Thursday, April 19, 2018

HelpTeaching.com REVIEW

HelpTeaching

We were first introduced to HelpTeaching.com last year during a review. I loved the program, but at that time it wasn't an awesome fit for us for whatever reason. This year, I was excited to review Help Teaching Pro because I thought it would be a much better fit this year and I was right!

I can't even begin to describe HelpTeaching.com. It's a website full of learning. They have classes and resources for every subject, you can generate worksheets, there's tests and quizzes, games, and more. Grade levels are K-high school. There really is something for everyone here.




How We Used This:

For the great majority of this review, my printer was messed up. M is an IT guy, and he couldn't even get it to work properly! Finally, we figured it out and decided that Mr. B should really refrain from trying to do "Printer Maintenance" behind our backs haha. But the great thing is, you don't really HAVE to print out a lot. There are loads of printables, but there are also loads of streaming videos. 



At first I thought it was going to be all lower level stuff, then I realized there's a link that says "View All...." so when you click that, a whole new world opens up for you. Each subject has a list that is organized by topic and grade. We have access for all grades, and I did dabble between lower grades and upper grades and felt they were all grade appropriate. 




As you can see, there is a wide variety of grades. The above screen capture is for American History, and it stretches from 4th to 9th grades. We took part in the 4th and 8th grade lessons. The upper grades somewhat repeat the lower grades for better retention, but they include more material and more complicated assignments, as well. 

We mainly stuck with science. We did a lot in Biology, including the 10th grade cells and DNA. It was a little hard for Mr. B, who is only 7th grade, but having a biology background myself I was able to walk him through it. 


I like how all of the material is given to you on screen so you can print it for reference, or not. I wish this cell model was in color, but as it is it was very helpful. 


Mr. B LOVES the videos. This is one from the Cells topic. If you look under it, there is a list of relative links such as coordinating worksheets and tests. This makes the site much easier to use. My only issue is that I can't figure out how to log and track what he has done on here. I've been told it is possible, and I know I did track one assignment, but I can't figure out how I did that. An easier way to track that from the parent/teacher dashboard would be amazing. As of right now, I just keep a written list. 


There's a lot of math, too. And not just "easy" math. This site offers everything from 1+1 to Trig. We worked mainly with geometry here. He's a little behind in geometry, and the video lessons really helped to piece together everything for him. 


Overall, I really like HelpTeaching.com, and I find it to be a wonderful resource. I wish there was a better way to track lessons that makes sense to me. I like that I can email him lessons to complete, and he can work on  his own. I like the self-paced aspect a lot. The ability to print and save is also a MAJOR plus for me. This is a secular based site, so if you want more religious base that could be something to consider. Overall, I have recommended this to others already and plan to continue doing so. 

Does HelpTeaching.com Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You have complete control of what you choose to do, and in what order. This is very easily adaptable to all learning levels.  

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

This is subscription based, but there are no hidden fees. You have access to all grade levels, so it will cover multiple grade ranges.  
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Mr. B loves the video lessons, and they are short enough to maintain his attention. You can break up the topics into smaller segments, only doing one lesson at a time. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This site has a plethora of subjects and lessons. There's everything from History to Language Arts.  




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Monday, April 16, 2018

Apologia #1 REVIEW

Apologia


I just love when I see Apologia on the list of upcoming reviews. They never fail to amaze me, and Mr. B does so well with their offerings. For the last few weeks, we have been blessed to be reviewing Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology


Last year, when we reviewed  Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd edition, Mr. B worked through the whole course in about three months!  He was quite familiar with all things cosmos, so he was able to breeze through it, working weeks at a time just for fun. This time around, we have had to move quite a bit slower because anatomy and physiology were, until now, foreign concepts to him. Of course he knew the basics. . . foot bone connected to the leg bone and all of that stuff HAHA, but the ins and outs and intricacies of the human body were not things we had really studied in great detail. I have been really impressed with everything we have encountered so far in this program. 
For this review we received:

Student Text: This is a hardback textbook. It's not hard to read, and not overly boring at all. It's very conversational. 
Notebooking Journal AND the Junior Notebooking Journal: For the review, we received both journals. The Jr. Notebooking Journal has a more juvenile format for the writing exercises, and it also includes coloring pages. Mr. B is of the age for the regular notebooking journal, but he also likes the Jr. for the coloring pages. 
MP3 Audio Book on CD: This includes the textbook in audio format. The narrator is a pleasant sounding female voice. She is NOT monotone at all, making the narration much more interesting to listen to! Each little section is distinguished by a little musical melody.  Mr. B likes to follow along in the student text as she's reading. 
How we used this:

I set out to follow the included suggested schedule. The Notebooking Journal has a 2 day a week schedule lined out for easy planning, but I found this was a bit too much for Mr. B so we split it up. We would just work on an activity each day, 3 days a week. Sometimes we would have to work on the same activity over the course of a couple of days. He did very well with the reading part. He needs to work on a few different reading mechanics, so I used this to help with those issues as well. Sometimes we would read aloud, alternating sections. I would read, then he would, then back to me, etc. Often times, I would pop in the MP3 CD and he would follow along in the book while the audio book read the words. This is GREAT for spectrum kids because they are getting both visual and auditory input. Mr. B works faster when we works with the MP3 going as he follows along. He will do an entire chapter in one day! Today, for example, he was so engrossed in listening and following along that he asked to listen to an additional chapter.

I like how there are Bible verses integrated into the text, but everything is very science'y still. Have you ever encountered a religious based "science" curriculum that's more like an additional Bible study? That's not this. There are Bible verses included, such as one about the tongue, but it's not a substitute for any sort of Bible study. I also love how everything is explained in real world ways, like the epiglottis and tongue, and how God gave us the reflex to cough when choked.

Overall, Mr. B has been enjoying all of the notebooking activities. He especially likes the crossword puzzles and the mini books. The Crossword puzzles are not super easy! They take some brain power to complete. The activities are great reinforcement for the textual lessons.


Overall:

Overall, we both really like this a lot. I'm very impressed by how much Mr. B loves it. He is truly learning and retaining what he has learned! It's fantastic! I was more than shocked by how well he took to the MP3 CD. We have Apologia General Science, too, that I had planned to start next year. We do not have a disc for that one, and I plan to buy it before we start it! It has been THAT great for him! I'm amazed! 

The included activities are fun, easy to do, and really further the learning. Mr. B can even do some of them on his own, with little to no assistance from me. This is pretty centered around a Charlotte Mason approach, especially with the included narration breaks, but it's not so much so that you wouldn't benefit from it if you subscribe to a different type of method. I HIGHLY recommend this program!


Does Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
Does Apologia Educational Ministries Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

This is a physical product. There is an included schedule in the student workbook, but you can easily adapt that. It's set up for a 2 days a week format, with 2 activities each day. But you could easily change that up to fit your schedule and needs. We found that was a bit too intense in a single sitting at times, so we split it into 4 days. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

This will cover multiple grades. Mr B is currently doing 6th and 7th grade work, and this was perfect for him using the regular Notebooking Journal. Younger students would use the Junior Notebooking Journal-though Mr. B likes that one, too.   There are no hidden fees, but you may want to plan ahead for the "Try This" experiment activities. The book does mention a science kit, but there isn't one available on the site. The items are pretty easy to find though-like Nerds candies, and the like. 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Mr. B found it to be engaging and exciting. There are a lot of colorful pictures, but its not overwhelming or distracting. The MP3CD is a must for us. He does soooo much better when he can hear the book being read to him, and follow along at the same time. You can split the lessons up so that they aren't too long. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
This is strictly science. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Today's homeschool lesson...


We got these little rubber band helicopters from Harbor Freight today for a whopping $6.00. These little boogers shoot up about 300 feet into the air, then the wind catches them and they twirl their way back to Earth. It was a windy day with storms blowing in, so they went FAR! I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we had with these today! I only wish I had had my camera! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Princess Cut DVD REVIEW

Watchman Pictures

Grab some tissues, your favorite fattening comfort food snack, snuggle into something comfy, and get ready for a great movie! Watchman Pictures was kind enough to send the review crew a copy of their movie, Princess Cut, and I LOVED IT! 

