with the main character Emilie.  The author makes you feel as though you’ve suddenly become her best friend.  Very good writing.  I also wanted to find out what Reid is hiding.  Who is he really?  I mean we don’t get a lot of background there and curious minds want to know.  But also you then have this whole issue of who is the one behind the things happening to Emilie?  Is it the same person who framed her client for murder?  Or not?  How many issues are really going around here?
 
I could not put this book down and it didn’t disappoint.  I’ve recently had a hospital stay and been very sick so I did a lot of reading.  This was by far one of my favorite books and I’m searching for more by this author now.  My mom has my copy of this book and is reading it now and then it’s off to a local library because it’s that good that I want everyone to read it.  Definitely one to request your library get in.
 
 
 
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Mom Approved Paints {Homeschool Review Crew}

Mom Approved Paints

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The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Do you like arts and crafts?  I love doing them with my kids!  But I hate the mess.  And because I hate the mess we don’t do them as often as we should.  Lately we’ve been doing a lot of painting using these mom approved paints from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  We are adoring their Thin Stix Creativity Pack that we received for a review through The Homeschool Review Crew.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

About the Product

This fun pack of 24 colors introduces us to the thin stix kwik stix colors.  We’ve reviewed their original kwik stix before and loved them so I knew these would be just as fun.  These amazing colors are non toxic tempura paint in stick form so they need no water and no brushes.  You simply color with the paint stick like you would a marker.  They dry in 90 seconds so less mess means these are mom approved paints.

 

mom approved paints

 

We got some fun colors in this kit.  There are 24 all together.  While 12 of them are your standard colors there are also six metalix and six neon colors as well.  My kids particularly loved the sparkly colors(metalix) because that was something that they hadn’t had before.  I love how easy they are to use even for my  little toddler guy who thinks he needs to do everything the big kids do.

 

mom approved paints

 

Our Thoughts

Obviously since I titled this post mom approved paints I approve of them.  They are easy to use and mess free.  For real mess free.  When one of my kids got some paint on the table it easily wiped off which cemented their worth in my eyes.

 

mom approved paints

 

A fun fact is that I have ten kids.  All ten of my kids used these to create their gorgeous works of art.  And the paints are still almost all full.  Which means using them to paint ten pictures did not use much at all.  For us this is amazing.  If we were to use a normal palette of paint we would use the whole thing just for making one set of pictures.  Believe me as we have.  It’s easy to use too much and saturate your paper when you’re using a brush.  When it’s a marker it’s so much easier to control where the paint goes.

 

kwik stix 7

 

That brings us to another point.  These work amazingly for kids who have fine motor control issues.  My gal who has had to have occupational therapy for fine motor can use these wonderfully and is so proud of her pretty pictures.  Using paint brushes does not get the same results for her and often makes her sad that she can’t do what everyone else can do.  This evens the playing field so to say and makes them even more mom approved paints for moms who have kids with special needs.  Or moms who really just don’t like messes(raising my hand here).

 

mom approved paints

 

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Want to learn more about Thin Stix and how others have used them?  Check out all the reviews posted and linked up.  You can find them all linked up over on the Main Blog Post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media via facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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Bible Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bible Curriculum

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Recently as part of the Homeschool Review Crew we were asked to review a Bible curriculum for upper elementary ages.  Kid Niche Christian Books has published Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 and we were excited to receive it and give it a go.  We really don’t have a set Bible curriculum and thought it would be fun to try it out and see what we thought.

Kid Niche Christian Books

About the Curriculum

This particular Bible curriculum comes compatible with several Bible translations including KJV, ESV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, and NABRE.  We use the KJV or NKJV in our home so that was an immediate positive for us.  My daughter’s Bible is KJV.

Susan Case Bonner is the author of this Bible curriculum aimed for homeschool, small group, or church programs.  It contains 36 Bible lessons aimed at grades fourth through sixth or that upper elementary “tween” age group. 

To add additional thoughts and information to this physical Bible curriculum there is also an online section of helps that you can find HERE.  These are fun things to add to what is being learned in the study and not to replace any of the lessons.  The physical portion is 72 pages and ready to put in a 3 ring binder.  Physical curriculums are my favorite so that was already a point in it’s favor from me!  Each child will need their own curriculum.

