Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hewitt Homeschooling - Speeches {TOS REVIEW}

Hewitt Homeschooling
A few years ago I was excited to review a 1st grade curriculum by Hewitt Homeschooling we really enjoyed it and so was thrilled to hear Jam and I were chosen to review Speeches.

 Lightning Literature & Composition
Speech Pack

We also had a great opportunity to use their writing evaluation service which any home-school mom knows that not being the only one to mark their kids writing is an amazing perk! However, I'll talk more about that later.

We received;

Lightning Literature and Composition Speech: Student Guide
Lightning Literature and Composition Speech: Teacher Guide
and
Lend Me Your Ears Great Speeches in History - This book contains a selection of speeches from around the world, and from different time periods. It's a great reference for anyone who will have to speak in public whether teaching, preaching, or performing in public speaking. Each of the speeches have been selected and introduced by William Safire.

Jam really likes the book Lend Me Your Ears. There is so much content in it. Of course the book starts with a preface and an introductory address. However, after that there are the following sections;

Memorials and Patriotic Speeches

These speeches vary greatly from 'Pericles Extols the Glory That is Greece at the Funeral of it's Fallen Son's to General Douglas MacArthur Reminds West Point Cadets of Duty, Honor, Country.

War and Revolution Speeches 

These speeches include Catiline the Conspirator Turns and Fights, Queen Elizabeth Inveighs against the Spanish Armada, Churchill Rallies the British People after the 'Miracle of Deliverance' and Dunkirk, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Acts to Defend the Falkland Islands.

Tributes and Eulogies

This selection contains speeches like; Mark Anthony Urges Mourners to Vengeance over the Body of Julius Caesar, Jane Adams Praises George Washington, and Secretary Jack Kemp, Saluting Winston Churchill.

Debates and Arguments

A Youthful William Pit the Elder debates the Merits of Age, First Televised Presidential Debate, and Colonel E.D Baker's Charge of Treason.

Trials 

Job Pleases the Record of a Good Life against God's Inexplicable Punishment, Martin Luther Addresses the Diet of Worms, and Gandi Defends His Beliefs.

Gallows and Farewell Speeches

Socrates, Condemned to Death, Addresses His Judges, President George Washington Delivers his Farewell and General Douglas MacArthur Moves Congress with "Old Soldiers Never Die".

Sermons

Jesus of Nazareth Delivers the Sermon on the Mount, Methodist John Wesley Asserts "Free Grace", and Chief Red Jacket Rejects a Change of Religion.

Inspirational Speeches

Chemist Louis Pasteur Praises the Rise of Scientific Education, Mark Twain Reveals Stage Fright, and General Patton Motivates the 3rd Army on the Eve of the Invasion of Europe.

Lectures and Instructive Speeches

Philosopher-Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson Defines the Duties of the American Scholar.

I could go on and on but it would take a long time to discuss all the different types of speeches and all the different people included in the book. It is an excellent book in itself. However, that's not what I'm here to tell you about. So lets take a look at the Student's Speech Guide. This course is designed for grades 9th -12th. The goal of the course is to acquire College-Level Composition Skills by Responding to Great Literature. Of course in this case the great Literature is a huge variety of Speeches that have been given over a huge span of time.

The course is broken down into 4 units containing 8 lessons. This course is a lot different from the other courses being reviewed. It is not tied down to any one time period, region of the world or even author. This is the main reason Jam was interested in this course in the beginning. that and the fact that he has to write talks (speeches) to give in Church in front of the whole congregation regularly. The focus of this course is on reading great speeches and learning to write them!


Each of the lessons are divided into different sections. Each section has a description and information to help the student understand it and get the most out of it.
Each lesson is divided into different sections.

The Selections - These are the reading assignments. The reading assignments for the whole lesson are listed here.

While You Read - This section is really important. Jam found it helpful when completing the reading, and refers back to this section often. It has a list of questions for the student to think about while reading the selections. Jam said when he does this he is better prepared for the literary questions.

Comprehension Questions - This is a section with a mixture of questions. Either short answer questions or multiple choice. The answers to this section can be found in the teacher's guide. Jam would encourage other students to answer the questions relevant to each selection as you read it so it is fresh in your mind, rather than waiting until the end.

Literary Lessons - This covers one major topic. This is taught in this section using examples from each reading selection. It is designed to help increase reading comprehension and writing skills.

