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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Branch Out World: Paddington Bear ~ a TOS review


McKenzie and Micah have been learning and having so much while having fun with the Picture Book Explorer Pack Paddington Bear from Branch Out World. If your family enjoys unit studies then you have got to check out this literature unit study that is based off the book Paddington, by Michael Bond.


For the last few weeks we have been enjoying our virtual tour of London, England and Peru with the study of the classic tale of Paddington Bear. Branch Out World is a British company started by a home educating mom in West Yorkshire. The Paddington Bear unit study is apart of the Picture Book Explorers series.


This is a meaty unit study with nearly 50 printable pages and is written for children ages 5-10. Within the pages you will find opportunity to complete notebooking pages, mini books, coloring pages, math, timelines, and science activities.


The whole study is intended to take five days. Over the course of the study you will learn about
Setting, Words, Pictures, Science, and Math & Crafts. Your child will also discuss and have hands-on learning opportunities about: Migration, Geography, Design and Architecture, Grammar Skills,  Literature,  Critical thinking and more!


McKenzie (8) and Micah (4) have enjoyed reading the Paddington story as well as doing the activities. They both love to paint so I had them paint the flags of Peru and England. We also looked up England and Peru on our globe so they could see first hand where they were located.


Hands down their favorite part was packing a red suitcase just like Paddington’s for a trip. I printed out some articles of clothing from the internet for them to pack in their bag. We travel a lot so they both know about packing and I love how they both thought about what they would bring for the trip.


There are a few activities that we haven’t gotten to because we have been traveling ourselves. However, I made mention that they will be able to make foam and they are both looking forward to it, as well as my big kids because who doesn’t like playing with foam! We will also tie in making strawberry tarts and marmalade within the next few weeks as we study Europe in-depth.


With easy to follow instructions and an included supply list this is my type of Unit Study! We have enjoyed the Paddington story many times over these last few weeks as well as the accompanying activities in this Unit Study from Branch Out World. We are on our 3rd renewal of the library book so we will have to return it soon but not before enjoying the story and activities within this unit study a few more times. Be sure to check out all the products that Branch Out World offers to see if this would be a good fit for your family.

Paddington Bear {Branch Out World Reviews}
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Paddington Bear {Branch Out World Reviews}

Company ~ Branch Out World 
 Product ~ Paddington Bear 
 Format ~ PDF download 
 Price ~ 9.00 Pounds or $11.43 
 Ages ~ 5-10 years
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Home School in the Woods: Renaissance & Reformation Project Passport World History Studies ~ a TOS review


I am so excited to tell you about the hands-on History program that I have been preparing for my middle schooler, Montana. I know you have heard me rave about them before but let me tell you when you find a good thing, you just have to keep rolling with it!


We have used the Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Middle Ages Project Passport so I was so excited to get my hands on the Renaissance & Reformation from the Project Passort World History Studies from Home School in the Woods!


I first discovered Homeschool in the Woods way back in 2011 when I attended my very first homeschool convention. We battled the summer stormy weather and made the nearly 2 hour drive to the Convention Center. I tell you it was glorious! While there I stumbled upon a company called Home School in the Woods as I browsed the Vendor Hall. I hit the jackpot that day with this company and we have been making history fun ever since!



We received the Renaissance & Reformation from the Project Passport World History Studies series as a ZIP download. Getting the files downloaded was really simple. With the ZIP download the files are separated into different folder categories instead of one large PDF in order of usage. Since the Digital edition is browser based you can click on the “Start.html” file and it will pull up the entire program on a webpage if you prefer to view the program that way. Navigation from here is simpler and more like the Project Passports that I have physical CDs for. It’s very visual, which I like for ease of use. You can also just work through the individual folders that you saved if you don’t want a webpage look.



Like the other Project Passport programs you will be fully immersed into your selected time period and explore a wide variety of “stops”. Through games, projects, recipes, lessons and more your child will be transported back in time and discover just what the Renaissance time period was all about. This is a print heavy program but that is no problem for me! In fact I like that feature so that I can print as many files and activities as I choose on the type of media I choose, whether that be colored card stock or plain white paper. Make a mistake cutting or coloring, just print another copy!

