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Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

My daughter wanted to review Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activitiesbecause she is fascinated with maritime rescues.  For this review we received a downloadable file containing the book for this curriculum.  Designed to be used by the entire family, a few workshops are geared towards grades 4 and 5.  So all of the workshops can be used by students in grades 6 to 12.

Divided into sections, the book covers such units as “Life at the Station House”, “Working Together”, “The Culture of Character”,  and “Relevance Today”.  Art Projects, music projects, and research areas are also available.  The Research areas include archaeology, badges, boats, clothing, communication, rescue devices, and more.  Initially, my plan was for our daughter to do this with at least one of her brothers.  However, my plans did not necessarily go the way I wanted them to go.

Rebecca Locklear takes her considerable multi-level teaching experience and writes materials for teachers. Students discover and create, assimilate integrated subject matter, and build on what they do well. This format allows students to build on their strengths and interests while discovering and creating.  Be sure to visit Rebecca Locklear’s website and sign up for updates.  You can do this by going to her site, click on the blog tab, and fill out the form on the right side of your screen to join her mailing list.

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One of the reasons we were interested in this book was because two of my husband’s uncles served in the United States Coast Guard, my husband and his brother served in the U.S Army Reserves and the U.S. Army National Guard respectively, plus one of our daughter’s uncles served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  So anything having to do with serving the people of our country interests our family.

As I opened this book, I have to say I feel this book would be best used by a larger size family or perhaps with various families coming together to complete the activities together.  With only one teenaged daughter, I found it difficult to expect my daughter to complete many of the activities such as as the skits.

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However, we loved some of the activities such as making our own smelling salts.  Our daughter also was intrigued by the idea of researching the clothing of the time period. Because so many of the activities required groups of people and our daughter was the only one working on this review, we found it difficult to find things that she could actually do alone.

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We enjoyed the reading for each unit however.  It allowed our daughter to learn more about the U.S. Life-Saving Service than what she knew before reading this.  Because she was in Young Marines for several years and had brothers in the Boy Scouts, many of the life-saving techniques and the supplies to have on hand if needed she already knew.

All in all, I have to say our family believes this book is best used in a larger group setting. Having just my daughter and I to read various parts was not necessarily the most exciting way to go through the scripts.  Now perhaps if her oldest brother had been present to read with her with his flair for the dramatic, she would have enjoyed it more.

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I have to say though I believe this book does have a lot to offer even a single student.  It is well-written and the information is informative.

You can find Rebecca Locklear on social media on Facebook by clicking here.  Also, be sure to visit Rebecca Locklear’s website and sign up for updates.  You can do this by going to her site, click on the blog tab, and fill out the form on the right side of your screen to join her mailing list.

So check out Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities if your family is interested in maritime rescues.  Other members of the Home School Review are reviewing this book as well as The Mayflower at Cape Cod – Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today.  So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews for Rebecca Locklear’s books.

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HelpTeaching Pro Subscription – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

My daughter has been using some of the online lessons and worksheets included in the HelpTeaching Pro subscription from HelpTeaching.com.  We are using it as a way to supplement her learning in various subjects.  Since we have been homeschooling for a number of years, I recognize the importance of having supplementary materials to help fill in any gaps in our children’s learning.  As the mother of 4:  three sons ages almost 24, 21, and 19 plus our daughter who is 17, I recognize the value of this site.  All a family needs to get started is a computer and a high-speed Internet connection.

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Offering lessons, worksheets, and even game activities, this site provides a lot of resources.  Whether you have students in Kindergarten or ones in high school, you will be able to find something for your family.  The site allows you to use their pre-created activities or you can create your own.  With just a couple of clicks of your mouse, you can select a subject, a grade, and even specify keywords if you desire to help create the perfect worksheet or test for your student.  Our family previously reviewed this site, and you can check out our review by clicking here.

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As a military family who tends to travel, I love the flexibility of being able to either complete assignments online or on paper.  So for those times when we are away from home, I can just have our daughter do things online.

As a parent/teacher, I can create classes, assign lessons, and more using the dashboard.  With a couple of strokes of my keyboard and a couple of slides of my mouse, I can complete several activities at one time and then invite our daughter to complete them.

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One of the activities I really wanted her to focus on this time was vocabulary.  So I had her complete one of the worksheets already completed on the site for 100 SAT words.  Here is an image of her completed pages as well as the answer key that I was able to print out.  I love how the answer keys can either be viewed on the screen or printed out based on my preference for individual assignments.

