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This year, 2020, is a new year for everyone when it comes to school for your children. There are so many different ifs when it comes to going back to school. A lot of parents are trying to decide between the risk of going back in person or doing distance learning. There are others who are feeling drawn to try homeschooling. While I don’t care what your choice is, I want to help those who are feeling called to homeschooling and are new to homeschooling this year.

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One thing I want to point out, schooling from home and homeschooling are two different things. When you are schooling from home, you are following someone else’s choices for what your child to learn. When you are homeschooling, you take the time to research the different curriculum choices and decide what is best for each child in your house. Both of these require a parent to be there to help the child, but only homeschooling leaves the parent in full control of the education.

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Homeschool legal help

When it comes to homeschooling, I highly recommend you first go to Home School Legal Defense Association. This site will hold all the legal information that you need to know about homeschooling in your state. After I decided I was serious about homeschooling full time for the rest of my child’s education, I became a member of HSLDA. While I haven’t had to use their legal defense, I am glad that I have them in case I need them. Not only that, but I love the legal documents that I need right at the tips of my fingers to print and use as I need.

Curriculum

When it comes to homeschooling, you are in charge of your child’s curriculum. What will you pick? What are your ideas and your goals? These all come into play when looking at curriculum. There are so many choices out there, so be prepared to spend some time researching what you want to use.

Online Curriculum

There are many choices for online curriculum if that is what you pick for your child. We have loved using many different ones. Some have been full curriculums like Easy Peasy Homeschool and others are just certain subjects, like A+ Interactive Math. If your child is fine with online learning, you will want to check these and many others out!

Physical Curriculum

Physical curriculum might be more expensive per child, but you have the books right in front of you and you don’t have to rely on the internet and multiple computers to get the daily lessons done. As much as I love the online curriculum, I have found that we love the physical curriculum so much more. We can be with each other and learning together. I have found that we love to use a combination of unit studies and Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. We love learning altogether, so this helps.

Secular Vs Christian

The other when looking at curriculum is whether you want a secular or Christian curriculum. We love Christian curriculum like Gather Round Homeschool, but we have also had fun with a secular curriculum from Timberdoodle. Like I said above, there are many choices for homeschool curriculum, so you can find just what you are looking for!

Planning

When it comes to homeschooling, the planning is all up to you. Are you going to homeschool year-round? Will you follow the public school calendar? When do you want to take breaks? How many days a week do you want to school? This is all up to you. What is going to work for you, your kids, and your schedule?

Before you sit down and start planning out your lessons, you need to answer the previous questions. Once you have decided on the schedule you want to do, you can actually start the planning. Planning can happen in many ways. You can open and go and not even worry about planning. You can sit down and plan your whole year out in one weekend (I do NOT recommend this), or you can go somewhere in between.

My thoughts on planning:

I have done all ends of planning. I have spent money on a fancy planner and filled it all in ready to go for the year, only to have something happen and “getting behind”. This leads me to be stressed out and this rubbed off on the kids. The year was hard and not very fun. Open and go has also been done. This was a lot more fun for us, but I had no record of what we had done and I struggled at the end of the year to put something together for our records.

What I like to do now, I open and go at the beginning of the day. After we are done, I will sit down and write what each child did that day. This makes it simple for us to do what we can fit in for each day without feeling like we are falling behind. Now, this does not mean that I just don’t have any plan for the year, month, or week. I like to make goals for the year at the beginning of our year. At the beginning of each month, I will sit down and plan out the goals for the month. And I do this again for each week.

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Check out these planners that I use with my kids!

Support

You need to find support while homeschooling. It can come from family, friends, or even online support. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been with the support of family and friends when we decided to homeschool. But even with that support, finding online support from other homeschool moms from across the country and the world has been a lifesaver! Sometimes there are just some things that your family and friends who do not homeschool will not understand, so finding the support from other homeschool moms is very much needed!

You can follow me on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, or Parler for support and encouragement. But not only that, you will want to find other local support groups. I have found some within my state, with the curriculum I am using, and many other things. Make sure that if you plan on homeschooling, or are starting your journey, you look for support, not only from family and friends but also other homeschool moms and dads.

