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Schoolhouse Review ~ Talking Fingers #hsreviews

Talking Fingers Inc. ReviewWe had the opportunity to review Read, Write & Type from Talking Fingers Inc. and let me tell you – P, our son that used this program, VERY RARELY *REALLY* enjoys any kind of schoolwork regardless of if it is a game on the computer or something he has to manually write. But this, THIS, he LOVED. He actually did not want to stop working through it and he even asked if he could use it. This multi-sensory and motor approach stimulates learning and helps children who have different learning styles.

THESE ARE HUGE for us!

So, let me explain the program a little. Talking Fingers has three different programs for three different grades: Talking Shapes (iPad app for PreK – K), Read, Write & Type (for K-2; which we are reviewing here) and Wordy Qwerty (Grades 2 – 4).

Dr. Jeannine Herron and her colleagues didn’t set out to make Talking Fingers Inc. but found out that there wasn’t a good program available that would teach children a phonic sound associated with a keystroke. And they wanted children to learn the fun that technology can bring to learning. They really have some amazing thoughts about how this program helps children learn. You should read it all HERE.

Once you login and go through the beginning “story” (which you can quickly pass through by hitting the space key) you are taken to this screen. This is the “Home Screen” where they go to each of the different areas of action.

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One of the first places they go is the auditorium where they confirm if the word starts with the proper letter or not. I really love how EVERY.THING is covered in this program! For instance, if they aren’t sure what the picture is, they simply click on it and the program tells them what the word is.

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There are very short stories that they listen to and answer questions about that also show the story in action on the right – just another way they “cover all the bases” in this program. My son really loved these stories!

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There is “the playground” area where they type what they’ve learned over and over also using the space bar. As they type, the “letter character” (each letter has its own character) moves across the playground. Once it reaches Vexor (the “bad guy” who stole all the letters) they have completed that area.

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This is another area they go and they “compete” against Vexor to see who will win. In this particular picture the student is to pick what the appropriate letter is depending on where the picture is located. So if the picture is on the left, they are to pick the first letter of the word. If in the middle, they pick the middle letter and if on the right, they pick the ending letter. I really loved this one! What a fun way for them to learn this part of spelling! (And again, if they don’t know they word of the picture, they just click on it and it tells them what it is.)

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In the below screen shot, they type the actual word of the picture.

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As they progress through the program – they begin to WRITE the story they see and are told. Nice progression!

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They even have an area that covers writing and sending emails! P REALLY enjoyed this! Here is one of the emails he wrote. They learn to put a title / subject, “bad boy” and then write the email and send it.

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Another screen shot showing the progression of the program … now working on four letter words with a space between.

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Another thing they do within the program: read the sentence and select the correct picture and look at the picture and select the correct sentence.

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As they complete each area, they get to print off certificates. My son really loved having certificates to print off and show off!

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Many times I was able to walk away and work on other things (normally the dishes) while he was working on this program. That doesn’t seem to happen very often either and I really appreciated this about the program. Not only does he GREATLY enjoy it but he can do it without my help!

Honestly, I am very rarely impressed with online programs but this one – THIS ONE – was impressive! Not only does my son LOVE working through it but it is a program that seems to have covered ALL the bases necessary. This is a program I HIGHLY SUGGEST!

And now that I’ve looked at the cost – WOW! – affordable! Now I **REALLY** suggest it! *grin* $35 for one online user (and the price has a discount for each additional user).

As a side note: Read, Write & Type is fine for kids in Australia, Canada and the UK, too, but the pronunciations of phonemes are different in those countries than they are in the U.S.

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Schoolhouse Review ~ Here to Help Learning #hsreviews

Here to Help Learning ReviewDo you have a student who isn’t overly impressed with learning about the writing process? I do! Our over-active 8 year old wants to do anything and everything but sit and write! However, we had the opportunity to review Flight 1 Paragraph Writing from Here to Help Learning as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

What we reviewed was all online, but there are physical copies you can purchase if you would prefer to go that route. If so, what we are reviewing here would be Teacher’s Kit Flight 1 Paragraph Writing. A lot of times I prefer physical copies but I must say that doing this online wasn’t bad at all!  This program is broken down into the following: Flight 1, 2, 3 Paragraph Writing [for grades 1-3] and Flights, 1, 2, 3 Essay Writing [appropriate for grades 4-6]. You can find out about their system requirements by clicking HERE.

