Music Together Review

Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program that teaches children birth through 7 years about music. Through the program, children learn to sing in tune, move to a beat, and enjoy the music of different cultures. My kids immediately reacted to this music. It’s music you just can’t help but move to. And I loved that this was a product that I could use with my infant as well. The package I received came with the Music Together Family Favorites CD and Songbook combo. The music is very multi-cultural, and the activities are not your typical music…

Children in Church review

Children in Church: nurturing hearts of worship, written by Curt and Sandra Lovelace and published by Hal and Melanie Young of RaisingRealMen.com, is a book that exceeded my expectations. It is well-written, easy to read, and packed with helpful tips on incorporating your children into the worship service. When I first received the printed edition of this book for review, I was skeptical, but after I moved past the first couple of chapters, I couldn’t put the book down. In fact, I stayed up late to finish the book on the same day that I received it! The first chapter…

Family Time Fitness Review

Fitness has been one of those homeschool topics that I’ve gone back and forth on. My kids are young, so I honestly debated whether they needed a formal P.E. program. I mean, isn’t playing outside enough? On the other hand, my kids from a very early age have loved to exercise with their Daddy, which is not always ideal. When Daddy heads to the gym to work out on the tread mill, the kids head to the garage or outside and adapt their own “exercise” routine, which is often the stuff of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Needless to say, when…

Marshall Publishing Review

  I was recently given the opportunity to review a DVD from Marshall Publishing. My choice was the The History of the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express DVD, since it was a topic I was interested in, and I figured there would be lots of horses (my kids are very interested in anything horses).   One DVD contained both programs. The Oregon Trail was 35 minutes long and covered both the history and geography of this famous pioneer trail. Seeing the trail—the ruts where the wagons traveled, the mountain passes, the rivers that had to be crossed—really brought this…

Reading Kingdom Review

Reading Kingdom is an online program for grades Preschool through 3rd grade that teaches kids how to read and write. The system was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, a world-renowned expert on literacy, and incorporates elements of phonics and whole language, teaching six basic steps toward reading: sequencing, motor skills, sounds, meaning, reading, and comprehension.   I used this program with Middlest, who is entering K4. She has a great grasp of letters and their sounds and is about half way through blend work, beginning to put together three letter words. The approach to this program, I felt, was based…

Apologia’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist review

I have long been fascinated by the apologetics resources that Apologia has been publishing for homeschool students, so I jumped at the chance to get to review this particular high school/adult course for the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. Also, my husband is pursuing an advanced degree in apologetics, and I thought this would be a terrific opportunity to interact with him about some of the same ideas and arguments that he is studying. Though I am far from having completed this course, I will say that I think…