Thursday, June 30, 2016

NotebookingPages.com - Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership {TOS REVIEW}

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

I have seen lots of posts about NotebookingPages.com online and I have always thought that it would be a great thing to add to my homeschool. So I was really pleased when they showed up on the list of reviews available to the review crew.

I was offered a Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership and I was really excited! Note-booking is something that I have tried to offer my children by myself but man o man it's hard to do it with everything else. If you are not sure what it is I will explain briefly.

Notebooking is a fun way for kids to document what they are learning/studying. I have actually noticed a huge trend in this type of work, even with adults lately and I can understand why. It's a great way to incorporate lots of techniques; writing, drawing, charts, thoughts and feelings into a memory book of types that is fun to look back on later.

I have also noticed that when Captain (as I focused this review on him) goes away after learning about a particular person or subject matter with a notebook page he will come back and show me what he's done in a very animated and excited way. He's had time to process what he's learned and then expressed it himself and he loves that freedom.



I used these pages with Captain and he loved them. He has been really excited about writing lately. In fact this review couldn't have come at a better time. Captain has been working on a online bible program and he wanted to write about each person that he learned about. I went straight to the NotebookingPages.com website and and reviewed all their topics. Seriously, I think there is a notebooking page done for every topic you can imagine. However, our need was Bible topics. Captain had asked for this and because of this membership it was SO easy. All I had to do was click and print.

We have quite a few ring binders at home. I found a thin one - as I wanted to try and keep it as organized as possible. Next I printed the cover sheet for the Bible Notebooking Pages. I love that this is included as it makes it easy to pick and choose the ones you wanted. Captain decided he wanted all of them. So that's what I did. So his table of contents also doubles up as his folder cover. Although, in the future when he's finished them all I think I will move it to the inside and let me decorate a cover on card stock and then slide that in instead.

The notebooking pages vary by design. There are spaces that encourage coloring, lined pages that encourage writing, and most pages have a colored or black and white design. I printed a mixture for Captain and he loved some of the colored pictures that were included.

I know that we will use this a lot. It's a huge resource and will save me hours of time.

It's also so easy to navigate. When I first signed into the member center I was very impressed with the layout and organization.


Another use that I can see for this subject matter inspiration. Although we have incorporation the note-booking pages with another study program you could just as easily use the note-booking pages as a guide. For example; the Bible note-booking pages lists a lot of people and subjects mentioned in the bible. This could be printed and then you could study each person or event using different resources and completing the pages as you go. So it gives you a gentle outline of study.

I have already printed some of the music/composer notebooking pages for Boo to work on next year. I won't give her any instructions other than learn about these topics and use the pages to record what you learn - isn't that amazing. I know she'll be so excited to have such freedom in her studies.

I really can't tell you enough good things about this resource. If you have a printer and these pages you have an endless supply of lessons and materials at your fingertips. With computer access and a library card the world is yours!

I forgot to tell you you want to need for note-booking -

1. Source of Paper
2. Printer
3. Writing Supplies
4. Folders for storage

As I said before a library card and the Internet are also something I couldn't live without.

Of course you can also learn more about this company by following them on social media:

Facebook and Twitter @NotebookingPgs

There are so many different topics and resources that I know each review will be so different - so click on the link below to read more!

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Veritas Press - VeritasBible.com {TOS Review}

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review
Captain loves reading his scriptures. He also loves working on his laptop. So I am sure you can guess how much he is loving our latest review a one year family subscription of  VeritasBible.com from Veritas Press. He loves learning about scripture stories and this has been a lot of fun for him.
Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Captain has been working - well he calls it playing with this program a lot over the last few weeks. He seriously loves it and since we have gone onto a slightly lighter summer schedule it's the first thing he does every day. My older two were a little old for this, but believe me if they were in the room with Captain while he was working on the program they always stopped for a while - they just couldn't resist.



So I received a years subscription - to what you may ask?

VeritasBible.com is an online Bible study program. It includes three separate courses

Genesis to Joshua
The Gospels
Judges to Kings

Each of the courses have 32 lessons covering events and people during each time period. Each lesson contains videos, music, games, maps, pictures, and of course funny characters to make the course so much fun that Captain doesn't even consider it school work.

Since we had a year to work through all three course I let Captain choose where he wanted to start. He chose to start at the beginning so we have been working on the Genesis to Joshua course.

I was really pleased he chose the Old Testament. As a family we have spent quite a bit of time reading the New Testament recently and so he knows a lot of the stories in there quite well. So it was nice to see him studying some of the people found in the wonderful Old Testament stories. He loves telling me what he watched and learned about, we have even incorporated some written work based on what he works on each lesson. The best thing about this extra work is that he chose to do it. He wanted to write about what he learned during each lesson.

