Memoria Press More StoryTime Treasures ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

How do you find a way to challenge your child's mind while reading? Do you have a program that you have found that works with high quality books to make your children more active readers and push them past their comfort zone? Ray Ray has been pushed and is excelling with Memoria Press and More StoryTime Treasures Student Guide and Answer Key as a literature guide.

More StoryTime Treasures Review

Memoria Press is a family-run company who wanted to make simple, easy to use classical Christian educational materials that were available to schools and homes. We had the chance to take a look at their More StoryTime Treasures literature guide. This set is recommended for first grade and up, and was perfect for Ray Ray.

While Ray Ray is a superb reader, he needed something to help him slow down and build on his reading skills in new ways. This guide did just that for him! While the books were very easy for him to read, the work that came with, made him slow down and become more active in his reading. Focusing more on the vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills.

Included with the More StoryTime Treasures set is the student guide and teacher's answer key. The books were not included, but there is an option to purchase them. I was able to easily find all 7 books within my library and their branches. These are seven classics that we have previously read within our previous lessons and it was super nice to go back to them in a new way!


Memoria Press Literature Guides Review


The seven books you will be reading with More StoryTime Treasures are:

  • Billy and Blaze
  • Blaze and the Forest Fire
  • The Story About Ping
  • Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
  • Stone Soup
  • The Little House
  • Miss Rumphius

There are no real "rules" on how to use this program, other than making sure you read the books before and during working on the worksheets. This is super nice when you have a kid who likes to pick and choose what books he wants to read. I was able to let Ray Ray pick which book he wanted to read next. This made him more workable with me and we had less of a struggle.

More StoryTime Treasures Review

The answer key that comes with this program is for this and for StoryTime Treasures. It is nice knowing that if you start this right away with StoryTime Treasures, you can save a little money and not purchase a second answer key when you start More StoryTime Treasures. I love how simple this answer key works. You simply have the answers, nothing more, nothing less. This makes it quick and easy to read. The only thing I didn't like was that the student guide and answer key did not put the same books in the same order. This is not a deal breaker for me, but it was confusing the first few times I grabbed it to help me find an answer, even daddy was confused when he hoped in to help with Ray Ray's school one day.

We used this daily in our homeschool lessons. The first day of each book was simply reading the book all the way through. Each day after that we would do one or two pages from the lessons. Each page of the lessons would let us know a range of pages from the book that we would find our answers.

More StoryTime Treasures Review

This was a great program to add some great new learning into reading a simple book. Each book comes with many different areas to learn about, but they each have a word study, word definition, comprehension questions (fill-in-the-Blank), language lesson and finally a just for fun section. Each book has 2-3 lessons, each with the above components. We were able to work about a lesson a week, depending on how fast we did or didn't work.

I really enjoyed using this program with Ray Ray. He enjoyed pulling it out and using it on his own, or telling me what needed to be done. More StoryTime Treasures really took some of our favorite books and helped us learn new things, not just about the books, but about the language arts as well. This was a very fun guide and we are excited to finish the last 3 books!

More StoryTime Treasures Review

Memoria Press has numerous different literature guides available for different ages and grade levels. I am going to head over and check out some of the other reviews of these guides, will you join me?

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Logic of English ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

For the last few weeks, Ray Ray and I have been working together with Essentials 2nd Edition from Logic of English. This Language Arts program has it all and is perfect for multiple ages! I can't wait to tell you all about this program.

Essentials Vol. 1 Complete Set  

The complete set includes:

  • Essential Teacher's Guide, Volume 1
  • Essential Students Workbook, Volume 1
  • Spelling Journal
  • Morpheme Cards, Set 1
  • Basic Phonogram Flash Cards
  • Spelling Rule Flash Cards
  • Grammar Flash Cards
  • Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
  • Phonogram Game Cards: Bookface
  • Phonogram Game Cards: Manuscript
  • Phonogram Game Tiles
  • Spelling Analysis Card
  • Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference

We also received the Essentials Reader Set of Digital Books. This is completely optional, but we loved it!

