Wednesday, May 25, 2011

TOS Review - Eagle's Wings - Considering God's Creation

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I have had a wonderful year serving on the TOS Review Crew. It's hard to believe but this is my last review as a crew member. I've had the privilege of trying so many great products and it has helped me learn what will and will not work in our homeschool.

I was very happy to receive Considering God's Creation by Eagle's Wings for my final Review. I had seen samples before and it looked like a great program. The Teacher's Manual, complete with audio CD and a student book are available for $29.95. Extra student workbooks can be purchased for $13.95. Eagle's Wings also offers other products - History, Bible, Phonics, Geography and Math. For a full list please click here.

This is a real bargain. It is a life and earth science program written from a Creationist point of view that spans grades 2 to 7 though it is easily adapted for any age. We used it as a supplement to our regular curriculum but this could be used as a stand alone program as well. It does not have to be followed in the order it is presented. It uses hands on approach to each topic through the use of notebooking pages, crossword and word search puzzles, pull out charts and foldables. It works well for a hands on, visual or audio learner (thanks to the songs on CD).

The topics covered are:

Creation
The Universe: Stars and Planets
The Earth
Non-Living Things: Rocks and Minerals
Weather
The Plant Kingdom
The Animal Kingdom
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Man: Made in God's Image

Each topic has several subtopics for a total of 36 lessons.

The first two things I pulled to use were the parts of a plant and the parts of a cell. Both of these were areas my oldest was struggling in. The illustrations and the analogies in the cell chapter - (example comparing the cell membrane to a 'guarded wall') - helped cement these concepts in his head. He is a weather nut and I promised him we would work on that section when he finished cells and plant parts. (My oldest is fourteen but dyslexic and only reads on about a 8th grade level.)

My middle son was all about the crossword puzzles and and the star slides activity. He loves space and planets and these notebooking pages and activities were well laid out and he could work independently.

I will probably be using this as my youngest son's main Science curriculum in the fall. It's visual and hands on plus it's easy to use for short lessons.

The Teacher's Manual is well laid out. It tells you how many lessons the topic will span, materials you will need to complete the lesson and suggestions on how to dig deeper with a topic of interest. These include suggestions for DVD/Videos, books, experiments and research topics. Some lessons include suggestions for vocabulary words and Bible readings. My boys didn't get much out of the songs and the audio CD which comes with the Teacher's manual. An auditory learner most certainly would benefit. This is a quality product at a very good price. It's nice to go out reviewing a product I can recommend with no reservations.


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Please head over and see what other TOS crew members have to say about this product: here.


Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given use of this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.

Monday, May 16, 2011

TOS Review - Bright Ideas Press - WonderMaps

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As a member of the TOS Review Crew I was given access to Bright Idea's Press Wonder Maps for review. Wondermaps is available from Bright Ideas Press for $49.95 at the above hyperlink. It is available via download or CD. The license is for installation on two computers and a back up. This also includes updates to the program.

This is the latest in a line of great products by this vendor. Earlier this year I had the privilege of reviewing 'A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers' so I was thrilled to be picked for this review.

Geography is an important part of our homeschool. I don't want my boys wondering where Chile is for example. My middle son is a huge golf fan and we usually look up player's countries during a tournament.

Wondermaps made it easier to do this and opened our eyes to new ways of exploring the countries of the world.

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This is the main screen. You can see some of the many ways to pull up the map you need or would like to look at.

You can also look them up this way:
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And when you decide how to look them up you are in for a treat:

There are over sixty world maps, over sixty US maps and over 125 historical maps which includes 25 biblical maps. It has all the maps needed to complete any of Bright Ideas Press history programs - The Mystery of History series and All American History.

It requires Adobe Reader v 9 or higher - which is a free download from Adobe.

The versatility of this product is it's largest strength. Operating on a 'layering' design the user can chose what to include in the map to print - or to simply view. This makes it a cinch to make not only student maps but teacher key maps as well.

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You can turn on and off labels such as: lakes and rivers, territorial boundaries, mountain ranges, state and country names, capital names and locations and city locations. And that isn't nearly all. The biblical maps are perfect for use in home school or Sunday School. You can make the maps color or black and white.

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The Teacher's Guide is packed with information on how to use this product. Also included is this great tutorial video. This helped me get off to a fast start with the program.




This product could easily be used as a stand alone resource or as a supplement to ANY history curriculum. I could not recommend it more. Now if you'll pardon me I have to go look up Ireland for the golf boy. :)


Please head over and see what other TOS crew members have to say about this product: Here


Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given use of this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.