Archive for May, 2012


Go Science

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Can one ever have too much science or too many experiments?  My children certainly don’t think it’s possible, and I constantly feel like I have a wide gap in our science curriculum.  I’m always eager to fill that nagging space with solid material.

Go Science is a Creation based Science DVD Series, authored by Mr. Ben Roy, and created to supplement elementary and middle school science courses.



Mr. Roy has taught elementary and middle school, also serving as principal.  He has been awarded Teacher of the Year,  and maintains teacher certifications in two states.  He is a past director of a TV newschannel Science Theater, and continues to travel extensively with his live science shows.

Presently, there are 6 DVD’s in the Go Science  Series.  Running time per DVD varies from 29 minutes to 59 minutes.  Each DVD is divided into several segments, around 3-6 minutes each.  Each segment spotlights a specific experiment.  Ben Roy “captivates, motivates, and inspires students to be excited about science, while providing effective instruction based on science phenomena.  Each spectacular demonstration of physical or chemical science has a spiritual application and points to our Creator!” ~ quoted from the web page.  With purposeful intent, he teaches students to acknowledge that, “Every time we learn something about SCIENCE, we learn something about our CREATOR GOD!”

Regularly listed for $14.95 each – or $79.95 for the set of 6 – Library & Educational Services makes the Go Science DVDs available for just $8.97 each, or $47.95 for the entire set.  LES is a wholesale company, serving “resellers, educators, librarians, home educators, as well as church leaders such as pastors or directors of children’s ministries.”  They supply wholesome, educational books, DVDs, CDs, games, and more, at 30% – 70% off retail prices!

Motion: Discovering the Laws of Gravity and Motion – includes a Gyroscope and Newtonian Cradle

Simple Machines, Sound and Weather – includes an Incline Plane, Trebuchet, and Making a Cloud

Magnetism, Engineering, Electricity, and Design – includes Making a Compass, Light Bulb, Solar Energy, and a Heat Engine

Chemistry, States of Matter, and Life Science – including Chemical Luminescence and Optical Illusion

Air and Flight – including the Bernoulli Effect, Drum Crush, and Balloon Balance

Water, Space, and the Solar System – includes how to Boil Water in a Paper Cup, and how to Make a Rocket


The Go Science Series is recommended for ages 6-14.  My 7 year old was the only one that honestly appreciated it.  There is just enough “action” to keep her attention long enough to gain a nugget of scientific information.  Everyone else thought they were far too juvenile to be engaging.  Although, Mr. Roy is quite knowledgeable and passionate about teaching science, his program seems dated, and lacks some of the depth, the how‘s and why‘s of the experiments, that is needed to hold the attention of an older student.  My personal recommendation is early elementary, possibly 5-10 years old.


If you have questions or comments for him, you can contact him via email –, write – Mr. Roy, 27 Winter Lane, Ringgold, GA 30736, or call – 423.596.7469.

Please, follow the links I’ve posted here, for more details, and as always, you can click the graphic below and read the opinions shared by my Crew mates.




Disclaimer*  A downloadable copy of 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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Capable of Sustaining Liberty

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The Bible is our standard for living, not our brother or sister, not our friend or neighbor.  God’s Living Word is the center of our life, or at least it’s supposed to be the center.  Stray very far from the precepts of The Bible and it doesn’t take long for life to get out of kilter.

Judah Bible Curriculum supports The Bible, as The Master textbook.  Making The Bible the source of every aspect of education.


Click to read – What is the Judah Bible Curriculum? – from the website.

The author, Bill Burtness, uses the Principle Approach as the foundation for Judah Bible Curriculum.  I’m sorry to say, I wasn’t familiar with Principle Approach, as a philosophy or method, before my introduction to this curriculum.  On my own, I’ve implemented pieces and parts, but not the whole.  Principle Approach “is designed to build character in teacher and student capable of sustaining liberty.”   I’ve spent years focusing on and building Godly character, but not with one eye, so to speak, on the goal of sustaining our liberty.

This is what Mr. Burtness says, “As America has veered away from God, and increased in dependence on the state, while becoming more chaotic, the critical need is to educate a generation of Christians who are intelligent based in Truth, self-taught not media taught, and self-governed under God not dependent on state control.  With the Judah Bible Curriculum, your children will be studying The Bible, not just studying about The Bible.”  Personally, I can wholeheartedly embrace this.

Judah Bible Curriculum is time intensive.  It involves preparation for the parent/teacher, as student AND then as the teacher.  JBC gives you the tools, to learn to teach, on 8 MP3 downloads.  I was overwhelmed, at times.  I’ve taught Bible for years, and some days felt like I didn’t know anything.

