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EmilyA

FunSchoolingAtHome

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Eleanor Coerr
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
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    For 25 years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was 12. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again.

    EmilyA says: "Sadako"
    "Sadako"
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    This was a quick listen, but well worth the inexpensive price. The story is very moving. As you begin to listen, you quickly start to like Sadako and want to see her succeed and accomplish all the things she has set before her. It's heart breaking to follow her through her trials. I found this story to be a wonderful addition to the textbook study of this time period and the atom bomb. It is a story you will never forget as you are allowed into the private world of the individuals who suffered long after the atom bomb was dropped. The narrator does a fantastic job of reading this inspiring story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 16-20: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    (109)
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    Spanish Phase 1, Units 16-20 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    EmilyA says: "A Top Option"
    "A Top Option"
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    This is an effective and efficient language program. I personally have gained more from this method than the others I have previously tried. In my opinion, it is a beneficial approach for an individual who took Spanish in school and needs a brush up instead of starting from an empty platform. I highly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Creation with General Science: 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dr. Jay L. Wile
    • Narrated By Candice Jones
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    (9)
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    Designed to be used as a student's first introduction to the higher sciences, General Science covers a wide range of topics, including the scientific method, geology, anatomy, physiology and more. Filled with study questions, color photos, illustrations and household experiments, your students will gain a comprehensive scientific foundation for later years.

    EmilyA says: "Exploring Creation with General Science"
    "Exploring Creation with General Science"
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    This audio book is a wonderful bonus to an awesome curriculum. It allows the student to determine how long each reading assignment is, prevents the student from having to stop and look up the pronunciation of difficult words/names, and provides another form of learning to the student. Now that the audio is available here at audible.com, instead of just on disc, it just makes it that much easier to access and use. The narrator's voice does not drag or cause boredom to set in. She does an excellent job reading the teaxt.

    The science text is fantastic and helps transition students from elementary studies to higher level science. The experiments are all easy, but they accomplish what they are intended to do. (I highly recommend purchasing the kit for the experiments.) This textbook is great for middle school age kids, but also for adults who did not have the privilege of studying science from a biblical worldview as a child. I learned a lot, and enjoyed teaching this subject. There is a lot of Bible and history in this science text, and it is fascinating. There are 16 modules covered and they are:

    1 - A Brief History of Science
    2 - Scientific Inquiry
    3 - How to Analyze and Interpret Experiments
    4 - Science, Applied Science, and Technology
    5 - The History of Life - Archaeology, Geology, and Paleontology
    6 - Foundations of Geology
    7 - The Fossil Record
    8 - Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism
    9 - What Is Life?
    10 - Classifying Life
    11 - The Human Body: Fearfull and Wonderfully Made
    12 - Energy and Life
    13 - The Human Digestive System
    14 - The Human Respiratory System and Circulatory System
    15 - The Human Lymphatic, Endocrine, and Urinary Systems
    16 - The Human Nervous System

    I would give this series 10 stars if I could.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Esperanza Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pam Munoz Ryan
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
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    Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl in Aguascalientes, Mexico could want. But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel.

    Amazon Customer says: "This book rises above the rest!"
    "Esperanza Rising"
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    This book was very true to real life, very real. I loved how it showed the young girl's feelings and emotions completely. The story itself was interesting, and it gave the reader an opportunity to experience life during the 1930's for a specific group of people in very hard times. I loved getting to learn more about the Depression era from the point of view of an immigrant. The fact that they came from wealth and were taken to poverty just adds so much more to the story line. It happened to many people. You can really feel the ups and downs of the characters as they go through their trials, because the author's writing abilities are fantastic. I think this is a great listen for young people studying this time period, or for adults just wanting a good book to listen to. I enjoyed the narrator, she did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chains

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Madison Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
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    Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence.

    Gail says: "Stunning Book"
    "Historical Fiction for All Ages"
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    What wonderful historical fiction! I know this book was intended for young people, but as my 12 year old read this for a history supplement, I quickly realized it is for all ages. I enjoyed it, and my son, who is not a huge fan of reading, also liked it. The story reveals so much about what life was like, from a slave's point of view, in colonial America without being overly graphic. The story line was interesting and educational. I am convinced my son has a better understanding of what life was like for a slave, and what life was like during this time period as a whole because of this book. I recommend it to people of all ages. The narrator adds so much to the story and truly brings the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
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    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Give it a try..."
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    This is not my usual type of reading material. I was not sure about it at first. Half way through book 1 I thought I would not read anymore; however, I ended up reading 1, 2, & 3. In my opinion, each book is better than the previous one. I am now looking forward to the much anticipated book 4!
    Annika Boras does an amazing job reading the books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the River

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elisa Carbone
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can't believe his good fortune. He's heard that gold washes ashore with every tide.

    EmilyA says: "Brings History To Life!"
    "Brings History To Life!"
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    I absolutely love good historical fiction for young people. This story is accurate and entertaining. I enjoyed it very much, but even more so, the kids were pulled in and mesmerized. The characters are lively and interesting. The historical details are present, and presented in a fun story without anything boring. A young person will learn so much more about Jamestown, and retain what they have learned, by hearing this instead of only a dry textbook with dates and facts. History really comes to life in this book. I recommend it for anyone studying this time period to really enhance required textbook reading. The narrator does an outstanding job. It sounds as if there are several different voices throughout. Superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lila Perl, Marion Blumenthal Lazan
    • Narrated By Cheryl Stern, A. C. Fellner
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    Marion Blumenthal Lazan's unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitler's rise to power, the Blumenthal family - father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert - were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

    EmilyA says: "A Wonderful/Terrible Story"
    "A Wonderful/Terrible Story"
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    I am warmed and heartbroken, at the same time, by this story. The true facts are horrifying, and the ending is beautiful. I never learned about the holocaust in school. I first heard of it watching a documentary, and from there studied it on my own. Now, as a homeschool teacher, I want my children to learn and know this tragic part of history. I do not want these people to be forgotten. This particular story is so well written. It is very different, in my opinion, from Anne Frank's story. I really enjoyed the new perspective. I also appreciate how well written this one is for young people. The words tell the story without being too graphic, but still getting the truth across. My children will be reading this, as well as the Anne Frank story. I know it will add so much to their understanding of the holocaust. This book was captivating! The narrators voice was nice, and she did wonderfully with the German accent when it was needed. Great listen!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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