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Jul
18

Who Is My Neighbor?

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“The fact is that we are better together than we are apart.  A family, a neighborhood, a church, or a country is more than just a collection of what each person brings to the group.  Together, we enrich each other’s lives through our individual interests, gifts, and talents.  And only when we live and work and play together can we become the kinds of healthy, balanced, purpose-filled people God created us to be.”  My family challenges and inspires me to be the best I can be, for God and my world.  I desire to do the same for them.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?  is the third book in the series, What We Believe, published by Apologia Press with Summit Ministries.

What We Believe is a Biblical worldview series.  It is my responsibility to teach my children “how to use Scripture as a lens; viewing the world through it.”   If I don’t, I set them up to become a grim statistic –

“Well over two-thirds of young people leave church soon after graduating from high school or starting college.  Many are already gone by their teen years,” says Davis Carman, steward of Apologia Educational Ministries.  The vision for the What We Believe series is, as quoted from Apologia:

  • to help children build their lives on the solid rock of God and His Word
  • to encourage family discipleship as an educational model
  • to eliminate the fear factor of teaching worldview at home
  • to decrease the rate at which young men and women are leaving the Christian faith

 

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is beautifully bound in a hard cover book.  It is an easy to read conversation, geared for students ages 6 – 14.  You can find a Lesson 1 sample here.  Who Is My Neighbor? is Scripturally sound, but not denominationally specific.  It touches many subjects; teaching more than Bible.

 

 

I believe the return on the $39 investment for the textbook, which includes access to additional resources and many online extras, has the possibility of being incalculable.  There is also a Notebooking Journal – $24, and a Coloring Book – $8, that corresponds to and reinforces each lesson.

 

 

I have had the privilege of teaching  Who Is God? And How Can I Know Him? and Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? , and we are now savoring Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?.  We continue to read, notebook, discuss and ponder, question, answer and memorize.  I wholeheartedly endorse this worldview curriculum.  It has been a joy to use such well-written, dependable material.

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There is a lesson plan outlined for each book in the series, but it is not mandated.  In fact, each book is set up to allow maximum flexibility.  We learn at our own pace.  It is also noteworthy that each book is set up to stand on its own and must not necessarily build upon the previous one, although, there are keys that connect from one to the other.  Personally, I appreciate the order designed by the authors, and I’m pleased we started with the first book.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is a detailed 276 pages, comprised of  8 Lessons, each structured around The Big Idea – which is an intro to the main subject.

Chapters covered include:

  1. Does Anyone Really Need Me?  “Two are better than one… If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  2. How Can I Make A Difference?  “My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”  1 John 3:18
  3. Who Is My Neighbor?  “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.”  Matthew 25:40
  4. Why Did God Make Families?  “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Mark 10:9
  5. What Can I Do For My Country?  “He makes nations great, and destroys them:  He enlarges nations, and disperses them.”  Job 12:23
  6. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?  “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  James 3:16
  7. Who Is God’s Family?  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10
  8. Why Does The Church Need Me?  “Be encouraged and knit together, by strong ties of love.”  Colossians 2:2

 

 

I use the learning objectives for each lesson, laid out in What You Will Do, to guide our conversations and reinforce what we read.    

A Short Story is read and used to demonstrate a situation and how it might be handled when a Christian Worldview is in action.  The stories contain marvelous detail, and although they can run long, my children anticipate each one!

Vocabulary words are listed separately in Words You Need To Know.  I have the children write these and their definitions, along with their Bible memory verses, from Hide It In Your Heart, first.  We refer back to them as needed.

There are various articles in each lesson, touching on subjects of art, music, math and science, etc., that tie into the main idea – either directly or through the short story.  This is Integrated Learning.  In a section titled What Should I Do?, a specific Godly character trait is highlighted.  Combining Integrated Learning and What Should I Do?  gives us the opportunity to brainstorm several scenarios and the best way to handle them.

I use the Prayer section as a model, to keep our prayer time focused on the attributes of the lesson.