Essentials Logic of English

Essentials 2nd Edition is a multi-level program that is a complete language arts program for ages 7 to adult (and trust me, I have been learning along with Ray Ray)! This program covers reading, spelling, grammar and vocabulary. There are 3 different levels in this program, A, B, and C. You are given a placement test in your teacher guide to help make sure you start your student at the right level. Ray Ray is starting at the very beginning with Level A.

Introducing Essentials 2nd edition

This program consists of 15 weekly lessons. There is a Volume 2 that will release in January of 2017 that will contain lessons 16-30. Each of the lessons in Volume 1 is set up for 5 days a week. We spaced this out a little and did 4 days a week most weeks, while doing 5 days the other weeks with no issues at all.

When I first opened the box, I was super excited to get a start on this program! We had used Foundations A before, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. Only, this is more in depth for learning. The basics are the same, but there are some slight differences that make it a higher level. The teacher's guides are similar in set up, which was nice for me. But there was a lot of information to take in.

Essentials Logic of English

While there is a lot of information, this is not a downfall. Your child, and you, will be learning so much and Logic of English wants you to be equipped as the teacher. The teacher's guide (which I compared in weight to Baby Girl) is going to give you all you need to know so you can teach your child for at least three years. Or even three children at the same time!

While we have the option to teach more than one child at the same time, we only used this with Ray Ray. He loved using Logic of English again, and after I spent a weekend going over the teacher guide instead of just a day, we were ready to begin. I was confident that I could teach him all he needed to know by following the wording in the teacher's guide. Yes, this teacher's guide shows you exactly what to say!

I loved using the teacher's guide, as daunting as the size was, once I spent time looking at it, I loved it. Being able to use this with the student work book was the best. I was able to scan the pages, see the symbols of what was needed for each assignment and have it set up in the morning for class.

The teacher's guide also reminded me to when we needed to use the Essentials Reader Set. This digital set of books was a great way to take what we were learning and add it into stories outside of the workbook. Yes, we were still learning, but we were taking what we learned and used it in a different way.

The stories included here were fun and easy to read. They came with a student activity book that helped enforce different ideas we were learning about in a fun way.

Logic of English

While I used to struggle with Ray Ray in the language arts area, when I would pull this out, he gets excited to see what we were learning for the day. He loves having a workbook to use and the spelling journal was an added bonus. While this seemed simple, I couldn't believe how much he loved adding new words to this book.

Logic of English also used games to help us learn. Ray Ray is currently carrying a stack of phonogram cards around and letting everyone know how many sounds he knows. This makes it fun for him to review, and not a chore.

We have loved everything about Essentials Second Edition. It has been the program we needed without us knowing we needed it. Finding a program we both love is not always easy, and this does just that for us!

Logic of English has other programs as well. You need to check out the other reviews from the other families and find your program!


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10+ Homeschool Resources Under $20

When you start homeschooling, you have many worries. One of those worries should not be on cost. Homeschooling can be very affordable when you decide to make it that way. We have learned that making a homeschool budget and sticking to it will really help when it comes to planning out your new year.

We love finding good deals and make sure to stock up when we do. Even if we don’t need anything, I have learned to set some money aside each paycheck. When I do this I am able to grab the good deals when I find them. Like right now! Check out these awesome finds! All for under $20!! Who would pass these deals up?

homeschool resources for a budget Here's a list of the best affordable homeschool resources – all available for $20 or less on Educents. Helpful Resources Homeschool Planner – This planner includes dated journal pages, practical forms, motivational quotes, and teaching aides to make your homeschool planning effortless and enjoyable. Do-a-Dot Mega Bundle – 17 different activities that cover fine motor skills, numbers, letters, sight words, word families, shapes, colors, patterns, and early addition. All of these items are designed for us with do-a-dot markers, but they also come with a variety of suggestions for alternative uses. Photography Lessons for Kids – Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught. Math Resources Tegu Geometric Blocks – Here's a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors. Educents Tegu Blocks Buy Now Times Tales DVD – Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! Most homeschoolers say this DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There's also a downloadable version available. Life of Fred Math Stories – After reading the Fred books, kids will never say "math is boring" ever again. These fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons! Tegu Geometric Blocks – Here's a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors. Science Activities Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket – Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions. slimy_squishy_polymer_gloopy_hands_mommywifelife Buy Now One Minute Science Mysteries – Each story, just one minute long, challenges students' knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. Language Arts Games & Lessons uKloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game -Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise. ukloo treasure set Buy Now Let's Get Reading Bundle – Play detective with this printable packet investigating CVC words, phonics, word families and more! Kids can even print & wear spy gear! Cursive Writing Worksheets – Make handwriting practice more fun with these superhero-themed printable worksheets.  


