I may have to start making our own popsicles from now on. See McKenzie’s face, yes she is sporting a orange goatee today. Her face and belly are stained orange from her snack this afternoon.
See’s pretty happy about it!
Reviews from March 2010 ~ May 2011
My final TOS review for the 2010 – 2011 school year is a real special treat by Sarah Clarkson called Read for the Heart. This is such an awesome book, and I am so glad that I had an opportunity to add it to our home library.
"When we limit our ability to articulate truth about God, we limit our awareness of His presence and power in our lives." ~ Sarah Clarkson, Read For the Heart
Have you ever tried to come up with an age appropriate reading list for your children and come up blank? Well, this book should be the very first spot you look to. It is loaded with a wealth of knowledge about the wholesome, quality literature you long for.
Here is the publisher’s description:
"Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child’s librarian for a best friend! A great book spurs the imagination in childhood, inspires our dreams in adulthood, and nourishes the soul with depictions of life fully and courageously lived. Among the greatest gifts you can bequeath to a child are a love for reading and a passion for books. But how do you sort through the many thousands of books available to your children to find those that are worthwhile? Let Sarah Clarkson be your guide to the best in literature for your family. From timeless classics to modern favorites, from picture books to adventure novels to read-aloud favorites, more than 1,000 wonderful stories for young people are recommended within these pages. Now you can make great literature a lasting part of your child’s life and education."
I can’t say enough good things about this book and will sing it’s praises to anyone who will listen. Go out and get your hands on a copy ASAP. My favorite thing about this book is how the books are broken down into categories. If you are looking for a specific genre of book, say on History, you can go to that section and see her recommendations.
Want to read what my crewmates thought of this book, click here.
I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of Read for the Heart from Apologia, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .
If your a long time homeschooler then maybe you have heard of Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials. Our family is just completing our 2nd year of homeschooling and this is my first exposure to this awesome company and there products. Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials has been providing resources to the homeschooling community since 1987. They currently have products for math, phonics, history and science.
We received Considering God's Creation to review. It is a hands on, multi-grade life science curriculum with a Christian worldview geared toward children in the grades of 2nd to 7th. We received the Student manual (268 pages) and the Teachers manual (128 pages) for this review as well as an audio CD.
The teachers manual includes scripted lessons that can be read or used for discussions. The answer key to the student's book is also included in the teachers manual. Some of the 36 topics covered include the solar system, weather, reptiles, insects, and the food chain.
Each lesson includes:
Here are a few samples of the pages included in the book.
With this one book you can cover all areas of your science study. One of my favorite parts of this curriculum is the low amount of prep time needed to get a lesson ready. I was able to let the girls pick a topic and then we dove right in and started learning. I also loved that the materials needed to complete experiments were items that we already have in the house. We plan on continuing to use this during our summer studies and throughout next school year as a supplement to our biology curriculum.
Check out what my crewmates had to say by clicking, HERE.
I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of Considering God’s Creation from Eagle’s Wing Educational Materials, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .
Pearson Education gave our family a copy of their Second Grade Language Arts, student texts, Reading Street 2.1 and 2.2 by Scott Foresman as apart of the of the TOS Homeschool Crew. If you have spent any of your childhood in a public elementary school you would be familiar with the format and layout. The two student volumes we received consist of living books that have been republished and broken up into units that each have a theme. The story is first introduced by giving high frequency words and an introduction to the genre of the literature. Reading comprehension questions are also included at the end with the stories.
Mikayla and I really enjoyed these books. I was pleasantly taken back to my elementary school days with the format and layout. The stories were engaging and kept Mikayla reading. Some of my favorite things include the wide range of literary choices in the volumes (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, & folk tales), grammar reinforcement, and organized units with colorful pages.
While the pricing for the textbooks are comparable the teacher’s manuals are quite expensive. However, one does not really need the teacher’s manual to get the job done in the home school classroom. Weekly tests are also available but I think that would be more for a school classroom.
