A+ Interactive Math – A Review

We love trying new things, however, sometimes we try something a second time to see how things have changed over time and between the children in our house. This is exactly what we are doing with A+ Interactive Math.

It was five years ago that we initially reviewed the A+ Interactive Math curriculum. At that time, we use the Adaptive Placement and Individualized Lesson Plan. This time we are using the Family Math Package. I am focusing this review on Little Miss and her third-grade lessons.

What Is It

The Family Math Package is an online math program for the whole family. You can have up to 10 students for $15 per month or $149 per year. You can access all the levels with this package. So, you do not know what grade level your child is at, you try one, it is too high or too low and you want to change. That is fine, you can do that without an extra charge!

This program takes the whole math curriculum out of your hands and teaches it for you. Each lesson starts with a video on what your child should know, teaches it if they do not know. Once they are done with the video, they move on to the Interactive Questions and Answers. These questions go over what was learned. This way you can know if your child has grasped the concepts that were taught.

With the Interactive Questions and Answers, your child will know immediately if they got the question right or wrong. If they got it wrong, they will have the chance to view the explanation of how the problem should be solved.

There is also an option for an eBook of the curriculum to print out along with a resources sheet. These are my favorite because my kids love to have important information at the tips of their fingers as they are working on the questions/worksheets.

How We Used It

Little Miss used this as her math lesson during this review time. While we were on summer break, we still did do some lessons. We love to focus on year-round school, but sometimes we just need a summer break. So, while I had planned on 4 days a week all summer, we did have some added breaks for the weather (we had a tornado touch down about ten miles away), and for hanging out with our public school friends.

We aimed to do this 3 times a week since this was summer. When we get fully back into school in the fall, I will be doing this 4-5 days a week, depending on the week. What is nice, they have a recommended lesson plan that you can print up and use with your child. There is no guessing what you should do next, just open and go.

While there are no dates on the lesson plan, you can tell that it is based on the regular public-school start and end dates because of the two-week holiday break (which would fall around Christmas time). Since we homeschool year-round, I plan to adjust the breaks to fit our schedule, which is not that hard to do.

What We Thought

I have always loved math, so I have always wanted my kids to love math. Finding the right curriculum to get them engaged and loving math can be hard. Homeschooling multiple students at different levels can be hard. With this curriculum, I was able to check out the different levels of this program. I could let the children go and know that they were still learning. This curriculum teaches for me.

The video lessons are anywhere from 3-10 minutes. This is a perfect time for children of all ages and stages. I loved that the videos did not drain on and on. They did not make you bored, they kept you engaged.

I loved the length of the videos. Each lesson was straight to the point. With the interactive questions following the video, I am able to see immediately if we need to spend more time working on the topic, or if we can move on without spending too much of our time focused on something my kids mastered the first time. It is an extremely focused curriculum, making sure that everything was mastered immediately.

We found this to be a great way to have independent math lessons. This allowed me more time to focus on the subjects that needed my attention while making sure my kids were still learning their math. It also gave them a sense of learning how to be independent at their school.

You can get 20% off by using the code: HopkinsHomeschool If you want to try before you buy, get a month for free right here: https://www.aplustutorsoft.com/freestuff/family-math-package

If you are looking for a math curriculum that is interactive and helps your child master their math skills while helping promote independent learning, you will want to check out A+ Interactive Math!

Learning to Study with Victus Study Skills System – A Homeschool Crew Review

Learning how to study is an important skill for children to have, but just how do you help them learn how to study? We had the chance to get our hands on the Vitcus Study Skills System. After spending some time in the various books, all three of the older kids have learned more about the best way for them to study.

The first time we used this program, there was only one level. That level is the current Level 3. We loved using this and I was excited to see that they had added new levels to their already wonderful program. There are now 4 levels, from Level 1 (K-2/3) up to Level 4 (10/11 – college).

Moe Man was the one who had used Level 3 before. This is geared towards the middle school ages (5th – 10th-grade levels). One of the new levels is the college level (Level 4). I had Moe Man use this one this time. While he is not certain about what he is going to do after high school, this gave him good skills to have. I really liked that this book talks about the skills you need in college that are different from high school. The appendix is filled with a lot of great resources to enforce the lessons and really made Moe Man think more on the college level.

Another fun level is Level 2 (Grades 2/3 – 4/5). I picked Ray Ray to work on this one. He really loved learning about his learning styles. This was something that we had not talked about before. The same day that we started using this, Ray Ray was busy putting it to the test with his other work. We found less stress and more enjoyment out of school! I knew how to present things to him, and he knew how to do them for himself as well.

My biggest excitement came with Level 1 (Grades K- 2/3). This is the smallest book of them all, but it was just the right information for the younger ages! Little Miss was thrilled to be working on these short lessons, and while they are shorter than the other books, she grasped a lot of what they were getting across.

