Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017

  The Old Schoolhouse  ~  (http://www.theoldschoolhouse.com/shop/) has released the newest printed version of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 in perfect timing to start organizing my ideas for the new school year. Hey Mama! How are you? As a homeschooling mama, you know we all need that kinship from time to time, and how about a planner that gets it? Years ago, I discovered the planners from The Old Schoolhouse that I have printed and bound year after year. A few years ago, they introduced my favorite planner, the Hey Mama! planner. This planner gets me. (All I need is a blogger version. *smk*) Year after year I keep trying to use digital planner, maybe the print weekly ones, but so many times it is my preference to reach for this well done physical planner. The 2016-2017 Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planer is a physical 8×11 spiral bound planner. The planner is dated from. . .

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Science Shepherd (Self-Paced Online) {Review}

Lately, I have truly discovered the joy in self-paced online courses. We have experienced history, Bible, and latin. Now I can add science! I am truly excited about this. Today, I have the opportunity to tell you about Science Shepherd  ~  (http://www.scienceshepherd.com/) where my second grade (six and a half-year-old daughter) is working her way through Introductory Science. In a complete science curriculum, Introductory Science covers the topics starting with Creation, and moving on to Science Skills and Equipment and on to topics of Earth Science and Life Science including through geology, biology, astronomy, oceanography, meteorolgy, plants and much more! This course, Introductory Science is intended to be used five days per week for a total of 35 weeks. For the purposes of review, we received access to 12-months of daily on-demand video lessons as well as a Level A consumable spiral workbook and Answer Key to go along with the complete science curriculum. . .

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D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths (Memoria Press) {Review}

Memoria Press D'Aulaires' Greek Myths Set

Memoria Press  ~  (http://www.memoriapress.com/) is a long-standing favorite of the Creative Madness Mama homeschooling household. Most recently we have been blessed by the TOS Crew to review their very popular D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set which includes a consumable Student Guide, non-consumable Teacher’s Guide, and cardstock Flashcards. To enhance our studies even more we also bought the Audio version of the book, and thus have read it and listened to it multiple times now.  Normally, each year I share a review of the entire Classical Core Curriculum from Memoria Press and the D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set can most easily be found within the Memoria Press Third Grade Classical Core Curriculum in both their new standard as well as their Accelerated Core. (Whether I will be able to review the rest of the core, is still pending.) We thoroughly enjoyed using Junior Kindergarten, as well as, Kindergarten, and First Grade, and Second Grade in the. . .

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Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization (IEW) {Review}

Curriculum research is something that I have been enthralled in for years now. As AppleBlossom is finishing up her second grade school year we have finally gotten a taste of the treasures from Institute for Excellence in Writing  ~  (http://www.iew.com/) including a program that SisterL personally loves as well, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. In the 2016 year, IEW has actually updated the program. So if you have had the original program for years, you’ll want to contact them to discover the updates, additions and changes. For the purposes of this review, we were blessed to receive a poetry memorization set (Teacher’s Manual and CDs) as well as an additional physical student book. Samples are available on the IEW website. In our agreement for the review, we opted to use the material three days a week. By the recommendations of the program, we actually used it more like daily, at least during the. . .

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Times Tales {Review}

Creative Madness Mama and her students love the new digital Times Tales for learning multiplication facts! #hsreviews #math #multiplication

In the past I had heard of a program called Times Tales but I had never really looked into it more than a glance. Now that AppleBlossom is working on multiplication it seemed the perfect time to introduce this and look a bit further. Thus I found myself delighted when The Trigger Memory Co.  ~  (http://www.timestales.com/ ) blessed us with a review opportunity for the digital version of Times Tales through the TOS Crew. It has been the perfect addition to our math study time in this school year! *If you use our Affiliate link, Creative Madness Mama will get a little credit!  For the purposes of this review, we received access to a downloadable product, which contains everything that is on the DVD version. I had a bit of trouble getting it to a set place where we could use it, but that is on the fault of my own technology. The file sizes. . .

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Bride of a Distant Isle (Daughters of Hampshire) by Sandra Byrd {Review}

Bride of a Distant Isle

Last year, I found myself captivated by the writing in ‘s first book in the new Daughter of Hampshire series. I knew from reading that one as well as others in the past of Sandra’s historicals that I needed to plan some time. When I read Sandra’s books I’m not satisfied with a few minutes and done. I want to sit and pour in the details and get enveloped within the story. I have found that to be completely true once again with this latest book, Bride of a Distant Isle. Intrigue, friendship, romance, hardship, pride, adventure, feminist independence, and gentlemanly flirtations all reside within these pages.  In addition to these first two books, a third in the series, A Lady in Disguise is tentatively scheduled to publish in 2017 and I can already tell you that I eagerly await that next release as well!

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Logic of English: Foundations, Level D (Science of Reading) {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Logic of English Foundations Level D #hsreviews #phonics #spelling #strugglingreaders @LogicofEnglish

I think that it is an easy statement to say that one of my favorite product reviews that I have been introduced to through the blessing of participating in the TOS Crew is from Logic of English ~ (https://www.logicofenglish.com/) and today that blessings has continued in the form of the latest level of their primary school program in Foundations Level D. Link back to Foundations A and you can read my extremely verbose post on our original thoughts about LOE Foundations. We still love “Dragon Phonics”!   When we started using LOE Foundations, I got the full kit including the supplemental Doodling Dragons book and iOS phonogram app. You can read more about those in my previous post. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive what is knowing as the Continuing package which included the Level D Teacher’s Guide, Student Workbook, Flash Cards, and more.   The Logic of English Foundations program is. . .

