Review of Memoria Press’ The Wars of The Jews Set (Grade 9+)

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My high schooler is using The Wars of the Jews set from Memoria Press as part of her Christian history studies.  Memoria Press is a company our family has used products from almost since the start of our homeschooling journey.  I love the Christian worldview and the way the materials are laid out along with the classical education perspective.

Memoria Press is a family-run business that was founded in 1994 by Cheryl Lowe.  According to its website, Memoria Press strives “to help promote and transmit the classical heritage of the Christian West through an emphasis on the liberal arts and the great works of the Western tradition. Memoria Press has developed a K-12 classical curriculum at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky, where its popular Latin, logic, and classical studies courses are written and field-tested.”

As a mother, I love the concept of classical education and love my children gaining a Biblical worldview, so The Wars of the Jews set from Memoria Press fits our family’s needs perfectly.  The set includes a Teacher’s Guide, a Student Guide along with the reader.  Because we were approaching our move from our normal school year schedule to our lighter summer schedule, this set was perfect for our sixteen-year-old daughter.  The set is meant to be used over the course of several months.  Our daughter worked on the course about three days a week for around an hour a day.

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The Student Reader provides the basis for the course.  This softcover book includes 10 chapters about the Fall of Jerusalem based on the words of Josephus.  I love the size and type of font used in the reader because it makes it easy to read.  The inclusion of maps, photographs, and other graphics helped keep our family’s interest.

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The Student Guide includes vocabulary and comprehension questions along with facts to know as well as a review at the end of the workbook. All of these items help to reinforce what the student is reading and learning about the time.  My daughter and I found the questions to be relevant and fairly straightforward to answer.

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The Teacher Guide includes the answers to all the questions contained in the Student Guide along with a test for the end of the course and its answers.  I love how the pages in the Teacher’s Guide display exactly what the student will see in their Student Guide with only the addition of the answers to the questions.

I have to say our family was very pleased with this set and enjoyed what we were reading and learning about each day.  I would definitely recommend checking this course out for yourself.

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So if you are looking for materials from a classical education perspective, check out Memoria Press for yourself.

If you want to read additional reviews by members of the Home School Review Crew about The Wars of the Jews set, or some of their other products including Simply Classical Writing Book One: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) and Simply Classical Writing Book Two: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) with Teacher KeySimply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words,
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History set, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Pathway to Liberty’s The Middle Ages Levels 3 and 4

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If you are looking for a history curriculum with a Biblical worldview then let me introduce you to the Pathway to Liberty’s  The Middle Ages, part of the Pathway to Liberty’s History Curriculum, from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum.  This curriculum has 4 time periods and 4 levels for each period. I am always on the lookout for new materials for our family to use for history that do not rely on a dry, boring textbook.  I want history to come alive for our children.  Also, I want their knowledge of history to include the true beliefs and ideas of our founding fathers.

For this review, I wanted our 16-year-old daughter and our 18-year-old son to be able to do history together and at a level, I felt they would be comfortable with the work.  So we selected The Middle Ages and Levels 3 and 4.  Because I initially planned on my husband and I studying with our children, we ordered the digital version.  The materials come either in digital format (able to be used by multiple family members or physical materials to be used by one student.  For this review, we received the Teacher’s Guides for Levels 3 and 4, the Student Guides for Levels 3 and 4 along with The Chain of Liberty and The Chain of Liberty Study Guide.

Pathway to Liberty is the creation of Jayme Maccullough and it has levels for students of all ages.  This comprehensive, principle-based history curriculum offers a lot of material. Jayme MacCullough is a speaker, writer, Bible Study leader, and more.

Their website states, “Through education, we can change tomorrow.”.  The curriculum includes four years of materials and each year has four levels plus a teacher guide.   The four years of materials are:

  • Year 1 – Universal History
  • Year 2 – The Middle Ages
  • Year 3 -U.S. History
  • Year 4 – Worl History

And the four levels are:

  • Level 1 – K5 – 3rd grade
  • Level 2 – 4th – 6th grade
  • Level 3 – 7th – 9th grade
  • Level 4 – 10th – 12th grade.

Students are expected to do readings, watch videos, answer questions and more through over 26 weeks for each year.  Four lessons of history are to be completed each week.  The lessons will take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to complete.  How the lessons are completed can be customized to each family’s needs.  Students have the option to break the daily lessons down into smaller parts.  I have to say I wish this curriculum had been around when we first started homeschooling.  I love the idea of all 4 of our children working on the same material at the same time but at their own level.

