{Review} Progeny Press ~ The Drinking Gourd Study E-Guide



Sweet Pea and I had the pleasure of reviewing The Drinking Gourd E-Guide by Progeny Press.  We received one copy of The Drinking Gourd E-Guide by PDF.


Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press Review}
The Drinking Gourd E-Guide is a 34 page PDF file.  You can either print the e-guide out or use your computer or tablet to read it and print out only the pages you need.  I chose to print the entire e-guide since it was a small book.  The copyright includes permission for me to make as many copies as needed for my family.  It also gives permission for teachers to print a copy for their classroom.  I printed two copies of the guide out.  One duplexed copy for me and I printed Sweet Pea’s pages out single sided.




Priced at $11.99, The Drinking Gourd E-Guide is a great price for homeschoolers.  The low price does not mean low quality.  I found this guide to be well planned and thought out full of various activities.  The physical copy of The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo (pictured above) is needed to complete this e-guide.  The book retails for $3.99 and you can buy the book directly through Progeny Press.  I had never read this book until we got this review.  Sweet Pea and I enjoyed reading this book together.  It is a book about a young boy who learns about the Underground Railroad as he and his dad helps a family with two young children continue on their journey to be free.  Read the book to see if they make it through without being caught by those who are actively seeking this family.

The e-guide starts of with a note to the instructor with information on how to use a Progeny Press Study Guide, a synopsis of The Drinking Gourd, and background information on the Underground Railroad.



One of the first activities that Sweet Pea completed was drawing a line between the states that were free of slavery and those who still have slaves.  Then she was asked to color in the states as seen in the picture above.  The free states were colored blue and the slave states were colored gray.  Next there were 10 multiple choice vocabulary words.  Every sentence had an underline word that the student needs to choose the correct meaning for.  Next there were a set of questions for every chapter with lines for the students to write their answers.  Instead of having Sweet Pea write every answer we sat down and discusses the answers.  On one of the last pages there was a hidden message game in which the students were expected to solve the secret message.  Words varying from 7 to 19 letters had to be unscrambled and filled in according to their number.  Once every word is unscrambled a group of circled letters will reveal the answer.  Sweet Pea is a little young for this activity but it is great for an older child!  An additional activity we also completed was listening to Follow the Drinking Gourd on YouTube.  It was an enjoyable song!  The book finishes up with suggestions for further reading and the answer key to the comprehension questions.  Progeny Press also offers a list of other available study guides for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school.

I look forward to checking out additional titles that are available for purchase!


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{Review} Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review
My family had the pleasure of reviewing Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd and we received their bone conduction headset.

My first thought when Forbrain was offered to the Crew members to review was it would be perfect for my sweet girl Peanut and helping her speech.  She does have some difficulty with speech and exhibits signs of auditory process likely as a result of being born prematurely.

Forbrain is designed to help with attention, concentration, speech, and memory.  You speak into the microphone and the different frequencies are filtered before you hear it delivered through your bones.  Yes, your bones!  The sound is delivered through your bones and the bone conduction.  I recommend checking out their site which is packed full with tons of information including information about auditory processing, Forbrain’s auditory technology, and completed scientific studies and studies that are still in progress.

Forbrain is for ages 5 to adult.  Young children until teenagers should use it for 15 minutes daily and for teenagers and above 20 minutes daily.  You can wear it longer than the suggested times but not to use it longer than 2 hours a day.  Then the headset should be worn 5 days a week for at least 6 weeks.  Forbrain can be used alone, with parents, or with a professional such as therapist, teacher or coach.

When the package arrived the headset came in a very sturdy zippered case.  Inside the case, the headset is well protected by a foam insert.  The headset is wireless and has a high quality adjustable microphone.  There is also a USB cable to plug into your computer for charging.  A user manual, a quick start guide, and additional microphone covers are also included.

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The first thing that you need to do when you receive the Forbrain is to charge it.  After the battery is fully charged you will get over 6 hours of use before you need to charge it again!  The Forbrain headset is not worn like a regular set of headphones.  It hooks over your ears, wraps around the back of your head and the bone conduction transducers rest in front of your ears.  The headset is universal and will fit both small children and adults.  There are no specific set of written exercises that come with Forbrain but is designed to be used based on the needs of the individual students.  You can use it while talking, reading, or doing other activities.



