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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

Homeschool Made Simple

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

Add comment September 11, 2019

Review and HUGE sale on history curriculum: Dave Raymond’s Modernity DVD set

I recently had the chance to review Dave Raymond’s Modernity, the newest history series available from Compass Classroom. This series is available on DVD, via Streaming, or by download. Modernity usually retails for $120, but through August 9 you can purchase it for 50% off – just $60! You can find info on the sale on Compass Classroom’s website here.

About this history series (from the creators):

In this exciting addition to his history series, Dave Raymond turns his attention to the period of Modernity and the maturity of Western civilization (covering world history from 1500 – present). Under Dave’s instruction, students will learn how to apply and refine a Christian worldview to major developments in philosophy, science, and government; personalities such as Newton, Bach, Napoleon, and Austen; and movements including the Enlightenment, Darwinism, Nationalism, and Victorianism.

Modernity is a one-year class that consists of:

  • 27 lessons (5 videos per lesson, 47 total hours)
  • 4 projects
  • Student Reader, 400p (PDF, EPUB and MOBI)
  • Teacher’s Guide with Scope & Sequence (PDF, ePub and mobi)
  • Weekly Exams
  • Year-long Portfolio

You can find a complete breakdown of hours spent per area to qualify for high school credit on the website.

Dave Raymond lives in rural Middle Tennessee with his wife and 6 children where he has taught the humanities for the past 12 years. He teaches the disciplines of history, literature, composition, and Latin through Quiller Tutorials and Foundations Christian Academy.

  • Formats: DVD, Download, Streaming
  • Lessons: 27 (47 hours of material)
  • Additional Materials: Student Reader, Teacher’s Guide (PDF, EPUB, MOBI)
  • Credit: 1 HS
  • Age: 14+
  • Teacher: Dave Raymond

My Verdict:

My husband is a history guy, and I knew he would love going through this series with me. He is teaching a class for 7th & 8th graders as part of our homeschool co-op this year, and there are a number of areas that he will be able to incorporate into his lectures. We homeschool our rising 3rd & 5th graders, and look forward to using this series as part of their curriculum in the future. It is targeted at students ages 14 & up, but I think it would also be good for really advanced 7th/8th graders. Dave Raymond is a really engaging teacher, and the combination of his lecture style with the visual elements that the DVD/streaming mode allows makes Modernity way more interesting than any history class I remember sitting through. It’s such a great way for parents to provide a modern history education for their high school student while possibly re-learning many things themselves. Also, much of history, especially modern history, is often taught from an anti-Christian worldview. It’s nice to be able to approach these events from a specifically Christian perspective.

The lessons included are:

Part I

  1. Orientation
  2. The Great Stage: Introduction to the West
  3. Ideas Have Consequences: The Enlightenment
  4. The Sacred and the Secular: Empires, Missions, Pirates, and Rulers
  5. Royal Science: The Scientific Revolution
  6. The Creators: Pascal, Vermeer, Johnson, Bach
  7. The Devil Has No Stories: The French Revolution,
  8. I Am the Revolution: Napoleon
  9. Deus Ex Machina: The Industrial Revolution
  10. The Antiquary and the Muses: Scott, Austen, and the Romantic Poets
  11. No Vision Too Large: Wilberforce and Chalmers
  12. Culture=State: Nationalism
  13. Eminent Culture: Victorianism

Part II

  1. The West and the Rest: Victorian Missions
  2. The New Priesthood: Scientism and Darwinism
  3. The Square Inch War: Kuyper and Wilson
  4. The Pity of War: World War I
  5. Domesticity Versus Tyranny: Versailles, Dictators, and America’s Roaring Twenties
  6. Modern Art and the Death of Culture: Art and Architecture
  7. I’ll Take My Stand: The Thirties
  8. The Lost Generation: Literary Converts
  9. The Wrath of Man: World War II
  10. The Cross and Perseverance: World War II, Bonhoeffer, and Churchill
  11. Personal Peace and Affluence: The Fifties
  12. The Great Divorce: The Sixties
  13. The West Like the Rest: The Seventies and the End of Modernity
  14. The Triumph of the West: The Fall of Communism and Postmodernity

Here’s the trailer:

If you’d like to check out Modernity it is currently on sale for $60 for the regular DVD – half off the regular price of $120!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD 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 August 2, 2017

Free performance of Puccini’s opera “La Bohéme” on Jan 14

On Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m., the Blount County Public Library will present “La Bohéme,” an Opera by Puccini” in a free, shortened version by artists from the Knoxville Opera Company under the direction of Maestro Brian Salesky. Themes in this opera were modernized by the 1996 Broadway musical, Rent. The themes include the joy of falling in love, the Bohemian lifestyle, challenges of sustaining a loving relationship and dealing with the illness and death of a loved one. The performance will be at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery of the library and will feature a simplified set, piano accompaniment and performances by three of the main characters (Mimi, Rodolfo and Musetta). At this YouTube link, you can watch at least six complete live performance videos if you’d like to check them out before the live program at the library. This opera preview will be sung in English, and there will be time for questions and answers after the program.

