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God's Glory Box ~ September Unboxing!

Wow, I can't believe September is almost over and I haven't got my God's Glory Box post up yet. Whew, September went by fast!

I was excited about receiving this box because it had a t-shirt, wahoo, although I will admit as much as I like the color yellowish/orange ~ I'm not sure if it will look good on me. You know how some colors kinda make you look washed out and such. But I do love the color yellow, it's such a happy color!


Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow hymn is one of my favorites so whether or not the shirt color is not "my" color, I'm going to love wearing it with the awesome message. 

In this box: 🌷GGB All-Star Meek Sheep Apparel presents “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” T-Shirt (8 sizes available-enter at checkout) | $21.95 value | Meek Sheep Apparel’s Website https://meeksheepapparel.com/ 🌷Talented Christian Musician Jonathan Ivey’s New Album “As In Water” | $8.99 value | Jonathan Ivey’s Website https://www.jonathanivey.com/ 🌷GGB All-Star Lana Scroggins of Giving Jesus presents “Finding Kindness: Scripture Guided 🌷Maze Book” E-Download | $2.99 value | Giving Jesus’ Website https://givingjesus.com/ 🌷Mystery Bonus Past Book (Guaranteed you haven’t received) (Authors: Kristen Smeltzer and Tammy Glenn) [Message for specifics/requests] | $8-11 value | God’s Glory Box FB Page 🌷2 Mystery Sharable Items (stationary, stickers, decals, etc) [Message for specifics/requests] | $2-5 value | God’s Glory Box FB Page


I loved the two mystery shareable items in this months box! The art prints (one shown below) are so pretty. I think they would look nice in a shadowbox type frame. The ones that you don't have to hang up because they can sit on your bookshelf or table.

I think that is what I'm going to do with these. Put them in a frame before I give them away.



The Jonathan Ivey ~ As in Water Cd, my only complaint is I want more songs 😃 I totally love the songs: I Want to Be A Christian, As the Deer, YHWH (Jesus, Jesus), Jesus Paid it All, Invitation (Turn Your Eyes), and One Bright Day!

I love all the songs, especially As the Deer. It's one of my favorites. I remember singing that in my youth group back in the days.


I am looking forward to reading a little each day of  Rise Up by Tammy Glenn!


Watch my unboxing!!!



For every God's Glory Box shipped ~ God's Glory donates five meals to Feeding America!



City Creek Press Inc ~ Review

My 15-year-old son knows most of his multiplication but there are a few of the bigger ones that he just can't seem to get memorized. When City Creek Press Inc. offered the Homeschool Review Crew to review the Online Times Alive and the Times Alive App I jumped at the chance to try it out with my son!

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We received a six-month subscription of the Online Times Alive. When you sign up you are billed monthly and can cancel at any time.

Here are a few screenshots from the Times Alive App!

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Times Alive Online uses animation and stories to help your child learn their multiplications from O's to 9's through stories, songs, test, and fun activities all in a fun way.

Your child will first take a pre-test (at the end of the program there will be a post-test). After the pre-test, you will know which facts your child is having trouble with.

Learning through story and song. Your child will listen (and read along if he/she likes) with the story. After they hear the story they will move on to the song.

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With 8x8=64 if they can remember 8x8 is sticky four they got it! ←(it really sticks are four but I liked "sticky four) The story and songs will help them the child remember along with the visual of seeing the sign in the picture!



After the story and song, your child will be asked if they remember the picture story and then without the pictures.

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Other activities to help your child remember is dragging the story to the box. The program will read everything to the child so your child can read along as well. This is what I love about the program. If you have a struggling reader they will hear everything -they don't have to stress about knowing the words so it's not overwhelming.

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Below is a screenshot of one of the test. You can print the test out if you feel your child will need to practice before the test is taken. You can also print it out if your child missed more than a few to practice them.



What I love about the Online version (they also have the Times Tables the Fun Way physical products!):
  • Keeps track of the student's progress: dates the lesson is completed, scores, & quizzes!
  • Students can stop and resume without losing their place ~ I love programs that allow students to stop in the middle of something and it saves the work.
  • It engages the child. This is great for children who struggle with reading or don't like to read.
  • Pre & Post-test - a great way for your child to see how he/she improved!

For those of you with younger kiddos and idea to help your child ~ have the child draw a comic strip of the story or just the scene. You can even make a book of the stories once done.

