Wednesday, April 8, 2020

History on Horseback: The Early Years from Sonrise Stable Books: A TOS Crew Review

History on Horseback: The Early Years from Sonrise Stable Books

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way




History on Horseback: The Early Years from Sonrise Stable Books takes a unique approach to studying history.  In this first volume - readers follow history from 1493 to 1866 as told from horseback.

Designed for readers 12 and up, this book can be used as a delightful supplement to your history reading.  I love books that help history come alive for my students, and this is one of those.  No boring repetition of dates, this book gives us a glimpse into history on the back of one of our favorite animals (and history makers) the horses.

I have several "horsey girls" here, and they loved this perspective.  The softcover book has 53 short chapters, very easy to add this to what you are already reading.  The author, Vicki Watson, is working on a supplemental activity book that will include maps, timelines, questions, research and writing activities you can use to make this into a full history study - watch for it, it's coming in 2020.  Volumes 2 & 3 are also in the works.

Each chapter focuses on specific event or people in history - starting with Cortez, the Spanish conquistador  going all the way to the all black cavalry of the the Civil War.

The stories are not about horses, per say- but, you will learn quite a bit about horses along the way.   The chapters are short -usually just 2-3 pages with black and white illustrations.

The illustrations are often photographs or images of famous artwork (a side study in itself - be sure to check out the photo credits in the back). Many of the chapters include interesting side-bars with additional information to interest your students in learning more.



We have enjoyed all the new tidbits of history we have been learning:


  • How Thomas Jefferson kept a detailed record of all his horses, and their names, and Napoleon did that as well.  
  • We learned what livery stables were - and why they were important, like historical "parking ramps" for horses in New York City in the 1800's.  
  • The missionaries on the Oregon Trail with a peek into their letters and lives.
  • The way horse power transformed our transportation from horses towing the canal boats to racing the locomotives. 
  • The role the horse played in industry with the pit ponies that kept mining going.


We found the stories very interesting, and the author has done her research well. The Bibliography is filled with links that will help you uncover more information too.  History study should help bring the past into our present, and these stories do that well.   What a delightful way to tie horses and history together!


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History on Horseback: The Early Years {Sonrise Stable Books Reviews}

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Psalm 91

 I memorized this in 4th grade, I can still remember my Sunday school teacher telling us how all the men in his military unit had it memorized and they didn’t lose a single one in battle.

Right now, with the corona virus spreading fear - we need to center our minds on God's promises!




We are working on memorizing this together - here is a great image you can download to help - If you're looking for a Bible Study to go with this beautiful passage - check this out!

Who's going to join us?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time Travelers U.S. History Studies The Civil War by Home School in the Woods: A TOS Crew Review



Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way


Time Travelers U.S. History Studies The Civil War by Home School in the Woods



One of our favorite ways to study history is with Home School in the Woods!  This year we are enjoying Time Travelers U.S. History Studies The Civil War  with our American History study.


This study is a downloadable treasure chest of information and activities  designed to bring your history study to life for your 3rd-8th grade students.  It contains 25 lessons that will take them on an adventure from the early days of slavery in our country through the Civil War and Reconstruction of our nation. A handy Lesson Planner shows you exactly what to do and print for each lesson.


The lessons include Text pages - think of these as your "spine" for learning.  They are jam packed with information. We like to read them aloud, but they make great independent reading as well.  A great feature of these studies is that you pick and choose what you want to print.  Everything is well-planned and easy to use, just be sure to stock up on printer ink if you're someone who wants to do it all.



The remainder of each lesson consists of hands-on projects.  From mapping, creative writing, lapbooking, cooking and even fun crafts to make -  this is what truly sets Home School in the Woods apart!  They make history come alive!

Let me show you a few of our projects:


I love all the maps!  I like to print them and back them with colored construction paper to make posters for our schoolroom, or to use them in my coop history class.

My testers LOVE the paper dolls - this unit allowed us to learn all about the women of the Civil War and the uniforms of the Union and Confederate soldiers.  These lessons never fail to ignite my children's imagination and have the wanting to learn more!



