Posted in Classical Homeschool Method, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling, Literature

Memoria Press’ Tenth Grade Literature Guide Set

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If you prefer classical Christian education then you need to check out Memoria Press and their Tenth Grade Literature Guide Set which includes the To Kill a Mockingbird Literature Guide.  As someone who loves to read, and more importantly loves to read quality literature.  I was thrilled for our family to have the opportunity to review this Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press.  Through our years of homeschooling, our family has always found Memoria Press offers quality Christian based materials that meet our family’s needs.  This package includes The Scarlet Letter, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Romeo & Juliet. This tenth-grade set is suitable for students in Grades 8 – 12.

All of the guides begin with preliminary information to help the students get started including how to mark a book, how to set up the notebook, and other helpful suggestions.  Then each guide moves into the actual work of literature being studied. The Student Guides are designed for the students, while the Teacher Guides are designed for the Teacher/Parent.  The Teacher Guide includes the Student Pages along with answers to the questions for those pages in the margins, tests, quizzes, writing assignments along with other features designed to help the teacher.

The Student Guide includes directions for the student, questions to answer, and other information necessary to help the student complete their work.  For our daughter, who is 16-years-old, little assistance or instruction was needed from me in order for her to complete the actual assignments.  However, if you were using this with an 8th or 9th grader, they may require additional assistance.  I think these guides would work exceptionally well for students close in ages/grades to each other.  If I was using these with our oldest two sons who are two years apart, I would definitely use one level for both sons.  However, they have graduated already, so that is not an option.

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We elected to start with the guide for To Kill a Mockingbird.  The set includes a Teacher Guide and Student Book.  Rather than writing in the Student Book, students are required to set up a literary notebook.  In addition to the guides, families will need a copy of the book (I recommend a physical copy since students may want or need to mark in it). Also, the student will need a notebook or other means of keeping up with the written assignments.  We elected to use an online word processing program to make it easier for us to pick up the work and go.  Plus it made it frees us from worrying about papers getting damaged or lost.

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The guides include Vocabulary assignments, comprehension questions, basic features and backgrounds, useful literary terms, setting, and more.  Our daughter appreciated the reading notes at the beginning of each chapter in the Student Guide.  She stated some questions were very straight-forward and simple to answer, such as when the author was born or when her parents were married.  However, other questions required more thought and effort to answer.

In addition to the vocabulary work and comprehension questions, essay assignments and Tests and Quizzes can be found in the guides as well.  We felt these items helped keep students on track and allowed parents to see how much their student was retaining.  Since we are on a summer schedule, I am allowing our daughter to work at a slower pace than I would if it was our normal school year.   The first test for To Kill a Mockingbird does not come until after chapter 11, we did not complete that quiz yet.

All of the guides contain the same features of completing vocabulary, comprehension questions, reading, and either quizzes and tests or just tests.  Our second son is looking forward to his sister completing the two works by Shakespeare.  So we will see if he provides his sister with assistance when we begin those two guides.

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Here are sample pages from the other guides.

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Other members of the Home Schoool Review are blogging about their experiences with Memoria Press and their Tenth Grade Literature Guide Se along with other levels of their literature guides.  So click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews.

Posted in Hands-On Activities, history, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Review of Home School in the Woods’ Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures

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We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline!  As a homeschooling parent, some companies provide such incredible products that I love going back when I need to find additional resources.  When I am looking for history lapbooks, hands-on history notebooking pages, and more, my first instinct is to go to Home School in the Woods.  So when I had the opportunity for our family to review the timeline collection from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled.  For this review, we received the downloadable version of this product.  However, it is also available on CD.

Home School in the Woods provides a large variety of products to suit children of all ages. From timelines to U.S. History Studies to World History Studies, to games, to hands-on activities, and more Home School in the Woods has items to please everyone. Click here to read an article from Amy Pak’s blog about using timelines in your homeschool.  Or if you want to read an article about how to add sanity to your school year, click here.

When I received the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Figures, I knew our family would find many ways to use this hands-on resource.  This resource is one resource that everyone in your family can use.  When I received the file to download, the first thing that is important to remember is that it is a zip file, so it is necessary to extract the files first.

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Once the files are extracted, you can pick and choose what time period you need, what size figures you want, and exactly what pages you need to print at a time.  Another great thing about these figures is that the figures can be used no matter what history resource or curriculum you are using.  Once you have selected a page, you can print it out and then use the figures in whatever way suits your family.  Also, you can print only the pages you need for a given year, semester, quarter, month, or even week to make life manageable.  Personally, I like the idea of printing the pages out by the week to ensure we do not misplace any.

