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Sep
16

Unlocking Student Potential ~ A TOS Review

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“The more you know about yourself, the better prepared you will be to make quality decisions for your future.”  

 

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 telephone: 1.800.779.3472

Dr. Sanford Kulkin has more than 25 years experience in the study and application of social behavior and personality assessment. Since 2004PeopleKeys.com has helped thousands of organizations achieve their corporate goals.  Assisting them with employee assessments, behavioral analysis; and more.

StudentKeys have been designed to identify student strengths in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Learning
  • Thinking
  • Career Choices
  • Motivation
  • Career Setting

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I’ve recently had the opportunity to use and review the StudentKeys Student Binder Package, valued at $49.

 

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This binder includes six separate StudentKeys workbooks, primarily written for use by high school through college age students.  They are each 8 1/2″ x 11″, small (17 – 24 pages), black on white paper workbooks.  They can aid us, as parents and teachers, in recognizing, understanding; and teaching to our children’s strengths.

The Personality Style WB

=  designed to help you understand your strengths, limitations and encourages you to appreciate your differences and the differences of those around you.  “Personality styles are the language of observable behavior.”

The Perceptual Learning Style WB

=  created to assist you in understanding how you best absorb information and learn through your senses.  It explains the differences between the three styles of learning — Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic — and then profiles your personal style of learning.

The Cognitive Thinking Style WB

=  intended to enhance your understanding of how your mind thinks.  Different thinkers — Literal, Intuitive, Theoretical, or Experiential — are motivated to learn in different ways.

The Values Style WB

=  designed to help you understand and clarify your personal values style; noting that values are underlying motivators that affect every area of our life.

The Career Choice WB The Goal Setting WB

=  acknowledge your personality style using the D.I.S.C. profiling system, and help you make critical decisions, and plans to positively affect your future.

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I originally wanted this Student Binder for my high school senior.  Once I received it and browsed through it, I decided I should include my freshman daughter, as well.  Every page of every workbook says, “All Rights Reserved.  Duplication Prohibited,” so one of the first things I did was to call StudentKeys – 1.800.779.3472, to ask their policy for making copies of worksheets within my family.  They didn’t hesitate to assure me they had no problem with my copying work pages for my own children.  They just don’t want anyone taking advantage of their generosity (my words) and making copies for co-ops or corporate.  I truly appreciate this, and decided that my college age children, my husband and I would all benefit from working through this binder.

These workbooks can easily be used alone by high school students, but I chose to facilitate the tests and exercises.  Yep, that’s my personality!  We learned, and continue to learn, to identify, understand, observe; and build effective relationships.  This is designed for high school and college classrooms, roommates, jobs, etc.; but you can see why I was excited to have more insight into better working relationships within our own family.  For the most part, it’s been accurate, real, and good for us.

We’ve been reminded that no learning style is better than another.  They all have strengths and weak areas.  This was very affirming to some of my kids!  They’re learning that they can become skilled in using all of their sensory channels, if they explore them to understand them, and then apply what they learn.  The questions and exercises throughout each of the workbooks are very helpful.

The Thinking WB  includes a thorough profile, explanation, examples and worksheet exercises.  My students didn’t feel labeled, but felt they were given a tool to discover and understand how to maximize their strengths, while minimizing their weaknesses.  I wished I’d had these tools years ago!

Even in the same family and household, each person operates on a system of values that is unique to them.  I didn’t understand this before, nearly as well as I do now.  Our values determine our perception of everything, and everyone around us.  Without a clear understanding of our own value system and attempting to understand differing values styles, we have the tendency to become hurt and offended, fearful of interaction with others, and even unsympathetic.  We’re in the process of seeing each other a little clearer.

We have enthusiastically browsed the Career and Goal Setting workbooks, but we haven’t really used them, yet.  The opportunity to  read lists of General Occupations enjoyed by each, individual personality style is definitely interesting.  A couple of my children have already had their present career choices confirmed, and that was quite a confidence builder.  The Goal Setting WB appears to include a lot of tips and worksheets — setting Career Goals, Educational Goals, Leisure Goals, and Personal Goals — with instruction for understanding and managing obstacles; and prioritizing and making a workable timeline.  Intensive, but we’re looking forward to getting to it!

The StudentKeys Student Binder is a valued asset to being our best selves and doing our best to achieve the purpose God created each of us for.

