Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apologia Review




Vendor: 
Apologia
Product:
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
Price: $29-$49
Age: The Notebooking Journal is for grades 3/4 and older. The Jr. Notebooking Journal is for K-2/3.




About: Apologia is one of my most favorite all in one curriculums. I was very excited to get to review yet another great set they have, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. We got the entire set which included the following:
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD
It is a great set that allows you to teach multiply grade levels all at the same time. Since you can match the Notebooking journal to the grade level that works best for your child everyone is learning at their correct level. The journals are already lined out with a schedual that will be enough for all years worth of science for you. There are four to seven assignments per lesson with at least two lessons per week. There is an audio disk that comes with this. If you don’t want to read the book you can listen to it. This would also work for road schooling. Or for children that don’t read as well. They can listen to the disk as the follow along in the book. There are lots of amazing experiments to do in the book. One is the edible cell. I remember making this in school myself. I did a cake using all kinds of candies for each part of the cell. So we of course did the same thing, but ate it before we could even get a picture haha. The notebook has scripture copy work to do for each lesson, vocabulary crosswords, and more suggested experiments. It gives a space to create notes and interesting things your child has learned through each lesson. But done in fun ways. The jr notebook is similar but the puzzles and diagrams are more simple to do. Once again Apologia does it all to lay out your lessons so you can grab and go. The only prep work needed is on days you wish to do the experiments, you would need to gather or purchus the things to do those ahead of time. I love this for busy moms and those that are schooling several and don’t have the time to plan all lessons out. However it would be easy to do your own lesson plans with it as well if you wished. 

We had loads of fun learning about the body. I like how the journal goes along with the text and gives them something to do, even if it is just coloring for the younger ones. It is a great way to learn about the body and have fun while doing so. We used this with my kids that range from 9-13. 

Don’t forget to check Apologia out on social media as well as see what my fellow crew mates and their families had to say about the curriculum. 
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Apologia - Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Reviews





Thursday, April 12, 2018

Memorial Press Review


Vendor:
Product: 
Price: $5.00-$24.95
Age: Grades 1-2


About: I was very excited to get to review Memoria Press. Their bundles are always great and ready to go. Traditional Spelling I is for grades 1-2 or children that are behind and need more help. The set includes the student book, teacher book, practice sheets and flash cards. The teacher book has a daily schedule laid out for each lesson. This helps those busy moms that need a plan made out for them.  No guess work all the tops and things you need to teach are written right there in the book. The lessons are short and yet the repetition of the lessons builds each day to teach the phonics of the words. We spent probably about 30 minutes a day on the lessons because my child is dyslexic and has a harder time adjusting to reading the words. These lessons could easily go 15 minutes and you could do other activities to build on and practice the list of words for each week. I also like how the teacher book has a copy of the actual student page with the answers filled in. This helps when I’m sitting across the room doing something else and she has a question I don’t have to go to her, I can see it right for myself. So I do believe this is a good for those teaching more than one child.  We also liked to be able to use the flash cards as additional practice. It helps give a visual and we can work on quickness of memorizing those sounds to the letters. You also get more practice spelling with the practice sheets and a weekly test to take to see how well you are doing. We take Thursday practice test to see where we need to work on harder to do our best on Friday’s test. 

I think this would be a great curriculum for spelling for any mom that needs a premade ready to go lesson. There is no guess work. It is just pull it out and go type of work. Also makes it easy for those that need to plan ahead or need to have someone help if you are sick or having a baby! No need to worry about the plans as it’s already made for you. 

Be sure to check them out of social media and also check out what my other crew mates have to say about this one and more lessons from Memoria Press. 
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Spelling, Music Appreciation & Latin {Memoria Press Reviews}



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Carole P. Roman Review





Age: 7-12 years




About: Carole P. Roman is the author of these books that I was very excited to review. She actually started her writing career on a dare from one of her sons. She was named Kirkus Reviews’ Best in 2012 for that first book she ever wrote, Captain No Beard. She now has many more books written and another Kirkus award in 2015. 

