~ Review Review is a Christian movie company that provides all different types of Christian DVD’s for families and individuals. There are kids movies that range from The Chronicles of Narnia to Veggie Tales DVD’s. There is a bargain movie section with $5 movies and all orders over $35 ship for free.

Jahnna really enjoys science based movies so she was excited when we were selected to review Privileged SpeciesPrivileged Species was produced by the Discovery Institute and is 33 minutes long. It was made to answer the question of whether or not we are here by accident or if the universe was created to support human life. It goes on to discuss what makes earth unique for human life carbon, water and oxygen. Michael Denton is a geneticist and author who discusses how is work with genes and retinal blindness support the theory that we are not here by chance. The video is narrated by Andres Williams. The DVD includes a preview of Darwin’s Doubt and a trailer for Privileged Planet. It is available to purchase for $9.99 Review

Jahnna and I watched the DVD together all though at 11 years old and in sixth grade she could have easily watched this on her own and had no problem understanding it or following along. The movie is very informative and requires some concentration if you want to get as much out of it as you can.

Some of the areas the video covers are how life starts with carbon, water is the ideal solvent to disperse minerals, all forms of complex life require oxygen, and photosynthesis supports life by having oxygen as a by product. The video goes on to cover why humans have unique qualities that place us higher in the hierarchy of animals. There are many other instances pointed out but I’ll leave it to the DVD to explain it all for you.

Jahnna loved this video. She kept saying it was beautifully done. I kind of thought it was a funny way to express what she thought but she later clarified that she really enjoyed the pictures and the scenery. It got her thinking about why we are here and what a miraculous place earth is when you really stop to think about it. For me this definitely has the feel of a documentary but not it a bad way. It is engaging enough that Riley wants to watch the entire movie herself after listening to Jahnna talk about it. I figure if an eleven year old has enough interest and enthusiasm in it to get her eight year old sister interested in watching it that’s a pretty good show! There are lots of scientific words that younger children might not be able to follow along with but I think that with a little adult supervision they could get the general idea and learn from it. You can watch the trailer to see if this might be a good fit for your family. I’d love to hear what you think and if it’s something you think your family might enjoy.

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Homeschool Legacy ~ Review

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Our family loves learning all we can about the constitution and how our country was founded. This review provided a fantastic opportunity for us to do just that. Homeschool Legacy provided us with a digital copy of the 8 week unit study We the People: Getting to Know Your ConstitutionThis particular unit study is best for students in grades 4 – 12.


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Unit studies always seemed like such an overwhelming prospect to me. It is a lot of work to put together enough information and activities to do a thorough job. Homeschool Legacy has done all the work for you. It’s literally no prep aside from going to the library and selecting books from a large list of options. It would be pretty hard to not have at least a few of the books available when you want or need them. The units are designed to be used once a week and are biblically based.

We don’t do much with Boy Scouts because Colby has a hard time after school but if we did, Homeschool Legacy units are both Boy Scout and American Heritage Girl friendly. Each unit also provides opportunities for family activities, games, movie nights and arts and crafts.

For the last few summers Jahnna and Riley have been attending a week long patriot camp. It’s been a great introduction to our founding fathers and installed a love in them for the constitution. We decided that even though Riley is in 2nd grade we could adapt the material for her as well and go through the unit as a family. We read scriptures together every night before having family prayer so it was very easy to incorporate the weekly devotional into that routine.

Jahnna loved making George Washington’s Hoecake breakfast even though she decided she likes pancakes better. We all had fun taking a virtual field trip to Mt. Vernon. I think that was my favorite part because I was able to see it in person when I was in 8th grade. Riley doesn’t have a favorite part, she loves it all and John liked how scripture was tied into each lesson.

I cannot believe the amount of work that went into the development of this unit study. I would never have found all the resources provided here or even put them together into the weekly studies the way they were grouped together but I’m scattered like that! The digital version of We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution is well worth the $17 price. If you want a hard copy it is available for $21.95 plus shipping. If you still aren’t sure if this is a good fit for you check out a sample of the first week’s schedule. You can see the effort went into it and get the recipe for the Hoecake’s we made. I think the next unit we’ll be studying will be the Revolutionary Ideas and we can’t wait to get started on it.

