Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate ~ {TOS Review}

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
Our latest review comes from Standard Deviants Accelerate. Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online learning resource for ages 8 through adult. It will guide your students through the courses of your choice using both videos and written transcripts.

We received a one year subscription to all of their courses which include:

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 Biolody - Grades 11+
AP Chemistry - Grades 11+
AP U.S. Government & Politics - Grades 11+
AP U.S. History - Grades 11+
AP Eng. Composition - Grades 11+

I chose to use Arithmetic with my son, who is 9. We used it three times a week, I had hoped he'd be able to work through it on his own, but he wanted me by his side the whole time.

Included with our subscription, I received my own account with access to:

  • Grade Reports
  • Red Flag Alerts
  • Editable Scoring Rubrics
  • Progress Indicators

The students have to have their own email account to create their account on SDA. Their account gives them access to:

  • Video lessons
  • Assignments
  • Automatic grading of quizzes and tests
  • A note taking feature
  • A print function
  • The ability to message a parent for help on a specific lesson
Since you can work at your own pace, you can speed it up if the work is easy for you, or slow it down through tougher areas. The program will even customize the review questions for your students based on the areas they show difficulty.

Have a curriculum you already use? You can add SDA as a supplement to that program, using the videos to help through a difficult subject, or give them another angle to look at something. 

Since we chose to work with the math program, some of the subjects covered include whole numbers, addition and subtraction, multiplying whole numbers, dividing whole numbers, decimals, fractions and SO much more.
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Each lesson consists of 5 steps.

Videos - the videos are 10-15 minutes long, and there are 2-3 under each lesson. They have a transcript you can print off for later, if you need to.

Then we have Vocabulary. Here you'll find definitions of all those important words mentioned in the video, and your student can click on the word to hear it.

The Diagram tab is where all the work is done. He would click and drag items around the screen to answer the questions. Wrong answers won't "stick", so you know if it doesn't stay, you need to keep working at it.

Then the Quiz - that's pretty self-explanatory. They're automatically graded, so the teacher doesn't have to do it.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
Written Answer - Ok, math was NEVER my best subject (sometimes it still isn't), and written answer problems have never been a good thing for me. This part of the lessons just confirmed that, and since they didn't make sense to either one of us, we mostly just skipped this part.

Now, what did we think of the program? Although there were parts of it my son liked, for the most part he wasn't too keen on keeping up with the work every day. When I would tell him it was time to do it, often times he wasn't happy. Don't get me wrong, it was NOT the program's fault. I believe he is just too young to "get it". The programs are for ages 8 to adult, but there are some 8 year olds who are more developed than he is. I believe it would be a great program for a student who could get more out of it.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

For the regular courses homeschoolers can purchase the course for use by one student for $99 for a year, or $24.95 per month.

If you have older students, AP courses are available for one student for $14.95 per month.

You can give it a try with a 6 month FREE trial. Check it out for yourself! And don't forget to read the reviews by my fellow Crew Mates!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Apologia iWitness ~ {TOS Review Crew}

Our latest review comes from Apologia Educational Ministries. I have a history buff as my son, and we were blessed to be chosen to review their iWitness book series. 

We received iWitness Bible Archaeology, New Testament iWitness and Old Testament iWitness.  All three books sell for $14.00 each are while the reading level is for ages 11 and up, they are a great resource for all ages.

About The Author

Doug Powell has a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is the author of the bestselling Holman QuickSource Guide to  Christian Apologetics, Resurrection iWitness, Jesus iWitness, an award winning graphic designer, app designer and a musician. You can read more about Doug and this book series in an interview he did with Apologia

In iWitness Biblical Archaeology, we discover evidence that relates to biblical history either by showing us how finds back up the Bible or by providing us with enough information to give us a better understanding of biblical history.
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The Flood of Genesis, Looking for Noah's Ark, Egyptian Chronology, The Exodus....are just a few of the stories covered in this book. 

Did you know that in 1990, bulldozers working in a park near Jerusalem accidentally unearthed a cave that contained 12 ossuaries. Ossuaries were bone boxes used by Jews between the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century BC.

