Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our Review Of CTC Math

Thanks to the Review Crew we were given the amazing opportunity to try an online math curriculum that I had never heard of before, CTCMath and you can even try it out for free!  I will say the idea of Skyler doing an online program was very tempting after Fox has been doing so well with his. We were given the one year family membership to try out so both girls would be able to participate in using it. The program is for children in grades K through 12, which means all the way through calculus. Finding something that is good for a variety of ages or grades is a bonus especially for math. 


     The program was invented originally as an online tutoring program by a father of ten! I couldn't imagine making something like this when I was busy parenting ten kids but Mr. Pat Murray sure did a great job! I believe that since he knows the financial issues so many homeschoolers face he has made this program so affordable. You can get 60% off as well as a 6 month bonus!  Each lesson has a short video to watch, questions to answer and depending on the grade you may have a worksheet to complete.
       I will say it took me a bit to navigate the parent portal so make sure to set aside time for that before diving in with your kiddo. Once the girls accounts were set up it was a matter of finding where each kiddo belonged and let them have at it! CTCMath is not common core and your child won't be boxed in to a certain grade level either. Some kids (like Skyler) are all over the map with math skills so it is great when one can work on certain topics they struggle with! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Animal Basket

      Skyler is all about animals and it is a tad bit of a shocker it took me this long to make her an animal basket! Let's just say she is now thrilled!! Of course her cat is thrilled as well since she now has another place to sleep. The majority of the books in this basket are all by The Thinking Tree. The idea of theme baskets comes from the author of these books Sarah Janisse Brown. She is also the awesome lady who started the whole Fun-Schooling idea. 

       My kids love her books and we will continue to use them until they don't. They enjoy the variety, the art work and the endless ideas they inspire. So on to the basket and how Skyler uses it. 

      We can all see how Stella uses it!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Milestones In Science Basket

     I scored this amazing science kit and decided to just make a basket out of it for Fox and his science. All the kids can use it of course but I knew my builder boy would just adore it! It has great reviews unfortunately it is out of print now. I had a heck of a time searching down a brand new one for him. It is honestly the coolest kit I have ever seen. Beyond science it also includes history so win win when you can combine them! The idea for learning baskets comes from sarah janisse Brown The Thinking Tree author. It is part of the FUN-SCHOOL plan! You basically make baskets of different themes or things your child is interested in or even of their regular subjects for school. The ideas are truly endless. 

     I really love this kit!                          

Almost every science course reviews the work of famous scientists and the groundbreaking discoveries that they made. Reading about their work is good, but actually performing the same experiments that these scientists did would be so much more meaningful. With this Thames & Kosmos kit, you can do just that, without the hassle of assembling all the materials yourself. Build a telescope like Johannes Kepler, a spectroscope like Joseph von Fraunhofer, a phonograph like Thomas Edison, a steam engine like James Watt in all, 100 experiments and discoveries covering the work of 140 scientists and inventors. Chapters are included on: Light, Colors, and Sound; Heat, Steam, and Engines; Magnetism and Electricity; Communication and Microelectronics; Forces; Life; Atoms and Molecules; Stars and Planets; and the Periodic Table. In addition to the models mentioned above, students will also make or study a battery, telegraph, radio, airplane, star map, and many others. All components needed for all the experiments are included in the kit, except a 9-volt battery to power some of the experiments. The 94-page Experiment Manual is an excellent teaching tool in itself; in addition to giving verbal and visual instructions for all experiments, lots of historical information and "Did you know " tidbits are included. The manual is full-color and contemporary, but includes period photographs and drawings that resemble a lab journal from the past.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Peek At Our Week 3!!!

     Seems like between hurricanes and sick kids it has taken forever to get to week 3! Skyler has gotten to start using CTC math this week which she is truly enjoying and Fox finally got around to his Milestones In Science basket. He had a blast!! He took great joy in learning about lenses and how to start a fire with one using only the sun! He also enjoyed making a pinhole camera as well. 

Field Trip To The Sugary Bakery!

     This week was our first field trip! I promise every time I say those words I think of The Magic school Bus and Miss. Frizzle! That show will always be loved here! This week we went to the Sugary bakery and had a blast! The kids learned all about kitchens in bakeries, food safety and got to try some yummy treats! Skyler also got to share that day with her bestie Goldie as well as seeing old friends from co-op that we have not seen in forever and have truly missed! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Our Review of Carole P. Roman Books

   We were so excited to receive these books by this amazing author! I had never even heard of Carole P. Roman before now but as soon as I saw the books I just knew they would be a perfect fit for the girls! I am so grateful to have been shown these books. She was so kind by sending us three books to read and review. Carole has a few different series available so I am sure you can find one to match with your child's interests. We of course chose books from the If You Were Me And Lived In....Historical Series. These books are geared towards ages 8-15. My children all enjoy history books but sometimes they are so hard to find. Most history books read like a dry text so when I can scout out books like these I tend to get a bit excited! 