Princess Cut The Movie
Princess Cut is about a young woman named Grace (Ashley Bratcher)  who wants love. Not just any kind of love, but true, God sent love. Ashley is a sweet, loving gal who is loyal to her parents, and loves God. She wants to live a pure, God centered life in all aspects-Including her relationships. She'd been involved in a long distance relationship with Stewart, who went off to college and came back a completely different person. Grace was heartbroken over this, and shortly after she met Jared. Jared made her feel special, and loved, but something was right. She didn't FEEL right, and Jared pushed her to do things that she just didn't feel were right and just. She confessed these things to her parents, and her dad told her it was his job to prepare her for marriage and protect her until that time came. He used soy beans as an example, and told her she was trying to reap a harvest before planting the seeds. He suggested she find out who God wanted her to be, and wait and let God bring love to her instead of her looking for love. Grace devoted herself to studying various books to really find out what she wanted in a relationship, and what God wanted for her.

A young man named Clint moved in at the neighboring farm. Clint recently graduated medical school, and accepted a position in East Bend, the small farming community where Grace lives. Clint and Grace's family become friends, and Clint helps her dad a lot. Clint goes to Grace's parents and asks their blessing in exploring a relationship with Grace. He wishes to have a relationship that will result in marriage, and he wants to get to the  know Grace, under their guidance, better so that they can both decide if they should marry.

This is all great, until Brooke comes along. Brooke is Clint's ex-girlfriend from college. Brooke and Jared conspire together to try and throw a wrench into God's plan, but a well aimed sling shot saves the day! You'll have to watch the movie to see how it all ends. 
My thoughts:

I loved the overall movie. I loved the story line, plot, and the underlying messages of forgiveness, patience, and purity. Being a photographer myself, I was a little put off by some lighting and filter choices, finding the white balance of some scenes was a tad too yellow for my taste. I also raised an eye brow a time or two over a few chosen camera angles that I think could have been shot differently to achieve a better appearance and feel. With that aside, the overall movie is really lovely and touching. It is child appropriate, which I love. Even though purity is discussed, sexual notions are not. There is a scene where Grace confides in her parents that Jared touched her hair and kissed her, and wouldn't stop, and she didn't like it. And another scene where Grace is talking with a therapist and tells her she didn't like it with Jared touched her. But, there is no mention or even hint of a sexual act beyond kissing. To be honest, the movie could be a great teaching tool to teach purity, strength of conviction, and also that no means no. Overall, I would highly recommend this to others, and I can't wait to share this with others in my family! 
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wedding Wednesday


Still one of my favorites! HAHA! 

First Form Latin REVIEW

Memoria Press
Y'all, Memoria Press is also so extremely generous when it comes to crew reviews. This time around, we had a whole assortment of goodies from which to choose, including their Music Appreciation I. Mr. B and I received First Form Latin to review this time around. 

First Form Latin Complete Set

For this review, we received the complete set, which is everything you need to complete this course. First Form Latin is geared for 4-9, and it's great as a first Latin for grades 6 and up. Mr. B has done Latina Christina in the past, so this was a natural flow right into First Form for him, but had he never taken a Latin before, this would be a great start for an older student. 

The complete set includes:

DVDs- There are 3 DVDs included that feature instructor Glen Moore. He goes through each lesson, step by step, making the course easy to understand and learn. You don't have to have a background in Latin to help teach your child Latin because these DVDs take that role. 

Flash Cards: These are great for general practice, and they are already cut out for you to make for easy storage. 

Student Text-Written by Cheryl Lowe, this is probably Mr. B's favorite part. He likes to read through this, jumping ahead. This is a pretty standard text. It goes over the lessons with an introduction and a detailed overview of everything. It uses graphics and charts, and it is very easy to understand and use. 

Pronunciation Disk: I NEED THIS! HAHA! This is exactly what it says, shows you how to pronounce the words. 

Test and Quiz booklet: This has easy tear sheets so you can remove them for use following each lesson. There's a quiz for each lesson, and a unit test after each unit. 

Student Workbook: This has all of the lesson work in it. There's fill in the blank/charts, etc. There's reviews, an appendix, and several pages (4, 5, or 6) for each lesson. I love how there's ample practice!!

Teacher Manual: This includes the entire student text inside with guidelines on how to teach this course. Basically, it teaches you how to teach the course, and I find it to be a 100% necessary component! 

Teacher Key: AHA! ANSWERS! 

