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Review: Apologia Anatomy & Physiology Course

Our oldest son has thoroughly enjoyed his science experience while using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. Apologia did an excellent job structuring the scientific components and including the word of God in this curriculum. Let’s dive right into our thoughts on these products!

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text: This book includes over 250 pages of information for your student to discover, perform projects, and gain a clear understanding of anatomy and physiology God’s way. It is filled with a myriad of vivid illustrations and diagrams that allow the surrounding paragraphs to come alive to any student reading. Throughout the book, there are several helpful hints for the children including reminders to explain what they learn to someone else, key vocabulary words in bold print along with their definitions, a subject index, and narrative questions. The “Try This” and “Project” opportunities are scattered within the pages and each offers a deeper understanding of the lesson via crafts, experiments, and discussion. The 14 lessons cover various body systems, nutrition, health, how God designed their immune system, embryology and much more.

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD: Having the physical textbook was great but being able to listen to the text was truly grand. This audiobook is read by the author, Jeannie Fulbright. The past month has been extremely busy for us so we’ve had school in the car twice each week. It has been great to have the MP3 version playing while riding from various appointments and meetings. This format would also be beneficial to auditory learners and slow readers. Parents of students with disabilities that make reading difficult might also prefer this version. This is an MP3-CD that will only play in an MP3-compatible CD player or on a computer. Be sure to check your vehicle capabilities if you plan to travel while learning with this version.

“I think the textbook is really cool because it gives you a lot of stuff to think about with your body and opportunities to test the theories that you think of with exercises. The audio version was easy to listen to and follow along with. I prefer the textbook at home but on our busy Doctor’s appointments days it was good to have the audiobook as well.” Bear, age 10

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal: Seeing my son use this journal frequently was my favorite part of using this curriculum. He took notes while reading and conducting experiments, drew pictures, learned provided vocabulary words, completed puzzles, and practiced writing via scripture copy work. The journal includes a complete syllabus for your child with each assignment, project, and reading scheduled. There are also reminders to narrate the text, meaning your student must explain what they have read to someone. The narration is perfect practice for comprehension and public speaking, of course. Bear writes large, even in cursive so I allowed him to narrate the answers to the review questions too. The notebook also includes an answer key and mini flap books that will be created while using this curriculum.

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal: The junior version of the original notebook is geared towards younger students still new to writing or children with limited writing skills no matter their age. This was also designed for students with learning disabilities. The beginning of each session has two coloring sheets for the students to complete while listening to the audiobook. The children are still given activities to complete but much fewer crosswords and overall writing time. The miniature books are still included but the aforementioned review questions are not.

“I think the notebook comes in handy for you to write what you learned in the lesson and what you think including whether you agree, disagree, like, or don’t like it. So far drawing the pictures is my favorite part and I try my best to make it look realistic.” Bear, age 10

Overall, Apologia has definitely won me over with this elementary science course. Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology takes your child on a journey from the history of medicine, through cells, DNA, and on into the body’s systems. Recently Bear was hospitalized and because of this course, he understood his diagnosis and treatment plan. I’ve found that the textbook (or audiobook) provides the details while the notebook activities give children the chance to illustrate their understanding. The whole curriculum uses the immersion approach to explain how and why our bodies work with language and activities appropriate for elementary aged children. The consistent acknowledgement to God for designing our bodies and creating everything was also a daily reminder of how magnificent he is. Finally, I was happy to see a science curriculum where the items needed for experiments are inexpensive, can be easily found in stores, or are most likely already in your home.

“I think this entire system works because the book gives great detail but the notebook allows you to break down what you’ve learned. Plus, you can always come back to your notebook and look at everything you’ve studied.” Bear, age 10

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Make this week awesome,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Review: Princess Cut & Purity

Discussing sexual purity with your children at any age might seem a sensitive topic to some. But, as believers, we are encouraged to start this process very early on so that when our children mature into young adulthood they have a clear understanding of what the word says and how to apply the principals. That’s why I was truly excited to watch and review the Princess Cut movie by Watchman pictures.

Princess Cut is a movie about a young Christian woman dealing with the process of being pursued and dating. So many things were touched on during this film. Since I don’t want to give away the plot here are a few details on the topics covered.

  • HOME SWEET HOME

The first thing that I noticed about this movie was that the young lady was still living at home. In this day and age, people are so set on pushing their children out of the house when they turn 18, upon the revelation that they are grown adults. I was elated to see that she was still at home and her family was still a major part of her life with her father being the forefront. I was also grateful that he wanted to meet the men that were interested in her and as a result of those conversations he was able to tell her who was good and bad. You are never too grown for parental advice and while your parents are alive you should appreciate their presence and wisdom in your life.

  • FAMILY FUELED FAITH

Another thing that was fascinating to me was that the whole family supported her desire to live for God and save herself for marriage. Her youngest brother even puts out a newspaper add about her ability to make delicious mac and cheese. This shows that what the parents are speaking and living is being soaked in by him. Her father’s love was portrayed when he worked hard to provide but was still present in their lives. A mother’s love and comfort were showcased by being there as a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear when she needed to vent.