Forbrain works!  I was very impressed and I saw results quickly.  Peanut wore the headset during various times of our days.  Sometimes it was when we were working on school work and other times it was worn while she was playing with her siblings in the house.  She wore it for at least 15 minutes every time and sometimes a bit longer.  Where I saw the results were during the other times of the day when she did not wear the headset.  Peanut was remembering to speak louder and more clearly without having to be reminded, like she did prior to using Forbrain.  In the pictures above Peanut is using Forbrain during Spanish.  Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive video based program and the children repeat various words and sentences throughout every Spanish lesson.



Sweet Pea wore it while singing and also while watching her Spanish lessons.  In the pictures above she is using it while we are watching our Spanish curriculum.  She liked that she could hear her own voice.  Lil’ Bit  while not using Forbrain during the review enjoyed trying it and she smiled saying that she likes, “hearing my voice loud”.  I also tried it and found the headset to be very comfortable to wear.


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{Review} Bible Belle ~ Esther the Belle of Patience

I had the pleasure of reviewing Esther the Belle of Patience written by Erin Weidemann and Illustrated by Rob Corley and Chuck Vollmer.

BelleBible1This book is about a young lady Rooney who is frustrated with a situation on her soccer team.  She thinks what is taking place is very unfair to her and her teammates.  Follow her as she and Mari travel to the time of Esther.  They begin by watching a scene unfold where the queen is missing and not fulfilling her duties.  Then Esther is brought in and she is handling everything with patience.  While watching everything unfolding Rooney is learning a lot about being patient and how to apply it in her situation.  Back on the field Rooney applies what she has learned and then she receives a bell of patience

The pages in the book are beautifully illustrated!  I enjoyed the story about learning patience and overall this is a great book for girls to learn about patient.

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Propeller Consulting, LLC, was very gracious and offered the opportunity for me to offer a copy of this book to one of my readers.  This giveaway is available to residents of the US and Canada ages 18 & up.

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{Review} Science Shepherd

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My family had the blessing to be able to review Introductory Science by Science Shepherd.  Science Shepherd sent my family the Level A Introductory Science workbook, the answer key for the workbook, and gave us a 1 year subscription to the video course.

Science Shepherd’s Introductory Science is a Creation based Science curriculum for ages 6-11.  Having a Biblical Science curriculum is important to my family and all lessons are Biblically based.  There are two levels to choose from, Level A and Level B, and both use the same video course.  You will find yourself studying meteorology, geology, oceanography, plants, astronomy, and much more studied over the course of 35 weeks!  The weekly lessons are divided over 5 days but the way Science Shepherd has set up Introductory Science you can easily adapt their schedule to fit the schedule and needs of your family.

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The lessons are open and go, with very minimal prep work.  The daily lessons are kept short, no more than about 5 minutes.  The videos are very professional.   Key points, pictures, and videos are displayed on the screens behind the gentleman speaking (it reminds me of a newscaster).  The experiments on the videos are done by kids.

After the lesson is through Sweet Pea answers a few questions from the student book and most days there is an activity or puzzle to complete.  With younger children I do suggest watching the video together and working through the questions together.  Sweet Pea is reading but she did need assistance with some of the words in the student book.  Sweet Pea loves word searches and was thrilled when she saw them in the work book.

The workbook is spiral bound, has 321 pages, and the pages are printed in black and white.  The graphics are kept to a minimum.  This is great for those who have children who may get distracted from busy pages.  The large print is great for beginning readers.  All supplies for activities are found around the house and if you by chance don’t have the items they can be found inexpensively at a local store.  The answers are found in the Answer Key which is a separate booklet.

Logging into the web interface is easy.  The student (or parent if you have younger children) will log into the web interface to access the lesson videos.  The videos are well organized and it is easy to find the video for the day you are working on.  Like the lessons in the workbook Science Shepherd has divided all of the videos to match the workbook with separate videos for every day.  We found the week we were working on and then clicked on the corresponding day’s video.  This is a very awesome setup!  I don’t have to fast forward or rewind through a video to find the lesson that we are on.  You know how it is when you fast forward or rewind a video and you go to far or not far enough and become frustrated.  This doesn’t happen with the Introductory Science videos.  I click on the daily video for that day and Sweet Pea and I watch it together.  If we need to watch the video again we can click on the play button and it is all set for us!

I asked Sweet Pea what is her favorite thing about Science Shepherd’s Introductory Science program and she exclaimed, “Everything!”  She has enjoyed everything that she has done so far and would like to continue using Introductory Science.