My children are all very visual as well so the illustrations in these books were a major plus. Even though my kids are older they all enjoy beautiful art work that gets harder and harder to find in books for them that are not picture books. These are beautiful books! 

Carole P Roman

Friday, September 8, 2017

Peek At Our Week 2

     Week 2 is done!!! It was a full week too at that! It seems like it is always a full week since the whole FUN-SCHOOLING thing started. Fun-school is a term coined by Sarah Janisse Brown the Thinking Tree author who I truly adore. It can look a bit different for every family and this is a week in the life of my kiddos. What does fun-school look like for my kids? Well we do nature science every week. Why? Because the girls love it. They love that time going outside looking at trees. leaves, clouds, bugs and whatever else they come up with. They really like coloring outside as well. 

     By the time they come in they are pretty relaxed and cheerful and ready to move on to whatever it is that comes next. Even at 12 and 13 they still need to get the wiggles out so to speak. Yes my kids have a say in what they learn to a big degree, yes they have a say on where they do school as well. They may start at the table and end up on the floor! I have been asked before how do you ever expect your kids to know how to act in public and I can honestly say I have never had an issue. My children are kind, loving, respectful and helpful. 


Friday, September 1, 2017

Peek At Our week 1

      Well we had our first week and no one had a nervous breakdown! Yay for that!! We are easing our way in to a full schedule so we didn't hit on everything this week. Hopefully when we do no one has a nervous breakdown! Sadly, Fox was attacked and bitten by a dog Monday evening so his week was very limited. No major damage done just plenty of pain and anger towards a neighbor who knew her dog was aggressive and let it loose anyway. 

     The girls had a blast using the new Nature Study book by The Thinking Tree. I fell in love with these books almost two years ago and we still use them heavily in our school. I also love Sarah and her thoughts on education for kids! Her ideas are truly wonderful and child led. They have changed everything in our school!

     We also started our Author Basket this week for literature. We are studying Shakespeare and some of his plays and such. My goal with this basket is to introduce an author every two months or so to the kids. I found some fun things for this author as well! Magnetic words, paper puppets, coloring book and even mad libs!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Back To School Party!!

     School has begun!!! Today was our back to home school party! We had make your own ice cream sundaes and pizzas! We also have a new friend joining us for the year so Skyler is pretty excited she is going to have a buddy every day and Fox is wondering how he got surrounded by two little girls LOL. 

      You of course cannot have a party without decorating so the girls took over that job!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day!!!!

     ECLIPSE DAY 2017!!!! I think this was the most anticipated event of the year for our entire country! For a brief time we were all too busy staring at the sky to worry about politics, hate, debt and anything else that society has been arguing over. While Damian participated in the eclipse fun he refused pictures. The kids have been reading online and talking about this eclipse for months. We just decided to have a fun day. We watched the eclipse and made galaxy bark. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Our Review

Both of my children are fascinated with other cultures and they absolutely love learning about the languages. When I was given the opportunity to review Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! - Level 3 Set from Greek 'n' Stuff I knew Skyler would be extremely interested! She has never had any form of instruction in the Greek language so she was given the Level 3 set to use, this is intended for students in grades 4 and older. This level is for those who have completed level 2 or older newbies which is what my daughter is. She is in grade 7, and this was just right for her!  

There are a total of 8 levels in the Greek series so there is one for every skill level out there!   

Hey, Andrew!Teach Me Some Greek!

     For our review I was given the Level 3 student text, answer key and the pronunciation CD, which is used in levels 3 and 4. The student book consists of 36 lessons, and it is basically a page a day activity. If you decide to use the page a day then the curriculum will last for a full school year. Obviously you can always plan this around your schedule. I just love flexible programs! The first part of the Level 3 set starts out with quite a bit of review which is why this level can be used by those who have no previous instruction. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our Review Of English On A Roll

          Thanks to The Review Crew I was given a chance at reviewing English Grammar Teaching Method from English on a Roll. This year I have gotten to try so many new things and I have realized that with my older son Fox he is really a hands on kid. He struggles with things that are just written on a page. We have tried some grammar type games in the past but sadly none actually clicked. Thanks to English on a Roll there is now a multi sensory approach to grammar instruction. The program can be used by anyone five years and up so no worries about which level for this or that!

English on a Roll
     The set includes a sturdy plastic case which holds 40 color coded cubes to be used during the lessons. The lesson book consists of 37 lessons. The program starts out very basic and moves into harder topics. The lesson book is very thorough in explaining everything. It answered any questions I could possibly have in a very straight forward down to earth manner. It also includes a cube guide so you can very clearly see which cubes are which. 

     Each color is meant for a different part of speech, such as noun, pronoun, article, verb and so on. The set also includes question words and punctuation. You can also use the cubes for up to six students, so there is no need to purchase several. This is another plus in my eyes to the program. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Our Review Of Rigid Wrap With Quick Sculpting Clay

     When you have an artsy kid you will be amazed at all the products available to them that you may never have heard of! When I was given the chance to have Skyler use and review the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTIVA Products I was sure to jump on that offer. The company also included a wonderful e-book called ACTIVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS that was full of projects ideas as well. It was great having pictures and directions for projects for those of us who were completely unfamiliar with the product. This is similar to paper mache but way cooler according to my kiddo. 

