Little Boy from FishFlix {Crew Review}

I think Emma and I have watched more movies together in the past three months than we have in a year. Between her sickness this summer and her recent broken wrist, we’ve had plenty of down days in which we’ve gone through our arsenal of videos and then moved on to Netflix and Amazon.

So, whenever I see the opportunity to review new movies, I jump at the chance. Our last movie day consisted of watching Little Boy from FishFlix.com. She is fascinated by World War II, but there aren’t many movies about the war that we have watched yet. The subject matter is often too mature. However, the premise of Little Boy intrigued me enough to give it a try with her.


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About Little Boy

Pepper is a seven-year-old boy growing up in a small town in America. His world crumbles when his father is forced to go fight in World War II. Pepper is determined to do whatever it takes to bring his father home.

What is our opinion of Little Boy?

I chose to review this movie because of the World War II theme. As I mentioned above, Emma really enjoys learning about this time period in history. But, I wanted to preview it before I let her watch it since it’s rated PG-13.

What we got was so much more. The movie really focuses on faith and love. There’s an underlying current of bullying and prejudice against the Japanese. There is anger and love and faith, as well.

This really is a heartwarming story that opens up many avenues of dialog. Pepper is challenged to do 7 things after his father goes missing overseas: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit a prisoner, bury the dead, and befriend Mr. Hashimoto (a Japanese man in their town).

While doing these things, God works through each event to touch the life of Little Pepper. New friendships form. Lives are changed. Faith grows.

Conversations that came about because of this movie included bullying, prejudice against the Japanese after they were released from the interment camps, what “faith like a mustard seed” means.

I really didn’t feel like the movie was too heavy for Emma. It really dug deep into the raw emotions that people were feeling at that time in our history. And, really, quite a bit of these emotions are ones we still deal with – having enough faith, bullying, prejudice, friendships, love, and war.

I recommend this movie to anyone studying World War II in their homeschool lessons. But, I think it’s a heartwarming story that could definitely stand on its own. Watch it with your kids, because it is so full of life lessons.

I give it two thumbs up! My favorite quote from the movie:

Faith won’t work if you have the slightest bit of hatred in you.



FishFlix.com Review No 2


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Koru Naturals Face Products {Crew Review}

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new beauty products to battle the signs of aging that are written all over my face. So, when I had the opportunity to review some face care products from Koru Naturals, I was very excited!

I received their wonderful Skin Clear Cream, Manuka Honey Propolis Soap, Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser, and Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner. I love that they are all made with natural ingredients so they’re healthy for my skin.

 

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The Products:


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Skin Clear Cream: The Skin Clear Cream is made with raw, unpasteurized Manuka Honey and pure steam-distilled East Cape Manuka Oil. This cream is ideal for people who are prone to acne making this wonderful for teens and adults alike. It is designed to improve the appearance of blemished skin, and it promotes skin elasticity.

What I thought: This cream comes in a 4 oz. lidded jar. It’s slightly thicker than my normal moisturizer so I don’t have to use very much. I love how it tingles when applied, and it leaves my skin feeling soft.


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Manuka Honey Propolis Soap: This soap is made from a combination of Manuka Honey and Propolis. Both ingredients are known for their moisturizing and protective qualities.

What I thought: I love the smell of this soap. I’m not typically a bar soap fan, but this one smells so good that I just can’t stop using it. I’m anxious to see whether or not it helps me battle dry skin this winter.


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Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser: This cleanser comes in a small 4oz bottle with a pump. Free of parabens and artificial colors, this cleanser is safe for sensitive skin.

What I thought: I wanted to like this cleanser since I liked everything else. However, I don’t feel like it removed all of my makeup at the end of the day. If you don’t use much makeup, it will probably work well for you. I plan to pass it to Emma who doesn’t wear much at this point.


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Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner: Like the cleanser above, my toner came with a pump not a spray nozzle. This is supposed to be used after the cleanser but before the cream listed above.

What I thought: I am not sure I saw any benefit from using this. I had no adverse reactions, but I don’t know that I saw any changes for the better either.

What is our opinion of the product?

I liked most of the items I received. I would purchase them for myself. And, because of Emma’s sensitive skin, I would purchase the cleanser for her. I love that the products are natural and should be safe to use on her sensitive skin.

I recommend these products to anyone who has sensitive skin and those who prefer natural prodcuts.

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Maestro Classics Peter and the Wolf Review {Crew Review}

We have been reviewing Maestro Classics for years as part of the TOS Review Crew, and it continues to be one of our favorites. This time around, we had the privilege of receiving a physical copy of Peter and the Wolf.

