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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Curriculum research is something that I have been enthralled in for years now. As AppleBlossom is finishing up her second grade school year we have finally gotten a taste of the treasures from Institute for Excellence in Writing ~ (http://www.iew.com/) including a program that SisterL personally loves as well, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. In the 2016 year, IEW has actually updated the program. So if you have had the original program for years, you’ll want to contact them to discover the updates, additions and changes. For the purposes of this review, we were blessed to receive a poetry memorization set (Teacher’s Manual and CDs) as well as an additional physical student book. Samples are available on the IEW website. In our agreement for the review, we opted to use the material three days a week. By the recommendations of the program, we actually used it more like daily, at least during the. . .
I think that it is an easy statement to say that one of my favorite product reviews that I have been introduced to through the blessing of participating in the TOS Crew is from Logic of English ~ (https://www.logicofenglish.com/) and today that blessings has continued in the form of the latest level of their primary school program in Foundations Level D. Link back to Foundations A and you can read my extremely verbose post on our original thoughts about LOE Foundations. We still love “Dragon Phonics”! When we started using LOE Foundations, I got the full kit including the supplemental Doodling Dragons book and iOS phonogram app. You can read more about those in my previous post. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive what is knowing as the Continuing package which included the Level D Teacher’s Guide, Student Workbook, Flash Cards, and more. The Logic of English Foundations program is. . .
Demme Learning‘s Math-U-See ~ (http://demmelearning.com/) has gone digital and my daughter AppleBlossom is loving learning with the Gamma Level. We are using the Gamma Digital Packs and I have gotten my hands on the physical teaching products as well. For years, since we have entered the homeschooling realm I have heard of Math-U-See as a recommended math program, but at a glance the price and confusion of what was what always turned me away. I should have looked twice. Demme Learning has a family of products including Math-U-See, SpellingYouSee, Building Faith Families, and KinderTown. Today I am finally getting to discuss Math-U-See. While Math-U-See has been around for more than 20 years teaching students to visually understand and master math concepts, as of 2016 Math-U-See has gone digital. Adding digital packs to their line of purchasable materials making the world of Math-U-See available in a manner not yet seen before. It is. . .
Creative Madness Mama subscribers know that I adore Grapevine Studies ~ (http://grapevinestudies.com/) as they are one of my promoted affiliates. Today is a special day because right now I am here to tell you about one of their delightful downloadable products, two actually! In this post I will be discussing New Testament 1: Beginner John to the Apostles (ages 5-7) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for NT Beginner. as well as New Testament 1: Level 1 Birth of John to Jesus’ Ministry (ages 6-8) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for NT Levels 1 & 2. Over the last few years, I have been collecting their eShorts and freebies and making a list of what to buy to go along with our other studies. This year (and for my previous review – link back) we have been working through Old Testament 1: Level 1 (ages 6-8) and Traceable (ages 3-5) and a Teacher Book for OT Levels 1 & 2. We received. . .
Zonderkidz ~ (http://www.zondervan.com/children) is not a new name for you to experience at Creative Madness Mama. Today, I get to tell you about one of their newest kiddo Bibles, the Faith Builders Bible. This is a hardcover, jacketless Bible, perfect for your brick building, no matter the brand of brick minded child! When this Bible arrived I was unsure who was the most excited. While we are still working with Duplo Legos in our family and haven’t really moved up to the standard size building bricks – I was concerned at first that I might have to go buy some to be able to get the most out of an experience with the pages and inspiration from this Faith Builders Bible, but I was so pleased to find there was plenty of inspiration to be had, even with the toddler-sized building blogs. We have a plethora of children and youth Bibles, but. . .