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May
15

Spanish for You! ~ A TOS Review

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One more time, I have the opportunity to learn, and to teach my children Spanish.  Let me just tell you now that I think this program might actually work for us!

 

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Spanish for You!  is a full-year Spanish curriculum built around a theme, instead of grade levels.  It’s actually designed in a way that I can use it with all of my children at the same time.  Created by Spanish teacher and author, Debbie Annett, for grades 3 – 8, it is concise and simple to use.  Currently, there are two themes available:  Fiestas – Celebrations, and Estaciones – Seasons.  Another theme, Viajes – Travels, is expected this summer.  Our study is based on Estaciones Seasons.  We enjoy each of the four seasons, the outdoors, and the dramatic weather changes we sometimes experience; so this seemed a perfect place for us to begin!

 

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 Curriculum includes:

Soft-bound text, Parent/Teacher Guide

Lesson Guides for Grades 3 – 8 in PDF format

MP3 audio download for each Lesson

Printable worksheets in PDF format

Flashcards, to download and print

and

Audio download of the entire book, recorded by a native speaker

Spanish for You Curriculum

 

This course is set up for 30 minutes or less a day, 4 days a week, consistently; and most importantly, following the specified order of the lessons.  However, the author encourages you to have fun, don’t stress, and modify your schedule if needed.  The Lesson Guides include clear instructions and a complete plan for the entire curriculum.

There really isn’t a lot of prep work for Estaciones.  I downloaded the files for the audio, worksheets, etc. and then I read a few pages of the text and Lesson Guides to familiarize myself with the course.  The Lesson Guides tell you what audio you’ll need to listen to, what worksheets you’ll need to print;  and which flashcards to use for each lesson.  I chose to print mine all at one time and put them in folders.  I also printed all of the flashcards.

The flashcards are not my favorite.  Ms. Annett even says that you might want to “use your computer to make cool flashcards.”  I haven’t figured out how to do that, yet; so I used the flashcards she includes with the curriculum.  Making my own flashcards in this way was time consuming.  Each sheet of flashcards must be printed and cut apart.  They’re black and white sketches, so we decided to color them.  Then we glued them to 3″x 5″ cards, giving me a place to write the Spanish/English words that correspond to each drawing.  The biggest issue for me is that, since I don’t already speak Spanish, it seems to take forever and a day to write the phonetic pronunciation of the word; so I know whether or not my student is pronouncing it correctly.  I’m sure I’ll get quicker as I learn, but presently I have to refer to the guide numerous times for each word.  I’d like to be able to print the flashcards in color, and I’d like the Spanish word and pronunciation set up to print on the reverse side; or separately, so I could cut it out and glue it to the back of the card.

 

Spanish for You flashcards

 

Our first week we followed the Lesson Guides as they are set up.  We moved along, but didn’t feel like we retained much by the end of the week; so we chose to use the author’s modified schedule suggestion.  Our Day 1 is covered on Monday and Tuesday.  Day 2 on Wednesday and Thursday; and Friday we review.  Day 3 is covered Monday and Tuesday of the second week, with Day 4 on Wednesday and Thursday.  Again, Friday is a great day for review and testing.  The Audio files are an invaluable assistance.  The Teacher’s Text includes Ideas for Using Flashcards, and a variety of Games and Activities that we use for lessons and review.  Playing Charades is one of our favorites!  Flashcards are mixed up and stacked in a pile.  A card is chosen from the top of the stack, and acted out.  The correct word or phrase must be shouted in Spanish to win!  It’s noisy, but great fun!  So, we are spreading one week’s worth of instruction over two weeks of time; but I think we’re getting it and keeping it.  It is the easiest Spanish curriculum I’ve ever used!

 

We are still in Lesson 1, but we have covered a lot of material —

  • The Months of the Year
  • The Days of the Week
  • Commands:  Look, Write; Draw
  • Weather Conditions:  Cold, Hot, Windy, etc.
  • Verb Conjugation
  • and Grammar

We are learning to speak, hear, read and write Spanish!