Here to Help Learning is a program that brings God – as well as fun – to the “learning to write” process – something my son seriously dislikes. Let me tell you a little about the owners – Forrest and Beth Mora are homeschool parents of eight children. They have been homeschooling for twenty years and have one child left at home. God is intertwined throughout this program (which is something we especially love!). You can ready about what they believe HERE.

This program has only one login (not one for the teacher and one for the student) which is not a problem since, in all honesty, this isn’t really something I think my 8 year old son could do alone. Once you login you are taken to the members page and you click on “Writing” in the top menu. Then you choose “Level 1, 2 or 3”. We are using / reviewing / talking about Level 1 here.

After logging in and clicking “writing” then “Flight 1,” this is what you see (below). You actually have access to both the Paragraph Writing and the Essay Writing but we haven’t looked at the Essay Writing – so I have no idea what it is. There are other reviewers on The Crew reviewing that though so you can check out their reviews if you are interested in that (click link below). So, back to our stuff…

Once here you click on the appropriate box under the appropriate lesson. As I am writing this review, after several weeks of being able to use this product, I realize we have only but just begun! WOW! There is A LOT covered here! Even though they all aren’t shown in the picture below, there are 32 lessons available.

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[One thing I do wish this program had was tracking of what you have completed and what you have not. Online programs without this option make it more difficult to know where we left off and where we need to start. I think us homeschooling moms (some of us working too) have a lot on our plates and it just makes it much more user friendly if tracking is offered. ANYWAY, I suppose in the big scheme of things this isn’t that big of a deal … just something to mention.]

Now, it is recommended that you work through each lesson using two days a week, one lesson per week. We actually found it worked best for us to go ahead and do the entire lesson at one time.

Once you click on the box, you are taken to a screen that looks like this – so far every lesson has this exact same look. This is nice because I don’t have to go searching and looking all over for anything, I know right where it is. The links on the right of the top picture are the videos available for this lesson. They are: Pre-Flight Checklist, Flight Check-In, Take Off, Full Throttle and Flying Solo. These are the same for each lesson but the Full Throttle and Flying Solo change as the lessons progress.

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The videos for the lesson are at the top. The pages needed to print are at the bottom. I did have some confusion as to where each sheet was supposed to go so I got to where I only printed the one or two pages that were actually needed instead of all the pages available. This was helpful for our printer ink purposes as well. [As a side note, the videos watched can be increased so they take over the entire screen, if you prefer (which we did / do).]

We did have a bit of difficulty with Lesson 1 as we weren’t sure how the program worked and the information in the video (that the kids use) is different than what your student will use – but once we figured that out we were good to go.

We really appreciated how the owner (Beth Mora) dresses up and “plays the different parts” of different things throughout the lessons. This helped bring humor and interest to the writing process.

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Okay, so the program we used is about the writing process:

  1. Brainstorm
  2. Make a List
  3. Webbing
  4. First Rough Draft
  5. First Input
  6. Second Rough Draft
  7. Second Input
  8. Final Recopy
  9. Publish

Part of what the student does during the warm-up phase of the lessons is use a word box (as shown below). I think this is one of the best things this program had to offer for Philip – it really helped him to narrow down some ideas and then use those to write about.

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As animal lovers, we enjoyed having the flight captain being a basset hound! His name is “Captain Knucklehead” which we have to chuckle every time we hear that too. You will find him at the “Flying Solo” parts of the lessons.

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Below is part of the work we did. It is shared in the program that the students writing ability will determine whether they write it or dictate the information. Philip is NOT a writer … he never has been. So, he dictates and I write. Eventually, as time goes, I will have him write more and more. As it says at the top left, this is the “make a list” part of the writing process.

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During this review period we were able to complete an entire writing project (six lessons). Now that we have made it through the first project, I am starting to understand how the program works and will be more able to guide Philip through the remaining 25-ish lessons. This is definitely a program I intend to continue using!

