Progeny Press Great Expectations E-Guide Review

 

Progeny Press makes studying great literature easy with their Great Expectations E-Guide.  I received the Great Expectations E-Guide to review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This e-guide is for high school students in grade 9-12. I had my 10th grade son read Great Expectations and use this e-guide.

 

 

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press  Review}

 

 

Progeny Press e-guides are interactive study guides that are in pdf form. I was able to download the e-guide and open it on my computer with no problems. The guide is printable. I printed the whole guide for my son. The new interactive study guides can be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0+. The student can then enter their answers to the questions right onto the pdf. The student saves their work to the computer as they work through the study guide. This is an great option for those that don’t have printers, or prefer to do the work on the computer.

 

The student section of the Great Expectations Study Guide is 72 pages, plus the cover picture. You are able to print out as many copies as you need to use in your homeschool. It is recommended that the student have a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a Bible available to use with this study guide. Internet access and encyclopedias would be a help to the student as well, but aren’t necessary.

 

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press  Review}

 

The Great Expectations Study Guide includes a section about the novel’s author, a synopsis of the novel, and background information. There are prereading ideas for the student to complete prior to, or while reading the novel. The study guide has nine sections, each dealing with several chapters of the novel. Each section will take an average of one week to complete. The novel is read before starting the chapter studies. The student is allowed to use the book to look up the answers in.

 

Each of the chapter study sections are divided into five sections. Vocabulary, General Questions, Analysis, Dig Deeper, and Expectations. Some sections have an Additional Activities section. The General Question, analysis, and Dig Deeper sections have between 15 and 21 essay style questions. There are no yes/no, T/F, or multiple choice questions. The Vocabulary, Expectations, and Additional Activities sections vary in length. The Vocabulary section has the student complete an activity with the vocabulary words: matching a word with it’s definition, choosing the best definition from 3 choices, synonyms & antonyms, and looking up the definitions in a dictionary.

 

Progeny Press Great Expectations Study Guide

 

Also included in the Great Expectations E-Guide are an Overview section, Final Essays and Project Ideas, Additional Resources, and an Answer Key.

The Answer Key is a separate PDF. It is pages 73 through 94 of the e-guide. It contains answers to the vocabulary sections, as well as all the chapter questions, and the overview questions.

 

You can view a sample of the Great Expectations E-Guide.

 

The Great Expectations Study Guide can be completed in 8-10 weeks, and can earn the student 1/4 of a credit. There are instructions included in front of the study guide for the teacher that wants to give the student a final exam.

 

The Progeny Press Great Expectations E-Guide is a faith-based study guide. There are quite a few intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues addressed in Great Expectations. I like that the study guide helps the student to examine these from a Christian perspective.

 

 

You can read the review of Progeny Press study guides that I wrote a few years ago.

 

 

 

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The Great Expectations E-Guide is for high schoolers, but Progeny Press also has guides for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School. Click the graphic below to see what other homeschool mom’s have to say about Progeny Press E-Guides for all grades.

 
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The Glass Castle – A Schoolhouse Review Crew Book Review

 

I recently received the book The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press for my 15 year old son to read and review. The Glass Castle is an adventure story written for ages 10-15. Girls and boys will enjoy reading this book. This age range is perfect for this book. I think The Glass Castle would make a great family read a loud, too.

 

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}

 

 

The Glass Castle is a hardcover book 251 pages long. It has 41 chapters with most ranging from 2 to 10 pages long. It’s an easy read. My son, an avid reader, finished it in one day. You can read a 35 page sample of The Glass Castle on the website. The book is billed as having the setting of The Chronicles of Naria meets the action from Alice in Wonderland.

 

The Glass Castle by Trisha White and Jerry Jenkins

 

As soon as you start reading The Glass Castle you are thrown into the adventure. The first chapter opens with Avery, the main character, and her younger brother Henry being chased through the woods. This day happens to be Avery’s 13th birthday. She doesn’t make it home for her birthday dinner………. Avery and her brother were kidnapped!

 

In The Glass Castle, the king is worried about who will take over his throne when he dies. His new wife wants to produce an heir. The king’s first wife had a son, but no one, not even the king, knows where he is. His solution? Get rid of all the orphans.

