Bible Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bible Curriculum

Homeschool Review Crew

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.

Learn More

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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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.

 

Progeny Press

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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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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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!

Exploring Your World {Homeschool Review Crew}

Exploring Your World

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Do you do school in the summer?  We school year round but in the summer and fall we tend to do more outside activities.  We call it exploring your world.  Because that’s what we’re doing!  We’re exploring the great big wonderful world around us.  As part of our exploring your world this summer we’ve been using some My First Reports from Hewitt Homeschooling.

 

Hewitt Homeschooling

 

About My First Reports

My First Reports are are ideally for grades one through four.  However, I have had my children in fifth and sixth grades using these this summer too and they’ve been amazing!  Know your child and you’ll know if these will work for them.  For my kids they were interested in the subject matter and really loved the reports.  Could they have dug a little deeper and done a bit harder work?  Sure.  But did they need to to learn?  No.

Within the My First Report curriculum your child not only learns about the topic on hand but they also incorporate so much more!  There are hands on activities.  You’re going to see science, history, math, music, PE, and the list goes on.  I love that they are little unit studies that you can work through at your own pace.

 

 My First Reports Set of Fourteen
Each My First Reports packet contains at least twelve different topics within the topic of the entire packet.  So if you use one sub-topic per week the packet will last you an entire quarter of school.  So two My First Reports per semester or four per year (or five- six per year if you school year round) would be all you’d need.  Oh and the report forms you use are reproducible.  LOVE that.  Plus the lines come in varying heights so it’s perfect for your super neat small writer or your large and sloppy writer. 

Our Reports

We received several different My First Reports to review.  I’m going to list them below and chat about each one a bit.  But first I want to say I love how they come to me just staples but with holes punched so they’re ready to go in a three ring binder or folder.  This makes keeping track of them easier and you can personalize how you keep them together.  If we’re going on a field trip we can just grab the one sheet we need versus taking the whole binder.  Also the front and back pages are a cardstock type paper rather than just standard printer paper making them a little more durable.

Exploring Your World

Marine Life by Christine Dillon

Remember the classification system?  Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species?  Well you will after this study!  You’re going to learn all about the animal kingdom within marine life.  And it’s fun learning!  I really wish we’d lived closer to an ocean or beach for this study as explore your world -the beach just sounds like so much fun!  But instead we satisfied our longing with a trip to our pond and the large aquarium at the zoo.

You’ll find Sponges, Jellyfish/Coral, Sea Animals/Shells, Octopuses/Squids, Crustaceans, Sea Stars, Fishes, Sea Mammals, Sharks/Rays, Dolphins, Sport Fishes, and Aquarium Fishes as the topics within Marine Life.  It’s 45 pages without the reproducible copy pages at the end.

Our favorite sub topic would have to be on the sharks/rays.  My kids loved it!  Of course sitting in the tunnel in the zoo aquarium while we were working on that lesson and the sharks swimming over and around us didn’t hurt either.  Plus they had a little petting area set up where the kids could touch sting rays.  I’m all freaking out about it because that’s definitely not on my bucket list but the kids loved it.  

Exploring your World

Plants by Christine Dillon

My dad is a horticulturist but I’m ashamed to say my plant knowledge is rudimentary at best.  I definitely learned a lot going over and through this with the kids.  If you’re like us and use “exploring your world” as a base of study you get all kinds of plant questions.  “Mommy what’s this?”  “Mommy what’s this flower called?  Why does this have have this bump on it?  Can I eat this?” and the list goes on and on and on!!

While exploring your world in the realm of plants you’re going to learn about roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, clones, defenses, habitats, unusual, conifers, and seedless.  This is a great study to do with gardening because you can literally watch a bunch of this stuff happening before your eyes in the garden while you learn about it on paper.  Choose a fast growing plant though.  

