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Happy 105th Birthday Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick

Carroll Super Gramps Dick

Original photo credit: Kindra Dick

A little while ago, a childhood friend of mine decided that she was going to do something special for her grandfather’s 105th birthday. She wanted to celebrate by having friends send cards from all over the country to Super Gramps. (See project here: Super G turns 105.) It was going to be a fun surprise for him. Little did she know how this little gesture of love would take off. At the time of this writing, the mailed card count was up to 299 cards.

Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick has not had a dull life, and the stories he tells are interesting, funny, and entertaining. He is a World War II veteran that spent time working on the Manhattan Project (atomic bomb), and he had tea with Albert Einstein. Yes, those are just a couple of the stories that he tells.

On Sunday, they had a birthday party that ended up being quite the event. While I wasn’t able to attend, I loved seeing the joy in his face when he saw all the people that attended and when he saw all the cards that were sent to him. His press conferences (yes, several local media stations covered the event) were way too cute. We’ve all been entertained by the videos being shared.

Most of all what impressed me was not only Kindra’s heart for her grandfather, but also the appreciation that Super Gramps had for everything. It’s stories like this that warm the heart and remind of the importance of honoring the previous generations.

Thank you Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick for your service to your country and Happy Birthday!

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Review: Studies in World History Vol. 1 by Dr. James Stobaugh

Studies in World History Vol 1 by Dr James Stobaugh

Special thanks to Master Books for providing a review copy of this book.

Curriculum Description:

Through this course students will see history come to life no matter what their pace or ability. Developed by Dr. James Stobaugh, this three-volume course grows in difficulty with each year, preparing students for their high school work. This is a comprehensive examination of history, geography, religion, economics, and government systems. This educational set equips students to learn from a starting point of God’s creation of the world and move forward with a solid biblically-based worldview.

About the Author:

Dr. James Stobaugh and his wife Karen have been involved with the homeschooling movement since 1985 when they began homeschooling their four children. As a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University with degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, as well as additional theology degrees from Princeton and Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Stobaugh incorporates his hands-on teaching experience with his extensive educational experience to bring history to life with his rich perspective.

Curriculum Details:

  • Imprint: Master Books
  • Title: Studies in World History Vol. 1
  • Subtitle: Creation Through the Age of Discovery (6000 BC to AD 1500)
  • Volume in Series: 1
  • Series: Studies in World History
  • Author: James P. Stobaugh
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Student Text with Teacher Guide Price: $43.98

My Thoughts:

The Studies in World History Vol. 1 set includes both the student text and the teacher’s guide. Volume 1 starts at Creation and goes through the Age of Discovery (4004 BC to AD 1500). It covers the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Greece, and Christian history. The Studies in World History 3-volume set is designed to be used in grades 7-9. Volume 1 is a year long study where students will earn 1 credit in Social Studies.

The teacher’s guide has a suggested weekly schedule broken down into 2 semesters that include readings, worksheets with answer keys, and exams with answer keys. Each of the 34 chapters is scheduled as 1 week of study. The worksheets in the teacher’s guide are the student text discussion questions placed into a worksheet format. The exams include a fill-in-the-blank section as well as a short essay section.

The advantage of having the teacher’s guide is the addition of the worksheets and exams including the answer keys. The weekly schedule, while a nice thing to have laid out on paper, isn’t crucial as the student is just completing one lesson per day. The plus is that you are free to copy the worksheets and exams for use in your home or small group of less than 10 students. The one thing that I would have made the teacher’s guide better would have been the inclusion of ideas for essays and activities to allow the student to dig deeper into the topics being covered.

In the student book, the chapters begin with a background information on the historical period, overview of key concepts, and a list of learning objectives. Most chapters have lessons covering history, geography, government, economy, and religion followed by discussion questions. The lessons are rich with black and white graphics, timelines, and/or maps. I like the layout and flow of the lessons. They are divided into easy to digest blocks of information. The daily lessons will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete depending on the speed at which the student reads and does their worksheets.

Based upon what I’ve gone over so far with this curriculum, I’m impressed with how the information is being presented, and I like that the text doesn’t feel dry or stuffy. The print is easy to read, and there is plenty of white space on the page. The information is presented from a Biblical Worldview which is something we strive for in our homeschool.

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Compass Classroom’s Back to School Sale 2014

Compass Classroom Back to School Sale 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the Compass Classroom Back to School Sale. You already know that I love the products from Compass Classroom so much that I became an affiliate for them. From now until August 11, 2014, you can receive up to 50% off the Compass Classroom products.

They offer great programs like Economics for EverybodyDave Raymond’s American History, and Visual Latin which we have truly enjoyed during our homeschooling journey. They also have other programs that we haven’t tried yet such as:

  • Introductory Logic
  • Filmmaking
  • The Grammar of Poetry
  • Old Western Culture: The Greeks
  • Modern Parables
  • and more….

If you’re a Visual Latin user (or want to be one), they are now offering free updated worksheets with teacher’s guides. They also have a free Visual Latin & Henle Latin Teaching Guide as well as a free Visual Latin & Lingua Latina Teaching Guide.

**This post contains affiliate links.**

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Shark Notebooking Pages

Shark Notebooking Pages

It’s almost time for Shark Week 2014 to begin, so I decided to make up some themed notebooking pages to record some of the information learned as well as dig a little deeper into the various sharks that we find in our oceans. This 32-page set features pages covering:

  • Book Logs for Shark Studies
  • Shark Safety
  • Relatives of the Shark
  • Where do Sharks Live?
  • Shark Diet
  • Shark Senses
  • Shark Teeth
  • Shark Babies
  • Shark Facts
  • Shark Tales
  • Shark Acrostic
  • Ocean Acrostic
  • Shark Anatomy
  • What is a Shark?
  • Shark Files
  • Vocabulary
  • Notes

This is not a unit study where all the information is provided. Students will need to watch the shows and look up information in books and/or online to complete the pages.

Some of the online resources that we’ve used in the past to enhance our shark learning experience include,, Discovery Channel Shark Week, and The Shark Research Institute. The Shark Institute has solid educational content as well as worksheets (with answer keys) and games. It’s important to note that all of the resources are presented from an evolution point-of-view.

Here are a few of the books that we have used over the years (Amazon affiliate link when you click on images):

As always, these notebooking pages are free to download for your personal use. If you have friends who are interested in the notebooking pages, feel free to send them over so they can download their own copy for free.

Download your free Shark Notebooking Pages today.

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Wordless Wednesday: Rocky Wash after the Rain

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