 

Someone, though, has taken all the orphans and has hidden them from the king so he can’t kill them. Right under his nose in his castle. Where they are living and doing the work of the castle, while being held as prisoners.

 

Avery was surprised that new, pretty clothes were left for her to wear, just like all the other kids there wore. She had never seen so many well-dressed kids in one place before. They had plenty of food at every meal, fruit, meats, and milk to drink. It looked like a big feast to Avery. She was used to eating whatever they grew or caught at her house.

 

Avery was separated from her brother, as all the other 13 year old kids were separated from their siblings. Their siblings were being held somewhere else. If the 13 year olds escaped, they would never see their siblings again. The kids were marked with a black star, so if they escaped they would be returned. Or sent to the Forbidden City.

 

Here’s what Zach had to say about The Glass Castle:  The kids are hiding from the adults, someone was hunting them. It’s set in a castle most of the time & in a forest. One of the kids is the heir. No one knows who it is, not even the kid. I liked the part where one kid left the others and didn’t come back. The book didn’t resolve the story, it left you wondering. I recommend this book.

 

The Glass Castle ends with Avery reading her mother’s travel journal. She is surprised to find a key hidden in the back of it. You can imagine how shocked Avery is to discover that the key she found actually fits the door to the tunnels below the castle. She doesn’t open the doors, though. Which leaves the reader anticipating book two of the series!

 

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Memoria Press Traditional Logic 1 Homeschool Review

 

I recently received a Traditional Logic 1 Complete Set  from Memoria Press to use with my 9th grade son. Traditional Logic 1 can be used for grades 7-12. This logic curriculum is perfect for adults to use, too.

 

Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review

 

Memoria Press is a family run business that produces classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. I have used several Memoria Press courses with my children. I love that their curriculum is affordable for homeschooling families.

 

Traditional Logic 1 Complete Set, $75, includes the Student Guide, a Teacher Guide, a set of 2 DVD’s and a  Quizzes & Tests book. This course is designed to be used by a teacher with no logic background. It was prepared with homeschoolers in mind.

This course was designed to be a one semester course that can be completed in 15 weeks. There is a Note to the Teacher at the beginning of the student text that explains more about the course, and how to use the books. The Student Text is consumable. You will need to buy one for each of your students. These, as well as all the components of the set, can be purchased individually on the website.

 

You can view samples here:

Traditional Logic 1 Student Book Sample
Traditional Logic 1 Teacher Key Sample
Traditional Logic 1 Quizzes & Tests Sample

 

 

Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review

 

 

Traditional Logic 1 is a systematic course in formal logic. The student will learn the 4 logical statements, the 4 ways statements can be opposite, the 3 ways they can be equivalent, and the 7 rules for validity. Each of the 14 chapters has 5 pages of text, except Chapter 14 which is a review chapter. It has 7 pages of text. There are 14 quizzes and a final exam included. Each chapter features the text, followed by Exercises for Day 1 thru Day 4 and a Review Section. Each chapter can be completed in a week.

 

There is no Teacher’s Manual. The Teacher’s Key has the answers for each day’s exercises in the workbook, the quizzes, and the final exam. The student works independently through the book. The Instructional DVDs feature a teacher presenting the text of each chapter. Here’s a sample below.

Logic was not a topic I studied in school. So I don’t have very much to contribute to my sons daily work. I like that the video lessons do what I can not do. I think the instructor does a great job of explaining the lesson. The instructor uses graphic slides to illustrate the text. The lecture slides can be downloaded from the dvds so the student can access them as needed. My son has liked taking this course. He said he liked having the video to explain the lesson.

 

There really is no teacher prep needed with this curriculum. The teacher only needs to correct each day’s exercises, give the student the quiz after each chapter & correct it, as well as give and correct the final exam. I love that this encourages a student to work independently.

 

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ARTistic Pursuits High School Homeschool Art Review

 

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received ARTistic Pursuits Inc. High School Book One The Elements of Art and Composition homeschool art curriculum to review.

