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Are You a Blogger? Come Join Us on the Mosaic Reviews Team!

Photobucket You may have already been following the Homeschool Mosaics website and reading my FUN Schooling and GEEK Schooling posts.  We’re so pleased to also be spinning off and starting up a review team!  We need Bloggers like YOU to join our team, whether you’re male or female, a homeschooler, or not.  For more information and to fill out the application go to MosaicReviews.com.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Winning Curricula/Products of the 2011-2012 Year!

As the 2011-2012 Crew year is ending, the Blue Ribbons have been awarded. In our homeschool, OUR absolute hands-down favourite this year was Always Icecream! My daughter will be playing and learning on this educational website for years – she loves it!

The following are the recipients of the award this year. Click on the links to check out the Crew and my reviews!

Favourite Reading Instruction Product: Reading EggsFavourite Writing Product: Write Shop
Favourite Language Arts Product: Progeny PressFavourite Social Studies Product: TruthQuest History Favourite Science Product: Amazing Science
Favourite Math Product: Math Mammoth Favourite Online Math Product: MathRider
Favourite Foreign Language Product: Visual Latin
Favourite Fine Arts Product: Artistic Pursuits
Favourite Christian Education Product: Apologia: Who Am I?
Favourite Preschool Product: Before Five in a Row
Favourite Elementary Product: All About Reading
Favourite Middle School Product: Write with WORLD
Favourite High School Product: Excellence in Literature
Favourite College or College-Prep Product: Excellence in Literature
Best Online Resource: Reading Eggs Best e-Product: Heritage History
Best Homeschool Resource: Apologia: Educating the Wholehearted Child
Best Book, Novel, or Magazine: Apologia: How to Have a HEART for Your Kids
Best Children’s Book: Amazing Animals by Design
Best Game or Toy: Northstar Games: Wits and Wagers and Say Anything
Best Hands-On Resource: Pitsco Education

Best Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed: eMeals
Best Customer Service: K5 Learning
Most Adaptable Resource: Creek Edge Press
Most Family-Oriented Resource: Northstar Games: Wits and Wagers and Say Anything

Kids’ Choice (favorite of CHILDREN ages 0-12): Reading Eggs Teens’ Choice (favorite per the TEENAGERS): Pitsco Education
All Around Crew Favorite: Visual Latin

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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TruthQuest History – Review

PhotobucketTruthQuest History provides Christian, literature-based history studies.  We received the TruthQuest History guide in pdf format for Ancient Greece.

Each guide includes (from the website):

  • Profound, sequential commentary
  • Vast, specific literature recommendations
  • Provocative ThinkWrite™ exercises

TruthQuest study guides are suggested for Grades 5-12, but you could incorporate all ages.  The Ancient Greece guide is 100 pages long and consists primarily of lists of books and descriptions, including suggested grade levels ranging from Gr 1-12.  There is a brief, informal introduction at the beginning of every section, along with questions to answer throughout.  I was able to easily transfer our guide to my iPhone so I could look up books on the go.Photobucket

The author writes in a very informal way, seemingly aimed at the student, but then will state information clearly intended for the parent.  This makes reading it aloud (which we enjoy doing in our homeschool) a bit confusing. (As an aside, I find the author’s abundant use of exclamation marks distracting).  My 13 year old son found it frustrating that the author assumes you have never even heard of the Greeks, much less know anything about them – the writing seemed “dumbed-down”.  Another thing I didn’t like, is that some of the books are recommended by the author only because she has seen them in catalogues – hardly a great way to choose a book to recommend.  And some titles are simply repeated under alternate headings.  There is, however, a comprehensive alphabetical list at the end of the book, and many of the recommended titles are ones we own, or books we have read from the library and enjoyed.

You can find samples of the 11 TruthQuest History guides offered here.  The guides run from $24.95-$34.95 US for print copies, and $19.95-$29.95 US for pdf versions.  Also available for purchase at the TruthQuest store are “Binder builders”, notebooking pages, and “Map/Timeline/Report Packages”.

To see what other families in the TOS Crew thought about TruthQuest History, click HERE.

Disclaimer: This product was received in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.