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Sep
16

Unlocking Student Potential ~ A TOS Review

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“The more you know about yourself, the better prepared you will be to make quality decisions for your future.”  

 

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 telephone: 1.800.779.3472

Dr. Sanford Kulkin has more than 25 years experience in the study and application of social behavior and personality assessment. Since 2004PeopleKeys.com has helped thousands of organizations achieve their corporate goals.  Assisting them with employee assessments, behavioral analysis; and more.

StudentKeys have been designed to identify student strengths in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Learning
  • Thinking
  • Career Choices
  • Motivation
  • Career Setting

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I’ve recently had the opportunity to use and review the StudentKeys Student Binder Package, valued at $49.

 

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This binder includes six separate StudentKeys workbooks, primarily written for use by high school through college age students.  They are each 8 1/2″ x 11″, small (17 – 24 pages), black on white paper workbooks.  They can aid us, as parents and teachers, in recognizing, understanding; and teaching to our children’s strengths.

The Personality Style WB

=  designed to help you understand your strengths, limitations and encourages you to appreciate your differences and the differences of those around you.  “Personality styles are the language of observable behavior.”

The Perceptual Learning Style WB

=  created to assist you in understanding how you best absorb information and learn through your senses.  It explains the differences between the three styles of learning — Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic — and then profiles your personal style of learning.

The Cognitive Thinking Style WB

=  intended to enhance your understanding of how your mind thinks.  Different thinkers — Literal, Intuitive, Theoretical, or Experiential — are motivated to learn in different ways.

The Values Style WB

=  designed to help you understand and clarify your personal values style; noting that values are underlying motivators that affect every area of our life.

The Career Choice WB The Goal Setting WB

=  acknowledge your personality style using the D.I.S.C. profiling system, and help you make critical decisions, and plans to positively affect your future.

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I originally wanted this Student Binder for my high school senior.  Once I received it and browsed through it, I decided I should include my freshman daughter, as well.  Every page of every workbook says, “All Rights Reserved.  Duplication Prohibited,” so one of the first things I did was to call StudentKeys – 1.800.779.3472, to ask their policy for making copies of worksheets within my family.  They didn’t hesitate to assure me they had no problem with my copying work pages for my own children.  They just don’t want anyone taking advantage of their generosity (my words) and making copies for co-ops or corporate.  I truly appreciate this, and decided that my college age children, my husband and I would all benefit from working through this binder.

These workbooks can easily be used alone by high school students, but I chose to facilitate the tests and exercises.  Yep, that’s my personality!  We learned, and continue to learn, to identify, understand, observe; and build effective relationships.  This is designed for high school and college classrooms, roommates, jobs, etc.; but you can see why I was excited to have more insight into better working relationships within our own family.  For the most part, it’s been accurate, real, and good for us.

We’ve been reminded that no learning style is better than another.  They all have strengths and weak areas.  This was very affirming to some of my kids!  They’re learning that they can become skilled in using all of their sensory channels, if they explore them to understand them, and then apply what they learn.  The questions and exercises throughout each of the workbooks are very helpful.

The Thinking WB  includes a thorough profile, explanation, examples and worksheet exercises.  My students didn’t feel labeled, but felt they were given a tool to discover and understand how to maximize their strengths, while minimizing their weaknesses.  I wished I’d had these tools years ago!

Even in the same family and household, each person operates on a system of values that is unique to them.  I didn’t understand this before, nearly as well as I do now.  Our values determine our perception of everything, and everyone around us.  Without a clear understanding of our own value system and attempting to understand differing values styles, we have the tendency to become hurt and offended, fearful of interaction with others, and even unsympathetic.  We’re in the process of seeing each other a little clearer.

We have enthusiastically browsed the Career and Goal Setting workbooks, but we haven’t really used them, yet.  The opportunity to  read lists of General Occupations enjoyed by each, individual personality style is definitely interesting.  A couple of my children have already had their present career choices confirmed, and that was quite a confidence builder.  The Goal Setting WB appears to include a lot of tips and worksheets — setting Career Goals, Educational Goals, Leisure Goals, and Personal Goals — with instruction for understanding and managing obstacles; and prioritizing and making a workable timeline.  Intensive, but we’re looking forward to getting to it!

The StudentKeys Student Binder is a valued asset to being our best selves and doing our best to achieve the purpose God created each of us for.

Please, browse the PeopleKeys website, and click the banner below and follow the link to read what my fellow Crew mates have to say about this product, too.

