God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Review}

When we first started homeschooling, it all happened so quickly that I didn’t really know where to begin. I had so many ideas and well, it all just went to what was easiest at the time since we just jumped in to it so suddenly. Recently I read God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco and it was such a good read!
God SchoolingAs I started reading this book it pulled me in immediately. A lot of it was similar to ideas that I had when we first started homeschooling. I really wanted more of an un-schooling approach to it..

But alas, they had been in regular school for so long and got behind in math, that I soon found myself picking out all sorts of curriculum and it just snowballed.

There are so many good points made in this book, things that reinforced what I had been thinking all along. That children need time outside, need time alone, need to just have time to figure things out for themselves.

Some of the points were things that I didn’t really go along with, but they were still very good points. I don’t think that we are doing a bad thing by using curriculum and just doing what we are doing for our family.

I do know that my children do learn best by doing, and that too much of the ‘sitting at the table’ learning doesn’t do much for their happiness with school.

When I first picked the book up and glanced at the chapter list, I thought that I would just skip the chapters for younger kids, since mine are all in high school or older! Don’t make that mistake! There is so much good information in those chapters and it will all make more sense if you just read the whole book.

There was a section about college and that really was good timing as we have been talking about how there is such a shortage of kids wanting to do trades anymore. Everyone wants to do college and get computer jobs.

We were talking to Ryan about ideas on what he might want to do. He is 19 now and is just a few classes shy of his Associates in Arts. He has plans on finishing that up and after that we just aren’t sure.

Jeffy suggested learning to be an electrician as that is a guaranteed job anymore because not a lot of young people are getting those kinds of jobs.

Anyway, in the book it mentioned starting salaries and how they differ from someone in trades and someone that did the college route and accrued debt. Granted, everyone has a different situation, but that little section sure was timely, and almost seemed personalized just to our family!

Even if you don’t plan on un-schooling your children, I highly suggest this book, just to have on read and have on hand as more of a reference book. And don’t skip the pages of the ages that don’t apply to your children like I was going to! The whole book is full of great information that you can apply to your own situations!

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Branch Out World: Paddington Bear study {Review}

One of my absolute favorite things in the world are books. And people that can make unit studies out of books are a very special set of people in my opinion. I have friends that do it very well, but I am not blessed with that talent. So when I find unit studies on books I tend to get them! Branch Out World has a Paddington Bear Lit Study in their Picture Book Explorers section.
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Now, you might be wondering why I would choose a book that is obviously a children’s book when I have all teenagers.. Well, I believe that you can learn something from any book!

As well as the fact that to my knowledge, I hadn’t ever read it before! So if I hadn’t read it, then I know for sure that my kids hadn’t read it! I had to order this one online and it ended up coming from England!

I am amazed at how perfect the timing was with this Lit Study. Everything tied in so well with things we were actually doing.

The study is broken down into five days.
Day 1 – Exploring the Setting
Day 2 – Exploring the Words
Day 3 – Exploring the Pictures
Day 4 – Exploring Science
Day 5 – Exploring Maths, Crafts, and more.

Since this is written generally for children ages 5-10, some of the activities were a little young for my kids, but there were so many others that had great starting off points to where we could learn things more to our age group!
Paddington Bear This Lit Study has so many pages that you can print out and make a sort of lap book with. We did some of them and some of the others we just had discussions about. One project talked about a suitcase and what you would put in it on a trip. I bet that would be great fun to do with small kiddos to see what they would put in their suitcase!

We are working our way through an artful way of geography this year, so the geography section was a great stepping stone with that! There are maps provided that you can print out, but I took it a step further and had them draw their own.

The study focuses a lot on Peru and London, so it was nice learning more about these two places. We have studied London quite a bit, but I have to say we really haven’t studied much about Peru!

One of the activities was making something food related. It called for caster sugar. I looked it up and I recall that it is the same as the Baking Sugar that I used when I was in Arizona! I haven’t been able to find it here in North Carolina, but if you are more on the western side of the US, it is C&H brand! After we moved here I had my mom send me a box of it because I missed it so!

