Friday, August 28, 2015

Random Five Friday August 28 2015

1. Have you watched the movie Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story it's worth watching!

2. We have been having a great time this week. Captain has flown through his math lessons and spelling tests. What made the difference you say...LIQUID CHALK MARKERS on my glass door in the kitchen!

3. I took my church girls on a field trip this week to our local Life-flight Eagle station. Captain had to come to because my husband was working. He really enjoyed it can you tell.

4. We have a new review coming up. The kids love them already. We played them as soon as the FedEx man dropped them off. Then we played them again when Dad got home!

5. We are having a good beginning to our school year. We also have some other reviews coming up that we are really excited about so make sure you stay tuned!

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Magic School Bus Educents Special! Extended till September 8th

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If you have children (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you'll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club!
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Writing With Sharon Watson - Illuminating Literature When Worlds Collide {TOS Review}

Preparing for High School was a little intimidating at first. One of the subjects I was looking for was a good literature program. When I was offered a review from Writing with Sharon Watson I was really excited. I haven't used any of her programs before but I have heard a lot of good things, so was really excited to try her brand new program Illuminating Literature - When Worlds Collide.

I received;

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Jam was really excited to start this program. He loves to read but was pleased to find that he had only read Peter Pan before. This is great because sometimes it's really hard to find books he hasn't read that I actually want him to read.
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
  • Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
  • Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Since high school is new to me I and have credits flying around in my brain. I will let you know straight away that this is a two-semester course and it earns one credit for language arts or English.

This course is written for high school and can be used for 9th through 12th grade. It's a student directed program, and Jam and I both loved how easy the program has been to follow so far. There is a clear reading schedule and the lessons are well put together and easy to follow.

There are a total of 70 lessons broken down into separate chapters for each book. Jam likes to work on his own and only comes to me if he has a problem or it's time to discuss what he's read. So the set up of this program was perfect for him. 

We haven't had to purchase any extra books yet as we are still reading War of the Worlds, but it is  recommend to use the copies that are suggested. It will make your students life easier to find the relevant chapters etc because the page numbers etc will correspond. At the beginning of the beginning of the teachers manual it gives the Publisher and ISBN numbers. You can also buy them as a bundle on the website. 

The Teacher's manual contains a lot of important information. First of all there is a grading grid which is a great jumping off point for me, as I have never had a high schooler before. A list of objectives for the course. It talks about skills, attitude, and the course in general. There are also discussion starters and answers, scheduling helps and ideas to form a book club. This can be done in person or even online. Jam is a member of a Facebook group and the students are discussing this course together. Of course another very important part of the teacher guide is the answers to the student workbook.

The student workbook and novel notebook are different, however both of them are extremely useful. The student workbook is broken into nine chapters. The first chapter is 0 and the last is 8. Each chapter is then broken down into lessons. Some of the lessons are done before the student reads the book and some after. Chapter 0 introduces the student into the concept of the course. It asks the student questions and makes them think about the content of the books they are reading. Chapter 1 is all about Pudd'nhead Wilson and Chapter 2 is about War of the Worlds etc...

Both Jam and I like they way that this course is written. It is as if Sharon Watson is talking directly to you the reader. Jam also liked that at the beginning of each chapter there is a breakdown and schedule for that chapter. At first we were looking for a complete schedule listing all the books and what needs to be done when. However Jam prefers that he can work through a month at a time he says that's less daunting than a schedule that's planned out for six or seven months. It's very rewarding to 'finish' a schedule and go on to the next.

The student workbook is consumable and so if you want to do this course with more than one student you would need to buy two. The Novel notebook is a optional extra and comes via PDF so that could be printed more than once. In the teachers manual it suggests that you could use a regular spiral notebook instead if you prefer. I printed it off for Jam with the nice cover pager and put it in a ring binder. He really liked how it matched the others and thought it made it look more official. We use cheap ring binders so often for narrations and math work etc that it makes a nice change. I like the casual nature of this notebook. It's a great place to make notes that help you think while you read. It has the the feel of a scrapbook that Jam can look back through after the course is completed

I asked Jam to write me a little paragraph on his view of the program;

Illuminating Literature is an interesting course. I really liked the books that I am going to study during the next two semesters. I really enjoyed learning about Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain and reading his book Pudd'nhead Wilson. I enjoyed discussing it with Mom, and now Boo and Dad want to read it! I am enjoying the War of the Worlds and am looking forward to reading the other books.

