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Learn to Read with Reading Kingdom – A Homeschool Crew Review

Reading is one of those topics that scare me. I always worry about how I am doing, or not doing. When Little Miss was getting ready to read, I noticed a few issues. However, with Reading Kingdom, the worries I once had, have disappeared!

Reading Kingdom is an online program that works on teaching your child how to read. This program is geared towards ages 3-10 and will help your child work on reading and writing up to a third-grade level (Lexile 750).

Reading requires six different areas, sequencing, writing, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension. Most other programs only focus on sounds, but Reading Kingdom focuses on all six of these areas.

While it is an online program, it is easy for kids to navigate. I don’t have to do anything other than log into our account, and Little Miss takes over from there. She is taken to where she left off and is able to continue on with the click of a button.

It is recommended that your child logs in and uses this program 4 days each week. When you log in, you can see how many days your child has been using the program on average. You are also able to see your child’s current level, their percentage that they have completed and their performance level.

This was the week after great grandpa passed away, so we had missed a few days.

If you want, you can even sign up to get a weekly email of your child’s activity each week.

Once your child logs in, they are taken to where they left off last. The lessons take about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast the child works. They will have about 10-30 activities to complete to finish the lesson for the day.

30 may seem like a lot of activities, but most of these are listen to the computer say the focus word of the lesson and type it. This is simple, and your child will progress through the lesson rather quickly.

After learning what the word looks like and how to write it, your child will be able to start using the word in sentences. The computer will tell them exactly what to do each step of the way. They are not supposed to have help from mom or dad, and every time I stepped in to watch Little Miss, I would hear, “Mommy, you can’t help me. Go away.”

I had initially planned on having both Little Miss and Ray Ray use this program, but Ray Ray can already read at a 6th-grade level. After trying this for a few days, we opted to let him step down from using this as it was too easy.

Little Miss, however, loved using this program. She would beg me to use this first this upon waking up. She would work through the day’s lesson and have so much fun spelling the words she learned each day. We had no issues with her logging in and getting through the lessons. Our other favorite part, if she had to stop the lesson halfway through for some reason, she would not have to start over. When she logged back in later in the day, it would take her right to where she left off!

As Little Miss continued through the activities on Reading Kingdom, I noticed her spelling more words throughout the day, not just when she was on the computer. She would be able to draw a picture and actually write the word of what she drew! This is huge for me because I was very worried about her not spelling or sounding things out just a few short months ago!

In just 15-20 minutes a day, I have seen Little Miss learn to read with Reading Kingdom!

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Starfall Education Foundation – 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.

Sometimes you need a break from your homeschool lessons. Just sometimes you need to have fun But what if you could make learning fun and trick your child into doing extra lessons? That is what happened when we were given a one-year subscription to The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation.

Starfall has been a part of my homeschool since the first day that I started homeschooling. Then, it was only Ray Ray using it. Now, Ray Ray still loves to use it as well as Little Miss and even Baby Girl. Starfall has become our go to when the day gets to be too long, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What Is It

Starfall is an online product. You need to have internet access to use this program. This program covers many things from reading to math and ranges from Pre-K to 1st and even 2nd grade. There are also apps that you can download to bring the fun of learning with you on the go.

Starfall’s website is full of everything that you can imagine. They take the learning to a fun level that allows the kids to play games, watch videos or read books while learning reading and math. This is great for the beginning learners as well as those days when you just need something to do that isn’t the same thing.

Now, one thing that I haven’t noticed before, but just recently found was the Parent/Teacher Center. This section of Starfall is FULL of extras to help you as the parent and teacher to take the learning that you have been doing on the computer, off the computer. There are guides for you to see what your child can learn in each section, what apps help teach certain things, and what some of the extra resources are that you can purchase.

Not only does this section give you the guides, but it gives you printables! Yes, printables. These range from practicing your alphabet, printable books to read, journal writing, and even grammar worksheets. And that is just the ELA downloads. Math is not as much, but there are still some great worksheets to help practice what the kids are learning.