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Math-U-See Gamma with Digital Pack {Review}

    Demme Learning‘s Math-U-See ~ (http://demmelearning.com/) has gone digital and my daughter AppleBlossom is loving learning with the Gamma Level. We are using the Gamma Digital Packs and I have gotten my hands on the physical teaching products as well. For years, since we have entered the homeschooling realm I have heard of Math-U-See as a recommended math program, but at a glance the price and confusion of what was what always turned me away. I should have looked twice. Demme Learning has a family of products including Math-U-See, SpellingYouSee, Building Faith Families, and KinderTown. Today I am finally getting to discuss Math-U-See. While Math-U-See has been around for more than 20 years teaching students to visually understand and master math concepts, as of 2016 Math-U-See has gone digital. Adding digital packs to their line of purchasable materials making the world of Math-U-See available in a manner not yet seen before. It is. . .

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Grapevine Studies: New Testament Overview Part 1 {Review}

Creative Madness Mama subscribers know that I adore Grapevine Studies  ~  (http://grapevinestudies.com/)  as they are one of my promoted affiliates. Today is a special day because right now I am here to tell you about one of their delightful downloadable products, two actually! In this post I will be discussing New Testament 1: Beginner John to the Apostles (ages 5-7) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for NT Beginner. as well as New Testament 1: Level 1 Birth of John to Jesus’ Ministry (ages 6-8) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for NT Levels 1 & 2. Over the last few years, I have been collecting their eShorts and freebies and making a list of what to buy to go along with our other studies. This year (and for my previous review – link back) we have been working through Old Testament 1: Level 1 (ages 6-8) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for OT Levels 1 & 2. We received. . .

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America’s First Daughter {Excerpt}

America's First Daughter

. “Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable — this enlightening literary journey takes us from Monticello to revolutionary Paris to the Jefferson White House, revealing remarkable historical details, dark family secrets, and bringing to life the colorful cast of characters who conceived of our new nation. A must read.” (Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress)   AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER EXCERPT Mr. Short’s Declaration “Patsy, will you allow me to walk you home?” Mr. Short asked. In that moment, I’d have gone anywhere with him. It didn’t matter that my feet ached from dancing or that I’d left my shawl upstairs, or even that my chaperone would soon notice I was missing. That spring in Paris, defiance of rules was the norm. And a wild defiant liberation had taken hold of me, so I didn’t fight it. I simply went with him out into the night,. . .

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America’s First Daughter {Excerpt & 10 Things You Didn’t Know about America’s First Daughter}

America's First Daughter giveaway

America’s First Daughter Excerpt: And what of our future . . . ?” I asked. Mr. Short smiled. “If you could give up all thoughts of the convent, our future depends upon the orders your father is awaiting from America. Your father has asked that in his absence, I be appointed in his place as chargé d’affaires with commensurate salary. If I receive such an appointment, then I can present myself to your father as a worthy suitor. Otherwise, I’m afraid he’ll consider me a wandering wastrel without employment.” “He would never!” Mr. Short chuckled mirthlessly. “You think not? I have in my possession a letter from your father lecturing me on the need to build my fortune. The most memorable line reads: This is not a world in which heaven rains down riches into any open hand.” How churlish of Papa, but had I not, from the youngest age, also. . .

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Faith Builders Bible from Zonderkidz {Review}

Zonderkidz ~ (http://www.zondervan.com/children) is not a new name for you to experience at Creative Madness Mama. Today, I get to tell you about one of their newest kiddo Bibles, the Faith Builders Bible. This is a hardcover, jacketless Bible, perfect for your brick building, no matter the brand of brick minded child! When this Bible arrived I was unsure who was the most excited. While we are still working with Duplo Legos in our family and haven’t really moved up to the standard size building bricks – I was concerned at first that I might have to go buy some to be able to get the most out of an experience with the pages and inspiration from this Faith Builders Bible, but I was so pleased to find there was plenty of inspiration to be had, even with the toddler-sized building blogs.  We have a plethora of children and youth Bibles, but. . .

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HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections {Review}

Mostly we are educating from a Classical Christian Education method and the products from Home School in the Woods ~ (http://homeschoolinthewoods.com) often comes across as a recommended item for our studies across the board in history, especially. Last July, we were blessed with the opportunity to experience and review Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt. We learned that the recommendation lists are right and we love what is provided from Home School in the Woods! We have done a lot of research on resources for studying history. It is my desire that I teach my children using a Classical Christian Education method. For years I’ve heard of a family that created their own timeline pieces and now more and more creative hands-on projects. One of our main curricula resources we have opted to use for history recommends resources of Home School in the Woods. This year we have been blessed. . .

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower… Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to. . .

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2015 Blue Ribbon Award Favorites Announced!! #TOSReviewCrew

This has been an interesting year and throughout I have discovered lots of neat products and curricula! On source that has been an exceptional blessing is the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Today, on the Crew blog, we’re announcing the results of our votes for the Favorites for 2015. But first, let me tell you a few things that I have truly enjoyed… (You should be able to click any images to head back to read a posted review in my archives).   This year was filled with publishers I had been hoping for and new ones that I’m delighted to meet. There were a few duds for us, but not these mentioned above. We have found some great staples for our schooling! .

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ESV Journaling Bible {Review}

When I was in high school I was already doing a bit of a journaling thing in my Bibles, however not to the artistic ability that I’ve seen on blogs today with this new theme of journaling Bibles. I would look forever in the book stores just trying to find the widest margins. When I heard about the opportunity to be able to see one of these now is so exciting! When I opened the box though, my enthusiasm quickly dimmed. The book itself is good quality and many people will be thrilled with it. The margins definitely provide space to write and journal as artsy as you would like. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I requested this English Standard Version Journaling Bible on the concept of what it is, but I did not read any of the details about the size. The translation is fine, and. . .

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