have no cards remaining, or who successfully adds the ninth block without
toppling the tower wins. It’s a super
easy-to-learn and fun-to-play game for
the entire family!
Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone:
Touch Activated Press & Play Letter
Eliminator (TAPPLE) is a fun-filled
word game for 2 -8 players, ages 8 and
up. Simply choose a category from one
of the 36 category cards; tap the timer,
and press the first letter of a word that
matches your category. You only have
ten seconds to complete your turn.
Once you have tapped your answer,
pass to the next player. Letters that have
been tapped can’t be used again so the
pressure is on! Be the last player left to
win the round; three rounds will win
the game. No spelling skills required!
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Foreign Language Courses
Middlebury Interactive Languages
From years of experience teaching
adults to master not only the language, but culture, of a foreign country, Middlebury Interactive Languages
was born. This is an immersion-style
online program which covers the
languages of Spanish, French, German and Chinese from kindergarten
through 12th grade.
The online courses are self-paced,
and provide a multimedia approach
which engages the student in learning
through the use of text, audio, video
and images. They do not seek to imitate a textbook approach to learning a
foreign language. Rather, they go beyond that with a task-based approach
which incorporates real-life activities.
But, where Middlebury distinguishes
itself from other options is its con-
tinual inclusion of world culture in the
lessons with the ultimate goal of cross-
Members of the Crew were provided
the opportunity to dig into Middlebury Interactive Languages to see just
how powerful the approach could be
for their children. Each participating member was provided with their
choice of a semester course at the elementary, middle or high school levels
for any of the four languages Middlebury offers.
Elementary Grades include both
K- 2 ( 35 lessons per semester) and
grades 3–5 ( 45 lessons per semester,)
offering a total of two semesters of material. Pacing is suggested at two lessons per week for K- 2 or two to three
days per week for grades 3–5. Along
with matching games and other spot
checks of learning, students have the
opportunity to record and play back
the key vocabulary being learned, and
then compare it to the presented material. Just don’t be surprised if your
child is having so much fun that he
or she wants to work on the material
Both the middle and high school
levels target the four key language
skills-- listening, speaking, reading
and writing. The material for each semester is broken into 90 lessons which
equates to a lesson per day for 18
weeks. Frequent assessments are done
to ensure a student is on track with
learning. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the practice of
everything from simple conversations
to responding to a prompt. Progression through the levels has the student
engaging in more difficult written and
spoken passages. For the more advanced high school student, there is
an AP option for French and Spanish.
Both are based on the College Board’s
standards and are comparable to a
third-year college level course.
Overall, Middlebury makes the process of learning a foreign language a
very achievable goal for homeschool
families. No prior knowledge of the
language is needed!
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Literature Study Guides
Are you ready to dig deeper into classic
literature with your child? Progeny Press
provides homeschoolers with study
guides for literature from a Christian
perspective. Their mission statement is:
“To teach our children to think clearly, to
understand literature, and to rely on the
scripture for truth and values, and enjoy
themselves while they do it!”
Each literature guide is available in
three versions: a physical book, a CD
with a PDF ebook, or a downloadable
PDF file. Some of the E-guides beyond
the lower elementary level offer an interactive component, which allows students to answer questions directly on the
computer. Each study guide includes a
synopsis, author information, pre-read-ing activities, and a look at each section/
chapter of the book with vocabulary,
questions, and a Dig Deeper section that
helps the child connect the story to life.
An answer key is also provided.
Members of the Schoolhouse Review
Crew had the opportunity to review a
variety of study guides across all grades:
• Sam the Minuteman – The story of
the beginning of the American Revolution through the eyes of a little boy.
• Miss Rumphius – A delightful story
about a lady named Miss Rumphius,
or the Lupine Lady, as she visited faraway places and then lived by the sea.
UPPER ELEMENTARY/3RD GRADE-
• Sarah Plain and Tall – Sarah, a lady
who describes herself as plain and
tall, answers an ad in the paper to