When you first click on the course you come to a cute screen with a little angel.


This screen tells you how to proceed. There is a 'next' button that you press and the instructions continue. The program itself is very easy to follow and Captain was able to follow all the instructions himself, and I didn't have to stay and explain anything.

As the child progresses through the course they follow a path and earn stars on flags that represent topics covered.

Each topic is sign posted and easy to recognize and the banners show stars depending on the score of the final tests. If the child learns the information well then they get 3 stars.

There are cute games along the way that include review questions. One of Captains favorites was a game called 'Rainbow Meadows'.


It's a cute little game where you plant seeds to help Noah grow crops.

It's a fun little game where you plant seeds and grow them. When they are harvested they give you money to buy things. It's fun and Captain liked it. To have the option to buy more seeds he answered trivia questions.

This is the first screen

You are given three different seeds to start with - the others are opened by answering trivia questions.



It's a fun way to get the child to answer some questions about the topic just covered.

Another thing I really liked is it won't let the child skip ahead, they can go back and review the material but they can't bounce around the course in front of themselves. This kept Captain organized and prevented him from just jumping to the topics he knows well.

I really liked this program. I have found that it covers a lot of the Old Testament stories well and in a way that Captain remembers it. He loves telling his Dad what he 'studied' from the bible that day.

We have really enjoyed this program and I know it's something Captain will continue to use this program until he has completed the three courses - we love it!

You can learn more about the company by following them on their links below.

Social Media Links:
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram
Twitter - @VeritasPress


To learn more about what others thought click on the link below!


Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

NEW EXCITING WRAPS

Oh my goodness...all that can be said is - are you team Ironman or team Captain America!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MySchoolYear.com {TOS REVIEW}


MySchoolYear.com Review
I have been homeschooling for quite a few years and have tried multiple ways to keep track of assignments, grades and hours. I was excited to try out My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from MySchoolYear.com.
My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) is so full of useful tools to help plan my kids school year I am sure I still haven't figured everything out yet. I have been using this online planner for a few weeks and so I will do my best to do it justice and share all the juicy details. 
The first thing I loved about this program is that I can enter extra curricular activities easily. We are on a slow school schedule right now. We don't do full school, but we never stop either unless everyone is at home, or we go out of town. However, my kids do summer sports that differ slightly than our regular year sports. By differ slightly I mean we still swim - swimming is our sport all year. In the summer the kids swim on our local recreation for 6 weeks. It's less intense than or winter USA swimming schedule but practices still run every day and instead of a swim meet every month we basically have on a week for six weeks. I was able to easily put this information in the planner under 'extra-curricular' and add hours for it. 
There is also a section for awards. This has come in very handy for those things we forget to record. Boo recently did a 'safe sitter' course. It's a course designed to teach teenagers how to be prepared while babysitting especially in certain emergency situations. It was a whole day course and she took a test at the end. She was please to tell us she scored 100%. Normally I would file her certificate away and it may be forgotten forever. Instead I was able to go straight to the 'awards' section on the correct tracking page and record the information. This includes the date, the hours she attended the course and her score in the test.
I have also started to use this section to record the process (and it's a long one) for Jam's Eagle Award for Boy Scouts. We are nearly ready to send in all the paperwork. So I have been recording the hours etc for his service project. I can't wait to enter his Eagle Award details in the 'awards' section.
I mentioned swim league earlier, because there is an award section. I can even enter the ribbons and awards that they receive during the season. This will make it organized and easy to recall information for transcripts etc especially as my older two are going to both be in high school this next year.
I entered Jam's religion class in. Every morning for the school year he get's up early and attends a class from 6-7 am. He passed this year with an A and received a full credit for his attendance. He will be doing this every public school day of high school. 
You can also print off reports at the click of a button. I took a screen shot of the button choices and it as simple as click and print!
Like I said, I feel that I have really only scratched the surface with this program. You don't have to just take my word for it. You can click on the link below and read how others on the crew have used it. Plus you can click here to sign up for their month free trial.
I really liked this program, I know I still have so much to learn but what I have done so far seems really simple. Plus they have email support and a toll-free number to call if you need help! You can also check them out on social media.
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MySchoolYearWeb/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/@MySchoolYearWeb
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+MyschoolyearWeb
Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

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LearnBop {TOS REVIEW}

LearnBop for Families Review
We have been using LearnBop to practice our math skills over the last few weeks. We were sent a 12 month family subscription to LearnBop for Families and the kids have been using it roughly 3x a week since we received it.

LearnBop for Families Review
LearnBop is a self paced online math program suitable for families. They have an individual plan and a family plan which allows for up to four users. This is the plan we received.

