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Homeschool Copywork – A TOS Review

We received a Lifetime Membership to Homeschool Copywork which gives us access to a variety of e-books for copywork and notebooking pages such as the Armor of God Copywork.

 

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What is Copywork?

Since we are new to homeschooling this year, we have never used copywork before. I’ve been intrigued by it, but thought my son was too old to practice his penmenship all the time, even though he has pretty bad handwriting and never really learned much cursive in school. However, I have learned that Copywork is so much more than practicing your writing. It involves spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, reading skill and comprehension. Your child will learn so much more than to slow down and have great penmanship.

About Homeschool Copywork

Homeschool Copywork is a site dedicated to providing quality copywork to families in a variety of styles and for all ages. The site is broken into three age groups – Early Elementary Copywork, Upper Elementary Copywork and Junior High – High School Copywork.  With the lifetime membership, we were able to browse around and have access to a variety of different downloads, which include a variety of penmanship styles.

Some of the titles include:

  • Claude Monet Artist Study and Copywork
  • 1 Corinthians 13 Cursive Copywork
  • The Poems of Lewis Carroll
  • Dragons of the Bible Copywork, Notebooking and Coloring Pages

and so much more!

How We Used This Product

I decided to use the Junior High-High School Copywork level for my 12yo son. We chose to begin with The Armor of God Copywork and use it as not only writing practice, but scripture memorization and bible study.

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There are 57 pages in this download and includes printing, cursive and D’Nealian styles. Because my son wasn’t taught much cursive in school, we chose to being with the D’Nealian worksheets and work our way into cursive. As you can tell from the images below, my son was more interested in “printing” than using the fancy slants of D’Nealian. I just let him be and figured we have a lots of time for him to grow into it.

The best part of this copywork was that my son and I got to have short devotions a couple of evenings each week as we discussed the scriptures in Ephesians about the Armor of God. It’s been a long time since I’ve studied the Armor of God myself so it was enlightening to me and a reminder of just how important it is to put on the Armor each day.

For our next copywork studies we are looking forward to the Dragons of the Bible Copywork and Notebooking pages and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Copywork.

Our Final Thoughts

For someone who had no hands-on experience with copywork before, I am sold! I am grateful for Homeschool Copywork and the many choices we have to not only work on penmanship skills, but also on grammar, vocabulary, scripture memorization and so much more.

Head on over the Homeschool Copywork and grab your Lifetime Membership. You will not be disappointed!

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Memoria Press 5th Grade Literature {TOS Review}

As a mom of a son who struggles with reading comprehension, I was super excited for the chance to review the 5th Grade Literature Set from Memoria Press.

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My son, although technically in the 7th grade, struggles with reading comprehension due to his visual learning tendancies. This has made reading more “work” for him when I’d like it to be more “fun”.

We chose the 5th Grade Literature Set because my son has been wanting to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for a while, and I also felt that the workbook would be more at his level of comprehension.  The other titles in the set include Heidi and Lassie Come Home. Although the books themselves are not included, you can purchase them directly from Memoria Press, a discount book store or from your rent them from your local library.

 

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Each title comes with a Student Study Guide and a Teacher Guide. I was very impressed with the look and quality of the guides. The covers are beautifully illustrated and glossy.  The guides themselves are not bulky or intimidating, but have just enough content to keep your child thinking with every turn of the page.

Each chapter of the study guide includes:

  • Reading notes – tidbits of information to go over orally with your child that pertain to key characters, places or terms.
  • Vocabulary – 2-4 vocabulary words for each chapter
  • Comprehension Questions – helps build comprehension and purposeful reading
  • Quotations and Discussion Questions – helps to guide oral discussion with your child
  • Enrichment Activities – includes composition, copywork, dictation, research and more.
  • Unit Review and Tests – helps to monitor what your student is learning and retaining as they read.

How We Used This Product

I had my son read one chapter per day, independently and work on the corresponding chapter in the Student Guide.  He would define the vocabulary words and answer the comprehension questions to the best of his ability.  We would then meet later in the day to discuss what he read. I would ask him about the chapter and for an oral synopsis, then we would go over the vocabulary words and comprehension questions, followed by the chapter discussion questions.

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Having my son work independently helps me to access his skills and know which areas he needs to work on, such as answering questions in complete sentences and finding tools to better help him to comprehend what he’s reading. I always challenge my son to read out loud, even just to himself, to better help him to absorb the material.