How We Used It

This is one of those programs that I let the kids go wild on. I don’t have to worry about links to outside sources, and even to get into the Parent section, you have to be able to answer a question. This means that when they are on this website, they are safe and learning. Yes, they could click in the address bar and go somewhere else, but this is very uncommon with my crew.

Playing their favorite symmetry game.

When it is time to get ready for school, or if I have to help the bigger kids with something, Little Miss will be able to go to Starfall and play around. I say it this way because she really doesn’t think of this as school. She feels that I am letting her have some extra game time.

As Little Miss progressed through her “play,” I would look at the different printable downloads and see which she was ready for. She is a reluctant reader like her brother was at her age. But as I watched her figuring out words and sounds, I loved being able to print books that matched her reading level, and these books went along with what she was learning on Starfall.

I did not set up a do this or do that schedule for her on this site. I figured the more fun it was, the more she would use it without arguing me. This meant that she was learning and having fun at the same time, and she wasn’t arguing with me over getting some lessons done. I did have to remind her that she couldn’t just sit there and customize her character the entire time, but she had no issue with moving on from there.

What We Thought of It

We have loved Starfall Education Foundation for the last five years. We have paid for this yearly subscription and have never thought twice. There is a lot of great activities that keep the kids interested. There is no need to worry about your child’s interest. They will love it! There is something for everyone within this program. They can work online, or they can take the download printables that are offered and do more offline. This is something that I love about Starfall, you can do online and proceed to take it offline when your child has had enough screen time.

I have never had an argument about using this program. From Ray Ray when he was at this stage, to Baby Girl as she is getting into it, all three of my little ones love to get on Starfall and play. I will let them do this because I know that when they are having fun, they are also learning1 This is a program that we will use for many years to come. It will always be a part of the first years of homeschooling for them.

There are 60 reviews total for this program. Check out all the other reviews right here:

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2018 Homeschool Curriculum – First Grade and Preschool

First Grade

Monday I told you about the curriculum that my boys are using. Today I want to share with you want we are using with our girls. Their schedules are a little different due to their age. While I still try to cover all the topics with them, they are just presented differently.

First Grade

Little Miss – First Grade

Little Miss is in the first grade and is just starting to get into the formal education as Charlotte Mason talks about it. I haven’t done much with her over the years, besides learning her letters, colors, numbers and reading to her. By doing this, it has been just the right way for her to enter into the whole school thing. She isn’t stressed out about school, and finds it fun!

To keep this love of learning going with her, I have been looking at things that keep lessons short, sweet, and simple. I am having her listen while I read Ray Ray his history lessons. She doesn’t do much besides color or draw while I read. She also will answer orally about what we have read, and am starting her on narration after I read.

Math is something that I am looking into. I am currently using the Math 1 on Easy Peasy, and Little MIss enjoys it. Finding something that is fun and short is what I am looking for. I also use Easy Peasy for her Science lessons. These she works with Ray Ray on. I love that he can read the lesson to her and they work through the worksheets and projects together.

Now for reading and writing, I have a few issues. I want to find something that works for her, but she doesn’t want to “read” yet. I am not pushing it. This is why I can’t buy a box curriculum! She is currently using Growing Writers for her writing. Growing Writers starts with simple letter practice and moves into the sentences and grammar. The lessons are short and end with her drawing and being creative.

First Grade

I am busy trying to find a just right reading program for her. For now, we are reading aloud, playing on Reading Eggs and Starfall. These are fun ways for her to pick up on learning to read without pushing her. Until I find what I want, we are going to keep this up and let her learn the fun way.

Baby Girl – Preschool

Baby Girl is just three. I haven’t done much with her school focused besides singing the alphabet and working on counting numbers. She is my little go-getter and loves to pick up on things. She always wants to have something to do like the big kids, so I have been looking around. Besides what we are currently doing, I am going to let her start with Easy Peasy’s Getting Started 1 lessons. These are not hard; they are a lot of listening to songs and working on the alphabet and the sounds the letters make along with a fun craft to do with it.

