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Blue Manor Education Review and GIVEAWAY

What type of curriculum do you like to use for your Preschooler or Kindergarten child? Do you want to give them the best that you can? A solid start to their education? Over at Blue Manor Education, they feel the same way. I was able to review the Preschool Curriculum and the Kindergarten Curriculum.

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Both of these curriculum sets are Christian based and are the e-Books. With the e-books, you have options, you can print them and use them like real books, or save paper and ink and use them on our tablet. We printed some of the pages, but both Ray Ray and Little Miss loved to use the tablet to do their school! They felt grown up and thought they were playing.

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The Blue Manor Preschool eBook set comes with 23 individual books and a “how-to” book on how to use this curriculum with the kids. Among these ebooks, are Bible, Colors and Concepts, Drawing and Art, Mathematics, Personal Development, Phonics Reading, Science and Vocabulary along with 4 Level 1 phonics readers.

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Little Miss loved using this curriculum, and loved having her own school to do along with her brothers. I loved that there was no planning needed on my part. If I had a few minutes, I would grab her, the tablet and we would go to town on one thing at a time.

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We would be able to pick and choose what we wanted to work on each time we had the chance. I loved the Bible lessons. The pictures are not “kiddy” pictures, they are real pictures. The artwork is beautiful and goes along with the story perfectly. The stories are not that long, but just right for the attention span of a preschooler.

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Although the Phonics Readers are in the preschool package, I have been using those for Ray Ray. He is my math wiz, and wants nothing to do reading. However, he is picking up on the reading now, so we are using these for him. He loves the stories for the stories, I love that the picture is located on a different page from the words so he can’t guess the words. He actually has to read the words and then he can go on to examine the picture. It is also nice on the tablet that there is no picture to distract him while he should be reading. He is zooming through these and actually asks to do his reading now!

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The Kindergarten Curriculum eBook Set is set at Level 2. This should be done after Level 1 is completed. Once again there are 23 individual eBooks and the How To eBook. Included at this level are Bible, Brain Builder, Drawing Basics, Geography, History, Math, Phonics Reading, Science, Vocabulary and Writing & Penmanship.

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While Ray Ray loves the phonics in the Preschool set, he loves the math in this package just as much. The children are introduced to all these subjects by the reading of the books again. Once again, you are able to download and print or just use them on the tablet. With the use of the tablet you are able to pull this out as you see fit for time or attention.

These subjects are building off of the same subjects from Level 1 and your child will be more successful if you fully finish Level 1 first. I did a quick review with Ray Ray before jumping ahead to the Kindergarten level and he is doing well with these lessons.

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My favorite addition to the Kindergarten set that wasn’t in the Preschool set is the brain builders. We love to add any kind of logic lessons into our daily lessons. The kids think of them as games, and I love that they are using other parts of their brains to figure out the answers. The Brain Builders are no exception and Ray Ray loves to do these as his daily warm up.

If you are looking at a great way to get your kids into their school, give them a head start and build a love for learning, I highly recommend these programs from Blue Manor Education. And for a regular price of $39.99 for a full curriculum, you can’t really argue about the price!

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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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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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Celebrate Jesus ~ Review and Giveaway

Celebrate Jesus: An exciting Advent Journey for families.

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What do you do for Advent? How do you keep Christ in Christmas? Are you still looking for that one thing that will work? Why not try Celebrate Jesus, Light of the World!

 

Amy Blevins over at Homeschool Encouragement has taken the time to write down what works for her family and is sharing it with all of us! This is not a program where you will have to plan for days before each day and spend tons of money just preparing to do a fun activity. There is no stress over doing everything! Amy gives you tons of ideas, but tells you right away that even her family doesn't do it all!

 

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Now, I know Advent doesn't "start" until December 1st this year, and I will be honest when I say that the kids haven't started using this program yet. Even though they haven't used it, does not mean that I haven't been reading the daily plans already 🙂

 

I like to make sure that I know what we are doing before we do it. Like I said earlier, Amy made this program so that us moms don't have to do much planning. We get to spend that extra time we would spent on planning reading the scriptures before hand and spending our quiet time with the Lord first. 

 

In this 81 page eBook of Celebrate Jesus, Amy has included a master supply list for the 24 days of Advent, daily scripture readings and activities for all 24 days, 24 pages of copywork and 13 different recipes.

