Review: I Love a Mystery Set

I have found a new gem for our homeschool. We have recently had the opportunity to review the I Love a Mystery Set from Educents. This is a set of 3 books by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder called 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! (for ages 8-12) , 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! (for ages 10-14), and 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! (for ages 8-12). They are part of a series called One Minute Mysteries. Here is {Read More}

Review: Times Tales DVD to learn times tables fast!

I am reviewing an incredible educational DVD today! It’s called Times Tales from Trigger Memory Systems. My kids- ages 5, 7, 9, and 10- watched it twice and now know Part 1 of the upper times tables! The way it works is this. There are stories for each equation (3×7, 8×4, 9×6, etc.) Each number 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 is represented by a character as you see in the video photos below: A story is told about {Read More}

Review: Eat Your Math Homework

My kids and I recently did some activities from one of the Ann McCallum Books called Eat Your Math Homework. It is such a fun way to approach a math lesson! Eat Your Math Homework is a paperback book of 45 pages. It’s fully in color with such cute illustrations. There are 6 sections, each with its own math concept and cooking or food-preparation activity to do in order to illustrate it for the kids. Think of doing a science experiment to demonstrate {Read More}

Review: Super Teacher Worksheets

I have just been introduced to an amazing site! I have the Individual Membership to the website Super Teacher Worksheets. They have over 10,000 online printable PDF worksheets in almost any subject you can think of for grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Elementary. Just check out the categories you can choose from: Math Reading & Writing Phonics & Early Literacy Handwriting Grammar Spellings Lists & Worksheets (Gr. 1-5) Science Social Studies Map Skills Holiday Puzzles & Brain Teasers Teacher Helpers (like Award Certificates) Homeschool Helpers {Read More}

Giveaway: Self-Grading Online Math Curriculum (limited price only $12/year!)

I’m so intrigued to learn about a SOLID online math curriculum that’s only $12 for the whole year.  I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t give you a review, but I’d love to introduce you to it and let you see if it might work for your family. It’s from a very reputable company: A+ Interactive Math,   This is a comprehensive and solid online math curriculum that includes curriculum (lessons) eBook worksheets for each lesson chapter tests {Read More}

CTC Math review

CTC Math provided me with the 12 Month Family Plan (U.S. Curriculum).  I was able to set up accounts for all 8 of my children. We reviewed CTC Math last year, so you can read some other details at this CTC Math review post.  Today I’ll share some of our other experiences with this wonderful math curriculum. The first thing is that our last membership ended in March.  We didn’t get renewed until May, and I was worried that all of the {Read More}

Series: Preparing to Homeschool Ninth Grade- Our Curriculum Choices

It’s time to homeschool ninth grade! So, I thought I’d share today what we’ll be using for my oldest son’s curriculum during his 9th grade year. History/Geography, Literature, and Writing: We started using Tapestry of Grace this year, which is a full curriculum for grades K-12th and includes the subjects of history, literature, writing, church history, philosophy, and government.  Next year we plan to use just the history/geography and literature portions,which will cover the historical time period of Creation to {Read More}

2015 Build Your Bundle Sale: The Details

Woo-hoo–the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale is finally here! I promise not to overload you on this topic all week. But I want to have one post here where you can have all the details you might want in order to make a decision about whether to buy a bundle or not with the annual Build Your Bundle Sale.  There are 19 different bundles of digital homeschool curriculum All curricula is massively discounted (up to 90% off) One week {Read More}

Review of A+ Interactive Math

Here is a new curriculum review for you today: A+ Interactive Math I specifically gained online access to the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan. I tried out A+ Interactive Math with 6 of my children.  For some it worked better than others. My oldest son just finished Pre-Algebra with another math curriculum.  I decided it would be a good idea for him to take the A+ Tutorsoft Pre-Algebra math Adaptive Placement Test as a final exam. He discovered that {Read More}

