Online Reading Games {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Reading Games

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Reading Eggs
 

Do your kids love to read?  Or do they maybe struggle to read?  Would some online reading games make all the difference?  That’s where we were at.  I have a nine year old boy who just wasn’t all that interested in reading.  Oh he could read if he wanted to but most of the time he didn’t want to.  Enter Reading Eggs and their Reading Eggspress.  We received a six month subscription for two of our children through the Review Crew and they both are in love!

About Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is the parent company name but they have several sub products to be used with your children depending on age.  For my youngest(other than the toddler at age 16 months) who is four years old the Reading Eggs Junior is for ages two to four and is a great start for those who haven’t done any reading work yet or who maybe have a little alphabet knowledge.  She also was a good fit for the main Reading Eggs which is for ages three through seven.  Because they overlap it’s easy to try out both and see which fits better.  I have often used terms like “she’s a young seven” or “she’s an old five” for describing kids because each one can be so different in what they are able to do.

Reading Eggspress is more for those who can read and need that extra boost or ages seven through thirteen roughly grades one through six.  My son using this is age 9 grade two or three.  Along with our six month subscription to Reading Eggs we also have access to MathSeeds.  It’s a fun math program set up much the same way that Reading Eggs is.

Extras

A fun thing that came up while we were reviewing are the homeschool parent guides that you can download from the parent dashboard. They are available for grades kindergarten, first, and second currently.  You can download or print them off.  It’s a cute little program showing what to use with your child for 36 weeks.  Covering all the important subjects it uses Reading Eggs and MathSeeds plus adding other subjects so you have a whole curriculum to use.  It’s amazing!  I am not using this as I already have a full curriculum that I’m using with all my kiddos together so this is not needed at this point in time.  I can see this being amazing for a new homeschool mom or one who hasn’t already planned out the year.

Other fun things offered are some fun printables that you can print out and work on away from the computer. These are called activity pages and located under bonus materials.  We had access to maps and coloring pages.  

Our Thoughts

First off my kids love anything that involves them getting to use the computer.  It makes them feel all grown up I think.  So they were both very excited to get to try this out.  My four year old is doing a simple preschool curriculum and was greatly impressed that she was going to be allowed to do something on the computer.  She felt like big stuff let me tell you.  You could tell that by the fact that she insisted on wearing her princess costume and tiara in order to do her work.  Three days a week.  Yes, you read that right, three days a week she wore her princess dress to do her online reading games.

My son tried to hide his “coolness” about getting to do some online reading games but he too was very excited to get to do something on the computer that the other kids didn’t get to do.  I love that Reading Eggspress offers different reading level readers and makes it fun.  This guy can read he’s just not motivated to practice and get better at it.  It’s not a learning issue so much as a stubborn boy issue.  When my older son had this happening we found a book series he loved and he really took off.  This guy keeps stumping me and not wanting to find a series interesting but he’s absolutely loving reading online.  So we’re using this five days a week for approximately thirty minutes per day just to cement those reading skills. 

 

Reading Eggs*

 

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Want to learn more about all the different online reading games that your child can enjoy through the many levels of Reading Eggs?  Check out all the linked up reviews over on the Main Blog Post as well as find them on social media.  You can find them at facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, and youtube.  Also try this out for 4 weeks FREE yourself by using this link before November 30, 2017.   I’m sure your kids would love to try out these online reading games!

 

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Fast Moving Action {Homeschool Review Crew}

Fast Moving Action

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Brinkman Adventures
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we have been listening to some fast moving action drama lately!  Brinkman Adventures has done it again with Brinkman Adventures Season 4.  We have listened to a few of their other seasons and could not wait to see where their adventures would take them this time! We received the physical CD set for this.  A download copy was also offered for review but I really do prefer the physical CD’s for our family.

About 

You can purchase the audio CD set for $31.99 or the download for $25.99 at this time.  That’s over five hours of fast action packed listening pleasure!

This season brings us twelve new episodes with each being roughly half an hour in length.  The perfect length to listen to one or two on our way to dance or to get groceries.  We really love listening to audio dramas when we drive especially the fast moving action type that make those drives seem so much quicker.

The Brinkmans are modern day missioinaries and these are based on their actual adventures.  Knowing this stuff is real puts a whole different spin on things!  Names of course have been changed to protect them but the events actually happened.  That’s a great teaching tool.

