Music Appreciation From Memoria Press . . . My Review

Before becoming a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I had not been exposed to anything from Memoria press, ever. As you can see by going to this link, we have loved what we have used thus far! Memoria Press makes classical education easier with Music Appreciation I, and even though we do not follow the classical education method, the products from this company work well in our eclectic, relaxed style as well. This package is intended for grades 3 – 5, however I am using it for my boys who are in various levels, both below and above that range, and it’s working well for them.

Having grown up in a house filled with music, it has made me so happy to have a way of exposing my own children to both listening to and learning about music. I spent my life hearing many of the pieces included in Music appreciation 1, as my father had a very extensive musical library on vinyl record albums (yes, as a matter of fact, I *am* that old, lol!).

One of my boys in particular (The Batman) very much enjoys classical music, which I think my dad would have liked had he still been living when we adopted our kids. Because of the fact that my boys really like music in many forms, we are very much enjoying this product!

The concept of this lesson book with included music CD’s is one I really like. Although I can simply play music and try to instill an appreciation of it myself, and probably succeed, I cannot teach them about the music, the history involved, or the musical concepts without doing a great deal of research. Luckily, Memoria Press has already done that research for me! I also like having the selections for each lesson on the included CD’s. This means I don’t have to find them myself for this course.

The lessons in this book are ordered in such a way that the boys are learning all of these things without a ton of effort. The format is as follows:

  • Listen (to the piece called for, on the included CD’s)
  • A Little History (about the composer, the musical style, the time in history)
  • Musical Concept about the form, includes the piano score of a portion of the piece so you can play it if you like)
  • About The Piece (discusses the style of the piece)
  • Music History (discusses the period, such as Baroque)
  • Facts To Remember (numbered list of what was taught)
  • Listen Again (with instructions on what to listen for)

Music Appreciation 1 does not just cover classical music. This book goes into pieces by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin as well. With this being Music Appreciation 1, it makes me look forward to the possibilities of further books on this subject by Memoria Press!

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Princess Cut From Watchman Pictures . . . Our Review

I was so happy to be given a copy of the Christian Film titled Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures to watch with my boys!

Now you may well be shaking your head and wondering . . . “Why on earth did she want this for her BOYS?” Well, I am going to tell you why, true love is worth waiting for your boys, too! In my viewpoint, it isn’t just girls who should wait, and should avoid intimacy and casual relationships.

Waiting on The Lord and avoiding those casual relationships is something Grace Anderson has not been very good at in her life.

After dating someone for fifteen months, Carolina girl Grace is hoping he will propose. For a portion of their relationship, Stewart has been away at college, meaning they have had a long distance relationship. When things sadly don’t turn out as Grace had hoped, she has to learn what real love is all about.

Grace has a very loving family, each of whom tries to help in their own way. Watch for the way her little brother thinks would be the best way to help Grace find the love of her life, and think back to the antics of your own little brothers!

Grace does meet a young man and begin dating him, but this is all part of the process in discovering how she must “become the person God wants you to be.” Only then will she recognize who God is bringing to her for the rest of her life.

Here is a short trailer of the movie Princess Cut:

The point in the story when Grace’s best friend Tess has suggested that she go have a free session with her (Tess’s) mother’s therapist. What the therapist recommends, along with Grace’s reaction, told me everything I needed to know about whether this film would be in line with my husband and my beliefs, which we are trying to impart to our boys.

There is an adjoining plot about the family farm that has been in Grace’s father’s family for generations. We see how important it is to work together and even at times accepting help from others even in physical labor to help bring in an extremely important crop.

We also see how unexpected visitors can put a monkey wrench into the best laid plans, and then have to be taken care of in a decisive way.

Being honorable, doing things correctly when it comes to establishing a relationship with a young woman by including her parents and asking for their blessing on the wish to explore the possibility of marriage is a big part of this story, one I feel is so important. When Grace says she feels as though her heart has been tossed around like a football from dating a variety of guys, it really speaks to why casual dating is ultimately hurtful.

