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Thursday, May 14, 2020

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: OUR REVIEW OF MATH ESSENTIALS



Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

     I have loved Math since I was a little girl.  I have a few children who love it as much as I do, but my youngest daughter is not one of them.  She prefers art, music, and reading.  A while back my sons were given the chance to review No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials and they loved it so I was thrilled to get the chance to receive and review Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School from this amazing company.  I knew it would be a good fit for my 7th-grade daughter.  I wasn't wrong!


     The creator of these workbooks is Rick Fisher.  He was a Math instructor for over 30 years.  He has devoted his life to teaching Math skills and has done so by writing award-winning material.  He has won the Intel Innovations in Teaching Award and the Glenn W. Hoffmann Exemplary Awards ProgramThese workbooks have helped many students.  This tested teaching strategy has changed the lives of many children struggling with math skills. 

     This paperback workbook is 158 pages long and will teach and review math skills that will help your student succeed.  These essential math skills include:
  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Word Problems
     The answers to all the questions are located in the back of the book and are easily torn out for the parents to keep handy for when they are checking their child's work. You will also find a few additions in the back that will be helpful to teaching and learning the skills found in this book they are:
  • Important Symbols
  • Multiplication Table
  • Commonly Used Prime Numbers
  • Squares and Square Roots
  • Fraction/Decimal Equivalents



     We chose to use this book as supplemental material so we used it several times a week.  We have been going back and forth between whole numbers, Geometry, and Word Problems.  So far she is enjoying it.  It only takes about 20 minutes to complete each lesson and that is perfect for her.  She doesn't feel overwhelmed and doesn't lose focus.  




     Another great feature of these workbooks is the extra help you can get online through their videos.  They last up to 15 minutes and will help your child grasp what is being taught in the lessons.  Hope said they were helpful to her.  She said the guy teaching really knows his stuff.  I love the way kids talk... they are so honest and real.  

     Would you like to learn more about these amazing workbooks and videos?  I would encourage you to check them out here:



We also have more reviews for Math Essentials over on the Homeschool Review crew website.  Just click the link below.
     
No-Nonsense Algebra, Math Refresher for Adults &  Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School {Math Essentials Reviews}

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: OUR REVIEW OF Beyond the Stick Figure Art School




Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

     Our family has always enjoyed arts and crafts, but my daughter Hope is the one who will draw, paint, color, and create all day long.  She was quite excited to find out we would be reviewing Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School.  She loves to learn new techniques to improve her skills and enjoys watching videos that help her understand what is being taught. 

     Beyond the Stick Figure Art School is online courses that will teach several types of art classes such as:
  • Drawing Part 1, 2, and 3
  • Pen and Ink
  • Watercolor Part 1, 2, and 3
  • Acrylic Part 1, 2, and 3
  • 3D Design Part 1, 2, and 3
     The motto of these courses is "If you can draw a stick figure, you can learn to draw and paint."  They teach step by step techniques that will help guide you in making some amazing art projects.  These courses are for ages 5-95!  They truly believe anyone can learn to become an artist that creates beauty in everything they make.  With the courses we were given we have lifetime access to over 160 lessons.  It is a full art course for your entire family at a wonderful price.  I also love that you have email support as well.  How many companies do you know that does that for their customers? They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.  You can try it for yourself and if it is not a good fit, you can get your purchase price back.  You will have to purchase a few art supplies, but let me tell you it is worth it!!! 

     Hope is the one who is taking the lessons and so far she is enjoying them very much. She said she has learned a few new ways of drawing that will make it easier for her.  She is very particular in how her art turns out and these courses have improved her drawing skills quite a bit.  She is more confident in her skills and that is very important!  Confidence is key to doing things well.  

     In the time we have had this program, she has been able to complete Drawing Part 1, 2, and 3.  You can only go-ahead to the next course if you complete the previous so there is no looking ahead.  I, however, wanted to see what the other courses offered so I did look ahead by marking the courses completed, but she knows where she is so she can pick up where she left off on a daily basis. 

      The Pen and Ink course is all about drawing with just paper and markers.  The Watercolor courses offer over 4 dozen classes that will have you painting a masterpiece.  The Acrylic course teaches you how to paint with these paints step by step so you too can create a thing of beauty.  The 3D Design class will have you molding figures out of clay and wanting to share your creative side with friends and family.  

     Now let's take a peek at some of Hope's classes and creations....

From Drawing Course Part 1






From Drawing Part 3






Would you like to know more about these amazing art courses?

I would encourage you to check out their website and their social media pages listed below:








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


Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course {Beyond the Stick Figure Art School}

Thursday, May 7, 2020

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: OUR REVIEW OF FERMENTOOLS


Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

     Our family did not can foods as I was growing up, and I had never even thought about fermenting foods in my home, but when we were chosen to receive and review Starter Kit from Fermentools, I was excited to try it.  My kids were intrigued by the idea and were eager to help me.  

     Fermentools was started by a man named Matt Gross in 2013.  He had a vision to make it easy to use a simple mason jar to ferment foods.  He created a special airlock system that allowed that to be possible.  In 2019 Cassie and Alex Deputie joined the company.  They are committed to keep Matt's vision going and to help families learn the benefits of fermenting their foods right in their own homes.  They want families to learn how proper nutrition is the key to being healthy and feeling your best.  Their family helps to package and ship each kit.  What a wonderful family business and the personal touch is important to me!! 



                                                       The Starter Kit includes:
    1 Stainless Steel Lid 
      1 Glass Fermentation Weight
        1 Air Lock.
          2 Rubber Stoppers (1 with hole for airlock – 1 solid).
            1 Rubber Canning Gasket
              Himalayan Powdered Salt 
                                                      Instruction Guide and Basic Sauerkraut recipe

                   We decided to make sauerkraut with our fermentation set.  I had to purchase a wide mouth mason jar, distilled water, and cabbage to make this recipe.  We used the recipe that came with our Starter Kit.  It seemed simple and easy to follow. 



                    We began by chopping the cabbage into small pieces. Then we added the salt and began to mash it into the cabbage pieces.  After about 15 minutes of mashing, we were able to place our cabbage mixture into our mason jar making sure it was packed tightly.  We then made sure our cabbage was completely covered with the brine (saltwater that came from mashing the cabbage) Ours needed a little extra brine, so we made up some more salt mixture using distilled water and the salt provided.  We used the measurements on the package.  The instructions to make the salt mixture were a little hard to understand but we eventually figured them out by re-reading them over a few times. We added what we need to submerge the cabbage and added the glass weight to hold the cabbage under the brine.  
               

                   After making sure it was all secure inside, we installed the airlock system.  This involved placing the rubber gasket, stainless steel lid, and screwing the mason jar lid on top of those.  You then place the rubber stopper that has the hole in it into the hole of the stainless steel lid.  You add water to your airlock system and be sure it's half full before placing it securely into the hole of the rubber stopper.  Now you wait.... about a week later you have yourself some yummy sauerkraut.  If you aren't ready to eat it right when the fermenting process is done, you can store it in your refrigerator. 


                   If you would have asked me if I would ever be fermenting my own food I would have laughed at you a month ago, but now I am thinking of trying many other recipes.  We love how easy it was and how tasty it turned out.  

                   Would you like to learn more about this product?  I would encourage you to check out their website and social media page listed below:




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

              Fermentools Starter Kit {Fermentools Reviews}

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