 

My favorite part of this whole thing…the master supply list! I don't have to read days ahead when I head out to the store! I don't have to make a quick run to get one or two things! I can bring this master supply list with me and get everything for the whole week. This may sound like a small victory to some, but those of you who do know what I am talking about, know how huge this is 🙂

 

Each day in this Advent program contains scripture reading, questions to review what you just read, table time with your Advent wreath and an activity. All of this is just wonderfully laid out and flows together. There are songs that you can sing or listen to each day. Amy gives you a site where you can find almost all of these songs for free, and I am seeing some of them on YouTube also that the kids are already listening too (make sure you preview them first for inappropriate commercials or ads).

 

Daily activities scare me…will I be crafty enough to make it work? Will the kids like what I have planned? How much is it going to cost me to make a mess? Amy doesn't include any of those types of activities in this program! These are fun to do activities…I can pull these off! Using simple things like construction paper, markers, scissors, beads and pipe cleaners (and these are for multiple days, not just one!) to make the different projects happen…I have all of these already!! This takes the fear and worry out of  daily activities for this mom!

 

The recipes in here are yummy sounding! Yes, I used the word yummy 🙂 Amy's Peanut Butter Fudge and only 7 ingredients to boot?!? Yes please! I am excited to try the recipes with the kids and love that Amy left some blank recipe cards in there also. I am not a baker, but with the kids I have started to work against this and learn new things with them! What better time to try, right?

 

We have started using more and more copywork within our homeschool, so to see Amy include that in the program was wonderful! Moe Man is working on making his handwriting more neat. Using this system seems to help him figure out how the letters really should look, and he loves to sit down and focus hard on it. Ray Ray is still learning and just likes to copy. Why not give him bible verses based on what we are learning about that day for Advent to help him copy the right way. I love seeing the little pictures at the bottom of each page. We love to color, so this is a perfect way to end their copywork for the day!

 

Celebrate Jesus is available in either KJV or ESV and the copywork is in manuscript (printing). Either one of these versions are only $4.99 and you can find them by clicking on the picture at the top of this page or this one below.

 

 

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Simply Put: A Study in Economics ~ Review and Giveaway!!

I have taken some Economics courses in high school and college, but I can tell you honestly, they were not my cup of tea. I tried hard, but just didn't “get it”. Now I have a 7th grader who is going to need Economics and I am worried. How will I do it? How will I teach him what I couldn't learn? Enter in Simply Put: A Study in Economics by Catherine Jaime.

 

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Are you a paper and pen type of school or do you like the fun eBook options? Guess what? You can get this book in either format you want!! The eBook option is available over at Currclick.com for a price of $6.99. Amazon has the softcover physical copy of Simply Put and Catherine has the softcover physical copy and teacher copy at her site for $25.00.

 

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Catherine has taken 140 pages to write a 36 lesson curriculum that will count for ½ of a high school credit in Economics and made it very homeschool friendly! There are lesson reviews and a mid term and final exam as well. With the addition of a few extra readings or writing assignments, you could turn this into a full credit, but as a half a credit this is a full curriculum. You only have to add what you want.

 

This is a high school credit course, but the reading is so easy for read aloud with the younger crowd. Moe Man loves to have me read to him on some subjects, so it is nice to have something that Ray Ray and Little Miss won't look at me like I am speaking a foreign language! I am happy for that also!

 

Since there are 36 lessons in this book, I figured we would take it slow (I didn't want to be too scared) and we would do 1 lesson a week, with some extra add ins as I found them. We start our weekly studies on Tuesdays when we read through the lesson. I will answer (to the best of my knowledge) any questions the kids may have after we read. Wednesday we start out by doing a quick narration of what we remember from the day before. Than we work on the Lesson Review. We read the questions out loud and talk through our answers. I have Moe Man write them down after we come up with our final answer for each one. Thursday is the day we do our “extras”. I see if I can find any movies, or we play around online to look up more information on things that peaked our interest.

