Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

I love science, but I don’t feel I understand it enough to teach it well. Luckily, my kids are still young so I have a bit of time to start digging deeper before the big chemistry, physics etc., will need to be taught. Knowing my lack of understanding has led me to begin reading and learning on my own now; so that I am prepared when we hit the big science topics. Novare Science & Math offer a multitude of science books and I was lucky enough to have the chance to review Science for Every Teacher.

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Science for Every Teacher was written to help all of us that are not quite as confident in teaching science as we would prefer. The book leads the teacher into a better understanding of Physics, starting with Scientific Knowledge, through a multitude of topics ranging from atoms, momentum and simple machines, to pressure and buoyancy and geometric optics. The great thing about the book is that you could read it through, then reference it again and again while you are teaching specific topics. Novare Science for Every Teacher

The chapters have a list of goals and a quick synopsis of the chapter, before the chapter itself begins. This gives a good overview of what you will be learning during that section. I thought the chapters were written in an easy to understand way, the pulled block quotes, definitions, tables, figures and examples were very helpful in my understanding of the topic. I also loved that the chapter ended with an “Ideas for your classroom” section. This will be very helpful when we begin studying these topics in our classroom, as I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate new topics.

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While I haven’t had a good chance to test the information I’ve read in the book with my teaching skills, I have found that I am noticing things in my day-to-day life that I can understand much better. While I remember learning a lot of the information that is discussed in the book, there are so many things I had forgotten or had never truly understood. I have found that the explanations, examples and figures have been very helpful with my understanding of these ideas.

I would definitely recommend Science for Every Teacher to anyone who wants to get a better grasp on the topics they will be covering in their Physics classroom. It is a great refresher and a way to get you started on your understanding so that you can pass that onto your students. It will be a great addition to the books we will be using in the later years of our homeschooling journey. I plan to keep it within reach throughout, so that I can reference it quickly, when any questions arise.

If you are past physics, you’ll be happy to know that they are working on books for Chemistry and Earth Science now. In the meantime, Novare Science & Math has some other great resources for Earth Science, Introductory Physics, General Chemistry and more. Their teachers resources section has many great books and tools for helping you teach science in a way that your students will understand, because you understand!

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My next purchase will be the Teaching Science so that Students Learn Science book and I am excited to add the additional titles of the Science for Every Teacher series as they become available.

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Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

In years past I have listened to a lot of Rush Limbaugh. I didn’t always agree with him, but I appreciate his strong opinion and how he can push me to think through the things I believe to gain a better understanding.

I remember when he began the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. At the time my kids were only 5 and 3 so I knew it would be a while before they were something they could dig into. Imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to review the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh this year!

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Reading About Our Heroes – Heroes of History Review

Reading About Our Heroes – Heroes of History Review

History is all about digging a little deeper. One of the ways we love to do this is with a good book. One great resource for these historical biographies is Heroes of History from YWAM Publishing. We had the pleasure of reviewing Heroes of History- William Bradford and it was a wonderful addition to our Ambleside Online Year 3 studies of the Pilgrims. Read more

Raising Superheros, and Reading About Them, Too! – Captain Absolutely Review

Raising Superheros, and Reading About Them, Too! – Captain Absolutely Review

My son is very interested in everything superhero, so I knew he would be very interested in the new book from Focus On The Family, Captain Absolutely.

 

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We’ve always enjoyed the Adventures in Odyssey and Clubhouse Magazine from Focus On The Family so I was excited to have a superhero book that would be Christian based without extra violence. Little did I realize, the comic’s main character and the story came from the Focus on the Family, Clubhouse Magazine cartoon of the same name.

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I’d Rather Be Your Mommy – Book Review

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy – Book Review

We are book lovers around here. There is not a room in our house that does not have a book in it… literally, even the bathrooms. Adding books to our collection is a constant thing. Which is why I was excited that we were given the opportunity to review the book I’d Rather Be Your Mommy by Home School Adventure Co..

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For our review, we were provided a digital copy of the book, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy , a digital version of the coloring book and the digital edition of the print set.

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Back to Classics Challenge – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Back to Classics Challenge – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Book with a Number in the Title – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, was recommended by my husband. It is on our Ambleside Online schedule for year 5 as well, so it was both a free read for me and a preread in preparation for the kids.

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Time Travel Through Books – Away We Go Media Review

Time Travel Through Books – Away We Go Media Review

One of the main things that struck me when we began our Charlotte Mason educational journey was the beauty of putting yourself in the story of a well written book. Reading should transport you. If you can find yourself experiencing the moments you are much more likely to remember them as well.

With this truth in mind, I was excited to review a few of the newest books brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com.

