Fostering Bilingual Education in Your Homeschool (Pre-K to 4th)

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Bonjour! Today’s review features a detailed look at the Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz. This award-winning collection is available in physical or digital format and was created with the help of educators. The videos, music CDs, lesson plans, and flashcards allow you to confidently teach Pre-K through early elementary French instruction in your homeschool. A free Home Educator’s Guide download is also included with your curriculum purchase.

Before beginning the Whistlefritz Educator’s French Collection, it is suggested to read through the Home Educator’s Guide. The Home Educator’s Guide offers a weekly schedule showing how to incorporate lessons, music, videos, and flashcards in your homeschool. The first two weeks of the Home Educator’s Guide focus on understanding the sounds of the language which was especially helpful for a beginner like me. Translation Guides and lyrics are also available for free download to help you understand the language you are teaching.

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Educator’s French Collection includes:

  • French Lesson Plans houses 40 reproducible lessons
  • French for Kids Videos teach vocabulary through an appealing blend of live-action and animation film
  • French for Kids Music CDs add singing and dancing to an irresistible mix of upbeat songs and rhythms.
  • Matching Cards are a playful introduction to action words.

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Whistlefritz programs are known for teaching using the “language immersion” methodology.  This method has been proven by research to be the most effective way to teach children languages. Introducing children to different languages early, even as infants increases their ability to learn two languages simultaneously without confusion or delay. Anyone aged 0 to 3,000 can benefit from using the Educator’s French Collection by Whistlefritz!  Bilinguals are also known to develop stronger cognitive and brain processes such as paying attention, multi-tasking, and flexible thinking. Research also noted vast improvements in social skills, being able to take the perspective of others and feel empathy. We recommend this fun language curriculum and all their teaching materials!

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Fix It! Grammar Curriculum Level 5

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I am excited about today’s review because I’ve wanted to try Fix It! Grammar by Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) for quite some time! This language arts and grammar curriculum teaches students to critically analyze material and then correctly search for and fix errors. While perfecting the 5-step process your child will also understand accurate punctuation, correct grammar, and eventually be able to apply these methods to their composition and essay work.

Fix It! Grammar comes in six different levels with two for Elementary, two for Middle School, and the final two levels for High School students. Each level corresponds with a different book with the lessons and exercises reflecting that text. We chose Level 5 Frog Prince for Bear to use during his freshman year. We received a Teacher’s Manual, Student Book, and the Fix It! Grammar Cards. The card pack includes 30, full-color cards with content from the glossary and  Teacher’s Manual. These cards allow key grammar concepts to be easily found to review and reference. Free downloads are also included with your purchases and can be accessed via the instructions in the Teacher’s Manual. A digital list is also provided for extra grammar activities, games, practice drills, and review.

Level 5 provides an introduction, practice, and advanced grammatical concept lessons on verb types, noun functions, jobs of specific clauses and phrases, as well as pronoun cases. Though we’ve never used this program before, Bear has consistently taken grammar and worked through each lesson without issues. The daily lessons took approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Bear and I met together weekly to discuss this along with his other syllabus assignments. During our meeting, he would check his work with the Teacher’s Manual and make any corrections. Eventually, he had minimal mistakes which I attribute to the daily repetition of finding and fixing via this curriculum.

Fix It! Grammar 5-step process

  • Learn It!: learn grammar and punctuation concepts.
  • Read It!: Read the daily passage and define new vocabulary words.
  • Mark It!: label the passage using the provided guide.
  • Fix It!: Correct the passage using new and previously learned concepts.
  • Rewrite It!: Copy the corrected passage, eventually rewriting the complete story!

You can easily place your child at the correct level using the descriptions on the website. It is also suggested that children without grammar knowledge begin at Level 1. Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) has also recently updated the Fix It! Grammar curriculum. Now, instructions provide detailed editing marks and helpful hints.  Scope and Sequence Charts, a weekly Vocabulary Chart, and a Table of Contents are also included. Each daily lesson indicates what needs to be marked or fixed and includes space to rewrite the passage. IEW still encourages parents to treat this curriculum as a game which helps makes the program more engaging and fun for students. I’m glad we FINALLY had the opportunity to try Fix It! Grammar by Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). The process is quick and the effects of consistent practice make this program worthwhile.

