The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton {Preview}

*Apologies first. I cannot believe my first Christian Fiction Blog Alliance participation in a while and I totally missed the tour dates! I guess I do have the excuse of spending Monday in the pediatric emergency room and then the rest of the week tending to stomach virus family. But, alas… I should have had things done and ready to post before hand! I’m sorry! Lori’s first well-reviewed novel, Burning Sky, was named a top pick of 2013 by Romantic Times and has recently been named a finalist for the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Awards in the fiction category, and earned her two Christy Award nominations. Her second novel, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is being lauded as better than her first. An audiobook for The Wood’s Edge is set to be available this fall from Recorded Books and book #2 in The Pathfinders Series is said to. . .

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S is for Smiling Sunrise (An ABC Book) {Review}

  For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive a physical hardcover copy of the book S is for Smiling Sunrise with an audio CD included and a printed copy of the teaching guides from WordsBright ~ (http://WordsBright.com/). There is an eBook, free PDF teaching guides, and free MP3 download available on their website. The book itself is a durable and attractive hardcover, full-color alphabet book with vivid pictures on each page. There is also a gift dedication page in the very front making this accessible and friendly for gift giving opportunities. At least 10% of net earnings will be a gift to health & education projects for disadvantaged children.S is for Smiling Sunrise dedication page The Pre-K (and Preschool) Teacher’s Guide is a one-page sheet with six suggestions of how to enjoy this book, while the K-3 Teacher’s Guide is seven full pages of informative (and. . .

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Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers: Prayers for bedtime and every time of day! {Review}

On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and The Christmas Story for Children so I was delighted when I saw a gift-worthy treasury of prayers. Teaching our children poetry, and teaching them to pray is so valuable and a special part of our lives. This treasury is a beautiful tool to help do so. The Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers presents classic rhyming prayers and Lucado originals in a gorgeous presentation for any family to use. An excellent gift idea! Anyone with a young child will benefit so well from this book and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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A+ Interactive Math Placement Test {Online Math}

In our experience so far we have been extremely blessed with our math curricula and AppleBlossom is staying on target, but it is still early and in the future we will most likely need to know our options if she or her sister just doesn’t get it (already I can tell that teaching her little sister is going to be a patience-testing endeavour). The online software of A+ Interactive Math ~ (http://www.APlusTutorSoft.com) comes from a neat company with lots of products available. One such product is the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan, this is a three month subscription. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed with access for two students and we found that it was all completely above OrangeBlossom’s preschool and basic kindergarten level and nearly so for AppleBlossom, but we kept on with her on the First Grade level. More Information from Vendor: Top. . .

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La La Logic Preschool Curriculum {Online with printables Review}

Preschool is a big topic around here. We’ve been having someone in preschool for the last three years as I had an early start with my oldest child. Yet in all our experiences, this is completely new and fun! La La Logic ~ (http://LaLaLogic.com) is an online preschool curriculum with printable worksheets for reinforcement. There are 100 weeks of lessons, and a I was blessed with A lifetime membership to their: Preschool Curriculum. I have set up both girls to work through this. OrangeBlossom is the main one that I’m aiming for as she is three, turning four years old this summer. She is interested in “doing school” to be like her big sister, but she isn’t quite into it yet, as she has the attention span of a butterfly… AppleBlossom on the other hand has been loving school since she could talk and at five, turning six this summer. . .

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Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}

*This post is updated with my new format. Original posted in 2013. Be it contemporary Texas or historical atmosphere Janice’s books are witty. Full of entertainment through out the characters are lovable and stick with a reader. The seemingly perfect women on the page bear all with their thoughts and many a reader may find a relevant heart. Janice’s stories would all make great movies full of calm and wonderfully appropriate romance. I think those in the Club Wed scene would get along well with Rachel Hauck’s low country Carolina series characters.

