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.
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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Curiosity killed the cat…but what child is not curious? If your children are curious, why not feed off of that and let them learn while they can. Let them lead you in the direction of the fun they want to have. Curiosity Quest is the best way to help with that!
As a part of this review, we were given a copy of the DVD Combo Pack – Produce and the DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea. Each of these DVDs sell for $24.95 and include three episodes on each one.
These DVDs are not a curriculum. They are just a fun way to work with your child's natural curiosity. There are no quizzes or worksheets…although you can add in notebooking pages or unit studies if you would like. They are recommended for ages 7-14, but I can tell you that Little Miss (2) and Ray Ray (5 1/2) loved them more than Moe Man (13).
The DVD Combo Pack – Produce has three episodes on it. The episodes include Cranberries, Mushrooms and Oranges. We love to eat mushrooms (Ray Ray HAS to have them with his steaks) and oranges in this house, and cranberries are always on our radar every since we learned about them at Thanksgiving. Joel has enough enthusiasm to grab anybody's attention and add in the funny things that happen? Yeah, the kids loved this DVD! We were able to learn about the growing and harvesting of these produce items. As much as we enjoyed these episodes, we are going to enjoy them again in the fall when we really focus on harvesting crops with our gardening unit.
Of the two DVDs, the DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea was the favorite of the two at our house. We have watched this DVD so many times I have officially lost count! This DVD Combo Pack includes Salmon, Penguins and Sea Turtles. There was actually a fight over which episode we would be watching first, Ray Ray won with Sea Turtles 🙂
Ray Ray had to of course grab every turtle in the house and set them up while watching about turtles. Every few minutes I would get the "Wow, did you know…" comments from him, but other than that, he was loving the video. As much as Little Miss did not want to watch this episode, I witnessed her being a little more happy about it as she was brought in with Joel's great attitude and the fun questions from the kids.
Little Miss wanted to watch the Peguins episode. After our Sea Turtles we were happy to watch this one with her. We had fun learning about why the peguin doesn't fly and how many feathers they have.
Our use of these DVDs were very easy…when the kids were bored, or I needed some one on one time with one of the kids, we popped in a DVD. We got these DVDs during a time when we couldn't run outside to play, and mommy was getting sick of the boring TV shows and didn't want them anymore. These DVDs were a great life saver that grabbed the attention of the kids and helped them learn through their own curiosity.
There is no right or wrong way to use these DVDs and that is nice. All you need to do is have fun! They now have a spot on the movie shelf and the kids will pick them out on their own.
The episodes are all unscripted…some viewers have sent in questions to go with the topics, but that is the most of it. Joel takes the kids (and adults) into a fun and educational view of the different topics. Joel takes us on location in each episode to make sure that all the questions of the curious viewers are answered on the current quest.
My Honest Opinion
We loved watching Joel and all the fun that he brought into our house. We love the Fun Facts that were given to us, and we loved how these DVDs were geared to grab our attention and make us learn and laugh with them! I loved that my kids pick these off the shelves themselves now that they have seen them once. I love knowing I won't have to worry about what the kids are watching when I need to be busy. I can see us using these videos with upcoming unit studies. This makes them that much more valuable to us. Do I have any complaints? Not really…with how interested my kids were and how much they seemed to take in, and continue to take in, these are a good addition to our video shelf (heck, learning vs cartoons…yep I know what DVD I would buy first!).
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When you say the word Math to Moe Man you get met with a disappointed, defeated look. He has not had the "aha" moment when it comes to math for him. When I was given the chance to check out The Algebra 1: Volume 1 Tutor on DVD from ScienceandMath.com I was excited to see what we could have here.
As part of this review, we were given The Algebra 1 Tutor Volume 1 DVD. The physical DVD (which we received) sells for $26.99, or you can get the DVD download for $23.99.
We also received the Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet PDF download, which sells for $21.99 or the physical CD version sells for $24.99.
