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Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities – A Review

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

 

My daughter wanted to review Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activitiesbecause she is fascinated with maritime rescues.  For this review we received a downloadable file containing the book for this curriculum.  Designed to be used by the entire family, a few workshops are geared towards grades 4 and 5.  So all of the workshops can be used by students in grades 6 to 12.

Divided into sections, the book covers such units as “Life at the Station House”, “Working Together”, “The Culture of Character”,  and “Relevance Today”.  Art Projects, music projects, and research areas are also available.  The Research areas include archaeology, badges, boats, clothing, communication, rescue devices, and more.  Initially, my plan was for our daughter to do this with at least one of her brothers.  However, my plans did not necessarily go the way I wanted them to go.

Rebecca Locklear takes her considerable multi-level teaching experience and writes materials for teachers. Students discover and create, assimilate integrated subject matter, and build on what they do well. This format allows students to build on their strengths and interests while discovering and creating.  Be sure to visit Rebecca Locklear’s website and sign up for updates.  You can do this by going to her site, click on the blog tab, and fill out the form on the right side of your screen to join her mailing list.

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One of the reasons we were interested in this book was because two of my husband’s uncles served in the United States Coast Guard, my husband and his brother served in the U.S Army Reserves and the U.S. Army National Guard respectively, plus one of our daughter’s uncles served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  So anything having to do with serving the people of our country interests our family.

As I opened this book, I have to say I feel this book would be best used by a larger size family or perhaps with various families coming together to complete the activities together.  With only one teenaged daughter, I found it difficult to expect my daughter to complete many of the activities such as as the skits.

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However, we loved some of the activities such as making our own smelling salts.  Our daughter also was intrigued by the idea of researching the clothing of the time period. Because so many of the activities required groups of people and our daughter was the only one working on this review, we found it difficult to find things that she could actually do alone.

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We enjoyed the reading for each unit however.  It allowed our daughter to learn more about the U.S. Life-Saving Service than what she knew before reading this.  Because she was in Young Marines for several years and had brothers in the Boy Scouts, many of the life-saving techniques and the supplies to have on hand if needed she already knew.

All in all, I have to say our family believes this book is best used in a larger group setting. Having just my daughter and I to read various parts was not necessarily the most exciting way to go through the scripts.  Now perhaps if her oldest brother had been present to read with her with his flair for the dramatic, she would have enjoyed it more.

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I have to say though I believe this book does have a lot to offer even a single student.  It is well-written and the information is informative.

You can find Rebecca Locklear on social media on Facebook by clicking here.  Also, be sure to visit Rebecca Locklear’s website and sign up for updates.  You can do this by going to her site, click on the blog tab, and fill out the form on the right side of your screen to join her mailing list.

So check out Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities if your family is interested in maritime rescues.  Other members of the Home School Review are reviewing this book as well as The Mayflower at Cape Cod – Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today.  So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews for Rebecca Locklear’s books.

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HelpTeaching Pro Subscription – A Review

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

My daughter has been using some of the online lessons and worksheets included in the HelpTeaching Pro subscription from HelpTeaching.com.  We are using it as a way to supplement her learning in various subjects.  Since we have been homeschooling for a number of years, I recognize the importance of having supplementary materials to help fill in any gaps in our children’s learning.  As the mother of 4:  three sons ages almost 24, 21, and 19 plus our daughter who is 17, I recognize the value of this site.  All a family needs to get started is a computer and a high-speed Internet connection.

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Offering lessons, worksheets, and even game activities, this site provides a lot of resources.  Whether you have students in Kindergarten or ones in high school, you will be able to find something for your family.  The site allows you to use their pre-created activities or you can create your own.  With just a couple of clicks of your mouse, you can select a subject, a grade, and even specify keywords if you desire to help create the perfect worksheet or test for your student.  Our family previously reviewed this site, and you can check out our review by clicking here.

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As a military family who tends to travel, I love the flexibility of being able to either complete assignments online or on paper.  So for those times when we are away from home, I can just have our daughter do things online.

As a parent/teacher, I can create classes, assign lessons, and more using the dashboard.  With a couple of strokes of my keyboard and a couple of slides of my mouse, I can complete several activities at one time and then invite our daughter to complete them.

