Beloved – A Devotional for Young Women (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Raising kids can be hard. Making sure they are learning all they are supposed to learn, from school, to chores, and of course their faith. Little Miss in my oldest girl, and when I got the chance to review Beloved: 365 Devotions For Young Women from Zondervan, I jumped at the chance!

What Is It

Beloved is a hard covered book with 370 heavier pages. The simple flower design on the cover goes throughout the book adding something to the pages without being too crowded. There is one devotion page for each day of the year. It is undated, so you can start your year whenever you want to.

This devotional is aimed at girls ages 13-18 years old. All of the devotions are based on different women and girls from the Bible. Through this devotional, we see that the Bible is not just a book for and about the guys. We have our eyes opened to the everyday and extraordinary women.

How Did We Use It

Little Miss is a few years younger than the recommended age for this devotional, but I knew this was something that she would still enjoy, so I decided that this was something we would do together. Little did I know, I would gain just as much as her as we read through each day.

Each day started with a short Bible verse. Each of these verses are about different women of the Bible. They do not jump around like other devotionals that I have read, rather, they go together from one day to the next, telling the story of the woman.

Following up after the Bible verse is the devotional that goes with that verse. This devotional will take a lesson from the Bible verse to teach us. On Day 36 the verse was Genesis 19:25-26, the devotional takes the disobedience of Lot’s wife and shows us that curiosity can lead to disobedience. This was the perfect starting point for a great conversation with Little Miss about curiosity and sinning.

And it wasn’t just that day that leads to conversation. Each day we sat down, we ended in conversation about how we can learn from this devotional. While the stories are old, they still ring true in what we face today as young women following Jesus.

What Did We Think

Both Little Miss and I fell in love with this devotional. This was exactly what we were looking for as a way to grow stronger in our faith together. This was not too old or too young for her. Reading it with me, she was able to understand and learn from it. I can see this being a devotional that she will use over and over again, always learning something new each time she reads it.

The pages are thicker, which means they will not likely tear from constant use. There is a space at the bottom of each page for notes, which I am leaving for when she can take her own, and there is even an attached ribbon bookmark, which makes her feel extra special when she uses it.

We both loved that the devotions were short, but they were deep. There was a lot of learning that we both got out of it. Where I would see something for me as a wife and mother, she would pick out something for her as a daughter and sister. This is a book full of lessons, and for now, a lot of bonding time between the two of us. I can not wait until Little Miss is ready to take this on her own and dig even deeper into her life as a young woman of God.

There are 60 other reviewers who had the chance to use this with their daughters, click the picture below to see what they thought of it!

 

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women {Zondervan Review}
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How We Keep Our Records and When We Give Grades

We have been busy over here at our house. Between health issues with Daddy, finding just the right curriculum for our needs, and mom starting a new job, things got put to the side. Blogging was one of those things. But, I really miss writing. When I saw this new blog hop that was coming up, I knew just what I wanted to share! Join me today as I share how we keep records, and when we decide to keep grades.

Record Keeping

When it comes to record keeping, I have tried numerous different products and programs over the years we have been homeschooling. There are online options and there are paper options. I have tried a few of each of these. Can you believe that I have two favorites, one online and one paper? Not to mention there are second bests for each of these.

I am currently homeschooling a senior in high school, a fourth grader, a second grader, and a preschooler. The age/grade of the child plays a large role in the method of our record keeping.

Online Record Keeping

I love the online record keeping, especially for Moe Man, my high school senior. When it comes to the high school ages, I need something that helps me calculate the grades and GPA. I could do this on my own, but I really don’t have time to do that, so I have opted to look for something that can help with that. That is where the online record keeping comes into play.

The first program that I used, and actually used at the beginning of our homeschool journey is My Homeschool Grades. I have been with them since they started and I am locked in on a lifetime plan. If you haven’t been with them, the pricing is really nice and isn’t that spendy. You can get a whole year for only $49.99. They offer a monthly payment plan also.

I love that this program allows you to keep track of courses, assignments, and grades. Not only that, but they give me my states laws. This is awesome when I don’t want to go to another site to make sure we are meeting all the requirements. This is something I haven’t seen with other programs and one that I really appreciate.

