Thursday, September 5, 2019

Reading Eggs/ TOS Review

Have you heard of Reading Eggs or Math Seeds? Last year I was lucky enough to have been able to review the Reading Eggs and Math Seeds online programs. We LOVED them! I wrote a very detailed review, so I highly encourage you to read it so you can see if it is something your kiddos would like. I know it will be though! 

After I reviewed the online program I was blessed to be given one of their new Reading Workbooks to review. Today I am extra blessed to be able to bring you a review of one of their Math Workbooks too! Brently has been using the 200 Essential Math Skills for Kindergarten Workbook

If you read my previous reviews you will know that we love all things Reading Eggs and Math Seeds.

This workbook is an extension of the online program. It incorporates the same characters, such as Mango the monkey, which is my son's favorite! You do not have to use the online program to use this workbook, but I highly suggest that you do. It is so cute and your children will have a blast learning. 

That was my son last year using the program. 

Anyhow, back to the workbook. This 260 page workbook takes your child through all of the skills they need to learn in Kindergarten. Your child will learn their numbers, how to count, shapes, colors, more, fewer, long and short, patterns, number lines, adding, capacity, days of the week, subtraction and more!

We averaged 3 pages a week, so we got through page 16. Here are some additional pictures of future lessons though so you can see what all the workbook has to offer. 

The workbook has periodic quizzes and reviews as well. It is really bright and colorful and something that kids find appealing. It goes along perfectly with the online program. At the end of each lesson it has a place to check off the things you learned and to write down what hatched in the online portion. Like I said before you don't have to use the online program but they go so well together. I think it makes a great curriculum. That is what I am actually doing this year. We are using Reading Eggs and Math Seeds along with both the Reading and Math workbooks

Online Reading Eggs Suite

Online Reading Eggs Suite

The only thing that I do not like about these workbooks is that they are not perforated. It gets hard to write in the book with it being so thick. I want to be able to tear the pages out easily. However, I simply took the cover and spine off so that I could tear the pages out, but I would prefer to not have to do that. Other than that, they are wonderful! 

If you are interested in the Reading Eggs program you can get a FREE 4 WEEK SUBSCRIPTION HERE. This link and the 4 weeks is for my readers only! You normally only get a free 2 week trial. So go ahead and try the program out. I know you will love it! 

I am not the only one who reviewed these workbooks. My fellow Crew Mates also reviewed these and we all reviewed different books for different grades, so please go check those out as well. 

240 Essential Reading Skills & 200 Essential Math Skills  {Reading Eggs Reviews}

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Friday, August 30, 2019

4H For Us!

We have really been enjoying 4H this year! This is our first year doing anything with 4H. Nathan is doing shooting sports with rifles and archery as well as some groups. Nathan is the one way in the back, in the white shirt, shooting with his arm behind is back. Hard to see, but he is having fun! 

There are usually a lot more kids, but this was a special out of the way practice that not many could attend. 

He is now back, doing school at home, so this is one of the things we have taken up so that he can get out of the house and do things he likes and make friends. 

If you will, please pray with me that he finds at least one or two really good friends this year. He needs ones that are good influences and ones that he can see fairly often. My hope is that he doesn't want to go back to brick and mortar school next year, and I know if he makes a good homeschool friend, he won't want to. he only likes school for the social aspect of it. I am trying to get him involved in things where he may make new, better friends. 

So, ya, this is a new journey for us all, but we are enjoying it so far!!!  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Britfield & The Lost Crown / TOS Review

My son and I were given the opportunity to review a brand new book called Britfield & The Lost Crown. It is the first in what will be a five book series.

In this book a young man named Tom has spent most of his life locked up in an orphanage, but one day he learns that his parents may actually be alive, and sets out on a mission to escape from the orphanage to find them.

He takes his best friend Sarah with him and they set out on a journey full of suspense. Will they make it very far, or will they be found and sent back to the orphanage??

