Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Review of Middle School Spanish 1 (Grades 6-8) from Middlebury Interactive Languages

We are very serious about learning a language in our house and Spanish is the language we have chosen to learn.  That is why we were very excited for Buddy to receive Middle School Spanish 1 (Grades 6-8) from Middlebury Interactive Languages for him to review.  When I checked out this Spanish course I thought that it was more in-depth than other apps and programs we have tried, so he might learn more of the mechanics and specifics of the Spanish language with Middlebury Interactive Languages. 
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Middlebury Interactive Languages offers many language course for you to choose from for what your family needs.  They offer online courses for elementary grades through high school.   Each of their K-2 semester courses offer 35 days of content while each 3-5 grade course offers 45 days of content.  Each of their middle and high school semester courses offer 90 days of content.  This is so you can fit the course into your school schedule.  They offer courses in Spanish, French, Chinese, and German. 
The online calendar with a suggested lesson schedule.
The Middle School Spanish 1 course (Grades 6-8) that we received online access to is filled with interactive language activities with instructions.  This semester long course is equivalent to that found in the first semester of High School Spanish I.  This course focuses on four key areas of language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is broken down into units and within the units they focus on a vocabulary theme for each unit.  Each unit also teaches grammar concepts, reading and listening comprehension, speaking and writing, and more.  Each lesson has examples of conversation so that your student can hear the language being spoken correctly.  Their website says there are no prerequisites for this class, but as Buddy worked through the class it was helpful to him that he had worked on Spanish before.
When we received this online course we started Buddy at the very beginning of it.  I chose to follow the calendar they have set up on the website for our lessons, but you do not have to.  This calendar had Buddy doing 2 lessons a day and I chose to have him follow it so that we would be able to finish this course during the time period we have access to it, which is 6 months.  The two lessons a day usually took him anywhere from 25-45 minutes to complete.  I felt like this was a very reasonable pace for him and he didn’t complain about it being too much work to get done in a day.  For Semester 1 of this course there are 9 units and for Semester 2 there are 9 units for a total of 18 units.  Each unit is then broke down into lessons.  Each lesson focuses on different skills and activities.  There is even the occasional “pop quiz” in the lessons, along with unit quizzes.  So far in the different lessons and units that Buddy has completed he has had activities that have made him practice speaking, writing, and reading Spanish.  It is much deeper than just the basics of “hola” and “adios.”  This course has been teaching him how you address different people differently and it even discusses the language differences for different Spanish speaking countries.  It is teaching him more in-depth than any of the products and apps we have used in the past.  It truly feels like he is in a classroom with a teacher when he is working on his lessons and I really like that for this program.  Buddy has completed 4 units and will start his 5th unit tomorrow.  He just finished taking the midterms for Semester 1 and he did very well on them.  He will continue this online course as long as we have access to it because he really is learning Spanish by using this course.  He is able to tell me complete sentences in Spanish now whereas before starting this course he only knew some vocabulary and a handful of common phrases.
A sample lesson
I also really like this course for him because he really is learning the details of the Spanish language with it rather than just bits or pieces.  It has also been a little bit of a refresher course for me as I am listening to his lessons while he is working on them and have been reminded of why some things are the way they are in the Spanish language.  I like how the units and lessons are divided up.  They build on each other, but are also helping you practice the things you have learned consistently.  They don’t just introduce a concept and then move on, they introduce a concept and continue to build on it as you start learning new things too.  I also appreciate that there is a built in gradebook that records his grades on assignments.  There are some assignments that I have to grade, but Middlebury gives you a scoring guide so that you can assign the appropriate points for the lesson.  The only part of this I have not figured out is how to get these assignment grades into the built in gradebook, but I just ended up keeping track of them in my own gradebook when I recorded the grades for the items that were automatically graded.  I do appreciate being able to quickly go into the calendar and see which lessons Buddy has finished and which lessons are scheduled next.  I can also see which lessons he finished by going into the Table of Contents and looking through each unit and lesson, the calendar just gives me a quicker view.  I really, really like how detailed and in-depth this course is for Buddy.  It feels like it is just the right level for him without being too easy or too hard.  I like that it is teaching him not only the vocabulary, but also the grammar, mechanics, and the “why” for the language.  I like it that it feels just like he is being taught by a Spanish teacher because I can’t teach him Spanish by myself because I am not fluent in it. 
This is a screenshot of the gradebook
You can find more information about all the courses offered by Middlebury Interactive Languages on their website.  You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  You can find the Spanish Course we received here.  My friends on the Homeschool Review Crew have also been reviewing courses from Middlebury Interactive Languages as well, but we have all been reviewing different courses, so check out their reviews by clicking the banner below. 
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Being a Tourist in Michiana: Part 1