Moe Man is now in the independent mode. He wants to be able to access his assignments each day and mark them as done. I had previously reviewed My Homeschool Planet and their homeschool planner. I knew that there was a student log in option, and gave it a try. He loved that he was able to log in and see what he needed to do each day. I love that I don’t have to print or write up his weekly assignments. This is a program that works for both of us.

With Homeschool Planet, I am able to put in the assignments for the week, month, or semester and can change things as needed with a click of a button. This is helpful for when life happens. I am able to grade the assignments as they are completed and all grades and GPA are calculated for me. This is a win when I am busy with everything else. I don’t have to worry about anything besides logging in and doing my part each day/week.

Paper Record Keeping

While I love the online option for Moe Man, my younger kids don’t have phones or laptops to easily access the assignments each day. I also don’t need to keep track of grades for this age, just what they are doing and their attendance. So, I opted for paper record keeping for them. This also allows me to get my fix on both online and paper record keeping!

The first paper record keeper that I used was the planners from SchoolhouseTeachers. I would go in an add all the assignments online and print them out each week. This is a great option for those who want to have all the extras, plus it is included in my SchoolhouseTeachers Membership. This means I don’t have to spend extra on my record keeping, I just need to print what I need and store from there.

This year, I have started using The Well-Planned Day with Ray Ray and Little Miss. I have the Family Homeschool Planner and they each have the Student Planners, one boy version and one girl version. I don’t have to print anything, it is all right there for me to fill in. I fill out my Family Homeschool Planner for the week and transfer the assignments over to the kid’s planners. I know there is probably an easier way to do this, but right now, this works.

I am able to mark off what we do each week as we go through the week. There is a spot to keep track of weekly grades, but at this stage, I am not worried about those, see more on this in a minute. I only plan week by week, knowing that life happens and I don’t want to buy a bottle of white-out every other month. At this age, the kids love having a planner of their own to know what needs to get done each day. I love seeing that they are learning how to take on the responsibility of their school.

When To Grade

When it comes to grading in our homeschool, I have a love/hate relationship with grading. I love to have my kids striving to get better, but at the same time, I don’t want to ruin the learning fun that comes with a great curriculum. I have officially decided that I will not keep grades until the kids reach the high school grades. In my state, that is OK, so I am going to run with it. When the younger kids for a grade, I will give them what I suspect them to have, but I don’t keep a record of it.

Keeping Records and Giving Grades Round UP

Once my kids reach 9th grade, I keep track of their grades. Before this, I want them to focus on enjoying learning and not striving for a perfect page. I will help them along the way and offer corrections as needs, but rarely do I pull out a correcting pen until I need to keep grades for graduation.

I am linking up to the Homeschool Review Crew Round-Up. Check it out here for more great ideas and resources from homeschooling moms and dads like you!

What is your favorite way to keep records? When do you start grading your kids work? Let me know in the comments!

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New York City – By the Way ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I am going to admit something to you, I have a slight addiction. That addiction is to great books! Whenever we pass by a bookstore, my kids know that we will be spending quite some time there. Last year we had a chance to review a By the Way book, and we loved it. When we found out that there was a new book, New York City from, By the Way, we were excited to check it out!

What Is It

New York City – By the Way is a hardcover book that is filled with beautiful color pictures and cartoons. Each page is a heavyweight page and stands up to kids flipping through them (I know this because I brought it to Bible study one night and a dozen kids were busy reading it when they finished their work.)

There are 48 pages full of information in this book. We follow Alex and Lexi with their youth group as they travel to New York City and learn about the history of New York City and even about the animals!

How We Used It

This is one of those books that you can hand to kids and not worry about what they will read. That is what we did at first. The kids tore it away from me when I opened the package and went off to look at it! The first thing they did was to take a look at finding the hidden images throughout the book.

After finding the images, it was time to read. There is a lot of information in this book. This is not a sit-down and read it all the way through in one sitting with a three-year-old book! Instead, this is a start at the beginning and read for a bit. In fact, after reading the first page, the kids wanted to jump to different parts that they found interesting while looking for the hidden images.

