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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.

 

Thank you for your comments.

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Feb
03

Good Education

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I want to give my children the opportunity of a good education.  After feeding them and clothing them, sometimes, the cost is greater than my budget.

This isn’t the case with KinderBach.

KinderBach provides a solid music foundation for the children while, at the same time, overlapping and enhancing basic math and language skills.”  Designed for beginners, ages 3-7.  It is good education.

 

 

Karri Gregor is the fun, energetic author, illustrator and educator of KinderBach.  She uses memorable piano pals, Frisco, Dodi, and friends, to teach note reading, rhythm, singing, composition, and more, reinforcing the value of each lesson with coloring pages, worksheets, and games.

 

 

Piano for young children. The lessons are child-friendly, quick and easy!  More than 240, 10 minute lessons, achieving 6 levels.  DVD/CD packages starting at $40.45 +s/h or an instantly accessible online subscription for $95.88 per year.  That makes it good education within budget!  That’s just $7.99 per month or less than 30 cents a day for a music tutor, no scheduling conflicts and no gas money.  I didn’t even factor in the 30% off  you can get, until February 2013, when you use coupon code TOScrew2012.

I first discovered KinderBach last year, and since then there have been some exciting changes.  You can still use the program on your computer, even streaming to your TV, but now, you can also use it with iPad, Android Tablet, Nook, or Kindle Fire!

They still have their 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, plus all DVD’s & CD’s have a lifetime replacement if damaged for any reason.  There’s really no risk because KinderBach also offers a two week free trial, before you pay for anything.

 

Take a few minutes to follow the links I’ve posted here, to the KinderBach website.  It’s simple to navigate and full of great information!

 

Still have Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Email – info@KinderBach.com

Phone – 563.332.0587

Write –

KinderBach LLC

P.O. Box 181

LeClaire, IA  52773

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You can also choose from nearly a hundred other reviews, viewpoints, written by my crew mates, when you click the graphic below.

 

 

I think learning is simply fun and affordable with KinderBach at Home.

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Nov
16

FREE College

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I am not blind.  I actually have good eye sight, but sometimes I feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark.  This is especially true when trying to help my teens prepare for college.

Just as I imagine Braille changes the life of a person without sight, College Prep Genius has the potential to change the life of the college-bound student.  They both offer hope, through real applications and solutions.

 

 

Did you know that test prep should start in a student’s freshman year?  The PSAT/NMSQT can be taken even earlier and good scores can have a tremendous affect on college acceptance and tuition.  Consistent study and familiarizing practice time takes the paralyzing fear of the unknown out of the test taking.  If you have expectations for college, start your research now.

“Going to college today can be extremely expensive and a student can incur long-lasting debt that can follow him or her for many years. The truth is, 50% of college is paid for by loans, 40% by grants and about 10% actually comes from scholarships. The good news is that college can be within the reach for just about everyone. There are many ways students can receive scholarships as well as FREE college!”

College Prep Genius is designed to increase standardized test scores, aiming to secure scholarships and assistance to pay for college.  Master the SAT Class DVD is a 10 hour course, taught in 45 minute segments, over 12 lessons.  ($59.95)  Everything in the DVD is also thoroughly covered in the textbook.  ($49.95)  And, there is a companion workbook.  ($19.95)

The lessons walk the student through each section of the SAT:

Critical Reading – learn to cut your time in half.

Math – learn to recognize patterns and eliminate questions from the start.

Writing – learn to write an exemplary essay in 15 minutes.

Plus ~

350 tips, shortcuts and strategies

Math terms

Latin roots, prefixes; suffixes

and

More than 30 scholarship websites

College Prep Genius teaches techniques and even tricks, to get correct answers quicker, that can raise your SAT score as much as 600 points.

This is a student-friendly course, each lesson can be paced to the student; viewed repetitively or not.  The author, Jean Burk, is an outstanding instructor.  Her enthusiasm for SAT Prep Success is irresistible!  Being properly equipped for any task builds confidence.  It is logical that confidence in your test preparation would help you excel in the actual test.  We don’t have our results, yet, but we believe they’ll reflect the exceptional benefits of taking this course.

