• Review: Whistlefritz Spanish

      Knowing a decent amount of Spanish has fared well for me in life. I wasn’t anywhere near fluent, but I knew enough to translate in certain arenas.  I could translate well enough to get paid for it, and I loved that I could preach the gospel in Spanish!   It was always helpful around the barn too, where many of the employees spoke very little English.   I was therefore excited for the opportunity to review Whistlefritz‘s Educator’s Spanish Collection with my kids and as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. Our world is quickly becoming a smaller place.  We are connected through the Internet and airplane travel like never more.…

  • Confidence – 5 Tips to Build Yours!

    How many of you struggle with feeling confident?   You want to do something whether it’s start and grow a business, learn a new sport or hobby, or learn something new, but you second guess yourself and talk yourself out of it before you even get started.  OR you get started, but when your initial efforts aren’t a raging success, that inner voice says, “See?  You can’t do this”, and you give up. Did you know you’re not alone?  The BIGGEST difference between someone that “makes it” and someone that doesn’t is literally that they did not give up.  They didn’t quit!   How many of you can commit to…

  • Review: K5 Learning Online Program

    Sweetheart is always excited for new computer programs, and I’m always on the hunt for ways to engage her more in reading and math.   We were offered the opportunity to review K5 Learning via the Homeschool Review Crew and given six months worth of access to this online program. K5 Learning is designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.  It is designed as a supplement and is not a full curriculum.    The three different subjects include Reading, Spelling, and Math.  You can have up to four students per account, so we used this one both with Sweetheart and Super D. The program begins with assessments.   Don’t…

  • Review: Memoria Press & First Form Latin!

    Memoria Press has released their program First Form Latin Complete Set and offered the Homeschool Review Crew an opportunity to review it along with several other of their products including Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, Second, Third, and Fourth Form Latin, The Book of Trees, and Nature’s Complete Order.   Memoria Press is good to us!!   Their materials are such high quality that I’m always excited to review them! Latin is an essential part of a classical student’s education, and Memoria Press has designed this First Form Latin set for students in grades 4-9.  Super D is on the younger end of the spectrum, having just completed 4th grade.  Younger students…

  • Report Card Freebies!

    Chuck E. Cheese – Chuck E. Cheese believes in the value of a good education. Choose from the Super Student Award or Graduation Certificate and receive FREE tokens for being a good student. Krispy Kreme – Get a free original glazed donut for each A (up to 6 A’s). Chick-fil-A – Bring in your all A’s and B’s report card and receive a FREE 8 pack nuggets! Call ahead to your location to see if they are participating Pizza Hut – Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by…

  • Review: Captain Absolutely from Focus on the Famliy

    Like most moms of homeschool boys, I’m always on the lookout for quality reading material that will hold their interest. It’s not easy to come by!   This new release from Focus On The Family called Captain Absolutely seemed like it would be a hit for my 10 year old Super D.  The cover alone was engaging, as he’s very into super heroes! Captain Absolutely is written by Wooten Z. Bassett.  He creates comics for Adventures in Odyssey and this book actually took him 5 years to write and illustrate!  He wrote it two pages at a time for their Clubhouse magazine. This book took Super D a couple of hours to read.   It’s…

  • Summer Reading Programs 2017!

    Here is a list of Summer reading programs for you and your children to enjoy. Children can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement during the Summer months. Help your children gain reading skills instead of losing them, with these fun Summer reading programs that will engage and reward your children. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge May 8th- September 8th Read & log minutes all summer. Take weekly challenges & earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record! The theme this year is Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure! Throughout the summer, students will log their reading minutes, earn digital rewards, and access fun reading activities. Sign up Here Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:  This…

  • Review: The Secret Bridge

    Quality reading material is hard to come by for kids these days!  There is a lot of junk on the market, but very few books that both are engaging to read and communicate good values.   I am a believer in the classics, but, as you know if you’ve read any, those are tough to read sometimes!   That’s fine for high school, but I’m still in the earlier reading stages with my kiddos.    Lamplighter Publishing has reprinted an old classical called The Secret Bridge and kindly sent it to us to review. This novel was originally published in 1889, late in author Amy Le Feuvre’s life. The book itself is BEAUTIFUL.…

  • Review: ArtAchieve Level 2

    As you might know if you’ve read my blog for very long, I am not an artsy kind of gal – biology, genetics, and chemistry is much more my cup of tea!   My kids love to do art, and I know I need outside help.  lol.    We reviewed ArtAchieve‘s Level 1 program last year, so when we were offered the opportunity to review their Entire Level 2, I went for it.  I had a great idea of the quality to expect, and we were not disappointed.  It’s generally recommended for ages 7 and up.  My Sweetheart is 7 (drawing on the right in the top graphic) and Super D…

  • How to Neutralize the Danger of Smartphones & Watches

      I have a pretty awesome brother (and nope, he didn’t pay me to write that).  He works for Apple, and he won an Apple Watch at his job for good performance.   He suspected that it was the tool I didn’t know I needed, and correctly guessed that I would never buy one for myself. I was so thrilled to receive it, but also cautious.  I have a healthy respect for the amount of EMF’s (electro-magnetic frequencies) that are emitted from the devices that we call carry around!    EMF’s have been linked to all sorts of brain issues and illnesses.  Learn more here:  Is EMF Exposure Really a…