Memoria Press Review by Emma: Geography I

I have always loved Geography and so was excited when the time came to start teaching Geography to my kids. Life has been rather hectic this last year, so I really needed something independent and easy to use. I was happy to get a chance to review Memoria Press‘s Geography I.

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My eight year old used Geography I mostly independently.  I received the Teacher’s Guide, the Student Text, and the Student Workbook.  He would read through the Student Text and then answer the questions in the Workbook. After finishing the page, I would check his answers, and we’d discuss anything I had questions about. We would also Google some of the countries he was most curious about, and look them up on our world map.

▪Pros:  The fact that this was an independent lesson was great. It gave me the break I needed to take care of other matters but didn’t feel like busy work. I knew that the information would be presented well, and he would learn some facts about each country. I also used it as writing practice, since he had to fill out information about each country.

▪Cons:  The lack of color and visual appeal were the biggest downfalls, in my opinion. This curriculum gives a basic overview of each country and presents everything in a neat little package, but I would have liked for the pages to be more visually appealing with more images and color.

Conclusion:  I plan to continue using Geography I as a supplement to our Geography studies and will likely purchase the next levels. I enjoy the independent aspect and the straightforward approach.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Emma–Emma has been married for seven years, and is mom of two, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for three years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.

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Memoria Press Review by Emma: Timeline

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Memoria Press Timeline curriculum. We are history nuts, here and love almost everything Memoria Press, so I was really looking forward to working with the materials. I received Wall Cards, Flash Cards, Handbook and the Composition and Sketchbook.

The Wall Cards and Flash Cards are made of heavy card stock and have white words printed on a dark background, making them easy to read. The Composition and Sketchbook has just the right amount of space for summarizing what was learned. The Handbook contains a brief summary of each moment in history.

This program was a great way to review previous history learned, and to start to build a sense of when things happened during history. We went through one card every couple of days, just reading through the notations in the Handbook, then we’d find the corresponding cards and hang the Wall Card on our Timeline. After that, my son would fill out the pertaining section in the Composition and Sketchbook.

Pros: Easy to use, good quality materials, great selection of moments in history.

Cons: There were a lot of pieces to the program, and it was a bit hard to keep up with all of them. It’s one of those programs that are easy to forget to use during busy weeks. Images next to each event would make the Wall Cards more interesting.

Conclusion: We will continue to use the program as review, although I was only able to use the program twice during our studies due to the period in history we are covering. I intend to schedule this into our week and think it will be an interesting addition to our history studies.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Emma–Emma has been married for seven years, and is mom of two, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for three years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.

Memoria Press Review by Emma: United States Geography

We are currently studying American History, and so I wanted to introduce a study of the states to our lesson time. Memoria PressThe United States curriculum has been a great supplement to our studies.

Once a week, my eight-year-old son would sit down to do a lesson in the workbook. After completing the lesson, he’d bring it to me, and I would check the answers in the Teacher’s Manual. This curriculum is basic and to-the-point, but effective.

▪Pros:  The curriculum can be done independently, which has been hugely helpful lately. It also has a bit of hands-on in the form of coloring, which my son enjoys.

▪Cons:  Other than the fact that I wish there was more color and visual appeal, there aren’t many negatives. This curriculum is strictly meant to teach about the states, capitals, etc., and it accomplishes that very well.

Conclusion:  I plan to continue using The United States and will follow it up with States and Capitals once finished.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Emma–Emma has been married for seven years, and is mom of two, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for three years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.

Review: Primary Language Lessons, by Emma

I was given the opportunity to review Emma Serl’s Primary Language Lessons Part 1, which is recommended for children in the second grade. We had already been using the original book, so the material wasn’t new to us, but I have loved having the glossary, vocabulary section, teacher helps, resource list and updated lessons in such a handy format. Plus, there was no need for an additional notebook, as the pages were already beautifully designed and included lines for writing. The download was a snap — just click and go. The price can’t be beat as it is well worth the $8.95.

As I said, we had been using the book before being given the chance to review the workbook. I loved that this one little book included picture study, nature study, poetry, grammar, origin, composition, letter writing and more. My son loved reading the passages and writing about them. Both my son and my younger daughter enjoyed the lovely photos and took part in the picture study activities.

