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Julie Polanco’s book God Schooling ~ a Crew review

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When you are making decisions regarding the education of your children, no matter the course you choose, there are questions and moments when you hesitate and ask yourself if you are making the right one. God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is a book that will encourage you to continue the endeavor you have chosen if you are home educating your children. Julie Polanco has written this book from her own experiences and research.

Mrs. Polanco and her husband have home educated their four children, with nearly 15 years experience in this realm. She is the author of this book, as well as being a contributing writer for The Old Schoolhouse magazine and the Homeschooling with Heart blog. She is active in her local homeschooling community and the online homeschooling community.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is an easy-to-read, soft back book that is about 160 pages. It is broken into two parts. First is a discussion she titled “Dispelling Myths.” Part Two is titled simply “Practice.” With information from many experts interspersed with her own observations about how her children learn, there is much practical information.

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The purpose of Mrs. Polanco’s book is to encourage you to continue down the road of educational exploration and child-led learning. While I believe that much of what she does with her own children falls under the umbrella of unschooling, this is not the main thrust of her book. Following the lead of your children’s interesting and taking time to guide them in their learning is where her heart seems to be.

The first part of the book looks at what the Bible has to say about children, education, and parents. She also introduces the ideas of motivation, exploration, and how excellence relates to these ideas.

In the second part of the book, you will find age specific ideas about how to approach learning. There is a chapter about teaching children under age eight, teaching ages eight to twelve, and working with teens in their education and growth. There is information on different learning types, how to encourage them, and some ideas on how to get started. She has a chapter on questions and answers and one on structure and record keeping.

This second part include a lot of readily applicable practical ideas. Many of these are good thoughts to ponder and decide if they might work for you family. Regardless of whether they work for you or not, they have ideas worth considering. Each chapter also has study questions at the end that can help you formulate your own thoughts about the ideas in the chapter and gather them into a helpful structure.

MY THOUGHTS:

I did find that there are many very forceful statements in the book that can be discouraging if you did not choose the same path she did for her family. This can be very off-putting and I struggled to read the book. Not because there wasn’t good information but because Mrs. Polanco seemed to speak as though there were no other decent options that won’t harm children. I disagree; remember, there are all different ways to teach your children and every child needs something different. Take those statements at face value and move on. There is a lot of encouragement to be found in this book for the parent, reminding why you started the road and how to continue along it.

A SALE:

I received a note from Mrs. Polanco just a few days ago informing me that she is offering a sale on the purchase of this book until August 22, 2018. The cost of the book will be half-price until that date.

Blessings,
At Home.

A number of other ladies with a variety of learning styles in their homes have read this book in the past few weeks. I encourage you to go visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog and read what several of the other ladies thought of this book and find out what encouragement their received from it.

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Paddington Bear from Branch Out World ~ a Crew review

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Branch Out World is a company that we were gifted a study from several years ago. So when the chance to review their Paddington Bear – a literature based unit study in their Picture Book Explorers series – came available, I was very happy to volunteer.

Miss J may be in 4th grade now but we never out grow picture books, especially of beloved characters such as Paddington Bear. When we can connect that book to learning across several disciplines, it becomes an even more treasured experience. Branch Out World makes this possible through the studies they create.

Branch Out World is a company that is run by a home educating family. Their studies grew out of their own experiences in teaching and their love of books. Each of their literature based studies has a connection to the UK – author, setting or illustrator – as that is where the company is based. It is fun seeing those connections. They offer the Picture Book Explorer series but they have additional products in their online catalog. From the literature studies to lapbooks, they have much to offer.

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About Paddington Bear 

We received a PDF download of the Paddington study and got a copy of the book from the library. I thought we had the book but when it came time to pull it off the shelf, we had a different one. The one from the library worked just fine.

The study is written to cover all subjects in five days. Each day, were you to do all of the activities, would take a couple of hours. The study covers the following topics:

  1. Exploring the Setting – London, Peru, maps, flags and more
  2. Exploring the Words – author, vocabulary, some grammar work, and more
  3. Exploring the Pictures – illustrator, design, architecture, and more
  4. Exploring Science – bears, steam, foam, and more
  5. Exploring Math, Crafts, & More – activities, recipes, numbers, lines, and more

There are multiple activities in each of the sections and it is very easy to pick and choose what works for your learners. This study makes it easy to work with multiple levels of learners, as well. Adaptations occur easily.

