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Oct
31

A Reliable Resource

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I don’t think there’s anything I’ve found that I won’t use to reinforce a lesson, subject or concept, if the content is acceptable and the source is reliable.  Some things are much easier to use than others and don’t require nearly the manipulation or contortions on my part.  Oh, the stories I could tell you…but, I’ll leave that for another time.

Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. has Lots and Lots of DVD’s, Books and CD’s AS SEEN ON TV and not readily found in stores.  They have won numerous awards! They say that it is their goal to amaze, amuse, entertain and educate and we think they reach that goal.  They meet the criteria of acceptable and reliable, with the bonus of thorough and convenient, with little effort on my part.

 

 

Marshall Publishing is the exclusive distributor of Kaw Valley Films DVD programs, and Kaw Valley Films is the producer of a DVD, George Washington Carver – His Life and His Work, that is an excellent resource for a recent study in our history.

Suggested for ages 4th grade – Adult, we watched it as a family, including Kindergarten through High School.  It is a detailed, well written, 29-minute documentary of an extraordinary life.  We’ve previously studied Mr. Carver, yet we still discovered more about him!  Did you know that he personally never used the name “Washington?”  At the time, there was another George Carver in the school he was attending; so, to distinguish between the two of them, he added the middle initial W to his name.  George W. Carver.  Some time later, he was asked if the W. stood for Washington and his reply was along the lines of, “why not,” but he never included the name when he signed it or introduced himself.

“Born into slavery and reared during the Reconstruction years in the South, George Washington Carver struggled through poor health, poverty and prejudice…to become a great benefactor, not only to his people…but to his country as well. Carver is known in history books as the “peanut man” – for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton. As one of the world’s foremost experts in agriculture and horticulture, Carver, through his research and teaching at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama practically reinvented land management in the South. He is said to have compiled a list of over 300 uses for and by-products of peanuts such as cosmetics, dyes and paints, plastics, gasoline and nitroglycerin.

But his work as a creative scientist stretches far beyond that endeavor. He marveled at the world around him and his ability to inspire those closely associated with him may well have been one of his greatest lifetime achievements. As a living example of the importance of hard work, a positive attitude and a good education, Carver was instrumental in changing the stereotype of the time that the black race was intellectually inferior to the white race.

Here then, is the story of Carver’s life…a life that should not be forgotten, for it is full of hope, meaning and inspiration.”

As quoted from the website at:

http://marshallpublishinginc.com/george-washington-carver-his-life-and-his-works-dvd.html

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Among their Lots and Lots of DVD’s are several other Educational Historical Documentary DVD’s:

Lincoln at Gettysburg:  The Battle and The Address

The Complete History of America’s Railroads

The Historic Expedition of Lewis and Clark

and more.

Regular price is $24.95.  Web sale price is currently $19.95.  For a limited time, I have a 15% discount for my readers, making your cost just $16.96.  When purchasing item #KVFD-106 use code TOSC1 for savings.

To contact Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. write to:

123 S. Hough St.

Barrington, IL  60010

email:  info@marshallpublishinginc.com

telephone:  224.238.3530

or

customer service:  888.300.3455

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Although we were impressed with the amount of content found in the George Washington Carver – His Life and His Work DVD, the format of the production seemed rather dated.  We did not think the photography was quite as stunning as suggested, because the whole film was shot in rather muted tones.  We appreciate the humble and brilliant life of the man and noting his love of horticulture and agriculture, we found it odd that there were so few “green” plants, and little floral beauty interspersed throughout this movie.  Mr. Carver loved his flowers and was known to wear a fresh one in his lapel every day!  Overall, though, this documentary was a nice addition to our studies.

My crew mates had the opportunity to review other products from Marshall Publishing.  I know that several of them enjoyed the educational fun of Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks and Firefighters Book and Safety Songs DVD SetClick the graphic below to find their reviews.

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate your comments.  Thank you.

