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With Lee in Virginia ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Living history books are a household favorite in this house. But to have it in audio form…that is even better! Jim Hodges Productions has some wonderful audio books, and we got the chance to listen to With Lee in Virginia.

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What It Is

With Lee in Virginia is the story written by G.A. Henty. This audio book is that same story, but read aloud and recorded onto an MP3 CD. An MP3 CD will play on any computer CD drive, DVD player or MP3 Compatible CD Player. They will not play on the standard CD player. The bonus to an MP3 CD, you are able to download the audio files to your iPod!

With Lee in Virginia has 11 hours and 20 minutes of listening time. We get to follow along with Vincent Wingfield, who is our hero in this story. But we also get to meet and learn about Robert E. Lee and his officers during the Civil War. We are taken to battles and need to find the courage to get through those.

To go along with this MP3 CD, Jim Hodges Productions also offers Study Guides. These go along with each chapter to help your child focus on the story or to help them remember what they heard.

How We Used This

Since Moe Man is a visual learner, we not only listened to this MP3 CD, but followed along in the book. We used the Study Guide that goes along with the story. We listened to a chapter a day for our history lessons, and did the corresponding study guide pages following or during the listening. After every 5 chapters we would work on a review. This was perfect for Moe Man. I loved that I didn’t have to read to him, or wondering if he was really reading. Plus I got to listen along with him while working on other things…because I am that multi-tasking mom!

With each chapter reading lasting about 30-40 minutes, this was a great way for Moe Man to settle down after our lunch and outside time. It was a way for me to get order back into our day, while still having someone actively learning. Since this was an MP3 CD, we used the media player on my computer to allow us to listen to this and had no problems at all with it.

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What We Thought of This

We love living history books, and it was no different with this one. We have not reached this point in history yet, but I knew that our family loved items like this and stories like this, and I wasn’t wrong. Moe Man loved being able to sit down and listen to a story instead of writing papers. I loved having a simple study guide to know that he was actually following along. Some of the chapters did get long, and we would have to split them up throughout the afternoon. We made it work for us. I think this has a lot to do with Moe Man’s ADHD versus the actual listening to the chapter. I noticed that if he had busy hands, he would be able to listen better. We all really did enjoy spending some time listening to the story and learning of the war and Robert E. Lee as well as the battles during the war.

The MP3 CD is selling for $25 and the digital download is $18. If you wanted the study guide to go along with this, these sell for $12. We loved this story and are interested in all the other stories now! I am heading over to check out the other reviews, and would love to have you join me in doing so!


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Standard Deviants Accelerate ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate ~ Review

Are you in need of an online curriculum supplement for your middle – high school student? Than you need to check out Standard Deviants Accelerate and the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses.

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What Is It?

Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online teaching and learning resource to help supplement different courses that your students are already taking. This is fully online, but you can print the script they use to follow along and take notes if you wish. There are 14 interactive courses available right now. They are:

Arithmetic – Grades 3+

Fundamental Math – Grades 4+

Earth Science – Grades 6+

Nutrition – Grades 6+

Algebra – Grades 7+

Biology – Grades 7+

Chemistry – Grades 9+

English Comp. – Grades 9+

U.S. History – Grades 9+

AP Biology – Grades 11+

AP Chemistry – Grades 11+

AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+

AP U.S. History – Grades 11+

AP English Comp. – Grades 11+

Although each of these is just a supplement, they are all fully interactive with a video lesson, vocabulary section, diagram practice, quiz and written answer. The end of each chapter has a chapter review. These include Group Activities, Post Test, and Critical Thinking. With all of this, you can use Standard Deviants Accelerate as a warm up for the actual course lesson you are doing, or as a review before a final test.

With a parent account, you are able to view how your “class” is doing (this is wonderful if you have more than one student/child using the same class. You are able to check on their quiz scores, and see what they have typed up in their written answers. Even though I had Moe Man write his quiz scores and be responsible for himself, but loved knowing that I could “check in” on what he was doing as I needed to.

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How We Used Standard Deviants Accelerate

Moe Man needed something to go with his Nutrition course to try to help it stick. We decided to hop on in to this and see what we could learn. We used this Nutrition supplement course 3-4 times during the week. We would start each lesson with the video and the notes to go with it.  The next time we logged on, we would work on the vocabulary and the diagram. Depending on how well Moe Man knew the vocab words, would decide how long we needed to work on them. By the end of the week, we would be ready to work on the quiz and the written answer. I really liked this as a review of what we were already using.