Writing Exercises - The writing exercises are based on the topic in the Literary Lesson. There are choices so the student has a selection to choose from.

This program is really easy to follow. Jam really enjoys the reading selections. They do take quite a long time to read but they are very interesting.

If you remember at the beginning I mentioned that we have the opportunity to use Hewitt Homeschooling paper evaluation service. I teach ESL and really enjoy all forms of writing and reading. However, when it comes to grading your kids written work it's SO hard. I have really enjoyed having someone else look at Jam's papers. They recommend allowing 2 weeks turnaround for the paper to be evaluated. It was really easy to submit and the teacher has been available for all my questions. I have not had to wait more than a couple of hours to get a reply to any email I have sent. Jam sends his essay via email, it's very easy to attach. The teacher returned the email with comments, highlights, and hints directly on the document. Some of them are small but when the document is downloaded they are clickable. There is a summary of his notes and how they affect the essay as a whole. The teacher also commented on the parts of the essay that relate to the literary lesson and whether or not Jam had met the requirements. Jam and I really liked the format it was easy to understand and read. Jam found iit very informative and used the comments and suggestions when working on the next assignment.

We both feel that the evaluation service is a great experience. For some reason when someone else tell Jam he doesn't use enough commas he listens - when I tell him it goes in one ear and out of the other!

Check out Hewitt Homeschooling on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google +

There have been so many different courses reviewed you really need to check them all out by clicking on the link below!


Hewitt Homeschooling {Reviews}



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Affordable Online Math - CTC {REVIEW}

We love CTC Math! We have reviewed it here many times before. It's the only math program that my oldest truly loves!

Here's a quick video explaining how CTC works!



When we started homeschooling math used to bring a lot of tears. We tried to continue with the program that the kids used in school, but it really didn't work for us. So we started looking for alternatives. We found a book math program which we really like but I wanted to find a supplement. We came across CTC and Jam fell in love straight away. Seriously, something clicked with him and math just started to make sense.

The program starts with kindergarten and continues with grade levels up to 6th grade. After 6th grade it continues with topics and covers math all the way up to Calculus.

Each lesson starts with a video that gives instruction on the topic being covered.

Here's an example of how the lesson videos work for younger aged kids. In fact this is a snip from a grade 1 video.


I have all three children using this program currently. Each one can use it at their own pace. They can move as fast or as slow as they need too. In their own grade with their own login. The program remembers where they are in the course and will give them a percentage at the end of the lesson. Plus there is additional practice questions available for each lesson. Plus they can be repeated until the child understands the topic enough to get a passing grade. Of course the teacher has control over what the passing grade is. I have mine set at 90% for all of my kids, no matter the topic. I figured if they could pass an assignment with 90% they will definitely understand the concept.

I can add and delete any sections and create assignments if I choose too. I actually want my kids to complete the whole program. Well the two older ones started at grade level a few years ago. Captain however, has been doing since the beginning of kindergarten. My goal is for him to complete the whole program start to finish!! How cool would that be. You can look back on when each child has logged in. So it's easy to make sure your kids are working on it when assigned. Plus when they complete a section/topic they receive a certificate based on their level of completion from platinum to bronze.

As for record keeping you can download or email detailed reports for each grade completed. This is an excellent way to keep a record of your child's progress. If detailed reports are too much there are summary reports available too. There are diagnostic tests for each unit. This is particularly handy if you want to find weak spots in your child math skills. If your child passes the test you can move them on to the next subject until you find an area in which you need to focus. One handy feature in the history section is called 'quick finish' this is when your child may have become distracted or felt that they didn't need to finish a section for any reason, this could even be that they start a subject and then decide they already understand it enough and complete the diagnostic test instead. If they want to come back and finish the section in the future the program remembers what they child has done - yes down to the very questions. Then allows them to finish the missed questions quickly to get credit for the section.

As you can tell we LOVE this program. Since we love it so much I wanted to share a special offer with you! All my readers can get 60% off the regular price of this program! There is a single student price or a multiple student price. You can pay monthly or yearly - the choice is yours! However, if you sign up for a year through my link at the already discounted price - you will also received 3 MONTHS FREE - How awesome is that!!!