Written for all students, K-12, the lessons, themselves, are not difficult.  Though, the program is set up for 5 days of study per week, it is flexible.  Following the design, you learn and teach The Old Testament the first semester, and The New Testament the second semester.  The Bible is divided into five, chronological, time periods –

  1. Creation
  2. The Plan of Redemption Begins
  3. Kingdom of Israel
  4. Kingdom of God
  5. Early Church

Throughout the study you’re asking:  Where do you see the hand of God?  Where do you see the character of God? and Where does the Key (individual, event, institution, or document) belong in His purpose? The student is taught to research, reason, and apply. It is a methodical, step by step, precept upon precept, process of study.

We use the Judah Bible Curriculum as a family Bible study.  We start each lesson with prayer, then read the selected verses from Scripture.  Discussion flows through note taking, utilizing the Key Notes that are supplied.  I might add drawing, map reading, coloring pages, dictionary or concordance work, and additional reading, as a supplement to the lesson, according to the needs of each of my children.  But, I also have the freedom to not add anything, and move on to the next lesson.

The design of the curriculum focuses repeatedly on the main themes, adding different details over the years and expanding with the age or knowledge of the student.  I set the pace for my family.


“The resulting character we are striving to produce in ourselves and our students will be capable of sustaining freedom without anarchy, order without tyranny, peace and prosperity.”  “We should be totally and internally governed by His Word.”

Click to read –  Judah Bible Curriculum Philosophy


Judah Bible Curriculum delivered online is $44.00
-Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, ebook
-Elementary Notebooks Ideas booklet, ebook
-8 lecture teacher training seminar, listen online or download

Judah Bible Curriculum w/Hard Copy is $69.00, plus s/h
-Judah Bible Curriculum K-12 Manual, print version
-Elementary Notebooks Ideas booklet, print version
-8 lecture teacher training seminar CD


Comments or Questions?


The Judah Bible Curriculum

P.O. Box 122

Urbana, IL  61803


I think this is just what our homes and our country needs.  I hope you’ll follow my links and visit their website.  You can also read what my crew mates have to say when you click the graphic below.




Disclaimer*  A downloadable copy of 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.


Truly, they do!  Thank you.

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5 Days of Artistic Expression 001

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What is Artistic Expression? 

The dictionary defines artistic as showing skill or excellence in execution; naturally gifted with creative skills.  Another definition says – showing imaginative skill in arrangement.  I can accept showing imaginative or creative skills in an arrangement, but even the remarkable, Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, and architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti did not claim to be naturally gifted or excellent in his execution.  He said, “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.” 


Ideal Face by Michelangelo

Expression is an act, process, or instance of representing, or conveying in a medium – art, music, words; movement.  I like the word conveying; so, the process of conveying information or emotion through art, music, words; movement.  “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”  ~ Edgar Degas  (French Impressionist painter, sculptor & draughtsman.)

There are so many mediums available, I believe everyone can be artistically expressive, in one way or another.  Drawing, Sketching, Coloring, Painting, Composing or Writing comes easily to mind.  Photography, Videos, Music, Dance and Choreography,  Scrapbooking, Storytelling and Cooking, are all outlets for artistic expression.  Don’t limit yourself or your child.  Artistic expression can also be squashed at a young age and never be recovered.  Vincent van Gogh, Post-Impressionist painter, said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”



Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Why promote artistic expression?

Art education teaches children to be creative and innovative.  It can increase cognitive and social development, and boost self-esteem.  Most art skills require observation and reflection.  These skills translate into problem solving skills for math, writing, and science.  “Math is not just about numbers, formulas and logic, math is also about structure, symmetry, shape and beauty,” says University of Colorado math professor Carla Farsi.  “Conversely, art is not only about emotion, color and aesthetics, but also about rhythm, patterns and problem solving.”

Children learn best when both sides of their brains are engaged.  The reading, writing, math, and science activities are centered in the left hemisphere of the brain.  The right hemisphere is responsible for imagination.  The right side is artistically dominant.  Activities that cross over, stimulating both hemispheres, promote participatory and interactive learning.  The more faculties involved, the more likely a child is to retain what he’s learned.  Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist, said, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.”


How do I teach artistic expression?

“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.” ~ Willa Cather, American author

Encourage the act of creating art!  Supply visual, auditory, and physical motivators; prompts, but give your students the freedom to express themselves without parameters.  “Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to create,” believes Nicole Malebranche (French rationalist philosopher; theologian.)

