T is for Tree – A Homeschool Crew Review

Learning the alphabet is key to learning to read and write. But when you are younger, learning the alphabet should be fun. I love finding books that teach the alphabet so that I can read them to the kids. T is for Tree: A Bible ABC is a great alphabet book from Reformed Free Publishing Association that teaches the alphabet from a Christian perspective.

T is for Tree is a hardcover book that talks about all the letters of the alphabet. Each letter is about something that God made for us and is followed up with a Bible verse that goes along with the letter word. Each page also contains a beautiful color picture that goes along with the word.

Even though each page has a letter and word, writing about the word and Bible verse to go with the word, the writing/reading on each page is not more than two or three sentences. It was enough for my 3-year-old daughter to sit through in one sitting.

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Using this book in our house was easy! A lot of the time, Baby Girl would bring me the book to read to her. She loves books, and as soon as we got this one, she was excited about reading it with us. We would read the book out loud, pausing at different times on different letters to talk about the word or the Bible verse that went along with it.
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We haven’t done much as far as school yet for Baby Girl, she just hasn’t shown the interest, but she loves books. That means, that with a book like this, not only do we get the read-aloud time with her, but we are introducing the letters and the Bible all at the same time. This makes me happy knowing that she is not only learning her alphabet but that she is learning about the wonders of God at the same time.

Baby Girl loved this book. She loved looking at the pictures whether I was reading it to her or not. She found them intriguing and could tell me what the pictures were about after the second time we read them. I loved listening to her talk about those pictures and seeing what she could remember. This was my cue to see where to push her a little more and what she already knew.

Another thing we loved to do was pick a letter and use that Bible verse as a memory verse. While she is only three, I had no worries that we could work on memorizing the Bible. We started with some of the simpler ones, and so far, she is doing great! I love knowing that as we come to a page where she has the verse memorized, she would jump in and say that verse to me. In my opinion, children are never too young to memorize the Bible and introducing it in a fun way like a book like this was the perfect way to do it!
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If you are looking for a fun way to introduce letters and Bible memory to your younger children, I would tell you to grab a copy of T is for Tree. This book will allow you to combine letters and Bible for your children in one simple and fun way.

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T is for Tree: A Bible ABC {Reformed Free Publishing Association Reviews}

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Preschool Learning with PandaParents – A Homeschool Crew Review

Learning is something that is supposed to be fun. And preschool learning should especially be fun. We love interactive learning in the house, so when we had the chance to review PandaParents, we jumped at the chance. Baby Girl has fallen in love with MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTENERS program that we have had access to.

We received digital access to this program, and the physical program is expected to be ready in December 2018. There were three books that we started with, A Jolly Jingling Journey, Scotty and Mommy Baby. We had access to the videos on Vimeo, each of the eBooks on PDF PowerPoint, and the workbooks to go with each, also on PDF PowerPoint.

What makes PandaParents and M.E.S.S.Y. Learning different from other preschool learning and videos that your kids can watch? Well, instead of learning just one subject at a time and mastering one level, or stepping stone, at a time, M.E.S.S.Y. Learning combines subjects and focuses on building brain networks with creative designs.

So, I keep talking about M.E.S.S.Y. Learning, but what does that really mean? Mixed pre-school subjects, Engaging questions and activities, Simple, Smart designs, and Yeah, a new way to promote pre-school STEM education. This is not a common curriculum, it does not focus on rote memorization, and it is not an electronic babysitter. This program is for you to use with your child. They will not get anything out of it if you don’t help them.

When it says it is simple, it really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. First, you read the books to your child and watch the videos that go with the book. These videos are an animated version of the book. They really make the story come to live for the kids. Next, we learn with the colorful workbooks. These workbooks contain many fun activities that go over the many subjects that your child is learning. Finally, you and your child create fun and engaging art activities.

We took our time with this program. Baby Girl is 3, just turned 3 in January. She has not shown a lot of interest in any kind of formal schooling, so I don’t push it, but this looked different, and I wanted to try it. I am glad I did. She fell in love with it! This was a fun program that reached her and made learning fun for her.

We picked three days each week to work on the books and workbooks. We would start by reading the book together and watching the video. We would talk about what happened, and I would lead the discussion to talk about what we learned while reading the book. This is all we would do the first day. The next day, we would start by watching some or all of the video. Some are longer, while others are short 5 minute videos. We would follow this up with a few worksheets. I had to be picky on some of the worksheets. Some were too hard for Baby Girl, so we would talk about it if we could, or skip over it if there wasn’t something to talk about.