Apparently, this cave was the family tomb of Caiaphas, the high priest who presided over the trial of Jesus. 

And biblical evidence for the existence of Pontius Pilate turned up in 1961 in Caesarea Maritma. The theater was being excavated when they found a stone in a stairway that had his name and title inscribed on it. The plaque had marked a temple to Tiberius and had been repurposed when the theater was being renovated around the 4th century.

In Old Testament iWitness, we learn who wrote the books, where they came from. How they were collected, have they changed? What's the difference between the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament and how do we know the Old Testament is historically accurate?
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The books that make up the Hebrew Bible were written over a 1,000 year period. These different books tell a single story of how God acted in history and what his plans are. The books were recognized by the Jews over centuries as having something no other books had.

The Canon Criteria were the criteria by which books were included in the Hebrew Bible. According to Jewish tradition, every book in the Hebrew Bible was written by a prophet. When the line of prophets ended with Malachi, the canon was complete.

The New Testament is where most Christians have gotten our information about Jesus. Who he is, the meaning of his life, his crucifixion and death. All those questions are answered there. Jesus treated the Old Testament as inspired scripture, he was the fulfillment of it's prophecy. 
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In iWitness New Testament, we learn about the particular books. Were there books that weren't included? Who decided what books were included? How do we know who wrote them?

We learn that there was a handful of books that were rejected. They failed to meet the criteria, by either being late; written after the Apostolic Age. A few were even forged in the name of an apostle.

How it was copied, the number of copies, copying methods, differences in the copies, manuscript families, recovered text. All of these questions anyone might have about the New Testament are covered.

I chose to read these books with my children and when we would have a question about something, we turned to the Bible. If you are doing Bible study in your homeschool, this set of books would be a great addition. They would also make a great addition to a Bible study class.

So many of us base our daily lives around our Bibles, this series simply helps us understand it a little more.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's All Be Brave ~ A Book Review

Have you ever secretly admired those people who just sell everything they don't need and move across the country or even the world to live somewhere they've always dreamed of? 

Yeh, me too.

But I'm too much of a homebody to actually do it, I have to be close to my family. My brother is brave enough. He's actually done it. He's lived in California, lived in NY. Took a job as a government contractor and worked in Iraq/Kuwait for 3 years. 

Do you consider yourself brave enough to actually DO it?

Yeh, me either.

I was recently offered the opportunity to review Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs.

Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not writing books or traveling for speaking events, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet—blogging at and, sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, the Internet, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.

In Let's All Be Brave, she tells stories about the times in her life when God called her to be brave. 

College, leaving home for her first teaching job, moving home, moving to Nashville, traveling to Scotland (my dream trip) to do ministry. Moving to Scotland! 

Reading her stories gave me the impression of chatting with a younger sister over coffee, and wishing I was as brave as she was.

Annie calls us all to be brave. To live boldly, to step in to those places that scare the living daylights out of us. To ask God the questions we are afraid to ask, even though the answer scares us.

No matter our circumstances, we all have the opportunity to step up and be brave. Going for that job you really want, selling everything and traveling, homeschooling your children (this one calls for bravery on a daily basis). Doing that thing you've been dreaming of doing for years.

Be brave enough to find your passion and go for it.

Now, if you'd like your very own copy of Let's All Be Brave, enter the giveaway below!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Finding My Roots

I first started digging in to the family genealogy back in the late 80's, after my brother had attended the Scottish Festival where we lived. He was able to track down one of our Uncle's on our dad's side and get some information from him. Our father had passed away when we were both young, and we never knew his family. Over the next couple of years, I tried numerous times to contact his sister, but to no avail. She never responded, and while I've found her daughters on social media, I've gotten no response from them either.

Thanks to though, I've still be able to find out alot about our family, on both sides. We've got ancestors from England, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, and France, just to name a few. And have some pretty interesting characters too.

One of them is our 11th Great Grandfather, Dr. Rowland Taylor. Dr. Taylor was a pastor, who when he spoke out against the Catholic church coming in to his town, was hauled off and burned at the stake. Below is his story.