Comments or Questions?

write –

College Prep Genius

P.O. Box 398

Hurst, TX  76053

phone –

817.282.7737

email –

info@collegeprepgenius.com

Normally $129.85 total, the College Prep Genius DVD Set is on sale now, at 25% off = $99.00.  Ultimately, it’s risk free because of the 100% Money Back Guarantee.  I highly recommend it for every junior high and high school student.  It is easy to follow and there’s enough information, in the first lessons alone, to dispel any darkness.  I wish it had been available ten years ago, for my first teens.

The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew reviewed College Prep Genius and their Vocabcafe Series, which you can find by following the links provided throughout this post.

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

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Nov
03

The Look of a Multitasker

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

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

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

 

Click the graphic to learn more about Memoria Press.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[from the website] First Form Latin features include:

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

 

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

 

 Browse their website for details of their other subjects:

Greek

Logic & Rhetoric

French

Primary Education

and more.

Contact:

General Questions? ~ online forum

Order Questions? ~ email ~ magister@memoriapress.com

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

Mail ~

Memoria Press

4603 Popular Level Road

Louisville, KY  40213

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

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Oct
31

A Reliable Resource

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I don’t think there’s anything I’ve found that I won’t use to reinforce a lesson, subject or concept, if the content is acceptable and the source is reliable.  Some things are much easier to use than others and don’t require nearly the manipulation or contortions on my part.  Oh, the stories I could tell you…but, I’ll leave that for another time.

Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. has Lots and Lots of DVD’s, Books and CD’s AS SEEN ON TV and not readily found in stores.  They have won numerous awards! They say that it is their goal to amaze, amuse, entertain and educate and we think they reach that goal.  They meet the criteria of acceptable and reliable, with the bonus of thorough and convenient, with little effort on my part.

 

 

Marshall Publishing is the exclusive distributor of Kaw Valley Films DVD programs, and Kaw Valley Films is the producer of a DVD, George Washington Carver – His Life and His Work, that is an excellent resource for a recent study in our history.

Suggested for ages 4th grade – Adult, we watched it as a family, including Kindergarten through High School.  It is a detailed, well written, 29-minute documentary of an extraordinary life.  We’ve previously studied Mr. Carver, yet we still discovered more about him!  Did you know that he personally never used the name “Washington?”  At the time, there was another George Carver in the school he was attending; so, to distinguish between the two of them, he added the middle initial W to his name.  George W. Carver.  Some time later, he was asked if the W. stood for Washington and his reply was along the lines of, “why not,” but he never included the name when he signed it or introduced himself.

“Born into slavery and reared during the Reconstruction years in the South, George Washington Carver struggled through poor health, poverty and prejudice…to become a great benefactor, not only to his people…but to his country as well. Carver is known in history books as the “peanut man” – for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton. As one of the world’s foremost experts in agriculture and horticulture, Carver, through his research and teaching at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama practically reinvented land management in the South. He is said to have compiled a list of over 300 uses for and by-products of peanuts such as cosmetics, dyes and paints, plastics, gasoline and nitroglycerin.

But his work as a creative scientist stretches far beyond that endeavor. He marveled at the world around him and his ability to inspire those closely associated with him may well have been one of his greatest lifetime achievements. As a living example of the importance of hard work, a positive attitude and a good education, Carver was instrumental in changing the stereotype of the time that the black race was intellectually inferior to the white race.

Here then, is the story of Carver’s life…a life that should not be forgotten, for it is full of hope, meaning and inspiration.”

As quoted from the website at:

http://marshallpublishinginc.com/george-washington-carver-his-life-and-his-works-dvd.html

Study Guide available – click graphic for access

Among their Lots and Lots of DVD’s are several other Educational Historical Documentary DVD’s:

Lincoln at Gettysburg:  The Battle and The Address

The Complete History of America’s Railroads

The Historic Expedition of Lewis and Clark

and more.

Regular price is $24.95.  Web sale price is currently $19.95.  For a limited time, I have a 15% discount for my readers, making your cost just $16.96.  When purchasing item #KVFD-106 use code TOSC1 for savings.

