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Have you heard of the new show on GSN, The American Bible Challenge with Jeff Foxworthy?

It premiered August 23rd and is a fun and exciting game show to watch. Our family really enjoyed it. 

Not only does it reinforce (or improve) your Biblical knowledge, it's heartwarming, witty, and encouraging.

The teams are introduced at the beginning and then, throughout the show, clips are aired showing more of their inspirational stories. Each of them are playing for a specific charity, that is also introduced during the show. The winning team takes home $20,000 for their charity and moves on in an attempt to win $100,000. The questions go from easy ("what bird did Noah send out of the ark") to pretty hard ("In the story of Esther, what was the name of the queen that wouldn't be shown off"). But it is alot of fun answering them or trying to remember : ^ )

One of the things we liked the most was the choir. The show has it's own choir! And they sounded wonderful!!!

This is the description of The American Bible Challenge by GSN: 

"Comedian and author, Jeff Foxworthy hosts this studio-based game in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions will be drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world's best-selling book. The contestants will share their compelling back-stories and each team will be playing for a charitable organization. The American Bible Challenge is produced by RelativityREAL for GSN, with RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies ("The Newlywed Game," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") serving as Executive Producers on the project. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers."

And this is a little about the host, Jeff Foxworthy:

"Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy® Award nominee and the best-selling author of 11 books. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature."

Now On To The Giveaway:

I have been given the opportunity to give away The American Bible Challenge t-shirt  & a Zondervan NIV Quest Study Bible! 


Entry is easy (leave a comment) and you can earn additional entries if you'd like. The contest ends 9/15/2012. 
Enter below for your chance to win these fabulous prizes. 

One winner will win both prizes!!

Thanks : ^ )
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a pre-airing video to view for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. The giveaways are being given to the winner only, I did not receive any physical product. My reviews are my honest opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
 
 
Does your family enjoy reading great literature or would you like them to learn about notable authors? There's a neat game that I've been introduced to that puts adds fun to learning facts about writers of the 20th century.
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Notable Novelists is a card game for literary buffs ages 12 and older. There are 54 cards for 18 authors. The 3 cards per author create the Literary Set, which is the object of the game (the player with the most sets wins).

The Literary Set contains the following cards:

1. Author Card - the author's name, portrait, and birth/death date.
2. Library Card - 3 important books by the author.
3. Bio Card - a piece of biographical info about the author

To keep the game "timeless", the authors chosen "are some of the most important writers of the 20th century". "Many of their novels, essays and short story collections appear on "top 100 books of the 20th century" lists." (Notable Novelists)

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To play, each player is given 4 cards and the rest of the cards are placed face down in the center of the playing area. Each player takes a turn, starting with the youngest player, and attempts to collect a complete "Literary Set".

The game is played similar to a popular childhood card game which makes it easy to understand. The current player asks another player for a specific card, if that player has it, it is given as requested. If that player does not have the card, the requesting player draws a card from the deck to try and get the desired card. If it matches and completes the set, the set is shown to the group and placed on the table, and the player goes again. If not, that card is kept and the turn moves to the next player. It's simple enough for even young players to play, but educational enough for older players, too.

The card set comes in a handy case with a flip-top (seen in the above picture). Both the cards and the case are of durable construction, the cards being of heavy cardstock and the case is slightly heavier. According to Notable Novelists website, the cards and case are created using recycled paper and soy ink.

Notable Novelists can be purchased for $10.95

What we thought: the cards are great. I really like their durability. Most card sets are flimsy which cause them to bend easily but Notable Novelists are created to last! The game is fun to play, and easy. I believe older elementary kids could easily play along. Though they may not know the authors yet, this game will give a little bit of info on each novelists and it may encourage the younger player to read a few pieces later. Though the game is designed to play a certain way, we also played it as a Jeopardy type game to see if we could remember the facts. It was fun!

I think that if you or your family are book lovers, you will enjoy Notable Novelists. 

