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My kids will tell you, reading is the “one thing” this mom takes very seriously. Again and again, I tell my children, if you can develop strong reading and comprehension skills, there is nothing you cannot do. Reading is the foundation upon which we build everything else. For that reason, I am always thrilled to find programs like Reading Eggs and Mathseeds from Reading Eggs to help my younger ones have fun while they grow!

This is not the first experience we have had as a family with the Reading Eggs program. I think my oldest (now soon to be 16) started reading in part, thanks to this program. So this is one of those things that I really enjoy having as a part of our home learning. I mean, when learning can be this fun, why not?

My youngest daughter was so thrilled to find out that she would be using this one again! Our last experience with this she and her older sister were using Fast Phonics – Watching them compare progress and compete with each other was to get to the next level was entertaining to say the least. Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right? They even provide progress reports so you can see exactly what they are doing and where, if at all, they need a little more help. Since my daughter will often sit down on her own and work on this program, it is certainly appreciated that I can still know where she is at.

Since it had been awhile since we used this, I was grateful for the placements tests for both Reading Eggs and Math Seeds so we could be sure to get her started in the right place. Once the test is completed, all she has to do is follow the path on her map as she works through all sorts of fun activities that help her grow her skills in reading and in math.

I know my little lady really loves easy this whole program is to use. She is quite independent! Being able to switch from math to reading to phonics all by herself really makes her feel so good. The fact the lessons are all super fun definitely encourages learning. Some days, truthfully, I have to tell her that it is time to be done. If that isn’t the sign of a fabulous program, I don’t know what is.

One of her absolute favorites right now are the Driving Tests. She can choose from sight words, Letters and Sounds or Content Words and race around the track. Wht a fun way to practice some basic skills!

There is also a section full of puzzles that can be fun to play. There is the Puzzle of the Day or you can choose from a bunch of options on the gallery. Practice color recognition, or have fun with What is It? Animal recognition is fun too. There is a timer at the bottom of the screen – see how many you can get right. 🙂

For your little ones (ages 2-4) they can enjoy Reading Eggs Junior and work their way up to Reading Eggs and Math Seeds (both are recommended for ages 3-9). Fast Phonics is recommended for ages 5-10 and the Reading Eggspress is an amazing treat for older kids (ages 7-13). There really is something here for ever age and stage or reading.

This is such an amazing program for learning and reinforcing the many skills our kids need to learn and grow. I cannot say enough how much fun my little lady is having in all the different areas that are a part of this program. Be sure to check it out – start your free 30 day trial and see for yourself how fun learning can be!

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Reading Eggs {Review}

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For I time, my oldest son was involved in a local speech and debate homeschool group. One of the things I loved about them was how they wove the news into different activities assignments helping our kids to look and see things going on in the world around them. When we were no longer able to do this I pondered how to continue encouraging my children to get their daily (r weekly sometimes) dose of the new Needless to say, it was with much enthusiasm that we grabbed the opportunity to review WORLD Watch. This includes 10-minute daily news videos from a Christian perspective, a perfect opportunity to explore all that WORLD Watch includes and to get my kids curious and involved in exploring life in the world they live in.

Meet Brian Basham, program director and host. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters. He began broadcasting over 15 years ago at NBC in El Paso, and has been a meteorologist and news anchor since then, in Tucson, Memphis, and Charlotte. Fun facts: He went to college on a trombone scholarship. He also worked as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland! He is full of enthusiasm and so very engaging (as is the whole team that is a part of World Watch.

For this review we received a six month subscription for our whole family to WORLD Watch. My boys, from the start, enjoy their 10-minute newscast, every day, on the news presented from around the world, with a Biblical focus. Since how we see things really matters (we have been studying a lot about worldviews) this is quite encouraging to find!

Some of the stories are a little heavy – talking about the Taliban. Others are lots of fun – using legos to explain budgets. Choose from headlines, news briefs, and feature stories. There are so many good ones to explore! Go into the archives and bam – now you’re doing history! 🙂

My boys especially appreciate all the stories that cover sports and technology and science. Did you know that Google Tech helped a visually impaired marathon runner? Signature Science always has so many amazing scientific stories about studies that have been done, are being done…think of squirrels.

Some videos make you hungry:

Others might make you want to hurl:

Some of the stories are so fascinating and lead you down all sorts of rabbit trails: the sculptor of Wall Street’s famous charging bull dies. Oh the places you can go as you explore the story behind the statue and the sculptor and the bulls!