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Life Application KJV Chronological Bible (Unboxing & Review)

When I was a child, I remember my mother buying a Life Application Bible. It was a Study Bible and she purchased one, along with her friends, for a Sunday School class they were taking. Life Application was rumored to be the newest, most thorough Study Bible series out there! Her entire class were so excited to own the study tool and they discussed it all the time. Now, 30 years later, I have my own!

My new, KJV Chronological Life Application Bible features the same popular details this brand has been known for over the years. I wanted to read God’s word in a new way! I started reading this alone once I bought it in December but now, we are enjoying the Bible chronologically as a family.

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Noted Features:

  • 8-point text size
  • 9.50″ x 6.75″ x 2.00″
  • Section Introductions: Historical background information
  • Parallel Passage Indicator: Multiple perspectives of a single story
  • Running Timeline: Notes key biblical and world events
  • Full-color maps, photos, and illustrations
  • Life Application Notes: Learn how to apply the Word to your life with the most trusted application notes available today
  • Archaeological discoveries
  • Christian Worker’s Resources: Tips on sharing the faith with others
  • Book-By-Book introductions and outlines to all 66 books of the Bible
  • Dictionary and Concordance

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Algebra 1 with a Christian Worldview

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Today’s review features a detailed look at His Vessel Textbooks – Algebra 1. We’ve been using this for Bear’s 9th Grade math course. Mary C. Carroll created this course with the Christian Homeschool family in mind. While homeschooling her children she noticed the lack of God in math. Due to the multitude of math applications in the Bible, she felt that God must have a lot to say about this topic. Therefore Mary tied in Biblically-based concepts and Scripture within each math lesson.  

Each Algebra 1 unit begins with a God Moment passage from Scripture that helps introduce the concept. The objectives, vocabulary terms, and helpful hints are next. As your child works through the book you’ll find practice exercises, review questions, as well as a concluding family activity that encourages connection and spiritual growth. Each unit ends with an Expressions Project where students formulate algebraic expressions for Scripture passages that reference math. A glossary, answer key, references, formula charts, and an index are located in the back of the book.

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Hot Points for Algebra 1:

  • 558 page, hardcover textbook
  • Completion of the book meets the high school credit requirements for Algebra 1
  • Biblical projects included with each unit
  • 11 units and 64 lessons in the book
  • Covers expressions, multi-step equations, functions, graphing, statistics, systems of equations, exponents, quadratics, parent functions

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So far, Bear has happily participated in this His Vessel Textbooks – Algebra 1 course. The key to success with this program is allowing your child to work through this textbook at their own pace. Bear worked through two or three lessons a week and I added supplements to review from time to time. The colorful illustrations, detailed examples, and the inclusion of scripture are my favorite parts of this book. The family activities help ensure parents help their children understand the material. This entire His Vessel Textbooks course is easy-to-use and even the challenges build confidence. We will be continuing this Algebra 1 course for the remainder of Bear’s freshman year.

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Spelling, Books, Apps, & More! Pre-K to 6th

Spelling is a fundamental course that helps set the foundation for reading, English, composition, and grammar. Each of my Cool Kids has used different Spelling courses to meet the needs of their learning style. We’ve also used quite a few resources over the years, and today, I’ll be sharing those with you.

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Zondervan NIrV Bible for children ages 6-10

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers by Zondervan. This bible was created for readers ages 6-10. Every detail considered the thought process, use of imagination, and pure faith of Early Readers. Each page will take your young child on a biblical adventure through God’s Word!

The NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers pairs fun and faith together with scripture to enhance understanding and enjoyment for young children. This Bible was carefully curated for children learning to read scripture on their own. As with all Adventure Bibles, you’ll find full-color features throughout as well as articles and illustrations describing life in this time. Book introductions are also included along with 20 jungle safari-themed special pages about Bible characters, prayer, love, and highlights about the life of Jesus.

We used this daily with Bam Bam and Princess during Bible Study. We’ve been covering the character of God and used this Bible to read from. Both of my Cool Kids liked the colorful theme, special pages, and layout of the Bible. We also used the dictionary and concordance sections daily to look up scripture confirming the character traits we discussed. They were able to find passages of scripture with ease and the font size was just right. I also noted the quality of the hardcover and think it will last a long time.

