Teach Me Math: Math-U-See Beta & Epsilon Reviews

We're thrilled to be working with Math U See to bring you this review of their Beta & Epsilon. 

Beta covers addition & subtraction for multiple-digit numbers and other topics. Our youngest son is working through Beta. Epsilon covers fractions and other topics. Our oldest is working though Epsilon. 

Math U See is the type of math curriculum my husband says he would have written if he was in the business of curriculum.  In his brain (and now mine) the concept of math shouldn't be overwhelming. The instructions should be clear and math should be progressive.  A mastery approach of each ensures that you're student is learning math and offers a way for students to build upon their  knowledge. 

What we thoroughly enjoy about Math U See is that this curriculm fits multiple learning styles. With our youngest and oldest child, they both thrive on visuals, but for certain problems, multiplication and fractions, they both love hands on manupulatives. 


Our oldest using Epsilon, stated these resons why he loves Math U See:

 - The video instructions. They're clear, and Steve makes you feel like you're right there watching in his classroom.

 - Steve doesn't overwhelm you with too much work for each lesson. It is just the right amount of math to help you learn and practice the new concepts properly.

 - The fraction overlays were helpful in the first beginning lessons as well as the blocks. I've found that I haven't needed them in the later lessons.  

 - I like Math U See enough to continue using it through the rest of my middle school years and high school. 


Our youngest using Beta, stated these resons on why he loves Math U See:

 - It is very good curriculum. 

 - It doesn't have too many problems, just enough for each daily lesson. 

 - Steve teaches you tricks and different ways to do math, that I haven't seen in any other curriculum. 

 - The videos are fun because of Steve's personality. I think it makes him a good teacher and makes learning math fun. 

 - I would like to continue with Math U See next year. It looks like you're about to do a lot of math on paper for each lesson, but once you get started with the videos and manipulatives, it makes it go by fast.  



Our resons for using and loving Math U See in our homeschool: 

 - Instructions are concise and simple.

 - The progression of method is helpful.

- The videos are good for the visual learner.

- The tactile learner benefits from the hands on manipulative and the fraction overlays for the Epsilon.

 - The Teacher's manuals are helpful for teaching additional practice problems to do with your students, but we have not needed to use them very often.

 -  The children find Steve's examples and explanation humorous at times which makes him an engaging teacher.

Math has not been a stressful subject in our homeschool with an overwhelming amount of math each day with the spiral method. We prefer the progressive method that Math U See uses. We feel the  mastery approach has given our children confidence that by the time it is time for a test they're well prepared.

We plan to use Math U See with all three if our children through high school. We've only supplemented with fun math games, and math drills to ensure mastery in multiplication facts.




A special thank you to Math U See for providing us with the Beta and Epsilon products needed to conduct our full review. We were not paid for any aspect of this review or for any particular wording in our review.  - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.



Teach Me: Where do you "do" school?

Inspired by All for the Boys, my fellas decided it would be best to do school in their air tent, AKA wind tunnel, AKA Fan Fort. 

My youngest was caught reading in here all by himself the other night. 

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 They used a twin size duvet cover and a box fan, no tape needed. Start on the lowest setting and work your way up. 

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They were also inspired to create this tee pee all on their own. I was one proud mama. The next one they're going to make will be big enough for them both to fit in. 

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Teach Me: Educents is coming!



There is a new  Flash Deal website launching in April that is  for education products! Think, curriculum, educational toys, ebooks and more!  If you sign up now they'll give you a $10 gift card! 




Do me a favor, please use my referral link up there, help me, help you :) 


VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Great Homeschool Conventions - Cincinnati, OH April 4-6

Vintage Indie would like to welcome our newest sponsor Great Homeschool Conventions.  It's getting closer to this year's convention and you won't want to miss it. Registration is open! 