There is also What in the Word? This is super cool for my younger son who ponders the reason for something being the word that it is. Here we can explore the meaning of certain words. And this is lots of fun!

So grateful to World Watch for allowing us the opportunity to explore all the good things they have to offer! This isn’t just keeping up on news but also a lesson in thinking Biblically, discerning things well. And there are so many ways this can help us to grow and learn in a plethora of topics of all sorts! Materials like this are such a blessing for helping us learn to see and think critically about the things taking place in the world around so that we can properly watch and pray!

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WORLD Watch News {Review}

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My oldest turns 16 in a few weeks and this last year, academically, has been a real struggle with him. He isn’t sure exactly what he wants to do after high school, he is considering trade school right now but I want to be sure he is ready for whatever direction he feels God calling him to. So I was actually glad to be given the opportunity to review ACT Mom Online Class from ACT Mom. We don’t always know exactly where we will go but we do believe in the value of preparation that comes from something like this. And we have access for one full year; since my son works more slowly as of late, that is very important to us that we have plenty of time.

This whole class is online and self-paced so students can complete the four courses included in as much or as little time as they want. Included in this course are thirteen hours worth of videos within four different courses. There is one for reading, math, science, and English. Once registered there are also materials that are shipped directly to the student. The complete class includes a binder full of the materials you need to go along with the videos. The same materials are also downloadable in her class; there are lots of tests for students to complete for practice. I personally find this to be a great help in learning strategic learning as well as creating some helpful habits. Want to see inside?

Can I tell you how much we really appreciate the binder that was sent to us as a part of this program? It includes all we need to work through the program: graphing paper and ACT practice tests in sheet protectors. There was also a pencil pouch with a dry erase marker (for taking the practice tests in the sheet protectors), eraser, and sticky tabs. Everything we need to get started right away. There is also an answer key along with scoring instructions so you can score their tests and see how they are progressing as they work through these courses. 

Each session includes videos, a quiz, and additional resources should students want to continue their studies. Her videos are very engaging (like having coffee with your professor friend) as she walks you through the information, casually defining terms and relating them to everyday life experiences. Upon completion of each course, she links approximately eight practice tests for students to complete. There are so many opportunities for students to practice actually taking these tests.

One of the things that really got my son was the “why.” She states in her video how important it is for students to “know their why.” I love that because I believe there is so much power in that. On those hard days, it is good for us to remember why we are doing the work we are. So many of us can go so much further when we have one of these as well.

Never a fan of tests myself, I appreciate the honesty which she shares with students as she explains the purpose of these tests and the benefits that come from being studious in them. She also speaks a great deal about the need for organization which is another thing that is so important (and not just when studying for a test).

She also teaches how to read, how to discern necessary information from that which is perhaps misleading to best find the correct answers. So much of this has to do with learning to see those concepts that are repeated; how to have a strategy in your test taking that will help you to have success. Again, an additional benefit in gaining critical thinking skills within this course. Having taken these courses long ago myself, I certainly remember how confusing the wording can be sometimes. How to read, how to think on these things can make a big difference!

This is definitely one of those programs that contains so many benefits beyond just studying for a standardized test. As my son works through the courses that were included in this bundle, I can see how he is gaining more understanding and comprehension in regards to digesting information.

My oldest son tends to be very wary of academic materials; he is very practical and purposeful in what he does so if he cannot relate something to his “right now” he tends to need a lot of encouragement to complete it. Since he started these courses he has been consistent with working through the program. He appreciates the reality of what is taught and how the information is being presented. This seems to be helping him gain some better study skills as well as some more consideration about what his “why” shall be.

You can purchase the bundle of all four courses or you can pick and choose which ones you feel are best for your family. There are definitely many benefits to this course for our older students whether they have a plan or not for after high school. In my opinion, it is always good for us to keep our options open so that whatever we determine to do, we have at least a bit of the way paved. I sure wish this course would have been around when I was test taking because the insight and wisdom shared in this course is so valuable!

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The ACT Mom {Review}

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I have been known to use the phrase, “It’s all Greek to me” now and then. While I would love to learn Greek, there are some things that, I admit, I am just not comfortable diving into! Greek being one of them. So imagine how thrilled I was, when I had the opportunity to review It’s NOT Greek to Me! from Ready to Teach. We received the Instructor’s Manual, a USB Flash drive with PowerPoint programs providing step-by-step instruction for each lesson, and also a Student Book. The books we received are softcover physical books; each one with 120+ pages.