  • FRIENDS OR FRIENEMIES

This film touches on parts of friendships that can be quite sensitive. Sometimes your friends appear to have your best interests at heart but their secret desire is just to keep you on the same level. Your friends should honor your decisions, especially as a Christian, and they should also act accordingly. Insecure friends will also try to use you to act out their desires.

  • LOVELY LOVE STORY

I thought it was so fitting that the love interest was not initially desired. I honestly think this seems to be the case for a lot of successful relationships, mine in particular. The chase makes the love story all much more intriguing, funny, and memorable in movies as well as a real life. Plus we know what we “allegedly want” but God knows what we actually need.

  • DATE TO MARRY

I enjoyed the repeated standard for abstinence (celibacy was also touched on) and I was proud of her for holding true to her convictions. We also teach our children not to kiss prior to marriage because it can lead to so much more. Finally, I was happy about the importance of dating with the intention to marry. I believe that if more Christians held to this standard during their pursuit of others then we would have more successful marriages. It is truly sad that in this day and age the Christian divorce rate is the exact same, and higher occasionally than that of the United States.

Overall Princess Cut by Watchman Pictures was fun to watch and should spark a conversation about purity with older children. This can also be a great opportunity to discuss celibacy amongst family and friends as well as young adults. I’ve already watched it twice and have several friends interested in purchasing it too.

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Currently, this film is available in DVD and Digital formats. You can also purchase the soundtrack for this film. Check out the trailer for this film via this YouTube video.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Memoria Press, Music Appreciation I Review

When I was in school, one of my favorite classes was music. I enjoyed singing all styles, playing instruments, and everything that encompassed this great form of art. My joy for this class was reignited when this review provided the opportunity to teach our oldest Music Appreciation I from Memoria Press.

Music Appreciation I introduces your child to great pieces of Western classical music and their historical context. It also covers various foundational musical concepts including notion, pitch, rhythm, form, and melody. The materials for this course consist of the student book (one per child) and audio companion CD set. The provided materials are pretty much ordered chronologically to portray both the history and evolution of music overall.

During this course Bear enjoyed delving into the popular pieces of music and breaking them down. We used this material three times a week and even the preschoolers enjoyed how each lesson started by listening to a piece of music. After listening on Tuesdays he would read the chapter and follow up with the corresponding tracks on the compact disc. If the reading portion of the chapter was long then I would have him split it up over two days. On the third day, usually Friday, we would listen to the initial piece of music again, review the information learned as well as any important terms, and complete any review questions provided in the text. Every few chapters I was able to test his comprehension using the provided exams. The book includes seven review tests and their answer keys.

Overall I was amazed at how Bear enjoyed listening to and learning about classical music. After a few lessons, he was able to recognize popular pieces from commercials, movies, and some of the video games that he plays. I’ve also noticed him using the terms in regular conversation with his siblings, father, and I. I do believe that he has grasped the concept of this course which is to truly appreciate music. Having the younger children watch an episode of Little Einsteins while brother completed his assignment helped keep them engaged. They were also introduced to the same various music vocabulary and popular pieces by famous composers. At the end of this month, our family will be attending the local Arts & Jazz Festival to hear the various musicians and bands play. I’m also making plans to attend a school Orchestra concert with Bear next month as an additional music-related field trip.

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Since 1994, Memoria Press has continued to produce easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. Music Appreciation I and the other various items used by the Homeschool Review Crew are definitely no exception. The company’s standard, commitment to excellence, and sincerity are the reason why we will continue to use their products.

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Make this week musical,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Carole P. Roman Book Collection Review

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children’s book author with series including everything from pirates, history, geography, various cultures and civilations, and even princesses. We received three stories to review from the Carole P. Roman books and collections to add to our home library.

The Crew Goes Coconuts!: A Captain No Beard Story is another tale featuring the wild imagination of Hallie and Alexander along with a crew of stuffed animals. The parched crew anchors at a deserted island and realize they have drank all the juice boxes on this ship. Rather then figuring out a solution they take their frustrations out on one another and begin to pick and name call. The captain quickly assesses the situation and teaches the crew that we should look for something to like in everyone. The Captain No Beard series currently includes 10 different adventures. I think young boys ages 4 to 8 will enjoy the creativity and imagination used in these stories.

If You Were Me and Lived in… the Ancient Mali Empire tells of the rich history of this African civilization. Information about the layout of the land including building structure, geography, and various towns are described in detail which paints a vivid picture for the reader. She also did a good job of explaining the government, caste system, education, and introducing the language. At the end of the book there is information about famous people from the Mali Empire as well as a glossary that provides definitions for the words used within the book.

If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Greece dates back well over 2000 years ago. We learned about their introduction of politics, the importance of Mount Olympus, various gods, their powers, and customary traditions to honor them. Details were provided about citizen’s diets, traditions for boys versus girls, types of jobs available, local leadership during this time, and the Olympics. Brief information was also included about various philosophers like Plato, Socrates, and Hippocrates as well as conquerors like Alexander The Great. In the final pages of this book there is a descriptive list of gods and goddesses along glossary of terms for additional understanding.