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Successful Homeschooling Made Easy ~ Review

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Stephanie Walmsley has homeschooled for over 27 years and definitely has the experience to run a company called Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.  She has developed Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course a 26 week program that is delivered right to your email inbox with a pdf attachment. Each lesson is anywhere from 7 pages to 22 pages long and filled with a lot of information. 

To be honest this was not a review I really felt I needed or wanted to participate in. I used to teach high school, I had my own in home daycare, I’m the oldest of 6 kids and I’ve been homeschooling for four years now. I felt like I had a bit of experience to go off of. We have a routine even though it revolves around doctor appointments and treatment plans. I was comfortable even though I know I wasn’t doing everything I could to be more organized and on top of things. When I saw that I was on the list of reviewers I figured I’d approach it from an “if you’re just starting out….” point of view and cover it for someone new because there wouldn’t be much for our family in it. Wrong! There is a lot that I have learned from the first ten weeks.

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Some of the topics covered in the course are

  • How to homeschool children of different ages and abilities, at the same time.
  • Why homeschool teaching is different from classroom teaching, and how to succeed at homeschool teaching.
  • How to teach subjects like music appreciation, science, math, arts and crafts.
  • How to get your housework done.
  • How to keep records in a simple way.

The biggest help for me was how to make a schedule and adjust that schedule as your children grow. You spend a lot of time working on a schedule and doing it in such a way that it is manageable. You don’t start out by sitting down and changing the entire way you do things or by coming up with an entire years curriculum overnight. Even if I could come up with an entire years worth of curriculum in a week it would be sure to change drastically by the time we were even close to half way through the year. Even nailing down a schedule is hard. I have a general outline of how our days run but with doctors changing which day of the week they are in clinic or Colby getting sick with this virus or that one it can become difficult to stick to a set schedule.

That’s why I loved lesson 3 and reading about other families experiences and advice. Homeschooling isn’t about teaching kids like they are at school. It’s about doing what is best for your child, for your family and for yourself. Children are precious and their time at home is short so make the most of it.

Reading the lessons each week reminded me why we brought Jahnna home. It was what was best for her and for us. As she has gotten older the question always comes up if this is still what is best for her. So far the answer remains yes and going over each lesson has reaffirmed that for me. I’m excited to continue on and see what the next 16 weeks have for us.

You can Preview the course here to see if it looks like a good fit for you. I love that Stephanie has come up with  several different payment options for this program. You can pay $9.50 monthly or for a 15% discount you can pay all at once for $48.50. You can connect with Stephanie on Facebook at The Broad Room.

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Real Life Press ~ Review

Treat yourself to a Busy Mom resource today!


Real Life Press publishes The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John, it is a fun easy to read ebook I was able to review. There are many bits of wisdom to be found in the pages for both new and experienced homeschoolers.

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 I think Heidi might have a front row seat to the insanity in my mind! The first sixty pages described many of my feelings as I started homeschooling. Schooling at home in our home gradually gave to less rigid schooling and finally to a more child lead learning and eclectic style. I don’t have a Type A personality but if you know my husband you might guess who does have one here in our home. Couple a Type A personality husband with a military background and marry it to a much more relaxed, laid back, disenchanted former high school teacher and there might be some differences of opinion on how not only homeschool should run but the home in general.

I love POA #2! Flexible Scheduling. I have gone through so many planners and schedules trying to plan school around doctor appointments, therapy and regular family activities. It was making me crazy! Even crazier than knowing how crazy our schedule can get! I quit trying to schedule every minute and hour and life got a little better. It’s okay to have a schedule and sometimes it’s even a really good idea to have a schedule but keeping it flexible definitely leads to happier days in our home.