This project - the "Library of Leaders" was fun to make.  It's a collection of mini-books about each of these important leaders. I love that these studies give me a chance to be creative too.  My testers think they are so "cute" and I've found them reading them to their American Girl dolls for "school".


 Another personal favorite is the Timeline pages.  I like to print the Teacher Help version - but, you can also print it blank and let your students color and complete.  It makes an impressively long visual of the Civil War.


 Of course- the crafts are always a family favorite!  The instructions are always very easy to follow - and they make a great reminder of our learning.


This Study is filled with information!  From learning about the key battles and leaders to understanding the medical practices and weaponry you will be transported back to the Civil War era.   Vocabulary and penmanship are included in most lessons as well. The Lapbooks are amazing - all you need to do is print and assemble.  Homeschool in the Woods has done all the research and design for you!

Finally, Additional Resources are recommended to keep their learning continuing.


This is a really great way to make history fun and memorable - be sure to check out other Time Travelers U.S. History Studies titles:
  • New World Explorers - be sure to check our our review!
  • Colonial Life
  • The American Revolution
  • The Early 19th Century
  • The Civil War
  • The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
  • World War II
Home School in the Woods has a great Blog - filled with extra resources to help enhance your history study.  Be sure to check it out! 

Check out some of the other amazing products from Home School in the Woods the Crew has been reviewing:

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Home School in the Woods Collections - Lap-pak, Timeline Figures, History Studies & Activity-Pak {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Fresh perspectives

I have been telling my family this past year (and it’s been a doozy!) that there are always “jewels & treasures along the path” if you are willing to notice them.


During our "confinement" we  took a long hike around the outside of our suburban neighborhood and discovered many “jewels & treasures” we had never had the time to notice before.


I love bluebonnets!



 Wildflowers and dirt paths... all of this only blocks away from us, and we never knew it!


We'll look back and realize what a gift this extra time together was! 




 God is good!

Apps & Ebooks from Math Galaxy: A TOS Crew Review

Math Galaxy

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way

Math Galaxy makes mastering math concepts more fun!  We've been using the Apps for 5th Grade Math & 6th Grade Math, along with 30 different Math Riddles Ebooks to liven up our math review.

Let me start with the Apps. Math Galaxy has so many to choose from!  They offer a full range of apps for every level from Prek to Algebra and SAT Math.  We decided to explore with the grade level apps for 5th and 6th grade.  Math is not a universal love language at Bentz Academy, so any tools I can find to make it more enjoyable are welcome!


The apps are available through the App Store for iPad and iPhone.  The apps appear basic - no dancing characters or endless games, just solid math concepts and individualized review for concept mastery.


  

You can choose what topic to work on.  




Then, it's practice and review the concept.  The screens are intuitive, my testers could understand immediately.   


Using it on my iPhone XS - we still sometimes had issues making sure we hit the correct number button when answering. I'm sure it's much easier on a larger screen, like an iPad.  I think this could be improved to be more user friendly for the iPhones.

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Immediate feedback is given, if your answer is correct it flashes "correct".  If you answer incorrectly, you get another try.  After 2 misses - the correct answer is shown and explained.

In addition, the apps contain video that you can watch to help explain concepts - in a very straightforward, whiteboard style.



And simple games - like Labyrinth.


Overall, having solid math review on my phone is a really great tool to pull out during our down times while waiting, or in the car.  

We also had the chance to review the Math Riddle eBooks.  They offer collections for Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Proportions, Percents, Algebra.  

This are 30 different PDF ebooks that you can download and print (I don't recommend using color ink!) to practice math facts by solving riddles.  Each ebook is a PDF with around 40-50 pages of riddles and answers.




These are a fun way to liven up the worksheet genre of math!  Instead of just working a page of problems, they get to answer the problem to find a letter that they can insert into the riddle.  These were a big hit around here!




You can use Google to make them into interactive worksheets (that don't need to be printed!)

Overall, we found Math Galaxy was a great way to expand our math learning, and make it more fun!



