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Oct
21

Reformation Day Giveaway

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For many, October 31st is known as “Reformation Day,” and Martin Luther, with his shaking of the church of his time, as the “Father of the Reformation.” The date acknowledges Luther’s nailing his ninety-five theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany; and becoming a major catalyst in what we now historically call the Protestant Reformation.

We would do well to recall The Five Solas (Latin phrases) that emerged during the Reformation. These should essentially underlay Christianity:

  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Giving our children a firm foundation in their faith is vitally important. Danika Cooley has been lauded as “an engaging writer of children’s literature, she is a careful and winsome theologian.” I am excited to be reading her latest book, When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, and it will soon be available to you. (You can actually pre-order it now from Amazon at a sweet discount.) To celebrate Reformation Day and the release of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, I’ve joined together with a team of blogger friends to host a fantastic giveaway, valued at over $500!

 

Reformation Day Giveaway

One person will win ALL of the following:

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Fire 7-inch Tablet, WiFi 8GB ($49.99)

When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (hardcover $16.99)

From WiseDecor.com, a $50 Gift Certificate

From Nuremberg Tourist Board, a Playmobil Martin Luther figure ($9.99)

From Thinking Kids Press, a curriculum bundle from When Lightning Struck! author, Danika Cooley:

From Fortress Press, a book bundle by author, Tim Dowley:

  1. Christian Music: A Global History  ($35)
  2. Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition ($55)
  3. The Student Bible Atlas: Revised Edition  ($12.99)
  4. Atlas of the European Reformations ($24)

From Home School Adventure Co.:

  1. Philosophy Adventure: Pre-Socratics (digital $39.95)
  2. Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal (digital $18.95)

 

*To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below.

 

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn. Entry into this giveaway will subscribe you to the Thinking Kids Press email list.

Blessings,

Penny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
17

Prima Latina by Memoria Press ~ A TOS Review

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Classical Christian education is based on the trivium, the lower division of the seven liberal arts, focusing on grammar — the memorization of facts pertaining to each subject, logic — organizing ones thoughts, statements, and arguments; and rhetoric — the art of speaking, communicating, and writing well, and taught from the perspective of a Christian worldview.  Memoria Press  is “a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. It was founded by Cheryl Lowe in 1994.”  Their “products are characterized by three things: simplicity, quality, and affordability.”  They have grown by leaps and bounds in the past 15 years, offering a complete Classical Core Curriculum for each grade, pre-K through 12; and individual subjects from Phonics & Early Reading to Greek and Latin. 

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Memoria Press’ website is easy to navigate, and in addition to more in-depth product information you’ll find a great resource of encouraging articles.  

 

 

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The Schoolhouse Review Crew and I have had the opportunity to review MP’s Geography I, for grades 4+; and Prima Latina for grades 2 – 4.  You can read all of the reviews when you click on the graphic below and follow the link.

 

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Cheryl Lowe says, “Memoria Press’ Prima Latina and Latina Christiana programs are Christian Latin courses designed to introduce your child to the rich heritage of the Christian tradition and will provide you, the teacher, with the necessary core component for your Latin-centered curriculum.”   It is written specifically, with a fine attention to detail, for parents and teachers who don’t know Latin.  Since that’s the exact boat I’m in, I’m pleased to use it with my younger students!

I have read, researched, and discovered that Latin teaches English; and it does it exceptionally well.  Latin is a cohesive binder, tying subjects together from history to grammar, and more.  It is regular and precise.  A discipline that can be counted on to be systematic, steady; and analytical.  I am excited by the possibilities that a solid foundation in Latin may afford my children.

I have the Prima Latina complete set, that retails for $90.90.  It includes the Student Book, Teacher Manual, Pronunciation CD, Instructional DVD’s; and Flashcards.  I didn’t invest in the Prima Latina Copybook, yet; but I definitely plan to purchase it. It will add cursive writing and penmanship to our program.