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given either Notable Novelists or playPlay games for review. To read more reviews click below.
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Disclaimer: I received this product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Throughout our life, we find situations where it is necessary to type more than lol, ty, b4, l8r, 2day. For example: work, resume, writing a business letter, or acceptance of a great award : ^ ) We never know when it may be important to be able to create a great paper or letter for some purpose in our lives. 

One of those very important purposes is the SAT. For every High Schooler thinking about college, the SAT is one of the means to get there. The essay portion of the SAT is often a great stressor for students. Worrying about the topics, the time limits, the content; it can really cause anxiety. But there is a great website that I learned that can help your student prepare - Time4Writing.
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Time4Writing is a writing resource that offers students of all ages, from elementary to high school, guidance and instruction to increase their writing skills. Each of the courses are 8-weeks long and are totally personalized. Each student is assigned to an actual tutor and all of the tutors are certified teachers. 

We were given a membership to the SAT Essay Writing course to review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This came at a perfect time for us. My daughter will be taking the SAT this fall and we were concerned about the essay portion. She loves to write and writes creatively very well. But sitting down to write an essay about something she's not interested in has always been a huge task for her. Being timed is another problem area.

Time4Writing has really helped her in both areas. This is because Time4Writing is designed to help "students work on budgeting their time, developing a strong thesis, using solid examples, and editing their writing all within the limited amount of time they are given during the actual SAT exam" The course was created by English teachers who have been official scorers for the SAT and, therefore, students "are given tools and tips from experienced educators who have been in the trenches". (Time4Writing). 

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There are 8 units in the SAT Essay Writing Course that your student will be guided through. He must complete each assignment before being able to move on. This is a great aspect of the course. It is common for students to look at the next page of an assignment just to know what's ahead, but this is not a good tactic. It usually just causes more stress and anxiety because then they worry if they can do it.  In Time4Writing, the student is given an assignment to complete. Once it's complete, the tutor will grade it or offer feedback. Then the next assignment is available. 

The 8 units are: 

Unit 1 – What you need to know when writing for the SAT 

Unit 2 – Breaking down the writing prompt

Unit 3 – Writing an excellent essay

Unit 4 – Using your voice in your essays

Unit 5 – Stronger sentences, stronger essays

Unit 6 – Improving paragraph structure

Unit 7 – Identifying and correcting errors for better essays

Unit 8 – Practice, Practice, Practice
Each of the units builds on the previous and walks students a step at a time. Unit 8 includes real time SAT essay writing. I am excited for my daughter to get to that point!
Time4Writing offers free resources as well as their many courses. You can try them out and see the benefits your student can have from one of their courses.

Each of the courses is 8 weeks long and offers a money back guarantee.
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What We Thought: I am very pleased with Time4Writing. I am thankful to have had this opportunity to review them : ^ )

My daughter enjoyed working with her tutor. She was apprehensive about starting the lessons at all. She was worried she wouldn't "do it right" or "know what to do". After the first couple of lessons, though, she found it much less stressful and actually enjoyed doing the work. Her instructor was awesome! Her comments were helpful and encouraging.

This is an example: 

"You did a great job with these thesis statements this time! They have all of the needed information:

1. subject
2. claim
3. three points of support

A good thesis statement with this information gives your essay some organization, and it may even improve your SAT essay score. You may move on to the next activity. Keep up the great work!!!" 


I am impressed with Time4Writing's SAT Essay Writing. We have a few more weeks left to our membership but I can truly see the benefits of these lessons with my daughter. Her anxiety level about writing essays has decreased, her skills have improved, and she likes it. That's what I'm happy about the most. It hasn't been a struggle to get her to do it since she realized what it was going to be. 

I believe you will like Time4Writing, too. It is an incredible resource for any student that has struggled with writing.

You can read more reviews by clicking below.
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Disclaimer: I received this a membership free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Mission Statement
"The mission of Christian Liberty is to help parents fulfill their God-given responsibility
to provide a Christ-centered education for their children."
Christian Liberty Press was started more than 25 years ago as the publishing division of Christian Liberty Academy School System to provide quality materials to their local area homeschool families and Christian schools. Over the years, they have expanded into a wonderful resource for excellent educational products for families and Christian schools across the United States and internationally. All of the products that they sell meet their rigorous evaluations to ensure that they meet their standards of "curriculum materials that are rooted in the Word of God and express a biblical worldview". 

