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Mar
24

First Steps In the Write Direction

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The library is one of my favorite places in the world!  Just thinking about the endless stories, and the amount of knowledge that can be obtained there, makes me smile like a little kid who gets her ice cream before dinner.  Sometimes, when I hear we’re going to the library, I have to stop myself from jumping up and down in excitement and anticipation.  Technology today allows us to read digitally, almost anywhere.  I have a Kindle and it’s wonderful, but it’s not like holding a real book in your hands, flipping through the pages; and smelling the paper.  If imagination had a smell, it would smell like books!

 

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When I walk by the shelves of beautifully organized words, I can nearly hear them scream, “Read me!”  I can pick up a book, open its cover; and be transported to another time and place.  I can explore someone else’s mind, view life through their eyes, live their adventures; or follow their dreams with them.  I have a passion for reading and it has been poured into me, drop by drop, word by word by my mother.

I have sweet memories of being younger, sitting with my mom and listening to her read aloud.  Evenings were spent with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the classic Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, the compelling Orphan Train Adventures as told by Joan Lowery Nixon; and many other stories.  I would snuggle close to the nearest sibling, close my eyes; and let the words make pictures in my mind.

My cultivated zeal for words and reading has blossomed into an aspiration for writing.  The pleasure I got from reading books as a child, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, or Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, induces me to write children’s stories now that I hope will ignite similar feelings in a young one.  I am inspired by the writings of Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, and Frank Peretti.  I might contemplate writing for adults, but it will take some coaxing.  I am sure of two things: I will be an author, and I’ll  share the truth of God’s love with others; glorifying Him.

I want the words that I put down on paper to draw people to God  I don’t want them to be wasted.  When I was little, my dad would come into our room at night, pray with us and tell us a bedtime story.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him weave his tales of faith, humor, adventure, fantasy; or every day life.  I wanted to grow up to do that, too; and my parents have encouraged me all along the way.  I am a story teller at heart.

I believe I know the direction God would have me go, so I am setting aside the fears of failure and rejection that I have let hold me back.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and writing a guest post, every Sunday, on this blogNo doubt, I’ll be Puddle Jumping, because I have crazy, random thoughts sometimes; but I hope you’ll follow me as I take my first steps in the write direction.

Warmly,
 
Sarah E.

 

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Sep
24

Let Me Introduce You to Hope

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Ahhh…reading!  Just the thought of a good book makes me smile.  It has been some time since I’ve been able to stow away and read a book just for the pleasure of reading a book.  My favorite type of story is one that carries me away to another place and time, a period piece, with golden threads of history woven through it.  These are not easy books to write.  An author will often spend a lot of time reading and researching their subject before they can even begin to put pen to paper, because most readers expect the historical account to be accurate; especially if it is a time or place that is familiar to them.

I recently found Hope.  She is a promising young author, published by Great Waters Press

 

 

The chief publishers of Great Waters Press are Hal & Melanie Young, the authors of a 2011 Book of the Year – Raising Real Men.  Hope’s first book, Book One of The Promised Land, is titled A Cry From Egypt.  It is written for ages 8 and up, and it is a superlative first effort!

Hope has researched Ancient Egypt for several years.  Her interest was kindled when she was 13 years old and her family was studying it.  Have you ever wondered how it would have been to live in Egypt during the time of the devastating plagues and the Hebrew slaves being set free?  What it would have been like to experience The Promised Land, first-hand?  Author Hope Auer has brought a cast of characters to life from this time, using her knowledge of Ancient Egypt, the few facts that are recorded about this period; and the Biblical account.  She takes no liberties with Scripture and maintains historical accuracy, while telling a fascinating story as it is lived by a 12 year old slave girl, Jarah, her family and friends.

 

 

A Cry From Egypt is set around the time of events beginning in the seventh chapter of the book of Exodus, through the 10 plagues on Egypt; and culminating with chapter 12 –

 

“…I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.”

“…I will plague your whole country with frogs.”

“…and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.”

