Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heirloom Audio Productions - Beric the Briton {TOS REVIEW}


Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

We love listening to stories while we drive. Heirloom Audio Productions is always one of our first choices. It is like watching a movie without the picture. We always get right into the story and boom two hours is gone just like that. The most recent one that we have listen to is Beric The Briton.



My kids have never listened to a Heirloom Audio Production we haven't loved we have listened to all the G.A. Henty ones they have produced. You can see all the titles below and if you are taking any kind of road trip this summer these are definitely worth getting!



Again we were not disappointed with the cast. One of my kids favorite things to do while we listen is to is to try and guess who plays which character. Of course Brian Blessed plays the amazing G.A. Henty. In fact his voice is so familiar to my kids they would be disappointed if there was a recording of the real G.A. Henty and it didn't sound like Brian Blessed. We can see him in another role and the kids shout out straight away "That's G.A. Henty!"

We had already studied this time period before. So the characters in the story were very familiar with us. Along with the audio CDs we were also sent a study guide and a lot of extra bonus material. Although we listened to the CD while driving we followed a lot of the advice in the study guide as I read it before we started listening to the CD. At the beginning of the study guide there is a section on each of the historical figures. If you haven't studied them before it does an excellent job of giving a good oversight of each.  My children also enjoyed hearing the old names for cities they recognize from our last trip to England. we spent quite a bit of time looking at a map of Great Britain.

The questions/sections covered in the study guide follow a three part guide line.

The Listening Well

Is just that - it helps you figure out how well the child was listening. The answers to these questions come right from the audio, so listen well and you will know the answers.

The Thinking Further

These questions move the child out of the audio. We were able to discuss things that we had learned before. We discussed some of the facts that my children had studied before. They discussed things that happened in the story as we were listening with extra details they knew that weren't included. My oldest knows quite a lot about Queen Boudica and so we had some great discussions.

The Defining Words

This section helps increase vocabulary and understanding. My older children have read a lot of G.A. Henty especially Jam. So they are familiar with the type of vocabulary. Even Captain has listened to all the other productions and so is used to piping up and asking when he doesn't understand something that is said.

We listened to this on our 2 hour round trip to our piano lessons. It was funny because my husband wasn't with us as this was during a regular school day this summer. We are going on a road trip in a couple of weeks and so my husband was under the impression we were all going to listen to it together. My kids ensured him that they were more than willing to listen to it again!

We love these productions. They are historical, so of course violence and killing are part of the story. However, it is handled very well and there is always of course a moral to the story. In this case the story is set just after the time of Christ. In fact the the goal of these productions is to take us back in time and immerse us - the listeners in a great Christian story. This production does just that. My kids loved it. In fact Boo said numerous times that she is amazed at how Henty managed to write the original stories and then how they have been turned into such great audio dramas.

I'm not going to tell you anymore about the story. It's exciting...


Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's time for another #ThrowbackThursdayJN

As you know every Thursday lately Jamberry has been having a fun #throwbackthursday. It's been fun to wait every week to find out what special wraps have been brought back from the archives. This week I thought I would give you a sneak peak of the wrap that will be available tomorrow morning.




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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Writing with Sharon Watson - The Power in Your Hands 2nd Edition {TOS REVIEW}

Writing with Sharon Watson Review

Jam has added a new High School Writing Program to our summer schedule from Writing with Sharon Watson. Jam has been working through The Power in Your Hands:Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition.

Summer has been a great time to focus on some of the subjects that are sometimes neglected during the regular busy school year. Jam has worked through a literature course (another Sharon Watson one) during our last school year and so we decided this review was the perfect time to focus a little on non-fiction writing. The curriculum is designed for grades 9-12 and since Jam has just finished 9th grade we decided to get a head start on his 10th grade English.

Jam is very self motivated and I give him his schedules in weekly blocks. This way he can plan his time and work more or less on certain days depending on his schedule. This program has been perfect for this schedule. Jam has been able to work completely at his own pace each week and is doing great at working on prioritizing. Since his school work schedule is lighter it's been easy to balance his summer chores, summer league swimming, Eagle Scout projects and other activities with his school work.

We received the e-book version of this program. The student book alone is 400+ pages so Jam luckily has his own laptop. I didn't print off the whole book. He worked from the online version using a notebook and just printed the necessary pages as he went.
Writing with Sharon Watson Review

This curriculum is broken down into seven sections. Each one teaching skills that build on each other.

Part One - Before You Write

This section includes chapter one and two. It really helps the student focus on preparation. Right at the beginning of chapter one there is a quote that sums Jam up perfectly;

In fact as soon as Jam saw it he laughed and said 'That is SO me!'.

Part Two - Persuasion

This section covers chapters three to eight. I'm not going to cover all the details found in these chapters the title of the section explains the types of writing instruction covered.

