Z is for Zoo Adventure

Z is for the Complete Zoo Adventure by Mary and Gary Parker.  This adorable book is both a nonfiction book and a curriculum combined. It is best used in conjunction with a field trip to the zoo, but could also be used to learn about the animals from home.  This book is published by Master Books and is written from a creationist perspective.

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The book begins with seven devotions to help you prepare for your zoo trip and better understand God’s creation and plan.  The devotions cover the 4Cs of God’s Word (creation, corruption, catastrophe, and Christ), Garden of Eden, the Ark, and more.

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The next section of the book is titled, “At the Zoo”, and includes beautiful pictures and information about 27 different animal species that are often found at the zoo.  Each animal includes basic facts, pictures, a Bible verse, and a map showing where they are located.  You can use this to learn about each animal as you find them at the zoo.  You could also use these to do a virtual field trip finding information on the internet or using a variety of live cams and webcams at zoos to see the different animals.

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The final section is titled, “After the Zoo”. This includes over 30 different activity sheets that can be used to increase your knowledge of the various animals. There are also a variety of discussion questions and other ideas and suggestions included. The appendix includes answer keys, glossary, and other resources.

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This book, The Complete Zoo Adventure,  is a wonderful resource to use with your own family or with a small group or co-op class.  While a trip to the zoo is a wonderful field trip and the best way to utilize this book, I would also recommend it for children that are interested in the animals but cannot not make the trip to a zoo.

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Mid-Year Goals, Book, and Art Updates

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How can 2019 already be half over? The year is passing quickly, but I’m pleased with the progress I’m making on several of my goals. First, we recently completed our goal of decluttering 1,000 things from our home. It was a family effort and it feels so good to have sold, donated, and trashed things that were no longer needed in our home to make space and reduce visual clutter. The children are also pleased that it makes cleaning up so much easier when there is less stuff.  We had promised them the chance to go out to eat at a restaurant of their choice when we finished our goal.  They debated on several fancier restaurants in town but ended up deciding on sushi and pizza.  We even decided to give it a go again and work towards another 1,000 things but this time including items from our storage room.

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I have been keeping up with my reading goals this summer and I am looking forward to reading even more as we have a little vacation coming up later this month.  Since my last goals update, I have finished five more books and I am currently reading three others.  I have shared a list of those books below but want to take a minute to highly encourage you to check out A Homeschool Experiment if you are looking for a fun but encouraging summer read. This is a novel about a mom’s experiment in homeschooling that will have you laughing, crying, and nodding your head and she goes through the process of figuring out what works best for her kids while showing the real-life side of things.

 

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We have not done as much hiking in other places as I would have liked but I have been enjoying walking and biking with my youngest two children several times a week right in our own neighborhood. This has been a great way to get some miles in towards my 100-mile goal and we have plans for more hikes when the weather cools off a bit in the fall.

I have been a little slack over the summer at getting our foot print art posted so I wanted to take a minute and catch that up as well. In June we did a family hand print art project for my husband for Father’s Day. I convinced him to let me get his hand print four times on the canvas and then I put the hand print of each child into one of his hand prints. I thought it turned out well and he has it hanging up in his home office. I even managed to get the baby’s hand print.

For July we wanted to celebrate summer a bit and so we have feet in the sand foot print art! I first brushed the baby’s foot with paint and then placed it into the sand before making the prints on the paper. We used sand from our sand box because I forgot to do it when we were at the beach a couple weeks ago. You could use any kind of sand that was available. I do recommend dry sand so it doesn’t clump as badly.

We are making progress on our goals, enjoying a little down time this month as our summer winds down, and getting ready to jump back into our ‘school’ schedule in September. I would love to hear more from you about your goals and the progress you are making. Also, don’t forget to check back every day this week for our blog hop!

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Y is for YWAM

You may have noticed that I skipped last week. I just could not think of  a great ‘X’ book to share.  However, ‘Y’ was an easy choice. We absolutely love the books from Youth With a Mission or YWAM. They have two wonderful book series that we love to read: Christian Heroes Then and Now and Heroes of History. Both of these biography series are wonderful additions to your home library. They can be used as family read alouds, independent reading, audio books, or they even offer study guides to make them full unit studies.