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Oct
28

You Can Say Anything

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In our house you’ll find a new game for Family Game Night.  The latest family edition of North Star Games‘ wildly popular Say Anything.

 

 

I’ve said before that I look for ways to keep my children connected to one another.  It may only be a fine thread of similarities or a few shared memories, but since there are so many of us and the age range between our oldest and our youngest is more than 25 years, it is an important thread.  Say Anything Family  is ideal for this!  It’s designed for 3-6 players, ages 8 and up.  It takes about 2 whole minutes to learn how to play and actual game time tends to be an easy, quick, fun 30 minutes.

Start with 60 question cards that are protected by a glossy coating on each side, 3 questions per side = 6 questions per card = 360 questions total.  6 individual dry-erase boards, with color borders and 6 dry-erase markers.  12 player tokens (betting chips) and a SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 (no spinner) with printed pics of color-coded meeples.  1 pre-printed dry-erase score board and a sturdy, colorful, full-size page of rules.

 

Basic play:  A “judge” draws a card and asks a question.  The other players answer the question, write their answer on their white board, and quickly submit it to the judge.  The judge picks up the state-of-the-art SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 and secretly chooses the picture of the meeple that corresponds to the color border on the white board that has his favorite answer written on it.  The other players then use their tokens (2 each) to bet on which white-board-answer the judge chose.  According to scoring rules, points are tallied.  The SELECT-O-MATIC is passed to the next player and a new round begins.  Two turns as “judge”, asking 2 questions each, and the game is done.  The player with the highest score wins!

The laugh-out-loud fun is in the questions and the answers!  This game builds relationships.  My generations-apart-children get to know each other better with each round they play.  I learn more about the heart and mind of a grand child or a niece when I play with them.  Yet, no one (but me, of course) is really paying any attention to this, they’re just having a blast playing a great game!

Questions include –

What’s the most important quality in a friend?

What would be the best city to live in?

What’s a father most likely to forget?

What’s my biggest guilty pleasure?

What’s the most annoying thing about being a man?

What technology don’t we have that I wish we did?

You can learn much about a person by how they answer these questions.  Do they answer with truth and facts, according to what they think or what they think the “judge” will think?  Do they answer with humor and jest or in-all-seriousness?  Do they have a clue or none?  Ah, the possibilities,  they can say anything!  And the interchange between players, while trying to convince the judge which answer to choose, is entertaining by itself!

My husband and I also have future plans for Say Anything Family.  We told our in-house kids, those not yet out-of-house-grown-and-married, that this will be an outstanding game to play before they can get married.  A You-Want-To-Marry-My-Daughter?-Just-Choose-Half-a-Million-Correct-Answers-And-We’ll-Give-Our-Blessing Game!  =)  Yes, it might take several rounds of play, with a few questions rigged to elicit valuable information, but it’ll still be quicker than the fourteen years that Jacob had to work and wait for Rachel (Genesis 29.)  They think we’re joking…we’ll see.

Last Thanksgiving, when our whole extended family got together, we introduced everyone to Wits and Wagers, another game by North Star Games that I got to play and review.  This year we are excited to share Say Anything Family.  There’s not a doubt in my mind that they’re going to love it!

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You can find North Star Games at local toy and game stores, like Target and Toys “R” Us, and online at Amazon.comSay Anything Family usually retails for $19.99.

Click the TOS banner and link below, to read other reviews of these games, written by my crew mates.

Comments or Questions?

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Blessings,

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Thanks for your comments.

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Oct
24

A Wholehearted Conversation

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Over the years, I have often been asked, “How can you homeschool your children,” usually quickly followed by,  “I just don’t think I’m smart enough to do that!”  Inevitably, I respond by assuring them that I don’t believe that I have all of the answers to my children’s educational needs, or that I’m even required to, but I can find the answers.  After early elementary school, academically, my job is one of teaching study skills, application and discipline, providing large doses of encouragement and support, and supplying necessary resources.  I am better equipped and empowered when I utilize resources for parents, too.