So if you want to try it out click here to see how great their deal is. You can also call or email them with any questions you might have!!!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The beach - almost

I love the sound of the ocean. Is there anything better. I would argue no, unless of course you are talking about the sound of children's laughter - that's pretty high up there too. When we lived in England we were never very far away from a beach. We lived in South Wales for a while and could be found sat on the beach, or in our car overlooking the sea if it was raining. We would drive out to the beach every Sunday afternoon whenever possible and just sit, rain or shine.

When we immigrated to the U.S that was one of the things we missed the most...it just took too long to get to the coast and we missed it. Lakes became our second place of refuge and we LOVE them. Nothing beats the smell of the sea...but lakes with large waves come a close second.

If you need to find somewhere to relax I would recommend driving to a large body of water and just sit. For me nothing relaxes me as quickly or easily. It seems to be genetic - the kids love it too.






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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series - {TOS Review}

Adventures of Rush Revere
Reading and History are two of my kids favorite things (I nearly broke into the Sound of Music sound track then). Captain reads at a really high level and it can be hard to find suitable books for him to read that are at his level. So when we were offered the chance to review the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh I was very excited and so was Captain. When they arrived I was completely sold. I love books that are well put together and these ones definitely didn't disappoint. They came tied together with a cute blue ribbon, and looked so nice it took me a few minutes to untie it!
I love it when I can double up school subjects. Books that teach history as well as help practicing reading skills and improving comprehension. These books were written to help teach American History. 
This book series was written by Rush Limbaugh the host of The Real Limbaugh Show! He's a self proclaimed fan of Paul Revere which is why his friends call him Rush Revere, the name of the time travelling character in his books. He has two students and his trusty talking horse 'Liberty' along for the ride. What would you do if you could talk to any person from history? Well this book series answers some of the questions you might have. The Pilgrims are asked why they left, what they ate, if they got sea sick and many more questions.
Book One - Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims
When learning about American History the natural place to start is England. In fact a lot of the Pilgrim early history happens not far from my husband's family home. We have ancestors that are Brewster's and so the kids love to think we are related to the 'Brewsters' in the history books. This book includes an artist rendering of William Brewster which Captain thought was really cool! My older two have been on a replica of the 'Mayflower' and Captain is hoping to make this book come alive when we visit Boston next year. He is also hoping to go on the replica of the Mayflower and see Plymouth rock! 
Rush Revere is a history teacher that travels back and forth in time. He would be a great person to have walk in to your classroom as a sub. These books remind me a little of a magic school bus type book. The kids become very involved that of course they end up loving history. In this book you travel on the Mayflower and sit down for dinner at the very first Thanksgiving - how cool is that!
Book Two - Rush Revere and the First Patriots 
Of course this book still involves English history as well. So much of American history sits hand in hand with English history. Of course when I was learning history in school in England it's told slightly differently. Which I think is always the case there are two sides to every story. I love Boston, we have family there and so have visited a few times. It's amazing how much history is found there. This book is set in colonial Boston in 1765 and is all about the events leading up to America claiming independence from England and the outrageous taxes of King George III. This book allows you to meet some of the most famous people of the time Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and of course Paul Revere (we visited his house in Boston last time we were there - it's really interesting).
Book Three - Paul Revere and the American Revolution
This book jumps to 1775 and literally into the trenches with the soldiers as they fight off the British and claim complete independence. It's quite the story. What I love about historical fictions like these is the weaving of the real historical facts with a twist of a made up story. With the addition of Rush Revere and his side kick the talking horse there is enough new adventure to make the book new even if you know the history. This allows the history to be reviewed with vigor!
Book Four - Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner
The time period this book is set in speaks for itself 1787. This book is full of mishap and adventure. There is a crazy security incident in Washington D.C, chases through Philadelphia all happening among the secret meetings that enabled the Constitution to come to be. This book gives a lot of information about how the States were organized. I actually found some of the discussion about how the voting was organized very interesting and it led to some great discussions.
Book Five - Rush Revere and the Presidency
This book links events in the modern time life of 'Rush Revere' and the kids at Manchester Middle School and the first Presidents of the United States. I know you are always more interested in learning about a topic when it is related to a current experience. This book explains in detail about the road to becoming the U.S President. I love George Washington. If I could really travel back in time, he would be one person I would love to have a chat with. It's amazing how he was able to start this amazing country and then be willing to turn the running of it over to someone else! There is so many interesting details in this book it's hard to believe that you can learn so much while 'appearing' to read 'just for fun'.
I never told Captain that these were 'history' books. I wanted him to just read them so I could see how he reacted to the books without thinking of them as school books. For some reason when I call something a 'school book' the desire to read it drops dramatically. It really worked with these books. When they arrived I told him that it was a special series just for him. He was won over by the look of the books and the details on every page. He loved that the pages looked like parchment and not just a 'plain boring old white color'. The pictures, drawings, and maps included throughout the books are amazing too.
We really loved these books. Captain read them by himself, but I think I will re-read them with him to help focus a little more on the history and have more discussions with him. I know my older kids have picked them up too and so I am sure they will read them soon enough.
These books will have a home on my book shelf forever -  we love them.
Check out what others thought of these books by clicking on the link below!
Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series {Reviews}
 