For this study I want to chat about one section that is in all of them.  Bible.  They all have a good sized section dedicated to how the Bible incorporates into this topic.  For plants you learn about lots of places where the Bible mentions plants and how they relate to us.  One section we took out of that and explored more was linen.  How linen is made, where it comes from, when we started using linen, etc.  This really is one of my favorites sections in all the reports because of the sheer volume of learning that is done in it.  Not just by my children.  It’s amazing truths spoken to us.

Exploring your World

Birds by Christine Dillon

We love birds in our house.  Bird feeders hang outside our windows so we can watch the fun birds through our window.  Of course, these are just the standard “yard” birds.  This study covers so many more birds!

The topics covered in this study are NonFlyers, Penguins, Sea Swimmers, Tall Waders, Sea/Shore, Water, Game, Birds/Prey, Owls, Tropical, Perchers, Hummingbirds/Swifts, and NonPerchers.  Our favorite to study was probably the birds of prey.  We live in the country and are near a wildlife refuge that hosts the largest number of Eagles in our area.  Driving around and spotting the Bald Eagles is always a fun activity.  There is even a juvenile pair that we spotted roosting in our trees!

This is again a great study to involve going somewhere.  We did some nature walks, we went to the refuge, we went to the zoo.  I really wish we had an actual aviary somewhere close that we could go see all the birds!  We loved the activity of grow sunflowers as we already have a few volunteer sunflowers coming up under our bird feeders.

Exploring your World

Pets and Farm Animals by Christine Dillon

This study is the one that was done by my six year old.  It’s one we could easily do as we live on a farm.  The topics covered are Cats, Dogs, Goats, Horses, Pigs, Sheep, Cattle, Poultry, Rabbits, Fish, Monkeys, Birds/Fowl, Hamsters, and Turtles.  We have almost all of these on our farm!  

We did have to go off our farm to find pigs, cattle, rabbits, fish, monkeys, and hamsters.  Monkeys just don’t run wild around here!  We do visit a farm often to get our milk so that was an easy stop to look at cattle up close.  Driving by them is not quite the same. My kids have always wanted rabbits so this was another chance to beg their daddy.  He still says no!  Hamsters are a house pet that we won’t have as we have cats inside.  Lastly it’s the fish.  Fish we easy to go look at nearby at lakes and the refuge for “wild” ones or the store for inside ones.

The read alouds for this section were so fun.  Lots of favorites plus we added several of our own as well.  Anything animal related could be included here and we included a lot of them!

Exploring Your World

Reptiles and Amphibians by Christine Dillon

My ten year old boy is a reptile lover.  Every time we go to the zoo his favorite exhibit is the “swamp” where we get to see alligators and crocodiles.  They have several learning stations that teach the difference between the two and all about them.

The topics within this study are Lizards, Iguanas, Chameleons, Turtles, Crocodiles, Snakes, Garter Snakes, Rattlesnakes, Frogs, Toads, Newts, and Salamanders.  Rattlesnakes was one I made sure the whole family heard and learned about in this study because we do have a population around here.  It’s always important to be able to identify snakes and know which the poisonous ones are.

While exploring your world you should know all the poisonous animals and plants.  These two studies(combined with some from plants) made up a semi unit study that I did with the whole family.  I wanted to make sure my children weren’t going to be eating things that would make them sick.

My son definitely loved this study and would really like to expand on it and do more individualized animals.  There wasn’t an alligator section so he’s currently applying all the information he’s learned about reports and gathering information to create his own alligator study.  I think another zoo visit is going to be happening soon.

Exploring your World

Wild Animals Small Mammals by Christine Dillon

This was another fun study to work through!  Definitely going to be doing it with all of the kids next semester.  It’s one that contains several animals local to us which makes it fun to go walk along our property and look for animal tracks.  We found lots of possum(opossums) and raccoon tracks.  Oh and squirrels.  We have lots of squirrels!

The topics contained are beavers, foxes, skunks, opossums, koalas, raccoons, otters, porcupines, squirrels, pandas, moles, bats, and armadillos.  