Add comment January 7, 2017

TIPS Tennessee grant program: get $500/year for your child’s college fund!

The State of Tennessee has a program called Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars (TIPS) that helps lower- to middle-income families save for college by providing a 4:1 match for those who qualify. (A family of 4 making $58,875 or less annually will qualify!!) Contribute $125 between now and June 30, 2017 and get $500 added to your child’s TNStars account. You can do this for the three years for a total of $1500 free for your child’s college savings! If you don’t have a savings account, you can open one up when you apply.

Visit the TIPS website here for more information. This is such a great opportunity!

Add comment December 1, 2016

Compass Classroom: huge sale, includes Homeschool Made Simple, Visual Latin, more

Compass Classroom is having a huge sale on their homeschool curriculum! One thing I plan to purchase is the above DVD series from veteran homeschooler and speaker Carole Joy Seid, called Homeschool Made Simple. I’ve watched the entire series twice, but at 40% off, I’ve decided I need to own it too!

Here are some of the other great things on sale:

Visual Latin is 30% off:

Modernity is 50% off…

and you can bundle it with Dav Raymond’s American History for 50% off that too!

Plus lots more! Go here to browse the sale.

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Add comment April 6, 2016

Through 12/13: Magic School Bus year-long science club 55% off plus ships free!

Here is my daughters’ big Christmas present! I couldn’t resist purchasing a year of Magic School Bus science at this price, and wanted to recommend it to you all too!

If you have kiddos who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you’ll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club!

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme. Would your child LOVE this gift? If so, now’s a great time to buy!

Between now and December 13th you can get 55% OFF a year long subscription to the Magic School Bus Science Club and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. Just go here, add Magic School Bus Science Club to your cart, use code MSB10 at checkout and you’ll receive an additional 10% off the already discounted price – bringing the total to just $9 per month, DELIVERED!

The first kit will ship on December 15th, making it a perfect holiday gift!

Disclaimer: I am an Educents affiliate, so purchases from links above will help support this site. However, I do not recommend anything that I would not personally buy!

Add comment December 11, 2015

Save the date for the Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Fair October 17 & 18

One of our favorite events we attend together as a family each year is the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun. This year the Trade Faire has been scheduled for October 17 & 18, 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.

Mark your calendars, and plan to be there! Plus, stay posted for a giveaway for tickets that I’ll have here in a few weeks!

Add comment September 16, 2015

Shakespeare’s birthday – events around town

Shakespeare’s birthday is April 23, and there are a number of fun events taking place around town to celebrate.

The Blount County Public Library will have a number of events on the 23rd. Go here for more information.

The Tempest at Pellissippi State Community College:

A magical storm. A shipwreck. Monsters and magic. Revenge, forgiveness and true love. Performance times are 7:30 p.m.,April 17-18 and 24-25, and 2 p.m., April 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased here.  The family-friendly presentation is sponsored and co-produced by Duck Ears Theatre Company. It features the talents of student, community and professional actors. Professional and community stagehands, dramatists, and actors, as well as the Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, are donating time to participate in the play. “If you’ve never come to see a play at Pellissippi State, this is the play to see,” said Charles R. Miller, director of the production and a professor at the college. “It has everything: magic,monsters, and fairies in a tale of redemption and forgiveness. It’s insanely funny; it’s a romance. It has everything. This is the biggest thing we’ve ever done here. In terms of scale, outlay,community participation and production values, this is our biggest production.” “The Tempest” will be performed in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. More info is available here.

Teen Shakesfest (sponsored by the Knox County Library):

Join us for Shakesfest, where we make merry and celebrate the Bard’s birthday. DATE: Saturday, April 18 from 1:30-3:30 at Burlington Branch Library (directions available here).  This is a free event. Please join us at the Burlington Branch Library on April 18th for our 6th Annual Shakesfest, a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday and legacy. We will have games, crafts, (and snacks, of course!) and an interactive presentation from the prestigious Tennessee Stage Company. No registration required. This event is for teens only.

Fun with Shakespeare:

“Fun With Shakespeare” April 30 2015 at the King Family Library in Sevierville. The Tennessee Stage Company will host “Fun With Shakespeare” between 5-7 p.m. The event will feature an introduction to Shakespeare and his theater showcasing Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Following the presentation will be a drawing contest, Open Mic, games and crafts. (Directions available here. Info on Facebook here.)

Upcoming events:

Shakespeare on the Square will take place in downtown Knoxville between July 16 and August 16 and feature The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. More info on Shakespeare on the Square is available here.

Add comment April 15, 2015

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