Curriculum Review:ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student/ SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student




Stobaugh (2012) did a wonderful job at organizing the information in The SAT and The ACT College Preparation Course for the Christian Student.   He states, “The ACT test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The SAT, on the other hand, is an IQ-type test … and measures a students’ ability to problem solve” (pg. 8-9). It is a text that utilizes a devotional type style of delivery for students to exercise the characteristics needed to successfully master test-taking skills. The literature-based formate comes with a free downloadable essay workbook available online.

As a high school student’s parent and educator, I appreciated the emphasis on scripture and devotion journal writing as the main source of one’s wisdom. Every day students are to read their devotional entry and scripture, write in their journal and read and study vocabulary cards. The daily assignment continues with problem-solving and vocabulary practice. On the side of each page are helpful hints for critical thinking and positive quotes to help each student maintain focus and a positive mindset.

There are several aspects of these books that I found very useful. In the SAT text, there is a 1- 2- or 3- Year plan is easy to follow for a student in any year of their high school career. While the ACT text contains a 10-week plan and a 50-day plan. They both give very sound advice about how to survive in secular universities without losing your faith.

Overall, both of these texts are excellent resources for the college-bound student to prepare for their future.

See more at SAT/ACT Bundle

About the Author: James Stobaugh


These texts were given to me in return for an honest review of the content as part of the Moms of Masterbooks Book Review program.

Curriculum Review: Advanced Pre-Med Studies


The Advanced Pre-Med Studies Package includes a Parent Lesson Planner (PLP), Building Blocks in Life Science, The Genesis of Germs, Body by Design, and Exploring the History of Medicine. Each of these books is beautifully designed and illustrated. The front cover of each one is in color and the inside content is in black and white. The reading material and workbook pages/questions are integrated into the same texts with answers in the back. More worksheets, tests, and quizzes are in the PLP and are set out in an easy to read format.

Here are additional features listed on the webpage New Leaf Publishing:

  • Each suggested weekly schedule has three easy-to-manage lessons which combine reading, worksheets, and vocabulary-building. Designed to allow your student to be independent, materials in this resource are divided by section so you can remove quizzes, tests, and answer keys before beginning the coursework.
  • As always, you are encouraged to adjust the schedule and materials as you need to in order to best work within your educational program.
  • Workflow: Students will read the pages in their book and then complete each worksheet. Tests and quizzes are given at regular intervals with space to record each grade.
  • Lesson Scheduling: Space is given for assignment dates. There is flexibility in scheduling. While each quarter has 45 days of assignments, they do not have to be given M-F. Some students may prefer to do more assignments each day, allowing for breaks on other days. Each week listed has five days but due to vacations, the school work week may not be M-F.
  • Parent Lesson Planners are easy-to-use with suggested daily schedules, as well as three-hole, punched perforated pages so worksheets, quizzes, and tests can be easily removed before students begin their coursework


Any student interested in the possibility of a career in the medical field will benefit from this Biblically-integrated science course. In today’s world, the battle between evolutionary theories and creationist theories is real!  Many leave the body to science alone and withdraw God’s creation and His healing power and authority on how to maintain the body as if it did not matter. This curriculum explains both and makes it clear what the Word says about each topic without discounting the discoveries made throughout history in the field of medicine and biology.

Masterbooks and New Leaf Publishers have never disappointed with their books, DVDs, and curriculum. I am a happy mommy and teacher when using their supplies!

Disclaimer: I received this curriculum as part of the Moms of Master books blogging program free of charge. This does not guarantee a favorable review.

Curriculum Review: Elementary Anatomy

Elementary Anatomy: Nervous & Respiratory Systems by Lainna Callentine, MEd, MD


       I couldn’t be happier with this collection! Lainna Callentine, MEd, MD put together a concise and easy to use the curriculum to introduce elementary students to anatomy. This curriculum is geared toward 3rd-6th graders. It is a year of curriculum for 2 – 3 lessons a week for 36 weeks at a pace of 30-45 minute lessons a day. The two student books, God’s Wondrous Machine: The Electrifying Nervous System and God’s Wondrous Machine: The Breathtaking Respiratory System, are themselves electrifying and breathtaking with all the artwork and details inside the book’s pages! Throughout the book, you will see three levels of vocabulary to stretch every reader. The detailed pictures and timelines reflect the reality of the anatomic system with the history of gained knowledge of those systems over the years.

In addition, the Teacher’s guide is by far a blessing to those who will use it. It has the lessons all planned out for ease of use and a flexible timeline to go with it. Considering that time is the biggest obstacle to battle, this is wonderfully helpful. The plans incorporate the use of lab kits that are sold separately but are only for enriching the lessons, they are not necessary for lesson comprehension. The teacher’s guide includes lesson plans, worksheets on different levels, and activities to incorporate. I am definitely going to enjoy using this for years to come!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Masterbooks for my honest opinion and review.

Book Review: What a Bragger!