If you’re interested in what parts are truth and what are fiction of these great stories check out THIS SITE which gives you a more in depth look at what they’ve made up and what was actually experienced. 

 

Brinkman Adventures
 

Our Thoughts

We love listening to audio dramas.  Recently we’ve added in audio books too but they’re not as attention holding.  Because they’re read by one person instead of multiple and it really is just like someone reading the book.  My kids like that fast moving action.  They love hearing the voices changing like in a play.  It helps to keep the attention of even the younger ones.

All of my kids listened to these.  So we had ages 16 months up to age 12.  Really the baby didn’t listen to much though.  He plays with his trucks, looks at his truck books, and kicks his sister.  The youngest who was actually listening is four.  She didn’t listen the entire time though.  In fact, the other kids would often yell at her to stop singing or such.  She’s a bit of a free spirit.

My older kids love these!  By older we’re meaning almost seven years up to the twelve year old.  

Our favorite episode was Aisha’s Fear.  We really enjoyed this episode and it gave us so so many talking points.  Living in the United States we aren’t persecuted for our faith.  Jail is not a place we go for talking about God and Jesus.  This whole episode was so different than what my children experience on a daily basis that it is the perfect one to focus on. 

We’ve gone back and listened and relistened to help us better understand the thoughts and feelings.  Lots of questions can be asked.  Like what would you do if you were in a dark cellar with all kinds of bugs and varmints?  Most of my kids agree they’d scream and try to break down the door.  None of them said they’d sing praises to God.  Oh the discussions on giving God the glory and praise even during the dark times.  This lesson was as much for me as it was the kids!

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Want to learn more about Brinkman Adventures of the latest fast moving action packed season?  Check out all the reviewers who have linked up their reviews over on the Main blog.  You can also find them on facebook

 

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Math Lessons Online {Homeschool Review Crew}

Math Lessons Online

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CTCMath
We absolutely love CTCMath and their math lessons online.  As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we received a Family Membership and my kids couldn’t be happier! We’re also excited to let you know that homeschoolers who sign up with a membership before the end of November can get 60% off AND 6 free months.  Trust me when I say you’re going to love having those extra months.  If you’d like to try it out please do a FREE trial.  

Have you done math lessons online before?  I have resisted using the internet and computer as a regular part of our homeschool for years now because I just really enjoy pen and paper so much better.  But teaching math was becoming very time consuming and frustrating for some of my kids.  Because of this we came up with a compromise.  For all grades up to third grade I teach them and we use pen and paper math lessons.  For third grade math and higher we use math lessons online through CTCMath. 

About CTCMath

CTCMath offers a variety of math levels.  You can start out in kindergarten and go up to trigonometry.  For our review we’re using fifth and sixth this year with my 10 and 12 year olds.  We have not used anything prior to third grade but have used third and fourth grade as well.  I find that my kids go through these grades fairly quickly.  The videos are short and they often do more than one lesson per day.

Kindergarten through eighth grade are complete curriculums so I don’t have to worry about adding any other math in for my kids.  After eighth grade however, they consider it more of a supplement so you’re going to  want to make sure that you’re meeting the requirements for your state for your children after eighth grade.

Each child gets their own login so that they can independently get to their lessons and see what they have versus have not done for each section.  It moves them through things in a set order but they can skip around if they want.  We work through it in order just so nothing gets missed or skipped.  You as the parent also have a login where you can go in and see where each child is and how they have done with their lessons.

A fun feature that my kids love is the math facts game section.  It’s a lot of fun and helps them get practice with solving equations quickly.

Our Thoughts

My kids love that the videos are easy to understand and if you don’t get something you can watch again.  Plus they love the accent!  The videos are short so they don’t lose interest.  Math games make them feel like they’re having fun when they’re actually learning. I love that these videos truly do teach them how to do the problems.  I don’t have to spend a lot of time making sure they know how to do the problems or grading.  Not having to grade is really nice!

If you have to see before buying something make sure to use the free trial for this.  I can say that we love this program.  My kids beg to do math on Sundays even!  I also really really love how accommodating they are to large families.  If you have more than 4 kids you know that not all “family” memberships actually mean family.  I looked into other curriculum over the years who maxed out their family membership at five kiddos.  Ummm, what about those of us who have say double that??  CTCMath says no problem!  They have added all of my kids to my family membership with no added fees.  Just let them know if you have another child who needs to use the curriculum and they’re super nice to work with.