How We Used This:

Never in a million bazillion years did I ever think I'd find myself teaching my child Latin (and learning with him!) but here I am, teaching my child Latin! He LOVES it. I was super surprised, years ago, when he took to Latina Christiana like he did. I was shocked to be honest. We had tried Latin at a couple of Co-ops and he hated it so much he would cry and beg to leave. We tried Memoria Press, and he LOVES it. He will ask to do extra lessons! I have to stop him so he will do his other work! 

Typically, we will watch the video first, and I will actually have him go though the Student Text as the video plays. We may watch the video two or three times just to make sure we understand. Notice I did say WE. After that, I have him work on a worksheet. We typically move kind of slow through this, and it may take us a few days to actually complete a lesson, and that's totally ok with me! Some lessons we even watch the video every day, and only do a worksheet per day. So, a lesson could take us a week or so to finish fully. Om Fridays, I typically pull out the corresponding flash cards and we do drills, and we add new cards from the new lessons and add those to the older lessons, so we are always covering what has already been taught. 

Overall, this is exactly what you've come to expect from Memoria Press-A great quality program that is easy to use and easy to teach. Mr. B loves it, and we have found it is easy to adapt for special needs. I highly recommend this! 




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Friday, April 6, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wedding Wednesday



The bride had a little care package waiting on her groom. 

Creation Illustrated REVIEW

Creation Illustrated
We were recently sent two really fun unit studies from Creation Illustrated, along with access to  the magazines that cover the same topics. There are several unit study options to choose from, and for this review we were sent the Snow Unit Study and Pine Trees.
Winter 2018, Vol. 24, No. 4
These unit studies cover a wide range of topics from Bible to vocabulary, even art! There's a lot of goodness packed into these! Normally, a unit study that encompasses so much comes with a ton of printing. I was happy to discover these unit studies were each UNDER 20 pages! 
Creation Illustrated Unit Study Snow
Our Experience: 

We had full access to the corresponding magazines, so I first pulled up the one for the Snow Unit Study. And then....I promptly lost all track of time. The photos are just absolutely amazing. First, POLAR BEARS?! I LOVE POLAR BEARS! I can stand for hours at the zoo (ok, ok...my tushy is sitting on the bench...) watching the polar bears swim and play. I'm pretty sure they're my spirit animal. So naturally I was drawn to this photo. I like how it 'looks' like a physically magazine would look with shadow crease, but at the same time it messes up my pretty polar bear photo haha! No really, it has the look of a physical magazine. Turning pages is as easy as clicking in the top corner, or scrolling up and down. 

We are also huge fans of Alaska, and I'm pretty sure we are meant to live there. This....this is beauty. 


My only issue with the magazine online is that I'm not really good at adjusting the size to easily read on my computer screen. There's a handy dandy little magnifying glass button to enlarge, but then I have to scroll. It's all in my display settings.  This isn't an issue at all on any other device. 


The unit study works well with the magazine, referencing it for specifics. But there's also enough "on your own" research to go along with the unit study, that you aren't just using the magazine. 

Fall 2017, Vol. 24, No. 3

After I pulled myself away from the Winter '18 Digital Edition of Creation Illustrated, I lost myself once more in the Fall '17 Digital Edition. Mr. B got through the first couple of pages until he hit this one. And he was lost lol. He LOVES all things 2017 Eclipse! 



Just like with the winter edition, the fall edition includes great stories and amazing photos. I love how it works well with the unit study, but the unit study also has components that are standalone, too. 

We received two unit studies, but chose to focus on one. I was pretty certain we would focus on the Snow Unit Study, but to be honest we are so sick of snow we dove right into Pine Trees.

First things first, page I love how it not only names the corresponding article in the magazine, "The Enduring Pine Tree, " but it also shows a photo of the article. That way, I know exactly what to look for.


In edition to giving you the page numbers for the article, there are also other links included that reference more facts, pines by region, field guide books, videos, and more. It's so convenient to have all of the links needs to complete this unit study right here with it! 

The Study starts out with a history of the English word "PINE" where it goes all the way back to Middle English and Norse. Then you have vocabulary and spelling. The words aren't easy words. Words like Burgeon and Privations even stumped me and I had to look them up. We both had fun doing the vocabulary definitions. 

After that is a Bible Study on Pine Trees. this goes back to the history of the word as that section mentions how knowing the history of the word PINE can help as you read the KJV Bible as it was written before the 19th centure. The Bible study task asks you to look up specific verses. You are to list what the word is being used for. This made for a great critical thinking skill for Mr. B.

