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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Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich {Review}

#backtoschool Twindergarten

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Now is the time to pull out all those new books for introducing the kiddos to school. While it is true that in our family we homeschool, Twindergarten is still an adorable read with lots of good messages within. This would make a great open house book or gift for a new Kinder or 1st grade student that is heading off to school or a different environment for the first time. Twindergarten is an attractively illustrated short story picture book about a pair of boy/girl twins as they head off to school and to different classes for the first time in their lives to be separated from each other. It is new, exciting, terrifying, and awesome. There is some repetition in the text and it is a fairly easy read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.  

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The Princess and the Frogs (Children’s Book) by Veronia Bartles {Review}

The Princess and the Frogs

  This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles’ writing is witty and Sara Palacios’ illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves. View all my reviews

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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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Unveiling the Kings of Israel by David Down {Review}

    Purchase Answers in Genesis’ most popular resources at great sale prices— shop today! In the beginning of February, I told you about an awesome book from Answers in Genesis that made me really want to get this one too! If you missed that review, make sure to check back and read about Unwrapping the Pharaohs (review) as well. Many years now, I have slowly been collecting books for our studies. After all, I have known that I wanted to teach Classical Christian Education since my AppleBlossom was just a thought and now our studies for Ancient Egypt are finally here and we use these resources daily. At first, I found myself confused as I was just going on memory and thought that indeed Unwrapping the Pharaohs and Unveiling the Kings of Israel were, in fact, one book until I started writing out my lists and then I was shocked to discover. . .

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Logic of English: Foundations, Level D (Science of Reading) {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Logic of English Foundations Level D #hsreviews #phonics #spelling #strugglingreaders @LogicofEnglish

I think that it is an easy statement to say that one of my favorite product reviews that I have been introduced to through the blessing of participating in the TOS Crew is from Logic of English ~ (https://www.logicofenglish.com/) and today that blessings has continued in the form of the latest level of their primary school program in Foundations Level D. Link back to Foundations A and you can read my extremely verbose post on our original thoughts about LOE Foundations. We still love “Dragon Phonics”!   When we started using LOE Foundations, I got the full kit including the supplemental Doodling Dragons book and iOS phonogram app. You can read more about those in my previous post. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive what is knowing as the Continuing package which included the Level D Teacher’s Guide, Student Workbook, Flash Cards, and more.   The Logic of English Foundations program is. . .

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The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone {Review}

The Monkey and the Crocodile

  During the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Second Grade one of the read aloud book choices is The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone. Discussion questions and enrichment materials for this book are included in the Memoria Press Enrichment Guide for Second Grade. I love the Memoria Press Enrichment Guides!! They make a great mini unit study. Week four is on this vintage picture book and other recommended reads include Let’s Read and Find Out In the Rainforest, Amazing Animals: Monkeys, The Cat in the Hat Learning Library: Safari, So Good! We also went ahead and watched the Magic School Bus episode on the rainforest, where the kids go on a cocoa pods mystery hunt on disc 6 of the Magic School Bus DVD Collection as well. And, as per currently fascination, my six-year-old daughter AppleBlossom filled me in on all the details about the Magic Tree House book Afternoon on. . .

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Faith Builders Bible from Zonderkidz {Review}

Zonderkidz ~ (http://www.zondervan.com/children) is not a new name for you to experience at Creative Madness Mama. Today, I get to tell you about one of their newest kiddo Bibles, the Faith Builders Bible. This is a hardcover, jacketless Bible, perfect for your brick building, no matter the brand of brick minded child! When this Bible arrived I was unsure who was the most excited. While we are still working with Duplo Legos in our family and haven’t really moved up to the standard size building bricks – I was concerned at first that I might have to go buy some to be able to get the most out of an experience with the pages and inspiration from this Faith Builders Bible, but I was so pleased to find there was plenty of inspiration to be had, even with the toddler-sized building blogs.  We have a plethora of children and youth Bibles, but. . .

