Summer Enrichment: 4 Ways to Review, Teach, & Make Learning Fun

Summer at our homeschool is all about only learning for fun! This year, our annual Summer Enrichment season began a little early due to multiple vacations. Thankfully, I was already prepared with my focal point of measurement paired with the Summer Brain Quest workbooks. Today I’ll be sharing information about creating a relaxed learning environment during your break.

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English II: Composition Skills by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

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Today’s review features a detailed look at English II: Englush Composition Skills by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. PAC English courses use the vignette teaching approach which encourages students to draw perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes from responses to story scenarios and situations. This is done to inspire students towards noble character, life purpose, enhanced vocabulary, and insight on wise decision making. We received print and digital copies of the Full Course Kit which contains Texts, Activities, and Teacher’s Resource Kit.

English II: English Composition Skills is the second of a four-level PAC English series. This 10th-grade class includes five soft-cover chapters and five student activity books that include section quizzes and chapter tests. During their sophomore year, your student will read, write, and evaluate various genres while learning to craft strong sentences and complete paragraphs. They will also learn how to properly use their increased vocabulary while writing poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. PAC curriculum also prompts students to create pieces from the various writing styles that are challenging, entertaining, informative, and persuasive.

Scope and Sequence

  • Chapter 1: word tone, denotation, connotation, synonyms and antonyms, analogies with homonyms, dictionary and thesaurus skills, idioms, nouns, pronouns, interrogative and reflexive, etc.
  • Chapter 2: verbs, tense (present, past, future, perfect, and progressive), participles (present and past), phrases, sentence fragments, diagramming, subordinate conjunctions, clauses, etc.
  • Chapter 3: spelling and pronunciation, vowels and consonants, blends, suffixes, prefixes, Latin roots, contractions, borrowed words
  • Chapter 4: writing basics, sentence construction, prewriting, planning, drafting, editing, proofreading, etc.
  • Chapter 5: narrative writing, vignettes, newspaper article, short story, nonfiction, fiction, descriptive writing, argumentative writing, expository writing, etc.

Bear chose this course as his first high school English class. He found the lessons to be detailed, engaging, and structured but easy to use and understand. I appreciated the emphasis on the literary concepts presented like cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts. Upon completion of English II: Composition Skills your child will earn one high school transcript credit. We have enjoyed using this curriculum and look forward to Bear completing the course. Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum has done a grand job incorporating honoring God while living and writing effectively with English II: English Composition Skills.

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Elementary Math Resources! Pre-K to 3rd

Math is a fundamental course that helps set the foundation for many careers and other subjects including science. Each of my Cool Kids has used different Math courses to meet the needs of their unique learning styles. We’ve also used quite a few resources over the years, and today, I’ll be sharing those with you.

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BOTW: The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman

The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman is a scripture-rich book filled with inspiration for ministry wives in all areas. Being married to a man in ministry is a difficult position with various challenges and constant opposition that can lead to discouragement. However, we must not allow those moments to remove our joy of serving God through this call to serve others alongside our husbands. In this encouraging and humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives and ministry wives reminders that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance. God will guide us through late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations, issues with parishioners, desire for more time with our husbands, and even members’ complaints about our husbands’ preaching.

Mrs. Furman did a PHENOMENAL job explaining the duties of a ministry wife while encouraging us in every effort. I appreciated her testimonials, relatable anecdotes, and true understanding of women that are blessed with husbands in ministry. Her repeated emphasis on giving grace to ourselves, our husbands, and the people we serve was spot on. She also provided plenty of scripture to help us endure, especially for those times when we must serve through our hard seasons. Overall, it is a beautiful gift and privilege to be married to a servant of God and He has equipped us to handle it all. It is my prayer that all ministry wives that read The Pastor’s Wife by Gloria Furman or my review feel heard, understood, and have renewed joy as they serve God alongside their husbands and love their churches.

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BOTW: The Element of Love by Mary Connealy

In the year 1872 near northern California, you’ll find the three affluent yet sheltered daughters of Margaret Stiles Beaumont running away. The new Mrs. Beaumont has decided to help her girls flee from their abusive stepfather and his plans to marry them off to his horrible friends. Each young woman is truly talented and intelligent so they have decided to find suitors that match their capabilities. This marriage will also allow them to use their engineering skills and insight to claim their portion of the family lumber dynasty.