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 Gianna Jessen – Aborted, Survived, Homeschooled

An Evening with Dr. Ron Paul (Midwest Only)

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Teach Me: President's Day 2013 Resources

We're finally coming out of our stomach flu stupor here at the VI house and we're getting back to schoolwork today starting with President's Day. My children absolutely love history. It is something amazing to watch two fidgety little boys sit and watch documentaries and discuss with each other what they're watching. 

Today we're watching The Ultimate Guide to President's from the History Channel. Have you seen this series? 


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America's unique form of democracy separates power among three branches of government: the legislative, judicial and executive. As the head of the executive branch, the president of the United States is the country's most visible and important leader, both at home and abroad. Join HISTORY for a fresh perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years through stories about the 43 men who have served as commander-in-chief. This eight-hour miniseries concentrates on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each of America's leaders deal with the events, expectations and challenges of his time.

About The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents. [Internet]. 2013. The History Channel website. Available from: http://www.history.com/shows/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-presidents/articles/about-the-ultimate-guide-to-the-presidents [Accessed 18 Feb 2013].


If you don't have cable television, no problem. You can watch full length videos online at the History Channel.

We also like to watch the Liberty Kids which you can find full length episodes on YouTube or Netflix. 

Hands On: We're working through a President's Day Lapbook Washington & Lincoln from A Journey through Learning. 

Resources: If you're looking for some other easy and fun President's Day learning materials check out our President's Day Pinterest Board

App Review: Check out my App Review over at Home Educating Family Magazine for USA Presidents

As with any internet resources, please be sure to check them out thoroughly before allowing your children to do so. Links can be changed at any time or forwarded to content otherwise distasteful. 

Have a great learning day! 





Teach Me: BJU Spelling 6, a Review



If you're looking for spelling products for your home educated child or a child that could use some extra practice regardless of where he/she is educated, head over to Home Educating Family Reviews for my latest review on Spelling as well as many other reviews covering this topic. 


Teach Me: Home Educating Family Magazine Pre-Release Planner Sale!

If you've been a reader for awhile, I'm sure you've heard me mention the Home Educating Family Magazine planners, the Well Planned Day and On the Go. If not, head over to a previous review that I have done of them. 

Each year the planners get more and more beautiful. It is the only consistent product that I have used over the last four years of home education. They're also offering planners for your junior high and high school students as well. A perfect way to keep everyone organized and happy. 











Truth in Review: The above links are affiliate links to the Well Planned Day and Home Educating Family Magazine websites. We love our relationship with this company and encourage you to support them, me and your family with the great things they offer.  - Gabreial, Editor.

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Family Travels/Teach Me: Huntsville, AL Homes with Character

If you're looking to add an unexpected educational bonus to a road trip, why not search out historic districts in the nearby towns you are visiting. On our recent trip to Huntsville, Alabama we decided to take a ride through the many historic homes there. We learned a lot of unexpected history along the way and enjoyed the many beautiful homes. 

Take a ride with me as we rediscover the historic homes of Huntsville, AL. 

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We'd love t0 know about the historic homes or districts in your neck of the woods. Feel free to leave them in the comments area below. 

What are some other ways you learn for free while traveling?



Family Friendly Destinations/Teach Me: Adventure Science Center Nashville, TN

Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Boulevard  Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 862-5160

A couple of months ago, a fellow homeschool mom and friend of ours took us on a road trip with them to visit family in Huntsville, AL. On the way, we decided to take a pit stop in Nashville, TN to visit the Adventure Science Center with our kiddos.

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I've learned a lot from my friend about being frugal and one of those things is being sure to take advantage of science center's when you're on vacation. If you already belong to one science center, 9 times out of 10 you'll be able to take advantage of the reciprocal museum program and get into the science centers for free! Who doesn't like free, right. As an added bonus the kids think they're getting a day off from school, but they're learning the whole time! There is a lot to see and explore while you're there, and we suggest 3-5 hours to see everything (not including the planetarium) .

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Highs for them:

 - Huge Tower of science. 