Please, browse the PeopleKeys website, and click the banner below and follow the link to read what my fellow Crew mates have to say about this product, too.

 

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Blessings,

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Disclaimer*   I received the StudentKeys Student Binder Package, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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May
13

Papa’s Pearls ~ A TOS Review

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At just 5″ X 8″ and 113 pages, Papa’s Pearls is an exceptional, little paperback book; written by Diane Flynn Keith, about her father, Carol Joseph Flynn.  Mr. Flynn is Papa.  His pearls are words of wisdom he lived by and readily shared with his family and friends.  They are a legacy of love to his children, his grandchildren; and now to us.

 

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After I spent some time browsing Diane’s blog, learning more about her and her book, I couldn’t wait to read it!  The blog, by the same name, Papa’s Pearls, is a wonderful compliment to the book.  Appreciating family photographs, as I do, I love that Diane has set up a photo album of Papa.  It is a sweet connection to the man I’ve met while reading Papa’s Pearls:  A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children.

 

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I read the story of Carol Joseph Flynn’s life aloud to my children, in the evenings before bed.  They always wanted more!  Each of the 17 chapters is like a snapshot of time, detailing actual tidbits of fact and history; woven with personal accounts, Papa’s wit and feelings, and the lessons he learned.  He was born in 1922, in San Francisco.  He rose above a life of hard knocks, becoming a good man, a respected leader; and a well-loved father and grandfather.  Because he lived through war time and The Great Depression, just as my children’s grandparents did, there was much material for discussion.  We could contrast and compare what Diane wrote of his life with what we know of their lives.  I read aloud the Introduction, at the beginning of the book, so my kids would know that Papa had already died and his daughter was writing about the impact he had on his family’s life.  My husband’s parents, my mother; and my grandmother have all died in the past 15 years.  Nearly every time I read a chapter from Papa’s Pearls, our memories were sparked to reminisce and talk about our own family heritage.  How Grandpa did “this”, always said “that”, or looked at Grandma “just so.”  What Gramma “believed” and how she shared her faith.  Papa’s Pearls is indeed full of love and wisdom from a life well lived, but it is so much more to us.  It is a tool that stirs our own memories, and unlocks our personal heritage.  No doubt, we will read it time and again!

                             An autographed copy of Papa’s Pearls is available for $21.97, on the Papa’s Pearls website.  Diane Flynn Keith is also a homeschool coach and mentor, and you can find her at Homefires.com, and Carschooling.com.

 

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What a delight that Diane Keith could spend time with her dad, recounting memories of his nearly 90 years, before his death in December 2011.  She has written a fine tribute to him, his resilience and his positive out look on life; sharing with the world that we are loved more than we know.  Papa says:

“What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?”

“You gotta Use Your Street Smarts.”

“Tell Yourself You Like It.”

“It’s All about Family.”

“Be Grateful Everyday.”

and more.

“Tell Yourself You Like It,” is a prime example of Papa’s out look on life.  Being a plumber in San Francisco, Papa often had to work in the sewers.  When his young children asked him how he could stand the smell, he replied, “You just tell yourself you like it.  Then, it’s not so bad.”  Many years ago, my suburban raised husband got a job on a hog farm.  He was going to college and there was a house for our family, on the property, provided with the job.  The smell of the area was just animal-waste-ripe, and it seemed to permeate everything.  Every time we would leave the house, on our return up the driveway my husband would say, “Mmmm, smells like money!” and he’d smile.  We were just so thankful for a place to live and a dependable job!  We got through that time with genuinely grateful hearts and good attitudes.  We learned so many life lessons during that time, and some of them we didn’t even realize until we read Papa’s story.  Diane writes that her “Papa knew what research studies show.  People who have positive attitudes are winners in good times, and survivors in hard times.  You are what you think.  Tell yourself you like it.”

 

My crew mates have also written reviews of Papa’s Pearls:  A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children and Grandchildren, and you can find them when you click the banner and follow the link below.

 

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Blessings,

 

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Disclaimer*   I received an autographed copy of Papa’s Pearls, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Aug
08

How to Create Better Writers

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I want my children to know how to write intelligent, descriptive sentences, and have a well developed vocabulary.  I want them to know how to write great stories, strong essays, and research reports.  I want them to have every confidence that they are fully prepared for the SAT/ACT College Writing Exam. 

A road map would be appreciated!  What do I teach?  When do I teach it?  How do I teach different educational levels at the same time?