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Handwriting Help {Homeschool Review Crew}

Handwriting Help

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 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
As my children have aged I’ve realized that we need handwriting help.  Their handwriting leaves a lot to be desired.  While they might have had nice neat handwriting at some point in time it’s gotten a bit lazy and sloppy.  I was excited to review Easy Peasy Cursive through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks.  They have several fun curriculums like Easy Peasy Alphabet and My First Letters.  It was hard to choose which one we wanted to use the most but I finally decided cursive won out.

About the Curriculum

 

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook
 

The premise of Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks is to give kids more than just a properly formed letter to view. She gives them a visual guide of colored blocks and divider lines to help them learn how to properly form their letters.  These seem to be a great handwriting help and really make writing less of a guessing game.

I love that she gives different colors to show where the lowercase letters should reach versus the upper case letters.  There are also little divider spaces to help with letter spacing and spacing between words.  This is amazing as I know that my children have had issues with spacing between words and crowding their words together.  When you don’t properly space it’s difficult to know where one word ends and another begins!

The Easy Peasy Cursive workbook that we received is geared for grades first through third.  If you have an advanced kindergartener or think that teaching cursive should come first then this would also in my opinion work well for that.  If you’re looking for handwriting help for manuscript writing definitely check out the Easy Peasy Alphabet or My First Letters for those younger kids.  All of the workbooks from Channie’s are geared for ages three through ten and can easily become your handwriting go to.

Our Thoughts

handwriting help

I have several children learning cursive simultaneously.  I even am having to relearn some of the letters as I don’t write everything in cursive.  It was a bit difficult to choose one child to use this workbook but I finally decided that one of my 9 year old boys could use the most help.  Boys in general in my house have horrid handwriting and getting them to learn cursive has been like pulling teeth because they just don’t get how high letters should go or how to properly form them.  

My son loved that it wasn’t just a plain white paper with lines.  White papers are boring and tend to help him in his quest to lose focus.  Instead of being blinded by white he had neat color patterns which made him think of writing in cursive as more of a game.  Because it was more of a game he was more excited to use it.  Win in my book!  No more fighting over doing handwriting!  

I definitely think this curriculum is amazing and a great handwriting help.  I’d love to get more of this particular book for all of my kids. Even those who have already mastered cursive could use it for practice in being neat and concise.  I also have a twelve year old girl with special needs who is struggling with cursive.  I’m ordering her a workbook so that she can start hopefully finding cursive easy and fun as well.

 

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Want to learn more about what other handwriting help might be available through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Worksbooks?  Check out the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  You can also find Channie’s on facebook

 

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Biblical Fiction for Young Readers {Homeschool Review Crew}

Biblical Fiction for Young Readers

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Here’s our story.  We received a new review package in the mail.  I pulled out two books.  And then, my hands were mysteriously empty.  That is the story of how quickly books disappear in our house.  It also is the story of how good these books are because they still haven’t surfaced as they make their rounds through our house of readers.  I’m always pleased when I can find Biblical fiction for young readers to introduce to their hungry minds.

WorthyKids
What books you ask?  The first two books in The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids/Ideals.  We received titles one and two which are The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2).

About the Series

This new series is geared towards kids ages 6-9 which includes four of the kids in my house.  Now, that is the recommended age but my twelve year olds and my ten year olds read and enjoyed these books as well.  They also make wonderful read alouds for your homeschool as well. Biblical fiction for young readers is hard to come by and I was very excited to be asked to be on this review.  In fact, now I’m not so sure we should have because my kids want the other books today!  Or actually they wanted them as soon as they finished book two which was the same day as our package arrived with my oldest.

WorthyKids/Ideals might be a familiar company to you if you enjoy the children’s favorites of VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears.  We love both of these series and have several of their books on our shelves.  This new series follows the same vein wanting to expand on your child’s faith and knowledge of the Bible.  While doing this levels of mystery and intrigue are weaved throughout to make your child want to read on and learn more.  Books like this are hard to find in the library so I love to add them to our shelves.  We call them Biblical fiction for young readers.  Christian fiction is another popular genre but it’s more for older teens and adults in my opinion.