Recently my husband was asked what there was to do and see in this area by someone who is coming for business and sightseeing.  That got me to thinking that there is a lot to see and do around where we live and I thought I would share some of it with you today.  We live in Northern Indiana, very close to the Michigan border, so our area is very commonly referred to as the "Michiana" area.  There is plenty to do and see here when I really think about it.
Shipshewana, Indiana
One of my favorite towns to hang out in near me is Shipshewana.  This is what we refer to as an Amish town as there are many Amish people living and working there.  You can regularly see their buggies driving down the road here and the town is very laid back with a slower pace of life.  My favorite places to visit here are:
  1. E & S Sales - I commonly call it my "Amish Sam's Club" because you can buy bulk food there like flour, oatmeal, sugar.  It is where I get all of my baking supplies in bulk.  They also have great deals on closeout foods that are typically "seconds" and need to be sold right away but still are good...think granola bars, cereal, etc.  I go here to stock up on pantry items.
  2. Davis Mercantile - This building is filled with a lot of fun stores to shop through and even some to eat at.  Stop for a handmade pretzel from JoJo's...YUM!!!  I love The ScrapYard for unique scrapbooking supplies, Aunt Millie's Candy for their selection of candy, and I might have a habit of wandering through Lolly's Fabrics to touch all the beautiful fabrics.  I also love wandering through the other stores in this building just to see what they have.  One of my favorite parts of this place is the carousel.  I love riding it with my kids even though they are older now.  Be sure to check out all the stores around the Davis Mercantile too as they offer many unique finds.
  3. Blue Gate Restaurant - Make sure you have plenty of room in your belly to eat here.  You can order off the menu or if you are really hungry, eat family style.  You will not walk away hungry from this place.  Be sure to either save room for their pie or walk into their bakery and buy a pie to take home.  YUM!!!
  4. Shipshewana Trading Place Auction and Flea Market - This flea market runs May - September and you can find just about everything there.  Be prepared to spend the whole day as there are so many aisles to go through.  They have auctions year round here and you would have to check out their website to find out what they are auctioning off.
There are also other various shops in town that are definitely fun to wander through including some antique shops.  I have never been to Menno-Hof, but it is on my list of places to visit as I have heard many wonderful things about this information center that teaches all about the Amish and Mennonites.  

Middlebury, Indiana
Middlebury is another small town rich in tradition and history,  It is just a little town and probably mostly known for being home to several big RV manufacturing companies, but we know it and love it for being a small town, close to home.  Here are my favorite stops:
  1. Rise'n Roll Bakery and Deli - If you stop here early in the morning be prepared to wait, but don't visit our area without stopping here.  I promise it is worth the wait.  Amish baked goods, breads, and food...if that wasn't enough, Rise'n Roll is home of the Cinnamon Caramel donut.  This donut melts in your mouth and is worth every single calorie.  If you can stop at just one, you are a much better person than me.  Those of us that live near enough to get these donuts regularly call them "Amish Crack" donuts because you can't eat just one.  I have had breakfast and lunch here too and have never been disappointed.  We love their Smoked Sausage Roll (bread) as well.  Slice it and fry it in butter for a great breakfast treat!
  2. Das Dutchman Essenhaus - This is a restaurant, bakery, inn, and shops.  Stop by the restaurant for a delicious (Amish) meal and a slice of homemade pie (I suggest the Peanut Butter Pie).  They still make their noodles for chicken and noodles or beef and noodles.  This is another place you can eat off the menu or choose family style dining.  Either way you won't walk away hungry.  You can walk off your meal by walking around the grounds and checking out the inn or the shops for unique gifts.
  3. Pumpkin Vine Nature Trail - This trail that is perfect for walking, running, or biking actually goes all the way from Goshen, IN to Shipshewana, IN with plans to connect it in other places that eventually you can ride the trail even further.  Our favorite place to catch the trail is located behind the Dairy Queen in Middlebury and it is perfect for walking or riding.  The walk is beautiful as you look out over farms and walk through the woods.
There are also various shops in Middlebury that you can walk through and find plenty of unique gifts.  
Bristol, Indiana
Bristol is a little town that if you blink you will miss it.  The actual town is not very big, but there are a few places worth checking out.
  1. Bonneyville Mill County Park - This gorgeous park has over 200 acres of land to explore.  It has hills, valleys, a waterfall, and a working mill.  They only run the mill here during the summer, but you can see it year round.  There is also a wood tower you can climb the stairs to to the top and see out over the country side.  This is one of our favorite parks to visit because it is breathtaking year round.
  2. Bristol Opera House - This opera house is the home of the Elkart Civic Theatre and they run plays here year round.  It is a small theater that puts on big productions and I have very fond memories of attending plays with my mom here.
  3. Elkhart County Historical Museum -  This is a hidden treasure of Bristol.  This little museum has big things to offer when you stop in.  They always have interesting exhibits and they love to share their knowledge with you and help you in your research projects.  
Once I started typing out my list I realized there is more to do around where we live than I thought so I will be making a couple of more posts with more things to do.  So stay tuned for part 2 of Being a Tourist in Michiana....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What Being on the Crew Means to Me...