What a Bragger by Lee Ann Mancini is a cute depiction of what a child sounds like when they are bragging. The main character, Melissa, is the playing in the park and is continually bragging about having much more than everyone else. The illustrator, Dan Sharp, captured the perfect personification  of a child in this blowfish as she flaunt her little fins and bats those eyelashes to say she is the best.

Throughout the story Melissa learns, through others, that one should be grateful for what they have whether it be much or little. I love the story line as it unwraps from beginning to end how one can change their behavior about anything. Through prayer and action bad behavior can be corrected, ultimately making life more pleasant.

My children loved this book. They clearly recognized  Melissa’s bad attitude and realized how it can hurt others to brag and not share. I truly appreciate literature with good message, especially depicting trust and reliance on God through prayer. Another one to keep on the bookshelf!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through for my honest opinion and review.

Buy it here:   What a Bragger! at Amazon

More about the author: Lee Ann Mancini

More about the illustrator: Dan Sharp

Curriculum Review: Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers

Proverbs 22:6  (KJV)

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”


      The Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers book bundle is popular among home-schoolers. Having a preschooler, I have been very interested in initiating stronger Bible lessons along with the basic schooling and this set seems to have a good amount of educational foundation integrated into their Bible page lessons. This collection contains:

A is for Adam By Ken and Mally Ham

A is for Adam DVD

D is for Dinosaur By Ken and Mally Ham

D is for Dinosaur DVD

N is for Noah By Ken and Mally Ham

Noah’s Ark Pre-School By Earl and Bonita Snellenberger

God Made the World & Me By Joey Allen

Dinosaurs Stars of the Show By Amie Zordel

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers:

           The Gospel

           The Mission

           The Scripture

           The Trinity

Creation Story for Children By Helen & David Haidle

When Dragons Hearts Were Good By Buddy Davis

Dinosaur by Design By Duane T. Gish, Ph.D.

Biblical Beginnings Pre-school (PLP)


         Each component of this bundle is integrated throughout the Parent Lesson Planner or PLP for parents to organize their day around Bible integrated pages of alphabet, dinosaurs, colors, numbers, shapes, opposites, animals, insects, birds, plants and trees. “Activity-based learning includes coloring, visual and verbal interaction with the alphabet, colorful illustrations, rhyming text, stickers, following simple instructions, and two DVD-based presentations to spark interest!” (Masterbooks, 2015).

         These lessons are prepared for children 3-5 years of age and include color/writing pages, books, and teacher directed flip board pages which can be easily implemented as the child views the lesson’s picture from one side and the parent/teacher instructions on the flip side. This makes implementing the lessons a more pleasant experience as there are not separate books for these specific lessons and all the objectives and verbatim text is set out for parents/teachers to lead conversations with planned questions easily accessible. The sessions are very organized and include cute and interesting supplemental projects that can be created with simple materials which are mostly found around the home or classroom.


            I personally enjoy the fact that this pack comes well integrated. Having ABCs and 123s on Bible themed pages is a wonderful way to keep the scripture in front of a child’s eyes as they are introduced to their first lessons. Some of the pages are cute and simple pictures for the younger student and some are more detailed and complex for the older student, like the one below.


           My least favorite (although my 3 year old was ok with it) were the DVDs. The quality compared to what can be done with media today left something to be desired. Another special note…There is also a great emphasis on dinosaurs throughout the curriculum. The series builds a strong foundation for creationism with the Biblical connections for each of their history lessons and sets out to integrate their research on dinosaurs from the beginning of time. This book bundle is a great all inclusive curriculum for Pre-K3 to K students and has a diverse group of authors instilling information as the children and adults learn together.  It is easy to use and has plenty of activities for your little one to get a great start in schooling!

See a  product video about the curriculum here: Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers Curriculum.
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Master Books a division of New Leaf Publishing. No other compensation was received and a favorable review is not guaranteed.
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Book Review: I’m Happy for You (sort of… not really) Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison

I'm Happy for You Picture

Kay Wills Wyma also author of Cleaning House has pinpointed a topic that many need to recognize as a predecessor to discontent and even depression. In this material world, we are bombarded with marketing schemes from all areas constantly trying to convince us that we are not happy with all we have because obviously we need more to be happy. If a person is strong enough to withstand the marketing ploys it is a wonderful thing but there is another checkpoint that must be assessed. With today’s access to multimedia and social media it is very easy to constantly feed ourselves with opportunities to be discontent with our lives. Wyma uses Face book as an example for OCD (Obsessive Comparison Disorder) to breed and grow into a monstrosity of discontent that makes us lose ground in our focus in walking a Godly life lacking covetousness. The content includes several chapters, 12 to be exact, describing OCD, how to regain focus, the beauty within, inequalities of life, and removing our obsession with others. It also encompasses questions to lead a discussion group. Although I felt as if she was a bit long-winded with her stories, I still believe if you have ever battled with comparing yourself with others in any way, this book can shed light on your circumstance in order to give you direction.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. No other compensation was received and a favorable review is not guaranteed.

