Friday, July 29, 2016

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree (Star Toaster Review)

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My sons have been enjoying Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree from Star Toaster. This new interactive book has been helping both of my sons improve their reading comprehension, and they love it because it plays just like a video game. This online reading program is not only helping them with their reading, but also has topics that cover math, science, grammar, vocabulary and even character building. It is a 122 page illustrated interactive chapter book for early gifted readers to struggling readers. There are 75 lessons included, and over 130 tasks that your child must complete to help the Orphs, who are little critters in the Woodlands. The main character is a flying squirrel named Abba, and your child must help Abba take care of the Orphs. This is done through fun games and quizzes that test comprehension in a fun way.

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This is an app, available through iTunes.  You would need either an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 8.4 or later to download the app. I have a first generation iPad, and it downloaded very easily. The program appears to allow for an unlimited number of users, and  can hold at least a dozen different profiles. It is recommended by Star Toaster that once your child starts on a specific device, to have them stay on that same device whenever they use this program. The reason for this is, if you use multiple devices they will track separately. 

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review

Each chapter is relatively short, and has hyperlinks in blue that give your child the definition of the word. (as shown above) I thought this was a wonderful way to be introduced to a word a child may not know the meaning or spelling of. It also included synonyms of the word, to help your child even more if they recognized one of the synonyms more than the original word.

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The task page is shown above, and this is where your child's points would be and where the directions would be on how to get enough points for the supplies for the Orphs. My sons could not wait to complete the tasks so they could get enough points to ensure the Orphs were taken care of. One of the tasks is shown below where your child would have to choose the correct answer. Once they do this, the points are added to their profile. This helped my sons with math because they had to figure out how many more points they need to reach their goal. The Job Training and Help Wanted below is where your child would click on for the tasks to pop up.

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Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review

My sons and I thought Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree was amazing! They had so much fun, and the thing I enjoyed about this app is that they needed my help. I like some apps where they can do their own thing, but it was nice to be included as a parent in this. My oldest son, who is seven needed help on some of the words in the story. My youngest son who is five, needed help reading the questions. I thought this was a wonderful supplement to their summer reading, and for throughout the year. I think this would be a great program for a child from Kindergarten through fifth grade. It has your child learn in a very fun and interactive way. I would definitely recommend for any child in this age range. It is not something that can just be enjoyed by homeschooled children, but by all children. I am also excited because there is a new adventure coming soon from Star Toaster. The boys can't wait to finish up their lessons in Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree, so they can start on this new adventure!     

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Beric the Briton (Heirloom Audio Productions Review)

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Beric the Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions, through Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for a honest review.
My family has been enjoying listening to Beric the Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions. It is an audio drama filled with over two hours of amazing adventure and bravery. It is a two CD disc set that depending upon which purchase you select also comes with digital extras such as MP3 recordings, posters, behind-the-scenes, a Study Guide and also the e-book of the story. It is a compelling story that teaches about morals and a sense of duty. It is a wonderful way to bring history alive to children in a fun way. Although this is something that can be enjoyed by anyone, the company suggests an age range for children 6 to 16 years old.

This story is incredible, and something that my sons both loved. You are introduced to Beric, who is a Briton and had been captured at some point by the Romans in the history of the early church, around 25 to 68 AD. While in his capture, he was able to learn about Roman culture and government, and embrace the ideas he enjoyed. He is a young man whose mother is the Queen, and there is a dark vengeance against the Romans. We learn how young Beric tries to teach his culture about the ways of the Romans and how to defend against them. I think this was particularly hard for him, as he had a love of some things that were Roman, but his allegiance was to his own country. He ultimately ends up being captured again by the Romans and is faced with becoming a gladiator, while not knowing if his Queen mother has survived or not. He is so faithful throughout everything he encounters though, and he really encompasses what a true hero is. I thoroughly enjoyed having such an authentic and moral role model in a character, and my sons really admired him.

The Study Guide is 50 pages that were designed by Christian educators, to complement this audio drama. The lessons are broken down into three sections: Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. Listening Well is for listening comprehension, Thinking Further gives questions that expand upon the story and give your child's imagination a chance to think about the characters and scenarios, and Defining Words teaches on vocabulary with the needed use of a dictionary. There is also a recommended reading list to learn more about this time in history, brief Bible studies, and a historical background on Beric the Briton. The Study Guide also describes historical figures such as Nero and Queen Boadicea.
Each lesson of the Study Guide is broken down by the Disc number and track number of the CD. I really liked this format because it made sure the child understood what was going on before moving onto the next part in the story. My sons and I listened to both audio CD's before starting the Study Guide. They are both exceptional auditory learners, so if they listen to something once they usually retain a good portion of it. We then replayed the CD's one at a time by their track and went through the questions in the Study Guide orally to test their comprehension and dig further into the historical story.
We enjoyed this audio drama so very much, and the extras that come with some of the purchase packages are incredible. I think my favorite of these was the e-book. I am currently reading it right now, and it helped me understand the story more. I am more of a visual learner, so reading something helps me to comprehend things better. This is the second audio drama we have been blessed to review by Heirloom Audio Productions, and the quality is just phenomenal. There are sound effects, music, and the characters are exceptional. They really bring you into the story and it sounds just like you are in a movie, except the audio is helping to bring the story to life in your mind. This is a wonderful way to spend time with family, while also learning about history from a Christian viewpoint. I would definitely recommend to any homeschool family, or to any family that is wanting to learn more about history. I think this would be a fun way to even have a small group or book club to discuss with the adults and kids, possibly in a co-op group. It is a adventure to be enjoyed by all!   
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Hi, friends! Today, I am going to talk to you all about a topic that might make some uncomfortable, but hopefully also possibly help a few people. Stress incontinence can effect up to 50% of women who have given birth and are under the age of 40, according to Roger Goldberg, M.D. who is the Director of urogynecological research at the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Illinois. This leads to what is known as Light Bladder Leakage, or LBL. Poise and Sam's Club have teamed up to help those who experience LBL, and also offer savings.


I'm not a doctor, but I did have experiences with LBL when I was pregnant with both of my boys,  especially in the later months of the pregnancy. My sister is pregnant now, and it's been interesting to relive the fun that pregnancy can bring. I was excited to be able to share with her about Poise Liners, and how they are three times more absorbent than regular feminine care liners. It has a special Absorb-Loc core that helps to keep you fresh and dry. There are also Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads that are three times more absorbent than regular feminine care pads.

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While researching about LBL, Poise, and Sam's Club, I found out that Sam's Club is now offering Subscriptions! It is really easy and all you have to do is select your product online and add it to your cart. You can then schedule a time for the product to ship, and you can change the dates so it gives you flexibility of when you need the product. This can include anything from feminine care to baby items, and even snacks or paper items! I thought not only is Sam's Club offering savings, but now they are also delivering to your door! I can't tell you how much this would have helped me when my boys were younger, and we only had one vehicle. There are also many benefits to being a Sam's Club member, not only with product savings but also discounts on Accounting and Tax Services, Health Screenings and Legal Solutions just to name a few.

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