Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

I am already looking at school curriculum for next year. One thing I want to change is our science curriculum. Captain still loves the Magic School Bus and was super excited when they came back to Netflix. He also loves doing science experiments! I recently re-looked at the  Magic School House Science Kit. 

There are so many topics available and I am sure that Captain would be super excited. Not only is there some fun projects to do it also comes in the MAIL - that's exciting in itself! Captain would be super excited just waiting for the new box to arrive each month!




Look at those fun topics listed. I think if I had been taught science in such a fun way I might have enjoyed it more. I found that Educents is having a super sale and you can get the kit for just $119.99. For this you get one kit delivered every month! The kits themselves were developed by Harvard graduates and scientists! The website says they are suitable for kids 5-12 years old and since Captain fits right in the middle of that age range it sounds perfect!
Each kit comes with a manual to read about the topic, instructions (as a parent that's great!) The materials needed for a few experiments and access to an online club to learn more about each topic. Plus you can give your child a certificate to say they have completed it. So this is actually 12 months of science - perfect if you school year round.


 This is the best price I have seen this kit and I'm super excited. When I clicked on the purchase link it also gave me the choice of having delivery in October, November, or December so you don't even have to start right away! Oh I just had a great thought... if you are like me and looking for Christmas presents that don't come in the form of another toy this would be an exciting choice. You could even get Grandma or Grandpa to buy it and then it would be like the child is getting a gift every single month!!! So much better than another toy to go in the overflowing toy box - or is that just a problem in my house!

Tell me in the comments if you have tried this program, or what other science you like? Or even better let me know if you agree with me and buy this kit while it's on sale!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CTC Math {HS REVIEWS}

CTCMath

We have been fortunate to be able to use CTC's Family Plan for the last few years. All of my kids love it. Captain is using grade four for his main math program and Boo and Jam have been using it as a supplement. Don't just take our word for it - you can TRY IT FREE to find out for yourself why we like it. Also Homeschoolers get a huge discount and 6 months free until November 15th!
CTCMath

CTC's Family plan covers more kids than I have. It's one of the reasons I love this company. They don't expect everyone to have 2.4 kids! I think you can sign up at least five without any problems at all.

I also like that this program is so easy to navigate that Captain and do his math, have it graded, and print out a reward certificate all by himself. Captain has used this program since kindergarten and so his is pretty used to it. I don't think there is a big learning curve though it's pretty straight forward.

We have a teacher account and student accounts. If I sign in to the teacher account I can see lots of information. I can each of my child's history. It even shows when they last logged in and what work they completed! You can see below how many lessons each child has completed, what their overall grade is and whether or not they are currently working/logged in.




There are two ways you can work through the material. If your child has already covered some of the material you can assign them specific tasks or assignments. Or your child can work through each lesson in order and no assignments are necessary.

To assign specific exercises or diagnostics you would go to that section on the teacher website.



You can choose to assign a task to a recipient or all of them, this works if you have multiple kids working at the same level. If not you just add assignments to each child in turn.

As the teacher you can also decide how high the student needs to score. Mine is set to 90% you might think this is a little high but it works for us. It doesn't mark the assignment or section complete unless they score at least 90%.


The student can also see their own history when they are logged in. I went back to some of Captain's previous work to show you. This is the detailed report. It shows what lesson was worked on, the score, what their first attempt score was, the highest score and how many attempts it took for the student to pass, finally the last is the date the student passed the subject. As you can see it took Captain a little longer to pass three digit subtraction. He got 80% on the first attempt. He finally got 100% but it took 4 attempts!


Students can also go back over a section to review it, or pass it off if they know the content by completing diagnostic tests. There are three levels of tests available, 20 questions, 30 questions or 40 questions which is considered the comprehensive test.


We all really like this program. There is a video before each lesson. My kids like the accent it's from Australia and they think it's pretty cool!

The program is divided into grades until 6th and is considered a full curriculum until then. After that it is supplemental and covers different topics. Although the older grades are not considered a complete curriculum yet my kids find them very helpful as a supplement to their other programs.




You can see how others have been using this program by clicking on the link below! Also check out CTC on social media!

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CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}


CTCMath

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Home Depot Kids Craft Days

Have you ever taken your kids to the Home Depot craft days on Saturday mornings? They happened on the first Saturday of the month where I live. It's new on our schedule as we have only just moved close enough to one to attend regularly.

It's a fun time and very educational. I have never had any disappointment with the kits. If you haven't had a chance to check them out. They are definitely worth going if you have a Home Depot near you.