Part 1 covers God the Father and God the Son in 36 lessons.  Part 2 will have 44 lessons and cover What God Wants plus God the Holy Spirit.  So a total of 4 units and 80 lessons will be available in this series.  Currently my copy of this physical Part 1 is $20.00 in the US for purchase.

 

Bible Curriculum

 

Our Thoughts

I chose my oldest to try this out.  She is 12 and in sixth grade for most subjects.  She worked on this three to four days a week.  We do a four day a week homeschool week so some weeks she’d do it daily and other weeks she’d take one day off.  

We loved the definition box portions of the lessons.  It would give you a word from the lesson and define it.  For instance, lesson 21 is about Jesus the Leader and the word is apostle.  It then defines apostle and tells about how God send Jesus to the world and then Jesus sent out his apostles.

My daughter did enjoy this curriculum but felt it was a little easy for her.  I’d suggest it works best for the lower end of the grade range so closer to age 10 or grade four.  It’s written so that kids can easily understand it.  Some sample prayers are given each lesson.  We really enjoyed that it had kids delve a bit deeper into scripture and make sure they truly understand what is going on in each passage by asking questions that require some thought.  It does also have a lot of fill in the blank type questions that you do have to go to the scripture to find.  

At the end of the book there are a few pages that contain all the answers.  It gives you the different answers for all the different translations as well so you can easily find your translation and see if your child got the correct answer.

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Interested in learning more?  Make sure to head to the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the different reviewing families will have their reviews linked up.  You can also find Kid Niche Christian Books on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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Online Reading Games {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Reading Games

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Reading Eggs
 

Do your kids love to read?  Or do they maybe struggle to read?  Would some online reading games make all the difference?  That’s where we were at.  I have a nine year old boy who just wasn’t all that interested in reading.  Oh he could read if he wanted to but most of the time he didn’t want to.  Enter Reading Eggs and their Reading Eggspress.  We received a six month subscription for two of our children through the Review Crew and they both are in love!

About Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is the parent company name but they have several sub products to be used with your children depending on age.  For my youngest(other than the toddler at age 16 months) who is four years old the Reading Eggs Junior is for ages two to four and is a great start for those who haven’t done any reading work yet or who maybe have a little alphabet knowledge.  She also was a good fit for the main Reading Eggs which is for ages three through seven.  Because they overlap it’s easy to try out both and see which fits better.  I have often used terms like “she’s a young seven” or “she’s an old five” for describing kids because each one can be so different in what they are able to do.

Reading Eggspress is more for those who can read and need that extra boost or ages seven through thirteen roughly grades one through six.  My son using this is age 9 grade two or three.  Along with our six month subscription to Reading Eggs we also have access to MathSeeds.  It’s a fun math program set up much the same way that Reading Eggs is.

Extras

A fun thing that came up while we were reviewing are the homeschool parent guides that you can download from the parent dashboard. They are available for grades kindergarten, first, and second currently.  You can download or print them off.  It’s a cute little program showing what to use with your child for 36 weeks.  Covering all the important subjects it uses Reading Eggs and MathSeeds plus adding other subjects so you have a whole curriculum to use.  It’s amazing!  I am not using this as I already have a full curriculum that I’m using with all my kiddos together so this is not needed at this point in time.  I can see this being amazing for a new homeschool mom or one who hasn’t already planned out the year.

Other fun things offered are some fun printables that you can print out and work on away from the computer. These are called activity pages and located under bonus materials.  We had access to maps and coloring pages.  

Our Thoughts

First off my kids love anything that involves them getting to use the computer.  It makes them feel all grown up I think.  So they were both very excited to get to try this out.  My four year old is doing a simple preschool curriculum and was greatly impressed that she was going to be allowed to do something on the computer.  She felt like big stuff let me tell you.  You could tell that by the fact that she insisted on wearing her princess costume and tiara in order to do her work.  Three days a week.  Yes, you read that right, three days a week she wore her princess dress to do her online reading games.

My son tried to hide his “coolness” about getting to do some online reading games but he too was very excited to get to do something on the computer that the other kids didn’t get to do.  I love that Reading Eggspress offers different reading level readers and makes it fun.  This guy can read he’s just not motivated to practice and get better at it.  It’s not a learning issue so much as a stubborn boy issue.  When my older son had this happening we found a book series he loved and he really took off.  This guy keeps stumping me and not wanting to find a series interesting but he’s absolutely loving reading online.  So we’re using this five days a week for approximately thirty minutes per day just to cement those reading skills. 