The theme 'Colliding Worlds' really explains the different types of literature that is included in this program. As the author mentions each piece of literature has a different collisions - physical, political, extraterrestrial, racial, spiritual, and philosophical. We learn how people succeed or fail. We learn about strengths and weaknesses. As we read these books we can apply them to our life and circumstances. 

I nearly forgot to mention there are also tests and quizzes that your student can take online. Jam hasn't done that yet but I think it's an excellent idea. These quizzes are the same ones found in the Quiz and Answer manual so it's completely up to you and your student which you use. We didn't use the online version last time because we were having Internet issues but I am sure we will use them next time.

Jam has always loved to read and we have had a lot of great discussions. However, it's really nice to use a course that gives us a framework. I love having the ideas and discussion questions  so that I can help Jam get the most out of what he's reading. My goal obviously is not to encourage Jam to read - he already does that and willingly. My goal is for him to get more out of what he reads to analyze it and discuss it. This program will definitely help us do just that. This homeschool literature program is awesome! Jam loves it and I love it. 

Don't forget to connect with Sharon Watson via social media-


Although others from the crew have all been using the same course and reading the same books I encourage you to check them out by clicking on the link below.

Writing with Sharon Watson Review
Crew Disclaimer

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Educents Best Curriculum Guide

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Welcome to The Educents Best Curriculum Guide of 2015! We've pulled together some of our favorite tried and true, as well as brand new curriculums and tools for the year based on user reviews, ease-of-use and educational quality. Learn more about each curriculum below!

Rosetta Stone for Homeschool

Rosetta Stone Homeschool features a foreign language curriculum specially designed to provide homeschool students with a rich, fully interactive and engaging language-learning experience, while giving parents the tools and resources needed to manage student progress without extensive planning or supervision. Rosetta Stone Homeschool is self-paced and designed to make it easy for parents to offer language learning even if they don't understand the language their students are studying. Students are instantly captivated by Rosetta Stone so they stay engaged. Plus, with positive reinforcement and quick results, their language-learning confidence soars! Rosetta Stone provides up to five levels of instruction in select languages, beginning with a foundation of listening comprehension, speaking, grammar, reading and writing. With Rosetta Stone, your children will do more than learn about a language. They'll learn to use it. Parent Administrative Tools let you track your student's progress with just a few mouse clicks. You'll see which exercises they have completed, assess how well they've done and determine how long it took them to finish. You will also be able to select predefined lesson plans and generate progress reports, documenting student achievement for college and job applications. Check out their curriculum here.


Schola Publications

You see many phonics and Latin programs for sale, and they may look similar. We invite you to take a moment and discover the difference other parents and teachers have for yourself……
1] Did you know that English DOES make sense and you can confidently teach spelling, handwriting, reading, grammar, composition, literature and even Latin in one seamless method?
2] Utilize this proven technique of brain function learning versus memorization to unlock the greatness in each child.
3] Let me help you learn Latin and teach it to your student at the same time, earning high school foreign language credits as you build advanced English grammar and vocabulary skills.
4] You can teach a child at any level all their language arts subjects or Latin in about 45 minutes per day!
With over 30 years of experience, if you allow me, I consider it an honor to demonstrate these methods and much more…. while optimizing your budget. Author: Barbara Beers



Mother and Son with WriteWell logo_ADsWriteWell is an innovative online writing platform that makes writing fun and engaging for kids in grades 4-12. WriteWell helps students produce clear and well organized essays by walking them through the writing process. Students write directly into WriteWell’s innovative “write in chunks” interface by following grade-appropriate supports that tell (and show) the student what to write in each paragraph. WriteWell offers content for a variety of writing styles and grade levels. Write better and more efficiently with a simple and intuitive writing tool. You can also try it for free!