Foxes are the bane of our existence lately as they’re loving our chicken dinners.  This was a lot of fun and really informational for my son doing this study.  It allowed him to come up with possible habitats that our foxes could be living and why they would have chosen those spots.  I loved watching their minds work!

exploring your world

Wild Animals Large Mammals by Christine Dillon

Large mammals were also fun as it included several of our favorites from the zoo.  It also had a one that we could see locally(like our backyard) that made it so we could tie it into our everyday life.  I love tying things into actually exploring your world in our backyard!

The topics covered are Bears, Hippopotamuses, Deer, Tigers, Apes, Elephants, Moose, Lions, Kangaroos, Whales, Giraffes, Camels, and Zebras.  Obviously most of these don’t live in the wild in the midwest and whales is one we are not going to be able to see.

Our favorite animal to talk about and learn about was definitely the lion.  We love to incorporate Jesus as a lion and the symbolism behind that into things so that was fun.  It also allowed us to read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe again which is fun.  We love that book!

How We Used Them

I’ve mentioned some of how we used the various studies above.  For the purposes of getting them in for the review period I let one child each choose a study.  They worked through it primarily on their own with my help.  The other kids just gleaned by listening plus I had the one assigned to that study share with them occasionally what they were learning and the fun stuff involved.

We all did ALL of the fun nature experiments, field trips, and such together for ALL of the studies.  So we were kind of doing seven studies at once as a family but then again not.  If that makes any sense.  I would definitely if buying the studies only work on one study at a time with all of the kids together.

Ages for the studies.  I had two 12 year olds, two 10 year olds, a nine year old, an eight year old, and a six year old assigned to the studies.  They each got to choose which one they wanted to be their primary study and we went from there.  These are a lot of fun to use and we are definitely going to be getting one or two to work through next summer as well.  All the thumbs up from us if you like hands on go out and explore schooling these are for you!  Exploring your world just got easier!

On our list of to buy next and use would be the Bugs and Worms!  We found a slug that was huge yesterday and it started all kinds of questions!

 

Exploring Your World

 

Learn More

Make sure you check out the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog for all the great Hewitt Homeschooling reviews.  They go from the small ages way up to high school ages so I’m sure you can find an appropriate age range for your homeschooler.  Make sure to particularly check out the other My First Reports reviews as there are so many fun titles to choose from!  You can also find Hewitt Homeschooling on facebook, pinterest, twitter, and google +.  Now get out with us this summer and start Exploring Your World!

 

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UnLock Math {Homeschool Review Crew}

UnLock Math

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Do you have kids who need to do math?  Kids who don’t like doing their math?  With our houseful of ten kids I have kids who love math and kids who hate math.  I have kids who love math in paper and pencil format and kids who love math on the computer.  A new math we were recently introduced to is called UnLock Math.  My son is a fifth/sixth grade level for math and so qualifies for the Unlock Pre-Algebra level.

UnLock Math

What is UnLock Math?

UnLock Math is an online math program that gives a “bite sized” approach to math.  Through only giving small bits of math and how to master them your child won’t be overwhelmed and therefore wanting to avoid math all together.  They offer Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.

Through this program every time your child logs in they go to their own dashboard.  This is not just a google type page but a page that shows what they’ve done and what is up next.  It’s customized to their personal account.

Lessons are taught by an actual instructor through videos.  Your child moves at their own pace through videos and can access their next lesson through their dashboard.  All questions and exams are also online and graded through the program so that the parent does not have to do that either.  I know I love online math programs that make it easy for me.  Growing up I loved math.  I was good at math and went to math competitions.  But somehow teaching math is definitely not a strong point for me.

Pre-Algebra

UnLock Pre-Algebra offers sixteen units to help your child gain a mastery of pre-algebra math.  The first five units are review of what they would have learned within the last year of math.  It’s just to make sure that they know what they need and have a deep understanding before moving them on.   Those building blocks need to be cemented in place so that the rest can build upon it.

