Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set (A Review)

Memoria Press

Traditional Logic I Complete Set

 

Today I will be reviewing Traditional Logic I Complete Set from  Memoria Press.

 

As you can clearly see, Kira was very excited when the package from Memoria Press arrived!!!

For those of you who follow our Home School Journey regularly, you will know we are big fans of Memoria Press. Their educational materials have been a staple for us throughout our journey.  Within as much, when Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set arrived, Kira could not wait to open the box and see what was inside.  Kira says her favorite part of  Memoria Press packages is how inclusive the materials are. Everything you need is in one box! This certainly helps us in today’s hectic world.  Anything that will save me a step or two is a God send. Gone are the days when I had time to go to the Library or Barnes And Nobel to search for reference materials or spend hours online searching.  Now that Kira is a high school student, our focus must stay on topic and there is little time left for much else!

Within as much, it was no surprise to be completely impressed with the contents of the box! This Traditional Logic I Complete Set is truly COMPLETE!

We adapted our daily lessons to include at least two hours per day to work on the Traditional Logic I Complete Set.  Each day, Kira would diligently bring the student text, student workbook, and the student quizzes and tests book to her desk. Kira tends to work at a faster pace than most students, as we do home school lessons year round.  Mind you, we do take vacations and give Kira holidays off! Because Kira does work fast, she averaged finishing approximately one week’s lesson each day.  Again, this is not a normal pace. We try to go over each lesson again the next day to ensure she has actually committed it all to memory.  We noticed Kira was finishing books rapidly when she was very young.  Although it did seem impressive, she was not fully remembering all that she had read.  Now she knows to always go over everything at least a second time to ensure she will not forget it later. We also make sure to quiz again each and every chapter upon completion.  This helps ensure Kira has fully grasped each lesson fully.  Here are a few examples of the lessons and quizzes Kira completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kira enjoyed Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set immensely. Kira said,
“The lessons were short, simple, and were easy to understand, because they were explained fully and in great detail. I had a lot of fun completing these lessons and learning a new way to see and think about logic.  I had never thought of these concepts in this way before. I know this will help increase my learning among my other subjects as well.  It certainly has helped to increase my vocabulary!”

 

The  Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set comes with:

Text – A beautiful book to accompany the workbook, full of everything your child needs to complete his/her lessons.  Kira says that the definitions help her comprehend what otherwise would be words that are hard to understand.

Student Workbook – This workbook contains approximately 4-7 pages of exercises per lesson. The lessons are laid out in a way to ensure your student learns. Kira says her favorite part of the work book is that it includes reviews of the previous chapter at the end of each lesson.

Quizzes And Tests Book- This will help enforce your child’s learning and comprehension. Kira expressed that the tests and quizzes ensure she is mastering the lessons, and said they are challenging but not impossible.

Instructional DVD – Set of 2 Discs These will help to ensure mastery by reinstating concepts.  We love that they include downloadable lecture slides!

The Teacher Key- This will help you grade all quizzes and tests.

We highly recommend Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set for all.  We already are preparing to get Kira Traditional Logic II Complete Set  next!

 

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Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ (A Review)

 

Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary

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The Critical Thinking Co.™

 

Today I will be reviewing Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™.

My little detective was quite excited when Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ arrived.
We have used their books and software throughout our homeschooling journey over the years. Kira is a big fan of the Word Roots series and actually chose The Critical Thinking Co.™  logo as one of her study examples within her Graphic Design lessons. Needless to say, Kira was eager to dive in! And she certainly was not disappointed! As this is geared towards 5th through 12th graders, Kira found this one a little easy, albeit time consuming, as her three year old dictionary was missing many of the words provided as choices. Kira gets very annoyed when she has to go look things up.  It seems as though she would prefer the world at her fingertips…insert a Google search here, and world at your fingertips provided! I lovingly call this, teenageitus. Bare in mind, Kira is not allowed to use the internet unsupervised.  We are a bit strict on this, as I have mentioned previously.  No matter how safe or secure you may believe your web browser is, believe me, it is not, and to avoid any further problems within our household, we have opted to ensure Kira’s safety when using the internet. So, if Kira has to look things up, she has to not only get permission but have us watch her do so.

