Languages have always been something of a dream desire for me that has not gone too far, however, my oldest student seems to share this desire and is eager to start our adventures with the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set from Greek ‘n’ Stuff! In my elementary school years, I had a bit of Spanish. While in middle school, I had a short Latin course. In high school, I studied French for years under the instruction of a French Canadian trained speaker. In college, I continued to study both French and Spanish. It was not until later years, that I really had a desire to add Greek study. In recent months, I have started testing the waters with some different curricula options myself for studying Greek. However, the materials that I have started experimenting with are not for young students. They are more for. . .
During this past year, my daughter AppleBlossom (nearly eight-year-old working on a generally third-grade level) has been studying Greek. Ancient Greece as it meets with the New Testament, Greek Myths as they relate to story telling and a Classical history and education. Now, as her course on New Testament, Greece, and Rome history comes to an end we are adding in the study of the Greek language (specifically Biblical or Koine Greek). She will continue her in depth studies of Greek Myths for the next year as we continue with the Greek Language (in addition to our studies of the Latin Language). In our journey of a Classical Christian Education, I have had the desire to try different Greek Language products to see where we want to go. It started with Veritas Press high school recommendation and my fondness of Zondervan Publishers with the Basics of Biblical Greek. While it. . .
We are one entertained family! Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again with their latest adventure CD: In the Reign of Terror! We have listed to this story over and over again, as well as our other Henty adventures and are enjoying the journey. I definitely need to add more of this thematic education or unit study way of learning to our school days. My stash This makes the fourth disc added to my collection of Heirloom Audio Productions’ G.A. Henty novel dramatizations and we plan to keep adding to it. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical audio CD set and access to download digital components. One of my favorite bits of the digital components is the Study Guide and as my daughter is getting a little bit older, I definitely plan to take more advantage of these components. Radio drama was a big part of my childhood and. . .
English on a Roll, and no I do not mean sushi… One of the things that I am learning as more years progress is that sometimes we need a bit of help in an area, such as grammar, thus English on a Roll was very intriguing to this mama seeking any way to make it stick for my student. We were blessed to be sent an English Grammar Teaching Method Instructors’ Set (includes 40 cubes and one instructors’ manual) for English on a Roll. While the guide is written for classroom use, it is fairly easy to adjust in a homeschool setting. We also have special copyright permission to copy certain pages for single homeschool usage. Immediately, I noticed that lessons are very adaptable to what my student needs. Some we zoomed past, and a few we repeated or rather continued on for a few days to really get the grasp of the. . .
Last night, we did the first lesson in the Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 book for my middle daughter with their little brother listening in. Today, doing some of our first lessons in the Math Lessons for a Living Education books (Level 1 for the Princess and Level 2 for AppleBlossom) we have used a plethora of skills. AppleBlossom practiced reading aloud while the Princess practiced sitting still and listening. Both girls are coloring with markers (not a regular medium for us and apparently the markers are dying) and decorating. The Princess is coloring The ONES House and The TENS House, while AppleBlossom is coloring The HUNDREDS House and The THOUSANDS House. We are going to laminate them at the Neighborhood Tutor store to make them über durable and we will share them for the lessons. Place Value Today, we did the first Place Value lesson. . .
My second student is a bit different than my first, reading is a challenge. She focuses more when things are hands-on (coloring) and vibrant (colorful) and my old reading primer of black and white discussion text just doesn’t cut it for her. The Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (36-week Curriculum) from The Crafty Classroom, however, seems to be right up her desire path! Through the Homeschool Review Crew, we were blessed to receive a PDF download of both the Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (700+ pages!) as well as the R.E.A.D. Review Pack (28 Early Readers that Correspond with R.E.A.D. Notebook) which I’m told can be used as a stand-alone product, if you are not wanting a full curriculum. We are definitely on board to Learn to Read! After getting my hands on this, and printing a few things I am seriously considering getting the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook (26-week alphabet curriculum). . .
I am absolutely a lover of the idea of a Sabbath school schedule, or year-round schooling. But this year. We need a summer. Last year was a trying school year with a high level of stress increased by the emotions of a miscarriage and successful pregnancy. The baby Mermaid Warrior is two months old, the toddler Rascal is turning three this week, the Princess (still toddler in many ways) is turning six in August, and the eldest – my super hero loving adventurous bibliophile is turning eight in the end of July. Summer vacation = Rascal’s birthday through AppleBlossom’s birthday and on until right after the Princess’ birthday. Our summer will be birthday season. While this will not qualify in the future for Mermaid Warrior’s birthday, she can stand in as an anticipation celebration about the break of schooling to come. So many things in our non-class time is educational.. . .
Several years ago I discovered the Homeschool Buyers Co-op and ever since I have been delighted with the organization and have made many purchases. It is a blessed time again, and thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew, we are once again reviewing an updated Homeschool Planet online planner and their new Lesson Plan Marketplace features. I truly enjoyed Homeschool Planet, when we first reviewed the product in 2015, and I have used it often since then. My favorite preference is especially when scheduling something that uses the computer as it makes things so easy as a click for my daughter. For the purposes of this review, I was given a 12-month membership to the planner as well as life-time of the product access to one lesson plan that I can add to my overall planner with a few clicks. (And again in the future, when my next child comes up to. . .
My foreign language choice in high school was French. I took years of classes, but it was not until I went and spent a near-month in French-speaking Canada completely immersed that I truly got a solid hold of the language. (Though, I could use a good review!) Through the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew this language immersion program for PreK/Elementary school came available from Whistlefritz and I am delighted to be reviewing the Educator’s French Collection. For several years now I have been searching for curriculum to start exposing my children to the French language. My French-Canadian God-mother sent us some fairy tale books and reusable workbooks, but they were more of a second level introduction and I was unsure how to really get us started. With Whistlefritz, I have discovered that truly jumping in is a great way to do it! For the purposes of this review, I have been. . .
There’s strategy in numbers! Challenge your first grader for the best score in this math game. Players take turns examining the cards and picking up the ones with largest value. Add up your cards to see who’s won! This game is a great way to improve critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in math. Your children will use their knowledge of numeric value and combine it with strategy in order to win the game. Practice makes perfect, and this is definitely a game you’ll be wanting to play again and again! What You Need: Deck of playing cards (with face cards removed) Paper Pencil What You Do: Shuffle the deck. Arrange the cards face up in a 6 x 6 grid. Discard the remaining 4 cards. The first player picks up the highest possible card she can find. The second player then picks up the highest possible card that he can find. Continue. . .