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The Viking Ship – Photo of the Week

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Here is my photo of the week.  I love this picture I took of Hannah’s project for school the other day.  She made her own play-dough found in the Heroes and Heroines curriculum we are using to study American History.  We had read about the Vikings and after she made her play-dough she created this very cute Viking ship.  I took the picture on my bed and loved how my dark bedspread almost makes it look like the ship is sailing on a stormy sea.

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Curiosity Quest – DVD Combo Packs – Produce/Swimmers of the Sea – Review

Curiosity Quest Review
Curiosity Quest 

Curiosity Quest helps to answer the questions children are curious about in an upbeat and fun way.  Each question is answered in a video that is approximately 30 minutes long.  You can submit new questions to the company.  The host of the show goes to a variety of locations to make sure each question is answered completely.

DVD Combo Packs

Our family reviewed two DVD Combo Packs.  We watched both Produce and Swimmers of the Sea.  The DVD Combo packs included three episodes of Curiosity Quest that relate to each other for almost 90 minutes of viewing time.

Curiosity Quest Review

Produce covers three different crops.  The episodes included on this DVD include Mushrooms, Orange Packing, and Cranberries.  Mushrooms takes you through the process of setting up mushroom beds to picking and finally packaging.  Orange Packing shows the process of picking, grading and packing fruit.  The Cranberry episode finds us in a cranberry bog where different methods of harvesting are explored.  You learn about the how cranberries are sorted.  You also learn how different grades of cranberries are used.

Curiosity Quest Review

Swimmers of the Sea include episodes on Turtle Rescue, Salmon Hatchery, and Penguins.  The Turtle Rescue takes you to the Florida Keys to see how sea turtles are nursed back to health and what happens to turtles that are unable to be released.  Salmon Hatchery showed how nature can be given a helping hand to keep up the population of wild salmon.  In Penguins we were taken to an aquarium where many aspects of penguin life are explained.  We also see how they live their life at the aquarium.

Watching the DVD’s

Hannah and I sat down one afternoon when I wasn’t feeling well and watched through both DVD’s.  On another evening we sat and watched through a couple of the episodes with Dad.

Curiosity Quest Review

Opinion Time

I really enjoyed both of the DVD’s.  I found the information very interesting and even as an adult I learned something new.  I liked the idea that the episodes were based on real things children are curious about.  The videos are high quality and very professional.  My personal favorites were the Salmon Hatchery and the Mushroom episodes probably because these were two topics I knew the least about.#curiosityquest #produce #sea

Hannah loved how really enjoyed the videos. Even at 12 she didn’t think they were below her and thought they were interesting.  She loved how they really showed all the different steps instead of just showing one or two parts.  She found it made it fun to learn from.

My husband only watched two episode and said her found them interesting and informative.  He said the only negative he found was the segments when they ask children questions on the street.  He felt like they highlighted those who gave silly answers and it was making fun of the kids.

Overall, I think that both DVD Combo’s from Curiosity Quest were a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to see more in the future.

Purchasing Information

The Curiosity Quest  DVD’s are designed with children ages 7-14 in mind but I think all ages would find them interesting.

The DVD Combo Packs sell for $24.95.

Most individual Episodes sell for $19.95

Curiosity Quest also offers membership options.  For $264 for a year homeschool families will receive two episodes per month along with learning material prepared by a homeschool mom.  A monthly option is also available for $24.99 a month.

Other Reviews

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Summer Plans – Let’s Homeschol High School Blog Hop

The theme for April’s Blog Hop is summer planning.

#hshsbloghop #campfire #summerOur summer plans are pretty simple but very busy.  Joshua will be doing lots of summer community service with Camp Fire.  I know for sure he will be participating in both full and half day projects throughout the summer.  If we can work out the funding he will also be talking one full week trip with Camp Fire.  I love our local Camp Fire council because they offer so much for teens during the summer.

The day and half day projects let the teens work in a variety of different situations.  It helps them to both explore different types of careers but it also gives them a better idea of needs in their community.  In the past some of their work has including helping to care for animals, creating a garden, making trails, removing invasive plants, helping to clean up a food pantry, making food, serving food at a homeless shelter, and making cookies for local firefighters to name a few.