A recent conversation with my friend, we’ll call her Heidi, went like this:

ME:  “I have a TOS crew review to write on a huge book!  It’s 8 1/2″ X 11″ and more than 350 pages!  If I could own only one book for homeschooling (counting curriculum, but excluding The Bible, of course) it would be this one.”

[Her face looked a bit shocked.  I’ve been homeschooling for more than 25 years; so, I definitely had her attention.]

HEIDI:  “What!  What is it?  Above curriculum?  How?  Why?”

ME:  “Ultimately, I can pull teaching material from anywhere, but this book reminds me of why I homeschool.  Why I do it now, why I did it then and why I would do it all, again, but do it better!  The authors say that those reading it usually fall into 1 of 3 categories:

  1. Those that are already using a wholehearted approach to teaching and have followed their leadership for years.  This book was actually first published in 1994 and revised in 1996.  It is now (2011) in it’s third printing, with more than 100 new pages added and a large portion of the original pages rewritten.  Content and resources needed to be updated and they, like most of us, have learned a thing or two in fifteen years.  These readers will discover a new or forgotten morsel of truth in this edition.
  2. Those, like me, who have been homeschooling for cen-tu-ries (intended hyperbole) and are in need of affirmation, inspiration or even a little coaxing to continue on this path.  When I started reading this book, I wondered why I didn’t have it in 1994 or 1996.  I was homeschooling then, why now?  Because now is when I need to be reminded of my desire and my right to raise our children “in the fear and admonition of The Lord;”  to emulate and teach an I’m-all-in-(body, mind, heart, soul and strength)-devotion to God, consistently and constantly.  This book has been a transfusion to my life-battered being.  I remember why.
  3. Those who are fresh to the idea of homeschooling their children.  The young explorers that appreciate having good navigational tools at hand.  A compass, a map and a light for the way ahead.  This is a guide, written by those that scouted and traveled the road before you.  This book is a vision shared, one of “Wholehearted Learning – a Biblical, commonsense, discipleship-based lifestyle of home education using real books, real life, and real relationships.”

“It’s an apologia WholeHeart publication and it’s titled, Educating the WholeHearted Child, by Clay and Sally Clarkson.

 

It gives you a layout, a design, a plan…to make your home “a heart-filling, rich, and lively learning environment where your children will love to learn as naturally as they love to play.”

HEIDI:  “Are you a speed reader?  Did you read the whole thing?  Can I read it when you’re finished with it?”

ME:  “You know that I can read quickly, but you won’t believe it, I’ve actually written in the margins of this book.”

[Her brow furrowed and comprehension was a bit slow.  We do not write in books unless they are consumable workbooks.  It is a firmly established momma-law, taught from the time my children are knee-high to a grasshopper.]

HEIDI:  “YOU wrote in the book?”

ME:  “I did.  I’m an adult and it is my book!  It is a high gloss paperback, but it is clearly non-consumable.  I’ve found myself wanting to savor it and digest it.  I’ve highlighted sentences and paragraphs!  I haven’t read the whole book, yet.  I’ve never lost sight of the destination, but this book has renewed my joy in the journey of homeschooling!  I’m not in a rush to read it,  just for the sake of reading it, I want to sort of meander along and absorb my surroundings.  At the moment, my youngest child is only 7 years old, so I don’t foresee being finished with this book any time soon.  You’ll want your own clean copy, anyway.  Put it on your Christmas list and I’ll see what I can do.”

HEIDI:  “That’s a nice thought, but I don’t know if I want to wait until Christmas, that’s 60 days away.  How much is it?”

ME:  “Sixty days, are you kidding me?  (Between the heart palpitations I’m thinking, where has the year gone!)  It’s going to be here in no time!  (Think peace, I think.  Don’t freak out!  Enjoy Thanksgiving, first, my brain tries to reassure me.)  Educating the WholeAHearted Child is $22.00.  It would be the best gift to get if you’re even considering homeschooling.