In the end, will Grace listen to the Lord? Will she just follow her own wishes without counsel? Will she be bound to the man God wants for her? Will she be single? I’m sorry, I’m afraid you will have to watch the film for yourself, no spoilers from me! But I promise, you will not be disappointed in this production.

Watchman pictures is currently working on a couple of sequels to Princess Cut and I can hardly wait to be able to see them!

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Exploring Portions of History With Carole P. Roman Books: Our Review

Children’s books like the ones authored by Carole P. Roman can be such a fun way to explore history, or culture or even practice reading.  We were blessed with 3 books from the Carole P. Roman books and collections to add to our home library.
Carole P. Roman is an award winning author of books for children, having received the NABE Pinnacle Award, the ERIK Award for 2013, the ForeWord Review Five Star, and Finalist in the Book of the Year. She also received the Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013.
We received the following three books:
  • If You Were Me And Lived In . . . Viking Europe
  • If You Were Me And Lived In . . . Colonial America
  • If You Were me And Lived In . . . The American West

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If You Were Me And Lived In . . . Viking Europe is written to show your child what life would be like if he or she were born in the year 870 AD. There are very nice, child friendly illustrations throughout, by Mateya Arkova, who is based in Bulgaria.

This lovely book is 76 pages long, and includes five page glossery at the end. We really liked this, as it was very helpful in understanding more clearly some of the terms in the book.

This book describes to your child how he or she would live in Viking Europe, including how they would dress, eat, drink, etc. I was somewhat surprised to find that although women couldn’t be chiefs or vote, but they still were very nrespected and had more freedom than most of the women in Europe.

If You Were Me And Lived in  . . . Colonial America will tell your child what life would be like for them if they were born around the year 1620, in London England. It tells your child what his or her name might have beenb, which gives a pretty good idea of how different names were back then! We learn about the people who did not wish to follow the king’s new religion, and found a way to leave England for America. We learned about the homes that the people built in their new land, how they lived and ate, and dressed. The book also talks about the chores children were expected to do, every day. It was not such an easy life as children have today!

If You Were Me And Lived In   . . . The American West begins by showing the homestead that your parents might have built after the difficult journey on the Oregon Trail, when you, the child, are age 12. We learn about the actual journey, and how and what things were packed for the 2000 mile journey. About half of the book deals with the journey, which I found to be the best thing, and of great interest to me! The remainder of the book has us learning about building their homestead, and learning to live in their new home.

Carole P. Roman’s books are always so well written, and so interesting! I enjoyed these three for myself, although all of her books are written toward a specific range of levels. In this way, children of many ages can learn from them, and if you look at the levels, children will not become bored of their books. My kids (and indeed, me) found these books very interesting, not in the least boring.

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Meal Prep Help From “The Artist!”

“The Artist” wanted to do all of the freezer prep this time around, so after we went and bought everything, I let him! This is what went into the freezer this time:

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Watch, as he is making sauces and filling containers!

 

Here is “The Artist” shredding Swiss Cheese by hand . . .

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When finished, we had this!

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In the Slow Cooker, we have the Pork Medallions with Dijon Sauce. Since the next day was Sunday, one meal was put up for the freezer and one in the slow cooker for dinner after church.

Here are some of the meals as we’ve been having them:

Cream Cheese Pork Chops

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Chicken swiss Stuffing Bake

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Pork Medallions With Dijon Sauce

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And from a previous meal prep, Salsa Chicken!

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I so appreciate that “The Artist” wants to be involved in this endeavor! He’s been extremely helpful to me!

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Super Beads From Zirrly . . . Review

I’ve been trying to let my boys do more arts & crafts, so I was  very happy to have been given the Mega Pack of Super Beads from Zirrly for the purpose of this review.

Although at least a couple of my kids have done projects away from home with fuseable beads, I had never seen anything other than the finished projects, so I was very interested in a kit where I really only had to supervise, no ironing involved.

It was an exciting time when the package came! I had to hurry to be able to even get a picture when it was discovered what was in the box the day it came in the mail.