I found it interesting that depending on where you choose to print from, the files printed slightly differently.  In the picture below on the left-hand side, I elected to print from the index page, which when clicked on opens the index in a browser window.  It seems to be slightly larger than when I selected to print from the actual file on my computer.  I am not sure why this is the case, but I just found it interesting.

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I appreciate the fact there is an option to either print the figures with additional text or without the additional text.  For younger children, I think printing the ones without additional information would be better.  But for older children and teenagers, I think the ones with text allow for conversations to begin.

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I  love the idea of using the figures to create a self-directed high school history course.  I could easily see giving our 16-year-old daughter free rein to pick and choose what historical figures to study and then allowing her to find resources to utilize for studying those figures.  Whether your family is studying Ancient History, World History, or American History, you will find figures you can use.  Because we are doing this review during the summer, I decided to change things up some and let her start from the most recent figure and start working our way back.  Basically, I had her work three days a week.  I asked her to place half of a page each day. Here are some sample pages.

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One of the most helpful things I found about this program is the Index that allowed me to quickly search for anything I might want or need.  When you select the file labeled Index, a window will open in your browser that looks like the bottom of the picture below, then you can select what you want to print.

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I also found it helpful how the files are broken down into sections including Creation to Christ, Napoleon to Now (World History), Resurrection to Revolution (World History), and America.  So if you are concentrating on a particular time in history, this feature allows you to quickly navigate to the figures you need.

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So if you are looking for hands-on history activities, products, and timeline figures, check out  Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you would like to read my earlier reviews of products from Home School in the Woods, click here for my review of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  Or you can click here to read my review of the Á La Carte collection.

If you want to read other reviews of Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline or other products being reviewed by Crew Members, click here or on the graphic below.

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Posted in 2019 Home School Review Crew Posts, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling, Music, Online Homeschool Programs

Review of Simply Music’s Music & Creativity – Foundation Course

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If you have thought about piano lessons for yourself or your children but are unsure if it would be worth the time and investment you’ll want to check out the Music & Creativity – Foundation Course from Simply Music.  For this program, your family will need a piano or a keyboard with at least 49 keys, a printer to print out the resources, and optionally 2 sets of headphones along with a tablet or phone.

When I was a child, my parents initially signed my sister and I up for piano lessons.  However, in the way many things for children go, I was allowed to quit.  Now as an adult, I regret quitting.  So when I saw the opportunity to review this program, I was excited.  This was not going to be a program for my children to review (my only son who wants piano lessons was already taking lessons from an in-person instructor this summer.

This online piano program includes online piano lessons, printable resources including a keyboard you can print out for when your student needs to practice either when you are on the go or do not want to disturb other members of your household, downloads of the soundtracks for the musical selections, a resource notebook, and a printable version of Music and the Art of Long-Term Relationships.

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Simply Music provides online piano lessons to students in the comfort of their own home.  According to a quote on the website, “From his earliest years, Neil Moore, the Founder of Simply Music and creator of the Simply Music Piano Program, heard music and pictured it in his mind in terms of shapes and patterns. This relationship to music became the basis of his entire approach to learning and playing the piano.”  This relationship with music provides a dramatic contrast to the way many piano instructors approach their lessons.

As a busy homeschooling mom and blogger, I love the convenience of being able to learn the piano on my own time in my own home.  This program encourages the students to go at their own pace rather than rushing through the material.  From watching the videos, I can tell that Neil Moore, the founder of Simply Music, genuinely cares about his students and loves what he is doing.

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For this review, I used a tablet for watching the lessons and listening to the soundtracks.  I plugged a set of earbuds into my tablet to hear the lessons and soundtracks.  Then I plugged in a set of headphones into the jack on our 61-key keyboard.  This allowed me to hear both what I was playing on the keyboard and what was being said or played in the lessons.

The program starts out allowing the students and their families to either dive right into a section where they play actual music or you have the option to go right to the lessons.  I elected to go straight to the lessons. I love how easy the screen is to navigate.  Once logged in, I had the option of what course to select.  Then I had the option to print out and download the additional files necessary for completing the course.  Once that was done, I was able to dive right into the lessons.

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Mr. Moore starts off by providing basic information about the keys on a keyboard and basic information necessary to play.  Then he moves on to discussing proper techniques and more.  I happened to be watching some of the videos going about the background information in our bedroom, and my husband wound up watching with me.  We both found the approach Mr. Moore uses to be easy to understand and learn from.