Kira was able to complete one mystery per day with ease.  As a supplement, I would believe any student between grades 5 through 12 could easily complete at least two mysteries per week.

They mysteries are set up cleverly, and the illustrations are colorful and eye appealing.  The stories and suspects are believable which helps engage the student.

Kira has always loved logic puzzles of any shape or form and found  Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ to be quite fun, although not as challenging for her as she would have liked them to be.  Again, bare in mind, she is 14 and had been doing logic puzzles for many years on multiple levels. In her opinion.  Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™  would be best suited for children in middle school.  Kira was excited to learn many new words that she had never used, heard, or even read before.

If there were one aspect that Kira could change about  Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™  it would be this; Kira would like for it to delve more into the vocabulary lessons to affirm and ensure proper comprehension of the vocabulary words and their definitions.  We have opted to do this on our own, now that she has completed  Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ , and Kira will be creating a story compromised of each vocabulary word.  We did a similar lesson many moons ago when Kira was learning her prepositions to ensure she could memorize them.  It certainly did help us a great deal.

 

 

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Christian Heroes: Then & Now – C.S. Lewis From YWAM Publishing (A Review)

 

Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis

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YWAM Publishing

 

Today I will be reviewing Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing. It is from their Christian Heroes Then And Now Series.  Kira was extremely excited to begin this lesson! She is a big fan of C.S. Lewis.  The Chronicles of Narnia is among her favorite collections of series. It was no surprise to see her dive straight into the book when it arrived!

You will also note that Kira has the study guide open on our desktop as she was reading. I cannot tell you adequately enough how amazing the study guide is!

The included incredible study guide contains everything you need! I was simply amazed at all there is! The unit study curriculum guide is absolutely incredible. Kira loves it too. I can print it out or leave it on the computer, which is especially nice as we share the computer.  I could conceivable plan a year’s worth of lessons with this guide!  It is, simply put, INCREDIBLE! From key bible verses to memorize, to chapter questions, and everything in between. Kira loved the student activities!

Kira has a folder designated specifically for  Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing! Above she is working on maps of the United Kingdom and a map of Europe. At one point, Kira had her globe out and was searching; amidst this, she expressed how much she was enjoying these lessons. The activities with the maps alone are phenomenal!

Perhaps one of the best parts, for me personally, was when Kira mentioned she had many theological questions that reading  Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing brought to mind.  Any home school parent will tell you, a curious child is a learning child! My beautiful teenager had a full page of questions ready for me.  Ranging from topics like, “Who made God?” to “Why does God let innocent children suffer?” I welcomed the questions, not as a means to force my beliefs and faith on Kira, but as an opportunity to share with her what I believe personally, as well as what others believe.  I told her it is up to her to decide which faith feels right for her and what she believes will help guide her.  It was the first significant conversation we had had about God in many years.  Kira also expressed the wonderment of learning about an author she admired. As an aspiring author herself, I believe  Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing was an important tool on her journey.

We have lessons that will surely last us throughout the year now, but are already looking to  Christian Heroes Then And Now Series from  YWAM Publishing. We are considering David Livingstone next, although I honestly wouldn’t mind any of the available titles.

We also have looked over the Heroes Of History from YWAM Publishing  and will be incorporating several titles into Kira’s history studies within our curriculum!

I asked Kira what she thought about  Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing and she said, “I enjoyed reading the book. It was concise and beautifully written.  The book provided many details into aspects of his life that I would have never otherwise known. I especially enjoyed learning about what was behind The Chronicles of Narnia. The study guide was AWESOME! The chapter questions were both fun and thought provoking, causing me to reflect upon what I read, and ensuring I fully understood each concept presented within. The student activities were fun; I could not possibly choose a favorite!”

