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So Long, Homeschool Review Crew

After four years and 60 product reviews, my time has come to an end as a reviewer with the Homeschool Review Crew. Being a member of the review crew has been a blessing to my family, a learning experience for us all, and a time of growth for me. I knew at the start of this year, that it would be my last. One child has graduated, and my other one is nearing, we have simply aged out. What I didn’t know until recently, was that everyone’s time on the crew was up. The Homeschool Review Crew is closing.

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Bible Memory Made Easy

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Memorizing scripture has numerous benefits. First and foremost, when you memorize verses they will be in your mind ready when you need them. I’m always willing to review a product that serves as an aid in memorization. Scripture Memory Fellowship provides an organized way to memorize Bible verses with 14:6 – The Way.

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Homeschooling with Super Teacher Worksheets

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No matter what shiny, new curriculum you may have purchased this year, there’s going to come a time when you need a brief change up. Super Teacher Worksheets to the rescue! Whether it’s for extra practice, reinforcement, or just for fun, these worksheets are something homeschooling families need in their stash of “good stuff to have around”.

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High School Literature Study Guide

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The mission of Progeny Press is “To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!” High school lit can be a challenge. There are often many layers to uncover from stories that may go unnoticed if you’re not looking. Progeny Press literature guides make learning high school lit easy with guides such as the Fellowship of the Ring Study Guide.

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Drawing with ARTistic Pursuits

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“I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.” -Vincent van Gogh

This summer, I visited the Van Gogh Immersive Experience, and it was delightful! I love art, whether it is viewing something as magical as Van Gogh projections, or dabbling with it myself. However, drawing is something I always thought either you could, or you just couldn’t do. It seems as some are just natural “drawers”. Could drawing be learned? The good news is yes, and ARTistic Pursuits has numerous courses to help. One of their new courses, Drawing with Water-soluble and Graded Graphite Pencils, Art Core 5, is the one I choose to review.

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Bible Study with Bible Blueprints

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One definition for blueprint is a detailed outline or plan of action. That’s exactly what Bible Blueprints from Teach Sunday School are! They are a one page study outline of each book of the Bible. Bible Blueprints are a terrific tool that works well with any Bible study.

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How to Track Healthy Habits

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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Jim Ryun

Sixty-six. That’s the average number of days it takes for a new behavior to become automatic. That’s quite a bit longer from the 21 days I’ve heard all my life. What ever the magic number is, who really knows? What I do know is that habit trackers are helpful in forming new habits, and building healthy habits are important. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out a set of Healthy Habit Trackers from American Coaching Academy. Let’s take a look!

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The Critical Thinking Co. Language Smarts Review

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It’s not often I get the opportunity to review a product for younger kids, so I gladly said yes when asked to write an informational review of Language Smarts Level E , a full language arts curriculum for 4th grade from The Critical Thinking Co. I am familiar with their products, as we have used them for several years in our homeschool.

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Whatsoever Stories – A Book Review

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Some things catch my eye. One of those things are words, specifically words I recognize from the Bible. I recognized the word “whatsoever” from a favorite verse in Philippians. A recent opportunity to review a book from the Whatsoever Stories became available. I wondered if that’s where the series name came from. Sure enough, it did!

This is an excerpt from the Whatsoever homepage: ….The purpose behind Whatsoever Stories is to produce wholesome, God-honoring books that parents can trust to uphold biblical principles and that will give young people good things with which to feed their minds so that good things can come forth from them. 

Wow, that really says something! Finding books like that is definitely a rarity, so I asked my 16 year old son if he wouldn’t mind checking out Prisoner of War from Whatsoever Stories.

About Prisoner of War

Prisoner of War is a Christian historical fiction paperback with 382 pages targeted for readers ages 12 and up. The story is set during the central months of World War II, and chronicles the story of “an imaginative aviator, an indispensable agent, and an audacious ground solider as they prepare for a most unusual mission to rescue men imprisoned by Nazis”. It contains three parts: The Pilot, The Prisoner, and the Parachute, and is divided into many short chapters.

My 16 year old son read several chapters of the book. Unfortunately, a busy work season/school schedule kept him from completing it. Since he was unable to finish in the time-frame given, he was reluctant to give a final review of it. I can certainly understand that, so I just asked him what he thought of Prisoner of War so far. He informed me that it was slow-moving at first, and very descriptive. He enjoys history and stories of war, and the author gave a nice refresher history lesson at the beginning. After reading the first few chapters, he did say even though it did not captivate him just yet, it did have potential, and would likely continue to pick up where he left off a third of the way through.

I read the first chapter for the purpose of this review. I thought it was pretty exciting and descriptive enough to put you right in the plane with the pilot! I’m not much into the war/history type books, but I may put this on my ever growing stack to read.

I especially enjoyed the end sections of the book. There is a simple invitation to accept the pardon that Jesus offers. For Believers, a gentle reminder to fulfill your duties as a soldier for the Lord. A glossary is also in the back with military and foreign terms the reader may not be familiar with. I am also happy to see that the author, Kinsey Rockett is a homeschool graduate that uses her talent of story writing as tool to share Biblical truths.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV

This book would be perfect for those who love historical fiction, WWII, and those looking for something “safe” and appropriate for their kids to read. Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew read this one, as well as two other Whatsoever Stories. You can read their full reviews by clicking the banner below!

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Christian Heroes: Then & Now Review

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Want to know a sad but true secret about me that I’m almost too embarrassed to share? You may even doubt if we’re really homeschoolers if I reveal this, but there’s a reason I chose to review C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller from the Christian Heroes Then and Now series.

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