For instance, we were working through the part on immigration, doing the work and talking about what one might take with them. Miss J took a look at me and asked if we could make a suitcase for Paddington and keep all the pieces in it instead of making a traditional lapbook with folders. Worked for me so we detoured (or rabbit trailed) and created a bright red suitcase, just like Paddington carried with him to London. Some of our papers had to fold to go into the suitcase but it is now a nice compact record of this study, keeping all of the papers and booklets in one place.

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After that detour, we popped right back into what we had just finished talking about and continued on.

Each day, we did several activities but we never completed an entire day’s work in a single day. We were doing other things and this was a large chunk of time. However, if this was the entirety or majority of the school work we were doing, I would have completed a full set of activities. Again, though, there is no need to complete every single activity, nor will ever single activity fit every child. So pick and choose and make it fit your learner’s needs.

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What I Think

I really enjoy this series of literature studies. As I mentioned before, we have done the working on a mini bookstudy on I Took The Moon For A Walk. It was a fun read and study and I was very pleased with it. These are great for learners from very early elementary up through middle school, though you might need to add some difficulty or research to it for the upper end of that. It would be easy though – the middle school student could do the research for steam, for example, and then make a presentation to younger learners.

Paddington Bear was a fun study and we were able to make so many connections – immigrants and stories we had read, London and maps we had done before, bears and comparing with Smokey Bear, and lots more.

It is easy to forget how adaptable these types of units are but I was reminded again how much I enjoy doing them.

Blessings,
At Home.

Other families with learners of different ages also reviewed Paddington Bear. Visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read about their experiences.

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He Is Enough ~ a review

He Is Enough study of ColossiansFinding time in God’s word can be challenging, right? The world so often threatens to overtake us and we find ourselves saying “I just don’t have time.”

Well, Asheritah Ciuciu recognizes that with her newest Bible study and says “no excuse!” I really like her solution to our time crunch world.

As you would expect, she reminds us that time in the word is the only way to know more about God, to understand His will, and to be in Him. She has created two ways to approach this study of the book of Colossians, focusing on the fact that daily opening of the God’s word is necessary for growth.

First, and the recommended, is to spend time with FEASTing. This is a study style that has the reader Focus on God through prayer, Engage the text by reading scripture, Asses the main idea, Spark transformation through application, and Turn to God in worship. This takes a bit of time and focused energy but really helps the reader be in deep study.

Second, and the option for when you need to read the Bible but don’t have a ton of time, is snacking. Each daily study has a “Snack on the Go” option for when you have just a few minutes of time. This option takes about three to five minutes.

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Now for the actual study of Colossians –

Written in a conversational tone, this study of the book of Colossians is titled He Is Enough: Living in the fullness of Jesus. It is a six week Bible study. This study is so well structured that you feel like you are sitting across the table from your good friend, getting to know Jesus more through the study of the church at Colossae.

Asheritah begins the study with a couple of pages of background information on the city of Colossae and the book of Colossians. Following that she begins the study. There is a two-page introduction to each week’s study and then five days of daily study. There is also a weekend reflection for each week’s study so that you are truly encouraged to be in God’s word daily. Can I just say how much I like her set-up?

Each of the daily studies encourages various ways to engage with the word and try to understand it. Reading God’s word out loud, writing scripture, praying scripture, answering questions, and coloring scripture are just a few of the ways in which Asheritah has the reader engage with God’s word. These variations are effective in really getting your mind to see things from different perspectives.

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Why I Like This Study –

Recently, I had been a part of a different study of Colossians that just was not enjoyable. This one? I love it! One thing I look for in Bible studies is to be engaged in the word. Asheritah definitely forces one to engage with the word. Even if you don’t spend a lot of time each day, you cannot use this study and not be opening the Bible. Isn’t that what this is all about?

Starting the study, you are given the overarching theme that will be looked for throughout – Jesus Is Enough. He is enough, no matter your situation and that is viewed through your own personal lens as you engage in this study.

About Asheritah:

Asheritah Ciuciu is a writer, speaker, and founder of One Thing Alone Ministries–an
online community of women who find joy in Jesus through creative spiritual
disciplines. She’s also the author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction,
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, and He is Enough (Moody, June 2018).
Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and lives with her high school
sweetheart and spunky children in northeast Ohio. Her passion is leading busy
women deeper with Jesus in the midst of their everyday lives both in her local church
and online at www.OneThingAlone.com.