Part Three - Proofreading

This section covers two chapters and is full to the brim of interesting and well written information to help proof-read essays.

Part Four - Expositions

This section covers chapters eleven through nineteen. This covers so much more material it's quite amazing. The topics covered range from writing letters and emails, compare and contrast, dialog, and a 'Teeny-Tiny, Minuscule Punctuation Lesson' (which we found very handy!)

Part Five - Description

This section is just one chapter long but really covers a lot of material.

Part Six - Narration

This section is quite small but is still broken down into three chapters to make it easier to focus on the individual sections; Testimony, Interview Narrative, and Personal Narrative.

Part Seven - Reference

This section is amazing and I printed this section out for Jam to keep. It's chock full of helpful tips and useful things. No matter what you are writing there are tips in here to help.

When I asked Jam what he liked most about this program he said that the way it is written is great. He loves that it feels like Sharon Watson is talking directly to him. He can imagine her speaking and it includes fun facts and jokes. He really enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of chapter. Especially the first one I included earlier. Jam has been working on his Eagle Project which has included writing letters. He found this section of the course particularity helpful. I of course enjoyed having Sharon Watson backing me up in everything that I had previously taught him about writing letters when he had to send one last year to our State Representative for a merit badge.

Writing with Sharon Watson Review
We also received the Teacher's Guide. I didn't 'teach' Jam while he did his assignments. The student text is written in such a way that this isn't necessary. However, the essays and writing assignments Jam will complete and has completed need grading. The Teacher's Guide does an excellent job of explaining and helping me through the grading process. It tells you exactly what to look for and and how to proceed.

This has definitely won it's place into the 'We are going to complete this course' place on Jam's schedule!

Since other members of the crew were reviewing 21 Grading Grid for Popular High-School Essays and the Position Paper make sure you click on the link below to read more reviews.


Plus check out Sharon Watson on Facebook.


Writing with Sharon Watson Review


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Surprise Encounter

I saw a doe in the middle of the road this morning. She didn't seem in any hurry to go anywhere. Until of course I tried to get my camera out. Then she hid in the bushes but still didn't run away.
I turned around to carry on driving and I could see why.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ArtAchieve - Level III {TOS REVIEW}

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review
My kids love art and so my older two were really please to review a new homeschool art curriculum from ArtAchieve . There are three levels available and we have been working with level III the highest of the levels.

Although I love art I'm not really talented or educated enough to teach my older kids now we have moved out of the glue stick and construction paper art phase. This is one of the reasons I loved this program so much. The lessons are taught in video format so the kids actually get to see how the project is supposed to look before they try it. They can watch the whole process before they begin or they can pause it as they work so they can take their time.

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review


As I said earlier I chose to work on level III for my high-schoolers. We are schooling through the summer but on a lighter schedule so it's been fun to spend more time doing art projects than we can sometimes give during the regular school year when we get so busy with our regular schedule.

It's easy to prepare for the art classes in fact there is a supply list posted online here. The list is mainly supplies that you would already have, especially if you have worked on any type of homeschool art program before - from black sharpies to a knead-able eraser and everything in between. Nothing that you couldn't quickly order online or find in a craft store. We already had pastels, charcoal, markers and water colors so we were set!

Level III comes with twelve lessons.

1. The Hawaiian Frog
2. The African Crowned Crane
3. The Chinese Horse
4. The Face From Gambia
5. The Pacific Northwest Totem Pole
6. The Eastern European Firebird
7. The Woodcarving from Kenya
8. Kandinsky Color Mixing
9. The Nine Banded Armadillo
10. The Russian Matryoshka
11. The Canada Goose
12. Da Vinci's Clock

Although my kids love to draw and create artistically I'm not saying we are brilliant artists. That's one of the things that drew me into this program. They believe that anyone can learn to draw and that it is an essential skill. You don't even have to purchase the program to begin with. In fact they encourage you to use their free lessons first. I'm sure once you do you will want more! Their lessons help you build skills upon skills in a similar way you learn other subjects like math and reading.

I also love that the lessons (as you can tell by the titles above) come from all areas of the world and a variety of cultures. So not only is the child learning to draw they are learning geography, history and even literature.



My older kids signed into the program individually, they didn't want to 'compare' their finished results and so they always worked on different lessons. This was easy because they have their own laptops and so they got the art supplies out that were needed for their individual lessons, logged into the program, put in their earbuds and worked away. The lessons recommended playing music to relax and this worked sometimes if only one of them was working but most of the time they played music while they were setting up and then switched to their own individual lesson. This was very efficient and since they work independently and I was able to work on something with Captain at the same time.

I loved the variety in the lesson material and so did the kids. In fact sometimes they would start research on the lesson topic and learn about it. I find kids learn more when they do research on their own don't you!