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit
ACTÍVA Products
     Skyler was eager to try it out I on the other hand was a tad bit scared because honestly it looked hard! I am so grateful God gave me a big brave girl though because she was such a trooper! Out of all the possible projects she chose a simple one since she had never used this before and wanted to get a good idea of how it worked and what she could do with it. We received a box of two rolls of the Rigid Wrap and one bag of the powdered CelluClay. There are some directions included in the box for some Rigid Wrap projects but the e-book is much better!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Field Trip To The Farm

     One of our favorite places to go is Dudley Farms. It is almost an hour away and in our opinion worth the drive! Every now and then they do these programs and we try to make it a point to go, This one was Christmas in July. The kids made some crafty ornaments by hand just like way back when! There were three choices and Skyler made two of them. The first one being a cute little felt mouse with a candy cane tail. 

     Skyler adores little rodents so of course she made a mouse! Next up was some thick paper snow flakes. We make these just about every year for a school room decorations but these were a bit more because she used a pattern, this is something we have never done so it was pretty neat!

Friday, June 30, 2017

School Room For The New Year!

     So as with any other summer I had to redo my schoolroom! Sadly in the middle of this my camera vanished so all I have is my phone now and the pictures are not the greatest! This is my schoolroom when you stand in front of the room. I just walk in a circle and take pictures. 

     I really tried to make it a funschool room this year! Their baskets are every where for different stuff and it is pretty open as far as they can do whatever they want at any time. I also had to include Skylers Magic School stuff as well. She isn't so much into Harry Potter the character more like the world he lived in. I believe education is more fun when you can add in what interests your child so their schoolroom reflects this. I also am big on decorating with their art and projects. 



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Our Review of Lightning Lit and Comp

     With my son moving into the high-school years I am trying to get him more into studying literature. I had never even heard of Hewitt Homeschooling before so this was a great introduction to their products. Since my son Fox is really into American History I was thrilled to receive the American Literature: Mid-Late 19th Century course. My kiddo adores history but American is his favorite so when I want him to try something out I aim to stick with what I know will grab his interest.
 Lightning Literature and Composition Pack
American: Mid to Late 19th Century
     For the review we were all sent the student and teacher guides for the course. There are books of course to go along with it. If you are not purchasing from the company they do suggest you get the unabridged copies of the books for your student. I was also pleased to see the student guide had poetry already included in it. I think all kids should at least be exposed to poetry even if they don't strive to become a poet! I really like courses that broaden the horizons so to speak. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Review Of Rush Revere

      As with any other homeschool parent I am always on the look out for great books. With that being said I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Best Selling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. These books were so colorful and beautiful they grabbed my daughters attention right away. 

Adventures of Rush Revere

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our Review Of UnLock Math

      For years we had been set with our math program. There was no need to look anywhere else in my opinion because they were doing great with what we had. Sadly last year that stopped being the case. I have tried a few things and when the chance to review the UnLock Math  program came up I jumped on it. While the program offers different topics we are using the UnLock Pre-Algebra. I am so glad I did too! My son Fox is doing wonderful with it and he doesn't complain! That is a HUGE bonus right there, the lack of complaint. He is also learning which is obviously the most important thing of all. Math is a giant struggle in our house. My children all take after me with the math, it just doesn't click in our heads so to speak! Finding this program was a blessing. 
UnLock Math
 This is a full and complete curriculum and will take about nine months to complete when used daily. Of course with it being an online program your child can finish faster or take longer. It is best in my opinion to go at the child's pace and not push a time table on them causing unneeded stress. 
UnLock Math pre-algebra
       Now onto the program! You will start by setting up your parent account. It is easy as pie by the way! You add your students and they assign them a log-in and you pick a password. Now the students can still get to their assignments if you sign on with the parent account which is what my son does because he hates to remember passwords and since google stores mine he just goes with it. I will say that signing is is not an issue or a problem at all either. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Review of Memoria Press Nature's Beautiful Order

      Since my son had had such fun with Memoria Press First Form Greek when the chance to review one of their science programs came up I had to jump on it! I just love using this wonderful  products.  Memoria Press provides the most beautiful classical christian curriculum and Nature's Beautiful  Order is no exception!  I have an animal kid so this was right up her alley. This is perfect for students in 6-8 grade and even a great supplement in higher level Biology. She has truly enjoyed her trip through the animal kingdom. 
Nature’s Beautiful Order

      This is an 18 week course but, of course with homeschool you can always make your own schedule. Skyler treated her student book more as a reader. we started on the table and about an hour later she was snuggled on the couch! The set consists of a teachers key, a student book and a student workbook. The cost of the program is just $45.00 so not a huge expense at all.