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Back 2 School 2014/2015

Today started our 2014/2015 school year!!!

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I had great plans, plans that we would awake early, have a wonderful breakfast. Sitting down together communicating and enjoying ourselves. I pictured us getting our books out and sitting down with the girls and diving into our new books!! I love starting with a brand new book!! I envisioned our day going smoothly and according to the plan!!

But that is not how it went! And I am happy to say it probably never will!!

Ok new homeschooling families out there, that little scenario while it might sound like a great day in reality it’s not fun, it’s not messy and its not real!

I posted on Facebook:

Day one did not go as planned!! So maybe someone forgot, (I’m not saying it was me) to print up all the sheets needed or make up all the binders!! Day one consisted of looking over the material, setting up binders, a little bit of writing, a bunch of reading and going through another ream of copy paper. The beauty of homeschooling is I get to do it all again tomorrow. ‪#‎HomeschoolLife‬

So I thought I was all ready for school to start, but then we overslept, ok so really as a homeschooler we can get up when we want and school when we want but I wanted us up by say 9am that’s not too much to ask, is it?? We finally awoke around 11 am, there goes that breakfast I was planning (French Toast, maybe tomorrow), especially that close to lunch time. Finally round up the books, and surprise I forgot to make some of the binders (shhh don’t tell FB). I figured I would be up early with Leddybug and go over her work with her and then when Amber rolled out of bed I could sit down with her and get her started on the new way of school this year.  But nope, we are all up at the same time and all trying to do school at the same time and I am running from the dining room table to the living room and back again, oh and did I mention Hubby was home today and it was raining most of the day so the dogs were all over the place too! Uggh! So today didn’t turn out the way I wanted it, but I am thankful that we were all home together. I am thankful that hubby was able to step in and help Amber with her Algebra while I was doing Latin with Leddybug.

10580048_272874462896741_6904205154160779681_nAnd then I look on Instagram and see this picture that Amber took and I realize that today was a great day!! Memories being made!!

 

So I told you that I would tell you about Amber’s schedule so here goes.

This year we were not able to get a Challenge B program for Amber and the closest program would have been a 2 hour drive each way so while we LOVE CC it is not possible for us to travel that much each week. So I have combined a little of Challenge A (we just did) and a few Challenge B items and joined a local co-op (a first for us).

Amber's ScheduleMath this year will be Saxon Algebra 1

Latin will follow Challenge B

English will be left over EIW work and Positive Action (co-op)

Science will be Apologia General Science (co-op)

Debate will be a review of Challenge A and adding in Current Events

Rhetoric we will be reading Fallacy Detective and reviewing the Catechism questions from Challenge A

 

Some might ask why I would review Challenge A? We plan to review because Lord willing next year we will have a Challenge B and I didn’t want next year to be a review for her. Also with keeping with the classical education model the first stage is being given the facts and the second stage is organizing those fact and the third stage is being able to express a conclusion, so by taking a second look at some of the work I am really helping her to know these facts and be able to express her thoughts.

We are excited to start with a semi local co-op that is for older students. Our main homeschool group is mainly younger kids and while the teens started getting together for group outing this year there is not as much interaction as I would like. We will also be doing 4H this year. So it looks like even though this was not the way I pictured this year going, the Lord has provided for our needs and wants!!

 

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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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

Gryphon House ~ Review

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A couple of weeks ago we received in the mail, Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World from Gryphon House. Once Leann opened the package and realized this was an art program she literally did a little dance!! Needless to say she was just a tad bit excited to do some art projects!!

This 190 page art book travels around the globe, taking you on a journey through the different  continents. You get to visit Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. Each chapter/continent is also broken up into different country or cultural groups. Suggested age group is K-5th grade, but my 7th grader had just as much fun creating these creations.

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Price: $16.95

Each continent has a brief intro to the area and a list of suggestive books to correlate with the project being done. Each project is Titled and has a easy to read key at the top of the page. Experience Level is based on 1, 2 or 3 stars, Art techniques tell you which medium you will be using; painting, sculpture, construction, drawing, collage, or painting. Planning and Preparations is pretty easy to follow, with a 1- all materials are likely to be found in you home, 2- all materials are familiar but may have to be found or purchased , 3- required materials that may be unfamiliar, but easily found in art stores or hardware stores.