 

Reading Eggs*

 

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Want to learn more about all the different online reading games that your child can enjoy through the many levels of Reading Eggs?  Check out all the linked up reviews over on the Main Blog Post as well as find them on social media.  You can find them at facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, and youtube.  Also try this out for 4 weeks FREE yourself by using this link before November 30, 2017.   I’m sure your kids would love to try out these online reading games!

 

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Fast Moving Action {Homeschool Review Crew}

Fast Moving Action

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Brinkman Adventures
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we have been listening to some fast moving action drama lately!  Brinkman Adventures has done it again with Brinkman Adventures Season 4.  We have listened to a few of their other seasons and could not wait to see where their adventures would take them this time! We received the physical CD set for this.  A download copy was also offered for review but I really do prefer the physical CD’s for our family.

About 

You can purchase the audio CD set for $31.99 or the download for $25.99 at this time.  That’s over five hours of fast action packed listening pleasure!

This season brings us twelve new episodes with each being roughly half an hour in length.  The perfect length to listen to one or two on our way to dance or to get groceries.  We really love listening to audio dramas when we drive especially the fast moving action type that make those drives seem so much quicker.

The Brinkmans are modern day missioinaries and these are based on their actual adventures.  Knowing this stuff is real puts a whole different spin on things!  Names of course have been changed to protect them but the events actually happened.  That’s a great teaching tool.

If you’re interested in what parts are truth and what are fiction of these great stories check out THIS SITE which gives you a more in depth look at what they’ve made up and what was actually experienced. 

 

Brinkman Adventures
 

Our Thoughts

We love listening to audio dramas.  Recently we’ve added in audio books too but they’re not as attention holding.  Because they’re read by one person instead of multiple and it really is just like someone reading the book.  My kids like that fast moving action.  They love hearing the voices changing like in a play.  It helps to keep the attention of even the younger ones.

All of my kids listened to these.  So we had ages 16 months up to age 12.  Really the baby didn’t listen to much though.  He plays with his trucks, looks at his truck books, and kicks his sister.  The youngest who was actually listening is four.  She didn’t listen the entire time though.  In fact, the other kids would often yell at her to stop singing or such.  She’s a bit of a free spirit.

My older kids love these!  By older we’re meaning almost seven years up to the twelve year old.  

Our favorite episode was Aisha’s Fear.  We really enjoyed this episode and it gave us so so many talking points.  Living in the United States we aren’t persecuted for our faith.  Jail is not a place we go for talking about God and Jesus.  This whole episode was so different than what my children experience on a daily basis that it is the perfect one to focus on. 

We’ve gone back and listened and relistened to help us better understand the thoughts and feelings.  Lots of questions can be asked.  Like what would you do if you were in a dark cellar with all kinds of bugs and varmints?  Most of my kids agree they’d scream and try to break down the door.  None of them said they’d sing praises to God.  Oh the discussions on giving God the glory and praise even during the dark times.  This lesson was as much for me as it was the kids!

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Want to learn more about Brinkman Adventures of the latest fast moving action packed season?  Check out all the reviewers who have linked up their reviews over on the Main blog.  You can also find them on facebook

 

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Math Lessons Online {Homeschool Review Crew}

Math Lessons Online

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CTCMath
We absolutely love CTCMath and their math lessons online.  As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we received a Family Membership and my kids couldn’t be happier! We’re also excited to let you know that homeschoolers who sign up with a membership before the end of November can get 60% off AND 6 free months.  Trust me when I say you’re going to love having those extra months.  If you’d like to try it out please do a FREE trial.  

Have you done math lessons online before?  I have resisted using the internet and computer as a regular part of our homeschool for years now because I just really enjoy pen and paper so much better.  But teaching math was becoming very time consuming and frustrating for some of my kids.  Because of this we came up with a compromise.  For all grades up to third grade I teach them and we use pen and paper math lessons.  For third grade math and higher we use math lessons online through CTCMath. 