We highly recommend Christian Heroes Then And Now Series from  YWAM Publishing. Kira especially recommends Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis!

 

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A+ Interactive Math From A+ TutorSoft Inc. (A Review)

 

A+ Interactive Math

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 A+ TutorSoft Inc

Today I will be reviewing Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc.

With a plethora of curriculum available on line for math, it can seem as though, as home educators, we may be missing something our precious children may need to ensure that they are learning everything they should.  As a parent, and an educator to your child, it can be a terrible feeling to realize you may have missed something along the way. This can be especially true when it comes to Math.  All it takes is missing one element to have your child fall drastically behind, or, worse, completely fail to understand something because a key lesson was somehow missed. Enter into the equation Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc.

The user interface of Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc. is clear and concise.  I found no trouble at all using the site, nor did my daughter.

You will have a parent log on as well as a separate child log on. I found this extremely beneficial to see exactly where Kira was excelling and lacking!

 

I first enrolled Kira into her target grade level.  Now, Kira is starting 9th grade; however, the highest level available was 7th grade.  For us, this was not a problem, because we know Kira needs to relearn much that she has either forgotten or simply did not learn it adequately. Kira then took a placement test.

This test then gave Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc. all of the information they needed to cater to Kira’s educational needs. As Kira is already a bit higher than the highest level available, she was able to easily reach the level goal after retaking two of the tests.

When she did not reach her goal, Kira was able to go back and retake the test after reviewing the video lessons.

Kira found the tests challenging, but not too hard. She personally hates having anything that is timed, however. Kira enjoyed the videos and said they explained everything clearly for her.

As she passed these, there were no worksheets required to further her education at the level of pre Algebra.

There is also the Family Math Package  available. Unlike the  Adaptive Math Curriculum Online , the Family Math Package  does not pre-test students. It is a package including all grades 1- 6, Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

I am so very glad we have had the opportunity to use Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc. It helped show exactly what areas Kira needed to strengthen as she will be entering the wonderful world of Algebra 2!

While visiting  A+ TutorSoft Inc., be sure to check out their freebies section too!

Kira and I both highly recommend Adaptive Math Curriculum Online  from A+ TutorSoft Inc, especially if your child is in grades 6-8. If it were not for their placement test Kira may have failed Algebra 2 and we would have had no clue as to why.

 

 

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HelpTeaching.com Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription (A Review)

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Help Teaching Pro one year subscription

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription.  Although your curriculum may seem complete, there is always a need to have multiple sources.  This will help ensure a broad spectrum of educational materials. It also can reassure you are covering all of your educational fundamentals. I believe one of our biggest fears as homeschool parents is that we may somehow miss something that our children would receive in a traditional brick and mortar school setting.

HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription is an amazing resource to help all of your home school needs.  It is virtually one-stop shopping, without the normal one-stop shopping price tag!

Before I continue, let me give you our back story…..

As Kira is getting set to be a high school student this year, I have decided to do a complete review of all that she has learned throughout middle school.  We want to ensure that she knows the basics inside and out. I truly believe reiterating and reviewing is a paramount key to our home educational process. Although Kira may think it is boring at times, she, too, sees the need in this, especially when she realizes there are areas that were not adequately addressed, or even worse, areas our curriculum choices some home never even addressed at all! We sadly discovered this last year.  It would seem our math lessons were virtually a year behind the standards. And although Kira could perform up to standards, she was not thriving at them. Anyone who homeschools can tell you, these kids are perfectionists.  Getting a B or a C simply will not do.

When I did my end of the year review and exams, I discovered areas Kira fell short of making an A on.  Before we begin our full 9th grade curriculum, we have opted to ensure Kira excels on all topics and areas. As we homeschool year round, this was easy enough to incorporate into our schedule and did not take away from any breaks as a traditional summer school setting would.

