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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Senior Picture Fun

We had so much fun taking senior pictures. I just had to share one. 

Drive Thru History Adventures Review #hsreviews #drivethruhistory #drivethruhistoryadventures #adventurelearning

Drive Thru History Adventures
I know when it comes to retaining new information my kids (and myself) remember so much more if we can see, hear, or touch what we are learning. Some things we need to know in life this is impossible, but the best example of this is U.S. history, geography, and map skills. My kids know a lot about each state just because we take a lot of road trips while we go on vacation or to visit family. Of course, we don't have enough vacation time or money to visit everywhere we want to go so homeschool video curriculum is the next best thing. Actually, it may be even better using the Drive Thru History Adventures with Dave Stotts. Drive Thru History Adventures
Last year we reviewed Drive Thru History The Gospels which was a DVD set. This time we received a year subscription to Drive Thru History Adventures that gives us access to the Bible History Adventures, American History Adventures, and Ancient History Adventures. The Bible History Adventures contains 18 lessons and the American and Ancient History Adventures are taught in 12. It is recommended for children ages 12 and up, but younger children can enjoy the video content. 

After purchasing the annual subscription you can access all the video content from the three courses on a free app called Adventures TV.  There are also Dave's Adventures, Side Roads, Behind the Scenes, and Dig Deeper video segments to view. 

If you utilize Drive Thru History Adventures online you have access to so much more. All of the video content is available for each course as well as all the extra segments, curriculum, additional resources, a community, and dashboard. 
When you first login you will see your dashboard where you can find out about the newest resources, latest social media activities, and the newest adventures that Dave has been on. This is a great place to help you get started and to recheck often. 

Drive Thru History Adventures
The Curriculum is easy to find under its own tab. Once you choose the course you are studying you will have a 30-minute video where Dave Stott takes you on a trip to the actual location where history took place. Dave talks to us about that particular time in history, the people during that time, or things that were happening while driving. We have been watching American History Adventures and he drives a red jeep. Dave takes us to historical locations to make what he is talking about very memorable. 
Drive Thru History Adventures

After watching the video there is further reading including a video summary, real documents, pictures, art, quotes, discussion questions, worksheets, an answer guide, and topics for further study. The worksheets, answer keys, and the reading material can be downloaded and/or printed. 

We have been using the American History Adventures. All the courses teach the truth and are taught from a Christian perspective. The 12 lessons take us from Columbus to the Constitution. We learned about the pilgrims, the founding fathers, visited Virginia and New York and so much more. My youngest is 13 so my kids can easily access the course themselves. We had a few extra teenagers for a couple of days during the review period and they joined my girls when it came time for our lesson. We all watched the lesson together and then looked at the pictures and artwork that is included. After that, the girls would read the documents themselves and afterward we would go through the questions together. Dave keeps the video segments real, he seems very down to earth and looks like he is having fun. He adds a little humor to each lesson and it doesn't feel like you just had a history lesson.

If you are interested in subscribing to Drive Thru History Adventures you can receive a free DVD copy of the Gospels from there webpage or there is a coupon code in the Winter Edition of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Bytes of Learning Review #hsreviews #typing #keyboarding #onlinelearning

UltraKey Bytes of Learning
Typing is a skill that everyone in today's world should know how to do. Alaina is the only one left of my kids that doesn't know how to type so we have been using UltraKey Online Family Subscription from Bytes of Learning for her to learn and for Delaney to perfect her typing and work on increasing her speed. 

Bytes of Learning offers UltraKey, a keyboarding tutor for individuals, families, or school use. It is available as a download or an online subscription and prices vary. We received the online family subscription for up to 8 students. It can be purchased for 3 users for $29.95, 5 users for $39.95 and 8 users for $49.95. That will give your family one year access along with a free parental account. After the year is over there are no worries about being charged for another year because they only renew your subscription at your request. It is recommended for children ages 8-adult but can be successfully used by children as young as 5.

Our account was very easy to set up. I received a registration link with a subscription key. If you purchase the program you will receive the same thing. After logging in I was able to create an account and password for each of my kids. We have a unique link to access our account and each of the kids have their own password. It is set up where you are the only ones that have access to your account and the usernames and passwords can be very simple. 

In the parental account, I can set goals for each of my kids, manage the instructional settings, and create reports, I also have access to the complete program. When the child logs in they can go to their account or their instructions. In their account, they can change their passwords. The instruction section is where they will go to access the course.

