Thursday, May 24, 2018

Home School Navigator {Homeschool Crew Review}

Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is a comprehensive language arts program which offers reading strategies for reading success. This online program provides you with 36 weeks of instruction, in which your student can watch and learn with daily lessons, and printable handouts full of activities.
There are six color-coded levels from which to choose. The highest level, Indigo, corresponds with an approximate equivalent to a fifth grade reading level, which is the level I chose for SJ on which to focus.

You will be able to download yearly, weekly and daily lesson plans/teaching guides. The printable handouts include answer keys. Each week your student will cover reading skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary and word studies, grammar and writing skills, and a poetry extension. The poetry extension is what really caught my eye because I am a poetry lover (and writer).
Beginning in the second month of each of the upper levels (green, blue and indigo), book studies with interactive notebooks are also included, one every other month. The books for Indigo level are: Holes, Number the Stars, A Single Shard, and Tuck Everlasting. The interactive notebooks can also be purchased separately.

The interactive notebooks consist of comprehension questions, vocabulary words, literary devices, and so forth printed on shapes your child will cut out, then glue the flap part onto notebook paper and write their answers beneath them.

SJ worked on the novel, Holes. We checked out the book and audiobook from the library, to offer him a form of independence. He listened to the audiobook while following along in the hard copy. Then he cut out the shapes he needed for those chapters, glued them onto notebook paper (which we then put into his 3-ring binder, which is basically his portfolio for the year). Beneath the flaps, he wrote his answers.

A few of the literary devices he learned about are: flashback, predicting what might come next, palindrome, describing character traits, and even a little about Pig Latin, as well as a lot of word definitions.

I really like the concept of this program. It's comprehensive. And it's easy for the parent teacher to track and record the student's progress. I like that at the end of each day, you can upload your student's work, and click the box that the day's work has been completed. I also like the looks of the portfolio builder; very handy for states in which portfolios are required (which Florida is one of those states, to one degree).

Since we have basically always used a literature-based program in our home school, I have an appreciation for this program. I wish I could have used this with my daughter and my middle son, especially. But with SJ, because of his receptive expressive language disorder, I think this was a little more challenging than he could handle. Perhaps we truly needed to use a lower level than I chose for him.

If you are looking for a comprehensive language arts curriculum, and don't mind it being online, check into Home School Navigator. They do have samples of each level you can download.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Victory Over Every Foe {a devotional}

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. 2 Corinthians 6:7.

Through the ages of moral darkness, through centuries of strife and persecution, the church of Christ has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations to the present time, the pure doctrines of the Bible have been unfolding within her borders. The church of Christ, enfeebled and defective though she may appear, is the one object on earth on which He bestows in a special sense His love and regard. The church is the theater of His grace, in which He delights to make experiments of mercy on human hearts.

The church is God’s fortress, His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world. Any betrayal of her sacred trust is treachery to Him who has bought her with the precious blood of His only begotten Son. All down through the history of the world, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth....

Today, as in the past, all heaven is watching to see the church develop in the true science of salvation.... Christ calls upon us to enter the narrow pathway, where every step means a denial of self. He calls upon us to stand upon the platform of eternal truth, and contend, yes, contend earnestly, for the faith once delivered to the saints....

As we near the time ... when Satan’s deceptive power will be so great that, if it were possible, he would deceive the very elect, our discernment must be sharpened by divine enlightenment, that we may not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. The whole treasury of heaven is at our command in the work of preparing the way of the Lord.

It is God’s design that His church shall ever advance in purity and knowledge, from light to light, from glory to glory.

Our hope is not in man, but in the living God. With full assurance of faith, we may expect that He will unite His omnipotence with the efforts of human instrumentalities, for the glory of His name. Clad with the armor of His righteousness, we may gain the victory over every foe. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, May 16 {with link up}

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Love Inspired: Bound by Duty, by Valerie Hansen {a book review} & Sweepstakes

About the book

Assignment: Single Mom Surveillance

The Military K-9 Unit series continues

When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she's secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she's not in league with the criminal---she's in danger. It's up to him and his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.

What I thought about the book

I have enjoyed the Love Inspired books for quite awhile now, so I was happy for the chance to read and review some.

My first choice to read was Bound by Duty, because it is about a K-9 unit...and we're dog lovers around here. I found it both suspenseful and entertaining, as well as well written. Stories about single moms have a special place in my heart, since I am one myself.

I plan to read the other books, too, over our summer break from homeschool (probably during the week that my youngest will be away to summer camp!).

About the author

Born in Ohio, she moved to Southern California where she married her high school sweetheart and they raised two children. She's now living "happily ever after" in rural Arkansas with that same husband of umpteen-jillion years and an assortment of pets.

When she's not traveling or exploring the woods behind the hundred-year-old farmhouse she and her husband restored with their own hands, she writes uplifting, humorous love stories set in the Ozarks and featuring the kind of good-hearted, Christian folks it's a pleasure to know.

You can learn more, check on previous titles, read great reviews and keep up with the new stories she's working on by visiting Valerie's personal website.
Love Inspired

About Love Inspired:
Feel comforted and at peace when you read these uplifting romances of faith, forgiveness and hope from Love Inspired. There are 12 new books each month! 6 from Love Inspired for those who love contemporary romance and 6 from Love Inspired Suspense who like some danger with their romance stories.

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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book in order to give you my honest opinion.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

One Great Brotherhood {a devotional}

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10.

We have one Lord, one faith, one baptism. The gospel of Christ is to reach all classes, all nations, all tongues and people. The influence of the gospel is to unite in one great brotherhood. We have only one Model that we are to imitate in character building, and then we all shall have Christ’s mold; we shall be in perfect harmony; nationalities will blend in Jesus Christ, having the same mind, and the same judgment, speaking the same things, and with one mouth glorifying God. This is the work the world’s Redeemer is to do for us. If we accept the truth as it is in Jesus, national prejudices and jealousies will be broken down, and the Spirit of truth will blend hearts in one. We will love as brethren; we will esteem others better than ourselves; we will be kind and courteous, meek and lowly, easy to be entreated; full of mercy and good fruits....

God knows just how to meet the peculiarities of different nationalities.... The third angel’s message ... is to unite the people to do a special work, preparing them with perfection of character to unite in one great family in the mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those who love Him....

The truth is all powerful and far reaching. It will unite nationalities in one great brotherhood.... Christ in men unites them on one grand platform, preparing for the uniting in one family in heaven. It is the truth that makes men one and removes national prejudice....

The truth will have the same molding influence upon hearts whatever the nationalities. Every human heart that accepts the truth will bow to the majesty of its sway, and when Christ is abiding in the heart by faith they will be of one mind, for Christ is not divided. They will be strong in His strength, happy and united in His peace. The truth is the same in its subduing power upon all hearts. It will refine and ennoble the heart of the receiver. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White

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