The workbook took us a few days to get through. Each book is supposed to last about a month. Every day that we worked on the workbook pages, we would either reread the book or watch the video. I paced the worksheets to Baby Girl’s attention span. Some days I could get 4-5 worksheets, other days I could get maybe 1 or 2. Other days, I would split the worksheets up throughout the day.

These workbooks, in the physical edition, would include stickers to go with the pages you are working on with your child. With the digital edition, some pages contained what would be the stickers. I did not mind not having stickers. Stickers end up everywhere in our house, just not on the paper they are supposed to. Instead, I let Baby Girl do the one thing she loves to do, I let her glue the pieces onto the page after I cut them out. This was by far her favorite thing to do!

Finally, we get to create something. Each book has something different at the end of the book to create. These can then be given to mom, dad, siblings, or other family members or friends. This is a great way to finish the book and the workbook.

We love spending time with PandaParents. Baby Girl has learned a lot. She is usually excited to sit down and work on her school, and I am happy to see her learning. When I asked her what she thought of PandaParents, she told me she loved the videos and the gluing, just like I thought!

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Messylearning For Preschoolers and Kindergartners {PandaParents Reviews}
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Kids Email – A Homeschool Crew Review

We live in a world where technology is in almost every home. With technology, people are able to communicate with friends and family from all over the world. While there are many email options for adults, kids have a harder time getting an email account that is safe for them to use. This can be a thing of the past with Kids Email. We have been spending time using our subscription to Kids Email Safe Email for Kids.

Kids Email is a safe email program for kids to use. This gives them the freedom to connect family and friends while being safe and protected from unwanted emails. This means that they won’t get those nasty spam emails that we deal with as adults. They also won’t get emails from unknown people who could cause danger to your children.

With Kids Email, you as the parent, have control over the account. You will be able to set up the account for your child in the way that you see fit. There are options for younger kids and older kids, including teens. We used this with Ray Ray (9) and Little Miss (6), so we used the kids account for both of them.

There are numerous options to make this email experience one fo the best for both you and your child. The one that I really loved was the contact manager. My kids could not get emails from anyone who I did not previously approve. If an email comes to their account from an unapproved contact, it goes to my account first. I have to approve the contact to email my kids before my kids even knew they were getting that email.

Now, my kids don’t use this email on any devices other than the computers on the main living floor. If they had access to their emails from other devices, I could set time limits on their accounts. This means that I could set a time, during the night or school hours, that they could not access their account.

We have family that lives close to us. That means that the kids don’t typically need to email anyone. However, we had the chance to connect with other homeschool families who also had access to Kids Email Safe Email for Kids. They were able to make new friends from all over the world!

The first thing the kids wanted to do was to customize their email accounts. They were able to pick their backgrounds, and I was able to give them an email with @kmail instead of @kidsemail. While my kids were not too worried about this feature, others may not want their friends to know they have a “kids email” account.

Since we don’t have family far away from us, we haven’t been using the email as often as others may. However, we have been checking it at least once a week. The kids love to read their new emails, but they don’t always like taking the time to write back. In fact, they often ask me to do the typing while they tell me what to write.

The kids loved having the option of meeting new friends from around the world, and I loved that they could email without the worry of the spam or unknown people emailing. They loved having their own email account, and I loved being in control of it without being a control freak.

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Safe Email for Kids {Kids Email Reviews}

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Christian Books by Kayla Jarmon – A Homeschool Crew Review

We love books in our house! That should be no surprise for anyone who has read about our Blogging Through the Alphabet Books series. When we were given a chance to check out three Christian books from Kayla Jarmon, we were excited! We enjoyed reading A Boy and His Dog, Don’t Forget Me, and Dying is Part of This World in a digital flipbook style.

A Boy and His Dog is a cute picture book about all the adventures that a boy and his dog go on through the day. While reading this full-color book, we see all the adventures that these two friends go on during the day. We are also reminded of the true friendship that a boy and his dog have and also how boys never really seem to outgrow this friendship with their dogs. 

Don’t Forget Me is the first book in the Discussion Series books. This is a book about a baby growing in mommy’s tummy and how God keeps reminding the baby that He will always be there and never to forget Him. We follow along with the growth of the baby, how they love the sound of Mom and Dad and how the room is getting small. This is an excellent book for an expecting couple or even a child who will be a big brother or sister. Don’t Forget Me is another beautiful picture book.

