Friday, June 26, 2015

Circle C Adventures Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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Tales of the Circle C Ranch Bookk Review
My son Alyx and I are hooked on Susan K. Marlow's books from the Circle C Adventures. I even had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Marlow at the homeschool convention I went to in Cincinnati this past Spring along with her sweet husband. I loved getting to know her and enjoyed hearing about the rest of her books that we have not had the pleasure of reading yet. One of them she talked about was Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch. She told me a secret.... It was going to be a upcoming review for the crew. She assured me I would not want to miss out. So I was on the lookout for it to come up on the schedule and I was sure to beg for an opportunity to review it so Alyx and I could get a chance to read it. We were also given Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook. This is perfect for 3-6 graders and some a little younger with help and some a little older too.
This is a bridging book of sorts to link from the younger kids series to the older line of books for middle school and beyond, like I said I love reading all about Andi and her adventures just as much as the kids. 
So this book began as answers to reader's questions that were formulated from the other books. 
As I began reading this book, I got to meet Andi's Father, I was taken on an adventure with Andi and her friend Jenny in Washington Territory. I also learned all about the 4th of July race. Also since the time period puts young ladies and mature ones too in dresses, I found out why and when Andi was finally allowed to wear coveralls. That's a fun story.
I also found out if she was able to get the bad news boyfriend or "beau" out of her sister Melinda's life. It was an adventurous ride just like all of the other books we have read. It is hard to put down once you begin reading and it is such a refreshing enjoyable read. Girls and boys alike in grades 3-6 especially will love this book. You can start with this one of begin with the series Circle C Beginnings, then move onto Circle C Adventures, then next in line is where this book fits in and then finally as your kids mature or gain reading experience or you, yourself want to continue your adventure you will move onto Circle C Milestones. More for Middle Schoolers although Alyx and I both enjoy all the books. 
You can really start anywhere in the books. One thing I guarantee you from personal experience, you will want to go back to the beginning to read all of the books from the start. They really are quite addicting, in a very good way. I thought this particular book was a great gateway that connects the middle series books to the newer books in the Milestone series. Answering a lot of questions that do not really get answered in any of the other books. Kids are curious( well I am too) and it was fun to learn more about Andi and her family and friends.
Like I mentioned above we also received the lapbook that is the companion to the book Andrea Carter's Tales from Circle C Ranch. Constructing and completing lapbooks is a ton of fun, my boys still like to do lapbooks for different topics and we have moved up to notebooking, which is more writing than the lapbooks entail. Using the accompanying lapbook as you read or after your read a book, especially one like Tales from the Circle C Ranch, it truly enriches the experience of the book. Bringing it more to life and letting the students dive into different areas of the book, in this particular lapbook some of the topics covered are...
1800's General Store
History of Fireworks
State Fairs
History of Photography
The Apothecary Shop
These are just a few of the many topics covered in the lapbook, now we did not complete the lapbook but we did take several of the topics covered in the lapbook including the ones I mentioned above and we researched them together and discussed them in depth. We learned so much and it truly gave us a deeper appreciation for the time period of the books. Do you know how fireworks began? I sure didn't but we do now! 
Tales of the Circle C Ranch Bookk Review
We highly recommend this book as well as all of the others from Circle C Beginnings through Circle C Milestones and all of the ones in between. They are great for girls as well as boys and are a must for any horse lover in your life. These would make a great addition to your homeschool library and maybe a gift for the first day of the new school year. It is never too early to think about Christmas either, we are half way there. What better stocking stuffer than a great book or two or three.
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Andi Carter said...

Hey, Jenn!
Nice "seeing" you again. I knew you'd like the little secret, and I'm glad you got the chance to read it. Thanks for the great shout out for the other books too. It's always satisfying to learn that boys really DO like the books if you give them a chance (and downplay the girl on the cover, LOL). We might be back at Cincy next year, Lord willing, if it is either before or after the one in Indiana that we were invited to. It would be great to swap howdies again. Until then . . . enjoy your summer. It's a scorcher here today (90s + in the mountains!) but I hear OH is much cooler and stormy these days.
Thanks again for the great review!
Your pal,
Susan (please, none of this Mrs. marlow stuff. that's for the young fans. :-))