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“Since it is likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” C.S. Lewis

Christian Heroes Then and Now is a biography series that features missionaries and other heroes of the faith. These books provide a great insight into the lives of these men and women who sacrificed so much to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are exciting and engaging narratives that give children positive role models and heroes to follow. These books feature great heroes of the faith such as George Mueller, Nate Saint, Corrie Ten Boom and C.S. Lewis.

Similarly, Heroes of History is a biography series but the people featured there are more historical figures who were Christians.  Orville Wright, Daniel Boone, Alan Shepherd and Clara Barton are a few of the people featured in this series. They help students see how their contributions shaped history.

When I contemplate the C.S. Lewis quote above, I know that I want to have exposed my children to many good heroes. Some we see in our everyday lives but many of them they ‘meet’ though the pages of a good book. I think that these YWAM series are great ways for them to ‘meet’ a variety of heroes and help prepare them to face the battles they will surely face in this world. I highly encourage you to check out these series if you are not familiar with them.

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Library and Educational Services LLC (Review)

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Most of the reviews you will find on this blog are for specific products, but this review is a bit different. I had the opportunity to review a selection from the online bookstore, Library and Educational Services LLC. They were very generous in allowing me to pick out on book from the “Who Was…” series, an audiobook on CD from Lifehouse Theater, and $60 worth of books from their Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books. You can imagine the excitement at my house as we browsed, discussed, and made our final selections. There were so many to choose from but I tried to get something each of my children would enjoy.

We were already big fans of the “Who Was…” series and excited to be able to pick out a new one for our collection. When I realized how great their prices were, I went ahead and picked up an extra one at my expense.  The children were thrilled to receive Who Was Beatrix Potter? and Who Was J.R.R. Tolkien?. These are two of the authors that we were already planning to study this year so the books work nicely with our curriculum. IF you are not familiar with this series, they are short easy to read biographies that include lots of great information for young readers. I would recommend them for the 7-12 year old range, although my thirteen-year-old still enjoys reading them as a quick read.

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Lifehouse Theater Audio books were new to me but we love audio books and I was excited to give it a try. We had a family trip to our state capital and used the time coming home to listen to their version of Pride and Prejudice. This was an abridged version of the story, much to the relief of my husband, but really well done. The voices were engaging and story was well represented. I thought it was a great introduction to the story and look forward to reading the full text with them in a few years.

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As I sat down to browse through the Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books, I could have easily spent hundreds of dollars on books. There were so many amazing titles to choose from but I tried to stick closely to my $60 budget. In the end, I chose three sets that I thought would be beneficial to our family. First, a set of two animal detectives books. These books are for early readers and were great for me to read aloud to my five-year-old son. They featured military dolphins and police dogs and he has loved hearing me read them and going through on his own and viewing the pictures. Then for my oldest two children, I picked up a set of Stories in American History. These four hardback chapter books each teach about a different part of American History. They are colorful and engaging but not ‘babyish’. Finally, I picked up a set of books for us to use together for nature study. The title, A Kid’s Guide to Animal Poop, made the children laugh and the boys were immediately drawn to them. However, while the title is a bit silly, the books are full of great information about each of the four animals that were represented in the series. They will be a great addition to our science and nature study this year.

Overall, I was very pleased with the prompt service and reasonable prices offered by Library and Educational Services LLC. They had a great selection of books and they were very high-quality books which I expect to last for many years. They also have a great selection of books on CD that I am looking forward to utilizing for some Christmas shopping this year. I was also impressed by the speed of service. The books were shipped out the very next day and arrived in about 3-4 days. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, you should take a look at the selection offered by Library and Educational Services LLC and see what they have that might work well with your curriculum choices.

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Our Sixth Grade Curriculum Choices

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I am excited to share with you today the very best and only correct sixth grade curriculum! Just kidding! I firmly believe that there are many great programs. There are many factors that go into choosing the best curriculum for your child. However, I always like to share what we are using in case it helps someone find a program that works well for their family.

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My daughter is eleven and getting ready to start her sixth-grade year. When we sat down and discussed her goals for the year, she wanted to work on improving her running, her music skills, start her own weaving business, and read through the entire Old Testament.  As I sat down to plan her curriculum, I wanted to find ways to incorporate both the academic goals that I had for her as well as her own goals and interests.