First Grade

While three might seem like a young age for her to be getting started, I only intend to have her working on these lessons for 2 or 3 days out of the week. The rest of the week will be what we are already doing, playing and talking about things to learn them. What better way to learn about the weather than to go out and be in it. There isn’t a better way to learn about food than to be in the kitchen with me learning about them. Not to mention touching and smelling them at the grocery store!

I don’t expect to do much more with the girls for a few years. They are still having fun learning while playing, and they love to cuddle up with good books. This is all they need right now, and I don’t intend to change that!

What kinds of things do you do with your younger students?

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K5 Learning – A Homeschool Crew Review

online reading and math

My kids love to play on computer. They love to have access to games and anything they think is fun. So, I love when I can find an online program like K5 Learning to allow them to have fun while they are still learning!

online reading and math

K5 learning is an online learning program for K-5 with the focus on Math and Reading, and a little Spelling also. There is no need for extra textbooks, no extra space to take up. All you need is your computer and an internet connection.

While the kids had a lot of fun using K5 Learning, this is not the typical game style learning site. K5 Learning focuses on teaching children great study skills and how to work on their own. These are two very important skills I want my kids to know when it comes to school.

online math and reading program

The use of K5 Learning is very simple. You set up your account, add an account for each student, with their own login information and send them on their way. The first thing they will do is take an assessment test for both reading and math. These are separate and do take a little bit of time, but they are needed to place your child in the right level.

online program

Once the assessment is over, your child is free to go. Each lesson plan is personalized for each child. There is no one size fits all here. The site is safe for the children to use, there are no ads and no links to anything outside of K5 Learning. This made me happy knowing that the kids could be on the site while I was busy helping someone else, and that they would only be working on quality lessons and not surfing the web getting into trouble!

online math and reading program

There was not too much for me to do when it came to this program. After I set the kids up, I would log in once or twice a week and see their progress, but that was about it. I did take the chance to print a few worksheets that are available to go with the lessons they are learning, but that was it!

Both Ray Ray and Little Miss love to do their K5 Learning Lessons. They had the choice to work on their math or reading or both each day. I loved how each subject covered many topics and didn't get boring for the kids. They would work on things like sight words or reading comprehension for reading, and math was not only numbers and adding or subtracting, but also geometry and time and money. Ray Ray has also tried out the spelling features. He enjoyed that there were many learning styles when it came to this. It wasn't just a listen and type, but rather have fun and learn.

online math and reading program

Both of my kids love the way this is set up. All I hear all day is "Can I do my K5 school yet?" "Is it time for K5 school yet?" I love that they love it and I love that I notice an improvement in both of them, specifically Little Miss and her reading skills. One week she is struggling to sound out words and the next she is sounding them out just fine. The only difference? K5 Learning!

online math and reading program

If you have a busy workload, like 4 kids and a husband recovering from surgery, K5 Learning will help you make sure your kids still learn what they need learn, as independently as possible. Yes, I still give them regular math and reading lessons, but knowing that on days when I may be lacking they won't be, that is what is important to me!


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Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ~ A Homeschool Review

Reading and handwriting, those two things are essential in my mind to the education of our children. If they cannot read or write, they will not get far in life. Even in today's society of technology, the basic skills are still necessary. We had the chance to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting from Everyday Education, LLC as a part of this review.

Perfect Reading

We received the digital copy of the Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting book and used it with Ray Ray and Little Miss. Both of the kids are at different levels when it comes to reading and writing. Little Miss is still new to all of it, while Ray Ray knows how to read and write, yet has some frustrations when it comes to writing. I figured he would benefit from this just as much as Little Miss and actually want to have Moe Man work on the handwriting part of this as well to help him improve his handwriting skills.

Janice Campbell found Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting when she first started homeschooling and fell in love with the simple, clear penmanship that she found within the pages. Little did she know, when she went to look for again for her second child that it was out of print. After trying a few different things, she wanted to go back to this and worked hard to bring it back into print for us to use now!


Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

Janice starts off letting us know about the simple lesson plans. They each include reviewing the previous lessons, introducing the new concepts, working on tracing and copying what was taught, practicing the sounds (phonics) or reading that was talked about and finishing up the lesson with some copywork.