The week-long trips are service learning trips call CF66.  There are two teens that plan the trip and act as leaders during the trip.  They travel to a new location each day.  Every location involves a service project, learning opportunity, and usually some fun.  The trip finishes up with some type of celebration.  The teens are given a budget to work with and the better they budget their money the more they can spend on the final event.

Also, this summer we will work on any school projects that need to be finished up or any review material we are working on for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review Crew.

Finally, Joshua plans to work through the Driver’s Ed class offered through Florida Virtual School.

So as you can see we have lots to keep us busy this summer.

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Victus Study Skills System – Student and Teacher Editions – Review

The Company – Victus Study Skills System

Victus Study Skills Review

Victus is Latin for “Way of Life” and the  Victus Study Skills System offers a system that will help students learn better habits that will help them not only during their school years but will help them learn skills that can be applied throughout life.  Students often hear that they need to study more but many don’t know how to do this effectively.  The Victus Study Skills System was developed by teachers who have worked with students and know what they really need to make their study effective.  Victus can be used by schools or homeschoolers.  Many topics are covered in the program that helped improve their study habits.  Topics included in the study are setting goals, time management, test talking, effective notes, and reading comprehension.  All of these different areas lead to more effective study habits.  The website is full of videos that explain all the different parts of the system.

As the name implies the Victus Study Skills System is a system.  It is built on three foundational ideas.  The first is for the student to understand where they are now.  Then they work at figuring out where they want to be.  Finally, with an understanding where they are and where they are heading they can begin to formulate how they will get there.  The lessons work the student through this process.

The Product – Teacher Edition and Student Workbook

Victus Study Skills Review

We reviewed both the Teacher Edition and the Student Workbook.  Both are spiral bound paperback books.

The Teacher Edition starts out with an introduction to the Victus Study Skill System which goes into the philosophy of the program.  It helps the teacher understand the purpose behind the program.  The next session helps goes over some general directions on teaching the System that can also be used when teaching other things.  The third section contains the lessons.  There are ten lessons that should take about 30 minutes each.  There are course information and copies of the student workbook pages with the answers.  The final section on the book has an appendix that contains extra exercises and other items to enhance or reinforce the lessons.

The Student Workbook helps the student work through the three main points of the Victus Study Skill System.  As they complete the lessons they will have pages that help them exam where they are today.  Then it helps them to think about what kind of goals they have for themselves.  What do they see as their life mission.  Finally, there workbook helps them to exam and practice the skills needed to move toward their personal goals.  The workbook is consumable and each student in the family will need their own workbook.  Because the pages contain checklists and tables you really need the student workbook to use this program effectively.

How We Used It At Our House

I spent a couple of days reading through the introductory material a few times before I began to teach the lessons.  After we started the lessons I would teach the lesson and then give Joshua a couple of days to work through the workbook pages for that lesson.

The Results

#victusstudyskillsystem #reviewcrew I was excited to start my review of the Victus Study Skills System because I felt that Joshua could benefit not just from learning better study skills in general but also improve the other aspects for life such as goal setting and time management.  The system contains wonderful materials and ideas.  The way that things are broken down into different activities make it easy for the student to take an in-depth look at themselves and their goals.  But it just didn’t seem to connect for Joshua.  He seemed to give it a minimal effort.  I think part of the problem was that I wasn’t sure how to round things out or how to draw my son in.

I noticed that they have two other products that we did not review one is a DIY Student Workbook that contains all the information needed for the student to work through the material on their own.  But the other product is the Classroom Video.  The video shows the process in action and shows the ten lessons being taught to a group of students and teachers.  I think that would help me both as the teacher and my son as the student.  I think that I might wait a few months, purchase the video and make another run at Victus Study Skills System.

I love everything that is covered in this course.  The idea that the system is taught with three main ideas that help a student build not only study skills but also help develop life skills makes the Victus program different from other study skills programs.  Despite are lackluster results I think it’s a great product and look forward to making a few changes and trying again.


Ages and Prices

The Victus Study Skills System can be taught to all ages but the younger the student the more parent involvement is needed.  The Student Workbook is designed to work best with those 5th grade through 12th grade.

The Teacher Edition is $40.00

The Student Workbook is $20.00

The Student DIY Workbook is $25.00

Classroom Video is $30.00

Finding Other Reviews

Please click the graphic below to see how the Victus Study Skills System worked in other families.


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