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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of UltraKey Online Family Subscription.

     I can remember sitting in typing class during my sophomore year of high school.  At first I thought it was pretty boring, but once we started to really learn all the keys and were given timed tests, I saw it as a challenge.  I wanted to improve each time I sat at the typewriter.  It took a few months to see real improvement, but I made it! By the end of the school year I was typing over 75 word per minutes.  I guess that is why I was excited to be given a chance to review the one year  UltraKey Online Family Subscription from Bytes of Learning.  I could watch my kids learn how to type correctly and they could have fun while doing it.  I couldn't wait to see their progress.  

      These typing lessons are like none I have used before.  They offer voice supported lessons along with animation and videos as well. It is a versatile online program that is up to date with the latest software. It is easy to set up your account and to set goals for each of your family members.  Kids will love the fact that they can be rewarded with games that also teach them how to type.  My son Ryan, who has never really learned how to type, was impressed with how well the program was laid out.  You can see that this company knows what they are doing and they want to teach communication skills as they teach you how to type effectively.  

     When we started the program over a month ago, my son took the test to see how well he could type already.  He had no idea where to place his hands on the keyboard and his score was only 35 words per minute with quite a few mistakes.  He wasn't happy at all with that score and was determined to get better.  

      Right away you are taught where to place your fingers, the correct posture and how certain stretches can help you keep limber while typing.  Ryan thought that placement on a key board wasn't important until he saw how well you can reach the keys with the proper positioning.  After a few weeks, he saw that his way of typing was not only inefficient, it was making his fingers ache at the end of the day.  When you use a keyboard properly, you won't have the strain on your fingers, wrists, neck and back that you have when you type incorrectly. 

     During the last few weeks, we have seen Ryan excel in his typing skills.  He is now typing 65 words per minute without any mistakes!  I couldn't believe it. What a huge improvement.  He is looking forward to getting better with each goal he makes for himself.  

     If you would like to learn more about this resource and others, you can go to their website Bytes of Learning or check out their Facebook page here:

      There are also more reviews for you to read through over on the Schoolhouse Review Crew page here 

UltraKey {Bytes of Learning Reviews}

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Wulf the Saxon

     Ever since he was little, our son Ryan, has loved audio books and audio dramas.  He is now a Senior in high school but was still so excited to hear we would be receiving and reviewing Wulf the Saxon by Heirloom Audio Productions.  He has enjoyed all their audio dramas that we have gotten in the past and couldn't wait to listen to this one.  I am serious when I say he was waiting to get the mail for days once he knew it was on its way.  

      I always like to listen to what my children are interested in so I  listened to this awesome adventure also.  From the beginning, you know that it is set apart from other audio books.  The cast is amazing and people who you may know from other works they have done.  This audio is over 2 hours of action packed history that helps your child live the adventure right where they are.  

    Now,  let's hear what my son has to say: 

      "Wulf the Saxon is a wonderful audio drama.  The voice acting and the audio effects bring the story to life. The history of it is spectacular. It is packed full of action and adventure, great for all ages. I have heard others in the Adventures of G.A. Henty before, but this one is by far my favorite. It has a strong story, and I found myself getting attached to the characters very quickly. It felt like I knew the each one by the time it ended. I love the strength and faith that the people show in the story.  I can't really say I had any issues with this as every part of it was excellent."

   The main character was Wulf a landowner from Saxon. Soon he would become close to Harold Godwinson, who was an Earl, and would later become the King of England. The main part of the story starts when Wulf and Harold's ship shipwrecks in Northern France. This is when the adventures begin. I don't want to share more of the story line because I couldn't begin to explain how awesome the story is in this short paragraph.  You have to listen to it for yourself!"

     I think he expressed it better than I ever could, but I would like to take a moment to talk about this company.  Heirloom Audio goes out of their way to make history fun and exciting for children and adults of all ages.  Each audio is done with excellence, and that shows me that they have integrity.  There are not many companies that strive for excellence so when you find one, it's so important to let others know about them and that is why I am sharing this with you today.  

     I would encourage you to check out Wulf the Saxon  along with the many other audio dramas from Heirloom Audio.  Below are some of their social media pages you may want to check out as well:

     We also have more reviews from other families over here ↓↓↓

Wulf the Saxon {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}
Have a blessed week!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Let's Share God's Love {Free Valentine's Day Cards}

     Today we have some free Valentine's Day cards for you to print out and give to friends and family. I hope they are a blessing to you and your loved ones.  

     Just click on the link below the image to download these cards and print right from your computer. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

10 Ways to Show Your Family Love

      With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I want to write a few posts that focus on love.  Today I want to focus on how we can love our families.  As a mom, I know how much I love my husband and children, but do I set out to show them how much they are loved and cared for? 