For The Middle Ages, students begin with the Roman Republic and the Heroic Age of the Church and conclude with the Age of Exploration.

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For Levels 3 and 4, you need the Student Guide, the Teacher Guide, Chain of Liberty (book and study guide), along with some additional books, Internet access to watch the videos on YouTube, and a dictionary at the minimum.  Other books will be required as the course progresses.  If you decided to get the downloadable version, obviously a very good printer will also be necessary.

The Chain of Liberty and the accompanying study guide begin by taking a broad approach to exploring the pathway of liberty using past events.  In the next section, readers learn about Liberty from ancient to modern times including the ideologies of various types of governments along with the influence of the early church and the Reformation through the founding, exploration, through the eventual erosion of the American government.  The Study guide is the perfect accompaniment to the book providing students with opportunities to take what they are learning and make it their own.

 

The Teacher’s Guide provides information directly for the teacher.  It includes all four levels along with the requirements for each lesson.  The answers for many of the questions are supplied in the Guide as well.  It includes helpful directions and more.

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The Student Guides are designed for the students.  This is where they find their schedule for daily work, helpful information, reading assignments, questions to answer and more.  We loved how the digital version allowed us the option to print out the materials and place them in a notebook that our word studies and other papers could be added to as we completed them.  However, I found it easier to put The Chain of Liberty on my tablet to where we could take it and read wherever we went.

Our family enjoyed the reading assignments and doing the word studies.  When comparing the question from Levels 3 and 4, I could not find any real differences.  However, I obviously would have different expectations for my child doing Level 3 versus my child doing Level 4, especially when completing the Word Studies.  Here are some pages of the Student Guide along with some completed work.

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For the Word Studies, students need a Study Bible, a dictionary (our family has the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary), and a Word Study model.  One is provided in the Teacher’s Manual.  Our family found the instructions for the Word Study to be very useful and the video on the YouTube channel provides excellent instructions along with an example to help demonstrate the proper process for doing the Word Studies.

You can find Pathway to Liberty on social media at the following locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PathwaytoLiberty/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pathway2Liberty
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pathwaytoliberty/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClVQD1kM1KnthMBWFTQ_AbQ/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pathwaytoliberty/

Our family loved the way this curriculum challenged us to think and expand our knowledge.  If you are looking for a history curriculum with a Biblical worldview then let me introduce you to the Pathway to Liberty’s  The Middle Ages, part of the Pathway to Liberty’s History Curriculum, from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum.  I promise it will be worth your time.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing other years and other levels of this curriculum this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read some of these other reviews.

 

 

 

Review of Theodore Roosevelt from YWAM Publishing

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I love adding  Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited for our daughter to review Theodore Roosevelt, one of the books in the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. We also received a Study Guide to use with our book.  When it comes time to read about historical figures, YWAM Publishing does an amazing job creating books my family loves to read.  Throughout our years of homeschooling, we have collected quite a few of these books.  But when it came time to select a book for this review, Theodore Roosevelt won easily.  I am glad to say the book did not disappoint our 16-year-old daughter.

YWAM Publishing provides a variety of true biographies, missionary biographies, and historical biographies with their Heroes of History Series, their Christian Heroes Series and their Christian Heroes: Then & Now Series.  Our family has enjoyed reading books from all three series.  I never have to be concerned about what our children are reading when they pick up one of these books.

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When looking for books to read, historical biographies always capture my daughter’s attention, and Theodore Roosevelt was no different.  Several times during the course of reading this book, she bounced into the room I was in with some piece of trivia she wished to share with me.  For example, she was intrigued by the idea of him being a taxidermist just for fun.

He also had an extra pair of glasses sewn to the inside of whatever shirt he was wearing.  So this way, if anything happened to the pair he was wearing, he had a pair to use in that pair’s place.  He decided to keep it a secret that a doctor had told him he would live a short life if he did not stop exercising so hard.  But instead, he exercised harder. He established wildlife preserves and national parks.  During his presidency, he also established the National Forest Service.  He really liked Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, so he and his friends established the Boone and Crockett Club, which was the first conservation club in the United States.