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As a funny, we were on a trip to Michigan and one night we had a late dinner and noticed that an antique store was still open, so we walked in. And look who greeted me! It was so cute I had to take a picture of it.

The study also talks about snacks from Peru. One of them being purple Andean potatoes! We get a subscription box with snacks from different countries each month, and recently in one box was a snack made from purple potatoes! They were pretty tasty and I wouldn’t mind if they sold them here!

Another part of the study talks about the architecture throughout the book of houses and such. We are getting ready for a remodel here and it was so interesting reading some of the different terms that were in the study. I had never heard of some of them before. We looked them up and imagined what our remodel would look like with some of these things added.

In our history studies we are learning about American History this year. We are at the point where large amounts of people were coming over to America from other countries. There is a section in this Lit Study that has to do with Population Migration! So, this tied into our normal studies as well. The study gave definitions on emigration, immigration, migration as well as very good information on the pros and cons of it all.

We are also studying Biology this year. So the worksheet that we did above that had the classification section was interesting. I had them use their template from Biology to guess the classification of the Andean Bear. It was fun to see them guess since the bear is mostly an herbivore, but it does eat small rodents and such so it is also a carnivore.

Honestly, I could go on and on about how much there is to do with this Lit Study! Don’t be afraid of looking at Unit Studies, or anything really, that are outside of the ages of your children! You can always make it easier or harder if you have to!

I really am fascinated with this company. They are based in the UK and what I thought was interesting was that all of the books that they use have a link to the UK, whether it’s the setting, the author or the illustrator. That could work so well if you are doing a study on the UK also! Pick out more of these book studies and do them all!

I am sure I probably didn’t explain the study thoroughly, but I really am excited about these! Make sure you check out their website, Branch Out World And if you want to read what others thought about their Paddington Bear study, feel free to click the banner below!
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List maker…

list maker

Are you a list maker?

If so, are you a paper or digital list maker?

Mine has to be paper. And the most random piece of paper I can find, apparently..

I do have a notebook that I bought specifically for my lists, but it seems that I just prefer a random extra homework sheet from the kids, or something similarly random.

And yes, I am also that person that does something not on the list, then puts it on the list, just to cross it out.

Such a sense of satisfaction that is. Crossing things out.

Then it seems as if I think of more things to do. And it order to get those things done, I must do other things first.

It is such a cycle.

Right now I have so many things that I need to do. Some are so important and some others are important but I can put off just a teeeeeny bit longer.

I get overwhelmed and then I do something dumb like….take a nap…or pet the cat…or make brownies…

I really am a procrastinator and do tend to get my best work done in that last minute rush, but right now it seems like things are snowballing.

Pretty sure it will all work out. It usually does. 🙂 And yeah…I am putting off other things and blogging about not getting other stuff done. hahaha…

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What I read in July

July was pretty crazy.. We did some traveling that had us coming and going all month long it seemed. I thought I would read more than I did, but it turns out I read a decent amount anyway. Have you read anything that you have loved lately? Here is what I read in July!

What I read in July

Sick by Tom Leveen – Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and wily troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

What I thought: I enjoyed reading this book, it isn’t my normal book but I had a friend say that it was basically our high school, so I had to read it. This author does such a great job pulling you in with his characters, I could read any book by him! There was a lot of language, which I guess you have to expect and then it ended abruptly which I wasn’t ready for. I wanted to know what happened next!

What I read in July 2

Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain – Mark Twain’s inimitable blend of humor, satire, and masterly storytelling earned him a secure place in the front rank of American writers. This collection of eight stories and sketches, among them the celebrated classic “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” shows the great humorist at the top of his form.

Also included here are “Journalism in Tennessee,” in which a novice newspaperman is shown the “correct way” to report a news story; “About Barbers,” a delightful account of every barbershop customer’s worst fear; “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses,” Twain’s hilarious savaging of that author’s style; and four more: “A Literary Nightmare,” “The Stolen White Elephant,” “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” and “How to Tell a Story.”

Delightfully entertaining, these charming pieces will find an appreciative audience among students, general readers, and lovers of classic American humor.