If you have been around this blog and reading it in the last year you know that I am a part of the Homeschool Review Crew (you may have also seen me call it the Schoolhouse Review Crew because they switched the name during the year) and I can tell you that being a part of this Crew, no matter what it is called, has been an AMAZING blessing to our family.  Let me tell you how...
What being on the Crew means ...
It Gives Me a Voice, a Creative Outlet, and Confidence
I was officially invited to join the Crew in December of 2015 with my first review being due in January of 2016, but the process started before that.  One day while I was on Facebook, I ran across a friend's post that announced the Crew was accepting applications for membership.  This came at a time where I had just decided to end a home-based business and I felt like I had lost a creative outlet for myself so I decided that I would pick up blogging again which I have done off and on again for years.  My blog was so inconsistent that I thought it would be a waste of time for me to apply to be a part of the Crew, but I thought I would read about it anyway.  The more I read, the more I thought it was something I could do.  The only thing I thought that would hold me back was my inconsistent blogging up until then.  I had a little nagging voice in my head that kept telling me it couldn't hurt to put in an application because the worse thing that could happen was that they would say no and I would rebuild my blog anyway and re-apply the following year.  So I filled out my application and focused on blogging.  I had almost completely forgotten about my application when I received an email from Debra, the Crew leader.  I had to do a trial review since I had not really posted many reviews, but it wasn't long after that trial review that I received another email with an official invite to be on the Crew.  I was shocked, excited, and nervous all at once.  They thought my little blog was good enough to be a part of the Crew and that gave me confidence I didn't even realize I was missing.  They took a chance on me and I am forever grateful that they did.  I get to give my opinion on homeschooling products and send my voice out into the world.

It Gives Me Freedom and Courage to Choose Again
The other thing that I was struggling behind the scenes with at the time was the curriculum that we were using for my son.  I have posted about this and how it wasn't working for him and I knew it.  I was so stuck in my curriculum rut that I didn't know what to do.  I would have to research tons and tons of curriculum again and I just dreaded that.  Then I got my position on the Crew and reviews are what we do on the Crew.  We receive products to use, teach, check out, and figure out what our family thinks.  So while we finished out the 2015-2016 school year using the curriculum that wasn't working, I was able to start subbing in review products that Buddy liked better and ones I felt worked better for him.  Then over the summer I had time to pray, process, and decide that I would not use a boxed curriculum for him for the 2016-2017 school year.  We would use review products we had received and I would build our own curriculum buying what I needed to fill the gaps.  Being a part of the Crew and seeing so many great products (whether I reviewed them or read reviews from my Crew friends) gave me the freedom and courage that I needed to know that I could once again plan out school for Buddy on my own and I didn't need a boxed curriculum for him.  We still use about 1/2 of a boxed curriculum for Little Miss but she asked to continue on with that curriculum because she loves reading all the books.  We do use the reading part of the curriculum and the rest of her school is all review products that we have reviewed this past year.

