Wizzy Gizmo New Testament cards!

Miss me? I know I’ve been a bit remiss. I keep thinking of things to blog, but the matter of just getting to the computer lately has been a bit hectic. With a newborn in my arms, as well as my computer crashing – and I just don’t want to face that. Anyhoo… Today I want to tell you about a new review that is totally cool! One of the things that is completely fabulous about the TOS Review Crew is the opportunity to meet new companies and learn about products previously unknown to me, such as Wizzy Gizmo. Say what? Wizzy Gizmo ~ (http://www.wizzygizmo.com) Nifty name ‘eh? Well, Wizzy Gizmo has quite the line of products for Christian Education for Children, but I what I have to talk to you about are a New Testament series of review cards. What I have in hand is called the Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament and. . .

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Mathletics Review

  Math for my four (now five!) year old daughter is a hit or miss subject. She understands concepts but is very quick to have a meltdown. Therefore, when the opportunity came up to review Mathleticsfrom 3P Learning ~ (http://www.3PLearning.com/) which I have often heard praise for, I jumped in even with our busy summer. I was delighted with something that I could take with us on the many hospital trips through the weeks of early prodromal labor. The idea of handing her the iPad that she always begs for was very pleasant and I assumed his would be a perfect fit. Every homeschool family is different as our their curriculum needs. As I’ve mentioned in other posts online curriculum is not always a perfect fit for us, but I really wanted this to work.  It was not a great fit for us, however I strongly recommend you read a. . .

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Lightning Literature & Composition

  Working with the TOS Review Crew this year has been a neat experience thus so far, especially when I get to learn about companies that I had never heard of before such as Hewitt Homeschooling  ~  (http://www.HewittHomeschooling.com/) and I’m delighted now to have discovered them! I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Grade 1 materials. We had many of the book selections in our home library and I’ve since been adding new ones to our purchase lists to buy as we are able and I’m finding some great read aloud choices here. The products I received are physical paperback books for both: Lightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Student WorkbookLightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Teacher’s Guide Both books are a hefty paperback with a vibrant purple cover. The interior pages of the Teacher’s Guide are black and white, and the interior pages of the consumable student workbook are full. . .

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Summer Activities for Adventures in Odyssey Fans

Summer is officially here! Don’t let your kids’ boredom run rampant. Adventures in Odyssey is here to save the day. Below are some must-try ideas for summer fun! Want even more summer fun? For the month of June, you can join the Odyssey Adventure Club for only $5! More details can be found here. Summer Activities As a parent you are probably a big proponent of reading. Encourage your kids to dig into a book or two this summer with Adventures in Odyssey’s On Your Marks Summer Reading Challenge. Bonus points if YOU create a reading challenge for yourself as you read along with your kids! Looking for something hands-on? Create Matthew in 3-D! Invite a few of your kids’ friends over for a play date, print off the activity sheet, and let them have at it for the afternoon (with the promise of cookies and lemonade once they’ve finished. . .

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Adventures in Odyssey Adventure Club – join today for just $5!

Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)! When I was a child the music on the radio was not something that I desired to listen to (I’m still not into 80s/early 90s music…), so I ended up listening to Oldies and radio theatre. My favorite program was undeniably Adventures in Odyssey. I listened live on the radio and could quote the mailing address by heart and even wrote a letter to Connie back in the day… I still have set of cassette tapes that I’m really looking forward to sharing with my daughters (if only I could find a tape deck, eventually!). I also have a few CD sets that we’ve listened to from time to time. I’m really hoping as they get a little. . .

