Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Math Essentials - Math Refresher for Adults {TOS REVIEW}

Math Essentials

Anyone who knows me knows that math is not my favorite subject! Any math questions from high school definitely get directed to my math-loving husband. I feel more like Mr. Incredible in the new movie...I need to stay up late at night to study. If you are like me and need to brush up on your math skills you need to check out Math Essentials for Adults by Math Essentials. Even if you didn't homeschool your kids there would be lots of reasons to brush up on your math skills!

Math Refresher for Adults


For the last few weeks, I have been using this math refresher book. It covers general math, geometry, problem-solving, pre-algebra, and algebra. The book is laid out in chapters. I haven't been working in a traditional way through this book. I didn't want to start with addition and work through math in a traditional way. I like that the contents are separated into topics rather than chapters.

Whole Numbers
Fractions
Decimals
Percents
Geometry
Integers
Charts and Graphs
Word Problems
Pre-Algebra and Algebra

There is also solutions, a glossary, and symbols and tables.

When you open this book it looks like a consumable product. However, in the introduction, it does recommend using a notebook to write down all your answers and work. It is a violation of copyright to photocopy the pages. The header of each page has the topic written for example Whole Numbers  - Addition. If you wanted to use this book as a consumable resource there is a small area on each page to write notes. There are helpful hints and a lot of word problem examples on the pages of relevant topics. Each page also has a small chart where you can write your score for the page, at the bottom is a place for the score.

I like that the topics covered start very simply. The very first practice page, for example, is a very simple whole number addition. There are video accessible online to help with each topic. I have used online video lessons before and I would have liked to see these a little easier to find. When you go to the link to view the videos, the book is not there as an option. However, if you look through the other books and video topics shown you can find them. I would have liked to have seen this book as one of the clickable options with the correlating video topics. This would have been a lot easier to access. However, since this book with the video links were designed for adults I guess it's okay that it's not the easiest to navigate.

On the whole, I liked this book. I feel that it is useful for a parent to use as a refresher, especially if they have high school students!

You need to check out what the other members of the review crew thought by clicking on the link below. There are so many topics covered in this book it could even be used for your high schoolers to help them review any topic they are struggling with!

Math Refresher for Adults {Math Essentials}




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Monday, June 25, 2018

Hake Publishing - Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 {TOS REVIEW}

Hake Publishing
I never thought I would actually say this about a grammar program BUT Captain has really enjoyed using Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 from Hake Publishing. I have never done any formal grammar with Captain and so although he works higher than his grade level for all other subjects I thought I'd give grade 3 grammar a try.



We received the Grammar and Writing 3: Complete Homeschool Kit which consists of -

Grammar and Writing 3 Writing Notebook
Grammar and Writing 3 Teacher Guide (Answer keys and tests)
Grammar and Writing 3 Consumable Textbook

I was a little skeptical of how a grammar workbook would be received by Captain. However, I didn't need to worry. Before we used the program I was up against a little bit of resistance. Our school year was winding down and Captain was adamant he didn't want to try anything new. I insisted that we needed to give this a go and he agreed.

We sat down and I opened the Teacher Guide. I was hoping it was set out a little like Saxon Math and I wasn't disappointed. I really had no preparation, except for encouraging Captain to come and sit with me and bring his pen.

So he opened his consumable textbook and I opened the teacher guide and we were away. There are some very hand notes to the teacher at the beginning of the book. It is written to be used in a classroom but very easy to adapt for homeschool use. On the second page of the teacher guide, there is a great teaching schedule. If you followed it exactly you would cover the whole course in 146 days. The lessons are short and manageable and some could be tempted to do more than one. I decided against this, but we did decide to continue to work on this over the summer. The schedule is roughly a test and writing lesson every five grammar lessons. The exception to this rule is that there is not test or writing lesson until day 11.



Each lesson is started with a grammar meeting. This is when the student gets to put into practice what they have been learning and practice answering in complete sentences.

My older kids had about three years of Latin. Which Captain hasn't done yet. I really liked that included in the teacher guide was a section that includes vocabulary and what the root of the word means and where it is from. For example in lesson 1 it introduces the Latin root anim- means breath.

There are 111 lessons in the student consumable book. They range in topic from THE SENTENCE: TWO PARTS to SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT, and even INTERJECTIONS. The worksheets are well balanced and not too long. Captain has even read ahead and completed a lesson on his own. All of the information to understand the teaching point are included. There are multiple examples and solutions in each lesson followed by practice exercises and even review sets for more practice.

The tests are in the teacher notebook and can be reproduced if needed. Since Captain is the only one using our set I have just been giving him the test to complete. The small writing workbook only

Captain really loves this program. I mean really... he enjoys doing it! I asked him if he wanted to keep working on it throughout the summer and he said sure. True to his word it's something he gets out every morning. He works through a lesson and brings it to me to grade. He hates waiting for me though and unless he's confused about a grammar point often pushes on ahead without me!

Check out what others thought about this grammar course by clicking on the link below!

Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 {Hake Publishing Reviews}

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.” ©2011-2018 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

E-cloth Tryazon Party

We had a blast at our E-cloth party! The cloths are great! Even got butter of my glass door with the window cloth!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray - Art of the Ancients {TOS REVIEW}

 ARTistic Pursuits


We have used books from  ARTistic Pursuits Inc. before and Captain really wanted to try the new ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray - Art of the Ancients course even though he's really at the top of the age range.

This new course looks quite different from their other books. They were all softbound and had a ring bound edge. These are hardback thinner books with a DVD and Blu-Ray stored behind the front cover.



Captain decided on book two as we had the older version book one. Book two of this new series focuses on ancient art. There are two ways you can work through the series of art books. You can start with volume one and work in chronological order two through eight or start with volume one and skip around any volume focusing on the historical period you want to study.


