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 14th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


  

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Greg Landry's Homeschool Science Membership ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family and I pray you, the reader, find them helpful on your homeschooling journey. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.
Greg Landry's Homeschool Science 
Morning friends! Earlier this year I was able to share a review of the half-semester, self-paced Study Skills / Measurement / Lab Reports / Graphing, course from Greg Landry's Homeschool Science. I was so excited when Mr. Landry did another crew run since McKenzie was interested in enrolling in a science course, specifically the Biochemistry / Microbiology - Self-paced 7th-12th grade. Now, I am even more excited to tell you that Mr. Landry has graciously offered members of the Homeschool Review Crew a 6-month subscription to his new program, Greg Landry's Homeschool Science Membership.  

As you are aware, Mr. Greg Landry is an experienced science teacher who is also a homeschool dad. He has not only taught homeschoolers, but also university students as a former college professor. He has brought his love of teaching science to the internet through the Canvas learning platform. Greg Landry created his homeschool science program because 

“[we] want to prepare competent, confident students for their remaining high school years, their college years, and life. The fact that our classes and labs are taught from a Christian / Creationist worldview does not mean they’re ‘watered down. Quite the contrary – they are very challenging. I believe we should think critically, deeply, creatively, and biblically. God is glorified as we explore his creation… illuminating His Creation, revealing His glory.” 

We received access to all the traditional high school level courses of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as well as access to the interactive, virtual homeschool laboratory. Every course is a Christ-Centered, self-paced course taught by recorded videos by Mr. Landry himself. Since Mr. Landry is a follower of Christ he begins each video lesson with prayer, which I love. Then you get into the actual lesson. 



Membership includes access to the following high school level courses: 
• Life Prep (standard level) High School Biology 
• Life Prep (standard level) High School Chemistry 
• Life Prep (standard level) High School Physics
• Life Prep (standard level) High School Anatomy & Physiology 

Self-paced online classes for 7th-12th graders include: 
• Study Skills / Measurement / Lab Reports / Graphing 
• Earth & Space Science 
• Exercise & Sports Physiology 
• Biochemistry / Microbiology 
• Embryology / Endocrinolog 

And for the youngest scientist, upper elementary through middle schoolers, these self-paced courses are available: 
• Young Scientist Biology 
• Young Scientist Earth & Space Science 
• Young Scientist Chemistry 
• Young Scientist Physics
• Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology

So while I am fully confident in my ability to teach upper level science as well as to complete labs at home, I am grateful for homeschool science labs online such as the Virtual, interactive homeschool laboratory courses from Greg Landry's Homeschool Science. Overall, we are pleased with this family membership and I recommend that you check it out as well! McKenzie has learned a lot already concentrating on using the virtual chemistry lab. I really like how it goes through all of the correct safety steps just like she would have to do inside a real lab. We are eager to dive more into the virtual chemistry lab as we progress through her chemistry curriculum this school year. She is more than ready for upper level science courses and we have the foundational science courses from Greg Landry’s to thank for that.


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Online Science Classes
   

 Company ~ Greg Landry's Homeschool Science 
 Product ~ Greg Landry's Homeschool Science Membership
 Format ~ online 
 Ages ~ upper elementary through high school
  Greg Landry's Homeschool Science 

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy 16th birthday Montana


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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Jonathan Park: The Adventures Begins Series 1 ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family and I pray you, the reader, find them helpful on your homeschooling journey. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.

 Morning friends! We started back to our homeschool coop this week, and it was exhaustingly fun! In addition to reading books we love audio adventures! I was so excited to receive The Adventure Begins Series 1 of Jonathan Park for my son to listen to. 

Jonathan Park 
 Wise King Media produces this audio series, and my son has really enjoyed it. This fast-paced audio drama is filled with an interesting storyline and characters. Each story in Johnathan Park shares the Truth and points to the Creator and all his magnificent creations. Biblical themes are intertwined within the stories to give you the listener, encouragement as you go through your daily life to help you and your children defend their faith in these trying times.



The Adventure Begins Series Pak was given to twenty-eight members of the Homeschool Review Crew for review. This series is about Jonathan Park and his father who find themselves in a cave with the Brenan family as they seek shelter inside of a hidden cave. Inside the cave, dinosaur bones are discovered, and the two families unite to build a creation science museum to spread the message of the Creator. 

