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Saturday, 20 March 2010
Boy Do I Wish I Had These a Couple of Years Ago!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

If your homeschool is like our homeschool, you are constantly looking for good maps for all kinds of things. This happened a couple of years ago while John Allen and I were doing Vision Forum's Jamestown 400 Treasure Hunt. We had a blast doing it, but one thing we needed desperately was a good set of historical maps. I was constantly looking online for a map for this or one for that.

Since that time, I have been searching for a good set of maps that we can use for all sorts of things. Right now, John Allen is just beginning his studies of World History, and Joshua is continuing his learning about United States geography and history. When I heard that we were going to be reviewing products from Homeschool in the Woods, I was excited. When I found out that I was going to be receiving the Old World Style black and white sets of both the United States Maps and World Maps, I was overjoyed. But, when I finally was able to download the two sets, I was flabbergasted! 

You have got to see these sets! They are much more than just a bunch of maps. You could almost use everything that comes with these packages as a curriculum in itself.  Let's talk about the United States set first. Not only do you get three kinds of maps for every state but you get so much more. The state map collection includes a regular map of each state, showing the labeled capital, labeled major waterways, bordering states and mountain ranges; the same map with no labels, and a map with just the outline of the state, with no geographical features. Here's a sample of what they look like.

But that's not all! Notice the bottom map? It's one of their over a dozen special maps that they include in the package. Their special maps include maps of:

  • Colonial America
  • Growth of the US During Different Time Periods
  • Slave/Free States
  • Confederate/Union States
  • Native American Tribes
  • United States Maps

Some of the above include non-text versions for your students to fill in. They are amazing! But, as if that weren't enough...

SurprisedThat's Not All!!!Surprised

Yes, I know you're shocked, but there is even more! They also have notebooking pages for each state. They are really like information pages for your child to fill out with places for the state capital, other states that border this state, state abbreviation, state flower, state bird, state animals, etc. PLUS! There are pictures of the state flower and state bird for the student to color in. AND! There are extra pages with all of the state flags in color to be cut out and adhered to a special state flag box on each state's notebook page. They even include a duplicate map with all of the information so mom and dad can make sure all of the blanks are filled in correctly! Here are some examples.

And how much do all of these cost, you might ask? Only...$18.95 for the download version or $19.95 for the CD version! Yes, you read those prices correctly!

Boy, I'm tired and I haven't even described the World Maps yet!

The World Maps are very much like the State Maps but with countries instead of states. They, too, have versions with everything labeled, not labeled and with just the outlines of the countries and continents. But, just like the US set, the World set has so much more. They have maps of ancient Chinese Dynasty, ancient Egypt, ancient Israel, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and a bunch of other ancients that are so numerous I can't include all of them! PLUS..there are Biblical maps such as maps of Paul's Missionary Journeys and the 12 Tribes of Canaan! AND, there are other historical maps. Take a look and see some of the things that are included.

But of course~and I feel like a TV commercial spokesmen~that is not all! The World Map Set has notebooking pages as well. Over 40 of them to be exact! There are notebooking pages for Holidays, Flora/Fauna, Geography Terms, Explorers, Missionaries, Country Flags...you name it, they have it. Here is a small picture of what is included.

And what is the price for all of this? The same as the US Set...$19.95 for the CD version and $18.95 for the Download version! But, if you act now(here goes my commercial voice again), you can get both sets for just $28.95 for the Download sets or $29.95 for the CD sets! Now, I'm really joking about the commercial voice thing. So many things you buy off of the TV aren't really worth it, but these sets are! But, as usual, don't take my word for it, click on any of the hi-lighted links above or right here to check out the Homeschool In the Woods website. There are so many more things that they sell than these maps so head over and check them out. If you want to see what the other TOS Homeschool Crew members have to say about this product, click here. And, since this is something that both homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers will enjoy, I will close by saying...Happy Home Educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given free downloads of their United States Map Set and World Map Set in order to try out and review on my blog.











