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Nature’s Beautiful Order From Memoria Press: Our Review

We have recently received for the purpose of this review the curricula Nature’s Beautiful Order, from the company Memoria Press.

 

We have reviewed products from Memoria Press before, which you can read about here.

Nature’s Beautiful Order is a set which includes the text-book, student guide (workbook) and teacher guide (a copy of the student guide, but with the answers included. According to the website for this product, it is intended for grades six through nine.

John James Audubon is just one of the writers whose works are presented in the text-book for Nature’s Beautiful Order.

Here is what your student will learn about, and the order it is presented in the book:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What Is an Animal?
  • Chapter 2: The Lobster
  • Chapter 3: The Cuttlefish
  • Chapter 4: The Sea Urchin
  • Chapter 5: The Bee
  • Chapter 6: The Trout
  • Chapter 7: The Frog
  • Chapter 8: The Turtle
  • Chapter 9: The Canada Goose
  • Chapter 10: The Miracle of Flight
  • Chapter 11: Day’s Herald Bird
  • Chapter 12: Birds at Home
  • Chapter 13: The Groundhog
  • Chapter 14: The White-Tailed Deer
  • Chapter 15: The Carnivora
  • Chapter 16: Farm Friends
  • Chapter 17: Man the Upright Animal
  • Chapter 18: Man the Steward

I put “The Artist” on this review, because when I was reading off the possible titles, he jumped on this one. He is our “go to” guy for pretty much all things natural science, so this one really attracted him.

Here he is, unboxing the package this curricula arrived in:

“The Artist” is telling me that he enjoy the text-book, because the chapters read like a story as opposed to a text book. That said, he does not like the Student Guide. He says that he feels it uses too many questions he can’t understand, and that it is confusing to him. Now, to be fair, he has not had much exposure to educational material which focuses on critical thinking skills, so this is not in any way a failure of this curricula. We are not a “classical method” homeschooling family. He has agreed to work through it orally with me however, and to then  write down the answers. That was his other complaint, too much writing for him, lol!

Here he is reading the textbook, and working in the student guide:

As you read above, this material begins with the question of what is an animal, moving from there all the way up to man, which leads me to the one big thing that bothers me, the reference to man as an animal. I don’t believe this idea is at all Biblical, I don’t believe God would create an “animal” and say that it was created in His image. I do realize that there are many who would not agree with me, even including others within the Christian faith, but there it is. With this one exception, this is a wonderful curricula for homeschoolers.

To read more reviews about Natures Beautiful Order and other products from Memoria Press, please click on the banner below.

Latin, Nature and Trees {Memoria Press Reviews} 

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Iliad & Odyssey Set . . . My Review

“The Artist” very much loves reading about Greek Mythology, etc, so when the opportunity came up to review the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set  from Memoria Press, he really just about begged me to ask for it, even thou I was leaning more toward a different set which was also offered. So I did!

Memoria Press was generous enough to send us the following:

  • Iliad
  • Iliad Student Guide
  • Iliad Teacher Guide
  • Iliad DVDs
  • Odyssey
  • Odyssey Student Guide
  • Odyssey Teacher Guide
  • Odyssey DVDs

If you were to purchase each set separately, they would be $75.00 each. However, by purchasing the Complete Set, you would have a savings of $15.00 as the Complete Set is sold here at the cost of $150.00. I think that in the end, since the two stories actually tell a whole tale, it is worth it to get the complete set and save a little bit over buying them separately.

As I said above, “The Artist’ REALLY wanted me to go for this one. This is what happened when the box arrived at our house. The second we had it opened, he had it out of my hands and well, you can see what he thought!

 

I was nowhere NEAR ready to begin just yet, and he was already reading on his own. SCORE!

The Iliad comes first in the story, as it is the period during the Trojan War, whereas the Odyssey is the story about the journey home from the Trojan War. I’ll be completely honest here and tell you that I did not know this at all. I had never read either book.

By getting the Complete Set, we now have enough material for a full year Language Arts course, which (bonus!) is based on a period of history which fascinates “The Artist”.

