Thursday, September 8, 2016

Free Good at Long John Silver Sept. 19th

Head to Long John Silver’s on September 19th to score a FREE Fish Tender or a Piece of Chicken in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day when you talk like a pirate! If you are willing to wear at least 3 pirate items, you’ll score a FREE 2-Piece Fish or Chicken Tender Basket! This is valid at participating locations only, so make sure to call ahead. Find a location nearest you!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition Review

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review

Vendor: Apologia Educational Ministries
Product: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition
Age: Notebooking Journal-3/4 grade and up
          JR version- K-3rd grade
Price: Astronomy 2nd Edition Text- $39
 Notebooking Journals - $27 each

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review
About: Apologia Educational Ministries always has grest Christian curriculum to work with. They are also really good for use with multiplegrade levels. I was very excited to get to review
Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition. Included in what I received was the following:

Student Text
Notebooking Journal
Jr. Notebooking Journal
Audio CD

The student text is a hardback book that provides all the learning material for the lessons. The pictures are brightly colored and the text is easy to understand for multiple levels. One step further Apologia also gives the Audio CD option in which you can listen to the whole book on audio and just follow along in the text. This was such a great addition as it is helpful to those that are not strong readers or those that learn by auditory learning better.

The Notebooking Journal is for the older students. There is copy work as well as activities like minibooks. Then you also can use the Jr. Notebooking Journal which is for your younger kids. There is less writing in this version and more coloring. This helps the smaller ones not get so overwhelmed but are still learning the same thing.

The journals include a daily schedual on which section to read and do. This is great for those of us that do better with an already planned out schedual. I also like it because then my kids don't think I am just making them do extra work and am going by a premed lesson.
We have really loved this set and we will continue using it for the remainder of our year.

Be sure to check Apologia Educational Ministries on Social media. Also click below to see what my fellow crew members had to say about their experience with this Astronomy set. Each lesson is pretty short with great facts and learning. Then they add in an activitie like making a solar system or eclipse box.  These were fun to make and helps add to the learning with hands on. My kids are huge fans of doing "fun science" as they call it. It makes it so much easier for then to pay attention through the reading and the book work to know their will be something fun for them to work on after. The book work isn't so bad either. There is some copy work as well as things like crossword puzzles. This makes it a little fun when they are still going over the things they learned in the days reading. Apologia Educational Ministries never disappointed us in the past and they did not this time either. One of the perks of the lessons is that it is all biblical based and has scripture through out the lessons to back up the facts they are using in the book. There is such a battle with secular things that it is good to show kids the Bible we follow and love validates the way we belive the world was created and the things in it are all Gods handy work for us to enjoy.

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Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition Review

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spiritual Circle Journal Review

Spiritual Circle Journal

Vendor: Spiritual Circle Journal
Product: Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids and Teens
Age: 8 years old and up
Price: $15.00

Spiritual Circle Journal

About: My daughter, who is 11, has started to include the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens as part of her Bible time. This journal, from Spiritual Circle Journal, includes 3 pages of Parent/Teacher/Leader guide instructions to help parents and homeschoolers to use this tool with their children. This section just gives the parent helpful tips and some inspection on using the journal. This is intended for children that are 8 years old and up, however younger children could do this too with a bit more guidance. The journal in total contains; instructions, a sample journal (by a 12yo boy), 66 journal pages, and 15 pages for summary and personal use for a total of 94 pages.

This journal is neat because it helps children really dig deeper in their thoughts and in line with God's word. Sometimes keeps have a hard time knowing what to pray for or getting their feeling's out. This journal helps with prompts via bullets aka the bubbles.


Journal Entry
- which are cloud bubbles and they ask the child what they are feeling for the day.
Lyric/Verse - Music note bubble where you put down a song or a verse that may have been stuck on your mind for the day.
Message - Bible bubble is the place to put what you have learned for the day.
Confession - heart bubbles that ask if you need to ask God for forgiveness for anything.
God Moving - car bubble where it asks if you have seen God Moving in your life.
Lesson Learned Light-Bulb Moment - light bulb bubble. Here you think of any moments you had a light bulb go off on something you have have done.
Prayer - backpack bubble where you might ask God for help with something. Maybe something is bothering you.
Thank You/Adoration - note bubble that you put what you can praise God for.
Actions - shoe bubble where you put something God wants you to do, maybe helping others.

This has really be a "God send" as my daughter is coming into her preteens and all the emotions that come with it. She had a hard time talking to me, sometimes it's just for lack of words to say. This gives her an outlet with prompts to help her know what to say and how to get out what she needs too. I really think all kids would do amazing with this but I really think this is amazing for the preteen age where they are so confused with what is going on anyways. Plus it helps them build that daily time with God and to see how they should use that time as they grow with God and in age. I think the idea point's are some thing that will stick with her for a long time to come. I also think it is a great place to keep her thoughts she doesn't want people to know. I allowed her to keep her privacy on it after we did a couple days to help show her the way it works and to help her get a feel for it. I don't think it was my place to invade on her feelings until she is ready to come to me with them. I think she loves that security that she can get it out of her mind but still know it's between her and God.