Ray Ray is in love with New York City. He does want to visit there one day, so he is the one who took the book to read the whole thing through. He came back to me with tidbits of information that he had learned. “Mom, did you know there are 175 zip codes for one city! We only have one for our whole city!” “I loved how they talked about 9/11, but I wanted more about this.”

What We Thought Of It

This book has been a hit in our house! The kids love looking through the pages and looking at the pictures. I really enjoyed the way the information is presented, in a story format. This made it easy for the kids to gain an interest in different topics. As they were searching for the hidden pictures, they found topics they wanted to learn more about. This was a great way to build their interest!

I also loved the way that the story shows God in everything. Not only did we learn bits of information about New York City, but we also learned about God and Jesus throughout!

After reading this book with the kids, we all long for a visit to New York City to see some of the sights that piqued our interest while reading this book!

Three other books were included in this review. They are Ireland, Indiana, and Alaska. Check out the reviews right here:

By the Way Book Series: New York City, Ireland, Indiana & Alaska {By the Way Reviews}
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Fitting Words – A Homeschool Crew Review

I am still in shock that I have a senior in high school this year! Where did all these years go by? There is only one thing harder than grasping you have a senior, it is finding curriculum for them that they love to use.

Roman Roads Media gave us a chance to review Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric (complete program). This is just what I knew Moe Man needed, and he loves using it, so it is a win-win!

What It Is

Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric is a curriculum that will provide high school students and above with a full year’s credit of learning how to communicate by studying the great speeches and giving their own speeches as well.

We received the complete program that comes with the student text, student workbook, video course, exam pack, and answer key. These all complement each other and makes this course a great one, especially for Moe Man.

The student text is a hardcover text with about 400 pages. Each of the pages is clean and uncluttered. This makes it easier to read. There is also room on the edges of the pages for notes if your child likes to take notes, mine doesn’t, but I love to, so noticed this right away!

The workbook is a spiral bound book. There are plenty of well-spaced lines for writing answers to the questions asked for each exercise. Even my large writing son had no problem writing his answers on these spaces.

The video course is my favorite aspect of this program. Moe Man is great at reading, but sometimes he doesn’t remember what he read. We all have those moments when listening to someone read or explain the lesson brings things to light that we would not have noticed before hearing it.

This video course is 4 DVDs that go with each lesson in the textbook. It is recommended to watch the lecture of the lesson first and follow up with reading the lesson after. Not only that but at the end of each lesson, there is a lesson application video to watch. There is even a pre-exam video that walks you through what you need to know for each exam. All the videos helped to reinforce what your child needs to know for each lesson.

The exams packet has review sheets for each exam. They are not study guides, instead just a sheet with the things the student should be able to do and know before the exam. This allows your child to review in the way that is best for them. You will also find all the exams in this packet. The last thing you will see is the speech judging sheets. This is an excellent way for me to be able to judge each individual speech. It also allows the student to know what they will be graded on for each speech.

Finally, we have the answer key. It is just that, a softcover book full of all the answers for the worksheets in the textbook as well as the exams.

How We Used It

At the beginning of the answer key, you will find two optional schedules on how to use this curriculum. There is an option for one or two years.

Since this is Moe Man’s last year of school (Yikes!) we opted for the one year schedule. Using the one year schedule, we see what to do each week and day. The bonus, it is only 4 days per week! Moe Man was happy to see this!

I wrote up what needed to be done on Moe Man’s planner, and with this guide, I could easily do the whole first semester in just about half an hour. After that, he logs in to see what he needs to do and goes. It is strange not to have to help him throughout the day like I used to have to do, but I am glad that he is getting better at doing things on his own, and the videos really help take my place in discussing the main point!

The way the schedule is broken down, it is easy to complete all that is needed each day without the stress of too much to do. At first, Moe Man wasn’t sure about the videos. However, now on lesson 7, he is appreciating the videos to help him with the lessons! They are not long, only lasting about 10-20 minutes, but they are full of the main points and great examples of the topics the kids are learning about!