Dying is Part of This World is a book that helps a child through someone dying. This is the second book in the Discussion Series books. Dying is Part of This World is different from the other two books, as it is a chapter book. But is it a simple chapter book. There are different stages of dealing with death, and this book covers them all from the fear to the second death and God’s economy. By reading this book, you are able to help your child know and understand that death is normal and while it is scary, it is also a good thing.

All of these books were great books, but after getting these books, my great grandpa, the kids great, great grandpa passed away. He was 103, so we knew this time was coming, but it was not easy. We were able to work our way through our emotions by reading through this book and answering the questions at the end of each chapter. While the girls were a little too little to understand much of it, Ray Ray really took to the book to help him deal with his emotions.

Kayla Jarmon took the time to write some beautiful books that are focused on God and His plan for us, from the beginning to the end of our lives. I am so thankful that we had these books at this time in our lives. They have brought joy as well as understanding to our family. We have a new cousin on the way, and great grandpa passed, so the kids were able to relate to the books. Are was a little upset that dog book featured a boy because she is the dog lover in our house, but she related so much to this beautiful story!

If you are looking for good, solid Christian books that help your child understand that God has a plan for everything, these books are what you are looking for!

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Discussion Book Series and A Boy and His Dog {Kayla Jarmon Reviews}
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Learn to Read with Reading Kingdom – A Homeschool Crew Review

Reading is one of those topics that scare me. I always worry about how I am doing, or not doing. When Little Miss was getting ready to read, I noticed a few issues. However, with Reading Kingdom, the worries I once had, have disappeared!

Reading Kingdom is an online program that works on teaching your child how to read. This program is geared towards ages 3-10 and will help your child work on reading and writing up to a third-grade level (Lexile 750).

Reading requires six different areas, sequencing, writing, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension. Most other programs only focus on sounds, but Reading Kingdom focuses on all six of these areas.

While it is an online program, it is easy for kids to navigate. I don’t have to do anything other than log into our account, and Little Miss takes over from there. She is taken to where she left off and is able to continue on with the click of a button.

It is recommended that your child logs in and uses this program 4 days each week. When you log in, you can see how many days your child has been using the program on average. You are also able to see your child’s current level, their percentage that they have completed and their performance level.

This was the week after great grandpa passed away, so we had missed a few days.

If you want, you can even sign up to get a weekly email of your child’s activity each week.

Once your child logs in, they are taken to where they left off last. The lessons take about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast the child works. They will have about 10-30 activities to complete to finish the lesson for the day.

30 may seem like a lot of activities, but most of these are listen to the computer say the focus word of the lesson and type it. This is simple, and your child will progress through the lesson rather quickly.

After learning what the word looks like and how to write it, your child will be able to start using the word in sentences. The computer will tell them exactly what to do each step of the way. They are not supposed to have help from mom or dad, and every time I stepped in to watch Little Miss, I would hear, “Mommy, you can’t help me. Go away.”

I had initially planned on having both Little Miss and Ray Ray use this program, but Ray Ray can already read at a 6th-grade level. After trying this for a few days, we opted to let him step down from using this as it was too easy.

Little Miss, however, loved using this program. She would beg me to use this first this upon waking up. She would work through the day’s lesson and have so much fun spelling the words she learned each day. We had no issues with her logging in and getting through the lessons. Our other favorite part, if she had to stop the lesson halfway through for some reason, she would not have to start over. When she logged back in later in the day, it would take her right to where she left off!

As Little Miss continued through the activities on Reading Kingdom, I noticed her spelling more words throughout the day, not just when she was on the computer. She would be able to draw a picture and actually write the word of what she drew! This is huge for me because I was very worried about her not spelling or sounding things out just a few short months ago!

In just 15-20 minutes a day, I have seen Little Miss learn to read with Reading Kingdom!

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Learn to Read with Reading Kingdom OR ASD Reading {Reviews}
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Weigl Publishers – A Homeschool Crew Review

We love books in this house. Reading books is something that is natural in the house. But there is something about making the reading interactive that draws the kids in and makes them enjoy it that much more. Weigl Publishers has done that! We had the chance to explore with Glaciers, A Lion’s World, and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant.

My kids were excited to get the chance to read some new books, but when I used the digital code within the books and made them interactive on the computer, they were stunned! They didn’t want to stop. Using these codes, unlocked a new way to read and learn for us.

