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.

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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.

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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 Tamara: First Form Latin

We used First Form Latin with my dyslexic seventh grader (thirteen years old). We had previously used several other Latin curricula, including Song School Latin, I Speak Latin, and Visual Latin. We always hit a wall a few months into our studies, as none of these programs had a solid base in grammar and conjugation. While Nate enjoyed Visual Latin greatly, it is a translation-based program. New words are given each week, then the student is asked to translate a passage. The first few lessons are amazing, and he was so excited to be reading and understanding simple Latin sentences right off the bat. But without the base of verb conjugation and sentence construction, it is difficult to advance very far. Several times we had to backtrack a few lessons and try to see where we had missed the pieces we needed to advance.

First Form Latin is not as “exciting” in the beginning, as it is more dependent on rote memorization of grammar, vocabulary, and verb forms. It doesn’t feature the quick translation of “whole language”-based Latin programs. But I have been astonished at the thoroughness and depth of his understanding of Latin, even in the short month we have been using it. More than just understanding the “what” of Latin, Nate is now understanding the “why.” For a student with dyslexia, this is very helpful. He has had to memorize many rules in reading English, as he only understands spelling by understanding the rules. Latin, and specifically a grammar-based program, seems especially suited for the dyslexic learner. Unlike English words, Latin words follow regular rules and pronunciations. Nate has been delighted to know that all he truly has to do is “sound out” the letters and they always follow logical rules of pronunciation.

First Form Latin is a very in-depth program for a junior high student. It looks deceptively easy, as the lessons only cover a couple pages and a short video. But the workbook pages require quite a bit of drilling and really help cement the conjugations in place. The flashcards were a lifesaver. We made up several games to practice vocabulary. My son really likes the teacher on the videos as well. He has a quick, dry wit and Nate really liked him.

Because of Nate’s dyslexia, memorization is more difficult for him. For this reason, we slowed down the program somewhat. The TG suggests doing one lesson per week in the following way:  M– watch video, T- read text, W- do workbook pages, Th– review, F- quiz. This was too fast for him and didn’t allow him enough drill to solidify his learning. So we modified the schedule to meet his needs. We spaced each lesson out over two weeks.  Wk 1:  M– video, T– text, WThF – worksheets (2 each day). Wk 2: MTW- flashcard drill/games/review,  Th– quiz, F- grade quiz and rewrite any missed answers.

I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to give their child a solid foundation in Latin. In fact, I enjoyed the program so much that I purchased an extra workbook for myself and have been doing it along with my son.  It also includes diagramming sentences in Latin, so we have put a hold on our English grammar for a while and are just using the Latin grammar.

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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.

by Tamara –  Tamara is a proud Kansas City native who was transplanted to Texas thirteen years ago. She has three boys and three girls, and is currently in her seventh year of homeschooling. Several of her children have struggled with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and other learning challenges. She tells them often that God must have something amazing for them in the future, as they are learning perseverance now.

Memoria Press Review by Darla: Geography I

I received in my package a teacher’s manual for Geography I, a student text, a student workbook, tests and quizzes, and a review of 50 states. The goal of this program is to familiarize your young learner with countries and their capitals. It is not meant to be an in-depth study of world cultures, so if you’re looking for something to take the place of history for a year and give you some deep learning to spend several hours a week on, this is not it. It would make a good jumping-off point in my opinion, however, and more could easily be added per your student’s interest level.

This is a Christian publisher, so secular users will want to know that when covering areas of the Holy Land Biblical accounts are treated as fact. This is a given with any Christian publisher as far as I know. This led us to some discussion on what archaeologists are able to discover vs. various historical accounts and how they don’t always agree.

Onward to how the program works! Each country has a two-page spread in the text, and a correlating one-page exercise in the student workbook. The exercises are mostly map work. On a good day, geography can be done in about fifteen minutes if you cover one country at a time. The student is asked to read the text, label the map, copy the name of the country and its capital three times and add in some facts that he found interesting. Covering two or three countries a week will be a good pace for most families.

We had never really done the 50 states, so the review package sort of wasn’t review for my student. Somehow, he knows the states better than I expected and is moving along nicely on learning the capitals. He is ten years old, and we do keep maps up which have always interested him. It’s been enough.

The only improvement I would not mind seeing would be a separate pamphlet (or download) for quizzes and tests. They are included in the teacher manual which makes them a bit difficult to use.

We are looking forward to Geography II next!

