Thursday, March 31, 2016

Memoria Press - Eighth Grade Literature Guide Set {TOS REVIEW}

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review

We have been very fortunate to review the 8th Grade Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press. Boo loves to read and we looked at the 7th Grade Literature Guide Set the 8th Grade Literature Guide Set and the 9th Grade Literature Guide Set they all looked excellent. Boo had already read all of the seventh grade choices and although she could have handled the 9th grade choices we decided that she would enjoy the 8th grade choices and we have not been disappointed.

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review

To facilitate this review we received the consumable student guide and the corresponding teacher guide for;
The Wind in the Willows
Treasure Island 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
As You Like It
The four books can be used in any order as they are studied as individual units one per quarter of a school year. Boo decided she wanted to work on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, As You Like It, Treasure Island, and then finally The Wind in the Willows. The study guides do not come with the literature book but they are easily purchased, in fact we already owned three of them. 
Boo loves to read, which is one of the reasons we had to move on to the grade 8 literature course. She has liked to read for as long as I can remember. We have also used a few other courses from Memoria Press and so we were very excited to get started.
When you open the student workbook for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the first thing you see is the table of contents. 

How to Use This Study Guide  - is the first part of the introduction. 
A. Read How to Mark A Book - This is included in the student workbook. Boo found it extremely helpful. It gives useful tips. If you don't like marking books then it's something you will have to get over if you use this program. It encourages you to underline important passages. Then add a vertical line in the margin of the really important passages that you may have already underlined. Then add an asterisk next to key phrases if you have already underlined and added a vertical line. Plus it is recommended to add notes in the margin too. It seems complicated but really helped Boo focus on what she felt was important. Plus it includes an example showing just what to do.
Next Boo completed the preface questions. At first she wasn't very enthusiastic about reading the 'preface' of the book. However after reading it and completing the preface student questions she was hooked. She loved the extra information that she gets from reading and working through each section. 
Lessons - There are 36 lessons in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer student guide, one for each chapter. There is a process to each lesson.
1. Read the 'Reading Notes' this is something Boo and I could do together. Or she would come to me with any questions or if she needed anything clarifying.
2. Work through the vocabulary section using a dictionary. This is crucial and something that I tell my language students all the time. Go through unusual vocabulary first - HUGE way to increase understanding of a section.
3. Read and mark the chapter using the methods we discussed above. Boo really found this helpful as it made it possible for her to remember and find easily the section she wants to discuss with myself or her dad etc...
4. After reading and underlining the text Boo then returned to the student manual to answer the chapters comprehension questions. She sometimes discussed these with me and sometimes just worked through them on her own.
5. Then Boo worked through the discussion questions and we discussed them together.
6. The last step for each lesson is the 'focus passage section'. This section is where Boo was able to focus on one particular passage chosen by 'Memoria Press'. 
Boo really likes this program. She loves to read but it helps her to focus on the text and think about what the author intended. It's great when my book loving daughter finds something that helps her enjoy books more!
When looking at the complete course I can see how well rounded it is. There is a wide variety of comprehension questions and vocabulary. Each book covered is so different in content I can see why Memoria press made the selections in did for this 8th grade course. Tom Sawyer is an American classic, and of course no literature could feel complete without a little Shakespeare. Boo is even excited to read Treasure Island soon, which is a book she has always shunned as a 'boy book' before but with the help and insight of these guides she knows it will be an interesting and educational read! Some of the guides seem longer than another, for example after looking through the 8th Grade Literature Guides I noted that the Shakespeare guide is a little shorter than some of the others, so it's easy to look ahead and plan your schedule so as not to overload your child.

Check out all the other grades and subjects that the crew reviewed by clicking the box below!
 
Memoria Press Literature Guides Review


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

I know that my redeemer lives...Happy Easter

1. I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

2. He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

3. He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.

4. He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

Text: Samuel Medley, 1738-1799. Included in the first LDS hymnbook, 1835.
Music: Lewis D. Edwards, 1858-1921

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nourish Your Family's Spiritual Health this Easter

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We love to have dinner together. It's definitely my favorite time of the day. As a homeschool family with a hubby that works five minutes from home we tend to eat our dinner at lunch time. It's a great opportunity for us to catch up in the middle of the day. With our swim team schedule our evenings can be busy. so I relish this time.