What I thought: I enjoyed reading these stories. They weren’t funny haha like you would think, but if you sit and read them you might get a chuckle or two. I wasn’t mad that I read the book, I liked it!

What I read in July 3

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone – Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.

Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.

No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.

Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.

In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.

What I thought: This was another book that was fantastic with its characters. I could totally get into the struggles that each was facing. This is one that I kept reading whenever I got a chance!

What I read in July 4

Love, Honor, and Virtue by Hal and Melanie Young – The Battlefield Is Different Than We Remember ….
The changes in technology and culture have put an entirely new face on the fight for moral purity. Temptation is nothing new, but where our generation had to avoid traps, our children are being actively hunted. Our sons are being exposed and ensnared by things that didn’t exist when they were born, and the conversations we had at 15 and 16 are necessary for 10 and 11 … and earlier … today.

If they want to walk in integrity, they have a fight on their hands.

A book written to and for teens and twenty-something guys. It’s short, concise, and very direct. It gives a Biblical perspective to help:

Understand God’s design, from biology to morality
Navigate the cultural minefield
Build a foundation for Christ-honoring relationships
Find hope for recovery if they’ve stumbled

What I thought: I thought it was nicely done although I imagine a lot of families will find it hard to be familiar with a lifestyle like they suggest. I loved all of the facts and stories throughout the book. I wrote a review here that you can read if you are interested.

What I read in July 5

After Anna by Alex Lake – A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

What I thought: I enjoyed the story although I figured out ‘whodunit’ early on. I still enjoyed reading how it all played out and the little turns that the story took.

What I read in July 6

The Emotionary by Eden Sher – A dictionary of words that don’t exist for feelings that do written by The Middle actress Eden Sher and illustrated by acclaimed graphic novelist Julia Wertz.

All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up.

The result of this is The Emotionary, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too-familiar situations, The Emotionary will be a cherished tool for you or the world-class feelings-haver in your life.

At long last, all your complicated feelings can be put into words, so you can recognize them for what they are, speak their names aloud, and move on. Finally!

What I thought: A fun book that has words that fit exactly what they say. I loved some of these words so much and feel like they should be real…

What I read in July 7

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon – “For more than a century In His Steps has helped Christians live more Christlike lives. I can’t think of a novel that’s had a greater impact on the faith of so many believers.”
–Nick Harrison, author of 365 WWJD? Daily Answers to ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ “What would Jesus do?” When several members of an ordinary American church are challenged to not take a single action without first asking that crucial question, they discover the power of God to transform their own lives–and their world. Charles M. Sheldon’s provocative novel, originally published in 1896 and enthusiastically rediscovered by today’s believers, testifies dramatically to the value of Christian witness in all of life.

What I thought: I thought it was interesting to read what these people would do when faced with that question. I wonder what would happen if people did that in this time!

What I read in July 8

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis – The second book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet — Perelandra — when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.

What I thought: Ehhh, it was very hard to get into. I enjoyed parts of the story but really, it was just ok for me. I didn’t get the whole deeper references as much as some people…

What I read in July 9

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

What I thought: I know I am drawn to this type of book, I have read several, but the way it was written as well as the characters…it just made me a huge fan of the story.


Ok, that is what I read in July! I am thinking that my August may be a little slow in the reading department as we have a lot of school to catch up on from all of the traveling and such, but you never know. 🙂

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Home School in the Woods Industrial Revolution through The Great Depression {Review}

I will say it as many times as I can… Home School in the Woods is one of my favorites in our homeschool. We have been doing their unit studies for a few years now and they just continue to impress me. This year we are studying American History and so I went straight to the Time Travelers American History section. I saw that one of the choices was the Industrial Revolution through The Great Depression which fit in perfect with our timing!

These studies are geared towards grade 3-8 but even my teens still love doing them. Ryan was doing them when he was in 12th grade still! There is so much information in each one!

What we all enjoy about them are that they are hands on. You can stop with the more boring stuff that just needs to get done and do something fun but learning a lot at the same time! We usually do it in the middle of our school day to break things up.

We are half way through our school year and half way through our history curriculum. It just worked out so perfectly that we are doing this whole time period.