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What We Thought

I found this Standard Deviants Accelerate to be a very thorough review of the subject. Although the videos where somewhat cheesy, they did help to loosen Moe Man up. I found that he wasn’t as bored while watching them and actually watched them. However, Moe Man said that the videos were a little too cheesy for him…yet he wouldn’t stop watching them or laughing while watching certain parts.

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While Moe Man may have found these videos “silly”, they did strike the cord with him and to do that is something that is hard to do in subjects he would rather not be taking. I really enjoyed knowing that Moe Man has something to help re-enforce the areas that need it and that make it fun in the process.

Information on Purchasing

For homeschooling families, there is the homeschool use purchase. The 5 AP courses, recommended for grades 11 and up, have a monthly rate of $14.95 for 1 teacher and 1 student. The other 9 courses have a monthly rate of $24.95, also for 1 teacher/1 student. These non-AP courses range in age recommendations from 8 and up depending on the course you are looking at.

With 14 courses, there is no way we could have reviewed them all! I hope you will hop on over and see what these other families have to say about Standard Deviants Accelerate and their courses.

 



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Fix It! Grammar from IEW ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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How do you teach your child grammar? What about a child who despises everything to do with writing? You could let them become an editor of a story like the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) lets them do in their Fix It! Grammar Books. Moe Man and I had the chance to use Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Book 1], both the Teacher’s Manual and the print copy of the Student Book.

What Is It?

IEW’s Fix It! Grammar is a simple way to work with your child on grammar daily for only about 10-15 minutes. The Fix It! Grammar program is a full grammar program for 3rd grade and up. We started with book one after taking this placement test.

The Teacher’s Manual is a lovely spiral bound book. Included in this book are the weekly lessons, with the answers, explanations of those answers, scope and sequence for the year and the grammar glossary. Also, at the beginning of the teacher’s manual is the way to download your student book for FREE along with two e-audios for your enjoyment. Yes, I said you get to download your student’s book for FREE and they even give you permission to download it as many times as you need to for your immediate family’s use. All of that for just $19.00!

Now if you want the actual printed Student Book, IEW has that too. For $15 you are able to get this in the same spiral bound style as the teacher manual. You get the daily lessons separated by weeks, the grammar glossary and the grammar cards to help your student remember what they have already learned.

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Besides the teacher manual and the student book, the only other recommended/needed items are a notebook for vocabulary words and the re-writing of the passage and an envelope for storing your grammar cards.

How Did We Use It?

Every day, for 4 days a week, we would sit down and work on these lessons. Day 1 would include me spending more time with Moe Man than any other day as we went over the new rules for the week. I would make sure he understood what we talked about, confirm he remembered the information from previous weeks, and make sure that he had his grammar cards cut out and ready to go. We would go over the daily vocabulary words, with Moe Man using his new dictionary skills to look them up and find the correct definition for the word within the sentence.

Once I made sure he had it, Moe Man was excited to work on his grammar…yes, I said excited! On days 2-4, he would take his time and go over the passage, do the markings that he knows at that point and have me check it. After making sure that he had it marked correctly, he would proceed to re-write it in his notebook. At the end of every week, he would than read the story up to the point where he was. I would take this a step farther than suggested, and I would ask him to guess what would be happening next. This is my kid who doesn’t want anything to do with writing or analyzing his writing. But this is the kid who loves to read…and to become the editor of a story…well let’s just say this is different from most other grammar lessons!

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What Is Our Opinion?

I can tell you, after using this program for some time now, I really love it! There is very little prep each day. The word simple is the only word I can use to truly describe this! Moe Man always asks to do this first in the day. He is understanding the simple layout, the repetition of daily use helps him remember and since it only takes 15 minutes he can’t complain about the time it takes! In fact, this kid who doesn’t want anything to do with writing, this kid who fights me when I try to work with him on grammar, this kid has asked me if we could please continue using this program after the review is over! He even went so far as to ask if there were more so that he could do a different book next year for grammar! If this kid is asking me this, than you should be able to guess that I have a good opinion about this grammar program!

