TOS Review Crew Review Review


Do you ever find your homeschool days dragging on? Being pulled in twenty different directions with multiple kids? Searching for ‘something’ although you aren’t quite sure what that is? Have you wanted to enliven your school year with some affordable classes, yet your search has left you empty handed…or with empty pockets?

Today I am inviting you into our multi-age classroom by sharing our review of, a brilliant site brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine creators! But first, here is a quick video overview of this program, for those audio and or visual learners like myself. We were given the Yearly Membership option for review. is a fabulous one stop shop for curriculum choices for any age–including goodies for parents! With over 100 courses to choose from, a membership fee that includes whole family usage as well as a co-op option, and classes streamed anytime/anywhere, you can’t go wrong in investigating it. Matter of fact, they offer a FREE 30 day trial…that INCLUDES a FREE Welcome Basket! Courses are offered for levels Pre-K all the way up to 12th, PLUS several listings for “family courses” such as Nutrition, Family Fitness, and Whole Foods Cooking to name a few. Courses may be one year long, or a semester. As a bonus for the parents? Supplements and resources available to help–including their fabulous downloadable planner!

Normally, the membership costs $12.95 per month or at a 10% discount by purchasing the yearlong option at $139….however, is currently running a big special right now and through Christmas Day at 11:59pm ET.

You will receive 40% off the monthly membership ($7.77/month) or 50% off the Yearly Membership ($64.26/year). Homeschool families who join at this rate will keep it forever as long as they maintain a continuous membership.

We used this program with children at 4 different levels developmentally and academically. A is 5 and has amblyopia and dystropia, fancy words for “really bad eyesight.” Programs like this are very beneficial for her-she can ‘hear’ whatever she may have trouble seeing. E is 7 and our diva of the bunch. She is VERY independent and learns better “doing school” with supervision vs hours of teaching. Even after we finished reviewing the item, she continues to log in and “do school” on her own! L is my 14 year old book loving, creative writing, joke cracking, computer science loving son. Finally, B is my 16 year old, caught between wanting to be grown up and wanting to stay a kid, text book loving, no nonsense down to earth, anime and Japanese culture loving son. Phew…can they be more different?

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Little A, our sweet 5 year old

Little A always wants to try everything that big sister is doing…and quite often, big brothers. We have found that by allowing her to “sit in” and “do” school with the olders, it has really pushed her along academically. Her first choice was Beginning Sewing. A is still learning to read, so I had to help her with some of the instructions. The video “teacher” was a huge blessing. In the very first lesson, she explains, and shows, what some sewing tools are and explains the sewing machine on the video content. The lessons are also downloadable and able to be printed off-it includes the patterns. A also joined in with big sister E to do several others. Her take? “I LOVE it!”

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E learning all about bugs!!

E also chose Sewing, but then became distracted by the “Bug Science” course. I’m not sure if it was the title that caught her eye or what, but she is my Science gal! She raved about this course all day and kept going back to do more…in the SAME day! She also “previewed” several other courses. is definitely a hit with her!

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L, my computer geek 14 year old

Torn between several options, this wanna be Computer Science major decided to see what the Filmmaking course was all about. Scheduled with 36 weeks of content, this makes a perfect year long course. His brother B decided to join in and do this one as well–he has high hopes and aspirations to break into the Anime film industry. Both boys really enjoyed the course, although L prefers a more “animated teacher,” perhaps why I bore him to tears. They were intrigued with the content and began work right away on the first assignment, even discussing it with me and each other. provides multi-focal instruction, which is able to draw out anyone from the various learning styles.

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Big B, my 16 year old Junior

Overall, we are very blessed to have been given the opportunity to review this product and plan to incorporate it into our homeschool…permanently. Especially for B, my high schooler who was “bored” by many of the electives available on the market. not only gives him more choices, but the College Choice Guidance course gives ME peace of mind. It’s something we can do together and will help keep us on track when it comes time to send each of them to college.