I chose this particular title, because it’s one that I remember from my childhood. We had a little record player growing up, and we had one of those little 45’s with the follow-along books. My siblings and I would listen to this story all the time. We loved the story and especially loved the instruments telling the story.

This is a story Emma hasn’t heard before, and I wanted to introduce her to a little piece of my childhood.

 

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About the product

In Peter and the Wolf, Peter is a young boy who goes over the garden wall to explore. While outside the garden, he meets a wolf. With the help of his friends, Peter captures the wolf and takes it to the zoo.

As I mentioned above, we received a physical copy of the Peter and the Wolf CD. The CD runs a little over an hour in total, and it includes so much more than just the story. We learn about the composer – Sergei Prokofiev.

One track on the CD is the conductor telling us what to listen for as we listen to the story. Another takes the music back to its original Russian roots.

We also received a 24-page activity book full of stories and puzzles.

How we used it

We listened to the CD in the car on the way to and from dance class over the course of two days. I gave Emma the booklet to explore on her own.

Our opinion

Emma is so funny. She did not want to listen to the CD at all. She thought it was going to be babyish. But, I told her we were going to listen to it in the car, and really, there was no where for her to go. Ha ha!

About halfway through the story, I asked her what she thought about it so far. She mumbled at me from the backseat. I asked her to repeat herself, and she admitted that she liked it. I knew she would.

It’s so much fun to hear the different instruments tell the story. You could really “see” the characters through the music.

The further we got on the CD, however, the more interested she became. She loved hearing how each character not only has its own instrument, but it has its own theme. She thought that was pretty cool.

More info

In addition to the CD and activity book we received, there are more resources available online. There are curriculum guides that cover a wide variety of subjects like history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math.


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Standard Deviants Accelerate {Crew Review}

This year, for 7th grade science, Emma and I were using a creation-based science program. After about six weeks, I decided that the program wasn’t meaty enough for a middle school program. So, I began searching for something to supplement her science studies.

Lucky for us, we were given the chance to review the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

About Standard Deviants Accelerate

Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online educational site that provides students with access to courses taught via online videos and written transcripts. They provide the following courses for ages 8 and up:

  • Arithmetic – Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math – Grades 4+
  • Earth Science – Grades 6+
  • Nutrition – Grades 6+
  • Algebra – Grades 7+
  • Biology – Grades 7+
  • Chemistry – Grades 9+
  • English Comp. – Grades 9+
  • U.S. History – Grades 9+
  • AP Biology – Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. History – Grades 11+
  • AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+

The courses are all available online only. There is no physical product. For regular courses, homeschool families can purchase one course for use by up to five students for $9.99/month.

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How We Used Standard Deviant Accelerate

Standard Deviants Accelerate offer two science classes at Emma’s level – Biology for grades 7+ and Earth Science for grades 6+. Since we’ve studied the human body several times before, I had Emma start working through the Earth Science videos.

I created a student login for Emma so she could access her classes from her computer. From her home screen, she had access to all of her classes.

Earth Science is divided into 8 units and a final review. In each lesson, Emma had to watch a video lesson. There is also a full transcript available to print for students are who more visual learners than auditory.

After watching the video, Emma read over a vocabulary list and then “labeled” a diagram with drag and drop labels to illustrate the lesson. Each lesson is followed by a multiple choice quiz. There are also group activities which we did not complete since Em is an only-schooler.  

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Our Opinion of Standard Deviants Accelerate

All in all, I think this is a pretty good program. The videos are very thorough and the quizzes and diagrams do a great job of making sure the kids get the information presented. I like that Standard Deviants Accelerate grades the work for me. That’s one less homeschool job I have to do.

However, even though I like the concept of this program, it isn’t a good fit for our family. Emma isn’t an auditory learner. Even though there is an option to print the transcripts to read along with the video, that’s a  lot of ink and paper over the course of the year. The transcripts can be read online, but it’s distracting to read the lesson on the screen right beside the video.

And, we prefer something a little more hands-on. I could take the time to go through the lessons to find hands-on activities and projects to go along with the lessons. Right now, at this point in our homeschool journey, that isn’t feasible.

If you have an auditory learner or you struggle to teach science yourself, this may be the perfect fit for your family.

 

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Grapevine Studies Review

A few months ago, Emma and I worked our way through our very first Grapevine Studies Bible Study. For the past few weeks, Emma and I have been stick-figuring our way through the Old Testament 1: Level 3 Creation to Jacob study.