Rowland Taylor Parts from His Wife and Children:

Rowland Taylor was born at the town of Hadleigh, in the country of Suffolk, which was one of the first places in England to accept the reformed faith. After coming of age, and being admitted to the ministry, he began to preach to his native town, and continued to do so during the reign of the young king Edward. Archbishop Cranmer, who was a good judge of men, and loved to reward merit, took Taylor into his family, and gave into his charge the church of Hadleigh.

 Here he proved himself a most excellent preacher and a faithful pastor. He became the friend of every person in his parish, and taught many the Scriptures while visiting from house to house. He was not only a preacher of sermons, but practiced what he preached. He was full of pity for the poor, and his charity was bounded only by his means. In the course of Taylor's labors he often met with opposition, and even with abuse from those who did not agree with him, but he bore all patiently, saying that in this would we must go through evil as well as good report. 

After some years passed in this way he married a good woman and began to keep house. It was said of him that he never sat down to dinner with his family, without first inquiring whether there was any poor man at his door who needed food. He was also a tender, affectionate husband, and brought up his children in the fear of God, often saying that to lay a deep foundation is the only way to build a good house. In this excellent manner, Dr. Taylor, as he was now called, continued to fill his place at Hadleigh, as long as king Edward lived; but no sooner was that monarch dead, than the times took a very different aspect. 

In obedience to queen Mary's proclamation, a Romish priest came to Hadleigh to say mass. Two gentlemen of the town named Clarke and Foster, with others of the old faith, aided him in rebuilding the altar, and it was arranged that mass should be said on Palm Sunday. But some who were opposed to this met together in the evening, and pulled down the altar; it was, however, built up again, and a watch was appointed, lest it should be destroyed a second time. 

On the day following, Clarke and Foster came with an armed guard, bringing with them the priest who was to perform the service of mass. The priest was dressed in his robes for the occasion, and the guard was ordered to protect him if his should be attacked by the people. Dr. Taylor was sitting in his house when he heard the church bell begin to ring. He went out to learn the cause, and seeing a crowd around the church tried to enter, but was at first unable to open the door. At last, getting in by another way he found an armed guard drawn up around the chancel and a priest at the altar saying mass. Dr. Taylor at once cried out against this, and called the priest an idolater, who replied by calling Dr. Taylor a traitor for disobeying the queen's proclamation. Dr. Taylor said he was no traitor, but a minister of the gospel, commanded to teach the people; and then ordered the priest to retire, as one who came there to poison the minds of the people with false doctrine. 

Foster, who was the principal supporter of the priest, also called Dr. Taylor a traitor, and violently dragged him out of the church; although Mrs. Taylor, on her knees, begged that he might be released. When Dr. Taylor's friends heard this, they were much alarmed, as justice was not to be expected from the party then in power, and they advised the accused minister to go abroad to save his life. But this he would not do; saying that it was more honorable to suffer for the cause of truth, than to flee from the wrath of wicked men. "God," said he, "will either protect me from suffering, or he will enable me to bear it." He said, also, "That he believed his dying for the truth would be of more service to the cause than flying from the persecutions of his enemies." When his friends saw that they could not persuade him, they took leave of him with tears. He then set out for London, accompanied by a servant, named John Hull, who had been a considerable time in his family. This faithful servant also advised his master to make his escape, but to no purpose. 

Gardiner, when he saw Taylor, according to his usual custom assailed him with abuse, calling him "knave, traitor, heretic," with many other hard names; all of which Taylor heard patiently, and at last said to him. "My lord, I am neither traitor nor heretic, but a true subject and a faithful Christian man, and am come, according to your command, to know what is the reason that your lordship hath sent for me." Then said the bishop, "Art thou come, thou villain? How darest thou look me in the face for shame? Knowest thou not who I am?" Dr. Taylor then answered the bishop boldly, saying he knew he was the persecutor of God's people. He also put Gardiner in mind of the oath he had taken at the beginning of king Edward's reign, to oppose the papal supremacy; but Gardiner answered that the oath had been forced from him, so that he was not obliged to abide by it. After some further questioning Taylor was committed to prison. 