In an effort to blend in, the Stiles sisters join a mission group traveling throughout California to serve the poor. Caleb, the mission’s parson, has plenty of potential but cannot understand and apply his knowledge in this new role. That was a fancy way to relay that his decisions might be the death of all involved if help doesn’t come soon. Thankfully the Stiles sisters and their education can assist Caleb, the mission, and all volunteers in ways they never imagined. For the first time, the Stiles ladies must work through often miserable conditions and use their talents in different ways than they were taught.

I liked how the story started immediately and not a few chapters in. From the first paragraph, you’re involved in the story of these women, their future spouses, their mother, and the family business. I haven’t read a really good Christian Historical Fiction book in quite some time so I was happy to receive The Element of Love by Mary Connealy. This is the first book in The Lumber Baron’s Daughters series and I look forward to more from this author.

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BOTW: All That It Takes by Nicole Deese

All That It Takes by Nicole Deese shares the story of Val Locklier, a meticulous, cautious, planner that weighs every option before moving forward. If life went according to plan, hers would be perfect but then this book wouldn’t be interesting. Thankfully, life and this novel are full of interesting twists, turns, and unexpected plot twists.

Val and her ten-year-old son move across the country to begin a new life that includes a great job, a beautiful apartment, and a handsome landlord. Soon after arriving new opportunities pop up that align with her dream career in film. She also allows others to help, which is extremely hard for single mothers but allows her close-knit community to expand. All the while Pastor Miles McKenzie becomes fond of his new tenant and her son. He has recently returned from mission work and has been assigned a new local ministry position. Both Val and Miles struggle to stop hiding behind their expectations and often fight with their true feelings. Will Val stop hiding behind her responsibilities and allow love to be a part of her life? Will Miles stop intentionally distracting himself and receive what life offers outside of ministry? Eventually, all parties involved learned that authentic love pairs well with sacrifice.

I appreciated the inclusion of real-life issues like abortion, adoption, and single parenting. I also found that the storyline of the characters intertwined perfectly and left me excited about their future outside of the last page. This book is a spin-off of Nicole Deese’s previous book, All That Really Matters and I look forward to reading that too.

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Mom, You Deserve It!

Mothers everywhere I pray today you receive special MOMents full of love, appreciation, and gratitude from your family. Sis, you deserve it!

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Coffee & Book Lovers Tag!

Hey y’all! Today I’m participating in a fun collaboration with a YouTube friend. Check out my response to the Coffee & Book Lover’s Tag by The Ingrid Chronicles via the video below.

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High School Christian Theology Course by Positive Action Bible Curriculum

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You’ve heard me share my love for Positive Action Bible Curriculum! Well, today I’m sharing details about Behold Your God, a one-year curriculum for 9th – 11th grades. We received a physical copy of the Teacher’s Manual and Student Manual. The Student Manual is consumable and both manuals are also available in digital format.

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Behold Your God is a 35-lesson study that introduces your high school students to Christian theology. This foundational course provides opportunities to explore scripture and learn God’s attributes. In doing so they’ll build spiritual confidence to share the faith and obtain the ability to rightly divide scripture. The Student Manual is designed for your teen to complete the self-study on their own. Based on your homeschool structure they can read the material in the Teacher’s Manual on their own but we preferred to do this together. A variety of scheduling options, quizzes, and answer keys for the student exercises within the Teacher’s Manual.

Bear worked through 5 weeks of the Behold Your God course during the review period. We opted for the provided 4-Day schedule with the added flexibility and freedom for my teen to work ahead if he desired. As usual, Positive Action Bible Curriculum presents a rich, scripture-filled study while sharing God’s character. This curriculum also encourages self-reflection through Bible study and helps in applying the word to everyday life. We recommend these studies but encourage families to discuss each lesson. This dialogue will be beneficial for all participants and help you grow as a family unit.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Remember, any day is a great day to celebrate our risen Savior!

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