Lance used the App and the online version for the purpose of this review. The App was a lot easier for him because he could use it on his phone anywhere/anytime. When using the online version (which is what I prefer) he would have to borrow my computer.

If using Times Alive five years ago the online version would have worked best for us so it's really what works for you all with either the App or online. For me myself I like the online, for the kiddos, the App.

My son Lance used this three to four times a week and is finally memorizing the multiplication tables that have been hard for him like 8x8 and 9x7.

He's not too fond of the animation but I think it's because he's older and has played games on his Xbox that aren't so "cartoony"

One tip! Remember the name you use to log in otherwise you will have to start from the beginning again if you forget (um, yeah, ask me how I know, 😄)

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Easy Grammar Plus ~ A Review

This coming homeschool year I was thinking about purchasing Easy Grammar Systems for my two youngest. They are now in high school and I feel they need a refresher. One of my boys hasn't had much grammar so I thought to myself, "I need something that can be done daily, doesn't take hours for my son to figure out, and it has to be thorough." That's when I got to thinking about Easy Grammar.

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Easy Grammar Plus kinda fell in my lap! I was one of the chosen (ha, sounds funny) to review it via the Homeschool Review Crew! I received Easy Grammar Plus Teacher Editions (all 663 pages!).

Why is the book over 600 pages? This is because it has the student pages and the answer key.

Easy Grammar Plus is typically used for 7th grade but is a non-grade level meaning it can be used through high school (and even college or mom can use it too!) This is what I LOVE about Easy Grammar Plus, there is no grade on it, no number, so if you have a high schooler using it, you don't have to put a big ole sticker on the number (win-win)!



Easy Grammar Plus is written at a fourth-grade level, this is done on purpose so your student can concentrate and focus on the grammar and not hard words. I love that about the program, your child doesn't have to "think" about the words mean or have overly complicated sentences that will take their attention away from grammar.

Easy Grammar Plus has the student memorize prepositions. Wanda C. Phillips has found that 99% of the time the prepositional phrase doesn't have anything "important" in it like the subject, verb, direct object, predicate nominative, or anything important as Wanda Phillips states.

Here is a sentence that Wanda Phillips uses. Once the students know their prepositions and understand that a prepositional phrase ends in a noun or pronouns they can cross them out as shown below. Notice how easy it is to find the subject and the verb now that all the prepositional phrases are crossed out.

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, we go.

Easy Grammar Plus teaches more than crossing out prepositional phrases and finding the subject & verbs. Your student will learn about:
  • Predicate Nominatives, Predicate Adjectives
  • Verb Tenses: present, past, future, perfect, progressive
  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Noun Determiners
  • Gerunds
  • All about Adjectived
  • All about Adverbs
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • and Letters
Before starting Easy Grammar Plus there is a preassessment test. It is eight pages long. Once it's corrected it's suggested that you not show the student, store it, and at the end of the program have the student take the post-assessment. This is to show the student how much they learned.



I like how Easy Grammar Plus does not confuse the students. For instance on page 41 which is still at the beginning of the program (I think it's day 26 with using the actual workbook). The student will learn about adverbs but you are not telling them that the word 'in' (preposition) is then an adverb (please see photo below)


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It shows that the word 'in' cannot be a preposition because there is no noun or pronoun following it. You don't have to use the word Adverb yet, just let him learn that it's not a preposition (still with the familiar) and later in the program Adverbs will be taught.

Throughout the program, your child will have reviews and test. At the end of each unit, if you are finding that your child is not mastering (you'll know with the testing both unit and cumulative) then do not proceed to the next unit. Go over the parts that your child has not mastered before moving on.


I used this with my 15yr. old son Lance and it has worked out really well for us. I started by having him take the pre-assessment. I actually took it out of the book so he did not see the results as suggested by Wanda. We took three days on the pre-assessment.

With the Easy Grammar Plus Teacher Edition, you can either copy the student pages or have your student write in the book. I chose to have Lance write right in the book. For me, copying each page (which would be close to 300 is a lot and made more sense to write in the book).

At first, I was going to have him memorize all the prepositions before starting the book. Easy Grammar does have BINGO templates to be copied making it a game to learn the prepositions.