 

Reading and using

The Homeschool Writing Action Plan,

written by David Dye, the author of

is like winning an exclusive, one-on-one consultation that answers my questions, and relieves my doubts.  In his easy, step-by-step manner, Mr. Dye presents the major writing concept that every student needs to succeed!  While he has also written his own writing curriculum, How to Teach the Paragraph and How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay, he actually gives you the ability and the confidence to organize any writing curriculum into one, workable program.  It’s amazing what 54 pages can accomplish!

The Homeschool Writing Action Plan can be purchased as an e-book, for $15.95, or printed, soft bound for $19.95.

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How to Teach a Paragraph is built on one simple writing “trick,” as David Dye calls it, that is mastered by the student.  The concept that is taught is foundational to great writing and can be used with every subject.

Click the graphic to watch a video demo of the trick.

This is working for us!  I have seen clear improvement in writing and in some attitudes approaching writing, since using this program.

How to Teach a Paragraph is 22 pages, covering 11 Steps ~

  1. Assessment:  Students write a Paragraph
  2. Learning the Five Parts of a good Paragraph
  3. Memorize the Five Parts of a Paragraph
  4. The Paper Set-up
  5. Write a Paragraph together:  The Prewrite
  6. Write a Paragraph together:  The Paragraph
  7. Topic Sentence
  8. Closing Sentences
  9. Paragraph Assessment
  10. Practice, Practice, Practice!
  11. The Perfect Paragraph

 

“The ability to organize one’s thoughts and communicate ideas clearly is the backbone of good writing.”  Once my younger children fully grasp the trick to writing one paragraph, I think the transition to writing five paragraphs, for an essay, will no longer be intimidating.  The difference in my older ones is already notable, and we have barely opened the cover of How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay.

How to Teach the Paragraph is available as an e-book only, for $7.99, but it is free when you purchase How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay  for $17.95 e-book version, or $19.95 for a soft bound book.  The Complete Writing Program  includes both of these books for free, plus much more, because it’s  “a workshop in a book!”

Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post.  There are videos, sample pages, and details listed on the Create Better Writers website.  You can also read the reviews written by my Crew mates, when you click on the banner below ~

 

 

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Email – dye.teach@verizon.net

or

Call – 562.627.5662

This product has so positively impacted our writing that I am seriously considering acquiring  Standard Based Grammar – Home School Edition, too.  It’s a grammar curriculum written by David Dye, claiming to give a “thorough understanding of the English language.”  If you happen to purchase it before I do, let me know what you think of it.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   An e-book edition of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Jul
13

Responding to Great Literature

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Hewitt Homeschooling “Lightning Lit guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills.”

 

 

 

Hewitt’s British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century Lightning Literature covers:

  • William Blake, selected poetry
  • Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
  • Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • Thomas Carlyle, essay
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • William Makepeace Thackeray, Rebecca and Rowena, short story

including Discussion Questions, Project Suggestions, Additional Reading, and Semester or Full-Year Schedules.

I found this course to be thorough, flexible and easy to teach.  My children thought it was both inspiring and challenging.  No doubt we will complete it and go on to include others in our curriculum.

Lightning Lit & Comp – British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century can be purchased as a bundle, that includes the Teacher’s Guide, the Student’s Guide, and each of the 4 novels needed to complete the course, for $48.39.  You can also purchase the Student’s Text for $29.95 and the Teacher’s Guide for $2.95; then, borrow the novels from your local library or get them at a second-hand book shop, as we did.

The Student’s Guide is a sturdy, soft bound, non-consumable book.  The Parent’s/Teacher’s Guide is printed, loose leaf papers, hole-punched and ready for a notebook binder.

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources, British Medieval Lightning Literature is on sale for a limited time, at 33 % off.  $19.95 for the Student’s Guide and $1.95 for the Teacher’s Guide.

 

 

Contact:

Mail ~

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources

P.O. Box 9

Washougal, WA  98671

Call ~  360.835.8708

Email ~  sales@hewitthomeschooling.com

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Hewitt Homeschooling has a complete website for more detailed information.  Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post and click the graphic below to read what my crew mates have to say about the many products available.