PL_Educents_CurriculumPetraLingua teaches the basics of Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian or ESL English. The courses are available online and in langauage learning sets, and they are suitable for children 6 – 10, for families and schools. Multilingualism is linked to a variety of cognitive benefits, including early reading, better listening perception, improved problem-solving skills, and higher scores on school tests which is why PetraLingua created PetraLingua for Families. Children’s natural sense of curiosity motivates them to learn a new language without any effort, by exploring. With the clear PetraLingua course structure, it's very easy to plan your lessons by introducing new vocabulary with videos and songs, using interactive exercises to repeat the new words, and practicing with the activity book and flashcards. The PetraLingua for Schools program covers the curriculum of the first 2-3 years and offers all the necessary elements for a beginners language course including step-by-step vocabulary introduction with video lessons and songs, and lessons organized on a progression pinciple, starting from a child's closest experiences. The program also features lots of revision possibilities with interactive games, activity book and flashcards, different activities to keep young learners interested, and a teacher's board to track student's progress. The PetraLingua Homepage offers a free demo lesson for each language and detailled lesson plans are available.



T4L_MultiGrades_Animated_250x250 Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. It can be used for homeschool, skill building, and summer study. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun! Real life concepts are taught with animation, adding a sense of humor, to make lessons engaging. The curriculum can be used by following Time4Learning's lesson plans or you can use the activity finder to hone in on a particular area of study. For example, if you want to work on fractions and nouns only, you can. With automated reporting, adjustable grade levels, and support, Time4Learning helps customize a curriculum to your child's needs. Give your children the tools to work independently, study confidently, and excel in the comfort and safety of their own home. Over the past decade, Time4Learning has helped over 400,000 homeschool students including gifted, special needs, and mainstream, discover their learning styles and instill a love for learning. Whether you’re looking for homeschool curriculum, skill sharpening, or looking for educational summer fun, Time4Learning can help! Time4Learning is available on tablets now, perfect for traveling. Their award-winning curriculum is available all year long, is student-paced, and accommodates every family’s schedule, even on the go!


Time4Writing offers 8-week online writing courses for elementary, middle and high school students. Each online course is led by a certified teacher who provides one-on-one instruction, personalized feedback and guidance along the way. Time4Writing offers basic, intermediate and advanced courses that teach topics such as grammar, sentence structure, paragraph writing, essay writing, sentence writing, writing for the SAT and research papers. Each course includes fun, interactive lessons and writing assignments. Students can easily access the virtual campus with their own secure login from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Students work on their schedule, at their own pace. Once an assignment is submitted, students receive constructive feedback from their teacher within one business day. Parents can also log in to monitor reports and purchase additional courses. In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of a particular area of writing, Time4Writing also teaches students how to think and express themselves clearly and confidently. Time4Writing curriculum helps elementary, middle and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels. Courses come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.


CTC Math

1173892_520018168075191_1983056766_nCTC Math specializes in providing online video tutorials which take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review the lessons are short and concise to help your student break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way! The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a "test" and CTC Math is NOT aligned to Common Core. Each one of the video tutorials are taught by internationally acclaimed teacher Pat Murray who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math has seen students who struggled with math are now getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.



UntitledYour children will ask to play MathScore because they genuinely think it is fun – but when you watch them play, you realize they are getting rigorous math training! Since when did math become fun? Making math practice feel like a game is what makes MathScore so special. Developed by MIT graduates, MathScore’s proprietary adaptive algorithms keep students motivated because the content adapts to be just challenging enough (not too hard and not too easy) for students to believe they can succeed. This motivation leads to improved performance and fast learning. Multiple public school studies showed a direct link between time spent on MathScore and improvement on standardized tests. Read the testimonials at to learn about how the more time a child spent “playing” MathScore, the more their test scores increased! Best of all, MathScore is free to start. Take as long as you need to experience real success, then pay to unlock the rest of the content when ready. MathScore supports grades K-9 and parents of all ages. Also, kindergarten is 100% free!