Blessings,
At Home.

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Hands-on History study of the Wonders of the World ~ a Crew review

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Home School in the Woods is probably the premier hands-on history company. Their products truly help immerse the learner in the culture and history of the place they are teaching. We have been working on Lap-Pak: The Wonders of the World, which is one of the Hands-on History Lap-Paks, and enjoying relaxed, hands-on, project based learning.

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Home School In The Woods is a company run by the Pak family. Amy Pak is described as the driving force behind this family and company. The research that she has put into lovingly creating these products is evident. Each of their many different lines and products are packed full of history, interest, and hands-on learning. Their product lines include:

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I was really drawn to the Wonders of the World product for summer learning as it covers a variety of time periods, connects to other interests (such as mythology and geography), and I have always found them fascinating so I wanted to share that with my girls. This Lap-Pak covers the four different ages of the wonders of the world. There are a set of ancient, medieval, modern, and natural wonders.

Each time set of wonders includes seven different places. Ancient wonders include some of what most of us think of when we hear about the seven wonders of the world: hanging gardens, the pyramids, the mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and more. The Medieval wonders included most of the other things we think of: Stonehenge, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, and the Great Wall of China. Modern wonders include places like the CN Tower, the Channel Tunnel, and the Empire State Building. The seven natural wonders of the world really don’t surprise – the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, the Northern Lights, and the Great Barrier Reef are among this list.

Honestly, I had no idea there were so many places that were considered “wonders of the world.” I would not have considered the modern set wonders at all so it was a good perspective to see them through a different lense.

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reading about the wonders of the world in the booklet while enjoying some refreshment from the heat

The set we received was a digital file that I downloaded on my Chromebook. The FAQ on the website gives good information on how to best access the files you purchase. There is a bit of a challenge using the digital files with Chomebooks but I finally figured it out. The easiest way to access the files you need in the order you need them is through the browser connected file. But a Chromebook doesn’t unzip files the same was a desktop computer does. However, after downloading the file, I found the trick.

If you Open you files so that you can see the line that says “start.htm”
Press ctrl and alt together and while those are pressed double click the start line.
You should get a box that pops up with an option to “open with…”
Click that.
You should get another pop up box that offer you “open with text” or “view”
Click view.
That should open it in a browser window for you.

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This is a screenshot of when you open it from the Start.htm file and it opens in a browser window. This is opened on a desktop computer.

Back to the actual product now. The file includes all the masters you need to print for all of the mini books and booklets, as well as the audio files that take about each of the wonders, the booklet about each of them (same information on the audio files), and the text assignments & project directions. You will want a printer (b&w is fine), colored printer paper, white printer paper, and card stock, as well as colors, scissors, and tape or glue.

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The text assignments & project directions helps you figure out how to print and put together each of the little booklets. Cutting and taping or pasting together each of the parts of the files will net you some really neat reproductions of each of the wonders. They each also include some information about each one that will go into the mini booklet. This allows the final product to be informational, as well as the process of putting it together allowing them to learn about it.

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I thought my youngest (9) would be the one working on it with me but I realized after receiving the file, that it would be interesting for all of us to work together on (this included both the 12 and 14 year old). So, I printed out the files for the ancient and medieval wonders, so far, and we have spent a few times together over the past few weeks putting them together. We would listen to the audio file all together and then each of the girls would choose one to work on. After we completed the ones we were working on, we shared with each other about what we did, what it was showing, and any other information they wanted to.

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We are working on the modern wonders this week and will do the natural wonders next week. It has taken us longer than expected because when I realized it would be good connections for all of us to make, it meant we had to work around camp and leadership workshop schedules. But good things are worth waiting for and doing right. So, that is what we have done. 🙂

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Anytime someone asks about history, Home School in the Woods is a company I recommend. This company has products that are well-researched, interesting, and the projects are hands-on. It can lead to rabbit-trails or just run you through the history in a unique way. It is flexible and it is appealing to multiple ages. This is one of those companies that you want on your radar. They are constantly adding to their product lines and increasing their coverage of history.