There are some materials needed for some of the projects. There are kits you can buy for this book from various retailers. Or like me, you can visit your local craft store with a 40% coupon in hand every time you need more supplies!

 ARTistic Pursuits

There are eighteen lessons in this volume with six of them having a DVD lesson to go along with it.

Lesson 1 - Video #1 Soft Pastels
Lesson 2 - Art in Caves
Lesson 3 - Video #2 Clay : Slab Building
Lesson 4 - Art Underground
Lesson 5 - Art in Minoan Palaces
Lesson 6 - Art in Pyramids
Lesson 7 - Art in Egyptian Palaces
Lesson 8 - Art on City Walls
Lesson 9 - Art on Temples
Lesson 10 - Video #3 Clay: Pinch Method
Lesson 11 - Video #4 Clay: Pinch Pot
Lesson 12 - Art in Tombs
Lesson 13 - Video #5: Animal Figure Roman Sculpture
Lesson 14 - Art on Roadsides
Lesson 15 - Art on Mummies
Lesson 16 - Video #6 Paper Mosaic
Lesson 17 - Art Preserved in Ash
Lesson 18 - Art in Catacombs

Each lesson is very self-explanatory. Before each lesson, there is a section containing prep notes for the next one. This really helps me as I didn't buy the kit. The kit is definitely the way to go if you don't have a craft store on had.

Captain really loves this program. He has enjoyed making some of the projects and we still have a few to go.



To complete the art projects in this book you will need the following art supplies;

Hard or Soft Pastels set
5lb gray self-hardening clay
wire clay cutter (I bought a full set of tools)
watercolor crayons
oil pastels
Ebony pencil
Vinyl eraser
Watercolor brush #8 round
Watercolor paper pad
Drawing paper pad
Construction paper pad
Scissors
Elmer's Glue-All
Glue Stick

There are also some household items needed;

Paper towels
Water container
Hairspray (aerosol)
Roll of brown packing paper
Rolling pin or dowel
Four-inch paper tube
Plastic knife
Crayola sidewalk chalk (optional)
24-inch square canvas cloth
Masking tape
Six paint stir sticks or two wood slats 3/8" thick

Captain loves using chalk pastels. It's something that he has seen his older siblings do. I don't always let him use them for random projects. So when a project actually requires them he gets super excited. Which is probaly why the projects he wants to share are all chalk pastel ones. Great tip - mentioned in the book. Spray the finished chalk pastel picture with hairspray to 'set' it and stop it from rubbing off on everything!



There were a few other books being reviewed out of this new series - click on the link below to read more!


Artistic Pursuits Full Video Lesson Grades K-3 {ARTistic Pursuits Reviews}



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.” ©2011-2018 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 5, 2018

Memoria Press - New American Cursive - Penmanship Famous Americans {TOS REVIEW}

Memoria Press
We have been excited to work on New American Cursive - Penmanship Program from Memoria Press. We were sent New American Cursive 2 With Quotations from Famous Americans.

New American Cursive 2 (Scripture)

We have used the first workbook in the past and I was excited to see how they added cursive practice with the American quotes. I love quotes from famous people, especially Americans and so this intrigued me.

This is a second level book. Captain had already completed book one last year. The first few pages of the book cover contents and then the program reviews information from the previous book. It covers The Three P's of Penmanship Posture, Pencil, and Paper Position to make sure that you and the student remember how important this is to successful handwriting technique.



The next section reviews the alphabet and numbers that were taught in the previous book. The child traces and then writes his own letters and numbers.

I love how they letter connections are described 'smile', 'grin', and 'jump'. You would have to check out the book to see the details but basically, all cursive grammar letters are connected in one of these ways.

By page 30 the student is writing full words, focusing on their letter form and neatness. The child is encouraged to circle their best work and what needs improvement. This is very handy when a child wants to be independent. I have found that the child that looks for his own mistakes is a lot more self-motivation to improve.

One thing that Captain really needs to work on is the size of his letters. Page 47 of the book focuses on using correct sizing for upper, middle, and lower letters (something Captain struggles with). It's realized that actually taking time to work on these little things make a huge difference.

Captain has been reading about Benjamin Franklin and was really pleased to find one of his quotes in the book.

Honesty is the best policy - Benjamin Franklin

He also liked -

Never spend your money before you have earned it - Thomas Jefferson.

I like that this writing program has some great quotes mixed in for writing practice. It's so much better than just writing nonsense sentences that mean nothing. They are learning as well as practicing their writing skills.

One page 124 of the book there is a section to help the child with reading cursive. This is something that Captain didn't think was necessary because all of the books he wanted to read were in print. One day his Nana gave him a special handwritten book. Nana writes in cursive. All of sudden Captain realized that reading cursive was important and something he wanted to be able to do well. This gave a much-needed boost to work on his cursive and he found as he got better writing it, he was also able to read it easier. Last week he was sat down reading his book handwritten by his Nana he was very proud and excited to be able to read this book all by himself.

I know some people think that being able to write cursive is no longer necessary. However, I am glad that good programs like this exist to help us keep the tradition alive.

Check out the other products reviewed by the crew by clicking on the link below.

New American Cursive & Traditional Logic {Memoria Press Reviews}



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.” ©2011-2018 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

Zoo photo traditions

Captain loves to keep tradtions alive. Jam wouldn't be found perching on top of a zoo animal statue anymore. However, Captain wouldn't leave without a couple of traditional pictures!



Math Essentials - Math Refresher for Adults {TOS REVIEW}

Anyone who knows me knows that math is not my favorite subject! Any math questions from high school definitely get directed to my math-l...