Leadership Education

TJ-CompCrop-281x300Educators often get so concerned with “what” to teach that they neglect the “how” and “why.” Yet understanding these creates happier, more empowered children. TJEd gives you the “how” and the “why” to make the “what” more powerful, more memorable, more relevant to your children. They will be inspired as you apply the 7 Keys of Great Teaching and the 4 Phases of Learning. You will bring them face-to-face with greatness. And they will love learning. Discovered and articulated by Oliver and Rachel DeMille, Thomas Jefferson Education, or “TJEd,” (pronounced “tee-jay-ED”) is an educational philosophy and a methodology by which great individuals throughout history have been educated. Thousands of families and professional educators are applying those same principles today, with amazing success. The 5 Habits of Highly Successfully Homeschoolers will show you the “secrets” of excellent homeschooling. Use coupon code EDUCENTS-15 to get 80% off your copy here! AND! TJEd is also offering their premium parent training, the 7 Keys Certification ($160 value) - free when you sign up for their newsletter here! Remember, an investment in your education is not a withdrawal from your kids’. It will pay dividends on a gold standard for generations to come! “An Education to Match Your Mission”


Kirkwood Education Online

250x250_Kirkwood Kirkwood Education Online offers much more than academic curriculum. Students are guided through seven stages of character development with exercises that promote spiritual growth, interpersonal skills, and strong work ethic. Every curriculum concept is taught and demonstrated by instructional video and interactive computer lesson. Academic achievement accelerates as students learn to take responsibility for their own education. Students earn weekly printable award certificates highlighting academic progress. Powerful positive affective experiences occur when a student has invested energy into reaching an objective, and that accomplishment is then recognized and validated. Parental involvement is the single most critical factor in a child’s academic success. Kirkwood Education Online facilitates this involvement and affords parents the opportunity and tools to ensure their child has complete mastery of each curriculum component before moving on to the next. Maintaining accurate records is one of the most daunting tasks of homeschool parents. Kirkwood Education Online effortlessly maintains accurate records and provides parents an at-a-glance overview of their child’s achievement and academic progress in real time. Kirkwood Education Online is committed to providing homeschool families with a system of education that will enable every child to develop the skills of success and fulfill their God-given potential.


Kuato Studios - Safari Tales

250X2501 Safari Tales is an enchanting animal adventure game that encourages exploration in reading and vocabulary skills by casting kids as both adventurer and storyteller. From Kuato Studios, one of the world’s leading learning-through-play developers, children play as five baby animal friends, exploring an African savannah teeming with wildlife, mini games and artifacts to discover and collect. Kids learn countless facts about the various environments, inhabitants and items they encounter on their way, building knowledge and enhancing reading skills. At the end of each play session, the child’s adventures, discoveries and achievements are converted into a beautiful interactive storybook. Each tale can be read with parents, strengthening literacy, reasoning and enquiry skills. Curious kids can also construct over a thousand different questions to ask an in-game guide, Darwin, who will supply intelligent and fact-filled answers. By scrolling on-screen world wheels, kids see how words join together to create different sentences, aiding skills in sentence structure, reading and creative thought. Through the game’s ‘Parent Corner’, mom and dad can tailor gameplay, setting reading ages and can control game length from a variety of session times, ensuring playtime fits the family routine. Safari Tales is available on iOS and Android, priced at $3.99.

hi was born out of 25 years of research at Stanford University. They provide adaptive, online K-12 courses in mathematics, language arts, science and computer programming. Their flagship course, Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition, features the latest in adaptive instruction, gamification, and digital project-based learning. Redbird Mathematics won the 2015 Association of American Publishers award for best mathematics resource. This online, K-7 math course offers students over 15,000 exercises, 500 instructional modules (including multiple forms of instruction for key concepts), 50 digital manipulatives, and 75 games. Additionally, students tackle real-world STEM challenges. Students who take courses can finish 2+ grades ahead. Watch this 3-minute video to learn more about Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition.