 

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Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received the StudentKeys Student Binder Package, 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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Aug
02

The Homegrown Preschooler ~ A TOS Review

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Gryphon House is an exceptional publisher of educational resource books for teachers and parents, public school and homeschool, young children; and administrators.  Their website is easy to navigate and stimulating.  There are hundreds of free activities available for you and your child!

 

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As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently had the opportunity to read The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live.  The title might be used to describe how I raised my own children; but with my youngest firmly in elementary school now, I was looking for encouragement and direction as I consider teaching other preschoolers from the same homegrown bent.  This book is just what I was looking for!

 

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The authors, Kathy Lee and Leslie Richards, are mothers of several children, birthed and adopted; including gifted and special needs.  They have years of education and hands-on experience between the two of them, and their book is beautifully compiled.  A large, 81/2″x 11″, high gloss paperback, it is bold, colorful, inviting; and full of life.  With the family pictures and personal anecdotes generously scattered throughout the book, by the end of it, I felt like I had shared conversations and special moments with wonderful, trusted friends.

From their intros, they had my attention. Kathy Lee says, “Children who experience their preschool years discovering and experiencing are more willing to take risks later in their education journey.”  I didn’t previously know this, so within the first few pages I gained valuable information.  Then, Leslie said, “. . . much of learning can be done within the everyday rhythm of life — measuring flour, skip counting on the trampoline, bringing a meal to a shut-in, writing letters to friends, participating in interesting conversations about big ideas,” and I was reminded of what I do know; and I found encouragement.

The Homegrown Preschooler is divided into 2 sections:

Chapters 1 – 9 help you understand why and how to educate your child/ren at home, giving them a foundation for life-long learning.

Homeschooling – Harvesting a Bountiful Life

Learning through Play

Sowing the Seeds – Preschool Learning

Setting the Stage

Home Life = Learning — Slow Down and Teach

Who Has Time for This?

Organizing It All

Days and Seasons That Don’t Fit in the Box

and

Special Circumstances.

The second section is nearly 100 pages, with at least 200 “easy-to-pull-together”, age appropriate Activities to prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond.  Promoting a healthy educational balance for –

Home Life

Science

Gross Motor

Fine Motor

Math

Language & Emergent Literacy

Art

and Social – Emotional skills.

An Appendix includes an Activity Checklist, Getting Started Checklist; and pages of Resources, with web sites, books, blogs and apps to lend a hand, instruct and encourage you along the way.  They share all their favorites!

I tried recipes, for food and play.  There are dozens of them throughout the book.  I’ve made ordinary finger paints and play dough before, but I’d never made clean mud or puffy paint!  The make-ahead Turkey Taco Pie is easy.  The recipe makes a lot, so it can be divided and frozen for extra pies, but it is actually perfect for my large family.  It tastes good, too!  I hone in on housekeeping and organizational tips, because the Lord knows I can use as much help in that department as I can get.  There are so many good ideas here — some I’ve had myself, implemented and forgotten, or simply slacked off on, and I’ve read them as gentle reminders; others are brand new, and more than once I’ve thought, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that!”  For example, we have wood floors and I taught my children how to sweep and mop them.  How much more fun is it to have “The Clean Floor Dance Party: This often dreaded chore will become one of your favorites! Provide your child with a pair of white tube socks and a spray bottle of white vinegar and water. Encourage your child to squirt the hard floor with the vinegar solution. Put on your favorite dance music. Dance and skate around on the floor until it is shiny!”   Clean floor, lots of fun and laughter, plus, with the amount of floor we have, this gets everyone’s heart rate up and counts as cardiovascular exercise, or PE, too!

I have no doubt, I will continue to use this book, digging into its riches.  At $29.95, it’s a treasure I can share with my daughters who are just beginning to teach my preschool grandchildren.  The Homegrown Preschooler is much more articulate than I am and I think it will be one of the best tools I can offer them for their journey.

My Crew mates had the choice of reviewing this same book or one titled, Global Art.  You can read their reviews when you click the graphic below and follow the link.

 

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Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live, 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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May
20

High School Prep Genius ~ A TOS Review

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      High School Prep Genius is from the same author as              College Prep GeniusJean Burk; and her daughter, Judah Burk.

 

In November of 2011, I had the opportunity to review the College Prep Genius DVD Set.  I highly recommended it, as it is designed to increase standardized test scores; secure scholarships and gain financial assistance for college.  We continue to appreciate its value; therefore, I was excited to hear about High School Prep Genius, An Academic Guide to Excellence.

