Friday, April 29, 2011

TOS Review: Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

Does the thought of teaching your children a foreign language cause your hair to stand in attention? Well, if you're anything like me it does.  Boy was I nervous when I was assigned to review Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3.  I thought how could I teach a foreign language when I could barely learn one in college.  Seriously, the only reason I passed Spanish was by the grace of God and with the help of an incredibly generous classmate who helped me along the entire semester.  Thankfully teaching my kids wasn't as painful as I feared it would be.

Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! teaches the koine` (biblical) form of the Greek language.  To review Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3, I received the worktext book, the full text worktext answer key, and the pronunciation CD.  The worktext is a 180 page (36 lessons) consumable workbook with 170 pages of worksheets/practice pages and 10 pages of appendix.  There are also an additional 13 pages containing 78 different flashcards. I laminated the flashcards for durability.

Worktext sample

The (full text) worktext answer key is virtually a copy of the worktext, but with all the answers, in addition to an instructional break down for each lesson. 

Sample of teacher's instructional page

The pronunciation CD allows you to hear the Greek alphabet sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Tea Pot," as well as, all the pronunciation of the Greek words taught in levels three and four.   

There are 8 levels to the Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! series.  Each level builds on one another. For information on which level is best suited for your student and placement tests, please see FAQ.   

In Level 3 students begin by reviewing the alphabet and vocabulary that was introduced in Levels 1 and 2. Students then learn to build sentences such as, I see a brother, I see brothers, I see a man, I see men. As the lessons progress the sentences lengthen as well, An apostle and a servant know laws, You take gifts for brothers of men, etc.  Each lesson is broken down to teach whether words are plural or regular, what words are masculine and feminine, first person or second person, and more. 

I personally had a difficult time understanding the concepts taught.  I think I would have understood it better if there was an instructional CD or DVD that went along with each lesson.  My daughter has enjoyed learning the Greek sounds, alphabet, vocabulary words, and how to build sentences, but unfortunately I was not able to give her a firm grasp on the rule behind language.  Overall, she really likes the curriculum. She enjoys singing the alphabet and has a great time stumping her friends with what she's learned.      

Even though learning/teaching a foreign language is not on my list of strengths and I had difficulty teaching my daughter Greek the way it was intended; I still feel it is a great curriculum.  Many others have found it a breezy to teach and you may too.   

Here are sample pages for 

Greek 'n' Stuff also offer Latin and Bible Study curriculums.  To make a purchase for your classroom or as a gift for someone else, go to the Greek 'n' Stuff site.  

Be sure to stop by and read what my fellow TOS Crew members had to say about Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! and other curriculum Greek 'n' Stuff has to offer. 

I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 3 from Greek 'n' Stuff in exchange for my honest review.   

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TOS Review: Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Good in - good out, bad in - bad out?”  Even if you haven’t, we all know that the foods we eat greatly impact our bodies and our health.  We all want our families to be healthy and strong, but in today’s society it is becoming increasingly more difficult.  With the mass production of sugary, fat filled, no nutritional garbage that is targeted directly to our children, we as the parents have a constant battle on our hands.  Our children hear us say, “No, that’s not good for you,” but they don’t really understand the reasoning behind our decisions. This is why Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life was created.  Debra Raybern, Sera Johnson, Laura Hopkins, and Karen Hopkins, whom all have children of their own, had the desire to create a health curriculum designed to teach families not only what we should eat, but why and how the foods we eat affect our body.

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is a biblically based, full year health and nutrition curriculum.  There are 448 pages covering the 12 main body systems. The curriculum is divided into 6 units and each unit is further divided into 4 chapters.