She was surprised by Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and the complicated relationship between his mother and father because of their different ideologies.  Also, he spent the first year of his political career making absolutely no compromises which affected his popularity.  In his third year, he recognized this fact and began making compromises.  Possibly this fascinated her because of the heated debates and discussions she has with her three older brothers in our home.  She expressed the book was a fun read and would be an excellent book to just read casually.

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In addition to the book, we also received the downloadable Study Guide to review as well.  The Study Guide comes as a link that leads to a page that includes instructions for how to use the study guide – broken down by Small Groups, Classroom Use, and Homeschool use.  The homeschool section includes ways to utilize the Heroes of History as a Year-long U.S. History course.  Personally, I love this idea for students who do not favor using the traditional textbook method.  I could see the books and study guides providing incredible opportunities for exploration and learning.

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The study guide includes instructions for using the study guide along with other helpful resources and learning opportunities such as:

• History
• Geography
• Essay writing
• Creative writing
• Reading comprehension
• Public speaking
• Drama
• Art

With all of these choices, every student will find something to interest them.  Initially, I planned on using the Study Guide with our daughter extensively.  However, she was enjoying the book so much and retaining an incredible amount of knowledge she willingly shared with us, I decided to mainly use the study guide verbally rather than writing everything out.  This method seemed to allow our daughter to express herself easier than writing may have done.  However, in the future, we may not revisit this book and complete some of the activities in the Study Guide.  If we were using the Study Guides, I probably would have allowed her multiple methods of answering questions and more including drawing, since that is her one of her passions.

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There are questions for each chapter include:  a vocabulary question drawn from the text and referenced to a page in the book, a factual question that comes from the text, two comprehension questions, as well as two open-ended questions seeking an opinion or interpretation.  The first three questions are meant for younger students, while the final three questions are more challenging.

As I have stated before, our family has essentially used YWAM Publishing materials since we began our homeschooling journey.  If you would like to read other reviews our family has done for YWAM Publishing selections, click here for our review of C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller, part of the  Christian Heroes: Then & Now Series as well here for Betty Greene – Wings to Serve.

You can find YWAM Publishing on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram at @ywampublishing.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing selections from YWAM Publishing this week, and you can click here or on the graphic below to explore other reviews.

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Review of Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation”

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Drive Thru History®‘s Dave Stotts is our engaging and entertaining tour guide as we tour with Drive Thru History®  “Acts to Revelation”.  This series makes the perfect Homeschool Bible Curriculum.  I have to say our family really enjoys watching and learning from the videos with Dave Stotts.  He does an excellent job of providing information, insights, along with captivating scenery and pictures.  Of course, my family also enjoys seeing the vehicles Dave drives in the episodes.  We elected to watch the videos as a family – so myself, my husband, our 22-year-old son (when his work scheduled allowed him to participate), our 20-year-old son, our 18-year-old son and our 16-year-old daughter watched together.

From the Drive Thru History® website on their “About” page comes the following quote, Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts® is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of America, allowing the viewer to experience the people, places, and events that shaped our world and the Christian faith. To date, ColdWater Media has successfully produced and distributed 54 episodes.”  Truly they do a remarkable job of bringing history to life.

The series contains 18 episodes which each run for about 30 minutes.  The episodes provide a tremendous amount of history, Scriptural and Biblical references along with information about the lives of the very first Christians. The series essentially uses the book of Acts as a roadmap.   As we started watching the first episode, we loved the way Dave Stotts took the time to set the stage of Jesus’ final days and how that impacted the disciples.  We are a military family, which means we have moved around some and therefore attended quite a few churches.  One of the churches we attended was a Pentecostal Church, so hearing about the day of Pentecost captured our interest.

Because our 16-year-old daughter loves to draw, the photographs and pictures used in the series mesmerized her.  I appreciated how Dave Stotts took the time to explain that some of the artwork used in the series may not completely represent the actual event but assured the viewers they try to keep it as realistic as possible.  It is apparent this Homeschool Video Curriculum really takes time to include majestic and incredible scenery, artwork and illustrations.

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Another part of the series family loved was the inclusion of live actors and actresses portraying various scenes from the Bible as seen in the picture above.  My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has spent a lot of time in the books of John and Paul.  So our children grew up hearing their father speak on those subjects.  So in the episode where we get to see an actor portraying Paul and speaking his words written in the Bible, they found it fascinating.  Our family also loved the inclusion of maps, actual Biblical locations and Scriptural passages that are used to convey the messages in the series.

