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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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Talking Fingers Inc. ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Ray Ray and Little Miss love to watch me when I am busy typing away on the computer. They always say "One day I want to type like you, mommy." Well, thanks to Talking Fingers Inc. and the Read, Write & Type program, they are learning how to do just that along with even more!

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Talking Fingers Inc. is a digital program that you are able to log onto from your computer with your internet connection. You won't have to worry about losing a disk or forgetting it in one computer when you need it in a different computer.

With Read, Write & Type, your child will learn all three of those! This program is recommended for grades K-2. Bot Ray Ray and Little Miss were able to use this same program at different speeds.

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With using this program your child will work on their phonics and spelling along with their keyboarding. This in turn will help them with their reading skills. All of this in a typing program that is considered fun with the kids!

Each day, the kids would spend some time, usually 15-20 minutes, working on trying to defeat Virus the Villain and get the characters back to their spots on the keyboard. They are working on learning the placement of their hands on the keyboard and the sound of each letter. This is critical for them to learn to read.



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Little Miss loved spending time working on learning the sounds and loved to spell the simple words in order to get past Virus. Being able to spell words made her feel on top of the world. Even though she has not mastered the "typing" aspect of Read, Write & Type, she is learning the reading and writing very well!

Ray Ray is also working on defeating Virus and save all the letters from his evil rule. He has been able to progress faster through this program and has been working on more of the typing than Little Miss. It has been fun to watch him use the same program I remembering using and seeing the excitement that I remember having.

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Every time your child wins 4 letters back from Virus, they earn a certificate. This is a big deal in our house. These certificates "MUST" be printed immediately and hung up in a safe location. They are seen every day and the kids are able to know that they have made it this far in the program.

We have had so much fun with using Read, Write & Type. The kids have had fun, but please don't tell them that they are learning while they play this cool game. I don't want them to find out how they can learn AND have fun at the same time!




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I love that they think this is a game, that there is nothing to learn here. I love watching Little Miss sound out words "Ray Ray, what comes next!?" They get along, helping each other and pushing each other. I love knowing that even though I don't like the reliance on devices, that my kids are learning how to type so they can succeed in the future with these devices.

Talking Fingers Inc. and Read, Write & Type is a success in our house, but don't take our word for it. Check out the reviews from these other families!



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Homeschool Copywork ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

When it comes to homeschooling the free spirit, the child who doesn't like to sit still. You work on finding a way to put as many subjects together into one lesson. But how in the world do you do that with spelling, grammar and handwriting? Well, if you check out Homeschool Copywork and their Lifetime Membership, you will find just what you need!

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The Lifetime Membership over at Homeschool Copywork is going to give you instant access to all of their copywork eBooks for the life of the website. You will be able to download and print or save any or all of the eBooks to use whenever you need them.

Each of these eBooks comes in five different manuscript styles, Ball and Stick Manusript, D'Nealian Manuscript, Lined Cursive, and Unlined Print and Cursive for you older students.

Right now there are over 54 eBooks available for you to access. There are Artist Studies, Hymn Studies, Quotes from Composers (which we are using with our super fun music program right now), Poetry, Presidential Quotes, Quotes of Inventors, Quotes of Scientists, and Bible Verses to name just a few of the great categories that we have access to!

Homeschool Copywork

We love the use of copywork in our homeschool. It makes learning go quicker for the active children, like Ray Ray. Ray Ray does not like to slow down, but when we use copywork, I am able to group together his need of working on his handwriting skills with being able to show him the proper way to write. I love having an option of picking out these great pieces of work that are put together for me.

With this Lifetime Membership, we are able to go through the list of available titles and decide what would work best for the week. We are able to look through and pick out the pages we need for each age and writing level and use this for multiple levels at the same time. This is a major bonus for us when we want to work on some things together.

Homeschool Copywork

We have been using the Mozart Quotes from Composers with Ray Ray while we learn about Mozart for music. Yes, we are able to take these and make them work with our current lessons! We are also working our way through the hymns together as a family. We love to work on 1 or 2 a month, and this is a great way to add that handwriting practice for everyone while we listen to the music of the hymns.

Homeschool Copywork

I love being able to use these with all three kids, well 4 but Baby Girl just scribbles right now! We can find the level that works for each child and work on them together. There is no need to purchase 3 different plans or editions, one is all you need for your whole family. The kids love that when they do one paper they are able to cross off more than one subject. This makes them more willing to work harder on this and with less of an argument.

The Lifetime Membership over at Homeschool Copywork is just what we have been looking for and I feel a little easier knowing that I have this tool in my homeschool tool belt!

We really love using Homeschool Copywork in our daily school schedule, but don't take our word for it, check out the other reviews with me!