 

High School Book One The Elements of Art and Composition, $47, is for ages 14 and up. This course is designed to be a full year course earning the student 1 credit. There are instructions in the back of the book for using it as a one semester course, earning 1/2 credit. The book is not consumable, so you can use it for more than one student.

 

 

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Topics covered in High School Book One The Elements of Art and Composition include space, line, texture, shape form, value, contrast & unity, composition, balance, rhythm, atmospheric perspective, proportion – of the face & figure, clothing the figure, and more.

 

The art supplies needed for High School Book One are easy to obtain.

 

Art supplies for the first semester are:
drawing pencil set – 2H – 4B
vinyl eraser
metal handheld sharpener
drawing pad

 

Art supplies for the second semester are:
vine charcoal sticks
jumbo nice charcoal stick
compressed charcoal
charcoal paper pad
paper blending stump
kneaded eraser
natural chamois leather, 4×4 inches

 

Additional supplies that you may already have on hand:  drawing board, hairspray, cotton ball or cloth, ruler, x-acto knife or other cutting tool, 12″x 12″ cardboard box.

 

You can view the full Table of Contents, as well as sample pages from the book, on the website linked above. This video shows all of the ARTistic Pursuits curriculum available, including this high school book.

 

 

ARTistic Pursuits High School Homeschool Art Review

 

My 15 year old, 9th grade son, Zach, used this homeschool art curriculum. He hasn’t done any drawing since being a teenager. He didn’t think he had any interest in drawing. Since starting this course, he has discovered that he likes drawing.

 

Zach’s been using it for a few weeks now, a couple of lessons a week. He has been doing well with this course. He looks forward to it. He usually reaches for it first, before everything else. Zach said that some of the lessons have been easy, while others have been harder. He also said that he can draw better now than he could before starting this course. I can see that he is improving, and I like that he feels he is, too.

 

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I like the way ARTistic Pursuits includes art appreciation in the lessons. As the student learns a technique, they also learn to see how that same element was used by some of the greatest artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Raphael, Tintoretto, and more. The students learn a technique, pick something from their own surroundings to draw, and learn how to apply what they have learned to their own drawings.

 

As a non-artistic parent, who can barely draw a straight line, I love that the course is designed for the student to work independently.

 

He wouldn’t let me share all of his drawings. He said they were personal. I did get permission to share these three.

zach drawing zach drawing2

 

 

I wish I had found this homeschool art curriculum earlier, so my older kids could have used it. ARTistic Pursuits Inc. High School Book One The Elements of Art and Composition is a great addition to our homeschool.

 

The Schoolhouse Review Crew reviewed other ARTistic Pursuits homeschool art curriculum as well. Click the graphic below to check out more reviews.

 

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YWAM Publishing Christian Heroes – C.S. Lewis Review

 

For the last several weeks we’ve been reading Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis ($7.50, paperback) and using a Digital Unit Study  from YWAM Publishing. The Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of books features the life stories of inspiring Christians written at a level that kids can understand. There are currently over 25 books in the series. These Christian Heroes Then & Now books are a great addition to any homeschooling curriculum.

 

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

 

 

Christian Heroes – C.S. Lewis is a paperback book 189 pages in length, with 17 chapters and a bibliography. You can read a sample chapter on the website linked above. This is a well written biography recommended for ages 10 and up. The book covers all of C.S. Lewis’ life. From early childhood to being a literature professor, to living through two world wars. C.S. Lewis was an atheist that struggled with his faith and that is shown in this book. C.S. Lewis went on to write over 30 books.

 

I love Christian biographies, so I was happy to share this book with my son. My 15 year old son read this biography. He said it was good.  He has read several books written by C. S. Lewis so enjoyed learning more about him. He said he didn’t know that C.S. Lewis had been in the military. He said that he would recommend this biography for other kids that have liked C.S. Lewis’ books.

 

C.S.Lewis book

 

 

While reading this C.S. Lewis biography, we used a digital unit study. I love this digital unit study. You can use it on the computer, no need to print everything. Or you can print out how ever many copies you need for your students. There are some activities that are better suited to printing, such as the maps.

 

The digital unit study is divided into two parts. The first part has 8 chapters.