The first CD includes approximately over 5 hours of listening time on 4 albums. It is available as a physical CD or a digital download. Faith-building and scientific topics are covered in this series and include topics such as The evolutionary Tree, the Design of the Water Cycle, Showing Kindness, and the Consequences of Sin. We were blessed to receive a physical CD set. The four CD’s within this series include the following titles: Jonathan Park
~ The Secret of the Hidden Cave 
~ African Safari 
~ Art Heist Adventure 
~ Mystery at Dead Man’s Curve 

On these four albums there are three different episodes which are approximately 20-25 minutes in length. Each album also has a corresponding study guide that can help you dig a little deeper into the stories with review questions and fun activities.

My son really enjoyed listening to these CD’s. We kept them for bedtime listening as an incentive to stay in his bedroom at night. So far it has helped tremendously in keeping him in his room at night. We are just about ready to purchase the next CD as he has completely finished listening to this series several times over. Jonathan Park 

 Right now, The Adventures Begins Series 1 is nearly 60% off! Be sure to check out what my CrewMates think of this audio drama by clicking on the banner below! And get your copy while you can at this great price. Plus enjy free shipping by using the code jpcrew22. 

Children's Audio Stories 

 Company ~ Jonathan Park 
 Price ~ $24.99 
 Format ~ physical CD 
 Ages ~ elementary and up
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Thursday, September 1, 2022

14:6 - The Way: A Scripture Memory Course on Salvation ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family and I pray you, the reader, find them helpful on your homeschooling journey. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.  
 Morning friends! It’s been a week… I am feeling quite frazzled and overwhelmed with all that needed to be accomplished this week. Here it is September 1st (whoa, September already!) and I am not prepared at all. One thing I like to do when I start feeling the stress is to pull back and make it a priority to dive into God’s word more. Memorizing scripture and reading my Bible is essential, not only for me, but for my children as well. These last few weeks I have been digging into the Word with 14:6 - The Way from Scripture Memory Fellowship, as an easy way to memorize God's Word. 
14:6 – The Way is a complete 28-week Bible memory course to help you understand the fundamentals of salvation. With 84 verses it helps you to be able to share the Good News of Christ with others. This product comes in two different versions, The King James {KJV} and The English Standard Version {ESV}. We were blessed to receive the {KJV} for our review along with access to the Scripture Memory Fellowships free app called VerseLocker to aid in memorization. 
Scripture Memory Fellowship
The 14:6 – The Way book is a 9 ¼ x 5 ½ inch spiral bound book with thick cardstock paper. Inside the book you will find lessons on a topic in question-and-answer format. The seven themes covered through the curriculum include: 

 Theme 1 ~ Who is God? 
 Theme 2 ~ What went wrong? 
 Theme 3 ~ What did God do? 
 Theme 4 ~ What did Jesus do? 
 Theme 5 ~What is salvation? 
 Theme 6 ~ How do we respond? 
 Theme 7 ~  What happens next? 

Each week three color-coded verses are included each week to memorize along with a thesis statement that tells you what this section is about. You choose how many you will memorize each week and record how well you or your child did for the week. And since we are to be spreading the Word of God, there is a section at the bottom of the page to track when you share the verse at home, at church, and in your community. 
I have really enjoyed using this product during my morning Bible time. It has really helped ground me in the busyness of daily life. When using this product, I chose to just memorize one verse each week, in the green boxes. My plan is to make it through the whole 28-week course memorizing all the green boxed verses and then cycle back through and memorize another set of verses in the orange boxes and so forth until all the verses are memorized in the curriculum. 
Scripture Memory Fellowship
I think this is an excellent tool to help memorize God’s Word and this is a great resource for children or adults to use to help them dive into the Word! This program is versatile enough for families to use it with multiple ages from elementary to teens. I recommend you checking this Bible curriculum out for yourself and to read what my CrewMates thought of this Scripture memory tool by clicking the banner below to read their thoughts.

  memorizing scripture 

 Product ~ 14:6 - The Way 
 Price ~ $15.00 
 Format ~ spiral bound book 
 Ages ~ elementary - adult
Scripture Memory Fellowship



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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Christian Audio Adventures for Children with The Advent ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family and I pray you, the reader, find them helpful on your homeschooling journey. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.
The Adventum
 Morning friends! Hope you’re having a great week. I know I have mentioned before that we love books here at A Stable Beginning, but I have I also told you that we also love listening to audio books at bedtime? For the last several weeks, my two youngest, McKenzie (13) and Micah (8) and I have been listening to The Adventum, Volume 1 just before bedtime. 
The Adventum is brought to you from the same studio as the Jonathan Park series and is an entirely new way to hear the word of God. Volume 1 contains a four-CD set that comes in a nice hard plastic case. Inside the case there are protective sleeves for the discs. Volume 1 covers the major stories from Genesis, starting with Creation and ending with Jacob and Esau. 