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When you want to find a good movie to watch, where do you go? You can go to the local store and shift through their collection of who know what, or you can head over to and know that you are only looking at wholesome Christian based movies, like Captive, which we have had the chance to watch! Review is a wonderful website to head to when you are in need of a good movie to watch. On their site, you will find all different kinds of Christian based movies to watch. You will be able to find whatever you are in the mood for, be it an entertaining movie, biography, educational, cartoon or documentary, has it for you!

I always struggle when looking for movies, wondering if it is an ok one for the whole family, or if mom and dad will need to stay up late one night to preview it before having a family movie night. But when I look at and order movies from, I know that I am able to put that movie right into the DVD or BluRay player and sit back and enjoy! Not only that, but I love supporting a local, Christian based company!

I love when I get a movie from You feel like you just got a package from a friend! They make sure you get what you want and they make sure you know that you are thought of during the packaging and shipping process! I still remember the first time I opened a package and found out that is just a town away from me!!

Captive is a movie based on the true story of Brian Nichols and Ashley Smith. This is the story of when Brian escaped police custody and was the shooter in a courthouse shooting. He ends up taking Ashley hostage in her own home. Ashley is facing her own demons during this time. Review

As these two people face their own personal demons, they find a meeting place in the middle when Ashley starts reading from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life book. This time they spent with this book does something to both of them that will change their lives forever. Review

I love watching good movies and love finding ones that we can all watch together. I was held captive by this movie and couldn't wait to see how it ended. While there was some violence and drug use, this movie is nothing like most other PG-13 movies you would grab from the store. I had no issues with letting our kids watch it with us. We did have a discussion during and after as questions came up, but it was a very good movie and story! Review is having a great giveaway right now! You can be entered in to win a 5 movie collection that includes,  War RoomThe Ultimate GiftSuperbook: A Great AdventureMy Son, My Savior and Owlegories 2.  Over $80 in DVDs! All you have to do for your entry is to sign up for their newsletter!

So, after visiting, what is the number one movie YOU want to watch with your family??

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Grapevine Studies Resurrection Bible Study ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

"Mommy, what happens at Easter?" That is the question I have been asked lately. The best way to talk about this is with an easy to understand bible study. Where do you find one of those? You check out Grapevine Studies and their bible study, The Resurrection: Beginner Student (perfect for Ray Ray in 1st grade) and Traceable (for Little Miss in preschool).

Review of Grapevine Studies

The Resurrection study is a great study that takes you and your kids on a journey from the Last Supper all the way up to the Ascension of Jesus Christ with stick figures. Your children will draw the life of Jesus with 11 weekly or 22 daily lessons.

To make the most of this study, you will want to get a student book, plain or traceable depending on the level of your child, and a teacher guide to help you make the most of this study for both you and your child.

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The teacher book is going to have everything you, as the teacher, will need to know for the lessons. You can get this book in print format for $14 or the teacher license eBook for $11.20. I personally love the eBook and being able to save paper by using my computer to tablet to read my parts.

As you go through your teacher book, you will find the Grapevine Studies Mission Statement and teaching method first, followed by their statement of faith. These first three things helped me to understand who they are as a company, and fall in love with them that much more! This is followed up by the teacher goals and the student goals, along with recommended supplies.

When you get to the lesson pages, you will see how to use the lesson, either daily or weekly. You are than suggested to spend some quality time alone reading and studying the lesson before you teach it to your child. This is what I love the most about this program. I love sitting down the night before and using this as my very own bible study. I love to add the little stick figures to my bible as decoration and a visual of what is happening in the words.

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When teaching the lesson, it is recommended to use a whiteboard or chalk board, but I have found a simple piece of paper works if you don't have either of the above. The teacher book shows you exactly what to draw when you are reading. We love to read, draw, read again and discuss for our lesson. This way I know the kids know what the picture means and what the words mean. They are able to see both together and make that connection.

Now the student books are simple. You can get the Beginner Student or the Beginner Student Traceable. Both books come in print version for $9.20 or eBooks for $7.60. Both of these work together, so if you have a student in each level, like Ray Ray and Little Miss, you can make this work.

Each lesson page has two pictures, for the total lesson, and a lesson review. We do three days a week of studies. We use page 1 on the first day, page 2 on the second and we spend time on the third day working on the lesson review together. I don't have either child write any of the answers, we just work on finding the answers in our bibles and seeing what we can remember. Of course, with these two, it is a competition to see who can answer first or the most.

Grapevine Studies Resurrection

We have loved Grapvine Studies since the first time we have ever tried them. This study is no different for us. Once again, all of our needs were met and we enjoyed learning more about the bible and the story of the resurrection. I love watching my kids fall in love with the bible stories, and I have a house full of stick figure pictures again. Now when we read the bible, we have to draw a picture, even if we don't have a study to go with it! I can handle that!

Grapevine Studies has many different studies. Other members of our Review Crew may have used a different study. Head over here to see what everyone did and what they thought about it!

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So, have you used Grapevine Studies before? What is your favorite one?

God Bless!!



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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.

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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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