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When completing assignments online, when available, students have the opportunity to check their answers as they are completing each question.  I love this immediate feedback.

Covering everything from Language Arts, Science, Math, History, and even life skills, everyone should be able to find something for your family.  Whether your family needs Graphic organizers, social studies activities or tests, art and music activities, vocational activities, early childhood education, or even physical education activities, you will be able to find something on this site.  There are even mid-year and end of the year activities available.

With the test generator and worksheet generator, I have the ability to customize the information to be exactly what our family needs.

You can find HelpTeaching.com online on social media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/helpteaching
Twitter: twitter.com/helpteaching
Instagram: instagram.com/helpteaching
Pinterest: pinterest.com/helpteaching
YouTube: youtube.com/helpteaching

So if your family is looking for a way to supplement your homeschool materials, check out the HelpTeaching Pro subscription from HelpTeaching.com.  I am sure you will appreciate it as much as our family does.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this program this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to go read more about this site.

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Spelling Shed & Math Shed – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to add digital learning to change up your homeschool, let me tell you about Math Shed and Spelling Shed.  For this review, we received a 12-month subscription to both Spelling Shed and Math Shed.  Both programs are designed to be used online and provide learning while having fun.  This review is strictly from an informational standpoint of me, the teacher in our home.

These programs are aimed at students in elementary school.  Both programs include a Teacher Hub, the ability to create individual student logins, tracking, and more.

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Spelling Shed provides activities on different levels and different difficulty standpoints.  As the person reviewing this product, I was able to access the games from the Teacher Hub.  Families also have the ability to pick what stage a child is in and what level of difficulty the child needs.  So for example, you could have a child in Stage 3 doing an easy level of difficulty.  Or you could have a student in Stage 1 working on the extreme level of difficulty.

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The Spelling Lists for each stage are meant to correspond with the grade they are in school.  so for example, Stage 3 would be for second grade.  But the wonderful thing about this program is families can adapt it to their needs.  For example, when our children were younger I had some that had a hard time with spelling.  Because this program does not use actual grades on the screens the students see, I could set my child up for the level they would be successful at without being concerned about them feeling bad about their abilities.

Weekly objectives, word lists, learning activity sheets, and practice activity sheets are all included. Phonics also helps students learn sound recognition while the stages help students learn to read words on sight. I also appreciate how teachers have the ability to create custom lists as well.  In addition to the normal spelling lists, bonus games are also included which include the Bee Keeper game in which students try to save the bees by spelling words correctly – think Hangman, as well trying to spell a missing word.

Spelling Shed provides an excellent way of combining vocabulary and spelling together.

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Math Shed includes practice in addition and subtraction, Number Bonds, Times Tables, Powers of 10, and more.  Once again, families can select from various choices for different activities.  As a former math teacher, I love how the same question may be asked in several different formats to help ensure students actually know the math facts. Students even have the opportunity to work with negative numbers.

With both of these programs, one of the features I love the most is how instant feedback is given in most situations.  This feature allows parents and students to see what areas may need additional practice.

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I feel these programs would be best suited for students who enjoy colorful scenes, computer games, or those with good motor skills.  Of course, having a good Internet connection is also a necessity.

Because apps are available, I feel Math Shed and Spelling Shed would be excellent for families on the go.

You can find Ed Shed on Social Media at the following links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdShed-US-113476190342149/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdShedUS
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spellingshed/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKXC4Rd29eQQWPbSdITLhw

So if your family is looking to add digital learning to change up your homeschool, check out  Math Shed and Spelling Shed for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on these online learning opportunities, so check out their thoughts by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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ARTistic Pursuits High School 9-12 Book One The Elements of Art and Composition – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition from  Artistic Pursuits Inc. makes art instruction easy for this mama!  Many years ago when we were first starting our homeschooling journey, we attended the homeschooling convention in North Carolina.  It was our first convention, and one of the companies that made a huge impression on our family was Artistics Pursuit Inc.  These people were so friendly and so willing to talk to us.  As someone who considers herself to be artistically challenged, I was thrilled to find  this company.  The homeschool art lessons from this company make my life easy.

Over the next several years, we spent time getting to know the people behind this curriculum.  It quickly became my go-to products for art instruction.  This book is the first book in a series of two and provides a detailed look at the elements of art and composition using text that is designed to engage while allowing them to produce original drawings using graded pencils and charcoal.