About CTCMath

CTCMath offers a variety of math levels.  You can start out in kindergarten and go up to trigonometry.  For our review we’re using fifth and sixth this year with my 10 and 12 year olds.  We have not used anything prior to third grade but have used third and fourth grade as well.  I find that my kids go through these grades fairly quickly.  The videos are short and they often do more than one lesson per day.

Kindergarten through eighth grade are complete curriculums so I don’t have to worry about adding any other math in for my kids.  After eighth grade however, they consider it more of a supplement so you’re going to  want to make sure that you’re meeting the requirements for your state for your children after eighth grade.

Each child gets their own login so that they can independently get to their lessons and see what they have versus have not done for each section.  It moves them through things in a set order but they can skip around if they want.  We work through it in order just so nothing gets missed or skipped.  You as the parent also have a login where you can go in and see where each child is and how they have done with their lessons.

A fun feature that my kids love is the math facts game section.  It’s a lot of fun and helps them get practice with solving equations quickly.

Our Thoughts

My kids love that the videos are easy to understand and if you don’t get something you can watch again.  Plus they love the accent!  The videos are short so they don’t lose interest.  Math games make them feel like they’re having fun when they’re actually learning. I love that these videos truly do teach them how to do the problems.  I don’t have to spend a lot of time making sure they know how to do the problems or grading.  Not having to grade is really nice!

If you have to see before buying something make sure to use the free trial for this.  I can say that we love this program.  My kids beg to do math on Sundays even!  I also really really love how accommodating they are to large families.  If you have more than 4 kids you know that not all “family” memberships actually mean family.  I looked into other curriculum over the years who maxed out their family membership at five kiddos.  Ummm, what about those of us who have say double that??  CTCMath says no problem!  They have added all of my kids to my family membership with no added fees.  Just let them know if you have another child who needs to use the curriculum and they’re super nice to work with.

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Handwriting Help {Homeschool Review Crew}

Handwriting Help

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 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
As my children have aged I’ve realized that we need handwriting help.  Their handwriting leaves a lot to be desired.  While they might have had nice neat handwriting at some point in time it’s gotten a bit lazy and sloppy.  I was excited to review Easy Peasy Cursive through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks.  They have several fun curriculums like Easy Peasy Alphabet and My First Letters.  It was hard to choose which one we wanted to use the most but I finally decided cursive won out.

About the Curriculum

 

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook
 

The premise of Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks is to give kids more than just a properly formed letter to view. She gives them a visual guide of colored blocks and divider lines to help them learn how to properly form their letters.  These seem to be a great handwriting help and really make writing less of a guessing game.

I love that she gives different colors to show where the lowercase letters should reach versus the upper case letters.  There are also little divider spaces to help with letter spacing and spacing between words.  This is amazing as I know that my children have had issues with spacing between words and crowding their words together.  When you don’t properly space it’s difficult to know where one word ends and another begins!

The Easy Peasy Cursive workbook that we received is geared for grades first through third.  If you have an advanced kindergartener or think that teaching cursive should come first then this would also in my opinion work well for that.  If you’re looking for handwriting help for manuscript writing definitely check out the Easy Peasy Alphabet or My First Letters for those younger kids.  All of the workbooks from Channie’s are geared for ages three through ten and can easily become your handwriting go to.

Our Thoughts

handwriting help

I have several children learning cursive simultaneously.  I even am having to relearn some of the letters as I don’t write everything in cursive.  It was a bit difficult to choose one child to use this workbook but I finally decided that one of my 9 year old boys could use the most help.  Boys in general in my house have horrid handwriting and getting them to learn cursive has been like pulling teeth because they just don’t get how high letters should go or how to properly form them.  

My son loved that it wasn’t just a plain white paper with lines.  White papers are boring and tend to help him in his quest to lose focus.  Instead of being blinded by white he had neat color patterns which made him think of writing in cursive as more of a game.  Because it was more of a game he was more excited to use it.  Win in my book!  No more fighting over doing handwriting!  

I definitely think this curriculum is amazing and a great handwriting help.  I’d love to get more of this particular book for all of my kids. Even those who have already mastered cursive could use it for practice in being neat and concise.  I also have a twelve year old girl with special needs who is struggling with cursive.  I’m ordering her a workbook so that she can start hopefully finding cursive easy and fun as well.

 

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Want to learn more about what other handwriting help might be available through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Worksbooks?  Check out the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  You can also find Channie’s on facebook

 

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