If your family is like most, breakfast is rushed to get everyone out the door. Lunch is spent at school or work. So where does that leave dinner? Nourish your family's spiritual health as you eat supper together. Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to give you a free resource to help you begin your new dinner tradition of making the most of your family mealtime, beginning this Easter season. Simply head to this page and fill out the form to receive a free sample of Whit's End Mealtime Devotions.

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Want new resources to continue to build your family's faith, even after Easter is over? Consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Lisa Loves Jammin Nails

I recently told you I had signed up to be an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails. I have been with them for about a month and love it.

I have loved the products for a while. I was introduced to them and fell in love immediately. I actually stopped my nail biting habit of 40 years and that alone was enough to make me love them. It took me a while to sign up with them, and although I am a busy homeschool, work from home Mom I feel that I am actually doing something for me - which is awesome.

I am planning on making some videos etc as some of my friends have asked me too, they will probably air on my lisalovesjammin Periscope account. I post all my pictures on my Instagram Account Lisa Loves Jammin.

My current wrap Grey and Silver Stripe is my favorite Jamicure yet!


If you haven't ever heard of Jamberry nails - contact me and I will send you a sample. The current samples you can choose from are shown in the picture below -

If you are interested in hosting a party (our hostess rewards are amazing) then go on over to my page here!

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.” ©2011-2014 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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Field Trip Friday

This Friday our field trip group went to our local department of conservation fishery. It was an amazing field trip. We were shown how they 'milk' a fish to remove the eggs and how they fertilize them. This fishery stocks the lakes in our area.

The kids age 9 and up were able to go back into the actual workplace. The younger ones could watch through the window and then they were taken to the aquarium room and a volunteer talked to them about the fish in our area.

After the tours the children were allowed to fish the 'children's fishing pond'. Captain caught his first fish, and Jam managed to loose 5 hooks and break a rod. All of which were supplied by the department. They could catch and release all day or be done if the caught and kept two. Hot dogs and worms were provided for bait. We used hot dogs.

It was a great trip. According to the kids it was made even better because they were given a school group discount of 15% in the gift shop.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Here to Help Learning Flight 1 Paragraph Writing {TOS Review}

Captain has been really enjoying his new writing curriculum, Flight 1 Paragraph Writing from Here to Help Learning.

Here to Help Learning Review

We have been working on it for the last few weeks and his love for writing has really increased.

Here to Help Learning Review

We have been working through the first level or flights as they are called in the program on how to write paragraphs.

Here to Help Learning Review

I think we all agree that writing is one of those skills we can't skip. I mean reading, writing, and arithmetic isn't that how the saving goes. So when I was offered access to Here to Help Leaning for a year Captain and I were both quite excited. Since Captain is only seven he started right at the beginning of the the program in 'Flight 1 Paragraphs'. There are three flights for paragraphs and three for essay writing. Flight is just another name for level, the program follows an airplane type theme and so the word 'flight' works well. There are 32 lessons in flight 1 and is a full year of instruction if used twice a week.

The first thing we did was create Captain's folder. We followed the easy online instructions and got everything ready.


Captain really liked having everything in one place and it worked well to get him motivated to start using the program. Each week we worked on the program on two separate days.

Day One - Captain would watch the filmed lesson. He really enjoyed these and loved that they are based on a 'flight' theme. Each film section took him through the writing section. It takes about an hour for all of the instruction. At first I thought that he could watch this part of the program by himself but to unless you have an older child I would recommend watching it with them, so that you can pause the video when necessary to give them the needed printouts (I prepared these in advance) and keep them on-track. Captain and I repeated the first lesson as he wasn't quite sure what to do after he watched it by himself.

Day Two - We didn't like to wait too long before doing the second day. So most of the time we worked on the program on consecutive days. It may not matter if you have older kids working through the program but it really helped Captain remember what we studied before. The 'Flying Solo' work took us about 30 minutes to complete on day two. It does recommend allowing up to an hour but because I worked a lot with Captain I think that kept our time down.

This is really a great way to approach writing.