The Author

M. J. Thomas is the author who penned this new series.  Though I’m not sure that he wrote them with pen and paper first or if he just typed them.  But I’m a fan of pen and paper and like to think that’s how it was written. When Thomas was looking for good Biblical fiction for young readers to have in his own home he came up short.  And thus the series was born!  Main characters in this series are Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog.  Not surprisingly these are characters in his real life as well.  Peter is his son, Mary his niece, and Hank is his dog.  I personally love learning how books come to be and would love to find out more about how his mind came up with this great story line.

Book One

 

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Book one finds our main characters Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog staying with their Great Uncle Solomon who happens to be an archaeologist.  Here they discover ancient scrolls that have magical powers to transport them back back back into time.  So far back in time in fact that it is truly the Beginning of time.  Here they witness the creation of the world.   But it’s not all fun and games as they must solve a mystery or they will not be allowed to return to present time.  While learning about history can be fun getting stuck there forever would not be.  As they rush around to discover the answer they get to meet some interesting characters in history including that dreaded snake.  Other fun and interesting characters are their fun rhino friends who offer rides and even the angel Michael who gives them a seven day timeline before they’re stuck forever.

My kids were spellbound.  My older kids read this book in a matter of an hour or two each and had read both books before the day was up.  They then of course were begging for the other books which have not been released yet.  On our amazon waitlist they go!

Book Two

 

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Book two follows the storyline of book one in that more ancient scrolls are found that transport our trio back in time with another mystery to solve.  This time they are taken back to the time of Noah’s Ark.  They must find Noah and help with the completion of the ark.  Along the way they meet helpful characters and foes who will stop at nothing to ensure their mission is not completed.  The dark ruler will send a shiver down your back.  A good mysterious shiver not a violent one.  Seven days is all the time Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog have to solve their riddle in order to get home.

We really enjoyed these books.  My kids that can read all sat down to read them on their own.  We also used them as read alouds for my non readers.  They very much remind us of another Biblical fiction for young readers(at least in our house) that we have repeatedly used as read alouds.  A good strong Christian basis.   If you do not ever want your child to read anything that contains magic then this is not the book for you.  They do contain magic as the characters are transported back in time through ancient scrolls and have to solve mysteries in order to make it back home.  We don’t do witches or “dark” magic in our home but this kind of magic or fantasy is allowed and I am comfortable with all my children reading these books. 

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Want to learn more?  Interested in what other review families thought of these two books?  Check out the Main Post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews have been linked up.  Also make sure to check out their facebook, instagram, and twitter for more about Biblical fiction for young readers and the other books that are to come in this series of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. 

 

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Bringing Henty Back {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bringing Henty Back

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I’ve long been a fan of the G. A. Henty Books and love that the Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back in the form of audio dramas.  Their latest release is in our home and already well loved!  We’ve been listening to Captain Bayley’s Heir and can’t get enough!!

We received a physical CD in the mail.  With our CD we also received online access to the digital components.  This is a study guide and Live The Adventure site.  You can receive access to all these fun digital bonuses by being a member of the Live the Adventure club.  The CD can still be purchased without a membership but the bonuses won’t be accessible.  Along with the study guide and discussion starter you will also find online quizzes and even a way to listen to the audio from your account.  

The online version of the audio drama also comes with a script that you can read and follow along with.  This is very neat and would be amazing if you have a child who learns best by reading or more than one learning style.  An ebook copy of the original book can also be downloaded and read from the Live The Adventure Club.  Other extra include the soundtrack, cast poster, inspirational poster, and desktop wallpaper.  Lots of great items to be had from their online account!

Being out in the middle of nowhere(at least away from big cities) is amazing at times.  Other times it’s not the best.  Like when you have an hour trip to get to a big grocery store or dance etc etc.  That’s our story!  We love audio dramas for this reason.  They make our journey shorter or at least seem that way.  When that CD starts playing we all become engrossed in the story and boom here we are and no one wants to turn it off!

About the Story

Bringing Henty Back

 

G. A. Henty wrote Captain Bayley’s Heir in 1889.  I love that old books can still be relevant today and I love that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for a new generation to enjoy in a new form.  While I still try to find the books in hard format so we can read them as well having them on a CD to listen to is amazing.

