Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CrossTimber Products - {Homeschool Review Crew}

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

This summer my kids were intrigued by the meaning of names. I can remember listening to them comparing what their names meant. So I was really excited to be chosen to review some fun products from CrossTimber. We chose their amazing Personalized Frame Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. I couldn't decide which child's name to use so I went with our last name and I'm thinking of giving it to my in-laws when they visit this month from England.


My last name was written in a really nice cursive. You can pick the background design and there are so many to choose from it was really hard. Since I was going with our last name I chose something that I thought would match a more formal placing in a living room. If I had chosen Boo's name I would have chosen some of the pretty butterfly designs. I know a friend that would love some of the 'horse' ones. This would be an excellent gift for someone that's having a baby and wants to decorate the nursery with something special. They have designs that would fit most themes.
Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews



When I was trying to decide what to order I sent quite a few emails to the company and asked about the meaning of my children's names. They were very helpful and didn't get frustrated with all my questions. In fact before I placed my order I even called and spoke to the owner. He was awesome and very helpful! I was able to understand the process and place my order without incident!

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
I had to add the picture above because they really sounded that happy and helpful when I called! I spent a lot of time researching on the website. I nearly bought one of my kids an amazing present. I'm not going to tell you what as I still might buy it in the future and I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
There are so many things offered and I couldn't be happier with my named gift. I did upgrade my frame as I loved the carved one and it didn't disappoint! This companies customer service and attention to detail was really great. They even included a little wallet size card with my first name on it that I love! The jewelry box they offer is so beautiful. You can even get one that plays music - be still my heart!

The company often runs specials -

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
CrossTimber is having a giveaway at the moment. It's open until December 4th as so you still have time to enter! Go here to enter. Or you should be able to click on the link below.

You will want to enter, I know I am!

CrossTimber 2016 giveaway

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew chose different items to review, others bought extra because they loved them! You really need to click on the link below to see all of these products.

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Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What being on the crew means to me...

It's that time of year again...The Homeschool Review Crew is taking applications!

I can remember a few years ago I started following a fun homeschool blog. I was a brand new homeschooler and my older two kids had just finished 2nd and 4th grade in public school I loved our little school but Boo had always wanted to homeschool. Jam came on board because he had a sub for the majority of his 4th grade year and he started to think it was a good idea. We started on our homeschool journey and I needed a lot of help!

After a few weeks I noticed that the blog I was following belonged to what looked like a really fun group! Plus she got to review great curriculum! I was hooked, curriculum was so expensive and I was worried about making mistakes. So I spent a lot of time reading all her reviews and the reviews of other crew members. I was hooked!

Later that year I saw an application and applied, I was SO nervous and excited but of course if you read this you know that I was successful!

I haven't looked back - the Homeschool Review Crew has been amazing! I have been a member since 2012 and have never regretted it once!

We have learned so much and used so many items that we would never have been able to use.

If you are interested and have a blog I encourage you to go here and find out more. The link will take you to the review crew blog post telling you more!


You can also click here to fill out an application. If you do decide to apply make sure to mention me :) either by my name if we are friends on social media or my blog name - either will do.

I encourage you to take the leap! It's one of the best things I ever did as a homeschool Mom!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Middlebury Interactive Languages - Spanish {TOS Review}

Spanish, French, German or Chinese {Middlebury Interactive Languages}


Last year Boo was really jealous as Captain was able to use Middlebury Interactive Languages last year when we were chosen to review it. He loved it and so we were really excited when we were given the opportunity to review it again this year for the third time. The first time we reviewed it we used an elementary course. Last year Captain used High School Spanish 1 and this year Boo is using High School Spanish 1.

Spanish, French, German or Chinese {Middlebury Interactive Languages}


It's funny when you have kids that are following each other. They can use the same curriculum and have different results. In this case luckily both kids loved the program. Boo has actually had a little more Spanish that Captain had when he started this program. Mainly because she loves it and really has a desire to be fluent.

When the student signs into the program and clicks on the screen there is a simple button that's labeled 'up next' you can see it in the picture below.


Boo got a little confused and jumped around the program a little bit. Boo liked the program but found that she had to work on her own a little to learn some of the things the program expects you to already know.

Each lesson contains various activities. When they are completed each one is marked so you know you are able to move on.


The pace of the Spanish is quite fast. The program expects you to already know quite a bit and Boo found the pace a little fast. Even though she has used other Spanish programs in the past. The good thing about programs like this is that you can work at your own pace to some degree. We didn't receive the program that came with teacher instruction. I think if you used that version you would have to make sure you kept to the pace of the calender. The calender is very fast paced. Boo spends about 30 minutes a day and she realizes that she needs to spend a little more to keep up with the program.

We like how easy it is to work through. There are buttons on the screen to help you navigate.

We didn't use the calendar button much but this is where you would go if you were keeping up with the teacher's schedule.

The home button takes to the screen with the 'up-next' button. This is where you want to be at the begining of each lesson.

The 'Table of Contents' tab takes you to the course overview page you see below. You can see the overview of the course here. This helps you plan your schedule if you are not using the calender page.