The members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been given the opportunity to review one of products offered by Christian Liberty Press (CLP), Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Makers (1999). This is the first book in a series written by Douglas Bond, an English & History Teacher. Mr. Bond began writing to tell stories to his own children and then one night, he had the idea to write on hymnody. 
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Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Makers is the tale of 2 American children that travel on vacation to England and meet a gentleman & organist, Mr. Pipes. As they wander through the town of Olney, England, they learn various historical points about England and Mr. Pipes gives wonderful lessons about hymns and their authors. 

I want to add here, that this book is not just light, fun reading. There is an incredible amount of history written into the book. As Mr. Pipes tells the children the tales of the hymn makers, he brings the stories to life by adding in the facts that surrounded their compositions. In this first book, he takes Annie & Drew to the burial sites, homes, and churches as he tells of 9 hymn makers as he tells their biographies. The stories that go along with each are very interesting. There's information on slave boats, Welsh Corgi's, why the British drive on the left side of the road, Anglican worship, the story of St. Andrew and the Scotland flag, and so much more.

There are 12 chapters in this 288 page book filled with stories that teach important pieces of history that aren't always common facts. Like driving on the left side of the road. It's because the men at that time rode their horses on the left with the reins in their left hands, just in case they needed to put their sword in their right. Interesting little fact that I didn't know : ^ )

Each chapter ends with the actual score of the hymn or hymns discussed in the story. There's hymns such as Amazing Grace (John Newton), Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (Augustus Toplady), Take My Life, and Let It be (Frances Havergal).

But the most important lesson taught in Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Maker is The Gospel. Mr. Bond writes about God, the importance of musical worship, Jesus, & Salvation. Each of the stories brings to life the hymn that was written and what the words truly mean. Throughout the book, Annie & Drew learn about humility, patience, the love of God, and having a good Christian walk.

Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Maker is a wonderful book that I have no doubts will be liked by you and your family. CLP recommends it for grades 7th to 10th, but I believe younger students that are good readers shouldn't have a problem getting through it. 

You can read the beginning of the book, including the first chapter here to see a little bit for yourself. 

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is available as an eBook through CLP for $8.79. The print version is also available for just $9.89. You can purchase the complete set for $38.99.
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Disclaimer: I received this ebook free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after reading it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Recently I reviewed Super Duper's Jeeper's Peepers game as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Members reviewed 2 other products as wellI want to give you 3 great coupons for those products. They are each for 30% off! They expire on 8/31/12 so be sure to use them soon. 

Jeeper's Peepers


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What it is: read my review here 



HearBuilder Auditory Memory Home Edition Coupon Code: BLGAM30
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What it is: HearBuilder Auditory Memory teaches key strategies for remembering numbers, words, sentences, and stories. This research-based software includes five essential listening activities.

HearBuilder Following Directions Home Edition

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Save 30%   Expires 8/31/12

What it is: Webber HearBuilder Following Directions is the all new innovative, evidence-based, interactive software program that gives students a systematic way to improve their auditory and following directions skills. At the same time, students will learn how to become Master Toy Makers while building their own Toy Central factories. 
To check out the Crew reviews for these products and to see how they work, click the link HERE. Enjoy the coupons! 
 
 
Apologia. A name synonymous with excellence. I have have had the privilege of reviewing several products by Apologia and I would like to tell you about another. 
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, written by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek, is a book designed to guide the reader "through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God" and ultimately to "show that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself". (Apologia)

I was introduced to this book as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Members were given I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook for review. Together, these two books make a wonderful curriculum for your High School student as well as being a great study for adults. 
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist offers the reader the knowledge to, logically & rationally, defend his/her faith. Using a step by step process, Geisler & Turek break down the arguments against Christianity and prove, without any reservations, that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is the Son and our Savior. 