I've Made Friends Around the World
If you read my reviews you will see at the end of every one of them I point you to "My Friends on the Homeschool Review Crew" and encourage you to read their reviews of the products too.  I do this because we all use the products in ways that fit our families and we are all different.  I also do this because I know without a doubt, they are giving you their honest opinions just like I am.  I also do it because I trust these friends because we do get a chance to get to know each other and become friends on a private forum that is just for us.  I value their input and we ask each other questions all the time.  We share about our lives, share our struggles, and share our successes.  It is truly a great group of friends that I know I can go to and chat with for wisdom, encouragement, support, and more.  We rally each other and support each other.  The Crew is International so I really do have friends around the world.

There is more, I really could go on and on, but I won't.  I wanted to tell you some of the things I love most about being on the Crew to invite you to apply for the Homeschool Review Crew for the upcoming year.  If you are a homeschooler and a blogger, you should definitely consider applying for the Crew.  Take a chance and put in your application. Tell them I sent you.  You can get more information and read the requirements of being on the Crew by clicking here.  Click on the banner below if you know you are ready to apply to be a member of the Crew and don't forget to tell them I sent you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Review of Educeri Lesson Subscription Service

Imagine there was an online website that had thousands of lesson plans with printable worksheets in several different subject areas for multiple grade levels, wouldn’t that be a great resource to have access to?  This is exactly the website we found when we recently got a chance to review the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service from Educeri……Educeri a division of DataWORKS.  This lesson subscription service gives you access to over 1,000 lessons in multiple subjects for all grades. 
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Educeri is a company that wants to have lesson plans ready for you at any time for multiple subjects whether you teach school in a private setting or a public setting.  Their lesson plans feature standards-based content, real-time feedback through built-in checking, and research-based, classroom-tested procedures.  Every lesson also comes with printable student handouts that you can download and print.  They have lessons in Math, Science, English Language Arts, History, Art, P.E., Music, Spanish, English Language Development, and Other Resources such as Engagement Norms.  These lessons are available for K-12 grade.  They offer plans for individuals (such as homeschoolers) or for schools (such as a public school district).
I used the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service for both of my kids.  I was excited to see so many English Language Arts and Math lessons available for 3rd grade and 8th grade.  These two subjects always seem to be the ones that I look for new ways to teach the concepts of when my kids need to re-enforce concepts or teach them differently if they are struggling.  I was also excited to find a really nice Civil War lesson for Buddy as this fits with his History this year. 
See the "Additional Resources" area, this is what I forgot when we first did this lesson.
The first lesson that I had Little Miss do was a lesson on multiplication called “Memorize Multiplication Facts.”  She is currently learning division in math so I thought that making sure her multiplication facts are memorized would be a great asset and help to learning division.  I had her sit at the computer and watch as she clicked through the lesson slides.  It was nicely set up and had great charts of multiplication facts.  As she clicked it would fill in the chart for her and we would go over the fact.  The whole time I kept feeling like we were missing something and she should be doing more than just clicking to put up the facts.  It turns out we did miss something.  I completely missed that before you click the button to start the lesson there is a button you can click for additional resources.  This additional resources area is where the printable student worksheet  that accompanies the lesson is.  So I went back and found that to print off and the lesson made much more sense as she could fill out the worksheet and then use the slides to check her answers.  I also had her do a lesson on fractions as she is also learning this concept in her math.  I printed off the worksheet before she started the lesson and I had her click to start the lesson.  We went through the first few screens of the lesson to introduce it and so I could teach her the material they were discussing.  Then I had her fill out her worksheet.  Once she had it finished, I had her click through the slides to check her answers and see if they were right.  Then we finished up the lesson.  Little Miss and I have also tried a couple of the English Language Arts lessons as she has been working on writing a report and there were some very helpful lessons in there.
The first lesson that I had Buddy complete is called “Describe the Major Battles of the Civil War.”  We worked through this lesson by having him sit at the computer and I had him read the information from the slides to me since he is in 8th grade.  This lesson is full of great information on the battles and I had him write down some of the major facts from this lesson.  We also discussed the facts given in this lesson as there were a lot given and we have not read much about the battles of the war yet.  We also looked at one of the History lessons on Abraham Lincoln since we have read a couple of books about him for school this year already and I thought this lesson could be very interesting to Buddy.  It gave us a chance to discuss and compare what was in the lesson to the material we had read before this lesson.  We are also using this site for some English Language Arts lessons as Buddy is working on a big report right now and there are some good lessons about transitions and informative text.
Overall, I like this concept of this website and their lessons.  If you need a quick lesson plan to fill in, teach a lesson in a little different way than you have been, or review a concept,  this site is great.  I will use this site again while I have access to it for some other lessons that fit into our school for both kids.  I did not like the method the lesson used to teach fractions.  It was confusing and complicated what I thought was a simple lesson in the way the lesson asked the questions.  This particular lesson asked what fraction the shaded area represented and then it tried to break it down into more questions.  They asked what fraction the parts represented and then what fraction the shaded part represented.  This really confused Little Miss as she knew the shaded part was 2/3, but it confused her about the fractional part where the answer was the shape was broken into 1/3  pieces.  The way the questions for this were written felt very tricky and like you were going in circles.  I believe this is part of the new “common core” math stuff that I am not particularly a fan of because I think it over complicates math instead of doing it the simple “old school” way I learned growing up.  I feel that for the most part the lessons had very good content, but they really felt like the kids were sitting in a public school classroom.  The lessons felt very task oriented and like I could check off each part when I got done.  This isn’t a bad thing, it is just what I have been trying to get away from to give us more freedom to research topics of interest in our school.  I believe that the lessons may work better in larger settings like public schools or if I was teaching classes in our homeschool group because it felt at times there should be discussions between students. 

