Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series: A TOS Crew Review

Adventures of Rush Revere
Adventures of Rush Revere

Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh

The Bentz Test Laboratory is having a blast reading the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series!  American history has never been so much fun!  We were delighted to get the entire series, we're reading them together as a family read aloud this summer and haven't been able to put them down. They do come in audiobook versions as well, perfect for your summer road trips.

There are five books in the series designed for 8-12 year olds (but, we all are enjoying them!)

1. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims - Rush Revere takes us back to 1620 with his time traveling, and talking horse - Liberty.  Learn all about the challenges the brave Pilgrims faced to travel to this new world.

2. Rush Revere and the Brave Patriots - Rush and Liberty, along with their favorite students - Tommy, Freedom and Cam, are busy meeting important figures like Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry and even King George III.  This book takes us to the events leading up to the American Revolution.  

3. Rush Revere and the American Revolution - Rush, rush, rushing to history!  Rush, Liberty and especially Cam learn important lessons from the leaders of the American Revolution.  This one is an action packed history adventure!

4. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner - Rush and the gang explore the places that have become beloved America symbols while learning all about American government with a stop at the White House and Washington Monument.

5. Rush Revere and the Presidency - Rush, Liberty and the students take a time travel visit to the wives of past Presidents to give us a lesson on American elections and the responsibilities of our leaders.

My husband and I were big fans of Rush Limbaugh (while we were dating... over 25 years ago!)  So, I was immediately interested in what Rush, who has co-authored with his wife, had to say about American History.  He is a very passionate lover America, and his personally written forward in each book is very  inspiring. 

He highlights that America is truly exceptional because of our "everyday people".  He is grateful for those who defend our country in the Armed forces.  He encourages us to "honor, revere, and appreciate" our freedoms. And finally, to stay informed citizens. 

I have to mention,  these are BEAUTIFUL books.  They are hardcover with pages that are heavy, high quality paper, which just feels right, anyone know what I'm talking about?

They are also filled with beautiful, full-color photographs.  They have been done with excellence, which is a lesson in itself... right!

The books are written in a light-hearted, contemporary style that appealed to my children. We like to laugh!  

Liberty, the talking horse, was hands-down our favorite for his semi-snarky comments.  It's our love language around here.   Interwoven into the exciting time-travel stories, is quite a substantial amount of American history lessons,  But, it doesn't feel like "one of mom's educational books", according to my testers!

In addition - you do not want to miss the activity packed website. Find links for online games, quizzes, activities, a book club and even scholarships! Check it out here.  

Rush Revere's library is a treasure trove of additional links and information for your American history study,  all in one place.

The website offers a free, downloadable Study Guide for each of the books.  They include chapter summaries and quizzes for your students.  Extra activities for each book are available as well.

This series is a welcome addition to your American history study, proving that learning can be fun and educational at the same time.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Bring on Summer!

They're all back! There is nothing like having the whole crew back in the nest...

Bring on summer....

Friday, June 16, 2017

Conway - We love YOU!

Our trip to Conway... all our friends, celebrating crossing the homeschool finish line.

  We love you!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


You may remember that our ballerina decided to take a year off to see what else God has in store for her (other than pointe shoes)

She has had an amazing year!  She started taking lessons and learning how to jump (horses this time).  She realized that years of ballet had given her the strength, balance and control she needed for riding and jumping too.

But, her favorite thing has been to become a volunteer with a friends Equine Therapy business. She works every week with horses and disabled kids.  What a blessing it is to see her using her talents to serve too!

The lesson from this year... God always has MORE for you.

Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries: A TOS Crew Review

Apologia Educational Ministries
Internship for High School Credit
Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries

Wouldn't it be nice to have a guide for homeschooling in high school?  We've found a new resource that is a practical, hands-on guide for these years, it's Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries.  

This is a 99-page, spiral bound book filled with practical help for your high school student to get them considering and working toward their career goals while earning high school credit with internships.  

It's divided into 5 parts:
  1. Getting Started
  2. Information for Parents
  3. First Semester
  4. Second Semester
  5. Course Wrap-up
In Getting Started students are introduced to what an internship is, and the benefits of getting some real life experience in a field they may be interested in pursuing.  Too often, students are graduating from college (with mountains of debt) and no real knowledge of the career they have studied.  Internships can give them first-hand knowledge and earn high school credit in the process.

The course covers how to determine the type of internship, company and preparation needed.  One of my favorite sections,it includes how to write a resume, letter of introduction and how to prepare for an interview. 

 My testers are my 19 year old college student, and my 17 year old high school senior.  They have been working on creating resumes.  This information is worth getting the course for!  It's all clearly defined, and easy to use.

Information for Parents is written directly to parents with what they need to know to help their student earn high school credit for internships.  It covers how to document their experience on their transcript, how many credits to award, and even how to grade their internship in a way that will be attractive to college admissions.

First and Second Semester sections are weekly worksheets for your student to document their experience. Goals, weekly summaries, work performance and skills gained worksheets will help the student track and record their internship experience.   

Questions are included throughout these sections designed to prepare your student for the workplace.  From "Pay close attention to work attire.  Is office-formal or casual" to "Reflect on how God may be leading you to continue in this career field or to consider other options" the questions provide a way for your student to critically evaluate their experiences.

Mid-Term and End-of-Semester work performance worksheets will help your student see where they may need more help.  The course helps your student learn how to work with their supervisor as well.

The final section - The Course Wrap-up helps the student summarize their experience and evaluate the understanding of the career based on what they learned by writing a paper.  It also gives practical suggestions for writing thank you notes, getting letters of recommendation and updating their resume.