We first find a section just for the parents to help us understand what we will be teaching our children. We learn about Posture and Pen Holding, Spacing, Slant, Rhythm and Size and Different Scheduling Options which are based upon the child who will be using this. We also learn that there are four different ways to use this book. You can use it for teaching the young child to read and write, help teach the struggling readers read better, teach your child fast, legible handwriting or teach yourself beautiful handwriting.

After this simple introduction, we start the first chapter, still for the parents to go over. This first chapter talks about the reading and writing that will be taught. This program works with phonics versus the sight reading that is taught in many of the public schools. Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting aims its reading skills at ages 4-6 years old. This is the best age to start the reading lessons. It is believed that if you teach the reading skills at this age, they will be bored less and turn to TV and video games less versus the books that are readily available to them.

Beautiful Handwriting

Handwriting is taught with Italics in mind. The typical handwriting that is taught only has six letters that can formed in one stroke versus the twenty-two letters formed in one stroke with the Italic style. This encourages the child to write instead of discouraging them with the perfect forms that are required in the other style. The kids really enjoyed this way of writing. Ray Ray didn't even fight that he had to sit down and spend time writing, he actually enjoyed seeing that he could write!

I loved reading the teaching tips that were included in the beginning of this book. These tips were simple, but a great reminder to the busy homeschool mom or new homeschool mom. The one that really stuck out to me was to make sure that you don't expect your child's writing to be the same as the model. I made sure to have Ray Ray read this for himself as he is always trying to have the perfect writing and the frustration follows when he can't do that.

We simply started with the alphabet when it came to the writing and reading. The very basics of each. I would have both kids sit down together and work on the tracing and writing together. This was nice because I didn't have to spend extra time between the two children and combined the lessons. While Ray Ray knows how to write and Little Miss is just starting, this program allowed them to work together to improve or learn the skills they need.

While Ray Ray knows the basics of phonics for reading, I had him sitting with while Little Miss worked on her skills. I would have him working on the copywork for the section. This way I was able to include him if there was a section that he just didn't understand when it came to reading. He was able to improve on some of the simple phonics that I was trying to work with him on just by sitting by and listening to his sister.

It is safe to say that all three of us were happy with this product. We loved the simplicity of it. I loved that is was a print and go with the digital version and I didn't have to plan for hours on end. The beginning pages that were for me to read answered any and all of my questions that I may have had on the program and I was able to jump right in on Monday morning.

Little Miss loved using this with Ray Ray. She felt older knowing that he was doing the same thing. I noticed that she spent time working on her reading and writing and found her practicing it in her locked diary. She would also start sounding out the words that we were speaking and in some of the easy reader books right away. She loved this new independence and loved watching her bloom.

PRBH

Ray Ray has always fought me when it came to writing. The fine motor skills he needed for this task just didn't seem to show up right away. Once he did start writing, it was sloppy. I would try to correct and he would be upset. When we started in on the writing here, he loved it. He loved the style. How simple it was and the one stroke letters helped him! Being able to flow with his writing, made him proud and when he was proud, he continued! I loved seeing this happen and knowing that his writing was slowly improving!

We thoroughly enjoyed using Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting. I loved all aspects of it and plan to continue to use this as a reading and handwriting program in the years to come!

Everyday Education, LLC has this and other programs available to you. Check out what these other Crew families had the chance to look at!


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NotebookingPages.com ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Are you frustrated with your current curriculum? Are you looking for something fun that will help your kids learn at the same time? Instead of being frustrated and tied down, why not use some fun journaling, and why not make it pretty, or handsome, with the notebboking pages that are designed for them. The Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership at NotebookingPages.com has everything you need for just this!

Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership

What Is It

NotebookingPages.com is a website that has a notebooking page for almost everything, with new ones being added. The different topics are A-Z, Bible/Character, Famous People, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts and Science/Nature. Oh, and there is even a section call Any Study. This is where you can pick and choose what you need for your homeschool if it isn't already listed in any of the other sections!

Debra, the owner of NotebookingPages.com, is a homeschool mom herself who wanted something better for her kids. When she wasn't able to find, she made it. And I am thankful that she did! This is our go to page for all things notebooking!

