Monday, November 13, 2017


Sound for Life, LTD can help people with auditory processing and sensory integration with their product FORBRAIN. The purpose of FORBRAIN is to amplify sound transmission through bone conduction. A user improves perception of his own voice due to bone conduction headphones equipped with a high sensitivity microphone. As FORBRAIN sits on the temples leaving the ears unblocked, it allows the user to continue to perceive surrounding sounds normally. An individual can not only concentrate on their own voice without cutting out external sounds but also learn to efficiently focus on relevant sounds. The user can listen to and communicate normally with other people.

While bone conduction facilitates good self-listening, the message emitted by the voice provides a sound of good quality! FORBRAIN is equipped with a dynamic filter that reacts to the intensity of the voice. The user hears her own voice filtered with alternating contrast. This shifting of sound or alteration will occur mainly during the beginning of speaking words and long vowels, the clear sounds that are strongly involved in the construction of language. By hearing and choosing this new perception of sounds, the user instantly and unconsciously significantly improves the quality and rhythm of her voice.

In addition, this alternating filter is designed to amplify high frequencies and simultaneously diminish low frequencies. As a result, this dynamic filter accentuates the transmission of high frequency harmonics which play a fundamental role in cortical stimulation and increased energy. The dynamic filter improves not only the user’s hearing, but also the user’s entire vestibular system, managing motion, core stability, motor planning, balance, and spatial orientation. The result? Clearer vocal quality, improved listening, and increased confidence.

When a child is struggling in an area we always want to run to the experts, but that doesn’t always have to be the answer. This headset is a new way to improve attention and speech at home. Just use it 20 minutes a day for at least 6 weeks and you will not believe your ears. My youngest daughter has a hearing loss and was excited to hear her voice. I noticed even when she was speaking without the headset on she was always aware of how she pronounced her words. I, too, live with a hearing loss, and I was amazed to hear how loud my voice was through the headset. After using the headset, I have been more self-conscious of my speech and try not to talk loud; but still have a tendency to speak loud when in a crowd because I cannot hear well in crowds. I highly recommend this headset for anyone in speech or anyone living with a hearing loss.

FORBRAIN can be used for not only the user’s speech, but also for improvement in short-term memory, focus, learning disabilities, ADHD, ADD, sensory processing disorder, and even to polish up your singing. Use your voice to boost your brain! 

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about FORBRAIN.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures.

What happens in the brain during a seizure? The electrical activity is caused by complex chemical changes that occur in nerve cells. Brain cells either excite or inhibit other brain cells from sending messages. Usually there is a balance of cells that excite and those that can stop these messages. However, when a seizure occurs, there may be too much or too little activity, causing an imbalance between exciting and stopping activity. The chemical changes can lead to surges of electrical activity that cause seizures.

Many people living with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure. My youngest daughter, Isabelle, is living with epilepsy and has three types of seizures: atypical absence seizures, atonic seizures, and myoclonic seizures.

What is an atypical absence seizure? These seizures are a type of absence seizure that is atypical. This means it’s different, unusual, or not typical compared to typical absence seizures, which were previously called petit mal seizures. They are a type of generalized onset seizure, which means they start in both sides of the brain. The person will stare (just like in absence seizure) but they may be able to respond a bit. Eye blinking, chewing movements, lip smacking or slight jerking may occur.

What is an atonic seizure? Muscles tome is the muscle’s normal tension. “Atonic” means without tone. So in an atonic seizure, muscles suddenly become limp. Part of the body may become limp. The eyelids may droop, the head may nod or drop forward, and the person may drop things. If standing, the person often falls to the ground. These seizures are also called drop attacks or drop seizures.

What is a myoclonic seizure? Myoclonic seizures are brief, shock-like jerks of a muscle or a group of muscles. “Myo” means muscle and “clonus” means rapidly alternating contraction and relaxation – jerking or twitching – of a muscle. There can be just one, but sometimes many will occur within a short time.

I share this information and the pictures below because my daughter is living with epilepsy.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Learning Through Literature about Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts, and also to a well recorded 1619 event in Virginia. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was promoted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The 1619 arrival of 38 settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.