This story follows Frank as he leaves England to come to America during the gold rush.  Not only does he sail across the Atlantic Ocean but he also crosses the continent of America to get to California for the gold rush.  His story is woven through great writing on G A Henty’s part but also by great voice acting from the cast.  They’re amazing and really make you feel like you’re there with Frank as he faces great challenges.  There are also “flashback” type scenes where you get to go and see what is happening in England while he is away.

I love the voice of Brian Blessed as Henty.  He adds so much depth to the story just with his voice.  It’s amazing.  As he narrates the story and helps bring the characters to life we learn lessons that we won’t soon forget.

I love the story line. How many of us can say we’ve never been accused of doing something wrong?  Poor Frank can’t.  He was accused of stealing money.  Rather than face the accusations and humiliation, because yes we can all agree this would be so utterly humiliating, he runs off to America.  That alone is a great place to talk with my kids about what to do when someone accuses us falsely of something.  

Frank is foolish to run off and not tell his Uncle or friends where he is off to.  I used this as a chatting point with my children of how worried I would be if they ever did this and how people would definitely be sad and distraught.  We talked about how Uncle(Captain Bayley) must have felt and how Alice probably felt betrayed.  

Frank is a kind hearted boy who is very willing to help others.  Even though he makes mistakes he tries his best to do what is right and just.  After helping a fellow Englishman and his son Frank sends them with a message for his Uncle and Alice.  Although it takes them a long time to receive the message they are overjoyed and off quickly to find Frank.  They of course arrive just in the nick of time as Frank was wounded in a fight(yes there is violence).

Plot twist!  Captain Bayley has an heir.  Of course you knew that right from the title?  His heir is his daughter who married a man he didn’t approve of and all contact was lost.  Realizing that he was wrong to forbid her having her love and that he wants to make amends Captain Bayley sets off to find her with the help of Alice.  This is why it took so long for them to get Frank’s message.  It’s too late for Captain Bayley to make amends with his daughter as she has passed away but she had a son who he can now connect with.  

Happy endings all around.  Well.  Not fairy tale happy but real life stuff happens and life is messy type endings.  

Our Thoughts

As always we loved the cast!  One reason of course is that my whole family are suckers for a good accent!  We love them!  When my cousins come over from England my kids are all talking like little British kiddos for about a month after they leave.  It’s easy to pick up.  So of course we love hearing the accents on the audio dramas as Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back into circulation.

I have always loved the Henty books and am so glad that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for my children to enjoy.  Not all of children love reading old classics like I do.  The material is a little harder to get into than modern day fiction.  I understand this but really want them to know and love the classics.  So we use them as read alouds.  But there is something so much more magical about listening to them on an audio drama versus mom reading them. 

I highly recommend this audio drama as well as all of the others from Heirloom Audio Productions.  Other audio dramas that we’ve reviewed and that you should check out are The Dragon and the Raven, With Lee in Virginia, The Cat of Bubastes, and Beric the Briton

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Make sure to click over to the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog and read the linked up blog posts.  You can also find Heirloom Audio Productions and all their audio dramas bringing Henty back on facebook, twitter, instagram, and google +.

 

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Travel The World {Homeschool Review Crew}

Travel the World

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I have always wanted to travel the world.  But, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to.  A goal for my parenting is to help my children see and experience as much as I can.  We’re doing just that by using Let’s Go Geography as part of our homeschool.  As we get online and login we get to travel to different places every week.  Much fun is being had in our geography travels!

 

Let's Go Geography
 

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?  That is a question I asked my kids when we started with this geography course.  Geography hasn’t been a huge part of our homeschool until this year.  I was interested in what countries or states or continents interested my kids so we could make sure and do those first.

About the Program

Travel the world in style.  Your own style that is!  Let’s Go Geography is a three year course that allows you to travel through a few states in the United States as well as some countries each year.  You can plan on two regions of the United States plus roughly 26 countries each year.  With the curriculum access or download you get access for one year for one teacher or mom to use with her children or a coop class.  

Each week an email comes to my inbox telling me what the destination of our travels will be.  It is a 36 week course but does allow a few break weeks as well as some review weeks.  There are two reviews per semester plus a review at the end of the year.

