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The Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set Giveaway from See the Light

Easter falls on March 27th this year and our friends at See the Light want to help you celebrate with art in your homeschool lessons. They are generously offering a giveaway of The Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set to one of our readers!

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About The Crossmaker Ultimate Gift Set

The Crossmaker ULTIMATE GIFT SET Includes:

The Crossmaker DVD (150 mins), the CD of Music from the DVD The Crossmaker, featuring 11 tracks plus 2 bonus audio stories. You not only get the complete story of “The Crossmaker”, but also the story of “Jesus Loves The Children”.

Also included in The Crossmaker ULTIMATE GIFT SET is a pocket Size – 6 inch See the Light Black Light (batteries included), eXtreme Colored Pencils, and Fluorescent Chalk.

With this set you not only enjoy drawing the pictures with the “POP” of the black light, but you’ll also enjoy the wonderful music from “The Crossmaker” CD and be able to listen to the Radio Theater Bible stories whether in your home or on the road!

150 minutes of Easter Content! Spanish Language Tracks Included!

The Easter Story – The Crossmaker (16 minutes)

Dominic, the son of a carpenter, finds himself drawn into the unforgettable trial of the man called Jesus. Share in this amazing adventure that takes Dominic from Christ’s crucifixion to a place of redemption, and a face-to-face meeting with the risen Christ. See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann draws her stunning interpretation of the Easter story.

Art Lessons –

GLORY! See The Light artist Heidi Shorts teaches the art of Creative Lettering (28 minutes)

He is Not Here! He is Risen! See the Light Master Art Teacher Pat Knepley leads budding young artists in a step-by step drawing lesson using chalk pastels. Plus, create your own black light reveal! (32 minutes)

Three Crosses on a Hill See the Light’s Jim Pence gives a water color tutorial as young artists discover The Joy of Art. (25 minutes)

Bonus Features!

– Revel in original contemporary music performed by “Breathing Room” recording artists Jan Roper and Kevin Dukes while watching Gloria Kohlmann draw her remarkable art expression of the Easter story.

– Watch and Hear the Plan of Salvation, clearly and creatively presented as you have never seen it. (7 minutes)

– Hear See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann’s commentary as you watch the Easter scene being created.

– Meet the See The Light team.

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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Learn Multiplication Facts with Times Tales

 

One of the best advantages of homeschooling is the freedom to choose which resources work best for our children on an individual basis. The ability to tailor their education to their learning style creates a recipe for success and encourages the eagerness to learn. Even in subjects we don’t particularly like, such as math.

I recently had the opportunity to review Times Tales from Trigger Memory Systems. It’s a math video designed to help kids memorize the upper multiplication tables.

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Learn Multiplication Facts with Times Tales

I had been researching Times Tales because I thought it would be a good fit for my 8-year-old daughter, who happens to be on the autism spectrum. She learns well with visual cues and the repetitive nature of multiplication facts lends itself to the style of this video.

For the last decade Times Tales has received hundreds of positive reviews from bloggers, teachers, and parents who have tried their products and found them to be successful for their children, even after other programs that claimed to work had failed. Times Tales is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee as well.

How It Works

We received the digital download of Times Tales for the purpose of our review. It was a simple process to download the video (MP4) and printable files (pdf) to my computer.

Times Tales is broken down into two video parts. Part 1 covers upper multiplication facts of 3 and 4, while Part 2 covers upper multiplication facts of 6 to 9. The facts covered are:

3×6,3×7,3×8,3×9,4×6,4×7,4×8,4×9,6×6,6×7,6×8,6×9,
7×7,7×8,7×9,8×8,8×9,9×9

It is recommended that you wait one week in between watching the two parts, using that week to do the printable worksheets and flashcards to reinforce the learning.

Each video part is broken into the following steps:

  1. Meet the Characters
  2. Learn the Stories
  3. Story Quiz
  4. You’re the Storyteller
  5. Practice Flashcards
  6. Flashcards
  7. Written Test

The animations are basic line drawings with little color or motion, but this allows the students to focus on the numbers and facts, rather than distracting cartoons.

The characters of Times Tales are numbers in disguise. The stories use these number characters in combination in order to remember the multiplication facts. If you’d like to see it in action, check out their sample video on YouTube. It’s a great way to get a little bit of extra information on how the videos work and to introduce it to your kids before making a purchase.

All three of my daughters (13, 8, and 6) sat down together to watch the video with me. My oldest already knows her math facts, but she thought the memory triggers used in the stories were clever. My two youngest were quickly picking up facts after watching it just once. They were able to follow along with the video quizzes and accurately retell the stories. When it came to the flashcards with just the numbers rather than the character illustrations, their speed did slow down and they missed one or two of the facts. With repetition, they were able to get the answers 100% by the second and third viewing. They wanted to move right on to Part 2, but I wanted to wait a week as recommended. They were glad to work on the printables, which include flashcards and a crossword puzzle.