Enter in  HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription.  As I logged in, I immediately found what I needed.  It was a quick and easy navigation to each subject, grade, and topic needed.  And it is as all inclusive as you could possibly want.  Before I go off on one of my tangents, I have got to mention the ability to download or print.  I LOVE that I do not have to print everything right away.  Being able to save things to .PDF format on my computer and print later is perhaps one of my favorite things about  HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription, especially when it came to the answer keys.  Why print those up and waste ink and paper? It also helps me as I do not like to leave Kira on the internet without my direct supervision.  I know, this may seem strange to some of you.  I am a parent who has learned first hand why teenagers should never be on the internet unsupervised.  Within as much, it was safer and easier for us, and our educational process, to save what is able to be saved to .PDF and print when we were unable to stand over Kira while she completed her online lessons.

We found ourselves not only addressing the areas Kira fell short of an A in, but also other topics she wanted to learn more about! In order to learn more about those she already more than passed, however, we first had to address the areas she was not excelling in.  First and foremost came Math, ahh the dreaded Math.  In Kira’s defense, it is no wonder she does not easily ace this subject. Neither I nor my husband especially care for Math.  Dare I say, Math was perhaps my worst subject, and certainly my least liked!

HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription provides the tools we needed to help Kira. They have virtually everything you can possibly think of to aid your educational tool box! From printable and online worksheets, quizzes and activities, to online testing and worksheet generators! There are even printable games, perhaps Kira’s favorite aspect! You can edit the games and even save them and their answer keys.  Look at this fabulous word search that I made!  All I had to do was type in the words I wanted and name it; the generator did the rest!

 

The lessons for middle and high school students are meant for self-directed online learning. Many  lessons will have  a brief introduction and a video  to ensure your student understands the topic.  The lessons also include practice questions and links to formal tests and worksheets to  then assess what your child has learned. Kira seemed to enjoy this quite a bit.  Especially when she was amidst the lessons of subjects she did ace, such as Science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, we printed a wealth of educational tools. This is actually only a small selection of all we have been using each week.

HelpTeaching.com’s Help Teaching Pro One Year Subscription is an exceptional value whether you use it casually or as a full supplemental curriculum.  I highly recommend also viewing the blog section for wonderful activities.

I also found it helpful to print up generated tests on subjects more advanced than Kira’s present grade state.  I did this to help me see which areas she was already familiar with and which areas she had no clue whatsoever about.  Although you may think as a home educator you know all that your child knows, doing this may surprise you! I know it certainly surprised me.

 

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Watchman Pictures, Princess Cut (A Review)

 Princess Cut

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Watchman Pictures

Today, I will be reviewing, The movie Princess Cut  from Watchman Pictures.

We host family movie night the first Friday of every month in our home. Finding movies that are actually suitable for a 14 year old child can be difficult, at best. Between the gore, the language, and the violence, it can be hard to watch anything other than animated features. Every now and then a movie comes along that has something for each and every family member, Princess Cut is one of those movies.

I was quite excited to receive our copy of Princess Cut to review after watching the trailer. The cover touts, “The Best Christian Romance in Years”, and I happen to agree.  This story line is completely in touch with the struggles young women face today in finding relationships. The battle of staying true to one’s self versus the battle of giving in to what another desires, all for the sake of remaining in a relationship.

Without divulging too much of the story line….

I personally found the movie inspirational and touching. The main character of the story, Grace, was relatable. The wholesome depiction of her plight  left me feeling comfortable, as I watched with my daughter, unlike most romances. I felt drawn in instantly to her character and story. I also loved that Grace was able to show that no matter what your friend’s believe, you can stay true to your own faith and beliefs.

The characters were all likable and believable. The story line itself had me in tears more than once.  I, as a parent, and a wife, could relate to both Grace and her parents. It also forced me to think more about my own daughter and the choices she will soon be facing. My, it does seem too early to even consider her dating.

When I asked my daughter Kira for her honest opinion about the movie Princess Cut, she said this, “It was a good movie, with a good plot.  At times it seemed to be slow. Although it is not my typical preference in movie styles because I prefer Science Fiction, if you love Christian Romances, you will love this movie.”