 

How We Used It

There is no right or wrong way to use this site, just so you know right now. You will decide how you want to use it, and that is what you will do. We have used this site for YEARS, and each time I find something new to use in a new and different way. Each one of my kids use the resources here in different ways and each one loves what they do.

Little Miss

Little Miss is busy learning her letters. I am able to hop on in and find the letter we are learning about in the A-Z section and we can use the pages to go with that letter. We love coloring the big letters and making the fun little books. We are able to draw a picture(s) of things that start with letter and practice writing words that start with that letter. She loves just having her own books to read to Baby Girl.

Ray Ray

Ray Ray is busy learning about birds and clouds this summer. We are finding out that the Charlotte Mason style homeschooing is best for him, and these notebooking pages help us to learn in a different way. I simply printed up some pages on the different birds in our area and let him find the information he wanted to learn about them. He is busy making his own bird book, and loves watching the birds with his book. We have also had fun simply staring at the clouds. The nature study section has a great collection of pages on clouds and we are able to write about what we see and find the difference in the clouds to the weather and how they both seem to change at the same time.

Moe Man

Moe Man is even busy with these pages. He has found a style he liked in the Any Study section and used this as a way to take notes for his government course. He takes one page per lesson and fills it full of what he is learning. There are some really neat little squares on some pages, and he is able to use those to draw what he has read about. This is a fun way of notetaking that you would not get from simple lined paper. I love seeing what he comes up with each day!

What We Thought

I love these pages. I love having that one site that has what I need to make a boring subject fun. That one site where I can replace the worksheets with fun sheets. I love that there are two different styles of lines with each unit and that I can pick and choose which one will work for us each day. The Lifetime Membership has been worth it to our family and we will continue to use these pages long into the future of our homeschooling days. If you have to pick one thing for your homeschool, pick this. This is essential in our homeschool and I think you will feel the same way about it in yours.

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Introductory Science from Science Shepherd ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Oh Science, how I dread thee, yet all my kids love thee. So now what? What is a homeschooling mom to do? Well, if you are me you would look to Science Shepherd and their Introductory Science Level A.

Science Shepard Review

What Is Included?

For this review, we received the Level A Introductory Science Student Book and the corresponding teacher's guide along with one year access to the online video lessons. There are some simple experiments and activities included with this, but you won't use anything strange or hard to find.

How Does This Work?

I am so glad that you asked!! I love the simplicity of this curriculum. Ray Ray simply watches a short video lesson, they range from 2-8 minutes long, and answers some questions in his work book. These questions are not hard to answer, yet show whether or not the child was paying attention to the video.

Science Shepard

When they are done with the lesson, you can look over their work with your answer key. At the beginning of Level A (great for ages 6-8), I haven't had the need to use mine much, but as you move farther along, it will be nice to have the backup in case you are unsure.

Science Shepard

How Did We Use This?

This was such a fun and simple way for Ray Ray to learn about Science with a Biblical Perspective. The weeks are split up into 5 days, so we would simply follow along. There was no hard lesson planning for me. Simply write down which week we were on and go. We used this daily for the whole week. Ray Ray would find the week and day on the website, watch the video and do the worksheet. On the days when there was more, he would follow up with the video activity.

Science Shepard Video Act

The lessons and worksheets didn't take him more than 20 minutes a day, perfect for his attention span as a 7-year-old boy! When the video activities were present, it may take 25-30 minutes, but this still was not bad since it was an activity and not a lesson or worksheet.

Science Shepard

What Did We Think?

LOVE, it the first word I can think of! Ray Ray is getting his fill of biblical science, and I don't have to stress about it one bit! I don't have to be confused by the program and I don't have to worry about how to schedule this into our week. I just simply send him to the computer each day, keep my ears on what is being said. I love that a simple glance at the next week will tell me if I need to gather any extra supplies for the following week.

What Does Ray Ray Think?

"I like it, and the video activities that are included. It starts off easy, and is getting harder as I go, which means I am learning more! There is nothing I don't like about it."

