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Thursday, September 12, 2019

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: Our Review of Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11

     I have always enjoyed teaching grammar to my children.  It hasn't always been an easy task but we have managed to get through it.  I wish I would have had Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 from Easy Grammar Systems.   These lessons have made it so easy to teach many wonderful concepts to my son during our new school year. 

     The Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 includes a Teacher Edition and a test booklet.  There are 180 daily teaching lessons. Each lesson takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. At the beginning of the Teacher Edition there is a scope and sequence.  It will give you a look at what each lesson will be about.  It begins with introducing the concept, then follows up with a review.  The lessons also include expanded concepts and applied concepts.  

     This Teacher Edition isn't your typical teacher book. You are not just given instructions in this edition. Instead it has the lessons for your student right there.  You are free to reproduce the lessons or just use the pages from the Teacher Edition. The answers are located in the back of the book, so if you are just going to hand the book to your student to use, I suggest taking out the answers and placing them in a folder of their own.  

     The lessons in the 11th grade will include: 
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Analogies
  • Clauses
  • Conjunctions
  • Difficult Words
  • Double Negatives
  • Fragment Sentences/Run-Ons
  • Interjections
  • Nouns
  • Phrases
  • Prefixes/Roots/Suffixes
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns
  • Sentence Types
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Subject/Verb Identification
  • Subject of an Imperative Sentence
  • Verbs

     This grammar resource is very thorough yet it is not overwhelming to the student. My son, who is in the 10th grade has no problem understanding and completing each lesson.  I love that it is teaching him skills without making him hate grammar.  The way the lessons are broken up fits his personality well.  Not too much to take in at once. 

     After you complete 10 lessons, you have the option of giving a test. This will help you see what concepts were learned well and what ones may need worked on.  There are 18 assessments in all. In our school, we don't test instead we go over the tests together and make sure we understand what we have been taught.  This takes the pressure off of my son and allows him to learn without fear of failing a "test".  He does very well when we talk through each question and that is all I need to see. 

     I really like this grammar curriculum and will be using it in the future for my son and daughter. I can say this is a great fit for our family!

     Would you like to know more about Easy Grammar Systems?  They have so much to offer! I would encourage you to check out their website and their social media pages listed below:

     We have more reviews of this resource and many others over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just click the link below to read how real homeschooling families feel about this product 

Easy Grammar, Daily GRAMS & Easy Grammar Ultimate {Easy Grammar Systems Reviews}

Monday, September 9, 2019

Good Morning Lord! {Free PDF}

     Today we have some wonderful printables for you. We love to start our mornings by spending time with the Lord.  We have found that if we start our day with worship, prayer and Bible reading, we feel ready to face whatever comes our way. 

     To print the PDF of this little workbook, just click on the link below the image.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: Our Review of Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades

     Our family loves music.  We have two guitarist, one pianist, a drummer, and our middle son plays the ocarina.  Let's just say that we spend a lot of time learning and studying music and that is why I was thrilled to receive and review Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades from Zeezok Publishing.  

      This set is geared towards the students in middle school. It is useful for all types of learners.  It will be good for those who learn visually, or who are auditory learners, or kinesthetic learners.  There is an activity for everyone.  It will teach music appreciation and invite your student to learn more about composers and classical music. 

     This collection is part of the Great Musician Series and includes:
  • The Student Book
  • Frederic Chopin, Early Years
  • Frederic Chopin, Later Years
  • Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff
  • Adventures of Richard Wagner
  • Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray
  • The Young Brahms
  • The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines

     The Student Book has 7 sections of 4 to 5  week studies for various composers such as Foster, Chopin, Wagner, Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and MacDowell.  Your child will be reading through the biographies in the set and then they will be answering comprehension questions on what they read. The Student Book is full of other activities as well. They will be studying character qualities, vocabulary, and some basic music theory. Every page is filled with so much knowledge! 

     What I like about the Student Book is the Scope and Sequence and the QR Codes placed at the front of and through out the book that will enhance your child's learning.  Most of the QR Codes will be used to play certain music  from the composers.  To use these QR Codes, you either use your phone's app or camera and scan it.  You are then taken to a site with fun music or little videos that go along with the curriculum.

     Your student will be encouraged to keep a journal (a spiral notebook or composition book will work great) that will correspond with the Student Book.  There will be some activities in the book that require the journal, but as the parent you can decide to do this or not.  I love that about homeschooling.  We can choose what works best for our families. 

     Zeezok also offers a lapbook that will help to reinforce what they learning in the Student Book and biographies.  Again that is sold separately and is something you can choose to do or not.  

     So far our daughter, who is 12, is enjoying this set very much.  She feels she is learning a great deal of information each time she picks it up.  The biographies are an easy read, but full of so many facts portrayed in a fun way.  We have enjoyed reading them together.  We know we will continue to use this set on a regular basis during our homeschool days.  