Prayer

Not everyone is a Christian homeschooler, but for those who are, prayer is very important to homeschooling. Prayer is what lead me to homeschool. Prayer is what has kept me going. Make sure you take the time for yourself and with your bible and God. Don’t let homeschooling take over every aspect of your life. Yes, you may cover the bible with your children in your homeschool lessons, but you Mom and Dad, need to take the time to do your own quiet time in your own bible. This will give you the strength you need to get through the tough days that will come.

Don’t forget, along this journey, you are not alone! If you have questions or need some support or encouragement, reach out to me! I am here to help you! hopkinshomeschool (@) gmail (dot) com.

If you or any of your friends are starting on their homeschooling journey, please share this with them to help them get started on the right foot!

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Wonders of Creation – A MasterBooks Review

My kids love books. This is no surprise! We have been reading books since they were babies. While they love reading books, sometimes reading to learn is not always as fun. We have had a chance to take a look at the digital copy of Wonders of Creation: Design in a Fallen World from MasterBooks. This book has helped us enjoy learning while reading!

What It Is

We had the digital copy of Wonders of Creation, but there is also a physical copy if you want to actually get your hands on this book!

Our digital copy has 218 pages from start to finish. There are 14 chapters in the book:

Table of Contents

  • 1. Since the Creation of the World
  • 2. Land Mammals
  • 3. Sea Creatures
  • 4. Birds and Flight
  • 5. Insects
  • 6. Stars and Planets
  • 7. Starlight and Time
  • 8. Beauty
  • 9. Mathematics and Beauty
  • 10. Materials
  • 11. Mankind
  • 12. A Changed World
  • 13. The Six Days of Genesis
  • 14. What Happened?

This book will not only talk about the perfect world that God created, but it ends with what went wrong. This is not a dark and terrible ending, rather we are walked through the fall that Adam and Eve created, and we are learning about the why’s that have come from this. The explanations have not only helped my kids understand the pain and suffering of the world, but it has also helped me understand it better!

How We Used It

Since this was not a textbook, there are no questions to be answered, besides our own, we used this as a book to read as we wanted. We started reading from the beginning but found ourselves jumping to the different categories that we were more interested in.

While we didn’t always use this for a textbook, I did decide that we would pull this out and read at least one section a week. This allowed us to talk about how everything was made perfectly the way that God had created it. It was the perfect break in our typical school and allowed us to still learn.

What We Thought Of It

We give this book thumbs up! We really enjoyed scrolling through and looking at the pictures. This leads to us reading about the different creations of the world and how they work. While reading about the Fall is not something we look forward to, this book was able to describe it in a great way for all of us to understand.

This is a book that my kids will be loving for years to come. I love knowing that my kids will be able to learn about creation with a strong biblical viewpoint. This will help them defend their faith and know that all was created just the way God wanted it to be.

If you are looking for a beautiful book full of great pictures and useful information, you will want to grab a copy of Wonders of Creation for yourself!

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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!

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Science Week at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Science, it is one of my least favorite topics to teach. This is because it was one of my least favorite subjects in school. Being a homeschool mom, I don’t have the option to pick and choose what I do and don’t want to teach, but I can let them pick and choose what they want to learn with the Science courses available at SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

With more than 30 science classes to choose from, your kids can find TONS of way to get into science! From All About Animals and Bug Science to Science Experiments and Wondrous Weather, we have science for all ages. Who knows? You might discover they want to try all the science classes. Don’t worry if they do—ONE membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com includes ALL of them!

These courses range from PreK all the way up to High School. Everyone in your house will be able to take a look at what they like and have fun learning science!

Small World Sensory Science is a great preschool science introduction. During these twelve topics you get to play with your kids while bringing new ideas and skills to them. Balloon rockets, wind chimes and bubbles all help you learn about wind. Other topics are Helping, Ocean, Garden, Pond Life and Construction to name a few.

Everyday Astronomy is a fun Elementary Science course. Here we get to learn about the Sun, the planets, including Mars and a quick introduction to the constellations. Each topic will take about 2-4 weeks to complete. Each topic comes with a lesson plan, which is a great way to keep me on track when it comes to teaching these lessons. We get to work on notebooking pages to keep track of all that we are learning as well as some yummy cooking and some arts and crafts to get your hands-on learning.

