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.

Contents:
  • 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

Registration is open for two local consignment sales!

Are you planning on consigning in the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville or the East Maryville Baptist Children’s Consignment Sale? Registration is now open for both!

The Kidz Consignment Sale will be September 8 & 9. Here’s more information on how to register.

The East Maryville Children’s Consignment Sale will be August 25 & 26. Here’s more information on how to register.

Add comment July 26, 2017

Tax Free Shopping in TN July 28-30

The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m.

What is tax free?

If you have additional questions about what qualifies, here’s the complete info from the state website.

Add comment July 24, 2017

Huge sale on Happy Planners, today only!

My girls and I LOVE our Happy Planners, so when I saw this deal I had to share!

Today only, Michaels.com is offering free shipping on all orders – no promo code and no minimum purchase is required. Plus, they are also offering 50% off select planners and planner accessories!

Even better, they are offering a FREE Create 365 The Happy Deluxe Cover ($34.99 value) with the purchase of a Create 365 Planner. You will be prompted to add the bonus product at checkout once you add a qualifying Create 365 Planner to your cart.

Check Out These Deal Ideas (Valid Today Only):

Buy 1 Create 365 The Mini Happy Planner $9.99 (reg. $19.99)
Add a Free Mini Happy Planner Cover (Click ‘Select Bonus Product’ when prompted)
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Final Cost $17.49 total shipped!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

Add comment July 11, 2017

Cow Appreciation Day 2017

Don’t forget, July 11 is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a! Wear anything cow-like and get a FREE entree!

Add comment June 30, 2017

Frappy Hour: half off at The Artistic Bean Maryville

The Artistic Bean coffee shop in Maryville is offering Frappy Hour now through July 31: get any frappé half off from 3 – 5 p.m. every day! Here’s the official site with address info and hours.

 

Add comment June 30, 2017

2017 blueberry-picking season has started!

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Blueberry season has started! Here in Maryville we have an excellent organic blueberry farm called Falls Farms. Their orchard is over 30 years old and has never been sprayed with pesticides. They encourage you to “eat as you go!” and are proud that they are chemical-free.

The best time to pick blueberries locally is usually in July and August, and I’ve heard reports that the berries are delicious now!
You can find Falls Farms at 111 Harmon Road, Maryville, TN 37804, across from the drive-in movies.

Phone: 865-982-3457

Open: July and August, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday,
from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cost: Last year blueberries were $1.50/pound, cash only. Please let me know if you find this has changed.

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Whether you’re going alone or for a field trip with your kids, you’ll have a great time. We love picking blueberries here every year!

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Add comment June 28, 2017

Maryville City Movies in the Park is back for 2017!

Maryville City will be presenting Movies in the Park again this year! This is always one of our favorite summer events. The movie schedule begins this Friday, June 23 with The Secret Life of Pets. The rest of the lineup is below. Most movies start at 8:45, but that may be updated, so check before you go! You can get all the info on Maryville City’s website here.

Start time depends on sunset due to screen illumination. Located at Theater in the Park (Jack Green Park) near the Blount County Courthouse. The park does not have a physical address – it is near 325 Court Circle, Maryville Tennessee. The park is open seating and visitors can come in anytime.
Here are the first two movies:
Secret Life of Pets
Rated PG
June 23, 2017 8:45 p.m.
Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding, and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.
Sing
Rated PG
June 30, 2017 8:45 p.m.
A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.

2017 Line Up

June 23 – Secret Life of Pets
June 30 – Sing
July 7 –  The Lego Batman Movie
July 14 – Zootopia
July 21 – Jungle Book
​July 28 – People’s Choice (or Rainout if any previous movies get rained out!)

These free movies are shown at the Theater in the Park across from the courthouse. Get there early to reserve a good spot!

Here’s more info on this event, from the City’s website:

For all to enjoy the event:

  • Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 
  • Wear insect repellent – mosquitoes don’t follow rules.
  • If you get chilly in the evenings, bring an extra blanket!
  • No concessions will be available, but feel free to bring your own coolers and picnic baskets.
Rules
• No smoking – including e-cigarettes or tobacco products
• No alcohol
• No glass containers
• No pop-up tents or other structures
• Please turn off cell phones
• No illuminated devices during the movie except
​  in the device zone (the pavilion)

Weather Delays/ Cancellations
Weather related delays or cancellations will be communicated through the following outlets:

www.maryvillegov.com/movies
865-273-3407 (a recorded message will be provided after hours)
Facebook: Maryville City Government

1 comment June 20, 2017

Giveaway: Win early shopping passes to the Fairview UMC consignment sale June 23-24

Fairview United Methodist Church is having its annual Children’s Consignment Event on Saturday, June 24, and you’ll definitely want to make plans to be there. The sale starts at 8 a.m. and closes at noon for an hour. At 1 p.m. they reopen and everything without a red dot is on sale for half price. Sale items include clothing for all seasons for newborn to children’s size 16; all things for baby–furniture, strollers, pack-n-plays, etc., costumes, sports equipment, toys, puzzles, books, DVDs and gaming systems.

For more information, call the church office at 865-983-2080, visit the Facebook group here, or RSVP to the FB event here.

I am excited to be able to give away two passes for you and a friend to shop early on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. There will be two winners! If you’re not a winner, you can purchase presale passes at the door on Friday for $10 each, with all proceeds going to charity. Of course, if you choose to consign you’ll shop early as well! Registration is online this year, and you can sign up here.

The giveaway is going to take place via Facebook, so head to this post on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page to participate!

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 19 at midnight EST. Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 20 via Facebook. You can also get more information on the sale on the Fairview Consignment Sale FB group or the Facebook event page.

 

Add comment June 16, 2017

Free admission for dads to Zoo Knoxville on Father’s Day (June 18)!

Have you seen the new Tiger Forest exhibit at Zoo Knoxville? If not, you may want to take advantage of this deal: the zoo is offering free admission for all dads on Father’s Day, June 18! We recently visited the zoo and thought the new additions were just beautiful. My kids loved seeing the tigers, and we all thought the architecture was very elegant.

Here’s the official info on this deal:

All dads get free zoo admission on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Guests can explore the all new Tiger Forest and take a break to cool off with some water play at the Clayton Safari Splash, which is now open for the season.
Free admission for fathers is valid on Sunday, June 18, 2017, only and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.
More info on the Zoo’s Facebook page here.

Add comment June 14, 2017

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