Our family also appreciated the discussion about the book of Revelation and the message included for the 7 churches including Laodicea.  The description of them being “luke-warm” people rather than being either hot or cold caught the attention of everyone in the family.  We also were amazed at the differences between the various sites and how much restoration had been done in some while others had not even been explored yet.  Some of our children noted that the unexplored areas leave more to the imagination.

My husband appreciated the discussion where Dave Stotts showed how actual history and locations provide support for the accuracy of the Bible.  He also appreciated how Dave Stotts made it clear that the book of Jude was meant to help equip Christians for living in the end days, and has as much relevance for believers today as it did at the time it was written.  Another statement that caught the attention of my family was that Christian persecution during the early days of the church did not slow down the growth of the church.  Also, the list of disciples and other early Christians who died for their faith led to an interesting discussion of whether Christians today would be so willing to die for their beliefs.

Along with the three DVDs which come with the set, there is also a study guide.  The study guide is actually bound into the case the DVDs come with, which is great for having it all together, but makes using a bit tricky since it did not want to stay open for me.  The study guide includes general information about the series,  a list of the episodes, summaries of each episode, discussion questions, Biblical passages to read, side roads that include additional information, along with amazing photographs and illustrations. Possible ways to use the study guide would be to simply allow them to guide an oral conversation between those who have watched the episode or your family could choose to require the answers to the questions be written out.

You can find Drive Thru History® on social media using the following links:  Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  So check out Drive Thru History®  “Acts to Revelation” for yourself.  Also, click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of this amazing series from other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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#write28days – Day 14 – Notgrass Materials

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Today is day 14 of my #write28days series.  Today, I would like to talk about Notgrass History.  For a number of years, we have used Notgrass materials.  From their middle school history programs, their high school history programs, their blog posts and Charlene Notgrass’ emails aimed at encouraging moms, we have built a lasting relationship with this company.

Through the years, we have had the privilege of talking to both Ray and Charlene Notgrass.  They both provide a friendly and knowledge of homeschooling and history in particular.

So if you are looking for Christian history materials, check out Notgrass History for yourself.

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Review of Not So Happily Ever After and Giveaway

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About the Book

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Title: Not So Happily Ever After

Author: Susan Barnett Braun

Genre: Young Adult

Release date: July 12, 2012

Publisher: Self-published

Think history is boring? Then you’ve never met Mad King Ludwig, who inspired Walt Disney with his magnificent castle in the clouds. He ruled the German kingdom of Bavaria for twenty-two years, inspiring his people by his support for the arts. And yet, “Mad King Ludwig” rarely appeared in the capital or attended any government functions. He slept most of the day and stayed awake all night. He dined with his horse and waved pistols at servants. He created a fantasy world inside his castles, complete with caves and trap-door tables. To this day, no one is sure exactly what caused his untimely death in a lake. Who was this man: fairy tale king? Insane eccentric? Mad King Ludwig’s life followed many twists and turns on its way to Not So Happily Ever After. The book’s intended audience is young adults, but it is perfect for adults wanting to learn more about Ludwig also.

Click here to purchase your copy!

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For as long as I can remember, I have always loved reading and learning about history.  While in high school, I had the opportunity to become part of the historical society in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Frequently, I would dress up in clothes from the 1800s (hoop skirt and all) while leading visitors through the Dr. Josephus W. Hall house. So when I saw the opportunity to review this book, I was truly excited.

Also, I have German ancestors, so that part made me interested in reading this book as well.  The family dynamics created a wide amount of intensity in this book. With favorite children, instability, conceitedness, pride and more, there is something for almost everyone in this book.

The discussion about the relationship between Wagner and Otto captured my attention.  Being part of a musical family, I understand the power of music. It takes an artistic soul in many cases to appreciate music which completely suited Otto.  Yet, it also means there is a great tendency toward emotional outbursts and more. Otto and Wagner demonstrated that as well.

The incredible architecture Otto required for his residences (castles) he had built made me want to walk through all the buildings as they would have been if Otto had been able to complete them.  Yet in the way of many monarchs, Otto did not have a happily-ever-after. One of his underlings along with his uncle and the members of his governing council plotted for his downfall. Yet mystery surrounds his death with no real answers available.  I would love to know what actually happened.

So if you do not require a happily-ever-after and love reading about history, check this book out for yourself.

About the Author

Susan Braun

Susan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla).