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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. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CTCMath/ TOS Review

We were given a 12-month Family Membership to CTCMath

CTCMath is for children in all grade levels, K-12.  It is a full math curriculum, but can also be used as an online private math tutor type of program. It is made to help your child get caught up or get ahead. Your child can choose from many different topics, making personalized education possible. They do not have to go through a bunch of other lessons that they already know.  

 The teacher, Pat Murray, shows and explains every step of a problem so that your child will completely understand what they are doing. Your child is hearing and seeing the problem being done at the same time. This is super helpful. You can pause, fast forward and rewind the lessons so that you can go back and hear something again if you need to. 

I know when I was in school I would ask the teacher a questiona and still not understand, sometimes I would ask again, but then I still wouldn't understand. I would stop going back and asking because it was embarrassing, and that is one of the things that this program eliminates. 

Another thing I hated in school was how the teacher would give us examples on the board but then the rest of the questions were nothing like the ones the teacher showed us. This won't happen with CTCMath because the child can get help every step of the way for every problem, if needed. 

Once the child has watched their lesson they can practice what they just learned. The practice is tailored to the child. If the child shows that he is understanding the problem by getting the answer correct, it will continue to get harder so that the child isn't just practicing the same simple problems over and over. 

Once you are done with your practice you can print it out and keep a portfolio of your work. There are also extra worksheets that you can print out to get offline work and extra practice. The worksheets are connected to the online portion and after your child completes a worksheet, they will enter their answers in the program. If they get one wrong they can still correct it and they can also get help where the teacher shows them how to do the problem correctly, but this can only happen after the student has done the worksheet and entered an answer so that they can't just watch the video and get the answers. 

Another good thing about this program is that you get access to ALL grade levels. So if your child is ahead in certain topics and needs more help in others, it is not a problem They can work from any and all grade levels at once. There are more than 950 lessons to choose from. 

As the parent you can choose to receive weekly updates emailed to you so that you can see your child's progress or you can check the parent area at any time.

We only worked in the Kindergarten grade level. You can see from the below screenshots how it is set up. You can choose from the different grade levels and then from the different topics and categories. 

When you have completed a section it will show you on the right what your grade percent for that lesson is. 

You can see here that they even have lessons from Algebra all the way up to Calculus. 

Here are just a couple of examples of what the kindergarten grade lessons look like. 

This is my only complaint about this program. While it does have a speaker button that will read your child most thing,s there are plenty of times that if your child cant read, you will need to be right there with them to help or they won't know how to do it.

Brently likes this program OK, but he can't do it very well on his own like he wants to. I have to be able to help him, so if we can't do this together, he gets frustrated. If your child is old enough to read though, this isn't an issue. I think that this is a good program for helping students to understand concepts that they are not fully understanding or to get ahead in math as well.

If your child needs extra help in a particular area, this is a great alternative to private tutoring for sure!!!

Here is a short video of my son doing a lesson.

The Family Membership is the best value, but they do offer a single membership as well.

There are many other members of the Review Crew that used CTCMath and we all used different grade levels, so be sure to check those out to find out more information about your child's specific grade, or to get a different prospective of the program.

Math 12-month Family Membership {CTCMath Reviews 2019}
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Attempting to Make Slime

So we attempted to make slime today. We saw a Nickelodeon slime kit at Walmart today and Brently really wanted it. We came home and followed the directions. It seemed good for a minute but every time I gave it to Brently it seemed like it was melting. I kept adding stuff and kneading and kept thinking it was good, but after a minute of playing with it, it just kept getting sticky and melty... 

I think we need a new kit or recipe. What is your favorite recipe for homemade slime?

The balls in the bluw slime just fall out everywhere every time you touch it! I do not recommend using them, at least from this kit. 

Do you have any tried and true slime or playdoh recipes to share?

Reading Eggs/ TOS Review

Have you heard of Reading Eggs or Math Seeds ? Last year I was lucky enough to have been able to review the Reading Eggs an...