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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The Conversation by Leigh A. Bortins {Review}

The Conversation Reviewed

If you’ve been reading Creative Madness Mama this week you might have noticed that I recently read and short reviewed The Core. I decided to go back and read The Core after my experience and delight with The Conversation. We are, for the most part, a Classical Christian Educating family. A couple of years ago when a conference came to Memphis I was able to discover Classical Conversations  ~  (http://www.ClassicalConversations.com) where I was introduced to their methodology for those studying at home. At that time my daughter was just starting Junior Kindergarten so I wasn’t quite ready to absorb all of the information. Yet since we have enjoyed their Classical Acts & Facts History and Science Cards and plan to get more as the appropriate topics arise. In the years since I have read every book I can get my hands on, on the Classical Christian Education methodology. Thus, when. . .

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Funtastic Unit Studies {Review}

In the last few months we have discovered the wonder of unit studies and it has been delightful. Now I have had the opportunity to be introduced to a different author and program in Funtastic Unit Studies  ~  (http://FuntasticUnitStudies.com/). When I first discovered I would be give the opportunity to review the physical book Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers, I was intrigued as to what I would receive. The first thing I did was go and download some free samples and unit studies (see the bottom of this post). For the purposes of this review we were expected to use on unit study from the book which should take about two weeks of work. For us it took about three, but it was a neat experience. Right now my daughter is loving science and has been begging left and right to increase our library, both with some read. . .

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The Core by Leigh A. Bortins {Review}

I’ve been very eager to get my hands on this book. I’ve never seen it on a good sale so I’ve always told myself, maybe later. Then I discovered the library had it, so I figured I’d pursue it there. This morning when I was headed to pick it up from the holds desk a friend listed it for sale on-line and I got very excited. I decided to borrow it from the library anyway just to see how excited I could get. Well, I’m not excited anymore. I read The Conversation last week for review and knew I wanted to read The Core. (Think Core = Elementary, Question = middle, and Conversation = high school) I really enjoyed ‘The Conversation’ but I wasn’t enthralled with The Core. It has the argument of what and why I’m doing what I am. But it doesn’t have the meat that I was. . .

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Before Amen by Max Lucado {Review}

Before Amen and Before Amen Prayer Journal. These last few weeks at my church in the Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study, we’ve been reading together through ‘Before Amen’ by Max Lucado. Let me tell you, I adore Max’s writing, it always touches my heart and soul. Last year I endured through Ann Voskamp’s ‘One Thousand Gifts’ and this year it was ‘Before Amen’. Boy… Max and Ann really know how to grab your heart strings! While I purchased the ‘Before Amen’ book from the church to go with the study, I was blessed to get my hands on the ‘Before Amen Prayer Journal’ from the publisher as well as a gift of some key fobs. What a wonderful gift! I gave out the key fobs to everyone in our class and it was a perfect number, God planned ‘eh? Max has come up with a miniature prayer to get the. . .

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The Creation Story for Children from Master Books {Review}

The Creation Story for Children {Review} from @CherryBlossomMJ

Purchase Answers in Genesis’ most popular resources at great sale prices— shop today! I’ve found myself a fan of Master Books and Memoria Press’ new Simply Classical Curriculum. This book has made it on the list of required books for the Simply Classical Level 1 Curriculum a Special-Needs equivalent for 1st Grade. The Simply Classical program is where I found this book, but it is a great one that all children on any spectrum can enjoy. The Creation Story for Children is really three books in one. The first 15 pages are The Story of Creation for Children, pp. 26-31 are pages with details about God’s Amazing Creatures with details and talking points for discussion with children, and pp. 32-39 are pages that divide up the 139 Psalm with illustrations. While this is a new recommendation to me, this is not actually a new book. Originally copyright 2000 and more. . .

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The Secret Life of Trees (DK Eyewitness Readers: Level 2 Beginning to Read Alone)

Secret Trees

Very informative. Discussion on tree heights and even I was delighted with the new knowledge of tree roots going as far as the tree is high. More talk of leaves and throughout the seasons as well. In this little non fiction science reader we get tree identification, anatomy, life span, and the uses of trees. This is a wealth of information for the young learner.

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part I}

CMM CCC-K

2013-2014 was our K4 year and our main curriculum has been the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. (I cannot believe we are already halfway through the next year, these memories seem like yesterday!!) These Lesson Plans are written out for one year. At this point we are within a handful of weeks to completetion, possibly days. This year follows our K3 year with the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten and prior to that Tot School with various preschool printables and Sonlight P3/4. Please head back to read my several part review on the Memoria Press JrK Curriculum if you’re interested. JrK is written as a 2-day week for 33 weeks, recommended for the general 4-5 year old range. Also, for your information and a side note, Memoria Press is in the process of releasing a leveled pre-JrK program designed for special needs. The plan, to my knowledge, is “to unveil. . .

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Preschoolers and Peace by Kendra Fletcher

I can hardly believe that my first year is nearly over with my participation with the TOS Review Crew. I have been introduced to some amazing products so far. Today’s review is an eBook that is perfectly appropriate for my beginning journey into the homeschooling world, Preschoolers and Peace ~ (http://PreschoolersandPeace.com/). When AppleBlossom was my only student, things were fairly like clockwork. OrangeBlossom was around, but more on the lap or playing on her own. Now that OrangeBlossom has reached the same age as AppleBlossom was when she started school, but is not quite ready to “sit down” and is doing much better with creative play and learning things have gotten interesting. Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet (e-book) is a good bit of advice and while perfect for my situation, it would be good for mamas of older students. . .

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Thoughts on the things with bookmarks…

This is a different type of post for me. Often I have a desire to write a wrap up post for the month, but it just doesn’t happen. It seems like things just keep getting away from me and craziness sets in and there are so many things I want to share with you. So I’ve decided (in the last split second) that perhaps I will have some more “thoughts” posts in addition to my full polished reviews. Here is one… Right now I have bookmarks in a lot of things (isn’t that normal?!?!) and hopefully I’ll get a good many things reviewed and shared over the next few months. The original plan was to take December and January off from blogging, but with the surgeries, sicknesses, miscarriage, and most recent head cold I’ve already taken enough breaks for now and want to try to use some of this time. . .

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