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Reading Kingdom Online {Review}

Reading Kingdom App Review

The other week I brought up how there are so many different options for teaching your littles how to read and asked what you are using. Right now we are using a very neat program from Reading Kingdom ~ (http://www.ReadingKingdom.com). This is entirely new to me, but I believe it has toured with the TOS Review Crew in years past. I was very excited to be chosen and my girls, for the most part, are eager to participate.  I want to go ahead and tell you if you join using my referral link I’ll get ONE MONTH added on to my subscription for FREE. This is that link! Reading Kingdom Online specializes in teaching six areas of reading including Phonics (Sounds), Sequencing, Writing, Meaning, Grammar, and Comprehension. For the purposes of this review, we were expected to use the completely online application at least three times a week. I have been blessed with a. . .

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C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller by Janet & Geoff Benge {Review}

C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller YWAM Review

    The last several weeks most nights I have been reading aloud and taking turns with my Second Grader to read C.S Lewis, Master Storyteller from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series by YWAM Publishing {aff} which we were blessed to receive for review as well as a CD Unit Study Guide Curriculum. The book is also available an audiobook and eBook versions and the study guide is available as a download as well. Ours is a physical paperback and CD. The book is very good quality with a glossy cover and is the size of an average trade paperback book with just over 190 pages. On the YWAM website you can see through ISSUU a sample of the book and some screen prints of a sample study guide. My own childhood was filled with knowledge of the Narnia stories written by “Master Storyteller” C.S. Lewis through BBC dramatizations. . .

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Super Teacher Worksheets #Printables {Review}

Super Teacher Worksheets Review

Over the last several years I have spent a lot of time following blogs and saving printables that I have found here and there, but often there are so many things I find that are an individual charge and not necessarily a great worksheet once I get down to it. Therefore, when I heard about a website where you can get a lot of things for free, but pay one fee for access to the whole library of resources I was wary but intrigued. Members of the TOS Review Crew have been blessed to receive one-year access to Super Teacher Worksheets and given an Individual Membership. I’m not usually one to state prices in my reviews, but a year is only $19.95/yr and that is way less compared to any other site when you add up all the possibilities!  This is a website filled with printable resources in these categories: Math Reading &. . .

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Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary 2nd Grade {Review}

Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications  ~  (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .

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Thoughts with a New School Year?

What are your thoughts with this new school year? You can find an entire listing of other blogs participating on my landing page, or the Crew blog. But here is a handful you might want to visit today! But head back, as we will be sharing all week long. The Schoolhouse Review Crew will be joining forces with Homeschool Blogging Connection to bring you a week full of back to school encouragement. I recommend you to grab a cup of tea and take some moments to explore and get a gander at what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week in the 2015 Back to Homeschool Blog Hop   Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm Meg @ Adventures with Jude Dawn @ Double O Farms DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Steph @ Indy Homeschool Kym @ Homeschool Coffee. . .

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2015-2016 Curriculum Choices (Looking Forward)

This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .

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2014-2015 Curriculum Thoughts (Looking Back)

This has been a hectic year. This has been an amazing year. I had a baby. I blogged books, quilts, cross stitch, and homeschool stuff. I also taught a combination of Tot School and K5/1st Grade. I found some new things to love, and I discovered some things that just weren’t an appropriate fit. Love! (Backlinks of joy) Memoria Press First Grade (Advice) Memoria Press First Start Reading (Phonics) Memoria Press Kindergarten (Series) Creative Madness Mama Blossom School on a Normal Day Logic of English Foundations Lightning Literature 2014-2015 Wrap Up Blog Hop Landing Page (Visit other bloggers!) Last year, the curriculum that I chose was suppose to take AppleBlossom two years to complete. It was suppose to be K5 that merged into 1st Grade as time went on. However, she finished all of the First Grade materials, or is very nearly so through with them as of now. She. . .

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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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With Lee in Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions {Review}

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  If you are ready to immerse your students in a Civil War era to listen to a story based on the novel by G.A. Henty feature two teenage boy characters grab a hold of this audio drama. Heirloom Audio Productions  ~  (http://www.WithLeeinVirginia.com/) is releasing the third dramatization based on a novel by George Alfred Henty, known as The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. This dramatization comes in a two-CD set providing two hours of educational entertainment for ages six and up to capture the imagination. The vendor sent a physical copy of: With Lee in Virginia to members of our Crew. This is a physical CD set. Members also received a bunch of extras like a Study Guide, a soundtrack. The study guide and soundtrack is a digital download. Selections from The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty have previous been chosen for the TOS Review Crew Blue Ribbon Award. . .

