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Rosetta Stone Level 1 giveaway from Trivium Pursuit

Now is the perfect time to give your child the gift of possibilities for the holidays with Rosetta Stone Homeschool — and you can WIN a Level 1 Homeschool program, language of your choice (valued at $249)!

Right now Rosetta Stone is having a special Holiday promotion on our Homeschool Edition program and we’d like you to help spread the word! Everyone can save up to $150 on Rosetta Stone Homeschool by visiting our website at http://www.RosettaStone.com/hsw1110.

By helping us spread the word you can win a Rosetta Stone Homeschool Edition Level 1 program, language of your choice, valued at $249.

This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever!

Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.

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TOS Review: Easy Classical Early Modern History Schedule

As part of the TOS Crew, I was given a free copy of Easy Classical Early Modern History Schedule to review. The schedule is based on The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and it is intended for use between K-6th. Follow these links to see more Sample History Schedule Pages and Sample Lesson Pages.

This schedule contains activities for each day of the school week for 36 weeks. Included is a list of resources a parent may purchase or check out from their local library. The topics included in the schedule are Writing, Geography, Project, Read Aloud and a historic focus (a different one each week) such as “The Massachusetts Bay Colony” in week 10 or “Lewis and Clark” in week 34.

At the bottom of the schedule are Comprehension Questions, complete with answers in blue ink and a shopping list for the following week! How convenient! Behind each week’s schedule is a Comprehension Quiz that may be given as an oral or written quiz. This is a great way to see if the students a) are listening and b) understand what they are listening to.

Overall I am impressed by this schedule and would certainly use it within my family. The convenience of the questions being on the same page as the week’s schedule is of great value to someone like myself, trying to make the most of our home school hours.

Easy Classical also carries science schedules, which I will be looking at, writing guides and copy books. Schedules that are coming soon are Old Testament and Ancient Egypt, New Testament, Greece and Rome and Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation. Currently the Early Modern History Schedule is available in two formats. The Digital Download is $29.95 and the Notebook is $35.95.

Take a look around the website and you’re likely to find something that will help in your classical home educating family!

I was given a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review.

TOS Review: “Good Morning, God” by Davis Carman

“Good Morning, God” by Davis Carman is a simple, sweet book with touching illustrations by Alice Ratterree. The book is designed for ages one to eight years, and is just right for our family!

The premise of the book, quoted in its early pages, is Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

The book begins on Sunday when Mom and Dad instruct the child in the story how to sit and stand at church and how to worship God. At bedtime, the child prays to God and the days closes with “Good night, Sunday. Good night, God.” This pattern continues through the week until the next Sunday, each day focusing on various activities for the child and training by the parents. Reading through the book a number of times most young children will pick up the days of the week as well as the times of day -morning and bedtime.

Following the story are pages with a list of questions and scriptures for each day of the week related to the day in the story. These will be useful in a family conversation about the book and to see how much a child understands.

My four and five-year old children were especially captivated and asked to read the book several times. The three-year old enjoyed seeing the pictures of children in activities very familiar to him – playing with his older brother, jumping on the bed, riding his bike.

A simple straight-forward and lovely book with examples of parents training their children in the Christian faith from the earliest age, I highly recommend this book. It could become a fast favorite gift for family’s with young children!

“Good Morning, God” is published by Apologia Press and can be purchased for $14.00. A perfect gift for a preschooler or early elementary age child, there is also a coloring book available. If I were to give my reviews stars, this resource would get the full five!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation.

TOS Review: Nanuq, My Animal Family

This month I’m pleased to review the book Nanuq: A Polar Bear’s Story which is part of the My Animal Family collection.  Other books available in this series tell the story about a baby lion (Leo), a baby chimpanzee (Korow) and a baby elephant (Ella).  Included with each hardback book is a live-action DVD with wildlife footage.  It has been edited for younger viewers and gives children a look at how animals survive in the wild.  You also receive the official My Animal Family (MAF) Kids Club membership card.  The card has a password that will allow you and your family to use the My Animal Family website which contains related games and activities.


My children liked looking at the pictures and hearing the story of the baby polar bear, Nanuq.  Nanuq and his brother, Suka, learn to hunt and generally have fun like only a polar bear can.  The story’s simplicity makes it geared towards younger children as factual information was not included, to my seven-year-old’s surprise.  These days he reads to gather information, and this is where the DVD came in handy!  Fun and informative, the DVD makes this book a terrific gift idea for any child between 3 and 9 years old.


Nanuq is a cute book with colorful artwork and a bonus DVD.  The book alone would make a nice gift for a young child but the DVD footage will capture even the interest of an older child.  This book sells for 12.99.  It and other titles may be purchased at My Animal Family.


I was given this book for review purposes only.  I received no other compensation.

