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Making Babies Review

I recently received the book and DVD series, Making Babies by Shoshanna Easling, to read/view and review from the Bulk Herb Store.

About the Making Babies Book & DVD Series

The Making Babies book is an informational pregnancy book unlike any I’ve ever seen.  It’s not your Mama’s What to Expect When Your Expecting!  It is colorful and fun; full of gorgeous photography and lots of helpful information and recipes.  The book is 480 pages long and contains all the recipes contained on Volume 1-3 of the Making Babies DVD set.  Also included, are additional recipes, information, home remedies, and even a baby diary.  It covers topics from fertility, conception, pregnancy, birtha, and even postpartum.  The Making Babies book is very thorough.

The Making Babies DVD follows Shoshanna through her pregnancy, birth, and 6 months postpartum.  Each of the three DVDs runs for over 2 hours each.  The Making Babies DVD series contains the recipes found in the book, but also contains interviews with professionals: Dr. Johan Dinkelmann DC, Dr. Nancy Armetta MD, Elaine Wakeland CNM, and Dr. Jay Gordon MD, FAAP.  The Making Babies DVD series is a fun look into staying healthy and strong throughout pregnancy and beyond.  Shoshanna is energetic and makes the series really fun to watch.  Even my 9 year old son enjoyed them.

 

From the Author of the Making Babies Book & DVD Series

I got my inspiration for the Making Babies Series from the pregnancy and birth of my first child. I loved every stage of my pregnancy and birth! I enjoyed learning and researching when I had morning sickness and when I got indigestion. Every time I was faced with another bridge, I would research, study, learn, apply, and rise to new heights of excitement. I knew everything I did, and did not do, would make a difference with me and my growing baby. It is not always easy finding good food to eat, knowing what exercises to do, and asking the right questions to the right people, but I researched it step by step and enjoyed a healthy pregnancy and birth.

I grew up in an Amish community. Talk about making babies–whoa, they make a lot! No, I am not Amish, but I am a blood-bought child of God. Twenty-five years ago my parents were artists living in Memphis, Tennessee. They wanted to raise us five children in the country so we could learn the dying art of homemaking and the skills of country living. Hard work, herbal remedies, nutritional health, home births, and common sense were all part of the lifestyle in the Amish community. In November 2004, my husband James and I found out we were pregnant with our first child. I knew I wanted to have my baby in the soothing warmth of my own home, so I went to talk to a midwife. I had assisted in two births before I got married, and knew I wanted my children’s births to be better. With good food, the right exercises, and relaxation, the birth of Jeremiah James was WONDERFUL! The midwife that attended had been to over 350 births and said it was the best she had ever attended. Since my firstborn, I never stopped researching the wonderful world of making babies.

I have been asked many questions about healthy foods, recipes, exercises, and herbal remedies from family, friends, and customers at Bulk Herb Store. In November 2009, we got pregnant with our second child. I was so excited about my pregnancy journey. I was going to have another baby! I thought about all the horrible births I had heard about, and wanted to show women across the world how beautiful pregnancy and birth can be, so I started the Making Babies Series.

Making Babies Book and DVD Series is a fresh, organic look at the simplistic beauty of pregnancy and birth. From delectable recipes, superb remedies, must-have tips, birthing exercises, and resources, to relaxing techniques, this is a fun, energetic video and book series. Follow me through my pregnancy and the birth of Penelope Jane Easling.

-Shoshanna Easling

My Thoughts on the Making Babies Book & DVD Series

Even though I am past child bearing, I thoroughly enjoyed the Making Babies Book and DVD Series.  I have a real interest in both healthy eating and natural medicine and Making Babies Book and DVD Series certainly fueled that interest.  They are stocked full of great information, recipes, and home remedies.  I think this will now become my most recommended set for expecting moms.  Shoshanna was fun to watch–very entertaining.  I was also thrilled to find information about gluten free living throughout pregnancy, birth, nursing, and beyond.  We personally are gluten free and I know lots of other moms that are too, so this is a big plus!