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Thoughtful Tuesday #ldsconf


 “Immersing our families in the Spirit will keep our children’s hearts open to His influence.” —Sister Mary R. Durham,    A Child's Guiding Gift

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday





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Thursday, June 8, 2017

K5 Learning - Online Learning {TOS REVIEW}

K5 Learning
Since I work from home a couple of hours a day. I love having a few online programs up my sleeve for Captain to work on. For the last couple of months he's been using the online program from K5 Learning to supplement our regular math and English programs.

K5 Learning is designed for grades kindergarten to fifth. It seems a pretty good balance between work and play. Captain actually really enjoys it and completes a couple of lessons most days without being reminded.  The program is very easy to use in fact after the initial signing up and logging in on his computer he does this completely on his own. This gives him a sense of ownership. What he doesn't know if that I can check on his progress in the parent/teacher section with my own log in really easily.

The first thing we did after signing up was set Captain up with the placement tests. They are not very long and help place the child in the correct level. Although Captain is actually the age of most children leaving 2nd grade this year, he works at a higher grade level. When I entered his grade in the testing section I entered that he was in 3rd as I wanted to get a good glimpse at his ability.

Captain tested out of most of the topics in his grade level and so started the exercises for about a middle of the year fourth grader. All went well except he had a problem with two things. One was one of the English subjects. I was confused as it had placed him at the end of third grade level, and yet his reading is years beyond that. So I wrote a quick email to the company questioning this placing. They replied within minutes saying that the reason he was placed there was because it was the highest level of that particular section. Since he was finding it so easy we removed it from his dashboard. Captain hates it when he finds things too easy so I knew this was the best option for him. The other thing we had a slight problem with was the speed of the math questions. Although Captain has the ability to do the 4th grade math he was assigned he got a little frustrated with the speed the answers had to be entered into the computer. So again I sent a quick email to K5 and once again they answered almost immediately. I had asked if the time to answer could be increased and unfortunately they said this couldn't be done. However they recommended moving his math placement down slightly. BOOM! Just like that Captain was happy again. The questions were slightly easier and so allowing him to enter the answers in time. Plus since then he is now working up at the level he was first placed - and he doesn't even realize it! His speed at entering the answers has increased slowly in a way that was beneficial to him. So although both of these could be looked at as a negative at first they really aren't the customer service was excellent and we managed to adjust the program perfectly to fit our needs.

They also offer a free trial and free assessments here.

K5 Learning

Every time your child logs in they are greeted with a friendly hello sign with their name.

They can then click on one of the pictures to either work on reading and math or spelling.

Captains favorite thing was the riddle that shows up every time they go to the main page or log in. Sometimes he would do this multiple times just to read it. The question shows up first and then when you click on it and it gives you the question again with the answer underneath.


There is also the benefit of printable worksheets. I know that I like Captain to do some actual true blue write it down in a notebook math, rather than just clicking buttons on a computer sometimes. It's also perfect for those odd days when you are road schooling or running out to a doctors office!


The worksheets are also linked and relevant to what the student is studying. Captain doesn't mind doing them, although we haven't done them every week as he has another written math course and well it's summer so there is only so much math I can get him to complete willingly!

You can learn even more about them on-

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


K5 Learning {Reviews}



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Apparently this is me...





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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Latina Christiana Complete Set - Memoria Press {TOS Review}

Memoria Press


My husband and I think Latin is really important. So I was thrilled when we were chosen to review Latina Christiana Complete Set an introduction to first form Latin from Memoria Press. It's designed for grades 3-6.