Review: La La Logic online preschool curriculum

  Today I have a review of La La Logic Preschool Curriculum This is an online resource with items to print.  It’s specifically for preschoolers and is a resource designed to help them with thinking skills and problem-solving.  There are 100 weeks of material!  See below for example of online activities to do. I had my 4-year-old start with Week 1.  He did the online lessons which included a variety of different activities.  By far, his favorite was a reward for one {Read More}

IXL Math and Language Arts Review

I have a really exciting program to review for you today!  For the past 6 weeks several of my kids have been working with the online program called IXL.  If you have read my blog for a while, you will know that I have not given favorable reviews of a couple of other online programs we’ve tried.  But IXL–well, we loved it!  My kids worked on both IXL Math and IXL Language Arts. What is IXL? There is so much there–you’ll really have {Read More}

Review “UberSmart Math Facts” software

  Are you looking for a great way for your kids to learn or practice their math facts?  Today I’m happy to review UberSmart Software, which has created the product we used called UberSmart Math Facts.   Math facts are so important for kids to learn.  They can’t easily go on to the next concept in math if they are still trying to remember them.  If you aren’t sure what I mean by “math facts,” it’s knowing their basic addition, subtraction, {Read More}

Review of CTC Math

Today I have a review of CTC Math.  We recently got to spend time with the 12 Month Family Plan.  CTC Math is an online math curriculum for grades K-12.  The child who spent the most time using it is my 7-year-old son.  He worked on the 1st and 2nd grade levels.  I also had a few more kids try it out–my 3-year-old, 5-year-old, 12-year-old, and 13-year-old. The way CTC Math works is you get a parent account and a specific child account {Read More}

Homeschool Essentials: Math-U-See Decimal Street lapbook for “Alpha”

        Today is Day 3 of “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials” and I’m sharing about my favorite math elementary math curriculum: Math-U-See. I love that this curriculum has the lessons on DVD (Steve Demme is funny and connects well with the kids). But most of all I like his approach of trying to help the kids “see” math rather than just memorizing how to do it. One of my children just started with the Alpha level. Place {Read More}

Times Tales set on Sale!

  I’ve mentioned before how I’ve used the Times Tales DVD to help my 3 oldest quickly learn their times tables!  There is a sale right now (until August 8, 2013) to get these 3 items for only $29.95!  You get the bundle which includes: Times Tales (print or DVD), a Mini Flip and Memory Triggers: Elementary Math Terms.  If you have  a child working on multiplication, head over to the website and see if this is something you’d like {Read More}

Homeschool Curriculum 2012-2013

Here is our 2012-2013 Curriculum   B (age 11, 6th grade): Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12” Bible:  Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids — Revelation (Bible Prophecy for Kids and A Sneak Peek into the Future) Grammar:  Daily Grams 6 (Easy Grammar) Latin:  First Form Latin Music:  violin lessons, band (saxophone) at Christian school History:  Mystery of History and Story of the World, vol. 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with notebooking materials from Homeschool in {Read More}

How I got interested in the Classical Method for Homeschooling

Follow my blog through email so you won’t miss anything! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner   How I got interested in the Classical Method for Homeschooling: Probably the best way to start is to explain why I started homeschooling in the first place.  I started out as a public school teacher at a junior high (7th-9th grade).  It didn’t take me long to understand some of the inner workings of that system–things most parents never even think about or {Read More}

Homeschooling Moms With Apps–Math

When I started this series on homeschooling moms with apps 3 weeks ago I had no idea an incredible new website would burst on the scene last week.  It’s called Apps for Homeschooling.  Jennifer shares reviews, codes for free apps, and insider information about sales.  It’s great!  I’ll keep writing these posts to share what we like to use, but for more comprehensive information on great apps for homeschooling, be sure to visit Apps for Homeschooling! This week we’ll talk {Read More}

Homeschooling Moms With Apps–Preschool

It’s time for our next installment of Homeschooling Moms With Apps! This time our focus is on Preschool. (Check out last week’s post on geography.) As you can tell by the picture on my blog header, I have a number of preschoolers. And they all love to use the iPad! (I’m embarrassed to say that even my 14-month-old loves it!) But I want the limited time they use it to be educational, as well as fun for them. Here are {Read More}