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Olim, Once upon a Time in Latin Readers and Workbooks {TOS REVIEW}

Captain loves Latin. He has been studying it with his Nana in England via Skype for the last year. So when we were offered Olim Once Upon a Time in Latin Reader 1 and Olim Once Upon a Time in Latin Workbook 1 from Laurelwood Books. There are six levels all together and I am sure that Captain would have been able to manage any of the stories but he really wanted to work on 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Tortoise and the Hare', and 'The Crow and the Pitcher'. There are some really good stories available in the other levels too so make sure you check out the reviews of the other crew members by clicking on my link at the bottom of this page.

This set comes as two soft-backed books. The Reader itself is non-consumable and can be used by multiple students. However, you would need a separate workbook per child.

This series was authored by Mary Ellen Tedrow-Wynn a mother of seven and a veteran home-school mom. This experience has really helped her produce a series with home-school in mind. The series uses a mixture of fables, parables, and Bible stories to introduce the students to Latin. The stories themselves are not in the original text but have been simplified so that the level of Latin in appropriate for young readers.

When you first open the reader you come to a 'How to Pronounce Latin' page. This is really important. My children have been studying Latin for a while, the older two longer even than Captain and they all laugh at me when I try to test them on their vocabulary - this page is really important it explains the differences really well.

Each story is written in English with some cute little pencil type drawings. The the story is repeated this time completely in Latin. However this time there is a vocabulary list on each page plus a little key at the bottom that shows adjectives and direct objects.

The program is very easy to complete. Captain actually worked through most of this himself. He read the English version and then started straight away on the Latin version. The child reads each page and at the bottom there is a little stop sign and next to it an instruction for the child. For example on the first page of Latin (page 18 in the workbook) the instruction is to 'Do Workbook Exercise 1'. Captain really liked that there was not confusion as what was expected of him every lesson.

The workbook contains a mixture of exercises I'll list some of them.

1. Translation from Latin to English
2. Translation from English to Latin
3. Fill in the blank, and then translate the English text
4. Matching Latin words to the English

I'm sure I have missed a couple of them, but you get the picture. The exercises really help the child feel comfortable moving from English to Latin and back again.

If the child finds the exercises easy or masters them well there is a 'Dig Deeper' page after each section. This actually goes a little deeper into the grammar involved. It explains how the endings of the words change. It teaches the child about how the Latin changes depending on whether the whether it's nominative or accusative and singular or plural. It explains different grammar points throughout the book and it's very informative.

I love these books. Captain has been using some of the vocabulary in other sentences. It's fun to see him become more familiar with his Latin vocabulary.

Captain loves the stories in his book, so I know you are going to want to check out the review of the other levels.


Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

GPS and The Holy Ghost

I had a little reminder of why we should little to the Holy Ghost this weekend.

Friday night I was driving home with Boo from my sister's house. It was a pleasant drive and I had the GPS on my phone set to make sure we got home safely.

When we first set of from my sister's my phone started to tell me to go a route that I don't normally take, in fact last time I took it it ended up taking me a little longer to get home. So I ignored the directions and carried on the way my husband had shown me numerous times. Now I have to just add her that my sister lives about 90 minutes from me, and we have to drive through the city to get home - past some undesirable neighborhoods.

We carried on our journey, singing to music and having fun together. When my phone started talking to me again suggesting I take an alternate route. It said there was a short delay on our regular route. I pressed dismiss and carried on. A few minutes later it again suggested that I exit and take an alternate route. I couldn't see any problems on the road ahead and so ignoring the advice I carried on.

It was then that we we round a slight bend in the road and we saw what my GPS was trying to warn me about. Bumper to bumper cars as far as we could see. I immediately knew I should have listened but it was too late. We sat and sat and crawled along the road for what seemed like forever.

Luckily we came upon a ramp that would have been an 'on' ramp in normal road conditions. The police had blocked it off and were helping the cars and trucks to do a u-turn on the Interstate and drive the wrong way off.

We had been given a second chance and I was so relived. We came of the road at a place I had never been before and I didn't know what to do. We pulled over and I reset my GPS, and followed it. WE drove what seemed like a circle through neighborhoods I didn't want to be in until it led us to the Interstate we had just left, but further down, past the accident.

As I was driving the rest of the way home I was thinking how much time we could have saved and how easier our journey would have been if we had followed that small voice in the first place. If I had listened to the 'promptings' of my GPS.

I spoke to my sister while we were sat in the traffic and she said 'You should always follow the GPS'. The same is said of the Holy Ghost. We need to follow the promptings that we receive. I'm not saying our lives will be perfect but I'm saying that it is always the right choice to follow those promptings.

So I guess sitting in traffic Friday night wasn't completely bad, it made me think and that's always a good thing.




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Hewitt Homeschooling - Speeches {TOS REVIEW}

A few years ago I was excited to review a 1st grade curriculum by  Hewitt Homeschooling  we really enjoyed it and so was thrilled to hear...