It has chapters pertaining to:  HOME, LEARNING, METHODS for Discipleship Studies, Disciplined Studies, The Study of Ideas, Discovery Studies and The Study of Living with an eye on your child’s Divine design and natural bent, and LIVING.

You can look up *https://apologia.securesites.net/pdfs/TOC/297.pdf to see the Table of Contents in detail,  and if you go to *https://apologia.secutesites.net/pdfs/sample/297.pdf you can view a sample of the entire 1st chapter.  You’ll notice there is additional information along the margins of the main text, Scripture references and notable quotes.  There’s even more in other chapters, throughout the book.  You’ll find answers to questions, like What about Socialization?  Information and statistics.  “…nearly 4 percent of the school-age population are homeschoolers.”  That’s  more than 2 million K-12 children in the U.S. that are homeschooled, which is considerably more than the estimated 30,000 when I began to homeschool.  There are recommended resources and suggested math tools, lists of good books and field trip tips and rules.

Starting in chapter two there are italicized notes, under the heading of IN OUR HOME.  Located at the bottom of a page, these snippets offer a glimpse into the Clarkson’s own home.  This is what you’ll read on page 217, “With all the baskets lying around our house, someone might think we like to shop at the local Farmers’ Market.  Except for one thing – they are all filled with books!  Next to just about every comfortable couch or overstuffed chair, there is a big can or wicker basket of fruits and vegetables for the mind.  The baskets were originally filled with random or topical selections of books (holiday, illustrated stories, heroes, preschool, etc.).  Later we turned them into personal reading – one for each child and one for library books.  We change the selection periodically with input from the children.  It’s so fulfilling to see our children grab books to read alone or together stretched out on the couch or stuffed into the overstuffed chair.  Now if we can just find a good Farmers’ Market for books.”  With all of their years of personal education, experience and accomplishments, Clay and Sally Clarkson seem very humble.  I didn’t find judgment or absolutes in this book.  I encountered an undeniable love of Christ, family, life and learning, and the desire to pass that on to anyone and everyone that will listen.

Oh, I almost forgot, there are also more than 15 essential, time-saving, record-keeping, organizational forms at the end of the book.  One of my favorites is the “My 24 Family ‘Ways to Be” – Godly Character” form.  The “Ways to Be” are from Our 24 Family Ways:  A Family Devotional Guide by Clay Clarkson from Whole Heart Press.  24 Character traits and their descriptions are listed and memorized.  They are all simply and clearly written, but we’ve been concentrating on three for the past few weeks.   #8  Forgiveness – Treating someone who has offended me as though I had never been hurt.  #18  Peacemaker – Finding a way to avoid or end a disagreement rather than to begin or win it.   #21  Integrity – Knowing what is right and living that way.

HEIDI:  “I don’t think you have to convince me.  I think it’s more of a decision of when, not if; so, if I decide that I can’t wait until Christmas for this book, or if I decide to give it to myself for Christmas, but at an earlier date, where can I find it?”

ME:  “Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. has a website at *https://apologia.securesites.net/ and you can find it there under apologia Press, Resources for Parents, along with Read for the Heart, another apologia book, by the Clarkson’s daughter, Sarah, that I reviewed this past May.”


or Contact:

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220

Anderson, IN  46016  US

telephone – 888.524.4724

and

Questions or Comments for the Clarkson’s can be addressed to:

Whole Heart Ministries

P.O. Box 3445

Monument, CO  80132

email – www.wholeheart.org

telephone – 888.488.4466

ME:  “I’ll let you know, Heidi,  when I get my review posted and you can read my final thoughts about it then.  But, honestly, I suspect it’ll sound a lot like this conversation, shared straight from the heart.  I’ll attach a link to my crew mates reviews, too; so, you can read some other opinions.”