To contact Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. write to:

123 S. Hough St.

Barrington, IL  60010

email:  info@marshallpublishinginc.com

telephone:  224.238.3530

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customer service:  888.300.3455

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Although we were impressed with the amount of content found in the George Washington Carver – His Life and His Work DVD, the format of the production seemed rather dated.  We did not think the photography was quite as stunning as suggested, because the whole film was shot in rather muted tones.  We appreciate the humble and brilliant life of the man and noting his love of horticulture and agriculture, we found it odd that there were so few “green” plants, and little floral beauty interspersed throughout this movie.  Mr. Carver loved his flowers and was known to wear a fresh one in his lapel every day!  Overall, though, this documentary was a nice addition to our studies.

My crew mates had the opportunity to review other products from Marshall Publishing.  I know that several of them enjoyed the educational fun of Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks and Firefighters Book and Safety Songs DVD SetClick the graphic below to find their reviews.

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate your comments.  Thank you.

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Oct
17

Hooked on Latin!

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My husband’s parents were devout Catholic’s.  He grew up attending Mass each week, even while on camping vacations in another state and was sent to cracked-across-the-knuckles parochial school until high school.  To hear him tell about it, attending church was like going to the same boring, stage play every single week and not being able to understand a word they were saying.  He was an altar boy and can actually quote a few Latin phrases; yet, he has no idea how they translate.  He’s sure he heard enough Latin to last a lifetime!

I had no such education.  I went to a very small country school while growing up and the only foreign language credit offered for high school college prep was Latin.  I took the required two years and actually loved it!  I learned very little, though.  Looking back, I know our Latin teacher was a dear person and, I think she enjoyed her knowledge of the language, but she didn’t teach it well.  That was more than 30 years ago.

I home educate my children, but I do not profess to teach every subject well.  Often, I supply curriculum, teachers and resources.  I also have a significant role as the enforcer and the encourager.  =)   I love it when I find just the right combination that works for my child.  *Drum roll, please…

Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew, I have discovered Visual Latin.  You might wonder why I would even look at a Latin program for my children.  Why learn Latin?  My main reason:

fundamental Latin = foundational English

I also happen to know that if you are able to learn Latin, the leap to learning many other languages is not nearly as far.  Latin is a solid core.

Visual Latin was started by two dads whose wives homeschool their children.

Having now met Dwane Thomas, through this video series, I can tell you that he is an outstanding teacher of Latin and an instigator of laughter!

Thomas Purifoy, Jr. is a producer, writer, director and editor for his company,  Compass Cinema, and the curriculum creator of Visual Latin, and Modern Parables, among others.


Visual Latin is a self-paced study, generally for students ages 9 and up, with a good grip on reading.  It is comprised of 30 lessons.  Entire DVD set is $80.00 or  (3) groups of 10 @ $30.00 each or download lesson groups of 10 for $25.00 each.  Stay with me and keep reading, because even with my crew and our budget, it is worth it!  Mr. Thomas is just that good!

Visual Latin | A Quick Explanation from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

Dwane Thomas has an infectious love for learning language!  His “Hear it! See it! Speak it! design” and his quick wit, blending the natural method  with the traditional method of learning Latin, is key.  Each lesson consists of three parts:  grammar, sentence structure and reading, with each part divided into a short, less than 10 minutes, video viewing and a printable, PDF worksheet.  Click the graphic below for a sample of the entire first lesson, on verbs.

Latin phrases, passages are read from the Latin Vulgate Bible.

We are hooked on Latin!  Even when the busyness of every day sidetracks me sometimes, inevitably someone says, “Can we do our Laughing Latin?”  Feel free to check in with me over the next few months, to see if we are still on course, but I fully expect us (yes, me, too) to know a bit of Latin by then.   Discover Visual Latin for yourself.

Try 6 FREE lessons!  and find numerous FREE resources available on the website:

Visual Latin Worksheets

Visual Latin Vocabulary Reference Sheets

Visual Latin Flashcards on Quizlet

Online Latin Translator

Latin to Spanish to Latin

Online Etymology Dictionary

Latin New Testament (Vulgate)

I’ve provided many direct links, throughout this post, to other reviews and comments, as well as more in depth explanations and details of this notable program.  You can also read additional reviews by my sea-worthy crew mates, just click the TOS banner below.