As the title of this DVD states, it is a Tutor and not a full math curriculum. You will still need a curriculum, but this is a perfect way to help your child along when you don't know how to explain what they are learning. It is not required to have the companion worksheets, but they do help to reinforce what you are learning while you watch the DVD, and I highly recommend them 🙂 The Algebra 1 Tutor: Volume 1 is for grades 7 and up, unless you have someone younger who is taking an Algebra course.
ScienceandMath.com has been a life saver for us! We took this algebra tutor and used it the best that we could. It is a wonderful way to have someone else "teach" Moe Man when he doesn't want to listen to me. There are 3 disks which have 3-4 "lessons" on each one. From these "lessons" you are able to pick and choose what you need help with. We started at the beginning for a review of the most basic parts of real numbers and the number line.
Even though we started with items that Moe Man already knew, he loved being able to have that review. And to have it on the T.V. and letting him be in control of the remote let him "take control" of his math learning. We took lesson 1 on disk 1 and broke it up into three days. During those three days, Moe Man would watch the video, take notes as they were written on the board and than did the companion worksheet. Doing this quick review gave him a confidence boost that continues to show every day when it comes to math now!
After our quick review, we took the tutor as a tutor. When we learned something new or had a struggling moment, we would jump over to The Algebra Tutor and see another view point on how to learn it. This is perfect for Moe Man. He learns best from the repetition, and being able to watch the same thing as many times as he needs to is wonderful.
There is no schedule for this program. There is no do this on this day and than move onto this on this day. This is a tutor. This is a use it as you need it program, and for us we are using it a lot!
So, do I like the program? YES! Why did I like it? Well, Moe Man actually asked me if he could do math first on the second day. He always puts it off, but to hear that he WANTED to do math, made me smile. The instructor goes slow enough on the DVD that you are able to keep up. He makes it fun for the kids, and I even caught Ray Ray watching the video with Moe Man. It is not a boring lecture of math that kids don't like. It is simple, yet effective! Moe Man enjoyed (and still enjoys) being able to go to this when he needs help. He likes being able to pause the DVD when he needs to, and the fact that he can rewind it makes it even better. I like that I don't have to keep repeating myself, yet he still gets the repetition.
Who do I recommend this program for? I would recommend this to any family who has a child in Algebra! I don't care if you are a homeschool family or not. This program is great to help all children who need that extra boost. It helps those who struggle with math and may not have had their "aha" moment.
I loved this program. Moe Man loved this program. This is something we will continue to use and benefit from. I can't think of anything that needs to be changed with this.
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I have told you a lot about the littles and their journeys in our homeschooling…well today I want to tell you a little about how Moe Man is doing. He has had me at my wits end, dang teenager! 🙂 That whole thing your parents tell you when you're growing up "I hope your kids are just like you" line…yeah, I don't think I like that line anymore!
Moe Man has been busy with his writing. We decided we needed to work on that a little more. Last month we learned about outer space and Moe Man decided that he wanted to write about Neil Armstrong. He did an awesome job at it! He wasn't happy that I made him write more than three sentences but when we took our time and laid it out by paragraph, it went very smooth. I was happy to see that when it was typed up all nice and pretty, it was a page long! Not bad for not wanting to do it if you ask me.
Math wise, oh boy. I wish I could find the "just right" program for him that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg. We are working on a review right now, and he seems to like it for the most part, but it is a tutor and not an actual program. We are making it work for us though.
For Science we are working on Geology. I am still working on the plans here, but we are starting on the flood with Noah and going from there. I think we may take some time here, only because the boys love rocks and we will use this to our advantage.
Reading and writing are working on finishing our Percy Jackson Book. Everyone wants to hear it, and mommy got tired of reading it all the time. What does a mommy do? She plays the audio book! All the kids and mommy get to listen to this fun story, and I don't have to listen to anyone complain. Now, I do make Moe Man follow along in the book, and than he has activities to do that go along with the readings. I like this as it builds on his comprehension of what he has read/listened to.
We have been busy all week, and this upcoming week is no different. I hope your week and weekend were good. I can't wait to share more later this week on some of the fun things we have done!