 

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We’ve been doing 3 lessons a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Doing our review work, recitation practice, using flash cards; and quizzing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Sometimes, spending time in the evening, because we can, reciting our vocabulary words, and practicing the prayers and hymns we’re learning from Lingua Angelica. Leigh Lowe goes over everything on the DVD’s.  Each DVD lesson is only about 15 – 20 minutes long, but there is a total 9 hours of instruction.  She introduces each lesson and vocabulary, pronouncing a word or phrase several times and having us repeat it.  She follows the student book, which makes it easy for the student to follow her.  Workbook pages correspond to and reinforce the lessons we’re learning .  I couldn‘t do it without her.  I wouldn’t do it without the DVD’s.  With Leigh’s guidance and teaching, it is actually simple, and fun!  My young ones feel like they’re learning a secret-coded-language, because very few of their family or friends understand it.  Over the 25 lessons we’re learning vocabulary, derivatives, beginning declensions; and conjugations.  We see Latin roots in so many words now, and have had competitions to see who can find the most in a given paragraph or two.  By the end of this year, if we stick with it as we intend to, we will have learned:  seven parts of speech, 125 Latin words, numbers 1 through 10, basic constellations, simple introductions to tenses, Latin phrases; and more.  You might have noticed that I’ve used the word “we” throughout this entire paragraph, because I am learning right alongside my children.  We’re building new, strong foundations and strengthening some old ones!

What’s your experience with the Latin language?

I hope you’ll check out Memoria Press, Latin.  I highly recommend it.

 

Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received Prima Latina complete set, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Nov
03

The Look of a Multitasker

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I consider myself, as a momma-to-many, to be a somewhat proficient multitasker, but I think the flip side to that, on my rare off day, is scatterbrained.  Efficient multitasking is methodical, steady, holding one’s thoughts captive, where as scatterbrained leans more toward having a screw loose.

To add Latin to one’s homeschool curriculum, especially one that will afford the student a full 1 year foreign language credit, can be an excellent endeavor or one that throws a wrench in the cog-wheels-of-life and breaks down the whole machine.  It can be impressive or not-so.

Memoria Press and their First Form Latin curriculum is solid.  It builds the foundation of language – grammar first – systematically.

 

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Memoria Press is an established name in publishing, synonymous with Classical Christian education.  It is set apart by characteristics of simplicity, quality, and affordability.  It is a dependable, family-run company, founded by Cheryl Lowe more than 15 years ago.  You may already be familiar with her highly successful Latina Christiana I program, an introduction to Latin, beginning in the 3rd grade.  First Form Latin is perfect for all beginners or as a follow-up to Latina Christiana I, and both have been designed for parents and teachers with no previous Latin experience.

First Form Latin is a 34-lesson, comprehensive study written for 5th-12th grades.  The First Form series includes: a Teacher’s Manual (view sample pages), a Student text (view sample pages), a Student workbook (view sample pages), Quizzes & Tests, and a Pronunciation CD, for $55 (view sample recitations).  With my very limited Latin background, I found this study a bit overwhelming.  I am not a confident Latin teacher.  Yes, the tools I need to teach it are included, but I try to maintain a firm hold on my time throughout the day, and because I don’t know enough Latin to begin with, this seems like a time-sucker to me.  I felt like I had to learn a lesson or two, ahead of my students, to enable me to effectively teach it.  The Teacher’s Manual ensures that I can, but I needed a lot of pre-lesson prep.  Maybe, my perfectionistic-bent caused me to make it harder than it had to be (imagine that) but the fact is, I rather someone more qualified teach my children (and me, for that matter) Latin.  An additional $60 ($115 total) adds DVD’s and flashcards to the First Form series.

 

I now have a master private tutor, for seven students, teaching a remarkably effective Latin program, AND  I impressively resemble an efficacious operator of concurrent undertakings.  Thanks to Memoria Press, I am a productive multitasker!

Glen Moore is an engaging teacher, and although he moves rather quickly through each 30 minute lesson, learning Latin seems fairly easy with him at the front of the class.

 

[from the website] First Form Latin features include:

  • Designed for students and teachers with no Latin background
  • 8×8 inch Student Text, small, concise, unintimidating with 34 two-page lessons on facing uncluttered pages
  • Limited vocabulary of 185 words
  • Full-size Student Workbook with 4-6 pages of exercises per lesson
  • Vocabulary derivatives and detailed explanations of Latin sayings
  • Grammar catechism for daily rapid-fire review
  • Milestone markers for each grammar objective
  • Everything-you-could-possibly-need teacher manual
    • Organized for easy access
    • Student Text inset with answers in color
    • Chalk-talk scripted lessons
    • Recitation schedule
    • Pronunciation reminders
    • Workbook with key
    • Unit tests and lesson quizzes booklet
    • FYI section for extra background

 

Memoria Press has a Return Guarantee.  One of my favorite tidbits of their policy is “if a tape, CD, or DVD ever skips, breaks, or is damaged, they will replace it for only a $3 shipping and handling charge.”  So, I make the initial investment, and basically, no matter how many children I have or what they might accidentally do to the DVD, I have an outstanding curriculum that will see me through graduation!  That makes Memoria Press multi-child, big-family friendly, and I am economically savvy!