Each Textbook costs $43.47, or a two book set is $86.97
DVD-ROM Version of the texts $86.97
Weekly Tests Student edition $ 7.97
Weekly Test Teacher Manual $41.47
Unit Teacher Manual $38.47 each (12 volumes in set)
Check out what my crew mates had to say by clicking HERE.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a two Reading Street textbooks from Pearson Education, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .
This is the 2nd time within the last few months that I have been sick. This time I got really sick. Like loosing 5 pounds in one day, laying on the floor and can’t move because I am seeing bright blue stars, sick! The last three plus weeks we have been on the move constantly and my body is telling me to slow down. Um, I got it, things are going to change for the better and quickly!!! Thankfully the Lt. was home to take care of me and to preoccupy the girls. I found some great deals yesterday at the thrift store, can’t wait to show them to you. But for now, I am off to climb back into bed and rest I will catch up with you next week…
Remember when I did my review for Talking Fingers company? Well now the company has a new program out called Wordy Qwerty. This new program is marketed towards children aged 7 to 10 and teaches spelling skills along with typing skills at the same time.
Throughout the program two keyboards named Qwerty and Midi act as your guide. In 20 consecutive lessons your child’s goal is to help Midi build a music machine. These two guide your child through each of the 6 steps inside each lesson. Wordy Qwerty focuses on six steps inside each lesson to guide your child to reading and writing fluency through the program:
Wordy Qwerty is available from the Talking Fingers website and is available in two formats. You can purchase an online edition with a 5 year license that includes an audio cd, JingleSpells of the 20 songs in the program. Below are the prices:
The Home Edition is $35.00 and includes the program CD, program guide, and cd of all 20 songs contained in Wordy Qwerty.
Mac: OS9 with CarbonLib or OSX
Windows: 98, SE, 2000, XP
Also requires QuickTime 6 (included) or greater
Mikayla was my primary reviewer for Wordy Qwerty. She thoroughly enjoyed logging on and using the program. I do plan for her to continue using the program over the summer to complete all the lessons. Want to test it out for yourself? Try before you buy? Check out the free demo online, here to use lesson one.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a subscription for Wordy Qwerty, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .
Wow, this little book packs a great big punch! Lead Serve Love by Gregory E. Lang is a Christian inspirational book that gives you little three-word wisdoms. Practical wisdom so we can better understand our walk with God.
The cover of the book is simple, yet cute and I was attracted to it immediately. Each page contains the simple three-word phrases on Christian living followed by a paragraph that expands on the phrase. The adjacent page gives 3-5 scripture references to go along with the phrase.
You could read just one three-word wisdom each day or just cruise through the book like I did. Some of my favorite include:
Share your blessings
Give second chances
Believe in miracles
Forgive yourself too
Hold yourself accountable
Live in today
I really enjoyed this book and the sound tidbits of advice offered. This book would make an excellent Bible study tool also. I plan to spend more time digging deeper and practicing each three-word phrase each day. I think it would make a great gift for any stage of your Christian walk and give it five stars!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I received this book free from the publisher through the Thomas Nelson book review bloggers program in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .
OUCH!!!! To say that it hurt would be an understatement! You guessed it, I impaled my foot on those tiny wire bristles. I managed to hobble back upstairs bleeding with a throbbing foot while the Lt. tended to my wound with peroxide. I will spare you the gruesome photos of my foot, but let’s just say I am now walking around with a limp and I still have little circle indentations where the brush didn’t pierce the skin. I couldn’t even take McKenzie to her gymnastics class on Tuesday because of my injury but we did make it to the Scholastic book fair, more on that later. No one fessed up to leaving the brush there but the girls were very apologetic in the morning for my ordeal.
This past weekend the girls and I headed up North to attend a Mystery tea with our Auntie. We all had a blast and there were some pretty snazzy hats in attendance. No showstoppers like Princess Beatrice’s, but fancy nonetheless. Here is our Auntie in her Pretty Woman hat.
Isn’t she lovely??? I didn’t get any pictures of the tables as I was trying to control McKenzie from taking the pretty little cupcakes cookies and devouring them.