Guest Post from Susan

I first learned about King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany, while I was a high school German student. He fascinated me then, and he has continued to through several decades now.

Ludwig is a hero to the Bavarian people. In America, we too have our heroes: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln. But Ludwig was different. He was so eccentric and unusual that I found him impossible to ignore. As a teacher, I taught my students about this fascinating king each year. They, too, loved him. I decided to write Not So Happily Ever After so that teens could be introduced to Ludwig as I had been. However, since the book has come out, a majority of its readers have been adults.

What makes Ludwig so compelling? Oh, where to begin? There are many quirky anecdotes about him: he once invited his favorite horse to dinner in the palace, complete with china and crystal. Ludwig insisted on hiding behind large floral arrangements when he was forced to attend state dinners. He preferred to work at night and sleep during the day.

The king built wonderful castles. His most famous, Neuschwanstein, inspired even the talented Walt Disney. If you’ve visited Disneyland or Disney World, the castles at those parks are the Disney version of Ludwig’s real-life home.

Ludwig has an air of mystery too, continuing to his still-unexplained death. ”I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others,” he once famously said.

You’ll have to read the book to learn more. I can pretty much guarantee that this king, who has been dead now for over 130 years, will pique your interest. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you decided to start planning a trip to Bavaria to see Ludwig’s castles in person once you finish reading …

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Genesis 5020, January 7

Rebekah’s Quill, January 7

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 8

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, January 9

Bigreadersite, January 9

Carpe Diem, January 9

Just the Write Escape, January 10

A Baker’s Perspective, January 11

Mary Hake, January 11

Bibliophile ReviewsJanuary 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 13

Texas Book-aholic, January 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 15

Janices book reviewsJanuary 16

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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a world/globe necklace and a paperback copy of the book!!

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/d8a1/not-so-happily-ever-after-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

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Review of the By the Way Book Series from By the Way Books

 


By the Way  publishes wonderful travel books for kids such as Alaska ~ By The Way from the By the Way Book Series.  Because our family is military, throughout the years, we have been asked where we would choose to live outside the contiguous forty-eight states and our first choice has always been Alaska.  So I was thrilled for our family to have the opportunity to review this book.  This series of books is a fun way of learning about state history from a unique perspective.

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The books examine the lives of Alex and Lexi who are brother and sister.  In the book Alaska ~ By the Way, the two travel to Alaska with their parents.  They experience time on a ship, time in some of the cities, and even time in the air traveling from one place to another. Our family loved the details included about how local people live, the wildlife, the plants and flowers and even economic information.  The details included are incredible.  We found facts to suprise us -such as the information regarding the Wasilla Farmers Market and the size and quantity of fruit and vegetables produced.  There were also some things we already knew – such as the numbers of daylight versus darkness between the winter and summer.  Of course, we knew that becuase we have friends who moved to Alaska about 2 years ago to pastor a church along with their two sons.

The By the Way Book Series includes a group of books that each serve as part of a larger series of books that elaborate on a different state and the unique characteristics and information about the state. Each book shares a common thread of being geographically based with a Christian worldview.  According to their website on their “About Page”, “It is our hope with the By The Way Book Series to change that number and enable scriptural and positive conversations within Christian homes. These books are great to use for your children’s home school curriculum, family devotions or even summer reading.”

Joy Budensiek wrote these books with the aim of getting families to talk to one another.  I  feel like her books demonstrated her love for the Lord and a desire to help children connect with the Lord on a personal and meaningful level, while encouraging families to connect in a meaningful and in-depth manner.  On the By the Way website, I found a statement that captured my attention, “By the Way Series was born from the shock of a simple statement by Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries. ‘19 out of 20 Christian parents and grandparents do not talk to their children about God and spiritual truths in their daily lives’.” 

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At the beginning of the book, as seen above, there are pictures for children to find while reading the books.  Even with the ages of our children ranging from 22 to 15, they still love searching for and finding pictures.  Although we have not had a chance to do everything we want to yet with this book, I have plans for our 15-year-old daugther and 17-year-old son to pick some things from the book to draw and/or write about in the coming days.  I can not wait to see what they come up.  I can see them creating totem poles, drawing ships and city-scapes, pictures of gardens and wildlife and more.  I can see them writing about the local people, the cities, the life-style and more. One activity I definitey plan on having them do is write an account of where they would like to visit in Alaska and why.

