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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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Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus {Review}

A while back, I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and I came across Patterns of Evidence. Since the first time I stumbled upon this documentary I have watched it quite a few times for interest and entertainment. Thus, when a review opportunity popped up for the DVD of the same, I was thrilled. While life has gotten away from me and I’m missing review deadlines, I still want you to know what an incredible experience this documentary is and how it is very worthwhile for your family. About the author/filmmaker/producer: Tim Mahoney Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. Specifically, Thinking Man Films & Media was founded in 2014 as an international documentary and publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to. . .

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Phonics Museum iOS app {Review}

As you know, if you’ve been around here in the past few years, we love Veritas Press materials. The curricula they publish is well done and their first venture into an iOS app is very positive as you shall see in my review of the new Phonics Museum iOS app for iPad and iPhone. For the purposes of this review, we are using the iOS Phonics Museum App on an iPad 2. Related: Phonics Museum iOS App for Preschool Related: 2016-2017 Curriculum Choices During the 2016-2017 school year, we started with the Veritas Press Scholars Academy Kindergarten, with the inclusion of Veritas Press Phonics Museum Kindergarten. We went ahead got the combination box as we plan to continue through the Phonics Museum First Grade also. While we were trekking along, Veritas Press announced a beta testing team release of their upcoming Phonics Museum iOS app and I jumped for joy!. . .

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 Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 {Review}

Greek 'n' stuff

  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. . .

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Greek Studies

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. . .

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In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions {Review}

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. . .

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English on a Roll {Review}

English on a Roll You are a Student

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. . .

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Math Lessons for a Living Education

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. . .

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