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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.

Be sure to CLICK THIS HYPERLINK TO READ REVIEWS about other products offered by Memoria Press

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.

Click this hyperlink to see the other books that Homeschool Review Crew members received.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

HwH: In Case You Missed It

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed these weekly reminders to “Love Your Selfie” a bit more in 2018.  My final tip for this series is to Believe in Your Selfie and encourage others along the way.  Often times during my life I’ve found that I am my own worse critic and I had to work hard to change that through bible study and prayer.  In this post, I’m sharing information that has helped me along the way and I hope it encourages you as well.  Feel free to share this post so other women can be uplifted and strengthened to endure until the end.

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Last year I was so elated to join the featured writers of the Homeschooling with Heart blog and share a few homeschool encouragement posts with a new audience.  Just in case you missed the monthly features, here are the links to each post I contributed along with a couple of my favorites from other writers.  I’ve been encouraged by each post shared on this blog and I hope you make time to subscribe so you don’t miss what these wonderful writers have shared.

MY MONTHLY FEATURES

Lord, I thank you includes a few testimonies from our ten years of marriage and how grateful we are that God has guided us through it all.

The Power of the Purge is about our massive household and homeschool purge and the freedom that we gained from owning much less.

Regaining Homeschool Joy goes into detail about how it is important to make time to study the Bible and pray daily so God can strengthen you along your journey.

Family Freebies Near You shares several free opportunities to have some fun with your family.  I also included a list of several business that have free programs for children all year.

OTHER HwH POSTS I ENJOYED

Enjoy the Ride by Rachel Ann Rogish encourages believers to have faith in God throughout every part of every circumstance.

Stained Gratitude by Cheri Fields was a great reminder that although we may not enjoy all parts of our jobs, we should still be grateful we are able to complete the work.

Dangerous Mentoring: The Bright Side by Ruth Sundeen was a wonderful testimony that encourages parents to guide their children as God designed so they can accomplish all he has ordained for them.

Hey Mama Monday posts are weekly encouragement posts written by Gena Suarez, owner of The Old Schoolhouse MagazineTM.   I enjoy sharing these with my homeschool friends because one can never have too much encouragement.

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Make time this week to enjoy these blog posts and be sure to subscribe to the Homeschooling with Heart blog so you never miss a moment of laughter, comfort, caution, or gratefulness offered via the wonderful writers.  By clicking this phenomenal hyperlink, you will receive a weekly email containing each post shared on the blog that week.

Have a great week,

Ta’Neisha K.

The EASIEST Way to Teach Your Child to Read

I am starting this process with our three year old, Bam Bam, and thought it would be great to share with my blog family as well.  If you’ve ever felt intimidated by teaching your children how to read or didn’t know where to start, I have the perfect book for you.  This post isn’t a review, just a quick tidbit to inform you of what has worked well in our home academy and with our friend’s children.

 

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, by Siegfried Engelmann is a great book that provides the teacher (parent) with a perfect set-up to get their student (child) on board with reading.  Each lesson includes a script, exercises, and even a story for the child to read on their own.  In the beginning the stories are a few words but by the end of the book, your student (child) will be reading two and three page adventures within this workbook.  They will also probably have a few favorite books from their local library.  I could definitely go on and on about this book but I think you’ll benefit more by watching my detailed review via my YouTube channel.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.  If you need more testimonies before you make your decision, “don’t just take my word for it,” check out reviews via online marketplaces where books are sold.  This book was always highly recommended by our friends that work in education, which I am extremely grateful for, so I am sure it would be a great addition to your homeschool as well.

 

Make today adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.

Our Journey With Eclectic Foundations

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During my annual homeschool curriculum selection and planning session we were given the opportunity to review Eclectic Foundations to see if it might be a good fit for our home academy.  This program is affordable and includes a comprehensive coverage of every part of language arts all from a biblical perspective.  We used the Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C program and I believe your 2nd grader will be challenged in a great way to pursue educational heights in all portions of Language Arts.   Allow me to walk you through the program details, needed supplies, and how we used it in our home academy.

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Eclectic Foundations has created a program that grows with the child based on their abilities rather than age or grade level which ensures they don’t get bored with the lessons.  Each level progresses in difficulty beginning at Level A (1st grade) with a goal to achieve collegiate reading by Level I (8th – 9th grade).  This program is available to consumers via physical copy by mail or instant digital download wherewith complete instructions are provided on which pages will need to be printed on card stock and/or laminated.  Each level comes with 144 lessons, intended to be taught four per week during a thirty-six week school year; however, it can be catered to fit your family’s scholastic needs.  This program has been written to coincide with the McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers which are available for FREE via their website or Amazon Kindle.  A physical copy can be purchased as well or you can print out the reader pages at your convenience.  The best part about the program is that is completely comprehensive and includes lessons covering Phonics, Grammar, Dictation, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting, Composition, Vocabulary, Scripture Memory, Spelling, and Poetry.