There are 5 speeches that Moe Man will give throughout this course, the first of which will come after lesson 13. I am looking forward to this because he has a hard time speaking in front of people. I have to decide and split up the speeches between us at home and a good friend of the family. I figure this will give Moe Man a different audience for different speeches, and it will give him a chance to be judged by more than one person.

What We Thought

We loved this curriculum. I loved the simplicity on my end, and Moe Man loved how he was able to do this on his own without my help. He loves being able to do his work on his time instead of mine, so having a curriculum that includes the videos to help him, has helped us both.

The suggested schedule is perfect for Moe Man, and it helps me. I am always one who loves a schedule that is done for me vs. me having to figure one out. One thing I did notice was that the Table of Contents was the same for both the workbook and the answer key. This isn’t a huge deal, but I kept wondering where the schedule was in the workbook, and couldn’t find it.

Finding a curriculum that focuses on the great speeches, like that of Martin Luther King Jr, Patrick Henry, or even Pericles, is hard to come by. But Fitting Words is just that. We love the style of teaching and the use of these and other great speeches to help us learn!

There were others reviewers who used this curriculum or the new Picta Dicta curriculum. Check out those reviews right here:

Classical Rhetoric and Picta Dicta {Roman Roads Media Reviews}
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Kingdom Files – A Homeschool Crew Review

As we started our new school year, I wanted to find a way to learn more about certain people in the Bible. I love our previous Bible studies, but this time I wanted something that we could cuddle up and spend time reading together. I found that option with Barbour Publishing and their Who Was Kingdom Files books.

We received Who Was Jonah? and Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? for this review.

The kids were excited about these books, but Ray Ray was a little upset. As he was looking through, he saw that there was Who Was David? which happens to be his favorite Bible hero. After falling in love with the first two, I had no issue grabbing him Who Was David? and loved watching him get excited and begging to read it right away!

What Is It

The Kingdom Files books that we have are all small paperback books that are about 80-90 pages long. They have a larger, but not huge, font that makes it an easy to read book. There are also beautiful black and white hand-drawn illustrations on the pages that go along with what you are reading.

The stories are broken down into three sections. You start off with the Fact File. This file folder gives you the key information about the character you are going to be reading about. You have the Action File that is the main story. This is where you will learn about the character’s story, what God wanted to share with them and how they reacted to God’s plan for them. Finally, we have the Power File. This is where we find some great information to remember about God. Our favorite from Jonah was God Doesn’t Abandon. This is combined with a memory verse that goes with the information.

Throughout the story, we also find Clue Boxes. These boxes are like the study boxes in your study Bible, and they offer your children ways to look at the story and how to apply what they are reading to their daily life and the life of the character you are reading about.

How We Used It

We started with Jonah. I mentioned that we wanted to find something for Bible that would allow us a way to study the people of the Bible comfortably. We would cuddle up on the couch, or around the table during snack time and read a chapter at a time. After reading, we would spend time discussing what we had read and how to apply that to our lives.

After each chapter, we would go to the Power File and grab a power-up to go with the chapter. While there is nothing that says you should do it this way, we found that spreading these power-ups through the chapters gave us more time to study the memory verse that went with each power-up.

What We Thought

We loved these books for our Bible study each day. They were a great way to learn more about the people of the Bible instead of just the events. The were able to see Jonah, Mary, and David as the real people they were.

We loved the way the books were set up and how easy they were to read. Every one loved that even though the books were easy to read, they were very informative. The information was easy to understand for the kids, but also allowed us to dig deeper. My kids were able to take the story and apply the lessons to the things we have gone through.

There are also other resources available here that you can use to go along with the books after you read them. You can find fun activities and teacher resources that you can use for different projects!

If you are looking for a way to show your children the people of the Bible as they were, real people, the Kingdom Files by Matt Koceich are the books you will want to read with your children.

Kingdom Files {Barbour Publishing Reviews}
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No Longer Little – A Homeschool Crew Review

As a parent, there are many different stages that we have to help guide our children through. We have the infant and toddler stage where we are helping them get used to the world around us, and the teenage years as we prepare our children for their place in the world. A topic that you don’t always think about is the tween age, but this age is another very important step for our children.