Are your middle schoolers ready for an introduction to Physics? Well, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has just that for them! Over 18 weeks, your child will be introduced to things like the Scientific Method, Gravity, Acceleration, Newton’s Law and the magnetic field. All of these will be taught through a variety of simple reading and experiments. The experiments are easily done with some of the most common household supplies that you have. Let me tell you, I actually look forward to teaching this course to Ray Ray!

Now, High School…the all-important years for the diploma! Yes, there are science options for high school as well! I love the Friendly Chemistry course for Moe Man. While I would normally be scared to teach such a course, I think this would be a fun one for us to learn together. It is only 12 weeks and 0.5 credit, but all the experiment material is easy to obtain if you don’t already have it at home. This seems to be the continued theme here, science can be learned at home without a bunch of extra stuff! This is something that I love!

If you have more than one student at home and you haven’t looked at SchoolhouseTeachers.com yet, why not?? Really? They have an awesome special that is still happening! Did you see this Fall Harvest Special? $10.95 a month to teach everyone in your house, including yourself? Is this really up for discussion? I sure hope you grab this deal before it is too late!

Have you checked out the Science Courses at SchoolhouseTeachers.com? What is the more intriguing one you have found?

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Homeschool Legacy Pirates or Privateers: You Decide ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Are you a Pirate, or are you a Privateer? Now is the time to decide! And you can have some fun learning while you are at it! Homeschool Legacy has a super fun Once-a-Week Micro Study called Pirates or Privateers: You Decide that we had the chance to check out!

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The Homeschool Legacy Once-a-Week Micro Studies are a great way to add some extra fun into the learning each week for four weeks, or to take a break from the normal and do a quick 4-day weekly study. Everything you need is right here even the extras, or where to find them.

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The first thing I found when I downloaded our Unit Study was a great introduction from Founder Sharon Gibson. In this short, one page introduction/welcome, I found all that I would need to be prepared for the upcoming four weeks. Sharon first told me about the family read aloud that she suggested for this study, Treasure Island. This is a great book to read during a study like this, and I loved having the idea there for me so I didn't have to plan for it.

Next, Sharon gives us the section to look at in your local library to find extra books to read during this study. This is great. I love having extra books on hand. The kids usually grab a book or two during our "quiet time" each day, and knowing that they have the options to read something that we are learning about is great! I may have stalked the library website and requested more than we needed for books, but that is an ok thing in this unit study.

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Sharon also gave us some ideas for family movie night that went along with this study. Yes, a fun, popcorn filled movie night with movies that are on the same topic as what we are learning about. No, not the boring movies you slept through at school when you were younger, but actual fun action packed movies that were well loved in our house!

Once I got into the actual study, I was happy with how easy it was to understand. I could simply save it in my Dropbox and open it on the iPad for my teacher portion. As much as I love a physical, hands on copy, I loved being able to click the links as we needed them and see the fun that Sharon had for us.

Each week we studied different time of the pirates or privateers. And each week we covered different subjects. Subjects like History, Language Arts, Music and Geography. Sharon had it all set up that I could just pull this open, easily see what was needed for the lesson grab those simple items. This is wonderful for a busy mom of multiple kids!

We loved learning the fun of the Pirates and Privateers. We took our time and did this every Friday for four weeks. This was a great way to have school on the busiest day of the week for us. We were able to still spend about 30 minutes, more if you and your kids get really interested in the topic of the day. This did happen, and I found my kids reading the library books often during the week. This allowed us to have a base. We loved the movie night idea and took the ideas to make that happen. We were able to see what we were learning about on the TV and the kids loved that.

We had a lot of fun with this unit study. This was one of the first that we tried a full unit study like this. We enjoyed it. We found a fun new way to add some variety into our week and keep our homeschool fun!

 



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Homeschool Legacy has many other unit studies available and the other families of the crew had a chance to look at different ones. I know that two of those studies are perfect for this time of the year. One of those is the Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Micro Study, and yes, you can still finish this by Thanksgiving! The second is Christmas Comes to America. This is a regular Unit Study and would be great to start at any point to be ready for Christmas! Head on over with me and see what everyone thought of their studies!



