curriculum reviews

PandaParents Messylearning for Preschoolers and Kindergartners Review

Today I would like to introduce you to PandaParents and their MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS. Thomas (6 years old) had the opportunity to use this for this review.  I was a little worried about the title, but it wasn’t messy at all.

  • M- Mixed subjects and activites for integrative learning
  • E- Engagning activities that challenge minds
  • S- Simple 1, 2, 3 steps: Read, Learn, Create
  • S- Smart designs for creative learning
  • Y- Yeah, a new way to promote preschool STEM and early brain growth

This is a cute curriculum for little ones.  Each month has a different story.  We chose to focus on Scotty the Skunk for this review, but we also received Mommy’s Baby and A Jolly Jingling Journey.

The first thing  Thomas and I did was watch the Scotty the Skunk video.  This is a cute cartoon story about a skunk, where he hides, what he does and the letter S.

Big sister Evie (7) watched it too.  She liked it!

At the time of this review all the parts of this curriculum are digital (print version coming soon) so I printed the workbook here at home.  Thomas worked through many of the pages.  You can tell it finally warmed up here, this boy sheds that shirt a lot more often now!


We also read the corresponding book.  We used it to  review this unit.

Thomas is a very active 6 year old boy.  The video did capture his attention and he liked it.  He sat for the whole thing, it was about 30 minutes.  Thomas did like the worksheets.  He did spend more time on some and skipped over some others.  He enjoyed the cut and paste ones and the mazes.

This was a fun and cute curriculum that covered many subjects in book form, video and worksheets. This multi-sensory, multi- subject curriculum appeals to many different learning styles and includes some math, foreign languages, reading, independent thinking, geography, biology, fine motor skills and more.

I don’t know about your young learners, but mine get bored very easily. This program is designed to be used for about 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per week. I liked how many subjects were introduced in a lesson.  I like that we worked on it slowly over a month and I liked that they get do work on an entirely different story the next month.

Here’s a little about the other 2 stories we received.  Mommy’s baby is about a mama panda talking to her baby.  She asks her baby if she’s all of these different animals and shapes.  The baby sweetly responds that yes, she is.  “Are you mommy’s little monkey?”, “Yes, I am and you are  mommy monkey!” A Jolly Jingling Journey is about a journey to meet Santa at Christmas.  Davy and his friends get to help Santa deliver Christmas gifts.

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curriculum reviews, homeschooling

CodeWizardzHQ Coding Class Review

I am so excited to share with you about a coding class from CodeWizardsHQ that we just finished.  They also offer homeschool computer programs as well as coding classes for all students.  They offer weekly class where students learn all types of computer languages.  This is a great skill for kids to have and there is a printable Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Honestly, I really try to steer away from online classes, especially live ones.  Having a crazy, busy, loud house is not always the best setting for no distractions and I know the other students don’t want to hear my younger kids!!  But this was coding and what 12 year old gaming boy doesn’t want to learn how to do coding!?

Here is a video that show explains more about this course:

My son David is 12 years old and finishing up sixth grade.  He loves video games and thinks school and screens should have nothing to do with each other because screens mean fun so then school would be a completely separate category.  He wasn’t sure what to expect with an online class.  He was sure his brother and sister would humiliate him. I explained exactly what the class was about and he was super excited!  I don’t think he ever really thought about learning to design the games himself.  I could see a door open up into the world of his future.  This class would put screens and school together in a fun way!  He was ready to take the Intro to HTML class!!!

The class was set up in  Go To Meeting.  He used his new gaming headphones with microphone.  I kicked out the little ones and the class started.  I was really neat to hear him talk to the teacher.  David attended his first online class and learned so much!!!

This is what David made on the “front end”:

This is what the “back end” looked like:

Here is some more of what you will find in the class:

I am glad we had the opportunity to have access to this one hour class for the purpose of this review. As much as I try to avoid online or live classes, I was so glad it was live.  David was able to learn so much more with having a live class and we had the convenience of being in our own home.  He really enjoyed this and was proud of what he learned and created in a short time.  I’m glad he had the chance to see what coding was all about and I think it would be something he is interested in pursuing the future.