Science Shepard

Our Final Thoughts

This is a curriculum we will continue to use in our homeschool day. The video lessons helps Ray Ray be independent, yet I am in the loop as to what he is learning and can step in when I need to. Ray Ray loves being in control and I have had to stop him from doing too many lessons at once! But in the end it is fun and educational, as well as easy to use!

Science Shepherd has more than just this one course available. Want to see more? Check out these other reviews with me and find a course that works for you!!
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Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Music, such a wonderful way to play with your emotions. Why not have a way to teach this magic that is great for multi age groups and a variety of learners. If you are looking for this kind of music lesson, look no further than Zeezok Publishing LLC and their Music Appreciation Book 1: for the Elementary Grades.


Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades {Zeezok Publishing LLC Review}

Zeezok Publishing LLC has taken 7 of the great composers and put them in this first book of their Music Appreciation Set. Within this first book, you and your child will about Bach, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Schubert. And you will learn about them in a fun and interactive way!

We decided to start with Bach, one of my personal favorites. And it turns out that Ray Ray fell in love with Bach just as much as I did while using this program. And with using something as simple and fun as this, who wouldn't fall in love with these composers?

The nice thing about Music Appreciation, you can pick and choose the order you want to go in when learning about these composers. Let your child take a look at the living books, talk a little about each and let them be in charge for once. Trust me, they love this, and they will learn a little better this way!

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Once your child decides who they want to learn about, you just need to open the book and check out your lesson outline for the next four weeks. This outline will tell you what to complete each week, how you complete it, that is up to you and your child! This makes it easy for your child to take control once again. I showed Ray Ray the list, I told him that we could spread it out, or cram it in. After the first week of "cramming" it in, he decided to spread it out the rest of the time!

Each week is going to include multiple learning adventures. If you are worried, they mark which of these activities are required for the national standards. Each of these multiple activities reach your child at a different level of learning and fun. No matter your child's learning style, there is sure to be an activity that will reach them!

Every week will include a required reading, comprehension questions, character qualities, tidbits of interest, lapbook activities and most weeks include music to listen to from that composer. There are other activities as well, but this is the general idea. And with this alone, you can already see how much fun is going to be had! Ray Ray LOVED the music, in fact, I ended up letting him just listen to the music and enjoy it on his own time.

Zeezok Publishing

The reading that you will do each week comes from a living history book. This is a fun to read (not at all like a textbook) book to read with your children. The words are not too huge, and your children will be able to do a lot of the reading with you. The comprehension questions cover the reading for that week. While you have the option to write the answer, we would also use this as a time to have Ray Ray verbally answer and recite to me what he remembered from the reading.

The hands on activities for the lapbook were a hit with us. We were able to use these to play games (shh don't tell him they were for review) and do experiments (don't worry mom, you have the supplies at home already!). This was a great way for us to show off what we were learning to the rest of the family.

Zeezok Publishing

We love using our Music Appreciation in our school day. It is a fun way to learn about the classical music and the composers behind it. There is no boring learning and just fun. There is no tedious work, just fun. This is sure to be a hit with us for a while! And we can't wait for Book 2 to make its appearance!!

Don't take our word for it, well you should but in case you don't, head on over and check out these other reviews from other crew families!


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Our Weekly Plans for November 16-20, 2015

What are we doing this week? Well a lot, and not much all at the same time! Here are my plans, but they can change quite quickly!

RayRay

This week we are readjusting our schedule, finding the things that work for us. Ray Ray is making the switch over to a more Charlotte Mason focused learning. I have found that this is the best way he learns. Last year we didn’t “do” much, yet he taught himself to read, and does all his addition and subtraction in his head. I feel that if we keep his lessons short and sweet and have fun, we will excel beyond our wildest dreams. I am already being yelled at because the Pinocchio is too different from the original book we are reading out loud.

To make this happen, I have him working from www.allinonehomeschool.com and www.amblesideonline.com With these two programs, I am not spending much of anything (they are both free resources), and we are having fun again! That is all that matters, my kids having fun while learning!