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of Lightning Lit & Comp – British Literature:  Early-Mid 19th Century, Teacher’s Guide and Student’s Guide was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Jun
22

Practice to Excel

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None of my children are chomping at the bit to earn a math major.  I’m trying to think whether or not I have any that actually like mathematics.  Hmm…some of them at least acknowledge that they will have to take a couple of math courses in college to obtain their degree, but it is a reluctant acknowledgement.  Yes, they realize the importance of numbers and the place they hold in the order of life, but wish it didn’t have to apply directly to them.  Sorry to say, I totally understand; so, I’m always looking for ways to keep their attention long enough for them to acquire and hone their necessary math skills.

The creators of IXL Learning must know students like mine!  IXL is a bright, colorful; and even fun, online program that allows your child to practice math concepts, while tracking mastery.

 

 

They have over 2,000 skills listed by grade or by topic, supplying unlimited questions for Pre-K through Algebra, with future plans to add Geometry, Trigonometry, AND Language Arts!

 

 

We are currently using two different math curriculums, and IXL.com easily supplements both of them.  Choosing by topic has worked the best for us, because the teaching and instruction occurs with the curriculum we’re using, followed by examples and practice with the IXL correlating topic.  When working a problem, if the student answers incorrectly they can ask the program for an explanation and one is supplied, otherwise IXL is strictly practice; not instruction.

IXL.com gives me access to all of their grade levels; so, if my child is excelling in one area I can allow him to advance, while working through a different level in another area.  I think this has kept boredom at bay.  Also, students can unlock virtual rewards and prizes to place on a game board as they excel.  Mine call them stickers, because they remind them of our “in house” sticker reward program from their younger years.

 

 

 

 

The best part of the program for me is the reporting that IXL does.  They track each students progress and keep a report of the time they’ve spent on the program AND the time spent working problems.  Because of this, I can teach to specific areas that need improvement.

 

 

 

 

IXL also offers State Standardized Test Alignment and Reporting.  You can find the right skills that need practiced and read a thorough report of your child’s readiness for standardized tests according to your state.

 

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IXL Membership is $79 a year for your 1st child and $20 a year for each additional child.  There is also a per month option of $9.95 for the 1st child and just $2 a month for each additional child.  Membership gives you access to every grade level and topic available.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Write –

IXL Learning

777 Mariners Island Blvd., Suite 600

San Mateo, CA  94404

Email – info@ixl.com

Call – 650.372.4040

Please, take a few minutes to follow the links I’ve provided here and browse the IXL website.  You can also read the opinions the Schoolhouse Review Crew, when you click the graphic below.

Blessings,

Disclaimer*  Access to this online program was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

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Jun
21

My Featured Post…

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It’s the truth!

I am excited to be featured,

this week,

in the  Schoolhouse Review Crew’s

Spotlight on the Crew!

 

Click the graphic to read, “An Experienced Homeschool Mom.”

Every week I anticipate a tidbit, a tasty morsel, or encouraging highlight from a member of the Review Crew, and I’m looking forward to reading each of them!  I think this will be a treasure trove of tiny blessings!  I hope you’ll read along with me.

Blessings,

Just a note of *disclaimer.  I wrote this post because I wanted to; because I enjoy the Crew, and wanted to share The Spotlight with you.  I did not write it because I receive any type of compensation for it – I don’t.  The honest opinions expressed on this blog are mine.

Thanks for reading.  I look forward to your comments.

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Jun
20

Magazines Make Memories

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For almost 25 years my children have been receiving magazine subscriptions, as Christmas gifts, from two of the best aunts in the world!  When we had only small children they ordered Your Big Backyard; as we added children to our household, the aunts kept up with the older ones and added Ranger Rick.  We continued to add a newborn every couple of years, for several years, and the older ones just never stopped getting older; so, eventually National Geographic was added.  Last year was the first year in a long time that Big Backyard did not come to our house.  My “littles” have finally outgrown it.  You wouldn’t believe how many back issues of these magazines I have kept!  My children have always been interested in nature; animals, bugs, trees, water, etc.  They read about it, draw it, take photos of it, and generally appreciate God’s creation of it, every single day.

I wish I had known about Creation Illustrated!  It would have been at the top of my Humbly-Request-Your-Consideration-of-These-Magazines List for the aunts gift subscription choices.

 

 

Click the graphic to read, “Who Are We?

Creation Illustrated has been published, by Tom and Jennifer Ish, for 19 years, and they have dedicated it to “sharing the wonders of God’s creation in nature, in Scripture, and in living.”

