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Monday, November 22, 2010

New Review!!! Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space from Bright Ideas Press!


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About the product/service: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free copy of Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space from Bright Ideas Press so I could review it and let ya know what I think!  :)  This book is part of a whole series of science books created especially for those in elementary school or even junior high. (Here's where you get to tweak!) 

There are 24 lessons and six unit review which are meant to take one week to complete, giving you 30 weeks of material.  The book covers all the obvious stuff about earth and space such as the earth's structure, the atmosphere, weather, the planets, etc., all from a decidedly Christian perspective!  Check out a sample unit here

What are the pros of this product? I think these books are very well put together and would work with about any learning style.  There are lots of hands on projects for those who learn best that way. 



What's not to like? I have not found anything negative when using the book with my daughter.  (Nor have I when using other books in the series in the past.)


The Crazy Mom take:  I'm not at all new to the Christian Kids Explore series.  I already have used the biology, chemistry, and physics books.  So, obviously I like them.  :)  Actually, Dode Man is using the biology book this year, and Princess the physics, so I decided it would be a good idea to let Bear, 9, help me review Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space.  She LOVES it!  She even thanked me for getting it for her the other day!  :)

(NOTE:  We also use the Mystery of History series too!)

To be honest, we haven't spent a ton of time with the Earth & Space book due to illness and some very heavy duty co-op homework, but what we have done, Bear has thoroughly enjoyed.  She loves the coloring pages. :) We will continue to use the book even after the review is posted.  I think these books are great for younger kids and even I learn a lot from them.  Who could ask for more?  LOL

Happy science!!!



What's the bottom line? $29.95

I am going to give Earth and Space 4 out of 5 smileys!!!

Check it out! http://brightideaspress.com/?p=261


See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @

http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/783393/





*The Smiley System:


I can't really recommend this product.

I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.

This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.

Most homeschool moms will find this useful.

This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!


Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.

As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.

Don't use your blow dryer while you sleep or take a bath. Don't read my reviews in the tub either, and please do not read them when you are asleep, though I do not guarantee that you won't fall asleep reading them!

Copyright 2010 Ramblings from the Crazy House 2

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Review!!! Tomahawk Kit from Corps of Re-Discovery


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About the product/service: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a tomahawk kit from Corps of Re-Discovery so I could let my kids put it together and then give my humble and honest opinion of it!  ;0  This is a simple little kit that allows you to assemble the tomahawk below: 



Corps of Re-Discovery is a really cool family business that hopes you will be encouraged to rediscover our country's rich history with the help of their many project kits.  With these kits you'll gain an even greater appreciation of our history as you learn about American Indians, Frontiersmen, and Pioneer Americans.  You can learn more about the company and the family behind it here.

And just to let ya know, other members of the TOS Crew also reviewed a patchwork quilt kit, a corn husk doll kit, or a fringe pouch kit.  Make sure you check the Crew blog to see what they have to say!

What are the pros of this product? It was simple to put together and, amazingly, after over a month, is still actually together.  :)



What's not to like? The only thing I can think of to say that could be negative is that it didn't take long at all to put it together.  Not a real negative, I guess, just something I thought I'd say in case you were looking for a craft that will keep the kids busy for a while.  Of course, it can be played with once it's made!  :)


The Crazy Mom take:  I decided to let Baber, 7, put the tomahawk together with the help of big sister Princess, 12.  It really was simple to do, although I don't think Baber could have done it completely by himself.  It was a nice little treat to be able to give him something fun to do.  Now my son, Dode Man, 11, is asking for the Lewis and Clark kit.  I could spend a fortune at this site.  (Too bad I don't have a fortune, but I will keep it in mind for Christmas gifts.)

When it comes down to it, this site is pretty cool and the prices seem very reasonable.  I like it!!!  :)


What's the bottom line?  $7.00 retail/$5.50 from the Corp of Re-Discovery website

I am going to give Corps of Re-Discovery 5 out of 5 smileys!!!

Check it out! http://www.corpsrediscovery.com/


See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @

http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/783354/





*The Smiley System:


I can't really recommend this product.

I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.

This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.

Most homeschool moms will find this useful.

This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!


Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.

As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.

Don't use your blow dryer while you sleep or take a bath. Don't read my reviews in the tub either, and please do not read them when you are asleep, though I do not guarantee that you won't fall asleep reading them!

Copyright 2010 Ramblings from the Crazy House 2

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Win Scribblish!!! A New Game from Cranium!!! :)


Does your family enjoy playing board games?  Well, here's one you might like.  Scribblish is like a morph between the old Telephone game and Pictionary.  You chose a caption to draw (or scribble) and then other people write captions to fit your drawing.  Then everyone has to figure out "How did THIS became That?"

Would you like to win Scribblish?  Well, I'm giving one away!  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite board game for an entry to win.  For additional entries, please follow me on Facebook and/or Google Friend Connect.  Simply leave a comment and let me know how you are following me and you'll be entered an additional time.  (If you follow on both, leave two comments for two entries.)  Also, if you sign up with Feedburner to get my blog entries delivered straight to your inbox, I'll give you THREE additional entries.  Just leave me THREE comments telling me you've done so!  :) 

You must enter by Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM.  Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win or I will choose another winner.  You must be 18 or older and not in my immediate family to win.  Good luck!!!  :)

Hasbro provided me with the product, information, and prize packs through MyBlogSpark.
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