And so it is…

There’s little more to write for this review.  I think Educating the WholeHearted Child is a treasure chest full of God’s goodness, and every time I dip my hand into it, turn the page, I pull out another priceless gem.  I find it remarkable that this book has made such a defining impact on my life.  I trust God that His timing is perfect and this is the exact place of weariness that I needed it’s restorative power.  I am ever in awe of Him and His great love for me and the family that I adore.

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Your comments are most welcome.  Thanks. 

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

 

 

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Oct
19

For Girls Only!

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Finding one’s place in a big family can sometimes be difficult.  Having something that belongs just to you or that didn’t belong to a sibling before you doesn’t happen often, but sometimes it’s nice.  It’s a little affirmation that you are one-of-a-kind and not just part of the group.   I look for ways to let my children know that I see them as individuals.

Our youngest daughter is the youngest of 11.  She loves her position, but we’ve made it a point to let her know that she wasn’t an afterthought.  She was/is wanted and she is an important part of our family.  It would be easy for everything she owns – clothes, toys, books & games – to be a hand-me-down, much is, but not all.  Truly, she probably wouldn’t even mind, but I would; so, when I recently had the opportunity to review an ad-free learning website, for girls only, I was just a wee-bit excited about the possibilities!  I wasn’t disappointed.

Always Icecream is geared for girls, ages 7-12, and it looks like it was created just for them.  It’s pink and fun, and frufru and fun, and cute & sweet and fun!  Much to my youngest son’s dismay, the website for boys only hasn’t been completed, yet, but I hear it is in the works.  If I’d allow it, he’d learn & play right alongside his sister, but since I haven’t, he can not wait for his siteWhy have a site, for girls only?  My guys and girls get along very well together.  My guys are a little more sensitive, considerate and compassionate and my girls are comfortable catching bugs and fishing, because of their interaction with each other, but it’s not that way in every home or classroom.

    • “Online games for girls are games that have been specifically designed to meet the interests and curiosity of girls. This gender-focus makes it possible that “girls can be girls” without the fear of being bothered by boys who tend to make fun of everything that girls consider “cute.”
    • “Within the target age group of 7-12 years, children’s preferences and ways in which they can be motivated tend to be influenced by gender.  Collaborative play (girls) versus competitive play (boys) and girls tend to be attracted by virtual goods that are “decorative”, such as clothes, versus “useful”, such as machines or armor.”

“Notwithstanding the differences in brain development and socialization, Always Icecream is adamantly opposed to stereotypes such as “girls are not interested in science or math.” The site challenges its young members to engage in learning activities across a broad spectrum of subjects:

Language Arts

Math (basic and advanced)

Science

Computer Skills

Geography

History

Foreign Languages

Music & Arts

and Religious Education

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I asked my daughter for her opinion of Always Icecream.  She said, and I quote:

I love it!  You get to make your own house and you get your own pet.  It’s fun!  The learning is still fun, too.  I am learning, you know.  There are so many activities, I can’t even tell you!  I’m practicing typing and I’m learning my states.  Want me to show you?  I’m getting higher and higher in my math and I got all of the Bible questions right, last time, because we had just learned about two of them in Children’s Church!  The pet world thingy-place is my favorite!  The pets can play games and do stuff.  You can buy them accessories, (yes, that’s her word.  We are big Fancy Nancy fans, but I’ll save that for another time) like a necklace or a bow.  You use your $coops to buy stuff.  ($coops is the earned currency in the Always Icecream world.)  You buy them food and feed them, like carrots for the rabbit, not bacon or dog bones, of course.  You give them cuddles and love and their hearts go up!  I already said it, I just love it!

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School time.  Learning time.

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 Play time.  Reward time.