The Making Babies Book and DVD Series Series really stands out from other pregnancy books out there.  The book is beautifully photographed and very colorful and eye-catching.  But, my favorite parts are all those natural home remedies.  This book is perfect for the woman who wants to practice a natural lifestyle through pregnancy and child birth.  I can’t recommend the Making Babies Book and DVD Series high enough.

Author Bio:

Shoshanna Easling is a fun and energetic mother of two. She is the owner of Bulk Herb Store and creator of Making Herbs Simple Volumes 1 and 2, and the Making Babies Book and DVD Series. She is also the author of many articles published world-wide. Her energy is contagious as she inspires you to go beyond what you know, research and take charge of your own nutrition. She is a fountain of information that keeps you laughing and learning.

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A Little About the Bulk Herb Store

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.Bulk Herb Store carries the finest organic teas, tinctures, spices, salves, and educational resources. Live and learn well with experienced herbalist, Shoshanna Easling’s free recipes, remedies, research aid, and educational DVDs at the Bulk Herb Store. At the Bulk Herb Store we want to teach you what we know and inspire you to learn and research beyond that with our homemade concoctions, our experiences, and the tested wisdom of others. It is fun, easy, and above all, a great way to keep your family healthy and happy.

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Long Way on a Little Review & Giveaway

Long Way on a LittleI was recently able to read the book Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes for review.

About Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes

Long Way on a Little is a cookbook for anyone who loves to eat grass-fed and pastured meats on a budget.  The 266 page book contains recipes that teach you how to cook and use the entire animal. The main portion of the book is stock full of yummy recipes your family is sure to enjoy.  But, unlike most other cookbooks Long Way on a Little has recipes for all the major cuts of grass-fed and pastured meats, as well as the not so ordinary cuts.

Long Way on a Little features chapters on the how and why to eat grass-fed pastured meats, as well as how to use the bones, fat, and other often unused pieces.  For example, the book contains recipes for:

  • meat broth using bones
  • pic crust made with pork lard
  • pâté  made with chicken livers
  • stew made with hearts
  • recipes made with tongue

While these may sound gruesome to many, to real foodies, these recipes are old hat.  Hayes’ focus is on teaching you to use the whole animal, not just the parts you normally find at the local grocery store.  Long Way on a Little also contains an extensive section on soups and using leftovers, which teach you how make grass-fed and pastured meats go as far as possible.

In the back of Long Way on a Little, you will find three appendix.  The first one contains meat seasonings, such as rubs, pastes, and marinades.  The second one is a guide to grain, legume, and dairy free foods.  The third one is all about techniques, which include how to make head cheese, render fat, making soap, candlemaking, and making salves.

My Thoughts on Long Way on a Little

I was really excited to get a chance to review Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes.  We live on a tight budget and are always looking for ways to make real foods affordable.  Grass-fed and pastured meats take up a large percentage of our grocery budget.  So, I really do appreciate cookbooks that are budget minded and help me to use all of the animal.

All of the recipes in Long Way on a Little that we have tried were delicious, as well as budget and real food friendly.  Our favorites so are are the:

  • No Frills, Straightforward (and really tasty) Chicken, page 152
  • Shepherd’s Pie, page 83
  • Simple Meat Loaf, page 84
  • Breaded Pork Chops, page 129

I also really loved her ideas for using leftovers to created additional entrees.  This is such a smart addition missing from most other cookbooks!  Too often leftovers end up going bad before they are eaten, so this feature is really appreciated.  Using up leftovers to create secondary meals is an excellent idea and a very frugal idea!

Overall, I can highly recommend Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes.  I feel that it is a great resource and would be a wonderful addition to any real food kitchen.  It’s full of tasty recipes that use the entire animal that you family is sure to enjoy.  I know that we sure have!

