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Here We Go Again!

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Notebooking PagesLifetime Membership: My Review

Our family has been very blessed with the chance to review the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership, which was generously provided to us by NotebookingPages.com.

I am not even going to pretend to be unbiased in this review. I am unabashedly in love with Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership! So far, I have not been able to find ANY topic that you would not be able to use with this product, and have discovered every topic under the sun that you CAN use it for! There are thousands of resources available, from those which are specifically topical, to those which are not, and could easily be used for any topic you want to use them for. They are not “cutsie-cute” like you might see for just young children, and so they can be used all the way through high school. The designs are simple but beautiful, and they are for the most part designed in black ink, which will save on ink.

Notebooking Pages is published by homeschooling Mom Debra Reed, who created this product to help her own homeschool, and now wants other homeschools to benefit from all her work in coming up with this. I can tell you right now, I’ve tried to come up with notebooking pages on my own, but wasn’t able to. and now, I don’t have to! Let’s take a look at the personal notebooking story by Debra Reed herself:

Notebooking is not like filling in workbooks or hurrying to finish a textbook by the end of the year (and we all know that if we PUSH to finish, there is not going to be much retention of learning.) Instead, it is almost like scrapbooking what they are learning, and then having a completed book that the student himself or herself has designed! It is not only a record of what they have learned, but is also a memento to keep, and look at often, thus cementing that knowledge into their brain.

Some of the positive things that notebooking does:

  • ¬†Gives your student the ability¬†to study topics more deeply and intently based on what interests him or her.
  • Not having to be confined to a curriculum’s scope and sequence
  • Allows the student to soak up important and interesting information while studying, along with gaining discipline in doing so.
  • The student will not only get the knowledge, but record his or her personal thoughts on what they are learning.
  • Eliminates studying and memorizing arbitrary facts for testing.
  • They will learn to love learning as they find purpose in study and make connections with what they are learning.

As I said above, there are SO many things to use in the Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership!

I’ve had “The Artist” looking through the topics, and of course his first choice was dinosaurs and anything natural science, so at some point he will be doing that. Right now, though, we are preparing to follow a notebooking across the USA unit study series published by a fellow blogger, in which she actually used the USA package from Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership. We are very much looking forward to doing this, especially when she get to our own state!

Meanwhile, we will be using other pages, and groups of pages, to cover whatever interests us, along with pages that may go along with something we are already studying. I encourage you to check out this product, and if you aren’t quite sure, you can download a 600 page sampler for free. But don’t blame me if it makes you jump right back over there and order the Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership!ūüôā

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Beric The Briton . . . My Review

For the past several week, we have had the perfect thing in our house to be reviewing, and at the perfect time, too! We have been blessed to once again review an audio production from Heirloom Audio, this time, the most recent production, Beric The Briton.

When I said above that this was perfect timing, I meant it! The Lord provided this, something we could review without my having to do any direct teaching at a time when I was recovering from two major surgeries and in hospital stays, and then an out-patient procedure when something went wrong with the second procedure! Therefore, my boys were able to  have something they could listen to while I was resting.

This is the fourth production that Heirloom Audio has done of one of The Extraordinary Adventures of  G. A. Henty, and every one of them has been just wonderful!

Beric The Briton takes place during the time of ancient Rome and the Emperor Nero, and is full of non stop action, enough even for my boys! This package came as a two CD set, running about two and a half hours in total.

Some of the stars of this production are:

  • John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings)
  • Cathy Sara (Downtown Abbey)
  • Tom Baker (Dr. Who)
  • Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart)
  • Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear, as well as other Heirloom Audio Productions)
  • Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War)

Beric, a son of a Chieftess in Briton, is fighting against the occupation and rule of the Romans over his land. He leads his men and continues to fight until being captured and taken to Rome. After this Beric learns about the Christian faith and he decides to become a believer, even though this was an extremely dangerous time for those of the Christian faith. At one point, he even defends a young Christian woman who is put in to face a lion because s will not renounce her faith, and Beric defeats the lion!

All in all, this is a very exciting story, especially for the boys. I also believe girls will enjoy it just as well, since it is not just boys who love action and adventure, is it!

As a part of our review package, we were given the following (as a part of the Family four Pack):

  • The double CD set
  • Beric The Briton MP3 Set
  • Beric The Briton E-Book
  • Official MP3 Soundtrack
  • Study Guide & Discussion Starter
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Inspirational Verse Poster

And other things.

Please click below for a short look at this production:

The provided study guide is something we chose not to use this time through, because as i said above, I just couldn’t go through it with the boys. However, as always the guide gives so much in extra learning! There is a biography of the author, G. A. Henty,. There are questions and vocabulary words for each section of the story, as well as listening well and thinking further questions. The study guide also offers activities such as recipe, internet links for tours, pictures and the like.

I highly recommend Beric The Briton, along with all of the Heirloom audio productions!

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LearnBop For Families: My Review

In between illnesses, Vacation Bible School, and an emergency surgery on my part, we have been reviewing a new to us online math program called LearnBop For Families, from the company LearnBop.