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One of the activities I really wanted her to focus on this time was vocabulary.  So I had her complete one of the worksheets already completed on the site for 100 SAT words.  Here is an image of her completed pages as well as the answer key that I was able to print out.  I love how the answer keys can either be viewed on the screen or printed out based on my preference for individual assignments.

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When completing assignments online, when available, students have the opportunity to check their answers as they are completing each question.  I love this immediate feedback.

Covering everything from Language Arts, Science, Math, History, and even life skills, everyone should be able to find something for your family.  Whether your family needs Graphic organizers, social studies activities or tests, art and music activities, vocational activities, early childhood education, or even physical education activities, you will be able to find something on this site.  There are even mid-year and end of the year activities available.

With the test generator and worksheet generator, I have the ability to customize the information to be exactly what our family needs.

You can find HelpTeaching.com online on social media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/helpteaching
Twitter: twitter.com/helpteaching
Instagram: instagram.com/helpteaching
Pinterest: pinterest.com/helpteaching
YouTube: youtube.com/helpteaching

So if your family is looking for a way to supplement your homeschool materials, check out the HelpTeaching Pro subscription from HelpTeaching.com.  I am sure you will appreciate it as much as our family does.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this program this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to go read more about this site.

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Spelling Shed & Math Shed – A Review

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

If you like to add digital learning to change up your homeschool, let me tell you about Math Shed and Spelling Shed.  For this review, we received a 12-month subscription to both Spelling Shed and Math Shed.  Both programs are designed to be used online and provide learning while having fun.  This review is strictly from an informational standpoint of me, the teacher in our home.

These programs are aimed at students in elementary school.  Both programs include a Teacher Hub, the ability to create individual student logins, tracking, and more.

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Spelling Shed provides activities on different levels and different difficulty standpoints.  As the person reviewing this product, I was able to access the games from the Teacher Hub.  Families also have the ability to pick what stage a child is in and what level of difficulty the child needs.  So for example, you could have a child in Stage 3 doing an easy level of difficulty.  Or you could have a student in Stage 1 working on the extreme level of difficulty.

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The Spelling Lists for each stage are meant to correspond with the grade they are in school.  so for example, Stage 3 would be for second grade.  But the wonderful thing about this program is families can adapt it to their needs.  For example, when our children were younger I had some that had a hard time with spelling.  Because this program does not use actual grades on the screens the students see, I could set my child up for the level they would be successful at without being concerned about them feeling bad about their abilities.

Weekly objectives, word lists, learning activity sheets, and practice activity sheets are all included. Phonics also helps students learn sound recognition while the stages help students learn to read words on sight. I also appreciate how teachers have the ability to create custom lists as well.  In addition to the normal spelling lists, bonus games are also included which include the Bee Keeper game in which students try to save the bees by spelling words correctly – think Hangman, as well trying to spell a missing word.

Spelling Shed provides an excellent way of combining vocabulary and spelling together.

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Math Shed includes practice in addition and subtraction, Number Bonds, Times Tables, Powers of 10, and more.  Once again, families can select from various choices for different activities.  As a former math teacher, I love how the same question may be asked in several different formats to help ensure students actually know the math facts. Students even have the opportunity to work with negative numbers.

With both of these programs, one of the features I love the most is how instant feedback is given in most situations.  This feature allows parents and students to see what areas may need additional practice.

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I feel these programs would be best suited for students who enjoy colorful scenes, computer games, or those with good motor skills.  Of course, having a good Internet connection is also a necessity.

Because apps are available, I feel Math Shed and Spelling Shed would be excellent for families on the go.

You can find Ed Shed on Social Media at the following links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdShed-US-113476190342149/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdShedUS
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spellingshed/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKXC4Rd29eQQWPbSdITLhw

So if your family is looking to add digital learning to change up your homeschool, check out  Math Shed and Spelling Shed for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on these online learning opportunities, so check out their thoughts by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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ARTistic Pursuits High School 9-12 Book One The Elements of Art and Composition – A Review

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

ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition from  Artistic Pursuits Inc. makes art instruction easy for this mama!  Many years ago when we were first starting our homeschooling journey, we attended the homeschooling convention in North Carolina.  It was our first convention, and one of the companies that made a huge impression on our family was Artistics Pursuit Inc.  These people were so friendly and so willing to talk to us.  As someone who considers herself to be artistically challenged, I was thrilled to find  this company.  The homeschool art lessons from this company make my life easy.

