Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – A Review

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Learning about the skeletal system should be fun. There should be games and activities that keep a child interested. Keeping them interested is the hardest part. The Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – Set of 4 was just what we needed in our home!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

What Is It?

This is a four-book set, each one focusing on different bones within the body. Each of these books can be used for a whole year, making this set start in 3rd grade and finish in the 6th grade.

The four books are:

  1. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Hand, Arm, and Shoulder
  2. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Foot, Let and Pelvis
  3. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Rib Cage and Spine
  4. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Head, Face, and Neck

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

Each book consists of short, fun, and rhyming lessons. The books are full of activities for the kids to get hands on fun practice with what they have been learning. These activities can range from checking out “x-rays” with 3D glasses to drawing the bones as you trace your hands and feet or even just coloring the ribs while you practice their names.

On top of all the fun that filled the pages, these pages were full color. They are made of a thicker weight paper, so they can stand up to lots of flipping of pages.

How We Used It

Ray Ray was the intended reader of these books. However, he decided to take his learning of his bones a step farther. Two days after we opened the books, Ray Ray fell off his bed and broke his elbow! *Just a heads up, this did not earn him any extra credit, and it is not required when you decide to purchase the books!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I did not have any lesson plans to follow when we got these books. Instead, we took the books and had fun with them on our own. I would simply write Dr. Bonyfinde on Ray Ray’s daily lessons and he would read as much or as little as he wanted. Typically, he would read the lesson and stop. The next day he would go and do the activities that went with the lesson.

We used this in addition to our current Science curriculum. The way this played out on our lesson plans was 2-3 times a week using it, depending on the week. This was a perfect spacing option for us.

What We Thought Of It

We love using these books. Ray Ray enjoys that the lessons were short and to the point, yet fun at the same time. He doesn’t get bored and jumps at the chance to do Dr. Bonyfide instead of his current curriculum.

I did notice that when Ray Ray uses a pen or pencil, the color on the back of the pages he writes on transfers to the following pages. While this frustrated us a little, we did find that using a permanent marker helped prevent the transfer and the pages were thick enough to prevent it from bleeding through.

Learning our Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I love that he loves to learn about his body. This is such a fun curriculum that I don’t have to argue with him to work on it. I think we will end up going through more than one book each year, as Ray Ray loves to read them that much.

If you are looking for a fun way to get your child interested in learning about their skeletal system, Dr. Bonyfide is the guy for you!

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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?

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review



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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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8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids ~ A Book Review

Kids, what an interesting creature. One minute they are happy go lucky, the next they are having a meltdown because you won't let them eat the dog food…I know, it is crazy, but kids get upset about the silliest things! Only as they get older the meltdowns come from bigger things and you really wish you hand an owner's manual for these fascinating gifts from God.

8 Simple Tools

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell is just that for you! This book will help you develop a nurturing home culture, maintain a healthy relationship with your child, and correct behavior in a lasting way! In this 200-page book, you will find 8 simple tips to help you achieve all these and more!

Meet Todd Cartmell

Dr. Todd Dr. Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed postdoctoral training at the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Cartmell works with children, adolescents, parents, and families and specializes in a wide range of child and adolescent issues, including ADHD evaluation and treatment, oppositional behavior, depression, anxiety, and anger management.

A popular workshop and conference speaker, Dr. Cartmell conducts parenting workshops across the country. He is the author of several books, including Respectful Kids: The Complete Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Child; Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry; The Parent Survival Guide, and 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Moody Publishers) as well as creator of The Flexible Thinking Game.

In his free time, Dr. Cartmell enjoys doing anything with his wife, spending time with his boys, reading, running, and playing jazz piano. His Christian faith is an important part of his life and thinking, and he is continually thankful for God's grace, of which he is an undeserving recipient. He and his family live in the Chicago area.

For more information on Dr. Cartmell's books and workshops, you can visit his website at www.drtodd.net.

About The Book:

In this book, Dr Todd tells us 8 wonderful tips, but it is not just that, he breaks them down into parts. Each of these parts are described to us in small simple chapters. This book is made for the busy parent for sure! If you have 5 minutes, you have time for one chapter! One more chapter is one more tool in this tool belt called parenting! While I have issues finding time to read a book, I had no troubles reading 3-5 chapters a day of this book!