“…I will send swarms of flies on you…”

“…the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field…”

“…festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.”

“…I will send the worst hail storm that has ever fallen on Egypt…”

“…I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.  They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen.”

“…and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.”

“Every firstborn son in Egypt will die…”

 

These verses are foundational to the story, yet they are never directly referenced.  Hope has interlaced a believable story of possibilities with the Truth.  We see compassion, hatred, fear, forgiveness, unbelief, faith; and more, but it is clearly a story, not a sermon.  Through the characters, we have the freedom to question and explore, Who is Yahweh?  Can we know Him?  Does He hear our pleas for deliverance, help or salvation?  We’re reminded of God’s perfect timing and His great love for us.  We connected with Jarah and could openly discuss what it means to trust Yahweh.  Will she be willing to trust Him to lead her to the promised land?  Would we?

I chose to read this aloud to my older teens and down.  I read a few chapters at a time and then we would discuss it, not because we were having “school” but because it genuinely prompted stimulating conversation.  One evening we spent a chunk of time on, “How do you determine whether or not someone is being punished justly or abused before you step-in?  Is it ever okay to step-in?  What is the Biblical basis for your answer?  Where do we stand as a family?”

I finished the book first by myself, because I couldn’t put it down.  I wanted to know how Hope was going to write this, whether she’d mention that; and what happened to them?  I wasn’t disappointed.  The only issue I had was in finishing the chapter tease for Book Two, found at the end of A Cry From Egypt, and realizing it’s not yet written and I can’t purchase it!  Oh my, can I wait patiently or not?  That is the question.

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You can purchase an advanced copy of A Cry From Egypt, for $12.50.  Scroll to the bottom of the Raising Real Men Web Page, right-hand side; and see Contact Us to email Hal and Melanie Young or find them on facebook – Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys  and  Great Waters Press.

If you have questions or comments for Hope Auer, she has a first-rate blog @ http://acryfromegypt.com/  and she also has a facebook page.  I know she’d love to hear from you!

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My Crew mates had the opportunity to read  A Cry From Egypt or another new book published by Great Works PressChildren in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship.  You can read their reviews when you click the banner below.

 

 

Hope is a homeschool graduate, and so is her illustrator, Mike Slaton.  This knowledge was an encouragement to me as I teach my own artists, musicians and writers.  It also spoke volumes to my children because it is a positive, hopeful, published writing by one-like-them.  On a more basic level, my 8 year old daughter liked the action of the story and enjoyed the fact that Jarah has an 8 year old little sister and older brothers just like she has.  It is simply a good book and that makes me smile.

 

 Blessings,

Disclaimer*   I received a pre-publication copy of A Cry From Egypt, 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.

 

 

Thank you for your comments.

 

 

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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.

 

Thanks for stopping by, reading and sharing your comment.  I appreciate you!

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Apr
11

Why History is Important

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Of course, I took history classes in school.  I even knew how to memorize names and dates, pass tests, and make good grades.  A love of history was not instilled in me, it was just something I had to learn, to get the credit, to move on.

Of course, I’ve taught history.  Well sort of.  I admit, it hasn’t always seemed important and I haven’t always made time for it.  I had reasoned that it’s not even one of the subjects tested for college entrance, how important could it be.  I’ve had hints of it’s value, hearing lingering quotes like Edmund Burke’s,

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

 

My older children and I have had more of an interest in the history of America, over the last few years, as they’ve reached voting age.  We’ve dug into books about our founders and Constitutional law, or watched documentaries based on specific periods of time, looking for truth or the answer to a question.  We’ve enjoyed sharing what we’ve learned, insights, and conversations.

Until recently, it didn’t occur to me that this is actually how some people teach and learn history.  What a wonder!  My younger children’s historical education will be vastly different than their older siblings, because Truth Quest History  found its way to our home.

