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At Home in Dogwood Mudhole ~ Review

 

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 This review was one of the easiest reads I have had all year. Normally the reviews I have done have been for the kids and while they have been fun, having something to read just for fun was well FUN! I received  Franklin Sander’s first book Nothing That Eats! in the three part series  At Home In Dogwood Mudhole! After reading this teaser I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Excerpt from the back of the book: When Y2K looms and modern life fails to satisfy, Franklin Sanders and wife Susan go from nuclear family to multigenerational farm. Despite Susan’s admonition that they acquire nothing that eats, they gain dogs, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, ducks and sheep. Their children move back in and bring their spouses, filling Dogwood Mudhole with grandchildren. It’s no Green Acres, but through sheer persistence and good humor, they learn to farm.  

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpg  The biggest surprise for me was that Franklin Sander’s writes this book in a series of letters instead of in a storybook format. He tells us in the preface that He wrote these letters once a month for sixteen years recounting his family’s news for The Moneychanger, which is his monthly newsletter.    Another thing that I enjoyed about this book is that there are plenty of pictures and hand drawn maps to help you to relate to the family. Unfortunately some of the entries didn’t seem to flow just right for a book, while I’m sure they really worked for a monthly newspaper, reading them back to back in the book did confuse me sometimes. I also LOVED that he supported “roadside joints, mom-and-pop, family- and real people run businesses that he patronized” , he would give addresses and phone numbers that that readers can experience the charm of the south too!   We start this journey in June of 1995 and one of the last entries takes us to September 2002. We learn about his family and the family pets, we go on family vacations, see how they participate in civil war reenactments. After dealing with the IRS and Y2K looming right around the corner, what’s a family to do?  I hope you get your own copy of this book and see how the Sanders deal with Y2K and farming life!!   How did your family prepare for Y2K?  Nothing That Eats is available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

Volume Two: Best Thing We Ever Did is also available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

    I would recommend this book for teens and adults!     Check out what the Crew is saying!!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership ~ Review

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Have you heard about VocabularySpellingCity? I’m sure you have! We have used the free version for many years but over the last couple of weeks we were given the opportunity to review VocabularySpellingCity’s Premium Membership! While we enjoyed the free version having the Premium is so much better!!!

After you purchase the Premium Membership you create a parent account and then you can add up to 5 students into your class, and they can be all in different grades.The Teaching Resources page has many great features for you to use to set your child’s account. There are Language Arts Lessons, Articles, Useful Word Lists, & Help & Information, with tons of how to videos and helpful resources. After you have created your account and added your students you need to make a list, there are how to videos to help you if you get stuck, there are also premade Word Lists that you can use or you can add any words you want. So if your science curriculum has vocab word, or your history lesson, or any other words that you feel your child needs to know you can manually add them to a list.

Since Leann and Bella are in 2nd grade and I wasn’t sure about which words to put in, so I decided to use the Summer Program – grade 2 list. Once the lists are made you can then assign activities with due dates, you can add as many or as few as you would like. The girl’s first week was a bit overloaded with assignments. All of the activities are really fun and I had a hard time choosing which ones they should do, but I realized that if I only assign 4-5 activities a week then typically they would play other games just because they were fun and not because they had to!

Here’s a peek at a few of the fun filled games that they get to play!!

Flash Card: gives the word and the meaning. Great study tool! photo flashcard_zps3b3e1de7.jpg

 

Word-O-Rama – Game show host asks the question and the student guesses!! FUN!! photo wordorama_zps693e47d4.jpg

 

Letter Fall – Student moves the mouse back and forth trying to catch the right letters! photo letterfall_zps87fc7ce0.jpg

   Another great option is the App!

Courtesy of VocabularySpellingCity: Both free and Premium Members can log in through the app for easy access to their lists! Students of Premium Members can complete their assignments and parents and teachers also have easy access to their student records through the app. Premium students assigned to multiple teachers’ classes have the option to select the teacher whose assignments they wish to complete through the app.