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Educeri Ready to Teach Lessons ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

When homeschooling, you find a time when you need to supplement your child's learning. This can happen either when they are struggling, or when they want to expand on what they are currently learning. When you have 3, almost 4 kids who are homeschooling, you look for an option that can cover more than one grade and more than one subject to help keep your expenses down. But where do you find something that fits this? We had the chance to review Educeri …….  Educeri a division of DataWORKS and their Educeri Lesson Subscription Service.

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What Is It

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service is a magical site that provides our homeschool with over 1,000 lesson plans for you to access. With all of these lesson plans, you cover all grades Kindergarten up to 12th grade in subjects like Math, Science, Language Arts, History, even Art. PE and Music.


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Each one of the lessons is presented in a PowerPoint format. There are student handouts that go with the lessons for your child to fill out while learning, or after you are done presenting the lesson.

How We Used It

I was excited to check out the Lesson Subscription Service. I looked forward to having help with my lesson planning and finding supplements for my children. I spent time looking over everything that was available and checking to see what we could use. I was able to find a lot of the core subjects, especially for the lower grades. This was nice for Ray Ray and Little Miss, but I was hoping for more for Moe Man and his high school subjects, especially the extra electives.

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I found at least one lesson for each one of the children, while it was easy for the little two, I spent some time with looking for Moe Man. I added these into the current curriculum that we were using. I had to set time aside to work with each child, as the lessons required me to help out with the teaching instead of allowing them to self-teach.

Once I had all the small details worked out, I was able to actually teach the lessons. For Moe Man, I spent more time searching. There were limited lessons for this age and these subjects. I was able to find a language arts lesson that we needed to brush up on, so we sat down with Determine a Central Idea and Analyze. This lesson had the PowerPoint for me to teach and an additional Student Handout to have him work on.

I went over the idea with Moe Man in the lesson. I made sure that he understood what we were talking about, and we were able to work on the handout as we worked on the lesson. I actually felt like I was sitting at the front of a classroom teaching this to a room full of students. The lesson gave me everything that I needed to feel this confident, even if it was just one student instead of a full classroom.

I did this same thing with Ray Ray and Little Miss. Once again, teaching the lesson and working with them on their handouts so they would be able to practice what they were learning.

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What We Thought

While I was hoping for a lot more independent learning with this program, I actually found myself spending more time teaching it. Yes, it was less planning time as I was able to open and go, but I had to be there teaching it. This is tough when it comes to a homeschool mom of more than one child. I loved the lesson plan options for the lower grades as there was so many, but when I needed something for Moe Man, it was hard.

The kids showed improvement when using these lessons. We enjoyed the break from our normal curriculum and loved the way this was set up. It was easy to teach from and easy for the kids to pick up on.

We were not the only family to check out Educeri and their Lesson Subscription Service. Want to hear some other reviews? Check them out right here!


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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!

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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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Want to see how other families have put these pages to use? Head on over and read these other reviews with me. I can't wait to find new ideas to use in our homeschool!

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Educational Resources You Need to Know About

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Weather & Water Cycle Thematic Unit Bundle – Get 40% off two complementary thematic units for the weather and the water cycle! These engaging units integrate science, language arts, writing, math, social studies, art and drama.

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Tegu Blocks – Tegu blocks are finely crafted magnetic wooden blocks that are just the right size for on-the-go fun.

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Times Tales Multiplication DVDs – A creative, innovative mnemonic-based program that makes it fun and easy to memorize the upper multiplication facts. WILD Math Uno Card Games – Who doesn’t like to play games? Students will love to play these WILD games and you will love that they are reinforcing key skills while doing so! They are great for math centers, fast finishers, or even days you have a substitute! Life of Fred Elementary Math Books – Life of Fred is a series of math books that break of the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books.

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Ultimate K-12 Homeschool Package – “I've tried a LOT of homeschool curriculum products over the years, and quite frankly this is the best value available in a secular curriculum package and it's easy on the parent. I'm homeschooling two kids and it's very easy to have them read the lesson and complete the assignments independently, then later the teacher's guides make it easy on me to review their work and correct it. The content is interesting and relates to the real world in a way that makes sense to the kids, especially the math problems. You also can't beat the price. I'm shocked that this curriculum isn't better known. You will pay a lot more for comparable products that won't have the quality this one has, and I've done the research and spent the money to be able to say that with authority.” -Judith A.