     Would you like to learn more about this set and more from Zeezok Publishing?  I would suggest taking a look at their website along with their social media pages listed below:

We also have more reviews of this set over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  Just click the link below ⇊⇊⇊⇊⇊

Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades {Zeezok Publishing Reviews}

Monday, September 2, 2019

Letterboard Fun!

     Recently we have bought a letterboard.  I saw so many people having fun with them on many different social media pages, I had to find out why they were so popular.  It didn't take long for me to see what was so intriguing about them.  They are fun and a great way to get creative while you remind your family and friends about favorite quotes or just leave little notes for them to read. In fact, our youngest daughter loved mine so much she asked for one of her own as an early birthday present.  I couldn't say no 😉  

     What is awesome is that her and I can share our letters, numbers, and icons.  It has been a fun experience as we change our boards and enjoy talking as we come up with what we want our boards to say for the day.  She is so creative and she inspires me to be creative as well.  

     I want to share some of our creations with you today so you can see how these can be used on a daily basis.  I am thinking of getting one more that is a little bigger to post our weekly Bible verse for our homeschool Bible class.  They are so versatile! 

     If you are like me and you love to share little quotes with loved ones, this is a great purchase.  They can also be used for little reminders, schedules, or menus. The list goes on and on.  

     It is relaxing for me to put ours together each day and gives me a creative outlet.  I love to find things that help me to de-stress and this is working out great.  I never thought I would enjoy something like this, but I am really loving it.  

     I encourage you to check out one for your family.  They have many different sizes and colors to choose from.  There are also different icons and letters that you can buy to add your own little flair.  It's a great way to show your creative side.  

      Have a great weekend!!!! May God bless you and your family!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: Our Review of Britfield & the Lost Crown

     We love to read.  We enjoy books of all kinds, but especially those filled with adventure and mystery.  I was excited to be chosen to receive and review Britfield & the Lost Crown.  I had read a little bit about it on their website and was intrigued.  

     Our family was given the physical copy of the book, but they also have a digital version if you prefer that method of reading.  The book is about 386 pages long, and has a soft cover.  It is a durable material and I feel it will hold up for many years.  It's hard to find books that are made this well these days.  

     Britfield & the Lost Crown is the first in a series, written by C.R. Stewart, a writer with 20 years of experience ranging from fiction to screenplays.  Each page will keep you wanting more.  I love the way the scenery is described with such beauty and detail.  It's like your right there with the characters as they go on this amazing journey. It is geared towards young people, but I enjoyed reading it too. 

     It is so hard to review a book without giving too many details that will ruin the story for ones who haven't read it before, but I will give you a few little peaks into this wonderful escapade. I know you will want to buy it for yourself and your family to enjoy.

     The story begins with a boy named Tom and his friend Sarah who live in an orphanage.  This orphanage is not one that any child should be living in, and when these two see a way to escape, they take it.  They leave looking for Tom's parents, who he thinks may still be alive. From the minute they leave, you will be invited to imagine the amazing sites that they journey through in this expedition to find the truth about Tom's family and heritage.  Will Tom find his parents?  Will he learn the truth about his family?  Will he and Sarah make it to their destination before getting caught by those men from Scotland Yard who are chasing them?  Will they have to go back to that horrible orphanage?  If you want to answer these questions, you will have to get the book.  😊

     This book goes to great lengths to describe the places that Tom and Sarah visit. I love that about a book, but some may not like all the descriptions.  My daughter said it was a bit much for her, but she likes more action and less details in her stories.  She did enjoy the plot line and the suspense throughout the book.  She absolutely loves to be surprised when she reads. She did ask me when the next one will be coming out... so I think that means she wants to read it too. 

     What I love most about this book is the website and study guide that you can use with it.  There are beautiful pictures that your child can look at as they read through the book.  We liked looking at places such as the Christ Church, Oxford or The Midlands.   

     The Study Guide was thought provoking and started many great conversations about the book. Also a great way to see how much your child has comprehended about the book.  
     If your family enjoys books like these, I would encourage you to check out their website and social media pages listed below: 

     Want to read more reviews of this book?
Just click the link below for more reviews from real homeschooling families

Britfield & the Lost Crown  {Reviews}

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping

     I am a planner!  I love to plan everything out, so when I was chosen to receive and review an  Annual Membership Plan to My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping, I was both excited and a little nervous.  I have never been able to keep records on my computer.  I like having a paper planner.  