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Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I appreciate each of your comments.  Thank you.

 

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May
09

Mirror Images

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Monkey see, monkey do – with as many children as I’ve raised, and more that I’ve cared for, over the years – I know this is a fact.  Children, especially young ones, mirror the images and examples they see.  You do something often enough and your child will pick it up.  Children mimic what they hear.  Repeating the words and often even the tone.

It is also a fact that children that are read to, learn to read and have better comprehension than those that are not.  Did you know that “a one year old learns twice as fast as a three year old, and a three year old learns twice as fast as a five year old?”  Did you know that your baby can learn to read?

 

Intellectual Baby believes that “these early years represent a critical time in your baby’s life.  This is the absolutely best time to teach babies to read, introduce music, art, foreign languages, etc…”

Their top product line is the MonkiSee Program, developed by homeschooling mother of 6, Krista Guerrero.  It includes 30 minutes each, interactive, educational DVD’s, accompanied by books and flashcards that will help you teach your baby to read.

 

Click on the logo for a quick quiz to see if MonkiSee is right for you and your child.

 

MonkiSee DVD’s increase brain stimulation, boost IQ and strengthen the bond between you and your child as you participate in his/her learning.  They are easy and fun for children ages 3 months to 4 years old.  It is my experience that the Monki See Monki Doo theme song will stick in your head for days and become one of your child’s favorites.

Featuring two silly, brother monkeys, Howie and Skip, and utilizing catchy songs, poetry, puppets, real life children and animals, sound effects, written words (vocabulary) and spoken language (rhyming) – your child will be captivated by MonkiSee.  Krista, the author, recommends that “in order for babies and young children to get the most from these products, the video should be played daily, about 5 days a week, for a month or so.” 

I was given MonkiSee – Baby’s First Words DVD for this review.  After the third viewing I no longer had to prompt watching the DVD, my granddaughter asks for “monkey” everyday.  Her 4 month old brother hasn’t had much to say about it…yet  =) but after reading several testimonials I’m excited to see the results in the next year.

 

Baby’s First Words is generally for ages 3 months to 2 years.  Common, often used words are introduced, like mommy and daddy and my favorite, kiss, as well as describing body parts – head, arm, leg; nose… It helps a child to see and hear; identify and read their first 40 words.

 

 

Individual DVD’s are regularly $24.95, but they are on sale now for $19.95. Click the graphic above for Baby’s First Words.

 

 

You can purchase Know Your Monkey, paper cover book, for $9.95.  Click the graphic above to see books in the MonkiSee Program.

 


Baby Reading Kit 4 is the best value!  It includes: 

3 MonkiSee DVD’s

5 sets of MonkiSee oversize flashcards

1 guide to teaching babies to read

2 MemoFlix Video FlashCards DVD’s

with 80 categories and over 800 words

2 MonkiSee books

 

On sale now for $139.95, you save 45% – Click the graphic to read all about it. They guarantee complete satisfaction of products and will refund the full purchase price less the cost of shipping.

Contact:

877.505.5079 or 407.574.2886

 

Click Howie to review Frequently Asked Questions

 

Skip can take you to the Teaching Baby to Read Blog

 

My Crew Mates have posted their own MonkiSee reviews, and you can find them when you click 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.

 


 


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Mar
30

Latin Alive!

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

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

 

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

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

Click the graphic for a PDF Catalog of Courses

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

Click text cover to view Sample Pages

 

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

More Latin

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

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

There’s also my favorite place –

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

Just a click away from the most Creative Practice!


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

 

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

Blessings,

 

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Feb
19

Giveaway

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Heather, @ The Blessings Pour Out is having her first giveaway – MOST (movie).    Christianity Today called the movie “life changing.”

Stop by for a visit and tell her PK @ Knee Deep In Grace sent you.

Blessings,

Say hello, while you’re here.  I value the gift of your comments.  Thanks.  PK

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