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A Few of My Favorite Things: Book Edition Part 1

My own library?!? Why yes….PLEASE!! I love books…their colors, their smell, and anything about them. How fitting that for today’s link-up for Blogging through the ABC’s, at The Potter’s Hand Academy, I choose ‘favorites’ for the letter F…and it’s all about BOOKS!

I have been blessed to be able to review for 3 major Christian publishers, edit a chapter of an already published book, help launch 3 books, as well as contribute to one, and had a screenwriter for one of my favorite books turned movie, contact me and send me a free advanced copy of his journey to review. Why do I love to do this you ask? FREE BOOKS!! Well, that’s part of it. I also believe in celebrating the gifting in others.

So, without further ado, here is my list for some of my favorites that I read in 2014 (these are not affiliate links). Favorite in categories are in bold:

  • Sarah’s Choice. This is a Christian fiction book that I was completely wrapped up in! This book is also available as a movie. From the back, “for every woman who has made painful decisions, Sarah’s Choice offers comfort, wisdom and hope.” This book has a neat Christmas Carol(ish) spin, using three Christmas cards from a mysterious old woman. However, this book is not a Christmas selection. Here is my review: Sarah’s Choice.

  • You are Loved (my review link). This wins my award in the Christian Inspiration/Encouragement/Bible Study category. This is written by two wonderful women that I have had the privilege to get to know better lately. I have been doing Online Bible study with Angela Perritt and the girls at Love God Greatly, (formerly Good Morning Girls), since 2011. Angela has the most amazing soul ever and is so sweet. Sally Clarkson is THE go to for all things parenting/homeschool. She has been a tremendous blessing in my life and I am pleased to be a part of the Launch Team for her new book coming out next month, Own Your Life (pre-order freebies on her website!!)

  • For Such a Time, Christian Fiction. This is Ms. Breslin’s FIRST novel!! I was blown away when reviewing this title. Set in 1944 during the horrors of Auschwitz and Hitler’s attempted extermination of the Jews, this fabulous book weaves the story of Esther into the modern day. It also brings the Holocaust and the concentration camps to life. Some of the names will be VERY familiar, and you can tell who goes where following the story of Esther. This is my very FAVORITE Christian Fiction read this year. Cannot wait to see what she produces next!

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. This book wins my award for FAVORITE Religion/Biography & Autobiography pick this year. This is a true story written about a young boy whose family was thought of highly in the Islamic community. It was thought that they actually descended, literally, from Mohammed. Not only does it give a full in-depth true look at Islam, including the jihadist groups, it shows that not all are of this persuasion. Nabeel sets out on a journey, very thoughtfully, and against his will, to understand evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. He goes from Islam apologist to…..well, read the book and find out!!

There were SO many more, but this is where I sign off……..for now!! Watch for more, as well as a post on what *some* of my planned reads for 2015 are!

Share with us, what books have been your favorites this year? Who knows? Maybe they will make my 2015 list!!


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Going Above and Beyond: How Did We Get Here?


Have you ever wondered just exactly how you arrived at your thoughts or beliefs? Have you ever wondered ‘why’ we do the things that we do? Perhaps I am admitting too much here. It has always been a passion of mine to wonder why people do/believe the things they do. So it comes as no surprise that today’s reading fascinated me. Join me in a historical digging of Genesis 19.

Verses 37 & 38 tell us of where the Moabites and Ammonites come from. They were birthed by Lot and his two daughters….unintentionally on his part. His daughters feared that they were the only people left on earth and decided to continue on Lot’s lineage by getting him drunk with wine…and ‘knowing’ him so to speak.

The eldest daughter bore Moab, the father of the Moabites. Why does this name sound familiar? RUTH was a Moabite!! Noami’s husband had moved them to Moab. The name Moab means “seed of father,” or “of his father.” Who are the Moabites?

  • The lived in the highlands east of the Dead Sea (now in west central Jordan).
  • They are dated up to 582 BC when, according to Josephus, they were conquered by the Babylonians.
  • They worshiped ‘Chemosh.’ This ‘god’ was believed to be the partner of Astarte, and bears much resemblance to Molech, who we will see later. It’s thought they could be one and the same. Solomon build a sanctuary to Chemosh east of Jerusalem (remember how his many women ‘turned his heart’ from God?).
  • King Saul and David both fought against the Moabites.
  • The Moabites “disappeared” from history in 582 BC. (all of this courtesy of

The younger daughter bore Ben-Ammi, whose name means “son of my people” and “son of Lot” also, “son of Ammon.” He would be over the Ammonites. Who are the Ammonites?