 

Catherine did an awesome job of laying everything out in a nice easy to read and understand format. This was a book that I could pick it up and go with it. I didn't have to spend hours organizing and planning everything we needed to accomplish. The review questions are all grouped together at the end of the book instead of at the end of each lesson. This confused me for a moment, and I am still torn about it. I love having my questions right at the end of the lesson, but I have started to like the idea of this being a book first and a textbook second. Both Moe Man and myself feel like we are not being daunted by the questions, yet we still have them and they are good review.

 

This book is not full of all those silly graphs and charts that scare me. And the few pictures in there are black and white and don't draw away from the reading. I don't want to make this sound boring and full of words, because like I have said before, the reading was an easy, understandable reading. Just enough breaks to keep a person going. The lessons are a wonderful length that don't draw on for hours of endless reading, yet they cover what they set out to cover.

 

After all my worries and fears over Economics, I am beginning to enjoy teaching it. Will I ever be an expert? Naw, but I have a good foundation that has been laid out, and I notice that Moe Man seems to like it a little better than I ever did. Hmm, maybe I am doing something right? 🙂 I think Catherine did a good job of writing a text that introduces this subject and helps us fearful parents/teachers teach a subject our kids need to know. I know I will be using this to the end and not putting it on the shelf after the review is over! I do recommend this to those of you who need a good start to Economics.

 

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Discover Thanksgiving in 1621 ~ Final Review

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We had another fun week learning about Thanksgiving and the history behind it, with our Thanksgiving in 1621 Study from Spirited~Autumn~Hope. We started out the week with another virtual field trip. This time we go to go to a Wampanoag Homesite. Once again the kids loved this. They loved seeing how similar this was to our trip to the local Fur Post. Ray Ray has fallen in love with Squanto, and it was fun to learn more about the Three Sisters Garden.

 

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Interviews with Pilgrims had us learning more and more about the daily life in 1621. Life was different and the comparison and contrasting was something fun to sit down and talk about. We were also able to learn some Wampanoag words this week! 

 

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This week's lesson also included fun games and activities like making pilgrim hat cookies, making a diagram of what a Three Sisters Garden looked like and the fun one…Find the Turkeys!

 

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This fun little game had us searching all over for the little turkey cutouts. I had both the big kids (Moe Man and Ray Ray) help with the cutting to add in the fine motor skills. All the kids have loved playing Hide and Seek, so this was a fun version of it that was a little harder (since these turkeys don't talk and can hide in lots of smaller spaces)!

 

We had such a fun month with this Study! I am pleased that we were able to try it out! I can honestly say, there was not a downside to this program. None of the children complained when I said it was time for history, in fact, all of them got excited and asked what we were doing next. I can say that all of them will remember something from this and I can't wait until next year when we use this again and build off of what they remember from this year!

 

I hope you enjoyed following along with us as we learned the history of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. I know I enjoyed sharing it with you.

 

Also during this month, I got to do an interview with Kaeryn from Winter~Promise and Spirited~Autumn~Hope. Head on over to their blog to see what I say about our homeschool adventures!

 

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“Virtual” Field Trip Friday ~ Thanksgiving in 1621 Review

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We had a lot of fun this week in our learning about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe. We sailed over to the "New World" on the Mayflower and Moe Man loved reading the story to the littles. We were able to find this book at our library. The pictures in here are beautiful! This is going on our Christmas wish list!

 

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We have read stories that are included in our Thanksgiving in 1621 unit study from Spirited~Autumn~Hope that include The Colony's Beginnings, Building the Colony, and Meeting Native Americans. We have been able to compare housing, clothes, food, and school between the Pilgrim children and the Wampanoag children. We tried our hands at boiled bread and making Pilgrim hats.

 

As fun as all those things were, we had the most fun on our "virtual" field trip to the Pilgrim village. We are a family that loves going "back in time", so being able to see this villiage on the computer was fun! Moe Man was a tad disappointed when we found the Pilgrim village on the map and seen how far away from us it was.

 

On our short, 18 minute, visit to the village we were able to visit the homes, gardens and fort. We got to "talk" with the guards at the fort (meeting house) and learn about their jobs and their weapons. We got to "meet" Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins (yes, the kids loved them the most because we share a last name). From these Hopkins, we got to see the houses and compare them to our own. We visited with a lot of people and learned a lot in this short time.