While in prison, Dr. Taylor spent the greater part of his time in prayer, in reading the Scriptures, and in teaching the poor prisoners who were confined with him in that dismal place. The prison to which Dr. Taylor was sent was called the King's Bench. Here he met a good man named John Bradford, whose companionship cheered him much. After Dr. Taylor had been some time in prison, he was ordered to appear at Bow church, in Cheapside, to answer to the dean concerning his marriage. When he was brought before this officer, he defended marriage in such a masterly manner, that the dean did not venture, as was his custom in such cases, to pronounce a divorce, but only deprived him of his pastorate. He was then sent back to prison, and kept there about a year and a half; after which he was brought out to be examined again before the chancellor. Being charged with heresy by the chancellor, and the other bishops who were present, Dr. Taylor admitted that he was opposed to the practices of the church of Rome, and that he would hold to his faith until the last, believing it consistent with the doctrines laid down by Christ and his apostles. The consequences of such a free and open declaration of faith can readily be imagined.

The chancellor at once pronounced the prisoner guilty of heresy, and sentenced him to 
be first degraded and then burned. He was hurried to a prison in London--in Southwark--called the Clink, where he remained till night, when he was sent to another prison, called the Compter. After he had been there seven days, Bonner, bishop of London, with others, came and degraded him from the priesthood. The night after Taylor was degraded, his wife, with his son Thomas, and John Hull, the serving-man, came to see him; and the keeper kindly permitted them to go into his cell and sup with him. There was a great difference between the keeper of the bishop's prison and the keeper of the Compter. The bishop's keepers were always hard and cruel, like their master; but the keepers of the royal prisons, for the most part, showed as much kindness as they dared to those condemned for their religion. After supper, the doctor walked two or three times across the room; and then, turning to his son, he said, "My dear son, may God bless thee, and give thee his Holy Spirit, to be a true servant of Christ; to hear his word, and constantly to stand by the truth all thy life long; and, my son, see that thou flee from all sin and wicked living; be virtuous; attend closely to the Bible, and pray to God sincerely. In all things that come to pass, see that thou be obedient to thy mother; love her and serve her; be ruled and directed by her now in they youth, and follow her good counsel in all things. When thou hast become a man, and if God bless thee with means, love and cherish the poor people, and make it thy chief aim to be rich in alms. When thy mother is old provide for her according to thy abilities, and see that she want for nothing; then will god bless thee, and give thee a long and prosperous life upon earth."

Then turning to his wife, Taylor said, "My dear wife, I need not tell thee to continue steadfast in the faith. I have tried to be unto thee a faithful yokefellow; and so hast thou been to me; for the which I doubt not, my dear, but God will reward thee. Now the time is come that I am to be taken away, and thou wilt be freed from the wedlock bond: therefore I will give thee my counsel, what I think best for thee. Thou art yet a young and comely woman, and, therefore, it may be proper for thee to marry again; for, doubtless, thou wilt not be able thyself, alone, to support our dear children, nor be out of trouble till thou art married. Therefore, should Providence bring to thee some good, honest man, willing to support the poor children, marry him, and live in the fear of God." Having said these words, Taylor prayed with his family; and then he gave his wife an English prayer-book of the time of king Edward VI; and to his son Thomas he gave a Latin book containing writings of the early Christian fathers, telling of the courage and constancy of the ancient martyrs.

The next day, as early as two o'clock in the morning, the sheriff of London, and his officers, came to the prison to get Taylor and take him to Hadleigh, to be burned. Now his wife had heard that they would take him away, so she watched all night in St. Botolph's church porch, near by, having with her two children, the one named Elizabeth, thirteen years of age(who, being an orphan without father or mother, Taylor had brought up thorough charity from three years old), and the other named Mary, his own daughter. Now, when the sheriff and his company came by St. Botolph's church, Elizabeth cried out, saying, "O my dear father! Mother, mother, look! there is my father being led away!" Then his wife called, "Rowland, Rowland, where art thou?" for it was a very dark morning, so that the one could hardly see the other. Taylor answered, "Dear wife, I am here," and stopped. The sheriff's men would have forced him to go on; but the sheriff said, "Stay a little, masters, I pray you, and let him speak to his wife;" and so they stayed. Then she came to him, and he took his daughter Mary in his arms; and he, his wife, and Elizabeth kneeled down, and said the Lord's prayer. At this sad sight the sheriff wept apace, and so did others of the company. After they had prayed, he rose up and kissed his wife; be of good comfort." And then he kissed his daughter Mary, and said, "God bless thee, and make thee his servant;" and kissing Elizabeth, he said, "God bless thee. I pray you all stand strong and steadfast to Christ and his word." Then his wife said, "God be with thee, dear Rowland; I will meet thee at Hadleigh."