Throughout the book, Geisler & Turek use the basics of logic to discuss the very topics many atheists use against Christianity and explain them in a way that makes sense so the reader is not required to have a theology degree to understand.
David Limbaugh, writes in the Forward, "This book also appealed to me because before tackling the issue of the truth of Christianity, it addresses the issue of truth itself, conclusively proving the  existence of absolute truth. It demolishes the follies of moral relativism and postmodernism, then proceeds systematically to march toward the inescapable truths of the Christian religion." This is so true! The introduction discusses the main religious worldviews that are common today: Theism, Pantheism, Atheism, & Agnosticis, defines them, and then compares and contrasts them (in a logical, rational, clean format). And this is just the introduction. The book is so much more! 
The book then walks the reader through "12 points that prove Christianity is true", looking at a single point at a time and evaluating it.

The workbook takes it one step further and encourages the student to delve deeper. The workbook is "organized to help you understand & remember the information presented in the book and make it real for your life." (IDHEF workbook "How to Use")

The workbook even expands on the books introduction. Reviewing Key Topics, Key Terms, and asking "thinking" questions. It reviews facts about the chapter and even has info on Carl Sagan & C.S. Lewis. Then it encourages the student to go deeper. 
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In each of the chapters of the workbook, there are four sections for the student to do: 1) the Hook, to remind you what you read and "warm up your brain" with a few questions 2) the Book, this takes you deeper into the issues and has more questions 3) Look, which encourages you to read more, don't just believe the author for the sake of believing & 4) Took, this summarizes the material and helps you apply it to your life and to become a stronger witness for Jesus Christ.

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook, combined with the book, is Apologia's "first Apologetics curriculum" for High Schoolers. "This study will prepare teens and young adults to defend their Christian faith with boldness and effectiveness" (Apologia).  You can read the introduction and first chapter here and see why this is such a wonderful curriculum.

What we thought. I have always enjoyed Apologia's resources and this is no exception. We love I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist! It is well written and easy to understand. The workbook offered us the ability to formulate a complete understanding of what we read and how it applies to life. I like that Geisler & Turek took the logical approach instead of the down-your-throat tactics that are often used in this topic. They uncovered fallacy's and broke them apart to explain why. They didn't say "you have to believe this because we said so" but rather "we want you to understand so that you will also believe." 

I have to say, though, on my daughter's first look, she wasn't sure about it. As she read the forward and intro, she just kept saying it sounded like it read "“we might be wrong but this is what we believe”. There's a statement about being 95% right, and she didn't like that. She was concerned that if someone was reading it and didn't know The Truth, that they would stop after reading it and not learn more. But after further reading, she understood what was being said and was excited about continuing. Being in debate, she understood the importance of not starting out your argument with pointing fingers and telling someone why their point of view is wrong and yours is right. This book was written in a way that allows all readers to want to read it and not just those with the same viewpoints.

I can easily see how this curriculum could be used for an Apologetics class or in a study group. I will be using at least a portion of it in our Speech & Debate Club : ^ )

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist is available through Apologia for $16.00 and the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook for $33.00. 
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Disclaimer: I received this product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Homeschooling is a definite joy in my life. Yes, there are times I feel crazed (and probably look it, too) but, overall, I love homeschooling. I believe it is the best decision we made regarding our children. 

With homeschooling, though, there have been a few stumbling blocks that we've encountered. Things like: "what's the best way to teach. . .",  "why doesn't she like. . .", or "how can we help him with. . .". These questions have come up, at times, within various subjects over the years. One of the subjects is spelling & vocabulary. It's just an area that isn't always fun to learn. Writing spelling words out 10 times every day for a week only to regurgitate them on a test is the public school way, not homeschooling way; but it was what we did a few times to try and reinforce the spelling. Neither of our kids liked it, and neither did I. It didn't encourage them to remember the words past the test and that was a waste of time and effort. So we would try to play word games or come up with different strategies that could make learning spelling fun. If I had only heard of the next product I'm going to tell you about!