 

UnLock Math Pre-Algebra

Among the units in this level many different topics are covered.  You can view them all by going to the UnLock Math website and looking at the UnLock Pre-Algebra section.  These sixteen units cover whole numbers, integers, variables and expressions, rational numbers, fractions, equations, inequalities, the coordinate plane, decimals, percent, polynomials, triangles, 2D geometry, 3D geometry, analyzing data, and finally probability and statistics.  Because the first several units are a review I can see someone flying through those.  Because my son loves math I have to put a limit on how many lessons he can do a day or he would finish a whole unit or two.

My son loves math.  He really does.  But he was really struggling with doing math in our old curriculum that was workbook style.  It included over half of the lesson being “old” stuff that he’d already learned and mastered.  This frustrated him.  He didn’t want to spend half his lesson doing reviews when he could be learning something new.  This led me to looking into both online math and math as mastery programs to help keep his love of math alive.  UnLock Math offers both.  It is an online program with mastery as the base of learning.

Learn More

Head over to the Homeschool Review Crew blog and check out the main UnLock Math post.  On it you’ll find reviews of the pre-algebra level like this, the algebra 1, algebra 2, and geometry level as well.  You can also find UnLock Math on facebook, twitter, and pinterest

 

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Classical Education Latin Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

Classical Education Latin Curriculum

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As a nurse I know quite a bit of the do’s and don’ts of Latin.  But I am not even close to fluent.  And I don’t consider myself knowledgeable enough to teach.  Enter a great classical education Latin curriculum to take the pressure off me and do the teaching.  Memoria Press has just that for us in their Latina Christiana Complete Set which we have been reviewing through the Homeschool Review Crew.

 

Classical Education Latin Curriculum

About the Curriculum

The Latina Christiana Complete Set includes a student book(each student will need their own), teacher’s manual, pronunciation disc, DVD, and flash cards.  Within this are 25 lessons plus five review lessons.  Review worksheets are also available for purchase separately.  Currently this set retails for $98.90 on the Memoria Press website.  This particular classical education Latin curriculum is recommended for grades 3-6.  It can be used after the Prima Latina complete set or it can be used on it’s own with a student who has no Latin background as well.

This whole curriculum has been redone recently.  It now corresponds quite well with the Famous Men of Rome set so that they can be used together for history and Latin.  We unfortunately have not been able to use them together but I can see how they would fit together well.  I’m big into history and we do a lot of History in our homeschool so this would be a great addition.  Once this curriculum is finished your student can move onto the First Form Latin curriculum.

The student book contains all the necessary information for your student to complete it.  The teacher manual also contains the student information with overlaid answers.  So grading is super easy.  I appreciate this as a busy homeschool/farm mom.  Another aspect that I love is the pronunciation disc and dvd’s.  I don’t always have time to learn for myself to pronounce things and then teach them to my children.  

Let’s chat about the DVD quickly.  This to me is one of the biggest assets to the program.  There are three discs adding up to 5.5 hours.  Each lesson has about a 15 minute lesson on the dvd to listen to and watch.  I don’t have to do all the teaching work.  That to me is amazing.  I can just let my kids watch the DVD and answer any questions they have.  The CD for pronunciation works well and is easy to listen to and understand.

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Our Thoughts

My oldest daughter was our tester for this curriculum though I do have to admit that my other children listened to the CD and watched the DVD as well.  Mainly because they always want to be included in things.  She really has enjoyed learning Latin.  Part of her plans for the future include being a vet so this will be great for her to have in her knowledge data-banks.  We had previously done some Latin though not enough to make me qualify her as having a firm basis to build upon.  

So according to my daughter gets a positive rating.  She likes doing it and is eager to do her lesson daily.  I follow more of a Charlotte Mason approach to learning but have to admit we’re enjoying this classical education Latin curriculum more than I thought we would.  I think it would definitely be a good addition to our school year to give us Latin understanding.