 - A lot of room to get exercise while visiting all the exhibits in the adventure tower. 

 - Lots of things to climb on, through and a 3 story slide! 

 - Space/Moon Walk

 - Star Tunnel

 - Space Exhibit

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Lows for them:

 - There could have been some outside exhibits.

 - Missing outdoor/nature exhibits


Highs for me:

 - Lots of hands on activities to keep two energetic boys very busy for hours.

 - A lot of science jam packed into the center including, space, earth science, sound and light, air and space, health, creativity and innovation, energy and more.

 - On location restaurant (Subway, at the time of our visit, although we didn't get to eat there as they closed before we left)

 - FREE with the reciprocal museum program

 - Comfortable seating for parents while kids explore for hours. 

 - The kids had a blast

 - I also enjoyed the slide, even while pregnant! 

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Lows for me:

 - A couple of the exhibits needed to be updated just a bit as far as the general wear and tear of them.

 - A few of the exhibits were missing clear instructions on what to do to to make the exhibit work.  


All in all it was a fabulous science center. Our family suggests that you check it out the next time you're in Nashville. 


Helpful Links: 

Adventure Science Center

Reciprocal Science Center Listings


We were not paid for any portion of this review/feature. All opinions are our own. Have fun! 

Giveaway Winner: The Well Planned Day

Good morning everyone, we have a winner for The Well Planned Day giveaway!
Out of 112 entries Heidi P. is our winner! Heidi, please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize! 
Thanks everyone for entering! 
Have a great day! xoxo Gabreial
Thank you to Home Educating Family for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Teach Me Book Review : Doorposts Hidden Treasures

Digging into the Book of Proverbs with Your Family

Author: Pam Forster

Our Bible verse today, In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths. Proverbs 3:6. The words sound so simple, but the meaning is power beyond anything I could imagine for my children. Digging into the book of Proverbs with Doorposts Hidden Treasures has been such a wonderful addition to our home schooling.

The spiral-bound book is laid out in an easy to read/teach format with the "hidden treasures" those being illustrations submitted by families and children for a Doorposts contest, located towards the end of the book. The book prepares you from beginning to end on how to read and apply the the illustrations to get your family to dig deeper into the book of Proverbs. While it doesn't include every single Proverb as I believe would make for a very large book, it covers the chapters nicely.

We utilize the book with our elementary grade children by reading each chapter aloud, while the children listen and gaze at the illustration. Once the reading is over, they try to pinpoint what verse the illustration is talking about. Once we think we have a good idea what the hidden treasure is, we follow the chapter by chapter notes and study suggestions. I love this part of the Bible time with the children as it helps us to really read, and understand what God is showing us through similes and metaphors and also to pick up on the writing style the author is using in Proverbs. 

I also love that this book is not only set up for your very small children age 3, but also offers many ideas, suggestions and ways to use this book with your older children. There are special activities, and object lessons to use as study tools as well as a few charts to help organize your thoughts and what you've learned. 

I recommend this book to you and your family, if you've been looking for a resource to get you and your children digging into God's word in a more personal way. Of course this doesn't need to be apart of your home school, but is a great addition to any family time or devotionals. 

I would like to thank Doorposts for sending us a copy of Hidden Treasures for our review. We are truly grateful for resources like this to bring families closer. A special thank you to the author Pam Forster, who's worked diligently to create resources like this and many others for families. 

Truth in Review: Doorposts provided us with this book in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor in chief. 

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Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Parenting boys 9-12 Boot-Camp Tonight! Reminder

If you've been looking for some great parenting advice for your son aged 9-12, Hal & Melanie Young of Raising Real Men have a spectacular Boot Camp lined up for you. Even if you can't join tonight, you'll be able to join and listen and hear the archives for a whole year! My husband and I really enjoyed last weeks session and hope you'll join in this week. 


Here's what the Boot Camp is all about. 