I have one child in particular who is always asking, why a word is what it is. For this reason he did some studies in Latin a few years ago. Now it is time to dig into the Greek to satisfy his curiosity. In fact, he informed me recently that, about 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots – when you include the vocabulary of sciences and technology, the figure rises to over 90 percent. Pretty awesome I think!

So where do you start when you are beginning to learn Greek? This is an amazingly simple program to use – just open the books and start learning! The very first section (there are 5 sections in all) covers the background and suggested lessons plan for the morphemes lessons. There are also some really good ideas for creating a display (visuals can really help the learning process, right?).

This course is about so much more than just obtaining a Greek vocabulary. This is a program that combines reasoning, analysis, speech presentation, reading strategies and using the dictionary (am I the only one who gets excited about that?). The focus of this program is on knowledge and assessment as well as community and individual learner. Whether the student is a visual, auditory or tactile/kinesthetic learner these lessons involve them all.

“Research demonstrates that our brains learn and remember more with paper and pencil writing than with keyboarding.”

There is little that is more encouraging to me than a program that has a page entitled, “Weekly Assignments in the Proverbial Nutshell.” As we have been slowly remodeling inside our house, as I have been slowly, trying to minimize our stuff, I have a greater appreciation for materials that I can open up and start learning with.

The Student book is approximately 112 pages; these pages have lots of fun activities to help grow understanding that lasts. There are twelve lessons in all; each one incorporates from 15 to 22 Greek morphemes, lessons building upon one another. The crossword puzzles were a fast favorite of ours. There are also some passages to read words being learned in their context.

I will admit we had some difficulty with the USB drive since we do not own Microsoft Office Powerpoint.  We did using a few other other powerpoint programs we found but unfortunately none of them were able read the drive – including Open Office, which is what we use mostly.  I did sign up for the free trial of Microsoft Office so that I could use the lessons on the thumb drive but once the trial ends, since we will not be purchasing the program, I fear we will not be able to access the slides for these lessons anymore.

We do plan to continue with this, perhaps using lessons more slowly than the recommended five days a week. I am looking forward to completing this program with my son. Perhaps this will even lead us into a deeper learning of Greek language as well. I can also see us going through this program a second time since the readings and activities really are such wonderful ways to further cement learning.

Perhaps the best thing about this course is how simple and gentle it guides you through the many morphemes. With a variety of activities and tools, whatever style of learning your student may be best suited to, this program has something for them.  This is about so much more than simply learning Greek – gain a greater vocabulary, stronger analytical skills and watch as they learn how to recognize and access the knowledge they have gained from their studies.

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It’s NOT Greek to Me! {Review}

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Do you feel like I do? That it is becoming so much more necessary for us to learn how to discern the truth from the lies? Critical thinking and logic has always been one of those things that I just love! That said I was so excited for my family to receive a copy of the book, The Fallacy Detective for review. This is over 200 pages, 38 lessons, on how to recognize bad reasoning as well as exactly what it is.

Written by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, they enjoyed so many adventure stories read to him by his mother. These stories developed his imagination and stirred in him a passion for writing first discovered through the classic tale, Beowulf. I love how they say that with these books you are able to learn to solve thinking problems just like the way that a plumber fixes faucets!

Something even cooler – shortly after we got this book in the mail and started reading and discussing – we found a group of home educators that are going to be meeting to work through this and other materials – this fall! Talk about excellent timing. The idea of meeting new friends and exploring logic and reasoning together…It is so very exciting!

So how does this work? What is a Red Herring? Or an Ad Hominem or a Tu Quoque? This book does a fabulous job of introducing exactly what a fallacy is and why it is good for us to stretch and exercise our minds with logic training. We learn how to spot bad reasoning, to put a higher value on good reasoning and how to avoid fallacies in our own thinking because we all have them sometimes.

While this is recommended for ages 12 and up, my older daughter (10) did enjoy being a part of some of the lessons. As I mentioned, this is a favorite study for momma, so I made sure we did this as a family. As you work through the chapters in this book, you gain confidence in your ability to think reasonably; you begin to recognize the many errors that are all around you, both in your thinking and in that of the world we live in. Certainly this is a very necessary and timely study for the days we live in.

