Posted in family, Home School Review Crew Posts, Language Arts, Vocabulary

Review of Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media

 

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If your goals is a classical education, then studying Latin is a must and Roman Roads Media‘s  Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media.  I was thrilled that our entire family had the opportunity to review this product.  Currently in our home, we have my husband and myself, our 22-year-old son, our 19-year-old son, our 17-year-old son, our 15-year-old daughter and my almost 80-year-old mother.  I was thrilled for everyone in our family to have the opportunity to review this product.

Roman Roads Media states on their website, ” Roman Roads specializes in classical curriculum for home and classroom use. We craft our courses to delight both students and their parents.” They offer products for old Western culture, Rhetoric, Logic, Latin, Poetry and History.

Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder is designed for students in junior high school, high school, and college.  It focuses on general vocabulary, which includes verbs, adjectives, prepositions and nouns.  It helps students develop proficiency in reading Latin.  It is meant to assist students with a deeper understanding by using pictures, audio clips, and more.  The program includes a 14-month subscription once activated.  Additional family members can be added for a reduced rate.

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I love the fact there are several different difficulty levels, so multiple family members can use it regardless of age.  For my mother, she thought it would help her retain her memory.  She also loves doing the same school work our children are doing, so this was perfect.  For our oldest son, who is working as a Nursing Assistant, it helps familiarize him with Latin words he may be required to know as he continues progressing in the medical field.  Unfortunately, his work schedule did not really permit him time to use the program.

For our second son who graduated from high school in the spring, it was a way to help keep his educational skills and study skills fresh.  For our youngest two, who are still in school, it was a great way to build their vocabulary.  For my husband and I, I knew it would be good for us to be doing the same work as our children.  Plus, it would help build my husband’s vocabulary and keep his mind sharp.

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There are 212 different campaigns for students to go through.  With each campaign, the students are working on different skills and different vocabulary words.  Students are initially introduced to words regarding maps, school terms, people and family and more.  As students progress through each level, the next level is unlocked.  I love that students can work at a pace that suits them and their ability to learn.  So older students would typically be capable of progressing through the work.  Students who struggle with vocabulary may need to take longer.

The one wish I had for this program was to have some kind of handout to refer to – especially when it cam time to actually spell the words.  I have some children and a husband who often find themselves challenged when it comes to spelling, so this could become a large subject of frustration for them.  To compensate for this, I found it helpful to write down in a notebook each new vocabulary word as it was displayed along with the important information on the screen.  My visual learners loved that there were pictures to go with the terms.  We also loved the fact that the pronunciations were given.  Having never studied Latin formally when I was growing up, I have found I love studying it with the children along with Greek.

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Our family was definitely pleased with this product.  I must state up front, we initially planned on my mother doing this by herself.  However, about the time we received this product, she lost her hearing basically.  So she instead did it with me, when I was working on mine.  She loves doing schoolwork with the family.  I must say she loved this program and was glad to be doing it with our family.

So check out Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media along with their other products including Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric (complete program) or Picta Dicta Natural World for yourself.

You can find Roman Roads Media on social media at

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RomanRoadsMedia   @romanroadsmedia
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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/romanroadsmedia  @romanroadsmedia

If you would like to read reviews of these three products from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

It’s Momplicated Book Review – A Celebrate Lit Book Tour

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About the Book

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Book Title: It’s Momplicated

Author: Debbie Alsdorf * Joan Edwards Kay

Genre: Non-fiction

Release date: September 4, 2018

Let’s face it: when it comes to mothers and their daughters, things can get a little . . . complicated. Momplicated, you might say.

Whether your relationship with your mom has been wonderful or stressful, redeemed or broken, close or nonexistent, it’s one of your life’s most important and defining connections. Its effects have probably followed you into adulthood.

If you have conflicting feelings toward mom—or if you wish you could get past some of the baggage that holds you back—this is your book. Combining spiritual disciplines and the best of current therapeutic practice, It’s Momplicated will help you discover

  • How your early connection with your mother may have impacted your sense of self and your other important relationships—and what you can do to break the cycle
  • Why you and your mother have the relationship you have—the underlying reasons that may be contributing to strain and unease
  • Tools and exercises to help you cope with some of the most common effects of a broken relationship, including anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, and trust issues
  • How to be the daughter and mother God wants you to be even if your mom wasn’t who you needed her to be.