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During the lessons, he learned how to address an envelope and write a letter. He memorized a poem and practiced his comprehensions skills. He also learned when to capitalize in a name and spent time researching farming practices. The sweet Charlotte Mason approach is both thorough and gentle. The lessons are short and enjoyable, yet they cover quite a bit of material.

I would certainly recommend this curriculum to anyone who is looking for a thorough elementary Language Arts program. It is both Charlotte Mason and classical in approach and I feel most children would benefit from the lovely photos and beautiful language of the book. The workbook format makes it that much easier to use.

I will use this again when my youngest is in second grade, and I plan to purchase Part 2 for my oldest once we have finished Part 1.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

 

EmmaemmaEmma has been married for seven years, and is mom of two, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for three years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.

Our Path to Homeschooling, by Emma

 

When our oldest was born, we swore we would never homeschool him (or have a homebirth, or let him sleep with us, et cetera.). Homeschooling was fine, for other people. It just wasn’t for us. I didn’t know ANYONE who homeschooled, growing up. My husband knew one child who was homeschooled.

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Fast forward a couple of years, and many new friendships later, and a whole new world started opening up to us. After our son was born, we found ourselves re-evaluating most of our previous beliefs. Almost everything we had said we would never do, we now were seriously considering. Including homeschooling. My husband was still sort of on the fence. I was quickly warming up to the idea. We decided to put our two-year-old in preschool for a year and see how it went. Well, it was…fine. Not good, not bad, it just was. The teachers asked if he spoke much at home because he was so quiet at school. That shocked us because at home? He never stopped talking! So we questioned if it was the best environment for him. I started researching homeschooling, talking to other moms and trying to figure out exactly what homeschooling would look like. As our baby became a preschooler and then turned five, we decided to give it one year. One year to see whether it worked for our family. It only took a few months before we were convinced this was the right path for us.

Homeschooling has allowed our children the freedom to be kids. To play, to use their imagination, to be free to live outside the box. In our home, a school uniform can range from pajamas and a funny hat for our son, to a princess costume or a bathing suit for our daughter. Homeschooling has allowed us to spend more time together as a family. My husband works odd hours, so homeschooling gives them time to spend together when he is home. It has given us the freedom to travel as needed or desired. It’s been a blessing during times of family difficulties.

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I don’t know if we will homeschool through high school. We still take it year by year. Given how well it suits our children, though, I’d be surprised if we didn’t just continue down this path. I always said I wouldn’t be a life-long homeschooler, but I was wrong about everything else, so why not this?

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Emmemmaa–Emma has been married for seven years, and is mom of two, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for three years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.

 

 

Homeschool Lemonade, by Emma

 

When life gives you lemons…

This has been a hard year, probably one of the hardest of my life. We’ve had many losses and a great deal of tragedy in our family. We have come together as a family and have grown stronger, and I believe homeschooling has greatly contributed to this strengthened family bond.

My children are young, both elementary-aged. During this hectic, crazy year, they coped by sticking to our routine. Get up in the morning, sneak past Mama to play with the dog (while Mama pretends not to hear them). Grab a snack in the kitchen. Play for a bit until Mama drags herself out of bed. Start lessons, have breakfast and continue on with school. School usually ends around eleven, and the rest of the afternoon is spent reading, playing games, or sometimes watching a movie. It’s quaint, peaceful, and serene, the exact opposite of all the craziness going on around us. I am so grateful for the peace.

I sit here, trying to imagine what the year would have been like if the kids had been away at school. I picture tired children, stress, rushing around, and a disconnected family. I’m grateful for one less thing to deal with on my plate.

So once again, I am reminded to be grateful for the opportunity to stay home with my babies, and to teach math using princess dolls while dressed like a princess. To read Pinocchio while snuggled on the couch. To receive mid-day hugs and kisses when life becomes hard.

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Emma has been married for 7 years, and is mom of 2, plus one once-crazy dog. She’s been homeschooling for 3 years now in NC. In addition to being a wife, mom and educator, she is also a Graphic Designer.