Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods: A TOS Crew Reveiw

Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products
Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products

History that makes learning fun is the most memorable lesson, and the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods make the learning stick.

We were able to choose 2 items from the huge list of Á La Carte products to supplement our history studies.  We choose Mercenary Madness! File Folder Game and Journey Through the Middle Ages File Folder Game because we love a good competition.

The Á La Carte products are organized by historical era, and also by product type.  You can choose from Ancient history, world history, early America, 19th century America, 20-21st Century America and Bible Times.  Projects types include: Timelines, File folder projects or games, 3-dimensional projects, games, lapbooks & lapbook projects, notebooking projects and newspapers
The products are downloadable and printable PDF files.  Easy-to-follow instructions help guide you in the printing process.  All you need is a file folder, some cardstock, a scissors, and glue!  Once assembled, the games are flat and easy to store, with minimal pieces to keep track of :-)

We choose two file folder games - I love teaching and reviewing with games.  Anytime  we can add some fun competition, it doesn't feel like learning.  We have been studying the Middle Ages this year, so the era fit perfectly to use as review.  Both games are very easy to learn, and the main focus is reviewing facts from that particular era.    Once printed, it was easy to cut out and color to personalize, it helps to have a paper cutter handy!

Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte productsOur first one is Mercenary Madness! File Folder Game  - This is a game designed for 2-4 players in grades 3rd-8th. 

 Players are mercenaries hired by their king in order to protect them.  Each player races along their own path through the battelfield by answering questions about the Renaissance and Reformation. 

 Each correctly answered question earns a florin.  Spoils and Spoilers along the path increase your chances of earning more florins.  Arrive safely back at the castle and count your florins!  The one with the most florins wins.

My testers loved this game!  My testers range in age from 3rd - 7th grade.  Since some had studied this time period, they did a bit better. But, the questions vary in difficulty and detail, so even my younger testers had fun.  The game is fairly short, but you could play as long as you wanted to because there are numerous question cards.  The only downside...cutting out all those tiny florins!

Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte productsOur other game was called - Journey Through the Middle Ages File Folder Game.  This game is for 2-6 players, grades 3rd-9th.  In this game, you are a pilgrim on a journey through Europe during the Middle Ages. 

You move along spaces by answering questions from this era.  At each castle, you collect colored cards and once a pilgrim has collected one from each region, they win.  

The questions cover a wide variety of topics with a theme of the Middle Ages.  Questions about food, clothing, famous people, customs and more.  

The board is a map, so you get to work on basic geography too.  They are learning so much, but having fun along the journey!

I LOVE how these simple games have made reviewing history facts much more entertaining.  My testers like them so much, they have played them over and over!    They are extremely budget-friendly, and easy to assemble.

I was scrolling through all the great options and spotted a few I added to my wishlist...  Projects like Martin Luther's 95 Theses File Folder Project , Newspapers like The Medieval Times Newspaper, and this amazing looking hands on creation  -  The Penny Rug Notebook/3D Project

We have been long-time fans of Home School in the Woods for learning history.  The Á La Carte projects let you pick and choose.  Everyone on the Crew got to choose their own products, so be sure to check them all out!

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IF:Gathering - 2018

Continuing our adventure -  the IF:Gathering 2018!

This was my 4th If:Gathering.  I have a hard time describing it...  Inspiring speakers, powerful worship and thousands of women gathering to hear from God.  Sharing it with your besties makes it priceless!

Here are few highlights - we got a chance to connect with IJM Ministries (we visited them in Chennai, India together!)  We all recorded messages to our congressmen.  And bought new shirts too... :-)

My fan-moment - getting to talk with Katie Davis Majors - go read her books!  Kisses from Katie and Daring to Hope,  they'll change your life! She is absolutely adorable, and so compassionate.

Selfies with Jessica Honegar - Noonday Founder!

It's powerful to see these influential, faith-filled women on their knees....

Christine Caine is my hero!  She may be tiny, but she is fierce!!

 And, the worship...  BLOW your MIND!   "You Keep Hope Alive"  - sung by thousands of voices,

I left full.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience : A TOS Crew Review

natureGlo's eScience
MathArt Online
MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience

By this time in our year...we are so over math!  Getting a change of scenery was just what we needed to bring some life, and MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience gave us a fresh, new look,  Best of all, this online program combines history, science, art and MATH all in one!