We love this, and the fact that the kids are working on a full story through the whole year makes them want to keep going so they can finish it. We did book 1, there are 6 books total and each book is a different story. That makes for 6 years of grammar. Moe Man won’t be able to finish all of them…unless he really wants to, but I am hoping that Ray Ray, Little Miss and the new baby will all be able to start these right away and finish all 6! IEW has made a wonderful grammar program that is easy to use, but effective at teaching your child what they need to know in a fun way!

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My Student Logbook ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Planners, planners and more planners. If you are into homeschooling, you have heard about planners. There are numerous different planners out there. If you want your child to gain independence in their school day, you need to a good daily planner for them. My Student Logbook is the daily student logbook we have been using for Moe Man.

What It Is

This daily planner from My Student Logbook is just that, a logbook or daily planner. There are three different options when it comes to ordering one of these.

Dated My Student Logbook for the Northern Hemisphere school year (August 1 – July 31)

Dated My Student Logbook for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31)

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There are preprinted logbooks that are spiral bound with a nice heavy duty cover on both the front and the back. The front is clear, so that the cool design picture shows through! These beautiful logbooks sell for $15.

If you want the logbook RIGHT NOW, you can get a PDF licensed copy. These come with all the same features, but you print them. You can choose from the Northern Hemisphere school year or the calendar year when it comes to the PDF versions. You also have the choice of a single user license for $10 or a multi user license for $20.

Now when I talk about the features, these include items such as:

6 Checklist pages (with the option to make copies if more are needed)

53 Weekly pages, listed in the order of your choice (calendar, Northern Hemisphere school year or undated columns).

All About Me Page

Prayers and Goals Page

Bible Verses Memorized Page

Books Read Pages

Test Records Pages

Year Highlights Page

These are some of the fun ways that you are able to make this daily planner your own.

This is not your normal daily planner though. There is a specific way to set everything up. I recommend watching the set up video here before you get too nervous. I had no problems after watching this and found it all to be very easy.

Each week you have a new page, you have one main checklist that moves from week to week with you. As you flip the page each week, you move the checklist with you. Simple. If classes change, or the checklist becomes too worn and used, make a new one and away you go.

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How We Used It

Simply put, we used this everyday with Moe Man. We needed a daily planner and we decided to try this one. I wrote up the checklist and not only included the classes he needed each week, but also the chores I wanted him to work on. This made it possible for him to have one list to look at for everything in the day.

There really isn’t many other ways to use a daily planner. This daily planner is recommended for 2nd grade and up. For those of you with a high school student who needs something to keep track of your credits, there is a way to use the My Student Logbook to keep track of those here too!

What We Thought of This

After using the My Student Logbook for a few weeks, we felt that this was a simple way to make sure we got through our day. Moe Man loved having a simple way to visually see what had to be done each day and to get it done. I loved that as the classes or chores changed, I could easily change the checklist instead of worrying about a whole daily planner being junk.

I asked Moe Man what he liked about using this daily planner. His fast answer was that he loved that he was able to check off what he was done with. He had no hesitation and that was the biggest thing for him. When I asked what could be changed, he asked me why anything had to be changed. He loved the simple aspect of just knowing what he had to do. It was complicated, it didn’t have all the extras on the page that would play with his mind and if I really needed to, I could lift the checklist and leave a note if I needed too.

What would I personally change about this? I found it hard to not have a list for Moe Man to see what needed to be done each day. What worksheet number or pages to read. This made him need to come to me and ask what needed to be done for each class. He didn’t mind, but it did add one more thing to my daily list.  Other than that little thing, I couldn’t find any other things to change about the My Student Logbook. It worked for Moe Man and helped him, so that made me happy. He enjoys it and likes to use it so I don’t plan on stopping!

All in all, this daily planner is the one out of many that has been used by Moe Man and not just used because he had to. It was used because HE wanted to use it.

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Our Week in Review ~ August 25-29, 2014

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So, here we are into our school year. I know that many of you are still waiting on Moe Man’s curriculum choices, and I will get there. We actually had a few things change with each child as the first few weeks got started and now that we seem to have a good thing happening I can get that list together.

This last week has been a busy and fun one for us. Our public school friends were here this week for “daycare”, and that meant kids wanting to play instead of learn. I stepped our studies back, a little, and let that happen. But I will tell you we didn’t skip out on everything.

