Friday, March 29, 2019

Memoria Press Review

Memoria Press

Vendor: Memoria Press
Product: Classical Phonics with the First Start Reading Program
Age: Kindergarten

I was very excited to get to try out Memoria Press with their First Start Reading Program. This program has five workbooks, teachers guide, and a reader. This is made for the kindergarten age range to work on reading as well as writing. This program is a complete phonics course that focuses on sounds, blending, and long-vowel patterns. The teacher book has lots of helpful tips. There is ways to help train your ears to hear the sounds. It also has everything planned out for you. This is a open and go kind of curriculum. That is always nice for those that don't have the time to piece together things. I really like that it shows a mini picture of the page the child is on. I always hated having to move their book around trying to find the spot and all.  So this way I have my own to look at. There is also more posters and teaching aids in the back as well. The workbooks are consumable one student workbooks. Book A starts with pictures then the matching letter to work on writing.  Since this curriculum works on correct formation and grip you don't need a writing curriculum to go with it. As you go through the books they start getting harder. You go from letters to writing words then eventually short sentences. With 26 lessons in each book, then a word review at the end, this curriculum can be used for a full years worth of lessons.

We worked on the lessons daily. we would go over the sounds and then work on coloring the pictures that start with the sound we are learning. Next we would try to guess a new word that started with that sound and draw it. we only made it a little more than a 4th of a way through book A. My son is ADHD and autistic so we had to go a bit slower.  But he has enjoyed it and wanted to work on it everyday. This is something we will continue on doing through the rest of the curriculum. I think all of homeschool moms will enjoy this ready to go curriculum. I hope that if you try it you will love it as much as we did, and still do.

Be sure to check out Memoria Press on their social media links below.  Also below that click to read review from my fellow crew members that also reviewed this curriculum.  Also some of them reviewed other topics and curriculum from Memoria Press as well.  Be sure to show them some love and learn something from them as well.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Homeschool Complete Review

I always love trying out new curriculum.  Homeschool Complete gave me the chance to review their Kindergarten Complete curriculum. It was a pdf download of the set. It is everything included for a full year of teaching the Kindergarten level. It includes Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Physical Development, Fitness, Character Development, and Bible. There is. Teacher Guide and all lessons are planned out step by step. The Student PDF has all the pro tables together and then an appendix that hold lots of extras.

We used this daily with my new kindergarten kiddo. Each lesson gives you a list of the skills you will learn as well as the materials needed in order to complete the lesson. These are usually simple things around the house. Even things like  yummy M&M’s. Then each subject is broke down and the task for that subject. This is great for the busy mom that needs everything laid out for her. There is minimal prep work. Just making sure your pages are printed out and gathering the materials needed for the lesson. The appendix helps give extras. Like the pledges that you can teach to say each day before you start your school day. There is also calendar time each day. This helps kids start learning their months, days of the week and so on.  Math tries to used manipulatives that you can have around the house, like building blocks and food.  In Language Arts you read a story to your child and then they start learning a letter, like a starting letter to a word in the book. There is always some kind of fun to go along with it. One lesson had us to draw a family portrait. My kindergarten child is Autistic so his family only included himself. :)  The lessons have a suggestion of maybe a couple hours to complete. We only did a little at once then had a good break and then came back to do a little more. That helps keep us more focused and not getting burnt out to quickly. This curriculum did a great job of giving fun hands on activities though to make it play learning too.

In Autism land we are hit and miss on being able to take pictures of things.  Since he is also in therapy and has to take homework to his OT he doesn't like me snapping pictures of him.  I will try to add some done work later when he allows me to without a fight. But these are some examples of the work that comes a long with it.  You get to make activities as well as doing fun ways of counting with stickers.

The Math and Language Arts lessons have activities and such that combine in the Science and Social Studies with it. Each week there is a Bible lesson that ties in with the theme you are learning in the lesson. Art, PE, and music rotate through the week, so you aren’t doing each one each day. This is good because to much structured learning for a child can make them get burnt out fast. Some kids don’t like to have their attention held that long either.

You can purchase additional manipulatives to go along with the curriculum. They have some flash cards as well as some hands on manipulatives. We did not get these though. We just used basic things we had around the house. Other than that and needing some books from the library this is a complete curriculum just like if states. It is so easy to adjust to your child’s learning preferences too. Making learning fun and not just sit down and book work things. I think this would work great for little ones preparing to go into kindergarten and parents what to give them a jump start. This is also great for a complete curriculum for homeschoolers like myself. Having it all laid out and ready for you is a blessing for this mom of many. The less prep work I have to do for a kiddo the easier time we have through the day.


Also be sure to check out what my fellow crew members had to say about it as well. They were able to review other grade levels as well as reviewing some unit studies by Homeschool Complete.

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