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Now, if you have followed my reviews for a while, you may have read that I couldn’t figure out the process on where to start with these. Well, in talking to some friends about it, I realized that there was a start button included with all of the folders that makes it 100% easier. So, if you are new to them, definitely try the start button included in the folder and see if that helps you, ha!  But you know, I am so used to doing everything within the folders, that I am just used to it now!

There were some things that we hadn’t gotten to yet, and some that we had already covered, so we did a little jumping around this time. I love that you can do that with these studies!

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We left off on Lesson 13. I am happy to find, using the start button, that there is a Lesson Plan schedule. I love being able to print this out. I can see what is coming up, crossing off days that we already did, or parts of days to know that we have to go back and finish something.

This is the first time that we did jumping around like this. Typically we just follow the schedule from beginning to end. But I love how each day is a mixture of different things to do, it definitely isn’t stagnant at all!

The projects are numerous and so creative! I will warn you that there is a lot of printing that happens with these studies! I ran out of ink and started using my husbands printer in the middle of one day because I couldn’t be bothered to go to the store for more ink. Granted, stores aren’t close to me so that is a factor. 😉

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Here are some of the projects that we did in lesson 13. I love that they include the quotes in cursive. I will be the first to say that my kids need all the help they can get in their handwriting skills. And that first quote happens to be one of my favorites as well. 🙂

But you can see the variety in the projects! There is cutting involved; a lot of printing and a lot of cutting the printed papers. ha! But you don’t really need much else, some tape and glue and that’s the majority of it! There are some special projects that need different items, but really, tape and glue will go far.

Since my kids are older, they don’t typically color the cut-outs as suggested. I am not going to battle them on this one as I don’t think it necessary, but come on, I really wanted to see that ballot box colored!

You put some of the smaller projects together in a ziploc bag until the end and then you put it all together in a lapbook. These turn out so phenomenal when they are complete. I don’t understand how they all fit on the file folders, but they do!

We have reviewed other ones before and you can read them here! It might help seeing more about our time with them.

Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections
Project Passport: Ancient Greece
Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World

Project-Passport-Ancient-RomeThey have recently finished up the latest in their Project Passport series, Ancient Rome! You can get them all in a bundle too, which is a great deal!

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Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality {Review}

Having three teens in the house is typically met with cringes and worries, thankfully our kids have turned out pretty dang great so far! One has had a girlfriend for quite a while now so I was interested to read Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality. Hal and Melanie Young have many different books with Great Waters Press and they are all helpful!

Love, Honor, and Virtue coverI just finished this book last night and I think my most favorite parts were the beginning and the end. The first few chapters included so many statistics and information and the very end had a real life example that summarizes the whole book.

The middle of the book is wonderful as well, don’t get me wrong! Those were just my favorite parts..

There are eight chapters in the book. After each chapter is a summary that reinforces what you just read.

The first is an introduction. This is written to the young man that is reading the book. One of the phrases that I loved is perfect for a lot of situations, not just when you are talking about this topic! “…you have to fight the war you have, not the war you want to have.”

But the introduction does a great job of stating what the book is about and where the authors are coming from. They write from a Christian perspective, which is nice. They mention that they have six sons and plenty of experience with family and Bible and combining the two.

Chapter 1 talks about God creating man and woman and how marriage is a special thing. The second chapter talks about the differences between boys and girls, as well as mentioning pregnancy.

Chapter 3 is the ‘bad’ chapter. All of the bad things are here. I don’t mean it is a bad chapter, it just talks about different sins in connection with sexuality. One statistic mentions that over 90% of young men have been exposed to pornography by the age of 18. 90%!!!  There was another one that mentioned a 2006 survey that showed that half of the Christian men surveyed were addicted to porn! Goodness…

The next chapter gives ideas on how to fight temptation and the next one talks about what to do if the fight didn’t go as planned..

The chapter before the conclusion talks about being friends with the opposite sex before jumping into dating. I wonder if people do that anymore! I mean, Jeffy and I just went right into dating, but we had no chance of meeting each other before we did to become friends first.

The conclusion is the last chapter that I mentioned at the beginning with the real life example. It is a very short chapter, but it was very full of meaning and I read it a couple times. It was a great ending to the book.