LittleMiss

Little Miss is going to be working with www.allinonehomeschool.com for her letter learning. I am also going to be adding in some sight words from Sightwords.com and let her feel happy knowing that she is starting to read. Being in preschool should be fun and games, so I am going to make that fun and games for her.

MoeMan

Moe Man…my high schooler. He has been trying to go back to the “fun” years instead of these serious years. This week I am going to be working on letting him be more independent. He likes to have me “help” him, but I don’t want him relying on me. To help him along I will be writing all his assignments down for the week. He will have the option to ask me for help during a certain amount of time each day, otherwise, he needs to get it done, with a passing grade if he wants to go out and do his own thing later. I will let you know how that goes!

Adding to all of this, we are bringing back our morning time. We have had so much time away from this, I feel icky. I am happy to have it all back and running. I got our circle/morning time printables from www.onlypassionatecuriosity.com Heather has something for everyone over there!

WeeklyPlans

What are your plans for the week? Have any field trips or fun adventures in store? I would love to hear from you!

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The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Life of Fred

What kind of math program can you find that is fun and story based? Does not continually drill your kids over and over again with boring facts?

We have tried Life of Fred with Moe Man before and love the simple style of this math. It is crazy to see that they have math from Kindergarten up to college books and the readers! I think those are something I need to look into.

"Life of Fred" is quickly becoming a buzzword in the homeschooling world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts!

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So, why are the Life of Fred books gaining popularity? The books follow Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius, during his exciting adventures which encounter every day math situations. Children actually want to read these books.

Your child can start using these books when it's time to learn how to read, and your child can continue learning with Fred all the way to college! For a complete overview of the entire collection, check out each series of books below.

Click a title to learn more about each series in the Life of Fred collection:

Reading: Beginning ReadersLanguage Arts

Math: ElementaryIntermediateIntro to AlgebraPre-AlgebraHigh SchoolCollegeFinances & Entrepreneurship

Science: BiologyPhysicsChemistry


Life of Fred Beginning Readers Series

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If your kiddo is just starting to learn to read, add these Life of Fred readers to your at-home library. They are fun to read over and over together. Incorporate Fred in your early reading lessons! The complete set consists of 18 books. Each book contains 32 pages.

Who is it for? Beginning readers (ages 4 and up)

Concepts covered: counting, using a compass, patience, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to make mashed potatoes, how to build a house, and more.

Titles included in the set: Blue, Bus, Lake, Potato Dreams, Ducks, Rain, Mud, Night, Dawn, House, Windows, Kitchen, Electricity, Dinner, Evening, Garden, Peach, and Going Home

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Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

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Life Of Fred is like no other math program out there. It's a story that begins with book one, and continues all the way through high school. It includes every other subject, such as science, history, geography, and more. Each book contains short, 4 to 6-page chapters, and usually is less than 20 chapters per book. This makes it possible for each child to go at a pace comfortable for them.

Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade

Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.

Titles in this series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans

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  • "This is my first year home schooling and I wish I had found Fred earlier. My son loves to read, so Life of Fred makes math a cinch to teach now." -Shanna, homeschooler
  • "I see a light shining bright from within my son that was almost extinguished completely. As he watched me place the order for the complete elementary set of Life Of Fred, I said 'I can't wait to see how Fred starts, and I want to see how it ends too, so be ready to order more!' I smiled and assured him that not only would Fred be part of his learning as long as he desired, but that Fred would be gift wrapped for Christmas presents this year for his niece and nephew, my 2 grandchildren. No more costly potholes for this family!!" -Janet, homeschooler
  • "My granddaughter, who truly dislikes math, always wants to start the day with Fred. I have to stop her after four chapters. She would do the entire book in a day if allowed. I never thought I could use math class as a reward! And she is learning besides." -Bette, homeschooler
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Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series

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Designed for students under age 10, but already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.

Who is it for? 3rd to 7th grade

Concepts covered: Milliliters, writing numerals in checks ($4000 and not $40.00), idioms, 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4, elapsed time, metaphors, milligrams and pounds, rounding numbers, three-eights of 19,416, and more!

