Saturday, March 30, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature Set- A Memoria Press Review

As you probably have read here many times before, we are big fans of Memoria Press. When we were presented with the chance to review their Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature Set we jumped at it!

This American Literature set includes an anthology of American short stories and poetry from the beginning of the 19th century to the early part of the 20th century, a consumable Student Guide, and a Teacher Guide and is recommended for grades 8 and up. Your student will read some of the great writers of that time, including:
  • Washington Irving
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Sidney Lanier
  • James Russell Lowell
  • Richard Hovey
  • Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Carl Sandburg
  • O. Henry
  • Amy Lowell
  • Robert Frost
If you’re like us, some of those names are very familiar to you, and some will be new favorites.
The lessons in the Student Guide are divided into four sections: Pre-Grammar, Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. 

In Pre-Grammar students prepare for reading the poem or short story. They answer questions that help them think about any prior knowledge, experiences, or interests they have that will help them understand and connect more to what they are about to read. 

In the Grammar section students learn essential facts, elements, and features of the story by reading background notes on the author and key terms they may not be familiar with. Also included in this section are words to define and comprehension questions.

Logic utilizes Socratic discussion questions to help your student reason with the facts, elements, and features of the story. Here they will connect ideas and prepare to determine the Central One Idea.(this is essentially the soul and essence of the work, which you will learn more about in the Teacher Guide)

In Rhetoric the student answers questions to help them express the Central One Idea in their own words. 

The Teacher Guide looks just like the Student Guide, with all of the answers filled in.

Our Thoughts

Although the recommendation is for 8th grade and up, my 7th grader has been using this. She’s a strong reader and is a big fan of workbook style learning, so this was a perfect fit for her. She has been working through this fairly independently, doing the reading and then working on the corresponding pages. After she finishes a section I use the Teacher Guide to check her work, and we discuss what she learned.

When she first started she did struggle a little bit with the concept of the Central One idea, as it was something she had never heard of before. Once we talked about it she got it, and was able to just move along on her own. Since she has been enjoying this program so much, I’m sure she will complete the book with no trouble. 

I always have pretty high expectations for Memoria Press materials, and they always far exceed my expectations. This time was no different. If you’re looking for a high-quality program for your middle or high school students, be sure to check out the Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature Set. Members of the Homeschool Review Crew reviewed quite a few different programs. Be sure to click below to read more!

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” Review

Two years ago we were incredibly blessed with the opportunity to review Drive Thru History® “The Gospels”, and we absolutely loved it! Naturally I jumped at the chance to review the follow-up series from Drive Thru History®-- Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation”. It was every bit as awesome as I expected it to be!

In “Acts to Revelation” Dave Stotts takes us on eighteen half-hour adventures around the Mediterranean region to learn about the lives of the very first Christians. Using the book of Acts as a roadmap he shares the people, places, and events following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Taking us through Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Rome, Patmos, and Asia Minor he teaches us about Peter, James, Philip, Steven, Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, and John. Recognize any of those names? It’s one thing to read about people and events in the Bible, it’s an entirely different experience to have Dave bring it all to life! With his riveting combination of history, archaeology, geography, and art, he adds a whole new dimension to familiar stories. Check out the trailer here.

“Acts to Revelation” is a 3 DVD set with nine hours of video content. It comes in a beautiful hard-cover case with the study guide built right in. The episodes are:
  1. The Gospel Shared at Pentecost
  2. The Church Grows in Jerusalem
  3. The Gospel Spreads to the Gentiles
  4. Saul of Tarsus & the Road to Damascus
  5. Paul’s First Missionary Journey-The Island of Cyprus
  6. The Journey Continues-Pamphylia, Galatia, & Asia Minor
  7. The Jerusalem Council & Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
  8. The Second Journey Continues-Philippi & Thessalonica
  9. A Road Trip to Athens
  10. Ancient Corinth
  11. Paul’s Third Missionary Journey-Ephesus
  12. Paul’s Final Trip to Jerusalem & Caesarea
  13. Adventures at Sea-The Island of Malta
  14. A Final Journey to Rome
  15. The Martyrdom of Paul & Peter
  16. John and the Island of Patmos
  17. The Seven Churches of Revelation
  18. The Book Closes on the New Testament Period
How We Used It & What We Thought

Right out of the box I was once again impressed by the quality and beauty of this set. I like that the study guide is part of the DVD case, so everything will always be together when you need it. 
For each of the eighteen episodes you will find in the study guide a summary, discussion questions,and additional information listed as a “side road”. (Hah, see what they did there?) Aptly named, the discussion questions help to facilitate discussion. I like to use them to check comprehension and to be sure my girls were really paying attention. (However, staying focused is really not an issue with Dave’s lively storytelling and engaging demeanor.) 

We have been using this as a family Bible study once a week. We sit down together and watch an episode, and then use the questions in the study guide to discuss it. We’ve learned some interesting things so far. For example, did you know that the first Jewish followers of Jesus were known as “The Way”? Or that follower of Jesus were first called “Christians” at Syrian Antioch (present day Antakya,Turkey)?

Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” is great for family viewing with all ages, but kids middle school aged and up will get the most educational value. My girls are in 7th and 9th grade, and they’re able to really engage with the discussion questions. 

We were one of 80 Homeschool Review Crew families to review this wonderful series. Be sure to click on the banner below to see what my fellow Crew members had to say!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Week in Photos: 3/10/19-3/16/19-Birthday Edition ll

 Dear Katie,

You are as much a delight to my soul as you were when you were a chubby cheeked two year old, singing our song to us long before we understood your words.  Even though my eyes see a beautiful 15 year old teenager standing before me, my heart still looks at you and remembers you standing there with your video camera telling me to "say cheeeese!"

Much too soon you will be grown, heading off to college and the rest of your life. I know that whatever path you choose you will thrive. God has great things in store for you, and I'm so excited to see what you will do with the gifts He has given you. 

But for now, I will savor 15. I will delight in your desire to both be near me and to venture out and test your wings a little bit at at time. I pray that I will neither long for days gone by, spent watching you grow and explore the world around you; nor dwell on the future when you will be grown and out from under my wing. Instead I will stay in the present and enjoy you right now, just as you are. 

Because you, my dear girl, I adore. 

Happy Birthday. xoxo


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