Key Bible Verses

Display Corner – a visual display the student can set up of what they learned

Chapter Questions – there are 6 questions for each chapter in the book

Student Explorations – includes writing, hands on projects, audio/visual projects, arts & crafts

Community Links

Social Studies – includes terms and vocabulary

Related Themes to Explore

Culminating Event

as well as 3 appendices: Books & resources, Answers to Chapter Questions, and Social Studies Reproducibles.

 

Appendix C Social Studies Reproducibles is divided between part one and part 2 of the digital unit study. Part 2 contains 3 printables – a United Kingdom Fast Sheet- with blanks to fill in, a Europe map, and a United Kingdom – map. Both maps are blank and can be labeled and colored by the student.

 

The digital unit study includes the following curriculum areas:

History

Geography

Essay writing

Creative writing

Reading comprehension

Public speaking

Drama

Art

 

The unit study contains instructions on how it can be used for a single student or in a group setting. It also has information about using it for more than one grade level.

This digital unit study has so many activities that it would take months to do everything. I like that so much is included. It means we can pick and choose which activities work best for our student and our homeschools.

 

For more information, visit YWAM at:

Website: www.ywampublishing.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/o9VOMN

Twitter: @YWAMpublishing http://twitter.com/YWAMpublishing

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/YWAMpublishing

The YWAM Publishing Blog: www.ywampublishingblog.com

 

 

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Logic of English Essentials Homeschool Curriculum Review

For the past few weeks I’ve been using Logic of English Essentials 2nd Edition with my 9th grade son. I received the Essentials homeschool curriculum complete set, which sells for $198 on the website, to review.

 

The Logic of English homeschool reading and spelling curriculum uses a common sense, multi-sensory approach to learning. The Logic of English basis their method on the 74 basic phonograms and 31 spelling rules that together explain 98% of English words. The Logic of English approach doesn’t use any sight words, it teaches students why words are read and spelled the way they are.

 

Logic of English Review

 

 

The Logic of English has curriculum for all ages. From students just learning to read, struggling readers, poor spellers, and those students needing remedial help, all the way to adult learners.

 

Essentials, a multi level reading, spelling, grammar and vocabulary curriculum, is recommended for ages 8 – adult. It is a complete spelling, grammar, and vocabulary curriculum for grades 2-6.

Logic of English Review

 

Logic of English Essentials Homeschool Curriculum Review

 

The Essentials Volume 1 Complete Set includes all the components of Essentials needed to teach the first semester of the curriculum.
Essentials Teacher’s Guide, 2nd ed., Volume 1
Essentials Student Workbook, 2nd ed., Volume 1
Spelling Journal
Basic Phonogram Flash Cards
Spelling Rule Flash Cards
Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
Grammar Flash Cards
Morpheme Flash Cards, Set 1
1 deck of Bookface Phonogram Game Cards
1 deck of either Cursive or Manuscript Phonogram Game Cards (choose Cursive or Manuscript in the dropdown menu above)
Phonogram Game Tiles
Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference
Spelling Analysis Card

The Student Workbook and the Spelling Journal are consumable. You will have to buy one of each of them for each student. When the student is ready for the second semester, you will only need to add the Volume 2 Teacher’s Guide, Workbook, and Morpheme Cards.

 

There is a lot included in the complete set. Don’t let that intimidate you, though. The Teacher’s Guide, with over 600 pages, lays it all out for you. Telling you what you need to do when. I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed by all the flash cards. The Teacher’s Guide takes care of that, though. It tells you what cards to use and when to use them.

 

There is a section in the Teacher’s Guide on how to create your schedule. There are 15 lessons included in Essentials 1. Each lesson is divided into 5 days. Each days lesson will take approximately 30-45 minutes. Depending on the age of the student and what level they are at, you may need to spend more, or less, time on each lesson.

 

There is little to no teacher prep involved before each lesson. If you keep all the books and flash cards together, you will have everything you need. You read through the lesson in the Teacher’s Guide as you go. It tells you what to say and when to say it.