If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)

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If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4)

If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}

If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China: The Han Dynasty

If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}
If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6)

If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}
I love having picture books around for the kids to peruse and read through on their own and these were perfect for this. While we haven’t read through them all, they have all been flipped through, commented on and somewhat read by the kiddos in their free time.

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We did take some time and read through two of the books during our mornings and this is what has prompted them to look closer at the others. The two we have read were If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4)  and  If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6).

The kids really enjoyed the pictures and story and it was a fun easy addition to our studies. We broke each book down over a week (or two in the case of the Middle Ages). We only read a smaller portion each day so the kids could soak it all in. However, Sunshine and Mister Man loved hearing about life during those times periods and were always asking to read a bit more.

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One of the great things about these books is that they use the present tense “you”, throughout the book which makes it easy for the kids to relate to the story and time period. The glossary in the back was a great addition, it was nice for them to be able to find a meaning without having to pull out the dictionary.

The If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4) was a fun addition to our readings about Pocahontas and Lief the Lucky. It was also a great way to head into the Thanksgiving season.

As we are discussing the Middle Ages through history the If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6) was a good easy addition to our history studies. The kids enjoyed seeing and hearing about the Middle Ages in a laid back fun way.

Overall, I thought the books were good additions to our studies, but they were definitely not the living books we are becoming accustomed to. That being said, it still was a nice addition and a way to add interest to the time periods. With the full set including 8 books, it should be easy to find a book to work with the time period you are studing at the time.

If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 1)

If You Were Me and Lived in…Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 2)

If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)

If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4)

If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China: The Han Dynasty

If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6)

If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West (Volume 7)

If You Were Me and Lived in…Viking Europe

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Digging Deeper – Progeny Press – The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide Review

Digging Deeper – Progeny Press – The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide Review

Books. There is no doubt we love them in our house. Reading either alone or aloud is one of the things we all enjoy doing. Most of the time, I require a narration which allows me to see what they gathered from the readings and how well they are comprehending and listening during the reading. However, every so often it is nice to throw in a book report or a book study. We got the chance to dig a little deeper into The Minstrel in the Tower with the Progeny Press The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide!

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Homeschool Art – ARTistic Pursuits Review

Art instruction has been something I’d been hoping to add into our homeschool, but I hadn’t found a program that I loved. Up until the past few months, I had been using online worksheets and random activities/projects to teach the kids art instruction. When I was selected to review the art curriculum, K-3 Book One from ARTistic Pursuits Inc., I was over the moon!

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It couldn’t have come at a better time, either. A few weeks before, a homeschooling friend and I were having a conversation about our hopes of adding art instruction to our school day. We had both been doing the same hodge-podge of projects and were not happy with the results. After talking we decided our issue provided a fun opportunity to create our own co-op type class combining our two families.

The next week I found out I had been chosen to review ARTistic Pursuits Inc.… seriously, timing is everything!

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review
When I received the art curriculum, I immediately started glancing through the program. The book is setup in 3 sections – What Artists Do, What Artists See, and Where We Find Art. There are 36 total lessons and it is meant to be an introduction to the visual arts. There is both parent/child interaction as well as the independent project time. Each lesson is expected to last 5-10 minutes of working together and the projects could take from 30-60 minutes depending on the child.

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We started with the first lesson. It was broken down into two parts. First they looked at a famous artwork. I actually found the artwork online and printed it 8.5 x 11″ for each of them so they could study it on their own. I loved that this was very much like our Charlotte Mason Art Study. There were some questions to answer about the photo and we had a nice discussion about the work and the composition (foreground, background, framing, etc.) The kids had fun exploring the artwork and discussing it as well.

Our discussion lasted about 15 minutes because the kids were very observant and loved sharing their thoughts on the painting. There were four kids doing the discussion so everyone wanted to have their time to speak. If there had only been one or two kids doing the discussion, I assume it would have taken much less time.

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After we did the art study, we moved on to the project. I loved that it gave a very open-ended direction and showed how to use the materials. The kids were able to imagine and create whatever they wanted to express themselves. This is something very important to us. We want the kids to have a bit of direction but not be stuck drawing only a dog when they want to draw a pig. Art is about interpretation and making it your own, not a cookie cutter piece of work.

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The kids did a great job and were so proud of their work!

Artistic Pursuits Review - Modern Momma Musings

I love that the ARTistic Pursuits Inc. curriculum meshes well with our switch to a Charlotte Mason style. The combination of art study and a related project was a great way to make it interactive for the kids and memorable. And it can be used from preschool through high-school, so if you love it you can stick with it throughout your homeschooling years!

We used the curriculum with kids ranging from 4-7 years old and everyone enjoyed, participated and had a great piece of work to show at the end! I would highly recommend this art program for a homeschooling family. We have done a few projects from the book now, and have had a great experience with all of them!

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