 

"Talking" with the people helps us to make our history more "real". Who cares about dry textbooks when you can learn from those who were there! I get to surprise the kids later today when we head on over and take another "field trip" over to the Plimoth Plantation!

 

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We are loving this fun study and learning a lot! You can still get this study over at Spirited~Autumn~Hope and get in on the fun!

 

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My Beloved and My Friend ~ Book Review

 

 

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Every girl dreams of being married to her best friend for the rest of her life. That one person you can share everything with and be the most comfortable around. But what happens when life takes over and everyone gets "too busy" for each other? That is where this books comes into play! 

(I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that. I was not required to write a positive review, I just did what I wanted to do!)

My Beloved and My Friend: How to be Married to your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses can be pre-ordered here for $12. And for that price, you can't go wrong!

Hal and Melanie Young have been married for almost 30 years and are still in love! Who better to get advice from! This advice ranges from "Leaving and Cleaving" all the way to "How to Fight so You Both Win", and who couldn't use that bit of information?! 

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I have been married to my best friend for the last 8 and half years. We were friends for at least 3 years before that. We have been through ups and downs and sickness and health. I love him as much today as I did 8 and half years ago on our wedding day, but this book still helped me with things I didn't even know I should be focused on. I really loved the help Hal and Melanie gave when it comes to temptations, (which is not just what you think either!)  "The Five Finger Fist to Fight Temptation". They have used this for themselves and to help their children fight temptations also. This is something I remember on a daily basis, and I am teaching our kids too!

I would recommend this book to everyone! When I say everyone, I mean, those who are still dating and not yet married, all the way up to those couples who have been married 30+ years and want to re-ignite their friendship with their spouse and best friend.

 

 

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The Homemaker’s Mentor: Review and Giveaway

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What stay at home mom doesn't want to be a "homemaker"? I know I would love to have the perfect everything at home for my family. However…somewhere down the line I just got lost. I knew what I wanted, but didn't know how to get it. Well, after being invited to try the Homemaker's Mentor, I think I found it. 

 

This cd is filled with over 110 "lessons" for any age. Martha Green and Rebekah Wilson spent four years putting all these wonderful files together for "normal" wanna-be homemakers like myself!These lessons are about everything!! They have some good recipes, and tricks to keep your house clean. Who wouldn't want a spa like bathroom or a mater bedroom retreat? Not to mention some really awesome stories that are really awesome to read aloud to the kids!

 

I loved the tricks for the kitchen. And it is true…besides our living room, we spend most of our time in the kitchen, so why shouldn't it be nice and clean? We have the fun cabinets that sit low off the ceiling so you can "decorate" them with pretty little things. Well, the only problem with that is that dust loves to collect up there. Working your way around your kitchen is broken down into different lessons for you to make your kitchen a nice comfortable spot to hang out. 

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My other favorite lesson was the one called "Mom and the Medicine Cabinet". It was a perfect lesson to work on with the kids with the cold and flu season on its way. Teaching the kids about how you can get the cold and the different stages of the cold were making the kids think more about what they were doing. Talk about a good health lesson! Not only did we learn about the cold, we were also able to learn about treat the colds…including the right way to blow our noses 🙂

 

Now, I just couldn't let you get interested in something like this and leave you hanging, could I? First, if you want your own copy of this wonderful cd, all you need to do is head over here and order one 🙂 They are selling for $37 with free shipping until the end of October. After that, the price will go up to $47. Want to win one? I have the chance to give away TWO of the cds (if you are outside of the US, you can get the zip files to download for your prize). Not only that, but there is a large giveaway going on until the 18th of October. You can win all the items pictured below by going right here.

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Simple Machines ~ Winter Promise (Review)

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Have you heard of Winter Promise (http://www.winterpromise.com/)? I hadn't!! But than I looked into it, and fell in LOVE!! When there was a chance to help them out by reviewing one of their units, I jumped! Now I usually find things for Big Kid when I am looking at these, but I wanted something for Ray Ray. He is in Kindergarten this year, and I found a Science unit for grades 2-6. I figured it sounded fun, so we would try it.

 

Simple Machines has been so fun for us!! We have learned about our "toys" that help us get work done quicker and easier. Levers and pulleys, wheels and axles. And it was FUN!! The whole 7 week unit study doesn't look like it is too spendy, at least compared to many other similar companies I have looked at ($25).