Raising-Real-MenI will have no problem handing this book over to our boys. I like the fact that it is a current book, as it mentions smart phones and the problems with them in regards to porn and such. It isn’t a book written in the 1950s and talking about things that aren’t relevant anymore.

Like I mentioned, Hal & Melanie have written quite a few books. A recent one they have written is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope. I know quite a few of my friends would be interested in this one! One of my favorites was My Beloved and My Friend which I reviewed a few years ago. Great book about being married to your best friend, which is fitting since it is my anniversary tomorrow. 🙂

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Deer in the yard..

So, lately we have been having a deer come around.

She is pretty young and has been eating some of the deer and bird food.

I know I have some hunter friends that would totally take advantage of that, but gosh, she is so pretty! I cringe that something might happen to her.

It doesn’t help that we live on a 55mph road.

She is by herself and I wonder where she goes during the day. The guineas yell their fool heads off when she comes around. I think she might be getting used to them though.

It is definitely fun watching her and I hope she stays safe!

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Perelandra – eGuide by Progeny Press {Review}

Another company that we have been enjoying for quite some time is Progeny Press. We have used their eGuides for different books a few times and have enjoyed them each time! This go around we did the Perelandra – eGuide.


I am not all current on books by C.S. Lewis and had never heard of Perelandra before, but I figured it had to be good! I realized shortly after that it was the second in the series, but I read that it was ok to read on its own.

What I love about Progeny Press is that it isn’t just a question and answer study guide. There are typical questions, but mixed in with that are so many other things!

Progeny Press Perelandra Vocabulary

One thing that has helped us greatly is the fact that these eGuides are interactive and have no need to be printed. You can just type your answer right on the screen on the computer.

We have tended to actually use the chapter questions as more of a discussion as we go rather than type the answers on the screen. The answers are usually more thorough and thoughtful!

I will have to say that some of the words that are chosen for the vocabulary section, I had no idea what they were, and I was happy to find out! Sometimes we would try to make a guess first to figure out what some of the crazier words were and we had to laugh at the responses.

The vocabulary sections are different throughout the chapters, which is nice too. Some of them are like the one shown above, sometimes it is choosing words from a word box or matching. It really is nice not having the same kind of questions after each chapter.

Progeny Press Perelandra Questions

There are a variety of questions in the study guide. There are basic review questions that gauge reading comprehension and those help too in case the kids missed something and want to go back and re-read a section again.

Other questions, like these in the Analysis section, are a lot more thoughtful. I love that it has you referencing Bible passages and comparing different parts of the book.

Progeny Press Perelandra Dig Deeper

Another section, Dig Deeper, gets a lot more thorough with the questions. Sometimes we would spend a lot of time discussing some of these, especially if they had questions within the question. But it made for a lot of great discussion times, even if it had us reading the book a little slower.

I am very appreciative of the fact that there is an answer key in the back. I mean, I am reading right along with the kids, but sometimes I just don’t have the correct answer, so it is nice to see what the answer key says.

One thing that this eGuide has that I haven’t seen in any other study guides is a prereading activities. A lot of these are pretty involved, so we did one of the easier ones and I think we may do some of the other ones further down the road.

Progeny Press Perelandra activity

There are also essays and activities for the end of the book as well! One of them I had them do recently during the reading one day as it was just drawing. It isn’t finished as it is supposed to be colored, but they just did a quick sketch. Pretty sure they saw something similar on Google images and did it their way. I bet it will look great colored!

Some of the other projects we will wait until after we are done with the book. We just finished chapter 13 so we have just a little bit to go. But you can easily see that there are plenty of activities to help you in understanding more of this book! That’s one reason why we are reading it slower than normal. We usually read a chapter and then start working on the questions the next day. It depends on the questions how long those take. Then we read another chapter.

If you are curious as to what others thought with their time using Progeny Press, feel free to click the banner below! Some did Perelandra like we did, and some had younger kids so they did The Josefina Story Quilt – eGuide, The Green Book – eGuide or The Scavengers – eGuide.  There is something for every age!

