Review: “Word Up” and “Antiquity,” from Compass Classroom

As we have been allowing a little more screen time into our homeschool, my family and I have been enjoying a couple of educational videos from Compass Classroom, and I wanted to share about two of them here: one that I purchased and one that I was given for review. First is “Word Up: The Vocab Show.

I purchased this DVD during a recent sale and we have only one complaint: there is no Volume 2! My children are ages 5, 11, and 13, and they ALL ask for episodes of this show, which we have made a part of our homeschool morning time. Dwayne Thomas is the host, and he teaches about Latin and Greek roots and words derived from them, but does so in a super entertaining way. I highly recommend this DVD! You can get two free lessons here to see if your kids enjoy it as much as mine.

Next, my husband and I have been watching Dave Raymond’s “Antiquity” history class via the streaming option. My oldest daughter is a rising 8th grader, and we are previewing this series for her in order to figure out where to fit it into her high school curriculum. Side note: one of the nice things about Compass Classroom is that they provide all the information you need for reporting course credits for high school students, and each of the volumes in Dave Raymond’s History series qualifies as a high school history credit when parents follow the assignments as given. We have already watched the “Modernity” series and I have a review of that here.

There are so many things I like about Dave Raymond’s history classes, including the fact that he teaches from a Biblical worldview and brings a traditional Christian viewpoint into how he describes cultures and events. Another benefit of these classes is the beauty that video adds above and beyond still photographs. Students really get to experience the places being talked about, and they can see the art and artifacts as they’re being discussed. It’s a engaging way for older students to learn. I recommend this series for high school students and above, or possibly very mature middle school students.

Although DVD copies of Antiquity won’t ship until June, the series is already available to stream here. You can also check out a couple of free episodes to see if you like it as much as we did!

Thanks to Compass Classroom for allowing us to review Antiquity. (And please start production on Season 2 of Word Up!)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the streaming lessons of Antiquity free from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This site is a Compass Classroom affiliate, and purchases made through links (including linked covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Add comment May 13, 2020

50% sale on Homeschool Made Simple through April 8

Homeschool Made Simple
One of the best resources I have ever used for homeschooling is the Homeschool Made Simple   DVD series by Carole Joy Seid. It’s 50% off during Compass Classroom’s Spring Sale, through April 8. I loaned my copy to a friend and I just purchased another one just to have it on hand! Carole gives SUCH a sense of peace about what’s required to teach your children at home, and stresses reading aloud, as well as the importance of dividing time between school, work, and service. I cannot recommend this series enough! Go here to check it out and to see a free lesson!

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Add comment April 2, 2020

CVS Christmas clearance is 90% off!

CVS has discounted all Christmas items to 90% off today! It’s a great time to pick up stocking stuffers, small gifts, and Christmas cards!

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Giveaway: win 2 passes to the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun October 19-20

One of our favorite events we attend together as a family each year is the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun in Vonore. This year the Trade Faire will be October 19 & 20, which should make for perfect weather for this fun event! The hours for the faire will remain the same as past years, with the gates opening to the public at 10:00 a.m. for both days, and the grounds remaining open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Make sure you bring cash to the Trade Faire, as there are lots of booths with great merchandise! This is where I tend to get Christmas presents for my husband.

There are also lots of different performers and demonstrations, including many people in period costume. We especially enjoy catching the Amazing Budabi Brothers‘ show every year. The Trade Faire is a great event for kids and adults alike!

Admission costs for the event are as follows:

18th century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun
$10 – Adults (13 and up)
Children 12 and under admitted free

For more info on the 18th Century Trade Faire, you can visit the Fort Loudoun Facebook page here.

The generous folks at Fort Loudoun have a set of two free tickets to the Trade Faire to give away to one of you! That giveaway is taking place on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page here. Make sure you RSVP to the Facebook event here!

Add comment September 30, 2019

Homeschool Made Simple

For my fellow homeschoolers: this is the best DVD series I could possibly recommend. Check it out!

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AMC Summer Movie Camp starts June 5 – $4 movie and KidsPack!

Our Foothills AMC Movie Theater is inviting the family out for its summer movie camp, starting June 5.

For just $4 per person, a family gets a movie and an AMC KidsPack with includes popcorn, a fountain drink and fruit snacks. The movie starts each Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1.

The lineup includes:

June 5:

1 HR 32 MIN PG

June 12:

1 HR 25 MIN PG

June 19:

1 HR 37 MIN PG

June 26:

1 HR 34 MIN PG

July 3:

1 HR 36 MIN PG

July 10:

1 HR 47 MIN PG

July 17:

1 HR 28 MIN PG

July 24:

1 HR 45 MIN PG

July 31:

1 HR 44 MIN PG

Go here for more information!

Add comment May 3, 2019

On the eve of St. Nicholas Day 2018…

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Don’t forget to have your children leave their shoes out by the door so St. Nick can fill them with presents and goodies tonight!

If I could go back in time, we would solely do Santa gifts on December 6 and save the 25th for family gifts and celebrating Christ’s birth. But, my daughters absolutely won’t consider it now, as they are delighted about playing “the Santa game” on the 24th with their baby brother.

If you’re looking to introduce St. Nick into your family traditions, here are some past posts on books and resources I recommend:

We also purchased the cute St. Nicholas felt doll and Ostheimer figure from Bella Luna Toys, here!


Hope you have a wonderful Advent season!




Add comment December 5, 2018

Julia Rothman Collection 56% off! (Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy)

I just got a notification that the Julia Rothman Collection is 56% off, which is lower than it’s ever been! This set includes Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy, which are some of my oldest daughter’s favorite books. This collection also includes some gorgeous posters! I cannot recommend it highly enough!! Even though we own this set, at this price I’m considering getting extras for presents! Go here to purchase!

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Add comment December 4, 2018

Get $5 off $20 Amazon book purchase through 11/25

I am always excited to get Amazon book code deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday! Here’s the latest one: get $5 off a $20 book purchase on Amazon when you enter code NOVBOOK18. I had books in my cart ready to purchase, and was waiting on this code!

Go here to shop.


Fine print:

Enter promo code NOVBOOK18 at checkout to qualify.
Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) November 25, 2018.
Offer only applies to products sold by (look for “sold by” on the product detail page). Products sold by third-party sellers or other Amazon entities will not qualify for this offer, even if “fullfilled by” or “Prime Eligible.”
Offer does not apply to digital content.
Offer good while supplies last.
Shipping charges and taxes may apply to the full value of discounted and free promotional items.
Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
Offer limited to one per customer and account.
Taxes, shipping and handling, and gift wrap charges do not apply when determining minimum purchase amount.

Add comment November 24, 2018

Discounts for Fantasy of Trees 2018

Are you planning to take your family to Fantasy of Trees this year? If so, here are the discounts I’ve found, below. Also, you can get a family 4-pack of tickets online for $20 if you purchase ahead of time – and I think that’s generally the most frugal way to get tickets, depending on your adult-to-child ratio. Also, children 3 and under are still free.

Discount Tickets – All Coupons and Discounts

School Coupon Book All Days – School Coupon Book – $1 off adult ticket w/ coupon
News Sentinel Coupon All Days – News Sentinel Coupon – $1 off adult ticket w/ coupon
Worship Bulletin Sunday – Worship Bulletin Day – $1 off adult ticket w/ worship bulletin
First Responders All Days – Military and First Responders discount – $1 off adult ticket w/ valid ID

Add comment November 23, 2018

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