 

A complete packaged curriculum for all grades, 3 – 8 can be purchased for $64.95.  Complete, select packages for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 are $39.95 each.  You can find all of the available themes on the Spanish for You! website, under the Purchase Curriculum tab on the left.  If you’re still not sure if this curriculum will work for your family, please take some time to read the reviews written by my Crew mates.  Just click on the banner and follow the link below.

 

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Bendición,

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Disclaimer*   I received a complete package curriculum of Spanish for You! theme Estaciones, 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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Thank you for your comments.  I enjoy hearing from you!

 

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Nov
18

It’s Big, Really Big!

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To say something is mammoth is to say it is something of great size.  My kids would interchange it with ginormous, a word they’re sure they used before anyone else even thought of it.  Personally, I like colossus – of gigantic size and proportions.

My latest review is for Math Mammoth and it’s big, really bigMaria Miller, the author, has put together multiple math options for your student.  Hundreds of pages of text and worksheets, organized as a complete curriculum, for grades 1-6, or as work texts and worksheets, by topic or grade level, through the 8th grade

 

 

She has devoted more than ten years to creating math resources and this effective curriculum that is available as an instant download and in printed books.  She’s packaged over 300 sample worksheets that can be used for FREE.

It is also no small thing that Math Mammoth is affordable.  $34.00 per download, per grade level or work text (worksheets and text in the same book), by topic, for $2 – $7 each, and several discounted package deals.  In today’s economy this is huge!

Over the years we have used several different math programs.  Some have been successful and some were duds, according to the learning bent of my child, not necessarily the merits of the program.  Math curricula are not one size fits all.

Basically, Math Mammoth focuses on one concept at a time – in depth – approaching a problem from different angles – until that concept is mastered.  Therefore, thinking is challenged, and mental math acquired and honed.  I have discovered, finally, that this is the perfect environment for one of my sons.  The lessons appear “clutter free” to him.  They are clear and concise, and he understands what he is expected to learn.  He concentrates on it, studies it until he’s “got it,” then checks it off in his mind as conquered and moves on to the next topic.  My daughter, on the other hand, finds it “rather boring and monotonous” and performs much better when stimulated by variety and repetition.

It is monumental to me, as a parent/teacher, that Maria Miller has developed a FREE placement test for each of the grades.  I was unsure, for a couple of my children, what grade level they had attained in math.  I thought there might be a few conceptual gaps in their education, but I wasn’t even sure what was missing.  So, I had no idea where to start with this program.  Maria suggested that I give the children a placement test and then submit the results to her.  She personally analyzed the results with me and advised me, based on her own extensive experience and education, on which course would be best for my son.  Her guidance and support has been an immense help.

My crew mates reviewed the series of books offered by Math Mammoth and I have attached links throughout this post to give you more detailed information ~

 

 

Click the TOS graphic below to read what they thought of each option.  The Light Blue Series book that we’ve been using has made an impressive positive impact on my son’s view of math and his own level of capability.

 

 

Blessings,

 

This product 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 comment!

*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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Sep
14

Time for Learning!

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“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…”  Ecclesiastes 3

Time to wake up!

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Time to sleep!

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Time to prepare a meal and time to eat.  Time for Bible Study and a bubble bath.  Time for a picnic.  Time to visit the library.  Time for date night, family game night, movie & popcorn.  Time to do the dishes, mop the floor and walk the dog.  Time to sort, wash, dry, fold and put away mountains of laundry!  Time to multi-task and make the most of every moment.  Time to be all I can be!

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Time for teaching and Time for Learning.

Time4Learning is an online learning program.  It’s web-based, which means there is no software to download, no CD’s to buy, and access is always available (from any PC with an internet connection.)  Therefore, it is most convenient.  Designed for grades Pre-K through 8th, as a complete curriculum or supplemental.  Using animation, interactive activities and printable worksheets, Time4Learning builds a foundation in language arts, math, science (1st – 6th grade) and history (2nd – 7th grade.)