We are studying the Ancients in our history program right now, and I knew this Bible study would be the perfect study for use to work through right now.

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Old Testament 1: Creation to Jacob

About Old Testament 1: Creation to Jacob

We received a digital copy of Old Testament 1: Level 3 Creation to Jacob. We received the student book and teacher manual. This program is designed for use by students ages 10-12.

The student book is 67 pages long. It consists of 12 weekly lessons or 45 daily ones. The student book contains lessons, timelines, maps, memory verses, and review pages. The lessons cover the following Old Testament Bible stories:

  • Creation, Adam and Eve, The Fall, Noah and the Flood, and the Tower of Babel
  • Job, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

The teacher’s manual is designed to be used with levels 3 & 4 of this study. It’s 98 pages long, and contains notes about each lesson, timelines, suggested stick figure drawings, maps, goals, memory verses, review questions and answers.

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How We Used Old Testament 1: Creation to Jacob

This program isn’t meant to be used as an independent Bible study, and I’m glad. I enjoy going through these lessons with Emma. I learn as much as she does. The teacher’s guide is easy to use and simple to follow as is the student text.

Each lesson follows the same basic routine. On Day 1, we go over the timeline together. On Day 2, we cover lesson 1 and on Day 3, we cover lesson 2. On day 4, Emma completed the student drawing pages.

 Our Thoughts About Grapevine Studies

We’ve read the Old Testament Bible Stories in our kids’ Bibles, and we’ve dug a little deeper with our history book. But, GrapeVine has allowed us to really dig in and study these stories on a whole new level.

This isn’t our first Bible study from GrapeVine Studies, and it certainly won’t be our last. We really like them, and we learn a lot from them. They are so easy to use that they’re a great go-to for our family Bible studies.

More information about GrapeVine Studies

GrapeVine Studies offers 6 levels covering preschool through middle school. Both of the lower level books offer traceable pages so the students can participate without having to be able to draw the stick figures themselves. The upper four levels offer increasing levels of difficulty and information. Level 1 introduces the timeline. Level 2 adds in additional memory work. Level 3 introduces geography, and Level 4 introduces learners to basic Bible study tools.

If you’d like more information about how to choose a topic to study and/or which level your kiddos need, you can download this file entitled How to Choose? Where to Start?

You can also visit their website for sample lessons.

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Critical Thinking Company Review

Now that Emma is in middle school, I’ve wanted to start incorporating some logic and critical thinking into our homeschool lessons. I actually purchased a different logic book last year to use with Emma, but I never could figure out how to use it. So, we shelved it and moved on.

When I saw the opportunity to review some logic curricula, I jumped at the chance. Emma loves her new book, The Basics of Critical Thinking by Critical Thinking Co.




About The Basics of Critical Thinking

Designed for use in grades 4-9, The Basics of Critical Thinking is a consumable workbook that teaches critical thinking skills. Students answer questions and solve problems by evaluating evidence, identifying facts and opinions, identifying fallacies and more. The workbook is 152 pages long, and it’s full-color graphics keep the kids engaged.

There are about 20 lessons in this book. Each one focuses on a different critical thinking skill like inferences, fallacies, analogies and more. Each lesson contains explanations, diagrams or illustrations, and examples before turning the kids loose on practice problems.

How We Used The Basics of Critical Thinking

When we received the book in the mail, Emma was excited. She really likes logic workbooks and couldn’t wait to dive in to this one. So, I let her take the pretest just so she could get a feel for the book.

After that, I tore the answer pages out of the back of the book and let her work independently. She covered two or three pages each day on her own. At the end of the week, I checked her work and we discussed anything she might have missed.

What did we think of The Basics of Critical Thinking?

We both really enjoyed it. Emma really enjoyed the workbook pages. She has always loved workbooks, and this one was no exception. She felt that many of the beginning pages were a little easy, but that is to be expected. The book is designed to be used with students in grades 4-9, and she is in 7th grade. She’s smack dab in the middle. So, the beginning pages should have been a bit easier. They did begin to get progressively more difficult as she worked her way through the book.

I liked that the lessons were written in a way that Emma could really work through this course on her own without assistance from me. This works great with my goal to create an independent learner.

I also liked that I could hand her the workbook and keep the answer pages in my file box. At the end of the week, I graded a week’s worth of pages. There was only one or two assignments we had to go back and discuss. She grasped most of what she was doing the first time through. I’m so thankful for that.