 

Leann was so excited to start that we actually started our 1st project on the day we received our book in the mail. How does your table look when you do Art??©Blessingsfromhomeschooling

IMG_0959These Scarab Stones are courtesy of Egypt.IMG_0958  This little box comes from Norway!!

ImageAnd these Royal Fly Whisks hails from Ghana!! 

Do you struggle with Art? Do you feel as though your art projects don’t go hand and hand with other subject? Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World will help you. I would recommend this product to everyone!! It is super easy to follow, actually my kids did most of the projects on their own. My part was the actual reading of the books.

How we used this:

First we looked over the whole book, actually we did this numerous times! Then we picked which continent we wanted to learn a bit more about. Then we looked at crafts that we already had the supplies on hand for. I quick trip to the library for a few books, and a quick search on Google to back up my findings, we were ready for our lessons. I would give the girls just a bit of background information and then turn them loose to create…then once they were finished we would talk more about the process and how it might be different/same today. We would read some of the books and then we might go back and try the project again using a different process.

 

Check our what the Crew is saying about Gryphon House!!! Photobucket

“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

Homeschool Missions Statement

Does your family have a Missions Statement? What exactly is a Missions Statement?

Well Wikipedia says:

A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing.

The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. It provides “the framework or context within which the company’s strategies are formulated.” It’s like a goal for what the company wants to do for the world. 

In the beginning of our homeschool journey we didn’t have a missions statement. I didn’t even think about one, but one day I thought that what we are doing, homeschooling, is like an organization and that we should have goals and expectations. After many days we come up with our mission statement.

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I would love to here about your mission statement!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Memoria Press ~ Review

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Have you heard about all the wonderful benefits of learning Latin? Well I had and when we were given the opportunity to use Prima Latina from Memoria Press I was thrilled!! We have all heard in Science, Math, and even in Grammar, the Latin root word is…, but having never formally been taught Latin I didn’t know where to start. I was afraid I would pronounce something wrong and that I just might hinder my girls instead of helping them.

Memoria Press sent us the Prima Latina Complete Set. This set gives you everything that you need to introduce Latin, they recommend this product for grades 2nd-4th. Prima Latina is designed to be a full year study but if you used it with older students they could probably finish it up in 6 months. Leann is finishing up 1st grade and Amber is finishing up 6th grade, both of my girls worked at the same pace to help keep this Mama sane. Amber caught on very quickly, finding the DVD’s a bit too slow for her, while Leann had no problem with keeping up with the DVD’s and really needed them to help her with her pronunciations, but she struggled with the workbook. She is just learning how to read.

So how did a Latin lesson go in our house? Typically on Monday I would verbally ask them some review questions, just to get them thinking Latin, then we would watch the lesson from the DVD. We would all follow along, repeating what Leigh Lowe (the instructor) was saying. Each lesson would have a bit of a review then we would go over Practical Latin, then the Latin Verbs, Vocabulary, we would work on a Latin Prayer, and then the Derivatives. Then we would get out our workbooks to do a some exercises. I would ask the Review Questions verbally to help Leann. Then we would answer the question on the new lesson and we would do Translations. Tuesdays the girls would use the flash cards to review the vocab. On Wednesdays we would use the audio CD and do the Speaking Latin section in the workbook. We would then do the Write and Learn section, writing the new vocabulary words and its meanings, we would finish up with a fun practice. On Fridays we would review with the CD and flashcards.

The girls had such fun learning this “new” language. My grandmother was amazed that my girls were learning Latin, and wondered why we would teach them it. She didn’t realize that people still taught Latin. Others had made comments that Latin was a dead language and were shocked when the girls would actually talk in Latin. It was really fun watching others expressions when they would hear the girls recite their vocab words or practicing the prayer.  I also enjoyed watching the girls faces when we would be doing other subjects and a Latin root word would show up and they knew what it was. Seeing the connections happening right in front of you made this Mama happy!