Hal and Melanie Young with Great Waters Press have brought us a book to help us through the tween age (8-14years old). No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope is a book for the parents of tweens to help guide them through this age with grace and hope.

What It Is

No Longer Little is a paperback book with about 185-pages. This book is geared towards parents of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 14. You will be walked through things like hormones, emotional upheaval, spiritual, sexuality and virtue, family relationships, and youth in the Bible to name a few.

Throughout this book, you will receive real encouragement, practical help, and overall support from one parent to the next. I will have to say, this is a book I was interested in, until I started reading it, and realized this is a book I need, especially if you currently have a tween or will be having one very soon.

Hal and Melanie Young have written many great books that I have come to love, one of the most notable is Raising Real Men. With my two oldest being boys, I fell in love with this book. Knowing their honest and real style of writing made me excited to read No Longer Little with Ray Ray in mind. While Little Miss is 7, I found a lot of things that related to her while I was reading this also.

How We Used It

There really is no we in how it was used, unless you count mom reading and telling dad what she was learning. This is not a book that I used with the kids, other than saying, “Oh my! I just read a story about you, but it is really not about you.” Yes, I had those moments when reading this book. I felt like Hal and Melanie were talking about my children, yet they were talking about their own as they went through the same stages as mine are entering.

I read this book in my “free” time. I don’t really have a lot of free time, but this book was an easy read. In each chapter, there were subsections that allowed me to pick it up and set it down throughout the day. This is what made it really easy for me to read. I didn’t feel compelled to read a whole chapter at once but was able to easily do so when the time allowed me to.

Another thing that made this book easy to read is that I kept saying, “Wow that is Ray Ray all the way.” “I can see Little Miss doing this!” Knowing that I was able to actively relate the topics to my children made me want to read more.

What I Thought About It

I LOVED this book! I can’t say anything other than that. I really truly loved the way it was written and all that was covered. I could relate to 90% of the topics that were covered and saw my children in the examples given. This made it easy to relate to the book and the advice given was something that was needed in our house.

I love reading books where I can actually see my child in the book, and reading a few examples aloud and seeing Ray Ray and Little Miss looking at me wondering how they could be in a book with their actions or reactions to things let me know this was a book that was needed in our house.

From reading No Longer Little, I was able to find new ways to deal with the changes we are going through, big and small. This allowed me to handle the situations in a new and loving way. I was able to change my reaction, which in turn changed my child’s reaction. We have found a nice balance in how to deal with these topics that many tend to skip over.

I can tell that by helping guide my children through this time in their life, that I am building a more solid foundation for when we actually hit those teen years. Having a good relationship with them now will help in the following teen years when they struggle with who they are and where they fit in the world.

This is not a book for homeschoolers alone. This is a book for anyone with a tween! If you have a child between the ages of 8 and 14, you need to have this book in your house! If you don’t and are struggling with this age, you should grab this book.

Hal and Melanie also have an audiobook out for your teenage boy, Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Towards Sexuality. Moe Man is in the middle of something right now, but I do plan on having him listen to this. If you want to know more about this or No Longer Little, check out the reviews by the other crew member right here:

Love, Honor, and Virtue AND No Longer Little {Great Waters Press Reviews}
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Nature Study and Notebooking in Our Homeschool

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In our homeschool, we have found that sometimes we need to take our learning outside of the books. This is something that helps both the kids and me. Finding a way to take the learning outside of the books is not always easy, but you just need to look outside of the box, literally.

After years of homeschooling, man it feels weird to say that, I have finally realized that some days we just need to put the books away and have some fun. One thing my kids don’t realize is that even without their textbooks and worksheets, we have still been able to spend a lot of time learning. How do we do it? Well, we get outside and learn from the environment that God gave us to learn from!