 

 Browse their website for details of their other subjects:

Greek

Logic & Rhetoric

French

Primary Education

and more.

Contact:

General Questions? ~ online forum

Order Questions? ~ email ~ magister@memoriapress.com

Telephone ~ 877.862.1097 (toll free) or 502-966-9115

Mail ~

Memoria Press

4603 Popular Level Road

Louisville, KY  40213

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Read additional reviews of publications from Memoria Press, written by my crew mates, by clicking the TOS link below.

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.

*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
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.

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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

or   facebook

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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Mar
30

Latin Alive!

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I mentioned in another post, that I didn’t have the option of taking Spanish in High School.  I took Latin, in preparation for medical studies in college.  I actually loved it and still recognize many root words, although I did not pursue medicine.  I know that Latin is not a dead language, because it lives in the languages we speak today.

I’ve known many homeschooling families that use Latin and Greek courses.  There was always a part of me that wondered if my children were missing out on something beneficial, but feeling ill-equipped to teach Latin, I set the thought aside.

 

Classical Academic Press believes “Latin trains a student for grammar, how a language works and how to think critically.”  They make it possible for me and you to teach Latin.

I wanted a curriculum that would benefit my older students, before they graduate, but I had a serious concern that it would be a difficult fit because they had no previous Latin foundation.  Classical Academic Press has several courses to choose from:

Click the graphic for a PDF Catalog of Courses

Latin, Spanish, Greek, French, Logic, Bible and Poetry

They also have different levels of instruction – Song School Latin, Latin for Children, and Latin Alive! will take a student from Kindergarten through early high school.

When I read that Latin Alive! is “both an introduction for the upper school student who has not yet studied the language, and an excellent, deeper continuation of grammar school study,” I knew it was the right choice for us.

I was given the  Latin Alive! Book 1 bundle ($139.95), for this review.  This includes the Latin Alive! Book 1 Student Text ($24.95), the Latin Alive! Book 1 Teacher’s Edition ($29.95), and the Latin Alive! Book 1 DVD & CD Set ($114.95). This is the first text in what will be a 3 year study.

 

 

Latin Alive! is a thorough course.  There is a Latin for Teachers DVD Series – a 16 hour, professional, Latin video training course.  At this point, I opted out of the teacher training and I’m learning Latin with my students.  I get to hold the Teacher’s Edition, though.  

Latin Alive! starts at the beginning and assumes no previous Latin knowledge.

  • Thirty six weekly chapters including twenty nine new content chapters and seven review, “reading” chapters.
  • Pronunciation Guides
  • Weekly introduction of vocabulary
  • Thorough grammar explanations including all five noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
  • United States state seals and their Latin mottos
  • Extensive study of the Latin derivatives of English words
  • Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises
  • Lessons and stories of Roman culture, myths and history
  • Exercises and questions to prepare students for the National Latin Exam and the Advanced Placement Exam
  • Includes historical contributions from Christopher Schlect, historian and Academic Dean at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID
  • Teacher’s Materials including answer keys, teacher’s helps and additional activities available separately

It has been challenging and at times, even difficult, but as we’ve found a solid rhythm in the day to day lessons, our feeling of accomplishment has grown, we’ve become more confident (and competitive) and it’s also, fun!

 

Click text cover to view Sample Pages

 

Classical Academic Press offers Free Resources and answers to specific, individual questions, when you Ask the magister (teacher).

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A Yahoo group chats about Latin Alive! It’s  “a place to discuss anything related to the teaching of Latin Alive!”  Questions, ideas and resources.

Author and Latin One teacher, Karen Moore, has a blog page for Latin Alive!

There’s also my favorite place –

A game and activity website that corresponds with Classical Academic Press materials…

Just a click away from the most Creative Practice!


Classical Academic Press is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, with specials and discounts on some of their products.  Don’t miss a thing – become a facebook fan.

 

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Several of my TOS Crew Mates had an opportunity to review curriculum from Classical Academic Press, too.  Click on the banner below to read what they have to say.

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.

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