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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.

by Darla

Memoria Press Review by Cheryl: Geography I

After having much success with Memoria Press‘ Prima Latina and Latina Christiana, I was excited to dig into Geography I! The full Geography I set includes the Student Text, Student Workbook, Teacher Guide, The United States Student Workbook and Teacher Key. The full set is only $48. With 53 countries to study and 20 review lessons on the states, this course will easily fill a year.

The United States workbooks and tests are meant to be a review of the States and Capitals curriculum. As we had recently finished our own study of the states and capitals, the sequence in the book worked very well as a review for my eight year old. Section 1 breaks the country up into regions, and students label the states in each region. We did two regions a day. Section 2 keeps the regions established in the first section and asks students to match the state to the capital. Section 3 lists the capitals and requires the student to list the state from memory. Section 4 requires the student to both identify the state and list the capital  from memory. The progression and repetition is perfect for developing long-term memory.

The Geography I products cover the areas of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa that were once part of the Ancient Roman Empire. Each section gives an introduction to the region followed by a two-page spread on each country. Historical context and more current events are listed as well as fun facts.

I used the Geography I text with both my eight year old and my six year old. We spent time studying the map in the textbook and finding the country on our globe. The reading was quick and easy. After reading and discussing the country, I found that my son was retaining the information very well. For my six year old, I was more interested in her learning the continents and regions, but she can also identify a few of the countries. We will revisit the curriculum when she is a little older.

We are following a four-year history cycle and studied ancient history two years ago. My son already had some familiarity with the regions we were studying. The quick “History’s Headlines” helped him recall what we had previously studied. His familiarity with the subjects made the study more interesting for him.

Overall we found the curriculum worked well with our style of schooling and with our other studies. I look forward to finishing Geography I next year and following it up with Geography II.

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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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Cheryl–Cheryl is a singing, dancing, baking, homeschooling mom of three. She has danced her whole life and taught ballet and theatre for most of her adult life. Her favorite pastime has always been cooking and baking, and as a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant she gets to share that love with others. Home educating her three children has been and continues to be one of her greatest learning experiences! It is an adventure she is ready to continue.

Memoria Press Review by Apryl: Traditional Logic I

 

We were recently given the opportunity to review the Traditional Logic I set from Memoria Press.  This set sells for $75.00 and includes a student book, an instructional DVD, a Quiz and Test book, and an answer key.

Traditional Logic I is an introduction to formal logic for grades 7 and up.  We used it with my 17-year-old Junior, and it seemed to be at a good level for her.  The text was clear, and the DVD gave an alternative method for lesson instruction.  We thought the set could stand easily on its own without the DVD, but our family doesn’t care for DVD instruction in general.  It can be used as a semester-long course if stretched out a bit, or it can be combined with Book II in the same semester.

This curriculum covers traditional, or formal, logic as laid out by Aristotle.  It does not delve into informal logic or modern logic.  From what we have seen, it seems to be a good foundation for delving deeper into the studies of the other branches of logic.

Traditional Logic is written with a Christian worldview.  While we did not find it overly preachy, a non-Christian may take issue with some of the exercises that include views on the Bible as truth.

Overall we thought Traditional Logic covers the topic very thoroughly in an easy-to-follow format.  My daughter thought it a little dry for her taste but did not find it difficult to complete.  We would recommend it to anyone looking for a logic program for a high school student or even an adult.

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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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Apryl–Born and raised in Tennessee, Apryl is a southern girl at heart.  She lives out in the country with her husband and her three daughters. After having an unfulfilling public school education herself, and struggling to find peace with the education her girls were receiving in the public school system, she made the choice to homeschool.  When they began their homeschool journey, the girls were in the third and sixth grades.  Now she is happily coaching three teenaged daughters through their high school years.

Memoria Press Review by Amy Rose: Traditional Logic I

My ninth grader and I reviewed Traditional Logic I which was written by Martin Cothran and published by Memoria Press. We received the textbook, answer key, quizzes and exams book, and DVD. These can all be purchased as a packaged set for $75, or without the DVD for $38. Some families do not require the DVD lessons, but my child found them to be very helpful so I do recommend them for audio learners and kinesthetic learners like him.

This course can easily be completed in a semester. My son studied one lesson per week. He chose to repeat three or four lessons when, upon beginning the next lesson, he realized  he hadn’t grasped the concepts perfectly enough to go on. As a parent and educator I was really impressed that he was able to self-assess his readiness for the next lesson correctly due to the clear presentation of concepts. He knew whether he’d “got it” or not!

