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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Maestro Classics The Nutcracker Review #hsreviews #MaestroClassics

Maestro Classics Review
We have grown to love Maestro Classics over the last few years. Our newest one is The Nutcracker and as soon as it arrived in our mailbox Alaina had it and in the CD player. 
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Maestro Classics started in 2004 as Magic Maestro Music. Stephen Simon and Bonnie Ward Simon had sold-out concerts for young people for over a decade when they decided to share their gifts to a wider audience. They offer twelve performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Classics want people both young and old to expand their listening experiences and create a new musical memory.   

We now own five titles from Maestro Classics; The Nutcracker, Mike Mulligan, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Story of Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf and we love them all. My girls, especially Alaina listens to them often. She has listened to The Nutcracker at least six times in the last two weeks. She also has a wish list and the ones she wants to listen to next are Merry Pranks of Master Till and Juanita the Spanish Lobster

The Nutcracker CD last almost an hour. This is Stephen Simon's adaption of The Nutcracker, and he includes music from every section of Tchaikovsky's great ballet. It is preformed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. While the orchestra plays the music the storyteller, Jim Weiss, tells us the story of Clara and how she was given a nutcracker on Christmas Eve and how it comes to life and becomes a handsome prince. The prince overtakes the Mouse King to take Clara to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara isn't sure if this is just a dream. 

The CD comes with a beautifully illustrated 23 page children's musical activity book. It contains information about the history of ballet, the harp, and a small biography of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. A couple of puzzles, simple music of Overture to The Nutcracker and also information about Stephen Simon, and Jim Weiss. 

There are now free curriculum guides to go with the Maestro Classics CDs and they contain a lot of information. The Nutcracker Curriculum Guide contains information on the ballet, history & geography, science, language arts, art music, and math. We were introduced to stretching, ballet moves, nutrition, coloring pages, video links, passports for the kids, mini unit studies about Christmas & Tchaikovsky, and we are getting ready to learn how nutcrackers work and how they are made. 

The music on The Nutcracker is very well done, our whole family enjoyed listening to it. My adult son has been home for a month and the girls had him listen to it while they quietly played games and he really like it too. Jim Weiss has an excellent voice to be the storyteller, we could listen to him tell stories all day. A Hobby Lobby just opened in our town this month. As soon as we finished listening to The Nutcracker Alaina wanted to make a special trip there to take a closer look at the nutcrackers. Can you guess what is on her Christmas list now?

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Apologia Ultimate Homeschool Planner Review #hsreviews

Apologia Ultimate Homeschool Planner
We have used so many great products in our home from Apologia Educational Ministries, and this year I'm organizing our homeschool by using The Ultimate Homeschool Planner-Blue Cover from them. 
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The Ultimate Homeschool Planner is a 52 week planning system designed by Debra Bell. This spiral bound planner is made just for mom and comes in blue, orange, and yellow. I received the 283 page blue cover edition. It has thick plastic coated covers with a folder pocket in the front and back. There are a few thick pages at the front of the planner that include yearly calendars all the way to 2023. There are pages for monthly and weekly planning, keeping records, teaching tips, and planning guides as well as pages to write a year end review. 
At the beginning of the planner there is a section on how to use the Ultimate Homeschool Planning System. It recommends setting aside time to plan out the upcoming school year during a yearly planning retreat and keeping up with it by implementing monthly sessions. Not only are there places to keep track of school work and activities there are also places to plan academic goals and character goals for up to six children. 
There are bible verses and quotes throughout the entire planner and each weekly planning pages also include space for your spiritual planning including your bible reading, prayers, and outreaches. There is also space to write how God worked in your home that week as well as a place to record weekly memories. 
The record keeping section allows you to keep track of reading lists, grades, field trips, and outside activities. There is also a competitive merit scholarship candidate sample for grades 8th-12th. 
Our school year was already underway when I received my Ultimate Planner, and I didn't have time to schedule a planning retreat but this is something I would love to do for next year. I went through and added all of our outside events in the yearly calendar first and then I started on our weekly plans. In our homeschool we have school Monday-Friday, but we do not follow a strict time scheduled. My husband is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to allow for more time with dad some weeks we get our school done in the morning and some weeks we get more done in the afternoon. That is one reason I am loving this planner because there isn't times listed on the weekly planner. I can write what each of my children needs to get done for the day and it works out no matter what time we get started. 