The Oh Susannah books were a joy to read. These books feature Susannah Logan, who isn’t having a good day. In, Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, book Susannah Logan is having a bad day, starting with the fact she had unfinished homework in her bag. Then hurried through breakfast and given a banana she didn’t want, she throws it in her bad as well. Then on the bus to school her friend Lola gives her an invitation to a sleep over. Which she doesn’t want to go to because Lola’s brother always scares them. Her day continues to her worse. Including a letter home from gym class.  To end the school day with her zipper on her backpack ripping and sending her over the edge. She ends up having a nightmare about her bag exploding and her parents rush in. It leads them to be able to have a conversation about her stressful day. 

Oh Susannah: Things that go Bump is about her getting invited to her friends house for her birthday. She really wanted to go but she was afraid. Her friends brother has told her that it is haunted. Though through friendship she is able to face her fear and go to the sleep over. She ends up having a blast and learns that little brothers can be annoying sometimes and sometimes they can be great. She also learns that friendship can help each other overcome their fears together. 

The coloring book goes with the chapter books. You color pages that go alone with them and also draw your own images on things. Like one was something you might be afraid of. It helps tie in the book and give a little activity to have some deeper thought to what your child just read. 

The kids really enjoyed the books as well as getting some coloring in. We think these are some fun easy chapter books for a quick read or a good starting point when merging into chapter books. They stay interesting and leave you wanting to know more till you finish the book. Carole P. Roman is a an amazing author and I don’t think you will be disappointed in any of her books you choose. 


Be sure to check her out on social media. 

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Also be sure to check out what my fellow crew members had to say about her books. Their were many different titles to choose from so there is lots of reviews for each of them.  
Carole P. Roman books and collections {Carole P. Roman Reviews}







Thursday, March 22, 2018

Zirrly Review




Vendor: Zirrly
Product: Super Beads - Mega Pack
Price: $18.98
Agee: 10 and over or help with parents or older siblings. 
About: I was so very excited to get to try out Super Beads from Zirrly. Our family got to try the Mega Pack so we could use our own imagination on what to make. The kit comes with all you need to make your creations. The kit includes the following; spray bottle, puzzle trays, plastic alignment tool, pattern cards, instructions, and the beads. The beads are nontoxic so you don’t have to worry when someone steals one and tries to lick it. The beads are designed to stick together when sprayed with water. This allows the development of your creatures, even in 3D. 








We had a blast trying to think of what to make. My kids went on the search of the internet to find other things they could make other than what the practice cards had. These are awesome for some fine motor skills practice. You can also put these together and not spritz just for some practice on getting good at putting them together. My kids that played with these ranged from 4 to 13 and each one of them had a great time. You have to watch little ones that might want to spray to much water because they will just get to slick and not stick either. Then you end up with a big messy pile of slick beads. These also work for hand eye coordination. There is a lot of detail to watch and work on with these. And my kids ended up making several different 3-D creatures. They just kept stacking them on top of each other making one last layer on the outside so that the object grew in size.

Be sure to check out my other crewmembers dead. Some of them got kits to make specific creatures in 3-D some of them got the mega packs like I did as well. You never know what imagination might show up from another family that you guys may enjoy as well. There is so much fun and limitless ideas that you can make. My kids ended up giving them away is little gifts to their dad.

Super Beads {Zirrly Reviews}


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Magic Stix Washable Markers Review

Vendor:
The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Age: anyone that enjoys coloring! 
Price: $14.72




Magic Stix Washable Markers are awesome. They come in a 24 pack that is in its own cart case. These markers claim to not dry out even without the cap on for seven days. While we did not actually test this out we could tell that they are very moist marker which would allow them to stay wet longer. And we did get much use of them being out and lids being off of them for a while between switching colors. They are also nontoxic as well as noscent. Which is great because some markers have a strong scent that hurts my head after awhile.  The kids had a blast testing them out and drawing things. We did notice that you have to use a thicker type of drawing paper because the markers do believe through to the backside or to the page under it. Also it is a good idea to test some of the colors before putting them on your drawing because some look a little different than the color on the marker tube. The carring case was nice because it kept them all together. It was flat and compact so you could just put it on the bookshelf. I think these are great for any crafters especially ones that like organization. You can also order a 12 pack if you feel the 24 pack is to much.