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The Mega Pack of Super Beads comes with 4500 beads in various colors plus a small bag of orange beads and a small bag of black beads, both of which are needed for the project designs included in the package. Also included:

  • four copies each of four designs
  • Two spray bottles
  • Four design boards
  • One design and remove tool
  • Project instructions
  • General tips and instruction sheet

The beads are non-toxic, but it does say in the instructions to wash the hands well after use. I’d be interested in knowing what it is that causes them to fuse together in water. Speaking of which, it also says to keep your hands dry while working. We found out why fairly quickly. “The Batman’s” hands sweat badly when he is working on something, especially something detailed. His beads began melting a bit in his hand, and he needed help from his brother to finish his apple. This does make me wonder, what happens if at some point their finished projects get wet?

The beads are very small, and with my (very bad) vision, I had trouble doing this craft. There is a small line in each bead which is meant to be facing up when you put it onto the design board, and I seriously could not find it most of the time. My kids had no trouble finding it, but then they don’t have cataracts. 🙂 I did give up and just enjoyed watching them having fun.

So. How to use this product. As I said before, there are four design boards and four cardboard designs for the pre-designed projects. This part is so easy! The cardboard designs have scored lines on them so that they can be folded to snugly fit into the underside of the design board. Since you can see right through the board, this makes it very easy to see where each bead, in which color, goes where. Here are “The Batman,” “The Puzzler” and “The Artist,” working on their chosen pre-designed projects.

As you can see, the design clearly shows through! Once they were finished, we placed the boards on a pad of paper towel and sprayed with the water. This is apparently a guesstimate as to how much is too much water and how much is not enough, but we actually got it on the first try. I forgot to get a picture of this part.

There is a small tool included which in addition to being helpful when a bead is placed in the wrong spot, is also used to remove the finished design after it dries.

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Their projects came up easily! Here are the finished pre-designed projects:

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Then, “The Artist” said he wanted to “freestyle” his own design and make a fire-breathing dragon.

I think it came out really well!

My boys are loving Zirrly Beads! I am frequently seeing them, especially “The artist,” working on something, which makes me very glad we were given the Mega Pack!

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Á La Carte products From Home School In The Woods . . . Our Review

Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte, and our family was blessed to receive two of them for this review!

We received the Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline ( $4 )

and the Timeline of the American Revolution ( $5 )

We have never tackled timelines in hour home education, and I thought this might be a good way of dipping our toes in on a small-scale. I’m very glad we did! It was much more comfortable doing our first timelines this way. The timeline pages are pre-designed to be printed out onto cardstock, and the figures are drawn and simple to print out onto plain old copy paper. They can be colored or not. In our case, “The Puzzler” chose to color some of te figures and also the stars which are printed as top and bottom borders on the timeline pages themselves.

These timelines came with many figures to put onto the timeline and a teachers key. We didn’t even need the teachers key though, because the actual timeline pages had light printing to tell us exactly what to put where, which my kids appreciated.

The Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline, designed to look like a scrapbook format, also came with travel memorabilia to cut out, color and add to the timeline. Many of them got my kids laughing, such as: an Ancient Egypt Resident Fish and Game License, a souvenir bookmark, a boarding pass for a boat trip excursion, and others.

The Timeline of the American Revolution covers from the year 1600 to 1790, and includes historical people and events such as presidents, The Mayflower Compact, The Continental army at Valley Forge, and many others.

Here you can see “The Artist” working on the Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline, and “The Puzzler” coloring in figures for the Snapshot Moments in History: Ancient Egypt Timeline and the stars on the actual pages of the Timeline of the American Revolution.

 

 

These timelines are great! They are a snapshot of a specific time period in history, and Home School In The Woods does an awesome job of making our entrance into timelines incredibly easy!

We have been fortunate enough to review for this company two times before as a result of being on the Homeschool Review Crew. You can look at those reviews here.

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Shiloh: “Don’t even THINK about touching my new toy!”

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