 

 

 

 

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Memoria Press, First Form Latin (A Review)

Memoria Press

First Form Latin

 

Today I will be reviewing First Form Latin Complete Set from  Memoria Press.

When Kira first learned she would be studying Latin this year, she squealed with joy! But when Kira then learned it would be through Memoria Press, she could barely contain herself.  Kira loved when we reviewed the Illiad And Odyssey Complete Set from, Memoria Press last year.

As you can clearly see, Kira was very excited when the package from Memoria Press arrived!!!

It was no surprise to be completely impressed with the contents of the box! This First Form Latin Complete Set is truly COMPLETE!

And as with all boxes which enter into our household, the Memoria Press First Form Latin Complete Set box was warmly received by our cat, χιόνι. Although his name may be Snow in Greek, it certainly seemed as though he was more interested in learning Latin!

I am lucky in that Kira is one of those amazing children who actually love to learn.  My little sponge tries to absorb all she can, every where that she is able to.  At first, I had trepidation, as Kira has been studying both Spanish and Greek. I feared introducing a third language might cause confusion. However, I was pleasantly surprised when Kira expressed how much fun she has been having learning Latin with Memoria Press and First Form Latin!

Although every homeschool style and schedule is different, we do language studies daily. Kira opted to do her language lessons first thing each day. This typically will only take an hour to two hours per day. Typically every lesson incorporates new words, which, of course, are on flash cards to study and learn.  Here is perhaps our most fun part! This is where we get my husband to participate! Now, let me just say, this man has one wicked sense of humor.  Despite the fact we have the pronunciation CD that comes with the First Form Latin Complete Set, my husband decided he would pronounce things his way. This truly made for comical review sessions each day! Each evening, just prior to dinner, Chuck would grab the cards and review them with Kira.  And each time, Kira would correct his atrociously hilarious pronunciations thereof!

In hindsight, I should have perhaps made a video of this hilarious daily exchange. It made my night, every day!

Memoria Press and First Form Latin make learning Latin a breeze.  Kira has not complained once.  In fact, she actually has been bragging about how much she has learned and how much she is enjoying learning Latin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presently, Kira is pleasantly proud of all she has accomplished thus far with what she has learned while using the Memoria Press First Form Latin Complete Set.  Kira found it fascinating how many of our own words are derived from Latin. Kira has stated it will help her more in her language lessons in the future as well.

 

The  Memoria Press First Form Latin Complete Set comes with;

Student Text – A beautiful book to accompany the workbook, full of everything your child needs to complete his/her lessons. Kira loves that it includes historical Latin phrases as well as the origins of these phrases.

Student Workbook – This workbook contains approximately 4-6 pages of exercises per lesson. The lessons are laid out in a way to ensure your student learns. Kira says her favorite part of the work book is translating the Latin sentences into English, and diagraming the Latin sentences.

Quizzes And Tests Book- This will help enforce your child’s learning and comprehension. Kira expressed that the tests and quizzes ensure she is mastering the lessons, and said they are challenging but not impossible.

A Pronunciation CD – Comprehensive CD containing all of the vocabulary and grammar within each lesson. This is a brilliant way to be sure you are actually saying everything right!

Flashcards – These contain all of the forms, vocabulary and phrases for each lesson. We had way too much fun with these every evening. Upon reaching her last set of cards, Kira was in shock that she was at the end of the set.  I think she has enjoyed the cards the most. Especially the special interaction time with her hilarious father!

DVD – Set of 3 Discs featuring former Highlands Latin School teacher Glen Moore. We cannot rave enough about the DVDs.  These are absolutely fabulous.

The Teacher Key- This will help you grade all quizzes and tests.

Teacher Manual – A comprehensive manual to make teaching not only easy, but incredibly fun!

We highly recommend Memoria Press First Form Latin Complete Set for all who are interested in studying and learning Latin.  We already are preparing to get Kira Second Form Latin next!

 

 

 

 

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