Titles in this series: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

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  • “I was not so sure on these books. I heard a lot of good reviews but after we got them, just skimming through I wasn't sure my 9 year old daughter would like them. I was WRONG! she really likes them! They move at a pace she likes and being one continuous story about Fred's life keeps her interested and entertained. We will be back for more soon. She just finished Kidneys and is now on liver.” -Melisa W., Homeschooler
  • Samples: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series

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If your student can solve these equations: 5 + 8, 8 – 5, 7 times 8, 6231 divided by 93, then he or she is ready for the Fractions title. It also might be time for you to begin using a very basic calculator to complete these lessons.

Who is it for? 6th to 12th grade

Concepts covered: less than, cardinal and ordinal numbers, adding and subtraction fractions, lines of symmetry, geometric figures, circumference, reducing fractions, sets and subsets, probability, consecutive numbers, repeating decimals, area of a triangle, square roots, ordered pairs, and more!

Titles in this series: Fractions, Decimals and Percents

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Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series

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Fred does physics before algebra. What’s the difference between math and physics? In this series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course!

Who is it for? 3rd to 7th graders

Concepts covered: numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, static versus kinetic friction, photosynthesis, metric system, Gregorian calendar, conversion factors, unit analysis, freedom versus liberty, steps in solving word problems, venn diagrams, germination of seeds, digestion, negative numbers, whole numbers, chromosomes, DNA, circumference of a circle, and more!

Titles in this series: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, and Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

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Life of Fred High School Math Series

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Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey.

Who is it for? 8th to 12th grade

Concepts covered: infinite numbers, ratios, graphs, plotting points, averages, multiplying polynomials, solving fractional equations, Pythagorean theorem, milkshake marketing, absolute value, surface area of a cone, imaginary numbers, slopes of perpendicular lines, complex fractions, linear equations, Cramer’s rule, ellipses, graphing in three dimensions, geometric sequences, Pascal’s Triangle, right triangles, quadrilaterals, entrepreneurship, geography of Kansas, piano music, sines, cosines, functions of two angles, a preview of calculus, and more!!

Titles included in the series: Beginning Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

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Life of Fred High School Language Arts Series

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Each book contains 19 cohesive lessons on grammar, language, writing, common mistakes, and basically the entire English language. The creator suggests doing these four books once every year during your students’ high school years.

Who is it for? 5th to 12th graders

Concepts covered: the seven parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, similes, silent letters, rules for making outlines, the difference between a metaphor and metonymy, and so much more.

Titles included in the series: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, Dreams

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Life of Fred Chemistry

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In a single lecture hour, Fred completes a whole year of high school chemistry.

Who is it for? 8th grade to college

Concepts covered: exponents, atoms, conversion factors, mass vs. weight, Avogadro's number, Kelvin scale, atomic number, isotopes, compounds, noble gasses, finding the atomic mass, early chemistry, oxidation numbers, balancing equation, and more!

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  • "It’s solid science presented in a way that’s understandable, not intimidating, and fun. You learn math, you learn history and you learn science, all through the Life of Fred – through his experiences and teachings." -Lisa, Homeschooler
  • "It reads like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but the chemistry is solid." -Lisa's husband, PhD in Analytical Chemistry
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Life of Fred College Math Series

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This series is geared toward advanced high school math students, students preparing for college, or any adult who wants to brush up on their math skills while reading fun stories. Students will learn calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and advanced math puzzles (equations, not word problems).

Who is it for? 9th grade to adults

Concepts covered: functions, speed, slope, curvature, polar coordinates, Bayes’ Theorem, probability, descriptive statistics, field guides, solving systems of equations, vector spaces, linear functionals, math theory, abstract arithmetic, and more!

Titles included in the series: Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Five Days of Upper Division Math

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Life of Fred Financial Choices

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Let Fred help you teach your children about financial management, decisions, and choices. It's very likely that you, the adult, will pick up a tip or two while teaching.

Who is it for? Useful for middle school kids all the way to adults

Concepts covered: entrepreneurship, spending, investing, retirement, debt, calculating interest, how to start a business, insurance, taxes, real estate, successful spending habits, stocks, mortgages, REITS, mutual funds, and more!

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