Long Way on a Little Giveaway!

Want a chance to win a copy of Long Way on a Little?  Enter to win 1 copy of the book Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes.  This is an over $21 value!  Entering is super easy, simply enter using the Giveaway Tools box below! The giveaway ends on Tuesday March, 19th, and the winner will be announced on Wednesay, March 20th.

 

 

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Activity Bags Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

Activity Bags Review - Finding Beauty - susangodfrey.comAs a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was recently able to try out 4 really wonderful ebooks from Activity Bags: Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 1, Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 2, Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 3, and Math Games in a Bag.

About Activity Bags

Activity Bags books all come in PDF ebook format and are a fun way to add learning games to your homeschool day.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve learned that if you can make learning fun, then your kids learn and retain the information better.

Each book contains all the information and pritables that you need to assemble the games/activities.  I love that they also encourage you to assemble the, as a group to exchange.  They provide a free Coordinators Handbook just for this purpose.  This is a GREAT way to assemble these games/activities, as each person assembles multiples of a couple of them to share with the group.  This allows you to be able to purchase some items in bulk at a discounted price which makes it even cheaper to assemble them.

Assembling the games/activities is easy.  All you need to do is gather the supplies for each activity/game, print out the masters from the ebook for each game you are assembling,  and then tuck them into a gallon sized ziplock bag for storage.  Easy Peasy!  Once assembled, you are ready for some educational fun!  The games are mostly designed for 2 or more players and they are geared toward grades K-8.

We received 4 books to review:

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 1 – This book contains 25 experiments for biology, nature, and general science.  It costs $15.

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 2 – This book contains 25 experiments for chemistry, the human body,  and general science.  It costs $15.

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 3 – This book contains 25 experiments for chemistry.  It costs $15.

You can purchase Books 1 & 2 in a bundle set for only $27 or you can get a bundle with all 3 books for $39 (a $6 savings!)

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Math Games in a Bag – This book contains 33 math games and costs $15.

They also have books with Preschool Activities (2), Reading Games, Travel Activities, and Daily Activity Journals.

My Thoughts on Activity Bags

I have to say, I’m highly impressed with Activity Bags.  My son loves playing games and doing science experiments, so this was a BIG hit at our house.  The games and experiments are really easy to assemble and many times we already had the “ingredients” around.  We have a lot of homeschoolers in our church and I can see doing a swap really soon with these Activity Bags.

Riley’s favorites have to have been the Science Experiments in a Bag books.  He loved making salt crystals and volcanoes.  The experiments are hands-on and fun.  He’s also been struggling with math of the Math Games in a Bag were so helpful in encouraging him to strengthen his math skills.

I am actually going to be using these books a lot in the next couple of months.  I’ve decided to make up quite a few of them for my nieces as a Christmas present for my nieces.  My sister-in-law is homeschooling her 5 girls and it’s always hard to pick gifts for them.  So I though that these would be perfect as a gift.

I really think Activity Bags are a great way to add some fun into your homeschool.  I really can’t recommend them high enough.  They are reasonably priced and are chock full of homeschooling fun.  I suggest you run out an purchase them today!

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Samson’s Classroom Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of he Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently was able to try out a subscription to Samson’s Classroom in exchange for a review.

About Samson’s Classroom

Samson’s Classroom is an online educational program that encourages children to become better readers.  Within the program there are three sub-programs: Sight Words With Samson, Spelling With Samson, and Reading With Samson.

 

It is intended to be used with grades K-5.  Samson’s Classroom has many payment options:

$30 per year for a home use account, which covers 1 user.
$50 per year for a family use account, which covers up to 4 users.
$80 per year for a classroom use account, which covers up to 30 users

There are also many other subscriptions available, see their website for the full subscription rates.

Sight Words With Samson helps children master 224 of the most commonly used words in the English language.  The program uses a 5 step process to help children learn these words.  They learn through a variety of games.