This is a comprehensive curriculum.  Additional features include:

  • 1,000+ multimedia lessons
  • State standards-based
  • Independent grade level settings for each subject
  • Access to the grade above and below
  • Time-stamping feature on lessons (for attendance)
  • Online playground which rewards and motivates
  • Automated grading and reporting for portfolio use
  • …and much more!

 

 

 


Lessons are individually paced with the student’s ability, whether gifted, special needs, homeschool, test prep, summer bridge or remedial.  Three grade levels, for each subject, are available at once, enabling the parent to customize the program according to the child’s needs.  Unit assessments/progress reports are sent to a parent account and parents can personally change a child’s grade level, as they see fit.


My children are excited about using this program!  The graphics are engaging and the content, while uncompromisingly educational, is entertaining!  We do monitor the time spent on the playground games, and we have skipped over lesson content that we have found counter to our home teaching:  lessons and activities that speak of gods, goddesses, idols, Halloween, mythical beings and aliens, wizards and witches, and more, according to the relevance to the lesson.  “To each his own,” but if one has an awareness of what is being presented, one can make informed personal choices.

I found this simple to set up and I’ve appreciated the extras available to parents/teachers on the Time4Learning website:

 

A month of access to this program will cost you $19.95 for the first child you enroll and $14.95 for each additional child.  *So much less expensive than paying for tutoring, but presently too expensive for our budget.  I hope to see multiple-children-family-pricing in the future, to make this excellent program affordable to more homeschooling families.

 

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Still not sure if this is right for your family?  Try a FREE, interactive lesson demoWant 30 days FREE?  Apply to review the  Time 4 Learning program.

Questions or Comments:

Call – 954-771-0914

or

Email – support@Time4Learning.com


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Blessings,

 

This product 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.

 

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

Thank you for your comments!  I appreciate each one of them.  PK

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May
23

All Together

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When I began schooling my children at home, over 25 years ago, there weren’t many, if any, school materials geared toward home use.  Public and private school text books were adapted, by parents/teachers to meet individual needs. We did a lot of that. It took extra time, but it was possible.  We also taught from every-day-living.  We still do a lot of that. A general, life-is-school and school-is-life; there’s-a-lesson-in-every-thing, approach.  I would find a scope and sequence for a specific grade level and then pull-in and organize various resources to build our curriculum each year.  I clearly remember using books published by Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Macmillan and Evan-Moor.  Eventually, we used Abeka Book and Bob Jones Press, but even those were originally written for private christian school use, and not homeschool.  There was so much busy-seat-work, because they were intended to keep a full classroom of student’s occupied.  Teacher’s editions weren’t available to the individual, either.  Everything had to be studied and done ahead of time, so answer keys could be written.  I am amazed and delighted at how far home education has come in the last 25 years!

Pearson Education is now the “world’s leading educational and professional publisher.”  You may recognize some of their brands:  Scott Foresman, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, Longman, and many others.

 

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Pearson is trusted and respected, drawing on a heritage that stretches back to 1725, when Thomas Longman published the first book, typeset by Benjamin Franklin.  They provide products, programs and services, in every subject, for PreK-20.

 

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I received the Scott Foresman, Social Studies – All Together, 1st Grade text book, for review.  It is high-gloss, hard-bound, with bold, brilliant, color pictures on every page!  It is not written for homeschool use, but it is a great supplement to any social studies curriculum.  Interestingly enough, I was not given a teacher’s edition or any of the additional teaching aids/tools that are available; so, it was just like the good-ole-days.  I had to pay attention to the text, as we read it, so that I, too, could correctly answer the review questions at the end of each unit.  My 6 year old thought it was so funny that I had to do the same work that she had to do!

All-Together teaches students “what it means to be citizens of this nation – that respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, courage, and honesty are the pillars that make us strong.”  In each unit, there are pages dedicated to Citizen Heroes, and on the upper right corner of the page, one of the six pillars is highlighted.  Because of the consistency of the layout, my daughter would go to that area of the page, first, to see which pillar we were about to read.