This planner has been very easy to set up and implement everyday. It has really helped keep us focused each day. Since I only have three kids at home I am using one of the additional lines to schedule my blog posts. I love that there are wide margins for each week for additional notes. That has allowed me to write in any review items that we have starting or ending during that week and if I need to get any pictures taken for my review. 
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NIV Bible for Teen Girls Review #NIVBibleforTeenGirls #FLYBY

I wanted my kids to establish their own private devotion time at an early age. As soon as they started reading I had them read a children's bible. The one they started with had just a couple of senteces from common bible stories, a picture and one question about what they read. My kids have alwasy gone to church and we have family devotions every day, so they knew most of the stories and answers even if they sounded out the story so slowly they didn't really understand what they read. After they finished that little bible they each got their own "real bible". They started out just reading a couple of verses at a time and eventually they will read the entire bible. I know they didn't understand a lot of what they read, I just wanted them to make a habit out of reading their bible everyday.  

We just recently received the NIV Bible for Teen Girls and with two teen girls and one preteen girl in the house it is perfect timing. This hardcover Bible has a very pretty cover and was designed for girls ages 13-18. There is an introduction to each book of the Bible, character profiles, and promises of God are highlighted. There are sections called Growing in Faith, Hope, Love throughout the Bible. These readings were written by Christian female authors to help teen girls discover God's will for their life. Some of the authors are Bethany Hamilton, Annie Downs, Christine Caine, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Crystal Kirgis, and more.

The added readings in the Growing in Faith, Hope, Love sections are topics that teen girls are faced with today. They take the topic and show Bible verses where God tells us what he thinks of them or they take Bible verses and show the girls how to adapt them to their own lives.

This Bible is a great addition to any household with teen girls.

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1664
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.50 X 1.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0310749697
ISBN-13: 9780310749691
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-18
Text Color: Black Letter

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Koru Naturals Skin Clear Creme, Soap, and Hair Tonic Review #hsreviews

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The last couple of years I have been trying to use more natural products in our household. I'm trying to eliminate the chemicals we put in our bodies or use on them. Earlier this year I was introduced to Koru Naturals when we reviewed their Emu Oil and Lip Balm. We loved our Emu Oil so much that when we were offered more products from Koru I knew we wanted to try them. This time we received Skin Clear Creme, Manuka Honey & Propolis Soap, and the Argan Oil and Sandalwood Hair Tonic

Alaina loves anything that smells, and has a hand washing fetish. The very day our package arrived she immediately opened it up and wanted to start smelling. I told her to take a picture of them before she opened them and when I got my phone back there were probably 25 pictures with the products all lined up different ways. After smelling them all Alaina made everyone wash their hands with the new soap. I have no idea how many time she washed her own, but it was a lot. 
Koru Naturals started bringing products from New Zealand to the U.S. in 2002. They were using the products themselves and were sharing them with their friends when they decided to start selling to other people. They offer products for your face, hair, and  body for men, women, and infants. 

The Skin Clear Creme has been around for twenty years and is all natural. It has remained pretty much the same, with just a few additional ingredients added to help with problem skin. It contains no artificial colors, fragrances, or parabens.  

I have been using this skin creme every day. It is very creamy and has a very mild scent. It came with a plastic inner lid and a small spatula to scoop the creme. I love this skin creme. I have always used a moisturizer on my face because I have very dry skin. This left my face feeling soft and clean. It goes on very smooth and doesn't feel heavy at all. 

Ingredients: Aloe, Leaf Juice, Essential Water, Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Honey, Lactobacillus/Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Thyme Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Manuka Leaf Oil, Harakeke Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaspartate, Bergamot Oil, Roman Chamomile Distillate, Sweet Almond Oil, Niacimide, Lemongrass Oil, Aspen Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Turmeric Root Extract, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin.

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The New Zealand Manuka Honey and Propolis are known for their moisturizing and skin protective properties. When they are put together they are the perfect combination to care for your skin.