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At the high school level, students can work independently and with no prior artistic knowledge.  Students are encouraged to view their world as a professional artist does.  The book covers topics including space, lines, texture, shapes, form, value, contrast and unity, composition, balance and more   This book contains 68 lessons on 92 pages with 186 illustrations and is designed for those students who are 14-years-old and up.

One of my favorite things about this book is how the art supplies for the entire year are listed at the beginning of the book. I loved how easy this makes to acquire the items we will need to complete the assignments.  More importantly, I love how the book includes helpful information for parents including things relating to building a visual vocabulary, Art Appreciation and Art History, Techniques, and Application.  The course is designed so students complete 2 lessons per week spending about one hour per class.  Also, it is designed for 36 weeks of instruction.  However, this can be adjusted to fit your family’s needs.

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As I stated earlier, I am the one who is not artistically gifted in the family while our children are talented artistically.  So I will be frank, I bought this book more for me than for our children.  However, the wonderful thing about this curriculum is that it is suitable for both novices as well as more experienced art students.

The lessons are clearly laid out with the actual physical assignments printed in red so they are easy to see on the pages. Having a daughter who spends a lot of time drawing and especially drawing on the computer, I know it is important to be able to block out parts so you can clearly concentrate on other parts easier.  Combing illustrations, art work, and text, the book provides an easy to follow pattern for the lessons.  We found the assignments to be easy to follow and to understand what was expected from the student.

In addition to the typical thing found in art lessons, this book also contains tips as well as reminders to make sure the student is paying attention to details.  One assignment we have not gotten to yet, that I am excited for our daughter to complete is making a light box,   With a description of how to make the box as well as showing pictures of what it should look like, this lesson will provide a very useful addition for our daughter as she completes her artwork.

 

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You can find Artistic Pursuits Inc. on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the following links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticPursuitsInc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARTisticPursui1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artisticpursuitsinc/

Free video lessons for beginning drawing students can be found here.   This 16 week summer series is featured each summer.

Online courses are also available here for all of the K-3 level books.

So if you are looking for homeschool art lessons for any ages from elementary through high school or are looking for homeschool art projects to stimulate your children’s creativity, check out Artistic Pursuits Inc. and the ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on the various levels from Artistic Pursuits Inc.  this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews.

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Math Refreshers for Adults from Math Essentials – A Review

Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials - A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

If you need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Our second son is 21-years-old, and when he graduated from high school, he was not certain of what he wanted to do for a career.  Since we knew we would be moving again, he decided to take some time deciding what he wanted to do.  Now we have moved and he has decided he wants to get a culinary degree.  So when we had the opportunity to review the Math Refresher for Adults book, I knew it would be perfect for our son to get some practice on his math skills.

Perhaps because I was a high school math teacher in the past, I can appreciate Rick Fisher’s desire to develop unique math materials that allow students to achieve success. As a public school teacher for over 31 years, Rick Fisher has the ability and experience to achieve this objective.

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Math Refresher for Adults provides the perfect platform for those who may have a math phobia, those who want to help their children with their homework, for those returning to college, for those applying for a job that requires passing a math competency test, those preparing for the GED, SAT or other standardized tests and more.

This book includes basic math, geometry, problem-solving, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, A Math Resource section, access to free video tutorials for each topic, and more.  Our son who is using this book has strived for getting perfect scores for each lesson.  So he goes through a lesson, checks his answers, and then goes back through those questions he had problems with until he gets them right.  Sometimes that means he just needs to rework the problem while other times he has to work backward from the answer to see what he did wrong.

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Our son is working straight through the book, however, it can be used in whatever manner suits the student.  For example, if a student only needs to brush up on certain skills or topics they can jump directly to that topic.

So far he has done about 40 pages in the workbook, including some tests.  He is pleased with his progress so far.  He seems to believe he is demonstrating how much difference a few years has made in his ability to understand and complete math sheets now versus several years ago.  I believe part of this rests on the fact he is self-motivated to complete the work.  Plus, he has set the standards he wants to achieve himself.

Here are some pages our son has completed:

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As someone who loves math, I appreciate the books from Math Essentials because I have children who do not share my passion for math.  Math Essentials provides materials that allow my children to achieve success in math.