Curriculum Review: Skills for Rhetoric: Developing Persuasive Communication for Junior High Students


Skills for Rhetoric: Developing Persuasive Communication for the Junior High Student is a comprehensive curriculum for examining the written and spoken word. The author, James Stobaugh stated, “Rhetoric is a discipline demanding that the writer dutifully follow rules of grammar, logic, and communication to explain , describe, and clarify.” This is a subject which is very much needed but lacking in the studies many students today. I appreciate the fact that this is a junior high curriculum. It is important to work on these basic skills in order to have time to develop the student’s writing and speaking skills at an early age.

In reviewing this curriculum, I was able to overview the student text and the teacher’s edition. The course has 34 weeks’ worth of study, each providing four instructional lessons. It offers listed learning objectives for each chapter, concept builders that offer student a 15 minute lesson to practice the objectives, weekly essay tests, and daily prayer journal written into the lesson plans and a series of opportunities to build a final project/portfolio which includes a research paper the curriculum planned into the lessons beginning in chapter 22.

The lessons are easy to ready for the student and lead for the parent or teacher. The curriculum suggests following four steps to get the weekly work done in a timely manner: 1) Have students write in a payer journal at least three time/week, 2)Have students produce a Final Portfolio for Chapters 1-21, 3)Guide students through the research paper process in Chapters 22-34, and 4) Make sure students submit the Final Portfolio and complete the Research Paper. All of these steps are the predecessors of success in college or in the corporate work force where participation is important in lending information in a clear and concise manner.

Although these lessons are well needed, I could easily say I know some high school students who would have difficulty with some of these writing lessons. This is not to say we should not have high expectations for our children at an early age but in my experience this book is not for all junior high students and can be used at the high school level.

I Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Master Books a division of New Leaf Publishing. No other compensation was received and a favorable review is not guaranteed.

Book Review: Moment by Moment: a devotional journal for girls


By: Jennifer Flanders

At first glance the cover of this book threw me off but kept me intrigued. I was unable to see the inside before ordering the hard-copy of the journal . My daughters love journals and usually they are trendy and modern. Considering I am a romantic at heart, I began to get a Pride and Prejudice feeling from the cover and decided to order it.


Upon receiving the book, my daughters and I began flipping through the pages. We loved it!  The cover is a flexible paper back in a pleasant color and it is immediately engaging. The journal  starts with a  sweet dedication to her daughters, an introduction describing the use of the book, and a poem by Daniel W. Whittle called Moment by Moment describing how the Lord is with us at all times.  The table of contents contains a list of journal sections which are open to use in random order. It includes sections titled: Childhood Memories, Wonderfully Made,  Personal Favorites, Thoughts to Ponder, The World around Me, Prayers & Graces, Family  & Friends,  Pastimes & Hobbies, A Heart for Service, Love Overflowing, and a Birthday Record.20150617_14133720150617_14151620150617_141424

The beauty of this book is that it is a great option for all ages considering it has writing prompts throughout the entire book.  It is full of scriptures from various sources and cute classical pencil illustrations on every page.  Most journals leave it to the writer to decide what to write and although that is the case here, it is more focused on drawing out different memories and opinions by suggesting ideas and questioning a person’s past so that they are able to put into written form the memories which can be passed on to others.

I have filled out journals like this one to pass on from a mother to a daughter but I am excited about giving this to my daughter in hopes one day she will share it with me and later with her own daughter. What a keepsake!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Book Crash. No other compensation was received and a favorable review is not guaranteed.

90 year old nurse is celebrated-A beautiful story!

What a beautiful story of a 90 year old nurse who has worked for 70 years in the industry. Can you imagine the things she has seen in life or technology alone? Amazing. This is a story of a woman who works for love not for money. A lesson to us all.

Posted by Young Paperboyz on Monday, May 11, 2015 posted:

Inspiring: The Oldest Working Nurse In The United States Turns 90 And Still Going! .. She Has Served As A Nurse For Nearly 70 YearsSeeSee Rigney, an operating room nurse at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA, celebrates her 90th birthday with her coworkers, and six decades of nursing. She is an inspiration to all! God bless you my friend. We love you and can only hope to have half of the energy you have at your age. Video Credit To Martie Schultz… Like My Page Young Paperboyz

Book Review: The One O’ Clock Miracle

By Alison Mitchell

Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

The One O’ Clock Miracle is a sweet rendition found in John 4:46-54. It is set in Capernaum, which is near the Sea of Galilee. This delightful picture book is based on the true story of an official who has an ill son. Out of desperation to save his life, he sets out to find Jesus who was known to heal the sick and reveal other miraculous endeavors in order to help sinners believe in the power of the Almighty God. Catalina Echeverri, the illustrator, created enchanting pictures that are wonderfully creative and adorable interpretations of the story, bringing the biblical account to life for little ones to enjoy. My students and children loved it as they flipped through it and I enjoyed the ability to strike up conversations on the content and showing them the connection in the Bible. This pleasing story is one to read repeatedly as you teach your child to believe the Word during good and bad times.