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I knew I was out of my depth properly preparing my children for college, but I didn’t realize all I didn’t know until I read High School Prep Genius.  It is an outstanding guidebook to navigating high school and preparing for college.  It is a hefty, 7″ x 10″ soft-cover book, with 440 pages.  If the truth be told, the first 88 pages, the Introduction, with month-by-month timelines for goals, testing, applications and such, had me over-whelmed, distressed and disheartened with my lack of knowledge and pre-planning.  Honestly, I cried; and then I repented for my lack of initiative or laziness.  I persevered, and dug in; and the more I read on, the more the authors have been able to instruct, motivate; and encourage me.  They say, “Whether you are just starting your high school journey or nearing the end of the voyage, this book can be your compass.”  The situation is not hopeless!  Thanks to the Burk’s, “I have a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”

I read the entire Introduction (Part I), and browsed the rest of the book before I presented it to my teenage son, for the two of us to read together.  The first thing we did was set up a 2 1/2″ binder with pocket dividers as his College and Career Notebook.  There are step-by-step instructions for this, with detailed forms to copy for accurate record keeping of:  Subjects, Credits, Goals, Extracurricular Activities, Awards Earned, a Student Profile; and Etc.  

The authors believe it is never too early to start thinking about college and career choices.  This is a mind set I haven’t had, but agree I must adopt in order to prepare my children for a successful future.  When our children reach middle school and high school age, it is our responsibility as parents to teach them how to make important decisions on their own; and weigh the consequences or benefits of those decisions.  High School Prep Genius walks us through how we might accomplish this task.

Each chapter of this book is written to the student, but it is suggested that you read it together, taking about an hour and covering one chapter a week.  After the content, there are several Think About It questions for the student.  I chose to type these and print them as worksheets that can be put into the student College and Career Notebook, as they are completed.  Our time, usually closer to two hours, consists of reading aloud together, my son answering the thought-provoking questions; and then discussion.  I appreciate the question prompts that often give me further insight into my son’s heart and mind.  There is also a section specifically for parents, aptly titled, Parent’s Homework.  Here I find information and suggested activities that help me assist my child in reaching his chapter goals.  The chapter we’re starting this week is Your Financial Independence.  My Homework leads me to discuss the importance of financial planning and budgeting.  Suggestions for how revenue should be allotted are included, as are book titles that could be helpful.

Chapters 1 – 6 are in the Foundation for Personal Success (Part II), and that’s where we’ve spent most of our time thus far.  “The key to success in life begins with a strong sense of self,” writes the author.  The student discovers and explores who they are or who they want to be through chapters on:  their personal development and interests, owning their beliefs, being healthy, gaining financial independence; and building a strong support system.

The next section, Part III, is the Foundation for Academic Success.  Chapters 7 – 12 are included here, and I’ve glanced ahead at the subjects we’ll be discussing:  Academic Development, Effective Studying, Tests and Papers; and more.

The fourth section (Part IV), chapters 13 – 18, is the Foundation for Future Success.  There are chapters covering: Standardized Test Prep, College Applications, and College Essentials, among others.  The authors remind us that, “High school is only a stepping stone to greater things; therefore, having a solid high school experience can lead to a productive future.”

At the back of the book, there are 39 pages of additional resources —

  • Appendix A:  How to Build a Homeschool Transcript
  • Appendix B:  Talent Searches
  • Appendix C:  Great Books to Get You Started
  • Appendix D:  Reduce Test Anxiety Through Relaxation Techniques
  • Appendix E:  Admissions Terminology

Today is the day to begin!  24 billion dollars are awarded in college scholarships, and with a little planning and prep work there’s no reason your child or mine can’t be a recipient of some of these funds.  You can purchase High School Prep Genius, An Academic Guide to Excellence for $29.95, and I think it’s a worthwhile investment.  You don’t have to read my opinion of this book only, though.  You can read more than 50 of my Crew mates reviews when you click on the banner and follow the link below.

 

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Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received a copy of High School Prep Genius, 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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Aug
15

This Week In History…

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On this day, August 15th, 1912, Peter Calvert Leary Hodgson was born in Montreal.  He grew up to be an American marketing executive and entrepreneur.  It is my intention, to introduce Mr. Hodgson to my children, today.  Then, I’ll have one of the older ones look up his name on the PC and research his history.  They’ll write highlights of his life and their younger siblings will read them.  Do you know what they’ll discover?  Peter Hodgson named Silly Putty.