As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

My Happy Homeschool is learning through literature about Thanksgiving Day with the following books:


What Was the First Thanksgiving? By Joan Holub


Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House Series #27) by Mary Pope Osborne


Ideals Thanksgiving by Ideals Publications

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thank You, Lord

How often do we sincerely thank our Lord for all that He has done? Our lack of praise and thanksgiving for His gift of salvation can be likened to the response of the ten lepers after being healed by Christ (Luke 17:11-19). Only one returned to give thanks. The other nine were centered more on what happened to them personally than on the One who healed their lives. Are we guilty of this same carelessness?

The words of the hymn THANK YOU, LORD were written by Seth Sykes in 1940 to help believers offer praise for the gift of salvation. Carry this musical tune with you and praise Him for His gift of salvation -

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me,
Thy great salvation so rich and free.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

USS Orleck Naval Museum

The USS ORLECK (DD 886) is a U.S. Navy Destroyer (Gearing Class). The ship was commissioned as a U.S. warship on September 15, 1945, and decommissioned on October 1, 1982, when she was transferred to the Turkish Navy where she operated as TCG YUCETEPE D345 for sixteen additional years, after providing thirty-seven years of meritorious service in Korea and in Vietnam, now is preserved as a Historic Museum Ship in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Experienced and knowledgeable guides walk you through history as you see what life was like aboard the USS ORLECK. Our homeschool group recently visited the USS ORLECK and our guide served four years in the Navy and was able to explain every area aboard the ship, it was a great field trip for all in attendance! Visit for more information.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. - TOS Review

I was recently asked to review The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit and The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors from The Pencil Grip, Inc. This is my second review for this company and I can honestly say they offer quality and innovation you can trust.


The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit is highly recommended by doctors and occupational therapists because it corrects handwriting positions. This developmental training kit is great for righties and lefties.

Step 1: The Crossover Grip is a training grip with a “super hero cape” over the fingers to provide maximum structure and reinforcement of proper positioning. The finger guards hold fingers in the correct position and stops fingers from crossing over.

Step 2: The Pinch Grip is a transition grip with unique partial “wings” to provide both structure and freedom. The grip is not as structured as The Crossover Grip; but is a gentle guide for proper positioning.

Step 3: The Pencil Grip Original is the graduation grip. This grip is excellent for training all children to use a developmentally appropriate tripod grasp. It prevents the “bad habits” from forming during pre-writing and writing instruction. This grip does it all! It reinforces proper positioning, improves control, and reduces hand fatigue. This grip is the one recommended for extended use.


The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are made with a fixed safety shield over the blades, making it impossible for kids to cut themselves. The ergonomic design allows the user to cut with safety and precision. A training lever automatically opens after being squeezed closed, making it useful for a child with limited strength or coordination. The lever can also be folded in for less restricted use. Very easy for adults and children to use!

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit and The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors.




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dealing with Difficulties

You have started homeschooling your children, but things are not going as you planned. Take heart! I can assure you that all home educators have bad days; but try not to get discouraged on these days, there are ways to deal with difficulties.


Students do much better when they know what to expect. When you set routines for your school day, it helps your students see your expectations for the day. Try making and following a school schedule. It can be very loose or very detailed. If you like, you can include chores and extra-curricular activities along with your school schedule. When you begin using your schedule, remember that it will take a week or two before your family flows with it. Also remember that nothing is set in stone. If part of your schedule does not work, change it to suit your family’s needs. Setting routines is supposed to alleviate stress – not add more.


If you’ve ever faced the frustration of trying to teach one of your students something and they just don’t “get it”, it might be because you have not yet discovered their unique learning style. Discovering your child’s learning style and then teaching in such a way as to maximize his or her learning potential can be a great way to alleviate stress.


If the phone rings, do you answer it? Is the TV on during school? Are you trying to get other things done while you are homeschooling? It is extremely difficult to do other things while school is in session and have success. I encourage you to keep your priorities on school. This will actually help your school day move more quickly and give you time later for other things.

It is possible to homeschool through difficulties, we just need to learn from our mistakes and be willing to try something new – a new routine , a new way of learning, and a new perspective of our priorities. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 - TOS Review

The Brinkman Adventures is an exciting audio drama that shares true, modern, missionary stories through the eyes of the fictional Brinkman family.  My family has been listening to The Brinkman Adventures Season 4. The four CD’s contain over five hours of high definition, heart-stopping audio entertainment. Each of the twelve action packed episodes are about 30 minutes in length and will capture even the youngest member of your family.

