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Lightning Literature Set (Grade 7) Review

Literature study has been something that I have struggled with in our homeschool. My goal is for my reluctant readers to find reading something to be enjoyed naturally, and to be able to recognize and appreciate quality literature. Hewitt Homeschooling Resources has been on my radar for several months now. I was excited to have the opportunity to review the  Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set for my son, and my older daughter joined us.

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Life With Dog Movie Review

Often times, the timing is just perfect for a review. We were on our last week of school, all but a few lessons were complete, and we were experiencing our first heat wave here in coastal Carolina. Mill Creek Entertainment sent us the movie Life With Dog to watch and review at the perfect time! My teens we more than happy to have popcorn and watch a movie as part of their school day!

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Supercharged Science Review

What if there was one online curriculum that covered hundreds of topics and experiments for teaching science? What if you could have an actual rocket scientist as your child’s teacher?  Supercharged Science makes that possible with their e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum.

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The Critical Thinking Co. Middle School Math Games Review

I love teaching with games! Not only are they fun, they break up the monotony of textbooks and add what I like to call, “learning with glitter”. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Middle School Math Games  from The Critical Thinking Co. I have used some things from The Critical Thinking Co. before, and their material can offer a bit of a challenge for the average student. My ninth grader, who finds math a struggle at times, was who I had in mind to try this product with.

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Study.com Review

The mission of Study.com is making education accessible, anytime, anywhere. I received a trial subscription to Study.com to check out their CLEP and DSST prep materials. We are just in the beginning stages of our high school journey, so I was unfamiliar with CLEP and DSST. If this is new territory to you too, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests that evaluates college-level knowledge. Administered by the College Board, the goal is to help students earn college credit without taking college courses.

DSST are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. (Formally known as DANTES). In 2004, these tests were made available to the general public and now serve as another way for self-motivated, goal-oriented college students to pick up speed as they race toward the finish line.

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Stopmotion Explosion Review


I’m always looking for something fun to add to our homeschooling experience, whether it be cool art supplies, a new game, or a microscope. I wonder how I have been homeschooling for 10 years, and we have never tried anything with animation? When I saw we had an opportunity to review a  Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, I was eager to try something totally new to us! I am at the point in my life where both my kids surpass me when it comes to technology. When our animation kit arrived, and all I really had to do was check the box to ensure everything was there, and say “have at it”!

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Transcripts Made Easy Review

Ready or not, my first born is nearing the end of ninth grade! I have always loved homeschooling and all that goes with it – except the paperwork. I’ll admit that I’m not the most organized in that department. I knew when an opportunity came by to review Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork from Everyday Education that I needed to sign up!

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Heroes of History – Orville Wright Review

How do you choose which book to read when given a lengthy list of fantastic titles by YWAM Publishing? Easy. Pick the one that not only can you read the amazing story but go to the place where such history was made! YWAM Publishing offered us on the Review Crew several choices from their Heroes of History and Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of books.  When I saw Heroes of History- Orville Wright  on the list, my choice was obvious. I am fortunate to live only a few hours from Kitty Hawk, so you can easily see why I chose that one.

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IEW Fix It! Grammar Review

What if I told you that you can cover grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting practice in less than 15 minutes a day? You can! Before I became a member of the Review Crew, I chose Fix It! Grammar  from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) as part of our language arts curriculum for the current school year. We are nearing the end of Book 1, so naturally I was excited to review Book 2, (Robin Hood) of the  Fix It! Grammar program.

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Tied 2 Teaching STEM Activities Review

For the past few weeks, our home has had cards all over the floor, balloons floating everywhere, and jellybeans all over the table! I won’t mention chasing the cats around to try on a hat – well, maybe I will. We have once again been able to review a great product. It is from Tied 2 Teaching  and our afternoons have been rather entertaining with their STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading.

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