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Moe Man has been working on learning about the New World Explorers for American History. We have started using the Time Travelers Studies from Homeschool in the Woods and Moe Man loves the hands on fun with this! This week we got to learn how to tie some knots. We also started a new grammar program from IEW, Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Book. This is a simple way to work on grammar daily and I get to share a review with you soon!

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Ray Ray has been working on his reading with BOB Books. He loves this because we have the Kindle edition, so he has an excuse to use the tablet! We have found a fun lesson plan over at This Reading Momma. We pick and choose the activities that we will use and only print those. We have fun stamps for some of these, but mommy pulled out our letter tiles, and everyone had fun with those! This week for math, I wanted Ray Ray to have fun. We started on our addition families. With this, we started our Addition Lapbook and used UberSmart Math Facts and Starfall to practice. Ray Ray is also working on mastering his number writing. He has never been a fan of writing, so we are taking our time instead of forcing it on this one.

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Little Miss is just having fun for her learning! She has taken to loving Starfall like Ray Ray did at her age. The biggest difference I have noticed with Little Miss, she loves to write and draw! She got to have fun on the dry erase board this week and started drawing herself. Both Little Miss and Ray Ray watched some Magic School Bus for their Science lessons. I feel that at this age, the littles just need to be introduced to these topics. Little Miss love The Magic School Bus and it is one of those go to videos that I am thankful is available on Netflix streaming.

Together we are working on memorizing our prayers. Next week we are going to add in our Scripture memory for the year. We are going to use Verse Pack 1 from Simply Charlotte Mason. Lots of new things will be coming next week as we will be onto our full schedule instead of the getting started schedule. I hope that you will join me back here to see what we did!

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Dave Raymond’s American History ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Do you have a history loving child? How about a visual learner? Do you need a history course for high school? If you answered yes to any of these than you need to check out Dave Raymond’s American History by Roman Roads Media.

What Is It

Dave Raymond’s American History is a set of 8 DVDs with 26 Lessons, a Student Reader, and Teacher’s Guide. With the full American History set, you have a full 1 High School History Credit and nothing more is needed to complete a full year of American History with a Christian Worldview added in.

The Student Reader and Teacher’s Guide can be printed in PDF format, or viewed digitally via mobi and ePub formats. The DVDs work on my media player on the computer or in our BluRay/DVD player with no problems on either one.

Although no other major supplies are needed for the curriculum itself, you do have a portfolio project where you will want to invest in a three ring binder with page protectors or a sketch book with durable pages. And your art supplies as well. There are other projects and assignments throughout the course as well that will have you use the internet or your library for research.

How Did We Use American History

Dave Raymond has taken a subject and brought it to life for my son. Each of the 26 lessons is split into 5 sub-sections, making each lesson last about a week. The daily lectures average about 10 minutes per day.

We would sit down and read the Student Reader to start the lesson off. We would then have an idea of what we would be learning and know what to look for to answer the question asked in the student reader. I would help Moe Man take notes during the lecture and then we would go over the question to make sure he understood the main concept. After taking notes we would either take our favorite part of the lesson or the question (depending on how in depth it was) and make a notebooking page to add into our yearly portfolio.

Right now, we are in the middle of our fun map project. So after finishing the lecture and notebooking page, we will add a little more to our map. Although we are notebooking, you are able to decide whatever you want to do for your portfolio page. If your child likes notes, go for it. If they love to draw, let them draw. The portfolio is their way of sharing and remembering what they are learning.

Since Dave Raymond’s American History is for grades 6 all the way up to high school, I am picking and choosing some of the questions and projects that seem too intense for Moe Man at this time and skipping them. We have not missed out on anything from doing this, and Moe Man still loves the program.

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Our Opinion

We have found our American History Course for the year! And I have a feeling we will reuse it again when Moe Man is older and do some of the items we are skipping this time around. When I asked Moe Man what he like about the program he said all of it. He loves having the video lectures to help him understand the reading, and he loves that there are projects to work on while doing the lessons. I love that everything is planned out for me. I will add some things and omit some, but that is homeschooling at its finest. I haven’t actually taken anything out yet, but I know there may be something…

Moe Man did not like the weekly tests or questions. But he doesn’t like tests or questions period. I did notice some were too advanced for him, but we tried our best and worked on them together. Other than that, we didn’t find anything to complain about.