We received paper copies (not downloads) of:
  • Student book that contains 25 lessons and 5 review sections
  • Teacher manual
  • Pronunciation CD
  • Flashcard set
  • 3 Instructional DVDs
The kids have been learning Latin for quite a few years. The older two even had Latin lessons via Skype with their Nana in England. However, it's just too much for her now. Since I want Captain to have a good foundation with Latin as well the courses from Memoria Press are perfect. I never learned Latin in school and so my pronunciation skills are very low. The three instructional DVDs contain a video for each lesson which adds up to about 5 and a half hours of instruction. Using these DVDs is a huge advantage over just using the teacher and student book. I really wouldn't like to try using a Latin homeschool program without these type of DVDs. The student book is easy to work through and teachers grammar form, vocabulary words, and Latin sayings. Each lesson starts with a Latin saying, they always have a fun meaning and are great to memorize. The each lesson introduces ten new vocabulary words. There is a quiz at the end of each set of five lessons.

I used this program with Captain he was probably a little young for it, but managed to work through it with me alongside him. It's not something that he could complete alone yet. However, he is very young for third grade as he is working a grade higher in most of his subjects. In fact in some he is higher than that. However since this program is suitable from 3rd to 6th grade he needed a little extra attention while completing each lesson. My older kids were interested in the way this course pronounces the Latin words. When they worked with their Nana they used a different Latin program and learned to pronounce their Latin words differently (the way she was taught in school). If you have taken Latin before then you may find this too. At the beginning of the lesson DVD the teacher explains the difference. Which like I mentioned earlier was a surprise to me. I thought there was only one way to pronounce it.

The teacher manual contains a complete copy of the student manual but includes all the answers - which of course is very handy. We also received the pack of flashcards which make it so much easier to learn. The are a little big for the regular card file box, but we learned that one of our lockable food containers worked perfect, and also stopped them from falling out in our cupboard.

Captain would watch the video of the lesson with me. Sometimes he would try and complete the workbook while watching the video if I wasn't watching. Sometimes he needed to watch a lesson more than once. However, I believe that's because he's at the youngest recommended age. This could definitely be used for a 5th or 6th grader that is new to Latin study.



We have used so many different courses from Memoria Press from Geography and History to of course Latin. However, some of the crew are reviewing a really interesting science course The Book of Trees Set you should really check it out! There are also lots of other Latin courses being reviewed.

We have never been disappointed with the courses offered by Memoria Press and Latina Christiana  certainly didn't disappoint.

Memoria Press is very active on social media so there are lots of ways to learn more about the company.

You can find them on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+YouTube, and even Linked In

If you have been around awhile you know to click on the link below to read all the other fun reviews from the crew!

Latin, Nature and Trees {Memoria Press Reviews}



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Thoughtful Tuesday




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

YWAM Publishing - George Washington True Patriot - Heroes of History {TOS REVIEW}

YWAM Publishing
My favorite way to teach history to my children history. One of my favorite series is Heroes of History from YWAM Publishing we have read quite a few of them and Captain was thrilled to be sent Heroes of History - George Washington - True Patriot. Boo reviewed them in the past and so Captain was thrilled to have this opportunity. The book itself is suggested to be for ages 10+ but because Captain reads at such a high level it was perfect for him. The only time I noticed that he age was a problem is when we were completing some of the study guide portions. So I am sure we will work through this again in 2 or 3 years and complete more of the essay style questions.

If you have never heard of YWAM Publishing - Heroes Collection you are in for a real treat with this latest review! There are so many different kinds of hero books available and the crew reviewed a huge selection of the books available so make sure to check out all the other reviews by clicking on the link at the end of this post!

The collections are as follows;

Christian Heroes - Then and Now
Heroes of History
Heroes for Young Readers
Heroes of History for Young Readers
Unit Studies and Downloadable Unit Studies

We received the downloadable Unit Study for George Washington.

I have a huge binder where I keep all of unit studies that I have printed out. I find it easier to work through the questions for each chapter and any extra work if I just go ahead and print it all out ahead of time.