Learn More

Learn more about Memoria Press and their classical education Latin curriculum plus the other products offered up for review by visiting the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page.  Crew members reviewed different products and they are all linked up there.  Check out Prima Latina(comes before the set we received), First through Fourth Form Latin, The Book of Trees, and Nature’s Beautiful Order.  You can also find Memoria Press on facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram, google +, and LinkedIn

 

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Homeschooling Charlotte Mason Style

Homeschooling Charlotte Mason Style

Read Alouds

We love read alouds in our house.  If you’re not familiar with the term read alouds, this refers to reading a book out loud to an audience.  In our case, I am the reader and my children are the audience.  I love homeschooling Charlotte Mason style which places a large influence on literature and using good literature in your homeschool.

So I thought I’d share with you this weeks read alouds.  And yes that’s plural.  We read more than one book a day.  In fact, we normally have 3-4 different daily read alouds.

 

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While we’re reading our books I often have a calming(Peace and calming or lavender) or focusing(vetiver and brain power are amazing) essential oil blend diffusing to make sure we are all focusing and not letting our brains wander.  The main reason I started this is that I was letting my brain wander while reading!  Yes it is possible to have a wandering brain while reading and still read well!  Also, some of my kiddos are doers.  They have to be doing something to really understand what they’re reading so they’re going to be playing with essential oil infused playdough or mega blocks.

So our breakfast read aloud is normally a more focused Christian living and guiding type book.  Lately we’ve been reading through some YWAM biography books.  Their heroes and heroines of history series is amazing.  This week we’re reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

That brings us to our second read aloud time of the day.  This is normally at lunch time.  At lunch this week we are reading The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Makes sense that we’d be starting her most famous book series while reading about her life.  This is how homeschooling Charlotte Mason style is so great!  You can read about an author and also read some of their books at the same time.  For me that’s amazing.

For our lunch read aloud we’ll go through the whole Little House series before we decide on a new series. Sometimes we just go back to book one because it’s amazing how children can pick out new things each time they listen.  I even find myself picking out things that I’d not paid attention to before when I read them as a child.

Another read aloud!  Yeap they just keep coming!  The next read aloud is for supper.  For our supper read aloud we like to read The Chronicles of Narnia.  This is our constant.  We just go from one book to the next and then back again.  So far we have skipped reading aloud The Last Battle though as it’s a bit much for our younger kiddos.  The older kids have read it on their own though and we’ve had some good discussions.

Our last read aloud comes with bedtime.  For bedtime I will read another series.  Right now we’re doing Anne of Green Gables.  We’ll go through the entire series.  Once this one is over I think Emily of New Moon will be up next.  I’ve always been a big fan of these books and love sharing them with my children.  Anne with an E is still one of my favorite characters!

What are some books that you like to read out loud to your children?  I want them to be books that will teach my children something.  Character training is so important and most of our books are going to focus on teaching while telling a vivid story.

Homeschool Reading Made Fun {Homeschool Review Crew}

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Through The Homeschool Review Crew

Homeschool reading made fun is easy using Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) from Apologia Educational Ministries.  We received this new curriculum to review through the Homeschool Review Crew and can’t wait to share our thoughts with you.

 

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We actually are a houseful of readers and love to read here.  But, sometimes I wonder how much of the books my kids are comprehending.  I wanted to make sure that they are reading not just for enjoyment but for content also.  That is why when I saw that Readers in Residence was offered as a review item this semester I jumped at the chance!

About the Curriculum

This new program and Volume 1 specifically is geared towards grades 4-6.  I am using it with two of my children who are in grade 5 roughly.  As far reading level they are definitely above their grade but again I’m not sure that they comprehend everything they read.  We’re loving this program though.