Rustic cabins, canoe trips, pristine wilderness, and animals in their natural habitat. Family camp has been a highlight for the Brinkman family every summer for the past 16 years. This year, it’s even more special, the family is hosting the first ever missionary camp; and as the kids set their eyes on Paradise Lake for the first time, things do not go as planned. Listen to Episode 37: A Paradise Lost and see how God works in extraordinary ways through ordinary people.

In Season 4, we follow the Brinkman family from houseboats in Cambodia to frozen prisons in Russia to dangerous alleys in the Middle East. While dodging angry hippos and taming rogue robots, the Brinkman family will introduce you to Christian heroes who will strengthen your faith and provide important teachable moments.

The Brinkman Adventures is produced by Beachglass Productions, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to inspiring, motivating and facilitating the next generation of Christian world changers. After listening to the episodes, you can visit their website for Real Stories where you can meet the actual missionaries and go behind the scenes and learn what really happened in each story. I was especially impressed by the example and encouragement it provides my children in how to share the gospel with their friends in everyday life, including the joys and the struggles that come with sharing the gospel with others. The Brinkman Adventures is a great tool for helping our children see how anyone can serve the Lord faithfully no matter the circumstances, seeing how God provides in amazing ways, and how needed the gospel is around the world.

This presentation was very well put together. The sound effects fit perfectly with the audio drama. The voices of Season 4 did an excellent job in speech, tone, and character. Our family will have to go back to Season 1 and follow the Brinkman family through the adventures leading up to Season 4.

The Brinkman Adventures provide wholesome entertainment for the whole family. Grab a season or two for your next road trip!

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about The Brinkman Adventures.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Learning Through Literature about Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

This was one of the major fires that changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (known today as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. This is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

My Happy Homeschool is learning through literature about Fire Prevention Week with the following books:


I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (I Survived #11) by Lauren Tarshis


Stop Drop and Roll (A Book about Fire Safety) by Margery Cuyler


Fire Prevention Organization & Management by James Crawford

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Priorities in Place

As homeschool moms, we have so many responsibilities – wife, mother, teacher, chef, maid, nurse, banker, chauffer, seamstress – this list could go on and on. With so many needs around us each day, we could use a biblical system for keeping our priorities in place.

Genuine peace and joy come when we follow God in every area of our lives. So today we’re going to look at five areas specifically addressed in God’s Word.

#1 Your Relationship with God

But grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

If God is not first in our lives, we will struggle in every area of our lives. We must abide in God’s Word and cultivate a heart of prayer.

#2 Your Husband

And the LORD God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12

Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:22

God calls us to help our husband – not hinder our husband. We must ask of our actions “Will this help or hinder my husband?” God calls us to submit to our husband – this is a tough one; but we must speak and show him respect at all times – as we would to our Lord.

#3 Your Children

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon thy posts of thy house, and on thy gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

God calls us to train up our children and to teach them diligently so they will know Him, love Him, and follow Him in every area of life.

#4 Your Home

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 1 Timothy 5:14

That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:4-5

God’s Word specifically orders our priorities – husband – children – home. God calls us to take home management seriously – and we will be held accountable for the condition of our home. In fact, when our husband or anyone else walks in the door and looks around the home, we have just revealed what we’ve been doing in response to God’s call to us to manage the home. What do people see when they enter your home? Do they find calm – or chaos? Peace – or panic? Palace – or pigpen? Evidence of preparation – or procrastination?

#5 Your Ministry

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word and deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:16-17

God’s Word encourages us to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. I want to encourage you to reach out and minister to the saints – show His love and admonish one another – your labour is not in vain – when every word and deed is in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Each day presents many opportunities and challenges to practice our priorities. One way to simplify your moment-by-moment decision-making might be to assign your priorities these numbers:
#1 God
#2 Husband
#3 Children
#4 Home
#5 Ministry

Friday, September 22, 2017

Physical Education

So many ask, how do you teach physical education? Well, I don't teach this class. I pay someone else to teach physical education. One daughter plays Division I soccer year round - so she puts in several hours every week with a trainer. My other two daughters dance - one is quite happy at Gateway Dance, where she is able to dance to Christian music - and one is quite busy as a company member of Beaumont Civic Ballet, where she puts in several hours every week with a teacher. And all three of my girls participate in a Homeschool Bowling League - that includes lessons before each league event; and will soon participate in Track/Cross Country with our co-op.
There are so many ways to keep our kids healthy and fit - how do you teach physical education? 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Count Your Blessings

How is your homeschool today? Has the latest disaster drained your energy and given you an attitude that is less than positive? Just when you think you can’t take anymore, you need to step back and regain your focus. Your children need you to bring a positive perspective to their learning environment.