Captain and I have really enjoyed using this program. I love that they video instruction does just that 'instructs' it helps me stay on task and assist him in each step forward in writing his paragraph. At the beginning Captain was doing a lot of dictating and I was doing most of the writing. However, his confidence has definitely improved and I can see that through all areas of his work.


Check out what others thought by clicking on the link below. Remember there are different levels for both paragraph writing and essay writing!

Here to Help Learning Review

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Scripture of the week Isaiah 58:13-14

This is the scripture that Jam is working on at the moment. He is down to the final 6 for the seminary year and he is very excited! He's been very self motivated working on his list of 25 scriptures. In fact I completely missed the last scripture as he had passed it off before I had time to blog it.

This latest scripture is still in Isaiah. He's found the scriptures in this book a little more of the challenge.



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Friday, March 4, 2016

I'm a new Independent Jamberry Consultant

I am SO excited about this new venture. Those of you over on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts now how much I love Jamberry. I have been wearing it for over a year, and it's helped me conquer my life time nail biting habit!
I will share more soon, and I'm thinking of planning a giveaway soon. I would love some love on my new Facebook page Lisa Loves Jammin' if you have time!

Check out my daughter's manicure I did this afternoon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Heirloom Audio Productions - The Dragon and the Raven {TOS Review}

The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}

We have had the opportunity to add The Dragon and The Raven to our Heirloom Audio Productions library. We seriously love these audio dramas and this one was no exception everyone was very excited to have the opportunity to review it! It arrived right before a long car journey and this time my husband was with us! Normally he doesn't get to join in until the second time round.

I am sure I have told you all about Heirloom Audio Productions before but I will recap about them anyway. Heirloom Audio Productions specialize in audio dramas. If you are old enough (as my Mom says) you probably can remember listening to some on the radio in the evening. My Mom has fond memories of sitting around the radio in England listening to 'Mother's hour' and other audio productions that were played in the early afternoon or evening on BBC radio. We find audio dramas to be so much more engaging than movies when we are driving. Everyone including the driver can appreciate the story and time passes so quickly it's amazing. In fact last time we went on a long road trip no one watched a movie all the way home. Yes that's right 3 kids and 17 hours in the car and no movie. Why and how you may ask - AUDIO DRAMAS! An audio drama is a lot more engaging than a plain audio book, and although we love them too they are still not in the same class as a good drama. As Captain so eloquently put it "Mom, it's like I'm watching a movie in my head!".

To learn a little more about why this company feels so strongly about what they do I thought their video actually explained it best with their video 'The Power of a Story'.



Heirloom Audio Productions have gone one step further with their audio dramas. Not only have they produced amazing dramas but they have used the Henty stories to teach history in such a way that the kids (and adults) listening forget or don't even realize they are having a history lesson at the same time. This company believe in getting so in tune with the stories that they travel to the places that their stories take place. Having lived in England I to feel this connection as I listen to their stories.

As always they have great actors involved in these productions many of whom you will recognize from other projects.



This is one of my favorite Henty stories. In fact it has stayed in my car since the first time we listened to it because the kids keep on listening to it. Honestly, it never gets old to them. If you like action, adventure, and of course a little romance then you will love these audio dramas. Even though the stories are full of action I feel they are suitable for all ages because I firmly believe that a child only imagines what their imagination lets them see. So for example if someone has his arm hit with a sword, a child is not going to see it in his mind the same way he would see it if he's watching a movie. As that is someone else forcing what they created into the mind of the child. I hope that makes sense. These dramas are definitely full of action but suitable for the whole family.



I know I didn't tell you a lot about the story. Honestly I don't want to spoil it. I will tell you this however; The story starts with the Danes attacking England. They are destroying everything in their way, their goal is to conquer the whole country. Edmund and the Young King Alfred of Essex (My children immediately remembered the story of King Alfred and the Cakes) need to turn the country back to God - can they succeed in doing so and save their beloved England. You will have to listen to find out. This is a great story of courage and faith - truly inspiring! Check out their Heirloom Audio Productions Facebook Link to see what the next title is going to be! I am SO excited it the very first Henty book we ever read!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeirloomAudio
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeirloomStories @HeirloomStories
Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/114534826166314080647/114534826166314080647/posts

Check out what other members of the crew thought about this audio drama by clicking on the link below.

The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}

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