Here to Help Learning ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Are you looking for a homeschool writing program that works with your kids and allows them to have fun while learning? A program that you work with your child, yet you don't have to do a lot of working when it comes to the planning? We used Here to Help Learning and their Flight 1 Paragraph Writing.

Here to Help Learning

Why would they call this Flight 1? Well, because you are hoping on an airplane and having a good time while learning! Ray Ray loves to use this computer for his learning as much as possible, and this writing program has allowed him to do that.

Here to Help Learning is an online writing program. There is filmed instruction for each one of the weekly lessons which goes over the topics your child will need to work on. Following the filmed instruction, there are printable worksheets that your child will use to complete the lesson. Other than the Here to Help Learning program, the only other thing you will want to have available is a 3 ring binder to organize your child's worksheets.

Here to Help Learning

There are two required days each week when using Here to Help Learning. The first day is the day when you watch your instructions. These are broken down into a few different sections and require pausing to play some quick games or work on some writing warm ups. This is the day to have mom or dad present to help with the pausing and to play the games with. We included big brother in our Sentence, No Sentence game.

The second day of the week your child will work on their Flying Solo work. This is simple work that has them slowly working towards their final writing piece, in our case it was a simple paragraph. This is the day that they will take what they have learned so far and use it in the writing process. This is also the day where you can step back and see what your child is learning so far.

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Ray Ray loves to use the computer and I love programs that make my day just a little bit more simple. I am still an active part of his learning, but I have help with Here to Help Learning. I am able to sit down on Sunday night, and take a look at what needs to be done for the week. I print the worksheets and get them ready to go into the binder and watch the video myself so I know what to expect.


Tuesday is the day we like to watch our filmed instruction together. We are able to spend some time together working through what Mrs. Mora wants us to do. Ray Ray loves the airplane, and the puppy pilot, Captain Knucklehead! He looks forward to these lessons and loves to play Sentence, No Sentence, in fact, he preps all week for this one game, to the point where I have to make up more to go with the game.

Here to Help Learning

The writing warm-up is included in this day. This includes a funny picture, a word box and space to write. This is a great way to get the minds thinking, and the way Mrs. Mora has it set up to include everyone from every writing level is awesome! Ray Ray started out, unsure of his writing abilities, but now, this is the second favorite part of writing. Little Miss likes to sit in and help up come up with our words in our word box. This warm-up makes writing fun.

Working on the writing project is a step by step process. Here to Help Learning has it all broken down into simple steps for your child. Writing a paragraph never seemed so simple when you take is slowly. And when you make hand movements to help you remember the different steps, they are that much more fun!

Thursday we move on to our Flying Solo part of the lesson. This is where Ray Ray works on his own asking me for help when he needs it. He started out not liking this day. He was nervous to be "flying solo" and was always asking questions. Now he has gained confidence knowing that he can do this. This is due to the small workloads that he is given. He is not taught how to write a paragraph and sent out to do it. He is learning with help at each step and he loves it!

That is about it…as simple as it sounds, it works! I love watching Ray Ray get better at his writing every week. I love seeing him excited to start a program day after day. This program has not only made my planning and teaching easier, it has made his learning easier. This is just what I love to see for him! Honestly, what more could you ask for? Right here you have a fun and interactive teacher, simple step by step instructions for both the parent and the student, and a lot of fun! Just what you need for any writer in your house!

We really enjoyed using our writing program, but Here to Help Learning offers many other programs as well. Stop over and check out these other reviews real quick, see if you can find a program you love!

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