Although there as been some confusion with different aspects of the program, we absolutely LOVE the way the program works. (And works it does!)

As a last note, in general I get the idea / feeling that this program was originally more geared toward a co-op setting for using it in more of a classroom setting which makes is a little more difficult to understand the flow as someone who is using it with just one student but in general it didn’t affect our usage of this program.

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Thoughts & Suggestions for High School Reading

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I am joining up with several other bloggers to share some thoughts and suggestions about High School Reading.

First of all, we school year round so we don’t have a “summer break” like a lot of other families do…BUT our summer schooling is more relaxed than the rest of the year.

This summer J is having some “not so fun” reading…he’s taking an ACT Preparation Class. Although not fun, it is necessary.

For fun reading, he is re-reading the Michael Vey series as the number four book is due out mid-September. WE ARE ALL VERY EXCITED!

Non-fun reading (like the ACT class) is something J isn’t very good at…he can drag his feet with the best of them. Now…give him a fiction book he’s interested in (like Michael Vey) and he can FLY through reading. I think this is important to realize because we then know he CAN read and that he simply needs additional guidance and “pushing” to stay on task with the ‘non-fun’ items.

So…in my opinion, there are two kinds of reading. The kind you have to understand and the kind you can enjoy (this isn’t to say that one cannot be both). There is “fun reading” (normally fiction) and there is “learning reading” (normally non-fiction). It is important to be able to read both.

Life is about reading and it is something we will have to do whether or not we want to. Now, of course, we have the option a lot of times as to what we will read as adults. But yet, often in our jobs we do not have a choice. So, learning to ‘push through’ is of utmost importance if someone is going to learn to succeed.

I have been reading The Eternal Argument by R. Robin Finley (Crew Review coming soon!) but one thing I have learned from it already is the importance of reading a VARIETY of things – or maybe more specifically things that you don’t necessarily like or want to read. You see, literature is ‘not my thing’ therefore J has missed out on some of that thus far. That will be changing as he finishes up High School. *grin*

So…for this summer he is:

  • Working on his Homeschool Architecture class (final review coming!) where he is required to do educational reading of different types of architecture.
  • He is also taking the ACT Prep class.
  • For fun reading, he is re-reading the Michael Vey series.

Some additional books he has taken great interest in are:

In general, I believe it is VERY IMPORTANT to read…as much as possible. We learn so much through reading! Some times it is difficult to “find the groove” of our kids, but once we do…they will FLY all by themselves!

Now hop over and read what other Crew members had to share about High School reading!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Review ~ Experience History Through Music by Diana Waring

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We had the blessing of reviewing a brand new product just released by Diana Waring called “Experience History Through Music“. We received physical books and cds for both Westward Ho! and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. We received the cd and ebook of America: The Heart of a New Nation.

All three books share a short history lesson (several paragraphs to a couple pages) for each song written within the book. In the back you can find the sheet music! For our family, we read the history story then listened to the cd while using the sheet music to sing along. They are quick and simple and focused…fun ways to learn about our history. This would be VERY APPROPRIATE for Charlotte Mason type learning which we LOVE!

Our personal favorite of these three is “America” only because it had the most songs of which we were already familiar — but we LOVED them all! Although we really liked America, the other two were extremely educational as well and we found ourselves saying, “WOW! I never knew that!” to so many of the stories. Also, it is REALLY amazing to see how much songs tell our history if we listen to the right ones. Something I honestly never thought of before listening to these. I LOVE that!

Each story contains at least one black & white photo to help with the lesson. We really enjoyed SEEING a real-life picture to illustrate the story and song. Just another “simple” yet very effective way to learn history. Although they are black and white there is GREAT DETAIL in the pictures…they are a VERY NICE addition!

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The cds are approximately 40 – 50 minutes of folk music. Now…in case you aren’t “in to” that type of music…DO NOT close your mind to these. Our family doesn’t “do” this type of music either but we still enjoyed these! That is what a lot of “the music of the time” was therefore it fits perfectly with the themes and stories of the books.

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading my post titled Diana Waring “Miracle Story” as it tells some of the history about how these came to fruition FINALLY (it truly is an astonishing story!).