For a full year of High School American History, the price of $75 per semester ($150 for the full year) seems kinda steep. However, after a week using the program, I would change my mind and say it is worth it. You have someone who is taking their time to record the lectures for your kids and actually speak to them in the lectures. Than you add in the fact that you have the lessons and projects planned out for you and you have the teacher guide and student reader…the price is truly worth it!

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Analytical Grammar ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Book Reports…we have never had a successful book report in our homeschool…Well, never until now! Analytical Grammar has this fun program called Beyond the Book Report. Aimed towards the middle school crowd (6th-8th graders), this was perfect for me to use with Moe Man!

What Is It?

Beyond the Book Report is a language arts program and is made to pair well with Analytical Grammar. We did not use this with Analytical Grammar, but just added it to what we were already doing. This worked for us. There are three seasons to Beyond the Book Report, each with their own DVD and teacher guide. The teacher guide provides a day to day schedule and samples for the different types of reports. The DVD not only has a “lecture” slide to go along with the reports, but it also includes the pages  you need for your child/ren to use to go with the lesson. Each season sells for $24.95 and you make them last for as long or as short as you want. This is done by how long you want to take to read the different stories. Speaking of which…there are no book lists with this program. You find what you want your children to read or what they want to read and go with it.

Season One has three different types of reports, the Basic Report, the Pamphlet Report and the Journalism Report. Season Two goes into Poetry and Drama, while Season Three talks about Essays, Orals Reports and Research Papers. There are rubrics to go with each lesson and these are a wonderful addition for our house (and for me). Not only do we learn about the different types of book reports, but each one teaches different concepts as well.

How Did We Use This?

Moe Man has never been one who would sit down and write a book report. I have to pry information out of him just to know what he read in the last chapter. We started with the basic book report and I feel in love the minute I found out that I didn’t have to teach anything to Moe Man, I just had to sit back and watch with him. We took three days to go over the lectures and take our notes. After making sure he understood what he had to do, I let Moe Man get started on his book. I let him pick his book and we figured out how many pages per day he would have to read to be done by the due date. I printed a copy of the rubric that I would be using so that Moe Man could see what he needed to do to complete his assignment. After he finished reading, we took the time to work on writing the book report together (Moe Man doesn’t write), with him telling me what needed to be written and then writing it after verbally speaking it. He was impressed with his first real book report, and I was impressed with him for actually doing this and doing it well!

After doing the basic book report, we skipped ahead to Season Two (not recommended, but we wanted to try it out right away). I decided to check out the Poetry Book Report since I want to work with all the kids on poetry. I thought this would be a good way to introduce it to Moe Man first. We had a slightly harder time with this unit, but still had a lot of fun with it. We were able to learn about the different types of poems and all the fun words that go along with them! There was a nice final test at the end of this quick study and we were able to see how much Moe Man actually retained.

We are looking forward to moving on to our next section. We haven’t decided if we are going to skip ahead again to Session Three or go back to Session One…They are all so much fun, we have to see what we decide!

What Did We Think?

I was a tad bit hesitant at first with this program. I didn’t know what Moe Man would think, and I didn’t want a daily battle. I did, however, want him to learn how to write a book report and learn to appreciate literature better. This turned out to be the right program for us. We fell in love after the basic book report, and that is the best thing. Once Moe Man gets that feeling of accomplishment, he tries harder at the next part. He felt that after the basic book report and worked hard at the poetry, which made me happy. As much as I loved this program, Moe Man still just considers it a part of school and wasn’t extra thrilled with it. I loved having the schedule laid out for me and the teaching done for me. I actually learned a few things along with Moe Man!

I would recommend this program to anyone with middle school children who need to work on their book reports. We did enjoy it, and plan to continue it as a part of Moe Man’s year of school!

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WriteShop Junior ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Do you have a child who hates to write? Someone who wants nothing to do with anything that has to do with writing? Well, that was Moe Man. Notice the word “was”. We tried out a new product from WriteShop. We used the WriteShop Junior: Book E Set.