The 8 Tips seem pretty straight forward, Talking, Listening, Influencing, Connecting, Teaching, Encouraging, Correcting and Leading. However, when Dr. Todd starts to break these down, you realize how much more there is to each one. And not in a hard to work way, in a "this little thing could change that big thing, but I was doing this instead" kind of way!

Dr. Todd puts these tools into everyday life of children and parents. Like dump trucks and dirt vs gold. Instead of just words, you "see" what he is talking about and you are given super easy to follow ideas to make the changes both you and your children want to see. Because just like us, they want a happy home as well. They just see things differently and we need to work together to make things happen.


If you have been searching for just the right book to help bring peace to your family. To end the bickering and struggles. If you want a book that is simple to read yet touches on all the tough topics of raising kids, you really need to grab yourself a copy of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids! I have enjoyed reading this book. It was not a chore like some parenting books, only to be left on the shelf halfway finished. I finished this book before I realized it and was ready to read it all over again! With 4 kids being homeschooled and running a blog, finding a book like that is awesome!!

What is one of your parenting tips that has helped you?

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Disclaimer: I received this item for review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.

Three Little Piggies Smart Game ~ A Reivew

I love when I find that game that is just right. The one that is loved by everyone, yet can be played alone. That game that requires thought and logic and is challenging for multiple ages, yet is fun. When you find that game you have to share it with other moms! Today I want to tell you about the Three Little Piggies Smart Game that we had a chance to review from Timberdoodle.

Timberdoodle 3 Piggies Review

Three Little Piggies Smart Game is a great logic game for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years, but I have seen EVERYONE in our house play this game! While this is for one player, the kids, and dad, like to work together to solve the problems.

Three Little Piggies Review

From the first day that Three Little Piggies arrived in our house, we have had someone playing with the game every day. Both Little Miss and Ray Ray were taking turns for over an hour as soon as I took this out of the package. It was one of the few times that I had ever seen them get along like they did. I was one happy momma!

The way you play this game is super simple. You decide if you want a daytime challenge or nighttime challenge first. After that, you need to pick your level. The levels range from starter, junior, expert and finally master. During the day, you only play with the pigs. Your challenge is to fit the puzzles pieces around the pigs so that they remain outside. But when it comes to the nighttime, you need to get those houses over the tops of the pigs and hide them from the wolf.

Three Little Piggies Review

This logic game is intended to help your child think outside of the box. They are in charge and at 4 years old, Little Miss is in LOVE with the simple instructions and knowing there is a game on the shelf she can pull off and play when she wants to, not when it is easy for everyone else. This is a wonderful thing for mommy when she is busy with the big boys and their school yet want Little Miss to do something other than watch the TV.

A Review of Three Little Piggies

Ray Ray was just as excited about this game entering on our shelf. He is in love with logic puzzles and this one has been just as challenging for him as it was for Little Miss. It has been a competition to see who can master the challenges with the least amount of moves. If you want to see your child think about each move they make before they make it, add that challenge to the game! (Plus this is a great way to make it more challenging for the older crowd.)

The quality of this game is wonderful! It has withstood all four of the kids, yes Baby Girl has had her hands, and mouth of this game! While this game is fun and easy to handle as an older child and adult, it is also bulky enough to let the baby play with and have no worries about her with it. This is a bonus for when you have kids of multiple ages, yet still close in age.

Three Little Piggies Review

I don't want to forget to mention the super cool wordless book that comes with this game. It is the book of the three pigs, but this wordless version made it possible for Little Miss to "read" it to Baby Girl. She never gets to read to her sister, but with this, she was the rockstar sister! And her confidence went through the room, along with her smile!

We love having this game on our game shelf and we love knowing that while it is fun, it is educational as well! We are learning more than just counting when we play this game, we are learning a whole new way of thinking!

Stop by and check out Timberdoodle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. Let them know that I sent you their way!!

What is your favorite game to play with your younger crowd?

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Write From History Curriculum Review

Write from History review

Moe Man loves history! When I say this, I want to shout out the word LOVES! We have a good history study we are using, but we needed something more for the reading and writing part of it. Welcome Write From History and their Write From Early Modern History Level 2 Manuscript Models by Kimberly D. Garcia.


For this review we were given a copy of the paperback student book Write From Early Modern History Level 2 Manuscript Models. This book retails for $22.95 and is a Charlotte Mason style elementary writing curriculum. Level 2 is recommended for grades 3-5. Moe Man is in 7th grade, but this is a great fit for him and helping re-enforce where he needs it. There are no other products needed to complete this curriculum, which makes it really nice and budget friendly. There is no teacher's guide to this curriculum, but the appendix contains a really good reference for teachers and parents.