For language arts, we are using a combination of four programs. This might sound a bit overwhelming but they each cover a different area and generally only require a few minutes each day per program. First, we are continuing to use All About Spelling. It is one of my favorite programs ever because it was such a game changer for our family. This program helped both of my older children to finally understand spelling and translate what they were learning in spelling to their everyday writing. Last spring, my daughter had the opportunity to try out Fix It! Grammar from IEW and we felt like it was a really good fit. The short lessons were effective without being overwhelming and so we are going to continue to use that program for Grammar.  For literature we are going to use Analyzing, Understanding, and Exploring Literature from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Finally, we are going to start working our way through Sharon Watson’s writing program Jump In. My son started this program last spring and we really liked it. She has various plans to cover this material in anywhere from one to three years. I plan on using the two-year track with my daughter.

For the last two years my daughter has used Math For A Living Education. She has really enjoyed the program and it worked well for her. I thought about switching her to something that she could use all through middle school (level six is the highest in this program), but since she liked it and wanted to continue, we decided to go ahead and finish out the program before switching to something new next year. I love that it is a very open and go program that includes lots of real-life application to help them understand why they need the math and when they will use it in real life.

For science, we are finishing up a science program that we started but did not finish last year: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. We love the Apologia series but got behind due to the hurricane and switched our science focus to match what was happening in our lives. We are excited to dive back into this program and finish it out. We enjoy all of the hands-on projects and the creation-based approach to science.

We will be studying North Carolina History as a family. We love history and have spent a good deal of time volunteering at our local historic site, so the children are very excited about this year’s history line-up. I will be using a variety of books, our North Carolina Junior Historians program, the North Carolina Historic Sites, and a variety of other resources to take them through North Carolina’s history. We will also use State History from a Christian Perspective to get us started and get a good overview of North Carolina.

For art, she will work on lessons from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. She does not see herself as much of an artist, but has found that she can follow along with Nana’s simple and clear instructions to create adorable pictures. I think that the program helps her gain confidence in her art abilities and takes her outside of her ‘box’ and lets her try new things.  For music, she takes violin lessons from Practice Monkeys. We love this gentle and convenient approach to music lessons. She is progressing through the levels of the program quickly and enjoys practicing each day. She is also hoping to add piano lessons through the same program in January. I love that she can manage this new passion and is being responsible in practicing and ‘going to’ her online lessons without a lot of reminding. We are also going to incorporate some music appreciation materials during our morning time and evening education.

In addition to these programs, she will be doing Bible study each day and our morning time which will include read alouds, music appreciation, missionary studies, and more. Of course, there will also be lots of free play, field trips, and hands on adventures to keep the real-life learning going. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing more about what we are using for our morning time as well as the programs I am using for my eighth grader. If you have younger children you may want to check out Our Kindergarten Curriculum.

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W is for Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows

I tried to choose just one but, there were several W books that just had to be mentioned. The Winnie the Pooh cartoons bring back fond memories of my own childhood; when I would go to my aunt’s house (we did not have satellite television at my home growing up) it was one of my very favorite television shows. Even though I did not read the books until I was an adult reading with my children. I just loved Pooh Bear and reading the books aloud to my children has been such a great experience.  The characters are so much fun but also quietly teach such wonderful life lessons of love, friendship, loyalty, and selflessness. If you want to know more about how the stories got started you might also want to check out Finding Winnie, or if you want a family movie night A bear named Winnie.

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Wind in the Willows is another classic book that I had never read until I read it aloud to my children. It is a fun story that had them asking for more each time I read a few chapters. The stories of Rat and Mole will warm your heart and make you laugh and no one can forget the irascible Mr. Toad. I will note that as this book is a British book so there is a use of a word that we consider inappropriate in this house unless it is actually referring to the animal (a**). Depending on your children you can explain that it was considered acceptable there or you can skip it or mark it out as you see fit. Author Kenneth Grahame does a great job with descriptive language that paints a picture of the story in your mind.

Finally, I need to mention the Who Was Series  (Among our Favorite Series). These short biographies are a great way for young readers to get more information on a variety of important people including historical figures, scientists, authors, and even a few famous athletes.

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Our Kindergarten Curriculum

One of the most popular homeschooling questions I receive is, “What is the best curriculum for….?” I will be the first to tell you that there is no one right answer to that question. There are many factors that go into choosing the best curriculum for your child. However, I always like to share what we are using in case it helps someone find a program that works well for their family.