 

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The Ultimate Kinder Bundle Eight kindergarten digital textbooks for one low price! You get both the student and teacher's editions for 4 different subjects: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. Wooden Standing Art Easel – The Melissa & Doug children's easel makes any room into an art studio!

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Picture Writing Prompts (Spring Bundle) These picture writing prompts will get your little writers spending more time writing and less time saying "I don't know what to write about!" K-8 Literature Package – This set covers all of your literature needs! Tegu Blocks – Tegu blocks are finely crafted magnetic wooden blocks that are just the right size for on-the-go fun. Math Wall DecalsPlay with math on the walls! These fun and colorful decals help teach difficult concepts in a new way!

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IEW Phonetic Zoo Spelling ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

IEW Phonetic Zoo Review

When you reach high school, are you done with spelling lessons? And how would you take a spelling class if you had too? Moe Man loves spelling and he loves the independence of using the Institute for Excellence Writing and the Phonetic Zoo Spelling Level C (Starter Set).

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What It Is

This is a full spelling program for grades 6-12, depending on skills. It is best to take the placement test to ensure your child is at the right level when it comes to this. Included in the starter pack is 6 audio CDs with the option to also download the MP3 version, lesson cards, personal spelling cards, Zoo cards, a downloadable teacher’s guide in PDF format and a Spelling and the Brain video seminar that is streaming with your purchase.

This is a phonetics based spelling program that uses Mrs. Anna Ingham’s Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning. This is a wonderful multi-sensory approach to learning that really has helped Moe Man.

There is no lesson plan that goes along with this. Your child listens to the new rule while you talk about it together. You learn the new jingle together and your child while be able to use that while working on their words. While there are no lesson plans, no weekly have to do this, you do have lessons. And you work on this lesson until your child knows those words.

How We Used This

I started out by reading through the teacher’s guide and watching the Spelling and the Brain video. This video was a great insight into using the program itself. While I got what I needed from the teacher’s guide, I loved the video and the extra little hints on how this works and WHY.

We started our first lesson on a Monday. You don’t have to do a Monday, but we did. We went over the flashcard and the rule for that lesson. I gave Moe Man his Zoo Card…which he laughed at the first time, but kind of fell in love with, and told him to number his page for his first test. He was shocked, he didn’t have the list of words to study, there were no word finds, or fun games to play. And then I told him to get his head phones out. This confused him.

The Phonetic Zoo has your child using headphones while they listen to the words. The headphones bring the sound of the words closer to the brain…and blocks out the extra noise of the little brother and sisters. When Moe Man was numbering his page, he skipped a line between each number, this worked for when it came to correcting the words after.

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Moe Man loves IEW and their use of pens over pencils. This helps with making them slow down because they can’t erase with a pen. This also makes him feel more responsible for what he is doing.

After listening to the word list and attempting to spell them correctly, Moe Man would listen to the corrections. This took a little getting used to for him to follow along. He had to learn how to pause the disk instead of asking me to stop, or me knowing when he needed me to stop. I noticed this changing the more he has used it. He is becoming more confident in himself and is paying better attention when it comes to this point.

Now, Moe Man will continue with each lesson until he gets 100% twice in a row! This is also different from the “normal” spelling tests. But this way, I know that he knows the rule and has had time to work on the words. And this is why your 47 lessons will last a different amount for each child.

What We Thought Of This

I personally loved this program. It was a great way for Moe Man to work on his spelling, and work in a way that stuck with him. There is no frills about it, you are working on learning the rules of spelling, not a game.

Moe Man loved the words. He has always loved spelling, and he loved this new approach to spelling. He would get frustrated when he had one wrong, but knew that he was close and was happy to share that.

There was nothing to complain about. Moe Man didn’t argue when he was told to do this and truly enjoyed it. I didn’t have hours of prep to make it work and yet seen results that made a mom proud!

While Level C is the highest level, there are lower ones that you need to check out. Head on over and see these other reviews!!

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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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  • "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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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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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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