Glaciers is from the science series “Earth’s Waters.” This book is intended for kids in grades 3-6. I had Ray Ray take a look at this, and he got lost in it. There was so much for him to do when he opened the book in Lightbox. I didn’t even have to argue with him to do the worksheets or quizzes that are included. He was confident in what he read and played around with, that he knew he could do these quizzes.

A Lion’s World is part of the “Eye Discover” series. This book is geared at K-2 grade kids. Little Miss loves animals, so I was excited to show her this book. Using the Eye Discover site with this book allowed Little Miss to see a video to go along with the book. The videos were of excellent quality, and they had Little Miss’ attention more than a page in a book would have.

Finally, we took a look at There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant. This is a fun fiction story that is also geared towards K-2nd graders. However, Baby Girl is the one who loved this book the most.

We had a few weeks when we just weren’t that interested in doing school. Things came up, the weather was too nice, and pulling out the textbooks just didn’t seem like something we wanted to do. Something the kids did want to do was play on the computer with these books. I didn’t argue at all!

Little Miss and Baby Girl had fun listening to the stories, and we were able to talk about what they learned from A Lion’s World. I counted this as their school. Little Miss picked up on so much about lions from watching the videos that were on the interactive book. I loved hearing her tell everyone in the house about them!

Ray Ray had a little more to do. He took about a week to work through Glaciers. I am sure he could have gone faster, but he had fun just doing a page or two and the activities that came with those pages. He even found out that you could type your answers in on the computer, and was upset that I wouldn’t let him do that. We had to work on handwriting somehow!

There are so many great interactive books from Weigl Publishers and so many great ways to use them in your home. Check out how the other families of the Homeschool Review Crew used these books in there home:

Multimedia Digital Books {Weigl Publishers Reviews}
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YWAM Meriwether Lewis – A Homeschool Crew Review

It is no secret that we love books in our house. If we can find a book that doubles as school, it is a win! YWAM Publishing is a company that gives us a full list of great books that come with Study Guides. We had the chance to read Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map from their Heros of History Series.

Meriwether Lewis is a paperback book that is about 230 pages. The Heros of History Series are great for ages 10+, but I had Ray Ray (9) work on reading this for part of his history lessons. The best part about doing this is the study guide that I was able to use to go along with the book.

Through reading this book, Ray Ray followed Lewis and his co-captain William Clark as they traveled into the unknown territory of the west. They had a job, find a path to the Pacific Coast and explore some unexplored land in the process.

While the majority of the book is about Lewis’ travels, we start out learning about him. How when he was just five, his father died and how he had inherited all of his father’s land. Within a few months, his mother had remarried. And at nine years old, he saved his family from an Indian attack.

Reading this got Ray Ray’s attention, being nine himself. It drew him into the book and allowed him to enjoy a history book. And this enjoyment did not end. This book is written with the children in mind. It is easy to read, and full of adventure. We learn about Lewis learning from his mistakes and making changes to make his crew better. A great example of this was when they were trying out the air gun and almost killed a woman. Ray Ray knew right away that this was not good, but he loved the steps that Lewis took to be better.

Going along with this book is the study guide. This is very helpful for me to use with Ray Ray to test his knowledge on what he has learned in each chapter. But this study guide does not just include chapter questions; it also has Key Quotes from the book, display corner ideas to bring your learning to life and student explorations that allow you to take the learning farther with essay questions, creative writing, hands-on projects and audio/visual projects.

We love YWAM books. I have used them with Moe Man in the past. We really enjoyed reading Corrie ten Boom last year and adding more of the student explorations since he was older. Knowing this made me excited to be able to use this one with Ray Ray now. We did not do any of the student explorations, but we did use the chapter questions and the Key Quotes. I love working on memory with the kids, so this gave me some great memory quotes for all the kids to work on. Lewis and Clark were not on his radar before reading this book, but now Ray Ray wants to know more about them. Knowing this makes this momma happy!

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Christian Heroes, Heroes of History & Study Guides {YWAM Publishing Reviews}
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Planet 316 Story Bible – 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.

Kids Bibles, we see them everywhere we go. We want to teach them the Bible at a young age, but this young age loves to play with technology. So, how do you mix what you want your kids to learn with how they want to learn? Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals has done that for you with their Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App.

