Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Math Mammoth *Review


Affordable Quality Math {Math Mammoth }

Math Mammoth utilizes the Blue Series for target specific help in areas like  Order of Operations, and Percentages


Affordable Quality Math {Math Mammoth }
The series includes additional topics for learning in ;
Addition
Subtraction
Place Value
Money & Clocks
Measuring
Division
Multiplication
Geometry & Statistics
Fractions
Ratios
Pre Algebra topics

Topical math help for grades 1st-8th in both teaching and practicing the information. The work texts are small in size as they are concentrated on just a couple areas. This is an excellent way to try out Math Mammoth as well to see the layout and how your student does with it. It works great for a supplement to another math program, a refresher for a topic a student needs reminding of, or an extra help for a student that is behind. Many different reasons to use Math Mammoth in your school.

There is a "helpful resources on the internet" section in the beginning of each book. They come with with direct links to a variety of resources. In the Four Operations book there are 6 pages of these resources which is quite a lot. I appreciate that the book does not have a grade level specific written on it. This allows all ages who could benefit from it, to not be put off by having to work in a different grade level. As a homeschooler I honestly work in several grade levels each year depending on what my child's needs are.

By being organized by concept, we can bounce around a bit in different areas. I used both the Order of Operations and the Percentage books at the same time with my 14 year old.
Math Mammoth Percents has several videos that go along with the work text. I found these to be very helpful. Percents really  need to have a foundation with fractions first.

I did print out much of the actual teaching and work sheet pages. I found that my kids could only handle doing 2 pages per sitting. I attempted to give my 14 year old more than that and let's just say it wasn't pretty. I like that I can break up the amount of pages assigned to meet my children's' needs.

The download version gives you immediate access to the topics you purchase.
The pdf workbook does allow for online annotation if you prefer them to work on the computer to write their answers directly into the form. I chose not to use this as my children get distracted easily when at the computer. For some however this would be a great way to save on printing and paper costs.

You can also purchase the print copy of the Math Mammoth books, which for me would actually be preferable.
I like to be offline for Math, and if I am going to be printing out much of the program anyhow, might as well start with it in print and bound together. The nice thing is with Math Mammoth you do have a choice.

Several of my Crew mates reviewed some of the other topics in the Math Mammoth series as well as their curriculum in the Light Blue Series. Click on the button below to what their thoughts were.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grace and Hope a 40 Day Devotional for Lent and Easter *Review





We have a late Easter this year, and the Lenten season begins on March 1st. That is just 7 days from now. Whether you are a long observer of Lent, or new to the idea, this book Grace and Hope is an excellent addition to your Lent observance.

Lent is a 40 day journey of self reflection and self denial as you prepare for Holy Week. I am not typically on to give up meat on Fridays, or quit drinking coffee for 40 days. I like to add something into my 40 day journey rather than give up something. I like to add something that significantly improves my relationship with Christ and prepares my heart for the celebration of His death and resurrection. This devotional study is just the thing to start with.

Each day begins with a scripture from The Passion Translation. This translation is geared for the modern English speaking world, to bring the scriptures back to life in a way we can understand. After the scripture reading, there is devotional by Dr. Brian Simmons. Each devotion focused on Jesus.
Finally their is a Lenten prayer. Each day is numbered rather than dated, so you can use this devotional each year.

Pick up a copy from Broadstreet Publishing and make this a Lent to really appreciate all that our Savior has done for us.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Duck Commander Happy Happy Happy Stories for Kids *Review & Giveaway



Duck Dynasty is a staple in our family! We have many of the DVDs because we don't have cable to watch them when they come on. We can easily binge watch them on DVD. From the youngest 2 year old up to the oldest.. huhum... me, we love them as a family.
I was super excited to see the Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids available for review with Tommy Nelson. Written by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard. It is illustrated by Holli Conger.
These fun and faith filled stories resonate with kids ages 4-8 but you may hear a giggle or two from some of the older listeners.

There are 14 chapters in the book. Each chapter begins with a scripture verse that teaches how we should act or how our character should look. Then the story begins. Each story takes a few pages, illustrated beautifully. The Robertson family antics is a large part of each story. Told in story form like reading a fiction book, so that it feels like you are there at the time.

After the story there is another scripture verse. Then there is a section called Lets Talk about it, where you answer questions about the story that was just heard. I love this section because it helps me to know how well my child was listening. With these funny stories, believe me, they are listening.
The last section is Duck Commander in action where you are challenged to do something to help you grow in this character trait. To learn from what you just learned. They are not intense or hard. Writing a scripture verse out and tucking it beside your bed, talking to someone you don't know real well, learning patience by playing a board game, or making a list.

