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Biology 101 Review by Cindy Downes

Your visual and auditory learners are going to LOVE this. As a matter of fact, Biology 101: Biology According to the Days of Creation, developed by Wes Olson, is going to be enjoyed by the whole family!

The topics covered in this 4 disc set include Defining Life and Life Classification, Plants, Aquatic Creatures, Avian Creatures, Land Animals, Mankind and Genetics. It also includes a printable 114-page guidebook and a 12-page "Course Accreditation Program."

First, what I liked:

I loved the beautiful videos; the animated graphs, charts and illustrations; the background music was pleasant and added to the learning experience. The host (also Wes Olson) was an excellent speaker and kept my attention with clearly defined definitions, anecdotes, and interesting facts. During the plant

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Modern Pioneers in Classical Education: Susan Wise Bauer

One of the first Classical Pioneers of the 21st Century is an English Professor from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Susan Wise Bauer first entered the homeschooling community as a student. Though homeschooling was mostly unheard-of at that time, her parents not only created a solid educational environment, they followed a neo-classical style of their own design (including teaching Susan Latin at the age of 10). She was a good student, devouring everything that they offered her. Books were the central feature of her education and weekly trips to the library were a special treat. By the time Susan was 17, she had completed her studies at home and was accepted into college as a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Finalist. While in College, Susan earned a B.S. in

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No Place Like Holmes - Book Review

Griffin Sharpe is a genius. He notices everything, counts everything, and memorizes everything. And, he’s always right. But being right has one big problem: It doesn’t help him make friends.

No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe tells the story of a boy who goes to live with his “Uncle Snoops” in London whom he has never met. All he knows is that his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street. At first Griffin thinks his uncle is the Sherlock Holmes, but he soon discovers that his uncle is Rupert Snodgrass, a 2nd rate detective who lives next door to the famous Mr. Holmes.

Griffin quickly learns that his uncle doesn’t want him in London. He’s too focused on getting business from Sherlock and has no time for a kid. So, Griffin has to fend for himself and ends up in the middle of an adventure

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A Woman’s Place - Book Review

As homeschoolers, we often look for books that complement our lesson plans in science, history, music, art, etc. One place I look for books for teens is the Christian bookstore. Here, you’ll find all sorts of wonderful books written for adults, but that are perfectly wonderful for teens. They are great stories, written in all genres (mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, etc.), and clean!

Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors in the Christian book world. Austin has written a number of books set during the 20th century, a time period that, until recently, hasn’t been written about very much.

"A Woman's Place" is the first book of hers I read. This is the story of four women during the 1940s, a time when the role of women began to change from stay-at-home mom to
"get out and work

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Any Child Can Write

One of the hardest things to teach, and the most neglected according to college admission officers, is composition. Most students enter college with inadequate writing skills. But there is a solution!

Any Child Can Write by Harvey S. Wiener is an older book that has been recently republished because it works! Using this instruction guide, you can teach your students the basics of good writing, giving them a solid foundation to build on in later years.

In this book, Weiner shows parents how to encourage their children in creative expression. He also provides guidelines to parents on how to evaluate their children's writing skills. Very important! 

There is a lot of "meat" in this book and it needs to be read cover to cover to get the most from it. Then, using the exercises

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Quizlet Review

I just discovered a resource on the Internet called Quizlet. You will want to bookmark this one!

With Quizlet, you can create your own flashcards and quizzes in any subject OR you can use one of the already 2,000 quizzes on the site. Subjects include: Languages and vocabulary, Test Prep, Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Literature, Computers, Law, Medicine, Accounting and more!

To create a quiz, you simple type in the terms and definitions. You can add images, too! Then you generate a set of cards. From the online cards, you can study in flash card mode, study mode where you have to type in the terms, and test mode. In test mode, Quizlet generates a test with written, matching, true/false, and multiple choice questions. It even gives a grade!

You can share your

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Review: Student Bible Dictionary

The vocabulary of the Bible is sometimes hard to understand, especially for children. That's why I recommend a Bible dictionary. Even better for young students, a dictionary written specifically for them.

Nelson's Student Bible Dictionary by Ronald Youngblood, F.F. Bruce, and R. K. Harrison is my #1 choice for students. The text is comfortable to read, the definitions explain the words in an easy-to-understand manner, and the illustrations are interesting for young readers. 

It also features a Bible history timeline, an outline and articles on the Old and New Testament, colorful illustrations, charts, maps, and tables. 

I like this so much, I use it myself! 5 STARS

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The LessonBoard

Don’t let your child develop “two-finger” typing skills. You can easily teach your children to type as soon as they begin reading, using the right tools.Chester Creek has developed a keyboard that I highly recommend for teaching young children to type. It’s called the LessonBoard.

The LessonBoard is a color-coded keyboard designed to teach the correct fingering. Each finger is assigned a color, making it easy for children to learn which finger to use when typing the letters, numbers and function keys on the keyboard.

The LessonBoard is standard size, but yet lightweight. It includes all function keys as well as a numeric keypad. The keys are large and easy to press; and, it’s sturdy, a definite plus around young children!

The LessonBoard is compatible with Windows and Macintosh

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