If she was younger, I would definitely plan to work through the pages with her with quite a bit more discussion. But, at this point, I haven’t found that to be necessary. I recommend this book for an introduction to logic and critical thinking. It was a hit in our house.

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Little Boy from FishFlix {Crew Review}

I think Emma and I have watched more movies together in the past three months than we have in a year. Between her sickness this summer and her recent broken wrist, we’ve had plenty of down days in which we’ve gone through our arsenal of videos and then moved on to Netflix and Amazon.

So, whenever I see the opportunity to review new movies, I jump at the chance. Our last movie day consisted of watching Little Boy from FishFlix.com. She is fascinated by World War II, but there aren’t many movies about the war that we have watched yet. The subject matter is often too mature. However, the premise of Little Boy intrigued me enough to give it a try with her.


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About Little Boy

Pepper is a seven-year-old boy growing up in a small town in America. His world crumbles when his father is forced to go fight in World War II. Pepper is determined to do whatever it takes to bring his father home.

What is our opinion of Little Boy?

I chose to review this movie because of the World War II theme. As I mentioned above, Emma really enjoys learning about this time period in history. But, I wanted to preview it before I let her watch it since it’s rated PG-13.

What we got was so much more. The movie really focuses on faith and love. There’s an underlying current of bullying and prejudice against the Japanese. There is anger and love and faith, as well.

This really is a heartwarming story that opens up many avenues of dialog. Pepper is challenged to do 7 things after his father goes missing overseas: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit a prisoner, bury the dead, and befriend Mr. Hashimoto (a Japanese man in their town).

While doing these things, God works through each event to touch the life of Little Pepper. New friendships form. Lives are changed. Faith grows.

Conversations that came about because of this movie included bullying, prejudice against the Japanese after they were released from the interment camps, what “faith like a mustard seed” means.

I really didn’t feel like the movie was too heavy for Emma. It really dug deep into the raw emotions that people were feeling at that time in our history. And, really, quite a bit of these emotions are ones we still deal with – having enough faith, bullying, prejudice, friendships, love, and war.

I recommend this movie to anyone studying World War II in their homeschool lessons. But, I think it’s a heartwarming story that could definitely stand on its own. Watch it with your kids, because it is so full of life lessons.

I give it two thumbs up! My favorite quote from the movie:

Faith won’t work if you have the slightest bit of hatred in you.



FishFlix.com Review No 2


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Koru Naturals Face Products {Crew Review}

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new beauty products to battle the signs of aging that are written all over my face. So, when I had the opportunity to review some face care products from Koru Naturals, I was very excited!

I received their wonderful Skin Clear Cream, Manuka Honey Propolis Soap, Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser, and Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner. I love that they are all made with natural ingredients so they’re healthy for my skin.

 

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The Products:


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Skin Clear Cream: The Skin Clear Cream is made with raw, unpasteurized Manuka Honey and pure steam-distilled East Cape Manuka Oil. This cream is ideal for people who are prone to acne making this wonderful for teens and adults alike. It is designed to improve the appearance of blemished skin, and it promotes skin elasticity.

What I thought: This cream comes in a 4 oz. lidded jar. It’s slightly thicker than my normal moisturizer so I don’t have to use very much. I love how it tingles when applied, and it leaves my skin feeling soft.


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Manuka Honey Propolis Soap: This soap is made from a combination of Manuka Honey and Propolis. Both ingredients are known for their moisturizing and protective qualities.

What I thought: I love the smell of this soap. I’m not typically a bar soap fan, but this one smells so good that I just can’t stop using it. I’m anxious to see whether or not it helps me battle dry skin this winter.


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Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser: This cleanser comes in a small 4oz bottle with a pump. Free of parabens and artificial colors, this cleanser is safe for sensitive skin.

What I thought: I wanted to like this cleanser since I liked everything else. However, I don’t feel like it removed all of my makeup at the end of the day. If you don’t use much makeup, it will probably work well for you. I plan to pass it to Emma who doesn’t wear much at this point.


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Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner: Like the cleanser above, my toner came with a pump not a spray nozzle. This is supposed to be used after the cleanser but before the cream listed above.

What I thought: I am not sure I saw any benefit from using this. I had no adverse reactions, but I don’t know that I saw any changes for the better either.

What is our opinion of the product?

I liked most of the items I received. I would purchase them for myself. And, because of Emma’s sensitive skin, I would purchase the cleanser for her. I love that the products are natural and should be safe to use on her sensitive skin.

I recommend these products to anyone who has sensitive skin and those who prefer natural prodcuts.