I thought this was a solid, straightforward course.  It was filled with information that is useful for any high school/college student.  I would highly recommend it!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Art History - Matisse

We finished art history with our coop with Matisse!  He called his art "painting with scissors".  What an inspiring story he has.

This one was easy to do - just construction paper, glue and scissors.  Add your imagination and you're done!

Of course, he made a dinosaur out of cut paper!

It was fun to see their personalities shine through....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Homeschool Special from MarshMedia: A TOS Crew Review

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }
Homeschool Special from MarshMedia

Health education is so important!  We have been enjoying the many videos on a variety of health topics with the Homeschool Special from MarshMedia.   Our subscription access allows us to view any or all of their library of 59 educational videos any time we want.

MarshMedia offers an extensive collection of videos for grades K-8 on topics like hygeiene, health, puberty, safety and many more.  They have been producing high quality instruction since 1969 for schools, nurses, and other organizations.  Now, they are offering it to the homeschool community as well. Normal price is up to $70  per program, but they are offering all 59 titles to be streamed at your convience for just $50!   If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your home schooler(s) click on the link below for more information: https://marshmedia.com/pages/homeschool-offer

We have been talking about our eyes lately, so the first video we watched was for my younger crew (2nd - 5th graders).  This was approx. 13 minutes long set in "Annie's Place".  It was reminiscent of educational TV programs we used to watch.  It was fun and bright.   I was surprised by how much information they covered... how our eyes work, problems like pink eye, wearing glasses, and how visually impaired people read. My testers thought it was a little goofy at first, but they quickly started to really enjoy it. And, they learned so much.  

After the younger crew was done, my middle students choose a couple of videos.  It's a very easy website to use, and well organized.   They have been studying human anatomy and found this 10 minute video all about Blood Borne Pathogens.  It was fascinating. We learned about what do to stop the spread of germs, and even some basic steps to use when someone has a nosebleed.  I think adding videos to our curriculum gives them another way to enrich, reinforce and increase their learning.

MarshMedia offers plenty of videos to help you discuss puberty and some of the changes your children are experiencing.  This one  - "You're Not a Little Kid Anymore" is a 18 minute video that provides a great way to clearly show some basic self-care they need to know.  The video discusses the importance of daily showers, keeping your nails trimmed and clean, and taking care of your body.  I'm hoping that hearing this message from outside sources will help my young boys realize it's not just a "mom thing".  If only "use a deodorant" is a message that sticks with them :-)

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }

My younger testers really enjoyed -"Hello Potter", a video production of a picture story book.  This story deals with teasing and how to get along. The illustrations were bright and colorful, and the story very engaging.

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }

This is a treasure of resources!  We kept finding new videos on a huge variety of interesting topics.  Best of all, we have access to the entire library for the same affordable price.

Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }
Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }

You will not want to miss having this one in your educational tool box!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

K5 Learning - an online supplemental math and reading program : A TOS Crew Review

K5 Learning
K5 Learning

K5 Learning - an online supplemental math and reading program 
Bentz Test Laboratory is always looking for supplemental practice for our K-5th graders in math and reading.  We have been having fun learning with K5 Learning - an online supplemental math and reading program.  K5 is a subscription based program that includes reading, math,as well as, spelling and vocabulary practice.  Check out this quick intro video:

K5 Learning

This easy to use program begins with assessments in math and reading that will help get your student learning at a customized pace.  My testers are 2nd, 3rd and 5th graders. 

This program is not designed as core teaching curriculum, but rather, as supplemental review and practice.  Perfect for summer learning!  The Parent login allows you to see a detailed report (which is also emailed) of your child's assessments.  This was a very helpful snapshot of what we need to work on.  If you're not a big standardized tester, this may be a nice way to assess where your student's needs are. 

Each 5-10 minute lesson has videos, models, questions and games as part of learning and review. The program offers over 3,000 tutorials and activities in 3 core areas:  K5 Reading focuses on phonics, sight words, vocabulary and comprehension exercises.  K5 Math covers numbers, measurement, geometry, data and even early algebraic thinking.  K5 Spelling has both spelling and vocabulary tutoring.

After logging in with their own login ID and password, the student can select which area they want to work on.  One of my tester's favorite parts was the daily riddle on the login page.  I've been hearing them repeat these riddles over and over, and it's a fun way to start the lesson.

K5 Spelling has spelling practice and vocabulary practice. The program has over 150,000 words, and is adaptive.  The program actually remembers every word the student misspells and will reintroduce that word in an upcoming session.  It is begins with the student hearing the spelling word, and can read or see a picture example of the word on-screen.  Then, they type the word. They get immediate feedback if it's spelled correctly. This program is a treasure just for the spelling portion!   It's much more fun, and effective to practice your spelling words like this. (not to mention, painless for me as well!)  Parents can customize the spelling lists using words from the student's outside reading and lesson directly from the Parent Login.

Vocabulary exercises are similar to spelling, but the student needs to discover the word from some examples and clues given onscreen.  It's a fun challenge!

In addition, K5 offers printable worksheets for both reading and math lessons.  My testers really liked the word puzzles and variety.  The worksheets are on the login screen as you begin a lesson.  

My testers really enjoyed this program.  I really liked that they could work independently, and at their own pace. I really like how customized this program is, after taking the assessments - your student works exactly at the level they are at for each skill.  So, my students needed more help with phonics, but were doing better in comprehension, the program adjusted to their need.  I also appreciate that subscriptions allow multiple users, so it's very big family friendly and affordable.

Summer is an excellent time to keep working on these important math and reading skills, and K5 makes it fun!  You can try it for FREE by using their free 14-day trial. to see for yourself.

K5 Learning

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