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We’ll be discussing:

Brains Turned to Mush

Temptation Everywhere

Dating and Courtship

Homeschooling High School

Jobs & Entrepreneurship

Doing Real Things in the Real World

Becoming Young Adults, not Sullen Teens

Loving these years!


Don't wait! The Bootcamp Starts tonight at 8EST, but remember if you sign up and can't attend tonight, you'll be able to catch up later in the week. 

Visit Raising Real Men for more information on registration. 


Teach Me: Nancy Larson Science, A Quarterly Review: Part 2

We have been deep into our studies here at the VI house and we have really been enjoying a lot of science. We're currently studying two different science programs due to interest in our home. Our favorite is still the hands on Nancy Larson Science 2


Nancy Larson Science 2 is hands on, set at an easy pace and the teacher's manual is a breeze to follow. The children aren't content with just one lesson and we find ourselves doing 2-4 in any given day. While my second grader appreciates the pace of this science program, my oldest 5th grader finds it to be slow, but he's patient with his brother and when it comes to experiment time, they can work together to complete almost the entire lesson together. I find this side by side learning invaluable as my oldest son points out observations and brings a level of excitement to our lessons. 


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We've been privileged to have daddy home with us during bits and pieces of this winter and he's jumped right into our science lessons with us. He's commented on how nice the entire set up is. With almost all of the supplies you need coming in a kit as well as the student and teacher's manuals that are easy to follow, there is almost no reason why anyone couldn't teach science with this set up. 


This program is definitely geared more towards the elementary level as is explained on their website. There are also ample preview lessons and ways for you to gauge if this program is right for you. 


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One of our favorite lessons has been on magnets. We've studied them front and back, pole to pole and have expanded our learning to experimenting on our own after completing the lesson. I love when learning goes this way for us. The children are so engaged that their interest leads them to investigate and explore their own hypothesis. The leads to a longer science day and even week when we explore further on line or at the library. 


I have to say I'm completely pleased with this science program. It has proven to be a valuable source of education in our home. Even though the pace seems easy at times, I know they are getting the information with the followup lesson worksheets. I feel that this pace ensures comprehension with my second grader and keeps his interest at its peak. 


Truth in Review: Nancy Larson Science did provide us with the curriculum in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief. 

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Teach Me Book Review: We Dare You!

Subtitle: Hundreds of Fund Science, Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling. 

  We Dare You!

A couple of months ago, I was given the opportunity by Timberdoodle to review We Dare You! Upon delivery, I was meeting a friend at the park and happened to have the book with me. I'm somewhat of a compulsive reader and always have some sort of book with me. Anyway, we were discussing her upcoming science class and she was asking me for some easy science experiment ideas for her kindergarten co-op class. I pulled out the book and we started to brainstorm and gather easy almost no-materials required ideas. I lent her the book and offered to come into her class to help. 


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Up first, an experiment using two pencils per student called " Missing The Point" Each experiment is set up with easy flow directions including The Setup and the Insider Information for teaching the lessons. This experiment was set up more like a "bet you can't" in this case, it was Bet you can't make two pencil points meet on one try! 

The Setup - Take a sharp pencil in each hand. Hold your hands about two feet apart and with the pencil points facing each other. Close one eye. Keep it closed! Now try to get the points to meet. 


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Sounds easy doesn't it! You'll be surprised by how hard and tricky some of the experiments in this book are. Each student found themselves trying the trick over and over, some of them making it happen and others not as easlily. The trick proved that you can't always belive your eyes. The explanation or Insider Information goes on to explain binocular vision and how your brain calculates the distance of an object. 

From the teacher, "I loved this experiment, it was easy to do and not a lot of materials were needed. This made class preparation a breeze." 

Off the Wall We Dare You!
No, these children are not in trouble. They're participating in in another fun "science bet" from We Dare You! titled, Off The Wall? 