In the past I have done Great Expectations E-Guide as well as The Silver Chair E-Guide. Both were books that I hadn’t read yet, which was nice. I think next time it would be great to try a book that we have all read, or even seen the movie of, to see if that helps us even more!

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Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming {Review}

Kyle has been interested in programming for at least half of his life. He has tried quite a few different things out there to help him learn. Books, videos, etc.. Some of these items were definitely geared towards older students, adults even. I was happy to try out Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens.

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Code for Teens has over 200 pages that includes a forward as well as a section just for parents at the beginning of the book. At the end there is a glossary that covers some words that your child may or may not know.

Now, I am all about easy. This book is easy. You can pretty much just hand it over to your child and let them have at it.

Code for Teens chapter colors

Each chapter isn’t very long, maybe an average of 13 pages each. Flipping through the pages makes me so happy, I mean, check out the colors!! Each chapter has its own color, very easy to remember where you left off and to find your spot again. Plus, it is just more fun being so colorful!

Code for Teens example

Chapter 1 starts out with some basic knowledge. It is also where you find out that you should be using Google Chrome. That worked out since Kyle is the only one that uses that browser!

I love that it has examples of what you should be seeing. That was one thing that Kyle appreciated through the whole book. The visual examples are a definite plus for any age, in my opinion!

There are also illustrations throughout the book. They aren’t too young or too numerous to be bothersome, and they also break up all the words a bit.

Kyle knew a lot of what was covered in the first chapter, so he kind of skimmed until he got to the work section and went from there.

There is a chapter quiz at the end of each chapter that covers what was learned. Other things at the end of each chapter are Key Concepts, Drills, and Aggregate review. All of these things help build on what was learned previously.

The end of the book has all of the answers to all of these quizzes and such. They are all put on the page very easy to read and are in a nice order.

Sometimes there are little DIY sections. These are tricky! It’s basically a word problem that you have to try and come up with the script on your own! That to me is a bigger test than any of the other quiz and review sections! Ha! But they do give tips on how to accomplish it, as well as having a recommended solution in the back of the book in case you get totally stuck.

They explain why they included problems like this in the back of the book, they basically wanted the students to think like a real engineer. Because really, an engineer is going to be stuck with a problem and need to figure out how to fix it! I love that!

In the future they will be coming out with HTML as well as CSS and you can then build on what you learn in this book with each of those! They work really well together!

Kyle is excited on finishing the book, the last chapter is making a hangman game. We love playing that in school, so I know he will have fun with it! I think I remember doing that when I took a computer class in school, but I know it wasn’t as cool because the monitors just had only green words. hahaha!!

This definitely got a thumbs up from Kyle. He is hoping that in the future they would come out with a more difficult addition to this one. Who knows, I haven’t read anything like that as I can imagine they are working on the two books I already mentioned, but I will keep my eye out!

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New Jersey


Jeffy and I went to New Jersey this week! Previously, all I had seen of it was the bit between Newark airport on the way to New York!

It was nice to spend time in a new place! We have been doing that a lot lately and it is addicting!

One thing I noticed was that we went to restaurants that served hot pretzels a lot. I mean, like 80% of the time there were hot pretzels offered. And of course we got them. Some were full pretzels, some were sticks, and some were little nubbies.

The thing is, when Jeffy travels by alone he finds himself going to fast food, or Cracker Barrel, or something similar.

I don’t want any of that when we are in a new place! Or really, I never want fast food, lol.

I love looking up on Yelp and other things for new places to eat. I try not to find chain restaurants, but even still, if they are local chains, I am ok with that!

I even look up dessert places, because I am still on the hunt for the best eclair. Previously I mentioned that eclair place in NYC…pretty sure that is still the winner, I have to try the one in MA again though. 😉

In a couple weeks we will be going to Michigan. I have never been there and am definitely excited because Jeffy has only been there once and that was by himself. Of course last time he had a friend take him to a place that wasn’t fast food. I am sure we will have to stop there so he can show me a new place for once. 😉

Is it weird that so much of our travels revolve around food and the next meal? We cant’ be the only ones to do that, right? 😉

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