For the purpose of review, we were generously given the pre-paid version (12 month subscription), which we could use for up to four students. So far, I have been using it with “Mr. Loquacious” and “The Puzzler”, with different results, because “The Puzzler functions much younger than “Mr. Loquacious” does. They are both special needs children, so I was worried over whether or not they would be able to handle this one at all.

 

LearnBop For Families is an adaptive, ¬†interactive, self-paced math program meant for grades three through twelve, although I have been able to use it with the twins, neither of whom is at that level. This is because, although you can, when setting them up, simply put a student into a grade level, you can also choose what Learnbop calls “Learning Roadmaps.” Therefore, even though neither boy is really at even a third grade level in math, I was able to set them at the lowest grade, but then choose lower “Roadmaps” for each of them.

Once I got their accounts set up (super easy! I discovered I could do that using my phone!), they each got to choose their avatar for themselves. After that, they began by doing something called a “warm up”, which is basically an assessment to check for any missing knowledge they may need to catch up on. They will do this for each unit. The program will them personalize their units in order to focus on the concepts they most need to work on.

All through, there are videos to watch to help break down whatever concept the student is working on, in an easy way to understand. The student always knows when to watch a video or to do a “Bop” (math problem), because once they have done their warm up for each unit, the student’s dashboard tells him what to do next. If they get the problem wrong, then LearnBop goes over it with them step by step, so that they can learn how to do it the next time.

One thing I like very much is that whenever we need it done, I can go in and change their grade level and/or roadmap, as we attempt to place them where they need to be. I also like that I, as the teacher, have my own dashboard, where I can check on how they are doing at any time.

“Mr. Loquacious” ¬†had a bit of trouble at first, because this was a different way of learning math than he had don before, but once I went over it with him a few times, he was fine on his own.

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As you can see above, he was using a small tablet to work in LearnBop, which he really enjoyed! This is an android tablet, as is my phone, the one I  used to set them up with.

Here you see “The Puzzler” doing his work on the desktop, which he seemed to prefer . . .

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As I said above, “The Puzzler” functions much younger, and he had a lot of trouble, even with basic addition and subtraction. To help him, I finally gave him a printed number line. After I showed him how to use it, he began doing better, and enjoying the program more. He actually ASKS to go on LearnBop now!

I do think this is a very well done program. I really like that it is adaptive and is able to adjust to what the student needs intuitively. I think this will help a lot when it comes to bringing the twins further along in beginning math.

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Missing you all!

So, I’ve been missing in action, haven’t I?! Here’s what’s been happening . . .

On June 11, “The Artist” and I went to a long awaited and anticipated class with our Zentangle teachers¬†¬†along with noted author Suzanne McNeill, who has written many zentangle books!

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This was a class based on something very new to “The Artist” and me, called Florabunda. We made BEAUTIFUL 3D flowers to put onto cards, and everybody’s came out different, as is the usual!

Here are all of the different completed pieces . . .

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Here is a class picture of everyone . .

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and here is one of “The Artist”, me, and Suzanne McNeill!

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Unfortunately, 3 days later, I was in the emergency room, and having surgery to remove my gall bladder! I’ve been working on recovery ever since, but be watching, because I will have some upcoming reviews of a couple of Suzanne’s books!

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The Glass Castle . . . A T.O.S. Review

 

As an avid reader for as long as I can remember, it is very important to me to try and encourage a love of reading in my children. Because of this, I was very glad to be chosen as one of the crew members to receive for review a book from Shiloh Run Press called The Glass Castle, written by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins.

This is not a terribly long book.  In fact, though there are 41 chapters, they are all fairly short, and the book itself is only 251 pages long.

You may recognise the name of one of the authors, Jerry B. Jenkins. He co-authored the Left Behind series of books with Tim LaHaye, many years ago! He has written over 180 books, and 16 of them have reached NYT bestseller status.

The co-author of this book Trisha White Priebe, has had the desire to write ever since she was in the 6th grade, and says that she still loves writing for sixth graders! Priebe has worn a lot of different hats during her life. She is a wife, mom, writer, editor, teacher, reader, and as she puts it, former water polo queen. She has also worked as an editor for the Meredith Corporation, and has published several magazine articles and blog entries. Priebe is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences, and enjoys assisting her husband in youth ministry.

The Glass Castle is book one in the new “13” series. The setting and action are very much like a cross between the Narnia books and Alice in Wonderland.

The story begins in book one, telling of a king who is growing old, and is worried about who will take his place. His new wife wishes to give him a child who would be hei to the throne, but the king’s first wife gave birth to a son and nobody knows what happened to him. ¬†The solution? get rid of all the orphans in the kingdom!

Avery, Kate, Tuck, and Kendrick take charge of an underground network of kidnapped children, pledging to reunite the children with the homes they lost.

You can read some of The Glass Castle here.

I gave this book to “The Artist”, and once he got into it, it really did not take him long to finish the book. He even brought it along to read in the waiting room when I had a doctor’s appointment. Here he is at home, reading.

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He says that he’s really enjoyed the story and is looking forward to the next book, The Ruby Moon, which will coming out in October 2016. I do think it fair to warn you though, that The Glass Castle does end with something of a cliff hanger, so be prepared!

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