It’s never too late to love, never too late to heal, and never too late to trust God to turn the pain in your story into a redemption song. As you read It’s Momplicated, you’ll realize that while God doesn’t promise to fix all your circumstances, He does promise to uphold you and lead you to a healing place of knowing you are truly precious and loved, no matter how your past has affected you

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Thoughts

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book.  Throughout my life, I have had an excellent relationship with my mom.  She has been and still is my best friend.  However, in reading the book and talking to friends in real life, I know that not all women are fortunate enough to have that type of relationship.  The struggles and pain are real.  Almost sixteen years ago, I became a mother to a daughter and I hope and pray that by reading this book, I can strengthen our relationship.  Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay do an excellent job of examining and discussing the relationships between mothers and daughters.  The book truly is meant to provide hope along with healing to those of us who recognize we are imperfect daughters and want to strive for more.  This is a book that all mothers and daughters should want to read for themselves

About the Authors

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Debbie Alsdorf: For the past twenty-five years, through her speaking and writing, Debbie Alsdorf’s mission has been to help women live a better story by leading them to the heart of God’s love and the truth of his Word. Debbie is a biblical lay counselor, a Christian life coach, and the founder of Design4Living Ministries. She and her husband, Ray, have raised a blended family of four adult children. Today Debbie’s favorite role is being a grandma to ten little ones.

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Joan Kay Edwards: Joan Edwards Kay is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the East Bay of San Francisco and has been an adjunct professor at Western Seminary. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s degree from Western Seminary. She is happily married with two adult daughters, four stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

Guest Post from Debbie and Joan

Mom. Mother. Mommy.

What do those words evoke in you? Wonderful memories of home cooked meals? A longing for nurture that was never fully met? A sense of not being enough? Gratitude? Sadness and loss? Anger and resentment?

Most women have a complex reaction when asked to think about their mothers–a mix of positive and negative, gratitude and hurt, happy and sad memories. Our relationships with our mothers are unique, rich, and complicated.

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay, friends who have written a book together that explores the issue of moms and their profound effect on daughters. It’s Momplicated: Hope and Healing for Imperfect Daughters of Imperfect Mothers releases this September 4th, 2018. Since every woman is a daughter, this book is for every women.

Every daughter receives less-than-perfect programming from her mother. The messages may be about our value, or how to relate to others, or even about how we think about bodies. However, God is our perfect parent who wants to rewrite that imperfect programming with his truth. Many of us don’t realize the wrong messages that are deep in our souls.

I (Debbie) grew up with a mother who was cold, distant and unavailable. I have one sister who was in her teens when I was born and married by the time I started school, leaving me to be raised as an only child. I grew up wondering what was wrong with me, “Why didn’t mom want to spend time with me? Why didn’t she hug me and hold me close like other moms did? Why was nothing I did to earn her approval good enough?” I was deeply imprinted with wounds of rejection and carried them through most of my adult life, even though I pasted on a smile, kept trying to do better, and could be the life of any gathering. On the inside, I was sad for as long as I can remember. Through working on this book, I have experienced a phenomenal inner healing, the exposing of lies long held secretly in my heart, and the ability to see the way the enemy of my soul has tried to use the “not enough” belief against me. I am beyond excited for other women to have the courage to own their own story, inviting Jesus to meet them in any points of pain and any relationships that need healing.

I (Joan) had a stay-at-home mom who cooked dinner every night, took us to the library and the beach, did art projects with us, and made me feel safe and happy. However, when I was nine years old, my father and then my brother both died of cancer within a year and my relationship with my mother changed. Understandably, she struggled to just hold herself together, but in my young mind I felt abandoned by her. I didn’t have the capacity to deal with all the loss and she didn’t have the strength to help me. I felt emotionally lost and alone. I longed for my mother to comfort me and show me how to overcome my pain. In retrospect, I wish she had shown me faith in a God who could bring hope and meaning to the devastation that had hit our family. But she was not a believer and did her best to stuff away the feelings and soldier on. I was deeply imprinted with the belief, I’m alone and can only depend on myself. As I worked on this project, the root of many of my struggles became clear to me and God has been comforting those young, lonely parts of me with his presence and his love.

What is your story with your mother? What false beliefs has this important relationship imprinted on your heart, and how does God’s truth rewrite them? It is our hope that every woman, as God’s daughter, will learn the beauty of who she is and receive her own healing so she can leave a legacy of faith, hope and beauty to the generation of women that follow.

One thing we know for sure: there are no perfect moms, just women partnering with a perfect God.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, September 8

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

Carpe Diem, September 9

Lighthouse Academy, September 10

Luv’N Lambert Life, September 10

Life Faith & Health, September 11

Real World Bible Study, September 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Multifarious, September 14

Reading is my Superpower, September 14 (Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 15

proud to be an autism mom, September 16

Bigreadersite, September 16

Bibliophile Reviews, September 17

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 18

For the Love of Books, September 19

Janices book reviews, September 19

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 20

margaret kazmierczak, September 20 (Interview)

Living Life Free In Christ, September 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21

 

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Debbie and Joan are giving away a grand prize of a “I’m Not Like a Regular Mom” T-Shirt!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d56c/it-s-momplicated-celebration-tour-giveaway