Encounters with Jesus is one of our favorite portions of each lesson.  It “is a story, adapted from Scripture, about a person who encountered Jesus during His ministry on earth… Through these stories students can explore how Jesus showed God’s love to individuals in their time of need, thus providing an example for students to follow as they meet people in need.”

Thanks to Apologia Press, Worldview Study is no longer a dynamic I neglect in our Bible studies.  In every lesson, we are given knowledge that helps us center our lives on God’s Truth, knowing what we believe and why.  “When we recognize the components of our own worldview, we can begin to look at other worldviews and understand why others believe as they do.”  As Christians, we have a hope in Christ Jesus, The One True and Living God, that other religions don’t have.  Worldview equips us to effectively communicate that hope to others.

Through all four books in this series, we are reminded that we are building a House of Truth In this volume, Who Is My Neighbor?, we erect the third wall, the Servanthood Wall, adding on to the foundation and the first wall, the Fellowship Wall, built in Who Is God?, and the second wall, the Image-Bearing Wall,  from Who Am I?.  This is intended as a memory aid and can be drawn in the notebook, built with items you have on hand, or purchased separately from Summit Ministries, as a three-dimensional, build-as-you-go model.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact ~

Write

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220/340

Anderson, IN  46016

Call

888.524.4724

or

765.608.3280

Email

biblicalworldview@apologia.com


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Please, use the numerous links I’ve provided in this post, to learn more about Apologia and their What We Believe series.  You can read other reviews of Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?, from my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

It is my hope that I have laid a firm foundation; built my house and home on Truth, and that my sons, as they travel to Quebec, Canada, this week, on a mission trip, to minister to the needs of our neighbors, will have assurance and full confidence in sharing their worldview.  May The Lord keep them, and may they be “salt and light”  for the cause of Christ.

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product 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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Jul
16

Building My Confidence with Professor B

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You may remember that I am a “wordy.”  I’m not a numbers kinda gal.  I have done and can do higher math, but I don’t find the pleasure in it, like I do language and grammar.  As a home educator, though, I have the responsibility to teach math, and as a parent, I want my children to embrace it, and every other subject for that matter, according to their own bent; not influenced by mine.

Professor B Math is an online math program, with a unique history and philosophy that sets it apart from other online math programs.  It is complete with instruction, but has no sound, or anything that would be considered “bells and whistles,” as my children might call it.  Professor B aids anyone lacking full confidence in their ability to teach math – parents, grandparents, older siblings; mentors –  to indeed, instruct their student, as a master teacher.

 

 

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Professor B is a professorish-looking bumblebee, wearing spectacles and a bow-tie; using a classroom pointer.  You are the teacher, going through each lesson with the Professor and your student.

 

 

Click graphic to view Sample Lessons.

 

 

Created by Professor Everard Barrett, Professor B is designed for Preschool through Middle School, covering basic arithmetic through Algebra.  Professor Barrett believes math can/should flow like a story, not fragmented with pieces/parts of concepts.  The Professor B  bee works through educational slides, with you, as the instructor, reading his word balloons to your student.   He gives the “why” behind an equation or formula, encouraging use and practice.  “Mastery once obtained must be sustained”  is the charge to instructors at the end of each lesson, but he is not an advocate of learning through rote memorization.

There is sufficient achievement data to support Professor Barrett’s claims that the diligent use of the Professor B Math program can accomplish  “3 years of math in 1 year,”  which was a huge draw for us, and it can eliminate the need for any expensive tutoring.

 

There are 3 Levels of Instruction available:

Level 1 ~ PreK – 2nd Grade

Intro, Lower & Higher Addition/Subtraction

Counting to 100

Place Value

Fractional Parts

Time

Money

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Level 2 ~ 3rd – 5th Grade

Multiplication/Division

Intro to Fractions >

Fractional Equivalence

Addition/Subtraction of Fractions

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Level 3 ~ 6th – 8th Grade

Multiplication/Division of Fractions

Decimals

Percents

It is worth noting that each level can be used for the remediation of older learners according to their need.  Professor B does have placement tests, but we did not use one.  We found this program is easy to implement from “where you are.”

