- Episode 1 ~ The Historical Landscape
- Episode 2 ~ The Announcements
- Episode 3~ Jesus is Born
- Episode 4 ~ Jesus Grows Up
- Episode 5 ~ Jesus Starts His Ministry
- Episode 6 ~ Jesus Returns to Galilee
- Episode 7~ Jesus Begins His Miracles
- Episode 8~ Jesus Teaches with Authority
- Episode 9~ The Sermon on the Mount
- Episode 10~ Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
- Episode 11~Jesus Travels North
- Episode 12~ A Final Trip to Jerusalem
- Episode 13~ Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
- Episode 14~ The Last Supper
- Episode 15~ The Trial of Jesus
- Episode 16~ The Crucifixion of Jesus
- Episode 17~ The Resurrection of Jesus
- Episode 18~ Who is Jesus?
Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
My daughter is always writing. She has several notebooks with that she is continually writing in. They each have different stories in them and she even has a notebook with just characters she has created. Since we homeschool she has more opportunity to write when the mood strikes, and when she has a story in her head she likes us all to leave her alone until she gets what is in her mind written down.
She had been looking for contests and other places to enter some of her work & someone introduced us to The Phoenix which is a high school literary magazine for homeschool students. This is a new magazine and she entered a story she titled The Pen of Mr. Biro. Her submission was accepted and used in the first of edition of the online magazine.
Needless to say, we were all so excited for her & I knew she would be thrilled to have a hard copy, so we had one printed. It turned out so nice and she is very proud of her accomplishment.
If you would like to read Delaney's story or any of the other works that were chosen for the first edition you can do so in the online magazine. Delaney's story is on page 38.
If you are a homeschool high school student you can submit literary works for the next edition of the magazine you may do so by June 2, 1017.
Thank You Jackson Fields for publishing a magazine for homeschool students.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Our family is not one to just go with the flow and do things the way most people do, so when the subject of college came up my first thought is how can we save money on college courses and how can she get college credit from home. When the Crew was offered to review SpeedyPrep I knew this was something we would be interested in.
Speedy Prep uses the College Level Examination Program guidelines published by the Colege Board to create their 'fill in the blank' flashcard format to help people study to take a CLEP exam. They offer CLEP prep for 24 subjects, and you don't even need prior knowledge of the course before starting to study to take the CLEP. The flashcards are used to study the subject with some video content to supplement. If you answer the question incorrectly the correct answer will appear with an explanation. If you answer the questions enough times and read the explanation you will start to remember the information. The mastery learning principle is used in this course, so once you answer the same questions multiple times it will advance your progress bar. Once your progress bar is at least 90% you are ready to take the CLEP test.
Each course includes an introduction that tells you things you need to know about the course including themes and the topics that are covered and the percentage of test questions there are for each topic. When you start the course there is a list of topics to study. You may choose to study one topic at a time, multiple topics together, or all of the topics together. Some of the questions are multiple choice with one or more correct answers and some of them are fill in the blank. If you have no idea what the correct answer is you can leave it blank and click the answer button to read the explanation. As you are answering the questions if there is a video to go with that particular question a link will be provided in the answer explanation. Once a session is completed you can see the percentage of questions that were answered correctly, the time you spent on the session, and your overall course progress bar. You then have the option of studying the same section again or study just the questions you missed.
To track your progress the study session results will show you the date, time, and duration of each study session. You will also be able to see the percentage of questions answered correctly and the number of correct answers out of the total number of questions.
Amber has been using SpeedyPrep to study United States History I: Early Colonization to 1877. She hasn't reached the mastery level so she isn't ready to take a CLEP test for this subject, but her progress is improving. At first, she was unsure about the format because it is different than anything she has studied before, but now she is starting to like it. Her sessions scores also show that she is remembering things. The first session she didn't get very many correct, but her newest session she scored 56 out of 66. The questions are very in depth and the explanations are very precise but contain enough information to answer the questions.
She has an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER test at our local community college so she can take some dual credit classes in the fall of this year. She has no desire to CLEP out of college level Algebra because she needs all the help she can get in math, but she wanted to see what college Algebra would be like and she wanted to have a little understanding of it, so she decided to do a few sessions in SpeedyPrep College Algebra.
If Amber masters American History I or any other subject she studies using SpeedyPrep and decides to CLEP out of those classes that will be great, but if she decides she would benefit more from taking the class that will be fine too. I know the time she spends using SpeedyPrep will help to ensure she is ready for college level classes.