I pray this poem will encourage you to be thankful and count your blessings.

Count Your Blessings
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
-          Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Macbeth E-Guide - TOS Crew Review

We love using Progeny Press for our literature study guides so we were excited to receive the Macbeth E-Guide to review. The Macbeth E-Guide is an Interactive Study Guide written for grade levels 9-12. With the interactive files, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress. The interactive file does not automatically grade the student’s work, teacher’s still grade their work right on the computer and can leave comments or notes within the file. You may also print off the study guide, purchase of the study guide entitles an individual teacher to reproduce pages for use in the classroom or home. Multiple teachers may not reproduce pages from the same study guide. I usually purchase the booklets, so I printed out the study guide for my girls.

Like all Progeny Press study guides, the Macbeth E-Guide includes:

·         A concise synopsis of the book

·         Information about the author

·         Background information pertinent to the story

·         Suggestions for pre-reading activities

·         Vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
·         Literary analysis and terminology questions designed to give students a good understanding of writing technique and how to use it
·         Critical analysis questions designed to help students consider and analyze the intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues in the play and weigh them with reference to scripture
·         A complete answer key and suggestions for further reading

Macbeth is a classic tragedy by William Shakespeare. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of madness and death.

Macbeth, also known as The Tragedy of Macbeth, is thought to have been first performed in 1606. It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays that Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.

Since 1992, Progeny Press has provided homeschool parents and Christian school teachers with study guides for culturally relevant books and novels, examined from a Christian perspective. Progeny Press study guides are designed to teach students of all ages to examine what they read, Christian or secular, classic or contemporary, and value the truth it contains as measured against the Bible. A worthy goal indeed! If you want to study great literature from a Christian perspective, here’s your answer! If in doubt, try one – I’m sure you’ll be back for more!

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about Progeny Press.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

September Summit

You are invited to attend the September Summit on September 30, 2017 at Mid-Way Baptist Church, 4512 Ellis Drive, Kountze, TX 77625. The four sessions of the September Summit are faith, friendships, food, and fun. These four f’s are the ingredients for a happy homeschool mom.

FAITH – A short time of reviewing what God has to say about issues closets to a mother’s heart can do wonders to fill up an exhausted mom. Susan Reed, a homeschool mother of three, shares how you can have joy in the journey with your priorities in place.

FRIENDSHIPS – Friendships strengthen us to be better wives and mothers. As any mom can attest, we tend to get so focused on others that we neglect ourselves; and that’s not good for anyone. We need to be with other homeschool moms – for that occasional grown-up conversation. A time to encourage one another and learn from each other’s challenges. During this session, conversation prompts will set in motion the “gift of gab”.

FOOD – There’s something about a get-together with food that nourishes a mother’s heart as well as her body. A luncheon will be served with chicken Caesar salad, bread, brownie, and iced tea.

FUN – Fun is the final, and in my opinion the most important session. Proverbs 17:22 says, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” The Bible seems to suggest that laughter is a good antidote for the blues. That’s why I take fun so seriously. Therefore, a good game is a critical component for a successful September Summit.

09:00 – Check-In & Summit Shoppe
09:30 – FAITH
11:30 – FOOD & Summit Shoppe
12:30 – FUN
01:30 – Door Prizes – you must be present to win!

REGISTER by September 24, 2017 to attend the September Summit and join moms like you to celebrate the homeschool journey together! We do not offer refunds, just as you had purchased a ticket for a concert or sporting event. However, you may transfer your registration to one other person. If you wish to transfer your registration to another person, please email with the transferee name and contact information.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Backpack Drive

In all my efforts to help homeschool families affected by Hurricane Harvey, I want to do something for our local public school students who have lost everything; but I need your help. If you will purchase a backpack or two, I will fill each backpack with school supplies, and distribute them to the local schools.