  • their principal city was Rabbath Ammon in Palestine. They were seminomadic for a period, then established a kingdom NORTH of Moab…hmmm.
  • King David captured their fortress capital with much effort.
  • Solomon also took an Ammonite woman into his harem and she introduced him to worship of Molech, who is also mentioned in Acts 7:43. Solomon built him a sanctuary as well. 
  • Molech was a very detestable ‘god’ in YHWH’s eyes. Molech was worshipped with human, particularly child/infant sacrifices, including passing their children “through the fire” for dedication. From appearances, he seems to be the same ‘god’ the Moabites worshiped, Chemosh.
  • Jehoiakim and Manasseh also worshiped Molech.
  • He was a statue with a head of a bull and arms outstretched as a representation of him receiving the children being sacrificed (thinking of golden calf here). (info from amazing bible timeline).
  • He is mentioned in Leviticus 18:21 and 20:2-5.
  • Later on, in Jeremiah & Ezekiel, the Israelites continued to sacrifice their children as ‘extraordinary offerings’ to YHWH in addition to those being made at the Temple. They offered them at an altar built called “Tapeth.” The prophets denounced it because it was introduced from outside as an imitation of a heathen cult and because of it’s barbarity. This is the motive for the context in Michah 6:7. (from My thoughts here: It seems like all “bad worship” of God begins in man’s attempts to go above and beyond what God prescribed and His methods of worship. Mixing. Good (?) motives-poor execution (?) How often do we see this today?!?
  • During the reign of Jehoiakim, the Ammonites allied themselves with the Chaldeans, Syrians & others in an attack on Judah. They also harassed the Israelites when they attempted to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile. They were defeated by Judas Maccabeus in the 2nd century BC…..which brings us to Chanukah and the celebration that comes this week!


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Women In The Word: Week 7…again


Well…we took a little break and I realized how much I missed studying with everyone…so we are back and starting Week 7. I hope you will join us and share your readings with us here!

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Titus 2, Community and Sally Clarkson–New Book and Gifts!

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In this day and age of rapid information, and community available at the click of a button, many of us are losing that “in real life” community that we were created for and long for. Not always a fault of our own, but this day and age of the two incomes that life sometimes requires, leaves us starving for the old days. The days when the ‘older’ women of the church came alongside the ‘younger.’ Many of us are lost and searching–and sadly, many of us don’t even know what for.

The ‘out front’ encouragers of today are usually women our own age going through the exact same battles. I am absolutely FOR this as we need to know we are not alone. However, there is a big void in our lives right now….the ‘older’ women. Parenting questions? Marriage questions? Christian walk questions? The older women usually have “been there, done that” and bring such refreshment into our weary souls. We NEED community–in person, in real life…and not behind a computer ALL of the time. However, the computer can be very valuable for those of us without this in real life community.

I recognized this void years ago and prayed for mentors. God sent me three special women–one in “real life” and two “virtual.” Currently the job keeps me from meeting with my “in real life” mentor as often as I wish, so I plug into reading and learning from these “virtual women.”

One precious lady that I love learning from is Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home. She has often commented with much wisdom on my blog posts in the past and I enjoy learning from her.

The other, the one whose blogs, books, videos, etc that I run to with fury everytime I need advice? Sally Clarkson! I’m not in the minority here. Lots of women have “adopted” Sally as their Titus 2 Mentor. Her books drip words of encouragement, kindness….and serenity. There is just something peaceful about visiting her blog or reading her books. The kind of friend you would love to have living near by.

Speaking of which, did you know Sally has a new book coming out next month? Interested to hear more about the book? Check out this video below:

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Share with us today! Do you have a “in real life” Titus 2 mentor or a virtual one?

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