Parental participation, behind the scenes, is encouraged.  Parents sign-up to receive a progress report, once a week, and may choose a number of $coops to be rewarded for special in-real-life projects, chores or accomplishments.  My kids are on a rotation to clean the cat’s litter box.  Our youngest was rewarded $coops for doing it without having to be reminded.  Granted, she would like to go to Dairy Queen in the future for real-world ice cream in exchange for a real-world chore, but since she usually only gets a “thank you” she thought getting $coops was actually “pretty cool.”

The girls earn $coops currency for completing their learning tasks, challenges, games & videos.  They create a mini-me avatar and can switch her clothes, buy rooms for the house and purchase furniture, pets and more.  My girl loved this!

There is also a social feature available, set up by the parent, that enables or not, the girls to “make friends” and communicate with one another safely through Always Icecream.  Although we didn’t choose to activate this feature, I do appreciate the excellent safety measures that are in place for the girls.  Click the graphic below for more information.

 

*  $4.99 per month  *  $29.99 per year  *  $99.99 for a lifetime membership  *Take a quick tour of the site and try out FREE GAMES before you buy.  “Satisfaction guaranteed: Your daughter will have fun and learn relevant skills – or you get your money back!”

 

You’ll want to read more reviews by my crew mates and their girls.  Click the TOS banner below to get the full $coop!

 

 

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Blessings to you and your girls,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Oct
18

Visual Latin Discount!

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“Here’s a little October gift:   use the code OCT$10 and get $10 off any Visual Latin product.  Use it quickly-it’s only good through this Friday, Oct 21!

I hope you get the chance to use this great discount!  “The curriculum is designed so that it requires no knowledge of Latin either by the student or the parent administering the class.  Just hit play and start learning.”  Honestly!  Read my review at Hooked on Latin.

We’re purchasing lessons 11-30 to download.  I like the fact that “the download links stay in your account at The Compass Store and you can access them anytime.”

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“Thank you, Visual Latin, for a sweet gift!”

Blessings to you and yours,

 

The opinions expressed are strictly my own and I received no compensation for the comments posted here.

 Please, comment.  I appreciate hearing your voice.

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Oct
17

Hooked on Latin!

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My husband’s parents were devout Catholic’s.  He grew up attending Mass each week, even while on camping vacations in another state and was sent to cracked-across-the-knuckles parochial school until high school.  To hear him tell about it, attending church was like going to the same boring, stage play every single week and not being able to understand a word they were saying.  He was an altar boy and can actually quote a few Latin phrases; yet, he has no idea how they translate.  He’s sure he heard enough Latin to last a lifetime!

I had no such education.  I went to a very small country school while growing up and the only foreign language credit offered for high school college prep was Latin.  I took the required two years and actually loved it!  I learned very little, though.  Looking back, I know our Latin teacher was a dear person and, I think she enjoyed her knowledge of the language, but she didn’t teach it well.  That was more than 30 years ago.

I home educate my children, but I do not profess to teach every subject well.  Often, I supply curriculum, teachers and resources.  I also have a significant role as the enforcer and the encourager.  =)   I love it when I find just the right combination that works for my child.  *Drum roll, please…

Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew, I have discovered Visual Latin.  You might wonder why I would even look at a Latin program for my children.  Why learn Latin?  My main reason:

fundamental Latin = foundational English

I also happen to know that if you are able to learn Latin, the leap to learning many other languages is not nearly as far.  Latin is a solid core.

Visual Latin was started by two dads whose wives homeschool their children.

Having now met Dwane Thomas, through this video series, I can tell you that he is an outstanding teacher of Latin and an instigator of laughter!

Thomas Purifoy, Jr. is a producer, writer, director and editor for his company,  Compass Cinema, and the curriculum creator of Visual Latin, and Modern Parables, among others.


Visual Latin is a self-paced study, generally for students ages 9 and up, with a good grip on reading.  It is comprised of 30 lessons.  Entire DVD set is $80.00 or  (3) groups of 10 @ $30.00 each or download lesson groups of 10 for $25.00 each.  Stay with me and keep reading, because even with my crew and our budget, it is worth it!  Mr. Thomas is just that good!