Be sure to check Spiritual Circle Journal out on Social Media as well as check out what my othere crew members had to say about their children's experience with the journal.

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Instagram: @spiritualcirclejournal
Twitter: @liz_lassa
Spiritual Circle Journal

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
Vendor: just2ducks LLC
Products: Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar
Age: Elementary Age
Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
This review was given to me by and just2ducks LLC. The following items were included for review:
  • Jolly Phonics Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2 and 3
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book
  • Jolly Songs in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    About: Jolly Phonics is a common core program that helps kids learn their Phonics so they can begin reading. They learn the sounds of the letters along with little reminding gestures to make it fun. The lessons are short and about a page long. This makes it go by quickly and nit overwhelming the child. The pages are full color as well. The song book comes with the CD so the kids can practice further with singing out their sounds they are learning. 

    Jolly Grammar teaches grammar and spelling rules. They do this through spelling lists and activities like unscramble sentances and maring current punctuation. 

    How we used: Since we are just learning our sounds we only used the Jolly Phonics, the teacher book, and song book. Each day we did a new page which housed a new sound. We would then listen to the songs to help enforce what we learned for the day and the past days as we went further through the book. Then their is also a color picture and word to go with the sound that I would have my son do during the day to keep up with what he learned that morning. The lesson also includes words for that sound and they get to write it. This helps teach them some basic words and understanding reading them. Letters are also taught in sound frequency vs in alphabetical order. Book 2 and three continues on with more words and then sentances. Lots of copy work for these lessons. 

    We did not get to the grammar books but we did look them over em for when time comes to use them. It goes over spelling, nouns, verbs, and adjitives in book one. 

    Overall we loved the books. The multisensory spin on learning helps retain what is taught. This is really good for kids that lack focus and getting them moving adds a new light to things to remember. I think any child struggling to read or needs help learning English would really benifit from these, either in the class or at home as a helper tool. 

    Be sure to check out Jolly Literacy on social media as well as checking out what my other crew members had to say about the program. 

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    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Enlivenze LLC Review

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
    Vendor: Enlivenze LLC
    Product: Solar System
    Price: $24.95
    Age: Level 2-ages 7 and up

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
    About: Enlivenze LLC gave our crew the wonderful change to review a fun little busy activity. The FlipStir Puzzles are just exactly what their name says. I got to test out the Level 2 Solar System FlipStir that is for children ages seven and up. FlipStir is a 3D self contained puzzle that you have to flip and stir to solve. The Solar System is a 10 peice puzzle. It is in a vase type container with a little stick that goes down inside it that you are able to pull in and out and around to help stir the peices in order to get them to match up and make your picture. That sums up the simple instructions: Shake, Stir, Solve!

    This was a great busy item to keep with us.  No matter how many times the kids solved it I could shake it up really good and make it a new challenge for them to solve again. Not to mention being a self contained puzzle you do not have to worry about missing peices floating off. This made it great for on the go.  We have many appointments for several things so we go alot. My only wish is that I would have had three to review to keep each of the big kids from bickering on who's turn it was to solve next.  It really was a joy.  Even my ADHD kids were able to focus on this to complete it.  Since it's not horribly long to do it was perfect for obtaining and keeping their attention. A smile shake up and they were ready to go again with a new mix to resolve. It was so nice seeing them get excited as they were getting it together.

    I think this is a great busy game for any child that likes a challenge but may not handle tasks that take forever to complete.  It also doesn't get boring quick since each time you shake it the peices are on a complete new order.

    Be sure to check them out on social media:
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    Also check out what other puzzles my crew mates were able to try out,  some of Level one as well.

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

    Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
    Vendor: Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
    Product: Starter Set 1
    Price: $140.25
    Age: About 3rd grade and up

    Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
    About: There are always interesting things presented to us on the review crew. Sometimes we get things we are no sure how much we will like. I was giving the chance to review something from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. They have the Starter Set 1, which is their beginning Spanish program. This is geared more to children that are at least in third grade but it works just as well for a highschooler to use it to learn as well.