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Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt {Review}

We have done a lot of research on resources for studying history. It is my desire that I teach my children using a Classical Christian Education method. For years I’ve heard of a family that created their own timeline pieces and now more and more creative hands-on projects. One of our main curricula resources we have opted to use for history recommends resources of Home School in the Woods  ~ (http://www.HomeSchoolintheWoods.com). Therefore, it has been my plan to look into certain materials from Home School in the Woods, but I’m delighted that I’ve waited because they have come up with a brilliant, even better than before!, product called Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt. They actually have three time periods currently available (including Middle Ages & Renaissance/Reformation) with more topics planned, but I’ve been blessed with Ancient Egypt which is perfect for our beginning studies this year. Our ‘project. . .

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Homeschool Planet (Online Planner) {Review}

The last few years I have found myself a member of the free Homeschool Buyers Co-op  ~  (http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and have truly enjoyed the resources they have offered and brilliant deals I have discovered through their organization. For a while I have had my eye on their pet project and thus when an opportunity came up to review their program Homeschool Planet for a full year I found myself ecstatic! This is entirely online and is a complete homeschool/life planner and I will have access for one full year. I have become attached. Frankly if I’m online, I’m logging into Homeschool Planet. We have been able to use this program in numerous ways. My favorite and most typical forum to use Homeschool Planet has been on a Linux Ubuntu based laptop running Firefox. However we have successfully used Homeschool Planet through a 3rd generation iPad in Safarai, iMac desktop running iOS. . .

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SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers {Review}

While it is true that I try to keep the kids off the computer as much as possible, we do use it for educational stuff. These last few weeks I have been able to discover SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers and it has been a neat experience. I do have experience with other online subscription services for videos that we use for education supplements, this product from SmartKidz Media  ~  {http://www.smartkidzhomeschool.com/} is unique. My five-year-old daughter (a month away from turning six!) currently finishing up her First Grade year in school work has been delighted with SmartKidz Media Library. We’ve set up the login with an autosave password so she doesn’t have to worry about being logged in. Then on most days I allow her to browse around. She absolutely loves the Dry Bones Connected song and video in the Mighty eBook Collection in the Flash Animated eBooks. She tells. . .

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CTC Math Online Maths Tutor {Review, 2nd year}

I guess it was about April, last year when I discovered online school programs, or what I called Science Computer School and a Math Computer School Program. Last year, you might have seen my review, when I was first introduced to CTC Math  ~  http://www.CTCMath.com and blessed with their 12 Month Family Plan for their US Curriculum. Again this year I have that blessing! Last year I was extremely intimidated by the idea of starting online school programs, but now we have found them to be a delightful part of our schooling. Right now my daughter is working to master her addition facts, subtraction facts, and becoming introduced to multiplication theory and facts. Sometimes as we have been going about our school day, we need a little bit of reinforcement or a different way to introduce how-to do a math problem. CTC Math has provided an awesome way to do. . .

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Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal {Review}

  I have been a huge fan of Apologia Educational Ministries  ~  (http://www.Apologia.com) since I was a long-term substitute at the Classical Christian Education private school nearly seven years ago as they use the Apologia science curricula there. Last year I got my first taste with my own children using their Biblical Worldview curricula and this year I’m so excited to share their absolutely brand new Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal which I have blessedly received for review. We are also going at our own pace, with our purchase, using the Exploring Creation Astronomy and the matching Junior Notebooking Journal as well currently. So far every experience with Apologia texts has been incredible, thus I’m not surprised at how amazing I have found the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal to be. When the journal arrived in the mail I found myself to be very excited anticipating the learning opportunities that. . .

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The Book of the Ancient Romans Curriculum from Memoria Press {Review}

Memoria Press ~ (http://MemoriaPress.com/) is the company known for their Latin curricula, but in the past few years they are providing so much more for education in cottage schools and homeschools everywhere including their histories and classical studies, especially their programs on Rome including Famous Men of Rome Set (Grades 4-8) and The Book of the Ancient Romans Set (Grades 6-12). Memoria Press is  making a name for their publishing company in the Classical Homeschooling method with their Classical Studies Programs. They have several topics available and the ones highlighted in this review for the Review Crew are divided between two typical age ranges including some adult study. For my review purposes, I have been blessed with a physical copy of The Book of the Ancient Romans Complete Set which I planned to use three times per week for the review period, which works out well – I’ll get into this. . .

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