This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 9th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Planet 316 Story Bible ~ a TOS review

Remember last year about this time that I told you about a cool new Daily Bible Jigsaw app from Planet 316? Well Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have developed this wonderful interactive Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App. that I am excited to tell you about!


I am of the belief that you can never have too many Bibles so I was especially excited to get a copy of this story Bible with Augmented Reality. Planet 316 seeks to connect people throughout the generations to bring them closer to God. With this new Bible they hope to help spark conversations about God for the youngest ages and to share the love of the gospel.

Planet 316 Story Bible and Bible App
This is not just an ordinary Bible though! The Augmented Reality brings the pages to life right before your eyes! Because your little one will be eager to get started, set up is quick and easy. Just grab your smart phone or tablet and download the App from the App Store or Google play store. Once the App is installed your adventure through 100 beloved Bible stories is set to begin.


Each of the stories included in this Bible Storybook are written and illustrated to introduce your child to the big story of God’s love for all people. They are meant to be read aloud and you will see your child’s faith will grow as they learn of David defeated Goliath, Esther, Daniel and the lions’ den, and the overwhelming love of God through Jesus his only Son. Once you have enjoyed a story, open up the App on your device and hold it over the page for a real treat! The Augmented Reality helps put you within the story and brings it to life with 3D animation and sounds. It is truly a real treat!


Originally, I intended this to be just a Bible for my young son, but my 8 and 11 year olds loves it too! I love that the stories are indexed and I can search and find just the right one I need at a glance. Each story is a two page spread with detailed illustrations. Even when I was not reading a story aloud to my son, he would look through the Bible on his own making comments and asking questions about the story.



This book would make a great gift at Christmas, Easter, a birthday, or just because! Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this book by clicking the banner below to read their reviews.

Planet 316 Story Bible and Bible App {Planet 316 Reviews}

Company ~ Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals 
 Format ~ hard back book, ISBN-13: 978-0-8249-5688-2 , FREE App
 Price ~ $18.99 
 Ages ~ preschool and up

Planet 316

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday ~ Cardinals #6



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Adaptive Math Curriculum Online ~ a TOS review

Math! It can strike fear within a person like nobody’s business, whether it be on the account of the parent or the student. Many people struggle or don’t feel as confident with teaching different levels of math so It’s nice to have a helping hand. You get just that with the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.). Using this Homeschool Math Online program I was able to identify and address the learning gaps in my 5th and 2nd grade daughter's math skills.


McKenzie, who is 8, has always excelled in math. Numbers and number sense comes easy for her. Montana, my 11 year-old, on the other hand does well at math but she has to work at it. We were lucky to receive a full year subscription to the Family Math Package from A+ Interactive Math which is an online Multi-Sensory Interactive Math program. This unique program is a full math curriculum program that teaches grades 1st – 6th, plus Pre-Algebra so there is a program just right for your child.

Adaptive Math

Getting started is quite simple. First, to ensure that your student is placed into the proper level, the program requires the student to take a placement test after you enroll him or her in the “target” grade level. A mini-test is given for each major math concept to gauge the student’s skill level. Since the program is computer based, the program automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions being asked of the student based on previous responses all the while the program is calculating behind the scenes the learning gaps, if any.


Once the placement test is complete and the learning gaps are found, the program automatically creates an individualized lesson plan for the student. These plans are not the run of the mill, worksheets, etc. Rather they are detailed and included video instruction, interactive review, and online worksheet practice.

 1. Adaptive placement tests identify weak skill areas and identity’s learning gaps.

2. Colorful Flash animation and videos provide real life examples and make learning fun!

3. Master math concepts completely before moving on to the next lesson.

A+ Interactive Math is a skill-based learning program that not only teaches and tracks your students’ progress, but it automatically grades the work too! Parents and instructors have access to this information at any time through the dashboard. One of the best features of the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online is the option to include up to 10 students! So no matter how big or small your homeschool is, they have got you covered!

 Program features include: 

~ supported on both Windows & Mac platforms and most mobile devices for learning on the go 
~ fully automated 
~ fits any learning style 
 ~ real time feedback 
~ promotes independent learning 
~ printable worksheets and exams 
~ instant online grading 
~ makes math fun! 