His favorite activity was Pine Tree Geography. Here you have 9 different types of pine trees and you must identify the region where they grow.

Identifying Pine Trees was a bit harder for him since there are little details he often overlooked. I helped him with this one, and we still enjoyed it. We laughed when he'd get the pine cones confused. 

Math is also included in this unit study, and he was excited to see the Fibonacci number! I told him how it relates to pine cones, and he was then off to look at pine cones in more detail. These math problems aren't your average problem. These require some thought and skill. "If a squirrel ran up a 56-foot pine tree at one yard per 1.5s, how long would it take for the squirrel to reach the top? Write out your equation." That's a good example. 

This study also includes Writing and Penmanship. I had Mr. B narrate to me first, and then I had him trace over my handwriting. We are working on letter sizing and word spacing. After this, your child can draw a picture of their favorite pine tree-cones and all!

Mr. B's most favorite part is the word search. We both sat together and worked on this. There are 12 words, but it took us more than a few minutes because these words are WELL hidden! Or at least they were to us! 


Here are a few photos of what he did. 





All in all, we worked on the actual unit study for about 2 weeks, but we looked over the magazine and included links/information for a couple more weeks. Intricacies of Snow, the Snow Unit Study has a very similar layout with additional links listed in the front, and vocabulary, writing, science, math, and geography all included in the study. Both unit studies claim to be on the 5th to 8th grade level, and I would say that's a fair assessment. The snow unity study includes vocabulary words such as envision, unpretentious, and graupel. The bible study asks your child to determine whether the word snow is being used literally or if it is more symbolic, and it also discusses spiritual lessons. 

We've not fully delved into the unit study on snow, yet, but so far we both really like it. The science portion is meteorologic in nature, and Mr. B was able to breeze through that due to going to my meteorology classes with me. 

This study also discusses igloos. Mr. B and I thought it would be a lot of fun to make our own igloo, so I plan to buy sugar cubes and do that. I plan to post photos once we do, as I think that would be a fun activity to go along with this study!

Again the math problems aren't easy peasy math problems. "Snow was falling at a rate of 3/4" per 30 minutes. The storm lasted for 18 1/2 hours. How many inches of snow accumulated during the storm?" is one of the easiest problems on the page.

Other activities include looking at total snowfall for different regions, comparing types of snow flakes, and another crossword puzzle. 

Creation Illustrated Unit Study Pine Trees


Overall:


Overall, I really like these. They aren't terribly time consuming, and they really cover a lot of material. The magazines are both fun, and educational, and I find them great for the whole family. They work very well with the different unit studies, and the unit studies are great. We have had a really fun time working through them. We decided to take a bit of a Spring Break, but we still worked on an activity a day since these are more fun, and not boring or stuffy. And don't forget to check out the Spring Issue



Does Creation Illustrated Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

We received the digital download. You can print and work as you want. You can choose to omit what you want, or add in more if you'd like. We enjoyed working through the whole unit, and it's not very large. Just 15-17 pages, with the answer sheets and all. You can choose to go more in depth, or less.

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

This easily covers grades 5-8. If you wanted to use it with lower, or higher, grades you could do so by focusing only on certain parts for the lower grades to use along side your 5th-8th graders, or by adding in more difficult/complex for older students.  


3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

It's not boring at all, or at least we didn't think so. The additional links are interesting, and the lessons are short enough to maintain his attention throughout.    


4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

These unit studies cover multiple subjects, and they offer other topics, as well. 


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Exciting WordBuildOnline NEWS!



You may remember a couple of years ago I was blessed to bring you a review of WordBuildOnline, a FANTASTIC online program that has truly helped Mr. B in so many ways. WordBuildOnline is a unique approach to teaching words (Can't really call it spelling, because it's more than that haha!) that is perfectly suited to autism and special needs in method and approach.

So, what about that exciting news?!


They've released a FREE version!!!!!!!

The free version is supported by ads that do not interfere with content whatsoever and are child-friendly. You can still purchase the "premium" ad-free version for $30.00, but this free version has all of the same content! 

While discussing this with the CEO, he said they want to ensure that all students have access to this great literacy tool regardless of their financial means to do so. It is their hope to ease the financial burden of parents, and schools, and bring WordBuildOnline to as many students as they can who need it. 