Prior to starting this curriculum your child should know how to read and be reading well.  They should be reading at a 4th grade level at least.  If your child is older but has special needs or is a slow reader they could definitely use this program as well. 

Primarily in Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) your child is going to learn how to read for comprehension through activities and reading assignments.  

 

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Two books are included for this curriculum, an all inclusive student book and a teacher’s guide.  I love that the student book is spiral bound as that makes it easier to flip the pages and use it without breaking the binding.  The teacher’s book contains all the answers and helpful hints that you’ll need to help your child go through their workbook.

Skills to be targeted and learned through this curriculum:

  • identify and understand figures of speech(hyperbole, metaphor, etc)
  • build up their vocabulary
  • use context clues to decode meanings of unfamiliar words
  • pay attention to and note how writers use punctuation and the others elements of writing 
  • make inferences
  • recognize literary elements that are used to create fiction and nonfiction
  • understand the author’s crafts, intentions, and choices

Our Thoughts

As I mentioned above, this curriculum is geared for grades 4-6 and my two fit in there nicely.  Both love to read and were excited to get to read books for school.  We do a lot of free reading and read alouds instead of just assigning books to be read.  

There are three books that we get to read with this curriculum.  Sarah, Plain and Tall is the first book to be read.  You do need to read these in order and work through them in order because they build on what your child is learning.  We already had this book in our cabinet so we were ready to go!  I did get a second copy from the library as I have two children going through this.  I also bought a second student workbook.

The other two books to be used are Charlotte’s Web and Because of Winn Dixie.  My kids have read all of these books prior so they weren’t overjoyed at reading them again.  As we worked through the workbook pages to go with Sarah, Plain and Tall though they realized that they had missed out on details and facts through the book before.  They had read the book just for enjoyment and didn’t take in everything.  Studying the book with questions actually made them focus and comprehend so much more.  

I personally love this curriculum and what my children are learning.  My children are really enjoying it as well.  I can see this continuing to be used in our homeschool and us going on to purchase the other volumes.  Homeschool reading made fun and full of learning is what this curriculum amounts to.

Learn More

To find out what other review families thought of having homeschool reading made fun with Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) please visit the main Homeschool Review Crew blog review page where all the reviews will be linked up.  You’re sure to find a schooling style that correlates with yours to see how it works in their school.  Also check out Apologia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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Upcoming Blog Series!!

Upcoming Blog Series

5 Days of Homeschooling with Living Books

I am so excited to share with you that I’m participating in another Homeschool Review Crew blog hop!  This year we are doing a 5 Days of Homeschooling and my theme for the upcoming blog series is 5 Days of Homeschooling with Living Books. 

That means that each day Monday through Friday next week you’re going to see a post from this series focusing on homeschooling with living books.  I’ll include things like 

  • what are living books?
  • how can you use living books in your homeschool?
  • popular living books for different ages
  • what are twaddle books?
  • why we don’t use twaddle books in our homeschool or even keep them in our home
  • who does this homeschool style work for?
  • what are some great homeschool curriculums to use with these books
  • and so much more!  Stay tuned!

Living Books and Learning

I’m so excited about this upcoming blog series because I really love using living books in our homeschool and I think you’re going to love learning more about what makes our home tick.  I realized that I don’t often share the nitty gritty of why we have made certain choices in our homeschool and I want to do that!  Maybe you’re a new homeschooler or maybe you’re just looking into other ways to homeschool.  Either way, come join me!  

Not only will you get to read my awesome series in the upcoming blog series but I’ll be linked up to all the other bloggers who are part of the homeschool review crew so you can read their posts as well!  It’s going to be a great week of tons of content just for you!

Here’s a synopsis of what we’ll be talking about!

“Homeschooling can be fun and rewarding utilizing the local library to help you.  We love the Charlotte Mason approach and are using her philosophy on living books versus twaddle in our homeschool.  It enrichs our lives and helps us instill good character and values into our children as they grow into young adults.”

 

 

 

 

5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017