 

 

 

But that’s not even the most significant wonder about the TruthQuest History guides.  The author, Michelle Miller, completely changed my outlook of history.  Yes, as a Christian believer, maybe I should have seen it all along, but she made it clear to me, and now I can make it clear to my children.  Learning our history, as mankind, should not just be man’s interaction with man, but man interacting with God.  It is HIStory, because He is involved, and without Him there would be no history, because there would be nothing.

There are Christian based, chronological, World History guides available, written for grades 5 – 12, from Creation and The Ancients to the Present (2000.)  American History only, is available for the 1st through 5th grades.  I started with Age of Revolution:  America/Europe, 1600-1800 and what I thought would be more than 300 daunting pages of history.

The author speaks to you, she doesn’t lecture on the topic she’s presenting.  She’s conversational and witty.  She comments on the story, and sets the stage for the time, people, events, and culture.  Always connecting, and reconnecting the historical responses or reactions, the consequences or blessings, in light of one’s belief about God – whether true or untrue.   TruthQuest History was written to teach “spiritual cause-and-effect lessons of history which teach Godly wisdom.”

Within the first chapter, I was struck by the truth of this paragraph:

“Don’t ever think spiritual matters are insignificant and only personal or you’ll miss the very hand of God in history!  You’ll be blind to the deep beliefs which drive human action and you’ll think history is merely a boring record of famous people, deeds, and dates… History is really about what God is doing in the earth and that’s the most compelling story of all!  History is about His truth, which is so powerful that it changes government, law, science, art, economics, literature, and the quality of life for people and their descendants…”

History is important!  Throughout time we have all generally asked two questions – Who is God? and Who, then, is mankind?   Michelle Miller points to these two questions, that she calls the Big 2 Beliefs, throughout history.  Our answers to these questions influence our thoughts and actions, yesterday, today, and I expect, forever.

TruthQuest History is so much more than a curriculum with lists of living books.  It does give us structure, but it also bends to that sweet flexibility that I crave.  I’m reminded that the abundant resources listed are options for my discretion, not obligations.  There is no set schedule of completion.  We have the freedom to follow an interest, a particular person or event, much like we’ve done with unit studies, in the past.

A printed guide is $29.95 and each guide is now available in PDF format, for $24.95.

Contact –

TruthQuest History

P.O. Box 2128

Traverse City, MI  49685-2128

and

Online Discussion Loop

HistoryQuestors-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

May crew mates have had the opportunity to review many of the guides and you’ll find their reviews by clicking the graphic below.

Blessings,

Penny

Disclaimer*  A 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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Apr
06

Perfectly Designed

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One of our favorite places to visit, as a family, is the zoo.  Any zoo!  We’ve gone to the zoo in other cities, as part of a vacation.  We’ve visited the zoo at the end of a particular study, as a wrap-up, field trip.  We’ve purchased a year-long, family membership, numerous times over the years, as a birthday present.  In anticipation, we have several go-to animal guides, and animal stories that we read, and reference, before we head to the zoo.  Recently, we added a brand new story!

 

 

Amazing Animals by Design is written by one of my TOS Crew mates, Debra Haagen, and has been published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.  It is the story of a family visiting a zoo.  Often, no matter how many times we’ve been there, if it is estimated that it takes 3 hours to walk through a particular zoo, it will take our family five or six or even seven hours, because we talk and teach, soaking up God’s wonderful creation and design.  In just 24 pages, that’s what Amazing Animals by Design does, too.

John and Sarah, the main characters of the story, go to the zoo with their parents.  They see elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, a caracal, ostriches, and Barbary sheep.  Every question they have is answered from the point of creation and intelligent design!  This is a wonderful introduction for young children to the idea that we are all perfectly designed by God, to fulfill His purposes.

Amazing Animals by Design can be purchased as a bound book, for $8.99, or as an instant digital download, for $7.99.  You can click and follow [John] to the bookstore, for purchasing information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click and follow [Sarah], and she’ll take you to Amazing Animals by Design on facebook.  This is a great place to get to interact with the author!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, other TOS Homeschool Review Crew Members had the opportunity to read Amazing Animals by Design, and you can read their reviews by clicking the graphic below.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a rainy day here, today.  We won’t be visiting the zoo, but as soon as I sign off my daughter has asked that we read Amazing Animals by Design…again.  So, that’s just what we’ll do, soaking in the wonder of God’s creation, and reinforcing how perfectly designed everything is, especially her!