For what it's worth, I know they have put forth great effort to bring this product to the special needs community, and to make it special needs friendly. They understand the financial strain families face today, and believe that should not be a deterrent to quality education for all children. So if you haven't tried WordBuildOnline yet, please give it a shot today! They are one of our favorites! 



Disclaimer: I did not receive anything at all for this shout out to Dynamic Literacy. I just love the product this much, and I feel so many more children can now benefit from it! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Carole P. Roman 3 Book Review!

Carol P Roman Children's Book Author
Carole P. Roman is, hands down, our favorite children's author. Her books are so  lively, and fun to read, that we read them over and over again. We have quite the growing collection thanks to her blessing us with reviews over the last couple of years from the Carole P. Roman books and collections, and we are so very thankful!

 For this review, we received:

If You Were Me and Lived in... Ancient China

If You Were Me and Lived in... Cuba

If You Were Me and Lived in... Germany


Carole P. Roman has written several books, and we have been blessed to have received quite a selection of those. We have more than a dozen of her books, and I can tell you that they all showcase the same talented writing that draws your kids into the story while teaching them a lesson at the same time. Some of her books teach a moral lesson, such as Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag. Others teach about history, like the our newest If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China. Others are more civis/geography based like If You Were Me and Lived in...Cuba. 

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China

I chose this book because we've been diving a  little more into Ancient History studies, and this was a perfect fit for us. I was impressed from the first few pages. I love how the illustrations work so well with the story, as they do with all Carole P. Roman books. I love how this shows what a city looks like today vs. how it looked 2000 years ago, but beyond that it asks the child to compare and contrast the differences leading to critical thinking discussions. I like how the books are written on a level that a younger child can easily understand, but based on a topic for an older child to maintain interest. this book about Ancient China has taught Mr. B a lot about the Han Dynasty. He was also fascinated to learn about "lucky" numbers and the importance of colors, and their meanings. I found it interesting to learn black was used as the color of Heaven. White was worn when someone died to honor them. Isn't it interesting how that is completely reversed today?

If You Were Me and Lived in...Cuba

Mr. B chose this one. I'n honestly not sure what his fascination is with Cuba, but he loves learning all he can about it. I love how food and architecture are really showcased in these books. To me, food is a huge cultural phenomenon that seems to be cross-cultural. Each society/location has their own foods, and food is such a central part of our cultural and social lives-beyond the need for sustenance. I always love the interesting facts and information presented in these books, and the amount of research that goes into them. Each book leads us on a researching egg hunt, for lack of a better description. For example, in If You Were Me and Lived in...Cuba we learned about Castillo del Morro, which was a 17th century fort/prison used during the days of pirates. We've been doing a lot of studying about pirates, and pirate ships, so this led Mr. B on a quest to learn more about Castillo del Morro. 


If You Were Me and Lived in...Germany

I chose this book because I have been researching my family history and ancestry, and I have wanted Mr. B to join in and learn where he comes from. I was shocked to discover such a strong German background to our family, and I thought he would really appreciate this book as part of our Family Origins Quest. I think right now, Mr. B is more excited to learn about the "Minature Wunderland" (pronounced with a V sound, not a W sound.) Why? Because this book taught him that is the location of the largest model railroad! It even has mini planes that take off from a model airport! How cool is that?! We both enjoyed learning about traditional foods, and other things like that, but I really appreciate the included glossary. This lists some harder words, and their meanings, for easy understanding. 

Our Favorite Thing to Do

Mr. B LOVES street view apps, so he will street view many of the places and attractions he reads about in the books. If he can't find it on street view, we will look up images together. 

For the Future
Ms. Carole P. Roman, if you are reading this, IRELAND!!!! PLEASE! I looked, and never found one on Ireland, and that would be AMAZING!!!!!! And, if you need a good Irish name for a young lad, just let me know. I just happen to know a great one. Hint...Hint!

Does Carole P. Roman Books and Bollections Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?


1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

These are physical "storybook" style books. There's no set schedule for them at all. You could easily adapt the learning to younger, or older, ages. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

WE LOVE THESE! There are books for every age. Even as an adult, I really love the historical and geography based books! There are no hidden fees.   


3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

Definitely NOT boring. The books are very engaging, and really draw you in to the story. They aren't too long, or too short.    


4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

YES! There are dozens of choices to choose from! 


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