Captain was so excited when his book came in the mail and started reading immediately. He was a little confused at first because he expected the book to start with George Washington as a baby. The first chapter starts with George Washington as an adult getting his first glimpse of the British Soldiers through his eyeglass. Of course it quickly went back in time and talked about George Washington's childhood, so all was well. In fact Captain liken it to watching a movie where you see a glimpse of the ending before jumping back in time. In the second chapter George is six years old and waiting for his half brother Lawrence to arrive home from England - although he had never met him before as they had been studying in England. George's Father and 2 older step brothers all attended Appleby School and George had also been planning on going. Unfortunately his father died when he was 11 and so these plans changed.



Captain found the life story of George Washington very captivating. It's an ideal 'hero' story for a young adventurous boy which made it perfect for him as he loves adventure!

This unit study came as I mentioned earlier with a printable unit study. It's about 64 pages long so not that bad to print. One of my favorite parts of each of the unit studies we have worked on over the last couple of years is the section of key quotes. They are always inspiring. However, I must admit George Washington has a few of my favorites!


There are so many suggested activities in the study guide. We used each of the chapter questions in a verbal discussion this time because Captain is only 8 and a lot younger than the suggested age. He had no problem understanding the material but I didn't feel the need to make him write loads and loads right now. He did a great job answering the questions verbally though. There are four questions for each chapter and they recommend the student answers them using complete sentences. Each question serves a different purpose.

1. A vocabulary question directly from the text and particular page.
2. A factual question arising from the text.
3. A question to gauge the level of the students comprehension
4. An open-ended question seeking an opinion or interpretation.

I asked Captain these questions after he read each chapter. Sometimes we worked on more than one set a day as I wanted to complete them as soon as he read the chapter since he is so young. We did more than one set when he wanted to read on to find out what happened in the next chapter. I only required one chapter at a time - but he loves to read.

The unit study curriculum guide itself is a great way to go deeper into the topic. It also can help you include the following aspects into the unit study;

  • creative writing
  • drama
  • movie critiquing
  • reading comprehension
  • essay writing
  • history and geography concepts
We have loved each of the books we have received from YWAM publishing and hope to use a lot more of the titles in the future. Make sure to check out the link below to read more of the reviews! You can also check out the company on social media by clicking on the following links;

Facebook Twitter Pinterest and their Blog.
Christian & History Heroes {YWAM Publishing Reviews}



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Thoughtful Tuesday

This is the new sign in my kitchen ....

Memorial Weekend Fun

We had a great weekend. Visitors and siteseeing! I'm so glad that we observed the minute of silence too. It's important to have a balance of fun and remembering on these special weekends.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Typing Coach {TOS REVIEW}


The Typing Coach





The Typing Coach
Typing is becoming more and more necessary in all aspects of life. It's not necessarily something you can just learn by yourself, sometimes you need some help. We have been using The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach. It's quite a nifty little program that can help you or your older students learn to type without looking at the keys or your hands all the time.

I can type pretty well so when I decided to work through some of this program I was surprised by how much I picked up and improved to. I think it works better for older students and adults as a lot of the course involves looking at printed text and copying it onto your computer using a word processing application. It's not that it's impossible for younger students to do, I just know my youngest wouldn't have the patience for it.

The course involves printing the lesson text and using the online program to type without looking at the keys etc... It introduces each set of letters in turn so you can build up to knowing automatically where each key is. I found it interesting to follow the advice of reading the type text a letter at a time instead of reading words. This was a new concept for me. This works really well if you are typing written text but most typing situations I find myself in is not like that. I am either typing what I am thinking and therefore work in a way that my brain tells my fingers what word I'm writing, and this can't be broken down by letters. The other type of typing I have done in the past is dictation style. Again this is done by hearing what you are typing as a whole word. It would again be very difficult to break it down by individual letters. So although I agree with this method in practice (when reading text) it's not something I will be able to do long term. I agree when learning to type it's a great concept.


The course teaches typing using various methods. There is a mixture of audio, video, and text. This is good because we all learn in different ways. Since this program uses a mixture I feel most people can learn successfully using this program. You are shown how to sit properly at your computer and which fingers to use to be the most successful. As you work through the course there are timed tests so that you can monitor your progress. There are also lots of practice exercises so that you can continue to work on your speed and accuracy. You have the option to retake tests and assignments so you can improve you score and therefore your overall typing skill. By the end of the course you should be able to type 10 words a minute with with no more than one error per minute.