Spelling With Samson helps children learn to spell over 5,000 words.  The list is exhaustive!  Children learn through a variety of games.  You can even create your own spelling lists which can include up to 30 words.

Reading With Samson focuses on reading comprehension.  The child is asked to read a passage and is presented with 10 questions about the reading.   There are four different levels in the Reading With Samson program.

There is also a resource center where parents can find articles and printables such as awards, lesson plans, and worksheets.

You can try a demo of Samson’s Classroom and be sure to watch this short video for more information.

How We Are Using Samson’s Classroom

We’ve been using Samson’s Classroom as a supplement to the reading program we are currently using.  Although, I am seriously considering using it on a daily basis because Riley is really enjoying it and is learning using it faster than with our current program.

My Thoughts on Samson’s Classroom

Riley (age 8) really seems to be enjoying the program. The games are fun and I’m really seeing some progress in his reading skills.  We are not big users of computer programs for homeschool.  Some of the ones we’ve tried in the past just were not good fits and didn’t work well for us.  They’ve generally caused Riley a great deal of frustration, which in turn frustrates me.  Samson’s Classroom is the exception!  It makes learning fun and Riley really does enjoy it.  Samson’s Classroom has been a hit with Riley and I appreciate the great content and the ease of use.  I would recommend Samson’s Classroom to my friends, it’s a great program!

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Zoo Whiz Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were recently able to try and review a Premium Subscription to Zoo Whiz.

About Zoo Whiz

Zoo Whiz is an online educational website which helps children ages 5-15 practice their reading, math, grammar, vocabulary and word skills.  Children get to practice these skills by playing games and earning coins which can be used to play additional games in the arcade and to purchase animals to collect.  Children can choose their own characters to play as.

Parents have access their child’s progress reports so that they can monitor their child’s progress.

Children can earn coins for playing the educational content.  Correct answers earn 20 coins.  If the child misses the question they are given a chance to answer 2 more times.  A second chance correct answer earns them 10 coins.  If the child misses the answer the second time, they are given one final time.  If they miss the answer, they lose 10 coins from the total.  Children can spend the coins on all sorts of animals to collect.  The animals cost between 100-5,000 coins.  Or, they can spend the coins in the arcade.  The arcade games cost 50 coins for every three minutes of play.

Zoo Whiz offers both a free subscription and a Premium Subscription.  Premium subscription offers more content, not available in the free subscription.  The current price is $14.95 per year for the premium subscription, which is regularly priced at $59.95 per year.  So the special price will get you 75% off the regular price.

My Thoughts on Zoo Whiz

When we first receive the premium subscription of Zoo Whiz,  Riley (age 8) was really excited.  He loves playing games on his computer and loves animals.  So, I thought he would really enjoy the program.  He did love the animal/zoo theme, but got frustrated playing because it was often too “laggie”.  We have high speed internet and it was a problem on all four of our computers, yet other online gaming plays fine.  I believe that it was the Zoo Whiz program that was the problem, not our internet connection.

I also found that it was too easy to earn coins and Riley spent more time in the arcade than in the educational content.  I also did not like the pop up ads which were annoying considering it was a paid subscription and my kids have crashed more than one computer from clicking on pop ups.

For us, we probably could have gotten along fine with the free subscription.  Riley simply did not have enough of an interest to justify a premium subscription.  He did enjoy playing it occasionally, but would stop playing it after just a little bit because of the lag.  For us, Zoo Whiz was not a good fit, but it may be a good fit for other families.

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Music Together Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew , I recently was able to try and review the Family Favorites Combo Set from Music Together.

About the Family Favorites Combo Set from Music Together

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies through 2nd grade.  They provide music education classes that kids and parents can enjoy together.  Parent participation is key to the program.  The developers of the program, Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz philosophy is that:

  1. All children are musical.
  2. Therefore, all children can achieve basic music competence; that is, they can learn to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
  3. The participation and modeling of parents and other primary caregivers is essential to a child’s musical growth.
  4. This growth is best achieved in a playful, musically rich, and non performance-oriented learning environment.