The Teacher Guide is a fabulous resource. It has all of the answers for you, so you do not have to guess at what the answer might be. It’s a great way to access whether your child could be more descriptive in his responses, etc.

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Although we did not complete much of the Enrichment, nor did we utilize the tests or quizzes this time around, we plan on continuing to use the 5th Grade Literature Set and growing into these activities with our next read, Lassie Come Home. The format for this study guide is basically identical to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, so my son is already use to the layout. We are excited to get started with another piece of great literature thanks to Memoria Press!

Our Final Thoughts

My son enjoyed the study guide for The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe. He is looking forward to reading more books that offer study guides, like Lassie Come Home.

When my children enjoy reading, I am a happy mom. I believe that Memoria Press makes it easy for a child to not only love to read, but love to learn as they read. I highly recommend the Literature Guides offered by Memoria Press to enrich your child’s love of classic literature.

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FishFlix.com – “Captive” DVD Review

Our family loves to gather and watch inspirational movies, the kind that leave you feeling good about the world despite all of the chaos.  We were excited for the chance to review the movie Captive, compliments of FishFlix.com.

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About FishFlix.com

FishFlix.com offers thousands of high quality Christian DVDs at low prices with FREE shipping. Believing that media and entertainment are gifts from God that help to spread his message with creativity and excellence, their goal is to serve families with Christian movies that can be enjoyed together. They offer all the top new release Christian movies and feature films that are suitable for families, Sunday School, small groups and homeschooling. They even have titles in other languages. FishFlix.com truly has something for everyone!

I absolutely love their business philosophy, which is focused on these two scriptures:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23-24)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

About Captive

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Captive is a movie about hope found in the middle of a crisis.

Ashley is a single mom who struggles to stay clean of Methamphetamine use. She is struggling to get her life together by working a job that barely pays enough. Her young daughter has been taken out of her home and placed with an aunt. Ashley desires to clean up her life and provide a safe environment for her daughter to visit and one day life.

Brian is a convicted felon charged with rape and is about to appear in court for a sentencing which could lead to 25 years. He claims he is innocent but no one believes him. On the day of his court appearance, Brian overpowers a prison guard and escapes, taking the lives of four others in his escape path and causing a state-wide man hunt.  Brian is armed and dangerous and appears to be somewhat of a ticking time bomb. As Brian has recently learned that he has a young infant son, he appears at the doorstep of his former girlfriend, only to be distracted when the police arrives. He has no choice but to leave.

Brain happens upon Ashley, who has been moving into her new home, and happened to run outside to retrieve something from her car. It’s then that Brian takes Ashley captive. Ashley is at first very fearful of what my transpire at the hands of this convicted man and now murderer. She prays to God for help and find herself drawn to the book, The Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren, which she recently received at a Celebrate Recovery group, although she had tried to toss it in the trash. Brian asks Ashley to read to her from the book, and throughout her hostage ordeal, she reads to Brian about the promise that all life has purpose. Both Ashley and Brian are changed by what is read.

Captive is a beautiful, redemptive story that reminds even the most hardest of hearts that God has a purpose for their life.

Our Thoughts

I had the opportunity to watch Captive with my husband and 12 year old son. This movie is rated PG-13 for mature elements involving kidnapping, violence, and the abuse of substances. It may not be appropriate for younger viewers. My son is very mature for his age, and the movie gave us the opportunity to talk about God’s power of redemption and forgiveness.

We thoroughly enjoyed this movie and the message of hope, love, redemption and forgiveness that it portrays.

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Grapevine Studies Review

We love to read and study the Bible in our home. As for schooling, sometimes we need to simplify and have fun with it.  For the past few weeks we’ve been using the New Testament Overview Part 1 – Level 4 from Grapevine Studies for our Bible study. As first time users of this product, we were very impressed.

 

Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry {Grapevine Studies Review}

How We Used The Product

For the purpose of this review, I was given PDF downloads of both the student workbook and teacher’s book. The student book includes lessons pages, timelines, maps, memory verses, and reviews.  The teacher book includes lesson notes, timelines, stick figure drawings, maps, lesson goals & key points, memory verses, and review questions & answers. We downloaded the pages as we went and hole punched them and put them in a three-ring binder.  There is enough material for 12 weekly lessons, or 45 daily lessons.

Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry {Grapevine Studies Review}
 

Along with colored pencils or pens, the other items we needed to have for this study were a Bible Dictionary, Concordance and Topical Bible. It is also recommended that you have a white board, but since we did not have one, we made do without.

On the first day we completed the New Testament Timeline. This began with Adam and ended with Jesus Prayed.  For this lesson I drew the stick figures on paper and my son followed on his paper.

Here are my son’s Timeline pages:

The neat thing about the drawings is that certain colors and symbols refer certain things (although my son decided he wanted to stick to some other colors throughout our lessons and well, I just let him do what he wanted, although we did talk about the colors and their meanings.)

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After we completed the Timeline Review we decided to take two days to complete each lesson, spending no more than about 15-20 minutes each day. Our discussions were long on some days, but for the most part we moved through the discussion very quickly.

I loved how the teacher pages are laid out. The “read, discuss and draw” topics are at the top, which lets you know what the scripture reading is for the lesson, what the topics of discussion are, and what your child will be drawing. There are also vocabulary words to look up in a Bible dictionary for each lesson.  The teacher pages also show you what the completed student drawing page should look like.

Teacher page example:

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My child’s corresponding student page:

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Also included in each lesson is a review of the topics discussed, scripture memorization and timeline review.

Our Thoughts

My son really enjoyed stick figuring his way through our lessons. When it came time to review the timeline he could easily remember what was happening at that time because of the drawings.

If you have a child who loves to draw, is visual and needs an easy intro into Bible study, I would highly recommend Grapevine Studies.  There are various topics for different age ranges and even traceables for very young children.

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I guarantee you that there will be no more hearing your kids say, “I’m bored” when it comes to learning about God’s Word. They will enjoy drawing their way through the Bible as the people and places come alive to them in fresh and new way.

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Heirloom Audio Productions: The Dragon And The Raven Review

One thing that has helped my struggling reader this year is incorporating audio books. It’s easier to get him to listen to a book than it is to read a book. We’ve enjoyed a few different audio books this year, but nothing compares to the audio theatre production of The Dragon and the Raven by Heirloom Audio Productions that we recently received for review.

The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}

About The Product

The folks over at Heirloom Audio Productions are passionate about bringing history to life through dramatic audio stories.  Their quest takes them to some amazing places just to accomplish this task. They have stood above Plymouth where Sir Francis Drake first sighted the Spanish Armada. They’ve walked on the same ground where William Wallace swung his famous claymore and conquered his enemies. The Dragon and the Raven is brought to you from the misty marshlands of England, from a dark time in English history, the time of King Alfred and their barbaric Danish enemies. It is the story of Edmund and young King Alfred of Wessex, whose only hope of defending their land against the Danes is to turn back to the God they have abandoned.

Our Thoughts On This Product

The product came in a sturdy case with two CDs. Along with the CD’s we were given the following bonuses (all included in The Family Four Pack).

  • The Dragon and the Raven MP3 download
  • The Dragon and the Raven E-Book by G.A. Henty.
  • The official MP3 soundtrack
  • A printable cast poster
  • A 46-page study guide and discussion starter
  • An inspirational verse poster with the quote, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.”
  • Unlimited access to the Live the Adventure Letter e-newsletter
  • Behind-the-scenes videos of the cast and crew of The Dragon and the Raven.

We decided to spread the 2.5 hours of listening time over the course of 4-5 days to give us a break in our normal, crazy, homeschooling evening.  Never having experienced anything like this before, we were completely captivated while listening to this audio production which features Katherine Kellgren (an award-winning narrator), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings & Indiana Jones), Helen George (Call The Midwife), Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who VII, The Hobbit) and John Bell (The Hobbit).

The study guide was a valuable resource for us, as it gave us discussion topics for each of our listening sessions. It also has vocabulary words, most of which my son did not know, which is helping to enrich his vocabulary. I did have to replay certain sections of the CDs where my son got a little lost due to the speed of the conversation, or the accents, but thankfully I was able to follow along enough to keep the discussion flowing.

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Overall, we really enjoyed our first experience with audio theatre. If you have a child who is a struggling reader, or struggles with reading comprehension as my son does, I would highly recommend The Dragon and the Raven by Heirloom Audio Productions as an addition to your literature library. After listening to this, my son says normal audio books may bore him to death!

For more information about Heirloom Audio Productions and The Dragon and the Raven, check them out on social media:

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