What It Is

The Planet 316 Story Bible is a color-filled Bible filled with over 100 Bible stories. Each of these stories is written for the child. Each story holds the main facts, but they are written in a much more story-like tone. The Planet 316 Story Bible has stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

All of our favorite stories are covered as we looked over the Table of Contents. The stories range from Creation, Adam and Eve, Jacob, Moses, The Ten Commandments and Ray Ray’s favorite David and Goliath in the Old Testament. The New Testament had the stories of Mary and Joesph, the birth of Jesus, Jesus’ growing up and teachings, and his death and resurrection. This meant that I was able to use this Bible for our Bible time each day, and even on Sundays when I was teaching Sunday School! After reading the story, we were able to explore the story with the app.

The companion app that goes along with this Bible is free to download on Apple or Andriod devices. You must have a rear-facing camera for the app to access. Once you finish a story, you turn on the app, let it scan the picture on the page and watch your story come off the page with augmented reality! The kids were beyond excited to see the story instead of just listening to it.

After we scanned the picture and seen the characters come off the page, we were able to touch the different characters to see what they had to say. The kids found this to be really fun and couldn’t wait for their turn to try it out! They were also happy to show it to our pastor when he stopped over one day!

What We Thought

The kids loved to “play” with this Bible, but we found that we had to have two people using it together. We needed one to hold the page open, and the other could work the app. I think this Bible would be great in a format that would allow it to lay flat on the ground or table. Other than that, we had no issues, and that really wasn’t that bad of an issue! All of my kids loved to pull this out, and Little Miss even told me that she “loved to play the Bible when game time was over.” She knew that I wouldn’t say no to the Bible as fast as I would a video game, and she was right!

If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to bring the Bible stories you love to life for your kids, this may be what you are looking for. They get to be on the technology they are growing up with, and you get to see them learning the stories of the Bible that you want them to. It is a win-win for the both of you!

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Planet 316 Story Bible and Bible App {Planet 316 Reviews}
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Help Teaching Pro Subscription – A Homeschool Crew Review

Sometimes a mom needs to find a site that helps her when it comes to worksheets and extras in her homeschool. That is where HelpTeaching.com comes in with their Help Teaching Pro subscription. I have used this in the past and was more than happy to use it again!

What It Is

The Help Teaching Pro subscription is an online library of online or printable worksheets and tests. These are great for PreK-12th grades. All the major subjects are covered, along with others like life skills, physical education and seasonal/holidays. The best part of the Helping Teaching Pro is that if you can’t find what you need, you can efficiently use their worksheet generator and create exactly what you need!

If you are looking for more than just a worksheet, HelpTeaching.com also has a Lessons area. This is where you can find lessons on different topics. There is a short reading which goes along with a video. To end the lesson, your child will work on questions, a quiz, or a follow-up worksheet to see how well they are retaining what they have learned.

How We Used It

I spent a lot of time looking around at different areas on the site, looking to see what I could find that would go with our current studies. I didn’t have to look far. When I started checking things out and saw that I could assign something to Moe Man, and it would send him an email telling him I had something for him to do. This saved me from the dreaded “look” he likes to give when I say him something to do, and he could go ahead and do it without a lot of extra help from me.

For the younger kids, I set up their accounts with my email address since they don’t have their own that they check regularly. I noticed that if I wanted them to do any of the worksheets online, I would need to have them assigned to them. Otherwise, we could not see what answers they had answered incorrectly. We didn’t do too many online, but we really enjoyed printing them and taking them to the kitchen table to work on them together.

When looking through the history worksheets and tests, I noticed that there wasn’t one that covered what we have been learning about. Sure there were some that covered what we learned, but it also added more that we hadn’t covered yet. This is when I went to the Test Maker and made one that was just what we needed.

I was not left to fend for myself here. There were different options when it came to setting up the test. Starting and naming my own test, browse the library of questions that are on the site and add them to a test, or you can make a quick test by giving some general guidelines and letting the site pick the questions. After playing with the options, I found the second one to best work for us. I could go through and find the questions that we had worked on and should know the answers to. This meant the test was the perfect fit for my child and not a room full of children.

What We Thought Of It

I love finding a resource that allows me to build on my children’s current learning. I can use HelpTeaching.com and the Help Teaching Pro subscription with all four of my kids for just one price. When someone seems to be struggling, I can find something on this site to help them out. If there is a topic that needs further explaining, I can find it here. And when I want to see how well the kids are doing, I can find or make a test for them. There is so much on the site, but it is so well organized, that I never felt lost. Even if I was confused for a moment, there are How To Guides that are available to help.