 

Blessings,

 

 

 

Disclaimer*  A digital 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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Mar
30

Academic Success

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I think we all want our children to achieve academic success.  If we did poorly in school, we want our children to do better than we did, and if we did well, we still want better for their future.

Teaching phonemic awareness, building reading fluency, and strengthening comprehension starts a child on the road to academic success.  The Reading for All Learners Program, featuring the Little Books, has more than 30 years of research behind it.

 

 

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The company, Academic Success for All Learners, tags the books as – “Little Books making a big difference!”  They have been used around the world for generations.  You may have learned to read using these books.  Many people actually recognize the readers as “I See Sam books.”  I See Sam is the title of the first book, in the first skill set.  There are 141 Little Books, in 8 color coded sets.  The reading instruction correlates to core curriculum.

It is recommended that the books be read consecutively, in numerical order, because new sounds and words that are introduced build on the sounds, words, and skills previously mastered.  Primarily written for Kindergarten through grade 3 or 4, they can also be used for struggling readers.  A single lesson takes only 15 – 30 minutes, with no prior teaching experience needed.

The Reading for All Learners program is highly esteemed.  If it were used consistently, as intended, I believe much of the illiteracy found in America, today, would be eradicated.  The stories are enjoyable and interesting, and students want to read them.

 

 

 

Click the graphic to view Little Books Set 7

 

 

The www.iseesam.com website  is easy to navigate.  It’s also full of information and support:

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Instructor Guide – making it possible for practically anyone to teach

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Scope and Sequence – listing what is covered when

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Flash Cards – words to learn, for each book

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Progress Tracking – a chart for every set of books

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Placement Assessmenttesting, to help you determine where to begin

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Little Book Anatomy – points out and explains the special features of a Little Book

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And More…

Click the graphic to view Read to Succeed Gift Sets

After my son completed a Placement Assessment, I was directed to start him in the Little Books set 7.  The routine is the same for each book.  He should learn and review the sounds and words.  Master the Sound Practice and Word Practice before reading the book.  Then, read the story twice, making two mistakes or less by the second reading.  The Learner’s Chart is provided for each set of Little Books.  The student may color a picture or place a sticker over it, to track each book, in the set, that has been read successfully.  Color matched certificates are available to celebrate the completion of a set!

Looking Back is a section designed to test retention and mastery.  It usually occurs after every 5 or 6 books.  Passing/Failing criteria is listed at the bottom of the reading page.  If the student doesn’t pass, they are encouraged to reread the previous several books to hone their skills.  If a Looking Back assessment is passed, the student moves on to the next book.

The constant, steady rhythm of this program works well for my son.  So well, in fact, that I plan to have my daughter do the assessment, so I can gauge the best placement for her.  It’s $30 for each set of books, but I can reuse any set, with any of my children, increasing the value of my investment.  We’ll see whether or not this particular structure is good for her, too.

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My crew mates used different sets of Little Books, and you can find their reviews by clicking the TOS graphic below.

Comments or Questions?

Contact :

Email ~

read@iseesam.com

Call ~

435.755.7885

or Write ~

Academic Success For All Learners

131 North 1175 West #5

Logan, Utah  84321

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Direction and Encouragement:

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Model Lessons on YouTube

Read ~

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@ Effective Instruction for All

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In my opinion, everyone should have the opportunity to learn to read, and to read well, if they choose.

Blessings,

 

 

 

A trial period 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.

 

Thank you for your comments!

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Mar
19

Maintaining Biblical Standards

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I don’t read every book that my older children read, now.  When they were younger I did.  Still, I am mindful of what they’re reading, what music they’re listening to, what movies they’re watching, and who their friends are.  I know their friends by name.  I trust my children, at this age, to make wise choices, following the standards we’ve set, in their reading material, music, viewing habits, and relationships.  They also keep themselves accountable.  I can pick up the current book they’re reading, borrow their MP3 player at any time, go to the movies with them, or sit in on one of their gatherings. 