Alaina is always wanting to buy new hand soap. She has always loved to wash her hands and she does it often, but she also loves smelly things. When we received this Honey & Propolis Soap she made everyone smell it. It has a very pleasant smell and it is not over powering at all, but it leaves the bathroom smelling very nice. The whole family has been using this soap every day. I have very dry skin and I am very particular with the soaps I use. I actually haven't used bar soap in a very long time and hadn't had as much of a problem. This soap is not drying to my skin at all & I love using it. 
Ingredients: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocate, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Propolis extract, Manuka Honey, Tetrasodium EDTA, Pigment Yellow 1, 11680, 2512-29-0, EXT D&C yellow 5, Food red 1, 14700, 4548-53-2, FD&C red #4, Pigment yellow 42 FEOOH, 77492, 20344-49-4

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The Argan Oil and Sandalwood Hair Tonic is intended to be used on your hair to add shine to dry, frizzy hair, but it can also be used as an aromatherapy oil. It has the fragrance of Australian Sandalwood. I would describe it as a subtle sweet woodsy smell, but not over powering. It is recommended that you use 1-3 drops of this oil on your hair daily. 
You can see where Amber got the oil on her hair and where she missed pieces. 

I have natural curly hair and so does a few of my kids. Mine isn't as thick as it used to be, but my kids hair is very thick, curly, dry, and gets frizzy. We were very excited to try this hair tonic. The first time we used it, we used to much and Amber's hair looked greasy. It took a few times to get just the right amount for each kid. Alaina could never get the right amount so I mixed a little of the oil with water in a skirt bottle for her to spray on hers. She isn't as frizzy as Amber and I, so this worked great for her as long as she remembered to shake it before she sprayed. I think it was easier to get the right amount if it was applied to dry hair. Amber uses it while her hair is wet, but she usually takes a shower at night, so she has to add some more in the morning when she gets up. It does leave our hair shiny and helps with the frizz. We are going to Florida next month and I am really hoping it helps in the humidity.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood) Oil,* Helichrysum (Helichrysum) Essential Oil*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Essential Oil.*organic ingredient

Everything we have tried from Koru Naturals has been a hit in our house. I love that their products are all natural without artificial scents. Alaina and I like to browse their website to see what other products we would like to try. Members of the ReviewCrew received other products from Koru and I will be reading their reviews to see if we want to try some of them.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Galaxy Buck Mission to Sector 9 Review and Giveaway #GALAXYBUCK #FLYBY

Alaina is ten and she still loves cartoons. She recently watched a new video called Galaxy Buck mission to Sector 9. She loved it! She said this is her favorite Buck Denver adventure. And I agree with her, this is my favorite one too. I love the subtle references to Star Wars. Buck dreams of doing something big for God. He works in a call center but volunteers to go to Sector 9 to fix a transponder when he is faced with saving the galaxy and realizes his life is important to Jesus no matter how small he thinks his work is. Phil Vischer does a good job of communicating Biblical truths to children of all ages.

About the movie:
Buck Denver has a simple dream - to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God's love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn't have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain's license.  He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don't go at ALL like he imagined!  If he's doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything - even our dreams! 

Run time: Approximately 40 minutes 

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Brookdale House Review #hsreviews #BrookdaleHouse

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I think a knowledge of our country and our world geography is very important for everyone to know. We don't spend a lot of time studying geography we usually add it into our other studies or books we are reading. My girls have little sticky paper dolls that they move around our world and USA wall maps when people we know are traveling. They have them text or call every time they stop or enter a new state. If no one we know is traveling they will move the dolls to places we are reading or studying about. We just recently started using Drawing Around the World: USA from Brookdale House, it has been a fun addition to our school and Alaina's paper doll is moved to the state she is learning each time.  
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Drawing Around the World: USA is available as a printed book or an eBook, we received the eBook to download. It is designed to teach children to draw sections of the USA from memory. This 282 page eBook teaches new states each week. It is recommended to use this four days a week completing the book in twenty-seven weeks. Not only does it teach the states and their shapes the student also learns interesting facts about each one. They have a fact table to document capital, populations, area, and more. Blank maps and colorful maps with labels are provided, and the only additional resource you may want to use is an atlas, you may use a book or links are provided in the eBook for an online access to one. There is also additional memorization techniques to help your child memorize the states, and timed activities if you children are up for the challenge. 