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My son turned five in April and is beginning his kindergarten year this fall. Earlier this summer, when I was working on goals with my older two children, he wanted to set his own goals. I suggested learning to read or to write his name. He, however, had other ideas. He let me know that he wanted to learn to cook pancakes and fish, climb trees, and more about Jesus.  While I don’t think this is all we will learn in kindergarten, I did think they were worthy goals and a great insight into the mind of a five-year-old boy. I’ll leave the tree climbing lessons to his siblings but I do plan to teach him to cook pancakes and fish (though not together) and I am always happy to teach my children more about Jesus.

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In addition to his goals, I have planned out some fun curriculum for us to use to cover additional academic subjects. We do believe in a relaxed approach to kindergarten and what I have planned should take us about an hour a day not counting field trips, nature walks, and his fifteen-minute violin lesson. Since he is not yet showing any interest and has been resistant to learning letters and reading, we will be waiting to start formal phonics until at least January. I will re-evaluate his readiness in January and possibly start All About Reading or work some more in The Learning Dynamics Reading Program. I am also going to have him continue to use his Starfall subscription a couple times a week to continue his exposure to letters and phonics.

I will be using Five in A Row as our primary curriculum with him this year. This program is a great way to encourage an enjoyment of good children’s books and incorporate other areas of learning. Using this program, we will read the book of the week five times (once each school day) and complete various activities coordinating with the book. Five in a Row includes activities for social studies, math, language arts, art, and science. Each week I will choose from the variety of activities to engage and challenge him.

 

While Five in a Row includes some math, it is not a sequential math program. I believe that math in the early years should mostly be hands on and as real life as possible, but I like to have slightly more structured program.  Therefore, I am using a Calendar Math set and the Building a Foundation with Kindergarten Math course from Schoolhouse Teachers to create a math program for him. He loves doing math and is looking forward to getting started. He has really enjoyed using the Pattern Block Pack from The Crafty Classroom so I will also use those a couple times a week for independent work.

For science, we will be doing a mostly nature focused science study in addition to some of the science activities in Five in a Row. I am going to use a primary journal so that he can draw pictures of what we find in nature and then dictate a sentence about it for me to write at the bottom.  We will use our Peterson’s field guides and other resources to learn more about the things he finds. I am also planning to get him caterpillars in the spring so that he can learn about the life cycle of the butterfly.

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We will be studying North Carolina History as a family. At the kindergarten level this will mostly be listening to me read aloud, having family discussions, lots of field trips, and some fun coloring pages. We also already to historical interpreting as a family, so he has lots of exposure to history and has developed a love for the revolutionary era.  I believe that this will be a great introduction to the study of history for him.

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For art, he will continue to work on lessons from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. He has been doing the preschool lessons, but as he gets more comfortable I will have him do some of the regular lessons that are a little more challenging. He enjoys these lessons with ‘Nana’ so much and just last week as we were coloring a picture he told me that my picture was “almost as good as Nana’s.” For music, he takes violin lessons from Practice Monkeys. We love this gentle and convenient approach to music lessons and looks forward to them each day.

In addition to these programs, he will be joining us for Bible study each day and our morning time which will include read alouds, music appreciation, missionary studies, and more. Of course, there will also be lots of free play, field trips, and hands on adventures to keep the real life learning going. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing more about what we are using for our morning time as well as the programs I am using for my older children.

What are your favorite kindergarten resources?

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V is for a Variety of Children’s Books

When I first started trying to think of books with “V” I was really struggling, but then I found four different ones in our collection that I felt were worth sharing. I decided to share all four of them so that you have a variety of “V” books to choose from this week.

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The first two books, staples in our children’s collection, are by Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket are wonderful children’s books that we have enjoyed reading many times over the years. The pictures are adorable and descriptions are fantastic.  You can almost hear the insects with the descriptions in The Very Quiet Cricket as the sounds are described using terms such as, ” hummed a bumblebee” and “screeched a cicada.” It would be a great book to add to a study of insects. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar so much that I plan to do a week long unit study on the book with my kindergartner this year.  We can eat some of the yummy food that it talks about, get caterpillars to watch as they go through metamorphosis and turn into butterflies, and learn the days of the week.

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Velveteen Rabbit is one of those classic children’s stories that I think every child should hear at least once. While it has some really sad parts, it is a wonderful fairy tale about the power of love. If you are not familiar with this title, it is the story of a well loved stuffed rabbit that had to be thrown out after the child who loved him had been very sick. The magic of that love allowed him to become a real rabbit.