Last Saturday we went to our Home Depot and Captain was very excited when we turned up to see a fire truck parked outside the store and even more excited to be able to go inside. The craft was a fire station money bank, with separate places for saving and giving. It was a fun activity. The Home Depot was also giving out popcorn to the children, they also had some 'trick or treat' stands so he came home with a fire truck money box, candy, popcorn, and a visit in a firetruck under his belt!


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks - Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook {HS Reviews}

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
Cursive is not my favorite thing to teach. It's also not one of Captains things to practice. However for the last few weeks we have been working through the Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook by Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks.

Captain has a friend who is a little older than him who can write cursive quite nicely and so this was a little motivation for him to try really hard with these practice sheets. Once you have learned the formation of each letter a lot of cursive comes down to wanting to put in the time to practice and being a little bit of a perfectionist with your writing. I am hoping by the time we finish this book that Captain will feel confident enough to continue. Although I think when we are done I will require all of his copy work and written work to be completed in cursive. It will be slower at first but I think it will be worth it.
Channie's was created by a mother who saw the struggles of her son and so worked on creating handwriting sheets for him. The child's teacher saw such an improvement in his writing and said that other kids would benefit from the worksheets. Channie's was soon created and has become a widely known name for schools and home-schools alike. I love that all the products are made in North Carolina so USA MADE!!!
Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook

I love how visual the practice sheets are. Captain knows how to turn his page and line up his writing because of the little boxes around each letter. As soon as he starts to write he can turn his page correctly, which he has never done before.



I have been really impressed with this program and have been checking out some of their other handwriting pages. Did you know that there is FREE SHIPPING on any domestic US order!!! Yep! So you can order directly from the website and not worry about huge shipping charges. I love the look of their plain paper bundles! 500 or 250 sheet sets available.

We have actually enjoyed this cursive practice and even Captain didn't mind adding one page a day to his routine. There are plenty other products being reviewed by the crew so make sure you click on the link below to see what everyone else thought!


Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks {Reviews}




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Monday, October 2, 2017

Super Teacher Worksheets {TOS REVIEW}

 Super Teacher Worksheets
What if I told you there is somewhere you could go to find worksheets and teacher helps for just about every subject your child is studying. We have recently received a Individual Membership to Super Teacher Worksheets.

I have used quite a few different sheets during the last month. The first set of sheets I printed were the spelling lists and activities. I have been focusing on how well Captain can read, but haven't been quite as dedicated with spelling and so I decided this was the perfect time to start. Although Captain is the age of a 3rd grader most of his work is 4th grade or higher. However, I decided to start on the 3rd grade lists.


Each spelling level or grade has thirty lessons. Each lesson contains a different list of spelling words. The spelling starts at grade 1 or level A and continues to a 5th grade or level E. Each level has a printable word list, and several different kinds of work sheets. Some of the work sheets contain ABC order activities, correct the misspelled words, crosswords, scrambled words, write twice, flash cards, spin and spell, and of course spelling tests.

My favorite worksheet was the worksheet that used the spelling words in a sentence but the word MAY be misspelled. The child has to find the word and then decide if it is correct or wrong.


There are literally thousands of worksheets on the website. I still don't think that I have looked at everything. One of the other worksheets we have been using are the music ones. I have 3 piano players. However, these worksheets have been most helpful for Captain. Although I wish that I had them a few years ago.

Captain has been using a fun new sheet to mark off his piano practice! It's a fun way to keep track.


On of the other fun additions to this program is the worksheet generator. You can make your own math sheets, bingo, flashcards, ABC worksheets (for younger kids), 4 puzzle sheets generators, plus 4 quiz generators. There is also the ability to make classroom newsletters and calender's, plus special holiday worksheets. This is fun when one of your children needs to revisit a particular topic and you want to make it more interesting for them. We use a non-consumable math program and I have used this worksheet generator to make a worksheet that matches what we are studying!. You can see the flash cards I created for the three times table.


I don't think this has been Captain's favorite review! But it has been one of mine. When you think of a subject and then are able to type it in and search for a topic and find enough information to create a great study. I looked up hurricanes and I got a 15 page unit study! That was fabulous and perfect for Captain to work on with all the terrible storms lately.

They also have some worksheets in Spanish! I know you may think this doesn't apply to you, if you don't speak Spanish. However, think about your Spanish learners, some of these simple worksheets would be perfect to practice their new skills. I know Boo recently checked out some kids Spanish books from out local library. They were a perfect level for her to read and translate without being too hard. She can always get slightly harder books next time.

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Super Teacher Worksheets


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

LDS General Conference Weekend!

The first weekend in October and April are special ones at my house. It's not a birthday, or any known special occasion. But it is the weekends we get to stay home and watch the LDS General Conference.

My kids love the little traditions we have tried to incorporate over the years. Even some that I didn't realize were traditions!