A detailed itinerary is included for each of the 25 stops on this trip. Each stop then has several activities or projects to complete. These include:

~ Scrapbook of Sights 
~ Lap Book 
~ Snapshot moments 
~ Postcard
~ Audio tour 
~ Newspaper 
~ games 
~ Edible projects 
~ 3- dimensional projects


You don’t do all of these projects at the same time. Each stop has a selection of what is done so that the length of your study can be spread out over 6-12 weeks. You’ll explore everything from:
packing for your tip preparing your passport book, Italy and DaVinci Everyday life Art and Music of the Renaissance Literature, Drama & Shakespeare Martin Luther John Calvin Henry VIII and the Counter Reformation to name a few.  For the purpose of this review I have been working through the program myself as I prep and prepared for my middle schooler to jump aboard in 10 short days! I have been busy reading and preparing my timeline and projects for her to have a visual when it is there time to start back to school.
 

This is a jam-packed, in-depth study that will have you walking away with a lot of knowledge in your short time studying. I have especially liked preparing the timeline and refreshing my memory as to just how everything fits into place during this time period. Montana has been peaking in on me wondering what I am doing and she is excited to dig in and start. I am especially excited about planning our feast and sampling some of the food that would have been a delicatessen
of the time.


I love teaching history and I love being able to teach it in an engaging way to my children. Homeschool in the Woods has transformed the way we tackle hands-on history learning. My children thrive with this style of learning and they just retain the information so much more than just reading the words in a book.

As I said earlier, I have been having all the fun Using Home School in the Woods Renaissance & Reformation Project Passport for right now! Doing the leg work and studying up on the information will not only help me teach my daughter better but also the kids I teach online in our history Co-op. Having the lessons prepped and ready to go for Montana, my 6th grader, to study during our Morning Time will be a life saver. She is eager to jump in and start learning all about the Renaissance & Reformation.  I have found memories of our times through the Project Passport series when Madison and Mikayla where middle school/late elementary. I remember how much they enjoyed it then and I can’t wait to get started with Montana!

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*U.S. Elections
*20th Century in America
*Wonders of the World
*Benjamin Franklin 
*Knights 


*Ancient Egypt
*Ancient Greece
*The Middle Ages
*Renaissance & Reformation

*New World Explorers
*Colonial Life  
*The American Revolution 
*The Early 19th Century
*The Civil War
*Industrial Revolution through Great Depression 
*World War II

*The Old Testament
*The New Testament
*Composers 
*Artists
*Make-A-State 


*History of Holidays
*Great Empires


*Ancient Greece Timeline
*The Early Nineteenth Century Timeline
*A Timeline of World War II
*Timeline of the American Revolution
*The War Between the States Timeline
*Science, Invention, and Mathematicians Timeline
*America's Progress into the 20th Century Timeline
*The Middle Ages Timeline
*The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline


Hands-on-History, Project Passport, À La Carte Timelines and Time Travelers {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

Company ~ Homeschool In The Woods
Product ~ Renaissance & Reformation Project Passport World History Studies
Format ~ PDF ZIP file 
Price ~ $33.95 

Project Passport Ancient Rome

Plus I am so excited to see that Ancient Rome is now available from the Project Passport World History Studies!  The series is now complete!


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wordless Wednesday




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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WriteBonnieRose: Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) ~ a TOS review

Just because it's still summer doesn’t mean the learning stops happening in our house. In fact we like to add fun subjects like science to our summer studies so I was excited to receive Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) from WriteBonnieRose to use with McKenzie, my 3rd grader.


For this review we received downloadable PDF files by email for all seven topics in the level 3 cursive set. This fun set will take your elementary aged student on an exciting exploration of earth, life, and physical science. Through the course of the collection your child will learn all about different types of animals, plants, ocean zones, volcanoes, photosynthesis, rocks, energy, and weather to name a few.

