Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set (Memoria Press) {Review}

Do you even have to ask to know that this Creative Madness Mama absolutely adores materials from the people behind Memoria Press? In addition to teaching my own children on their level, I am also slowly working myself through the upper levels of material in continuing my own Classical Christian Education. Right now, I am delighted to have started a portion of the eighth grade Classical History curriculum. Thanks to the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, I am able to review Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set, a set of The Iliad & The Odyssey curriculum from Memoria Press which makes up the plans for Classical History in the second semester of a planned eighth grade year. What is in the complete set? Our box arrived, and knowing the Memoria Press logo, my third grade daughter was ecstatic. We opened it up and while I was trying to explain to her. . .

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A Family Arrangement (Christmas Historical) by Gabrielle Meyer {Review}

Christmas read

  On December 6th, a brand new Christmas story releases retelling the story of the founding family of a town known as Little Falls in Minnesota taking place around the year 1854. This is a time period that I love to read and immerse myself in, because it varies so much from location to location, from frontier wilderness to Victorian opalescence to Southern Antebellum. This is my first Christmas read of the year and it was an excellent choice for me and I enjoyed every minute in my reading this story. I cried, I sighed, I giggled, and I got mad. This is my first read from Gabrielle Meyer and it will not be my last. I was blessed to meet Gabrielle in person in August and loved her as a person and couldn’t wait to read her writing. I will definitely have to go back to read her other. . .

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If You Were Me and Lived in… by Carole P. Roman {Review}

As you may have noticed, I am a book review blogger through and through. We are also a classical and living books homeschool family and love to read and enhance our learning topics by reading more and further on a topic. The variety of books, from Carole P. Roman, are right on target for what we need. For the purposes of this review for the Homeschool Review Crew, we were sent four books to use in our homeschool from a series, If You Were Me and Lived in… brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com. We also have since bought others on Amazon Kindle as well. *Within the rest of this post you will find Amazon affiliate links. The use of my links will not affect your prices but will bless my family. Thank you for your using them!* If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations. . .

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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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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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D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths (Memoria Press) {Review}

Memoria Press D'Aulaires' Greek Myths Set

Memoria Press  ~  (http://www.memoriapress.com/) is a long-standing favorite of the Creative Madness Mama homeschooling household. Most recently we have been blessed by the TOS Crew to review their very popular D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set which includes a consumable Student Guide, non-consumable Teacher’s Guide, and cardstock Flashcards. To enhance our studies even more we also bought the Audio version of the book, and thus have read it and listened to it multiple times now.  Normally, each year I share a review of the entire Classical Core Curriculum from Memoria Press and the D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set can most easily be found within the Memoria Press Third Grade Classical Core Curriculum in both their new standard as well as their Accelerated Core. (Whether I will be able to review the rest of the core, is still pending.) We thoroughly enjoyed using Junior Kindergarten, as well as, Kindergarten, and First Grade, and Second Grade in the. . .

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Bride of a Distant Isle (Daughters of Hampshire) by Sandra Byrd {Review}

Bride of a Distant Isle

Last year, I found myself captivated by the writing in ‘s first book in the new Daughter of Hampshire series. I knew from reading that one as well as others in the past of Sandra’s historicals that I needed to plan some time. When I read Sandra’s books I’m not satisfied with a few minutes and done. I want to sit and pour in the details and get enveloped within the story. I have found that to be completely true once again with this latest book, Bride of a Distant Isle. Intrigue, friendship, romance, hardship, pride, adventure, feminist independence, and gentlemanly flirtations all reside within these pages.  In addition to these first two books, a third in the series, A Lady in Disguise is tentatively scheduled to publish in 2017 and I can already tell you that I eagerly await that next release as well!

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Well-Ordered Language: The Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar (WOL) {Review}

Well-Ordered Language Student Edition

*After reading my review, you might want to check out the free homeschool guide for adapting the current version of WOL. You might recognize my words. 😉 Have you pondered over the Course Plan of Study in the front of the Classical Academic Press catalog and wondered what you should do for your grammar study? Sure, you could do that repetitive scripted wonderfully hand-holding one, or you could immerse yourself in the jingle heavy one that is confusing to get started. Why couldn’t CAP just have their own program to fill the grammar gap? Oh, wait they will! WOL or rather the Well-Ordered Language is the Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar and it will be available God-permitting in the mid-spring! WOL is a set of two 8×11” books with each one covering one-semester. There is a Teacher’s Edition and a Student Edition. The Teacher’s Edition is a reprint of the. . .

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Volcano Experiement & Books for Kids – hello fun!

