Progeny Press Study Guides: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Review Crew)

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The award winning children’s book Miss Rumphius has been a favorite in our family for at least 15 years.

It’s one of those that I’ve read so many times, I have it memorized. So, when I discovered that Progeny Press offers a downloadable digital study guide for Miss Rumphius, I thought it would be fun to take a look at it. We’ve used and enjoyed other Progeny Press study guides for The Golden Goblet, The Hunger Games, The Giver, and several other titles, but we’ve never used one for the lower levels.

Literature plays a huge role in our homeschool, from the very earliest age on. Not only because I feel like they’re more effective than textbooks, but also because I feel that many books, movies, and other media offer us a fantastic opportunity to illustrate aspects of the gospel for our kids. I love what this article says about it:

So many elements in arts and media affirm aspects of the gospel. The children’s stories Love You Forever and The Runaway Bunny resemble the unflinching love of God in books with no religious terminology. Even the music of Lady Gaga, Pink, Eminem, or Katy Perry sometimes express the deep human longing and shows the universal need for the gospel. For young people to see the truths of Christianity lived out in the world affirms belief that the Christian message is real. Having this skill of discernment will enable them to turn arts and media into a source of encouragement as they enter the world as adults.

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Middlebury Interactive Languages: Elementary Spanish (Review Crew)

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I always have great intentions of including a foreign language in our studies in the elementary years.

And we mostly do – it just isn’t always as consistent as I would like. Living in South Texas, Spanish is the obvious choice, but I have to admit that when time is tight (which it often is!), it’s one of the things that gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Still, we’ve tried several different programs over the years, some that we’ve really liked, and others that we haven’t. The latest one that we’ve tried out is Middlebury Interactive Languages. For the last month or so, Kendall (9), Kade (6), and I have been using their Elementary Spanish 1 course, meant for approximately grades K-2.

Middlebury offers immersion style online programs in Spanish, French, German and Chinese, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The courses are self paced and multimedia, using a variety of approaches including text, audio, video, and interactive activities. [Read more…]

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life – Heroes of History (Review Crew)

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Reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books is a rite of passage in our family.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve read the Little House on the Prairie books, both as a child and with my own kids. Kendall (9) and I had just finished reading through the whole series together when I was offered the chance to check out Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life, and it’s accompanying unit study curriculum guide, part of the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. We’ve enjoyed other books from this series, so I thought it would be the perfect follow up to our reading.

Heroes of History is a unique biography series that tells the stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history, both in the past and all the way up into modern times. With names ranging from statesmen like Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, to literary giants like C.S. Lewis, to modern public figures like Billy Graham and even Ben Carson, plus many more, these books, written in an engaging narrative style, are suitable for the whole family. [Read more…]

Super Teacher Worksheets: A One Stop Resource! (Review Crew)

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Printable worksheets have always been a staple in our homeschool.

I’ve used them for extra practice and reinforcement, unit studies, holidays, and more. You can find quite a bit by Googling and using several free sites aimed at teachers, but it can be time consuming. I’m at a point where my time is at a premium (who isn’t?!), and I have less time than ever to search out what I need. So, I’ve been enjoying my Individual Membership to the Super Teacher Worksheets website over the last several weeks since we started the new school year.

A membership to Super Teacher Worksheets gives you access to literally thousands of printable worksheets for homeschoolers, teachers, and parents in just about every category you might ever need:  [Read more…]

Stinky Kid Math: Help for Homeschool Algebra and Geometry (Review Crew)

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Upper level math has never been my my forte.

Once my kids hit a certain level I’m more than happy to outsource as much as I can with online and video resources. The latest resource we’ve tried is Stinky Kid Math. For the last several weeks, my high schoolers have been using Stinky Kid Math’s online algebra and geometry tutoring alongside our math curriculum.

This program consists of streamed online videos along with printable worksheets and online games. The videos are divided into three categories:

  • Foundational Algebra (covering Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1)
  • Complex Algebra (covering Algebra 1 and 2)
  • Geometry

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Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide (Review Crew)

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is a substantive, student directed high school literature course that isn't afraid to tackle tough worldview issues.Literature has always been a critical component of our homeschool curriculum.

I’m a huge proponent of literature based, rather than textbook based learning, and that’s how I’ve structured our homeschool. That means we use books, books and more books for almost every subject. When my kids get into high school, I like them to have a course or two that focuses solely on literary analysis, even though there is some analysis integrated in with all the other reading we do for history, etc.

So, since I have two high schoolers this year (how did that happen?!) I jumped at the chance to review Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide from Writing With Sharon Watson. We’ve used and been impressed with her writing programs in the past, so I was eager to take a look at her literature course. [Read more…]