 

Citizen Heroes

 

The following companies, and others, are partners-in-education with Pearson:

 

 

 

Their contribution is evident in the content and format of the book –

 

Dorling Kindersley

 

 

 

 

 

You open the over-size book to find a full-color Social Studies Handbook.  My young student was drawn-in completely and couldn’t wait to discover what was on the next page and the next page and…

 

 

We did put a home spin on the units.  Most of them had a reference to school or the bus or the cafeteria, etc.  “Your cafeteria is too noisy.  Tell steps you would take to solve the problem.”  We talked about the noise of living in a big family; what noises we liked, which ones we’d rather not hear and how to get more of one and less of the other.  We also discussed what it might feel like to eat lunch with others that you might not know very well.  Everything was adaptable and useful as a teaching element, even if it wasn’t used exactly as the authors expected.  That is the beauty and flexibility of schooling at home, though, isn’t it.

 

 

Unit 1 – Time for School
Unit 2 – In My Community
Unit 3 – Work! Work! Work!
Unit 4 – Our Earth, Our Resources
Unit 5 – This is Our Country

 

 

 

Map and Globe Skills
Biographies
Songs and Poems
Chart and Graph Skills
Vocabulary
Atlas
Picture Glossary
History and more

 

 

 

“…God shed His grace on thee…”

“…one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

“Our country’s motto is ‘In God We Trust.”

 

This was actually the first thing I looked for – does Pearson Education keep God where our Founding Fathers placed Him, over our Nation?  I’m pleased to say that in Social Studies – All Together they certainly do.

 

The student edition of this book is $43.47.  There is also a teacher’s edition, workbook and answer key, planning guide, resource package, readers, map tools, video field trips and more. Please note that some items can only be purchased with PO or school credit card, which is not homeschool friendly.

 

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There is free access to a companion site:  with a Social Studies library (dictionary, encyclopedia, and almanac), Current Events (In the News and Time for Kids), an Atlas (world & U.S. geography, facts and tools); “This Day In History” (attaches a when to a what or who), “Meet the People” (people & biographies), and Activities (by state, grade level/book and unit).  This site is full of information, plus it’s fun and easy to navigate.  Free downloads at Symbols of America, too!

 

 

 

Contact:

phone:  1.800.848.9500

Pearson

K12 Customer Service

P.O. Box 2500

Lebanon, IN  46052

 

My mates at TOS reviewed Social Studies – All Altogether – 1st Grade, enVision Math – 1st Grade; Reading Street – 2nd Grade.  Click the banner below to read all about it!

 

 

Blessings,

 

This product 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.  I appreciate YOU!


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Feb
18

Creating an Eager Reader

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*Reluctant – not eager; unwilling; disinclined

*Reader – one that reads

*Solution – the answer to or disposition of a problem

There are nearly 400,000 books published each year in the United States and the United Kingdom, combined.  I love to read.  I want my children to want to read.  I want them to wonder what is written between the covers of some of those books; I want them to pick one up themselves and discover, on their own, whether or not it is something they’re interested in reading.  Kid Scoop is the answer for the disinclined, less than eager and occasionally, downright unwilling reader.

Kid Scoop:  Reluctant Reader Solution is designed to “spark your child’s own interest in reading.”  There are two parts to the Solution:

  1. 12 full-color issues of Kid Scoop News online magazine and
  2. 365 PDF formatted worksheets

Online correlates with the printed pages and keeps the child interested.  Simply, the more a child practices reading, the better they get at it and the more they want to do it.  Vicki Whiting, the creator of Kid Scoop has put together text and activities that have kid-appeal!

Each issue of Kid Scoop News has:

  • games
  • puzzles
  • experiments
  • pictures
  • news-worthy kid profiles
  • relating to –
  • current events
  • the natural world and
  • holiday observances

Then, print a page-a-day, every-day, worksheet that corresponds and reinforces the content.  Topics include:

  • Valentine Fitness
  • Bigfoot
  • Easter
  • Wangari Maathai
  • Orcas
  • Memorial Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Bubble Gum
  • Kitchen Creativity and
  • Clay Play

These were great car activities.  I knew we were still on task, and they just enjoyed having something fun to occupy their time.