Because everything you need is set out for you this is a very easy program to follow.  You can use it a bit every day or make one day a geography day and do it all then.

This program is designed for grades kindergarten through fourth.  I have also been using it with my fifth and sixth graders and my preschooler.  It is very easily adaptable. 

 

Let's Go Geography

 

What’s it Like?

You are going to go online into your back “office” location.  There you click on the schedule week you wish to do.  It will then have you click to download or access the PDF which you can print off.  Each destination has six chapters for you to work through.  These are:

  • Chapter 1: Map it!  Here you learn where you are going in your travel the world course and pin or mark it on a map.  Plus you’ll learn a few basic facts.
  • Chapter 2: The Flag!  Learn about the country flag and what it means/symbolizes.  You’re going to color/cut and have lots of fun learning about and doing some hands on fun with the flag.
  • Chapter 3: The Music!  Listen to music from the country and learn about their culture. There are also videos to watch.  These are safe to view videos.  Nothing questionable to have to worry about like simply looking stuff up on YouTube.
  • Chapter 4: Let’s Explore!  Go sighseeing!  See what the country has to offer.  Check into some different areas of the country and get to know the people.  Plus some fun facts.
  • Chapter 5: Create!  Hands on activities with step by step directions.  Much fun to be had.
  • Chapter 6: Printables! Here you’ll find notebooking pages, fun classroom activities and much more.

Our Thoughts

I love that it isn’t a set in stone journey.  We can travel the world as we want to and are not locked into going to this destination then this one in a set order.  I could jump around and choose where we would visit based on my kids interests or what we were studying in other areas of our homeschool.   It’s very easy to supplement other reading books to where we travel each week as well.  Those get stuck in our morning book basket and the kids can read on them during free reading time.  Sometimes finding board book or toddler/preschool level reading books about where we travel can be hard though.

 

Travel the World

 

I do feel I should mention that it is made to be a set in stone journey.  We chose not to use it that way and it worked really well for us.  We also used this four days a week.  Because the whole week is laid out we still got all of the information covered.

Some of the countries we decided to visit include Canada, Greenland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  This week we’re finishing up visiting Iceland.  As you can tell other than Canada we are staying in a central location.  Because there are reviews we did decide to do countries only within semester 1.  All of these are in that semester so they do tend to stay centralized somewhat.  I like that we can have the flexibility to jump around as we want.

I personally am learning and enjoying this program.  My kids are loving it.  I can see us continuing to use this and most likely purchasing years 2 and 3 as well so we can continue our exploration.

 

Travel the World

 

Let’s talk about the Break weeks just a little bit. It’s basically a week where there are no lessons.  Week 9 is the first break week.  For us we just will be skipping over that break week and “saving” it for later.  We tend to take a week break off of all school during slow times in my husbands business(he’s self employed) and during the off season for doing some amazing field trips.  So break weeks are just not being done here currently.  

Now review weeks.  I love this idea!  The first review week is week 12.  If you follow the schedule there would be 10 countries visited to review.  We’ve already done 6 countries but only two of them are in that section.  I am planning on skipping that week as a review and just doing another lesson.  We will then finish visiting all semester one spots and do two review weeks back to back after we’ve done all the countries.  

You will need some kind of a notebook or binder to keep all your activities and pages in.  They call it a travel journal.  Neat idea!  So we grabbed a package of writing paper for each child plus a three ring binder that I will hole punch and put all the papers in.  We then put dividers in it to divide out each week.

 

Let's Go Geography

 

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Want to learn more?  Check out the main blog post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You can also find Let’s Go Geography on facebook and pinterest.

 

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The 20th Century Lapbook {Homeschool Review Crew}

The 20th Century Lapbook

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Lapbooks.  Have you ever used them?  We don’t often but when we do we love to use A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks.  They have such fun and simple lapbooks.  Recently we’ve been working through the 20th Century Lapbook.  This lapbook titled An Overview of the 20th Century is geared towards grades second through seventh so it’s a perfect fit for my crew.

About the Curriculum

This curriculum is a lapbook.  Lapbooks are a fun hands on way of learning about a subject.  You do a lot of fine motor work with lapbooking so this is great for anyone needing that practice.  