I was able to quickly and easily navigate to the page to sign up for the course online.  Once signed up, I was able to easily sign in and begin the program.  In this program, the emphasis appears to be going slowly to ensure learning is done properly.  I loved how the lessons were broken down into manageable sections.  Although for younger children or those with no background in music, more time may need to be devoted to the first lesson to ensure mastery.

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I feel mastery is necessary for this program.  So during the review period, I gave myself the grace to do exactly that – master a lesson before moving on to the next section.  So during this review, I only made it into the 3rd lesson.  Right now, I am trying to master the first part of this lesson, which has me working with my right hand.  Because I feel comfortable taking my time, I feel confident I will be able to master this piece. Here is a video of me practicing part of the first song in the third lesson.

One of my favorite parts of the program is the music selections.  The arrangements have a richness and depth to them.  The soundtracks are available as piano solos, vocal accompaniments, accompaniments, as well as improvisations,   The quality of these soundtracks are amazing.  Ode to Joy and Amazing are two of the selections, which are two of my favorite pieces of music.  While some of the other pieces I am not familiar with, having listened to the soundtrack, I look forward to playing them in the future.

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In addition to the actual piano lessons, I received a PDF copy of Music and the Art of Long-Term Relationships  I found this book to be one that spoke to my soul.  In junior high and high school I played in the band and also sang in the choir.  So music has been a part of my life.  Our children have been brought up singing in church.  Then they picked up musical instruments.  Our children tend to be self-motivated for the most part. This book delves into the need for parents to play an active role in their children’s musical endeavors.

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I recognized the importance of having a personal relationship with music, both for myself and for our children.  The idea of using music as a form of self-expression causes me to recognize the importance of this statement.  For our family personally, musical expression is a way for us to praise, honor, and worship God.  I love the idea of being able to sit down at a piano or keyboard at any time in order to worship God.  I love how the book emphasizes the idea of having a lifelong relationship with music versus allowing students to just quit.  I also appreciate how it talks about the highs and lows that will come with learning music, but recognizing also those highs and lows will be temporary.  This book is one I definitely feel is worth reading and goes hand in hand with the entire philosophy of Simply Music.

I would recommend parents and older students read the book either before beginning the program or shortly after your family begins the program so you understand the basis of the program and what your role as parents should be.  Truly, the term “Life Coach” fits the job we as parents do perfectly.  Because I am the one doing the program in our home, my husband is my “Life Coach”.  He does an excellent job of helping recognize that statuses and feelings change (even when I may not want to accept that fact).

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Whether you have a background in music or not (or whether your child has a background in music or not), I feel this program would be a wonderful way of learning to play the piano.
So if your family is interested in online piano lessons from a different perspective, check out Simply Music’s Music & Creativity – Foundation Course for yourself.
Other members of the Home School Review Crew are posting their thoughts on this program this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read other reviews.

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Posted in Homeschool Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling, Money Management

Review of The Complete Starter Kit from The Kingdom Code

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With The Complete Starter Kit from The Kingdom Code, I can teach my daughters money management skills with a Biblical context.  Because I know our daughter has been dreaming of creating her own graphic novels, I recognize she needs to understand about money management and more in order to be prepared to become an entrepreneur.

According to their website, The Complete Starter Kit includes the TextbookStudent Packet, and Teacher’s Guide. These three components are everything needed to teach one student The Kingdom Code curriculum, and the Teacher’s Guide makes teaching easy and fun!”  We also received the JR Budget Kit and The Kingdom Code Coloring Book to review as well.

The Kingdom Code is an elective designed as a 34-week course, (a full year) and ideally should be taught twice weekly for 45 minutes. It is Biblically based and has Bible verses in every lesson.  Parental guidance is definitely required especially for the first eight lessons, which take about a semester while the student is building their business from the ground up.  The students have to choose a mentor, create their business plan, and start their marketing strategies and work towards gaining money.  Lessons 9 – 27 focus on maintaining a ledger, create an income statement, make calls as well as write thank-you notes to customers, and more.

During the course, students examine everything from what The Kingdom code is to Building Treasure, to developing a business plan, to keeping records, to savings, to discovering their gifts, as well as taking charge of their life.  Periodically, they also look back at what they have done and accomplished.  At the stage our daughter is at currently, we wanted her to use this material more to get ideas rather than earning money currently.  She had been working on developing her “world” for her story but realized she needed to start all over in order to be satisfied since she recognizes that having the background world is important.