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The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg {Review}

The Legend of the Easter Egg

Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of a Favorite Easter Tradition Already we know that we love Richard Cowdrey’s illustrations, and he did a great job with his version of Dandi Daley Mackall’s The Legend of the Easter Robin and now an equally great job of Lori Walburg’s The Legend of the Easter Egg. This is a beautifully done glittery cover! The Legend of the Easter Robin illustrated by Richard Cowdrey includes beautiful full-page full-color illustrations that tell a historical and traditional tale for Easter time. Carrying over characters from other Lori Walburg Legends of stories, this book shows a perspective from a little boy with an ill sister with scarlet fever. In this story, the tale of resurrection is told through the curiosity of a little boy and beautiful images as he learns to pray, prays and hopes for health for his sister and for Easter to come. There are also dyed eggs. . .

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Royal Easter Story (The Princess Parables) by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson {Review}

A Royal Easter Story picture book

From the popular Princess Parables series, an Easter story perfect for girls 4-8.   My 4-year-old Princess loves the Princess Parables series. She doesn’t have a favorite, but she loves to read the books featuring each sister again and again. We love the picture books and the I Can Read! early readers also. Thus, this year, we are very thrilled to add another book to this series with A Royal Easter Story that tells a tale of tradition, of those lost that can be found on Easter and of how Jesus is available for all who Ask, Seek, and Knock. Featuring teaching of Luke 11:9-13 this is a perfect princess themed story to get even the Princess child involved. Gotta love that glittery cover!   The most recent in the Princess Parables is in out Easter Book List! Check the blog for a review. #princess #easter #book A photo posted by. . .

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The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall {Review}

The Legend of the Easter Robin

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, renews the wonder and charm of the timeless tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter. We are very fond of Richard Cowdrey and his illustrations from our adventures with Marley the dog and his mischief. Over the last few years, I have really delighted in collecting holiday legends and stories told by Dandi Daley Mackall – the latest of these being The Legend of the Easter Robin. My children need to know that the Lenten and Easter season is about more than just eggs and a bunny. Just as the Advent and Christmas season is about more than Santa Claus and peppermint candy canes. The day that this book arrived, I did not get it hidden fast enough to save it for a surprise. . .

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Unwrapping the Pharaohs by John Ashton & David Down {Review}

Unwrapping the Pharaohs

Secular textbooks and videos discredit the biblical account of Exodus. Those who wish to defend the accuracy of the Bible now have an incredible tool—this book provides compelling confirmation of the biblical account. (90-minute DVD included.)

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Frankencrayon by Michael Hall {Review}

Frankencrayon

Frankencrayon has made his day! When I see a new book from Michael Hall, I know a few things. I know that is going to be ridiculously silly and fun and full on educational. He definitely does not disappoint with his latest January 2016 release in Frankencrayon. These are the type of books that I love to give my preschool and primary grade level kiddos. I love to see their imaginations spark as they think, hmm, maybe I can do something like this! I truly enjoy how his plot line is interesting enough to entertain the adults, yet thrilling enough to tickle the fancy of any child. There are lots of emotions in this one, but fun to discuss and keep in check!    

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Another book on the girl’s shelf!

Last night AppleBlossom finished reading {aff} The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. It is the first in the Egyptian contemporary mythological godlings series (much like Percy Jackson is from his Greek series for those who are familiar with the film if not the books). We had been reading it together. She to me, and I to her. But she became impatient and at night has surpassed me by ten chapters and completed the book! She now knows what the sibling team of Carter and Sadie Kane are up to and I have to rush to catch up.

This was an odd circumstance as we have both a hardcover copy and a Kindle copy. So she’s been mostly reading on the Kindle. FYI… AppleBlossom is 6 years old, 6.5 really and working at a mostly second grade level. When she is reading on the Kindle she is un-phased by the size of a book and just wants more. The physical book being a 400+ pages thick freaks her out.

Last night she finished and asked if we owned the next book in the series, Throne of Fire. We didn’t and she was very disappointed and asked if we could buy it from the Kindle library. I told her I would see. Usually, I try to purchase books when they are $3 or less, but she was so disappointed and had just finished a huge book (for her!) by herself! So we jumped for it.

You would think it was Christmas with the excitement that, that girl carried on with such enthusiasm! Now she’s off on a new adventure. At least with it as a Kindle book, I can download it on my profile and try to catch up to her in my “free time” in the Kane Chronicles.