Both of my children navigated through the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) text well. This version is written at a third-grade reading level and is based on the New International Version (NIV). This translation uses easy words, short sentences, and simple text to make the word of God easy for new readers to understand. We always read this after reading the King James Version (KJV), so they learn that too. Overall, the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers by Zondervan does aid with engagement when reading, memorizing, and applying scripture. As my children are learning and growing in their relationships with God, it is necessary to have a text they can understand. My favorite moment during this review period was watching them read this Bible to each other.
 

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Pre-Surgery Vlog #2: 4 Tips to Maintain Weight Loss Success #TUKWLjourney

Today’s video is another emotional one because I’m sharing the tips I received from my heath care team. Each doctor mentioned in this video helped me to make an educated decision in my weight loss journey. They answered every question, and they shared their heart with me. I’m grateful for my team of magnificent doctors!

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Just like last time, it took quite a bit of healing to edit and prepare this footage, but I’m so glad I decided to share it. I’m also happy to note things that have changed about myself throughout this process.

Catch up on the previous #TUKWLjourney posts

To celebrate my 1-year Post-Op Surgiversary, we participated in a Bubble Run around our local Speedway.
Details about my first year post-op and how I lost over 150 lbs!

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Christian Missionaries: Where Geography & Bible Study Meet!

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar book and Unit Study Curriculum Guide by YWAM Publishing. This book is a part of their Christian Heroes Then & Now series. All books within this series are available as physical books, audiobooks, or e-books that can be downloaded from the website. The unit study is only available via download from the website.

The Christian Heroes: Then & Now biography series chronicles the lives of missionaries across the globe. These men and women trusted in God through life-threatening, challenging, and gruesome situations, and their efforts of fortitude were not in vain. Each story is exciting, deeply touching, and encourages Believers at all levels of faith to press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar shares the life of a strong woman working hard to share the gospel with tribes in Africa’s Calabar region. During her life from 1848 to 1915, Mary left Scotland and followed her heart for ministry as a missionary. For nearly 40 years she labored through sickness, danger, untimely weather conditions, and people’s opinions to win the hearts of Africa’s Calabar region. In the end, she’d obtained their love, favor, and the sweet title of “White Ma” to local tribes. Mary will forever be remembered for her pioneering spirit, strong faith, and brilliant heart of servanthood.

The authors also created a Unit Study Curriculum Guide for each book. These unit studies are a separate purchase that includes permission to reproduce pages so only one is needed in your homeschool. A detailed Overview Guide explains how parents can use the study in their homeschool. The lessons teach and review creative writing, drama, movie critiquing, reading comprehension, essay writing, history, and geography concepts. Each study has a variety of activities so you can select the ones that fit your child’s learning style or interests. Bible passages are also included to use alongside this unit study. All the verses are conveniently provided in both the King James and the New International Version. Each chapter also includes four review questions for the book. These vocabulary, factual, comprehension, and open-ended interpretation questions are designed for students to review and encourage discussion.

Overall, we enjoyed listening to Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar via Hoopla. Though we received a physical copy for the review, my children prefer the audiobooks of the Christian Heroes Then & Now series. The Unit Study Curriculum Guide pairs well with the book, and the activities are great for children in 5th to 8th grade. You can purchase Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar or other books within the Christian Heroes Then & Now series in-store or online via the YWAM Publishing website.

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4 Ways to Be Friendly & Approachable

This is the final lesson in the Christian Woman’s Guide to Friendship series. Today, we’ll be discussing ways to open yourself up to meeting new people and connecting with them. I have 4 Tips that I applied to help me escape my comfort zone and enter the friend zone. I hope these tips help you relax, build confidence, and boldly approach the possibility of making new friends.

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I pray this Christian Women’s Guide to Friendship course was a blessing to you. These tips won’t remove loneliness, heartache, or unforgiveness from past relationships. However, when applied, you will grow and understand that you deserve loving friendships. So, step out and make a valiant effort in meeting new people. Who knows, your next attempt might introduce you to a future best friend!

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5 Tips for Building & Maintaining Healthy Friendships

This week, we are diving deeper into friendship and discussing how busy women, wives, and mothers can maintain connections with others. If you find that you do have friends but desire a deeper connection, then this video is for you! If you feel like you don’t have any or many friends and want to know how to create new bonds, then this video is for you!

Are you ready for friendship maintenance tips?

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Remember, friendship is important to keep us uplifted, on track, encouraged, and accountable. I hope and pray that these lessons are encouraging you to connect with others. Also, keep in mind that everyone has room for improvement! So listen and make adjustments as needed in your circle.

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