National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes

We haven’t spent a whole lot of time on volcanoes. But they have come up as an interest piece that we have researched a little bit. I mean AppleBlossom has read Pompeii: Buried Alive! many a time. The Enginerd has made a few baking soda and vinegar eruptions on demand. We also have been known to be found on the floor immersed in reading Magic School Bus Presents: Volcanoes and Earthquakes as well as National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes and others.   This level four early reader is one that I’ve seen on nearly all the lists for a recommended read. As soon as AppleBlossom was set free on an adventure of self-reading this was one that she read again and again recounting the adventure and fear that those people must have endured! This reader didn’t scare her with the tale, but filled her with a thirst for more.   While mamas can definitely enjoy books. . .

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The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully {Review}

The Ballot Box Battle

It was actually last week that we read this book but I kept forgetting to sit down and write a review for you! This is a book that I picked up on a whim after a glance at a local used bookstore before it closed. The Ballot Box Battle is a story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a long-term supporter of the idea of women’s rights, especially the right to vote. Right now we are working on an Elections unit study from Homeschool in the Woods and I dug this out of our bookshelf thinking that it would make a good read aloud to go with the theme, and it was a perfect choice! In this story a young girl who wants to learn to ride horses and stand up to the local boys including her brother goes to a neighbor, Ms. Stanton for lessons and advice. This was an attractively. . .

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The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time) by Pepper D. Basham

The Thorn Bearer

Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. Last fall you may have seen other bloggers on the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance participate in a blog tour for the first in a long-awaited novel from author Pepper D. Basham. I signed up for the tour, but through a glitch it was an extended period of time before I got my hands on a copy of the book, but at long last it arrived. (You can also get it on Kindle for less than $4 last I checked!) If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE. and Coming Soon!

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas by Jan & Mike Berenstain {Review}

Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas

A Christmas story from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series. We love Berenstain Bears, especially those in the Living Lights series from Zondervan by Mike Berenstain. These have quickly become our favorites. The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas is an 8×8 paperback perfect for a quick read during the Christmas season. As the cubs settle down with Papa to hear the story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, so to your little one can read the excitement of the cubs and learn the story as well. A good one to read again and again. It will be going in our seasonal Christmas box of books, for sure! View all my reviews

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Fun-Time Phonics! from Critical Thinking Co. {Review}

Throughout the last few years as I’ve learned more and more about the various options of homeschool companies I have often had my eye on products from The Critical Thinking Co. ~ (http://www.CriticalThinking.com/) and placing many things on my wishlist. Through the TOS Crew I was blessed with an opportunity to check out one of their newest products in the physical book Fun-Time Phonics!  (Gr. PreK-2). We were all very excited and the intent was to refresh with AppleBlossom (age 6) and start the basics with OrangeBlossom (age 4). We spent time in the book about 3-4 times per week. Fun-Time Phonics! is an 8×11″ non-consumable full-color 320-page book. It not like any other phonics book that we have been exposed to and was a different experience. I love how I can look down and find the book easily in my bag as even the edges of the pages are a pale blue that. . .

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum {Review}

  We are still in the earliest years of math education in our homeschool and I want to make sure that math remains a favored subject and not a dreaded one. Thus when I heard about Ann McCallum’s Eat Your Math Homework I was intrigued and excited about the possibility of adding such a book to our homeschool set up. We are enjoying living books with a math theme and I think an activity book for math will definitely excite my little people. Especially a recipe book will make my six-year-old second grader excited as she is just starting to really be able to help out in the kitchen. For the purposes of this review I received an autographed paperback copy of the book. It is my understanding that Ann McCallum Books ~ (http://AnnMcCallumBooks.com/) doesn’t just stop with math, but also has Eat Your _____ Homework books for History and Science as. . .

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Hope Crossing: The Complete Ada’s House Trilogy {Review}

I’m reading Hope Crossing, which is a 3-in-1 novel omnibus that includes the entire Ada’s House trilogy. I love omnibus trilogies. This is not my first, as I also own Cindy’s Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy as one as well. The Christmas in Apple Ridge collection of Christmas set stories is also one as well. Cindy Woodsmall is my go-to Amish Fiction for contemporary stories author. I love her writing. She is so good at grabbing my interest and holding me there. Her stories linger with you and give you a hunger and thirst for reading more. While I didn’t love The Hope of Refuge, I find that to be more due to the circumstances surrounding the lives of the characters and the down right aggravating features of certain antagonists that are very antagonistic! Yet don’t let me make you think this is a poor book because it’s not. The main. . .

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When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke {Review}

When Calls the Heart

This is my first experience with Janette Oke, which had a lot riding on it because of the recommendations from my sister-in-law as well as the making of the movies, etc. I was pleased. It was a quick and enjoyable read. At first I did not like how it was written as a Dear so-and-so letter perspective, but I think that it works well, as if it is Elizabeth telling you the story, as to children or a friend. Love, patience, and waiting for God’s will not your own are very valuable lessons learned here, as well as to get out of your comfort zone to see what he has in store for you. I look forward to the rest of the series and then others.

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