So, I bet you want to know how this set works, don’t you? Well, I think when you read all of the reviews, you will find that there are different ways to make this work in your family. For our family, this time around I’m just using it with “The Artist.”

Both The Iliad and The Odyssey are divided up into “books” as opposed to chapters. After the Preface, The Iliad has a wonderful section with three pages of charts giving “The Friends and Foes of Homer’s Iliad,” “Greeks: Major Characters,” and “Trojans: Major Characters.” The Student Guide is a consumable book, meant to be written in and used by just one person. We read one “book,” then watch the DVD covering that book, then go to the Student Guide to read and answer the questions. Of course, then the Teacher Guide allows me to check the answers and grade them. The DVDs are really not all that long, about a half an hour or so each. They are helpful with giving us the correct pronunciations for many things and people in the stories, and explaining questions that made going through the Student Guide somewhat easier.

Both The Iliad & The Odyssey sets are formatted the same, so once having completed The Iliad, we will be used to it and able to just continue right along with The Odyssey

Even though the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set  from Memoria Press were not MY first choice, I am glad I put it down as first choice, because “The Artist” is truly enjoying it! He even enjoys reading the books just for free time reading, which I think is great!

                       To read 99 more fair and honest reviews about

Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set

First Form Greek Complete Set

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set

and

200 Questions About American History Set

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First Form Greek, Iliad/Odyssey and American History {Memoria Press Reviews}

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D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths from Memoria Press . . . a T.O.S. Review

Many years ago, we purchased a history curriculum which had a number of D’Aulaires’ books, and I fell immediately in love with them. So, you can understand why I might be excited to be one of the lucky reviewers to work with this set from Memoria Press!

 

We are reviewing the D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths Set.

 

We received for the purpose of review the following products:

  • The D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths book
  • The Teacher Guide by Cheryl Lowe and Leigh Lowe
  • The Student Guide, also by Cheryl Lowe and Leigh Lowe
  • A package of flash cards

This study package is well laid out, and makes a great deal of sense. I realize there are some Christians who would question our studying this topic, but right from the introduction of the Teacher’s Guide, the question of “why study Greek Mythology?” is discussed. There were things that I had never really known, such as the fact that next to the Bible, the Greek Myths are the most important set of stories in human history. They are stories which are everywhere in English literature and in our culture, something you can even see in the names of planets, constellations, and even the names of products we can buy!

I like the way that this particular study guide shows that the Greek myths and other ancient stories often are similar to Bible stories. I like that in my opinion, this shows that even without the actual Bible, other cultures have the same knowledge from The Lord, regardless of how they have passed it down. For example, nearly all ancient “mythologies” have the story of the garden of Eden, and the world-wide flood.

The evidence of seeing the similarities can be used to either show proof of the Bible, or if one is contrary, to show that the Bible is also myth, but for my fellow believers, I agree with the authors in that “students who have gone through these thought processes will be prepared for the mythologizing of the Bible that will come later in life.”

We are really enjoying the stories in the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, and the study materials only make it better! It is laid out by lesson number, for example lesson one would be pages 9 – 15 in the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, covering “Olden Times, Gaea, The Titans, and Cronus.”

Each lesson has the following sections to aid in study and memorization:

  • Facts to know

Facts to know highlights the most important information in the D’Aulaires’ book. It should be drilled throughout the year, after which the student should be able to recite the information at the end of the course.

  • Vocabulary

This section covers words that may be new and challenging, so that they can be defined and discussed before reading, or as they come up while reading.

  • Comprehension Questions

These questions are designed to help the student best identify the virtues and follies of the mythological heroes.

  • Activities

The pictures from the D’Aulaires’ book are so wonderful, and help as a memory aid. The activities sections in the study guide have the student identify specific details that bring the story to life, perhaps even by labeling them in pencil. There are also many enrichment activities, such as maps, timelines and family trees.

The flashcards included in this set are GREAT for review, whether at home or on the go! They re-enforce the knowledge we have gained through reading the Daulaires’ book and using the study guide.

We are enjoying this set, and think you may as well. To find out what other crew members think, please click the banner below.

Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review

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