• Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program (Spencer Learning) {Review}

As I have added more children to my homeschool routine, I have discovered that each student is a different learner. Right now I have a very advanced young third grader, and a five-year-old kindergartener just on the very beginning of her adventure to learn how to read. Thus, it was perfect timing to discover Spencer Learning and their Ultimate Phonics Reading Program and try it out with my younger daughter. The Ultimate Phonics Reading Program is a downloadable software. For our purposes, we downloaded this program to my personal iMac computer running iOS El Capitan. We have had no technical issues to remark of. When we open the program and click on fill screen, or full screen, I love how it is the same size as it was before I clicked the button, but it just blacks-out the background and removes all distraction while you are working on the phonics lesson. This. . .

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Email for Kids from KidsEmail.org {Review}

After my daughter became a proficient reader and speller I decided to try to open an email account for her. I look at several different options and finally settled on one program and it was great for a while until changes were made, thus recently I have started looking again. Blessed be the timing that the Homeschool Review Crew had an opportunity to review an Annual Subscription from KidsEmail.org !   Our purposes in having an email address for my children is primarily for communication with their grandparents and other family and select friends. Using KidsEmail.org, I have set up email accounts for each of my three children. My toddler has not used his, my 5-year-old has drawn pictures and sent them to Grandmama, and my 7-year-old is communicating with the world! Nah, truthfully she is emailing her grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and a few of mama’s friends with one friend of. . .

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Getting Started with French {Review}

When I was in high school I took French language lessons. I took Spanish too, but French was where my heart was at. This is the year where I am so delighted to start teaching my girls, but especially my oldest the French Language. One of the materials we are spending time with is Getting Started with French from Armfield Academic Press. From what we have seen so far this seems to be a great gentle introduction to learning the French language for any age. When I first started going through the book I got a very familiar vibe with a particular English grammar curriculum I’ve used in the past. Scripted, day by day, one page per day and minimum tasks at a time. It was a good feeling. For the purposes of this review, we received an approximately 8×11″ perfect bound paperback book with a vibrant blue and red cover. However, there. . .

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The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today on DVD!

**Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**  We are not much of a live television family, however we do love our DVDs and especially children’s movies. Last week we added a new fairy tale to our selection. My Princess could not be more thrilled, and AppleBlossom the superhero girl is delighted as well. Goodness, even the Rascal and Enginerd enjoyed watching this one! About The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment! In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail,Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy. . .

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Apologia Astronomy, 2nd ed. {Review}

  Ever since the very beginning of my homeschooling journey, including the years before my first child was born I knew that I would be pursuing a teacher/book relationship with the Apologia Exploring Creation series from Apologia Educational Ministries  ~  (http://www.apologia.com/). As my oldest daughter got closer to the age where I felt she would really comprehend the texts I found myself excited and started collecting the entire series. Last year, we started studying Astronomy with the first edition book from Apologia. My daughter was working at her own pace through the junior notebooking journal and her little sister was always begging to color pages too. When the review slot for Apologia came around I jumped and begged and pleaded to be included in this review, and by the blessing of the crew and Apologia we were sent Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition in all it’s glory!  What is it? For the. . .

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Logic of English: Essentials 2nd Edition, Volume 1 {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Essentials 2nd Edition

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website. (Affiliate link) Reposted on CreativeMadnessMama.com with permission and images added. It’s here! Starting in Spring 2016, it is finally here, the NEW Logic of English Essentials 2nd Edition in a complete set for Volume 1 with a second volume to come in the next year. This complete set includes: Essentials Teacher’s Guide, 2nd ed., Volume 1 Essentials Student Workbook, 2nd ed., Volume 1 Spelling Journal (one per student) Basic Phonogram Flash Cards Spelling Rule Flash Cards Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards Grammar Flash Cards Morpheme Flash Cards, Set 1 Two sets of Phonogram Game Cards – Bookface and handwriting Phonogram Game Tiles Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference Spelling Analysis Card The Essentials Reader – Digital Version Teachers Guide: Companion to the Essentials Reader – PDF Student Activity Book: Companion to the Essentials Reader – PDF   The complete set includes all of the components required to. . .

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CTC Math Online Maths Tutor {Review, 3rd year}

In 2014 we were introduced to CTCMath and discovered the benefit to an online school program and the joy that can be found with such an addition to our homeschool day. CTCMath has been renewed in our homeschool going on our third year, and we are reviewing this one-year subscription to CTCMath Homeschool Membership thanks to our participation with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. What a blessing this is! CTCMath is an online math program. We successfully use it on my iMac desktop, Linux-based Ubuntu laptop running a moderated Chrome browser, iPad1, iPad2 both in the Safari browser with little to no issue. We’ve enjoyed it in years past, and this year my turning-five-years-old-next-week daughter is really getting the benefit of the program as well! We use the program daily during the weekday and sometimes on weekends as well. The girls are both eager to work with CTCMath and consider it a reward. . .

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Price of Privilege Trilogy by Jessica Dotta {Review}

It is hard to believe that it was actually a few years ago when I first read Born of Persuasion, the first in the Price of Privilege Trilogy by Jessica Dotta. I craved every page turn and enjoyed the entire novel from beginning to end. While it happened into my reading scheduled during a tough season in my life, I adored the novel. Being transported back to 1838 I was able to spend a few days captivated into a story filled with mystery of the past and secrets. This is completely an Austin meets Bronte novel that would appeal to many readers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and dive into the rest of the series. The next novel in the trilogy is the Mark of Distinction. I read part of this one and listened to the rest as an audiobook and it was again enchanting and entertaining with each new. . .