Visual Latin | A Quick Explanation from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

Dwane Thomas has an infectious love for learning language!  His “Hear it! See it! Speak it! design” and his quick wit, blending the natural method  with the traditional method of learning Latin, is key.  Each lesson consists of three parts:  grammar, sentence structure and reading, with each part divided into a short, less than 10 minutes, video viewing and a printable, PDF worksheet.  Click the graphic below for a sample of the entire first lesson, on verbs.

Latin phrases, passages are read from the Latin Vulgate Bible.

We are hooked on Latin!  Even when the busyness of every day sidetracks me sometimes, inevitably someone says, “Can we do our Laughing Latin?”  Feel free to check in with me over the next few months, to see if we are still on course, but I fully expect us (yes, me, too) to know a bit of Latin by then.   Discover Visual Latin for yourself.

Try 6 FREE lessons!  and find numerous FREE resources available on the website:

Visual Latin Worksheets

Visual Latin Vocabulary Reference Sheets

Visual Latin Flashcards on Quizlet

Online Latin Translator

Latin to Spanish to Latin

Online Etymology Dictionary

Latin New Testament (Vulgate)

I’ve provided many direct links, throughout this post, to other reviews and comments, as well as more in depth explanations and details of this notable program.  You can also read additional reviews by my sea-worthy crew mates, just click the TOS banner below.

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

The Compass Store

609 West Iris Drive

Nashville, TN  37204

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Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate each of your comments.  Thank you.

 

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Oct
16

A New Day!

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I proclaim –

“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes it’s boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!”
Psalm 34:1-3

Thankful for a new week ahead.    I’m tired of compromise and mediocrity.  It’s taken me longer to reach this limit than it should have.  Nasty things, these two!  “Forgive me, Lord, my heart cries, and set my feet on higher ground.”

 

com·pro·mise:  an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.:  a compromise of one’s integrity or beliefs.

 

“God’s Word will never pass away, but looking back to the Old Testament and since the time of Christ, with tears we must say that because of lack of fortitude and faithfulness on the part of God’s people, God’s Word has many times been allowed to be bent, to conform to the surrounding, passing, changing culture of that moment rather than to stand as the inerrant Word of God judging the form of the world spirit and the surrounding culture of that moment. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, may our children and grandchildren not say that such can be said about us. ”   ~ Francis A. Schaeffer,  The Shelter

 

me·di·oc·ri·ty:  “a middling condition,” a middle state, moderate.

 

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.    I wish you were one or the other!   So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I will spit you out of my mouth.”  ~ Revelation 3:15-16

 

I’ll let you know how my follow-through goes on my proclamation.  Wish me well.  I covet your prayers.

 

Blessings,

 

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Oct
14

More Professors, in More Boxes, Please!

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In our home, in our school, it is about what you learn and understand, it’s not about the score or the grade.  It’s not a big deal to get a C on a test, the first time.  The material can be read, again, or the concept investigated to discover what was missed or what didn’t “stick.”  When we get to the final time, it’s not difficult to get an A on a test, because they actually know the answers.  Our children are encouraged to studiously apply themselves to a subject, with the goal of gaining and retaining knowledge.  There is no shame in going back to pick up what you dropped; so, you’re prepared when you arrive at your destination.  I aced most tests along my educational path, because I “studied” and memorized information the night before, not necessarily because I had actually learned the material.  It takes much longer to build a house when you’re constantly having to stop, and rebuild or repair the foundation, than it does if you take the time to build the proper framework, in the first place.

This is why Professor In A Box works well for us.

 

Professor In A Box, Principles in Marketing is a non-traditional, student-paced, thorough college level course “similar in content to the first marketing course taken by all students in university and college schools of business across the country.”  It is taught by an Assistant Professor in Marketing at Villanova, Julie Pirsch, Ph.D., and it is a complete prep for the CLEP Marketing Exam.