There are organizations, and companies that assist me, as a parent, in maintaining the Biblical standards that my husband and I set for our family.  They’ve put the time and effort into watching, listening, or reading, and reviewing for me.  Many of these are run by other parents, with similar standards, like Progeny Press.

 

 

 

Progeny Press was started in 1992, and is still family owned and operated.  They present good literature, teaching good literary analysis, measuring all things in the light of Scripture.  There are now more than 100 Study Guides available to instruct writers and readers in grades K – 12.

 

Study Guides can be found for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

They can be purchased Book-bound, PDF on CD, or email with attached PDF file.  The content is the same, no matter the form of delivery.

From $10.99 single guide to $27.99 book/CD set.

I have students using the Middle School Study Guide for The Cay, by Theodore Taylor –

“Eleven-year-old Phillip lives with his parents on an island off the coast of Venezuela in 1942, but when the Nazi’s begin torpedoing ships nearby, Phillip’s mother insists that he and she return to the United States. Their ship is torpedoed by a Nazi submarine long before they reach the U.S., however, and Phillip finds himself marooned on an island with an old, but strong, black deckhand named Timothy. But when Phillip goes blind from an injury, he slowly realizes how caring, wise, and resourceful Timothy really is, and the color of their skins is unimportant.”

AND other students using the High School Study Guide for The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis –

“Screwtape, an undersecretary in the Lowerarchy of Hell, has undertaken the guidance and tutelage of his nephew Wormwood, who has been assigned a human patient to secure for eternity. In a series of letters, Screwtape guides the young demon through the finer points of temptation, the weaknesses and foibles of human beings, and the disaster of his patient becoming a Christian. Though this certainly complicates things, the two infernal beings won’t let it stop them.

From this very skewed perspective, C. S. Lewis digs into the human nature, revealing some interesting, and sometimes embarrassing, tendencies. Touching on everything from sleeplessness to the “absurdity” of God’s love for humanity, Screwtape imparts his wicked wisdom to Wormwood. Though the mirror he holds up to humanity is warped and cracked, it is still painfully revealing. Wit and parody mask a very serious analysis of what makes humans tick; and though it may make readers smile, it will also make us squirm as Screwtape picks at the cracks in our facades.”

With each Study Guide, students need access to a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a Bible, and the internet or an encyclopedia.

It is suggested that the complete novel be read first.  We didn’t know how we felt about this, as opposed to reading the book and the guide together from the beginning, but it actually makes the use of the Study Guide a little easier.  I imagine the creators of the guides already knew this.  After reading the story, the student works through the guide with the book as a constant reference.

Prereading activities are offered –

  • Written report
  • Map work
  • Time line
  • Vocabulary
  • Art work
  • Biography

 

Each Study Guide covers relative information

  • Story Synopsis
  • About the Author
  • Background/Setting

 

Did I mention that Progeny Press Study Guides for Literature are interactive for 4th – 12th grade?  They can still be printed, if you like, but the student has the capability of placing answers directly on the PC and saving his work as he progresses.  The parent/teacher is able to grade the work in the same  manner, on the PC, and leave notes or comments.  My children love it!  Especially, my son, who would rather do nearly anything instead of writing.  The Study Guides are designed so he can clearly work through the questions and vocabulary, give his attention to critical analysis, dig deeper and consider the issues portrayed in the story, while viewing each through a consistent Biblical standard.  In his case, he can give complete answers, because his biggest obstacle is removed – he’s released from hand-writing and has the option to type.  Amazing!

 

 

Optional activities include –

  • Presentations
  • Volunteer work
  • Essays
  • Research
  • Interviews
  • Brief report
  • Word search

 

Final essays are provided and post reading activities are discretionary.  High School credits are obtained 1/4 credit per Study Guide in 8 – 12 weeks.

