September Frontier Girls Pioneer Newsletter

Frontier Girls Pioneer Vests

Frontier Girls… What will we learn about next? This is a newsletter to the events of what’s going on in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School Frontier Girls Pioneer Troop… We are so excited to be starting a new year with our participation in the Frontier Girls as a Pioneer Troop. Now, my six-year-old AppleBlossom has crossed over to participate as an Otter Level this year, while my four-year-old the Princess will continue to increase her skills and badges earned as a Penguin Level again this year. In our round-up for the Penguin Level and the last year AppleBlossom earned 167 badges and the Princess earned 32 badges. However, in still trying to figure out a way to award them (as we don’t have the budget to buy every badge earned, much less the space on a vest!) we bought some of their proudest moments in badge form – the ones…

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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell) by Deanna Raybourn {Review}

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  First in a new historical mystery series about intrepid Victorian England adventurer Veronica Speedwell Following my reviews you know that I spend most of my reading hours in the realm of Christian Historical Fiction; however, there are a few authors that are in the general fiction market that I gladly and eagerly jump into their novels. Therefore, I realize this recommendation is not for everyone who reads my normal reviews. With that said, A Curious Beginning is an amazing book and a wonderful start to a new series with an author divined with a creative mind Deanna Raybourn. I absolutely loved the Lady Julia Grey series that I started reading on recommendation of my author friend Michelle Moran and I devoured every additional story. Deanna does have another series set in the 1920s that I have not entered into yet. Stepping back into 1887, Veronica is an incredible character.…

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After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own) by Jen Turano {Review}

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The first in the new ‘A Class of Their Own’ series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella then you know how I first discovered Jen Turano was through a freebie that I stumbled upon and I knew immediately that I had found a new favorite author. Since then I have been delighted with all the stories in the Ladies of Distinction series and now I’m finding myself to have the same opinion of the A Class of Their Own series. Through a fluke I actually was able to read In Good Company (my review), the second in the Class of Their Own series before I finished After a Fashion and while they can easily stand on their own as independent reads, they do build the story with friend (and friendly!) characters. In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review…

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Johnny Appleseed: a Poem {Review}

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We are starting Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide and the first book selection for our studies is this one, Johnny Appleseed: A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh. The first discovery I was surprised by is that Reeve is actually a female, which I wouldn’t have assumed from the name. After we read through this one, I discovered there is actually an animated story version of it streaming on Discovery Education. As I had one day left before our summer free trial subscription expired we were able to watch it (multiple times actually by request). While it is a poem, it was not overly poetic in my opinion, but told a story well. There was a repeat character of a girl to old woman Hannah Goodwin that John Chapman visited, as she grew so did her apple trees and her gratitude for Johnny Appleseed. The pictures in this book provide for…

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Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend {Review}

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Johnny Appleseed, a legend This year we are studying folk tales and legends. Starting our year with Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide our first book choice is Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh. In addition to reading that book I decided to peruse our shelves for other Johnny Appleseed and apple themed books including this one, Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend by Will Moses that I bought on recommendation of Sonlight Core A. The illustrations are lovely with the lanky Johnny through out. Moses starts his book with the birth of John Chapman in 1774, continues into his youthful years, and then his adult life. In the reading of this book I noted that it is not a straight biographical picture book, but it is full of both fact and legend with no distinguishing remarks between which is which. As an add-on read to a unit study, I…

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The Enginerd Speaks. Briefly.: U-joyen KDL Car Lights Bulb {Review}

Today I bring you something rare, but neat… and hopefully less rare in the future. A review by the Enginerd! Today’s review is of U-joyen KDL Car Lights Bulb (2 pack) that you can purchase on Amazon {aff}. The lights are very bright. Brighter than other LED bulbs I had. These are larger than standard size 194 glass bulbs though. They’re larger than my old LEDs which were larger than the glass bulbs too. (picture of 3 bulbs together) This light uses 9 small LEDs on each side instead of 1 larger LED per side. That’s a difference of 5 LEDs versus 45 LEDs. So as you can imagine, there is a lot more light output. (picture of tag lights shining) The negative is that by being a little bit larger overall, there are some applications where this style of bulb may not fit. (picture of map light not fitting)…

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I’ve been busy! Creative Madness Mama update!