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Here is a little bit about the author, Diana Waring (these are picked out by me, for this post, from an “author interview” we [the Launch Team] were provided):

How did you start writing history books?

The very first book I wrote WAS a history book—an earlier version of “America.”  As I have shared in the back story, when a friend suggested that it would be beneficial to attend a homeschool convention—and the only way I could afford to get in was to become a workshop presenter—the idea of marrying American folk music to American history seemed like such fun that I had to write a book!  (And help create the folk music recording!!)

One thing often leads to another.  Doing workshops on making history come alive using music exposed me to the notion that there are many other wonderful ways to make history come alive, like literature, geography, the Bible, science, art, architecture, cooking and more.

All of this melded together when I started teaching my own children world history in 1992.  There were so many things I wanted to know about how events recorded in the Bible impacted the ancient cultures of the time. . . seeing the “secular” civilizations through Scripture and better understanding Scripture in light of those civilizations.

I was SO excited about what we were learning that I started telling others at homeschool conventions. . . which led to the History Revealed curriculum (20 years in the making). Nine books in that series (plus nine sets of audio CDs), plus two of the three American folk music/history books (and CDs) make a grand total of 11 books on history that I have had the opportunity to research and write!

Goodness!  I had no idea when I started homeschooling that I would learn so much.  🙂

Of all the songs in the three new books, which songs are your favorites?

I LOVE “Ho for California” in Westward Ho!  Somehow, this one became my favorite. . . I remember the day we drove across the Sacramento River as a family, on our way to a homeschooling event in California, singing at the top of our lungs, “Then, ho, brothers, ho, to California go.  There’s plenty of gold in the world we’re told on the banks of the Sacramento. . .”

“Gooey Duck”  was, by far, the most popular song that we performed in our concerts.  There is something so catchy about this song!  Also, as I was writing the originalWestward Ho! book, I chatted with my grandfather about gooey ducks (giant clams).  He chuckled and told me that though they were plentiful in Puget Sound waters when he was a lad, they were SO ugly that people avoided eating them unless they were desperate.  That has tickled me ever since. . .

“Sweet Betsy From Pike” is another favorite, included in America. It is such a singable ballad, and full of humorous possibilities.  It was a delight to sing it on the recording!!

Which of the songs in this series of books resonant the most with your life and why?

As a musician and storyteller, I love the possibilities of telling stories in music—ballads are an incredible art form.  “Old Settler” and “San Juan Pig War” are the two that I most enjoy singing for others, as they tell such memorable stories. . .

And, I love “Sweet By and By.”  We used to end our “Yankee Doodle Tells A Tale” concert with this song, and it never failed to bring me to tears. . . singing of our “bountiful Father above.

What value do you see in students learning America’s folk songs?

How many opportunities do we ever have to actually DO what our ancestors did?  As a real and normal part of our lives?  You and I live in a world that is vastly different than the time period represented in America, Westward Ho! and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  And, yet, we can still sing and enjoy the very same songs they did, we can taste a tiny bite of history through the medium of folk songs, and we can experience America through it’s music!

Plus, it’s part of our American heritage.  It’s part of our history.  And what could be more fun than learning history through songs you can clap to, stomp to, and sink your teeth into??  🙂

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All three of these are incredible additions to ANY family! OUR FAMILY WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE! They are appropriate for all ages and run $18.99 per book/cd set…but for JULY 2014 ONLY you can get the set of all three for only $50!

You can see a list of songs within each book by looking HERE and scrolling down.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway we have going on which offers a set of these books/cds as well as almost $700 worth of other homeschool items! Check it out HERE. Giveaway ends Friday, July 4th so head over now!

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

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Review ~ The Sassafras Science Adventures: Volume 1, Zoology

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We had the opportunity to review The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology both the book and the lapbook which are recommended for Kindergarten through 5th Grade. My son is somewhere between Kindergarten and First Grade.

