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Sentence Diagramming (Critical Thinking Co.) {Review}

While quite often we use a full curriculum, every once in a while we really want to focus on something to firmly learn a skill. This is one of the things that I adore about The Critical Thinking Co.™ and I have found myself super excited about their brand new Sentence Diagramming: Beginning (Grades: 3-12+) book. We have been doing lesson after lesson and really enjoying ourselves as well as learning and firming our language art skills previously worked on in the past as well. For the purposes of this review, we received a 68-page paperback 8×11″ book with 12 lessons through out on a beginning level. I believe there will also be a next level 1 and level 2 books available soon if they are not already available. Last year, we worked with another of their language arts books featuring Fun-Time Phonics!. In this review period, there are other homeschool families. . .

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Christmas Comes to America (Unit Study) from Homeschool Legacy {Review}

  Last year, I discovered the wonder of Homeschool Legacy and the unit studies that Sharon has written to share with other parents in our own organization of teaching a particular topic in a great immersion for several weeks. Last year, from my time with The Forest for the Trees Homeschool Legacy unit-study I knew there was also a Lewis & Clark study, and this would be the perfect time to look into it! This year, we have actually been working on the Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7-weeks) as well as this review product Christmas Comes to America (4-weeks) Once-a-Week Unit Study. With the foundation of Homeschool Legacy’s Once-a-Week Unit Study Forest for the Trees I feel inspired about our learning possibilities and encouraged to run with enthusiasm to topics that inspire and delight. This feeling continues into my experiences with Christmas Comes to America as well! The joy. . .

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Middlebury Interactive Languages {Review} Elementary French

We have a busy school year. We are learning lots of subjects, but my students always want a bit more than I have time to teach. One subject that my oldest daughter really wants is the French language. It was providential timing that the Homeschool Review Crew participating in a review for Middlebury Interactive Languages. For our family, we have been blessed with access to review Elementary French 1: Grades K-2. My daughter who is the main student for this class is working mostly at a third grade level, but she is only seven years old and a complete novice at French. Add on to this the tag along of her Kindergarten sister, and this is the best course for our family. While browsing their website, I discovered that they not only have Elementary French for the primary grades, but levels of courses that go all the way up through. . .

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CrossTimber Personalized Gifts {Review}

While working on the Homeschool Review Crew, I have discovered that most of the time we are reviewing homeschool helps and curriculum. However, every once in a while there is something that is just perfect for gift giving season and comes from a family company that fits right in with the values of our home life oriented family. This year, we have been blessed to discover CrossTimber and specifically their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. Through out the process of making decisions, placing my order, and even with some alterations needed to be made the customer service was phenomenal. John of CrossTimber was completely on top of things. He is very informative and had answers to all of my questions and didn’t rest until we were completely satisfied with our purchase. Originally, I wanted to order a Name Meaning plaque for my son with his first and. . .

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Educeri (Lesson Plans) {Review}

Some days my mama-teaching brain just doesn’t want to function, but was have got to get some learning accomplished. In my opinion, that is the best time to bring out the Educeri website! Educeri …….  Educeri a division of DataWORKS is an online website full of lesson plans and lessons. In a school setting, I image they would set up well with a whiteboard program. At home, they are a great supplement, but I bet you could plan around them as well. For the purposes of our review with the Homeschool Review Crew we have been granted 12 months to the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service. The subscription is open-ended as in it is good for K-12 grades and all lessons, not just a certain range! Because we came into this already into the school year, we are set for the most part with certain subjects, so I chose to use. . .

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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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Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting (Everyday Education) {Review}

  For over the past three years working with the Homeschool Review Crew, one of my favorite things is getting to review products on my wishlist. Another one of my favorite things is discovering companies and products of which I was not yet familiar that I find are delightful for my homeschool and I cannot wait to recommend them to others. Today, I get to introduce you to Everyday Education, LLC from where we were blessed to receive a digital version of their product Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting. A writing program for handwriting that is appropriate for either an elementary student or one of any age for remedial practice, even adults!   The Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting program includes 60 step-by-step lessons and is completely phonics-based using an italic handwriting technique. The program itself is available as an eBook which I was given but also as a print perfect bound, consumable 8.5 X 11″ book or. . .

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Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions {Review}

Within the last few years, a really amazing company I discovered is Heirloom Audio Productions. Right now, they are designing an audio theatre series based on the adventures of G.A. Henty novels. We love using audio books, and audio theatre to enhance our studies and this years option for review was perfect timing as we are wrapping up our Egyptian study series. I was absolutely blessed to receive for review an Audio CD copy of The Cat of Bubastes  and a download of extras including a Study Guide, Soundtrack, MP3 of the material from the CD and more. At home, we have listened to the CD in our living room while working on other activities. We have added it to our three hour Wednesday drive and listened more than once. We have also listened to it again while headed to Ballet & Lyrical lessons as well as to the library when checking out. . .

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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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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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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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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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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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