 

I’ve used the term multi level a couple of times. The curriculum includes 3 different levels. Parts of each lesson are labeled “All”, “A”, “B”, “C”. These labels tell the teacher which concepts are taught to “All” the students, or students on each of the 3 levels. There is a placement test that tells you which level to start your student on. Then the lessons can be adjusted as your student grows and learns. For example, your student may go from level A to level B. If you have students on different levels, you can still teach them together for the “All” work, then they can work separately on whatever level they are one. This makes it great for homeschoolers that have more than one student. There are plenty of teacher tips throughout the book, helping you to ensure that your student gets the most out of the curriculum.

 

Logic of English Review

The Spelling Journal is a student created reference. It has a sound to spelling reference, a phonogram table, and spelling rules in the front. Those are followed by pages for the student to write their spelling words. These pages are organized by sound, not alphabetically.

The Student Workbook has over 300 pages. It contains activities to reinforce the lessons. There are different pages for each level. They are clearly labeled A, B, or C. Some pages are to be done by all levels, and these are not marked. The Teacher’s Guide tells you what page in the workbook to do when.

 

The Logic of English Essentials 1 is a thorough, teacher intensive multi level reading, spelling, grammar and vocabulary curriculum. It requires the teacher to be hands on through out the lesson. My 9th grade son did not like that, as he prefers to work independently. The intense teacher involvement works great for beginning readers, those needing remedial help, and adult learners.

 

To see what others had to say about Essentials, as well as reviews of other Logic of English curriculum, click the graphic below.

 

Logic of English Review

 

 

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My Son My Savior DVD from FishFlix.com Review

 

 

I recently received the dvd My Son My Savior from FishFlix.com to review. I love finding great Christian movies for my whole family to watch. FishFlix.com has a plethora of Christian movies. From biographies to educational to kids & family movies to Apologectics, prophetic, & evangelistic movies & more! There literally is something for everyone and every family to watch.

 

 

FishFlix.com Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

FishFlix.com has a great story behind it. FishFlix.com started over a decade ago when Dr.Enis Sakirgil, a Turkish Christian, became involved in the making of a Christian movie – Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches. The heart behind this film was to let Christians in the West know about the wealth of Biblical history in Turkey, currently one of the nations least reached with the gospel.

 

When Dr. Sakirgil immigrated with his family to the United States, he began selling that movie on the internet. Before he knew it, he was selling other Christian Movies and FishFlix.com was born.

 

FishFlix.com says they exist to create honorable jobs and expand the Kingdom of God in Turkey though their partnership with ministries over there. FishFlix.com believes that media and entertainment are gifts from God that help them spread His message with creativity and excellence.

 

I haven’t purchased from FishFlix.com before. I didn’t know about them! I love their purpose and the fact that ministry is their driving force. I plan on purchasing from them in the future.

 

You can connect with FishFlix.com on these social media channels:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishflix
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FishFlix @FishFlix
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ChristianDVD @ChristianDVD
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fishflix/

 

Now, on to the My Son My Savior movie review!

 

I have always wondered exactly what Mary knew about Jesus while he was a baby and growing up. Do you know what I mean? Did she really know everything? My Son My Savior doesn’t answer all my questions, because the Bible doesn’t tell us much about Mary, so no one (on earth) knows all the answers.

 

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My Son My Savior uses the Gospel accounts of Mary & Jesus as the basis for this movie. At the beginning of the movie you see a young Mary with her father. It then moves on to where the Bible starts discussing Mary, and follows thru to the crucifixion and resurrection.

 

There is very little extra added to the movie that is not in the Bible. This movie stays close to the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life. I love that My Son My Savior doesn’t add extra scenes (except for young Mary) and extra dialogue that isn’t in the Bible. So many so called Christian movies have come out in the last few years that are anything but Christian. Thankfully, My Son My Savior is not like those!

 

My Son My Savior is a well made movie. The cinematography and the actors portrayal of their characters is all excellent. One word of warning. There are crucifixion scenes with a beaten and bloody Jesus. So if you have sensitive young children, you may want to pre-watch to see if it is ok for your young children to watch.

 

Overall, My Son My Savior is a great Christian movie for the whole family to watch.

 

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