Victoria House is one that I had not read until recently. I found it in the clearance section on a recent bookstore visit and picked it up for $1. Written by Janice Shefelman, it is the story of a beautiful old house that had been abandoned and was going to be torn down. Fortunately, an architect saw it and fell in love with the home. They had the house moved into the city, moved into it, and turned it into a happy home once more. It was a cute story with lovely illustrations. I also felt that it was a great reminder of the value of older things in today’s ‘throw away’ culture.

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U is for the Under the Sea

When my five year-old son was about two he received a copy of the Usborne Lift and Look book,  Under the Sea. He absolutely loved it and would have me read it over and over. On each page, you lift various flaps trying to find a small fish aptly called, “little fish.” He would lift the flaps and get quite excited and clap each time he found little fish.  He had me read it and ‘read’ it himself over and over again until it fell apart. Thankfully, Usborne has a discount replacement system and I was able to get a new one that he continued reading. We are now enjoying sharing this book with his little brother who is 16 months old.

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Under the Sea is a fun book that is great for the toddler and preschool years, especially if you have a little one that loves fish and sea life. It encourages their observational skills, helps with fine motor (opening the flaps), and is enjoyable to read together. It is also a great book for young children to ‘read’ independently because they can enjoy looking at the pictures and finding little fish under the flaps even without being able to actually read the words.

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Have you read Under the Sea or any of the Usborne Lift the Flap books?  Tell me what books come to mind when you think of the letter U.

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Learning Dynamics Reading Program (Review)

I recently had the opportunity to review the Learning Dynamics Reading Program by Learning Dynamics with my five-year-old son. His birthday was in the spring so he just turned five and will be considered a kindergartner in our homeschool for the 2019-2020 school year. He had no prior reading instruction and was very excited to try and learn to read.

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The program arrived in mail all nicely packaged in a cute storage box that makes it easy to keep together. The package is a really nice perk because it is easy for parts and pieces to go missing in our house.  The kit included a lesson manual, a CD with songs to go with the lessons, a student workbook, flashcards, and character letter reward punch-outs for each letter. It also had over 50 full-color books for beginning readers.

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The program is designed with short lessons to match the typically short attention spans of young readers. The program is designed for students ages 4-7 that are learning to read. It can also be used to teach older students who are struggling to learn but may feel a bit ‘childish’ even though it could be effective.

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Even baby brother wanted to help with the unboxing!

When the program arrived, my son was very excited to try it so we got started right away. It was very ‘open and go’ and only took me a couple of minutes to know what to do and get him started. The lessons are short and only took about 10 minutes to complete.  This works well with the typically short attention span of young students.

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Student Workbook Page, Character card, and Teachers Manual

First, you introduce the letter that the student is learning in that lesson and the sound, then you read a short story about the character that goes along with that letter. Next, the student listens to the song for the letter and then completes a short worksheet about the letter in which they circle the pictures that start with the letter and put an “X “over the ones that do not.  The student can also trace and practice writing the letter on that page. Then the student listens to the song once more while pointing to the pictures that match the items in the song. Finally, you review the letter name and sound.

Once the student has mastered the first five letters, the program introduces blending so that students can begin to make words. After lesson nine, the student is introduced to the first book. My son’s favorite part was the character that went with each letter. For example, H was for Henrietta Horse who wore a happy hat. He would have me show him the punch-out of Henrietta and read her story several times.

If a child is ready to learn to read, this program could move them very quickly through learning letters, blending sounds, and into reading.  There is no busy work or monotonous repetition and so it is easy for them to stay engaged in each lesson. However, if your child is not yet developmentally ready to read this program may move too fast for them and not be enough practice to allow for mastery. In the case of my son, he enjoyed the program but could not remember the various letters and sounds from lesson to lesson which made it hard for him to progress forward. I plan to put the program away for a few months, then reevaluate his readiness in January and possibly try the program again. The age at which a child is ready to read varies greatly from child to child and could significantly affect how well your child would progress using this program.

If you have a child that is ready to learn to read or struggling with their reading and you want a short and simple approach to teaching them, Learning Dynamics Reading Program might just be the program for you. It is low teacher prep, easy to understand, and engaging for students. In addition, I am pleased to offer my readers 10% off of your purchase of this program when you click on this link and use the code: SCHOOLINSWAG . I encourage you to click on the Crew Reviews graphic below to check out the experiences that other crew members had with this program.

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