Please visit to make a donation and help replace what has been taken by the flood waters. Thank you for helping Southeast Texas!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set - TOS Crew Review

We love Apologia Educational Ministries science courses so we were excited to review their Marine Biology 2nd Edition AdvantageSet. The set includes Student Textbook, Student Notebook, and Solutions Manual; but we also had the pleasure to review the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD. This biblically-centered course is written specifically for use in a homeschool environment.

If your high school student has completed a biology course, and is interested in marine biology, this course is for you! Exploring Creation with Marine Biology is an advanced biology course that focuses exclusively on marine wildlife and marine habitats, providing a survey of members of each kingdom that lives in underwater environments. This text contains 16 modules. Topics include microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible and the anatomy of macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. Students will discover how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. As you study all these things, you will see that the oceans play a vital role for all life on earth, and you will be amazed at God’s handiwork!

The Student Textbook includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, “On Your Own” questions, and a study guide at the end of each module. The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Answers to the “On Your Own” questions are also included with discussion at the end of each module.

The Student Notebook includes a daily schedule, notetaking pages, and space for answering all the “On Your Own” questions found in the Student Textbook. But the most important and exciting section of the notebook is the lab report section. Completing experiments and lab reports is an essential part of science education. In this section, you will be able to record everything you learn as you complete each experiment in the Student Textbook.

The Solution Manual includes answers to each study guide at the end of each module, tests, and test solutions. The set also includes a separate perforated test booklet.

The MP3 Audio CD is a complete audio recording of the course – this is the perfect accompaniment to the textbook for students who are auditory learners, slow readers, or have other learning disabilities that make reading difficult. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Marissa Leinart captures your attention as she narrates every part of the book, verbatim, including the notes to the student.

Please note, the labs for this course come in 3 types: microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs. Since biology is a prerequisite for this course, you already have a microscope. The microscope labs require a prepared slides kit, which contains several prepared slides. The dissection labs require a dissection specimens set. You should still have your dissection tools from your biology course. The household labs use only household equipment. A complete list of all lab supplies is located in Appendix C of the student textbook.

Apologia Educational Ministries is the only science curriculum we use, so I must add, that if you have a visual learner, I highly recommend purchasing the Video Instruction DVD featuring Apologia author and scientist Sherri Seligson. The DVDs include instructional videos for each module, animated diagrams of difficult concepts, and video presentation of every experiment from the Student Textbook. I did not receive the Video Instructional DVD from Apologia Educational Ministries for this review, but this is one item my daughter needs to make this a complete curriculum set. I am so glad homeschooling allows us the freedom to choose the curriculum for each student’s learning style. Using Apologia Educational Ministries science courses allows my students to study independently while mastering in-depth knowledge through hands-on application of contemporary scientific concepts.

Apologia Educational Ministries prepares students for college-level studies as well as life beyond the classroom. Every science course is designed to be vibrant, engaging, and academically rigorous while helping the student to develop critical thinking skills and lifelong passion for exploring God’s creation.

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about Apologia Educational Ministries Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Homeschool Help After Hurricane Harvey

While it is perhaps only a small help - given the large losses that some have sustained - I would like to add a Homeschool Help section to THE Book Nook to help replace curriculum that was destroyed in the latest disaster. So many homeschool families in Southeast Texas have lost their curriculum, and we can help! Please consider donating your extra/unused curriculum and help a homeschool family replace what was lost and get back on track with their home education.

Here is what we need:
New or Like New Curriculum (current editions please)
New or Unopened School Supplies
Cash Donations to help with shipping cost

The Plan:
Over the next month, we will collect items and cash donations. You can mail your donations to THE Book Nook, 6235 Hwy 69 South, Kountze, TX 77625. Cash donations can be made directly to PayPal through

Once families are able to settle down and get back into the homeschool routine, they can contact THE Book Nook stating what they specifically need, and if we have the items, we will ship them to the families.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Lapbook - TOS Review

We love adding lapbook projects to our homeschool studies so we were really excited to receive the ExploringCreation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Lapbook from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks and look forward to using more of their Apologia Exploring Creation Lapbooks.