 

Spring 2012 Issue of Creation Illustrated

Features of the Spring 2012 issue include:

  • A Creatures Near and Dear to Us feature on hummingbirds called “Flying Jewels”
  • An Outdoor Adventure story on Yellowstone National Park
  • A Lens on Creation snapshot of birds on “Bonaventure Island”
  • A Creation Day 6, Part 3 story on the Creation of Humans
  • Creation Highlights in the news
  • A Creation Resource Guide
  • A Creation Stewardship page
  • My Walk with God story called “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
  • A Genesis Cuisine recipe section featuring Smoothies for homemakers
  • A Wholesome Living Guide
  • An encouraging children’s story called “Bunny Surprise”
  • A Youth Photo Contest
  • An Instructional Guide to help homeschoolers and teachers glean key spiritual and character-building lessons from each article
  • An Educational Resource Guide
  • Uplifting poetry
  • And more!

 

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These magazines are stunning and impressive in their quality!  Every page is printed on heavy paper, using vivid color and high gloss.  A 55 page, Biblically founded, nature journal.  Unlike National Geographic, in the respect that I do not have to say, “Don’t browse through the magazine until I get the chance to look at it first,” when it comes in the mail.  With NG I had to have the opportunity to prepare for discussion of some content, ahead of time; some articles and pictures were not even approved for viewing, at certain ages.  I trust  Creation Illustrated and it is a free-for-all to see who gets it first!

 

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

email – ci@CreationIllustrated.com

phone – 1.800.360.2732

or write –

Creation Illustrated

P.O. Box 7955

Auburn, CA  95604-7955

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A 1-year subscription, 4 issues is $19.95, 2-yrs. (8) for $37.95, or 3-yrs. (12) for $53.95.  There are several back issues available for $2.99 each plus s/h.  Although, I understand the costs of publication, compared to the larger magazines, I acknowledge that some might find this a little steep in price.  I can get more issues, for less money, if I choose a different magazine, but also get a lack of my God in creation, old-earth mentality, evolution, and assundry other ideas I’d rather not deal with every time a page is turned.  I, personally, think the cost is worth it and I’ll adjust my budget, or put in a request to the aunts, to support the wonder that is Creation Illustrated magazine.

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Please, follow the links I’ve posted here and take a few minutes to read the opinions of an outstanding group of reviewers, by clicking the graphic below.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  Four issues of this magazine were given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

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Jun
19

A Spotlight on Me!

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There is a Crew Spotlight on the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog, featuring a different Crew member each week.  On June 21st, the Crew Spotlight will kindly be on me; linking to this blog.  Wah, how sweet is that!

Approximately 200 homeschool families comprise our Schoolhouse Review Crew, and the fact that I will be featured in a Spotlight is both amazing and humbling.  It is an honor to work with the multitalented people on this Crew; supporting and encouraging the homeschool community around the world.

I hope you’ll read my post, The Experienced Homeschool Mom, then stop back here and let me know what you think of it.  I am so excited to share it with you!

 

Blessings,

 

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Jun
18

A Way to Mathematically Engage My Students

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Have I mentioned that we tend to gravitate toward art and writing, as opposed to math?  I think each of my children would say they enjoy the creativity of expressing themselves artistically, through drawing or painting, musically, or as a wordsmith, with little inclination to numbers crunching.  I acknowledge that numbers are vital to the order of the universe, though; so, I am always looking for ways to mathematically engage my students.

Pearson Homeschool desires to support our commitment to give our children the best education possible.  “From kitchen table to computer, our proven resources propel learning at your child’s perfect pace. You can teach core skills confidently with proven programs built on the best education research.”

 

Click graphic to read Why Pearson Homeschool Curriculum?

Pearson Homeschool has affordable curriculum packages available for grades Pre-K through 12.

Scott Foresman Reading Street

Interactive Science

myWorld Social Studies

MyMathLab Algebra 1

and my current interest –

enVisionMATH

enVisionMath  “uses problem based interactive learning and visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding. It incorporates bar diagram visual tools to promote problem-solving skills, and it provides data-driven differentiated instruction to ensure success.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Products are available individually, but a Homeschool Bundle has been created for each grade level, K – 6.

The enVisionMATH – Grade 4 – Homeschool Bundle can be purchased for $99.99, and includes:

Student Text, a beautiful hard bound book with semi-glossy pages.  Daily lessons introduce a concept using engaging illustrations, examples of problems, guided practice, independent practice and problem solving.