 

20th Century Lapbook

 

The main focus of this lapbook is the 20th century in an overview.  It’s a run through of all the main key topics that went on during the 20th century.  It is a learning lapbook with a study guide included.  There are pages included of reading for teaching about the events.  Then you have the pieces to cut and color and glue to your folders.  There are also recipes that are fun to make as a family from the depression era.

You can purchase the downloadable file for $8.00 currently while the print version is $18.00.  We received the download.  While I normally like print things this is a great way to do a lapbook.  For us it’s easier to print 9 pages of page 10 than it would be to try and make copies.  I did print out the entire lapbook so that I have it in a binder for quick reference.

Our Thoughts

I love these lapbooks.  They’re so fun and engaging plus lots of hands on fine motor skill practice.  Because this lapbook was the 20th Century Lapbook I feel it didn’t really focus on any one issue that we faced and merely glanced over them.  I’m an over-thinker and an over-teacher of things.  So, you might have already guessed this but we added a lot of information to our lapbooks.  Lots of extra reading and even some rabbit trails.  The original lapbook was to be 3 folders big.  Our is still going to be three folders big we’re just mushing a few extra facts in there.  Really and truly I have only printed about 5 extra things to stick in our folders.  The rest is just information that we’ve learned and read about to add to what is already mentioned.

My oldest son is 10 and he wants to do an entire lapbook on just World War II. I told him we could definitely do that but first he would have to do an entire lapbook on World War I.  So once we are finished with this lapbook look for a more indepth exploration of those events.  There is really no way to do them justice in this lapbook.  It hits the key points which is great but inquiring boy minds want to know about war!

This 20th Century lapbook is geared for grades 2-7.  So, approximately ages 8-13.  I used this with my older nine children.  The baby at almost 15 months did not participate much except for having to do some coloring and trying to eat all the tiny scraps of paper.  My age range for this was ages 4-12.  Now, my four year old is in preschool and probably didn’t understand and won’t remember all that we talked about but she really enjoyed the cutting and pasting part of this and it gave her practice while also imparting knowledge to her.

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A Journey Through Learning

Want to learn more about A Journey Through Learning and the lapbooks they offer?  You can check out all the reviews linked up on the main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media on facebook, twitter, google +, and instagram.  This round members of the crew reviewed two Classical Conversations lapbooks, different Apologia lapbooks, An Overview of the 20th Century, and The Greatest Inventors.  Make sure to read over all the different reviews as I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to you.

 

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Family Chore System {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Chore System

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It’s chore time!  How do you make chore time less of a battle in your house?  Recently we’re working on implementing a family chore system.  This comes from a review of The Everyday Family Chore System which is a PDF downloadable ebook from Everyday Homemaking.

 

The Everyday Family Chore System

 

Chore time can be a chore in and of itself.  We’ve always given our kids chores to do but that hasn’t stopped the whining or the nagging by me for them to get them done in a timely manner and done right.  How do you change this?  I know a lot of it is through good character training and we’re working on that.  More on character training and how that’s helping our daily life soon.

Today we’re discussing a family chore system as outlined in The Everyday Family Chore System.  It’s a 90 page ebook.  I printed mine out on 45 pages front and back after downloading it.  It downloads as a PDF.  The first half is just about how to use the system while the second half contains printables and lists that will help you effectively implement the chore system.

About the Program

Vicki Bentley is the creator of the Everyday Homemaking website and subsequently the products available through it.  She wanted to help parents by giving them practical tools and options for managing their homes effectively as well as their time.  As a mom of eight and also a foster mom of over fifty children she definitely has the experience to back up this desire.  This website and products combine all of her years of experience and wisdom in a fun and helpful way for both new parents and seasoned ones alike.  She’s here to help you make the most of your home and teach your children to help and be responsible all at once.

 

Everyday Homemaking
The Everyday Family Chore System is available through the Everyday Homemaking website for $15.99 in the ebook form or $19.99 in print form.  While I normally prefer a physical book this is one example where an ebook is a bit better as I don’t have to copy the pages from a book but can merely hit print and then print as many copies of the one page as I need.

And as a side note I want to put in a plug that you should check out the homeschool planner she offers.  It looks amazing and I’m wishing it was in my budget this month as we’re starting school again!