Our family would gather to read each chapter together and then complete the exercises also together. This book contains many concrete examples as well as fun exercises for a variety of levels of difficulty. The concepts are easy to understand, the skills are easy to learn. With this book– discover the logic already written in your mind by God. Starting with inquiring minds and moving through topics such as propaganda, assumptions, statistical fallacies this is an amazing workout for minds of all ages! Did I mention, there are some great comic strips strewn about throughout the lessons! Serious work, seriously fun!

At the end of each chapter are some exercises you can do together, or individually. Some of them, such as Find the Propaganda, it was fun to have the kids locate some examples (I mean, this stuff is everywhere right now) and then come back so we can share what we found and talk about it a bit.

One thing I really stress with my children, in learning anything, we need to have an Inquiring Mind. What does this mean exactly? It means exercising our mind; our mind is a muscle so it needs a good workout regularly. We need to be willing to consider things, to test all things. We are told in the Bible to come and reason together. There is nothing worse than engaging in a conversation with someone who already has their mind made up and believes they already “know.”

Perhaps it is most valuable for us to be wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove, in that we are willing to learn and unlearn things as we think critically about them. There is far too much false information out there, we cannot allow ourselves to get stuck in unhealthy thoughts and false facts. This is a very valuable skills for everyone to have in their toolbox!

We are definitely going to continue reading and discussing and seeking out the bad reasoning in ourselves and in those people and things around us using this book. We will even be working through it a second time this fall with a local group so we should have some strong logic skills growing in this home!

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Fallacy Detective {Review}

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I cannot believe. I am officially homeschooling a high schooler! I think I might hyperventilate. This is scary stuff! But then, I am told that it doesn’t have to be. That is can be fun and amazing – Who said that? The HomeScholar LLC – What a blessing to have the chance to explore and learn from her using her online course, High School Solution. I was given six months access to this one and I sure do appreciate that because there is so much great information in this!

This course has a singular purpose: “to help parents homeschool high school.” Lee Binz is bold, confident and at the same time gentle as she teaches us how possible it really is for us to homeschool high school. Again and again she reminds that we have no reason to fear; we just need to take things one step at a time. They have so many amazing materials to equip, train, and encourage us on this journey. It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran or new to homeschool, there are great resources for all styles of learning and budgets. Doesn’t this sound wonderful?

The first thing that comes to mind when I am trying to think of how to explain this course is WOW! From the very first video, I was hooked! This course includes videos, handouts, audio recordings, blog posts, and monthly webinars. She provides so many ways for you to get the most out of the information she is sharing! There are also monthly webinars you can sign up for (these are included for the first month, then for a monthly fee). She also provides materials specific to gifted and struggling learners. Also, she includes delight directed learning and guidance for how we can go from teachers to mentors. The goal really is for our kids to become independent learnings who are taking responsibility for their education.

I am so grateful that she has a video that helps explain how to use this course, where to go. There really is so much – I feel like I still have only scratched the surface. This is very thorough. I do not think that there is a need we have that is not covered within this course. I am not exaggerating when I say that she provides ALL the resources you need to create a rigorous curriculum for your kids! She even breaks this down by each subject area and every high school level.

Are our kids challenged or overwhelmed?

Lee Binz believes very much that every child should have a rigorous program so that they are prepared for college – whether or not they choose to go – She states that it is more about life preparation – students being ready and able should they change their minds (as we all tend to do).

For that reason she also provides numerous materials – video presentations, blog posts, handouts – also Essential E-books for the High School Journey (there are four in this section). Designing transcripts, grading courses – you will be ready.

Motivation. It is a big deal for so many. Our kids just aren’t motivated. I know this is a very difficult area for me personally. I was very grateful to find a Motivation Pack – some webinars to watch and some things to read. One of the webinars here is from Andrew Pudewa on the Art and Science of Motivation! If you are familiar with his name, you know that this he always has so much wisdom to share.

Another section speaks to taming technology; this one is full of great information as well. I am not completely through it yet but let’s just say, the six hour webinar Training Series with Experts in Technology and Internet Addiction (video, audio and handouts) is sure to be a real blessing!

Faith. This one is for the parents. Especially as our kids get older it can be a time of great shaking. As we work through this pack we grow the confidence we need to know that we can do this. Even with all the course requirements – all of those tests (PSAT, SAT) even college admissions – these things can really cause us to wonder if what we are doing will be enough. Lee Binz assures us that it is! As you listen and read you too will be certain that you can do this and it will be the best thing for your children.

