Posted on Leave a comment

Homeschool Copywork ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

When it comes to homeschooling the free spirit, the child who doesn't like to sit still. You work on finding a way to put as many subjects together into one lesson. But how in the world do you do that with spelling, grammar and handwriting? Well, if you check out Homeschool Copywork and their Lifetime Membership, you will find just what you need!

Homeschool copywork

The Lifetime Membership over at Homeschool Copywork is going to give you instant access to all of their copywork eBooks for the life of the website. You will be able to download and print or save any or all of the eBooks to use whenever you need them.

Each of these eBooks comes in five different manuscript styles, Ball and Stick Manusript, D'Nealian Manuscript, Lined Cursive, and Unlined Print and Cursive for you older students.

Right now there are over 54 eBooks available for you to access. There are Artist Studies, Hymn Studies, Quotes from Composers (which we are using with our super fun music program right now), Poetry, Presidential Quotes, Quotes of Inventors, Quotes of Scientists, and Bible Verses to name just a few of the great categories that we have access to!

Homeschool Copywork

We love the use of copywork in our homeschool. It makes learning go quicker for the active children, like Ray Ray. Ray Ray does not like to slow down, but when we use copywork, I am able to group together his need of working on his handwriting skills with being able to show him the proper way to write. I love having an option of picking out these great pieces of work that are put together for me.

With this Lifetime Membership, we are able to go through the list of available titles and decide what would work best for the week. We are able to look through and pick out the pages we need for each age and writing level and use this for multiple levels at the same time. This is a major bonus for us when we want to work on some things together.

Homeschool Copywork

We have been using the Mozart Quotes from Composers with Ray Ray while we learn about Mozart for music. Yes, we are able to take these and make them work with our current lessons! We are also working our way through the hymns together as a family. We love to work on 1 or 2 a month, and this is a great way to add that handwriting practice for everyone while we listen to the music of the hymns.

Homeschool Copywork

I love being able to use these with all three kids, well 4 but Baby Girl just scribbles right now! We can find the level that works for each child and work on them together. There is no need to purchase 3 different plans or editions, one is all you need for your whole family. The kids love that when they do one paper they are able to cross off more than one subject. This makes them more willing to work harder on this and with less of an argument.

The Lifetime Membership over at Homeschool Copywork is just what we have been looking for and I feel a little easier knowing that I have this tool in my homeschool tool belt!

We really love using Homeschool Copywork in our daily school schedule, but don't take our word for it, check out the other reviews with me!


Homeschool Copywork Review


Crew Disclaimer

 photo Signature_zpsgowpsmjl.png

Posted on 2 Comments

Here to Help Learning ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Are you looking for a homeschool writing program that works with your kids and allows them to have fun while learning? A program that you work with your child, yet you don't have to do a lot of working when it comes to the planning? We used Here to Help Learning and their Flight 1 Paragraph Writing.

Here to Help Learning

Why would they call this Flight 1? Well, because you are hoping on an airplane and having a good time while learning! Ray Ray loves to use this computer for his learning as much as possible, and this writing program has allowed him to do that.

Here to Help Learning is an online writing program. There is filmed instruction for each one of the weekly lessons which goes over the topics your child will need to work on. Following the filmed instruction, there are printable worksheets that your child will use to complete the lesson. Other than the Here to Help Learning program, the only other thing you will want to have available is a 3 ring binder to organize your child's worksheets.

Here to Help Learning

There are two required days each week when using Here to Help Learning. The first day is the day when you watch your instructions. These are broken down into a few different sections and require pausing to play some quick games or work on some writing warm ups. This is the day to have mom or dad present to help with the pausing and to play the games with. We included big brother in our Sentence, No Sentence game.

The second day of the week your child will work on their Flying Solo work. This is simple work that has them slowly working towards their final writing piece, in our case it was a simple paragraph. This is the day that they will take what they have learned so far and use it in the writing process. This is also the day where you can step back and see what your child is learning so far.


Here to Help Learning Review

Ray Ray loves to use the computer and I love programs that make my day just a little bit more simple. I am still an active part of his learning, but I have help with Here to Help Learning. I am able to sit down on Sunday night, and take a look at what needs to be done for the week. I print the worksheets and get them ready to go into the binder and watch the video myself so I know what to expect.

 

Tuesday is the day we like to watch our filmed instruction together. We are able to spend some time together working through what Mrs. Mora wants us to do. Ray Ray loves the airplane, and the puppy pilot, Captain Knucklehead! He looks forward to these lessons and loves to play Sentence, No Sentence, in fact, he preps all week for this one game, to the point where I have to make up more to go with the game.