Games available through the App. spelling3 So how do you know if your child likes it?? When it’s time for bed and this is what she is doing: spelling4    

VocabularySpellingCity is for ages K-12th grade.

Price: Families with up to 5 students $29.99 or Classrooms with up to 25 students $49.99, they also have pricing options for schools.

Typically the girls would work on VocabularySpellingCity for about 30 minutes a day. The assignments only took a few minutes to complete but then they would play other games.

Bella’s view: I really like this program, I LOVED playing all the different games!

Leann’s view: I LOVE IT!!! I have so much fun playing the games on my phone and on the computer! The only thing is that I wish Word Search was on the phone app.

My view: This program is super easy to set up and to monitor the kids progress. Having the word lists also helped to take a bit of the burden off of my shoulders, since I didn’t have to look through the books and come up with words. I love the progress tracker, I can tell how long each of the girls took to complete an assignment, how long they played each game, each time they log into their account, it also grades the tests for me! No more hunting for loose papers, everything is neatly put onto a sheet that is printable for your records.

I would recommend this program for ALL students. Whither you are a homeschooler, public school or private these games are a fun a helpful tool for all kids to learn a better vocabulary and spelling skills. 

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“Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Time4Learning ~ Review

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We had the pleasure of reviewing 2nd grade for Time4Learning. What is Time4Learing? Well I’m glad you asked, it is an online educational program that teaches preschool through high school! The cool thing about Time4Learning is that you can use it as a full curriculum, or as a supplement to your existing curriculum.  This program is not for only homeschooler, if your child is in public school or private school you can use this for extra help, after school fun or during the summer to keep them on track!

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For this review we received a 6 month subscription for Leann. Leann was excited to get to do school on the computer. Time4Learning allows the student to use one grade level below and one above, so if your child needs a little more help in a certain area, no problem or if they need more challenging work on a certain subject, no problem. Time4Learning covers spelling, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, social studies, science.

Here is the lesson plans for each grade:

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As the parent I had to set up the accounts and answer a few question so they knew what assignments to assign to Leann. The student actually has their own account with a log in name and password, Leann had no problem logging in on her own. After setting up the program and adding it to her bookmark page (for easy access) I sat down with her and showed her each section. Leann had access to LA extensions, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. I even showed her the Playground. The Playground is filled with fun educational games that the kids get to play, but to enter the playground your child needs to do a minimum of 15 minutes of school work. As the parent, you can set up playground time, you can set up which subjects you want your child to do each day, you can even put a time limit on how long they can be on each subject.

In the Parent’s Area, there are many useful tools available. You have access to a forum where you can chat with other parents using Time4Learning. I did not set any timer on Leann’s work. I allowed her to pick and choose which subjects she wanted to learn and allowed her to work at her own pace.

Leann at first really enjoyed being a “big kid” and being able to work on the computer. But soon the novelty wore off and it became just school. Leann typically started her day with LA extensions, which works on vocabulary and facts on different subjects.  Activities include  a puzzle, a story; which has options for reading: Read to Me, Read Aloud, Read by Myself and I Can Read.Then the student takes a quiz to check their comprehension. After the quiz they move onto Sounds, Letter & Words and under each activity is a printable resource to complete later on right then. There is another quiz at the end of those activities.

Language Arts is up next, with help in the Phonics department!

Math has numerous areas to work in. Leann did not care for the format of the math program. It tends to follow a public school curriculum: Learn the concept, do a worksheet (see below), take a quiz. 

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Next up is Science then Social Studies and both follow the pattern of listen to the lesson, do a worksheet, take a quiz.

Overall Leann enjoys getting on the computer and listening to the lessons. She has found out some very interesting stuff, like earth worms are easily seen after the rain because the rain gets into their homes and will drown them if they stay underground. We will continue to use Time4Learning as a supplement to our day.

Prices:

PreK – 8th Grade

$19.95 / student per month  & $14.95 / month for each additional PreK – 8th student

High School

$30 / student per month; Includes 4 Courses Check out what the Crew is saying about Time4Learning!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at time of review”  

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

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