Drawing is one of the first ways a child learns to express himself, and with encouragement he wants to continue to learn.  Coloring outside the lines is art!  Coloring the dog red, or the rainbow brown, is art!  French Romantic painter, Eugene Delacroix said, “The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently.”  “No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”  ~ Oscar Wilde (Irish poet, playwright and novelist.)

We recreate our world from our own experience and understanding of life.  It’s not about perfection!  The most famous artist of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, is quoted as saying, “The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

L’Accordeoniste, Cubist painting, by Picasso

I did not teach my children art history, or present the works of The Master’s, until they were much older.  I didn’t want them being influenced by or comparing their work to another’s technique.   In their early years, I gave them little instruction – how to hold a brush, how to create perspective; how to use empty space, etc.  I did not teach them how to draw, nor did I dictate what was to be drawn.  If they wrote a song, I didn’t correct it because the bridge was seemingly in the wrong place.  Every poem written didn’t have to rhyme or fit a traditional Japanese-style haiku form, or any other form, for that matter.  “No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” ~ Edward Hopper (American realist painter & printmaker.)


I cultivate artistic expression with five basic steps.

Composition – placing together –

The musician, by placing notes together –

The writer, by placing words together –

The artist, by placing images or movements together.

Imagination – visualizing in your mind –

What do you see around you?

How do you reconstruct what you see?

Observation – focusing on the details –

Paying attention to people, animals, structures, colors and textures –

Using all five senses – seeing, tasting, smelling, touching, and hearing.

Communication – imparting your view, insight, feelings –

Telling a story with your art work.

Recognition – showing the artist’s work – building confidence –

Display in a hallway gallery or on the refrigerator –

Print a book –

Make a recording or video.


“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to start where he was.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist, and philosopher.


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Coming Soon To a Blog Near You!

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The Old Schoolhouse (R) Homeschool Crew Blog will be jumpin’ and hoppin’ from

May 14th through May 18th.

Join 65 bloggers, including me, for 5 Days of…Blogging! The subjects are as diverse as we are.


Look for this graphic on each of my blog posts.

Click and follow the link and you’ll be able to hop easily, from blog to blog, topic to topic.


I’ll be writing 5 Days of Artistic Expression!


The other themes run the gamut!  You’ll find –

Homeschool Technology

Nature Journaling

Food Allergies

Fine Motor Fun

Music Making

Classical Education

Scouting with Boys

Discipling Your Kids

and over 50 more!


I hope you’ll join us!


I’m not receiving any compensation for this – I’m writing just for fun!  I’m writing because I have the privilege of participating in a Blog Hop with a group of wonderfully talented bloggers!

Thanks for your comments.

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Great Literature at Affordable Prices

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Have you ever discovered something new and then wondered how you lived without it before you found it?

I buy books.  Yes, I have an outstanding local library and free access to thousands of books.  But, it makes me giddy to find a book treasure at a yard sale, thrift shop or bargain basement, purchase it and bring it home to my library!  I can browse for hours, looking through the crisp new books in Books-A-Million or the used book section of Goodwill.  We use so many living books with our homeschool curriculum that my reason, for looking at any given book selection, is legitimized, or so I tell myself and my honey-of-a-husband.

My latest don’t-know-how-I-lived-without-it discovery is Homeschool Library Builder.  Oh, my, seriously!  How did I not know there is “a Christian family-run book business dedicated to providing great literature at affordable prices,” right at my fingertips, online?



Shop by Category:

Fiction ~

American Girls Collection

Great Illustrated Classics

Dear America Series

Non-Fiction ~

DK Eyewitness Books

The Middle Ages

The Young United States: 1783-1830

Classic Literature





Search by Curriculum:


Beautiful Feet

Five In A Row

Heart of Dakota


Tapestry of Grace

Search by Age:

Preschool through High School and Adult

Search Geographically:





North America

Polar Regions

South America


Vintage & Hard-to-Find Books ~

  • Publisher’s remainder – New, never read condition
  • Ex-library – Hard cover, very good condition


And hundreds more!


Membership is free, and not even necessary, but does have it’s benefits.  As a member you can earn HSLB Book Points that can be used toward your future purchases.  The more I (you) purchase = the more points I (you) earn.  They also have a Share the Savings Program – every first time purchaser, who becomes a member and enters my (your) name as a referral, Homeschool Library Builder will award me (you) 45 Book Points.  Cool!

I think you’ll really like this website!  It’s an exceptional way to build your own library.  Especially, during May 2012, when everything is  25% off their already low prices.   “Fill your bookshelves without emptying your wallet!”


Be sure to stop by The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew blog and read what my mates think of Homeschool Library Builder.

Comments or Questions?

Write –

Homeschool Library Builder
Flower Mound, TX  75022
Call – 800.718.7986
Email –





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