Pencil Grip 3 Step Training Kit {Review}

I remember teaching my girls how to form letters but I did not teach them grip. They just did it, not my son. Right now, my Rascal boy is three-years-old and this is a great introduction time for us with the The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc. as a review. We have become familiar with The Pencil Grip, Inc. in the past through our use of our beloved Thin Stix and are quite a family fan. (Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks about a Thin Stix Creativity Pack as well!) For the purposes of this review, we were sent a 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit as well as The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors. We all found the scissors to be rather awkward and I doubt we will use them. I do, however, like the concept they present and will return to encourage my. . .

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Reading Eggs {Review}

Over the years since I have started including computer schooling into our days from time to time I have often heard of the incredible skills learned with Reading Eggs, but it was not until now that I was able to discover the magic for myself with our own kiddos. For the purposes of this review, I was given a six-month access for two students. We added the access to a trial I meant to do but didn’t several years ago for my oldest AppleBlossom. So now she has until early April 2018. The Princess has until mid-April and the Rascal we had a two week trial that ended a few days ago. We currently have access to Reading Eggs Junior (ages 2-4), Reading Eggs (ages 3-7), and Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13, grades 1-6), and also to MathSeeds (ages 3-9. Speaking of which, there is a great Free 4 week trial available!. . .

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CTCMath Online Maths Tutor {Review, 4th Year}

While it is true that I was on the Math Team in my youth, mathematics is not always my favorite subject to teach. This is why CTCMath Online Maths Tutor is a real blessing to my family, we started with an Single Membership several years ago, but right now a Family Membership is exactly what we need as I have added three of my students to our account. For the purposes of this review, we received a one-year subscription added on to our account, and by the way homeschoolers can get 60% off + 6 bonus months. If you’re curious, check out the Free Trial!! (These two promotions end November 15, 2017!) What is it? CTCMath is an online membership. Our account is set to a Family Membership, and each of my three students have a unique login and dashboard. Over the past several years since I first started using. . .

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Channie’s My First Letters Workbook {Review}

A few months ago, I was trying to find something to tide us over through the summer for my girls while browsing in our local Neighborhood Tutor teacher’s store. I came across a new set of workbooks, Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks, that the owner was very excited about and had just added to her shelves during her last expo shopping event. I was thinking that My First Letters (PreK-1st)  might be just the thing to get my eager to learn preschool three-year-old son started in the right direction with a little bit of fun and guidance as an introduction to “school”. I’m also putting the Easy Peasy Cursive (1st to 3rd) and One Page a Day: Double-Digit Math Problem Workbook  (1st to 3rd) on my probable school supply list for next year for the girls.  One step at a time For the purposes of this review, I was sent one copy of My First. . .

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Super Teacher Worksheets #Printables {Review}

Several years ago, I was introduced to Super Teacher Worksheets and I am delighted to again come to tell you just how helpful this Individual Membership website has been to my teaching this year. In 2015, you may have read my beginning opinions of this printables and worksheets website. In the depths of 2017, a good two years later I still love using this resource and it is one of my preferences. Once again, for the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive a one-year individual membership added to my existing account. Generally,  I have found myself looking for extra practice and using many pages as supplemental work. For example, my toddler preschool son is just now starting to learn the basics of penmanship. We have workbooks, but sometimes there is a letter he needs just that much more practice with. I’m thrilled that I can go in and. . .

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Captain Bayley’s Heir (from Heirloom Audio Productions) {Review}

One of the best additions to our homeschool repertoire in the past few years is the inclusion of audio dramatization adventures especially The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from the amazing creative of Heirloom Audio Productions. Most recently we have journeyed to the far west in the United States of young America during the gold rush era in Captain Bayley’s Heir. Over the last several months, we have joined and enjoyed the community of the Live the Adventure Club which has given us immediate access to bonuses that enhance our Captain Bayley’s Heir study. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical Audio two-CD set and access to digital components added to our online account. Audio Adventure We love having a physical CD collection of Heirloom Audio Productions adventures. Through our experiences with The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, we’ve journeyed back in time in the car on. . .

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Let’s Go Geography {Review}

This year, we have changed things up a bit and I did not have a real geography study plan set out. When the opportunity to review Let’s Go Geography and their world geography Year 1 program came up I was delighted to accept for our family. For the purposes of this review, I was given access to a subscription of one year of geography studies. This year is the first year of three planned for a full curriculum to cover many of the countries of the world at about 26 countries per year.  My access is intended to be used by one teacher for my homeschool. I am using this program with two of my students that both fall within the K-3 range. We are using a long day each week to spend studying with Let’s Go Geography. Each of my girls has a three-ring binder where they are keeping their pages. Everything. . .

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide (Progeny Press) {Review}

If you were to ask me what the one most important part of our homeschool day would be, I would not hesitate to respond with something along the line of books, our reading. We are absolutely a book and story loving family and Progeny Press ~ http://www.ProgenyPress.com) is one of the golden names for study guides. This year we have been blessed with the opportunity to review The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide (Grades 1-3) for use with my third grade daughter. My daughter already has gotten into reading other novels and short books by Alice Dagliesh and has started to read The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. In the past, we have also used and enjoyed other guides from Progeny Press such as The Minstrel in the Tower and Miss Rumphius. With our experience, I believed that this guide would also benefit our family for some literary analysis homeschool studies. For the purposes. . .

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September Frontier Girls Pioneer Newsletter

This is a newsletter for the happenings of the Creative Madness Mama Frontier Girls of West Tennessee…  Last year, we slacked horribly with Frontier Girls. I tried several times to get things going with other local people, but schedules never went together and then I just stopped trying. Then there was all the medical stuff with a miscarriage and a new pregnancy, and yeah. It wasn’t the right season for us. Yet this brings us to now! Baby Mermaid Warrior is almost four months old, curriculum is picked and girls have started in our homeschool, and little Rascal brother is curious to learn. Plus mama feels like planning a field trip or two and the creative side is brewing. Thus, here we are! We are so excited to be starting a new year with our participation in the Frontier Girls as a Pioneer Troop. Now, my eight-year-old AppleBlossom has crossed. . .

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Frontier Girls – New Year, it’s that time!

It is that time of year, the West Tennessee Frontier Girls are getting ready to start a new year (year end is August 31st) and we are in the planning stages! This year we are livening things up a bit by adding on the Rascal as he turned three a few months back. As he will be participating under quest, I haven’t decided what I will do yet about our Pioneer Troop, but I suppose a name change is in order to include him and I’ll have to decide on a uniform as well. I’m hoping that more local kiddos will want to join in on the fun this year, and time will tell! First up is to check on our uniforms. The Rascal doesn’t have one at all yet, so he will be starting from scratch. My vest is fine, just a few patches I need to sew on. . .

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Homeschool Marine Biology from Apologia & Swimming Creatures (Apologia Science) {Review}

I love science and science is a big part of my own educational background. In our homeschool we are still finding our path with regards to science plans and Apologia Educational Ministries is a very important participant in that journey. Through the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, I found myself ecstatic to jump into the opportunity to review Apologia’s latest update to the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set including the textbook, solutions, and student notebook journal. We also were given a bonus of the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD, read by Marissa Leinart. Homeschool Marine Biology from Apologia is exciting and an instant favorite for my science bookshelf! What I received For the purposes of this review, I received a beautiful 557-page full-color hardcover textbook, a perfect-bound 8×11″ paperback black and white solutions and tests manual, an additional test booklet, a large 505-page color student spiral notebook journal, and. . .

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