Learning about Science Collection Level 3 Cursive

Learning takes place in disguise as your child colors simple drawings and traces key words. I short, informative paragraph written to an elementary child about each topic is included. At the end of each book is a short review section to test knowledge on the topics covered. Once again, this section includes simple, yet cute drawings that can be X’d out or circled.


The topics studied in this set are:

Kinds of Animals and How They Live ~ 18 pages of life science material covering nine different types of animals and 32 specific animals.

What’s Going on Inside Plants? ~ 16 pages of life science material covering photosynthesis and transpiration.

Life in the Ocean’s Hidden Zones ~ 21 pages of life science discovering the five ocean zones and exploring 37 different plants and animals that live there.

Forecasting and Understanding the Weather ~ 18 pages of physical science showcasing the tools weather forecasters use as well as the three elements of weather.

Discovering Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals ~ 18 pages of earth science materials all about the types of rocks that make up our planet.

Exploring the Earth’s Landforms ~ 18 pages of earth science discovering what makes up the earth.

Energy and Its Many Forms ~ 26 pages of physical science that explore the five main types of energy and explore the role of chemical energy in our daily lives.



We received the cursive set, but it also comes in a print edition as well. Getting started was as easy as me printing off the pages and binding them together. The title page and the preceding copywriter page are the only color of the eBook, the rest is black and white. I printed these two pages back to back on a heavier presentation paper in color. The rest of the eBook I printed back to back also.



My soon to be 3rd grader is learning cursive so this is the perfect set for her. She found the tracing to be easy for her to do without too much struggle. She is just beginning to like to color and pay attention to detail in her work. She chose to use a combination of colored pencils and markers in her coloring.



Overall, we have throughly enjoyed this set for WriteBonnieRose. The format of writing and coloring is a good combination for McKenzie and we are both excited to continue working through the remaining learning topics over the course of our school year. I know they will come in handy when we start traveling and she wants something to do in the van. Be sure to check out the resources offered on WriteBonnieRose. She has a plethora of material on all topics and some of it is free.

Learning About Science collections {WriteBonnieRose Reviews}
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Learning About Science collections {WriteBonnieRose Reviews}
 Format ~ PDF download 
Price ~ $12.00 
Ages ~ elementary students

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Smart Kidz Radio ~ a TOS review

Today I want to tell you about a brand new program from Smart Kidz Media called Smart Kidz Radio. For the last few weeks my kids and I have had the opportunity to review this free online radio station just for kids.
Smart Kidz Radio
In our house we listen to the radio when we do chores. So each night while the dishes are being done and the house is being tidied up you will find the radio on. With Smart Kidz Radio I don’t have to worry about what is going to come on and if it is appropriate for my kids.


Smart Kidz Radio

Smart Kidz Media's newest offering, Smart Kidz Radio, can be described as edutainment with hundreds of songs and stories for kids. Accessing this program is as easy as using an internet browser or by using the Smart Kidz Radio App. The App will be available very soon in the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.


This new music stream includes original songs to help kids learn valuable life skills. Everything from early learning to good behavior, or general survival skills. You’ll also find a wide assortment of classic fairy tales, everything from Cinderella to Treasure Island, to listen to in the podcast section. The fairy tales are super fun and include sound effects and music in addition to the character voices that read the story.

Smart Kidz Radio

The new music stream is also available with an On-Demand membership which will include access to over 1,000 original songs and stores. A small fee will be charged for this section but it will not affect you from enjoying the free sections.

Smart Kidz Radio Homeschool Reviews
I love that this kids radio is ad-free. That makes it easy to turn on and know that nothing questionable will come up if I step out of the room. All of this goodness is available right from your computer or the App (when available). You can sign up for a free 14-day trial membership to the On-Demand section and see if it is a good fit for your family.

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Online Geology Classes{Northwest Treasures Reviews}

Product ~ Smart Kidz Radio 
 Format ~ online streaming 
 Ages ~ 2 years-old and up

Smart Kidz Radio

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