The Quizzes and Exams were not as helpful to me as they might be to some because my son prefers to explain his lessons to me at the white board as a way to solidify his learning. If we were short on time I skipped the tests because I already knew that he had learned the material. For a less communicative student, or for a family who needs to utilize exams as a means of determining a letter grade for the course, the Quizzes and Exams would be invaluable. I recommend purchasing them as part of the program.

I asked my son what he would say about these materials and whether he would recommend them for other classical students. He and I agree that we would both recommend this course. Here are his comments:

“Traditional Logic I does a good job explaining the mental processes associated with a logical argument. The lessons progress rationally through the parts of an argument and explain the relationships of those parts to each other. The complex and challenging ideas are presented precisely and thoroughly in the text, and the DVD lessons help to clarify even further. As I believe the author intended, the student’s difficulty with this course comes not from comprehending the material but from wrestling with the challenge to think in new and different ways. Graphics and charts helpfully explain concepts. Drill and repetition are utilized, not to promote memorization, but rather to encourage realignment to more logical thought processes. Logic becomes a normal part of everyday thought even if the student sometimes forgets the specific names for the parts of the argument.”

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.
12211601494_8a0a5dcb15Amy Rose–Amy Rose was a middle child growing up in a trailer park in the Midwest with talented parents who struggled financially. Her future life was easy to imagine until one magical day when she was thirteen her fairy godmother gave her a box of oil pastels and a vintage textbook titled, “England in Literature.” Suddenly the entire wealth of riches found in the history of the West became to her a Holy Grail.  So she grew up and learned how to classically educate her own children who all turned out to be geniuses or at least mostly teachable.

Curriculum Reviews: Memoria Press

 

The writers at Sandbox to Socrates have been working with Memoria Press to review some of the curriculum they offer.  Memoria Press produces classical education materials for use at home and private schools.  Read on to find out a little more about the subjects we reviewed and what our writers thought about them.

First Start Reading is a program teaching phonics, reading and printing for Kindergarten.

  • Tamara – writes My kindergarten son read several of these later stories to me and declared them to be ‘very cool.'” read the full review here.

First Form Latin is for grade 5+ and starts by teaching grammar forms and vocabulary.

  • Darla –  I love how the DVD teacher explains things thoroughly. He is even a bit entertaining! My kids loved his explanation of 2nd person plural (ya’ll).” read the full review here.
  • Tamara – More than just understanding the ‘what’ of Latin, Nate is now understanding the ‘why.'” read the full review here.

Tradtional Logic 1 is an in-depth study of the classical logic and is for grades 7+

  • AmyLogic becomes a normal part of everyday thought even if the student sometimes forgets the specific names for the parts of the argument.” read the full review here.
  • Apryl – From what we have seen, it seems to be a good foundation for delving deeper into the studies of the other branches of logic.” read the full review here.

Geography I covers the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.  It is intended for grades 4+

  • Cheryl –The progression and repetition is perfect for developing long-term memory.” read the full review here.
  • Emma – I enjoy the independent aspect and the straightforward approach.” read the full review here.
  • KristenIt was wonderful to be able to hand her the workbooks and know that the content was solid and that she would be able to understand and answer any questions that followed.”  read the full review here.
  • LynneAs a preliminary foray into Geography, I don’t think you’ll find a more simple and easy product to use.” read the full review here.
  • NakiaStudents are encouraged to ‘Pay close attention to correct spelling’ which is always a great reminder and much appreciated by homeschool parents!” read the full review here.
  • TammyWe were able to connect each country with our history lessons via History’s Headlines and discuss more current events with Tour of Today.” read the full review here.
  • Darla – The goal of this program is to familiarize your young learner with countries and their capitals.” read the full review here.

United States Geography is included in the Geography I set.

  • Emma – 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.” read the full review here.

Timeline This is a set for learning about 60 events in history and their place in time. The timeline is intended for grades 3-6.

  • Cheryl –  “I love the simplicity of the curriculum. It is an excellent supplement to any history program.” read the full review here
  • Kristen – “…an excellent way for a child to remember the highlights of a time period and to keep them fresh in their mind.” read the full review here.
  • MeganThis was simple enough to get done but involved enough to be interesting and memorable.”  read the full review here.
  • Emma –This program was a great way to review previous history learned, and to start to build a sense of when things happened during history.” read the full review here.

And a big thank you to Memoria Press for giving us a chance to review these products!