I love how Heidi incorporates the concept of daylight into all her of tips. All the chapters revolve around daylight in some form and how bringing light into your life and improve it. Chapter two Organized Daylight talks about how to organize your life and the clutter in it. I grew up in a demolition family with a Dad who brought home all kinds of fun treasures that ended up stored in the barn or the garage. I married a man who grew up in a museum. I literally don’t see clutter and all he sees is clutter! We’ve been married just under thirteen years and I think with this last move we’ve finally achieved a happy medium. He’s come to realize that I must have stacks of paper. It’s just  a part of who I am. I stack. He tosses. It’s a part of who he is. Chapter 2 was fun to see man of the things we’ve incorporated and use in our life in print. I felt validated!

Woven throughout the book are scriptures and incorporating God into your homeschool. Many homeschoolers feel called to bring their students home. I can’t say that was the case for us. Jahnna asked to be homeschooled and we both felt it would be good for her. We’ve given her the choice to go back every year if that is what she wants. It is currently what works for us and we’ll continue on this way until it no longer does.

I wasn’t sure if there would be enough in the book to keep me invested in it. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this review. It was a great reminder that we are doing what works for us and that is exactly what we need to be doing. I highly recommend this for new homeschool parents as well as those who have been going for awhile. There are definitely great pointers for those starting out. Actually there are great tips and tricks for everyone not just those starting out.

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The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight is available in a physical book for $12.95 or as a download for $10.00. 

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A+ Interactive Math ~ Review

Adaptive Math Placement Test

I am desperately hoping that the third time is the charm in getting this post published! WordPress has deleted my post twice so far and I have no idea why! A+ Interactive Math is such a fantastic tool for everyone that I really want you to know about it. Jahnna and I have been working together to figure out where exactly she falls as far as a traditional grade level goes for math. She’s been using another online math program this year that I was highly disappointed with so any math reviews that come our way I’ve been jumping on.

We were able to review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan for this review. I loved the idea of Jahnna being able to take short little tests that would evaluate where she was and then building the lessons on what she had already learned. The tests were not overwhelming for her and the results allowed her to see the areas where she was at grade level or below. It was kind of another eye opener for her to realize that her goal of being a research scientist was not going to happen if she doesn’t step up her efforts in math. The picture below is not her results but does demonstrate how the testing works and how it shows what the student has done.

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You can see from this fraction picture that the concepts are easy to follow and the graphics are high quality. Personally black and white is super boring for me so both Jahnna and I appreciated the pictures and details that were provided. 
Adaptive Math Placement Test w/ Lesson Plan

I felt that the concept charts on the left of the screen where a good reminder for her of what she had learned and what she could expect to see in the upcoming lessons. The practice sheets were easy to print off for her to have more practice but again wasn’t so overwhelming that she felt it would never end.

Adaptive Math Placement Test w/ Lesson Plan

This is such an interactive program that I personally feel it would be hard to have a gap in your students learning while using this program. It’s important to note that this is a three month program for up to 10 students and is designed to bring your student or students up to speed on where they have gaps. During the time that we have used it I’ve used it as her sole curriculum because she did have such big gaps in the areas she was struggling in. We have been able to focus on those struggles and get her closer to where she needs to be. This is a fantastic way to try out how A+ Interactive Math works and if it is a good fit for you and your student then it would be an easy transition into a Family Math Package which is a 6 month program for up to 10 students. 

If my all my kids went to public school the adaptive math program would be a fantastic tool to use over the summer months so they don’t fall behind but also so that you can see where they are at and either bring them up to speed for the next school year or even get them a little bit ahead for when they go back to school.

I love a company who basically lets you try them out before you buy and A+ Interactive Math is definitely one to follow that model. Try out their Free Math Placement Test or the Free Family Math Packages to see if one would be a better fit than the other for you. Other freebies they offer are Free Software DownloadFree Single Grade Level or a Free eBook. Be sure and check out the Top 12 Reasons to use “Adaptive Placement Test & Lessons” program and the Top 12 Reasons to use “Family Math package” program for any other benefits that I’ve missed telling you about!

Today the curriculums and packages are all on sale and will be until the 18th so hurry and take advantage of that to save some money. You can purchase a program today and you can wait to activate it until you are ready to start working on it. So try out the freebies and see if it’s a good fit and then head over to A+ Interactive Math and get your savings today!

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