I received the Music Together Family Favorites Combo Set to review.  It comes with the Songbook for Teachers and the companion CD.  It contains 19 fun songs that are sure to become favorites.  The combo set sells for $39.95 which is a $5.00 savings from purchasing them separately.

  How We Used It

When the package arrived, I was so excited to open it up.  I love music and so do both of my kids.  Since my oldest is 19 and my youngest is 8, we were only able to use it with Riley, our 8 year old.  Riley really loves music and so we put the CD on right away to listen to it.  As I said, Riley is 8 (nearly 9), and while he did, somewhat, enjoy the songs, many he complained about being “too baby”.  We worked on a few songs several times per week and did the associated activities.  Some he enjoyed and others he didn’t.  But  being a boy, he did usually enjoy the activities, even if the song was “too baby”.  Often, when it was time to start the program, he could complain and not want to do it.  After we’d get going, he seemed to enjoy it better.  His main complaint was  “Can’t we listen to our usual stuff”, which is usual classical music and/or praise and worship.  We were actually able to adapt some of the activities to use with our “usual” music, which helped some.  Overall, Riley did not enjoy this program as much as I would have liked, but he would have LOVED it at around ages 4-5.

What I Liked About the Program

  • I think the activities and songs will be very enjoyable to younger students
  • The songs are simple and easy to learn
  • I love that the teacher book includes activities specially designed for special needs kids.  I actually think this is an EXCELLENT program for special needs kids.

What I Didn’t Like About the Program

  • My son who is on the older end of the recommended age range did not enjoy this as much as I would have hoped.

Summary

I think this is a solid, EARLY childhood or SPECIAL NEEDS music program.  Toddlers through kindergarten will love the fun songs and activities, but older children may find it too “babyish” as my son did.  But, other than that, I would highly recommend it!

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Homeschool Legacy Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently received the Once-A-Week Unit Study entitled Native America from Homeschool Legacy.

About Once-A-Week Unit Studies

Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy are fun and interactive Christian based unit studies for grades 2-12.  They are cross-curricular and include many different subjects while still staying on the “main” subject.  I was able to try the Native America unit study to review.  Once-A-Week Unit Studies will also help your Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl earn their merit badges on many different subjects–a nice addition!

Each unit study includes a weekly schedule and tips on how to use the study.  I love that you can find the majority of the books you need at your local library, and even a few of them from free sources such at Project Gutenberg.  You may even already own a few of the titles.  You can find these comprehensive unit studies for $17.95 at the Homeschool Legacy website.

You can fine Once-A-Week Unit Studies covering the following topics:

  • Horsing Around (4 weeks)
  • Knights & Nobles (4 weeks)
  • Forest for the Trees (4 weeks)
  • Birds of a Feather (4 weeks)
  • Native America (6 weeks)
  • Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7 weeks)
  • Early Settlers in America (6 weeks)
  • Revolutionary Ideas (7 weeks)
  • Weather on the Move (7 weeks)
  • We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution (8 weeks)

My Thoughts on the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Learning about Native America is important to my family, as part of my husband’s heritage is Native American.  We don’t know much about it, because his grandmother looked at her Native American heritage as shameful.  I don’t want my children growing up with the outlook, so I feel it’s important for them to learn as much about it as possible and even celebrate it.  That’s why I was so excited to get to review the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study.

Native America is an exhaustive unit study that covers:

  • The Northeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southwest Nations
  • The Plains Nations
  • The Pacific Northwest Coast Nations
  • The California/Plateau/Great Basin Nations

This unit study contains sixty-one pages and is scheduled to be completed in six weeks.  Everything you need for each week can be found at the beginning of each section.

The Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study is well researched and comprehensive.  You could easily extend it into a much longer time period than just six weeks and still not use all the suggested books, movies and activities.  I was really impressed with just how extensive the Native America unit study was.

How We Used the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Riley certainly enjoyed the activities and reading selections.  We chose to use the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study as a summer study.  We like to school year round, but like to do things like unit studies during the summer.  They are a bit more relaxed and fun than just our regular studies.  We followed the weekly schedule and it worked out perfectly for our summer study.  The reading selections were fun and I think he learned so much from them!  We exhausted our small local library of every Native American book available.  I think that now, Riley has a much better idea of his Native American heritage.  I think that overall, this unit study was a hit and we will certainly consider purchasing more of the Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy!

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A Cry From Egypt Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

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As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I am privileged to receive some exceedingly great homeschooling resources to evaluate.  This has certainly been a blessing to us, as we’ve received several items that we are continuing to use over this next school year.  Recently, I received a copy of the book A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer from Raising Real Men, published by Great Waters press to examine.

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A Cry From Egypt is the first book in the Promised Land series by Hope Auer and illustrated by Mike Slaton, both recent homeschool graduates.  Auer began writing the book at thirteen as a homeschool assignment while studying ancient Egypt.  The book deals with the time period of the Israelite’s slavery before Moses leads them in the Exodus.  The book is intended for ages eight and above.  You can purchase an Advance-reader copy of the book for $12.50.

A Cry From Egypt Summary

A Cry From Egypt :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comA Cry From Egypt centers around Jarah, a young Hebrew slave girl in ancient Egypt.  It is a fictional account of the time when the Israelites were still in slavery in Egypt, but before the Exodus.  She and family must work long and hard for their Egyptian masters, or face cruel punishment.  Jarah longs for freedom from her people’s oppressors.  When a friend that works in the palace passes along a message saying that she is seeing Yahweh at work, things begin to change and Jarah and her people find themselves at the climax of four hundred years of history.  Could Yahweh be preparing the way for His people’s freedom?

My Thoughts on A Cry From Egypt

We are currently studying Egyptian history, so this book couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  I started reading it aloud to Riley the other night.  Generally, we read one chapter of a book per night, but this one had Riley begging “for just one more chapter, Mom!”  A Cry from Egypt is a very well written book, especially considering how young the writer was when she began writing it.  I was quite impressed with her depth and insight.  The plot is well constructed and intriguing; it flows so well together.  While we’re not yet finished with the book, Riley is already excited about the sequel(s).  He actually asks for this book for bedtime reading over his beloved Hardy Boys—that really says it all right there!

About the Author

A Cry From Egypt Review :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comHope Auer has been writing stories and plays since she was very young.  Through her school years, she developed a passion for history and telling stories which eventually led to “The Promised Land Series.”  In addition to writing, Hope loves the Lord, life, church, family, and children.  She was homeschooled and works and learns alongside her family, who are the first people to read her books.  Hope has a heart for children that is evident as she helps in youth theater, teaches piano, and writes stories.  Hope also has a little Shih Tzu names Sophie who often sits on her lap and helps her write.

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Fitness 4 Homeschool Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

Fitness 4 Homeschool Review - Finding BeautyAs a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently was able to try out the Fitness 4 Homeschool program from Family Time Fitness.

About Fitness 4 Homeschool

Fitness 4 Homeschool Review - Finding BeautyFitness 4 Homeschool is a fun P.E. curriculum for homeschooling families.  The Fitness 4 Homeschool Core 1 Curriculum costs $57 for the PDF download and contains 260 lessons.  It was designed for grades K-8.  The lessons are easy to complete and need very little time to set up.  They take only about 30-45 minutes per day to complete.

Fitness 4 Homeschool is a complete curriculum and includes the following:

  • introductory guide
  • a daily schedule
  • a list of require equipment
  • tips and tests
  • additional downloads

The 260 lessons are broken down into 13 PDF files.  The lessons include everything you need to complete the lesson.  There are written instructions in each lesson, but also, a link to an online video that shows you exactly how to to the activity.  That was a really helpful option!