MindPoint Quiz Show CD-Rom, quiz show-type math games, with multiple-choice answers, played against the computer or more than one player.

Teacher Edition CD-Rom, which contains customizable lesson plans, teaching guides, reviews & assessments, and printable resources that include practice worksheets and tests.

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We have used several online computer programs for math, in the past few months, and I think my daughter enjoys having a book-in-hand and not having to schedule available PC time.  enVisionMATH is a full math curriculum and it does teach sequential concepts, which I definitely like, but I am still undecided whether or not I would use it exclusively as our math program.  Grade 4, has been a wonderful gap-filler, for us, and I do expect to complete every lesson with my daughter.

enVisionMATH Grade 4 – Table of Contents –

  • Topic 1: Numeration
  • Topic 2: Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
  • Topic 3: Multiplication Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 4: Division Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 5: Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 6: Patterns and Expressions
  • Topic 7: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 8: Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors
  • Topic 9: Lines, Angles, and Shapes
  • Topic 10: Understanding Fractions
  • Topic 11: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Topic 12: Understanding Decimals
  • Topic 13: Operations with Decimals
  • Topic 14: Area and Perimeter
  • Topic 15: Solids
  • Topic 16: Measurement, Time, and Temperature
  • Topic 17: Data and Graphs
  • Topic 18: Equations
  • Topic 19: Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry
  • Topic 20: Probability

 

 

Click graphic for Features and Benefits of enVisionMATH – Grade 4

This is a non-consumable book, which I actually appreciate, since I can re-use it with my other children without an added expense, but a notebook is needed in addition to the student text.  The course can be teacher intensive, because the introduction of a new concept sometimes lacks fine details, in the student text, and must be taught.  In this case, I like that it forces me to remain hands-on with my child’s education.  Assessment of her strengths and needs is easy, because I’m involved on a daily basis.  Teaching Guides are available and I do not think this is difficult to teach.

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01

Under the Deep Blue Sea

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My family and I love the beach!  The sand, the waves; even the salt, but none of us are really interested in diving into the ocean and having 1500 feet of water above our heads.  That’s why it’s nice to have someone like Annie Crawley, AKA Ocean Annie, take us under the deep blue sea and show us just what we’re missing.

Annie Crawley is an accomplished boat captain, underwater cinematographer, film maker, educator, and creator of the Dive Into Your Imagination company, among other things.

 

 

 

Annie says, “Although I loved Finding Nemo, because of the exposure it gave to our oceans, it was only a story.  I wanted to give children the real story, have them exposed to the real animals and talk about the natural history of the animals because they are so animated in their natural environment, they don’t need any stories but their own.  I created Dive Into Your Imagination series for kids, to get them out of the virtual world and into the real world…”

Dive Into Your Imagination offers author Annie’s book, Ocean Life – from A to Z, a series of Dive Into Your Imagination DVD’sWhat Makes a Fish a Fish?, Who Lives In the Sea?, and Dive Into Diversity, and other products.

Dive Into Diversity is a 44 minute DVD, including The Ocean Song, and Special Features:  Meet Annie; Meet Craig (the music creator), Transcripts (covering each chapter), and Credits.    It is divided into 8 chapters –

  1. Night Diving on the Reef
  2. Dive Into Diversity
  3. Be a Submarine Pilot
  4. Swim in a Kelp Forest
  5. Invertebrates of the Sea
  6. Coral Reef Living
  7. Sea Animals with Backbones and
  8. Wacky, Weird, Crusty Crustaceans

 

 

Click graphic to view Sample video chapter

As seen on the DVD cover, this video was written for Pre-K and up.  The photography is phenomenal!  It does, indeed, hold the attention of a preschooler and a teen, at the same time.  It can be viewed in English, Spanish, or with Music only.  The musical score beautifully fits each spectacular scene!  If I could count the gorgeous real-life images only, I would say this is one of the best under-sea videos we’ve ever seen, and it is well worth the cost of $19.95.

Annie Crawley has developed Educator Guides for each DVD in the series.  The 300 page guide is a massive resource, covering grades Pre-K – 3, and when it is used in conjunction with the DVD a full unit study of learning is created.  Although it is written for use in a classroom, and therefore has many activities geared toward groups of students, I still found it easily adaptable for homeschool use.  Printed guides are $299.00 each, but are also available as individual PDF’s for $69.95.  I think the price reflects the original intent of purchase by a brick & mortar school system.