One of the key steps is finding a mentor, but so far we have been unsuccessful at that because of what she wants to do.  However, as a blogger, I can help with writing.  She has found people online to help with her artwork.  Plus, her father can assist with the business side of things.  So even though she is off to a slow start with her own business, she still is learning a lot from this course.

Because of the type of business our daughter wants to develop, certain things did not apply to her.  We knew from the beginning, she was more likely to find her customers through the Internet rather than phone calls and other traditional means.  Our goal in reviewing this course centered more on understanding money and business management rather than actually rushing to make money.  As parents, my husband and I both recognize the importance of our daughter learning how to create business plans, manage money, and determine how to market her products.

Here is a sample of the type of artwork she might include in her novels.

The Student Textbook is a 244-page spiral-bound book which includes economics, budgeting, historical entrepreneurship, consumer math, Biblical codes, life skills, and practical thinking in order to capture the student’s imaginations.  The lessons include many medieval ideas such as bravery, kindness, honor, integrity, and more.  Our daughter really enjoyed the content and how the lessons were presented.

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The Student Activity pages are contained in the Student Packet and include consumable worksheets for the students to complete.  Our daughter found these pages interesting and worth completing.

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Here are some sample activity pages our daughter has completed.

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The Teacher’s Guide breaks the 27 lessons down into 68 daily plans.  The lesson plans provide step-by-step instructions for the assignments along with providing suggestions and reminders.  The answers to the Activity pages and the worksheets are included as well at the end of each lesson.

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Our family appreciated how each lesson followed the same format and included Biblical passages.  Our daughter appreciated the details included in each lesson.  My husband and I also appreciated being involved in the lessons with our daughter.  Because my husband ran a business with his father prior to going full-time in the Army Reserves, he was able to offer a lot of insights to our daughter.  Since I have a degree in marketing, I will be able to provide additional insights to our daughter when we reach that stage.

Here are some pages from the coloring book.

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Here is what the receipt book looks like.

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As students complete lessons, they place stickers on the map to mark their progress.  Our daughter was not necessarily interested in doing this particular activity.

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We also received the JR KCK Budget kit as well.  This kit is designed for children who are too young to complete The Kingdom Code.  It is a great way to introduce younger children to the idea of money management.  Because we have some friends with children who could benefit from this, I plan on sharing it with them.  It includes stickers, coloring pages and more.  Here is a photograph of some of the pages.

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You can find The Kingdom Code on social media at the following links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheKingdomCode/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thekingdomcode
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thekingdomcode/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdomcode/

In addition to money management and entrepreneur skills, the lessons also include character building activities.  Our family looks forward to completing the remainder of the lessons in this program.  So check out The Complete Starter Kit from The Kingdom Code, in order to teach money management skills with a Biblical context

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are also reviewing The Complete Starter Kit from The Kingdom Code this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews from other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Posted in Composition and Writing, Homeschool Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling, Language Arts

Review of Hewitt Homeschooling Resources’ Lightning Literature & Composition – British Christian Authors 19th-20th Century

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I loved using Lightning Lit from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources with our second son before, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review British Christian Gr 11-12  with our 16-year-old daughter.  This program provides a great opportunity for our daughter to develop both her composition skills and her literary skills at the same time.  For this review, we received the student guide and the teacher guide.  However, the program also requires the purchase of four additional unabridged copies of The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, Why Does God Allow War? by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, and Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Even though our daughter is in the 10th grade, she felt confident about her ability to complete the coursework.

Hewitt Homeschooling, since 1983, has functioned as proponents of homeschooling.  According to their website, “. Our emphasis includes combining excellent academics with character development, instilling the work ethic, and developing a spirit of community service in the next generation. With a current client base of over 30,000, Hewitt’s operation is currently divided into three sectors: services, testing, and products. Operating out of our facility in Washougal, Washington, we serve parents with students from kindergarten age through high-school.”

Lightning Literature at the high school level is meant to be covered over 18 weeks, however, we used a year-long pace since we were nearing the start of our summertime school schedule when this review started.  Both a semester-long and a year-long schedule are provided so families can use the one that best suits their needs.

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Students read, answer comprehension questions, complete literary lessons, writing exercises, along with reading articles which are sprinkled throughout the course that touch on late 19th through early 20th century British Christian Literature.  The four units, covering one of the four books, includes an introduction for the students to read, information about the selection, and information for while the student is reading.  Our daughter found these sections to be extremely useful.

Students are supposed to develop a vocabulary notebook and reading journal during the course.  For our purposes, instead of requiring our daughter to write everything out, we allowed her to complete the questions, vocabulary and reading journal on the computer using a word processing program.  I also permitted her to answer some of the questions orally to me rather than typing out her answers.