After about two weeks, the girls still remember the Times Tales stories and ask to watch the videos again. They have successfully learned the facts, but they have not gained speed with them yet. When we go over the facts, they have to think a minute to remember the story in order to get the correct answer. I am glad to trade speed for accuracy, however. I think speed will increase with time and as long as they remember the stories, they won’t be guessing at the correct answer.

I recommend Times Tales for kids who learn well visually and who are struggling with remembering their times tables. Trying this technique might do the trick and save frustration for everyone!

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Disclosure: I received a free digital download of Times Tales for the purpose of review. I was compensated for my time to write the review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum Review + Giveaway

 

When it comes to homeschooling the early years, I believe a gentle approach is best. Children learn through play and there’s no reason to rush into strict academics too soon.  That being said, I like to have resources on-hand to encourage an early love of reading and to foster the natural eagerness to learn new things during the preschool years. When my youngest daughter asked to “do school” like her sisters, I certainly wasn’t going to tell her no.  “Doing school” to her meant having her own special books and learning activities.

I was sponsored by Blue Manor to review their Christian Preschool Curriculum and am excited to share my experience as well as an awesome giveaway!  All opinions are mine alone.  For more information please read my full disclosure.

Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum offers just that for children ages 2 and up — their own books and comprehensive learning activities geared just for the preschool years.

Blue Manor Preschool Curriculum

Blue Manor Education describes the objective of their preschool curriculum this way:

Our Christian preschool curriculum will not only prepare your children for kindergarten, but will also lay a strong physical, intellectual, and spiritual foundation that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.  The best part is that our lessons require zero preparation and zero teaching experience.  Give your children an elite foundation and be amazed by the ripple effects.

Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum Review & Giveaway

What is included in the Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum?

The Christian Preschool Curriculum eBook Set includes:

  • A Quick Start Guide
  • Learning Schedule
  • Level 1 Certificate
  • Teacher Handbook
  • Responsibility Charts
  • Bible Verse Memory
  • Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw Worksheets
  • 23 Individual Book Titles in a Variety of Categories

Each item can be used in any order.

Quick Start Guide

The Quick Start Guide is a simple how-to as well as an explanation behind the scope of the curriculum.

Learning Schedule

Although you don’t have to complete the books in any certain order, this Learning Schedule can help you keep track of what has been completed as you go. You can see your child’s progress in this calendar format.

Level 1 Certificate

This is a fun printable certificate to help reinforce a child’s sense of accomplishment when they complete the level.

Teacher Handbook

This handbook is full of teaching tips and great suggestions for presenting all of the materials. If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow guide with no guesswork on your part, this is it.

Responsibility Charts

Great tools to start your child on the path of responsibility and accountability. Record tasks and rewards.

Bible Memory Verses

Key verses of the Bible are presented for memorization, along with a system to accomplish this.

Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw Worksheets

These worksheets are designed to help your child learn and practice making the movements with their hands so that they can eventually write their letters and numbers.  Good fine motor activities to develop those handwriting muscles!

eBooks

The 23 eBooks are grouped together by theme with matching colored covers; however, each book is its own individual unit with learning objectives.

Some of the eBooks included are:

  • Alphabet Letters
  • Animals
  • Drawing and Art (Learn to Draw and Pre-Draw)
  • A Bad Dog (Phonics reader)
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Basic Colors
  • Basic Shapes
  • Bible (6 stories from creation to plan of salvation)
  • Cat and Rat (Phonics reader)
  • Concepts (opposites like old/young, excited/bored, etc. demonstrated with stock photos)
  • Counting and Numbers
  • Electronics
  • Five Senses
  • Food
  • Money Recognition
  • Professions
  • Phonics Reading
  • Pig’s Pen (Phonics reader)
  • Weather
  • Fitness
  • Transportation
  • Crab’s Band (Phonics reader)

My Thoughts

Most of the eBooks (other than the phonics readers) include real photos rather than cartoon drawings. I thought this was especially good for children with special needs (like autism) who need visual cues to understand vocabulary word meanings. It’s particularly helpful in the Professions ebook.

However, I did not like one of the photos in the Fitness ebook depicting an overweight man as a “slob” who overindulges in junk food. I don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices and I think there are better ways to communicate that eating junk food is not healthy.

My youngest daughter really enjoyed the phonics readers. She is just beginning the process of learning to read. She enjoyed these books and the “funny drawings” as she called them, especially in Crab’s Band.  We looked at them together on my computer in pdf format.

Remember that these are digital books, so you must either print them, view them on your computer, or read them on a tablet.  I know many would appreciate the benefit of portability this way.  Nothing to get lost or take up space on your bookshelves!

Summary

I believe that the Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum is very thorough in its scope and sequence for preschoolers. All basic skills are covered, including early reading phonics.  If you want an open-and-go easy to follow plan for preschool that includes Bible and character lessons, this is definitely a great option. I was impressed with all that was included for a very reasonable price.

 

Blue Manor Christian Preschool Curriculum

 

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Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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