Reluctant Reader Solution is “guaranteed to improve your child’s reading ability.”  It has been proven time and again and Kid Scoop stands behind it with a risk-free, 365-day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee. Less than 40 cents a day.  $97 for one year.

Kid Scoop also has an engaging website for kids and an email newsletter for parents.   Sign up for the newsletter and in the first 30 days you’ll get 30 whiz-bang exercises and ideas to make reading and learning a blast!

[1 of 30 Days] Pack Up For Adventure

Pretend you have been asked to go on an adventure.  Your mission is to explore a new place and you will be away for a month.  Look through the newspaper for things you would like to take with you.  Make a list of the things you will pack – they must all be found in the newspaper!


Check in with my TOS Crew Mates for additional reviews of Kid Scoop:  Reluctant Reader Solution.

Contact Kid Scoop~

email:  thescoop@kidscoop.com

telephone:  707.996.6077

Kid Scoop

P.O. Box 1802

Sonoma, CA  95476

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I was given Reluctant Reader Solution to use and review.  In a short time, my child has gone from reluctant reader to eager reader, and I’m betting we’ll reach enthusiastic before the year is over!

Blessings,

This product 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.

I value the gift of your comment.  Thank you.

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Jan
28

10/10

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An online math program that can stand alone or supplement your child’s curriculum.

Ten Marks offers lessons and personalized programs that cover all the core math skills and concepts your child will need…”

Ten Marks offers a free assessment for your child and will build a personalized curriculum for them, based on the results.  It services grades 3-10, but I think it has a bit of flexibility.

The creators say that this program is based on 3 simple principles:

  1. Personalized Learning Makes All The Difference.
  2. On-Demand Instruction Provides Help When You Need It.
  3. Practice Builds Confidence And Improves Achievement.

As the parent, you sign-up your child and he/she is given assignments according to grade level.  You can actually choose the number of worksheets given each week.  The default is 4, which works well for my two that are using this program.  You can choose as few as 3 to as many as 7, according to ease and progress.  Remember, these are tailored to each individual.

Video lessons

and

hints

are available to help complete each worksheet.

There are practice pages and tests.  A current report card can be viewed by you or your child and there are printable certificates of mastery awarded when a skill is completed.  A unique system of reward is built into Ten Marks.  As a number of worksheets are done, games are unlocked.  My children have a set time to work on assignments and when they unlock a game they get additional time to play.

“Drive the taxi using the maximum possible speed.  Press the arrow keys to dodge other cars, accelerate and decelerate, and press the space bar to jump over them.”

You can also customize a reward for each child, e.g., 20 completed worksheets = 20 minutes on the Wii, or 30 completed worksheets = a Sonic milkshake; it is posted on their page as an ever present motivation toward a goal.

HERE is a video of “how it works,” by Ten Marks.

You can use the entire system for free AND there is a money back guarantee, if you are not satisfied after purchase.  I think they can offer a money back guarantee because they are confident in your satisfaction.  Ten Marks has excellent customer service and it is their desire to see your child achieve the highest marks they can in math.

China shouldn’t test higher than our children in mathematics!  10/10 can be achieved with Ten Marks.

Pricing is per child:

  • $10 a month
  • $49 for six months
  • $89 for 12 months

Contact ~

Address:

38 Glen Avenue

Newton, MA 02459

Email:

info@tenmarks.com

and

The TOS banner below will take you to more reviews of this program.

Encouragement and Blessings,

This product 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.

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Jan
21

Hablo español!

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En serio, yo hablo español.  (Seriously, I speak Spanish.)  Only a little español, but a whole lot more than I did two months ago, before I was given Speekee TV online, to use and review.

Speekee is a language learning system for young children, generally ages 2-10 years old AND Speekee is the name of the main character in each episode.  150 minutes in 10 videos, with access to numerous worksheets and downloadable flash cards that reinforce the words and phrases taught; an entire scheme of work for the parent/teacher.