Nature Study

One of these tricks is to do nature studies with the kids. When the weather is nice, and even when it isn’t, we like to get outside and see what is happening around us. My kids are not like me in any way when it comes to bugs. These kids go and find rocks to turn over just to see what bugs are under them. They will find a bug and ask me to take a picture of it. When we do that, they beg me to go on Google and see what kind it is.

Once we find out the type of bug it is, the kids have more questions. We are able to spend time digging into the type of bug, what it eats, the enemies it may have and so forth. The kids don’t think this is school for them. They think they are out exploring, but when they can recall the information when they see a similar bug, I know they are learning!

Since we live in Minnesota, we have all kinds of weather. Not only do we get to get outside when the sun is shining, but we get out there when there is snow on the ground. The best thing about this is seeing the new animal prints in the fresh snow. This is another time we like to take pictures and guesses as to what animal made those tracks. This has even lead us into a discussion about what animals are awake during the winter and those who hibernate!

Notebooking

As an add-on to our nature studies, I have been printing pages from NotebookingPages.com for the kids to use when we are outside. These pages help us focus our attention on different things. We have used the pages for looking at birds and at trees. These pages don’t give much of anything specific, rather just pages that allow us to write what we are learning.

We found some great pages on trees. This allowed us to learn about the leaves and the bark of different trees. Even when we didn’t have the pages in front of us, the kids would notice the difference in the trees when we would go for walks. I love watching the kids see these differences without me pointing them out.

We also use pages from NotebookingPages.com for watching the birds at the feeders. The kids will draw pictures of the birds they see, marking down when they see them and any information they want to see. I keep a bird watchers book handy in case the kids want to use it, but I don’t require it. All I want them to do it watch the birds. Our favorite birds are the cardinals and orioles. The kids can tell what each likes to eat and when they like to eat. We recently got a bird bath that used to belong to my great grandpa, so we have a new way of watching the birds and how they take care of themselves.

It is so fun to see the kids learning outside of our classroom setting. I love knowing that even on the days that the kids don’t want to open their textbooks, we can still spend time learning.

I am joining in with the Homeschool Review Crew Round-up on Non-book Learning. Want to read more about this? Check them out right here:

Hands On Experiential Learning ROUND UP {Homeschool Link UP}

Bible Study Guide For All Ages – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

We love learning about the Bible in our house. The kids love things that are interactive and fun. There is a Bible curriculum that I have had my eye on for many years, but I just didn’t know if it was the one. After spending the last few weeks with the Bible Study Guide For All Ages, I am sad that I wasted all those years and would have jumped right away!

For this review, we had our hands on the Beginner (3-K) set that comes with the Beginner Student Pages and Beginner Time Line, as well as the Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) set that came with the Intermediate Student Pages, Intermediate Teacher Key, and the Bible Book Summary Cards.

What It Is

This is a hands-on physical product that my kids were able to touch and color on. We started at the beginning, and the Beginner and Intermediate levels followed along the same time line. That means that I was able to work with both kids at the same time without any of us getting confused.

These levels talk about Joseph, Daniel, and the start of Jesus’ life. You are able to see the order of study by looking here. Unit 1 is the first 104 lessons, ending with Jesus’ last week.

The Beginner Level is geared for age 3 or 4 up to Kindergarten. This curriculum uses engaging activities, a Bible story, review system, and Bible drills to name a few. This is a great level for children who don’t know how to read or who are just starting to read. At the beginning of the set of lessons contains some quick teacher instructions. These instructions allow me to know what I need to know to help Little Miss learn more about the Bible.

Along with this, we also got the Beginner Time Line. This is a great way to show the events of the Bible to your children in a simple way. These time line pieces are 8×10 color pictures. The pictures are simple and easy to understand. They are colorful and easy to understand. They ask simple questions, like “Who was the first mand? Who was the first woman?” This simple drill as we look at the time line allows the kids to answer the questions and remember the order of events in the Bible.

The Intermediate Level includes a similar set-up but is geared towards the older ages. Your child will still work through an interactive Bible story, review games and Bible drills, but they will also be using a time line and map drills to help them dig deeper into the study they are working on. While the student pages include the Teacher Quick Start on the first page, they also have a teacher key for this level that gives you a little more for the beginning of the lesson and all the answers for the question that are asked of the kids at this level.