Wanna bet you can't stand up? The Setup - Stand with your toes against a wall. Then step back four foot-lengths. With your feet together, lean as far as you can toward the wall, catching yourself with your hands. Rest your forehead against the wall and place your hands at your sides. Now try to stand up. If you don't move your hand or feet, you will never be upright again. 

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Looks easy doesn't it? Go ahead, give it at try! 

Want some insider information? The book tells us, that this trick puts your muscle power against the force of gravity. The places where you are supported are called your bases. Instead of pulling on all of your body party equally, gravity acts as if all the matter of your body is focused in oe spot called your center of gravity


This book is full of fun and more in-depth experiments, over 312 pages worth! My boys are always up for a science experiment. When they aren't building and experimenting themselves my youngest is always one to come and ask me for a fun experiment to try. I found this book to be invaluable, especially for two children who love hands on learning. Other experiments in the book require materials, but almost all can be easily found in your kitchen cupboard. 

  Portions of this review are copyright © Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling 


I would like to thank Timberdoodle for sending this book for our review. We thoroughly enjoy using it in our home school. When the kids are whining in our house, I'll shout out a page number and tell them to go do a science experiment.  Visit Timberdoodle for any other homeschool supplies or homeschool curriculum.


Truth in Review: Timberdoodle Co. did provide me with a copy of We Dare You! free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure  for more information. 

Teach Me: Vocabulary Spelling City, a review.



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See that right there? That is my little love, showing off his 100% Spelling & Vocabulary tests that he took on-line using Vocabulary Spelling City

A bit ago I was given the opportunity to review Vocabulary Spelling City within our home school. I have to say it was a wonderful opportunity, as we all really like the program. The program has everything you need for teaching spelling and vocabulary to your student. The format is easy to follow, and great for the visual learner.  The teachers section is great for keeping track of records, grades and progress on assignments that I've assigned at my leisure. Each child has a favorite game that they like to play and will often just ask to get on line to play their favorite spelling game. How cool is that! 

While having fun learning their weekly spelling words, each one of them is learning vocabulary, sentence structure, pronunciation, and parts of speech. That part is a secret though, they hardly know they're doing school work. Both of them have done very well with this program and we continue to use it each week. 

Just a couple of my favorite parts of Vocabulary Spelling City;

1. You can input your own spelling words, or use one of the many lists already created by other users for  most of the popular curriculum. 

2. You can set assignments and due dates for assignments. 

3. Keep track of progress, and grades through easy printable forms. 

4. Print out weekly handwriting worksheets (cursive for us) that help them practice their writing while spelling their words. 

5. Let your kids play on the computer in a safe environment for learning spelling! 


Vocabulary Spelling City is recommend by not only this mom and teacher, but by the students as well. 


Truth in Review: Vocabulary Spelling City did provide me with a full membership to their site free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit ourDisclaimer/Disclosure  for more info. 


Off the Shelf Book Review: Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young

Raising Real Men Book CoverHal and Melanie Young are the proud parents of boys, and lots of them. Six, as a matter of fact. They've added a couple of girls along the way, but they surly have enough experience with boys to write and entire book on raising them. With a loving presence and the will to reach the heart of their boys, they've devoted a whole book for "Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys". 

I had to pause for a moment and check my eyes when I read the subtitle of the book. Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys. That's exactly what I needed. You see, I'm a momma of two sweet boys and I often times wonder how exactly will I survive. OK, so it isn't as bad as it sounds truthfully, but boys well, they're just different. I know because I'm not one of the male kind. My eyes, my heart, and my womanly feelings often know what my boys need, but not exactly understand why they need what they need. 

Hal and Melanie, helped me to get into the heart of manhood. When I look at my boys, I don't see them yet as men. I see them as children before the Lord, but not men of the Lord. There were so many view points in this book that hit the nail on the head for me. For one, ignoring society's view of boys and a burden to parents. This broke my heart, but it also made me realize that Hal and Melanie were right. Society does point a bad view of boys at times. With their extra energy and the sometimes rough way of doing things. Truth is, boys are challenging but God made man in His own image and that includes my boys. 