We would recommend this product for all beginners. This product it super easy to use and very kid friendly. Children could work independently but seriously what adult wouldn’t want to learn right along with them. I loved how everything is already done for you, no need to add anything.

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Prima Latina includes:
  • 25 lessons, each including grammar lessons appropriate for primary grades
  • 5 vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives per lesson
  • A practical Latin phrase per lesson
  • One line of a prayer per lesson that is learned in totality over 5 lessons
  • Easy-to-read, 2-color format
Price ~ “prices are accurate at the time of this review”

Prima Latina Text Set – $32.95

  • Student Book
  • Teacher Manual
  • Pronunciation CD

Prima Latina Complete Set – $90.90

  • Student Book
  • Teacher Manual
  • Pronunciation CD
  • Instructional DVDs
  • Flashcards

  Are you ready to learn Latin? Check out how easy and fun teaching Latin can be!!  See what the Crew is saying about Memoria Press!Photobucket

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

image ©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Motherboard Books ~ Review

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 Have you ever tried to build a web page? It could be frustrating if you haven’t ever done one. But don’t let that discourage you, because we were blessed to be able to review Let’s Make a Web Page from Motherboard Books and I’m gonna tell you all about it!

I was really excited to try this product out, being a blogger and all, I figured it might come in handy. I wasn’t sure if the girls would be on board or if this would be a Mama product. The girls enjoyed learning about making a web page.

We received the Let’s Make a Web Page E-Book. It is a relatively short book, only 60 pages, intended to be read and used for kids 8 and up.This step by step instruction guide is easy to follow and you don’t need to have had any prior knowledge. We did need to download a the free trial version of CoffeeCup software, which is compatible with Windows XP and later (sorry Mac is not supported). All this for only- Price: $19.95

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

 

I was sent the link for the book and I downloaded it to my computer and since I wanted to save on paper and ink, I just read it and had the girls follow along on their computers. First I downloaded CoffeCup (I was a bit nervous about the girls actually downloading anything) on both of their computers. Then I read each chapter and we would work on each section together.

Table of Contents:
Introduction for Parents
Lesson 1: An Interview
Lesson 2: Download and Set Up the Program
Lesson 3: Add Text
Lesson 4: Make a Table
Lesson 5: Add Photo
Lesson 6: From the Internet, Add Animations
Lesson 7: Browser Check, Backgrounds, Photos
Lesson 8: Sound
Lesson 9: Links
Lesson 10: Post Your Work
Appendix: How to Upload to the Internet

 Lesson 1 talks about an interview. I asked the girls what they wanted to talk about on their page and then they wrote a small article instead. During Lesson 6 the students are to go online and look for animations. Parents, at this point, you might want to be present and make sure to turn on SafeSearch.

Verdict from the kiddos:

Leann, age 7, had great ideas but just wanted to tell me what to do and wanted me to actually do the work. She doesn’t like to wait and struggles to sit still. I realize that I might have allowed her a bit too much freedom while doing school work and we might need to work on a few basic skills.

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Amber, age 12, struggled to begin, only because she is at that age where certain decisions are major life events. Once she finally had a name, and idea of what she wanted to write about the process moved along pretty quickly. She did take a some time picking out her background, again those pesky hard decisions of a preteen.

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Overall both girls enjoyed making their pages.  I think we might just have a new generation of bloggers. 

Check out what the Crew is saying about Motherboard Books!Photobucket

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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

Schoolhouse Library ~Review

Are you looking for encouragement or maybe a little support in your homeschooling journey? We all need some help every now and again. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, has put together a Schoolhouse Library filled with over 175  E-Books and audio books. This library holds books for preschoolers through high school on various subjects. Not to mention access to those handy organizers:e3570556544a11e28e8322000a1f9686_7 My girls LOVE theirs!!

 

Buy the Schoolhouse Library now and get started today with instant downloads!SchoolhouseLibrarySticky-1

Don’t go at it alone, I’m sure that with over 25 different topics available to you, that you will find all the resources needed for the next part of your homeschooling journey!!!

Once you have subscribed come back and let me know what books you liked the most!! Can’t wait to hear back from you! Happy Reading!

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

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