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But because my son is on the older side we skipped the memorizing the whole list. Instead, I tore the Prepositions page out and used that to cover the answer key page on the left so he had it with him for each lesson.

I figure it's like have the times tables answers available when doing math. Instead, he has the prepositions available. I also had him read over the list a few times a week and on Fridays, I'd have him write as many prepositions that he could remember on the more blankish pages in the book.

This really worked out great for us as he was learning them along the way and I found that he was spotting them without having to reference the preposition page. This may be because he's older and/or once he understood what a preposition was he naturally spotted them.

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One more thing that might have helped was I told him, "Think of a house with prepositions around it" and say, "to the house, in the house, around the house, etc." and that seemed to help. It's how I learned them in school and still remember seeing the handmade poster my teacher had hanging above the chalkboard.

The first few lessons I sat with Lance through most of it and we did the lessons together. I would put the lines through the prepositional phrases, underline the subject once, and verb twice. Then once we got halfway through the page I had him do the "work", ~toward the end I let him do the rest on his own.

Once he got the feel for it ~I'd go over the concept, do a few of the sentences with him, then let him do the rest. Later I would correct his work and the next day we'd go over what he missed.

To help him remember that a prepositional phrase ended with a noun or pronoun, I'd write it on the top of his paper.

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I'd do this with each new concept.


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Easy Grammar is working out for Lance and he will continue using it. As he continues through the program I am sure he will do more and more on his own but because he doesn't have a lot of grammar under his belt and because I need a refresher I am sitting with him for part of the lesson.

Speaking of a refresher, Easy Grammar does have a program for moms (which I have but it got lost in the move 😞)

In fact, I purchased the Student Workbook for another son who will start Easy Grammar Plus as well.




 Have you used Easy Grammar System? Let me know in the comments!



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BetterRhetor ~ College-Ready Writing Essentials™ a Homeschool Review Crew

My 19-year-old daughter was blessed to use College-Ready Writing Essentials™ course from BetterRhetor that we got from the Homeschool Review Crew!



What we received: College-Ready Writing Essentials™ ~ Full Package Course.

The skills learned from this writing course will apply across curriculum it will help with writing history papers, science, composition, English, and so forth.

College-Ready Writing Essentials™ Course uses proven instructional practices and teaches strategies, skills, and concepts based on years of research and evidence that are most essential for college writing.
BetterRhetor includes 25 lessons that walk your child through each step. The program includes worksheets that they can download and print or use the enable editing to type their answers.

Annette loved that models and examples were included. These were very helpful.

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As your student works through the program they can see how much they progressed, which lessons they completed and still need to do.



After the student reads through the lesson, example, and model, at the bottom of the lesson there is a link to the downloadable worksheet(s). There is usually one or two. Some lessons may have more.


This course teaches your student how to create a well researched, evidenced-based argument, persuasive essay. 

This course is more content-based teaching than teaching the mechanics of writing. Your student should know how to write sentences and paragraph and know the basics of putting their thoughts together on paper.

The end goal is to write a research-supported persuasive essay ~ three to five pages, 800-1200 words, which sites three credible sources.

Lessons included:
Lesson 1 ~ Overview
Lessons 2-11 Planning
Lessons 12-19 Drafting
Lessons 20-24 Revising
Lessons 24-25 Finalizing
Bonus Resources ~ Guide to Culture of College Academic and Key Terms

My daughter really enjoyed this writing course. It challenged her and she had many discussions with her dad about the topic she chose.

Her goal was to get three lessons done a week. Some of the lessons had more than one activity sheet and others required her to take more than a day to complete. 

"Base an argument on fact instead of opinions or feelings, the reason is you have a standard. With feeling, you have no standard" ~ something Annette told me while working through the course. She'd come up to me and tell me things she's learning which I thought was neat that she was excited to tell me.

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One thing that was a little difficult for her was she learned how to write with the five-paragraph format with writing an essay, I believe that's what it's called, where she would have the introduction, body, and conclusion. It was hard for her to pull away from that but she did say that this course guided her in what they wanted via instruction, asking questions, and giving examples.

Overall BetterRhetor ~ College- Ready Writing Essentials Course was a winner because it's preparing her for college-level writing, it's helping her understand what college-level writing is.

My daughter picked a tough topic to write about too~ her topic: The Minimum Wage Debate but she's working through it with the step-by-step instructions using BetterRhetor.

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