TOS Review: Talking Fingers, Inc


I really appreciate the recent opportunity our family was given to try out and review this typing program as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  Talking Fingers, Inc is an online program that sells for $35 for a 5 year subscription per student.  The character named Vexor or the Blobfather, as my son called him, is the antagonist intended to motivate the student.  He has stolen the letters from their “homes” or keys and the child must correctly type a letter repeatedly to restore the letter to its home.

Check out a demo of the program at Talking Fingers to see if it’s a good fit for your family.

Our Experience

Overall, my 7-year old son and 5-year old daughter enjoyed using this typing program.  My son is a willing reader and enjoyed getting to type his own stories later into the program.  My daughter is a beginning reader so the reading in this program is a great review for her.  A highlight of the program for both children is the certificate they earned each time they learned to type four letters.  We proudly hung them on the refrigerator door.  As of today, my son is able to use his fingers to type the correct keys (he has learned so far) whereas, my daughter is now more aware of the keys but has not yet moved beyond “hunt and peck”.

Nearly every day, my son and daughter beg to use Talking Fingers.  It can be a challenge to determine if their interest is due to the novelty of “playing” on the computer or a reaction to the program.  A few days into using this program, I looked over to see my son’s face in a frown and his lower lip poised to cry.  Then I heard the nasty voice of Vexor comment, “You’ll never be able to do this” or some similar remark.  I quickly countered what the character said and told him I knew he could do it and he had already been doing so well.  It’s really a shame that the program doesn’t have a nicer character to motivate the student.  I am certain this story line would be just as effective if the antagonist wasn’t as negative when speaking directly to the child.  I was so saddened to see my son’s expression that I would not choose to use this program in our family.

In summary, I am pleased that my son has been learning to keyboard, but I will have to continue looking to find the right program for our family.  


TOS Review: Schleich figures

One summer afternoon, I received a package.  On this day, every child in our home was in need of a little something to encourage their cooperation and I was missing that component.  This package from Schleich had arrived right on time.

Schleich is a company I was somewhat familiar with prior to this review.  Every time we visit a certain craft store, my children spot one or more small animal figures they would like to have.  So you can see why receiving a box full of these beautifully crafted animal figures was a thrill for all of us.  As I handed out one animal at a time, the kids immediately began doing what kids do best.  They played.  For a long time their animals stampeded, fought each other and talked to each other.  Eventually we looked through the catalog included in the box to find the name of each animal we had received.  The animals are each very detailed and, except for size, are very life-like.

These animal figures are sure to please and would make a great Christmas present or birthday gift.  Check out their selection.  Schleich has a wide assortment of figures to choose from – along with wild life, there are farm animals, dinosaurs, domestic animals, knights, American indians and more.

Prices vary as Schleich figures can be found at a wide range of retail locations.  Amazon, FAO Schwarz, Toys R Us carry these darling figures.

Disclaimer:  I received these products for review purposes.

TOS Review: Salem Ridge Press

Two of my loves meet often in dusty pages.  They are not all that unique to me – History and Books – but both are to whom I would spend all my time with if I had no other responsibilities or relationships in life.  In my youth, my favorite series of books were historical fiction.  I remember fondly the books I spent hours with.  Sometimes I felt I truly had experienced history, if that were possible, through reading those books.

Salem Ridge Press is a company that specializes in republishing books from the 1800 and 1900’s.  The books are edited in an effort to keep them “wholesome ‘living books’ for the whole family”.  On their website, one can search their wide selection by name of author, age range, title or time period and location.  The books run between $ 10.95 and $ 22.95 in soft and hard cover editions.

The package I eagerly opened was a book from Salem Ridge Press: “Soldier Fritz and The Enemies He Fought” by Emma Leslie.  By the title alone, it interested my seven-year-old son.  Given the time period in which the book was written, 1871, the author’s style took some getting used to, but that’s barely worth mentioning.  I was very pleased that Salem Ridge included definitions for uncommon words at the bottom of the page.  For instance, the clothing item called a “jerkin” is not common place today and without the included definition, I would not have known it is a short, close-fitting, sleeveless jacket.

The story, overall, taught very clear lessons in fighting the enemies of pride and anger,  as well as living selflessly.  The book is set in Germany during the Reformation.  It seriously explores the cost of reading the Bible to learn God’s ways, turning from the tradition of the powerful, authoritarian church.  This book is geared for 8 year olds and older.  My seven-year-old seemed to understand most of it as the main themes were repeated several times throughout the book.

I am pleased to learn about this company that publishes a great product.  They certainly meet a need for quality period literature for children and families.  I hope to continue adding books from Salem Ridge Press to our library.

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book and two e-books in exchange for my review.  Further reviews are forthcoming.