The latest books in the By the Way Book Series are New York City ~By the Way, Indiana ~ By the Way, Alaska ~ By the Way (which is the one we received), and Ireland ~ By the Way.  Other books already published in the series include:  Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!. Florida’s Treasure Coast ~ Here We Come!,  Pennsylvania ~ Here We Come!, Ohio ~ Here We Come!, and Colorado ~ By the Way.  There are more books planned for the series.

 

I wish these books had been around when our children were younger. I know they would have enjoyed them.  However, even now, with our youngest being 15-years-old, these books still provide a wealth of information that our entire family was able to enjoy.  These books provided the type of trivia my family loves to learn about and share with others.  The books are perfect for reading aloud, especially when riding in the van together.

You can find By the Way Books on Facebook.  Our family was very glad we had the opportunity to review Alaska ~ By The Way from the By the Way Book Series.  If you would like to read other reviews by members of the Home School Review Crew of the  most recent books in this series, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline

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Home School in the Woods is my favorite company for timeline materials, so I was super excited to receive The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline from their À La Carte Timelines projects. Our children tend to enjoy hands-on History studies rather than using a typical textbook.  So I was thrilled for our family to review this product.  I feel Home School in the Woods offers some of the best history studies available.

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines for all grades from Kindergarten to high school.  These product lines include À La Carte Timeline projects, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Time Travelers American History, and more.  For this review, we received the digital download of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  I was very excited for our 15-year-old daughter to receive this product.  Moreover, I was excited to work on it as well.

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This scrapbook-style timeline includes artists, historical figures, world leaders, religious leaders and more.  It is recommended for grades 3 to 12th.  I have to say I agree with that recommendation.  For the younger students, they will enjoy cutting and pasting the figures into the timeline. For older students like our daughter who is in high school, this can be a springboard for deeper studies.  My initial plan was to get the timeline completed, which we did.  Now for the upcoming school year, I plan on our daughter researching the events and people included on the timeline in more depth.  I want her to complete notebooking pages on some of the historical people and events on the timeline as well as write some more in-depth reports on others.

 

With this product comes the timeline pages are broken down to time periods and indications on the pages what person or event belongs where.  It includes figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key, so the only extra supplies needed are glue and scissors.  We simply printed our timeline and figures on normal printer paper.  However, I would recommend using cardstock at least for the timeline pages to make it sturdier.  Also for our purposes right now, we put the completed pages in a Presentation folder.  As I have our daughter do more in-depth studies and she completes more pages, I will probably have her move everything into a binder broken down into the timeline pages, notebooking pages, reports and other items she wishes to include as she completes them.  

 

I feel this product is an excellent springboard for more in-depth studies of historical events and people.  Our family definitely recommends this product line.

One of Home School in the Woods’ newest products is their Project Passport World History Studies.  This series includes hands-on activities.  Students receive a passport and a luggage folder in order to prepare for their journey.  According to their website, students will “Take a trip through history and discover cultures at another era of time with hands-on projects and activities that drive the lessons home in a fun way”  These studies are designed to take approximately 8-12 weeks and are meant for grades 3-8.  Students will learn about everyday life, agriculture, trade, education,  writing, medicine, government, the Bible and more.  So click here if you want to learn more about the Project Passport World History Studies.

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Review of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective

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Looking for homeschool art history curriculum?  Let me tell you about The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective created by The Master and His Apprentices.  With a daughter who loves everything about art, I am always on the lookout for new art programs that will inspire and motivate our daughter.  For this review we received the downloadable version of this curriculum.  We received Print/Photocopy rights for our family.  I really appreciate this feature.  It means if our older sons wanted to do this program, they also could.

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective offers a product that is suitable for adults, high school students, parents and artists in a wonderfully inspiring program.  For this review, we received the Digital Edition of the Textbook and Teacher’s Guide.  With the textbook being 380 pages and the Teacher’s Guide being 116 pages, I decided it was in our family’s best interest to download the textbook to our iPad and then print out the Teacher’s Guide.   I made this decision because the textbook contains a tremendous amount of artwork which is in color.  I felt like reading the textbook on our tablet would work fine for our family.

The course is designed for a chapter a week.  My original intention was for our daughter and I to work through the course together.  Even though I claim a limited to non-existent talent in art, this course really excited me.  This course is meant to be a full high school credit when completed.  I love that there is no nudity or other objectionable material included.