Vocabulary Spelling City is a great website that I have been introduced to through the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This site is pretty nice. It was developed as Spelling City in 2008 and became hugely popular within the next year with over a million unique users a month in 2009-2010 school year. Spelling City has grown over the years and became Vocabulary Spelling City in January of 2011. It is now ranked "as a top 1000 site in the US during it's peak months." (Vocabulary Spelling City)" 

So what is it? It is an online interactive game-based system designed to help your Elementary, Middle, or High school students with vocabulary and spelling. Vocabulary Spelling City has:
You can try Vocabulary Spelling City simply by going to their site.
You can use much of Vocabulary Spelling City's site for free, but the Premium Membership offers you individual student logins, student progress tracking, premium games, and so much more. You can watch the video below for info on the Premium Membership to get a better idea of all that benefits you will receive.
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Vocabulary Spelling City has so much to offer. I was able to create lists based on words that I chose and the system automatically entered a definition and sentence samples. If I like them, I could keep them, if not, I could create my own. I like that ability. I also liked that if I wasn't sure what words to use, I could search for spelling list by grade and find them. I even found our local school district and lists created by teachers there. I though that was really neat.

The games are fun for students, too. HangMouse is like hangman and is allows the kids to have fun while learning. I like the Unscramble because it's challenging. My daughter liked Vocabulary Spelling City because she loves words, lol. The only thing she didn't like was that some of the voices in the games were difficult for her to understand, when saying the her spelling words. But I would like to state here that I gave her words like aberration, pedagogy, & loquacious. They are not typical computer words : ^ ) My son actually did enjoy it, too. Amazingly! He even did his work without too much complaining.

Vocabulary Spelling City can be used for Free, but to get all the wonderful benefits, a Premium Membership is best. It costs $29.99 per year for up to 5 students! That is a great price.

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Disclaimer: I received a free premium membership free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Did you know that vocabulary is worth up to 150 points on the SAT? Is your student ready?

Though we try to ensure our high schoolers are prepared to take the SAT or ACT, it's often for the math or essay portions. Sometimes, vocabulary is one of those things that we might assume our kids will just know. But how would they know if they haven't given them the means to? Yes, you may have a dictionary in your home and there's always access to literature and such, but reading the words, even studying the words, doesn't always solidify the definitions in our minds. Putting the words into context is better than simply reading the definition, but doesn't always make it memorable. So how do we help our students remember?

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we have been introduced to a company, Vocab Videos, that has developed a method that may help your student remember vocabulary words and ultimately increase his SAT score.

Vocab Videos has taken 500 essential SAT and high school vocabulary words and created short clips that illustrate their usage. Because the student hears the word in a contextual way, it makes more sense than just reading the definition. The "hilarious professionally produced" skits are about 10 minutes long and contain "episodes of 20 words...forming 25 unforgettable miniseries [with] outrageous plotlines and entertaining characters" (Vocab Videos). The skits are parodies of shows like Lost, The Office, 24, and Gossip Girl.

Vocab Videos offers all of the following components:
How it works: once you've purchased a membership, the teacher area allows you to add & manage students, view their quiz and worksheet progress, and create flashcards. Flashcards give you the ability to create digital flashcards using your own set of vocabulary words. Below are clips of what you will see on your teacher page.
Students will see their own page, which includes study resources, video library, quizzes and worksheets. They will have a dashboard (below) and be able to see the results of the quizzes and worksheets
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Vocab Videos also offers a workbook that includes all 500 of the words found in their online videos. Using this guide along side of the video subscription can help your student further her understanding of the words and help in the memorization process. It is $11.99 and includes:
  • Definitions, pronunciation guides, & example sentences
  • Synonyms & categories to form connections between words
  • Roots, etymologies, & other memory aids

There are different levels of membership for students or educators. Prices start at $24.99 for a 6 month student membership and $74.99 for a "small" educator account. There is also a one month free trial that allows you to try it out to see if it's right for you and your student. 