From tools and templates to planning guides and record keeping, there is so much in this course that is definitely necessary for homeschooling our children and preparing them for life. As you go through this, you will learn all you need to know to make sure your kids are ready for whatever path they choose to walk. Grow in confidence and wisdom with The HomeScholar.

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The HomeScholar {Review}

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Is math a friend or a foe in your home? Here it’s a bit of both but thankfully with Math Essentials  we are becoming better acquainted, more friend and less foe. They have so many wonderful materials for just about every stage of math learning. This time around we were so blessed to receive three workbooks to use with our children! Addition, division, multiplication – Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills! Whether we are just keeping up on what we know or working to master the things we need to know these are just great!

What’s a speed wheel drill? Picture a wheel: in the middle you find one number. Where each “spoke” of the wheel would be is another number. Solve each problem using the middle number and the outside number. Grab a timer and see how fast you can complete each wheel; when you are done be there is a place to mark the number correct and the time.

Each book includes 1,440 Speed Wheel Drills to help kids gain instant recall of math facts, making math so much more enjoyable as they proceed into higher math. These can be such a fun way to practice those math facts – kids can time themselves and see how fast they complete each wheel. It is also so fun to look back and see how they are advancing as they work through the pages.

We used the addition book with my youngest girl (6) who loves numbers and has been having so much fun completing wheels every day. Some days she only did one or two wheels but other days she just kept on rolling and I am not about to tell her to quit doing math when she is having so much fun!

My older girl (9) started working on the division book – she isn’t a big fan of workbooks but when you start a timer – she has quite a competitive spirit in her. As she completed one wheel she loved knowing how much time it took her and then trying to complete the other wheels in less time than the one before. Good motivation!

My younger son ((11) decided that he was going to tackle the multiplication book since he knows his tables, but he wants to know them better and answer faster. Sounds good to me! He also liked to see from wheel to wheel if he was improving. There is something about seeing your progress that really helps you to keep going.

As I mentioned previously, we have used quite a few materials from Math Essentials in the past and we have not been disappointed yet. These books have been super for all three of my kids as I have been seeing them recall their math facts more quickly – That means there are fewer struggles involved each day when momma says that it is time to get some math done. Who doesn’t like that?

Something else that I love about these workbooks: this one includes 21 Important “Math” Tips to make things easier. It is good for my kids to read through before they begin so they can see that mom isn’t the only one insisting on writing neatly and not using pen. I say this so many times – It is a terrible mess when mistakes are made and you cannot erase – Makes things so much more difficult. A few tips are inspiring: find a study buddy or teach someone else some math. Great ideas for developing in math.

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Math Essentials Speed Drills {Review}

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There are many reasons that our kids struggle to read and if you are anything like I am, the idea of a child not learning to love reading, is just heartbreaking. Aside from the fact that reading is such an adventure, it is also the key to so much in life! With a new reader, a struggling reader and just so older reluctant readers around here, we were happy to have a go at Dyslexia Gold.  Don’t too caught up on the name, this is not just for students with dyslexia. This is an online program designed to assist ages 4-16 struggling with reading. Whatever the reason, this is one of those materials that will help your reader to grow in their ability and confidence in so many ways.

For this review we received a 12-month online subscription to the Homeschool option, which gives you a Family License so that multiple students can use the many resources that are a part of this program. Included in this program are the following:

  • Dyslexia Screener
  • Vision Training
  • Reading- Reading Unlocked and Fluency Builder
  • Spelling Tutor
  • Times Table Tutor

As you can see there are quite a few tools within this program that (dyslexia or no) can be truly beneficial to any learner!

My youngest just turned six – while I have no concerns regarding her ability, she truly is enjoying exploring them all! We focused mostly on Reading Unlocked and Fluency Builder because this early reader loves learning to read and I am eager to do whatever I can to help her develop her more!

Each of these programs takes about 10 minutes to play, and they really are fun! Based on neuroscience research, this program goes beyond simply learning to reading and works to resolve whatever issues may be getting in the way of our children embracing their day, so that they can learn and enjoy.

Some of the activities involve 3D so there are also 3D glasses provided to play those games designed to help with visual focus. We received two pairs of these and my girls just love style and the colors.

