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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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Forest for the Trees (Once-a-Week Unit Study) from Homeschool Legacy {Review}

  There are a handful and then-some ways to educate in the homeschool realm of teaching. One of which is unit studies and has you asked me a year ago or perhaps even a few months ago about unit studies I would have said no thank you. Now, when an opportunity came from Homeschool Legacy ~ (http://HomeschoolLegacy.com/) to review a nature study 4-week unit study called Forest for the Trees I decided to dip my toes in to see what all the fuss was about in this method of learning and teaching. My eyes are opened. I think I’m ruined for life, because I’m hooked and so excited about the possibilities we will have in our next plethora years of learning! One of the things that pulled me in was the mention of earning a scouting badge while working on the unit study. As you might have noticed in previous. . .

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S is for Smiling Sunrise (An ABC Book) {Review}

  For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive a physical hardcover copy of the book S is for Smiling Sunrise with an audio CD included and a printed copy of the teaching guides from WordsBright ~ (http://WordsBright.com/). There is an eBook, free PDF teaching guides, and free MP3 download available on their website. The book itself is a durable and attractive hardcover, full-color alphabet book with vivid pictures on each page. There is also a gift dedication page in the very front making this accessible and friendly for gift giving opportunities. At least 10% of net earnings will be a gift to health & education projects for disadvantaged children.S is for Smiling Sunrise dedication page The Pre-K (and Preschool) Teacher’s Guide is a one-page sheet with six suggestions of how to enjoy this book, while the K-3 Teacher’s Guide is seven full pages of informative (and. . .

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A+ Interactive Math Placement Test {Online Math}

In our experience so far we have been extremely blessed with our math curricula and AppleBlossom is staying on target, but it is still early and in the future we will most likely need to know our options if she or her sister just doesn’t get it (already I can tell that teaching her little sister is going to be a patience-testing endeavour). The online software of A+ Interactive Math ~ (http://www.APlusTutorSoft.com) comes from a neat company with lots of products available. One such product is the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan, this is a three month subscription. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed with access for two students and we found that it was all completely above OrangeBlossom’s preschool and basic kindergarten level and nearly so for AppleBlossom, but we kept on with her on the First Grade level. More Information from Vendor: Top. . .

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La La Logic Preschool Curriculum {Online with printables Review}

Preschool is a big topic around here. We’ve been having someone in preschool for the last three years as I had an early start with my oldest child. Yet in all our experiences, this is completely new and fun! La La Logic ~ (http://LaLaLogic.com) is an online preschool curriculum with printable worksheets for reinforcement. There are 100 weeks of lessons, and a I was blessed with A lifetime membership to their: Preschool Curriculum. I have set up both girls to work through this. OrangeBlossom is the main one that I’m aiming for as she is three, turning four years old this summer. She is interested in “doing school” to be like her big sister, but she isn’t quite into it yet, as she has the attention span of a butterfly… AppleBlossom on the other hand has been loving school since she could talk and at five, turning six this summer. . .

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ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 2 {Review}

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we were reviewing Book 1 An Introduction to the Visual Arts from the ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum books and we gladly invested in the Preschool book The Way They See It as well. When an opportunity came up to review Early Elementary K-3, Book 2: Stories of Artists and Their Art I knew I wanted that opportunity! Several years ago through a homeschool conference I discovered ARTistic Pursuits and the program was recommended by my SisterL as well. Last year through our own experiences we knew this was a program that we wanted to continue. What is ARTistic Pursuits? ARTistic Pursuits is written by a homeschooling family, for homeschoolers, but could easily adapt to a classroom or co-op setting. It is a program full of hands-on experience and art appreciation from famous works of art. Each segment or lesson provides. . .

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Memoria Press First Start Reading {Review} Classical Curriculum

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You may know this already. I love Memoria Press. Today I’m beyond blessed to share a review with you on the Memoria Press First Start Reading program.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… I already reviewed this right? Well, yes and no. I reviewed the entire Memoria Press Kindergarten Curriculum and as a part of it that includes the First Start Reading Program, but I want to tell you more. What can I say? I’m a fan of anything and everything from Memoria Press and I really want to share my opinions with you.

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Real-Life Homeschool in a normal day

If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day.   So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .

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Real-life Homeschool Library day!

Today I was wracking my brain in an effort to decide what to write today. In effect, it is now 12:19 am and I’m typing this on my iPhone after just having nursed the baby boy back sleep. *Note a few things here. 1) I’d love to go to sleep but I’m awake just enough that it’s not gonna happen for a bit. 2) I’d love to put the baby down and actually go type on the laptop (thank you BrotherG!) but reference yesterday’s post on putting down the baby at night… Tangent over, my apologies. Today was a library day. We are a book loving family but we do not typically venture out to the library. It induces a panic feeling in me that books will be lost. My hands always feeling dirty and my years in nursing school haunt me with the ideas if what pathogens I’ve introduced. . .

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Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Blossom School {Blog Hop}

Today and the days during this week upcoming are special, it is all about Real-Life Homeschool. Because knowing me, you know that everything is always peachy right? For one, we never get sick and have incredible immune systems and energy to jump right in and study the day away! We read multiple books daily and my kids are about ready to become tutors themselves. Okay, now that is farfetched ‘eh? Now, now, before you harass me, stick around this week and get a peek into the Real-Life Homeschool of the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School as we participate in the TOS Blog Crew Blog Hop. Right now for us life includes an eager to learn 5.5 year old super hero AppleBlossom, her semi-shadow princess little 3.5 year old sister OrangeBlossom, and their always smiling mama’s boy baby brother nearing 8.5 months old. I’m holding Almond boy nearly throughout the night. . .

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