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Subscriptions can be paid per month or per year.  The Professor B Math website is being updated, as of this writing, June 2012, but their best price offer is available nowCall Customer Service @ 678-765-6655  and get 3 years access to any one level for $100.

Additional Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Write –

Professor B Enterprises

P.O. Box 3856

Suwanee, GA  30024

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Professor B has built my confidence to teach my children math.  I know more than I sometimes give myself credit for, and my children have pointed it out more than once, especially while using this program.  They enjoy my voice/instruction, and understand me better, than they do Professor B.   Because I’m not computerized, I can move forward, quicker than the slides, or slower, as might be needed for a new concept.  I recognize, though, that I am a better math instructor when I’m working with Professor B.   We go through a lesson together, slide by slide, and I know what I’m teaching and how to teach it, following the example of the bee.  Then, I can further explain, assign practice worksheets or see-for-myself that my student is ready to move on.  It’s been a win-win situation for us!

Please, use the many links I’ve provided throughout this post to learn more.  You can also click the banner below to read what my Crew mates have to say about this program, and check it out for yourself – Professor B Math offers a 30 day Free Trial, too!   Again, just call 678-765-6655 and ask for it!

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  Access to this online program 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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Jul
13

Responding to Great Literature

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Hewitt Homeschooling “Lightning Lit guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills.”

 

 

 

Hewitt’s British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century Lightning Literature covers:

  • William Blake, selected poetry
  • Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
  • Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • Thomas Carlyle, essay
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, Rebecca and Rowena, short story

including Discussion Questions, Project Suggestions, Additional Reading, and Semester or Full-Year Schedules.

I found this course to be thorough, flexible and easy to teach.  My children thought it was both inspiring and challenging.  No doubt we will complete it and go on to include others in our curriculum.

Lightning Lit & Comp – British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century can be purchased as a bundle, that includes the Teacher’s Guide, the Student’s Guide, and each of the 4 novels needed to complete the course, for $48.39.  You can also purchase the Student’s Text for $29.95 and the Teacher’s Guide for $2.95; then, borrow the novels from your local library or get them at a second-hand book shop, as we did.

The Student’s Guide is a sturdy, soft bound, non-consumable book.  The Parent’s/Teacher’s Guide is printed, loose leaf papers, hole-punched and ready for a notebook binder.

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources, British Medieval Lightning Literature is on sale for a limited time, at 33 % off.  $19.95 for the Student’s Guide and $1.95 for the Teacher’s Guide.

 

 

Contact:

Mail ~

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources

P.O. Box 9

Washougal, WA  98671

Call ~  360.835.8708

Email ~  sales@hewitthomeschooling.com

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Hewitt Homeschooling has a complete website for more detailed information.  Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post and click the graphic below to read what my crew mates have to say about the many products available.

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of Lightning Lit & Comp – British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century, Teacher’s Guide and Student’s Guide 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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Jun
22

Practice to Excel

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None of my children are chomping at the bit to earn a math major.  I’m trying to think whether or not I have any that actually like mathematics.  Hmm…some of them at least acknowledge that they will have to take a couple of math courses in college to obtain their degree, but it is a reluctant acknowledgement.  Yes, they realize the importance of numbers and the place they hold in the order of life, but wish it didn’t have to apply directly to them.  Sorry to say, I totally understand; so, I’m always looking for ways to keep their attention long enough for them to acquire and hone their necessary math skills.

The creators of IXL Learning must know students like mine!  IXL is a bright, colorful; and even fun, online program that allows your child to practice math concepts, while tracking mastery.

 

 

They have over 2,000 skills listed by grade or by topic, supplying unlimited questions for Pre-K through Algebra, with future plans to add Geometry, Trigonometry, AND Language Arts!

 

 

We are currently using two different math curriculums, and IXL.com easily supplements both of them.  Choosing by topic has worked the best for us, because the teaching and instruction occurs with the curriculum we’re using, followed by examples and practice with the IXL correlating topic.  When working a problem, if the student answers incorrectly they can ask the program for an explanation and one is supplied, otherwise IXL is strictly practice; not instruction.

