Friday, May 30, 2014

Progeny Press [A Review]

http://www.progenypress.com
 
Progeny Press is a wonderful publishing company which celebrates the beauty of the written word, and provides study guides that allow your student to think beyond the pages they read.  We were chosen to review Progeny Press'  The Door in the Wall Study Guide and Uncle Jed's Barbershop Study Guide.  

http://stores.progenypress.com/uncle-jeds-barbershop-e-guide/http://stores.progenypress.com/door-in-the-wall-the-e-guide/

One of the best ways to get books to come alive is to encourage your child to explore them in new ways.  We began by reading  The Door in the Wall, a 1950 Newbery Medal winner by American author Margeurite de Angeli (1889 - 1987).  This lovely story centers around a young British boy Robin de Bureford who struggles with crippled legs, the result of a childhood illness.  As the Black Death of the 1300s in England sets in, Robin's parents prepare for him to be cared for by compassionate monks at a monastery until the threat has passed.  Devastated by the events he doesn't understand, little Robin soon finds his own identity and learns more about strength through weakness than most able-bodied people ever do. 



As soon as we received this book (to be obtained separately either at your local library or online) I realized the Old English style of writing and language would be a bit challenging for my Deep Southern gal, so we decided to listen to the story being read via an audiobook site.  It was a great decision, and it really brought the story to life for us, listening to the narrator read it with a British accent.  

Progeny Press' 39-page Interactive Study Guide for The Door in The Wall was brilliantly written by Andrew Clausen, is recommended for grades 4th - 6th, and retails for $16.99.  I easily downloaded the guide from the website, and printed the worksheets as we needed them.  The questions and activities within this particular guide are broken down into a couple of chapters at a time.  Because of this, we would listen to/read along with two chapters of The Door in the Wall at a time, and then my daughter would work on the applicable worksheets from the Progeny Press study guide for a couple of days afterwards.  I loved that the worksheets included vocabulary, grammar, language, critical thinking skills, character building concepts, and scripture references. 

Moving slowly through the book and really digesting the meat of this beautiful story here was a wonderful way to progress for us.  If your child is a faster reader and writer than mine, then you have the flexibility of using these guides in a way that works best for you.  

Thought-provoking and scripture based, these study guides allow your student to see the spiritual side of the characters and force your student to see beyond the surface; beyond the obvious.  To see some different pages of the guide and how my 5th grader worked through them, I am including some examples of her work below.  



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We also reviewed a second interactive study guide from Progeny Press for the book Uncle Jed's Barbershop.  The book is written by Margaree King Mitchell (1953 -), and illustrated by  James Ransome. It is a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and I can easily see why.  The Progeny Press Interactive Study Guide for this title is written by Rebecca Gilleland. 



Uncle Jed's Barbershop tells the sweet story of Sarah Jean and her close-knit family of sharecroppers in the South around the mid-1900s. Uncle Jed teaches Sarah Jean about the importance of compassion, family, and never giving up on a dream no matter what adversity comes to distract.  As I mentioned earlier, we live in the South, and the story of Jed and his special relationship with his niece Sarah Jean is both poignant and inspirational, and so relevant to the history of black people in the Southern states.   The illustrations brought the story to life, and we felt closer and closer to each character with the turn of each page. 


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The Interactive Study Guide for Uncle Jed's Barbershop is 33 pages long, is geared for students ages Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and retails for $11.99.  The book is easily read in one sitting for older children, so my daughter read it out loud to me, and then she worked on the study guide independently.  This guide was also full of wonderful activities and think-beyond-the-obvious type questions.  Using a guide to help your child glean more from a story is a wonderful way for them to learn!


Because my daughter was a bit older than the recommended age, I had her choose one of the After-You-Read options at the end of the guide.  She chose to write about the featured dogs in the story, the English Pointer.  She knows a lot about dogs, but did not know a lot about this breed, so she enjoyed researching for and writing this paper (well, as much as she can enjoy writing).  



Progeny Press offers a great variety of interactive study guides on various genres of literature, ranging from Kindergarten to Senior High School.  Their mission is "To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!"  Now there's a mission statement with which I wholeheartedly agree! 

http://progenypress.com/


Several of the members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been using different study guides with their children over the last couple of months, so please click the banner below to link to all those reviews and learn more! 



 


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday~~05/28/2014

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Random Five on Friday ~~05/23/2014

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After my new granddaughter was born last Wednesday, she had to be transferred to a NICU 100 miles from home.  Here are five obvservations from our week there:

1. Babies are much, much stronger than we give them credit for. 

2. Life begins at conception.  

3.  Hospitals can wear a person out faster than running a marathon. Nothing else saps your emotions quite the same. I am still recovering. 