Over the next several years, we spent time getting to know the people behind this curriculum.  It quickly became my go-to products for art instruction.  This book is the first book in a series of two and provides a detailed look at the elements of art and composition using text that is designed to engage while allowing them to produce original drawings using graded pencils and charcoal.

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At the high school level, students can work independently and with no prior artistic knowledge.  Students are encouraged to view their world as a professional artist does.  The book covers topics including space, lines, texture, shapes, form, value, contrast and unity, composition, balance and more   This book contains 68 lessons on 92 pages with 186 illustrations and is designed for those students who are 14-years-old and up.

One of my favorite things about this book is how the art supplies for the entire year are listed at the beginning of the book. I loved how easy this makes to acquire the items we will need to complete the assignments.  More importantly, I love how the book includes helpful information for parents including things relating to building a visual vocabulary, Art Appreciation and Art History, Techniques, and Application.  The course is designed so students complete 2 lessons per week spending about one hour per class.  Also, it is designed for 36 weeks of instruction.  However, this can be adjusted to fit your family’s needs.

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As I stated earlier, I am the one who is not artistically gifted in the family while our children are talented artistically.  So I will be frank, I bought this book more for me than for our children.  However, the wonderful thing about this curriculum is that it is suitable for both novices as well as more experienced art students.

The lessons are clearly laid out with the actual physical assignments printed in red so they are easy to see on the pages. Having a daughter who spends a lot of time drawing and especially drawing on the computer, I know it is important to be able to block out parts so you can clearly concentrate on other parts easier.  Combing illustrations, art work, and text, the book provides an easy to follow pattern for the lessons.  We found the assignments to be easy to follow and to understand what was expected from the student.

In addition to the typical thing found in art lessons, this book also contains tips as well as reminders to make sure the student is paying attention to details.  One assignment we have not gotten to yet, that I am excited for our daughter to complete is making a light box,   With a description of how to make the box as well as showing pictures of what it should look like, this lesson will provide a very useful addition for our daughter as she completes her artwork.

 

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You can find Artistic Pursuits Inc. on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the following links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticPursuitsInc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARTisticPursui1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artisticpursuitsinc/

Free video lessons for beginning drawing students can be found here.   This 16 week summer series is featured each summer.

Online courses are also available here for all of the K-3 level books.

So if you are looking for homeschool art lessons for any ages from elementary through high school or are looking for homeschool art projects to stimulate your children’s creativity, check out Artistic Pursuits Inc. and the ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on the various levels from Artistic Pursuits Inc.  this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews.

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Math Refreshers for Adults from Math Essentials – A Review

Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials - A Review

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

 

If you need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Our second son is 21-years-old, and when he graduated from high school, he was not certain of what he wanted to do for a career.  Since we knew we would be moving again, he decided to take some time deciding what he wanted to do.  Now we have moved and he has decided he wants to get a culinary degree.  So when we had the opportunity to review the Math Refresher for Adults book, I knew it would be perfect for our son to get some practice on his math skills.

Perhaps because I was a high school math teacher in the past, I can appreciate Rick Fisher’s desire to develop unique math materials that allow students to achieve success. As a public school teacher for over 31 years, Rick Fisher has the ability and experience to achieve this objective.

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Math Refresher for Adults provides the perfect platform for those who may have a math phobia, those who want to help their children with their homework, for those returning to college, for those applying for a job that requires passing a math competency test, those preparing for the GED, SAT or other standardized tests and more.

This book includes basic math, geometry, problem-solving, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, A Math Resource section, access to free video tutorials for each topic, and more.  Our son who is using this book has strived for getting perfect scores for each lesson.  So he goes through a lesson, checks his answers, and then goes back through those questions he had problems with until he gets them right.  Sometimes that means he just needs to rework the problem while other times he has to work backward from the answer to see what he did wrong.

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Our son is working straight through the book, however, it can be used in whatever manner suits the student.  For example, if a student only needs to brush up on certain skills or topics they can jump directly to that topic.