They also tugged at the heart with this simple statement, convenience isn't part of the job description of parenting. No kidding, right!  How about every time you arrive at your next shopping destination on errand day, and every child must see use the bathroom. It is truly amazing how much time we've spent in the restroom at the grocery store.  

Digging further in the book, we haven't even touched the surface of Chapter One. My favorite parts include; 

1. Boys are built to be manly. They need training leading and discipleship. 

2. Boys need heroes. Do your sons have more worthy role models? That would mean defining what a hero is. Warriors, scholars, men we can point out to our sons who are worthy of the title hero.  "First and ultimately, dad!" He should point the way to Christ, and ultimate example of a man.

All of these examples are just a tip of the iceberg for why I recommend this book for those of you who have boys or for anyone wanting to try to understand them and not put them in a "box". I truly enjoyed this book and I was able to understand a little bit more into the hearts of my boys. 

A special thank you for Timberdoodle Co. for providing Raising Real Men for the review for other topics on parenting helps or for other topics for boys like boy-friendly outdoor learning visit Timeberdoodle Co. 

Truth in Review: Timberdoodle Co. did provide me with a copy of Raising Real Men free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit ourDisclaimer/Disclosure  for more info.   


Vintage Indie Style: Mandy Lynne's Home School Room

J'adore is the only way to say how I feel about this home school room. 

This room comes from that of the talented photographer and artist Mandy Lynne

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Mandy Lynne is also the artist and owner of Skippy Designs, I've featured her on Vintage Indie before here. Don't you just love that door! I love that idea. 





Teach Me: Nancy Larson Science, A Quarterly Review: Part 1

Good afternoon everyone!

I wanted to tell you about a new venture that I'm diving into with my children here at Vintage Indie. We are starting a new to us science curriculum this year by Nancy Larson Science. It is my goal to make this review a quarterly editorial so that you can see our progression, as well as hear of any pros/cons throughout our process.

I hope this in-depth look will better help those  who are looking for a new science curriculum make a (often times costly) decision based on "real-life" experience. 

Although I know each child learns differently, it is important to see how educational materials look in real-life situations. You'll be hearing from both my children and me throughout this process. I want to thank Nancy Larson Science in advance for working with Vintage Indie to provide these materials. 

Part 1: Overview of Nancy Larson Science 2 

"Nancy Larson Publishers is proud to bring you Nancy Larson® Science 2. It is a comprehensive and creative approach to elementary science where sophisticated topics are explored in age-appropriate ways" 

Comprehensive, hands-on and everything is in a kit! "Sold!" Just kidding, but it is true, it was the "everything in a kit"  that was the spark that ignited my (non-creative) flame. When I first heard those words, I didn't truly believe everything was included, but along with the Teacher's Manual comes the Student Materials and Resource Materials, all together in one box! After visiting their website further I read over the teacher's manual samples fully. Let's face it, if I can't get it from a sample, how will my kids understand it?

So this is the story of our journey on Nancy Larson Science 2. If you're a non "hands-on" kind of mom/teacher like me, hopefully you'll have a better understanding of how hands on this curriculum is and how it works. Personally, I'm very excited to get started and I truly enjoy teaching most when my children are enthusiastic about learning.  

Box Day: 

How many of you like getting packages in the mail? Truly I can't be the only one! The day had come when our kit arrived. Everything we needed for this year's science was in the box. The kids could hardly wait to get started. 


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Teacher's View: I only have pros so far. I really love that everything is together, shipping was fast and I don't have to prep hardly anything at all. At least in the first couple of lessons. I've started to read through the teacher's manual and find the wording and explanation, even the dialogue to use with the children very easy, and thorough. The kit comes with a CD to print out needed worksheets or the children have the option of copying the information onto copy paper. You can also make a photocopy of the worksheets from the Teacher's Manual if you need to. 