After reading through the introduction and scheduling information in the beginning of the book, I was ready to plan it into our schedule. The Charlotte Mason style of writing is a really laid back (in my opinion) way of teaching. For Moe Man, this is perfect! He doesn't think it is “writing” and that really helps!


Starting on day 1, the student goes through the reading and than they give an oral narration of what they read. We had never done this, and although it seems really simple, if you haven't learned it, you are lost. No worries though! Kimberly has a set of 12 questions that you can ask to help with this. And than you finish the day up with a written summary. Once again, Kimberly has given a few questions to help the student (or the mom) get a start on this.



Day 2 has the student working on copywork and grammar. We have fallen in love with copywork this year! It is the one time Moe Man really slows down and focuses on his writing! The grammar, this is where mommy is going back to school 🙂 This is the only point in the whole book I wish for a teacher's guide, but it really isn't too hard at all.

Day 3 has studied dictation on the schedule. This is another new thing for us, but we are learning to love it.

Day 4 is looking at a new reading (usually a poem) and working on oral narrations and copywork again, and finishing up the week on day 5 is another studied dictation.



For a writing curriculum, we are really enjoying this! I think the fact that it is laid back, and hits on the topics that Moe Man enjoys really helps, but even so, this is a curriculum that I am enjoying as well. There are no more major battles about writing (hey, can we do math here too??) and one less battle in the homeschool world is an awesome one!


The grammar starts basic and adds on. It requires you to circle different parts of speech in different colors, and Moe Man loves to be artistic! We have skipped ahead in this department, since he is supposed to know this, and do more than just one part of speech at a time. This makes the words more fun to read also! I keep “seeing” colors as I read other works now too 🙂


Overall, we really did enjoy this book and will continue to use this book. Would I discourage you from getting it because there is no teacher's guide, NO WAY!! Being this is the ONLY downfall that I could find in the whole thing, I would forget I even mentioned it 🙂 Honestly, this is something that doesn't truly need that silly thing called a teacher's guide. Moe Man's only complaint, it was too hard to write in the actual workbook, but that was easily solved by pulling out his notebook.


If you are looking for a good writing curriculum, I recommend this one!

Want to read other reviews? Head on over to The Multi-Taskin Mom and see what others have to say about Write From History.



Why I Give Activity Book ~ Review


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Do you need a way to teach your kids about giving during this holiday season? You want something that isn't dry and dull? Here is the answer! Why I Give Activity book by Corine is a wonderful activity book for the kids. This is a 64 page pdf download that goes along with Corine's Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time. Although these go together, you can use just the activity book and still reap all the benefits!


We used just the activity book at our house and we loved it! I love having a pdf of an activity book because I am able to print a copy of each page for each kid. When it comes to the instructions on making things, I can print one and we all share it. And there are some cute activities to make in this book!




One thing we noticed with homeschooling, our kids LOVE to color and draw. I am able to give the kids a page to color, and read the bible verse about giving while they keep their hands busy. I love seeing the pages where it asks the kids to draw a picture of different ways you can give. The stories and pictures we get…and they continue to draw those pictures on regular paper after.



Activities that are included are things like coloring the stars to see a special message. Making a special rock paper-weight, or a simply no-sew fleece blanket. It was so fun to show the kids the different projects and let them pick out what we would be making for everyone for Christmas this year! (I would show more pictures, but I know there are people reading who are going to receive those gifts 🙂 ).


Why I Give is priced just right at $4.99 for the pdf download. You can find this and Corine's other books at her BooksbyCorine.com website.


We found an activity book we will be using time and again! I love hearing what can we give so and so instead of this is what I want! Such a nice change!


Want to read more? Head on over to Bow of Bronze and see what other moms are saying about this book!



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!



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.



Celebrate Jesus an exciting Advent celebration for families.


Amy has been generous enough to offer a free copy of this Advent program in the version (KJV or ESV) of your choice to one lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win! I will draw one winner on Saturday, November 30. 



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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.




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.




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.


Don't forget to check out other reviews at Bow of Bronze. There are some other good ones there!


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“Virtual” Field Trip Friday ~ Thanksgiving in 1621 Review


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!



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!




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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