What we thought: the concept behind Vocab Videos is excellent. I do agree that learning words within the proper context and having it be a memorable, or catchy, skit makes it fun and interesting to learn. However, I did not like the skits that were created. The shows that they are based on are pop culture shows, which we do not watch. I have actually never watched them nor will my kids. I am concerned that they are adult based shows and these videos are for teens, not adults. For those of you that have followed me for a while, you may know how I feel about society's negative influence on teens. I love a good joke and we are a very sarcastic family; but there's a difference between everyone having fun and picking on someone. These videos, unfortunately, are filled with crass humor, in my opinion, and riddled with hurtful sarcasm. For this review, my 12 yo son was not even allowed to watch the videos and my 16yo daughter didn't want to watch them after hearing them as I listened. For some families, Vocab Videos may fit perfectly or be acceptable, but for mine, they were not.

You can watch a few short clips on You Tube or watch an intro video by clicking on the "Fun & Engaging" video clip near the middle right of the page. You will be able to get an idea of what the videos are. Like I stated above, you may feel that Vocab Videos will work for you and your family. The concept is excellent and I can definitely see the benefits that could come from watching a word come to life. 

To read other reviews of Vocab Videos from fellow crew members, click the link below.
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Disclaimer: I received a free Small Educators Subscription to VocabVideos as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using the service. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
The English language is a complex language full of various sounds that form words, rules for those sounds, and exceptions to those rules. Most of us really do not know the intricate details that comprise the origin of our language, and have actually never had the opportunity to learn them.

Laurie J. White is the author of the book King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak. When she was in college, she took a course on the history of the English language and, she writes, "The history suddenly popped. It came alive. And from that point on I had a framework, a reference, a sequence of pivotal English history events which I never forgot." She also writes, "I had a whole new appreciation for language itself, beyond just English itself, and the miracle of God that it truly is." Because of this, she ultimately wrote King Alfred's English to bring that knowledge to Jr High & High School students (grades 7 & up). Her goal?
"To make this mini-course a broadening, faith building, and entertaining trek
for any student or homeschooling family" (The Shorter Word)
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King Alfred’s English is a 170 page soft cover book (also available for Kindle), that "provides a guided tour of forces and events, conquerors and writers that have shaped, simplified, matured and expanded English into what it is today—the first truly global language in history." (The Shorter Word)

This book really is incredible. I was so excited to receive it for review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. My daughter loves learning the origins of words and the history of languages. As a matter of fact, when I showed her the logo above, she knew right away that it was runes. She gave me all the facts and even knew what the "letters" represented. I was amazed! Like I said, I knew she would like this book : ^ ) and she does.

The incredible amount of research that went into this book is impressive. Mrs. White doesn't just offer the student simple steps that led to the origin of the English language, but details the entire historical accounts from Julius Caesar to Mr. Crapper (you have to read it to find out). The student will learn about Luther, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Henry VIII, Shakespeare, the English Bible, the Geneva Bible, Claxton and the Printing Press, and so much more. You will find the answers to questions like:

  • What were the driving ideas behind the Reformation?
  • Are the New Testament documents really reliable and how do they compare to other ancient manuscripts?
  • Why was translating the Bible into English punishable by death?
  • …and what does all THAT have to do with the history of English?
And facts you may not have known. Like:
  • The Brothers Grimm compiled German fairy tales, but they were also famous philologists (and what IS a philologist?)
  • There’s a law for the way languages change that backs up Intelligent Design.
  • For over 300 years the official language of the English court was…French! Seriously. But the English were always fighting the French. That’s true. Find out why.
  • There’s a reason we write “knight” but say “nite,” and you won’t believe how they used to pronounce it.
  • It was once punishable by death to translate even portions of the Bible into English! Yikes!
Ultimately, "The capstone of the book is the story of how we got the Bible in English and it’s influence upon our language." (The Shorter Word). 

It truly is incredible the facts that Mrs. White included in King Alfred's English. From The Shorter Word website, you can see the Table of Contents and even read the first chapter. But I caution you, once you've read it, you will want to finish it, so be prepared. 