In 2018, our family reviewed this same book, and you can read that review here. And in  August of 2017, our family reviewed another product by Math Essentials called No-Nonsense Algebra, you can check out our review by clicking here.  I hope you will check out Math Essentials and the products they offer for yourself.  You can find Math Essentials on social media on Facebook.  So whether you are looking to brush up on math skills, need assistance with general math, or need help with Algebra, check out Math Essentials for your homeschool math requirements.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Math Refresher for Adults, No-Nonsense Algebra, as well as Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School/. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

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I am always on the lookout for great homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I am not confident in my ability to teach drawing to my children.  More importantly, I am the one who wants to learn how to draw and complete other artistic endeavors.  I have been blessed with four children ages almost 24 to 17 who have been gifted with artistic talent. I wish to develop my own talent as well.

Sally, the person behind this online art program, is a homeschooling mom herself who graduated from the Loughborough College of Art and Design in England.  This program contains lessons in drawing, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, and 3D design for 180 art lessons.. In addition to the online course, high-quality supplies are also required to complete the lessons.

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Lists of supplies are provided for all sections.  Some of those supplies include Prismacolor® Premier® Art Marker Set, Chisel/Fine Primary Set, 12-Color, a ream of copy paper, masking tape, mechanical or HB pencils and a 2B pencil, putty eraser, Strathmore Sketch Spiral Pad 11×14 – 100 sheets, Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor pad, Sharpie ultra fine point marker, Cotman watercolor paint, a palette, tracing paper and more.  It is important to have the specific supplies recommended because of the quality of the results.

I set a goal of trying to work on the program at least three times a week, however, life as a homeschooling military mother and wife did not always make that possible.  I am still in the drawing course, and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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One of the things I like most about this course revolves around the entire family can do the program together at the same time.  The lessons have to be completed sequentially, so you are unable to move on to another lesson   I love the length of the videos should not be overwhelming to younger children. The videos are easy to follow and understand.  The instructions are clear and Sally provides excelletn step by step illustrations to follow.

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In addition to the videos, frequently workbooks are provided as well for additional instruction.  While older students may find some of the initial lessons easier than they would like, those initial lessons lay the foundation for what is to come.  As someone who does not claim to be artistic but has artistically talented children, I love that there is nothing I would have to do for my children to begin learning beyond purchasing the needed materials.

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You can find Sally and Beyond the Stick Figure Art School on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

So whether you are looking for your family to learn to draw, learn to paint, or are looking for a comprehensive homeschool art curriculum, check out homeschool art, learn to draw, learn to paint, homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School for yourself.  I know I look forward to completing the entire program.

Be sure to click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. High school record keeping, especially transcripts can be so overwhelming for parents so you should consider this book from Everyday Education LLC that teaches italic handwriting.

This book is available in both a physical form and an ebook form.  It contains sixty lessons designed to help the student learn italic penmanship by moving from straight penmanship to slanted and joined.  I decided to participate in this review primarily for myself because of the edged pen practice.  However, I may have our teenage daughter work through this book at some point.

I love how this program is designed to be completed in only 60 days.  I know when our children were younger they frequently became bored with doing the same type of things over and over again This program is designed to assist with both reading and writing well.  The copywork is perfect for those families who prefer to use a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool.  Addressing everything from proper posture to holding a pen properly to spacing, slanting, and sizing, this book offers it all.

Depending on the age of the person either being taught or using the book, different ways of using the book are given.  I firmly believe in the importance of children learning to read and being able to read well.  As a child, I was taught the love of reading, so I was never lonely or bored because I always had a book with me.  Perhaps because my husband is in the military and by the age of ten our children needed to be able to properly write their signature in a relatively small block in order to be issued their military identification card, I believe that good handwriting is a necessity, but beautiful handwriting is even better.  I truly believe handwriting can be an art form.

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Everyone needs to go through Chapter 2 before moving on to the other chapters in the book.  Because my goal was to learn to use an edged pen (or calligraphy style pen), I read through the material at the beginning of the book and then went through chapter 2.  Because I was able to download this book, I added it to an app on my iPad so  I could practice on the go with my Apple pen for Chapter 2 in addition to doing it on paper.

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I have to say, I found the edged pen a little more challenging than I expected.  Because of the soft tip of the pen I used, I found it difficult to form letters such as “e’ with as much finesse as I wanted them to have.  But I do plan on continuing to practice.  I also found that using the edged pen I selected  I had difficulty some times fitting all of the letters of all of the words on the lines provided.  So I think I would have benefited from using a different paper.

You can find Janice Campbell and Everyday Education, LLC on social media at the following links: Facebook either here or here, Twitter either here or here, Instagram, and Pinterest.