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The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design, #2) by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}

*This post is updated with my new format on April 29, 2015. Originally posted in 2013. The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson is a read I needed just right when I had it available to read. As I sit here on the couch attempting by pen and paper to write this review which I will later type I wonder if it is a good time or if the anesthesia has fully worn off yet as I just misspelled icing… Life can be so complicated sometimes and a great past time or distraction may often be found on my bookshelf. This weekend (August 29th) it was found and filled by Janice Thompson first as I returned to the world of wedding organization in Galveston, Texas. This time in the second book of the Weddings by Design series also related to two previous trilogies of Weddings by Bella followed by. . .

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Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style, #1) by Janice Thompson

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

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ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 2 {Review}

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we were reviewing Book 1 An Introduction to the Visual Arts from the ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum books and we gladly invested in the Preschool book The Way They See It as well. When an opportunity came up to review Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art I knew I wanted that opportunity! Several years ago through a homeschool conference I discovered ARTistic Pursuits and the program was recommended by my SisterL as well. Last year through our own experiences we knew this was a program that we wanted to continue. What is ARTistic Pursuits? ARTistic Pursuits is written by a homeschooling family, for homeschoolers, but could easily adapt to a classroom or co-op setting. It is a program full of hands-on experience and art appreciation from famous works of art. Each segment or lesson provides. . .

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Memoria Press First Start Reading {Review} Classical Curriculum

CMM FSR

You may know this already. I love Memoria Press. Today I’m beyond blessed to share a review with you on the Memoria Press First Start Reading program.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… I already reviewed this right? Well, yes and no. I reviewed the entire Memoria Press Kindergarten Curriculum and as a part of it that includes the First Start Reading Program, but I want to tell you more. What can I say? I’m a fan of anything and everything from Memoria Press and I really want to share my opinions with you.

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HomeSchool Office Online Planner {Review}

As a list maker and box checker at heart I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to review something new Lord Heritage and their program/product HomeSchool Office (an online homeschool planner – with printable options). They have a neat Christian oriented motto for how they name everything and you can see it under their Product Features and Purpose. I just knew this was going to be something for us and couldn’t wait to get started. Site Note: We are coming off a few weeks of family illness and thus the screen shots have been provided for me. But they are probably better than what I could have provided anyway. What I found was that this program is extremely time consuming. It was very time consuming and unclear on how to set up in the first place, but also whenever something needed to be adjusted I could not find an easy way. . .

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Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online – Sun and Stars {Review}

Astronomy is this year’s science subject. We jumped in soon after the new year and I’ve been on the lookout for resources to enhance our studies. What an emense blessing it is to have discovered Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online! Visual Learning Systems Review

The timing for this review is absolutely provincial. Through the TOS Review Crew, we have been graced with the opportunity to review Visual Learning Systems – (http://www.VisualLearningSys.com). We have been given a full year access to received Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and the Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). What a resource this has proven to be!

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

(This is a long post… I’ve debating breaking it into parts… but oh well.)

Today, I get to share with you a new treasure to our family in our homeschool curriculum and I’m delighted to review this new-to-me program that I definitely want to stick with on further levels in the Logic of English ~ (http://www.LogicofEnglish.com). I was granted the blessing to obtain and use Foundations, Level A as well as a set of reusable resources, and the iOS Doodling Dragons App. I was curious about the curriculum, but had no idea the delight that we were in for on this adventure!
Logic of English Review
The Logic of English: Foundations program is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and is designed to easily be used in schools, homeschool settings, older struggling readers, and English Language Learners. I’m certain it would make a good addition to a co-op setting. The Level A is for the beginning reader and opens the world of reading through basic phonogram knowledge, beginning handwriting skills, short vowel and consonant blends decoding.

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Adding Classical Music to your School: Maestro Classics Review

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my first introduction to a great art program was at a homeschool convention. Something else that I discovered at that convention was the concept of educational music CDs from Maestro Classics, which I’m glad to review and share with you today. Through a few choices, I opted to order Casey at the Bat (recommended for all ages) as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (recommended for ages 4 & up). I came by these choices wanted to enhance our own homeschool studies planned.

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