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We Choose Virtues – Parent Cards Review

I suppose it was about a year ago or so that several of the preschool blogs that I follow started talking about We Choose Virtues ~ (http://WeChooseVirtues.com) so when the opportunity popped up to review the Parenting Cards I was intrigued and delighted to do so. The thing about most of the reviews I have read is that I didn’t really understand the “how” in using the cards. I mean I saw pictures of them on display and got that they talked about them, but I didn’t really see more than that, so I was very curious to get them in hand and read the instructors guide (aka Teacher’s Handbook) to get a better idea for our own usage.  The set of cards we received are the NIrV version. Retails for $38.49. The NIrV/KJV Versions of Parenting Cards are Different: From the vendor: The KJV does offer only OT verses. We created it originally for our Jewish users who. . .

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What on Earth Can I Do? (What We Believe, #4) {Apologetics Curricula Review}

*This post is updated with my new format on May 3, 2015. My decision to homeschool started before my first child was born and one of the things that I have had on my wishlist ever since (just waiting for it to be appropriate) is the apologetics curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries ~ (http://Apologia.com). It is my blessing to have the opportunity to review the What on Earth Can I Do? curricula. In my experience, apologetics is something that should be a requirement of Christian education, but so often kids are left on their own to figure things out. Sure there is a bit of Sunday School that is give or take whether it is is more than just Bible stories, and you might find an incredible Bible study, but really getting into the nitty-gritty will help today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. Matching. . .

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Little Passports Sale: 40% Off Your First Month!

Little Passports Sale: 40% Off Your First Month!With school coming to an end and summer quickly approaching, we are all scampering to fill the calendar with activities and play-dates. Little Passports is here to help take the edge off all of that scheduling with their educational and fun activities by celebrating the end of the school year with an amazing deal: 40% off your first month of a new Little Passports Monthly Plan subscription using promo code: FUN40. This deal runs from Friday, 5/16 through Thursday, 5/22 11:59 PM EST. With the 40% discount applied, your first month will cost just $7.17 + shipping! This offer can not be combined with any other offer and can not be applied to previous purchases. The adventures of Sam and Sofia will be sure to keep your kids busy this summer while inspiring them to learn about the big beautiful world we live in! 

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Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014 Edition)

Can you believe it is already that time of year, to wrap up your school studies? If you are using a standard school year it is that time. Although if you use a calendar year, then it’s the time to pep up as you’re almost halfway there! Or if you school year-round you might be changing topics, taking a hiatus, or re-energizing to keep on trekking. Finally, there is another new-to-me option that your family might use in (the name slips my mind at the moment) schedule of 6-9 weeks on, break, on, break, and so on! Generally for us I think we use a school year start, and then naturally fall a bit into a (whatever that last one is called) schedule. However we let life get in the way as well as speed up and slow down as the material and skills lead us. We started the year with. . .

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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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ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 1 Review

Last year (or was it the year before?) when I was blessed to visit a local homeschool conference (there hasn’t been one within three hours since!) I remember my SisterL telling me to check out the ARTistic Pursuits booth. The program has been on my wish list since, and I was thus delighted to gain the opportunity to review the Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts (expanded and revised for 2013).

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(Some) Bob Books on Kindle for only $0.99!!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve seen a sale and really promoted it, but today I just discovered that some of the Bob Books sets are on sale in a Kindle format for ONLY $0.99! That’s amazing! I just downloaded the Rhyming Books, which is the only set we do not physically have right now and my learning-to-read-four-almost-five-year-old and she is diving in. Already working on Book 2! Woohoo!!

Bob Books: Rhyming Words

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CTC Math – Math Computer School

In the end of February you might remember when I reviewed a Science Computer School Program, well today I want to share with you about a Math Computer School Program in review. Another winner for our opinion! With a little bit of a repeat for an introduction to my review for CTC Math (12 Month Family Plan), I want to share with you that the idea of getting involved in “computer school” was a bit daunting for me. Most of what we do in school is from books and interaction. While I’m not opposed and definitely use videos and mp3s when appropriate as well as a plethora of sites for printables, the idea of sitting my girls down in front of a computer that they take charge of in a program is a good bit daunting. While I hear rave reviews of things such as Starfall and the like for. . .

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