To go with this level, we received the Small Bible Book Summary Cards. On the front of these cards are pictures showing what the main concepts of each book of the Bible are. The back of the cards provides a short summary of the book as well as review questions that you can use to quiz your children and see what they remember. Ray Ray has never been a fan of flash cards, so he is still hesitant about using these, but has been improving as I pull them out from time to time.

How We Used It

When I first thought about using this program with the kids, I thought I would have both Little Miss and Ray Ray using the Intermediate Pages and Baby Girl would use the Beginner Pages. However, when I got the Intermediate Pages (just one set to look at first) and the Beginner Pages, I decided that Little Miss would be better with the Beginner Pages over the Intermediate Pages as she is still working on her reading skills.

We would sit down at the kitchen table three days a week to work on our lessons. These lessons would only take us 20-30 minutes each day, depending on how talkative the kids were that day. They only require a Bible to read the stories from and some sort of colored item to color with. We set aside a set of colored pencils just for this course and kept them with the student pages.

I would read the story from the Bible and work over the lessons with the kids. Being at two different levels, they each did different activities on the pages, but they were very similar. I would be able to get one child started and get the second one started on theirs. We were easily able to work through the lesson without confusion or frustration on anyone’s part.

What We Thought Of It

My kids are in love with this Bible Study Curriculum! They don’t fight me when I tell them it is time to do it and actually look forward to it. They remember that we learned in previous lessons, which is something that we have had issues with before. While the lessons take about 20-30 minutes, this did not deter my children. They had fun, yes fun, the whole time we were working on the lessons. There was enough interaction with the lessons, that they kept the kids interested.

As we neared the end of the review period, I asked the kids if they wanted to keep using this or look for something different. Both kids were very insistent that we kept using this and asked if we could get more once we finished these pages that we had in front of us. They loved this curriculum, and I also did.

Having these two separate ages, and knowing the teaching would be a little different, I was surprised to see how easy it was to teach the two different levels at the same time. For a busy mom like me, I was happy to find a Bible Study Curriculum that worked with both of these ages at the same time. Knowing I only had to teach the lesson once was a blessing and sanity saver for me.

If you are looking for a Bible Curriculum that will work with multiple ages in your homeschool, I highly recommend the Bible Study Guide For All Ages. If you want to hear about how it works with other homeschool families, click the image below and check it out!

Bible Study Guide For All Ages {Reviews}
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Grammar and Writing from Hake Publishing – A Homeschool Crew Review

Grammar is one of those subjects that I just don’t know how to teach. I know what I want to say, but how do I explain it to my 3rd-grade son? Hake Publishing has taken all the guesswork out of the teaching process with their Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 curriculum.

What Is It

This grammar and writing curriculum comes with everything you need to teach your 3rd-grade child the proper usage of grammar and writing. You will get the Teacher Guide, Student Textbook, and Writing Workbook. These books are all you will need to teach your homeschool child all they need to know about grammar and writing.

The Student Textbook includes 111 lessons. After every 10 lessons or so, you will do a writing lesson from the Writing Workbook. The Writing Workbook consists of 21 lessons. Together this makes 132 lessons to cover a whole year of learning.

Your Teacher Guide includes not only the lesson plans for each lesson and the answers to the student workbook but also some extra practice if you notice your child lacking in some areas as well as tests that you will give about every 10 lessons.

You simply need to have your child work through one grammar or writing lesson each day depending on the day and by the end of the year, they will have a firm grasp on all they need to know about grammar and writing for the 3rd-grade level.

How We Used It

We started off by me teaching the lesson to Ray Ray. I would read the prompts from the teacher guide and have him answer the questions before working on the questions for the day. However, he did not like this. He found that he liked to take his book and work on it on his own. As much as I didn’t want to do this, at the same time, I am trying to raise self-learners, so this worked on that aspect.

Each day, Ray Ray would open his student textbook and go through the lesson. I would follow behind him and correct any that he got wrong. If I noticed that he was struggling, I would assign an added practice from the teacher guide for the next day, but I didn’t have to do this very often.