Cover Story Writing

cover-story-250x250 Middle schoolers love this Language Arts program! In this exciting video-based curriculum from Daniel Schwabauer, the creator of the popular One Year Adventure Novel, 6th–9th graders take a guided tour of the universe of "Story" as they create content for their own magazine. Students write poems, short stories, nonfiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces, all for a magazine of their own invention. They also learn to notice and record their thoughts and ideas by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben. DVD-based and parent-friendly, the program comes with an optional 12-lesson grammar component, included with purchase. Cover Story's approach to grammar de-emphasizes memorization of latinate terms and emphasizes true comprehension. Cover Story transforms writing for both strong writers and reluctant writers. It is fun yet practical, and inspires kids to communicate, through a magazine, what they are already passionate about. As noted curriculum reviewer Cathy Duffy writes, "the delivery and learning methods are so different that even reluctant writers are likely to enjoy the process." Watch demos at


One Year Adventure Novel

OYAN Educents Guide 250x250 The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum guides students (grades 8–12) step by step through the process of writing a compelling, fully structured novel in one school year. DVD-based, self-directed, and parent-friendly, it is ideal for homeschool students! Young writers, no matter how much natural talent and discipline they have, need training in understanding "Story"—what makes a story work. With honesty, passion, and humor, author Daniel Schwabauer takes students behind the scenes of novel-writing. Extensive support resources that come with a curriculum license welcome young writers into a vibrant Creative Community where they can thrive as writers. They can join an active online Student Forum to give and receive feedback on stories, watch monthly webinars on writing topics, participate in contests, and more. The course is worth one full high school English credit. Whether you have a student who loves to write, and you know they need training to take their gift to the next level—or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from traditional English curriculum - we recommend this fascinating high school English course! Watch demos at


Applied Scholastics Online

educents picture Applied Scholastics Online Academy is a fully accredited non-profit K-12 organization dedicated to helping students acquire real life skills and critical thinking through home study. Applied Scholastic's vision is that by embracing the uniqueness of the individual they create students who love learning and truly use what they learn to ensure a successful future. Applied Scholastics provides parents with effective teaching tools and step-by-step curriculum designed to make learning enjoyable. For more information contact:


Risas y Sonrisas

RyS_250pxRisas y Sonrisas, "Laughter & Smiles", is what this award-winning Spanish program is all about...making learning and teaching Spanish fun!
The curriculum is multi-grade appropriate for grades K-5. It provides a variety of creative resources to keep all learning styles engaged - colorful visual aids, catchy songs, ASL (American Sign Language), games, role playing, books, workbooks, online activities and more.
The curriculum covers beginners to advanced concepts in Spanish. The focus is on vocabulary acquisition and practical conversation rather than formal grammar. What sets this homeschool language program apart from others is that it not only includes DVDs, CDs, an instructor manual and workbooks - it also includes a myriad of hands-on learning activities that allow children to explore and manipulate the language they're learning.
Knowing Spanish is not necessary with the media tools provided in the program and you will learn with your child! The curriculum was developed by native Spanish speaker and teacher. Best of all...children love learning with "Laughter & Smiles!"


Character is Higher Than Intellect

CiHTi LOGO for educents Character Is Higher Than Intellect is based on a 5-level Hierarchy: 1) Self-discipline; 2) Responsible Behavior; 3) Honesty to Self; 4) Honesty to Others; 5) Reverence for Life (for the public school version) and the Creator of Life (for Private Schools and Parents) which encompasses all values. The curricula have a powerful teaching methodology utilizing high-interest media, role-plays, examples and non-examples of the concepts or values being taught. When the methodology is coupled with high-interest stories or scenarios that capture the interest and enthusiasm of the learner, they become involved in the learning process through role-plays and other student involvement techniques, then deep, vital learning occurs; also retention, and transfer is maximized. That is because learners remember: 10% of nonsense syllables; 35% of factual material; 50% of what is heard; 65% of what is seen and heard; 100% of what they feel. The lessons in Character Is Higher Than Intellect are designed to be at the feeling, 100% retention level. There is curriculum for every level, written specifically for that level. You’ll love teaching it and watching enthusiastic students learn vital, life-shaping values, principles and concepts.