And so he was led forth to the inn called the woolpack, and his wife followed him. As soon as they came there, he was put into a chamber, where he was kept with four yeomen of the guard and the sheriff's men. As soon as he was come into the chamber, he fell down on his knees and prayed. The sheriff then, seeing Taylor's wife there, would not let her speak any more with her husband, but gently desired her to go to his house and take it as her own, and promised her that her husband should lack nothing, and sent two officers to conduct her there. But she wished rather to go to her mother's; so the officers led her there, and charged her mother to keep her till they came again. Dr. Taylor remained at the Woolpack inn until eleven in the forenoon, when the sheriff of Essex came to receive him, and they set out together on horseback. As they came out of the gate of the inn John Hull, the faithful servant, was there waiting, having with him Taylor's son Thomas; John lifted up the boy that he might see his father, and then set him on the horse before him. 

The prisoner, taking off his hat, said, "Good people, this is my son." He then lifted up his eyes towards heaven, and prayed for the boy, laying his hand upon his head, and blessing him. After this he gave him back to John Hull, whom he shook by the hand, and said, "Thou hast been the faithfulest servant a man ever had." When they came to Brentwood, the prisoner was greeted by his friends who saw him pass by; so they put on him a close hood, having two holes for his eyes, and one for his moth, to breathe at. They did this so that no man should know him or speak to him. Yet, all the way, Taylor was as joyful as if he had been going to take possession of an estate instead of to die a dreadful death. At Chelmsford they were met by the sheriff of Suffolk, who was to take him into that country to be executed. At supper, the sheriff of Essex very earnestly persuaded the prisoner to return to the Romish religion, and said, "Good master doctor, we are right sorry for you: God has given you great learning and wisdom, wherefore you have been in great favor in times past with the rulers of this realm. Besides this, you are a man of goodly person, in your best strength, and by nature likely to live many years, and without doubt you should in time to come be in as good reputation as ever you were, or rather better. For you are well beloved of all men, as well for your virtues as for your learning, and it were a great pity you should cast yourself away willingly, and so come to such a painful and shameful death. You would do much better to recant your opinions, and return to the church of Rome, acknowledge the pope to be the supreme head of the church, and reconcile yourself to him. You may do well yet, if you will; and doubtless may find favor at the queen's hands." But Taylor firmly refused to listen to their entreaties, so that the sheriff and his company were amazed at his constancy. The next day they went on to Hadleigh. 

When they had come near to the town there waited, in the road, a poor man with five small children; who, when he saw Dr. Taylor, held up his hands, and cried out, "O dear friend and good pastor, Dr. Taylor, God help thee, as thou hast many a time helped me and my poor children!" The sheriff and others that led Taylor were astonished at this; and the sheriff rebuked the poor man for crying out so. But soon the streets of Hadleigh were filled on both sides of the way with men and women, who waited to see their good pastor; and when they beheld him led to death, they cried one to another, "Ah! there goes our good friend, who so faithfully hath taught us, so fatherly hath cared for us, and so kindly hath governed us. Good Lord, strengthen him, and comfort him!" At last, coming to Aldham common, the place where Taylor was to suffer, he asked, "What place is this, and why are so many people gathered here?" It was answered, "It is Aldham common, the place where you must burn; and the people are come to look upon you." Taylor replied, "Thanks to God, I am near home!" Then he alighted from his horse, and with both his hands rent the hood, which had been put on him to prevent his being known, from his head. He then stood al little apart from the guards, and looked about him. When the people saw his familiar face and long white beard, they burst out weeping, and cried, "God save thee, good Dr. Taylor!" Then he would have spoken to the people, but as soon as he opened his mouth to speak, one of the guards thrust the end of a staff into his mouth and prevented his uttering a word. Then Taylor asked of the sheriff permission to speak; but the sheriff refused, and bade him remember his promise to the council. "Well," replied Taylor, "a promise must be kept." What promise he referred to is unknown; but the common saying was, that after he and others were condemned, the council sent for them, and threatened they would cut their tongues out of their heads, unless they would promise that at their burning they would keep silence, and not speak to the people. Wherefore they, desiring to have the use of their tongues for the little time they might live, promised that they would remain silent when brought to the stake.