The Teacher’s Guide includes what to read, discussion questions, student worksheets, exams and more.  It includes instructions for teachers in classroom settings, Home school parents, record keeping forms (including attendance and grade sheets),a syllabus, terms to describe art, Art History Paper Instructions, weekly discussion question worksheets and exams along with an answer key.

 

I decided the best way to approach The Master and His Apprentices was for my daughter and I to read the textbook on our own and then discuss the worksheets and other questions in the Teacher’s Guide.  This Christian Art History textbook covers an introduction to art, Creation, Ancient Cultures, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages, the Renissance, and Baroque Era & Beyond.  There are also appendixes that includes essays, a period chart, a timeline, pieces by location, terms to describe art, and even an index.

Because of some things going on in our life for the past few weeks that involved me doing a lot of driving, I decided to have her ride with me and we discussed the material orally rather than having her complete the worksheets by hand.  I felt this gave us the opportunity to go more in depth than what would have happened on paper.  Now that life has settled down, we will probably use a combination of oral and written formats for the worksheets.  Then after we were home, she filled out the worksheets.All of the questions for the worksheets are open-ended rather than multiple choice which I like; since it makes her think more. For the exams there are matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay questions.  The first exam comes at the end of Chapter 7, so we are not quite there yet.  Here is a completed worksheet.

 

As our daughter and I worked through the chapters, I feel like we both enjoyed a greater appreciation of how art and history work together.  We also loved the variety of artistic works included in the textbook.

 

 

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My daughter and I are really enjoying The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective.   So if you are looking for a homeschool art history curriculum, check it out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of YWAM’s Christian Heroes Then & Now – C.S. Lewis

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I love adding  Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis, one of the books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now from YWAM Publishing. We also received a Study Guide to use with our book.  Back when we first starting homeschooling many years ago, when we attended our first homeschool convention one of the first companies to capture my attention was YWAM Publshing.  Through the years, we have collected quite a few of the titles from their Christian Heroes: Then & Now series.  Our family loves books and this company has found a special place in our homeschool library.  So when we had the opportunity to select another book to review for this company, the only problem our daughter had one problem – deciding what title to select. Finally, she decided on CHRISTIAN HEROES: THEN & NOW C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller.

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Our 15-year-old daughter is the one who actually read the book.  I started to read the book also, but then life happened.  From my own experience, I have to say I felt like the book started off slower than other books we have read from YWAM Publishing.  Given that the book is about a “master” storyteller, I felt like it deserved a better beginning.

Our daughter had this to say about the book.  She found it interesting for facts about his life.  They include details and facts about his life that others may have overlooked.  These include things like details about his interactions with other writers and his family along with his background and his roots – meaning where he came from – intrigued her.  She found it easy to read and definitely found it to be informative.

However, she did not seem to be as excited with this book as I would have liked her to be.  She stated while she would remember some of the facts from the book, she was not sure it was one she would necessarily quote information from.

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Due to circumstances in our lives at this time, we did not get a chance to actually use the study guideas much as I would have liked. However, I love the depth and breadth of material included in the guide.  We received this as a downloadable product.  The study guide includes: an introduction, key Bible verses, Display Corner, Chapter questions, Student Explorations, Community Links, Social Studies, Related Themes to Explore, Culminating Event, along with supplemental information included in three Appendicies.

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The display corner (which would included items collected and then displayed from the country the book takes place in – so for this book it would be items from England.  This would have been something interesting for our daugther to do since my husband has actually visited England.

There are six chapter questions for each chapter where the first 3 questions are geared to younger learners and the last three questions are more difficult.  Due to circumstances in our life right now, I decided to have our daughter answer the questions for the chapters orally to me.

 

There are also student explorations which include a variety of activities to suit a variety of learning styles.  I plan on our daughter possibly creating a diorama depicting an important event from C.S. Lewis’ life.  I also plan on  having her draw a sketch of C.S. Lewis based on his own description or making a story quilt using her drawing table that connects to the computer.  We will have to see if we can fit in time for her to do both projects.  It may be something we do later when life settles down.

 

 

For this review, if she had to select a second book, she would have chosen Heroes of History – Theodore Roosevelt.  She felt like she would have enjoyed learning more about his life.

In June of 2017, we had the privilege to review another book from YWAM Publishing, we reviewed Christian Heroes Then and Now Betty Greene,  Wings to Serve.  If you would like to read our review of this title, click here or on the graphic below.

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