     This online planner is put together well and I can see that they have a lot of thought in it. It is the 1st Place Recipient of the Practical Homeschooling's i-Learn Award for best homeschool planner.  It is designed for large or small homeschooling families wanting to keep records for classes, lessons, attendance, events, grades, and extra curricular activities. As a mom who has been homeschooling for over 21 years, I can see where this would be a valuable tool for families.  It's just not a good fit for a mom who is set in her ways.  I still prefer doing my record keeping the old fashion way. I guess you really can't teach an old dog new tricks 😉

     I did use the program for a while,  so I could share some of the wonderful aspects of it with you.  After you set up an account, you list your school and student names and the dates you will being doing school for this particular session.  It was a little difficult to set up, but I was impressed with the videos that helped explain how to use the program and how to set up each section.  

     I think the sections I find most helpful are the attendance records and calendar.  

     The Calendar looks very useful for families on a schedule.  I feel it would help you stay on time for events, lessons and activities and with emails that remind you daily of your scheduled activities and anything that you need to complete, you won't forget what is going on that day or what you may need to finish up from previous days. When we had 6 kids at home, I think this would have been great!  Since we are down to only 2 students, we really don't have the need for a digital calendar like this one, but it looks wonderful!!!

     I like that fact that you can change the settings to your preference and you choose what to track such as events, reading logs, awards, grades, and so on.  They even have a section to record standardized testing results.  In our state, we have to either get our children tested with the CAT or assessed by a teacher, so this section would be great to record those testing results.  

     So, my review is that this is an amazing program for homeschooling families who love the digital world and who are comfortable using it on a daily basis.  I feel this would be a great fit for families that have a very busy schedule and need to keep up with many activities.  I also think that if you are one who hasn't already been homeschooling and planning on paper for years, you need to give this online planner a chance.  You may save hours and hours of time if you do.  I would never want to discourage someone from using a resource just because it wasn't for me. 

     Would you like to learn more about this program?  I would suggest heading over to their site and visiting their social media pages listed below:  

     We also have more reviews of this product over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.
  Just click the link below 

Annual Membership Homeschool Record Keeping  {My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping Reviews}

Monday, August 19, 2019

Homeschool Review Crew: CTCMath

     Good morning! Today I want to share our experience with CTCMath. We were given the one-year subscription of the Family Membership to review this time, and as always, it is such a blessing for our family.  This is our second year using CTCMath as our full time curriculum, and we absolutely love it!!! 

     As a homeschooling mom, I have always had anxiety when it came to teaching high school math subjects like Geometry, Calculus, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry.  With CTCMath, I don't have to worry.  They are an Australian based company that teaches math lessons through videos. Their courses range from Kindergarten to 12th grade. They provide quality lessons for our children to learn what they need to know in a way that they will remember.
Here is what they offer:
  • Video Tutorials
  • Interactive Questions
  • Worksheets and Solutions
  • Reports of the Students Progress

     We have 2 students using the program.  Hope is using Basic Math and Pre-Algebra. Josh is doing Algebra 2 and Geometry.  Each child is doing very well.  They enjoy the videos and love the fact they can work at their own pace. I love that CTCMath keeps records of their classes and grades and sends me progress reports.  If you are not sure what class your child belongs in, they have diagnostic testing to help you put them right where they belong. 

Here are examples of the Progress Reports and Grading Level Certificates that my kids are getting:

     This program can be done independently or you can sit with your child as they watch the videos and complete the lessons. I like that our children can watch the videos over and over again until they understand the concept being taught.  After each video, they are given questions to answer.  You can print the questions and tests, but we prefer to save paper and ink, so we do what we can from looking at our computer screens only using paper to work through steps of an equation, then entering our answers into the computer where they will be graded immediately. If you miss any, you can go over them and try again.  On the teachers side of the program, you also have the answers to pull up at any time if needed.  
Video explaining the math concept

The questions after the video

The worksheets you can print and use for the lesson being taught.

     I have personally sat down with each of my children to see how the program works and I have to say that I have learned quite a bit from the videos.  The lessons are thorough and they make sure each concept is taught and understood before going on to a new one. 

     CTCMath has been a lifesaver for our family and we are looking forward to learning more as we continue with the lessons.  

     It has been so nice not having to argue with my kids when it's time to do math.  No one is complaining about their lessons. Some days it was like pulling teeth to get them to do their math work, and now they are actually enjoying each session.   I have been thrilled to see their progress and their grades have been remarkable.  Compared to other math programs we have tried, this one seems to be the best fit for our family.  I am so excited to have another free year to use it, and  I know for a fact we will continue are subscription beyond the free year.   I am no longer anxious when it comes to math class and that is a good feeling. 

     Would you like to learn more about this program? I encourage you to look over their website CTCMath or check out their social media pages: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath/


      We also have more reviews for you, just click on the link below
Math 12-month Family Membership {CTCMath Reviews 2019}