So if you are looking for a way to introduce reading and penmanship for young children or you are looking for some to help a learner who is struggling, you just want to have beautiful handwriting yourself, check out this book for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this ebook this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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The Hidden Message of the Great Seal – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

We have been supplementing our history studies with The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC.  As a member of the Home School Review Crew, I am always excited for our family to receive curriculum products from companies that are new to us.  I am really glad we had the chance to review this one that examines the national seal of our country.  I am the one who read this book for this review, and I am glad to be able to share my experience.

Michael Kanis is on a mission that goes beyond the message of the seal.  The fact is every American has a mission and a calling to be a keeper of our republic.  God provides us with the opportunity to help spread His message and allow the world to experience His Blessings.  This book will allow families to discover the rich history behind the great seal of our country.  In this book, he covers the ideas of freedom, liberty, unity, providence, virtue, and truth

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Our family loves discovering and sharing interesting facts and knowledge we discover.  So I wanted to see what I could discover on the pages of this book.  Some of the topics in this book include: 

  • The Significance of the Seal
  • A Tale of Two Systems
  • Frances Hopkinson
  • The Pyramid
  • Annuit Coeptis
  • The Eye
  • The Early Designs
  • The Covenant
  • The Front of the Seal
  • The Four Pillars
  • Virtue
  • Freedom 
  • Providence

Our family loves discovering and sharing interesting facts and knowledge we find. So I was sure our family would appreciate having the opportunity to read this book and I was correct.  From the introduction, the book captured my attention with its layout, facts, and beautiful images.  History seemed to come to life as I read through the pages.

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 As I read through this book, I have one major issue and that is the font and the size of it that is used.  As someone with less than perfect vision, I sometimes found it difficult to consistently read through this book.  I wish it offered a larger font that was easier to read.   Also, the fact that this book is softback and wider than it is tall, I sometimes found myself getting tired of holding it.

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I found quite a few interesting facts in this book.  The first one is who was actually tasked with creating the seal.  Those individuals were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

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The words and images come together in a way that leads the reader on a voyage of his or her own discovery.  I found myself interacting with the book, especially when I read points that reiterated what I already knew from my own studies.  But I have to admit prior to the book, I had not really studied our national seal.  But I definitely plan on going back through this book again for a more in-depth study. 

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This book is very timely given what is going on in our country today.  I appreciated reading the author’s thoughts on whether or not the founders of our great nation were Christians or not.

I plan to leave this book where members of the family may access it at their leisure.  Our children like history to come to life rather than having boring facts and statistics spewed at them for them to simply reproduce on a test.  I also desire for history, and especially the history of the United States to have personal meaning for them.  This book helps fill that criterion.  I feel this is a book to be savored and studied and experienced rather than read quickly through and then put on a shelf.

The amount of research and time spent on this book makes it one that is truly worth reading and shared with others.  Michael  Kanis has done an incredible job with this book.

The book can be found on Amazon for $29.95, but here is a coupon code for 50% off the cover price if you wish to purchase the book from the web site, with free shipping.  To receive the discount, you only need to apply the coupon code:  HOMESCHOOL at checkout.  The discount is good until 30 May 2020.”

So if you are looking for a book that delves deep into the history, meaning, and symbols of the seal of our great nation, I recommend checking this book out for yourself.  The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC. provides incredible insights and information into the seal of the United States and the meanings behind it.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this book this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews about this book.

 

 

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YWAM Publishing’s Heroes of History: Billy Graham: American’s Pastor – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way

I love adding  Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Billy Graham, one of the books in the  Heroes of History Series from YWAM Publishing.  From the very first home school convention we attended in North Carolina, YWAM Publishing became a favorite of our family for quality Christian books.  Through the years we have established quite a collection of these quality books and our 17-year-old daughter loves having the opportunity of participating in reviews for these books.  For this review, we received a physical copy of Billy Graham: America’s Pastor along with a downloadable copy of the Unit Study Guide.

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According to its website, “YWAM Publishing is committed to the production and distribution of books that encourage Christians to make a difference in a needy world. We specialize in books that focus on evangelism, homeschooling, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.”.  As a parent, I love having these Christian-centered books for our family to read.  As a voracious reader myself, I love reading these books.  Every time we have the opportunity to participate in a review for YWAM Publishing, I love watching our daughter’s face as she makes her selection of what book to get.

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With these books, I love hearing our daughter share tidbits of information she gains from reading the books.  We both appreciate how the books combine both God and faith along with history.  For example, she enjoyed reading about Billy Graham’s interactions with Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchhill.  This book illustrated how many rich and powerful people need God as well as those will less power and wealth.