After every ten lessons, there would be a test and a writing assignment. Ray Ray has never really had tests before, so this was a new thing for him. He really liked them. He is a competitive type of person, so he aimed high on these and really wanted to accel at them. I did not tell him about the tests until the day before the first one, so when he had the test, he was a little nervous but aced it without a problem. That means that everything he was working on in the first nine to ten lessons was tested without him knowing that he would be tested, and he had no issue with it at all! He knew all that he needed to know with the simple daily practice that was included in the daily lessons.

What We Thought

After trying something similar with Moe Man in the older ages, I was looking for something like this for Ray Ray. I was happy to find that with Hake Publishing. I love the idea of introducing something new while still including the daily practice of what was already learned. Ray Ray proved that this was a benefit when he took his first test and had no issues with it.

Hake Publishing has given me something that works for my child. The lessons are to the point and allow him to progress without a lot of extra nonsense. We can use this in conjunction with a literature program to round out our language arts curriculum.

I am in love with the fact that Ray Ray can go through the lessons on his own with little help from me. Ray Ray loves that the lessons don’t take him all day and that each day he has a review from the lessons that he has had in the past.

Check out what the other families using Grammar and Writing 3 thought about this program by clicking this image:

Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 {Hake Publishing Reviews}
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Traditional Logic from Memoria Press – A Homeschool Crew Review

Finding a way to teach logic can be hard. You want to make sure you cover the bases, but you want your child to understand it as well. I have found that Traditional Logic I Complete Set from Memoria Press.

What Is It

The Traditional Logic I Complete Set includes Instructional DVDs, Student Text, Student Workbook, Quizzes and Tests Book, and the Teacher Key.

This is a high school logic course, but with the way it is written, even 7th graders can read and understand this curriculum. This text provides an in-depth study of the classical syllogism as well as a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge. Through this text, your child will see the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways in which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms.

The student text is written for the student. It is easy to read, and easy to understand. Main ideas are bolded or pulled out to the side to draw attention to them. To go along with this book is the student workbook. This is like a study guide that goes along with the text. Each chapter is broken down into specific exercises for four days ending with a review that can be done on the 4th or 5th day.

At the end of each chapter, there is a quiz available in the Quizzes and Tests book. There is also a Final Exam to make sure that your child has retained the information they have learned.

Finally, there are the instructional DVDs. These are DVDs that bring a logic teacher into your house to go over the lessons with your child. It is like your child is sitting in a classroom with the teacher showing all the key points and slides to go along with all that they have read.

How We Used It

I got this set with Moe Man in mind. I have had him used other logic curriculums in the past, and while I loved them, he had a hard time understanding them. With Traditional Logic I, I gave Moe Man his books and let him decide if he wanted my help, or if he wanted to go on his own. After going over the introduction, Moe Man decided that he felt confident to go on his own for this course.

Besides the exercises, nothing has a set schedule. Moe Man would read the lesson on Mondays and work through the exercises the rest of the week, ending with the quiz. He did spend a little time watching the DVD but learns better by reading and doing versus watching and doing when it comes to this.

What We Thought Of It

Moe Man really loves using this curriculum. He has not argued it one bit when he sees it on his school schedule, and will even do it when I forget to put it on the calendar each week, unlike his math! Knowing that he is willing to do this no matter what tells me that he understands it.

He is able to read the lesson and work through the study guide each day. He tried to use the DVD, and while I loved listening to it, he found it easier just to use the text and skip the DVD.

The text was written in a great way. I rarely see Moe Man not leaning on a video to help him understand the words he has read. To see him read something and understand it, I love to know that he is able to learn differently. Knowing how to read something and understand it, is huge, especially for Moe Man. Seeing him learn on his own had me thrilled!

If you are looking for a logic curriculum that will allow your student to learn the way they learn best, you will want to check out Traditional Logic I.

Memoria Press offers many other curricula that works for many students. Check out the reviews from the other crew members right here:

New American Cursive & Traditional Logic {Memoria Press Reviews}
 

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