The plan itself is advertised at being for grades 3-12 but we were able to use some of the instruction for Captain who is in the process of finishing up 2nd grade math. He's only seven so I don't hold him to a strict time frame. In some areas he's working above 2nd grade and that's one reason why this program intrigued me in the first place.
LearnBop for Families Review

The program does not hold children to certain grades so it is adaptable and easily allows a child the instruction they need in both advanced and struggling math subjects.

I love online programs for math because they give instruction when my children need it. They don't have to wait for me to finish or wait for their Dad to get home (he's my kids preferred parent when it comes to math help).

When you first sign in to LearnBop you choose a 'learning roadmap'. The curriculum is in either grade level or math subject so it can be easily adapted. If you child is just starting 3rd grade for example you can just click on that roadmap. If they are in a higher grade and have some gaps then you can click on individual math subjects and they can work on different levels for each one. Even if you choose a certain roadmap the child completes 'warm-up' exercises that access where they are. The program then helps you identify gaps in subjects that need to be reviewed.

My kids loved the videos that are included in the lessons. They can watch each video more that once, and if the child is struggling they can click on step by step instructions that help them understand where they are going wrong. Every time you move to a new concept or topic there is a video there to help you learn the topic.

Each lesson shows clear progress.

The dashboard shows and records progress as well as achievements that the child has made. This made my kids continue even when things seem a little hard, especially Captain. He really likes getting 'earned' achievements on his dashboard.


We have used lots of online math programs. Although this one isn't my kids favorite it is definitely another good option for homeschool or public school families alike. I like that this can be used as extra practice to review specific subjects too.

The program is bright and very appealing for kids which is a bonus.

One of the other things I like about this program is their commitment to giving back to the community. They have a great give back program with their buy one - give one program. For every program bought they give one to the GO Project.

Check out what others thought of this program by clicking on the link below.

LearnBop for Families Review

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day Fun

My kids bought their Dad his favorite chocolate this year - whole fruit covered with Dove.

However they made Grandpa a fun Candy Gram!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Make Your Children World Explorers

worldexplorers 

Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a "staycation." Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family's "World Explorers" summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you've determined where you're going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country's unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2014 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Glass Castle - Shiloh Press {TOS REVIEW}



The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}

Boo loves to read. In fact all my kids love to read. When I mean love to read, I mean they seriously devour books. It's hard to keep up with them. I used to try and read all the books before them, but eventually I had to give in. Now I rely on good reviews and librarians to help. So when we were offered a book called The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B Jenkins by Shiloh Run Press.
The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}
To say Boo enjoyed this book is an understatement. She read it in less 24 hours and raved about it the whole time. So I decided that I would have Boo write about the book, since she enjoyed it so much.


"Avery dragged her three year-old-brother behind a boxwood bush and listened for footsteps in the brittle leaves. She couldn’t be sure which was louder-the person on their trail or her own heart, galloping like a stallion in her ears."

This is the beginning of  “The Glass Castle.” Intense right? Aren’t books that start like this hard to put down? It’s impossible!!!! The main characters name is Avery. I don’t want to talk about the story too much, because I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read it yet. So I’m going to focus on her.
       Avery is the heroine of her story; she is brave, smart, and kind. Three very important attributes of a heroine, no she didn’t courageously save someone who was dying. She didn't work alone, she worked and helped everyone she met, and as a team working and cooperating they got things done. Avery had had many difficult trials, and it wasn’t easy but she was brave, and smart, and kind which enabled her to get through them. Even though she was shy, her courage gave her the strength to be a leader.
    The characters in this story are examples whether good or bad. I can relate to Avery because she loves her little brother as much as I do. The book is so personal, that it is impossible for you to not to relate to one or more of the characters.
            In conclusion I want to say that “The Glass Castle” is an amazing story. And it’s very hard to put down. I finished it is less than 24 hours. It is a very good read. Thanks so much Trisha White Priebe & Jerry B. Jenkins for writing an amazing book!!!! 

Well that about sum's our feelings about this book. Boo loved it and it's sat in a pile of books that Jam wants to read! It's hard to find good, clean middle school aged fiction. My children have had high reading levels from a very young age. When they learn to read well easy, they grow out of the children's section quickly. This is why I love books like this - so that they can enjoy excellent stories, mystery, and intrigue without worry!

I remember reading somewhere recently that when we read good books, we need to write reviews to encourage those authors in their efforts. I have decided to make a concerted effort to do this from now on!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbourPublishing
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/barbourbuzz @BarbourBuzz

Check out what other's thought by clicking on the link below.

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}



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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Throwback Thursday Jamberry Style

It's another throw back Thursday in our 10 week Jamberry promotion!