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At a glance, you might assume that I’ve been away from the blog for a bit. I assure you that is not the case! Behind the scenes I’ve been busy busy busy! I have spent a lot of time updating some posts and creating pinnable images. If you missed any of these reviews in the past, go read them and learn from our experiences in our homeschool journey! Also, I’m slowly going through reviews adding them to my Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin {aff} database to make things easy to index and find. I’m discovering old great things and making pretty new things in my book reviews. I’m delighted with my experience so far and I’m sure it will make your visits to Creative Madness Mama even more successful!   Catch up on July: Missed any posts in August? New changes also include share buttons and a work-in-progress newsletter! Exciting things…

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Top Ten Places I search for our next Read Aloud (Book Lists)

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Hi, my name is Margaret and I’m a book-a-holic. You caught me. I am without excuse a complete bibliophile, a book nerd, collector, and I missed my calling as a classical librarian. One of my utterly favorite things to do since I caught the homeschooling bug is to make book lists. I have book lists for reading aloud. Book lists for required student reading. Book lists for enrichment and unit study purposes. Book lists for taking our studies a bit further. Book lists for entertaining and educating and book lists for just plain escaping into the pages of a story. I am delighted to discover a new book list source! Share your book lists with me! Memoria Press My most appealing book lists come from particular curriculums that I’m in love with. For instance, Memoria Press has never steered me wrong when it comes to books. From Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten,…

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Wrapping Up Weeks 1-3 (2015-2016)

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Homeschool Edition! Homeschool is our way of life Technically as far as schedules go we should really be starting school the day after Labor Day, but with new review products arriving, sale prices of online curriculum, and my daughter’s begging to do the next thing – we went a head and jumped in and started the week as the birthdays went by. That seems to be a pretty good plan for us. Summer between the birthdays – that gives us mid-July to mid-August to read and IXL [review] our way through a short summer. Otherwise… I’d say we school year round briefly following with the general idea of VPSA, Highlands Latin School, and keeping in mind the local school schedules (avoid the museums on spring break etc!). This week in our Preschool I’m really going to have to work on this. All those emails and blog posts I ignored over…

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Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary 2nd Grade {Review}

Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling and Vocabulary Review

Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications  ~  (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking…

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Apologetics Study Bible for Students {Review & Giveaway}

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Hard Questions. Straight Answers. For Students! I recall back in 2008-2009 or thereabout when I first really heard the term apologetics and I was intrigued as I did not know it. Over the years I have come very familiar with the term and have incorporated it into my own studies as well as the plans for my own studies, young though they now may currently be in our studies with the Apologia What We Believe series. About that same time while participating in a blog tour I was introduced to Apologetics for a New Generation as well as The Unshakable Truth. It was later that I also found a documentary on Netflix and then the release of the Case for Christ Study Bible from Lee Strobel and Apologetics Study Bible, both of those for adults. At the time I reviewed the Apologetics Study Bible I already knew I wanted to get…

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Thoughts with a New School Year?

What are your thoughts with this new school year? You can find an entire listing of other blogs participating on my landing page, or the Crew blog. But here is a handful you might want to visit today! But head back, as we will be sharing all week long. The Schoolhouse Review Crew will be joining forces with Homeschool Blogging Connection to bring you a week full of back to school encouragement. I recommend you to grab a cup of tea and take some moments to explore and get a gander at what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week in the 2015 Back to Homeschool Blog Hop   Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm Meg @ Adventures with Jude Dawn @ Double O Farms DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Steph @ Indy Homeschool Kym @ Homeschool Coffee…

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