Creative Madness Mama was sent two books in the Peter Rabbit series for review, I chose to go with Christmas and Easter as I’ve never read a Peter Rabbit story with these topics. The concept and desire of Kinder Cottage is delightful and their job is well done. Kinder Cottage has a wonderful idea and delivers it in a great little package. The quality is wonderful and the preservation of something for a new generation is a delightful concept. I do hope they will continue to publish more and more vintage titles in the future. As is the case with all publishers, I’m not going to like every single book I come across and read, but there is a good plethora of ones that I will!
*This post is updated with my new format on May 3, 2015. My decision to homeschool started before my first child was born and one of the things that I have had on my wishlist ever since (just waiting for it to be appropriate) is the apologetics curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries ~ (http://Apologia.com). It is my blessing to have the opportunity to review the What on Earth Can I Do? curricula. In my experience, apologetics is something that should be a requirement of Christian education, but so often kids are left on their own to figure things out. Sure there is a bit of Sunday School that is give or take whether it is is more than just Bible stories, and you might find an incredible Bible study, but really getting into the nitty-gritty will help today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. Matching. . .
So here I was, minding my own business and updating my “Previous Curricula” page. Then I was drafting out a “plan” post for the summer and fall to come this year when I stumbled upon the calendar for the TOS Crew where I had the option to participate in a blog carnival with the theme of sharing my Favorite Curriculum Choices. How appropriate that my mind is already here!? I figure that I could just think back on this last year and share my favorite choices, but that seems unfair especially since I’m considering my earlier and past choices as my younger daughter gets closer to truly starting “school”. So I figure I’ll give you levels and my choices within. Also if you’re curious, you might want to step back and read my Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014) post as well for more details. Link backs:. . .
Can you believe it is already that time of year, to wrap up your school studies? If you are using a standard school year it is that time. Although if you use a calendar year, then it’s the time to pep up as you’re almost halfway there! Or if you school year-round you might be changing topics, taking a hiatus, or re-energizing to keep on trekking. Finally, there is another new-to-me option that your family might use in (the name slips my mind at the moment) schedule of 6-9 weeks on, break, on, break, and so on! Generally for us I think we use a school year start, and then naturally fall a bit into a (whatever that last one is called) schedule. However we let life get in the way as well as speed up and slow down as the material and skills lead us. We started the year with. . .
(This is a long post… I’ve debating breaking it into parts… but oh well.)
Today, I get to share with you a new treasure to our family in our homeschool curriculum and I’m delighted to review this new-to-me program that I definitely want to stick with on further levels in the Logic of English ~ (http://www.LogicofEnglish.com). I was granted the blessing to obtain and use Foundations, Level A as well as a set of reusable resources, and the iOS Doodling Dragons App. I was curious about the curriculum, but had no idea the delight that we were in for on this adventure!
Logic of English Review
The Logic of English: Foundations program is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and is designed to easily be used in schools, homeschool settings, older struggling readers, and English Language Learners. I’m certain it would make a good addition to a co-op setting. The Level A is for the beginning reader and opens the world of reading through basic phonogram knowledge, beginning handwriting skills, short vowel and consonant blends decoding.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that my first introduction to a great art program was at a homeschool convention. Something else that I discovered at that convention was the concept of educational music CDs from Maestro Classics, which I’m glad to review and share with you today. Through a few choices, I opted to order Casey at the Bat (recommended for all ages) as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (recommended for ages 4 & up). I came by these choices wanted to enhance our own homeschool studies planned.
Last year (or was it the year before?) when I was blessed to visit a local homeschool conference (there hasn’t been one within three hours since!) I remember my SisterL telling me to check out the ARTistic Pursuits booth. The program has been on my wish list since, and I was thus delighted to gain the opportunity to review the Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts (expanded and revised for 2013).
In past years, I’ve been all about pastel eggs; however, I’ve never before had glow in the dark eggs! We will welcome this new experience as we are blessed with the opportunity to review Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure from Egglo Entertainment. What a fascinating idea to bring in a conversation piece about “seeing the light of Jesus”. Easter egg hunts are fun and exciting, but aside from Resurrection Eggs (which I only discovered last year) and little scripture verses, what do people associate the egg hunt with the real meaning of Easter? When I was a child I remember the hunts, they were at church and I hear the story of the resurrection as well as had the fun running around with classmates and chocolate discoveries, but I don’t remember the eggs having a real equaling Christ meaning outside of the idea of egg equaling new birth, and. . .
The past six weeks has given me the opportunity to review the printable eBook version of the Motivated Moms planner, specifically from the Motivated Moms Ebooks. This has been a neat experience. Motivated Moms is a “unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavors with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes.” – See more at: http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/motivated-moms-review/ While I didn’t know about the planner in time to get it into my personalized planner that I bound this year, in future years I definitely could as well as recommend it to others. When I first started reading about the planners available, I really wanted to get the app for my Kindle Fire, but alas while that one is available for purchase it was not in the line up of what we were reviewing, however the iOS app was, yet at. . .
The idea of getting involved in “computer school” was a bit daunting for me. Most of what we do in school is from books and interaction. While I’m not opposed and definitely use videos and mp3s when appropriate as well as a plethora of sites for printables, the idea of sitting my girls down in front of a computer that they take charge of in a program is a good bit daunting. While I hear rave reviews of things such as Starfall and the like for preschoolers I’ve always hesitated. So when I had the opportunity to come up to review Science4Us.com as well as KinderBach from the TOS Crew I jumped in, with trepidation. As you might have read yesterday, KinderBach did not quite work out for us as wonderfully as it might have… so as we were spending more time online I was concerned that a Science4Us.com Online. . .
This start of the year has been filled with new experiences for my children in the way of school. Something they had never had before was what we now call computer-school. The first introduction in computer-school for us is a review of KinderBach, or specifically The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner. We have been blessed with access for six months to the lessons. Overall the program is geared toward children in the range of ages 3-7, however I’m told that others find it does work well for children slightly above and below. Our goal was to use the program 3-4 times a week and see how it went. This is the first introduction either of my blossoms has had to piano lessons. AppleBlossom has been begging to learn to the piano for over a year now. We were blessed with a hand-me-down keyboard and delighted to jump. . .
Here is a gathered cluster of activities and ideas for featuring the 2014 Winter Olympics as a theme. While combining these suggestions I have my 2 1/2 year old toddler and 4 1/2 year old kindergarten children in mind, but these would be good for a few more years up in the primary grades as well.
When I first started thinking about writing this post I was thinking, just to repost or link back to my last post from December where I was talking about K4.5 Curriculum and Tot School, but that is not so much a looking back post as it is a looking forward. While it touches on what we’ve done in the last few months, it’s more than that, so this post should be more than that one is, even that. *grin* In 2013 we did our second real year of homeschool. Third I suppose if you count just reading with Sonlight P3/5, but that was more just fun stuff than “school”. This is our second real year of workbooks and lessons and memory work. We are delighted with our experiences with Memoria Press Curriculum. We also add in other readings. What I have found from 2013 is that things have gotten on. . .
In all honesty, I’m slightly nervous about this post. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted as I was planning to take most of the months of December and January off from blogging, but then on my birthday (late November) I received an amazing email present, a letter letting me know that I have been accepted as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2014! I am completely delighted and hope that I work up to the expectations of the group. Ever since I knew about the group a few years ago, I’ve been interested in joining and now finally I have my chance! Now, for the first review what could be more appropriate than to jump in and talk about SchoolhouseTeachers.com? This is not my first introduction to SchoolhouseTeachers.com as I have had a membership there for about two years. I started a few Christmas seasons ago. . .