All of the books, except Level 1 have 10 simple lessons to go through. Level 1 only has 6 lessons, but it is for a younger crowd, so this makes sense. It is recommended to do to the 10 lessons over 5 days. We decided for Ray Ray and Moe Man to do one lesson a day for 10 days. This meant, instead of one hour a day, we would spend about 30 minutes a day working on this, which matched our current school style of short lessons.

There is a teacher book that you can get that goes for all the lessons, Level 1 and 2 come with a supplement to the teacher book that helps you tailor the lessons to the age of the child. Ray Ray loved being able to play games that brought the lesson to life for him.

But, back to Little Miss and the fun new Level 1 books! At the younger age, you are not really focusing a lot on actually studying versus getting the idea of studying. These 6 lessons are a little different from the rest. They are only about a page long. The pages do not have distractions on them, and they are straight to the point. There is more teaching to talk about and the short page to enforce what you tell them. These lessons talk about how they study, how they learn best, goals (the longest lesson, but the most important in my opinion), time management, skills on reading, and listening.

I loved that the goals lesson is the longest. Teaching younger children what goals are and how to achieve them will set them up for greater success in the future. They are taught about goals, by examples of things in their everyday life, not just school. After learning about goals in life, they are brought back to school and making goals for their classes.

I really enjoy the Victus Study Skills System. I was happy with it in the past and am thrilled with the new additions!

I am not the only one who used this program, click below to check out what the other reviewers thought of this!

K through College Study Skills {Victus Study Skills System Reviews}
 

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Grammar and Writing from Hake Publishing – A Homeschool Crew Review

Grammar is one of those subjects that I just don’t know how to teach. I know what I want to say, but how do I explain it to my 3rd-grade son? Hake Publishing has taken all the guesswork out of the teaching process with their Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 curriculum.

What Is It

This grammar and writing curriculum comes with everything you need to teach your 3rd-grade child the proper usage of grammar and writing. You will get the Teacher Guide, Student Textbook, and Writing Workbook. These books are all you will need to teach your homeschool child all they need to know about grammar and writing.

The Student Textbook includes 111 lessons. After every 10 lessons or so, you will do a writing lesson from the Writing Workbook. The Writing Workbook consists of 21 lessons. Together this makes 132 lessons to cover a whole year of learning.

Your Teacher Guide includes not only the lesson plans for each lesson and the answers to the student workbook but also some extra practice if you notice your child lacking in some areas as well as tests that you will give about every 10 lessons.

You simply need to have your child work through one grammar or writing lesson each day depending on the day and by the end of the year, they will have a firm grasp on all they need to know about grammar and writing for the 3rd-grade level.

How We Used It

We started off by me teaching the lesson to Ray Ray. I would read the prompts from the teacher guide and have him answer the questions before working on the questions for the day. However, he did not like this. He found that he liked to take his book and work on it on his own. As much as I didn’t want to do this, at the same time, I am trying to raise self-learners, so this worked on that aspect.

Each day, Ray Ray would open his student textbook and go through the lesson. I would follow behind him and correct any that he got wrong. If I noticed that he was struggling, I would assign an added practice from the teacher guide for the next day, but I didn’t have to do this very often.

After every ten lessons, there would be a test and a writing assignment. Ray Ray has never really had tests before, so this was a new thing for him. He really liked them. He is a competitive type of person, so he aimed high on these and really wanted to accel at them. I did not tell him about the tests until the day before the first one, so when he had the test, he was a little nervous but aced it without a problem. That means that everything he was working on in the first nine to ten lessons was tested without him knowing that he would be tested, and he had no issue with it at all! He knew all that he needed to know with the simple daily practice that was included in the daily lessons.

What We Thought

After trying something similar with Moe Man in the older ages, I was looking for something like this for Ray Ray. I was happy to find that with Hake Publishing. I love the idea of introducing something new while still including the daily practice of what was already learned. Ray Ray proved that this was a benefit when he took his first test and had no issues with it.

Hake Publishing has given me something that works for my child. The lessons are to the point and allow him to progress without a lot of extra nonsense. We can use this in conjunction with a literature program to round out our language arts curriculum.

I am in love with the fact that Ray Ray can go through the lessons on his own with little help from me. Ray Ray loves that the lessons don’t take him all day and that each day he has a review from the lessons that he has had in the past.

Check out what the other families using Grammar and Writing 3 thought about this program by clicking this image:

Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 {Hake Publishing Reviews}
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CursiveLogic – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

I believe that all children need to learn the necessary skills of life. One of these is knowing how to write and read cursive. Trying to find a simple program that made it easy for the kids to learn can be hard. However, we had the chance to review CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic. This is the program we love for learning cursive in our house.

We have had the chance to review this once before with Moe Man, and we fell in love with how simple it was. I have tried a few different programs with Ray Ray, but they just weren’t what we were looking for. Having the chance to try the newly updated program, I was excited!

What It Is

The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack is a workbook and access to the webinar. You will have access to this webinar for 6 months. The webinar shows you how to use the patent-pending CursiveLogic methods. These methods work on a shape-based approach. This means that your child will learn the letters that are the same shape at the same time.