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My Thought on Fitness 4 Homeschool

As a mom of boys, I’m always looking for ways to expel all that excess energy.  We did the Fitness 4 Homeschool program as a summer “boredom buster”.  It can be so hot here in the summer that the kids tend to spend more time inside than out.  Not to mention that the heat can make it dangerous to exercise outside for long.  So I really appreciated that we could adapt the lessons to indoor use.  We used the Fitness 4 Homeschool 3-5 days per week and Riley did enjoy it.  Because he is blind in his right eye, his coordination can sometimes be off and I do feel that regular and organized exercise will help improve his balance and coordination.

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Summary

I do feel that Fitness 4 Homeschool is a great P.E. option for Homeschoolers.  It contains lots of fun activities that kids will enjoy and that families can do together.  I do think the price is a bit steep, especially for a PDF download, but that’s just me.  I’m such a cheapskate that I  get sticker shock easily.  But once the sticker shock wore off, I realized that the program can be used over and over again, so it’s really more of an investment.  Teaching your children early on the importance of exercise is a wise idea and this makes teaching that principle fun and easy.  Highly recommend!

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The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD from Marshall Publishing Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

The Oregon Trail/The Pony Express From Marshall Publishing Review - Finding BeautyAs a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I get the chance to review a variety of homeschool related products which I totally love.  Recently I was given a copy of the DVD “The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express” from Marshall Publishing to Review.  Riley has recently become obsessed with playing the Oregon Trail game on my iPhone, so I thought this would be a good match for him and our family.

About The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD

The Oregon Trail/The Pony Express From Marshall Publishing Review - Finding BeautyMarshall Publishing  has created a winner with The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD!   This DVD contains two programs on one DVD.  These educational videos are both interesting and informative.  Beautiful photography, live re-enactments, maps and photos from this time make these videos educational and historically accurate.  They really made the time period come to life.  The normal price for this DVD is $24.95, but now you can get it for $19.95 and you can get free first class shipping by using the coupon code: TOS27 at check out.  The item number is #KVFD-109.  That’s a saving of $7.95!

The Oregon Trail Description – The reasons for going…the hauntingly beautiful landscape…the rivers they followed and crossed…the joys and hardship…and the elation and the dissension as described in immigrants diaries…all come to life in this detailed account of American’s longest and most famous trail to the West Coast.  Until you view the program you can really never understand the incredible undertaking of these brave and hardy people.  Approximately 35 minutes in length.

The Pony Express Description – Glossed over by all of the adventures and romance attached to it, most people don’t realize the Pony Express lasted only 19 months.  It was a grand gamble that eventually led to the bankruptcy of the three men who started it.  Yet, during its brief life span it caught the attention of Americans, made a legend of the riders and provided a vital link between California and the Northern states at the onset of the Civil War.  Approximately 16 minutes in length.

My Thoughts on The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD

Riley and I sat down on the bed a few weeks ago to watch this.  I immediately was taken with the fact that these documentaries put me very much in mind of the ones that use to be shown on TV on shows like “The Wonderful Word of Disney” and “Mutual of Omaha”.  I grew up in the 70’s and these were a staple of Sunday night TV.  These shows were a staple in our home growing up and I’ve missed that they are not readily available for my children.  That is why I was so excited after we watched The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express from Marshall Publishing.  I LOVED those documentaries back then and was so pleased to see that Riley loved The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express just as much.  I was so impressed with the content of this DVD.  The footage and stories really drew you in and made the time period come to life.  I also like that there is a study guide available on the website.  If you grew up on the documentaries mentioned above and loved them, then I bet you’ll love these as well!  They are not all glossy and filled with the latest special effects, but they are interesting and entertaining.

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