So far he has done about 40 pages in the workbook, including some tests.  He is pleased with his progress so far.  He seems to believe he is demonstrating how much difference a few years has made in his ability to understand and complete math sheets now versus several years ago.  I believe part of this rests on the fact he is self-motivated to complete the work.  Plus, he has set the standards he wants to achieve himself.

Here are some pages our son has completed:

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As someone who loves math, I appreciate the books from Math Essentials because I have children who do not share my passion for math.  Math Essentials provides materials that allow my children to achieve success in math.

In 2018, our family reviewed this same book, and you can read that review here. And in  August of 2017, our family reviewed another product by Math Essentials called No-Nonsense Algebra, you can check out our review by clicking here.  I hope you will check out Math Essentials and the products they offer for yourself.  You can find Math Essentials on social media on Facebook.  So whether you are looking to brush up on math skills, need assistance with general math, or need help with Algebra, check out Math Essentials for your homeschool math requirements.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Math Refresher for Adults, No-Nonsense Algebra, as well as Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School/. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses – A Review

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

 

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I am always on the lookout for great homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I am not confident in my ability to teach drawing to my children.  More importantly, I am the one who wants to learn how to draw and complete other artistic endeavors.  I have been blessed with four children ages almost 24 to 17 who have been gifted with artistic talent. I wish to develop my own talent as well.

Sally, the person behind this online art program, is a homeschooling mom herself who graduated from the Loughborough College of Art and Design in England.  This program contains lessons in drawing, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, and 3D design for 180 art lessons.. In addition to the online course, high-quality supplies are also required to complete the lessons.

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Lists of supplies are provided for all sections.  Some of those supplies include Prismacolor® Premier® Art Marker Set, Chisel/Fine Primary Set, 12-Color, a ream of copy paper, masking tape, mechanical or HB pencils and a 2B pencil, putty eraser, Strathmore Sketch Spiral Pad 11×14 – 100 sheets, Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor pad, Sharpie ultra fine point marker, Cotman watercolor paint, a palette, tracing paper and more.  It is important to have the specific supplies recommended because of the quality of the results.

I set a goal of trying to work on the program at least three times a week, however, life as a homeschooling military mother and wife did not always make that possible.  I am still in the drawing course, and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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One of the things I like most about this course revolves around the entire family can do the program together at the same time.  The lessons have to be completed sequentially, so you are unable to move on to another lesson   I love the length of the videos should not be overwhelming to younger children. The videos are easy to follow and understand.  The instructions are clear and Sally provides excelletn step by step illustrations to follow.

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In addition to the videos, frequently workbooks are provided as well for additional instruction.  While older students may find some of the initial lessons easier than they would like, those initial lessons lay the foundation for what is to come.  As someone who does not claim to be artistic but has artistically talented children, I love that there is nothing I would have to do for my children to begin learning beyond purchasing the needed materials.

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You can find Sally and Beyond the Stick Figure Art School on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

So whether you are looking for your family to learn to draw, learn to paint, or are looking for a comprehensive homeschool art curriculum, check out homeschool art, learn to draw, learn to paint, homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School for yourself.  I know I look forward to completing the entire program.

Be sure to click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Handwriting, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting – A Review

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

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. High school record keeping, especially transcripts can be so overwhelming for parents so you should consider this book from Everyday Education LLC that teaches italic handwriting.

This book is available in both a physical form and an ebook form.  It contains sixty lessons designed to help the student learn italic penmanship by moving from straight penmanship to slanted and joined.  I decided to participate in this review primarily for myself because of the edged pen practice.  However, I may have our teenage daughter work through this book at some point.

I love how this program is designed to be completed in only 60 days.  I know when our children were younger they frequently became bored with doing the same type of things over and over again This program is designed to assist with both reading and writing well.  The copywork is perfect for those families who prefer to use a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool.  Addressing everything from proper posture to holding a pen properly to spacing, slanting, and sizing, this book offers it all.

Depending on the age of the person either being taught or using the book, different ways of using the book are given.  I firmly believe in the importance of children learning to read and being able to read well.  As a child, I was taught the love of reading, so I was never lonely or bored because I always had a book with me.  Perhaps because my husband is in the military and by the age of ten our children needed to be able to properly write their signature in a relatively small block in order to be issued their military identification card, I believe that good handwriting is a necessity, but beautiful handwriting is even better.  I truly believe handwriting can be an art form.