Nancy Larson Science 2 Teacher's Manual
Student's View Grade 2: 

We haven't done very much in our science yet, but my youngest loves it so far and asks to do science every day. 


Student's View Grade 5: 

We're using the same curriculum for both children. So far only a few pages in, this is very easy for my 5th grader. He's OK with it and he has learned some new vocabulary so, we'll see. He also asks if we can do science every day. 

Until next time, head over to Nancy Larson Science if you would like more information. 




Truth in Review: Nancy Larson Science did provide us with the curriculum in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief. 

Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.


Teach Me: Science on the Road: Eagle Ray

Sometimes our best home schooling moments are found on the road while traveling. Coming up, I have a great Family Friendly Destination full of reviews, restaurants, and must see stops in Panama City Beach Florida. We hope our reviews become a resource for you when looking to take your family on vacation. 

But first, I wanted to share this video with you. This was taken from our 19th floor condo balcony. Imagine how big this Eagle Ray would be if we would have seen him from the water!


Learning Resources for many types of Rays:

Enchanted Learning

Manta Ray also at Enchanted Learning 

Spotted Eagle Ray Exhibit at Virgina Aquarium 

Florida Museum of Natural History 

Encylopedia Eagle Ray

Florida Fish & Wildlife 


What have you learned from "the road"?


Teach Me: Product Review; Time4Learning Online, Interactive Curriculum

My children were given the opportunity to review the Time4Learning on-line curriculum portal. Time4Learning is a family created business that offers on-line  curriculum for Pre-K through 8th Grade. Subjects included are Math, Science, Language Arts & Social Studies. There is also a "playground" at Time4Learning where students earn time to play after they've done the allotted lesson time, set up by the parent. 

We have been using Time4Learning as a supplimental tool for education this summer in the Science and Social Studies categories. Social Studies is a requirement in Kentucky and often times it is hard to put this subject in a "box". With Time4Learning's complete lesson plans we were able to fit Social Studies in with a clear direction on the subject at hand. There was a clear difference between each grade level in the depth of lessons and the information provided. Planning the day was easy with their printable lesson plans and excellent record keeping of your students progress.

Pros: We really like Time4Learning for the younger grades (1st - 2nd Grade is what we used). The curriculum provided to be interactive, fun, colorful and challenging enough for our 2nd grader. Although he had just completed 1st grade, we had him start there with Science. The Social Studies program at Time4Learning doesn't start until the 2nd Grade so he went one to the 2nd grade Social Studies with no issues at all. The program was interesting enough to engage him and keep him interested in what was being presented. He would often ask to do more Time4Learning after he had already completed an assignment for the day. This was a big bonus for us as we've learned more through the Time4Learning curriculum how he's wired and how he learns best.

So, if you have a student that is better with sensory, hearing, seeing and animation to keep learning interesting, I would say this program is right for you. Although we won't be using it exclusively in the upcoming year with him, we'll be using it for some of his subjects.

Cons: We didn't care for the program for our oldest son 4th & 5th Grade. We used Time4Learning's Science & Social Studies for him. It seems as if the upper grade levels 4-8th grade aren't as interactive and require a lot of online reading. This didn't hold his attention at all. He often made comments that he wished it was a little more "fun" to learn like his brother was doing in the younger grade levels.

We also had many issues with the lessons. The informatin would be presented in one lesson. He would quiz, know the information and then the program would move to the next lesson. Except it didn't really move forward with very much new information just the same information worded differently. This proved to be very frustrating to him as he felt like he was wasting his time reading the same material all over again.

Overall we've decided to continue to use Time4Learning in our home with our youngest student at the 2nd and 3rd grade level. The Playground is a great motivator for him. He loves that the timer is set for his lesson time and if he works hard he earns time at the playground to play interactive and fun games. I like the option to use this for a supplemental resource and use while we're traveling as Time4Learning is available on the go, wherever you can log in with access to the internet. 