WriteShop Junior: Book E Set is recommended for 4th and 5th graders, but can also be used for 6th and 7th graders who haven’t had the best of writing practice before. We used the Print Teacher Guide ($45.95), Junior Activity Guide (Print $45.95), Junior Writer’s Notebook PDF ($3.50) and the Junior Time Saver Pack in Print ($14.95). The Time Saver Pack and the Writer’s Notebook are optional items, but they make it that much more fun to use!

I think I may have been more excited than Moe Man to get this item for review. Like I said, he didn’t like to write. Reading? Yeah he loves it, but to try and write it out? Not for him. We decided to use this program a minimum of 3 days a week, while using it up to 5 days a week with no problems. There are 10 sections to this Level of the WriteShop Junior program. These sections include: Fables, Humor, Adventure, Science Fiction, Mystery, Poetry/Shape Poems, Personal Narrative, Descriptive Narrative, Book Report/Responding to Literature and Expository Writing: Nonfiction Report. Using a three day a week plan, it would take 3 weeks to finish each lesson, stretching this program to last 30 weeks.

Now those are fun topics to learn about, but you get to practice writing within these topics in a non-scary way. Working on Journal prompts and playing games help even the most reluctant writer open up and try. Moe Man had fun telling me what to write instead of doing it himself. It was so fun for me to see that he loved narrating a story instead of writing it down.

Moe Man is a hands on learner. If he can make something, he has more fun with it. WriteShop has the Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack helps him with this. Cutting and gluing, while still filling out answers to the questions make it easy for him to remember what he learned. It is also very helpful for us to pull out the file folders with the sections that he needs review on instead of trying to find the section in a book someplace.

Each lesson is broken down into different sections. These remain ultimately the same throughout each lesson. They may be slightly different, but the idea is there. Out of all the sections, Moe Man loved the Model and Teach section. This is where he could watch me as I struggled to think of different ideas. Or even just watching me think about what I had to write and use my eraser to fix my mistakes. This made him open up more and realize he is not the only one who has a hard time with all of the steps of writing.  

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While learning of the different styles of writing, WriteShop has a wonderful book list of books that go with that style of writing. It is so fun to read these different styles while we are learning about them.

You know, I have heard a lot of good about WriteShop and was excited to try them. I was surprised by how good they really were! How well they fit for Moe Man. To take a child who despised writing and make him into a child who will actually try now…to me, that is HUGE! Whether or not your child struggles with writing or not, I would recommend checking out WriteShop and all they have to offer! We love this level and I am sure there is a level that would work for you!

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Moving Beyond the Page ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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What fun is school when it is all just read this and do that? What if you could move beyond the page and take what you learn to a whole new level? Moving Beyond the Page has just the material for you! We have been honored to have been able to review The Hobbit/Online language study and the Science Package – Force and Motion.

Moving Beyond the Page offers both physical and online products. You are able to get a full curriculum, or pick and choose what you need. We were able to try both of these out with our review.

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 The Hobbit was an online language study. For $21.92 you get a physical copy of the book and access to the online language study. This study is for ages 11-13 and the students should be able to read and comprehend 7th to 8th grade level novels. When using the online program, you are able to turn on the teacher answers, or leave them off for your students.

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I like to use the answers while verbally asking Moe Man the questions. I find he responds better to that than reading and writing the answers down. Not only does this include comprehension questions, but also things to know (grammar skills) and ideas to think about while reading the book. They also have activities for the different lessons. These include some grammar activities, map skills, vocabulary and foreshadowing to name a few.

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Each lesson ends with a conclusion. A way to finish up the chapter. Questions to discuss with your child or things they need to review. If you have a computer and internet access, you are able to enjoy using this online study with your child.

The Science Package – Force and Motion, came to us as a full physical package. Once again, the teacher manual is included in the teacher book.

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I love the saving of paper that is used with this. There isn’t a use for repeating what the student should be doing to both the student and the teacher. The answers are at the back of the book, and unless you point this out to the student, they won’t know about it. The student “text” book is a fun little story book type book. A few simple pages a day along with activities and experiments to help reinforce what they are reading makes this “move beyond the page”. For $50.07, you get these two books and the supplies needed for the activities and experiments that are listed. This program is for ages 10-12 and/or those who are able to read and comprehend at a 6th and 7th grade level.