1. The Brain and Nervous System
    C1. The Brain
    C2. Brain Health and Nutrition
    C3. The Nervous System
    C4. Nervous System Health and Nutrition

2. The Digestion System
    C1. The Digestive System
    C2. Digestive Health and Nutrition
    C3. Enzymes
    C4. Elimination

3. The Respiration, Olfactory, Auditory, and Visual Systems
    C1. The Respiration System
    C2. The Olfactory System and the Nose
    C3. The Auditory System and the Ears
    C4. The Visual System and the Eyes

4. The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
    C1. The Skeletal System
    C2. Joints and The Muscular System
    C3. Skin, Hair, and Nails
    C4. Exercise

5. The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
    C1. The Cardiovascular System
    C2. Heart Health and Nutrition
    C3. The Immune System
    C4. Carbohydrates and Sugar

6. The Endocrine System and Emotions
    C1. The Endocrine System
    C2. Endocrine Health and Vitamins 
    C3. Diabete
    C4. Emotions

Here is a youtube video created by the authors.  

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is designed for all ages in mind and is a great Health curriculum for any family. Each chapter offers yummy easy to make recipes such as, Green Apple Bean Salad, No Dairy No Chocolate “Chocolate” Pudding, Guacamole, Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie, Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, Basil and Garlic Pesto, Spinach Salad, Chicken Nuggets, and SO MUCH more. You will also find many fun activities, hands-on experiments, reading and writing assignments, resources, and more.

The authors recommend you start the program with a few initial tasks to help you and your family get started on the right track.
  • Get rid of junk food
  • Make a list of healthy foods your children enjoy
  • Eat all the healthy foods you and your family enjoy  
  • Make positive confessions – pray and thank God for the food He has provided
  • Try at least one new thing at each meal
  • Find healthy alternatives to those old favorites

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is available in printed form (book) for $99.95 or on CD-ROM for $79.95.  A combo pack (book and CD-ROM) is also available for $129.95Nutrition 101: Choose Life would make a great addition to your classroom and/or a wonderful gift for someone else.

I can’t say enough good things about this book!  I’m so thankfully to be part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew and to have the opportunity to review Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life. (I received this in an eBook version).  I absolutely love it and will continue to use this as our health curriculum until we’ve completed the book.

Be sure to stop by and read what my fellow TOS members have to say about Growing Healthy Home - Nutrition 101: Choose Life. Disclaimer:     

I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received Nutrition 101: Choose Life eBook for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 8, 2011

TOS Review: Science Weekly

My daughters absolutely love science, so they were pretty thrilled to have the opportunity to review Science Weekly

What is it?

Science Weekly is a monthly instructional module designed in a newspaper format. There are 6 levels available; each level comes with one Science Weekly Teaching Notes information sheet.

Level Pre-A (Kindergarten)
Level A (Grade 1)
Level B (Grade 2)
Level C (Grade 3)
Level D (Grade 4)
Level E (Grade 5-6)

Each issue is printed on an 11x17 inch piece of paper that is folded in half and printed on both sides.

It is called Science Weekly, not because you receive a different issue each week, but rather because each issue should be completed over the course of the week. Every issue introduces something new and exciting. All issues include neat graphics, vocabulary words, multiple choice questions, math, science labs, writing assignments, and more.

Science Weekly's website offers a few fun activities for your student to enjoy, such as interactive issues on pyramids, kites, dams, living in space, and hurricanes, (Only Levels for levels A, B, C, and D are available.)

Printable coloring books about the sun, gravity, forest, photosynthesis, hair, and dams are also available.

Here is a sample issue about Coral Reefs.   

We had the opportunity to review an issue about The Flu. We studied such things as, how the virus attacks the cells, how it mutates, ways to prevent the spread of the virus, what flu means in Latin. We also learned multiple vocabulary words, completed a fun science experiment, and more.

I would have liked the issue to be a bit larger, but overall my daughters enjoyed the Science Weekly issue we received. (For review purposes only I reviewed all 6 levels on the flu.)

Science Weekly offers rates for individual orders (homeschoolers) and classroom/co-op orders.  For individual orders (less than 20 subscriptions to one mailing address), Science Weekly is mailed to your home 15 times a year, at a cost of $19.95, per level.

A classroom/co-op rate (about $136.55 a year) is also available to teachers needing 20+ issues of the same level.
If you would like to subscribe to Science Weekly, click HERE.

Be sure to check out what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say about Science Weekly.

Disclaimer: I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received all 6 levels of the Flu from Science Weekly in exchange for my honest review.
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