When Taylor saw that he could not speak, he sat down, and seeing a man, long at enmity with him, named Soyce, he called him, and said, "Soyce, I pray thee come and pull of my boots, and take them for your labor. Thou hast long looked for them, now take them." Then he stood up and took off his clothes to his shirt, and gave them away. This being done, he said with a loud voice, "Good people, I have taught you nothing but God's holy word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God's blessed book, the Bible; and I am come hither this day to confirm it with my blood." No sooner had he spoken these words, than Homes, yeoman of the guard, who had used the prisoner very cruelly all the way, gave him a great stroke upon the head with a staff, and said, "Is that the keeping of thy promise, thou heretic?" Seeing they would not permit him to speak, Taylor kneeled down and prayed, and a poor woman that was among the people came close and prayed with him; but they thrust her away, and threatened to tread her down with horses. In spite of this, she would not go away, but remained and prayed with hem. When he had prayed, he went to the stake, and set himself into a pitch-barrel, which they had prepared for him to stand in, and so stood with his back upright against the stake, with his hands folded together, and his eyes toward heaven. 

The fagots were brought, and the fire kindled. One man standing near cruelly cast a piece of wood out of the fire at him, which struck him upon the head, and broke his face, so that the blood ran down. Then said Taylor, "O friend, I have hurt enough; what needed that?" Sir John Shelton standing by, as Taylor was speaking and saying the fifty-first psalm, "Have mercy upon us," struck him on the lips; "Ye knave," said he, "speak in Latin, or I will made thee." Taylor, holding up both his hands, called upon God, and said, "Merciful Father of heaven, for Jesus sake, receive my soul into thy hands!" So he stood still in the fire, without either crying or moving , with his hands folded together, till at last, Soyce, with a halberd, struck him on the head, and he fell down into the fire.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fix It! Grammar - Book 1 ~ TOS Review Crew

Fix It! Grammar Review
I'm Alicia and I am a Grammar Nazi. (Everyone say "Hi Alicia")

When I heard that we would be getting the opportunity to review Fix It! Grammar from Institute for Exellence In Writing, I have to admit, my heart skipped a beat.

Fix It! Grammar Review
We received The Nose Tree [Student Book 1], which sells for $15.00 and The Nose Tree [Teacher's Manual Book 1], which sells for $19.00. This program covers Grades 3 through 12, depending on your students level. You can also find out where your student needs help by taking the Placement Test.
Fix It! Grammar Review

Even though my children are still relatively young in their schooling, I had been thinking how I was going to teach them proper grammar for quite some time, and it was starting to worry me. Until we received Fix It! Grammar.

In 15 minutes a day, we hunt for and correct errors we find in a daily passage, that by the end of the 33 weeks of lessons, will tell a story. Each book provides 33 weeks of daily passages, along with 132 vocabulary words, reproducible student pages, VERY clear teachers notes and a grammar glossary. Your student will need a binder with 4 tabs, one for Fix Its, Grammar Glossary, Rewrite and Vocabulary.

We start out our week by reading the "Learn It" section in the Student Book. They learn about the grammar concept we will be working on for the week and I show them how to apply the lesson to the passage for the day. Since the markings are illustrated in my Teachers Manual, it's easy for me to guide them.

Then we work on the Fix Its. We read the sentence for the day, I give them the definition for the bolded vocabulary word, which they write in their notebooks, we fix and mark the sentence and then they rewrite the corrected sentence in their notebooks.