Science Shepherd’s Introductory Science is very affordable for homeschool families!  For one student in Level A you can spend as little as $50 for the video subscription, student book, and answer key.  Here is a breakdown of the costs:

  • $35 for a 12 month subscription to the video course
  • $5 – $15 optional extension if you need more time
  • $12 for Level A Student Book or $15 for Level B Student Book (1 book per student)
  • $3 for either Answer Key

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{Review} Captive DVD & Giveaway


Have you watched any good movies recently?  I have!  My mom and I watched Captive starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo.  It is an excellent movie!

Captive is based on a true story of Ashley Smith being held captive in her own home by Brian Nichols.  Brian Nichols escaped from the Fulton County Courthouse while awaiting a court appearance on March 11, 2005.  During his escape he left four people dead, one severely injured, and took Ashley Smith hostage.

Watch the movie to check out the time that they spent together during her captivity and how God opened up an opportunity for Ashley to read The Purpose Driven Life : What on Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren to Brian and ultimately led to her release.

Captive is rated PG-13 due to violence and substance abuse, and is not appropriate for young children.  It may also be too intense for young teenagers.  It does open up a opportunity for parents to discuss violence and substance abuse with teenagers.


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FlyBy Promotions has given me a copy of the DVD to give away!  Please enter to win a free copy of the movie click on the link below.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Remember the post where I said had some exciting news?!  Here it is!!!

In early November I received an email inviting me to join the 2016 Homeschool Review Crew!! Eeeek!!  I am so excited!!  It has been a dream of mine to join the crew.  I submitted an application this year and was invited to join the crew!   I get to review homeschool curriculum and share my opinion via my blog.  I want to give God the glory for this opportunity to be able to write reviews for the Crew!

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Have a blessed day!

A, E, I, O, U Los Vocales en Español


My kids love La Clase Divertida Level 1!  My three year old even gets excited when it comes on either on DVD or the practice CD.  I have heard my two year old say a couple of the vowels using the Spanish pronunciation!  They don’t always sit in during the time we watch the lessons (we do the bulk of our schoolwork during their naptimes) but sometimes they do.

I first heard about them at our local homeschool convention in 2014.  I wasn’t quite ready to purchase it then but after learning more about them and reading reviews by the time the convention in 2015 rolled around I knew that would be one of our purchases!  Señor Gamache spoke with us for a while.  By the time we are done with all three of the elementary levels our kids will be ready for high school Spanish!  WOW!  That impressed me!

They have recently (as of Spring 2015) updated the container the curriculum came in.  It used to be a box and now it is a very durable zippered pouch, with a handle.  They are color coded by year and since we are in year 1 our bag is yellow.

Level 1 came with:

  • Durable zippered pouch to store all materials
  • 2 DVDs with a total of 15 lessons
  • Practice CD
  • 2 Student packs, including materials for the crafts.

Additional Student packs can be purchased for very reasonable prices!  $15 for each student pack, without the practice CD and $25 for each student pack with a practice CD (for co-ops and classes with students from multiple families).

The only thing you need to have on hand are items that you need for the cooking segments, items for the piñata in lesson 14, and some other common items like glue, colored pencils, crayons, glue, etc.  The entire list is listed at the top on page V of the teacher’s manual.  Most items you should have around the house and if you don’t they are very inexpensive.

They have a suggested two week plan on page V of the teacher’s manual.  You watch one lesson three times a week for two weeks (6 times) and listen to the practice CD in between and in the car.   I find for our family that works out perfect!  I also don’t stress if we only watch it 5 times instead of 6 because I know they will get review in the following lessons.  Our practice CD stays in the car and my kids will ask to listen to it.

It is suggested that you wait to complete the workbook activities after you have watched the lesson at least twice.  I split up the pages.  I do have of the activities on Friday of week 1 and the other half at the end of week 2.  I have found that the majority of the workbook pages are geared towards older kids.  I wish there were some more activities for younger kids or a separate activity book for younger kids.  There is a lot of writing and I find it is too much for my little girls.  I fill in some of the pages and for the others I will ask them what the answer is and I will help them write the answers in.

Of the lessons we have done my girls can verbally answer any questions.  My 7 year old will ask me how to say other words in Spanish.  Since I took Spanish in high school and college thankfully I can answer her questions.  🙂  My three year old will repeat some words and will participate while we sing ‘Los Vocales en Español’.  He gets excited when he hears the intro music that plays before every lesson.  He will scream “A, O, U!” at the top of his lungs!  He will also repeat any Spanish words my 7 year old asks him to say.

They have a sample of their program on the page for level 1 found here.

Have a blessed day!

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