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Everyone needs to go through Chapter 2 before moving on to the other chapters in the book.  Because my goal was to learn to use an edged pen (or calligraphy style pen), I read through the material at the beginning of the book and then went through chapter 2.  Because I was able to download this book, I added it to an app on my iPad so  I could practice on the go with my Apple pen for Chapter 2 in addition to doing it on paper.

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I have to say, I found the edged pen a little more challenging than I expected.  Because of the soft tip of the pen I used, I found it difficult to form letters such as “e’ with as much finesse as I wanted them to have.  But I do plan on continuing to practice.  I also found that using the edged pen I selected  I had difficulty some times fitting all of the letters of all of the words on the lines provided.  So I think I would have benefited from using a different paper.

You can find Janice Campbell and Everyday Education, LLC on social media at the following links: Facebook either here or here, Twitter either here or here, Instagram, and Pinterest.

So if you are looking for a way to introduce reading and penmanship for young children or you are looking for some to help a learner who is struggling, you just want to have beautiful handwriting yourself, check out this book for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this ebook this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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Review of the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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

 

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My daughter is loving the variety of High School courses available with the High School courses from the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com..  For a number of years our family has benefited from the resources and courses available within this online subscription.  Whether I am looking for resources and courses for our children or I am looking for resources for myself, this site has a lot to offer.

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From core courses to electives,SchoolhouseTeachers.com has all kinds of choices to select from no matter what topic or age you are searching for or desire.  One of my favorite things about this site is how they are always updating their site and constantly are adding more value for their subscribers.

On the site you will find Online Classes, Online Electives, Elementary Homeschool Courses, Middle School Homeschool Courses, High School Homeschool Courses, Homeschool parent support, access to RightNow Media material, access to World Book material, even Homeschool Planners and more.  There is also a forum where you can connect with other homeschooling parents.

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Because I am only homeschooling high school students currently, that is the section where I spend the bulk of my time.  From courses to electives to even concepts like starting a micro business, a wealth of information is presented. Here you can see some of the topics available  for high school students and parents.

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From courses with customizable lesson plans for subjects like French which our daughter wanted to study, to science courses for our son, I always can find something for our family to use.  Our daughter prefers to do work on paper rather than looking at a computer screen typically, so when preparing for the school year I printed everything out for her.  Since we are currently in flux preparing for a cross-country move, she has not actually started the French program yet in depth.  However, she has spent some time looking over the materials and feels confident she will learn a lot from this course.

I love having the freedom and flexibility to adapt the courses to our family’s needs.  Whether we want to complete a course faster than the suggested schedule or at a slower pace, we can adapt the plans on the site to meet our family’s needs.

Another section I spend a lot of time visiting is the sections devoted just to parents.  From planners to teaching tips to other helpful information including resources on marriage,  a wealth of information is available.   I love not having to search all over the Internet to find insights and useful information for our family.  Here is a sample of a marriage resource included on the site.

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So whether you are looking for a site that will provide all of your curriculum needs or you want to supplement your current curriculum, or you looking for a specific subject, the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.has something to offer you.  So check it out for yourself.

You can find SchoolhouseTeachers.com on Social Media at the following places:Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchoolhouseTeachers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOSMag/
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Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their experiences with the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Review of Elephant Learning Math Academy’s 12 Month Subscription

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Online Math programs such as Elephant Learning Math Academy help make math fun for students while helping them to improve their math skills. As a mother who excelled at math in school, I need to have every available tool in my arsenal for helping my non-mathematics loving high school daughter to make math fun, or at the very least tolerable.  So when I saw the opportunity to review this program I knew we had to try it.

This online program is supposed to help students learn a year of math in just three months using the program 3 times a week for a total of thirty minutes.  From everything from counting right through Algebra, this online program covers the material.  You may access the program either using a computer or through an app that can be downloaded.  Primarily our daughter used this on the computer. However, I appreciate the convenience of having the app available.

The program is designed for children ages two to sixteen.  Students are able to select from a variety of games such as soccer, helicopters, nine lives and more for their learning time.  On either platform, the student logs in and begins their game time.  A timer in the corner allows parents and students to see how much time they have spent in the program or app.  This feature makes it convenient for making sure students are spending enough time working/playing.

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I appreciate how it can be used to supplement any math program and does not require a lot of time on my part or my daughter’s part.  The program determines what your child knows and what he or she needs to work on as they progress.

Our daughter found it easy to spend thirty minutes at a time in the app rather than the recommended 10 minutes a day for three days a week.  She used the program three times a week for most of the review period.  I appreciated how this program prevented the normal struggles that arise when doing math with our daughter.

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While I will not say she found the program perfect, it was a good fit for her even though she does not like math.  I also found the real-time reports to be extremely useful.  Here is a screenshot of one. By clicking on any of the active curriculum circles, parents can receive more information regarding that subject. Let’s face it, regardless of what a person decides to do in life, certain math skills will always be used. I like how the program/app provides suggestions for how to improve skills outside of the program/app.

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Parents can also find out about topic milestones including statistics about playtime, how many questions were attempted and how many questions were passed.  The analysis lists what the tasks consist of – such as multiplying by 6, 7, 8, or 9 using rows, as well as what your child is working on and what he or she may need help with, along with suggestions for how to help your child.

As a parent, I like knowing what type of programs my child is using (even though she is in high school now), so I tried the program out for myself  I felt the graphics were of good quality, the questions were appropriate, and the amount of time required in a week was reasonable.

You can find Elephant Learning Math Academy on social media on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.

So if you are looking for a math app/program to help your child develop their math skills check out Elephant Learning Math Academy and their 12 Month Subscription for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their experiences with this program as well this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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Review of Calvert Homeschool Online

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I have always been curious about Calvert Homeschool since I have heard their name in homeschool circles for years.  When they offered their Calvert Homeschool Online program with access to all the courses, I knew I wanted to check it out!  Calvert Homeschool Online provides a completely online experience that only requires a solid Internet connection.

For this review, we received a Family Subscription to Calvert Homeschool Online for up to three students.  Since we had already started our school year, I planned on us using this curriculum more as a supplement to what we were already using versus it being our primary curriculum.

As a firm believer in the idea that you are never too old to learn, I created a student account for myself as well as our son and daughter who are in high school.  One feature I really love about the set up of Calvert is that we had access to all of the online courses for all of the grades.  So for myself, I was able to choose the high school courses that most interested me.  So I elected to do Geometry,  English II, U.S. History – Reconstruction to Present, Pre-Calculus (so I can brush up on my skills before our son gets there, and Integrated Physics and Chemistry.

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I assigned our sixteen-year-old daughter to Integrated Physics and Chemistry, English I, World Geography, and Algebra I.  However, I wound up deciding last week to have her move from Algebra I back to Mathematics 8 just to provide some reinforcement. My one desire would be for a high school math course for students who do not need the typical college-bound, in-depth math pathway.  For our son who was 18 at the time we started, I assigned English IV, Government, and Physics. He is someone who plans to go to college in the future, so the math tract is perfect.

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I love having the flexibility to change due dates or curriculum choices if needed.  Another feature I loved was the ability to decide for each student what features I wanted them to have access to such as answer keys and unlimited chances.  I believe in teaching to mastery so these ideas work for our family’s philosophy.

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Each lesson contains videos, text, the ability to do flashcards or spelling bees if you select those choices, and more.  Our family felt the videos were well-done and easy to follow.  My family felt the work was challenging enough to be interesting without being so difficult that my children became frustrated.

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In addition to the student log-ins, there is a parent log-in that allows homeschool parents to set up the school year, assign courses, as well as create reports.  Some of the reports that can be created include daily work reports, report cards, and grade reports. With just a few clicks any of these reports can be created for any student you want to select. Parents also have the ability to reschedule a single course for a student or all the courses for a student.  Because let’s be real, as homeschooling families life happens and sometimes we do not get through everything we want to do.

You can find Calvert Homeschool Media at the following links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CalvertHomeschool
Instagram: www.instagram.com/calverthomeschool
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/CalvertHomeschool/

So if you are looking for the freedom and flexibility of an online homeschool curriculum, I suggest you check out Calvert Homeschool Online program with access to all the courses for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about Calvert Homeschool Online this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews by the Crew.