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Home School in the Woods Ancient Greece *Review


HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Having worked with Home School in the Woods previously, I was excited to jump into
HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece.


HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

I received Ancient Greece in a downloadable product from Home School in the Woods, but they also sell it in a CD if you prefer. It is very quick and easy to use the download and you don't have to wait to get started.

As with their other Passport Studies, you  begin in the first lesson by getting your passport, your binder, and your timeline all set up. There is a bit of printing in the first stop in the travel but this is just because you are laying the ground work. We took a couple days to finish all of it so not to overwhelm the kids with printing and cutting.

Each stop, or lesson is separated out for clearly seeing what is required as far as printables and supplies. The Travel Itinerary section tells you exactly how to assemble the different booklets and print outs.
Each stop has a Guide Book Text of approximately 3 pages to read to your students to set the time line. I so appreciate not having to know anything about Ancient Greece to be able to teach this curriculum. I learned as I read the three pages to my 12 and 15 year old.

There are 25 stops, each having the Travel Itinerary and the Guide Book Text. Each stop doesn't necessarily equal one lesson. Some of the stops are bigger than others, and may require a bit more work from the student. Also there is a resource section that gives suggestions for additional books, and movies to add in. Some of the stops may invoke interest that you want to spend some more time with.


On our travels we learned about the map of Greece so we could relate where the people and things were happening. I am a bit of an ink miser, so we utilize the laptop rather than printing off all of the program.




With each project there is also a photo icon you can click on to make sure you assembled it correctly. This is so helpful. There are also opportunities for audio drama when you click on that icon.

Each stop along the way looks at a different area of Ancient Greece. We studied the Greek Government as well as Sparta and Athens.



We looked at everyday life of the Ancient Greeks. This was probably my favorite part. I love learning about how people used to live. Their clothing, foods, homes and jobs.
Education was exciting to read about, as a homeschool mom. Also the start of the library, where papyrus rolls were called Byblos. There was even a lapbook to make representing that. I love books and this was a fun project to work on. Reading about Aesop's fables was another part that was fun to dive into.

Stop 11 starts learning about Science and Archimedes. Medicine, and disease are included in the next stop and then the study  moves on to The Arts. Philosophy and religion are touched on including Greek Myths.
We weren't able to get to it in the review time, but we are looking forward to the armor and weapons section, at least my 15 year old son is.
I am excited to learn more on the architecture side when we get to the Parthenon.

So much to learn and study from the Ancient Greeks. Much of what they did still impacts our lives today. We aren't typically big history buffs. Home School in the Woods makes history come alive, and makes it fun for us to learn. I am certain we can't go back to just reading dry history books after all of this fun! Good thing Home School in the Woods has several adventures available for us.



HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
Home School in the Woods is working on Ancient Rome, due out in 2018 so be sure to pencil that in to your schedule.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Latte for Life Devotions on Ruth *Review






It is never too late to jump into a new devotional. I know sometimes I start one that is labeled for the entire year, but it is nice to get into a smaller devo at times as well. When studying Ruth, this is a perfect go along devotion from Renae Brumbaugh Green.
Coffee lover?? You will love how she breaks down each devotional into coffee related terms.

God's Word Says
First Cup
Cream and Sugar
Second Cup
The Last Drop

I for one love coffee, and love the book of  Ruth. This has been an excellent devotion in the morning with my cup or two of coffee.

You will get through the entire book of  Ruth in this devotional. Each day starts with several verses, included for you. I love how she switches versions of the Bible to quote each day from as well. She uses NLT, TLV, ESV, NIRV, and NASB just to name a few.
After God's Word we have First Cup, which is the commentary on what was just read in Ruth.

Cream and Sugar offers us a question to reflect on and a prayer for guidance.

Second cup is an additional relevant scripture. Again she chooses a variety of translations and I really love that. I can read it just a bit different than I am maybe used to with the NKJV, and it speaks to me in just a little bit of a different way. The word is alive and each devotion is a blessing to read.

The Last Drop section is a simple quote from a variety of people. Just that one last drop of refreshment before you start the day.

This was a great look at Ruth, and really helped to bring the whole book to life. I loved the depth of the devotion and the thought provoking questions.




