Enjoying Another Great Audio Production – Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Enjoying Another Great Audio Production – Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Audio books and stories are a hit or miss. Many times we start an audio book only to realize the reader is not wonderful and we end up abandoning the audiobook. I’ve learned to do a bit of research before just choosing any audiobook. One company we love to listen to is Heirloom Audio Productions. We’ve listened to many of their audiobooks so the kids and I were excited to listen to their newest addition In the Reign of Terror.

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About In the Reign of Terror:

In the Reign of Terror takes place during the French Revolution. The audio book follows a family during the revolution and addresses the reasons this war is not like others. From a Christian viewpoint, In the Reign of Terror, like all of Heirloom Audio Production’s audio dramas, takes the listener on a journey and helps them to see God in the midst of history. In the Reign of Terror is adapted from the book of the same name written by G.A. Hently.

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A well thought through study guide is also available for download. The study guide gives a bit more direction and confirms an understanding of the audio book. The study guide also works with both the younger and older students, making it easy to use with the whole family. In addition to the questions the guide is also filled with historical information to add to the history lesson involved in the audio book.

How We Used It:

We listened to the audio book in the car on longer car rides. The two-and-a-half hour drama was broken into 20-30 minute chunks which is perfect for keeping their attention. After they had listened we discussed what we had heard.

This is also the time to use the study guide that accompanies the audio book. I chose to read ahead in the study guide, rather than use it directly with my kids. This allowed me to be prepared with some questions and have the extra information about the French Revolution available. Because I was prepared, it helped to make sure the kids were understanding while telling me their narrations and it led to a few extra discussions as well.

Our Impression:

As with the many other Heirloom Audio Productions, we loved In the Reign of Terror. I felt that the kids were getting a history lesson, character lesson and more in a great audio book. They were always wishing we didn’t have to get out of the car. So I would call it a win-win situation! I am sure we will be listening to this many times.

 

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Bonus Content:

If you are a fan of Heirloom Audio Productions as well, they just began a great new program Live the Adventure Club. This club allows you to receive their newest audio dramas before they go on sale, as well as access additional content and resources online.

If you’d like to read more about In the Reign of Terror check out the crew review here:

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Interactive Grammar – English on a Roll Review

Interactive Grammar – English on a Roll Review

My kids have grown to love grammar, but it can get monotonous. As with many other subjects I am always looking for ways to mix it up. The English Grammar Teaching Method from English on a Roll has been a fun addition to our weekly routine.

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About English on a Roll:

English on a Roll uses multiple senses to keep your child engaged in their learning experience. The English Grammar Teaching Method works for visual, auditory, and tactile learners in each lesson. This creates a good learning experience for all kids involved and saves you time in finding multiple curriculums to meet your childrens’ needs.

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How We Used It:

We used the English on a Roll as a supplement to our normal grammar program. Grammar has always been something we do daily even though it was not a necessary part of our curriculum. 

Before each day’s lesson I made copies of the worksheets (which is covered by a copyright), pulled out the necessary cubes and read through the lesson.

The cubes took a little bit of time in finding at first. Mostly because there are many different cubes within the box. Luckily they are color coordinated which saved a bit of time. After a few lessons, it was pretty easy to find the cubes I needed and this was not as much of a burden.

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The lessons are geared towards classroom use, but I did not have any problem changing them up a bit to make them work for my two kiddos. Most of the lessons didn’t need much adjusting, but if you only had one child, you may need to make a few more adjustments.

We followed the manual in our format. Starting with the concepts and handouts, and the use of the auditory and visual senses. Once I felt that they had a pretty good understanding of what we discussing that day, we moved on to the games and conversations. This was the more tactile part of the lessons. Finally we moved onto the worksheet and writing portion again a bit of tactile and visual.

For most lessons we needed less than 20 minutes, which was just enough time to get the lesson taught and understood before they lost interest or began daydreaming.

Our Impression:

I felt that English on a Roll was a fun addition to our normal grammar and I think it could be a good grammar program to teach the basics. My kids were quite a bit further along so we combined a few lessons more to just review than to re-teach the concepts.

The teaching handouts were well laid out and easy to follow. I loved that I could copy them and let the kids keep them as a reference sheet.

My kids enjoyed working with the cubes the most. They were a fun way to practice sentence structure without completely diagraming a sentence and they did a great job of keeping the kids focused on the lesson. They may not have even noticed they were learning 😉

The worksheets were easy to follow, but the graphics could have been neater. I was disappointed by the elementary line drawings of stick figures. I felt these made them a bit too childish. That being said, the worksheets themselves were a good way to round out the lessons and my kids had no problem finishing the worksheets without complaining.

If you are looking to add an interactive program to your grammar curriculum, this would be a good program to use. I do think the English on a Roll program would work well for anyone starting grammar. It is a good base for grammar but if have been doing grammar for a little while, look closely at the lesson outlines, they may be a lot of review for you as well. 

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Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

We are just beginning the alphabet with Sugar Plum who is two years old. We are taking a letter a week and doing fun activities to learn the letter and the sound it makes. One of her favorite additions to our letter learning is Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom.

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Sculpture Fun – ACTÍVA Products Review

Sculpture Fun – ACTÍVA Products Review

I have a love hate relationship with craft projects. I love giving my kids the freedom to create, I hate the mess it creates. My kids however, have only a love relationship with crafts and for this reason I am always looking for new ways to expand their craftiness. Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products is another addition to our craft supply cabinet.

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Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

My kids love geography. It’s actually something they beg for each day. This year we have been studying the United States, one state per week. We have almost finished each of the individual states and my kids will soon be picking a few states for an in depth report and presentation. One way I am considering doing these reports is through a more hands on approach with lap booking.

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Lap booking is a great interactive way to place the facts about a topic into a contained report. Home School in the Woods is a great resource for many different lap book projects, and we were lucky enough to review their Make-a-State Activity which is part of their Activity-Paks series.

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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.

Our review crew had the chance to review many of Novare Science & Math offerings. You can check out their reviews here:

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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

Painting – Without the Mess – Thin Stix Review

Painting – Without the Mess – Thin Stix Review

Painting can be extremely messy!

We host a bi-weekly art co-op at our house with some homeschooling friends. There are six kids ranging from two to eight years old. The older five kids do a pretty good job of following the instructions and not making a huge mess, but my rambunctious two year old is another story!

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