Our daughter also appreciates how the books tell of the person’s childhood and then moves forward in time.  Having been blessed to know three of her four grandparents, our daughter was captivated by the story of Billy Graham and his grandmother at the time of her death.

Billy Graham’s visits to England, Bombay, and other places show how much God’s word needs to be shared around the world and how much power His Word can have.  Another part our daughter enjoyed was reading about how Billy Graham was approached about doing a radio show.  He said he would do it if $25,000 was raised by the end of the night.  He left the event with $24,000, but when he arrived back at his hotel, he received two envelopes from two different men with $500 each in them.

The study guide allows families to examine key quotes, create a display corner, answer Chapter Questions, do Student Explorations, and more.  As a parent, I appreciate the variety of activities provided along with how there are reproducible and more I can utilize.  I also appreciate how directions are provided for both parent-directed and student-directed instruction.  Here are some sample pages from the study guide.

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At the time we were notified of this review, we were living in Texas; but we wound up moving to Charlotte, North Carolina thanks to the military.  As we were driving from Texas to Charlotte, our daughter and I discussed how we could visit the Billy Graham Library and take a tour of the family home.  Because of this, I decided not to have our daughter use the study guide right now.  Instead, we will revisit the book and the study guide when circumstances allow us to visit the library and other points of interest.

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So if you are looking for some wonderful historical books about great Christians from history, check out the book series from YWAM Publishing for yourself.  This week other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their families’ thoughts on both the Christian Heroes: Then & Now and the Heroes of History.  These books make a wonderful way of learning history while also learning about great Christians. So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

 

Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Apologetics, Bible, Online Homeschool Programs

Review of Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC’s “The Unbreakable Faith Course”

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Review of The Unbreakable Faith Course

 

If you are studying Christian apologetics you will want to be sure to check out The Unbreakable Faith Course from Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC.  As the wife of a Primitive Baptist preacher and the mother of three sons ages 23, 21, and 19 plus a daughter who is 17, I am always on the lookout for new Bible Study materials to help solidify our family’s faithand our children’s worldview ideas.  So when our family had the opportunity to review the Unbreakable Faith Course from Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC, I was thrilled.

For this review we received online access to the Unbreakable Faith course along with physical copies of two books: God the Reason: How Infinite Excellence Gives Unbreakable Faith and The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief. According to their website, “The Study explores the infinite excellence of God’s perfections, exposes unbelief as irrational, unscientific, and blind faith, and demonstrates the impossibility of all things without God.” Unbreakable Faith encourages a comprehensive look at achieving a Biblical worldview while strengthening faith in Christ..  Completing this course will provide 1 unit of high school credit.

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Videos, readings, and quizzes comprise the majority of the course.  Our family found the videos were easy to understand and enjoyable to watch.  We enjoyed listening to what the instructor had to say.  As a teacher, I appreciated how everything was clearly laid out and easy to follow as far as what item needed to be done next. Also, the course requires that each item be done in order and the student cannot move onto the next item until the previous item is completed.

This course is perfect for high school credit, to do as a family, to do in a homeschool co-op setting or even to be done by a Church or a ministry.  I love when our family is able to do something like this course together as a family.  We decided to watch the videos together as a family and then everyone was able to read the books on their own time at their own speed.

God The Reason

God the Reason: How Infinite Excellence Gives Unbreakable Faithand The Box are available as either physical books or ebooks  God the Reason: How Infinite Excellence Gives Unbreakable Faith provides sound theological information about how God is perfect in every way.  We found the book straight forward and easy to read.  One of our favorite sections of the book that we have read so far is how we owe God everything and He owes us nothing.  Given that our family just moved from Texas to North Carolina courtesy of the military, we have watched God’s hand on everything concerning our move.  And this book just helps emphasize this point.

The Box

The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief presents a dialogue between a Christian and an atheist.  As a parent, I want my children (even our adult children) to be able to logically discuss their faith and why they believe what they believe.  This book does an excellent job of helping them formulate answers to possible questions or ideas that make come up in general conversation.  One of my favorite quotes from this book examines how we as humans have limitations, but God has no limitations. This book illustrates God’s infinite excellence and the infinite excellence of God’s perfections

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So if you are looking for an excellent course on Christian apologetics and to help strengthen the faith of your family, check out The Unbreakable Faith Coursefrom Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC.  I am sure your family will be glad you did.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts this course on Christian apologetics this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more of their reviews of this excellent course.

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