IXL.com gives me access to all of their grade levels; so, if my child is excelling in one area I can allow him to advance, while working through a different level in another area.  I think this has kept boredom at bay.  Also, students can unlock virtual rewards and prizes to place on a game board as they excel.  Mine call them stickers, because they remind them of our “in house” sticker reward program from their younger years.

 

 

 

 

The best part of the program for me is the reporting that IXL does.  They track each students progress and keep a report of the time they’ve spent on the program AND the time spent working problems.  Because of this, I can teach to specific areas that need improvement.

 

 

 

 

IXL also offers State Standardized Test Alignment and Reporting.  You can find the right skills that need practiced and read a thorough report of your child’s readiness for standardized tests according to your state.

 

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IXL Membership is $79 a year for your 1st child and $20 a year for each additional child.  There is also a per month option of $9.95 for the 1st child and just $2 a month for each additional child.  Membership gives you access to every grade level and topic available.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Write –

IXL Learning

777 Mariners Island Blvd., Suite 600

San Mateo, CA  94404

Email – info@ixl.com

Call – 650.372.4040

Please, take a few minutes to follow the links I’ve provided here and browse the IXL website.  You can also read the opinions the Schoolhouse Review Crew, when you click the graphic below.

Blessings,

Disclaimer*  Access to this online program 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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Jun
20

Magazines Make Memories

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For almost 25 years my children have been receiving magazine subscriptions, as Christmas gifts, from two of the best aunts in the world!  When we had only small children they ordered Your Big Backyard; as we added children to our household, the aunts kept up with the older ones and added Ranger Rick.  We continued to add a newborn every couple of years, for several years, and the older ones just never stopped getting older; so, eventually National Geographic was added.  Last year was the first year in a long time that Big Backyard did not come to our house.  My “littles” have finally outgrown it.  You wouldn’t believe how many back issues of these magazines I have kept!  My children have always been interested in nature; animals, bugs, trees, water, etc.  They read about it, draw it, take photos of it, and generally appreciate God’s creation of it, every single day.

I wish I had known about Creation Illustrated!  It would have been at the top of my Humbly-Request-Your-Consideration-of-These-Magazines List for the aunts gift subscription choices.

 

 

Click the graphic to read, “Who Are We?

Creation Illustrated has been published, by Tom and Jennifer Ish, for 19 years, and they have dedicated it to “sharing the wonders of God’s creation in nature, in Scripture, and in living.”

 

Spring 2012 Issue of Creation Illustrated

Features of the Spring 2012 issue include:

  • A Creatures Near and Dear to Us feature on hummingbirds called “Flying Jewels”
  • An Outdoor Adventure story on Yellowstone National Park
  • A Lens on Creation snapshot of birds on “Bonaventure Island”
  • A Creation Day 6, Part 3 story on the Creation of Humans
  • Creation Highlights in the news
  • A Creation Resource Guide
  • A Creation Stewardship page
  • My Walk with God story called “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
  • A Genesis Cuisine recipe section featuring Smoothies for homemakers
  • A Wholesome Living Guide
  • An encouraging children’s story called “Bunny Surprise”
  • A Youth Photo Contest
  • An Instructional Guide to help homeschoolers and teachers glean key spiritual and character-building lessons from each article
  • An Educational Resource Guide
  • Uplifting poetry
  • And more!

 

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These magazines are stunning and impressive in their quality!  Every page is printed on heavy paper, using vivid color and high gloss.  A 55 page, Biblically founded, nature journal.  Unlike National Geographic, in the respect that I do not have to say, “Don’t browse through the magazine until I get the chance to look at it first,” when it comes in the mail.  With NG I had to have the opportunity to prepare for discussion of some content, ahead of time; some articles and pictures were not even approved for viewing, at certain ages.  I trust  Creation Illustrated and it is a free-for-all to see who gets it first!

