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.

The Home School In The Woods Á La Carte products are many, and they are quite varied, which certainly will give you something of interest to you. You will find them all shown and described here.

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

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Why Can’t I Get My Kids to BEHAVE? My Review

Behavioral issues are a topic many parents are well versed in, when it comes to wondering why they can’t get their kids to behave. I know that we have dealt with this, for a long time. Well, Parenting Made Practical has numerous parenting materials, including the book which I was given to review for you.

This is a handy little book! It is titled Why Can’t I Get My Kids to BEHAVE?, and has been a very interesting read! Written by the husband and wife team Joey and Carla Link, this book offers very practical lessons on things such as:

  • What obedience is
  • What obedience is not
  • The parenting toolbox
  • The toolbox NOT to use

Along with a lot of other information like, it’s not too late (one that I as a parent of older kids found very interesting.

From the very start though, they point out that authority is not a bad word. In today’s social climate, a lot of people seem to disagree with this statement, but I don’t disagree at all. We have had those talks with our own kids about how everyone is under some authority, even if they don’t have a boss at work. They are still under the authority of laws, for example. When parents abdicate their authority in the home, then their children end up ruling, which is not the way God planned for our homes to be.

God expects children to obey their parents. (Ephesians 6:1, Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.)

The authors first focus on obedience, what it is and is not, and what kind of words to use with our kids when referring to them having disobeyed. For example, something I like which we have been doing for a while is that instead of saying “you didn’t obey,” we have been saying “you chose not to obey”. This, according to the authors, shows kids that in fact, they DO have a choice, to obey of not. However, we need to make them aware that choices have consequences, which are ALSO being chosen. If your child knows the consequence, and you are consistent with it, then they  know that they are also CHOOSING the consequence!

One of the things I like is the suggestion to stop taking away something for a specific time as a consequence. Instead, it is for an indefinite time, until the child has a true change in attitude. Otherwise, they will simply wait it out, knowing they’ll get the object back, or get ungrounded, etc, without actually having to earn it.

There are a lot of great take away’s in this book, some of which I agree with, some I don’t, some which work with older kids like mine, and some which are great to get started right out when your kids are small.

There are also Biblical references in the book with many of the ideas given, which I like, but the Bible version used is the NIV, while we use only the KJV. It’s alright though, because I can look up the verses in my own Bible while working through this book.

Parenting made Practical has a number of other excellent resources, which I’ve listed below. Check them out!

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Quick Start Cursive/The Art of Cursive . . . My Review

My son “The Puzzler” has been really wanting to learn cursive. He is age 16, with cognitive disabilities. The CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack turned out to be a good fit for him, in spite of his initial resistance to the method used.

This pack includes one CursiveLogic workbook, and access to an instructional webinar that explains the patent-pending CursiveLogic method step by step. This is all you need, along with pencils, colored pencils and/or colored markers. We were given this set by  CursiveLogic, along with the following.

We were also blessed with the gift for the purpose of this review a copy of The Art of Cursive.

First, let’s talk about The CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack. This book is top spiral bound, which makes it nice for both the right or left-handed student. This is nice, as it means never having to rest the arm on the spiral. The covers are heavy, and glossy, which I find attractive. The book is arranged so that you go all the way to the end with lower case letters, then flip to the back side and go through again, for the capital letters. It is intended to go for ten weeks, however we are taking it much slower so that “The Puzzler” doesn’t give up.

As I said in the beginning, “The Puzzler” was resistant to the teaching and learning method. CursiveLogic was founded by Linda Shrewsbury, who was volunteering in a local literacy program. She was a reading tutor to Josh, who was age 23 and had learning disabilities. He wanted to learn cursive so as to be able to sign his name. Read more about how this caused Linda to develop the CursiveLogic concept here.

Here is Linda to explain to you about how this came about . . .

As you heard from Linda, the alphabet is actually made up of four distinct shape as their base. Wit each letter, the student is given a color and a catch phrase to help in learning the system of writing. All of this is explained thoroughly in the accompanying webinar. The webinar is 48 minutes long, and although i was mentally prepared to just sit and be bored, I actually did get quite a bit out of it. The instructions really do help, if you would like to have extra aid in understanding how to properly take the book and teach your child what to do.

The student will first print the alphabet in the beginning of the workbook.

 

“The Puzzler” next was instructed to find the letters which begin with the first basic shape, “orange oval” and then color in the boxes with orange. He used a colored pencil for this.

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He will then trace over the letters with his finger while repeating the catch phrase which goes with that letter. This helps with muscle memory, audio, speech, etc. “The Puzzler” objected strenuously to doing this, and kept saying “Do I HAVE to keep saying the verse?” It was only after I MADE him say it over and over when writing for himself (instead of tracing) that he did admit to being able to remember easier how to do this.

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“The Puzzler” is diagnosed with OCD, so this is taking a LOT longer that suggested. This is because he gets extremely upset if it is not absolutely perfect. But, the picture above is from lesson one! And he has never done cursive before at all, and right after doing this page. he looked ahead and was able to read every single word that was based on “orange oval” letters. He is really looking forward to seeing how well he will be doing by the end of this program!

Now, about The Art of Cursive. I was so excited to see this  book being included for our review! It is an adult coloring book, but “The Puzzler” is the colorist in our family, with quite a stash of adult coloring books to his name. He even asked for them, along with coloring pencils, for Christmas.

This is not your usual adult coloring book at all. Although it is not meant as a cursive instruction book, with four brief lessons to refresh the adult who may wish to improve handwriting. After that, there are twenty-seven gorgeous images to color. Oh, but as I said, not your usual coloring pages! They are printed on very nice, heavy paper. The pictures incorporate the letter shapes in strings, along with a lovely quote, and on the backside of the page is the quote to copy using the CursiveLogic method. Here is a page that “The Puzzler” is currently working on . . .

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He chose to do the quote in one color, then not use that color again so that the quote would stand out.

“The Puzzler” is enjoying himself with this one, and is very proud of being able to finally manage cursive lessons. He also loves, loves, loves The Art of Cursive. We very much recommend this program to you, especially if you have a learning disabled child, one who has been resistant to other cursive curricula, or you yourself would like to have nicer writing!

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