The thing that I loved even though it was hard was that the tests and assignments done directly through The Typing Coach website do not allow you to correct or backspace what you have done. When free typing like I am doing to write this post, you actually don't realize how often you hit backspace automatically to retype a word you may have typed inaccurately. That was a huge eye opener for me. As although I use the correct fingers I guess my accuracy needed some work. I am pleased to say that it has greatly improved!

The lessons are as follows;

Course Introduction
Slower Paced Lessons for the Younger Ones
The Practice and Testing Center
Before and After Snapshot

Having Good Posture
Home Row
Top Row
Bottom Row

Shift Keys
Evaluating Your Progress
Typing Practices
Number Rows
Serious Practicing
Final Assessment
Conclusion

I love that this is a self paced course and you can go as fast or as slow as you like. I ended up going through the course work very fast. However, I took longer reviewing the practice exercises and tests as that's what I needed. I know where all the keys are, I just need to practice using them correctly!

It amazing that you can have all this for just $17 for one person for a whole year!!

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


The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thoughtful Tuesday

Boo was memorizing this scripture today for her church class. For some reason it really struck me and I wanted to remember it. The best way for me to record things is to share it here. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did today!

I love that all of my children love to read the scriptures and carry their own copies with pride. I truely hope that they will become wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.




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The Pencil Grip, Inc.Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors {TOS Review} and Giveaway

The Pencil Grip, Inc
My kids love to do art projects, and I love them doing them. However, I hate the mess. My older ones are really good at cleaning up after themselves but Captain is still in the 'Mom needs to help a lot' stage. Which is why I LOVE The Pencil Grip, Inc. and their newest addition Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors. They were the perfect addition to our latest art project that Captain has been wanting to do since he moved into his new bedroom. Redecorating can be expensive, but when you can put something together yourself the savings can add up!

We have done quite a few projects with the Thin Stix but this latest one is by far our favorite and the one that Captain wanted to share. These handy stix are solid tempera paint and don't require any water. Plus they only take 90 seconds to dry. I can say that with confidence because Captain tried them. Seriously he counted to 90 (one Mississippi, two Mississippi...) and then ran his finger over his recently painted section - boom!!! DRY!!! he was total impressed. Apparently he needed to actually test this claim on the box and it held up, so he approved!
Thin Stix by KwikStix

Captain has been wanting to decorate his bedroom after his favorite superhero "Captain America". However, I like to have them input some effort into his decoration as it has more meaning. So we decided to try out these paint stix and put them through their paces!



I had some canvases in the basement that survived our move (luckily). If you haven't used these with this type of paint you are seriously missing out. The canvas makes an amazing base, plus it's easy to hang straight away - perfect art project.

I drew the shape on the canvas and then thanks to the non messy, no drip paint left Captain on his own to complete the project. I think we will find out some of the other Kwik Sticks we have and add some shimmer to it. There are so many different kinds of Kwik Stiks available now. The best thing about using these for painting is there really is no clean up! It literally took two or three minutes to tidy up for dinner. Captain showed his picture off all afternoon. In fact he even shared it on a family video chat group we have. It's great when your kids can produce a project they are proud of in such a small amount of time (and with no mess!)

There are so many different uses for these Kwik Stiks, They are easier to use than the big poster markers and the results are brighter and easier. Think of them next time you are making a sign for anything. The Thin Stiks are perfect for writing words or for more detailed work. However, if you are covering a larger area the thicker stiks might be better for you. We love the metallic colors, they make it super easy to add some 'bling' to your child's work.

You need to check out how the rest of the review crew used them. I am sure you will get inspiration for your next project I know I have as I have looked through some of the posts! I am definitely going to use them to paint rocks. How cute to have little ladybugs and bubble bees. You could also decorate flower pots to giveaway this spring.

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

You can buy these little paint sticks all over the place. The latest store to offer them is Toys R Us!

If you like the sound of these little paint stix you are in luck. The people over at The Pencil Grip, Inc. offered a giveaway to my readers!!! How fun is that. I would love you all to win but can pick only one. So enter below to win.









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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hewitt Homeschooling - Speeches {TOS REVIEW}

A few years ago I was excited to review a 1st grade curriculum by  Hewitt Homeschooling  we really enjoyed it and so was thrilled to hear...