There is a quick place to go to look at all of the work your child has done. It makes sense that it is labeled 'Gradebook' on the menu. Of course I'm not going to show you Boo's report but it lists each assignment here and whether it's a quiz or a unit test, when it was submitted, and the grade the student got. There is also a button over to the right 'Grade Report' if you click on that it gives you an overall grade and a breakdown.


The notifications tab is something we have never used. I think it would be used if you have the teacher assisted course so that they can communicate with each other.

Each lesson starts with a list of objectives. This is great because the child understands their goals for the day. For example unit 12 mentions that during this lesson the child will be learning vocabulary words related to food.

Each part of the lesson builds on the one before, so that the student learns the information in a balanced way.

We have really enjoyed this program and Boo will continue to use this program for the remaining subscription time.

This program is best used with some good quality headphones. Boo steals my work ones and says it makes a huge difference when you are completing the speaking sections.

The Homeschool Review Crew were able to try a couple of different languages offered. So make sure to check on the link below to read what others thought.

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Spanish, French, German or Chinese {Middlebury Interactive Languages}


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service {Homeschool Review Crew}

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service Reviews

We have been using Educeri ....... Educeri a division of DataWORKS recently and love it. It covers work from Kindergarten all the way to twelfth grade. There is so many lessons available with their Educeri Lesson Subscription Service.

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service Reviews


I have mainly used this with Captain and he has a little lighter schedule at the moment. Plus we are diving into our multiplication facts and so I started to check out the program to see what was available.

The first thing I started to look at with Captain is multiplication using groups. We had just completed a lesson in our online math program and I thought it would be a good subject to reinforce. I looked up the subject and chose the following subject.


We worked through the lesson together and then I printed off three worksheets. The first one we worked through together and then he finished them off. It was a good way to have a quick lesson reaffirming the subject we finished. You could even add stuff yourself and make it a complete subject.

When I was looking through for subjects for my high-school kids, I was amazed by the variety of math lessons. This was amazing for us as math is not my strong suit! Both my kids do online math and their Dad is better than me (by a long shot) but knowing I had this resource to turn to when they get stuck on something was great.

I particularly liked the online flashcards that are available. We looked at the Function Terminology Flashcard set one. You click to start and then the card flashes up with a question on it. Click again and the answer appears in red on the original card. We have used other methods for flashcards. The most used being when I make flashcards myself out of index cards - this way was a lot easier and more pleasant, Plus we didn't loose any of them!


I really love these online subscriptions. They give you such a resource of topics and ideas. Some that you know you need and others that you wouldn't think of until you see it and say - wow - yes of course I want my kids to learn about that...take the following for example - it looks interesting right!

This resource is designed for regular school teachers - it has all the lessons plans etc done for you. I have found it easy to utilize it in our home-school. Imagine having somewhere to go to help you teach that lesson on the subject that they are just not getting. Well I always believe in different approaches. The lessons are presented in the way a power point would show on your computer. As you click through the screens extra information is added to explain the point. This works really well as long as you have access to a computer for the lesson time. We have a big screen in out living area and it just popped into my mind I could do a lesson from there. It would be on the big screen to draw attention and if we wanted to work on a subject all together it would make it easier for everyone to see. After the power point there are worksheets that can be printed out. Captain did really well with his! The only draw back that I found was unlike a lot of our other online programs Captain doesn't like to do this by himself. There is not audio and so it really needs a teacher or in our case parent to sit with the child. Captain really likes to explore and work by himself especially when I may be busy with one of the older ones. To be honest even my high-school kids would have preferred audio too. Although the one plus is that headphones are not required!

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service Reviews


I love that this program can be used for age and ability ranges. I can use this same product with my high-school kids and my 7 year old. It is adaptable as you can find each child's ability level and you are not stuck in a grade.

I will definitely refer to this during the year if we get stuck on a subject or want to dig deeper into it.



Educeri Lesson Subscription Service


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Friday, October 14, 2016

Our Field Trip

This was a fun week. We found a new museum and Captain loved seeing a model of a T Rex up close and personal. This museum had a free area. Can you tell from the pictures how amazing the outside of the building is!

The museum is called 'Prarie Fire' it's so beautiful!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Perfect Reading and Beautiful Handwriting - Everyday Education LLC Review

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}
I have always longed for beautiful handwriting. So I always like trying out new programs to help me teach my children (or myself) better skills. I always admire people who can do calligraphy and so I was excited for Captain to try it using Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting from Everyday Education, LLC.

Captain wasn't quite as thrilled. I guess when you are seven the thought of beautiful handwriting is not high on your wish list. However, we persevered and I can see an improvement in it. He has also taken a little more time on it since we started as he knows I expect him to try his best!

This book is divided into six chapters and teaches reading (which Captain didn't need) and handwriting (which he does). The reading is phonics based and so although Captain can read at a level quite a bit higher than his grade it's always good to refresh these rules - it can't hurt right!

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

This book is versatile! It can be used to teach reading and writing to a young child, remedial reading and writing, handwriting to a reader, or handwriting to an adult wishing to improve!