 

(4) Completed Study Guides = (1) H.S. Credit

Click the graphic below to browse the Progeny Press Catalog.

 

 

 If you would like more information, please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post.  Progeny Press has a website that’s easy to navigate.

Also, read other reviews, from The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew members.

Comments or Questions?  Go directly to the source –

Contact:

Progeny Press

P. O. Box 100

Fall Creek, WI  54742

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Toll Free  1.877.776.4369

or

Phone 715.877.9951 ext. 100

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Email – progeny@progenypress.com

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I have no doubt these will be the first of many Progeny Press Study Guides for Literature we’ll use.  Let me know which guide you choose, and what you think of it.

 

Blessings,

A trial period 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.

 

Thanks for your comments. 

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Feb
24

What Will Your Child Believe?

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From the time our children are born we teach them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.  They grow knowing it, because they hear it often.  When they’re a little older, they’re often amazed the first time we share The Scripture, from Psalm 139:13-16, with them, because they realize it’s not just momma and daddy, being momma & daddy and saying they are wonderful and unique, God said it.

“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”

The Bible is our touchstone.  It is the measure by which the validity or merit of something can be evaluated.  We view knowledge through The Bible.  We believe it is the ultimate authority.  We desire to live by faith in Christ Jesus and anchor our world-view in Him.

As our children become preteens and teenagers we challenge them to apply themselves to know why they believe what they believe.  Yes, we want them to know The Truth, and to believe it, but it will not hold them fast if they don’t own it themselves.  If you don’t know why you are waiting to have sex until after you’re married, inevitably you’ll find yourself in a situation of compromise.  If you don’t know why you think a baby is a baby before it’s earthside, abortion is a possibility.  If you don’t know why you believe in Jesus Christ as The Way, The Truth, and The Life, someone may come along and give you a good enough reason to think He isn’t.

What will my children believe when they stand on their own?  What will your child believe when he’s 15?

Who Am I, And What Am I Doing Here?, by Apologia, gives you foundational truths to teach your children.  You’ll know what they believe, and they’ll know why they believe it.

Written for ages 6-14; “based on the Biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God.  It affirms that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us.”  $39.

Comments or Questions?

Contact ~

Write

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220/340

Anderson, IN  46016

Phone

888.524.4724

or

765.608.3280

Email

biblicalworldview@apologia.com

Blessings,

Penny

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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Feb
13

Much To Do About Spelling

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I think I’ve told you, a couple of times, how much I love to read.  I’ve shared with you my love of language, wanting to learn Spanish and Latin.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, even diagramming sentences.  I like the rhythm of words.  The cadence of their syllables.  I think spelling bees are wonderful!

Some of my children share my love of reading.  Some of them write and develop story lines, fleshing out characters.  They’ll watch The National Spelling Bee with me, amazed at the difficulty of some of the words given, but none of them actually enjoy spelling.   I think it’s because they lack confidence in their ability to spell words correctly.  They recognize a word when reading it, but cannot always spell it when using it in their writing.  They know the meaning of a word, and can use it properly in a sentence, but inevitably will forget how to spell it.  I’ll admit, this is no small frustration for me.  We own more than one dictionary and have utilized spell check on the PC, even when something is being written by hand.  Grumblings can sometimes be heard when one is sent to heft the cumbersome, intimidating dictionary off the shelf, to “find the word yourself,” and the computer is not always accessible; so, they often ask me how to spell a word.  Even then, the usual response is, “spell the word, the way you think it is spelled, and then ask me if it’s correct.”

We’ve done vocabulary lists and spelling words for the week.  Using rote and repetition.  And, it’s a good thing I like words as much as I do, because we’ve been playing word games, like Scrabble and Boggle, for 30 years!  Educational fun and reinforcement, you know.  Yet, spellings escape them.