Not only is Professor Pirsch academically credentialed,  but she is also rated as one of the top teachers in her department and in her college, AND she came to my house in a box!  Actually, I expected a professor in a box, but she arrived via DVD, in a flat, cardboard disc cover.  For marketing purposes, I would have shipped the DVD professor in a small box, just for effect.  Principles of Marketing also worked for us because I didn’t have to do anything to prepare for this course, no dusting or vacuuming for the professor’s visit or even writing lesson plans.  The Syllabus, Flash Lecture slides, Key Concepts file, Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans are included in the DVD.

There is no massive college text to wade through, reading 40 or more pages a day.  A lesson consists of a 30 minute lecture to view, narrated by Professor Pirsch, using Power Point slides to emphasize concepts, with an additional 15-30 minutes to work a quiz.   She doesn’t read the Power Points to the student, but they can be printed for additional study and recollection.  She teaches, highlighting the key points, adding commentary, explanations and detail.  She is easy to understand and even though the student is learning the vocabulary of marketing, as well as the theory of marketing, her tone is conversational and pleasant.  Each chapter includes online resources and real-life examples, as well.

Principles for Marketing is challenging, but “any high school level student (or above) with basic reading skills can handle this course.”  It is 19 chapters, covering 28 lessons with 3 exams.  Three timetables are presented:

Choose to work –

  • 2 lessons per week for 14 weeks = college semester
  • 1 lesson per week for 28 weeks = average school year
  • 3 lessons per week for 9 weeks = summer school

 

My daughter is working 1 to 2 lessons per week, as her schedule permits.  She is starting a small business and has a genuine interest in marketing.  She especially appreciates the no-stress testing.  My son chose 1 lesson per day, completing the course in one month.  Although this is not recommended it worked well for him, as his intention was to glean the fundamentals only, for the purpose of marketing himself in his career choice.   After the initial investment of $119.99 s/h included, I can use this course for each of my children, myself and my husband.  At roughly $300.00 per course, per student, at our local college, my savings using Professor In A Box, Principles of Marketing is phenomenal!  If there’s any doubt, their full money-back guarantee should assuage it.

 

 

“This course provides students with a description and evaluation of the ways in which goods and services are developed to meet customer and consumer needs, and how they are distributed for domestic and international consumption.  It examines the economic, government, social, and other environmental forces in relation to the marketing function, placing emphasis on relevant social problems and responsibilities.”

 

Chapters include –

[Click Introduction to Marketing to view a sample chapter.]

  1. Introduction to Marketing
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Marketing Environment
  4. Market Research
  5. Consumer Behavior
  6. Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning
  7. Products and Branding
  8. New Products and the PLC
  9. Marketing Channels
  10. Retailing
  11. Pricing
  12. Integrated Marketing Communications
  13. Advertising
  14. Public Relations and Sales Promotions
  15. Personal Selling and Sales Management
  16. Direct and Interactive Marketing
  17. Business-to-Business Marketing
  18. International Marketing
  19. Course Review and Social Responsibility

 

My high school and college age children concur that they would like most of their classes set up like this one.  No textbook.  Watch the lectures.  Complete quizzes.  Check solutions.  Pass exams.  Conquer their academics and move on.

 

Presently, you can find a professor in a box for:

Accounting & Money Skills

Financial Accounting (previously reviewed by TOS hsr crew)

Universal Financial Accounting Study Guide

Principles of Marketing

You can bet that I’ll be watching for more professors in more boxes covering more courses!

 

 

Contact:

Write –

Professor In A Box

212 Dory Drive

Ocean City, NJ  08226

Phone –

609.425.7090

Email Questions or Comments –

info@professorinabox.com

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You’ll also find other reviews from my crew mates at The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Blog.

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Blessings,

 

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