Category Archives: Reviews
I just love these planners.
Last year I reviewed Well Planned Day’s Homeschool Planner. It totally got me hooked on having a real planner for my school year.
Although we haven’t officially started school yet (other than math, since my daughter begged to begin), I have begun to schedule out our year. Everything goes more smoothly when I have penciled in what needs to be done and when. Read the full post here →
Talk about a mind-blower!
The Genesis Code will really get you thinking – does modern science disprove the Genesis story? Are science and the Bible in disagreement with each other?
It was fascinating how they explained the biblical six day creation vs. the “billions” of years science claims. Who’s right? BOTH! But how? Read the full post here →
This couldn’t come with better timing.
My husband and I were discussing our children’s behavior and how to best “speak their language,” and the love languages of children is the focus of A Perfect Pet for Peyton.
(I also received 5 Love Languages of Children, the book for parents, and I will post my review for that book next week.)
A Perfect Pet for Peyton is an engaging story with beautiful color illustrations. A hard, shiny hardcover will withstand years of wear-and-tear, even in my house with now two avid book-readers (okay, technically, my four-year-old can’t read, but he pretends). Read the full post here →
My family and I have been enjoying this game so much! We play it when people come over, and we’ve even brought it with us when we visit others – and everyone has had so much fun!
My children are enjoying learning art with Pat Knepley and See the Light Art.
I am most surprised that my almost four-year-old son is absolutely glued to the screen when Pat is teaching the class. I was thinking he would just not have the attention span. I am happy to be proven wrong
Not that I blame him – she is very engaging! I actually find myself sitting down and watching the class as well, and often drawing right along with the kids.
More than just art, See the Light also connects certain aspects of art with virtues and the Bible. Read the full post here →
Wanting to further refine my daughter’s handwriting, I took a look at Rod and Staff’s Penmanship for Christian Writing’s books. I was very impressed at the very neat penmanship taught even in the early grades.
Although my daughter is wrapping up Grade 4, I chose to go with the Grade 3 book as the writing is nice and small. Sample pages for Grade 3 here. We will definitely be using their Grade 4 book next year. Read the full post here →
I just love that my daughter is reading wholesome books. She loves these series! It’s so hard to find wholesome books these days. Read the full post here →
We have been using Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Student Writing Intensive program and have been very pleased. I knew the type of quality program I would be receiving with their grammar program, Fix It: Grammar and Editing Made Easy with the Classics.
My daughter eats up grammar books. An avid reader, she’s a natural at finding mistakes. She found a mistake in one of my Anne of Green Gables books where they mistakenly used “Ann” for Anne’s name at one point in the book (gasp!).This year she went through BJU’s English and Grammar book 3 and book 4 in six months. Yikes! I needed to find her something that would challenge her, and Fix It is the solution.
I love that my daughter is reading classics such as Tom Sawyer while improving her grammar skills. Most grammar programs have your child correcting random sentences. I like that Fix It uses classic books, fairy tales and adventure stories to teach not just grammar, but moral stories with life lesson’s learned. Read the full post here →
My children love art class! Yes, even my three-year-old. He’s actually forming his alphabet letters, and I know the drawing skills he uses for See the Light has sped up the process.
Today I am reviewing Art Class #3.
Lesson 9 talks about Value and Contrast in drawing. It was very interesting to me to hear the difference in light and dark pencils. If you’re like me, you never knew there was anything other than you’re typical #2! Pat goes into a thorough, yet simple, explanation into the differences between the hard graphite pencils (pencils H through 6) and the soft graphite pencils (B-6B). The harder the pencil, the lighter the mark, and the softer pencils make the darkest lines. I found it fascinating. She went on to explain that if you have a regular ol’ #2 pencil you can change the pressure to change the value. Pat also teaches about high vs. low contrast and showed us some drawings from famous artists. Read the full post here →
A couple of months ago I reviewed for you the first books in Susan Marlow’s Circle C series for children. Today I will review for you the second book in each series.
Before I review the individual books, I want to preface by acknowledging what I am sure you have noticed – it is really hard to find wholesome books for children these days. Yes, we have the classics, but new books? Most of them aren’t worth reading.
I am really happy to have found Susan Marlow’s books. Consider giving them as a gift to your own children or grandchildren. My daughter reads these over and over. Read the full post here →
Trigger Memory Systems (they make those awesome Chore Charts) has come out with a Times Tales DVD since their book was so popular.
My daughter, although efficient with her math, was often resorting to skip counting on her fingers. Although this is great for getting a correct answer, it’s often slowed her down. The stories on Times Tables have helped her remember the multiplication facts without needing to rely on skip-counting.
The first CD comes with the stories and “beat the clock” quizzes. The Bonus CD comes with games, flashcards, quizzes, and more that you can print off and supplement with. Test your children’s skills!
See for yourself… Read the full post here →
Fortunately, I came across it again and was excited to get my hands on it.
Pick and Draw is a super-fun way to get children to open up their creativity and draw cartoon faces. With all the options given for Hair, Eyes, Face, Mouth, and Nose, depending on the placement and the sizes you draw them, you can come up with thousands and thousands of different characters.
My children, seven and three, had the greatest fun with Pick and Draw. My three year old drew his first face! I couldn’t believe it. See, it is really great for children of all ages (and I blushingly admit, I had fun drawing faces, too!).
Using simple shapes children are familiar with, it makes it easy to draw. I had my daughter keep the same set of Hair, Eyes, Face, Mouth, and Nose cards and simply adjust the sizes of the eyes or mouth, and then the placement of them, and she came up with such different-looking characters. Read the full post here →