Conceptual Academy

Self-study courses in physics, chemistry, and physical science created and presented by best-selling textbook authors and respected college professors Paul Hewitt and John Suchocki are now available for grades 8 – 12 through Each course includes hundreds of video lessons featuring the authors’ recorded classroom lectures, studio presentations, and screencasts. These video lessons reach a broad range of learning styles while providing the context students need to make sense of the textbook, which is sold separately. Each class within a self-study course is further personalized with the author’s written messages guiding the student through the content. Carefully selected homework assignments, worksheets, chapter summaries, and unit exams allow students to articulate and confirm their understanding. Home-based lab activities are found within the textbook as well as within a separate lab manual. These are genuine, full-length science courses for the college liberal arts major made affordable for high school students seeking an enjoyable introduction to upper level science. Home school group facilitators may request an instructor’s account through which customized courses can be created. Contact Conceptual Academy for more information. Conceptual Academy's chemistry self-study courses were reviewed by Cathy Duffy, known for her rigorous assessments of homeschool curricula.


Life of Fred

Not sure where to start? Read more about the Life of Fred books on the Educents Blog. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, these books contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters every day math situations that call for solving mathematical problems. Children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.


Math Mammoth

1151005_309842519161911_1609575547_n Math Mammoth Light Blue Series constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7. It is mastery-oriented and organized into chapters by topics.Thus, in each chapter the curriculum concentrates on one theme and its connecting topics (such as place value, multiplication, or geometry). Each grade level typically contains 8-10 chapters. The curriculum focuses strongly on conceptual understanding, and visual models and exercises are used extensively. Mental math and number sense are also emphasized. The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the full explanations of concepts are included in the student books, thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher. The curriculum also meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.


Complete Curriculum

Untitled design-14 Complete Curriculum publishes distinctive K-12 digital texts and provides an engaging web-based instructional interface.Your students will experience engaging supplemental activities, real-world application exercises, and 21st- century skills with development activities. Their cutting-edge technology takes students beyond the textbook into a world where what they learn becomes more than answers on a page. It becomes a part of their experience. Further, their program allows educators to supplement and customize each daily lesson in an affordable, accessible and effective curriculum that provides streamlined instruction, practice, reinforcement and testing. By blending academic, social and interpersonal skills development, Complete Curriculum texts promote teacher and parent involvement in catalyzing a student’s learning ability— in and out of the classroom. Developed by a consortium of teachers, academics and editors, Complete Curriculum texts organize and present content that enables parents to actually participate in helping their child to study or complete their homework, and enables home-schoolers to affordably ensure the curriculum they are teaching their children meets the required grade level content expectations. It also enables beginning educators to confidently engage their students and immediately produce on the first day of class. Experienced educators can creatively adapt each lesson and text to their preferred teaching style and methods.  
Thanks for checking out our Best Curriculum Guide of 2015! We hope you discovered some new curriculums and learned something new about your favorites as well. Happy learning!
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Random Five Friday - First Homeschool Field Trip of the New School Year

Today we headed out to our city Zoo for our first field trip of the new school year. It turned out to be a really fun day. I am going to give you the top five things we did today.

The first thing we did was go to the bird feeding. It's Boo's favorite and they don't do it when the temperature cools down.

1. Feeding time at the Zoo!

I got a kiss!

2. The kids love to have their picture taken at each statue we find at the Zoo. We have them going back for years. It's really cute to look back on them. We found a new one today.

3. Our zoo opened a new exhibit recently for the Orangutan's. It's really cool, there is a lot of fun things there. Our zoo is really working on some exciting projects right now. Captain can't wait till they put in the splash pad!

4. One of our favorite things to do at the zoo is to take some time to sit and draw. We try to pick a different thing each time.

5. Do you see the cute little water colors in the picture. I found them in Walmart in the back to school section for $1. I bought 3...wish I had bought more!

I used to link up at the Pebble Pond for my Random Five but that doesn't seem to be working at the moment. So for now it's just my Random Five!

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