The rest of our week centers around fixing the remaining sentences, one each day, and learning the vocabulary words and their definitions. With the lessons only taking 15 minutes a day, it's great for my two short attention span kids. 

Now, did we jump in full force with the kids being as excited as I was to get started? I would have to say "No". But as we've continued to work on it, they've started to understand more and more and sometimes will even catch things, such as putting end marks, when doing their handwriting practice.

English was hands down my favorite subject all through school. I could lose myself in the written word, still do. When we started this homeschool adventure in 2012, I started to think ahead of how I would go about teaching them the Language Arts, even though they were only in Kindergarten and Pre-K at the time. Both the spoken and written word can convey so much, and I wanted to be able to teach them to do it properly. With the help of Fix It! Grammar, I'll me able to teach them just that. 

I'm also proud to say that IEW is an Oklahoma company, based in Locust Grove, OK. The Fix It! Grammar series covers 6 books, both Student Books and Teacher's Manuals and from Grades 3 through 12. You can give your student the Placement Test, found on the website, before hand so that you know where your students understanding of grammar lies before you make your purchase.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Does Plexus Work??

Those who know me personally, or are friends with me on FB know that I am a Plexus Independent Ambassador and have been one since February of this year.

I'm often approached by people both in person, and online, asking me what it is, and if it works.

It has worked for me, and worked for my husband, along with people I know personally who are using it.

The impressive weight control benefits of Plexus Slim aren’t just hearsay – they’ve been clinically proven in a recent human study. The study was conducted with patients of mixed gender and age. The study measured the effects of Plexus Slim on overweight patients with blood-sugar issues. Every single one of the patients who participated in this study enjoyed improvements in weight lost, inches lost, blood glucose levels, energy levels, and appetite control. Even patients with very little excess weight (5 to 10 lbs) were able to lose these excess pounds.
Will it work for everyone who takes it? No. It won’t. But, based on the proven track record, there is a better than excellent chance that it will work for you.
It would be dishonest for me to say that it will work for everyone. I don't know of any weight loss product that will work for everyone, even prescription medications don't work for everyone. Most products don't have the same effect on everyone because everyone's body is different.
The developer of the product states that it takes two to three weeks for Plexus Slim to really get into your system and to start to see results. So, even though tons of people have achieved faster results, it could take longer. And you need to be aware of this up front. Don’t begin taking any type of weight loss product with false expectations and hopes. You need to know the facts before you begin. The worst thing you can do is to start taking a product expecting to see fantastic results within a week or two. That’s a very good way to get discouraged.
My recommendation is to try Plexus Slim for at least two months before you draw any conclusions about whether the product works, or not. That’s a reasonable, and realistic, time period to expect to see some results, and customers are also completely protected by the 60 day money back guarantee during that time frame.
You will most likely be one of the thousands of people who have been helped by this product. But if it doesn't work for you… you can always get a refund. 
I’m not going to try to convince you that this is going to work for everyone who tries it. It would be ridiculous for me to do that. And it would be ridiculous for you to believe that type of hype.
I will, however, share our story and those of others with you, and let you be the judge of whether it works or not.
This is Misty, and she suffers from Fibromyalgia. Here is her story:

Misty says ~ "I was skeptical even did a ton of research before starting. When I saw it could help me with the every day pain related to my #Fibromyalgia I decided to try it. What did I have to lose I've tried everything else right? Boy was I in for a surprise after the 1st week no pain related to fibro and I felt more alive. My second week I was doing things that normally hurt. Week 3 I noticed that i had lost a total of 17 inches from around my body. Today week 4 measured this morning and 21 inches GONE!!!!! Still no pain from fibro, yes my permanent pain from the hardware in my back is there but not like it was and the pins and needles, fire from a match running up and down my legs, and I no longer feel like a million pins being stuck in me when I get a hug. It has been an interesting journey this last 2 months and I truly love what it has done for me. I drink Slim in the morning and take 2-3 Probio 5's at night. Can't wait to see what else it will do for me. Looking forward to starting the Fast Relief Nerve Health and Fast Relief soon."

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