The book is a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, paperback with 301 pages and 18 Chapters. Each chapter is approximately 15 pages. There are small black & white pictures throughout the book. It is classified as a living book. Do you know what a “living book” is? If you are at all familiar with Charlotte Mason methods you do! (Please stop by and check out my other Charlotte Mason information!) If you aren’t familiar with Charlotte Mason, here is what she has to say about them (taken from the Simply Charlotte Mason site):

“Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject “come alive.” They can be contrasted to dry writing, like what is found in most encyclopedias or textbooks, which basically lists informational facts in summary form.”

Anyway, the book is wonderfully written and definitely brings out the fun of reading and learning while not just reading a boring book. This book captures your attention and holds it throughout. It is simple enough for the youngest to enjoy but also elaborate enough that older kids will get much out of it as well.

The story is about two twins, the Sassafras kids, who are failing Science so their parents send them to their Uncle’s house to learn Science over the summer. They are bummed because that is the LAST thing they wanted to do! However, upon arrival, their Uncle tells them about an invention he has made that will allow them to learn Science through real life experiences. And in these experiences, they cannot move on to the next learning experience until they have fulfilled the requirements of the one before it. With this invention they actually GO TO the place / thing they are learning about…REAL LIFE LEARNING! For instance, when learning about lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffe’s…they are actually TAKEN TO the Africa Grasslands. This DOES bring fun and excitement in to learning Science for them!

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Mix this book with the following lapbook and literally watch the book come alive! It is an ebook lapbook that consists of 108 pages and eight lapbook kits. The lapbook lays out a possible schedule you may want to use for both the book and the lapbook. (Handy tool for those who like a little more planning done for them! But can also be changed or skipped by those who like the freedom to plan things themselves.) All the templates are provided so once you print them off and cut them out you are ready to go! (And, you can have the older kids cut them out themselves, if you’d like.)

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Here is the lapbook for the first part of the book. We enjoyed the reading as well as the lapbook! We printed off the provided templates and glued them to the lapbook. There were “SCIDAT notebooks” (part of the story but basically where the information for each animal was kept), maps, and vocabulary words. I found this was a WONDERFUL way to review what we had read as once we read a part we did that part of the lapbook (like the giraffe…once we read about it, we did that part of the lapbook).  (Now keep in mind that my son is not a big “coloring kid” so he skipped that part. Additionally, he cannot write words yet so I wrote his thoughts down in his “scidat” booklets for him.)

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There are also fun “scientific experiments” in the lapbook using mostly things you have already handy around your house. The one below is where we were learning about how animal eyes reflect light; all we needed was a toilet paper roll, aluminum foil, a rubber band and a flash light…neat, simple way to explain and SHOW how it works!

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Overall we are VERY IMPRESSED with this curriculum item…we are having A LOT of fun learning while using it!

And the cost? I feel it is reasonable. You can order just the book for $15.99 and just the lapbook for $15.00 or you can order as a set for $29.99.

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

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Schoolhouse Review ~ Logic of English #hsreviews

Logic of English ReviewWe had the opportunity to review Foundations, Level A from Logic of English. This particular item is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and PreK / K students. The Foundations, Level A set consists of the Teacher Manual, Student Workbook and a hardback copy of Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds.

Logic of English ReviewFirst of all, you have the choice of manuscript or cursive – we chose manuscript. The main lessons found in the Foundations books are short and simple to follow. They are an average of about four teacher’s pages and go fairly quickly. The lessons involve phonemic awareness and handwriting with the student listening, writing, talking and moving. Fortunately for us there is VERY LITTLE writing…my son just doesn’t like that part yet! He really enjoyed the parts when I would say the phonogram of the word and he would put it together and act it out, like j-u-m-p. Honestly, I did at times have a little difficulty figuring how how I was supposed to pronounce the different letters or combined letters but besides that this worked really well for us!

We also received the Reuseable Rescources pack which consists of Student Whiteboard, basic phonogram flash cards, Rhythm of Handwriting tactile cards and Rhythm of Handwriting quick reference chart.

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We liked the “tactile cards” because they feel like sandpaper and allow the student to not only see but FEEL how the item should be written. He enjoyed being able to write on the whiteboard as he doesn’t really like to write so it made it more fun than just writing in the workbook – plus if he made a mistake it was very easy to wipe off and start over (he is a perfectionist so this was VERY nice!). This is definitely not a required part of this curriculum but if you are looking for a fun way to teach this is a nice bonus.