Engaging Eyes includes a few different things: Target Practice, Eye Tracking, Speed Fix, and Whack an Alien; these activities are to be done for 10 minutes each day. In Target Practice there are three levels: A, B and C. Just put on your 3D glasses, and begin shooting using the spacebar and arrow keys. Eye Tracking has two levels. On one you keep your eyes on the dots until they show a letter, then hit the spacebar and begin again. This is how your eyes are being trained in reading line upon line. The second level gets more complicated as you are now looking not just for a letter but also words and pressing on specific words with specific letters in certain places (sounds pretty intense right?). I will say, for my oldest daughter (9) the faster these go the more anxious she can get a bit anxious – feeling pressure is not her friend – yet my boys love a challenge. Turn on a timer and go! Funny how different our kids can be.

Fluency Builder contains 50 lessons which focus on a specific phonics sound; this is designed to strengthen our awareness of hearing the sounds while reading basic words (an image is included). This includes a few activities within each lesson to practice hearing and clicking on the word that is said. Another one, sort the words into short or long “a” or “e” or “ai” as you hear them said.  In another exercise, there are four images to choose from based upon the word that is given. Then listen as they speak a word and spell it out using letter blocks provided. The next activity has you pop all of the “ee’s” quick as you can (letter or combination of letters changes with each lesson). After a few more exercises of locating words and then reading them along with the program, we then are challenged to turn one word into another, again using letter blocks. Following this would be a passage to read (short, simple yet also challenging poems and prose my girl loves to read!). It is so encouraging hearing my girl read these all by herself.

We have not started this one yet but we plan to soon! Spelling Tutor requires a paper and pencil (or letter tiles from an old scrabble game maybe). This is a personalized program that determines the words based upon mistakes our children make within the lessons. This is also one of those that can be fun to “play” for if you have a rather reluctant or struggling speller. My girls do both enjoy spelling games so this one will be a huge hit I am sure.

With the Times Tables Tutor (based off of Singapore Math) each student is tested on their knowledge of the times tables up to 12×12. The program uses repetition to strengthen their math mastery using three stages: concrete, pictorial and abstract. With a variety of exercises within, their tables are tested sometimes using pictures to help them visualize the problem and solution. Having a very visual learner, I can attest to what a great help that is!

I am eager to see as we complete more of this program how they all grow because honestly we have not been on this as much as I would like. So many distractions with the start of our business. Managing schedules has been a challenge. But I do recognize the uniqueness of this program – there just aren’t many that work on focus (visual and auditory) the way this one does. This is a wonderful way to get a stronger foundation in place so that as we go deeper and higher, we have the skills we need to be successful.

We definitely appreciate this program and will be using it much more!  I encourage you to consider this if you have a struggling or reluctant learner. Of course if there are some special learner needs, do not miss this one! Perhaps it can help them to enjoy learning and expand their abilities as it has my own. Don’t take my word for it though, click on the banner below and read what other member of the Crew thought and how they used this program in their homes. 🙂 

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Dyslexia Gold {Review}

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I first learned of Danika Cooley through her Bible Road Trip curriculum. With a number of kids who love crafts we found so many materials that really engaged my children in their learning of the Word of God. Isn’t that a blessing? Since we have enjoyed so much of her work in the past I was beyond excited to receive a copy of her newest book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, published by Bethany House Publishers. There is no better time for us set their hearts and minds, as well as our own, on our mighty God.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might

As a home educating momma, I attest to how much time are care is put into our day to day studies. What activities do we engage in and how much; what books and materials will we choose to spend our time in? What is the end goal for our children? How can I tell we are where we ought to be, that we aren’t “behind” or “lacking” in anything? These things can feel like pretty heavy burdens when we let them take over but what if we remembered what Jesus taught”

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

I do not mean to imply that we should throw away our textbooks and do nothing but study the Bible – Rather, what if we focused on that which is most important of all? When we have Jesus at the center of it all; when our children see their need and Jesus place, in all things – Surely goodness will be found in the many other things we do. Surely we can all agree that eternity is worth it.

It can be overwhelming and scary leading our children; studying and praying our children but it doesn’t have to be this way. Danika is committed to helping families lead their children to life, eternal, for the glory of the Lord. They believe strongly in study and memorization of the Word (as long term Bible quizzers we absolutely see the value ourselves.) A homeschool momma herself, she is a inspiration in intentionally and gently leading our children in the way they should go and hiding the treasure that is God’s Word within their hearts.

Of course for this to be effective, we have to truly believe and obey what we read. We must know that God’s Word will not return void – it will accomplish all that the Lord wills. So much of this begins with taking up our own rod and leading in the way. I think of Lois and Eunice in the Bible who were the grandmother and the mother of Timothy; what beautiful are examples of the powerful influence we can have on a youth’s life. We too can be so faithful!

