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The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network – A Review

The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network - A Review

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.

 

We are using The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for Bible instruction.  With a husband who is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher, I am always on the lookout for new resources for our family to use for Bible study time, since I know the importance of spending time in God’s Word.  We can not develop a deeper relationship with Him unless we spend time reading the Bible and praying.  So when we had the opportunity to review this six volume set, I was excited to examine it.

According to their website, The LIFE Network’s mission is, “The LIFE Network is dedicated to the production, publishing, presentation, and provision of Christian learning resources.”

Allen L. Elder is the author and the founder of The LIFE Network.  Perhaps because he is from South Carolina, and I called South Carolina home for a number of years or perhaps because he is an ordained minister, I felt a connection with him and therefore his resources.

All of us as Christians are called to fulfill the Great Commission of going out and creating disciples of God.  I can remember my husband’s paternal grandfather (and an ordained minister) repeatedly stating to us that he was told to go out and tell God’s People what God had done for Him and I strongly believe in that ideal.  As a parent, I want our children to be able to commit to that idea as well.

This set of 6 physical volumes are meant to be interacted with and used for your family’s own unique experience.  The six volumes include the following:

  • VOLUME 1 – THE BIBLE’S STORY: GENESIS 1-11
  • VOLUME 2 – ABRAHAM AND ISRAEL
  • VOLUME 3 – THE STRUCTURE OF THE BIBLE
  • VOLUME 4 – THE LIFE OF JESUS ON EARTH
  • VOLUME 5 – THE CHURCH
  • VOLUME 6 – YOUR PART IN THE STORY

Here are pictures of each volume along with pages from inside them.

The LIFE Plan Volumes

 

Since our family has gone through the story of Creation and the book of Genesis numerous times, I decided we would skip to Volume 3 instead and look at the structure of the Bible first.  My intention is for our family to go through these books at a pace that allows us to dive deeper into ideas that capture our attention or that we desire to learn more about from any lesson.  I love that all you need to use these materials are the workbooks, a Bible or Bible App, some type of paper, pencils or pens, and I would recommend highlighters.

Each volume has 36 chapters.  So theoretically a family could go through one volume per school year.  Or if your family choses to do it year round, you could do it quicker than that.

Each lesson includes the aim of the lesson, background information, Scripture pages to read, outlines, a lesson glossary, and questions to complete.  At the end of each volume the answers are provided.

Our youngest child is 17, so I allowed everyone to do the reading and the questions on their own.  Then we came together to discuss the background, discuss the answers to the questions, and add any additional thoughts any of us might have had.

I appreciate that only the Scripture references are given too families can use the Bibles of their choice. Here are some pages from Volume 3 along with some pages we have completed.

VOLUME 3 - THE STRUCTURE OF the Bible

You can find The LIFE Network on Social media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-LIFE-Network-107086190833458/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUTsUJO23JGLPF1oi3lRZZg

So if your family is looking for a Bible curriculum designed for disciple-making check out        The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for yourselves.  It is worth examining.

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

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Experience Biology REview

 

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I am so thankful that there are online courses for homeschool biology such as Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  When our three sons completed Biology, they used a normal textbook.  However, I knew I wanted something different for our daughter.  So I was excited to review this online product with our daughter.  For this review, we received the Advanced Mastery Program which includes:

  • 35 weeks of lessons
  • Student Guidebook that contains outlines for the student to complete
  • Research Questions
  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Quarterly Exams
  • Course Guide
  • Lab Manual and Videos
  • Certificate of Completion

Parents have the option to either print out the materials from PDF files or to order the Student Guidebook and Lab book as spiral-bound books in color.  We elected to print the materials ourselves.  The Riot and the Dance is an optional textbook families can purchase.  We elected to not purchase the textbook.

Experience Biology 1

For several years, I have enjoyed reading posts by Luke and Tricia Gilkerson.  It excited me when they introduced their science materials.  For this course, Luke does the videos and Tricia does the labs.  The videos are of top quality and very engaging.  This course is a college-prep course.  They give families a full year to complete the materials, even though the course is only 35 weeks.  As homeschooling families, things do not always go as we plan, so having that extra time allotted is helpful.

Experience Biology 2

When I was in high school, one part of Biology I despised and had difficulty with was the dissections. The smells just about did me in, so I was glad the videos provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the dissection, so our daughter will complete those on her own. I also appreciate how a sample lab report is available in the Resource Section of the Parent site, so our daughter could see what a lab report should look like.

Experience Biology Upper Level Student Guidebook

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • The Chemistry of Life
  • Cytology
  • Cellular Metabolism Part I, II, III
  • Life Cycle of a Cell
  • Genetics Parts I and II
  • Living Organisms
  • Microbiology
  • Kingdom Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia
  • The Worms
  • Creatures in the Sea
  • Phylum Mollusca, Arthropoda, Chordata,
  • Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Ecology

Students complete note-taking activities, research questions, labs, quizzes, and exams.   The exams come after lesson 9, lesson 17, lesson 26, and lesson 34.

More Experience Biology

Parents can monitor their student’s progress from the parental dashboard.  They require students to have their own unique email address to log in.  My one wish for this program is for the parental dashboard to provide everything the student sees and receives.  But that is a minor detail for me.
You can Journey Homeschool Academy on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/intoxicatedonlife
Instagram: @intoxicatedonlifeblog

So if you are looking for a homeschool biology course for elementary school, a homeschool astronomy course, or a high school homeschool biology check out Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  I am sure you will be glad you did.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Experience Biology: Upper Level and Experience Astronomy: Elementary and Experience Biology: Elementary this week.  So check out their reviews by click here or on the graphic below.

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CTCMath 12-Month Family Membership – 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 son loves the math lessons in CTCMath’s full math curriculum and I love that he has access to all grade levels with the 12-month Family membership.  Several years ago, we decided to explore the option of using CTCMath for our math curriculum for our youngest two.   I love how we have access to all grade levels, limited work or effort is required on my part.  The videos and exercises are relatively self-explanatory at the high school level.  Plus, all grades are essentially collected for me.  For this review, our son was completing his Geometry course and beginning Algebra II.

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The Algebra II course begins with:

  • Linear Sentences with One Variable
  • Segments, Lines, and Regions
  • Linear Sentences with Two Variables
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions
  • Relations and Functions
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Radicals
  • Quadratic Equations and Systems
  • Conic Sections
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Sequence and Series
  • Matrices
  • Extensions

Some of the key benefits of this online curriculum is that it is for children in grades kindergarten to twelfth grade.  It goes all the way through Calculus, so for students who require higher level math it is the perfect fit.  It is perfect for students who need to catch up, or need to just keep up, and even for those who want to move ahead.  As a former math teacher, I love how students are allowed to learn at the their own pace rather than someone else’s pace.

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Each lesson contains a video that includes sample problems, online problems to complete as well as a worksheet.  The material is broken up into units, which is then broken down into lessons.  Our son appreciates having the ability to go through lessons multiple times since I require mastery rather than speed to move through the lessons.  As a former math teacher, I know math builds upon itself, so it is important to ensure understanding.  As students work through the online problems, once they press the enter button they know immediately if they got the question right or wrong.

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Another feature I love about this program is that it shows the students step-by-step how to work out the problems.  I require our children to work out their problems on paper so they can easily find where they made any mistakes at if they get the problem wrong.

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Parents have their own login information and can monitor what their children are doing.  Each week, I receive a detailed report that shows what my children have done during that week.  Depending on the child’s scores, they can earn award certificates that they can print off to keep.  Also, notification of these awards are able to be emailed to the parent when the award is earned.

Here are the Social Media Links for CTCMath:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath/?hl=en
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/ctcmath/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw

So if you are looking for an inclusive Homeschool Math curriculum for your family, I suggest checking out CTCMath’s full math curriculum and their 12-month Family membership.  It is definitely worth looking at for an online Homeschool Math program.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts and experiences with this program this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Review of the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education

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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 are looking for a homeschool STEM project, you’ll want to check out the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education. This pack is designed for grades Grades 9-12.  The kit comes with all the necessary materials and printed instructions for five kits your student can create.  The instructions are designed for the student and limited involvement from the parents are to be expected.  According to their website, “Our scalable resources enable students to practice the future-ready skills they’ll need no matter their path after school – all while integrating STEM disciplines in real-life, practical scenarios.”

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This kit contains supplies for making catapult, a Trebuchets, a Kite kit and a solar car. Perhaps if her oldest brother still lived at home and she could have made these projects with him, she would have been more interested.  I have to say these projects are perfect for those with patience for doing sometimes tedious work or work that requires hand strength.  Hand strength is something my daughter and I do not have.  In addition to the supplies to make the items, pamphlets are included to provide additional instructions, information, and activities for the students to complete.

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I also must admit we had to look up the definition of a “trebuchets”.  From the picture, I could tell it was some kind of catapult, but I was not sure exactly what it was used for. When we did a Google search, here is what we discovered.  A Trebuchet is a type of catapult utilizes a long arm to throw a projectile. It was commonly used as a weapon until gunpowder came to be.  When we tried making this project, again a lack of hand strength coupled with the thin string we were supposed to use prevented us from completing this project.  The goal is for her father to help her with this later this week.

As I said before this kit would have been perfect for our oldest son when he was in high school.  he would have taken the kit and gone off and built everything in it.  However, my daughter was not so inclined.

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However, I must say from our family’s experience, our daughter required assistance from her father.  I wish I could say she loved this product, but I can not.  When building the solar car, her dad had to basically build the car because he had the strength to put pieces together that she and I were unable to do. Here are some pictures while making the car.

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My husband enjoyed building the car for the most part and was excited to see it run.  He appreciated how the instructions could be downloaded if the instructions became lost or damaged.  We also appreciated how all of the kits came in one box that allowed everything to be kept together until we were ready to use it.

Here is a video of the car going on our driveway.

 

You can find Pitsco Education on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PitscoEducation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pitscoed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pitscoed/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pitscoeducation/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PitscoEd

You can enter here for your chance to win your own High School STEM Innovator Pack

So if you are looking for hands-on learning opportunities check out Pitsco Education and their homeschool STEM projects for your family.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this product as well as other products from Pitsco Education this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Little Women Study Guide High School Grades 8-12 – A Progeny Press 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.

 

Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credit easy with high school level study guides such as Little Women Study Guide.  Our family has used other study guides from this company and I am always pleased with their products.  For this review we received the downloadable interactive guide for the student as well as the answer key.  With just a click of a couple of buttons I was able to download both products and then save them to my computer.  With a copy of the book Little Women, we were ready to get started.
Progeny Press offers products from elementary school through high school from a Christian perspective, which is important to our family.  The convenience of being able to use the interactive study guides without having to print anything provides a way of eliminating the paper overload we often find ourselves in at times.  It also means our family does not have to worry about pages getting lost or damaged.  At the same time, we are able to print out completed pages if we wish to save them in a notebook.
Additional Student Pages
Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up so I was anxious for our daughter to read it and complete this guide.  I felt like we would have a lot to talk about considering my husband serves in the military and is an ordained minister.
The study guides offer vocabulary, short answer questions, more in-depth questions, and even some crossword puzzles and more.  I love how the amount of details required to answer different questions varies.  The study guides are straight-forward as far as the questions given.
In addition to the questions, some literary terms are also provided with explanations, so students can then answer questions relating to the term.  For example, one of the questions relates to foreshadowing.  It gives the students an explanation of what foreshadowing is and then an example for students to read and then explain about what they see in the excerpt.
Little Women Completed Pages
In addition to the normal activities you would expect to find in a literature guide, optional activities such as arts, letter writing, natural science, and even cooking are included as well.  While this study guide is perfect to do with a single child such as our daughter, I think it would be interesting to do this guide with several children of similar ages at the same time.  Because this guide is designed for grades 8 – 12, a family with a middle school student as well as some high school students could easily use this guide together as a family.
The Answer Key provides answers for the questions as well as indications of when the answers may vary based on the student. Here are some sample pages.
Answer Key Pages
I know from my own high school experience, I typically enjoyed working in small groups on assignments.  At the same time, parents or grandparents could do this study guide with the student to create additional learning experiences.
For a number of years my mother has lived with us, and she always enjoys doing school work with the children.  She feels it help with her memory.
You can find Progeny Press on social media at the following links:
So if you are looking for literature guides for your children in elementary school to high school, check out Progeny Press and their high school level study guides such as Little Women Study Guide.  I believe your family will enjoy them.
Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this study guide as well as others this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to go read more reviews of Progeny Press’ products.
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MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software – A Review

 

 

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 working on reading comprehension through MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software from MaxScholar.  My goal was for her to use the program at least 3 days a week.  Offering MaxReading, MaxPhonics, MaxWords, MaxPlaces, MaxBios, MaxMusic, and MaxVocab.  In preparation for taking the SAT, I wanted her to brush up on her reading comprehension skills as well as her vocabulary skills.  So we concentrated primarily on MaxReading, and MaxVocab.

Although she does not have any learning disabilities, I am reviewing this program because when our second son was in the second grade, we were concerned he may suffer from dyslexia.  At the time, he attended a public school, so we were surrounded by teachers who offered assistance and direction for our family. So I felt like it was important for our family to review this online program.

Primarily designed for students with learning disabilities, this program incorporates a multisensory approach to conveying the instructional information.   Bundled together with the program provides a variety of activities working on phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, music, 51 places to study, as well as nteresting biographical studies.  Using a multistep approach, students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they already know in order to know what they need to work on at the beginning.

This online program offers a systematic approach that allows students in grades Pre-K thru 12 to work at their own pace and level.  When our daughter took the placement test, we found she was at the 12th-grade level.

One of the features I really appreciated was the ability of a parent to decide what I wanted to require our daughter to do.  For example, in the MaxReading, I was able to determine if our daughter was going to be required to take the placement test, do highlighting, and more.

Our daughter found the reading activities to be fairly straight-forward.  However, we both wished that some parts better instructions as well as examples had been provided.  At 17-years-old, she is fairly intuitive and able to figure things out for herself.  Younger children or ones with disabilities may require additional parental assistance.

As students complete activities, they are provided with immediate feedback either immediately following the completion of an activity or as they complete each question or a set of questions.

With the parent login, parents have the ability to monitor progress, print out resource materials. look at lesson plans, assign students levels, and more.  I feel this would be extremely useful for younger children or ones that need monitoring.  In our daughter’s case, because of her age  and level of responsibility, I basically allowed her to work at her own pace and inform me of what

 

You can find MaxScholar on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaxScholarLLC/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxScholarLLC
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxscholarsoftware/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MaxScholarLLC/pins/

So if you are looking for reading tutoring online, or have students with dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, check out this program for yourself. I feel Families can work on reading comprehension through MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software from MaxScholar.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this online learning experience today.  So click here or on the graphic below to check out their reviews.

 

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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.

Pages From the Book

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.

Creating Our Own Smelling Salts

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

HelpTeaching.com's HelpTeaching Pro

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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.

Spelling Shed

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

ARTistic Pursuits High School 9 -12 Book One - The Elements

 

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.

 

Here is an assignment I completed.

A Completed Assignment

 

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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