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Although these ranges where high for Ray Ray…he loved to be a part of the hands on with this science program. He may not have learned the vocabulary like Moe Man, but he is building his base.

We used both of these at least 4 times each week. Moe Man and I would work together on The Hobbit, partly because I wanted to read the story again, and partly to help him with the wording of the book. But when it came to the science, he was able to handle that on his own. He was able to read through the “check off list” in the book and know what had to be done next. He loved the setup of the book and the simplicity of it. And that made me like it that much more!

My final opinion of these items is A+. I honestly couldn’t be any happier with them. They were set up nicely and were very easy to use. Even the online products! I have always had at least one issue with an online program, but not this one! We loved the hands on that came with both of these and the science experiments were simple, yet engaging for the kids. I would truly recommend this program to anyone who likes hands on and fun learning without a lot of prep from mom (or dad)!

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There are so many fun and interesting units provided by Moving Beyond the Page. I would never be able to review them all no matter how much I may want to! Check out these other ladies and what they were able to try out and what they thought!

 


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Progeny Press ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Literature is a very important aspect of any child’s education. Take literature and add in some bible study with that and you have Progeny Press and their literature study guides. We were so blessed to be able to review The Giver and Frog and Toad Together from Progeny Press.

These Study Guides are download files and the higher grades are actually interactive guides (you can type right in the file and save it there). Each of these guides has you read and then work on comprehension questions and activities. The bonus of each of these study guides is the bible lessons that are added in to each one. They relate to the reading that was done and re-enforces the learning through the bible. The use of these study guides will help your children learn how the authors write their stories and introduce the themes of stories. On average these study guides can take up to 8 to 10 weeks depending on how long you spend on each section. Although these come as digital downloads, you will need to be in charge of finding your own copy of the book (most libraries do carry the books) and a bible to go along with the bible study section.

The first thing you will see when you download your study guide will be a note to the instructor. This will give you the information you need to prepare you for teaching this to your children. For the higher grades you will be able to determine the amount of High School Credits that would be appropriate to give. Following that is a synopsis of the story. This helps if you have not read the book yourself yet. There are before you read activities that help to introduce the story and the ideas or themes of the book. Each of these activities is based on the grade level of the students that are going to be reading the book.

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Frog and Toad Together is a Lower Elementary grade book study. It is recommended for grades K-2. The digital download price is $11.99 and with this you are able to download and print your study guide for your kids to write their answers on the page. We printed this and I did the writing for Ray Ray as he told the answers…or he and daddy talked about the answers verbally instead of reading and writing them down. After answering all the questions, there are projects to go with each chapter. We loved making cookies and seeing if we could resist temptation like Frog and Toad tried to do. We didn’t do too badly, but we also forgot to take a picture of those cookies!

The Giver is a Middle School lever book. This is recommended for grades 7-9 and the digital download is $18.99. Now this download is the interactive download I was talking about earlier. Moe Man loved that fact that he didn’t have to write anything! I loved that he didn’t complain as much about doing some literature work! We took a little more time with this than what they would recommend. This is due in part to the fact that although Moe Man loves to read…actually answering questions after and remembering the little things while he reads is hard for him. I had him start with the vocabulary section one day. He was able to work through this on his own without any problems. I would than work with him the rest of the week on the rest of the questions. We would first go over them together and then I would read aloud from the Kindle version of the book while he followed along with the library copy. As he heard answers to the questions, he would than tell me to stop so he could type the answers in. We found that this worked for us. It may be different for you, but this was what we needed to do for us.

Both of these study guides were very well loved with us! I loved that there were though provoking questions for both ages. Questions that went beyond, who was the main character and what did they do. I also loved that there were the added in bible verses and questions. What better way to add that into our day without adding another “subject” to the day! Not only were we able to learn about God and what he wants us to know, but we were able to but it into context to what we were reading at that moment. Ray Ray loved his Study Guide just about as much as me! He was able to have fun working on “big kid” work like his brother. Moe Man was frustrated to begin with, but once we figured out our way of doing things, he loosened up and actually began to enjoy it also. The benefits of homeschooling…finding a way to make it work for your kids and not just going with the flow!

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Progeny Press has so many good books and Study Guides that even if I wanted to, I would never be able to review them all in a decent amount of time! Make sure you check out the reviews by the other bloggers over here:

 


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