There is so much available on HelpTeaching.com that I was not able to fully touch on even a quarter of it. Check out how everyone else on this review used their Help Teaching Pro subscription by clicking here:

Help Teaching Pro. {HelpTeaching.com Reviews}
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Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology – 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.

Having multiple kids around the same age means that sometimes I would really like to combine learning. One of these subjects I would love to combine learning in would be science. I mean, two kids, one science experiment, one time cleaning it up? What is not to love? I am able to do this with Apologia and their Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology and the corresponding Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal.

What It Is

For this review, we received the student textbook, notebooking journal, junior notebooking journal, and the MP3 audio CD. I was excited to get both notebooking journals because that means that I would be able to use this with Ray Ray and Little Miss at the same time!

The Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text is a hardcover textbook. There are over 250 pages, each filled with color pictures that engage the kids with what they are learning about. There are 14 lessons included, and each lesson, depending on your schedule, takes about 2 weeks to complete. That means that each lesson is broken down into manageable smaller sections. Within these sections, you will find vocabulary words in bold text along with fun “Try This!” activities to bring your learning into your own hands.

The Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal is geared towards third through sixth grades. This notebook is spiral bound and contains over 200 pages of activities to keep your child learning past the textbook. Activities range from writing down fascinating facts, review questions, copy work, vocabulary crosswords, and projects. The end of each lesson has a page with more ways to explore the topic from the lesson.

The Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal is for kids Kindergarten through second grade. This is similar to the notebooking journal, but the projects are a little easier, and it also includes coloring pages. These are a great help when your busy reading and the little ones need something to help them focus.

Both of the notebooking journals include a sample schedule at the beginning. Both of these schedules are very similar. The readings are the same, so you can use this with two students, one on each level, and not worry about one schedule being different from another.

Finally, we also received the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD. In our previous review of Apologia products, I fell in love with having this CD. This is a reading of the textbook by author Jeannie Fulbright. This is not a boring, lecture style reading. This is a great substitution to me reading the text. I love to have this on hand for the days when I am not up to reading, but we still need to get it done.

How We Used It

I was so excited to get both Notebooking Journals for this review! This meant that I could teach both Ray Ray and Little Miss at the same time. This is a huge time saver in my day. The first thing I did was to adjust the schedule to fit us. Instead of two days a week, we used this three to four days a week. This meant that we could split the lessons up a little more during the week and spend less time on it each day. Once we found out what works for the week, we got started.

Our lessons usually started with me reading out loud to the kids. There were a few days when I couldn’t get Baby Girl to let me read, so I was able to pull out the MP3 CD and let the kids listen to Jeannie read. As we went through the lesson, we would take breaks to answer questions, the text is set up that way! Every so often in blue text, we have a question to have the children tell me what they remember so far. I love this style of reading and learning.

At the end of each day, we would spend some time in our Notebooking Journals. Each day gave us something different to use. I was impressed by the variety. Not only that, but all the cutouts we needed are conveniently located in the back for us to use. They are even in color! The kids really loved to get creative as we were supposed to be learning.

On top of our fun learning and notebooking, we had the chance to do experiments. This is hard for me because I don’t like or have the time for experiments with 4 kids running around. However, knowing that one experiment took care of ½ my homeschool, I went ahead with them! We didn’t do all of them, but we did enough to let the kids have fun and not drive me insane, which means one or two per lesson. We currently started my favorite experiment, “Growing Muscle.” This is where the kids have to if they can grow the muscles in their hands over two weeks. Guess what? I don’t have a mess with this!

What We Thought of It

What did I think of this set? I LOVED it! I am thrilled that I don’t have two science classes to teach. I appreciate the work that was put into the MP3 CD for those days that I just don’t have the time to read the lesson out loud, and I love that there were two different levels of the Notebooking Journal to make this happen!

There is no teacher’s guide with this, but there is no need for one. I have everything that I have with the textbook and the journal. The back of each journal has answers that I might need, and the front has the schedule to give me a guideline. That is one less book taking up space on my shelf.

The kids were excited about doing these lessons. They didn’t argue me, only when I told them it was time to stop.

Overall, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is everything I was looking for in a science program. Not only does it allow me to teach two students at two levels at the same time, but it is also Christian based. I look forward to learning more about our bodies with my kids as we continue to work through this book.

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