Check out the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service from Educeri……Educeri a division of DataWORKS and see if it will work for your school.  In addition to finding them on their website, you can also find out more on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  You can also find out what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew thought about this product by clicking the banner below.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Goodbye Solomon

It is with heavy hearts and many tears that we said goodbye to our beloved Solomon. This old boy lived to be 12 years old and passed away late yesterday afternoon peacefully in his sleep. Our furry friend loved cheeseburgers from Grandpa, chasing cats, popsicles, and playing ball. We love you and miss you Sol!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hold Your Horses!!!

We have entered into a new season in our house.  Little Miss is now taking lessons for something I never thought we would get into, but I am totally excited to see her get into it.  She is taking HORSE lessons.  Of course she is like every little girl and has been telling us for a couple of years now that she wants to ride horses, but I didn't take that as seriously as I should.  We have family that has horses and my only regret now is that I didn't get her started in lessons sooner.  Anyway...
Little Miss and Aunt Sherri.  She is riding Shadow.
Little Miss on Roanie with Aunt Wendy
Little Miss at her most recent horse show being lead by Brian.  She is riding Shadow.
We went to see one of the horse shows that my aunts are helping run and see what it was all about this summer because Hubby is helping my aunt create a program for the horse show.  At that show, Little Miss was hanging out in the announcing booth with my Aunt Sherri and I knew it was a matter of time until she was on a horse.  Aunt Sherri had her up on a horse in no time and Little Miss just sat up there like she had been riding her whole life.  She showed no fear, she sat up big and tall, and listened to all my aunt told her as she was lead around outside the arena.  Little Miss did great for her first time on a horse and when they were done, they headed back up to the announcing booth.  We watched more of the horse show which reminded me of my summers watching my Aunt Sherri race and just enjoyed figuring out what was going on.  Next thing we knew Aunt Sherri came down from the booth, said "Get your camera ready!" and Little Miss was off.  She actually competed in that horse show in the Pee Wee division so that she can be lead.  Brandye lead her in the event and Little Miss won!!!  She was hooked and loved it!  Who knew Little Miss would be racing horses in Western events?
Little Miss won the overall in the Pee Wee Division at her 2nd horse show
Getting instructions from Aunt Wendy during lessons
Little Miss at her most recent horse show.  She is being led by Uncle Brian.
Love this sweet shot of Aunt Sherri and Little Miss cooling down Roanie and Shadow after the last horse show.
Since that first ride we have been working with Aunt Wendy (Sherri's sister) and getting lessons.  Aunt Wendy is thrilled to have a little girl to teach riding to and Little Miss loves that Aunt Wendy is willing to teach her.  She has been learning the basics of riding a horse - from caring for the horses to riding to what to do in the "what if" situations.  They have been so patient and caring to teach her.  Little Miss even rode one of the big horses completely on her own in one of her last lessons.  Since the first horse show this summer, Little Miss has ridden in 2 more shows and she cleaned up.  She has been lead in every show because she isn't quire ready to ride on her own yet, but she will get there.  We are thinking she will be riding on her own by next Spring which is fun and a little scary for this Mama at the same time.  We are EXTREMELY grateful to Wendy, Brian, and Brandye for the use of their horses and so, so, SO grateful to Wendy for the lessons.  It has truly been a blessing to see Little Miss get so excited about something.  She also loves her boys, Shadow and Roanie!
Shadow (the black horse) and Roanie
I am totally going to be using this Fall and Winter to brush up on all things horses including cute cowgirl boots.  Got any ideas?  I am going to need some for my horse loving girl...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy–A Review of Family Gravity Media, a division of Families for Christ Ministries, Inc.