We used this homeschool math program with McKenzie (2nd grade, 8-years-old) and Montana (5th grade, 11 years-old) a three times a week. Access to the course came just at the right time. I was down with a nasty cold and the kids were going stir crazy from lack of structure. With the easy installation of this program I had them set up to start within minutes of setting up your account. Lessons are short and contain both audio and visual aspects for different learning styles. Normally, we set the timer for 30-45 minutes depending on whether or not they had done a lesson in our current math curriculum. If they had not they would each spend at least 45 minutes online completing sections.


McKenzie enjoys working on math so it was easy to get her to participate in this review. She is a very eager learner and while I do believe we are in a "good" place right now in our current math studies, it is always nice to have a helping hand or another viewpoint. I especially liked the fact that I could say on Wednesday, McKenzie’s busiest schedule day because of a double day of gymnastics training, to jump on the computer or her iPad and complete her time before heading back to the gym. I was happy she got some math learning in for the day and she was happy to have screen time on the computer or her iPad.


Montana is not always so eager to complete her math. While she did do the lessons there was some grumbling at times. However, I saw the most improvement in Montana’s math right away. She has been able to recall those pesky math facts that always seem to slow her down a bit easier. Having her use her iPad made math more fun to her in the sense she was not tied down to the computer. Over the summer months the plan is for both girls to keep plugging away three days a week with the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online program.



Overall, I feel this is a complete and thorough math program that rivals other computer based programs. I am pleased with the instruction that both Montana and McKenzie have had access to as we fill in any learning gaps with our current math curriculum. I think it is always good to have another point of view when learning math concepts and I believe A+ Interactive Math helps us in doing just that.

A+ Interactive Math offers a lot of freebies for homeschool families to try before buying into their program. Below are TWO of the most popular freebies so be sure to check them out!


Be sure to check out what my Crewmates thought of the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online program and the other product being reviewed, Family Math Package by clicking the banner below.

Family & Adaptive Math Online {A+ Interactive Math Reviews}
 Platform ~ online, Windows or Mac platform 
Ages ~ 1st – 6th grade math & Pre-Algebra

A+ Interactive Math

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Homeschool Spanish Academy Spring Sale



Have you started thinking about next school year? I know I have, just a little bit. Honestly my plans are in my head at this time. I won't actually start writing them down until early May. One thing that is for sure is that we will continue with Homeschool Spanish Academy for part of our Foreign language component.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Princess Cut ~ a TOS review

Finding quality movies that highlight the type of morals and character we wish to instill in our children are few and far between these days. Recently, we were given a movie, Princess Cut by Watchman Pictures to preview. My four older daughters and I spent Easter Saturday watching and discussing the new movie so let me tell you a little more about it.

Princess Cut The Movie

Princess Cut tells the story of Grace, a Carolina farm girl, that has always dreamed of the fairy tale moment when “Mr. Right” slips a Princess Cut diamond onto her finger and asks for her hand in marriage. After a 15 month relationship with Stewart, Grace thinks her night to love someone forever has finally come. However, things go horribly wrong as Stewart announces his engagement to another young lady. Grace, rightfully so, is devastated! She reaches out to her mother and father for advice and her father shows her through soybeans a key to her finding her true love. Her father tells her that God will send the right man for her, she just needs to exercise some patience.

Throughout the movie we are shown that when God is the focus of your life, the rest of the details just fall into place. I loved being able to watch this with my girls, especially my oldest who is newly 21. In a world where our culture screams that dating at a young age is okay, this movie was refreshing to me to show my girls that it’s okay to wait on God to send you “Mr. Right”.

Princess Cut has received many accolades since being released. The Dove Foundation proclaimed that the movie was “A cut above the rest”, while Larry Elie of Friends Family Theatre say that it is “The Best Romance in Years”. This movie is a great movie to curl up to on the couch to watch as a family and open up open lines of communication about dating etc. I recommend everyone getting their hands on a copy.

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Princess Cut {Watchman Pictures Reviews}

Company ~ Watchman Pictures 
 Product ~ Princess Cut 
 Format ~ DVD 
 Ages ~ 12+, family friendly

Watchman Pictures

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