This program is intended for students in fifth through tenth grades.  Make sure to look around their website.  Homeschool class pricing is available giving discounts for multiple students.  Also, there are flexible homeschool friendly hours available.

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Live Class Computer Programming for your Students {CodeWizardsHQ Reviews}

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crafting, history, homeschooling

Heroes of History: Abraham Lincoln Review

YWAM Publishing offered us several choices from their Heroes of History series of books and we chose to review Heroes of History- Abraham Lincoln.  YWAM Publishing also sent us a Study Guide to go along with our book.

My son David and I are finishing up his second year of American History.  We have taken the last few months to learn about the Civil War and are at the tail end of our study.  This book about Abraham Lincoln was a perfect book to take a closer look at the man who was president during this time.

The book begins when Abe was a young boy.  It was interesting to learn about Mr. Lincoln’s very humble beginnings and all the hardships in his life.  He was very hard working and determined to learn.  There were very few opportunities for Abe to have formal schooling but he constantly sought out ways to be educated.

His family moved west when he was young, he helped his father build their family’s home.  Sadly, Abe’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died from “milk sickness” in 1818.  This was an interesting bunny trail that we followed.  We learned that when cows ate white snakeroot they would pass this poison through their milk before they showed any signs of being sick.  People would drink the milk, then the cow would get the “trembles”.  When this happened people knew it was just a matter of time before those who drank the milk would die.  We learned that it wasn’t until 1928 that the white snakeroot plant was discovered to be what caused the mysterious trembles.

This was a sad time in the Lincoln house.  Thomas (Abe’s father), Sarah (Abe’s sister) and Abe mourned the loss of Mrs Lincoln.  Fourteen months after her death Thomas declared he was going back to Kentucky to get a wife.  He returned with his new wife Sally Johnston and her three children.  Abe was not sure how this new arrangement would work out, but Sally was a wonderful step mother and the children quickly all became like siblings.

The story then follows Abe through a series of jobs.  He chops wood for steam boats, ferries people to missed steam boats, he helped build a flat bottom boat and delivered a shipment of sweet potatoes and corn to New Orleans.  With each job he learns more, collects more books and observes more people.  He works in general stores, a post office and eventually has an interest in law.  He works very hard and becomes a lawyer.

This book has so many details about Abraham Lincoln’s life.  It is written in a conversational tone that is great for read alouds.  Many ages can come away learning so many interesting things.  The study guide is a great addition to this book.  There is a map of the United States and a map of Illinois.  This was great to see where things in the story were taking place.  There is also a timeline.  We love using timelines to get an ideas of the order of all these events.  We like to compare them with things we’ve learned in the past.

The study guide also contains many great activities to do as you read through the book.  There are questions for the end of each chapter, the answers in included at the end.  There are vocabulary words to define, writing prompts to use and suggested reading and movies.  Crafts, field trips and a culminating event are also suggested.

David and I used the end of the chapter questions and the writing prompts.  He is also planning a culminating event.  He wants to have a dinner showcasing food from that time period.  He is also hoping to watch one of the documentaries listed in the guide.

I can honestly say I love all the Heroes of History books that we have read!  We have also read one Christian Heroes books too. I’m seriously considering using the Christian Heroes books for a study about missionaries next year.

Here are the ones we have read and reviewed in the past:

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Christian Heroes, Heroes of History & Study Guides {YWAM Publishing Reviews}

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Camp Rudolph

Camp Rudolph

I got to share part of my weekend with about 70 of my favorite people! I love all the campers at Camp Rudolph, big and small!!  Here is Camp Rudolph’s summer schedule if you are looking for a great camp for your whole family.

The annual Ladies’ Retreat was awesome!!!

Wendy Fitzgerald spoke again this year and was amazing as always. I wanted to introduce you to her if you haven’t had the privilege to hear her speak. Visit her ministry If Then Move and look around.