This weeks #TBTJN screams summer, I mean who doesn't love watermelons in the summer! These colors are amazing. I already have the endless summer color suite lacquer set and I can't wait to add these wraps to my collection - Boo is excited too. She doesn't need the juniors which means sometimes I have to share. It's a good job you can get 2 manicures and 2 pedicures plus extra accent names out of each sheet. Plus of course B3G1 makes them very cost effective!!

Just think how many compliments you will get at the pool or baseball game this summer - rocking these designs!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs {TOS REVIEW}

MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs Review

We have been using MaxScholar to practice all sort's of educational skills. We spent quite a bit of time using Max Reading and Max Phonics. This program used a different approach to what I have used so far with Captain. It uses the Orton Gillingham method and would be excellent for children with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, or ADHD. Captain doesn't have any of those things but we still found it useful to work on a different reading approach.

There are two programs offered K-2 and MaxGuru.

I was given a years subscription to MaxGuru this program includes MaxPhonics, MaxReading, Max Words, MaxMusic, MaxVocabs, MaxPlaces, and MaxBios.


When Captain logged in he came to the screen below;


Clicking on these tabs launched the programs or you could click just under here to go back to where you finished last time.


Although these are the main links there are some other tabs that Captain loved to work with underneath.


I will run you through each section so you can see how we used it.

MaxPhonics - This program is online so it's easily gives a multi sensory approach to reading. When you log in you can choose to work on individual letters, blends or digraphs. This was helpful for us as we didn't need to review letters at all and since we didn't spend a lot of time 'studying' blends or digraphs before Captain took off reading it was good to slow down and review some of this.

MaxReading - This program was a little different than we have used before. Captain can read at a very high level, and comprehend what he has read. We read from the King James Version of the Bible, he is reading the first Harry Potter book for fun, and he's seven. However, I really wanted to get a feel for a few different levels of this program. So we started with the first level. With this level the child picks a picture and then looks at it. After looking/ studying it for a while he went on to the comprehension questions. You can see an example of one of the pictures below.


Then the child clicks on a button that takes them to the comprehension questions - You can see an example below.

Captain thought these were OK. He didn't like that he couldn't really use his imagination. There is a wrong or right answer, and sometimes with pictures they can be interpreted in different ways.

Then we moved on to reading text. I posted an example below.

The words that are highlighted are clickable and have definitions and sentences to check for comprehension. After Captain read the text he clicked on the 'OK, Next' button. You are then taken to a highlighting exercise.


Captain found this a little restricting and of course you have to choose the same topics as the program so it was a little harder for him. He understood 'how' to do it, but really didn't see the reasoning behind it. He has always told me what he thought was the most important part of what he was important so he's used to the concept in practice - just not with a highlighter.

The next step is to create an outline of the chapter using your highlighted ideas, and progresses to writing practice. This progresses through various steps until you end up at games - Captain's favorite part.


MaxWords is the next program available. This shows up on the bottom row of buttons I showed earlier. It's the first choice on the bottom left hand side.

Captain liked this section. He studies Latin with his Nana and this section is all about building words. You build words by learning; roots, prefixes, suffixes, and sublication rules.

Here's an example of one of the exercises after you review a list of words.


MaxMusic is the next section. Although I liked the concept of this. We actually didn't recognize much of the music. Well except Taylor Swift - everyone knows here. Captain plays the piano and so had really high hopes that this would teach him how to play better or pick up a beat or something. It really reminded me of the game with the lights that you click on in turn to play. There also was some educational aspects with the song lyrics too.

MaxVocab helps you work on just what you think - vocabulary. You can work on any of the vocabulary from other sections and use them in sentences, listen to their meanings and really expand your vocabulary.

MaxPlaces it quite a fun program. You click on a city on the world map.

You read a passage about the city and use the highlighter just like in the reading section. You can then answer questions about what you read.

MaxBios is last but not least.



 You click on a category and then choose from another list. For example the 'Fascinating Men' section contains Bios on men from Albert Einstein to Norman Rockwell. I didn't like that their was a category for 'hip hop artists' but I guess that's important to some people right? I would have preferred 'classical composers' or 'amazing inventors'. None of the people below are in my top 10 people I want my child to know about category.

The main draw back to this program is the difference with being a home-educator and using this program as a teacher. In other programs I have used I have had the ability to change settings and have control over the program. As a home-educator I don't have access to any of those functions with this program. However, teacher accounts do. In my mind that's something that needs rectifying.

A lot of the content in this program is good and we found some good education tools in it. Captains favorite was the Maxwords section. You will have to click on my link below to see what others thought of the program. You can also read about the K-2 program.

MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs Review
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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Apple Picking - Field Trip

This week we went on a field trip with a home school Facebook group that we joined recently. I have never been apple picking. Normally I jus...