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Their newest product is one Miss E is highly interested in – Ancient Rome from the  Project Passport World History Studies. I am going to try to work this into her high school history program at some point. If you are new to this series from HSITW, they are offering a really good deal on their bundle of Project Passport studies.

As I have said, we really like Home School in the Woods and have reviewed or written about several of their products:

Blessings,
At Home.

Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew. The families reviewed a variety of different products from multiple product lines and have shared their experiences with it. Click below to read more.

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Smart Kidz Radio ~ a Crew review

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Smart Kidz Media has created a new, kid-friendly radio station. With materials that build character and teach values, Smart Kidz Radio is a neat option for those with young children.

This is a free, online streaming radio station with content for a variety of children. It is simple to sign-up for and access. The first thing you hear when you sign in is songs with spoken introductions to help the youngsters know what the song is about. Life-skills and character building are found in each and every song. Sometimes it is about eating well or being kind. The next song might be about friendship or how to deal with trouble at school. There is quite a variety of content.

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Once you are logged in, there is also a small menu button in the left hand corner. That menu button gives you access to free podcasts. Most of these podcasts are retellings of different fairy tales and folk tales, such as Rapunzel or Rumpelstiltskin or Cinderella or The Three Bears. Some are fun songs, such as Itsy Bitsy Spider. We found these worked well for sign language practice! With the simplistic words and well known stories (even with the changes), sign language practice was great!

It is worth noting that these folk tales and fairy tales may not be the story you are familiar with. If you are doing a story unit on one of these, this would provide some fun comparison.

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Changes –

A couple of simple changes would make this even better. It would be fantastic to see how much longer each song or podcast is going to last. I know we are kind of spoiled about this but there were a couple of songs that we did not want to hear (about bodily functions). It would have been nice to be able to turn off the sound until that song was over and then be able to turn it back on.

On the menu, there are a couple of buttons that do not need to be there. I would love to see the buttons for maps and weather, as well as the social media buttons, disappear. I would not like my young kiddos having easy access to getting to other websites and these buttons allow that. For the ages my kids are, it isn’t an issue but it would be if they were the ages these songs are aimed at.

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I feel like this is aimed at the wrong age level. Our girls currently range from 9 -14. At age 9 or 10 is where kids get into wanting to listen to music with earbuds on their own. Yet this is an online thing and so they are not allowed to just take the computer to their room to use. Also, the songs are really aimed at preschool through maybe 1st grade. So the content is really not for the age level at which students are interested in listening. At the preschool level, I would not want my children listening to music all the time. Especially since the material is so clearly for young kids. It is not what I want to listen to so I wouldn’t want to have this going on in the background all day and the kids cannot listen to it without me around.

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COMING SOON –

There are even more changes that are being made to Smart Kidz Radio that will make it even better. New content is being added and the content loops are being rotated in and out. But soon, they will add an option to purchase On Demand content. This content will be only available through the purchase option and will include some special podcasts and additional materials. The FAQ on the Smart Kids Radio website indicates that there will be Peter Rabbit tales, Best Loved Bible Stories, and lots more stories. There will also be several categories of music, such as Bedtime Songs Radio Program, Relaxation from Stress Radio Program and Christmas songs. These are just a few of the categories that will be available through On Demand.

Final Thoughts –

This is a neat new option for parents of young children. Definitely check it out. I expect we will see quite a bit from this company in the future.

If you have more questions, please check out the FAQ page on their website.

This is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a safe radio-style option for your young children. The materials will not contain foul language or inappropriate content (such as drinking or teenage attractions). Even with my girls being quite a bit above the age for the content, we enjoyed spending a few minutes listening to it once in a while and got a good laugh or two about the way some of the topics (such as eating well) were handled. Lots of fun!

Blessings,
At Home.

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Geology and Apologetics ~ a Crew review

Geology and Apologetics

Several years ago, I was introduced to Northwest Treasures. I have spent much time wandering over their site and thinking that so many of their materials and courses looked so good. When I was offered an opportunity to review one of the online courses, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to receive Geology and Apologetics. We also received Taking the Mystery Out of Geology.

Northwest Treasures is a company that was born out of a passion for truth and understanding of the world we live in. Patrick Nurre began by sharing his own finds and understandings with others. More and more folks were interested in understanding how it all fits together so he found himself sharing in more places and in more ways. This is how Northwest Treasures was born and it is quite a resource!