 

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

email – ci@CreationIllustrated.com

phone – 1.800.360.2732

or write –

Creation Illustrated

P.O. Box 7955

Auburn, CA  95604-7955

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A 1-year subscription, 4 issues is $19.95, 2-yrs. (8) for $37.95, or 3-yrs. (12) for $53.95.  There are several back issues available for $2.99 each plus s/h.  Although, I understand the costs of publication, compared to the larger magazines, I acknowledge that some might find this a little steep in price.  I can get more issues, for less money, if I choose a different magazine, but also get a lack of my God in creation, old-earth mentality, evolution, and assundry other ideas I’d rather not deal with every time a page is turned.  I, personally, think the cost is worth it and I’ll adjust my budget, or put in a request to the aunts, to support the wonder that is Creation Illustrated magazine.

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Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  Four issues of this magazine were 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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Jun
19

A Spotlight on Me!

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There is a Crew Spotlight on the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog, featuring a different Crew member each week.  On June 21st, the Crew Spotlight will kindly be on me; linking to this blog.  Wah, how sweet is that!

Approximately 200 homeschool families comprise our Schoolhouse Review Crew, and the fact that I will be featured in a Spotlight is both amazing and humbling.  It is an honor to work with the multitalented people on this Crew; supporting and encouraging the homeschool community around the world.

I hope you’ll read my post, The Experienced Homeschool Mom, then stop back here and let me know what you think of it.  I am so excited to share it with you!

 

Blessings,

 

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Jun
18

A Way to Mathematically Engage My Students

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Have I mentioned that we tend to gravitate toward art and writing, as opposed to math?  I think each of my children would say they enjoy the creativity of expressing themselves artistically, through drawing or painting, musically, or as a wordsmith, with little inclination to numbers crunching.  I acknowledge that numbers are vital to the order of the universe, though; so, I am always looking for ways to mathematically engage my students.

Pearson Homeschool desires to support our commitment to give our children the best education possible.  “From kitchen table to computer, our proven resources propel learning at your child’s perfect pace. You can teach core skills confidently with proven programs built on the best education research.”

 

Click graphic to read Why Pearson Homeschool Curriculum?

Pearson Homeschool has affordable curriculum packages available for grades Pre-K through 12.

Scott Foresman Reading Street

Interactive Science

myWorld Social Studies

MyMathLab Algebra 1

and my current interest –

enVisionMATH

enVisionMath  “uses problem based interactive learning and visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding. It incorporates bar diagram visual tools to promote problem-solving skills, and it provides data-driven differentiated instruction to ensure success.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Click graphic for Grade 4 – enVisionMATH

Products are available individually, but a Homeschool Bundle has been created for each grade level, K – 6.

The enVisionMATH – Grade 4 – Homeschool Bundle can be purchased for $99.99, and includes:

Student Text, a beautiful hard bound book with semi-glossy pages.  Daily lessons introduce a concept using engaging illustrations, examples of problems, guided practice, independent practice and problem solving.

MindPoint Quiz Show CD-Rom, quiz show-type math games, with multiple-choice answers, played against the computer or more than one player.

Teacher Edition CD-Rom, which contains customizable lesson plans, teaching guides, reviews & assessments, and printable resources that include practice worksheets and tests.

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We have used several online computer programs for math, in the past few months, and I think my daughter enjoys having a book-in-hand and not having to schedule available PC time.  enVisionMATH is a full math curriculum and it does teach sequential concepts, which I definitely like, but I am still undecided whether or not I would use it exclusively as our math program.  Grade 4, has been a wonderful gap-filler, for us, and I do expect to complete every lesson with my daughter.

enVisionMATH Grade 4 – Table of Contents –

  • Topic 1: Numeration
  • Topic 2: Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
  • Topic 3: Multiplication Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 4: Division Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 5: Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 6: Patterns and Expressions
  • Topic 7: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 8: Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors
  • Topic 9: Lines, Angles, and Shapes
  • Topic 10: Understanding Fractions
  • Topic 11: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Topic 12: Understanding Decimals
  • Topic 13: Operations with Decimals
  • Topic 14: Area and Perimeter
  • Topic 15: Solids
  • Topic 16: Measurement, Time, and Temperature
  • Topic 17: Data and Graphs
  • Topic 18: Equations
  • Topic 19: Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry
  • Topic 20: Probability