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Maestro Classics Peter and the Wolf Review {Crew Review}

We have been reviewing Maestro Classics for years as part of the TOS Review Crew, and it continues to be one of our favorites. This time around, we had the privilege of receiving a physical copy of Peter and the Wolf.

I chose this particular title, because it’s one that I remember from my childhood. We had a little record player growing up, and we had one of those little 45’s with the follow-along books. My siblings and I would listen to this story all the time. We loved the story and especially loved the instruments telling the story.

This is a story Emma hasn’t heard before, and I wanted to introduce her to a little piece of my childhood.

 

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About the product

In Peter and the Wolf, Peter is a young boy who goes over the garden wall to explore. While outside the garden, he meets a wolf. With the help of his friends, Peter captures the wolf and takes it to the zoo.

As I mentioned above, we received a physical copy of the Peter and the Wolf CD. The CD runs a little over an hour in total, and it includes so much more than just the story. We learn about the composer – Sergei Prokofiev.

One track on the CD is the conductor telling us what to listen for as we listen to the story. Another takes the music back to its original Russian roots.

We also received a 24-page activity book full of stories and puzzles.

How we used it

We listened to the CD in the car on the way to and from dance class over the course of two days. I gave Emma the booklet to explore on her own.

Our opinion

Emma is so funny. She did not want to listen to the CD at all. She thought it was going to be babyish. But, I told her we were going to listen to it in the car, and really, there was no where for her to go. Ha ha!

About halfway through the story, I asked her what she thought about it so far. She mumbled at me from the backseat. I asked her to repeat herself, and she admitted that she liked it. I knew she would.

It’s so much fun to hear the different instruments tell the story. You could really “see” the characters through the music.

The further we got on the CD, however, the more interested she became. She loved hearing how each character not only has its own instrument, but it has its own theme. She thought that was pretty cool.

More info

In addition to the CD and activity book we received, there are more resources available online. There are curriculum guides that cover a wide variety of subjects like history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math.


Maestro Classics Review  

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Standard Deviants Accelerate {Crew Review}

This year, for 7th grade science, Emma and I were using a creation-based science program. After about six weeks, I decided that the program wasn’t meaty enough for a middle school program. So, I began searching for something to supplement her science studies.

Lucky for us, we were given the chance to review the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

About Standard Deviants Accelerate

Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online educational site that provides students with access to courses taught via online videos and written transcripts. They provide the following courses for ages 8 and up:

  • Arithmetic – Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math – Grades 4+
  • Earth Science – Grades 6+
  • Nutrition – Grades 6+
  • Algebra – Grades 7+
  • Biology – Grades 7+
  • Chemistry – Grades 9+
  • English Comp. – Grades 9+
  • U.S. History – Grades 9+
  • AP Biology – Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. History – Grades 11+
  • AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+

The courses are all available online only. There is no physical product. For regular courses, homeschool families can purchase one course for use by up to five students for $9.99/month.

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How We Used Standard Deviant Accelerate

Standard Deviants Accelerate offer two science classes at Emma’s level – Biology for grades 7+ and Earth Science for grades 6+. Since we’ve studied the human body several times before, I had Emma start working through the Earth Science videos.

I created a student login for Emma so she could access her classes from her computer. From her home screen, she had access to all of her classes.

Earth Science is divided into 8 units and a final review. In each lesson, Emma had to watch a video lesson. There is also a full transcript available to print for students are who more visual learners than auditory.

After watching the video, Emma read over a vocabulary list and then “labeled” a diagram with drag and drop labels to illustrate the lesson. Each lesson is followed by a multiple choice quiz. There are also group activities which we did not complete since Em is an only-schooler.  

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Our Opinion of Standard Deviants Accelerate

All in all, I think this is a pretty good program. The videos are very thorough and the quizzes and diagrams do a great job of making sure the kids get the information presented. I like that Standard Deviants Accelerate grades the work for me. That’s one less homeschool job I have to do.

However, even though I like the concept of this program, it isn’t a good fit for our family. Emma isn’t an auditory learner. Even though there is an option to print the transcripts to read along with the video, that’s a  lot of ink and paper over the course of the year. The transcripts can be read online, but it’s distracting to read the lesson on the screen right beside the video.

And, we prefer something a little more hands-on. I could take the time to go through the lessons to find hands-on activities and projects to go along with the lessons. Right now, at this point in our homeschool journey, that isn’t feasible.

If you have an auditory learner or you struggle to teach science yourself, this may be the perfect fit for your family.

 

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

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