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ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook (Online) {Review}

The ABeCeDarian Company has introduced an interactive version of their materials.  We have the opportunity to review their ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook. This is an online product and we attempted to use it on a 2nd generation iPad. This is not a “set it up and walk away” while your kid interacts with the program application. The ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook absolutely requires the interaction of a guiding teaching through the use of the program. This is not self-correcting. It is an interactive electronic tool for teaching and working through the ABeCeDarian program, specifically for Workbook A in our instance. We did not enjoy our experience with the electronic version of the program. However going through the Teacher’s Guide, I fully believe that this is an incredible program when used properly. I think the physical program would be awesome, and have heard that it is as well. I believe that the interactive electronic online app version has. . .

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My School Year (Online Homeschool Record Keeping) {Review}

Recently, we have been using My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from MySchoolYear.com to plan and track our school work. Thanks to the blessings of the TOS Crew, select reviewers will receive an Annual Membership. I have enjoyed organizing our lessons for the summer months and look forward to continuing to see what this program can do for us in the year to come.  My School Year is an incredible tool for homeschool organization. It has more features than I have the time to utilize as I try to be a pen and paper person, but if I had more time to commit to the program and sitting at the computer I would be so organized! This program has pretty charts, email reminders, capibilities to create transcripts and report cards. There are places for putting in graded assignments, attendance tracking, and scheduling of everything dealing with your school age student.. . .

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LearnBop for Families (Online Math) {Review}

My daughter enjoys math but can use all the math practice she can get, so we were excited to get a 12 month subscription to LearnBop for Families from LearnBop!   Before chaos ensued around here we were participants in a review for the Prepaid version (12 month subscription) for either the Single Student Plan, or the Family Plan (access for up to four students). At first we leaned toward the Family Plan, but then I realized this particular product starts in Grade 3, so we used it solely with AppleBlossom. She is almost seven and has started third grade material as of this summer. This is an online subscription. While she has accessed it via our Linux Ubuntu laptop running through Google Chrome moderated browser, for the most part I have her use the program using our iPad2 in the Puffin browser. Why do we use it? It helps me learn a. . .

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Veritas Press Self-Paced Online Bible Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings {Review}

It is no secret that the Creative Madness Mama family is a really big fan of the Veritas Press company. These past few weeks many families of the TOS Review Crew have spent time reviewing different products including the Self-Paced Bible with three review options for the crew including the following: Old Testament 1: Genesis to Joshua Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings New Testament 1: The Gospels We are reviewing Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings for the crew review and continuing it for our 2016-2017 school year for my entering third-grade daughter (she will turn seven-years-old during the summer months). The other product for the crew reviews is a one-year family subscription to VeritasBible.com. Just out of love for the products you can also find another review of Old Testament 1: Genesis to Joshua on Creative Madness Mama as well. I also encourage you to check out the other crew reviews for the. . .

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Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide (Progeny Press) {Review}

We are absolutely a book reading and book story tale loving family. When it comes to school every once in a while I enjoy the hand holding a comprehension guide can provide such as those from Progeny Press. We have been blessed this summer with the Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide from their Lower Elementary (K-3) selections of study guides to work through with AppleBlossom. At this time she is six years old and has just finished her second grade curriculum. She will turn seven in this summer. We received a PDF study guide and I printed off all of chapter one, and then select pages from chapters there on out for the purposes of this review. Right now we are finishing up studying Ancient Egyptian history and moving into Greece and Rome. We have not yet started on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. However, for this review, I thought she would. . .

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Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017

  The Old Schoolhouse  ~  (http://www.theoldschoolhouse.com/shop/) has released the newest printed version of the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 in perfect timing to start organizing my ideas for the new school year. Hey Mama! How are you? As a homeschooling mama, you know we all need that kinship from time to time, and how about a planner that gets it? Years ago, I discovered the planners from The Old Schoolhouse that I have printed and bound year after year. A few years ago, they introduced my favorite planner, the Hey Mama! planner. This planner gets me. (All I need is a blogger version. *smk*) Year after year I keep trying to use digital planner, maybe the print weekly ones, but so many times it is my preference to reach for this well done physical planner. The 2016-2017 Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planer is a physical 8×11 spiral bound planner. The planner is dated from. . .

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Essential Skills Advantage (Self-Paced Online Multi-Subject Learning) {Review}

This year we have been introduced to many new things, but easily my children’s voted favorite is Essential Skills Advantage ~ (https://learnwithesa.com/) and their product, the Complete Home Learning Suite. We are whole heartedly enjoying our time with ESA! At first it took me a little while to learn the navigation and point things out to the girls, but once we got set… they were on a roll and requesting it daily! (More school please!)  Thanks to the blessings of reviewing with the TOS Crew, we were granted a one-year online subscription for two students. I chose to enroll both AppleBlossom, my 6-year-old almost-finished-with-second-grader and her sister the Princess, my 4-year-old attention span of a butterfly “spirited” child for the practice. Both girls have access to the entire program from their logins.   The Princess uses ESA mostly on a 3rd generation iPad with my strict supervision. This is not the device I prefer. . .

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Science Shepherd (Self-Paced Online) {Review}

Lately, I have truly discovered the joy in self-paced online courses. We have experienced history, Bible, and latin. Now I can add science! I am truly excited about this. Today, I have the opportunity to tell you about Science Shepherd  ~  (http://www.scienceshepherd.com/) where my second grade (six and a half-year-old daughter) is working her way through Introductory Science. In a complete science curriculum, Introductory Science covers the topics starting with Creation, and moving on to Science Skills and Equipment and on to topics of Earth Science and Life Science including through geology, biology, astronomy, oceanography, meteorolgy, plants and much more! This course, Introductory Science is intended to be used five days per week for a total of 35 weeks. For the purposes of review, we received access to 12-months of daily on-demand video lessons as well as a Level A consumable spiral workbook and Answer Key to go along with the complete science curriculum. . .

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