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Posted by tink38570 at 1:01 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 21 March 2010 12:17 AM CDT
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Friday, 19 March 2010
You've Got To See This!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: FamiliesAgain Freebies

OK. Now that I'm calm after last night's internet browser crash, I can tell you what that midnight post was all about.

You may have heard of webcams that show famous places such as the Eiffel Tower, but have you heard of nature cams? I found out about them a year or so ago when I got hooked on watching a female eagle sitting on her eggs. You can find nature cams for almost anything. Today Jacob and I watched an underwater cam showing Bass and other fish swimming by. Click here to find cameras from all over the world pointing at eagles, hummingbirds, bears, deer, boar, fish...almost any animal you can think of.

Our latest craze is watching Molly the Barn Owl and her husband McGee. Molly is sitting on five eggs that are due to hatch any time now. In fact, one is overdue! When I checked a few minutes ago, it still hadn't hatched, but almost 10,000 (yes, that's a one with five zeros) people were watching! McGee isn't usually there, but if you catch the live feed at just right time, you can see him bring in some grub for Molly to eat. The video that I posted last night was of Molly gulping a whole mouse down at one time.

This video shows her downing a rabbit all at once. Don't worry, the rabbit is dead, and there is no blood or guts but it may be a bit graphic for some. What's interesting is that while this was being filmed, Carlos, the great person who put up this camera equipped owl box over two years ago, was doing an online chat session with an elementary school classroom. Most of the video is just of Molly peacefully sitting on her eggs with the voices of the kids asking the questions while Carlos answers them. The kids ask some great questions, and you find out a lot of interesting information about Barn Owls. Toward the end of the video, however, at about minute 26, the action begins to liven up when Molly picks up the rabbit that she had stored away, and begins to swallow it whole.  You have to see it to believe it!

Just click on the picture below to watch the video, and, don't forget to click on the link above to watch Molly live. One word of warning, though. It could get addicting!



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Posted by tink38570 at 1:17 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 19 March 2010 1:31 PM CDT
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Thursday, 18 March 2010
What is this? I'll explain later.
Mood:  irritated
Topic: General

I had a whole post written out and almost ready to publish when, for some reason, Firefox crashed. Of course, I lost everything. It's the story of my life. Here is the big thing that I was going to post. I'll explain what's it's all about later.




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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Are We Too Police Happy?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Just got back from eating Mexican with some friends. This wasn't a planned get together however, it was out of necessity because half of the group was just getting back from the emergency room and we all had missed supper. Let me start from the beginning.

I got a call about 4pm from one of Sarah's ladies. She was out of breath and I could hardly understand what she was saying. She wanted me to go and check on her daughter (also one of Sarah's ladies) who lived down the street  because the ambulance was in front of her house. I quickly gave the phone to Sarah and ran down to check on her. The ambulance wasn't there for the daughter, however, but for the 13 year old granddaughter. It seems that the little eleven year old that lives behind them had grabbed her and beat her up while she and a friend were playing in the back yard. Her mom was in hysterics and they were putting her on a stretcher to take her to the hospital. I called Sarah to come right away because I knew grandma would be getting there soon, and since they are ladies that she disciples, I thought Sarah should come down to meet her. I offered to watch the rest of the kids up at the house. They could play with the boys while we waited on some news. 

Well, it seems that the girl will be fine, but since the ambulance was called, the police came. The mother is going to press charges. This is really bothering me. I was in fights, got black eyes, had neighborhood squabbles, and never once do I remember the police getting involved. We would always work it out between the kids, or maybe between the parents. This has happened so many times this past year. It seems like every little push and shove is followed by a call to the cops. Here is/are my Men's Monday Meme question(s) of the week - 

Do you think people have become too cop happy these days? What happened to working out neighborly disputes between ourselves? I know times have changed, but have they changed that much? Am I missing something?

Let me remind everyone of the rules - 

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through Monday, March 8. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night.

And here's the new Mr. Linky -



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Updated: Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:54 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 16 March 2010
I've Blogged! I've Posted! I've Conquered!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General


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