Not only will you have the book, Mrs. White also offers free student resources, like links, images, articles, videos & movies to watch, and literature that correlates with each chapter. The teacher's resource page worksheets for each chapter, tests, and all the answers for both. There are also additional resources suggested and information on how to count this as High School credit.

King Alfred's English can be purchased in print for retail at $16.95, but you can find it at CBD, Amazon, and the Rainbow Resource for less. You can also purchase it for your Kindle for $5.95.

I am confident that you and your children will find King Alfred's English enlightening and educational. Don't forget, you can read the first chapter to get started today!
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Disclaimer: I received King Alfred's English as an e-product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after reading it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 
 
Writing a paragraph. That doesn't seem like it should be that difficult. So why, then, do do many students dread it? How is it that we can teach our students all about writing, and they can't create a simple, smooth flowing, 5 sentence paragraph? The answer may be not one we, as parents and teachers, are willing to confess.

We are not teaching them the right techniques to accomplish the task we require them to complete. It's the plain and simple truth. And it's unfortunate. One of my reasons for this is because it's something we've all been doing for years, and maybe not even well, and we've formulated this hypothesis that if we can do it easily, they should be able to get it easily. Why do we think this? Probably because we just need a lightbulb moment. Our kids need proper, clear training in order to do anything. We all do. This means we must take the time and give attention to teaching the skills for writing a paragraph or an essay before we assign a 2000 word paper : ^ )

How can we do this? What tools are available to us that can help us break the steps down into an easy to understand format? I have an answer that may be just what you're looking for.

Create Better Writers is a company that has created materials that will help your student become a better writer. These products have easy to follow steps for you and your student. 

As members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we received 3 of Create Better Writers products: How To Teach the ParagraphHow To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay, & The Home School Writing Action Plan. The following is a breakdown of each. You will see that using these can guide you to help your child become a better writer.
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How To Write a Paragraph is the primary guide for students in Grades 3 and up. The paragraph is the basic element of an essay but it's importance is often overlooked. If the writer doesn't formulate the paragraphs correctly, the reader isn't going to be able to follow along and will quickly lose interest in the whole story or essay.

Create Better Writers offers one simple trick to students that will help them master the paragraph.

That plan includes the fundamentals of a paragraph.:

Throughout the ebook, your student will learn 11 steps from the basics all the way to writing the perfect paragraph. This can be purchased for $7.99

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How To Teach The Five-Paragraph Essay takes your student to the next level in his writing abilities.

Create Better Writers states "The teacher is given everything needed to help students master essay writing. Students will be able to organize their ideas, then format and write a five-paragraph essay in about an hour. Every student will be prepared for any class, district, or state writing test." (Create Better Writers)

Below you can see the table of contents and a sample page. Your student is given everything she needs to learn great techniques for writing an awesome essasy.

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How To Teach The 5-Paragraph Essay
$17.95
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How To Teach The 5-Paragraph Essay
$19.95

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The Home School Writing Action Plan guides you through teaching your students to write effectively. 

Part 1 is a summary of all the steps you and your student will be taking. It's a guide to help you know where you are and where you are going.

Part 2 is pacing charts. These charts will help you set the right pace for your student.

And Part 3 is the road map. This section "points out 
key aspects of each section and provides sample worksheets and lesson plans". It will help you implement the plan using the curriculum you have.

With The Home School Writing Action Plan your student will learn:
  • How to write Strong Essays
  • How to write a Research Report
  • How to Write Great Stories
  • How to Write Intelligent Descriptive Sentences
  • Have a Well Developed Vocabulary
  • Be Completely Prepared for the SAT/ACT Writing College Exam

Below are two pages of this magnificent book. You can click them to enlarge.

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Home School Writing Action Plan
$15.95
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Home School Writing Action Plan
$19.95
I loved each of these products. The steps are easy to follow and not complicated. My son has been a struggling reader and his writing has fallen behind because of it. I can really see the benefits of these products because they allowed me to show him in easy step formation how to create a paragraph and finally an essay. I think you will like it, too
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Disclaimer: I received this e-products free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using them. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.