In each of the 10 units you will find yourself in Spain,  en el parque, en el café, o la casa.  Visitar el zoo, la clase, el mercado, la estación, la playa, el jardín y la fiesta!  With Speekee, a Jim-Henson-type purple puppet, his two sock-puppet friends, Dino and Lupi,  real Spanish children and Jim, you will go to the park, the cafe or the house.  You’ll visit the zoo, class, the market, the station, the beach, the garden and the party!  Through the immersion method, with songs and speech entirely in Spanish, your child, and you will learn everyday language, new language and praise words.  My favorite is estupendo!  /esstoopendoh/  Great!

$7.50 per month can be paid using PayPal or a credit card, giving you instant online access, with no minimum period of use or obligation AND Speekee offers a two week free trial.  There is also a full set of PAL formatted DVD’s available for a single purchase price.

Contact Speekee

email:  customer.service@speekee.co.uk

telephone:  01422 820263

fax:  0871 714 2336

address:

Lingua4 Ltd

Swift Cross Farm

Ripponden

Sowerby Bridge

HX6 4LQ

United Kingdom

Me gusta Speekee!  I like Speekee and so do my young children.  I’ve  wanted to learn basic Spanish for years and I’ve wanted my children to speak it and understand it.  Spanish wasn’t even offered when I was in high school.  Our choices were French and Latin, and because I expected to go into a medical field, I chose Latin.  I appreciate the foundation, but it hasn’t helped me talk to my Spanish speaking neighbor.   Speekee is changing that and we’re all looking forward to having a real conversation in the spring.

Several of my crew mates received this program and they’ve shared their views on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Blog.

¿Habla usted español?  Do you speak Spanish?

Blessings,

This product 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.


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Nov
19

KBTeachers

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Busy minds and hands tend to stay out of mischief.  Granted, I am not one for busy work, just for the sake of being busy, but…  I appreciate being able to give one of my children a work sheet to occupy and sometimes even stretch their mind, while I’m helping another with a problem.

KBTeachers has been offering free and premium worksheets, activities and printable pages since 1998.  Founded by Christophe Popper, it was originally Knowledge Bears.  They have accumulated more than 10,000 pages; yet, if they don’t already have what you need, they will create it or at the least, help you find it.

ABC worksheets, to 20 page exams.”  The team at KBTeachers is not sitting back and resting on their laurels.  Though, they also developed KBears, 2006 Finalist of

They strive to improve and update regularly, giving you a myriad of options.  Categories include:

For This Season

  • Thanksgiving
  • Fall Themed Activities
  • November Webquests

English Language

  • Alphabet Factory
  • Learning Cursive
  • Grammar Writing

Math Activities

  • Math with Images
  • Counting Money
  • Addition Worksheets
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication Makers
  • Division Practice
  • Telling Time
  • Themed Math
  • Classic Math

Science Workbooks

  • Astronomy Activities
  • Geology Workbooks
  • Weather & Climate

Biology Worksheets

  • Human anatomy
  • Nutrition Worksheets
  • Marine Biology
  • Plants & Microbiology

Social Studies

  • Workbooks & Maps

More Activites

  • Dino Workbooks
  • The Four Seasons
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Free Clip Art
  • Mixed Basic Skills

You can view every page and have unlimited access with a 10 day Free Trial.  Just $29.00 for a 1 year membership, after your trial period, or the better offer of $49.00 for 2 years.  If you are not completely satisfied, after 30 days, you are guaranteed your money back.

This product 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.

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Nov
10

The Write Foundation, The Right Fundament

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The Write Foundation writing curriculum was developed by Rebecca Celsor.  It was originally written for a co-op setting, but can be adapted to individualized instruction.

The Write Foundation begins with the writing process, how a student formulates a topic, then a thesis, then supporting points, and by incremental teaching drills in the basics.”

The curriculum guides the teacher through steps, to teach writing.  Step upon step; concept upon concept, building on the fundamentals.