It is only on very rare occasions, for a severely limited amount of time, that I allow Silly Putty in my house.  It reminds me of chewing gum, which is also normally banned, because it inevitably ends up in the worst places!  Today, to the utter amazement of my children, we will make homemade Silly Putty.

 

2 Parts White Elmer’s Glue to 1 Part Sta Flo Liquid Starch

Mix well.  Let dry slightly to become workable.  Store in an airtight container.

Mold it, stretch it or bounce it, and transfer ink from newsprint.

2 tablespoons Glue and 1 tablespoon of Starch make a good amount to fill a plastic “Easter” egg; mimicking the egg that Silly Putty comes in, when you purchase it.

With ease and delight, we will spend time on the Who, What and Where of History, strengthen Research Skills, hone Writing, Composition and Grammar, practice Reading; measure, mix, and experiment for Science and Math, and use Artistic Imagination to transform a blob into something creative.  Thanks to This Week In History, I will stimulate new ideas and pique a genuine interest in learning, while connecting multiple subject areas.

Click graphic to view a Sample Week

This Week In History is a Weekly Resource with cross-curricular content anchored in historical events.  It is researched and written by Rachel DeMille.  She and her husband, Oliver, as co-authors, have popularized A Thomas Jefferson Education, through their creative writing and sound teaching.

Click to read – What is A Thomas Jefferson Education?

 

A Thomas Jefferson Education, also known as TJEd or Leadership Education, is a philosophy and methodology of education.  It is based on the Seven Keys of Great Teaching and the Phases of Learning, covering each phase of life from birth to grand parenting.

 

The Seven Keys of Great Teaching are:

  1. Classics – Not Textbooks
  2. Mentors – Not Professors
  3. Inspire – Not Require
  4. Structure Time – Not Content
  5. Quality – Not Conformity
  6. Simplicity – Not Complexity
  7. You – Not Them

 

Even though I am new to the concept of  A Thomas Jefferson Education, as a whole, I am familiar with several of the Key Principles.  After reading, in more detail, I believe that the application of the Seven Keys to any level of education, would dramatically effect the success of learning.

Rachel and Oliver DeMille believe that “every person has inner geniusTJEd consists of helping each student discover, develop and polish her genius.”  When you browse the website for A Thomas Jefferson Education you will find support, resources, books and videos, games, and recommended classics.  You’ll also find a heart’s desire to “help you lead and inspire your students to explore, learn and excel,” when you subscribe to This Week In History.

The content is searchable by date, topic and key word, and the archives, for the entire year, are always accessible to subscribers.  The subscription cost is $9.99 per month.

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If I read the background or watch a profile of a football player, hearing about his childhood, parents, neighborhood; struggles, or about his wife and children, I generally feel a humanistic concern for him when I watch him play.  When I’ve connected on other levels, I have a strong interest in his game and performance, otherwise, football really isn’t my thing.  Similarly, I think This Week In History gives me topics, personalities, and nuggets of history to probe, that help my students connect, via the element of human interest, to math, science, geography and more.  My children are engaged and self-motivated to dig deeper and learn more!

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Comments, Suggestions, or Questions?

Contact the DeMille’s by email, from their website,

through Rachel’s Blog,

or

facebook.

Please, use the links I’ve provided throughout this post to learn more about this exceptional program.  Oliver DeMille has been called a modern-day Founding Father.  He believes the proper education of our youth can reverse the decline of America and restore The Republic.  As educators, we have the power to change the future!  To read what my Crew mates have to say about A Thomas Jefferson Education and specifically, This Week In History, click the banner below.

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   Access to This Week in History, a weekly online bundle of resources, was given to me free of charge, 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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May
09

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

Inspirational

Holidays

Science

OR

Search by Curriculum:

Ambleside

Beautiful Feet

Five In A Row

Heart of Dakota

Sonlight

Tapestry of Grace

Search by Age:

Preschool through High School and Adult

Search Geographically:

Africa

Asia

Australia

Europe

North America

Polar Regions

South America

INCLUDING

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!”

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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
or
Email – info@hslibrarybuilder.com

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  If I want to take advantage of it, I may receive an additional 10% off one order, 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
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?

Contact:

telephone – 301.493.4331

or

email – Sales@NorthStarGames.com

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Let me know what your family thinks of North Star Games.

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. 

 

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