Monday, July 25, 2016

The Drawing Lesson {Review}

If you or someone you know has a desire to draw but doesn't have the know-how to get started, then The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw by Mark Crilley is the book to invest in. My son's bookshelf is filled with different how-to books. One teaching him how to draw cats, one robots, and another cartoon characters. Although he does enjoy following the step by step instructions, but he usually veers off and ends up making his own creations. This book possesses several unique qualities that makes it stand out. For one, it is written as a story in comic book style. That alone was enough to keep me enticed. I simply could not put this book down. The story follows a young boy and his mentor who teaches him a new drawing technique in each chapter.  Secondly, the author is an amazing artist. I guess it helps for the one teaching you to draw to be good at drawing but this author is more than good, his drawings are captivating and impressive. Lastly, this book does not teach you how to draw specific things rather it teaches you technique. At the end of each chapter the reader is encouraged to draw something using the technique that the young boy was just taught. After my son goes through this book, I'm thinking that I might try it out. I was extremely impressed with every aspect of this book and highly recommend it for young and old alike!

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All opinions stated here are my own.   

Friday, July 22, 2016

I Can Read! Adventure Bible: Great Stories of the Bible {Review}

The I Can Read! Adventure Bible: Great Stories of the Bible has been a big hit in our home. As soon as we received this book in the mail, my kids were excited to read it. That is one of the things I like about the I Can Read! series, the kids are able to read it on their own. 

When I get one of these books, at the right reading level for my kids, I can be confident that as soon as they open to the first page that they will be able to read with ease. Sometimes, with other books, they can get frustrated. They begin the book excited, but by the time they reach page two they give up because there are too many hard words. That is not the case with this series. With these books, the stories are written in a way that has challenging subject matter but uses simple words for children. 

The fact that my eight year old son could pick this book up and read the story of Esther to his sister, with ease, was a real confidence booster for him. This book contains the following stories:

God’s Great Creation
Noah’s Voyage 
Joseph the Dreamer
Moses Leads the People
Ruth and Naomi
Brave Queen Esther 

 The illustrations are entertaining and the stories captivated my children. It is a hardy book that feels like it is going to last for a good long while, even with the beatings that my kids can put on a book! This is the second collection that we've read from this series and hope there will be more to come.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

How To Not Provoke Your Child To Anger

Do you have an angry child? It can become extremely frustrating to know how to deal with them since it usually stirs up so many emotions in the parent, when a child’s anger surfaces.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sheepdogs Book GIVEAWAY- 3 Winners

Enter to win Sheepdogs: Meet Our Nation's Warriors by Stephanie Rogish and 
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Last week I shared with you a review of the book SHEEPDOGS: MEET OUR NATION'S WARRIORS introducing to you an important book for you to read to your children. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, most famous for his military resource book, On Killing, has graciously sent me three more copies of the children's book,  SHEEPDOGS to give away to my readers! 

This is an excellent resource teaching children the difference between sheep, wolves and sheepdogs in our society. Parents don't need to fear raising their children in this dark hour. We don't need to fear the dark but as Col. Grossman shares in a poem in the beginning of this book, those who lurk in the dark need to fear the sheepdogs!    

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Build An Alarm Kit {Review}

 Looking to bring an electronics course to your homeschool? EEME Electronics is an easy to navigate, online course that sends the materials right to your front door. No prior experience needed!

Science is a big deal in our house. Give my kids Legos and they'll come back with a hand-powered lemonade mixer. Send them outside and they will come back with some unidentified bug or plant that they want to search for on the internet.

Their minds are inquisitive and they love working with their hands, which is why they love EEME! EMME is an online curriculum for children ages 7-12 that teaches them the basics of electronics. We have been going through their six project set and have now completed the third one called tentacles.

In this lesson, the children learned about NPN transistors and PNP transistors and buzzers, all while building an alarm system. This project took about an hour and a half to complete.  

This project includes 33, short, online videos. Each video shares a step in completing the final project, an alarm. Only a few minutes long, these videos are jammed packed with new information for the kids about breadboards, transistors and how all the pieces fit together to make a working alarm. 

These kits are geared for children ages 7-12 but my six year old was still able to jump right in and get some electronics experience. My older two boys are beginning to be pros at these kits. By the time kit number three arrived they already had a small knowledge base and knew a little about what to expect. We do these kits as a family, my husband navigates the online part of it to make sure the kids aren't rushing through. We want them to take the time to answer the questions and not skip over them. When it comes to the actual hands-on part of the program though, my kids have been growing in their skills. I love how each project expounds on what they have already learned previously. 

Sometimes I think that the lessons will be way over their heads but they seem to catch on pretty fast. These lessons definitely use the immersion style of teaching. It provides a large amount of information and the child soaks up what they can. This style of learning works well for my kids. It's better than dumbing things down, thinking that they are too young to understand. 

These kits are perfect for homeschooling and would work well in a small, private school setting also! 

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 Disclaimer: I received the above product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Complete English Curriculum; Reading/Writing/Spelling (Review)

The Logic of English program has become an integral part of my son's education. He is presently working through Foundations Level C and loving it!

It is no secret that I am a fan of the Logic of English Foundations Program. I'm realizing that the reason I like it so much is because it does just that, lays a foundation. When learning to read, there are two main methods you can use. Either sight or phonics. I learned to read by sight so when I first started teaching my oldest son to read I was confused when different phonetic rules were brought into the picture. He learned to read quickly and sped ahead two grade levels immediately so we didn't spend much time on the rules. 

My second son didn't catch on quite as quick. Don't get me wrong, he's a great reader and reads right on par for his age, but he learns differently. Teaching him to read using phonics has increased his reading ability dramatically. He is the type to rush through things and this program causes him to slow down and think about why a word sounds the way it does. 

There are several rules in the English language in regards to how words are spelled. The most memorable for many is "i before e except after c." In this program, the basic spelling rules are included in flashcard form which is a great tool for a child with a short attention span. It causes them to slow down enough to be interested in a physical card rather than something that's just auditory. It also doesn't provide too much information at once allowing the child to gain bite-sized information that they can handle.

I like how with the Logic Of English program, once you buy the supplemental materials, you can use it for several different levels.
The spelling rule flash cards, basic phonogram flash cards, the phonogram game pieces and the whiteboard are all items that I've had throughout all the levels I've used so far.

This program is full of so many games that
my son never gets bored. He never knows what to expect each day and is always looking forward to Foundations. 
Since I homeschool three and have a baby, he loves this one-on-one time with mom. We usually spend between 20-30 minutes, four times a week on Foundations. Some days are teacher intensive where I am teaching him a new concept. Even though I am the one teaching, he is still involved. Whenever a new concept is taught, the child uses the small whiteboard to stay focused and be active in his learning. 

He loves these activities. The card games and activities found in the student workbook always keep him engaged as well. Other days are more student orientated where the student has more independent work, focusing on what he has been learning. This is usually when the writing part of the curriculum kicks in. We have been using the spelling lists provided in this book for the past month. I like how the words correlate with the concepts being taught but they have been a bit difficult for my son. We have been using Foundations for a bit and I've been up in the air about whether or not I want to use the spelling portion of it. I've decided against it. I am confident it will work well for quick learners and other students but it doesn't work for us. Which is a shame because it is laid out nicely in this curriculum. I was greatly impressed with this level. It definitely is more challenging than Level B but still holds the same playfulness as far as learning style. I look forward to continuing with Level D this fall!

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