Let's talk about each section in the book and discuss what you would find there...

Foreward - Introduction & Chaper One

This introduces the book and a quick summery of how to teach it. It explains the importance of posture and pencil grip (which was a sore point for Captain - as he likes to do as much of his schoolwork as possible led on the living room floor). It also includes some suggested schedules. There are different ones but we followed the schedule for a child who can already read. Captain became a lot more compliant when I explained that this was a 5 minute assignment as long as he worked well and did his best! Reading is something that is stressed in this book, and for some reason something we don't struggle with in our house. All of my children love to read and would spend all day reading if I would let them. Captain gets to spend a lot of his day with his nose in a book. We also spend time together everyday for my children (all of them) to read aloud. I feel that this is important for fluency and again one of the points stressed in this section.

There is an excellent introduction from the author Caroline Joy Adams where she encourages anyone who has a desire to write beautifully to work on it. She reminds us that age doesn't matter - just hard work and desire! I'm not going to spend too much time on the reading portion as we didn't focus on that but more on the writing practice. The style of handwriting taught in this book is called 'italics'. I had never thought to use this book for me as well as Captain until a couple of weeks ago. I was at a cub scout training event and one of the other adults there was taking hand written notes in amazing writing. It was then that the idea of using this book for me popped into my head!

The book shows the difference of forming letters in regular handwriting and in italics. I was completely unaware that you formed all letter with one stroke using italics - isn't that interesting. In regular handwriting only 8 letters are formed with one stroke.

Chapter Two

This chapter introduces the alphabet. Captain really used this chapter to learn how to write each letter well. The vowels are introduced first and you are encouraged to keep the paper straight which is different than programs we have used in the past.

Chapter Three

This is a group of 21 lessons that focus on different sounds and blends. Since Captain can already read it is a great way to review the sounds that different letters make when we read and pronounce words. Captain enjoyed practicing reading the words even though they were easy for him.

Chapter 4

This contains lessons 24-41 and covers short vowel sounds, a writing review, blending sounds, compound words and lots more.

Chapter 5

This chapter covers lessons 42-60 and topics like silent letters, endings, contractions, 500 most common words, and lots more.

Chapter 6

This chapter is full of lots of handwriting practice!

Captain is still a little resistant but I am sure with a little perseverance his handwriting will be beautiful.

The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review a couple of different products make sure to check on the link below to see what everyone else thought about this!!


Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}


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Reading Encouragement

My kids have never not wanted to read. In fact sometimes I threaten they are banned from reading! Of course this only lasts for about 30 minutes, or until their chores are done!

One thing that spurs an extra long reading session, is when Captain's favorite magazine is delivered.

We have a kids magazine produced by our church. It costs about $10 for a year (delivered) arrives every month and he loves it!

If your child doesn't like to sit and read a long book (Captain's current book is 'Raising Dragons' by Bryan Davis) magazines can be a great way to kick it in to gear!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived In... Carole P. Roman and Away We Go Media {TOS REVIEW}


If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}


If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}


Captain and I have collected many books written by Carole P Roman brought to you by  Away We Go Media our most recent are;

If You Me and Lived in Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 1)

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe

If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)

If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4)

Captain really likes these books. I like them because they are a great starting point when you want to introduce a new period of history. Or when something comes up in conversation, I have been known to say "Go pull out that book on Viking Europe". In fact Captain read the book "If you were me and lived in...Viking Europe" after relistening to on of our audio books on tape about the same time period. He said that the pictures in the book and the details mentioned about life during that time were just what he imagined when he was listening.

He did have his favorites among the four books he received. Mainly to do with the illustrations. His favorite book for pictures was the Elizabethan English one. He loved how 'real life' they looked. He thought the Colonial American pictures were a little more 'cartoony'. The Ancient Greece and Viking Europe he described as 'dreamy' I think because the pictures are lighter in color and a little blurry on the edges, they reminded him of dreams. I do have to say he loved all the books I just found his observations about the different styles of illustrations interesting.

I do love books that make my children say "Mom, did you know!" or "Mom, Guess What!!" this is what these books do in my house.

Captain found it fun to tell me all about where the phrase "Raining cats and dogs" may have come from - if you want to know read the book - If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)  he also was shocked to know that people in the Elizabethan time didn't like chocolate and only used it for medicine. It's funny he was so shocked about this fact because he doesn't really like chocolate himself!

If you want books on your bookcase that your kids will pick up and read then these are great. I think what makes them so appealing is because they are not too big and don't feel like history books in the sense of a school book. This makes them fun and readable.

If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}

I realized that we have a ton of her books, and we haven't read a bad one and Captain has really learned some fun and interesting facts from them - which is one of his favorite things.

There were some other book choices being reviewed by the crew;

If You Were Me and Lived in...The Middle Ages (Volume 6)

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China: The Han Dynasty


If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West (Volume 7)

If You Were Me and Lived in...Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 2)

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If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Field Trip Friday

For some reason this didn't post Friday... We had a fun field trip today. We joined our local zoo. It's a lot smaller than our las...