Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WriteBonnieRose Review

Write Bonnie Rose

Vendor:
WriteBonnieRose

Product:
Learning About Science Collection, Level 1

Price: $12.00 e-book


Age: Younger Elementary 

About:
WriteBonnieRose gave me the chance to read her Level 1 of Learning About Science Collection. This is an e-book which you can download and print. This is geared towards younger elementary kids. It contains life science, earth science, and physical science. There are seven books in this collection. The books study how plants grow, common fruits and vegetables, animal habitats, senses and body systems, life cycles, the earth’s layers, earthquakes, volcanoes, states of matter, and more. We started with common fruits and vegetables. The pages start with a snip about the vegetable as well as a picture that you can color and the name that you can trace. There are Review sheets at the end thst work well for 1st to 3rd grade. The collection is 172 pages long. I think the tracing the word and the coloring is good for the younger kids but they may or retain well the information about the vegetables. But the review pages are better for older kids, but they probably wouldn’t be interested in tracing the words. The earth science one does not talk about the creation of the earth so it can be used for Christian or secular learning. I ended up using the coloring and the tracing of the words for my 4 year old but my 3rd grader did the review sheets. I do think this are good for a guide to lead some learning. There isn’t a whole lot of depth to them and can be done quickly each day. However if you use them as a starting tool and add some activities in with it you could use it as your main science learning. Like the plants leason teaches about plants and all their parts and how they grow. So adding in an activity of growing your own plant would be fun. You could even bring in plants you find in your yard and identify the parts of them in real life. The possibilities are endless when you put some effort into it. Which really help with kiddos that are more hands on learners. It also helps teach a bit of a age range of kids at the same time. We really did enjoy this and we plan to continue on through the other subjects. 


Learning about Science Collection Level 1
Learning about Science Collection Level 1
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Also check out what my other crew mates had to say about this level as well as the other levels offered. 






Learning About Science collections {WriteBonnieRose Reviews}

Monday, July 16, 2018

Homeschooling for Free

HOMESCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS 1-6TH GRADE FOR FREE


Many times we feel like homeschooling is going to be a huge expense.  Truth is it can be, but you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you wish. I tend to try to find free resources to get us through the year. It helps you not lose money when something doesn’t work well for you. Here is a list of some resources for free language for 1st to 6th grade  
Ebooks

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tax Free Weekend 2018



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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hake Publishing Review

Hake Publishing


Vendor: 
Hake Publishing
Price:
$125 for 3 books
Age: Third grade level


Hake Publishing Writing and Grammar
About: Hake Publishing gave me the chance to review their Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 curricula. This is a 3 book set containing the teachers guide, grammar text book, and writing workbook. The teachers guide has a schedule, script for Grammar Meetings, answer key and the masters for tests along with extra practice pages. It is approximately 300 some pages. The student text is a consumable book that has 111 lessons of grammar. Finally you have the writing workbook which contains 21 lessons of writing  exercises. It is important to follow along in the book in order each thing builds on each other. The program schedule has been made to help you best learn the lessons. 

We really enjoyed this book. I love having a premodern schedule because then my kids know this is how it works and I’m not just being a slave driver with work. We love being able to open up and know what is going to be expected of me each day. We do launguage daily during the week. Every 5th day there is a test. These are good for those in state where you have to show testing and progress within your record keeping. My daughter is dyslexic but we didn’t find to to be to hard for her follow along. We loved Saxon math and this was set up the same way. I think this is a great full curriculum for anyone that needs something for grammar and writing. The extra pages in the teachers guide were nice for those lessons that we needed some more practice with. The perforated pages are also great because for a dyslexic student holding a whole book can be overwhelming and this helps separate it up for them. Then the review sections really help tie it all together to make sure your child is getting and retaining all of the information taught. 

Be sure to check into what my fellow homeschool crew members had to say about the program with their children. 
Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 {Hake Publishing Reviews}


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rough Days




So I know as large family moms we're not allowed to complain about anything. It was kind of an unspoken rule for a while until another blogger called it out, I can't remember who, but she hit the nail on the head. But how do we ask for help? We can't complain because "we chose this life" and "if we couldn't handle it we shouldn't have had so many kids" etc, but honestly, what if we need help? Because of this inability to complain, people around me think I have it all together and I don't. 

I think that many of you mom’s, or stay at home dad’s, can relate to this. Ya most of us did choose to stay home and take care of the house and children. That however doesn’t mean that it doesn’t include stress or heartache. Just like any other job in the world there are going to be bad days. There will be good ones too, but it seems in the stay at home world you can only speak of the good ones. When you stay at home you do not get time off, or an uninterrupted lunch hour. Doesn’t mean we are not glad we get be the ones to take care of our family if we have a bad day. It means we are human and we need to open our hearts and mind up to stay at home parents just as we do to working parents that need help or to vent. 