The term “lapbook” was first coined by Tammy Duby, a homeschool mother and writer from Virginia, USA. She named it that because the whole project could fit into a “book” that fits in the child’s lap. A lapbook is a single-subject book created by a student, generally as a supplement to a curriculum. A lapbook consists of file folders with mini-booklets glued inside. Lapbooks can be used for any subject and any grade level. I use lapbooks with my students to enhance creativity and critical thinking while integrating subjects such as Bible, language arts, science, history, geography, and mathematics, depending on the subject of the lapbook.


To create the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Lapbook, you will need the following materials: a printed copy of the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Lapbook digital download by A Journey Through Learning, the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook by Apologia Educational Ministries, fourteen file folders, scissors, glue, stapler, brads, and colored pencils.

This lapbook is designed to be completed with the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook. There are fourteen lessons in the textbook. Students will create one lapbook per lesson, making it a total of fourteen file folders to complete this lapbook. Gather your file folders and fold them so that they will be ready to use as you get to each lesson.

This lapbook includes directions for folding the file folders, directions for constructing each mini-booklet, pages to read from the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook, and what your student will record in the mini-booklet after reading to show what is learned. A small key is provided to show you where to glue each mini-booklet into the file folders. This lapbook also includes an answer key, additional reading suggestions for each lesson, and enrichment pages.

Throughout this course, students will take a voyage through the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, immune, and nervous systems. They will study nutrition, health, and embryology to see what makes each of us a unique creation of God. Psalm 139:14 reads “I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” From head to toe, this course is a personal encounter with God’s design for the human body.

This lapbook has been a great supplement to the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook! My sixth grader loves hands-on learning and this lapbook has expanded her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. We have created several lapbooks throughout our homeschool years, and I must say, A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has done an exceptional job in creating each mini-booklet for this course.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Everyday Cooking - TOS Review

EverydayHomemaking has created an eBook EverydayCooking that provides easy-to-prepare, nutritious, budget-friendly meals for you and your family. In the spirit of Titus 2, Vicki shares timesaving tips, meal planning, shopping hints, and pressure cooker tips. But above all, she shares her own family recipes – breakfast ideas, appetizers, dressings, grains, main dishes, soups, sides, desserts, snacks, and how to make homemade vanilla extract. Please note, while emphasis is on whole foods cooking, they are not purists, you will find their favorite Jell-O salad recipe, plus many sugar-free and gluten-free options.

My girls would rather bake than cook; and they all love chocolate, so it was no surprise that my girls selected to make Edna’s Triple Chocolate Cake. Not a whole foods items, but very yummy!


Ingredients for the Cake:

1 package (3 ¾ oz) chocolate pudding

2 cups milk – our family substituted with almond milk

1 box chocolate cake mix

2 eggs

12 oz. chocolate chips

Prepare pudding with milk (instant or cooked). Combine cake mix with 2 eggs for about 2 minutes. Blend in pudding; fold in chips. Pour into greased/floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, till done.

Ingredients for the Glaze:

½ cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Combine in small saucepan over low heat. Cool slightly and drizzle over cooled cake.


Edna’s Triple Chocolate Cake is very moist and delicious! So good, my girls were making another cake within the same week! The recipe is quite simple and very easy to follow.

As I was looking through the recipes, I came across “Bacon with Less Mess” and was a bit intrigued. I have never cooked bacon in the oven. Needless to say, I gave it a try. To cook 1 pound of bacon with less mess, preheat oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil. Separate bacon slices and place on a rack in the pan, or crumple the foil to create ridges to catch the bacon drippings. Bake 10-20 minutes, to desired crispness. When I followed this recipe, I crumpled the foil to create ridges to catch the bacon drippings. I had to bake 25 minutes to get the bacon crispy, and it was still too greasy for me – but then I do not eat a lot of greasy foods. I blotted each strip with a paper towel to remove the grease. Next time, I will use a bacon rack instead of foil and see if it makes a difference when cooking bacon in the oven.

Vicki also shares the unit study her children did for high school as one portion of a home economics credit; and she provides a Food & Nutrition Mini-Unit as an example. She also shares the Basic Cooking Skills Checklist which provides a list of dishes to prepare from scratch where children demonstrate their understanding of various cooking techniques. Completion of the list earned Vicki’s children a full home economics credit – whether they completed it in a month or three years.

Vicki is offering 10% off (print or eBook) through Labor Day! Use code TOS10books to save 10%!

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