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Control Girl by Shannon Popkin *Review





About the book:


Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control.
Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God's, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.
Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.
My Thoughts
As soon as I saw the title of this book I said.. yep me! What woman doesn't feel like they struggle for control rather than letting God just be in control? I think it is a common theme for us. I love how Shannon took women from the Bible as examples for us to learn from. God wrote this book for our application, and we can learn so much from the issues that they struggled with. Rest.. I long for true rest and to get that, I need to give up control.
Shannon takes a look at the following women; Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and Miriam. Then the final chapter is on how to go from a control girl to a Jesus girl. LOVE!

Three to Five lessons in each chapter, this would be an excellent group study, as well as individually. I would love to share this with my young adults group as I think it is practical for any age woman.
Very well written and organized!

About the author:

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by "Family Fun," "MOMsense," "Focus on the Family Magazine," and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. "Control Girl" is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.



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Shannon Popkin's 'Control Girl' Blog Tour and Prize Pack Giveaway

Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you're exhausted? Shannon Popkin's debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon's blog.

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Praise A Creative Journaling Bible *Review




Praise a Creative Journaling Bible is a beautiful hardcover KJV Bible. It has over 300 illustrations by Laura Elizabeth Marshall already included for you to color and accessorize. For those of us who aren't skilled artists, it really  makes Bible journaling something within our reach. You just need to know how to color, and love the Word!



You can see that there is a narrow margin on the side, which has black lines. The bible pages go right to the top and bottom without much room for drawing there. The lines gives you room for note taking on pages that are not illustrated.


The pages are more like a typical Bible pages, so there is a little bit of shadow from the other side of the page with the illustrations. This is easy to cover with a 'tip in' or a paper covering it on the other side. They make already decorated margin papers you can washi tape in.

If there isn't a illustration directly on the other side, you don't get any shadowing, like the photo above.

Each book title page has great decorations and is a perfect place to start in coloring your Bible.


The illustrations do take the side margin, but do not interfere with the text of the Bible which is a plus. Some people choose to decorate over the words, but if you do not want to do that, the illustrations leave the text alone.

I love KJV bible for studying and reading and have really enjoyed the illustrations in this version. The page edges have a nice gold color to give it a traditional Bible feel.

The illustrator is the owner of an Etsy shop called DoodlingForDays .

It is published by Good Books an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day #Jesus is the True Valentine







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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Times Tables the Fun Way *Review


Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

Times Tables the Fun Way  from Times Alive provides online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. I recall the constant repetition when I was in school, to memorize the multiplication facts. We don't get quite that repetition during homeschool because we don't have as many kids going through it. Times Tables the Fun Way gives the student a fun way to memorize through different skills.

There are 18 lessons, and each lesson has three to five section. They include movies, songs, painting, and quizzes.
My daughter is 12 and has already mastered some of the easier facts so she was able to zip right through those lessons. The middle numbers like 6, 7, and 8 times tables were our focus to get her speedier at.

You sign up with a monthly subscription and your student could easily finish the program in a month if they applied themselves. It is so fun that you may need to set a time limit on how long they work on it. System requirements are;
400 mhz or greater
128 MB of RAM or greater
Speakers
Mouse or other pointing device
Video at 1024x768 or higher

Each story gives a visual memory cue for the student to remember some of the tougher facts to memorize. The example above is 3 X 8. The student will hear it, see it, and then take the visuals to recall when they hear the facts.



The next section is a song. The song goes along with the word picture. Catchy songs to give the student one more venue of memorization.

There is a pre-test to begin with, and it tests for accuracy and time. Every two-three lessons there is a test again for the numbers learned.

There is a final test at the end of all 18 lessons. You can compare this one with the pre test at the beginning to see the progress in time and accuracy that your student made.

The lessons can be done in any order, and there is a symbol marked beside it that is was viewed. There is an additional symbol when it is completed. This is helpful for the student to be able to find out where they left off. They can start and stop multiple times and pick back up where they left off.
The progress report is printable as well, so that you can keep track of progress while being off line.

I asked my daughter if this program was helpful for memorizing her math facts. She has tried several different methods including flash cards. She felt this was a great way for her to memorize them because she could 'see' the pictures of the numbers in her mind and hear the songs. She even mentioned falling asleep one night with the songs stuck in her head!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LearnMultiplication/ 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I'm going to give you a Bear Hug! #BearHugs #Flyby *Review




I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

Each hug mimics the activities through out the day and winding down for bedtime. A duck hug, a horse hug, dog, cat and pig. Of course the fish hug and whale hug are great for bathtime. Then the bug hug for getting the towel wiggled on and dried off. The sheep hug is a nice soft blanket for getting ready for bed.

This is an adorable book geared for ages 4-8. My 2 year old daughter easily understood and loved it as well. The animals giving hugs was fun for her to see illustrated.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online.



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