Complete Lesson Plans

Easy-To-Use Format

Organization for Writing

Checklists & Guidelines

Brainstorm & Outline Forms

“It can easily be utilized for average writers, as well as adapted for reluctant writers or the student who loves and excels in writing.”

It is recommended that Mind Benders, by The Critical Thinking Press, be used in conjunction with this program.

Rebecca Celsor has written three levels of curriculum.  Choosing the best level depends on the student’s capabilities, experience and desire.  For placement assistance or questions, contact ~ Rebecca Celsor:  coloratura@sbcglobal.net or call 281-356-3556.

Level 1:  Sentence to Paragraph Writing suggested ages, 11-13

Level 2:  Paragraph Writing suggested ages, 12-15

Level 3:  Essay Writing suggested ages, 14-17

Curriculum packages include – Complete lessons 1-30, with spiral-bound teacher instruction manual, and additional resources CD, for $100.00.  Other options are also available.  Grading and Tutoring is $15.00 per lesson.  Find everything you need on the Order Information page.

The Write Foundation gave me the first 15 lessons of Paragraph Writing to use for this review.  We found the rhythm of the lessons easy enough to establish and follow.  Once memorized, the checklists will be recalled time and again.  This curriculum had a positive influence on my children’s writing process, grammar and even their spelling.

Sample lessons are available, as well as reviews of this product by my crew mates.

Blessings,

This product 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.


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Oct
15

Could I? Would I? Should I?

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These are the questions we asked before we started our most recent unit study.  William Tyndale was God’s Smuggler.  Could I have done what he did?  Would I have been willing to give all he gave?  Should I even consider breaking laws set by man, to further The Kingdom of Heaven for The Glory of God?

William Tyndale, God’s Smuggler is a 21 page unit study, written by Kim Kargbo and published by her company, Soli Deo Gloria Resources. Soli Deo Gloria is Latin for “To God Alone the Glory.”  They provide unit study curricula, Bible studies and teacher resources for homeschooling families.

Soli Deo Gloria Resources is based on the belief that:

  • “If we educate our children so that they will be intelligent and successful – we may be seeking THEIR glory.
  • If we educate our children so that they will impress our family, friends and neighbors – we may be seeing OUR OWN glory.
  • If we educate our children so that they can pour forth facts and figures accurately – we may be seeking the glory of KNOWLEDGE (and knowledge puffs up).

But if we educate our children so that they have a big view of God, are aware of their individuals giftings and seek to use them for the advancement of God’s Kingdom around the world and in eternity – then we are seeking GOD’S glory.”

and their products clearly reflect this belief.  They have more than 20 unit studies, covering a wide range of subjects with each unit.

The William Tyndale study is shorter than most and is ideal for those that have never attempted to use a unit study method of teaching/learning or for those that want a break or filler between other studies.  It can easily be taught in five days or stretched over a longer period, like we did.  It incorporates history, science, geography, character study, Bible, art, and language arts.  It adapts well for grades K-12.


Kim supplies a list of resources needed: choices in movies, books and websites.


We were able to rent 3 of the 4 movies she recommended, from Netflix, and all 5 of the books listed were available from our local library.  It is her suggestion that you get one book and/or one movie corresponding to the age level(s) of your children. 

I wanted everything, because I have multiple age levels and because I wanted to be able to tell you just how hard/easy it is to fulfill her resource list.  Kim has compiled numerous activities and projects:  ie.  mapping, copywork, timeline, puzzles, etc. that reinforce the material covered in this study.

William Tyndale, God’s Smuggler is an $8 e-book.  Time is valuable.  I guarantee it would take, me or you, more than an hour to “build” our own unit study.  That alone makes this a wise investment, but the content of this study is likely to have eternal dividends.

I’m not going to tell you how we answered our original questions.  I encourage you to learn about William Tyndale and his contribution to your family.  He was a Christian hero and we’re glad we had a chance to meet him.

Blessings,

This product 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.

You can read other reviews of Soli Deo Gloria Resources, written by my crew mates, if you click here.


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