    The whole set is $140.25. This set includes:

    ☆ 20 week curriculum guide, which includes gamea and activities
    ☆ DVD 1 that contains the first three videos Basketballs Aren't for Breakfast, The Little Magic House Part 1, and The Little Magic House Part 2
    ☆ Three workbooks that follow the videos
    ☆ Sticker set for Basketballs Arent for Breakfast
    ☆ Flashcard Set which has a graphic aND the Spanish words that are taught in the videos

    The program uses the immersion technique to teach Spanish. They don't give you the English word but instead show your what it means. Just like when teaching your child to talk in your current language. You start out by watching Basketballs Aren't for Breakfast. This is a fun little story that once again is all in Spanish. However it is really easy to understand and follow along and things are repeated. I let Kailea watch the video, she is 11 years old, and then we played it thr second time and brought out the workbook that goes with this video. There is also a teacher guide that has the lesson plans, I read over them but felt more comfortable letting her go at her own pace. She watched the video several times while working on the workbook. She was also able to use the flashcards to help her practice and memorize the words better. When starting the second video, The Little Magic House Part 1, we seen that it really upped the difficulty. So I suggest making sure your child is completely comfortable with the first video and lessons before trying to move on to the next. Once she had the words down better she was able to start on video two and we did the same, letting her watch first before we watched again and brought out the workbook that went with it. She continues to use the flashcards from the first video in with hers from the second so that she doesn't forget them. She is pretty quick on those though. As with anything things get harder and she is having to watch video two several extra tomes to get them down. She is a very organized and almost OCD girl so she has really enjoyed having her practice cards. She keeps them out while she watches rhe video and puts them in order of the video and then practices on how to say them with the video the next time she watches. That was nice because she had the video visual but also the hands on with the card. She also kept them while working on her book because she could quiz herself through them if she found she was slipping up on remembering a word.

    Overall we really loved the program. It isn't to kiddish so even if your beginner is older this would still be a great place to start. The repetition is key and having the additional resources like the workbook and flashcards are a great add on to help further the repition of words until they became fluent in the word. She tries to use them in place of the English words now. I have to admit I am confused a lot, I think I may need to sit down and do the course videos as well so I know what she is saying. It has also sparked interest in my younger kids but they sre kpt good readers yet so it was harder for them to pick it up. They do well with listening to the video though which is helpful and can be used alone as well.

    You can also check them out on social media:

    Also see what my fellow crew members had to say about the set. They have children of all ages using this product.

    Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Laurelwood Books Review

    Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

    VENDOR: Laurelwood Books
    PRODUCT: State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State
    PRICE: $13.95
    AGE: 3rd to 8th grade/ 8 years and up

    Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

    ABOUT: Laurelwood Books gave me the chance to have a little but of an adventure teaching about Missouri using their book, State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State. This workbook is written by Mary Ellen Tedrow. It is for children ages eight years old and up with the focus on the state history. There is 58 pages total of activites, resources and maps to do. This can be used with any state of your choice, we just picked Missouri since that is where we currently live.

    When you start the book there is a how to page. This page explains how you can use the book. This is a little fun as it isn't one you have to start at page one and work your way through till the end. You can go through and do it how you wish and how you are able to find the information. It does suggest starting with getting your address and people information first. This was information about people they might talk to in order to help more help; librarian, crongressmen, president, senators, and so on. Not only did they give a space to wrote down the contact information but also a speech/conversation starter to teach the kids how to ask for their own information without the parent having to do it for them!  Some of the other pages in the book include the following:

    U.S. Flag & State Flag
    Men and Women of This State
    Jun for Fun Facts
    Plan a Trip
    Nature Walk
    State Fact Pages
    Natural Resources
    Physical Features
    Final Thoughts & Further Study
    Suggestions for Field Trips
    Here is Our United States

    It was nice to just let loose and let the kiddos go on the book. We actually all worked on it together since we only have one good writer but learning facts intrested them all. Something that really intrested my daughter, 11yo, further than other state studies is the tax information. While we have been really working on budgeting and she is starting to do her own spending, she is learning about tax. We travel frequently and she has noticed that when we are in different places, even just towns, the price for the same thing will be slightly different. So it was interesting to learn about how local tax varies from different places and then the state tax will be the same. 

    We also enjoyed learning about the people from here. We always love a chance to plan a trip to Laura Ingles Wilder home. We did have to postpone it because of the massive rains we have been getting but are looking forward to getting back again. It was also interesting to learn about others from here like Mark Twain. 

    My children are also really big outdoors kids so the nature walks and journals were a hit. We also got to learn about some of the natural resources in Missouri and things about our land that is different than other areas. Like we live in the Ozark and have a few mountains and the terrain is not as flat as if we were in a place like Kansas. 

    Overall this was a super fun way to learn about the state instead of just doing a map and capital and calling it a lesson. It was much more fun learning about key things and people that make our state interesting. We look forward to learning more about other states using more of these workbooks in this coming year for out history lessons. 

    I think it would be a great addition to your history lessons as well. It is also very easy to make this work for older students by making them dig deeper into the work. It is also simple to make easier for younger students by simply making the lessons shorter and more focused on the stories of the past. I think everyone in the family would love to try it out. 

    Social Media is always a great place to check out a new company and interact with them. So go take a peek:

    Also another great way to learn about Laurelwood Books and many of their other great curricumum options check out what my fellow crew members got to review. Some reviewed the same as I did but many more got to review many other choices for a great variety to take a look at.
    Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}