The books within this portion of the If You Were Me and Lived In… series include Ancient China, Mayan Empire, Viking Europe, Colonial America and several more civilizations throughout history. I think these are great to pair with history lessons. We also own several of the cultures around the world portion of this series. Those worked great alongside our current Geography curriculum. I think both types within this series are appropriate for ages 7 and up. Keep in mind that these books provide information about all parts of the culture or civilization, including religion. The author did a good job of describing the beliefs in all the books that we read.

Overall, these three stories are a fun addition to our homeschool library. Carole P. Roman has authored over 50 books so I’m sure you’ll find something your children will enjoy and benefit from. The books we reviewed and many others within the Carole P. Roman books and collections are available in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle formats.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Magic Stix Markers Review/Giveaway

My children have truly enjoyed creating masterpieces with the Magic Stix Washable Markers by The Pencil Grip, Inc. In preparation for this review, we’ve been using these awesome markers for approximately 6 weeks and have enjoyed every minute of it.

You definitely recognize The Pencil Grip, Inc. because I have reviewed for them before. Upon receipt of this new product I was intrigued by the information they offered with the package. I made it my mission to test every fact to ensure its veracity. By the end of this review you will find out if these markers passed every test and also be given an opportunity to win a set for your household.

The first thing that I tested was the company’s claim that these markers are odorless. I had everyone in the house smell them over, and over, and over, and over again. I was pleasantly surprised that these don’t even have the normal marker scent that other companies have on their “unscented” products. To date no one in the house has been able to catch any scent from either of these markers.

Next we tested out the brightness and boldness of the colors as well as the overall quality of these markers. I was very excited with the packaging of this product because it is sleek, stores easily, lays flat, and doesn’t take up much space at all. I really think this one of the best packaging set ups that I have seen offered by this company. I love that all the caps are the same color so that way you don’t have to worry about trying to match them specifically. The colors were all vibrant, unique, and looked great on the artwork that my children and I created. No matter how many times we’ve used them, even the lightest color still comes through with perfect pigment. I’ve even used these when Bible journaling and noted that the colors dried quickly and did not bleed through to other pages.

Pencil Grip 3

Last and definitely not least the biggest claim that these markers will not dry out with the cap off for 7seven days was tested. I was the 100% skeptical about this alleged fact and I couldn’t wait to prove them wrong. I left the light brown marker sitting on the bar top, without the cap for seven days. I placed the cap back on so I could record the giveaway video. The cap was only back on the marker for three minutes before I recorded the results. So, did the marker work after seven days with the cap off? You can find that out those results as well as information about the giveaway via my recent YouTube video.

Overall, the Magic Stix Washable Markers are another true testament to the high quality items that The Pencil Grip, Inc. adds to their product line. We appreciated the opportunity to review these markers and to give a set away to one lucky supporter. As stated in the video this is a United States only giveaway. Please refer to giveaway rules for additional requirements and information.

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Make today colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.

Our Preschoolers LOVE Starfall!

Our preschoolers have truly enjoyed the games, activities, and fun to be had with this interactive program, created by Starfall Education Foundation. We had the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership and have appreciated the easy access and great benefits.

You might recognize Starfall because they have a myriad of children’s apps available right now. Actually, upon accepting this review opportunity I never realized how many of them my children were already using. The great thing is that most of the apps they currently offer are FREE; however, you only receive a sample of the content. By becoming a member your children instantly obtain unlimited access to all the activities. Currently, Starfall offers reading, math, and games for preschool through first grade as well second grade math.

While using this program I have found that both our four-year-old and two-year-old can operate it easily. We initially decided to use this app three times each week but that quickly grew to daily use. With Bam Bam, our oldest preschooler, I focused the majority of his time on math and reading activities. He liked following along in the books by using the highlighted words and pictures. I often found him sharing books, without the read aloud feature, and teaching his little sister. The math also excites him and he liked practicing numbers, counting, geometry, measurement, patterns, creating calendars, and singing the songs.

“I like starfall! I like to make the gingerbread boy, making the pumpkin, and the silly turkey. The snowman is so funny! The books are helping me a little but I’m still learning. I like to make the boy, pick his costume, and pet. Starfall is my favorite thing on mama’s phone.” Kyle, 4 years old.

With princess I allowed her to have a bit more freedom in her exploration of this amaxing app. She had so much fun handling it on her own. I could definitely tell that she felt like a big girl going from game to game all by herself. She spent most of her time learning ABC’s, making gingerbread girls, and singing songs.

“I like to build the girl. I like to build the pumpkin. I love my gingerbread girl. The games are fun. The turkey is cool. I want to build things every day.” Trinity, 2 years old

The annual Starfall Home Membership is a single account that can be used by every child in your immediate family. You can download app on multiple devices, and yes, even grandparents can access it during your membership. The entire family uses one email and password to authorize the website on any computer or download the Starfall App for Android, Kindle, or iOS systems. Our family also loved that your $35 annual Home Membership fee is 100% tax deductible as a contribution to the extent allowed by law.

I’ve already shared information about the awesome benefits of this inexpensive The Starfall Home Membership with my friends and family. Cheers to Starfall Education Foundation for doing a fantastic job creating an awesome interactive experience for young children.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.