I had been planning last week and had thought I had everything covered. Hubs had been in Mexico working for two weeks and the kids were excited for him to come home in time for conference. I was glad we could get some good family time in before the hustle and bustle starts again next week. So I had bought some treats for breakfast that gave me limited time in the kitchen.

Some Saturday morning and Boo asked if I was making my Conference traditional orange cinnamon rolls. Hum...this took me a little by surprise. Mainly because I was going for simple. Who can turn down those big brown eyes...But Mom it's tradition. WOW it's amazing how soon something can become a tradition. About four years ago I found this amazing 1 hour cinnamon rolls. I think it was a conference weekend when I first tried them. WOW they taste great and I think we have been making them ever since. So I decided it was a good thing.

This morning I whipped up those hour cinnamon rolls. They make 24 huge rolls so make sure you have some good neighbors to drop them off too. (Yep my neighbor texted me wonderful messages after the boys ran enough rolls for one each over to them!)


If you want to see the original recipe I use pop over to Outnumbered and check out the blog post from 2014 that got our tradition started!!



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Thursday, September 28, 2017

WorthyKids/Ideals - The Book Series - The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls {TOS Review}


WorthyKids

Captain loves to read. I have said this many times. So any chance we get to read a new book, especially one that teaches we jump at the chance. We were recently introduced to a new book series by WorthyKids/Ideals called The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls.


These books were a fun and easy read for Captain. He's eight but reads at a very high level. Sometimes that means he's tempted to skip over younger level books. However, he realized that sometimes it's fun to sit down and read a book in a couple of hours. Which is just what he did with these books. In fact he enjoyed them so much he read them both in one day!
 
These books are a time travel adventure series. We have similar books on our book shelves related to history, or just fun exciting adventures. These however, are the first set that transport the kids back in time to exciting adventures in Bible history. We received the first two books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series and the first thing Captain said to me as he finished the second book was - When does the next one come out...can we buy it!

Book one - The Beginning

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls


This book has twelve chapters and is 107 pages long. It also has some cute black and white drawings throughout the book. It's not a picture book as there isn't a picture on each page but enough to be interesting. This book is about the beginning of the world. It takes the reader on an adventure through the creation of the world through to the Garden of Eden. The main characters in the story are siblings Peter and Mary and their dog Hank. They have to solve a mystery to be able to return home!

Captain's Thoughts-
Peter and Mary's Great Uncle Solomon is an archeologist and all his life he has gone on adventures trying to find the hidden scrolls. He went to the Dead Sea in Israel and he found them. He brought them back to his house and put them in his library where he kept his important finds. One night, Peter and Mary and their dog Hank came to stay and when they went to bed they heard a lion's roar! Peter and Mary both left their rooms and met in the hallway, as they both came out to investigate the sound. Peter asked Mary if she had heard the roar too! They went into the library and they saw something glowing. When they got closer they found it was the hidden scrolls. They broke the seal to one of the scrolls and traveled back in time. In fact they traveled back to when the earth was being created. They were saved by an Angel called Michael when they found themselves swimming before the land and sea were separated. They even got to visit the Garden of Eden. They had to solve the mystery of the hidden scrolls. Which was difficult as the scrolls were written in Hebrew! I really liked this book!
 
Book two - Race to the Ark



The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls

This book has thirteen chapters and has 118 pages. Just like the previous books the siblings Peter and Mary are staying with their Great Uncle who is a archaeologist. Unlike the first book this one has a prologue at the beginning. This story sends our main characters back to the time of Noah and the Ark. They get to have some adventures while helping Noah get the ark ready in time.

Captains Thoughts -

This book is the second adventure of Peter and Mary. When visiting their Great Uncle they always know they can go on adventure when they hear the roar of a lion. When they hear this they can go into the library and see the scrolls. However, this time their Great Uncle Solomon has packed them some supplies. They have a tent, hatchet, and a old leather book. This book is their Great Uncle's adventure journal. Their Uncle does this after they get back from their first adventure. Peter and Mary choose a scroll with a picture of a boat on the seal. They break the seal and find themselves in the time period of Noah's Ark. They land in what looks like a kingdom full of wicked people. Satan or as he is called in the book THE DARK RULER says the people can do whatever they want. They can cheat, lie, and steal! It's not a very nice place. The kids are chased into the woods by a boy and a wolf called Shadow. They luckily meet Shem. They continue their adventures and at the same time help Noah and his family finish building the ark before the floods come. It's an exciting book! I can't wait to read the third book!

These books are written for ages 6-9 and are considered a 1-3 grade level. 

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. {WorthyKids/Ideals Reviews}

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The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

I am already looking at school curriculum for next year. One thing I want to change is our science curriculum. Captain still loves the Magic...