Our Thoughts

As we’re implementing parts of this system to fit our needs I love how flexible it is.  I really think it’s going to end up blessing our household once I work out all the quirks that I’m having.  With ten kids and having been a bit too lax in the character training area of our life lately I do feel it will take time to get to where I want to be.  But with everything in life it takes work and effort on the parts of all involved to make any system ideal.

As a mom I like this system.  It’s straightforward and I don’t have to come up with it myself.  No reinventing the wheel needed.  Am I using every aspect?  No of course not.  But that’s the joy of this.  I can pick and choose and customize based on the ages of my children and what their individual needs are.  As we get more confident in our chore system and I get all the wrinkles ironed out I’ll be sharing more!  We’re just getting started with our new school year so there is lots going on in our house these days!

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You can learn more about Everyday Homemaking by finding them on facebook.  For more information about how other people have used the family chore system as well as the other item available for the Crew to review called Everyday Cooking please check out the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog

 

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Teach Me Some Greek {Homeschool Review Crew}

Teach Me Some Greek

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Have you ever wanted to learn a new language?  We’ve always thought languages are a key component in our homeschool.  Recently we added in some Greek through a great company called Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  We received their Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set to help facilitate our review.

Greek 'n' Stuff
This level 2 set is geared towards grades 2-4 who have no previous Greek knowledge.  Level 3 would be where you wanted to start with older children.  They do recommend fourth grade and up start on Level 3 as it does teach the alphabet in a fast paced way at the beginning.  Because my key student for this review is a bit delayed for her age and at a level below fourth grade I did make the choice to use level 2 with her.

Hey, Andrew!Teach Me Some Greek!
A detailed lesson plan is included in the set.  This gives us 5 daily lessons per week.  We are doing a four day school week this year but found that doing this on our off day did not take up a lot of time and was very easy to incorporate into our life.  

About the Curriculum

This curriculum.  Teach Me Some Greek.  But guys it’s not the Greek you’ll hear spoken in Greece today.  This is common Greek, or the Greek used during Bible times.  To me this is amazing and definitly the Greek we want to learn as we’ll probably never need to speak it with someone in Greece.  It would be awesome of course to go to Greece, but that’s not our key reason for wanting to learn Greek.  Greek and Hebrew are on our list primarily so we can learn them and then use that knowledge to understand our Bible better.

Greek 'n' Stuff
The curriculum set we received is for one student only.  Now, we all know I have way more than one student!  My plan was to have one child use this for the review period so we could get an understanding for how we like it.  Said child has done so!  Now for our new school year we are purchasing the Level 3 for my two older students and more Level 2 books for my other children.  I have yet to decide if I want to do the primary level 1 with my preschooler/kindergarten kiddos or just wait until they’re ready for level 2.  Oh the decisions we homeschool moms face!

With our set we received a pronunciation CD, a student workbook, and an “answers only” answer book.  Because I don’t speak any form of Greek I was very grateful for the pronunciation CD.  There is only so much you can teach your child if you’re not sure you’re saying the words correctly. 

Greek 'n' Stuff

Our Thoughts

As I mentioned I’m planning on using this with all my kids I would say you might already have my opinion.  Yes, we love this curriculum.  It’s simple to understand and use.  Great curriculum that kids and adults can love.  If you’re an adult and want to learn common Greek definitely think about using Level 3 for yourself.  I’m ordering an extra workbook for me!  The big debate in our house is whether I should buy one for daddy too or not.  What do you think?  Should daddy be made to do his own workbook or should he just have the kids teach him their lesson from that day?

Teach Me Some Greek

Learn More

Learn more about all the products offered up for review through Greek ‘n’ Stuff on the main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Besides Level 2 and Level 3 of the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! courses reviewers also got a choice of several Bible Studies.  These titles were I Can Study Jonah and Ruth Alone with God Bible Study(13 week study) in NIV or KJV, I Can Study Ruth Alone with God Bible Study(13 week study) in NIV or KJV, I Can Study First Samuel Alone with God Bible Study(39 week study) in NIV or KJV, and I Can Study Acts Alone with God Bible Study(53 week study) in KJV or NIV.  I love that all the Bible studies are offered in both translations as we’re a KJV family ourselves and sometimes it’s hard to find things using that version for children.  

You can also find Greek ‘n’ Stuff by following them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.  Hey, Andrew! Teach me Some Greek can also be found on facebook

 

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