 

 

Click graphic for Features and Benefits of enVisionMATH – Grade 4

This is a non-consumable book, which I actually appreciate, since I can re-use it with my other children without an added expense, but a notebook is needed in addition to the student text.  The course can be teacher intensive, because the introduction of a new concept sometimes lacks fine details, in the student text, and must be taught.  In this case, I like that it forces me to remain hands-on with my child’s education.  Assessment of her strengths and needs is easy, because I’m involved on a daily basis.  Teaching Guides are available and I do not think this is difficult to teach.

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Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product 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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Jun
01

Under the Deep Blue Sea

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My family and I love the beach!  The sand, the waves; even the salt, but none of us are really interested in diving into the ocean and having 1500 feet of water above our heads.  That’s why it’s nice to have someone like Annie Crawley, AKA Ocean Annie, take us under the deep blue sea and show us just what we’re missing.

Annie Crawley is an accomplished boat captain, underwater cinematographer, film maker, educator, and creator of the Dive Into Your Imagination company, among other things.

 

 

 

Annie says, “Although I loved Finding Nemo, because of the exposure it gave to our oceans, it was only a story.  I wanted to give children the real story, have them exposed to the real animals and talk about the natural history of the animals because they are so animated in their natural environment, they don’t need any stories but their own.  I created Dive Into Your Imagination series for kids, to get them out of the virtual world and into the real world…”

Dive Into Your Imagination offers author Annie’s book, Ocean Life – from A to Z, a series of Dive Into Your Imagination DVD’sWhat Makes a Fish a Fish?, Who Lives In the Sea?, and Dive Into Diversity, and other products.

Dive Into Diversity is a 44 minute DVD, including The Ocean Song, and Special Features:  Meet Annie; Meet Craig (the music creator), Transcripts (covering each chapter), and Credits.    It is divided into 8 chapters –

  1. Night Diving on the Reef
  2. Dive Into Diversity
  3. Be a Submarine Pilot
  4. Swim in a Kelp Forest
  5. Invertebrates of the Sea
  6. Coral Reef Living
  7. Sea Animals with Backbones and
  8. Wacky, Weird, Crusty Crustaceans

 

 

Click graphic to view Sample video chapter

As seen on the DVD cover, this video was written for Pre-K and up.  The photography is phenomenal!  It does, indeed, hold the attention of a preschooler and a teen, at the same time.  It can be viewed in English, Spanish, or with Music only.  The musical score beautifully fits each spectacular scene!  If I could count the gorgeous real-life images only, I would say this is one of the best under-sea videos we’ve ever seen, and it is well worth the cost of $19.95.

Annie Crawley has developed Educator Guides for each DVD in the series.  The 300 page guide is a massive resource, covering grades Pre-K – 3, and when it is used in conjunction with the DVD a full unit study of learning is created.  Although it is written for use in a classroom, and therefore has many activities geared toward groups of students, I still found it easily adaptable for homeschool use.  Printed guides are $299.00 each, but are also available as individual PDF’s for $69.95.  I think the price reflects the original intent of purchase by a brick & mortar school system.

As a reader of my blog, and a follower of TOS Homeschool Crew, Annie is presenting you with a special offer!  Choose the DVD you’d like to order;  when you place your order mention that you homeschool and she will send you a FREE PDFDo not actually order the Educator Guides from the website – just make a notation in the comment section of your DVD order, such as, “I am a Homeschool Parent and I would like a copy of the Educator Guides, as offered through TOS Homeschool Crew.”  I do not know how long this offer will be available.  I can tell you that through the month of June 2012, there will be FREE SHIPPING with any order placed at www.AnnieCrawley.com/store/, as a “thank you” for your readership.