One area of creativity that Buddy has expressed some interest in is photography and filmmaking, but I really do not have enough experience to guide him to a great project.  This is why I was very excited to receive a year’s membership to the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy from Family Gravity Media, a division of Families for Christ Ministries, Inc. to review.  I thought that this product could help him learn more about using cameras and creating videos while helping him pursue his creative interests.
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Ken and Zack Lawrence are a father-son team that have been working together at the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy since 2007.  Prior to that they were operating the yearly filmmaker camp that students can attend at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.  Both of these gentlemen have experience with producing, directing, and acting.  Ken is also a pastor, author and homeschool father of four.  Zack also wrote, produced, and directed the feature film “In His Steps.”  As you can see, both of these gentlemen have a lot of knowledge they can share with those interested in pursuing Christian filmmaking.

The Online Christian Filmmakers Academy is designed to train those interested in filmmaking and using visual media for the glory of God.  This online course is designed so that students can work at their own pace in their own home.  It features five modules and includes bonus documents, templates, insider interviews, and quizzes.  They are also working to develop and add new content throughout the course.  The five modules covered are:
  • The Camera
  • Cinematography and Lighting
  • Sound
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
I was very excited for Buddy to get this product to review.  He has shown interest in photography and the visual arts and of course being a Christian, I really would love to see him use his talents to honor God.  This is another reason I was very excited for him to receive this course, it helps students focus on using visual mediums to promote the Gospel and further the Kingdom of God.  The fact that we could take this course right in our own home, was an even bigger benefit of it.  This allowed Buddy to watch the videos when it fit into our schedule.
Buddy watching a video for Module 1
Buddy jumped right into Module 1: The Camera and started watching the videos.  This module taught him about two different types of cameras and then the different lenses that you could get for those cameras.  He also learned about frame rates, shutter speeds, and tripods.  This helped him figure out which kind of camera he already has and what kind of cameras he wants to look for in the future.  The module finished off with a quiz that checked to see if he learned the information in that module.  Buddy was able to answer the quiz questions without any problem and when I asked him to explain why he picked his answer, he would tell me, “It said in this video…” and explain what he meant.  He really soaked in the info and he used what he learned to figure out more information about the cameras we own.
The videos Buddy has completed for Module 2.
Buddy is currently working through Module 2: Cinematography and Lighting.  He is over 1/2 way done with this module.  He really focused on lighting on our recent trip to Turkey Run State Park and because he was using what he learned in this module, he captured some really neat pictures.  He originally planned to make a movie with our friends we are camping with, but then decided the opportunities to play with taking photographs and the lighting in the park were way too good to pass up.  I have to say I am very impressed with the angles he finds for pictures and the lighting he used.  I can’t imagine what he can do with a better camera (he has Canon PowerShot ELPH115 currently and we do plan to upgrade him).  He definitely has an eye for unique photographs and they are shots I just don’t see until he shows me.  It makes me excited to encourage this passion for photography and cinematography in him.  Now that we have been home for a week and are settling back into our school routine, Buddy is picking up where he left off in this course.

These are just some of the pics Buddy took using light, angles, and more that he learned from this course so far.
So far, we are very, VERY pleased with this course.  Buddy likes that he is learning all about something that is interesting to him and he is excited to see what he will learn as he gets further into this course.  I am happy that I have found a Christian company that teaches this material because I can rest assured that they are teaching safe material in a God-honoring way.  I also appreciate that it is teaching him to use his talent to honor God and this is something I definitely want to encourage.  Buddy will finish using this course and I am excited to see what he ends up doing with it.  He has talked about making a small movie and when he does so, I will do my best to upload it for you to view (I hope there is a lesson in his course on this so he can help me with it). 

If you want to learn more about the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy you can checkout their website.  You can also find out more information about them on Facebook.  The course costs $299 for a full year of access. You can get a discount code of $100 just for being my reader if you enter FALLCREW16 on their checkout page.  This code is good only until November 30, 2106.  Check it out and see what you think after you read the reviews from my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking the banner below.
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