Thursday, June 22, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: UnLock Math


Since my son has difficulty with math concepts due to his diagnosis of Dyscalculia, a math learning disability, I am always looking for new resources that will not only help him master essential math skills but will also help him to retain what he has learned. When the Review Crew offered the opportunity to review UnLock Pre-Algebra from UnLock Math, I asked to review this product.


The UnLock Pre-Algebra course and all of the UnLock Math courses are all-inclusive online math curriculum that help children learn math at their own pace. UnLock Pre-Algebra covers all of the topics listed above. Daily lessons start with a Warm Up during which students work through math problems one at a time. Then, students view a short, fun video about that day's topic. Next, students complete Practice Problems. Again, these problems are presented to the student one at a time, which helps students stay focused and not feel overwhelmed. Then, students complete the Stay Sharp section, which offers additional practice. Finally, students can push themselves with the Challenge section. Each lesson also lists that day's objective which also helps students stay on track. Below is an example of the student's daily lesson page.


Each main topic covered in the curriculum is broken down into manageable, daily lessons. For example, unit one, Whole Numbers, is broken down into five different lessons. Quizzes and Tests are also listed on the student's start screen so they are easy to find. For independent learners, the start screen makes it easy for parents to determine how many assignments a student has completed daily. A sample of the student start screen is pictured below.


Below is a sample of the problems for each section (Warm Up, Practice Problems, Stay Sharp, and Challenge). As the mother of a child with Dyscalculia, a math learning disability, I like how the program presents one problem at a time. For my son, this helps him from being distracted and from becoming overwhelmed. I also like how it offers the student numerous opportunities to practice what they've just learned. For my son, repetition is part of the key to helping him retain what he has learned.


The UnLock Math programs include a downloadable pacing guide that explains how the programs should be broken down and how many days each unit should take. It also contains a printable formula sheet that students can use as they work through the problems in each section. This is extremely helpful to students like my son who have a learning disability that makes it difficult for them to remember math concepts. Each lesson also provides a link to a printable Resource List (see sample below) that explains main points and contains a list of vocabulary terms. This is also a great resource for students like my son who have difficulty recalling math concepts as it provides a paper form of all of the pertinent information they need to know for the specific unit they are completing. Finally, the program has a downloadable list of reference notes for each chapter that once again highlights the main points of each unit. As I mentioned before, repetition is key in helping children with math learning disabilities be able to achieve success in their math endeavors.


Below are two sample video clips from the UnLock Math Pre-Algebra curriculum. The first is on Roman Numerals while the second is about Place Value. This will give you an idea of how this portion of the course works.

UnLock Math Pre-Algebra - Roman Numerals

UnLock Math Pre-Algebra - Place Value

You will also want to check out these other great programs from UnLock Math: UnLock Algebra1, UnLock Algebra2, and UnLock Geometry. To learn more about UnLock Pre-Algebra and UnLock Math, visit their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest pages. UnLock Math: Geometry is the newest curriculum offered by this vendor. Each program allows your child to continue growing in their math skills as they advance through Middle School and High School level math courses.


To read additional reviews on UnLock Math, stop by the Review Crew page.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: Rush Revere


Last year, I purchased an audiobook from Goodwill Industries that I thought my son would enjoy listening to as we made the hour long trips to my doctor appointments. The book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, was a win all around as it kept my son's interest and helped him learn more about our nation's history from a Christian worldview. When the Review Crew was asked to review the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, I will admit that I wasn't above begging to be assigned to the review as I knew my son would enjoy the opportunity to read more books from the Rush Revere Series. He was ecstatic!


When I asked my son what his favorite part of the Adventures of Rush Revere was, he quickly answered; "Rush, Rush, Rush into history. I love that they time travel back into America's history." His favorite character is Liberty the talking horse. He also said; "I love the story lines!" When we went to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA a few years ago, my son became enthralled by the thought that he was standing on the very ground that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin both stood upon years before him. Moreover, he enjoys hearing the accurate tales of our nation and how it was founded upon the Christian faith of our forefathers. These are the storylines he enjoys hearing about from the Adventures of Rush Revere series.

I like the Adventures of Rush Revere series for a myriad of reasons with the greatest of these being that it keeps my son engaged in not only reading but in American history. We typically read stories together aloud or listen to them on CD as we make the hour trek to my various doctor appointments. When we read aloud, I can always tell my boy is engaged in a story when he begs to read a book whenever we have down time and when he asks me to insert a character for him into the story line. He begs to read Rush Revere again and again and always insists on his own character in the story. I also like knowing that Rush Revere has a Christian worldview with an accurate, truthful, and realistic look back at America's history. Bringing Christ into our everyday life lessons and providing information that is accurate and true are two of the reasons we homeschool. Finally, we always learn something new with every new story and adventure.


The Adventures of Rush Revere book series features Rush Revere, a substitute Middle School teacher, Liberty, Rush's talking horse who makes time travel possible, and students Tommy, Freedom, and Cam. Rush, Liberty, and the students all travel back in time to meet exceptional Americans who paved the path of our nation. The first book in the series, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, takes readers aboard the Mayflower and to Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims settled. It also introduces readers to Squanto, a Native American who helped the settlers. Rush Revere and the First Patriots introduces students to Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and George Washington and the series of events that led up to the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. The fun and adventure continues in Rush Revere and the American Revolution where Rush, Liberty, and the students join the Patriots as they fight the British. Next, in Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner the crew travels back in time to meet James Madison as the Constitution is being written as well as aboard a British ship in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 as Francis Scott Key pens our national anthem. Finally, the newest edition to the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series, Rush Revere and the Presidency, where Rush Revere, Liberty, and the students will travel back in time to meet George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson as these three men lead the United States of America as its President.


The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series works as a family read aloud for all ages. Whether you are just learning about history or an avid history lover, you will enjoy this series. These books are also good independent readers for those who enjoy books and are motivated to read. I highly recommend this series. Your family will enjoy the way the books bring history to life and the way the adventures keep everyone hooked on every word.

To learn more about the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, visit their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet: Letter V Is for


This week on Blogging Through the Alphabet we are focusing on the Letter V. I decided to write about Victory.



Our greatest Victory comes through Jesus and His sacrifice for us.




To learn more Letter V words, please stop by Blogging Through the Alphabet hosts A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool.



Blogging Through the Alphabet: Letter U Is for Understanding



I hope you'll forgive me for being a week behind and show some understanding for this mom who has had a child with bronchitis and has been dealing with intense pain of her own due to her Autoimmune Diseases wreaking havoc on her body. Last week on Blogging Through the Alphabet, my friends posted on the Letter U. For the Letter U, I decided to focus on the word Understanding.




To learn additional Letter U words, visit Blogging Through the Alphabet host blogs A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool.





Friday, June 16, 2017

Litfuse Review: Israel God's Heart


When I saw the beautiful pictures showcased in Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel, I knew I had to review this book. I wasn't disappointed!

About the Book:

Israel - God's Heart is the epitome of the perfect coffee table book. It combines spectacular pictures of Israel with scripture and interesting tidbits of our Christian faith. Furthermore, it opens the door to discuss our faith with our family and friends. I also plan to utilize Israel - God's Heart with my son as a supplement to our homeschool Bible lessons. The book will provide my son visuals of places in Israel, like the Dead Sea, that he has only ever previously read about in the Bible. It is a pictorial field trip to a destination we could never afford to visit otherwise.


To view more of the beautiful scenery of Israel and to read several pages of informative text, visit Israel - God's Heart flipbook. (Sample below.)



About the Authors:

After working for more than a decade in Israel's  High-Tech industry, Ron Gafni now makes his living as a professional aerial photographer. Furthermore, his work has been featured in National Geographic.
A south Florida resident and former teacher, Kathleen Barrett shares her unique forty year experience as a student of God and a faith believer in Israel - God's Heart. Furthermore, she has published a children's devotional as well as numerous articles ranging in topic from missionary work to political events.
You can learn more about the authors at their blog and Facebook page.



Where to Purchase the Book:

Amazon

Title: Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel
Authors: Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9657670002
Language: English





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: Apologia


As we near the end of my son's school journey, we are thinking toward the future and what job might be a good fit for his keen intelligence but impaired social skills due to his diagnosis of Autism. Internship for High School Credit by Apologia Educational Ministries is an excellent tool to help our children excel, which is why I was thrilled at the opportunity to review such a useful curriculum.


What better way is there for students to learn than from first-hand experience? Training beside a professional not only allows students to learn valuable skills that will last them a lifetime but it will also help them to get an idea of what their chosen employment field will require from them and if the job would be a good fit. An internship also provides students with the opportunity to prepare for future job hunting by having them create a resume and conduct interviews in preparation for their internship.

Internship for High School Credit is a spiral bound book filled with valuable information and worksheets that help homeschool students keep track of internship experience for credit toward their high school transcripts. Section One of the workbook helps students look at possible future career goals by helping the student determine their interests and skills. It then helps students determine the places and people with which to seek an internship along with how to write a letter of introduction, create a resume, and conduct an interview.

Section Two of the workbook provides the parents with information vital to the internship process. For example, this chapter discusses child labor laws and insurance issues. It also helps parents know how to document an internship on their child's transcripts, the number of credits to be earned, and how to go about grading for the internship.

Sections Three and Four contain the various worksheets that will help students and parents keep track of important information regarding the internship experience. These worksheets include a semester goals worksheet to define the specific objectives to be met for the internship, weekly worksheets to record your work experience, work performance worksheet to help students identify and develop workplace skills, and skills gained worksheet. Section Four also contains weekly writing assignments to help students grow from their learning experiences.

Finally, Section Five deals with wrapping up the internship. This section includes a final writing assignment that helps students sum up their entire internship experience. It also helps students know how to write thank-you notes to the person who supervised their internship as well as ensuring the student seeks out a letter of recommendation for future jobs and college entrance letters. Lastly, it reminds students to update their resumes to include their internship details.


Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Internship for High School Credit by Apologia Educational Ministries. If you are new to homeschooling, you may want to check out How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook). Check out this video for more information. You can also learn more about Apologia and their products, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube pages.




You can read additional reviews about both Internship for High School Credit and How to HOMESCHOOL on the Homeschool Review Crew site.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Betsy Singleton Snyder's Stepping on Cheerios' Blog Tour and Giveaway

Being a mother can be a crazy life, but it's a gift filled with grace. Read Betsy Singleton Snyder's comical story in Stepping on Cheerios.


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Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It's a comical story of one woman's realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.


Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!


One grand prize winner will receive:

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  • A $75 Visa cash card

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy's Blog.


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My review of Stepping on Cheerios is scheduled to post on Monday June 12, 2017. Please come back to read my review!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: MarshMedia


As the mother of a teenaged boy, we have definitely entered the throes of puberty when personal hygiene becomes a daily struggle of wills. I was thankful for the chance to review the Homeschool Special from MarshMedia, which provides streaming videos  on various health, hygiene, puberty, and special education topics.


The video format we watched were streaming videos. This is the format available through the Homeschool Special. This allows students to pause the video and watch key points again, if needed. One of the sections under special education topics is social skills. From this section, we watched "I Know How to Act" and "You Are Not Alone." In "I Know How to Act," students discuss social skills: how to greet people, how to be a good listener, how to handle conflicts, and other social skills students will experience. The students gave examples which were followed by directions to pause the video and practice these skills. This is important as it helps students who struggle with social skills to learn by example and practice. The more these students practice social skills strategies, the more natural these skills become for them. In "You Are Not Alone," students along with feature guest Quinn Bradley helped special needs students know that they are not alone. The video reinforced that being different can be difficult but it makes you special. As my son would say, "Being different is what makes me who I am."




In the Puberty category, we watched "A Boy's Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety." While this video goes through the illustrated pictures of a story text, it is important to note that it does contain graphic details and pictures about both the male and female bodies. Some children, like my son, may be embarrassed by such content. They also use "grown-up" terms for body parts. As a single mom, I know that I personally have struggled to broach these topics with my child. However, I would strongly recommend that parents watch this video with your child. This way, you can answer any questions your child has while viewing the video. If you have both boys and girls, I would recommend a separate viewing session for girls and another for the boys with each watching their gender relevant video. "You're Not Little Anymore," does a great job of explaining the importance of personal hygiene and the ways students can take good care of their bodies.




Straight Talk is a series of videos that helps older students understand the truth behind peer pressure and the importance of self-confidence. In the video about peer pressure, students are given examples of situations students may find themselves in and how they can stand up to peer pressure. Peer pressure can lead our children astray, helping them understand that it is okay to be different and not go along with the crowd is essential. In the self-confidence video, students learn how they can have the confidence they need to be productive. It talks about personal goals and what drives students. Knowing these things as well as knowing why we feel a certain way about ourselves can help students to have more confidence in themselves and their abilities.


If you would like to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce your home school students to MarshMedia, don't miss out on the Homeschool Special. Please note that the Homeschool Special gives you access to fifty-nine videos for the one-time low cost of $50.00. Your subscription period expires 12/31/2017. According to the description on the Homeschool Special page, you may access these videos as often as you'd like during your subscription time period.


For additional information about the Homeschool Special and MarshMedia, please visit their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube pages.


To read additional reviews about MarshMedia, please stop by the Homeschool Review Crew site and peruse the reviews from other crew team members.






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: Memoria Press - Nature's Beautiful Order


We recently had the opportunity to review Nature's Beautiful Order from Memoria Press.


Nature's Beautiful Order: An Introduction to the Study of Animals Taught by the Classical Naturalists by Christopher O. Blum and John A. Cuddeback is a set of science books geared to students in grades 6 through 9. This set includes the Main Text (Blue Book), the Student Guide (a consumable workbook for use by one student), and the Teacher Key. Samples from each book are viewable at the Nature's Beautiful Order site.

We utilized the Nature's Beautiful Order Main Text (Blue Book) and the Student Guide to supplement our Biology studies. The text is easy to understand and engages students with realistic examples provided within each section. My son certainly was able to relate from page one when the authors discuss the pleasure of owning a cat. We own three cats, which helped him to grasp their examples of what defines an animal. Anyone who has ever observed any animals will be able to relate, though. While Chapter One describes the characteristics of animals: living, breathing creatures that are different from plants, which are also alive. The remainder of the text focuses upon a specific class of animals in the animal kingdom and their purpose in God's creation. They begin by discussing invertebrates and cephalopods and move on to insects. Next, the text discusses fish. Then, it differentiates amphibians from reptiles by looking at the frog and the turtle. Next, the text has several chapters that cover various types of birds. Finally, the text focuses upon mammals. It starts by looking at the groundhog (a rodent) and the white-tail deer (a cloven-hooved animal or ruminants). Next, the text focuses upon the carnivore (flesh or meat eating animals): dogs, skunks, and bear are discussed. Then, the text looks at farm friends: specifically cows and pigs. Lastly, the final chapters of the text focus upon humans (man).



The Nature's Beautiful Order Student Guide contains a collection of short-answer and essay questions for students to answer. Each series of questions in the Student Guide correlates to the corresponding chapter in the Main Text. For questions that ask students to name examples, a simple list can be compiled. For older students preparing to continue their education at a college level, there is ample room for the question to be restated in the answer and examples written in sentence form. The student can write their answers directly into the Student Guide. Because the Student Guide is a consumable product, it can only be utilized for one student. If you have more than one student, you will want to purchase additional Student Guides so that each child can record his or her answers. The Teacher Key provides answers for each of the questions in the Student Guide. Please note that the Teacher Key does not contain any specific lesson plans or additional resources.

As I mentioned previously, the Nature's Beautiful Order set is a good supplemental resource for any Biology or Zoology class as it provides a thorough look at various classes of the animal kingdom (although the text does not discuss marsupials nor does it cover primates). By looking at specific animal examples within each class, students are better able to visualize the characteristics of the various animals found in each class. Another possible supplement to your Biology curriculum or even an elective on Botany is the Book of Trees set from Memoria Press.

To learn more about Nature's Beautiful Order and Memoria Press, visit their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn pages.

Please take a moment to stop by the Homeschool Review Crew site to read additional reviews on Nature's Beautiful Order as well as these other sets Memoria Press: Prima Latina Complete Set, Latina Christiana Complete Set, First Form Latin Complete Set, Second Form Latin Complete Set, Third Form Latin Complete Set, Fourth Form Latin Complete Set, and The Book of Trees.