Click graphic for details of the Educator Guides

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It is fascinating to read other’s perspectives, and I encourage you to click the graphic below and read what my Crew mates have to say about the Dive Into Your Imagination DVD Series.

 

 

Personally, I have not and will not allow my young children to watch this video without supervision, with the exception of watching in music only mode.  It is extremely time consuming to sift through the dense humanistic world-view that is in opposition to our Bible-based, Creationist world-viewMuch of the agenda is inferred, and it’s very subtle, but as this series is geared toward young, impressionable children I believe it has the potential to slowly erode the foundation that some of us are trying to build, if we are unaware.  One marketing tag line says, “Dive Into Your Imagination is changing the way a new generation views the Ocean and themselves!”

 

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Here is quoted content, for your consideration, from the second chapter of the DVD, Dive Into Diversity

“Nature and all creatures must have balance in order to survive.  Diversity means variety, which means differences in shapes, sizes, skills, and colors.  Diversity in nature helps to protect the balance that is necessary in the world…Some animals might be fast while others are slow.  Some might be long, while others are short.  One might be purple, while another is green.  Can you think of one way that you are different from another person?  This is diversity.  Fish don’t say to one another, ‘OOOhhh, you are too…blue, or black, or white…’They don’t care about the color of one another’s skin…Did you know that Clown Fish are born male and as they grow can change to become a female?  The largest fish in their family is a she…The Wrusses are a group of fish where the girl fish can turn into a boy fish.  Animals in the sea are not concerned with what we think.  They do what they do in order to survive…So, let’s dive into the ocean of our imagination and learn to accept one another no matter our color, or our style.  Just like the animals of the sea, we all need to respect one another and our diversity.”

I think this is propaganda and it borders on attempted indoctrination.

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In the Educator Guides you will repeatedly read leading text such as, “Thanks for helping change the way a new generation views the ocean and themselves.  Our ocean needs protected and we protect what we love…By teaching our children to thank our Ocean and give gratitude to nature, we are teaching them to have respect and gratitude for life on our planet.”

I believe we may be teaching them false doctrine if we use this Guide, as is, and do not address The Truth of Scripture.  We are to worship The One, True and Living God, without hint of any other God before Him.  We are to care for all things He has given us power and dominion over, but we are not to raise them [the planet, nature, or our ocean] above mankind or Him.

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The DVD is much less evolutionary than many animal/nature shows on Discovery or National Geographic, but again, the mere subtlety, left unchecked, can be erosive.  The Guide tends to be more direct, with statements like, “Animals that come out at night have night vision and have evolved different senses for living in the dark.”

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We are ones to usually enjoy any behind the scenes or special features that are available.  We enjoyed the background on Annie and proceeded to watch the brief segment on Craig, the music creator.  We watched with interest as he discusses the process of writing the musical score for the video.  You find him in his office, with his keyboard, the DVD he is scoring playing in front of him, a picture on his desk that is possibly his family, another photograph of the Dalai Lama, and two Buddha statues.  It is my opinion that this quick visual was not accidental, nor is my reference to it here.

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Finally, while I value and respect Annie Crawley’s specialized skill in capturing life under the ocean, I do not appreciate the pervasive way Dive Into Your Imagination attempts to “change the way a new generation views” anything.  I maintain that this DVD is exceptional and it’s a remarkable view of a world usually unseen; yet, we are the sentinels charged with teaching our children a Godly world-view and we must be diligent not to lose ground.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Email ~ www.AnnieCrawley.com

Phone ~ 805.453.1947

Mail ~

Annie Crawley

10002 Aurora Ave. N

Ste 36 PMB 104

Seattle, WA  98133

or facebook ~

www.Facebook.com/DiveIntoYourImagination

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A DVD of this product and a PDF 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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May
17

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

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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.

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If you have questions or comments for him, you can contact him via email – benroy@gosciencezone.com, 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.

Blessings,

 

 

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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May
16

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.

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“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

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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

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Comments or Questions?

Contact

The Judah Bible Curriculum

P.O. Box 122

Urbana, IL  61803

217-344-5672

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.

Blessings,

 

 

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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