4.  I have so much respect for the NICU nurses.  They are focused, loving, and committed to the health of the babies in their care. 

5.  I witnessed firsthand how prayer can change things.  Our little girl who was struggling to take a breath from her pneumonia and transient tachypnea,is now happy and seems to have fully recovered.  We are beyond grateful for the prayers, short or long, that were lifted up for her over the last week.  




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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Trident Case (A Review)


http://tridentcase.com/

 As a mom of four children, and two grandchildren, I sure do appreciate durable products.  Reviewing this Kraken A.M.S. for iPad 2/3/4 from Trident Case has been a really easy fit for our home. We were excited to be offered to review this product!


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We were selected to review the iPad2 case in pink/black.  
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My daughter (age 10) had no trouble figuring out how to install her iPad 2 in the case, but I would have loved to seen a few more detailed instructions on how to best install it (or just have your child do it for you).   

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Once installed, I took note of all the connections and the coverings for each.  I love, LOVE the dust coverings on all the portals, as dust in those portals is one of the main reasons they start failing to connect well to charging cords or headphones.

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Aesthetically, I really like the look of the case.  My daughter loved the color combinations, and was very excited that this case from Trident Case included a cover for the front of her iPad.  We have been using  store-bought peel off sticky covers, so this was a huge improvement, and the responsiveness of the touch screen was NOT diminished at all.

On the second day after installation, our wild two-year-old grandson came over, and as usual, went straight for Abbey’s iPad.  As he went to grab it, he didn’t get a good hold and dropped the iPad right on the concrete floor.  We all gasped, and then relaxed as we realized the Kraken A.M.S. case had completely protected it from any damage.  

Since adding this case to our iPad2, I feel much more confident to allow my daughter to take the iPad out of the house to her playdates. Before, I was too nervous about damage to it and wouldn't allow it. It is easy for her to hold, and lighter weight (but not less durable) than some other cases on the market.

The outer shell of the case is made from durable, polycarbonate hard plastic, and the silicone accents are thick but pliable. Here’s one of the videos from Trident that convinced me that we should try this:



Impressive, huh? While I don’t plan on taking a baseball bat to the iPad, I do know that my daughter and grandson have been giving that case a huge workout, and it has done really well. I do recommend it for your electronic "investments"!

Here are some great features of the Kraken A.M.S. case for iPad 2/3/4


  • Hardened Polycarbonate Shell
  • Shock-absorbing Silicone
  • Built-in Screen Protector
  • Device Controls and Portals Protected
  • Enhanced Audio
  • Military Standards (meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810F)--Not sure what that means, but if the military can put it to the test and pass, then I know it will hold up to my wild children! 
  • Dust Filters
  • Protection from Rain/Water Damage


Another great feature are the speaker access on the FRONT of the case, instead of the back.  This allows us to lay the iPad flat and still be able to clearly hear the audio portions of the apps, movies, and games we're using.  
 
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The only slight drawback I see is the corner silicone accent pieces were a bit too loose in their fitting, and my grandson would constantly fidget with them while he was playing games or watching videos on the iPad.  While easily pushed back into place, I would love to see these fit just a little bit tighter to prevent kids from being able to mess with them.



The Kraken A.M.S. case for iPad 2/3/4 retails for $69.95, and is appropriate for all ages. This case is compatible with Apple New iPad, Apple iPad2, Apple iPad3, and Apple iPad4. 

I want to mention that I did purchase the Kraken A.M.S. Tablet Stand to go with this case because the main thing we use our iPad2 for is watching movies, TV shows, and educational videos, so having the ability to "kickstand" it was something we really wanted.  It was only $19.95, which I thought was extremely reasonable. It is a great addition to a solid, durable case, and is made to click perfectly into place on the Trident Case.  

iPad Case


iPad Case


Trident Case offers a ton of different cases for almost all electronic devices on the market right now, including Apple, Samsung, Kindle, and more.  I encourage you to explore their site or some of their social media sites listed below to see all their offerings.

http://tridentcase.com/

Still not sure if one of these cases might work for your electronic devices? Maybe taking time to read a few more reviews of the various cases might help! Other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew reviewed these products for the last six weeks as well, so click the banner below to read more!

http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/trident-case-review/





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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beauty Captured ~~05/13/2014



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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~05/07/2014





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