 

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Winter Promise couldn't have made it any easier for me as a mom. The lessons are planned out (only two days a week) and have it all right there for a busy mom! I got all my items in an eBook download. I printed the whole unit, and it didn't break the bank at all, and I have it saved on my tablet for the just in case moments!

 

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The only book that was "required" for this unit, I was able to find at the library! Score! But we really like it, so it is on our Christmas list 🙂

 

Ray Ray loved having his own science to do during the school day. And he played with the experiments for hours! He loved how easy to understand the book was, and although he doesn't write yet, he was able to tell me the answers to the worksheets and I could write them down for him. His favorite time was cuddling with daddy and reading about the different machines.

 

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A Child’s Geography: Explore The Classical World ~ Review and Giveaway!

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I am still "new" in the homeschool and blogging worlds, but I have been learning fast what the good for us curriculums are. When I was looking for ideas for Big Kid and his history and geography needs, I found Knowledge Quest and feel in love with what they had to offer. But which should I choose? 

 

I was offered the opportunity to be a part of the team for A Child's Geography Vol. III: Explore the Classical World. Since I was still in the middle of deciding what I wanted to use, I figured I would "give it a try". Man, did I fall in love!

 

A Child's Geography: Explore The Classical World is geared towards grades 1-6. Big Kid is starting the 7th grade this year and loved this program and Ray Ray is in Kindergarten and loved listening, so I agree with the grade recommendations on this.  I received the eBook version, which sells for $24.95, but you can also order the soft cover physical copy of this for $34.95. I consider this an awesome price for what you get!!

 

When we got our copy, the first thing I did was print a copy of the map. We taped in on the front cover of a simple composition notebook so we could keep our travel journal in one place.

 

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After that was done, we were ready to go!! What made this even more fun for use this year, was we were going to Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells…and when we started reading, it was all about that time period. So, not only were my kids learning, but they were putting what they learned into their memory and relating it to something. Yes, I know, a waterpark is not really "school" related, but as we were walking around and my kids start telling me bits and pieces of what they read, I considered that a good thing! Places like Mykonos, Athens, Rome and things like the Trojan Horse, all came to "life" for my kids on this trip.

 

We came home with questions and a renewed interest in learning more about this area and its history. My kids love to sit down and look at the pictures, which are beautiful and real!

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And I have printed my own copy of the book (because I don't like to read on the computer or tablet ALL the time). 

 

As informative as this "class" is, my kids don't really think it is "school". Terri Johnson, the writer of this volume, has this written as a living book instead of a typical textbook. When you read things such as "After our swimming and snorkeling, we will have to say goodbye to Montenegro and continue our adventure to another country on the Balkan Peninsula." you can see yourself there and you have fun imagining what it is really like to be there swimming and snorkeling! This is what has appealed to my kids the most, they are part of this adventure and not just reading a textbook filled with dry boring information. And hey, those real life pictures really help with the images in our heads 🙂

 

Not only do we have the fun book to read, but we are also able to follow along with our maps and mark off the cities and countries we visit along the way. There are two different maps to use for this, the ones with the cities listed, I use these for Ray Ray and we just highlight where we are talking about. Big Kid uses a black map and finds the cities using the latitude and longitude lines. He is than able to mark the cities and countries as we go. And what history and geography curriculum is complete without recipes to go with each area! 🙂 While we learn about that area, we are able to go to the recipe book that shows recipes for each chapter, slava cake and sticky bread anyone??

 

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It includes:

 

A Child's Geography Volume 3 with Wonders of Old Timeline Book ($59.90)

NotebookingPages.com Treasury Membership ($99.95)

Philosophy Adventure Physical set ($89.95)
Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Intro Pack from Diana Waring ($64.95)

Writeshop Primary Level (winners choice of A, B, or C) ($51.85)

Raising Real Men prize package ($50)
A Journey Through Learning $50 Gift Certificate
3 Months A+ Tutorsoft ($49.95)
Lilla Rose (2 Flexi Clips) ($32.00)
See The Light (2 DVDs) ($30)
King Alfred's English and Baktar (Laurie White) ($25)
 
 
 
 
You can sign up for the mega giveaway here:
 
 
 

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