Last year, as a TOS Homeschool Review Crew Member, I reviewed what-is-now my favorite Reading Tool.   See-N-Read was my introduction to CadenaSmith Enterprises, and it is “a truly effective intervention for reading.”  This year, See-N-Spell arrived at my house, with much anticipation!  It is a 40 page Spelling and Vocabulary Quick Reference Guide.

 

 

In alphabetical order, you’ll find more than 300 most commonly used vocabulary words and commonly misspelled words.  Basically, if you know the first letter or couple of letters in a word, you can find it here, correctly spelled.  Homophones (here – hear, there – their) are listed too (to – two), with a brief definition, so it’s easy to choose the correct one.  Although, it is printed on heavy duty, semi-gloss paper, for repeated use, it is not a heavy, 2 inch thick, hard bound book.  It’s an unassuming, easy-to-use booklet, that prompts my children to use it regularly.   Dr. Sylvia Smith, the author, thought to include a section where you can write your own special interest words, words you might use fairly often, but waffle on when it comes time to spell.  Guaranteed, or is it gauranteed?  Sometimes, after we study it for several seconds it becomes even more muddled.  Easier just to look it up in the See-N-Spell and move on in your creative or constructive writing.

“Writers typically possess a larger everyday spoken (social) language vocabulary than written academic language vocabulary.”  The See-N-Spell – Spelling and Vocabulary Quick Reference Guide facilitates getting that larger vocabulary transferred easily to the written page.  “The need for correct spelling and adequate vocabulary is not limited to English Literature and Composition courses…they are essential components of success in Social Studies, Science, and Math, as well as in the world of business.”

It’s our new go-to spelling guide!  At $9.99 I think it’s a worthwhile investment, plus, I nearly forgot to tell you, you receive my favorite, document sized See-N-Read Reading Tool FREE,  with each See-N-Spell booklet you order!   Please, follow the links I’ve included in this post and visit their website for more information.

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

phone ~ 630.236.5592

email ~ info@see-n-read.com

or write ~

CadenaSmith Enterprises

2533 Sutton Lane

Aurora, IL  60502-9461

As always, my wonderful Crew mates have written their own reviews of this product.  If you click on the graphic below you’ll find them on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Blog.

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.

 

~ Thank you.

*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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28

Time Well Spent

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I am especially fond of playing games with my children that teach more than just good sportsmanship or cooperation.  I appreciate games like Scrabble, Boggle, Bible Trivia, and chess, more than Sorry or Parcheesi.  I’m all for fun, but time is valuable, so why not combine fun and learning to make the most of it, right?

If your child is not yet reading, or could use some sight-word reinforcement, I have the perfect game for you!  The Reading Game.

 

 

Designed for children ages 4 and up, it requires two players – the student and a tutor.  It is a fast paced memory game, it’s FUN, and the results are quick and encouraging!

Basically, it consists of 6 story books, illustrated in black and white sketches, and six color-coded decks of cards.  You begin with the cards.  There are 6 games per deck, introducing 5 new words per game or 30 words per deck.  The players match the words, and while doing so, the student-player learns to recognize and master them.

 

This video might give you a better idea of how it works –

 

When all of the words in a deck are learned, all through game play, the corresponding color book can be read.  The stories are well-written, they seem like “big-kid” stories.  The feeling of accomplishment by the reader is palpable!

 

 

 

When the first book, Skunk, is read, it means that 30 new words have been mastered, and 30 more, when the second book, Snake, is read, and so on, through all six books, until your child has a reading vocabulary of 180 words!  22 of the 25 most commonly used English words and 42 out of the top 50.  It’s no wonder children and parents get excited to play this game.

The Reading Game is a well researched, supplemental reading program, that promotes long term retention of words.  It is serious FUN!  It’s $24.95, and time, well spent!

 

For more information, follow the links I’ve provided to the website.

Questions or Comments – emailinfo@thereadinggame.com

call 858.412.3442

or

write Allsaid & Dunn

2727 De Anza Rd., Suite SD21

San Diego, CA  92109


Read other informed reviews of this product by clicking on the graphic 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.

Thank you for your comments. 

 

*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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