As a reader of my blog, and a follower of TOS Homeschool Crew, Annie is presenting you with a special offer!  Choose the DVD you’d like to order;  when you place your order mention that you homeschool and she will send you a FREE PDFDo not actually order the Educator Guides from the website – just make a notation in the comment section of your DVD order, such as, “I am a Homeschool Parent and I would like a copy of the Educator Guides, as offered through TOS Homeschool Crew.”  I do not know how long this offer will be available.  I can tell you that through the month of June 2012, there will be FREE SHIPPING with any order placed at www.AnnieCrawley.com/store/, as a “thank you” for your readership.

Click graphic for details of the Educator Guides

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It is fascinating to read other’s perspectives, and I encourage you to click the graphic below and read what my Crew mates have to say about the Dive Into Your Imagination DVD Series.

 

 

Personally, I have not and will not allow my young children to watch this video without supervision, with the exception of watching in music only mode.  It is extremely time consuming to sift through the dense humanistic world-view that is in opposition to our Bible-based, Creationist world-viewMuch of the agenda is inferred, and it’s very subtle, but as this series is geared toward young, impressionable children I believe it has the potential to slowly erode the foundation that some of us are trying to build, if we are unaware.  One marketing tag line says, “Dive Into Your Imagination is changing the way a new generation views the Ocean and themselves!”

 

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Here is quoted content, for your consideration, from the second chapter of the DVD, Dive Into Diversity

“Nature and all creatures must have balance in order to survive.  Diversity means variety, which means differences in shapes, sizes, skills, and colors.  Diversity in nature helps to protect the balance that is necessary in the world…Some animals might be fast while others are slow.  Some might be long, while others are short.  One might be purple, while another is green.  Can you think of one way that you are different from another person?  This is diversity.  Fish don’t say to one another, ‘OOOhhh, you are too…blue, or black, or white…’They don’t care about the color of one another’s skin…Did you know that Clown Fish are born male and as they grow can change to become a female?  The largest fish in their family is a she…The Wrusses are a group of fish where the girl fish can turn into a boy fish.  Animals in the sea are not concerned with what we think.  They do what they do in order to survive…So, let’s dive into the ocean of our imagination and learn to accept one another no matter our color, or our style.  Just like the animals of the sea, we all need to respect one another and our diversity.”

I think this is propaganda and it borders on attempted indoctrination.

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In the Educator Guides you will repeatedly read leading text such as, “Thanks for helping change the way a new generation views the ocean and themselves.  Our ocean needs protected and we protect what we love…By teaching our children to thank our Ocean and give gratitude to nature, we are teaching them to have respect and gratitude for life on our planet.”

I believe we may be teaching them false doctrine if we use this Guide, as is, and do not address The Truth of Scripture.  We are to worship The One, True and Living God, without hint of any other God before Him.  We are to care for all things He has given us power and dominion over, but we are not to raise them [the planet, nature, or our ocean] above mankind or Him.

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The DVD is much less evolutionary than many animal/nature shows on Discovery or National Geographic, but again, the mere subtlety, left unchecked, can be erosive.  The Guide tends to be more direct, with statements like, “Animals that come out at night have night vision and have evolved different senses for living in the dark.”

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We are ones to usually enjoy any behind the scenes or special features that are available.  We enjoyed the background on Annie and proceeded to watch the brief segment on Craig, the music creator.  We watched with interest as he discusses the process of writing the musical score for the video.  You find him in his office, with his keyboard, the DVD he is scoring playing in front of him, a picture on his desk that is possibly his family, another photograph of the Dalai Lama, and two Buddha statues.  It is my opinion that this quick visual was not accidental, nor is my reference to it here.

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Finally, while I value and respect Annie Crawley’s specialized skill in capturing life under the ocean, I do not appreciate the pervasive way Dive Into Your Imagination attempts to “change the way a new generation views” anything.  I maintain that this DVD is exceptional and it’s a remarkable view of a world usually unseen; yet, we are the sentinels charged with teaching our children a Godly world-view and we must be diligent not to lose ground.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Email ~ www.AnnieCrawley.com

Phone ~ 805.453.1947

Mail ~

Annie Crawley

10002 Aurora Ave. N

Ste 36 PMB 104

Seattle, WA  98133

or facebook ~

www.Facebook.com/DiveIntoYourImagination

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A DVD of this product and a PDF was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Thank you for your comments.

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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