I had all three of my girls use this eBook, but the primary focus has been with Alaina. The other girls know all the states & capitals name and locations, they just get some of the smaller states on the east coast confused when labeling a blank map. We only spent about 5-10 minutes per day on this, but it could get a little longer as Alaina adds more states to draw. On the first day of the week the new state is studied and the State Fact Table is filled in. The student locates and labels the new state and then fills in the previously learned states. The second and third day Alaina located and labeled the new states on the black and white map and then drew all the states she had already learned. Day four she listed the states she has learned by memory. 

I had Alaina use this four days per week. Amber and Delaney just worked on the New England states so they could remember their shape and location. This is a geography course with drawing activities not a drawing curriculum. The girls don't draw each state exactly as they are, but they can draw the shape close enough to recognize what it is. After drawing the states Alaina would look at them and find something about their shape to help her remember what it looks like. She would recall those shapes every time she drew that state.

Alaina is having a lot of fun using Drawing Around the World: USA and it is really helping her with mapping the USA. We will definitely be looking into Drawing Around the World: Europe when we are finished with this one. 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CEB Student Bible Review & Giveaway

The CEB Student Bible was designed to help students engage with God's word. It should help teens ages 13 and up make a connection between the their world and the Bible. 

This Bible is written in the Common English Bible translation. This version was completed in 2011 and is sponsered by the Common English Bible Committee. One hundred twenty Bible scholars worked to translate this version. It uses naturally sounding phrases that resemble how young people talk, read, and write with their friends. 

The Student Bible includes:
  • An introduction to each Bible book, inlcuding an overview, key themes, and quick facts. 
  • 16 pages of maps by National Geographic with a map index.
  • Multiple prayers and reflections written by students for students. 
  • Discussion questions, activities, and excercises for each book of the Bible. 
  • The indexes include key articles for each book, well-known and less well-known bible passages and stories. 

Everyone in our family has their own bible in the NASB version, but we love using other versions during our family devotions. This sometimes helps us understand things a little more or helps us see things in a different way than we had previously had. This new Bible version flows really well and is great for reading out loud. The added reflections included in the Student Bible are well written and can help the teens relate to the topics.

We already own the Deep Blue Kids Bible from Abingdon Press that is written in the CEB version, and my older kids are enjoying this Student Bible as much as we do the Kids Bible.  

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FishFlix Faith of Our Fathers Review #hsreviews Review no 2
It seems like I have been noticing more and more movies lately that not only entertain us, but they are also appropriate for the family and have Christian themes. Maybe I'm noticing them because I was introduced to earlier this year & they are an online Christian movie store. We just finished watching Faith of Our Fathers DVD 2015 Edition from FishFlix. Review no 2
Faith of Our Fathers takes us back to the Vietnam War in 1969. Two men, Eddie and Steven, are deep in the jungle on a mission. They write letters to their wives, mentioning their sons often. One son is an infant and the other isn't born yet. We also see the two boys as adults on a road trip to visit the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers names. Even though the boys' dads have been dead for 25 years they get to know their fathers and how they died by reading their letters on the road trip. By searching to know their fathers they eventually find themselves. 

Both stories parallel each other in this movie. We see a clip of the dads and then we are back with the boys throughout the movie. Both missions last only five days, and all four men face funny and sad trials throughout their missions. This full length movie is rated PG-13 for war violence, but there is no gore.  

I watched this movie myself, my girls weren't interested in watching it once it got started. I liked the concept of this movie and really appreciate that this is a clean movie. Some of the experiences the sons have at the beginning of Vietnam Wall journey are very unrealistic and make them seem like they have no sense, and some of the things that were supposed to be funny really weren't. It does get better as you get into the movie and has a very emotional ending. This movie has a good message and we see how our actions and words can help others to overcome things in their lives even years later. Scripture is used throughout the movie by one of the dads and his son. They eventually persuade the other man and son to look to the Bible for comfort.  

FishFlix is an online store that offers thousands of Christian DVDs with free shipping on purchases of $35.00 or more. This family owned company has a mission to bring you the greatest christian and family-friendly films at great prices. They believe that God's message can be spread through media and entertainment, and they want to offer a great way to spend quality time with your family through Christian movies and TV programs. 