Typing is taught in 12 lessons including proper posture and finger positioning. There are movie segments to watch before starting. The lessons start by teaching letters, then letter strings, words, and then sentences, the shift key is taught in lesson 6. Stretching exercises and tips are given as well as skills tests that need to be passed before moving on. There is also a typing forum where students can take typing tests or type anything they want and a game section for more practice. Students can set their own goals or if you are a beginner you can have the program set the goals for you. Once you complete the program the student will receive a certificate and be encouraged to go through the program again to graduate with a higher score. The lessons are automatically read out loud, but my kids preferred not to listen to it. This would be great for young typers that can't read or are just learning to read.  
UltraKey Online Family Edition

Alaina was already familiar with a keyboard but didn't know how to type properly so she started at the beginning and she has been working her way through the program. Delaney already knows how to type so she has been using it to increase her speed and accuracy. Alaina accessed the program using an HP laptop and Delaney used her MacBook. It can also be used with an iPad or Chromebook with keyboards and any major web browser.

I love the online aspect of this typing program. It allowed my girls to access the program on their own laptops without having to wait for someone to finish their turn like we would have to do with a download.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heirloom Audio Wulf the Saxon Review #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #WulfTheSaxon #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures

Heirloom Audio Productions
We are always so excited for the newest Heirloom Audio Productions. When we received the newest Extraordinary Adventure of G.A. Henty Wulf the Saxon I made my kids wait for a week to listen to it because we had a road trip coming up. I left it sitting in the dining room where we all walked by it all day long. My 13-year-old said this has been the longest week ever waiting to listen to the new G.A. Henty audio drama.  
We actually drove to CO and picked up some of my kids' friends and drove back the same day. My girls and I listened to Wulf the Saxon on the way down and they wanted their friends to hear it too so we listened to it again on the way home. We were all more than happy to listen to it twice in one day and several times after that. 
Wulf the Saxon
Wulf the Saxon is recommended for ages 6-adult. It is 2 1/2 hours of radio theatre recorded on two CDs. We own all of the Extraordinary Adventure of G.A. Henty from Heirloom Audio and to my family, Brian Blessed's voice is what we think G.A. Henty would sound like. Heirloom Audio does a great job casting the characters and that is one reason these dramas are so realistic. 
Wulf the Saxon is an audio drama of the G.A. Henty book with the same name. This adventure of love, loyalty, and sacrifice takes us back to the shores of Normandy in 1065 where the struggle for the throne of England begins. Wulf is a young Saxon thane under Earl Harold. We get to see his loyalty and character grow as he goes through a shipwreck, imprisonment, and many battles. Of course, there is love, sacrifice, and trickery before William the Conqueror becomes King of England. Although there are many fighting scenes we hear of battles where there is no bloodshed and where the woman and children who didn't take up arms are spared. 
The Heirloom Audio productions are from the historical adventures written in the 1800s by English novelist G.A. Henty. The quality of each recording is very well done and include very credible actors and actresses. The sound effects and background noises draw you in and make the stories come to life. It is very easy to get lost in the adventure and feel like you are really there. Time really flies by when you are listening to these radio theatres making them great for road trips. My girls haven't gotten into reading the Henty books like their brother did, but they love listening to the Heirloom Audio adventures and I'm glad. Not only are they entertaining and teach history they also show character traits that so many in our world today need to learn. The heroes in G.A. Henty's stories portray strong personal characteristics of hard work, courage, valor, and honor. Not only for themselves but for their countries and Heirloom Audio brings those character traits to life in their adventures. 
Heirloom Audio Adventure Club
We received Wulf the Saxon on CD to review, but you can also listen to it online at the Live The Adventure Club. We were already club members and we have access to the Heirloom Audio titles we own. Each audio drama also has bonus content to further the study of each adventure. Wulf the Saxon bonus material will be available soon. There is also educational & parent resources, kid's activities, inspiration, and a community to interact with fellow members. A year membership also gives you access to over 500 old time radio shows and three 2-CD sets shipped to you per year. 

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Five Minute Friday Privilege

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is Privilege. Thanks Kate for hosting this every week.

The definition of privilege is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. 

You hear people all the time saying someone else is more privileged than they are but I think it all depends on how you look at things. No matter who you are or how your life has panned out you are privileged in different areas. Someone may have more money, a bigger house, more education, or more talents. I'm sure if you look at yourself you can find areas that you are more privileged than someone else. Do you have good health? Do you live in a country that allows freedom? Do you get to attend school? Own a cellphone? Have a roof over your head? Have food on your table?

What about snow? We have had more snow this year than we have had for a long time. Some people may think we are privileged to have so much. All these things and many more can be looked at as a privilege. Do you tend to take your privileges for granted and dwell on what other people have in their lives and not what you have been blessed with.
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