SpeedyPrep is now part of the Home School Legal Defense Perx Program.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is empty.
The word empty makes me think about how things will feel around here in a couple of years. When our oldest two kids left home it was kinda hard, but I still had three little kids to occupy my time. Now that my youngest child turned 12, and I have one child with a driving permit, and the other one with her license I feel like the next 6 years will go by way to fast. Already with activities, jobs, volunteering, and Amber talking about taking a few college classes, it is becoming very real.
And then.........what will I do?
There will be no more toys, no more school books, and no kids running around giggling every day. I know that our goal as parents is to raise our kids up to be productive adults and move out! It just seems like things will be empty. Even now that they have a little more freedom with Amber being able to drive them around my house is very quiet sometimes.
What do other stay-at-home homeschooling moms do when their kids grow up. I told my husband that I would get a job until he retires so we can save a little extra money, but he thinks I will just want to travel and visit all 5 of our kids if they live in different states. He may be right, but it is the thought that counts.....right?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
CompuScholar Digital Savvy Review #hsreviews #computerprogrammingforkids #codingforkids #computerskills
CompuScholar is an online computer program that helps you understand computers and the programs you download on it. I have been doing lessons 15, 16, and 17. Lesson 15 is about editing images and after you finish the whole chapter you do an activity that goes with the chapter. So in lesson 15, the activity was to draw on the computer and editing photos. It was a lot of fun! Now I'm working on social media and today I learned about Pinterest and in each chapter, there is stuff about that specific thing. I will give it 5 stars!!
CompuScholar is an easy way to learn about computers, but not so easy that it is boring. It teaches you about simple things such as a mouse to more complex things such as the inside functions of the computer. CompuScholar is a good program to learn the basics of computers and I look forward to learning more.
Stop by the Crew Blog to read reviews about Digital Savvy, Web Design, or Java Programming.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
And now this summer Amber is working there and she gets to make a lot of ice cream!!
Shepherd, Potter, Spy, and the Star Namer Review #hsreviews #siblingrivalry #geography #Bible #survival
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Memoria Press American HistoryReview #hsreviews #memoriapress #classicalchristianeducation #classicalyhomeschooling #classicalchristianhomeschooling
Everything we have used from Memoria Press has been a great addition to our homeschool. I recently received The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set as well as 200 Questions About American History Set from them to use.
When our package arrived in the mail my adult daughter and her friend were here for a visit. I was anxious to open the box and get a good look at the products even though I knew it would be two more days before we would get started using it. We are a trivia and game loving family so the kids immediately wanted to open the American History Flashcards. I started reading them from the top of the pile and my kids were having a blast answering the questions & hearing the answers to the ones they did not know. When we were about 3/4 of the way through the pile my daughter's friend who attended public school and is a college graduate said we made her feel stupid because she didn't know any of the answers and she wanted to know if she could study American History while she was visiting.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic uses the text written by H.S. Guerber and edited by Memoria Press and comes with a softcover Student Guide, and a Teacher Guide. The 211-page text was originally written in two volumes at the turn of the 20th Century. Memoria Press thinks they are the best quality text for the middle school students, so they combined the two volumes into one. It is divided into 85 short chapters with only one or two pages in each. The 104 page Student Guide is divided into 32 Lessons and has an extensive Appendix. Each lesson is set up the same way and include Facts To Know, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, and an Enrichment section. The Appendix includes maps, charts, song lyrics, the Constitution with the Amendments, the Emancipation Proclamation, and more. The Teacher Guide is set up exactly like the Student Guide but also includes the answers as well as the student tests and their answers.
200 Questions About American History comes with 200 question flashcards, a softcover Teacher Guide and Student Book. It is a great accompaniment to any good American History course. The Recommended Texts & Weekly Schedule included in the student book has the course being completed in 34 weeks using The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic and Story of the World, Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer together. The Student Book has drill questions from the text, a timeline of events where the student should fill in the date, questions about notable quotes, and the presidents. The answers are included in the Teachers Guide along with the tests and answer keys.
Alaina has been using both The Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set. We have always studied history together, so I read the text out loud to her and we talked about what I just read. Then she would work on the vocabulary and questions in her workbook. Some days we would use the Comprehension questions more as a discussion and then she would spend more time writing her composition. When we used the 200 Questions flashcards I would add in the new ones and we would go through them all. Even my high school girls thought it was fun to see who could answer the most.