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Taking the Mystery Out of Geology

This is a single video that runs about 20 minutes and is recommended for grade 5 and up. Because geology is the foundation of science, it is something we should be familiar with. In this video, Mr. Nurre walks us through some of the Biblical framework for geology, as well as all sciences. He reminds us that we need to begin with understanding God’s word; it should be our starting point and we should not deviate from it. Second, he encourage all science to be taught from a Biblical worldview, so that all grow up understanding God’s infallible truths. He then covers 13 different terms that really clarify the scientific discussions. By understanding these terms, one can speak more clearly and confidently. Some of the terms that are important include science (not history but is something that can be tested, observed, or repeated), history (things that have taken place), and a number of others.

Y’all the minute we had finished this video, all three of the girls were already speaking more confidently about what they were hearing and understanding. I have heard a number of times since we watched this video the statement “That isn’t science!” When asked why it wasn’t, the response was “It cannot be tested, observed and/or repeated.” If the girls understand nothing else from this video, it is enough. It provides a confidence in understanding all science.

We will be watching this video again but I will do it differently the next time. I am going to create a worksheet or have the girls take notes about each of the terms, as defined in this video. Just listening to the terms really was not enough. I stopped the video after each term and we discussed it. But the terms were new to most of us so one time through was not enough. A list of the terms to take notes with or a notebook page to write about the terms will help in that regard.

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Geology and Apologetics

This is a series of six video lessons. They run from about 11 minutes to 25 minutes each. Each lesson address a different part of understanding the Biblical approach to geology and how it differs from the secular teaching so prevalent in geology. The teachings of modern geology leave out belief and religion. This removal takes us very far from the Bible and led to a number of issues. By understanding, clarifying the issues, and setting the record straight, we can speak confidently.

This class is recommended for grades 8 – adult. I feel this is a fairly good age recommendation for complete understanding but I have found that my 9 year old has gained quite a bit from these videos. Don’t count out that younger students can pick up some information by listening.

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Lesson 1 addresses apologetics. If you cannot stand solidly by the Bible as the word of God, he has some recommendations about how to work through that using scripture. If you do not have this point confidently in hand, you will not be prepared to engage in discussions regarding modern geology and where it deviates from scripture.

Lesson 2 works on “clarifying the coflict between science and the Bible.” The conflict is about a view of the earth, not about facts or science, according to Mr. Nurre.  Modern science puts forth that science is right and myth-believing Christians are wrong. He focuses quite a bit on the definitions of science, history, and philosophy.

Lesson 3 works through the chronologies and genealogies of Genesis. Mr. Nurre specifically looks at Genesis and how they are approached in scripture. This relates back to where he ended lesson 1 – are you fully standing behind the Bible as being fully true? Using the scriptures of Genesis, Mr. Nurre helps us look at and understand what is read. Understanding this is helpful in discussions about the age of the earth and completion of the records.

Lesson 4 discusses the gaps in the fossil record and how they are addressed in modern geology. Much of modern geology has not been observed and so the interpretation of information is a philosophy. This lack of written records leaves us relying on the rocks and fossils to understand history of the earth. The gaps in the fossil record are well addressed in this video, really addressing the fallacies of evolution. He compares beliefs of modern geology with Biblical beliefs.

Lesson 5 specifically addresses evolution and how modern science argues for dinosaur to bird evolution. It builds off of lesson 4 and the gaps that are found in the fossil record. It is a fascinating look at how many people inaccurately argue for their understanding or position. The information presented in this lesson will help you state why the fossil record does not support this example of evolution.

Lesson 6 helps to understand time and chronology better, specifically how modern science represents it. The contrast of the geologic column and time spectrums is interesitng and Mr. Nurre does a really good job of helping us see the fallacies in the arguments that are presented by modern geologists.

These videos are fascinating and really are a wonderful tool to use to help students see the fallacies presented by modern science. When you understand the terminology and apply it with understanding to the Bible, there is little room left for accepting many of the positions of modern science, specifically geology.

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What I Think

If you can’t tell, I have been thrilled with these videos. I have watched them twice now, myself and plan to have my girls watch them again, also. There were some issues with trying to play them through our computer, as they would freeze or just be really slow and jerky with the buffering. However, I found that I could access Vimeo (the platform the lessons are on) through our TV and the videos run perfectly on there.