Let’s be there for each other and lift each other up daily! If you have it in you reach out to another mama that looks tired and worn out. Then hopefully it will come back around to you on a day you are just done. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Critical Thinking Co. Review


The Critical Thinking Co.™
Vendor: 
The Critical Thinking Co.
Product:
Understanding Pre-Algebra
Age: Grades 6-8
Price: $42.99

Understanding Pre-AlgebraAbout:  The Critical Thinking Co. has always been a favorite of mine.  I am always excited to be able to review their selections.  So when I was given the chance to review Understanding Pre-Algebra I jumped on it.  I decided to use this with my emerging 8th grader.  We were planning on getting ready to start Algebra for the new year so getting ready with Pre-Algebra was great. This book is to teach math concepts and critical thinking skills that are needed for Algebra 1.  The following are some of the things included in the book:
-Family of Numbers
-Working With Integers
- Working With Rational Numbers
                                   - Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
                                   - Understanding Functions
                                  - Two Dimensional Geometry
The book is 448 pages long with colored pages. This is a full curriculum that could last you all year.  We have decided we would continue on with this for 8th grade then move on to Algebra 1 in 9th grade.  I think this is a great book with lots of skill building to keep the child engaged and learning. We used this daily for about an hour a day.  It probably wouldn't take that long to do a lesson but we like to really go over and make sure we know everything each day.  Plus we have required amount of hours in our state we have to reach daily. Each chapter is split up into different sections. Each one of those sections has the instruction and then practice problems.  There is color in the pages, like each of the math rules are in colored blocks to help them stand out.  They also use mnemonics to help remember rules.  At the end of the chapter there is a review to go over everything you should have learned. I do believe the book explains the lessons very well. Usually better than I have been able to do with my daughter.  I do think this could also be used to supplement certain sections and areas your child may just need extra work or a different way of teaching something.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Home School Navigator Review




Vendor: 
Home School Navigatorhttp://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/wp-content/uploads/HomeSchoolNavigatorfinal-3-3.jpg
Product: One year subscription to Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum
Price: $97 per student
Age: Elementary Age

About: Home School Navigator is an online Readinng and Language Arts program. This includes a schedual abs online portfolio maintenance to keep track of their work and the samples you may need for your state. Since all children learn at their own pace they have made six different levels. The hlevels are color coded as follows; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo. Each one of these levels includes:
A 36 Week Course
· Daily Reading, Writing, and Word Study Lesson Plan (including flex days for your busy schedule!)
· 60 Instructional Videos
· Word Study Program (including word wall headings, cards, and games)
· Activities That Encourage Multiple Learning Styles
· Monthly Skills Checklist
· Portfolio Maintenance
· Monthly Goal Sheet/Portfolio Check-In
· Downloadable Review Games
· Interactive Notebooks
I was using this with two of my children. We used the blue and green levels. I really like the idea of levels being named by color instead of grade level. My children have some learning disabilities, dyslexia, and sometimes it’s a bit of a downer when they see something that is labeled for a younger grade than they are in. 

They use picture books that are short sweet and to the point. This is great since my one child hates reading anyways. So she is able to read at her level but not have to sit through several chapters to get to the ending. This gives her more motivation to finish it all and know what happens knowing it isn’t going to take days or whatever. 

Everything is planned out for you which is really nice and helpful. The portfolio maintenance allows you to take a screenshot or a picture and upload it to the page to save. This is great for those states that require the portfolios and keeps down on the actual paper upkeep you have to find a place to store. The program also contains interactive notebooks. We didn’t use these because my kids see them as art time and want to work great at cutting, pasting, and coloring but they don’t want to actually take the time to fill them in correctly. 

I don’t believe that this was good for grammar study though. While there were some work with it there was no actual instruction. It was like a review of things they possibly should have already known. So you would want to make sure you had a good starting to grammar or a supplement to go with it. The instructional videos were nice to help. Only one student can be logged in at a time so that does mean you can’t work on it together you less your children are at the same level. I do wish since it is online you could do the work online too and less printing would have to take place. Overall I do think it has a great approach to getting the kiddos reading and excelling from where they were. I do find it is more parental navigating the site as the kids didn’t seem to get it very well. It can be tricky. I think this is a good program for parents to get for their child. Really good for those in states that need that portfolio because this really does well building it all up for you. 

Be sure to check out what my other crew memebers had to say about their experiences. 


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Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum {Home School Navigator Reviews}
Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum {Home School Navigator Reviews}