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3rd Grade -Algebra Fundametals Math Apps {Math Galaxy Reviews}

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Heroes of History - Harriet Tubman: Freedombound from YWAM Publishing: A TOS Crew Review






Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way


Heroes of History - Harriet Tubman: Freedombound from YWAM Publishing

I've been homeschooling for the past 17 years, and one resource I would never do with out has been  YWAM Publishing!  For this review - we are privileged to introduce you to Heroes of History - Harriet Tubman: Freedombound and the Digital Unit Study companion.

At our first homeschool conference...way, way back, someone gave us a free copy of Gladys Aylward: Life of Adventure. We took it home and we were hooked! The very next year, I went straight to YWAM Publishing and purchased their entire set of both Christian Heroes: Then & Now and Heroes of History My dear husband never recovered from the shock that I bought "one of everything on the table." It is the one of my best purchases!

These stories have been LIFE CHANGING. All 8 of my children have grown up reading and listening to amazing stories of how God used ordinary people to change the world! One of our family sayings is "Someday, you will have a YWAM book".



Heroes of History - Harriet Tubman: Freedombound is an excellent addition to your American History study.  These books are great for independent reading for ages 10 and up, but we love them as family read alouds.  All the titles are available in paperback or e-book format, or as well-done audio books on CD or MP3 download.

Harriet Tubman: Freedombound follows the life of a truly inspiring woman in history.  Harriet is born a slave but, later escapes and becomes the "Moses" of her people, leading many to freedom along the Underground Railroad.  Her courage and refusal to give up are great lessons for our children today.  

Her story is captivating, we could not put it down.  That's what I love most about these books - they introduce ordinary men and women that God uses to do extraordinary things.  The books have never failed to show us how God can use even just one person to change the world.  Children need heroes to look up to, and YWAM Publishing has provided an entire series of them!

The Unity Study that goes along with this book is fantastic as well!  It comes as a digital download full of great ideas that can help you use these books across your curriculum.  It combines science, history, geography and more that will help you expand the reading into more learning.


 The Unit Study is very easy to use - you can pick and choose what you want to include.  We love to use the Chapter Questions for vocabulary and reading comprehension.


Printing out the maps that are included makes a great geography review.  When I teach geography in my Coop classes - I always give each student a  Christian Heroes: Then & Now book to read and report on.

We especially love the quotes!  They make great handwriting practice.



I HIGHLY recommend the Christian Heroes: Then & Now & Heroes of History series. One quick warning...don't let your family read these if you want them to live an ordinary life!




Check out the other Christian Heroes: Then & Now & Heroes of History titles we have reviewed:




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32 Heroes of History {YWAM Publishing Reviews}

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Action Bible Anytime Devotions from David C Cook: A TOS Crew Review






The Action Bible Anytime Devotions from David C Cook



Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way


The Action Bible Anytime Devotions from David C Cook is a great resource to show your 8-12 year old's how to turn to God's word.

This 195 page, softcover devotional is designed to help your children learn to apply God's word to their daily lives.  It contains 90 different 2 page devotionals that cover a variety of topics including -courage, love, trust, hope, faith, kindness, service, and strength.  Just the things we need most.


Each devotion features a 2 page spread, illustrated in a colorful graphic novel fashion. Each page begins with a Action Verse  This is the main focus of the devotional and helps train your child to turn to scripture first.

 The Table of Contents shows the Title - Topic - Scripture passage.  I love that this makes it easy to find a particular topic they may be struggling with, or wanting to learn more about.

The purpose is to get your children studying God's word on their own, with the focus to help them apply and relate to scripture.


The devotions are written in an easy, direct fashion.  The focus is on real-life situations that children find themselves in, and how they can use God's word to help them.  The author offers practical advice - like how to refocus thoughts, how to pray specifically, a project to do or tips to try.  My testers loved that it was "real life".

Each devotion contains a "Take it Further" section that shows them another scripture passage they can read and learn from.

These devotions were well written, and really encouraged my children to think and apply the Bible to their daily life.


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The Action Bible Anytime Devotions {David C Cook Reviews}