For many years we have taken part in Bible quizzing and I am so grateful for how that has helped us to develop how we approach the Word of God. My children have been able to see and know for themselves: who God is, why baptism is necessary, the value of modesty and holiness – I remember being told that my kids were too young to understand the Bible – I still have so many children’s story books that were given me – I also remember my younger son’s shock when he saw so many stories missing from his children’s Bible. Even at his young, tender age, he knew he needed the WHOLE Bible. Not just parts of it. 🙂

Thinking Starts with a Question Mark?

We love good questions around here. As you read, as you establish truth there are so many wonderful ways you can discuss and go deeper still. But it all begins with reading and praying. The Bible tells us that God reveals His truths to those who seek after it. Seeking requires action. For our younger ones it can be as simple as singing worship songs and drawing a picture, for older ones they can write and memorize scriptures; as they grow in ability perhaps we can engage them in word studies to help them see more powerful connections geographically, culturally. God’s Word always has more for us when we are willing, eager to be taught.

In these days, it can feel like “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Today is the day, to pray for our children, to prepare them to say, “Here I am Lord, send me.” We want for our children to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. We need materials like this to help us, so that we will not grow weary in well doing but will trust that we will reap a harvest if we faint not. Encourage yourself (and your whole family) in the Lord as you share those rivers of living water.

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Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible {Review}

Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

We have all heard about the great benefits that come from fermented foods. There has been so much growing interest and accesability to learning about the many reasons and ways to ferment various foods and beverages for your health. We delved into this ourselves after our youngest girl experienced some digestive issues resulting from some food sensitivities. Little did we know when we started how fun this could be! Having received the Starter Fermentation Kit from Fermentools I was certain that we had everything we needed to become pro’s at this in no time at all. While I am not currently a “foodie”per se, I would really like to be and things like this make it so much more possible!

The Starter Fermentation Kit Includes:

  • Stainless Steel Lid – corrosionresistant which they say will last a lifetime.
  • Glass Fermentation Weight to fit inside a standard widemouthed Mason jar
  • Air Lock
  • Rubber Stopper
  • Rubber Canning Gasket
  • Himalayan Powdered Salt which has over 80 trace minerals; ground fine enough to mix easily
  • Instruction Guide and Basic Sauerkraut recipe (so delicious!)

I love our house, I really do. However, when I start thinking of canning and fermenting and preserving I always think of my grandmothers cellar when I was a child – the walls were lied with shelves. Always full of pickled beets and sauerkraut, red cabbage – all sorts of goodies! Then I get to wishing we had space like that. Unfortunately, we just do not have the space to make and store things so we tend to just make what we need for the time.

While the kitchen is not my favorite place to be, I am on a mission to understand more of the healing benefits of food and turn my kitchen into a place full of delicious goodness! I am even in the process of taking a homeopathy class!

Since we are a huge fan of pickles, we made a bunch of those right away. My father in law used to make them – best I ever tasted – since he passed away a few years ago my younger son has taken up the torch and enjoys making some sweet for his sisters and some tangy for the rest of us. I always find that this is one of those things that we can all enjoy making together so even my littlest one got to try her hand at pickling. Did she ever love it!

We are also big fans of sourdough – another great opportunity! Lot of great benefits for easy digestion. Since it is a prebiotic the fiber in the bread also feeds “good” bacteria which can help maintain a healthy digestive system. With my younger one so sensitive we have learned that the longer prep time for sourdough really makes a difference for her.

This little lady made these.

One really neat thing I have learned recently is the benefit to fermenting fruits. We love berries of all kinds but sometimes we just cannot eat them fast enough. Learning about beverages and the ease with which they can be made: kombucha, kvass, kefirs – We definitely plan to do lots more experimenting with this sort of thing in the near future.

As I look over all of the amazing recipes on their website and even others I find in other spots I realize how much we really could use more space. I could do this stuff all day long if there was a place for me to store it all! I love the benefits both preventative and healing that come from this form of food.

The more I read the more I see so many amazing benefits to our health! Not sure where to begin? One of my favorite articles (on their website) is Ten Delicious Foods That Help Digestion. Why not start your journey by fermenting through this list? I even found a review on their site for a book on cheesemaking! I love cheese. How fun would that be?

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Fermentools {Review}