Mikayla ended up bringing 5 dresses in the suitcase, she couldn’t decide which dress to wear until the day of, McKenzie fell out of the bed in the middle of the night on Friday and I somehow fell out of the bed too trying to catch her. Thank goodness neither of us was injured in the process. All in all we had a grand time and I won a prize. I ended up winning the centerpiece at our table which was a teapot with flowers in it. We also each took home a tea cup to match the teapot. The girls and I have visions of sipping hot chocolate in the fall (we don’t drink tea) while having our read alouds or weekly school meetings.
Montana loves her cousin-dog, Sebastian! She now has decided that he needs to come to our house to stay for a little bit. She even has a life size replica of him at our house, but she wants the real deal. I remember when we first moved here and she was scared of him, but that only last 3 days and now they are the best of buds. See McKenzie back there, she is not scared of him that much anymore either. She likes to hold his leash and shake her finger at him an say, “No, no!” She also learned how to say “stop” while we were there. Her words are coming, slowly but surely. I can’t wait to get our dog! We have narrowed our choices down even more so now I am checking prices and trying to find a breeder. I know that our dog will be just as love as our favorite cousin-dog!
Who could make a trip up North without visiting one of our favorite stores, IKEA! We all love that store, well maybe not the Lt. as much as the girls and I do. We have found some pretty good finds there, some that even lasted for years and a cross country move. I haven’t quite found what I am looking for and I may not find it at this store, but I am patient and I when I see it I will know.
We did end up making it to the book fair as I mentioned earlier. We came home with a lot of books and I spent way less than I did last year which is always a good thing, YAY! I had a budget and came way under to it so that is always good. Montana will be learning how to read in the very near future so I was pleasantly surprised to see how many early reader books they had this year. She is pretty excited and I am excited that she is excited! Now, I need to make room for these books plus the ones that will be arriving with our curriculum for next year. Speaking of curriculum I am in the final tweak and peak process of narrowing down our choices for next year. I have my budget set out and I am close to having my full amount saved for so I can pay cash for everything. I have bought a few things already because of sales and whatnot, but I am keeping a close eye on my tally. I think if I can make it through the Convention without too many impulse buys I will be right on target. I hope to share with you our Plan of Study for the 2011 ~ 2012 school year on Friday, because your dying to know, right?I’m also in the process of setting up a database of all our books and tagging them for easy reference. Not a small feat but I am hoping to have it done by August when we start school again, we’ll see…
That’s been my week so far, how is yours shaping up?
I have a child that struggles at times with her math facts. I am always looking for new ways to drill those facts for quick recall. We work on it with daily practice and about 6 weeks ago we were introduced to Mad Dog Math . What is Mad Dog Math?
It is a program designed for K-5 students, but can be used in higher grades if needed.
Mad Dog Math is a one-of-a-kind program that drills addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in small chunks. This allows your students to reach attainable goals and build confidence. All in only ten minutes a day, your child will improve math skills.
The Essentials of Mad Dog Math *taken from website*
Enables children to master their +, -, x, and ÷ facts in a fun challenging, exciting, and motivating way
Math supplement for any math curriculum
For grades K through 5th; remedial middle school and high school
Standard, daily 10 minute time commitment from start to finish
Huge body of math facts broken down into bite-sized pieces any child can master
Applied system that works in every classroom and in every home
Students, teachers, and parents LOVE it
Mad Dog’s products include "Mad Dog Math - At Home", a download (a Windows PC app) priced from $19.99 - $39.99; a download of the "Homeschool Mastery Binder" for $69.99 (or as a CD-Rom for the same price); the "Middle / High School Binder" for $89.99; flash cards are available for $14.99.
During the review period, I saw a bit of improvement in multiplication/division fact recall. However, this improvement was not enough to keep my daughter interested in using the program for the recommended ten minutes a day. I found the cost to be well within the budget for my family and I think this program would be a great summer supplement. However, I do not feel this specific program is the right fit for our family.
Be sure to check out my fellow crewmates reviews here to see what they thought.
I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a download of Mad Dog Math, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .