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My younger son (11) has been wanting to learn how to use a scientific calculator ever since he found my husbands very old, big and clunky, one from his college days. Not having a math head myself (or a science one really) I was rather uncertain how to help him follow this rabbit trail. But then we were given the opportunity via, Triad Math, Inc., to learn how to use the TI-30Xa scientific calculator using an online course and a softcover book, Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students. How exciting when things come together like this right?

Typically I have drawn a hard line when it comes to using calculators; I don’t remember ever using one when I was in school. However, my son also pointed out how much I struggle to this day, with math and after looking over the foreword in the work book we received, I was certain that learning how to use a calculator like this would actually be a huge benefit to my son and his educational journey.

The book we received contains twenty five lessons in all; this includes the accompanying online video tutorials using the platform, Moodle. There is also a short online course help you learn how to use Moodle if you need it. The first 13 lessons should take about 10 minutes each. Each lesson contains: a pre-test, notes (pdfs you can download), video lesson, exercises, answers to exercises, post-test, and a forum. The pdfs in the lessons are also within the work book included for this course.

The first fifteen lessons were a wonderful “warm up” and confidence builder for my son as he refreshed his understanding of things like: real numbers, negative numbers, multiplication and division, percentages, squares, fractions, and fraction to decimal conversions. As we progressed, he would often comment on how much he liked Dr. Del being so clear and concise. My son likes those folks who know how to get right to the point, 🙂

My son had no problems, or hesitation, digging into this course (especially online) as he started out learning the many benefits of knowing how to use this scientific calculator. Referring to this calculator as the power tool of math was an analogy my son could really understand since he loves to build and use tools. He really loved the analogy that was made in the very first lesson that:

“Math is like a contact sport, You must play and practice to master the necessary skills and knowledge.”

When it comes time to begin trigonometry, the lessons following will be extremely helpful and lessons 21-25 are designed specifically for future STEM students. We are not there yet but I know we will be, all in good time. This program excellent for any student (in my opinion) in pre-algebra/algebra but also as an introduction to higher level maths. Seeing as we had no really delved into these, I was pretty impressed with how quickly he picked up on all of this.

Triad Math states that their mission is to deliver an effective, appropriate post-elementary math education to every individual who wants one—quickly, easily, and inexpensively using the many math programs created for middle and high school students to assist them in learning many varied math skills. They are not wrong. As I watch my son progress through this program I can attest to how quickly and easily he is gaining math skills and also having fun “playing math the sport.”

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“Jesus warned his disciples about the “leaven of the Pharisees and the Saducees”, spelling out in Luke 12:1 that it was their hypocrisy that they needed to be aware of. The Jewish association with leaven is pride, and being “puffed up”.

We see this in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, when he warns them about being puffed up and prideful, and continues, in chapter 5:6-8;

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

It’s time to purge!”

Purge it Out

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In this current season, it has been on my heart for my children to learn and grow into well-informed citizens who hold a strong understanding of our judicial system. But how are we to go about this in a way that engages and invites our youth? With Homeschool Court we are provided with an easy-to-use Christian curriculum to hold your own mock trial, government or civic course, in depth. This is recommended for grades 4-8 but is easily adaptable for high school students; there are also supplements available to go deeper in learning. For this review we received downloadable pdf files of the following: Student Worktext, Teacher Manual, and Case Summary materials, as well as the supplemental high school materials.

The very first materials we dug into were the Homeschool Court Student Worktext, the Teacher Manual and the High School Supplement.  (The supplement comes with student and teacher materials needed)  We also starting exploring right away with the Case Summary: Dog Bite at the Dog Show. Since my kids are all huge dog lovers, I guess this one really got their attention. We often have conversations about dogs and safety, this was an unexpected but fun way to reinforce that.

My oldest son (15) has taken part in various speech and debate programs throughout the years. He very much enjoys creative opportunities; from writing and performing various musical song to instruction in language and Bible.

My younger son has begun exploring apologetics and although he is definitely not one for public speaking, he is very much someone who needs to understand more deeply. He has a great curiosity about how government operates, why things are the way they are.

While I was concerned that this might be a little over our heads, I have to say that all of the materials provided for this really helped to make things simple and enjoyable (even though this is a more complex topic to study). Reading over the Teachers Guide, I was thrilled to see there was even a “script” of sorts I could use (hoping to do this with our co-op in the near future) Public speaking is definitely not my strong suit so I always appreciate guides that I can precisely follow.

Right away we had to explain what a mock trial is and why we would ever want to participate in one. Mind you my three older children (9, 11 and 15) would make excellent lawyers with how they argue with one another about so many things. In some ways I admit, I saw this as an opportunity for my older kids to learn and grow together in understanding and growing together.

There is quite a lot to explore as we learn the basics of laws and legal vocabulary, as well as the Biblical foundation our laws are based upon. We also explore the different positions within the judicial system and the components that make it all up (including the state and federal courts, criminal and civil courts). There is also discussion about various trials and persuasive arguments (my older sons favorite from speech and debate days). Lastly there is discussion about preparing and running your own mock trial.

She includes a lovely section that helps you to prepare and assist various types of students within small group settings. From the very shy to the competitive, those with special needs – there are quite a few suggestions she offers for how to keep every learner at every stage engaged and actively involved in this. I love that because while it is only our family, we are still a small group and we do still have three very unique learners we are hoping to engage in working and learning together. 🙂

My boys read through the Student Manual individually) to get an introduction to things. As they read about the value and purpose of various laws they were also given a couple examples and asked to consider – what are the reasons behind the law and what could happen if this law were not in place. Of course this topic had us on a few rabbit trails as we talked about speed limits for example – my younger son remembering stories of the Autobahn in Europe – exploring the history of this famous stretch that once truly had no speed limit.

Typically it is advised that once you complete the Homeschool Court Student Worktext you then choose a case scenario to work through. We kind of jumped the gun however and dug into one of the cases at the same time. Some things just get really exciting and I have such a hard time telling my kids to wait when there is so much enthusiasm towards something!

Back to the Student Worktext – there are many different activities to help our children grow in understanding. Some pages require them to write definitions, others may encourage them to go deeper: write a regulation, locate a newspaper article regarding a lawsuit of some kind. There are additional books mentioned for them to read – quite a variety of ways for our kids to expand their learning and put things into practice.

Especially powerful (I feel) is the Biblical worldview that is woven into this program. It is always so refreshing to find materials that help our kids to see how things all connect back to the Word of God. I have felt very strongly myself in the last few months, the importance our own kids having a worldview that is Biblical, Jesus at the center of it all. Also so very handy to sneak a little bit of history into things!

Imagine the fun we had as we read through various vignettes given and using the information provided, to determine whether or not a crime occurred. What an opportunity to try to see both perspectives in the case and try to “get in their head” to imagine how they are thinking and feeling – Then being able to determine, fairly and justly, if and what crime was committed. This also led us on a bit of a trail, learning about ethics and how important it is for us to not see and involve our own personal experiences and feelings in decisions of this sort. That can sure be tough!

Are you ready to have your own mock trial? Grab one of the case scenarios provided (we chose the dog bite summary) to review and enjoy. These summaries are only a few pages in length but they have everything you need to hold your own trial. Witness statements, law statutes, evidence related to the crime – take all of this and consider it for yourself.

What fun this could be in a larger group setting I think! I mean, we are still really working through so much of this because, I fear if we go too quickly we might lose something and I really feel like this is something my kids need to understand as best as they are able. This is vital information for this day; as a people commanded to do justly, to love mercy, and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God understanding and connecting one to the other is vital. This is a wonderful tool for guiding our children in the way they should go and how they can God willing, care for the least of these, the orphans, the widows – Seeking truth and justice always.

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We recently received a one year subscription to LeapFrog Academy® by LeapFrog® . Who doesn’t love this stuff? All four of my children have enjoyed their products in one way or another through the years. My youngest loves their videos as she learns to read and do math. This is one of those names that just guarantees fun in learning so naturally, it has been a blast working on this program!

My soon to be six year old daughter was super excited about this! From the moment we logged her on she has been working away and learning math, reading, science, problem solving skills, and more.  There are even lessons on music and art which encourage creativity in all kinds of ways.  Some days I literally have to “make” her take a break from this program. With all of the different activities that are here, she can some days get really consumed by this. Not such a bad thing really I suppose.

There is a handy parent dashboard so I can see everything my girl is working on and she can even download materials so that when we are on the go she can still play. We really like that feature since we spend as much time as we can out and exploring. There is also the option to choose a learning path and also to restart a path.

As you can see, there is just SO much to do on here and while I tend to be pretty strict about keeping screen time to a minimum, the various learning opportunities on this program are just amazing. She has so much fun, even her nine year old sister will come and sit with her for a time and they learn together. A handy way to build my older daughters confidence, when I hear her showing her little sis how to spell a word or helping her to sound out different things.

Did I mention how easy this is to use? She has really developed some amazing skills in regards to her independence since we started this. Able to click her way onto her learning map she will come downstairs many mornings and ask if she can play while she has eats breakfast. Some mornings I will let her (so I can read a little longer); she knows exactly how to get where she wants to go. Of course I remind her to work on her learning map before she goes and plays in the section where all of her favorites are saved. 🙂

We tend to try to be paper free for a lot of the work we so but I do like being able to get her off the screen to learn as well. Some of the fun printables we found included mazes, coloring pages, masks to color and wear; global eats are so fun (my girly loves to bake) There are worksheets for all sorts of fun!

It is truly impressive how much she is learning – I always say that songs and games are the best ways for our kids to learn- this definitely encourages that concept if you ask me. From the Aardvark Adventures to Bubble Buccaneers, there are some super cute names to go along with some very engaging activities. All guaranteed to be so much fun!

This is an amazing program for ages 3-6, and has so much more than you could begin to imagine. It is a fabulous way to encourage and grow a real love of learning in our younger kids as they play the day away learning all sorts of things. This is definitely a program I would recommend if you are on the look-out for something gentle for your little ones. Learn and grow in fun new ways!

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My oldest son (15) is working towards his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His siblings loved watching him at practice when they were able and later trying to imitate his moves. Since we manage to stay pretty  busy (even now) there wasn’t really any opportunity for them to learn in a formal way but recently we were given the chance to review Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos Preschool Mixed Martial Arts from Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos. Each lesson is taught by Miss Cheryl of Yamane Championship MMA. The entire program is digital and so that means we can do as much as we want, whenever we want.

As we began with this program, I was impressed with the emphasis that was placed on character development. This program was designed for children from ages four to seven. After we are introduced to the instructor a simple supply list is provided (basic materials such as a towel or (yoga) mat, ball, pool noodle, football). There is also a clear, simple explanation of the terms used and the fundamentals within this program.

The course contains sixteen lessons; you can complete these as quickly as you like and as often as you like. In some cases my girls chose to repeat a lesson until they felt like they really “got it.”

There are five pieces to each lesson. Lessons begin with a greeting and warmup, then moves into teaching of technique which is mixed martial arts (MMA)), next is the character lesson, review and a fun game (typically they work on the skill learned), also some fun exercises, and finally they finish up with review. They lessons can be completed in about twenty minutes, give or take.

The program provides a time stamp for each section of the lessons so you can always go back to a certain area as needed. I especially like to go over the character section of each one with my kids so we can discuss together what it means, what it looks like, why it matters.

While my girls did enjoy certain aspects of this program, they were not as attentive to it as I had hoped. They definitely enjoyed the warm-ups and the lessons on character; my older girl really appreciated learning how to defend herself. Certainly we will be continuing through this, albeit slowly, as we explore all that this program has to offer.

In a time when many seem to be “stuck” at home, perhaps struggling to find good opportunities to get our kids up and moving, keeping them physically and mentally alert, I definitely see this as being a great alternative to in person classes. And as things we progress and see so many skills woven together (from social and emotional to physical and mental) certainly there is a great benefit to our youth in this.

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There is something so special, so fun, about homeschooling those early years. My youngest daughter (5) just loves to write and read. She is a very determined, happy little learner. When she said she wanted to “write more” I knew that reviewing the Tracing Bundle from The Crafty Classroom would b a great fit! We received this 300+ page workbook, for pdf download and got started right away.

This bundle includes themed printables you can edit for your binder (there are instruction to help you get started). There are three different themes available:  Bugs, Unicorns, or Dinosaurs in Space.  Choose the theme your child would adore, and type into the editable fields, then print it and bind it if you can. The Tracing Bundle includes two files: the Editable Name Tracing Pack and Tracing Bundle C. 

For each theme chosen, you receive the following activity pages:

  • Cover Page
  • My Full Name Tracing
  • My First Name Tracing
  • My Middle Name Tracing
  • My Last Name Tracing
  • On My Own Name Writing

I really need to invest in a color printer because these are so inspiring and my daughter loved having pages to trace that included pretty, colorful unicorns. On the bright side, she was eager to get her markers out and try to make her unicorns less black and white. 🙂

There is such a variety available in this bundle. There are The Tracing Bundle uppercase and lowercase alphabet pages, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year and seasons. There are some really fun images too – dogs with bones, pages with simple mazes, trace and draw which my . I love how there are many pages that offer guides for tracing – showing where to go to trace. This is super helpful for “pre-writing,” and even for struggling young writers.

From prewriting and tracing basic lines and curves, to the development of fine motor skills there are lots of great activities to be found in this bundle, When we are on the go, it can be a great way to keep my youngest busy.

She loved the mazes that were in here; also the dot to dot letter worksheets that included a little bit of a drawing challenge.

One worksheet they trace the letter Y and then draw hay in the yak’s mouth and colors the yak in.

Maybe she didn’t always agree with some of the instructions. It’s always fun though to get creative!

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Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle, Superstar Spelling & Tracing Bundle {The Crafty Classroom Reviews}

The Crafty Classroom {Review}

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2

I am nothing without Him. Without Him, good intentions are just that…good intentions.

Lord, may Your ways be my ways; may I seek You in all that I do BEFORE I do it.


Thank You Lord, that I can find safety and peace and comfort and who I really am in You.

Thank You for Your refuge, that comfort zone, that place for just You and me.


Continue to sanctify me, washing me with Your Word, revealing what is not of You within me…”consume me from the inside out, Lord!”


Amen.

~Blessed to be a blessing ♥

Preserve Me Lord

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I absolutely love to read and to write. However when it comes to teaching these things, I admit that I tend to struggle a bit. Maybe more than a bit? Especially with my older ones, who do not have even a touch of a writing bug, I am always looking for materials that will encourage them to become strong writers and maybe even enjoy writing one day. Having the opportunity to review Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers by Everyday Education came at the perfect time too since my oldest son is in a writing class as I type this (and not doing so well if I may be totally honest).

We received this as a pdf download and were able to get this onto our kindle quickly, to use.

This contains over 400 pages of instruction and resources broken down into two main sections. This begins with an introduction to essays and arguments; this is where we learn how to write a good essay. Quality matters. This also helps them to know the main components of an essay and the various types of essays. Here we learn how to put it all together well, to share our perspective in a respectful and informational way. For my oldest son (15) so much of this was a great refresher as we spent a few years in speech and debate (how he misses it too). I love when there are moments in learning where we say “aha”. or “I remember that.”

“Communication is the great goal that lies at the heart of all literature study and
writing. In order to communicate clearly, we must understand basic principles of
grammar, style, and usage, and learn to use them consistently. I have never met a
writer or editor who does not have an ample supply of reference materials at his or her desk.”

This handbook begins by introducing Essays and Arguments; reading through the first few pages we learn the principles that relate to this before moving into the task of Defining the Argument. We also find examples as we go along so we can see (and read) for ourselves. With my older boys, I find they enjoy having a sample nearby as they work – something they can compare their own writing too and self check as they go along.

As you develop your essay, you find additional examples, sometimes of what you should do and other times of what you should not do. It is helpful, is it not, to sometimes see what a poor statement looks like also. As we explore statements more, we are even given an exercise in identifying statements that are useful.

There is a large section that speaks to Defining Key Terms, This is good because I think even I need that refresher as I read and write. Something that really stood out to me was how she wrote:

“…the analysis of an argument requires you to pay the closest attention to any definitions, simply because a devious or inadequate or misleading definition can produce something that looks plausible but which is, in fact, problematic because the initial definition is self-serving or ambiguous.

Is this not true of so much more than just a paper we write? The power and the impression that our words can have upon others; this is a reminder of how important it is for us to be cautious in the words that we share.

As we move further into this book, we find sample outlines for essays and research papers. These can help our less experienced writers to have a model to work with as they write. The second section of this book is very helpful also as it includes many helpful tools: basic punctuation, phrases and clauses, modifiers, logic – This is really a very thorough book!

There are also paragraphs within these pages for the purpose of rewriting to correct, also to make a sentence flow.

I also need to mention the website which is amazing. There is a very large collection of resources specifically for the study of literature and writing. They also host a library of author biographies, poetry, music, and art, as well as so many articles by professors, scholars, and other experts. You can download some great free resources for teaching classic literature at Excellence-in-Literature.com too! I know I get lost on their site whenever I go there. 🙂

We will certainly be continuing to use this as a resource as my oldest especially, moves through his higher level studies. There are many areas where he has weaknesses when it comes to writing and I do believe this can really help him to grow in this area. It is especially helpful since we can customize how and what we use based upon the needs identified.

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For my middle and high school level students (even for myself) I find this to be a wonderful resource. This is definitely one of those materials that we can use continuously, especially as we become older and more developed in our writing requirements. Make sure to click on the graphic below to see how other members of the Review Crew used this book with their families.

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Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers {Review}

“Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.” Psalm 128:1

What kind of foolish do you want to be? It’s a question I’ve started asking myself.

When I hear the word “foolish,” I’m drawn to the story of Noah, a man passionate about the pursuit of obedience, despite looking like a fool.

In Genesis 6, God speaks to Noah about the greatest flood that would ever occur (6:17). He instructed Noah to build a massive ark (6:14-16) and to bring his family (6:18) and two of every creature (6:19-20) on board.

People thought Noah had lost his mind. What kind of a fool would build a giant boat and load it with smelly animals? All while there was not a raindrop in sight. I imagine the mockery he endured from those in his community was painful for Noah.

Yes, Noah appeared awfully foolish. Until… those dark clouds rolled in. Until… it rained and rained and rained. Until… water covered the entire earth.

Noah as a person inspires me, but his obedience challenges me.

What Foolish?

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My five year old “baby girl” is eager to learn how to read. She has been enjoying lots of lessons on letters and sounds and has quite a few words she is able to read on her own already. Since she is so excited and eager, I was thrilled to have the chance to review The Reading Game, 2nd Edition by Allsaid & Duun, LLC. For this review, we received the boxed set which includes six stages of memory games, picture flashcards and storybooks. As one who very much enjoys reading, there are little things I care for more, than ensuring my children develop a love of reading!

This program contains six colorful storybooks; each book and game adds an additional thirty words for a vocabulary of 180 words when the series is completed. This multi-sensory approach – using card game play, flashcards, and storybooks – is a sure way to grow retention as well as a love for reading!

Every memory card game contains thirty words, taught in five word increments. There are six decks of matching playing cards as well as a Teacher and Parent Guide. On their website you can find a Pre/Post Card Game Sight Word Assessment Worksheets to help you assess your child’s sight word recognition before and after playing the card games. They also provide a Pre/Post Sight Word Class Recording Sheet to help keep track of progress. 

My girly was just so excited when this arrived. We dug in right away and even my older daughter (9 and a struggling reader) really got into it all. Bright colors, fun animals on every book. I left for a moment to get coffee and came back to cards all over the place as my girls tried to read and match them. My oldest quizzing my youngest with the smaller cards. My younger encouraging my older to try to read the bigger cards containing short paragraphs. Serious enthusiasm which is a great sign, in my opinion.

Once we got everything a little more organized I decided to see what my girly could do. She really wanted to read a book right away and I hate to discourage that sort of thing so we got Book One out and sat down together. She is a determined young lady; I kept track of the words she struggled with as we read and when we were done we brought out the cards to play a bit of the matching game.

The premise of the game (I can attest that it works too) is that they have frequent exposure to thirty words; as they play they learn via rote learning, specific words, developing familiarity as well as comfort and confidence. We started out with ten cards, just like any other memory matching game. As matches are mad we read the word. Some days we would add cards as matches were made; some days we put out more than ten (all cards with words already mastered) just for fun. As these are mastered, we then began to read the larger cards which include captioned pictures with short sentences. These are great for introducing punctuation and capitalization. Even my older girl is gaining in her ability as she joins in with us.

There are six books included in these, all illustrated in black and white and each one about a specific animal (my kids love animals so this is a big bonus). I have always been a big fan of black and white; I like how it simplifies and draws focus to the story itself. Starting with Skunk and then reading in order: Snake, Bear, Penguins, Unicorn, and Zebra.

Each book is approximately 32 pages and each one corresponds to a specific groups of cards. As my girly masters her words, we move from one book to the next until she has confidence in her knowledge of the words. One step at a time, just like going up a set of stairs, one step at a time.

I think it is safe to say that we really enjoy The Reading Game, every part of it. I can definitely see progress as we read and play together each day. Not just in my younger daughter either; this has been a very gentle and fun approach to strengthening those basic reading skills in my older girl too. Reading needs to be fun. It needs to be inviting. There is so much we gain when we know how to read and enjoy doing so. I know in the past I have been guilty of pushing my kids to read, out of anxiety and out of fear, out of comparison – being caught up in all these stands set by others (who don’t know my kids) and we need to release all of that and relax. Our children are all so fearfully and wonderfully made. They are unique and learn in different ways. But we can all have fun playing games, without even knowing or feeling pressure, to learn.

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