      Let's talk about 10 ways to show our love to them.
  1.  Get up a little earlier than usual and make a special breakfast for your family. They will enjoy the sweet surprise.
  2.  Take time to sit down and talk with them.  Listen with intent to learn more about them.  Ask them fun little questions so you can get to know them better.  Everyone loves to be heard. 
  3.  Smile at your husband and children!  This let's them know that  seeing them makes you so happy. 
  4.  Make a point to ask each family member what their favorite  meal or dessert is and try to cook it for them at least once a  month.  
  5.  Set aside one night a week to just have some fun as a family.  No interruptions!  Turn off the old ringer on the phone, shut  off your computer, and make some memories! 
  6.  Put some post it notes in places your husband or children can  find them.  Tell them how much you love them and what is special about them. Encourage them!
  7.  Curl up on the couch and watch a movie together.  One you know they love.  It's a good time to just sit and relax as a family.  Make it special by having some popcorn and their favorite drink available.  
  8.  Be involved in their lives.  Know their hobbies and favorite things to do.  Try to be active in some of these so you can become closer.  Recently, I have taken up playing some video games to get closer to my hubby and boys.  My daughter and I love to work on our Bible journals together.  
  9.  Give lots of hugs and kisses!  What better way to show your family that you adore them.
  10.  Take care of yourself.  If you are not feeling well, you won't be able to care for your family like you want to.  It's important to take time to keep yourself healthy.  
     I hope these little ideas will help you show your family how much you love and appreciate them.  Have a blessed day! Remember to enjoy the little things! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Our Review of Learning Spanish 1

     For the last month we have had the opportunity to review Learning Spanish 1 by Katie Hornor over at Paradise Praises.  This workbook has been a great supplement for our Spanish class that our son has been taking.  We were given the print and digital copy of this book to review and we were compensated for our review.  We hope our honest opinion will help you decide if this workbook would be a right fit for your family. 

     Right away we saw it wasn't like other workbooks. Even though it a small workbook, it is filled with 30 pages of great ways to help teach Spanish.  Josh was having issues remembering the Spanish words for some people and things, but these workbook pages taught him in a new way.  They had him matching the words on the page with pictures that corresponded with them.  I saw that it was helping him memorize much easier than before.  

     I loved the way it helped associate the words for different feelings by having him illustrate how each emotion made him feel.  At first he thought it was silly, but then later he said "Mom this helped me to remember each emotion better."  We had not seen other books teach in this way, and for children who are visual this is a great resource. 

     I also liked the fact that I didn't have to wrestle with Josh to do his workbook pages.  They didn't overwhelm him at all.  When he sees more than a dozen questions on a page he gets frustrated.  These workbook pages were just right for him.  He was learning, yet not feeling like he had to learn too much at once.  

     If you have a child struggling to learn Spanish or if you would like to learn common words yourself, this workbook may be just what you are looking for.  It is a great little workbook for a great price. I will be using our digital version for our daughter when she is ready to begin learning Spanish.  I can't wait to see how it helps her too.   

      Have a blessed day!!!!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Let's Get Real About Responsibility {Free Chore Charts}

     Today I have some wonderful free printables to help you as you teach your children about responsibility. As our children grow, we need to give them chores that are age appropriate.  This will help them to understand that with privilege comes responsibility.  Their chores should change as they get older and obtain more privileges.  

     In our home chores must be done decently and in a timely manner in order for them to receive privileges such as tech time.  If they do not take their responsibilities seriously, they do not get time to play on their computers/tablets or time to watch television. It is their choice!  I use to nag them to get their chores done, but now I just give one gentle reminder then they have a choice to make.  They can do their job and get a privilege, or they can choose to be irresponsible and lose their privileges for the day.  I want them to learn there is consequences to their actions. 

    I have made these chore charts for you to save and print out for your kiddos.  I hope they help as you train your children to be responsible young people.  

     Just right click on any image below and choose "save image as",  then you can print the chart from your computer any time you want.  Feel free to take as many images you want!  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Valentine's Day Freebies


   Today we have some great free printables for you to use during your Valentine's Day festivities.

   We like to focus on the character quality of love during the month of February. It's important to learn about God's love for us so we will be able to love others. 
   Our first printable is a coloring page for your little ones to enjoy. To save these printables, just hover over the image you want to save, right click, and choose save image as.... 😉

         Here we have some great little notecards for you to save and print.  These will help remind us of what love is and how we are to love others.  

    Next we have a free pdf for you download and use with your children.  These are our Valentine's Day copywork printables. Writing out these verses will help us memorize them. Just click on the link below the image to get this free download.