The kids enjoyed coloring all kinds of things. My daughter enjoyed coloring in her mandala book. And when the little kids colored on them selves it was easily washed off. They also enjoy taking it on the go being able to carry it to the car. 

This is out of her mandala book and as you can see the colors are vibrant and bold. Even with the thick card stock paper they still bleed through. Which isn’t an issue for these pictures since they have nothing on the backside of them. We also just make sure to put more paper under anything we are coloring. 




My little ones made little puppets with the markers and popsicle sticks. They had made several but when I would go to get pictures they would hide them haha. 



If you or your children like to color with markers you should check these out! Be sure to check them out on social media outlets as well as what my fellow crew members had to say about it below. 

Also the wonderful people at The Pencil Grip, Inc are giving away a 24 pack of The Magic Stix Markers to one of my readers. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win. Prize will be sent directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc. 

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Magic Stix Washable Markers {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Starfall Education Foundation



Vendor:
Price:
$35 per year
Age: Pre-K through 2nd grade


About: We are always on the prowl for fun and educational learning games for my special needs son, that has ADHD and Dyslexia.  I was very thrilled for the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation.

A membership is for a year and it is a family membership. Meaning anyone in your family can use it on their computers or tablets. This gives everyone access to games, riddles, songs, poetry, and a reading library.  This is great for those that like to be at a computer working or if your child needs some fun time practice you can download their easy to use app. Both ways are super kid friendly to navigate and to practice their Language Arts skills. 

I used this with my 9 year old. In my home we do not push and strive for reading at 5 years old like they do in public school. We thrive to make it fun and to learn when they are ready. However he was ready but his attention span and dyslexia has put a bump in the road of learning. He loves games and being on his tablet though so we downloaded the app to it for him to use. I get him to practice on it each day of the school week and he usually spends about 30 minutes on it. 




He really enjoyed the library that Would read out loud to him as it highlighted the sentence for him to follow along. I really liked this feature too so that he could actually focus on the right words as it was reading and it gave me time to work with the other kids while he was getting reading time in. 

Then there are fun games to practice spelling. You see the word and hear it then you can practice putting them in the right order. Repetition of things like this I have always found works well with kids. The membership also offers some math games too, which I don’t believe are included in the free version of Starfall. The math has all kinds of things like time, puzzles, weight, patterns and so much more. 

There is also a parent/teacher sections. This place allows you to find full curriculum units that teach the basics. You can also download additional help items like readers and charts. 

There is lots to do and works with you if your child is just starting to learn ABC’s for if they are starting to learn to read. They can get help with phonics or even colors. It’s a great starting point for any child homeschooled or not and a great tool to have through their first years in school to help learn and reinforce those very important skills. My son is working hard on his phonics and reading. He much prefers to get the joy of a game he can navigate himself then sitting down with a pen and paper trying to spell words. 

It has a great voice when reading or giving instructions unlike some programs we have come across. Sometimes voices are hard to understand or to robotic for the kids to focus on. This one we didn’t have any issues with and was a joy to work with. Since we have figured out all the fun things to do with it I am going to put it on my 4 year olds tablet and let him work with learning his letters. I think he will enjoy it as much as his brother. I also believe that if my readers give it a try they will love it too. 

Be sure to check them out on social media and check out what my fellow crew mates had to say about the program with their kiddos. You don’t have to just take my word on it!

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The Starfall Home Membership {Starfall Education Foundation Reviews}


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Memories

Sometimes you find something that sends memories rushing back. My brother used to walk to the gas station when I was younger and buy my sister and I these drinks. They were so yummy. My brother could be one of the biggest boogers but he always found a way to be sweet to us too. It is nice finding a price of heaven every once and awhile.