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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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Light is All Around Us (Let’s Read and Find Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer

The latest Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out title encourages kids to learn all about light and how it helps us see. Just stop and take a look around—from sunlight to firelight to electric light, light brightens our world. Our bestselling and established contributors Wendy Pfeffer and Paul Meisel make this very important topic fun and exciting! Supporting the Common Core State Standards, the Find-Out-More section includes interactive experiments that kids can try at school and at home.

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Ok, let’s talk phonics readers

Do you have much experience with Beginning Readers or Phonics Readers? Via TWTM and my own childhood I’m familiar with BOB Books. Through Memoria Press I’m getting the recommendation for EPS readers, which I have not yet seen in person. Via SisterL I’ve gotten my hands on some old version BOB Books including a Set A2, Set B1, Set B2 and some Step into Reading Phonics readers. All between 8-12 booklets per set. Then through review products I’ve gotten my hands on My First BOB Books Alphabet, My First BOB Books Pre-Readers, and BOB Books Beginning Readers (blue box). Then… I had my SIL buy for me the Cosco sets available. So that got me a large combo version on the My First Readers, Collections 1, 2, & 3, and Sight Words (combo of K and 1st sets). The only one I don’t have that I don’t think is available. . .

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What do you mean it’s mid-March?

How on earth is it already mid-March? How in the world am I already 21 weeks preggo? I haven’t gotten anything done that I was planning to have pre-scheduled in January and now you’re telling me it’s almost April. How does that happen? *sigh* I’m going to dream about curriculum, that always helps. I did that last night you know. It was vibrant and educational. *snicker* I’ve been thinking, I need more blog posts, so how about more of me just “saying it how it is” posts, but you know moderated. Because well, I don’t necessarily know ‘you’ and I’m not sure what I’d say to your face rather than say to you know BestFriendK’s face, you know? Well that’s a ramble and I’ve probably already lost you. After all, it’s not like I could ever blog like Not Inadequate. I love her blog, it’s so real and always makes. . .

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Science4Us.com – Science Computer School

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 preschoolers I’ve always hesitated. So when I had the opportunity to come up to review Science4Us.com as well as KinderBach from the TOS Crew I jumped in, with trepidation. As you might have read yesterday, KinderBach did not quite work out for us as wonderfully as it might have… so as we were spending more time online I was concerned that a Science4Us.com Online. . .

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KinderBach – Online Piano Lessons (Ages 3-7)

This start of the year has been filled with new experiences for my children in the way of school. Something they had never had before was what we now call computer-school. The first introduction in computer-school for us is a review of KinderBach, or specifically The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner. We have been blessed with access for six months to the lessons. Overall the program is geared toward children in the range of ages 3-7, however I’m told that others find it does work well for children slightly above and below. Our goal was to use the program 3-4 times a week and see how it went. This is the first introduction either of my blossoms has had to piano lessons. AppleBlossom has been begging to learn to the piano for over a year now. We were blessed with a hand-me-down keyboard and delighted to jump. . .

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