This volume includes the following playlist titles:

 Disc 1 
1. It Was Good 
2. Paradise Lost 
3. First Family 
4. Brother’s Keeper
 5. And So On 
 Disc 2 
6. A New World 
7. High Hopes 
8. Whispers in the Wind 
9. White Lies 
10. Decisions, Decisions 
 Disc 3 
11. I’ve Been Thinking 
12. What’s in a Name 
13. Three Visitors and a Bargain 
14. Fire and Brimstone 
15. Heir Apparent
 Disc 4 
16. Sacrifice 
17. A Bride for Isaac 
18. Passages
 19. Stew du Jour 
20. Playing Favorites 
The Adventum
It is available as a physical CD set or a digital file. We were blessed to receive the physical CD’s to use during this review since both of the kids have CD players in their rooms to listen to their audio stories. The stories range from roughly 3 to 30 minutes in length, but on average you can expect a 10-12 minute story. It’s not just someone reading the Bible word for word, but rather, a dramatization of Biblical stories. However, when the voice of God is used, you can rest assure that it is spoken verbatim from NKJV and NIV Scripture.
The Adventum 
We have thoroughly enjoyed The Adventum and I am pretty sure you will too! This is an excellent, high-quality adventure through the Bible. It keep my son’s attention even though he has heard these stories many times over. The whole production from the sound effects, music, and cast or narrators is A-1! You can head over to the site and listen to a sample to hear for yourself. 



Currently there are five volumes in total and I already have plans to purchase the other four volumes for Christmas so we can continue listening. Plus right now The Adventum, Volume 1 is at a discounted price, $19.99, normally $39.99, on their website and you can use the advcrew22 for free (US only) shipping when you purchase.  The Adventum
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audio bible stories 

 Company ~ The Adventum 
Price ~ $39.99, currently on sale for 50% off
Format ~ Audio CD’s 
Ages ~ family listening
The Adventum
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Wordless Wednesday ~ 1st day of University

 

Senior Year

Sophomore Year


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Friday, August 19, 2022

Homeschool printables from Super Teacher Worksheets ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family and I pray you, the reader, find them helpful on your homeschooling journey. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.

Super Teacher Worksheets 
Morning friends! Another Friday is upon us. Have you started back to school or are you waiting until after Labor Day? We have completed our first two weeks of school and are now on our mini vacation as we take our university girls back to their schools. However, before we left, we had the opportunity to add a few fun printables from Super Teacher Worksheets to supplement our math curriculum in our homeschool.
  Have you ever needed just the right worksheet to fit the bill for a concept or idea you are teaching your child? Does your child need a little bit of extra practice on a certain skill? Super Teacher Worksheets sent us access to a full year of the site. This allows my family unlimited access to all printable resources for just $24.95 per year!
 With over 20,000 worksheets the Super Teacher Worksheets website is chock-full of printable worksheets that are not only helpful but useful for homeschoolers, parents, and teachers alike. There are literally thousands of worksheets to choose from so there is sure to be something you can find helpful too! From preschool through middle school there are worksheets all neatly organized by subject area, concept and theme on the following topics:
 Math 
 Reading & Writing
 Phonics & Early Literacy 
 Handwriting
 Grammar 
 Spellings Lists & Worksheets (Gr. 1-5) 
 Science 
 Social Studies 
 Holiday Puzzles & Brain Teasers 
 Teacher Helpers 
 Pre-K and Kindergarten 
 Make Your Own Worksheets 
There are also seasonal and holiday worksheets for every subject along with: 
card games 
 mazes 
 coloring pages 
 mini-books
I was able to use these worksheets with my son, Micah, who is 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. Specifically, we worked on skip counting, writing his letters in cursive, and telling time. The worksheets do not feel like busy work at all so don’t let that turn you away thinking that they will. This site is a tool and you can use it just as that. Now that we are back into full swing of our school year I will be incorporating more worksheets each week including the 50 States Geography and Number Detective brain teasers.
   A really cool feature of this product is the Worksheet Generator. Yep, just as the name says, this gives you the ability to create worksheets on any topic you want your child to learn! From spelling lists to games with sight words you can study any topic your child needs a little extra help on. And while you are busy making all these neat worksheets, you can save them in the “My File Cabinet” so you will have access right at your fingertips. 
 I L-O-V-E Super Teacher Worksheets! There are so many worksheet topics to choose from to help your child succeed. This is a resource that is worth checking out! If you are looking for quality homeschool pintables to supplement your learning, look no further that Super Teacher Worksheets! Be sure to see what thirty-five of my CrewMates think of these homeschool printables by clicking the banner below. 

printable activities 

 Format ~ downloadable PDF worksheets
 Price ~ $24.95 
 Ages ~ Kindergarten – 5th grade

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