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Our home academy used Level C which is geared towards advanced 2nd and 3rd grade students.  The layout of the teacher’s manual is simple and easy to navigate with one lesson per sheet explaining how to navigate the student through the reader and daily assignments.  I was happy that comprehension questions are provided to coincide with every reader lesson.  There is also a phonics practice sheet (laminated) included for your student to pen the words as you dictate them.  The McGuffey’s Word Cards are the phonics (vocabulary) review words and each type of word (i.e. adjective, noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection) has a specific color so your child can easily identify them.  Scripture memory verses are provided weekly; however, none were labeled with the version of the Bible used and some weren’t worded according to any specific version at all.  I love that memorization is encouraged, which can be great for children and adults, but I’d prefer a consistent version of the bible being used throughout the curriculum.  Simply noting the version of the Bible next to the verse would also be an appropriate solution.

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I think the Eclectic Foundations Level C would’ve been a good program for our oldest when he was in later 1st through early 2nd grade.   Even though I enjoyed the layout and variety of subjects covered, our son would have benefited more from Level D (available this spring) or possibly Level E.  A great way to narrow down your child’s level is to view the provided sample lessons on the website and look through the McGuffey Readers.  If you feel your child is on the borderline or advanced I suggest moving them up to the next level.  Bear is used to weekly spelling tests but that portion of the program isn’t available at Level C.  All in all, this entire program is good and even though it wasn’t challenging enough for Bear we will be using it with Bam Bam in the near future.  I will also look into Level D and Level E, once available, to see if one will work for our oldest.

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To read more reviews over Level A, Level B, or Level C of Ecclectic Foundations, visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog post via the awesome hyperlink.

Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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BLAZING! Firefighters to the Rescue!

Our homeschool was recently given the opportunity to review an e-book from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.   After letting our eldest son look over the list, he decided on WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter.  The WannaBe™ Series consists of books detailing various careers and our choice has proven to be a great introductory resource for Firefighter information.

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This e-book has some awesome features including creative writing and storytelling prompts, review quiz, math, memory verses, and science.  There vocabulary words throughout the book with the definitions located in the back.  Various language arts activities were also included along with print and cursive copy pages.  These additions are phenomenal because you don’t have to find additional activities for your child to reinforce the topic. I love that all the work is done for you!

Via this book we, yes my children and I, learned so much about the history of the profession from the bucket brigade to now, equipment needed for the job, financial compensation, and the importance of building codes.  It also includes a day in the life view of the job, hiring requirements, and salaries for the various ranks.   Our 3rd grader enjoyed creating the robotic arm and I used the provided vocabulary words for his spelling test this week.  He also decided that he wants to read the video game designer e-book next.  Our preschoolers enjoyed pretending to be building inspectors and searching for safety hazards in our home. This was my favorite game because it got them to clean up voluntarily.

During our Science time the robotic arm experiment and games went over very well.  The instructions were easy to understand and we only had a minor misunderstanding when asked to mark the pattern provided dots on our model.  This was easily fixed by using Figure 15 as our guide when joining the pieces.  You can watch this fun project come together in my recent video.

 

 

Kenden has spent the week saying random “Mama (or Daddy), you know that firefighters. . .” statements.  His favorite thing he learned about firefighters is that they should arrive at your quickly and they are trained for medical emergencies too.  He told us “it makes me sad that firefighters have died in the line of duty.  Even though their family won’t be able see their loved one anymore, they should be happy because they died saving somebody.”  We decided that we will dedicate time weekly to pray for all those involved in dangerous jobs and comfort to those that have lost people they love while on duty.

10409526_10152380735276845_4633557883176420313_nAll in all this is a great resource to introduce your students to the profession and has activities that will keep them engaged.  There are even end of unit party ideas included in this book!  I would only add a field trip to your local fire station to complete this unit. We live near a Firefighter museum and took a guided tour to complete our study.

Again, I hope you enjoyed my review of WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter via The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  This review opportunity was provided by and written for the Homeschool Review Crew. This crew is a lifesaver for homeschoolers!  I love the unique applications each member provides and most reviews leave me saying “I would’ve never thought to use it like that.”

Make this week brilliant,

Ta’Neisha K.

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