Ten Girls from History Review

The SchoolHouse Review Crew has had some great opportunities to review books of living history this summer. Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser is the latest. Sweetser lived around the turn of the 2oth century, and she wrote a number of books to inspire children with stories of heroes and heroines from the past. Her books live on thanks to history-loving, homeschool graduate and publishing entrepreneur, Amy Puetz. Amy is the owner of Golden Prairie Press, a superb resource for living history collections, curriculum, and devotional materials.

Ten Girls from History has ten substantial chapters – one for each of the following remarkable women:

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Vocab Videos Review

Have you ever faced a challenge where the outcome would determine your future possibilities? Such a concept is daunting, yet that is what every college-bound student who takes a standardized test faces.

It sounds like a good opportunity to declare WAR on any obstacles that might lead to failure, right? Enter stage right: Vocab Videos.

Vocab Videos is an online SAT-level vocabulary learning program that offers an arsenal of ammunition for blowing the vocabulary section of any standardized test out of the water.

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No-Nonsense Algebra Review

There’s a reason that I became a writing teacher and not a math teacher: algebra.

If I could think about math in small, systematic bites like I can with the writing process, I’d be the perfect homeschooling mother. Thankfully, Richard Fisher’s No-Nonsense Algebra will bring any math-challenged mother of 8th graders and older into the realm of near perfection.

No-Nonsense Algebra is part of the award winning Math Essentials program designed by Richard Fisher. The algebra program includes a 300 page soft cover text/workbook and a personal code for accessing online videos for each lesson.

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Knowledge Quest TimeMaps Review

When it comes to studying history, maps are usually an afterthought to the curriculum. The greatest trouble is finding accurate maps that match the time period and events you are studying. It is a struggle to find maps that show who went where and when, and what did that actually look like geographically? The good news is that Knowledge Quest TimeMaps are an answer to such history and geography needs.

TimeMaps are downloadable Flash-driven software programs. There are seven time periods to choose from – or you can download the whole collection for a substantial savings.

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Who is My Neighbor? Review

I have never met an Apologia product that I didn’t like. Who is My Neighbor? is no exception. As a matter of fact, this book has only increased my fondness for Apologia materials.

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Who is My Neighbor? is the third book in Apologia’s What We Believe Worldview Curriculum, written by John Hay and David Webb in conjunction with Summit Ministries. As I reviewed the book for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, my only regret was that I had not been part of the crew when they got to review the first two books, Who is God? and Who am I?

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Hewitt Lightning Lit: World Lit II Review

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources offers a comprehensive selection of literature courses for grades 7 through 12 called Lightning Literature and Composition. From basic classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in American Literature, to British Literature, Shakespeare, and World Literature, Lightning Literature integrates literature, composition, and even an optional geography approach into one program.

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As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was privileged to review Hewitt’s last course, Lightning Literature and Composition: World Literature II: Latin America, Africa, and Asia by Brenda S. Cox. World Lit II is comprised of a Student Guide ($29.95), and a Teacher’s Guide ($2.95), with a selection of books that can be purchased to make a set ($88.93 for both guides and texts) or as individual titles.

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Watering My Dendrites

I have recently discovered one of the best professional development activities this writing teacher could ever pursue – becoming a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review Crew (SHRC). Talk about forcing me to practice what I preach!

I spend the majority of my work hours editing student writing. For the last 10 years, I have consistently tutored around 250 students per year which adds up to over 3000 papers from September through April. Some days when I have piles of papers to process, I can get into a trance-like rhythm and apply proper punctuation without even reading content! Needless to say, those pathways through my brain are deeply entrenched.

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