Faith Of Our Fathers will be available on October 13, 2015 from FishFlix for $14.99. The pre-order sale is $9.99. 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Progeny Press Stone Fox Review #hsreviews

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We have been homeschooling for a long time and there are a few companies that we like to use over and over. Progeny Press is one of those companies that my girls are always eager to use. This time Alaina was excited to review the Stone Fox Study Guide. Being the youngest of five homeschooled kids, she loves getting something new that no one else has used before. 
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Progeny Press offers literature study guides from a Christian perspective. They offer study guides for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school level, teacher resources, and audio books. We received Stone Fox from the upper elementary category and it is available as an interactive download for $17.99.
Stone Fox is about a young boy named Willy. He lives with his grandfather who owes the state of Wyoming for back taxes. The state threatens to take the farm and grandfather has lost his will to live. Willy wants to help his grandfather and thinks he can win money to help him by entering the National Dog Sled Races. An Indian named Stone Fox also enters the race and he has never lost. Does Willy beat the Indian? Can he raise the money to save his grandfathers farm? 
The interactive study guide for Stone Fox is sixty pages long. The answer key comes with the study guide, but it is in it's own file. In the guide there is information to the instructor on how to use the guide, a synopsis of the book, information about the author, background information on Jackson, WY and Indians. There is also ideas for pre-reading activities and a map. There are ten chapters in the book Stone Fox and the study guide covers two chapters in each of the five lessons. Each chapter works with vocabulary words, literature terms, bible references, and thought provoking questions. The student will probably need a good dictionary and bible to help them complete their assignments. An overview of the whole book has it's own chapter and there is also a Review Puzzle Race, a list of essay topics and projects, post-reading activities, and related resources. The interactive pdf can be opened and filled in on the computer using Adobe Acrobat 9.0+ . The students work will be saved on the computer or you may print the study guide out.  
In the interactive study guide the blank spaces to type in appear blue.

We found the book Stone Fox at our local library and when I brought it home Amber informed me that we already own the book. Oops! At least I didn't buy this one twice. Alaina decided she wanted to have a physical copy of the study guide, so we printed it off and she put it in a notebook. She was so excited to have her own book and study guide that she completed it entirely on her own. Alaina is ten and she is a good reader, she read each of the chapters and answered the questions on her own. We went through the Essay and Project section together and decided on a few she wanted to do and some of the others we discussed together. Of course her favorite extra activity was learning more about the Iditarod. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Apply for the 2016 Schoolhouse ReviewCrew #hsreviews

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In 2010 I stepped out of my comfort zone and started a blog just so I could apply for the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew. To my astonishment I was accepted and have loved every minute of it. 

Over the last five years we have been introduced to new curriculum, new companies, and a plethora of homeschool products. My kids have had the opportunity to use products we may not have had the opportunity to use if I had not joined the Crew. We have reviewed some big name companies, new companies, and individually owned products. 

I have also met some of the most amazing homeschooling parents from around the world. The people who apply and are accepted to the Crew are a special group of people who love the homeschool community and are curriculum junkies. 

Our love of the ReviewCrew is not just about curriculum. I have had the pleasure of making some wonderful online friends & I have even met a few of them in real life. My girls also participate in a chain letter and have pen pals from across the US that have been part of the Crew. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Youth Group Progressive Dinner

Last year we had a progressive dinner for the youth group at our church. My girls had so much fun, they wanted to do it again this year. We visited five different houses and ended at the church to play games.

We started with appetizers at our house. The girls and I had three choices. We had spinach dip in fillo shells, veggies with ranch, and Italian bread with burnt sugar, cream cheese & fresh fruit.

Most of the kids could sit at our table. 

Our second stop was for soup. Our hosts offered us chili & white chicken chili. They offered shredded cheese, crackers, and crescents to go with our soup.
The kids sat all over the living room, dining room, and even on the stairs to eat their soup. 

Next we stopped to have salad. Most of the kids took their salad or taco salad outside, but a few of them sat in the living room. 

At the main course house we were fed pizza and bread sticks. A favorite of all the kids. 

Lastly we had dessert. A few of the kids put together a large banana split & then everyone scooped theirs and added toppings.

At the church we played musical chairs, pictionary, and dodge ball. 

Of course the girls wanted to go against the boys a few times for dodge ball. 

We all had a great time of fun, food, and fellowship. A big Thank You goes out to all the houses that we stopped at to eat and run!!
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