For more information on Time4Learning please visit their website. If you choose to register for a trial period with Time4Learning, please let them know that you heard about their program from me, Gabreial Wyatt!


Truth in Review:Time4Learning also a Vintage Indie Sponsor did provide us with a month of Time4Learning in order to complete our review but were provided the program free of charge for the month long review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportinties like this one and more. The links above are links grabbed from our sponsorship button. Using my name Gabreial Wyatt during your registration counts towards an affiliate program. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief.

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Teach Me: Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Four little children, stretched on a blanket and four hours of fun later they have learned a lot. I had to do a double take when I was proofing this article. Four hours? Yes, four hours of playing this game. Mind you there was some running around involved, drink breaks and a half hour dinner break but still, that's a long time.


When I first heard about ! the game, I was totally thrilled. It was right when I started my journey of learning more about using herbs in our home for medicinal and food purposes. This was a great opener to start teaching my children about herbs and plants for uses they aren't used to. After the initial talk about not eating or using any plant unless you have permission, I was comfortable with them learning how plants benefit them.

As they were stretched out on the blanket outside they began to squirm and take off running through the yard. When I went outside to find out what was going on and to put up the game, they told me not to. They were trying to see if they could find Plantain in our yard for their "plant cards". Sure enough, they did this several times, finding specific plants in our back yard from the game.


Boys Review;

 - I thought it was great, fun to learn with.

 - You learn a lot.

 - Its a good game to play with friends.


I think Wildcraft! is a great game for kids. It makes a great conversation starter and for me, someone who didn't know a lot about plants and herbs (most of us call them weeds), a great opportunity to learn right along with my kids.

If you're interested in learning more about Herbal Medicine visit family owned and operated Learning Herbs to check out Wildcraft! and more.


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Teach Me: Home Educating Family Magazine The Well Planned Day

If you haven't heard me talk about the Home Educating Family Magazine then I encourage you to check out my past reviews. Just recently I became and affilate of Home Educating Family Magazine and I'm thrilled with the opportunity to be working with them.


In our home school journey, it is often publications like these that motivate us and get us through those days or weeks that are tough. I like to try and keep on top of things which is why I like to have my Well Planned Day planner with me. I absolutely love my planner and would not recommend it to you as much as I do if I didn't.

The truth is, we school almost year round and we do that for flexibility within our schedule. Take today for instance, we started a full schedule and plan to truck on through July with our full studies. We're planning a trip in September and to make sure we aren't behind then, we'll get a head start now. The Well Planned Day Planner is set up starting with July 2011 and goes all the way until July 2012. It helps me keep track of things like our assignments, family calendar, menu and weekend plans as well as record keeping. There are even pull out card stock quality report cards!

If you haven't had a chance to check our the Well Planned Day, I'm encouraging you to do so today and get a head start on being organized for your families school work! Be sure to get an inside peak of the planner while your're at their website!


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Teach Me: Home Educating Family Magazine & Yours Truly

As I approached the midnight hour last night while I was working on Vintage Indie's new look, I peered over at our counter to find my husband had brought in the mail and the latest issue of Home Educating Family Magazine. I am super excited about this issue. Not only because of the wonderful Todd Wilson and family who are the featured family in this issue, but my first article on Book Clubs is published there on page 72 & 73!

If you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of the magazine I highly suggest you do so. I've often touted my love for their Yearly Planners, and their newest edition for the 2011-2012 school year doesn't disappoint. I'll be back with my highlights and review on those later.

Now, back to the magazine. Todd Wilson is such an inspiration to fathers and home school mothers.Check out this little video he did for Home Educating Family Magazine. I think you'll really enjoy it.



Aren't they sweet! Pick up a digital preview issue at Home Educating Family and find fabulous, inspiring articles to encourage, enrich and help you feel more confident in your homeschooling journey.