We got to review all the above PLUS two apps! Doodling Dragons…this app has a suggested age range of 4 to 7 and costs $4.99. This app was P’s favorite. He LOVED it! The play part speaks out the letters of the word and the student has to figure out what the word is a click on it in the picture. Each letter covers words beginning with only that letter. It also makes sure to cover ALL the ways a letter can sound. The learn part simply says the letter sounds when whatever letter is pushed.

 

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And Phonics with Phonograms…this app has a suggested age range of 4 to adult and costs $2.99. Now this was *MY* favorite app as it made P have to listen to the letter and then pick the correct one. It says the letters all at one time of every way it is pronounced / heard. In the beginning P found this confusing but he quickly caught on. There is a screen you can visit that shows how the student is doing – what they are missing and what they are successful in.

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Overall we have enjoyed this program and appreciate the “multi-sensory approach” used. It makes learning a lot of fun and it isn’t boring as Language Arts can often be thought of as being. It works really good for active students with low attention spans.

You can find sample pages HERE. The Scope & Sequence can be seen HERE.

The price for Foundations, Level A and the Reuseable Resources is $156.00. Foundations, Level A alone is $71.00 and the Reuseable Resources by themselves is $85.00

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Schoolhouse Review ~ Home School Adventure #hsreviews

Home School Adventure Co.We had the opportunity to review Philosophy Adventure from Home School Adventure Co. This is a really neat program designed to help 6th – 12th Graders with speaking, writing and defending their faith. ALL.IN.ONE! For this review we received the Pre-Socratics Digital Download which consists of the student workbook, teacher resources and the reader.

The main objective of this curriculum is to teach students to be able to defend their beliefs well…in both a written manner as well as in their speaking.

Philosophy AdventureThe Student Workbook is 154 pages that require filling in by the student. In the pdf version we received, you can type the information directly in to the forms but we chose to print them off and hand write the answers on the pages.

The Teacher Resources book is 112 pages and contains the answer keys to the student workbook. It also has a timeline that can be used to help the students through their studies.

The “Reader” is the meat of the program. It is 160 full-color pages. It is the reading and “homework” part of the program.

This curriculum is broken down in to several “parts”:

  • Reading – about many different philosophers and their lives.
  • Writing – this helps them learn WHAT they believe as well as WHY they believe it. It consists of serious writing as well as creative writing.
  • Thinking – Many questions are asked that simply make the student THINK about what they think about something. Also, memorization is used through out this course to help engage the students more. Here are a few examples: “What are three things beyond your ability to know for certain?”, “What are three things you know only because the Bible revealed them to you?” and “Can you think of a time when your senses deceived you?”
  • Speaking – this gets them thinking about how important it is to speak well as well as the opportunity to work on it.
  • Contrast – each section ends with this and asks the student to compare a work of the philosopher with a Biblical worldview.

It is set up to be used as either a 4-day or a 5-day a week curriculum and can be easily followed either way. It is something a High Schooler can do on their own while a younger student would need some assistance from the teacher. The way the program is designed it can be used as your primary curriculum (adding math, science and foreign language) or you can use it as a supplement to another curriculum. If you choose that route you can do some monthly, every two weeks, or weekly. Credits can be given in English Comp, History, Speech and Logic.

You can add the additional vocabulary and memory cards if you prefer. There is also a quiz at the end of each section so you are able to verify what your student has learned.

For us ~ we are really enjoying this curriculum and will continue using it. We are using it as a supplement to our current material. We LOVE that there is not a lot of reading associated but there is a lot of thought required. It seems to be a “simple program” but honestly there is A LOT packed in to it. We love how it covers so many different subjects at one time and how the learning is presented in an interesting way. For this review, we printed everything we used because it was easier for us but you could easily read the material on the computer and then type in the answers for the student workbook on the computer.

This curriculum costs $39.95 for the digital download, $49.95 for it on CD, $69.95 for a print reader with the remainder on CD and $89.95 for a printed reader and student workbook with teacher resources on CD…so there are several options depending on what would work best for your family.

Overall we would recommend this curriculum to others!

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