I highly recommend these videos from Northwest Treasures for anyone who wants to better understand the issues that modern geology presents and how to counter those issues. Knowing the scriptures is first of all what you have to do. But understanding the terminology that goes along with that and how they say it all fits together will help you speak more confidently on the issues. I am hoping that we can use their course on Dinosaurs and the Bible at some point soon. They also have classes, curriculum, and guided trips about the National Parks that I find really interesting. Perhaps we can work that in somewhere, as well. I know it would be fascinating.

Blessings,
At Home.

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Code For Teens ~ a Crew review

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A while back, Miss E had opportunity to do some computer coding. She realized that she really enjoyed it. Code for Teens then asked for the Crew to review their new book on writing JavaScript – Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1). This has been a great book to get to use and learn some new skills.

Code For Teens is the brainchild of Jeremy Moritz. Mr. Moritz and his wife (the illustrator) have extensive home education knowledge, as they educate their own six children. Mr. Moritz has been a software engineer and developer for over a decade. Thus, this book comes straight from his knowledge and background. And, with his experience of working with children (he also coaches chess and has directed lots of musicals), he knows exactly what will catch the student’s attention.

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Written in a conversational and humorous style, the information is clear and easy to follow. It is written directly to the student so that she is teaching herself. Each chapter has plenty of explanation and exercises to help gain experience and understanding. The student is encouraged to type the exercises right along with the book, being given the exact information to input and the exact expected outputs. Sometimes, the book encourages wrong inputs so that the student can experience how to problem solve the situation. (That’s fantastic since they won’t always have a step-by-step guide telling them where the problems are in the code.) By the time the end of the chapter is reached, the student will have worked with the code quite a bit through exercises and drills, helping cement the concept. There is a quiz, an overview of the key concepts for the chapter, drills, an aggregate review, and a DIY project at the end of each chapter.

If for some reason, you reach the end of the chapter and still don’t quite understand it, you can go back and do it again. The concepts and skills build on each other throughout the book so it is important to understand one chapter before moving on to the next. But with the variety of exercises, and being encouraged to change bits of the code to see what happens, the student should be able to get it figured out. There is no expected pace, so take the time you need to learn it right.

The ten chapters cover all you need to learn JavaScript and you finish with programming a game. The back of the book contains an answer key to help the student if they get stuck. There is also a glossary of terms back there with the definitions for some words that the student might need, as well as the symbol.

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My Thoughts:

I like this book. It is a nice weight and high quality printing. The glossy pages are not going to tear easily and the print is easy to read on them. The humorous style makes it a pleasant read and easy to follow. The instructions are extremely clear and well written. A lay-flat binding would be a fantastic addition to the next printing of this book, though it worked well with the book stand that Miss E has.

I have a friend who is a graduate student working on a doctorate degree in mathematics. She has quite a bit of programming experience. One day while over at the house, she saw this book and picked it up. She was immediately interested and spent some time reading through the book. She commented quite a bit about how well written this was, how easy to follow, and how much clearer it was than many programming books she has worked with. She was very impressed with this book and hopes that this company will continue to come out with more programming books because there are a couple of language she wants to learn.

Miss E’s Thoughts:

It was really good so far. I like that they had the exact things you are supposed to type highlighted and colored and the responses highlighted and colored differently. At the very beginning, it gave instructions for more than just using Chrome and it is nice to know that those instructions are there for others who might need them.

It is very funny and I like the way it is written. It feels less like a lesson and more like someone is actually talking to me. Some texts are just “blah-blah-blah” and this is written more like a conversation. This makes it easier to understand and also to feel less boring and classroom-ish.

One thing that I didn’t like was that in the first chapter they had me do things wrong that were obviously wrong. I could tell it was going to be wrong before I did it so I didn’t see why I should do it wrong on purpose. There was one thing that I couldn’t find how to do in the chapter, though it was in the quiz, but I had someone here who could help me with that so I was okay. (Mom edit: On the quiz p 24, question 11 – had to do with the single = implies what?)

When a student wants to use a book and they don’t have to that day, you know it is a good product. Miss E picked this up more than once late in the evening just to work some more on learning to use JavaScript. Code for Teens really hit home with her and she has enjoyed it quite a bit.

Blessings,
At Home.

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