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The Student guide contains all the material the student needs to complete the course including an Introduction which discusses suggestions for reading and writing including brainstorming, outlining, revisions and citing research.  Suggestions for how to use the student guide are included along with Appendices that provide suggestions for Discussion Questions and Project Suggestions, additional reading suggestions, and schedules.  Plus there are suggestions for activities to enhance the student’s experience including developing a Vocabulary Notebook, a Reading Journal, Biographies and more.

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For each unit, there is an Introduction, Comprehension Questions, a Literary lesson – which for the first unit on C.S. Lewis is Writing a Five-paragraph essay.  Our daughter is working on narrowing her topic for her first essay on a hobby.  She is trying to decide between art and music.  We will see what she decides.  She plans on doing the brainstorming and outline for this first essay at the beginning of next week.

All of the Units follow the same basic pattern.  I look forward to reading and learning with our daughter throughout the remainder of the course.  She found the Student Guide easy to follow and easy to utilize.  For the Comprehension Questions, she found most of them straight forward, however a few required deeper thought and attention in order to answer.

 

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The Teacher Guide includes information about the Student Guide, the answers to the Comprehension Questions, Suggested Schedules for either a Semester Schedule or a Yearly Schedule, Writing Exercises, Discussion Questions, as well as project suggestions.  As one of our daughter’s projects, we decided she would memorize 1 Corinthians 13.  Our goal is to have her do a Bible Study with her father on fasting, but his schedule has not permitted that yet.

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You can find Hewitt Homeschooling Resources on Social Media at the following links:

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If you would like to read our earlier review of Shakespeare Tragedies, click here.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing various products from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources this week, click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews of this product along with other products for various grade levels.

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Posted in Bible Studies, Classical Homeschool Method, history, Home School Review Crew Posts

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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Posted in Christian Films, Favorite Movies

Review for Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment

 

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For our family movie night, we watched Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment.  As a parent, I am always on the lookout for quality movies for our family to watch, and the Christian movie, Life with Dog fulfilled our requirements.  We received a physical copy of the movie as well as a code to allow us to digitally download the movie from the site.

Mill Creek Entertainment is a provider of value-priced DVD movies and compilations.  Their product line includes both contemporary and classic films, television series, documentaries, kids programming along with independent films, fitness, and more.

This dramatic film is one hour and forty-six minutes long. Therefore I feel it may be better suited for older children and teens.  However, the film does not have an actual rating, I believe it is appropriate for ages 12 and up.  However, families can use their own discretion.  This drama opens with a scene of a bicycle crash and first-responders loading someone into an ambulance.  The film then changes to a scene of Joe Bigler, who is alone and missing his wife who died recently.

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This movie does an excellent job of showing how God meets us where we are in a way that is meaningful to us.  Joe’s wife Alice had all the faith, while Joe had all the doubt.  Without her and without faith in God, Joe lost his way.  Joe and Alice’s daughter, who also has faith, tries to reach her father but is unsuccessful.  She then tried to get their pastor to reach Joe, but that does not work either.  Joe completely resists all attempts to bring him to God.

Finally, a dog mysteriously appears in Joe’s yard and refuses to leave.  “Dog” as Joe names it succeeds at reaching Joe and helps him to start healing and finding faith.  Like many who suffer from horrible events, Joe wants nothing to do with God and religion.  I have to say our family appreciated how the storyline developed and details slowly emerged.

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There is a couple of scenes where Joe wields a gun while trying to get answers about his wife’s death.  But nothing he does seems to get him answers or closure.    In addition, to his wife the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, we learn Joe and Alice also lost a son years ago.  These two instances helped develop Joe’s resistance to God and religion.  He reached out to God in both instances for help and did not get the answer he was looking for at the time.  However, Dog is able to help Joe find God and the peace he has been looking for in the end.

Our family appreciated Dog’s personality.  We loved how he nodded and more at various points in the movie.  He truly was the right dog for the job.  We also appreciated the scene where Norm comes to see Joe about buying the house, and Joe decides his name should be Chad instead.

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The most prominent and important message found in the movie for our family is one of forgiveness.  By forgiving the man who accidentally hit Joe’s wife which results in her death, Joe is able to move on with his life.

Oh and be sure if you watch the movie to not think things are immediately over when the credits begin to roll, or you might miss one of the best parts of the movie.

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So if you are looking for a Christian movie for your Family Movie Night, check out Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for yourself.  You can also find the movie on Amazon for rent or sale here.

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew are also reviewing this movie this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Crew.

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