Here to Help Learning

The writing warm-up is included in this day. This includes a funny picture, a word box and space to write. This is a great way to get the minds thinking, and the way Mrs. Mora has it set up to include everyone from every writing level is awesome! Ray Ray started out, unsure of his writing abilities, but now, this is the second favorite part of writing. Little Miss likes to sit in and help up come up with our words in our word box. This warm-up makes writing fun.

Working on the writing project is a step by step process. Here to Help Learning has it all broken down into simple steps for your child. Writing a paragraph never seemed so simple when you take is slowly. And when you make hand movements to help you remember the different steps, they are that much more fun!

Thursday we move on to our Flying Solo part of the lesson. This is where Ray Ray works on his own asking me for help when he needs it. He started out not liking this day. He was nervous to be "flying solo" and was always asking questions. Now he has gained confidence knowing that he can do this. This is due to the small workloads that he is given. He is not taught how to write a paragraph and sent out to do it. He is learning with help at each step and he loves it!

That is about it…as simple as it sounds, it works! I love watching Ray Ray get better at his writing every week. I love seeing him excited to start a program day after day. This program has not only made my planning and teaching easier, it has made his learning easier. This is just what I love to see for him! Honestly, what more could you ask for? Right here you have a fun and interactive teacher, simple step by step instructions for both the parent and the student, and a lot of fun! Just what you need for any writer in your house!

We really enjoyed using our writing program, but Here to Help Learning offers many other programs as well. Stop over and check out these other reviews real quick, see if you can find a program you love!


Here to Help Learning Review


Crew Disclaimer

Posted on 1 Comment

Write From History Curriculum Review

Write from History review

Moe Man loves history! When I say this, I want to shout out the word LOVES! We have a good history study we are using, but we needed something more for the reading and writing part of it. Welcome Write From History and their Write From Early Modern History Level 2 Manuscript Models by Kimberly D. Garcia.

 

For this review we were given a copy of the paperback student book Write From Early Modern History Level 2 Manuscript Models. This book retails for $22.95 and is a Charlotte Mason style elementary writing curriculum. Level 2 is recommended for grades 3-5. Moe Man is in 7th grade, but this is a great fit for him and helping re-enforce where he needs it. There are no other products needed to complete this curriculum, which makes it really nice and budget friendly. There is no teacher's guide to this curriculum, but the appendix contains a really good reference for teachers and parents.

 

ModernHistoryReview

After reading through the introduction and scheduling information in the beginning of the book, I was ready to plan it into our schedule. The Charlotte Mason style of writing is a really laid back (in my opinion) way of teaching. For Moe Man, this is perfect! He doesn't think it is “writing” and that really helps!

 

Starting on day 1, the student goes through the reading and than they give an oral narration of what they read. We had never done this, and although it seems really simple, if you haven't learned it, you are lost. No worries though! Kimberly has a set of 12 questions that you can ask to help with this. And than you finish the day up with a written summary. Once again, Kimberly has given a few questions to help the student (or the mom) get a start on this.

 

MoeWriteFromHistory

Day 2 has the student working on copywork and grammar. We have fallen in love with copywork this year! It is the one time Moe Man really slows down and focuses on his writing! The grammar, this is where mommy is going back to school 🙂 This is the only point in the whole book I wish for a teacher's guide, but it really isn't too hard at all.

Day 3 has studied dictation on the schedule. This is another new thing for us, but we are learning to love it.

Day 4 is looking at a new reading (usually a poem) and working on oral narrations and copywork again, and finishing up the week on day 5 is another studied dictation.

 

wfh

For a writing curriculum, we are really enjoying this! I think the fact that it is laid back, and hits on the topics that Moe Man enjoys really helps, but even so, this is a curriculum that I am enjoying as well. There are no more major battles about writing (hey, can we do math here too??) and one less battle in the homeschool world is an awesome one!

 

The grammar starts basic and adds on. It requires you to circle different parts of speech in different colors, and Moe Man loves to be artistic! We have skipped ahead in this department, since he is supposed to know this, and do more than just one part of speech at a time. This makes the words more fun to read also! I keep “seeing” colors as I read other works now too 🙂

 

Overall, we really did enjoy this book and will continue to use this book. Would I discourage you from getting it because there is no teacher's guide, NO WAY!! Being this is the ONLY downfall that I could find in the whole thing, I would forget I even mentioned it 🙂 Honestly, this is something that doesn't truly need that silly thing called a teacher's guide. Moe Man's only complaint, it was too hard to write in the actual workbook, but that was easily solved by pulling out his notebook.

 

If you are looking for a good writing curriculum, I recommend this one!

Want to read other reviews? Head on over to The Multi-Taskin Mom and see what others have to say about Write From History.

 

Disclaimer