As we learned the shapes, we learned a chant that helped us remember the shape. This was extremely helpful for Ray Ray to remember how to make the letters. Using this method of learning how to write cursive also allowed Ray Ray to write real words right away. This gave him a sense of satisfaction that made him want to do more.

We also received The Art of Cursive coloring book. This is just that, an adult style coloring book that works on the methods of cursive. This is a great way to practice the shapes as well as introduce them to pre-writers. It is also a great relaxing tool for mom when the kids don’t steal it from me!

How We Used It

I watched the webinar first. I wanted to know how to teach Ray Ray the correct way. As I was watching, I figured that at his age he would be able to watch the webinar with me to learn how to do the methods of CursiveLogic. We sat down together and watched the first lesson of the webinar and took did the workbook pages as we went along. Ray Ray was impressed that he was able to catch on within the first lesson. This made him want to learn more.

While this program is easy to use and Ray Ray picked up on it, I realized that he wasn’t ready to move as fast as they suggested. Each lesson is broken down into days, and each day you complete what is listed for that day. Instead of doing all the pages for each day, we slowed down and split the days up. This worked for us, gave us little frustration, and allowed us to continue having fun and learning.

The Art of Cursive was too “girly” for Ray Ray, and he didn’t want to use it. That was fine with me, as I thought it looked like a good thing for me to do to relax at the end of the day. My only problem, Little Miss, stole it from me. The first pages go over the shapes, but after that you get pictures. These are not ordinary pictures, each image is full of the different shapes, along with a quote.

What We Thought

We loved CursiveLogic the first time we tried it, and we love it more with the updates that have been done with it. While they are not drastic changes, they are just enough to make it even more fun and easy to understand. Ray Ray didn’t fight me after we adjusted the schedule to fit us and our learning. He loved that he was able to write in cursive and had to show it off when he saw that learning a and d meant that he could write dad without it being on the paper.

I loved having the webinar to help me teach the methods of CursiveLogic to Ray Ray. Having the webinar set up like it was teaching a classroom of students, made it easy to have Ray Ray watch and learn with me. Pulling that up at the beginning of each new shape method and knowing that he is getting an excellent understanding of how to do this makes me confident in knowing that he will know how to write in cursive without an issue.

Having the necessary skills in life is what I want my kids to learn. Cursive is one of those skills that I feel they need to know. Finding a program like CursiveLogic to teach this skill is a huge stress relief for me.

Check out CursiveLogic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilovecursive/

Find out what the other review crew members think about CursiveLogic right here:

The Art of Cursive & Quick Start Cursive {Cursive Logic Reviews}
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Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – A Review

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Learning about the skeletal system should be fun. There should be games and activities that keep a child interested. Keeping them interested is the hardest part. The Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – Set of 4 was just what we needed in our home!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

What Is It?

This is a four-book set, each one focusing on different bones within the body. Each of these books can be used for a whole year, making this set start in 3rd grade and finish in the 6th grade.

The four books are:

  1. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Hand, Arm, and Shoulder
  2. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Foot, Let and Pelvis
  3. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Rib Cage and Spine
  4. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Head, Face, and Neck

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

Each book consists of short, fun, and rhyming lessons. The books are full of activities for the kids to get hands on fun practice with what they have been learning. These activities can range from checking out “x-rays” with 3D glasses to drawing the bones as you trace your hands and feet or even just coloring the ribs while you practice their names.

On top of all the fun that filled the pages, these pages were full color. They are made of a thicker weight paper, so they can stand up to lots of flipping of pages.

How We Used It

Ray Ray was the intended reader of these books. However, he decided to take his learning of his bones a step farther. Two days after we opened the books, Ray Ray fell off his bed and broke his elbow! *Just a heads up, this did not earn him any extra credit, and it is not required when you decide to purchase the books!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I did not have any lesson plans to follow when we got these books. Instead, we took the books and had fun with them on our own. I would simply write Dr. Bonyfinde on Ray Ray’s daily lessons and he would read as much or as little as he wanted. Typically, he would read the lesson and stop. The next day he would go and do the activities that went with the lesson.

We used this in addition to our current Science curriculum. The way this played out on our lesson plans was 2-3 times a week using it, depending on the week. This was a perfect spacing option for us.

What We Thought Of It

We love using these books. Ray Ray enjoys that the lessons were short and to the point, yet fun at the same time. He doesn’t get bored and jumps at the chance to do Dr. Bonyfide instead of his current curriculum.

I did notice that when Ray Ray uses a pen or pencil, the color on the back of the pages he writes on transfers to the following pages. While this frustrated us a little, we did find that using a permanent marker helped prevent the transfer and the pages were thick enough to prevent it from bleeding through.

Learning our Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I love that he loves to learn about his body. This is such a fun curriculum that I don’t have to argue with him to work on it. I think we will end up going through more than one book each year, as Ray Ray loves to read them that much.

If you are looking for a fun way to get your child interested in learning about their skeletal system, Dr. Bonyfide is the guy for you!

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