Designed for students ages 10 and up, each of the four- 6 lesson classes is unique, and offers a new perspective. Your subscription give you access for a full year, with multiple students able to use the program at the same time.  The four classes included are:

  • Math Connections with the Real World 
  • MathArt in Ancient Cultures
  • Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences 
  • MathArt - Patterns in Nature

We spent our time in MathArt in Ancient Cultures.  My tester is 11, so she was a little on the young side.  I do think some of the content may be more appealing to older students. The six lessons included:

  • Ancient Babylonians & the Plimpton 322 
  • Ancient Greek Math & the Platonic Solids 
  • Pythagoras & the Music of the Spheres 
  • Ancient India’s MathArt: Rangoli, Mandalas & the Story of 1 – 9 & 0 
  • Zellige Moroccan Tiles & Other Tessellations 
  • Maya MathArt
Each lesson follows the same pattern with a Pre-lesson activity, the Main Lesson slide-show with downloadable study guides, live class videos (with the option to participate in a live class - should you want to), and links to extra topics and hands-on activities to use with your study.  

The program keeps track of your progress, so you can restart where you left off, but you can also go back and review.  

Awards will pop up to congratulate your student as they continue, and a printable completion certificate is also available.

My tester tried the live, recorded class first - this was not her favorite.  Listening to the other students read text and answer questions did not appeal to her.  However, when moving on to the interactive lesson with the DK-Let's Find Out!, and exploring on her own, she liked it much better.   The printable Study Guide was a valuable addition.  You can download the study guide, and the slide presentation and learn at your own pace. 

The program takes advantage of the wealth of internet resources to teach with (how did we ever manage without it...)  I appreciate how the author, Gloria Brooks, has made my job easy by compiling all the best into this program.  As we visited each culture, we were introduced to not only the history, but the art, music and creative expression of the people.  My tester got a huge kick out of hearing Sumerian sang out loud. :-)  In each lesson, there are many options of activities - some are videos, some are downloadable templates or art projects.  My tester was inspired to create her very own cuniform tablet in clay.  Here's the "Bentz 2007" :

I love the variety, and the ability to customize to your family found in this program.  I am not a "math person" myself, and I have several children who take after me in this area. It makes this subject much more enjoyable!

This is a great way to finish our school year.  We plan to keep on exploring all through the summer.  I have several older testers who were drawn in to see what we were up to - I know they'll enjoy it too.   I love the connections it makes, this is how learning should be!

Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think form Parenting Made Practical: A TOS Crew Review

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Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think DVDTaming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think Book
    Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) & Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (DVD) from Parenting Made Practical

Do you ever wonder if "blah, blah, blah" is what your children really hear when you ask them to do something? If so, you will want to join me, and spend time with Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) & Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (video) from Parenting Made Practical.

This set is designed for parents with children ages 8-college - EXACTLY my age range!  Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) is a 12 chapter, 160 page softcover book filled with some much needed encouragement for parents.  The Appendix offers addition resource recommendations for both parents and teens.

I will admit, after all these years of parenting, I may have "thought" I'd probably not be able to learn much from this book... I WAS WRONG! 

From the first chapter,  I found myself agreeing with the author's perspective.  Then, I went into my children's room, and saw the piles of clean-but-not-put-away laundry, and I knew we needed to get back "on the horse" and start some heart training around here!

There are so many gems of wisdom in this book,  I have been recommending it to everyone! 

 I realized how I have been "lecturing" and my children have NOT been hearing any of it.  I was encouraged to start asking simple yes and no questions to get them to THINK for themselves.  This is a much more useful tool.  I have been using this new approach on all my children.  It's very helpful to both my attitude (not getting frustrated) and their responses.

I needed to be reminded that until their hearts are teachable, by realizing their sin, they will not be able to change behavior.  WOW - not only for our children, this is for us too!  Consistency has always been a struggle for me, I start well...  the author's recommend on picking an area to work on, and stick with that until you see results, instead of trying to do it all at once.  I decided we would go back to the start with immediate obedience - our saying is "Right away, all the way, the happy way" (not from the book).  

Letting our children redefine the rules is a dangerous slope.  I love the frank, honest and Biblical foundations in this book.  Disobedience is sin.  Throughout the book you will find Scripture to back up the parenting principles discussed.  In addition, personal testimonies are included.

The authors, Joey and Carla Link, have over 20 years family ministry experience. In the 53 min. DVD, they share the main points of the book.  I highly recommend reading the book first, and then watching the DVD as a reminder or refresher.  They both share, role-play examples, and offer a downloadable PDF of notes.  This would make an excellent resource for a small group study.

This has been a timely resource, and VERY helpful.  You will definitely want to check this one out!  Other members of the Crew have gotten a chance to explore more resources from Parenting Made Practical:
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