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ByAngie

Review: Christianity Cove

Thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew, our family has been blessed to be able to review 2 products from Christianity Cove recently.

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Christianity Cove is a company that offers curricula that is marketed to be used for Sunday School and Children’s ministries for Bible lessons, snacks, and activities, but can also be used in homeschools as well. Offering a large variety of topics and lesson types, there is pretty much something for every class or household. One of the biggest goals of Christianity Cove is to offer lessons that are simple to pull together, use items that are around the house or obtained at an extremely low price, and pack a big punch to get the message across in a way that not only kids will remember, but find fun at the same time. The products we were given to review were 28 Outstanding Object Lessons and Fruits of the Spirit Activity Kit.

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28 Outstanding Object Lessons was a huge hit not only with my children, but with myself as well. Using items that were literally right here in my home, I was able to teach my children a lesson about spirituality and God’s word.

I think my favorite was a lesson where I asked my children to lay on the cold hard floor and try to sleep. Now, I won’t lie. They hated it. But that was the point. I then gave them blankets and pillows to lay on and they found them selves warm and more comfortable. The moral of the lesson was that God protects us from a cold world.

The 28 lessons covered so many subjects. Considering that my children are 2, 3, and 5, (I’ll be honest and tell you that only the 5 year old paid true attention) there were some I knew they just wouldn’t get so I had to skip some. However, that was one thing I loved. I could pick and choose what lesson I wanted to do each day because they didn’t have to be done in order. There was little to no prep, the lesson is scripted (but can easily be adapted to your own words without having to stop and think of how to reword it), and it really caught the kids attention. What kid doesn’t get interested when you start pulling rags out of flashlight instead of batteries? How about asking them why your hair dryer isn’t drying your hair when it’s not plugged in? The lessons pulled Tommy in, kept him there, and later he still remembers the point of the story or action. Our family was not disappointed!  Christianity Cove offers this curriculum kit for $28.00.

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The Fruits of the Spirit Activity Kit was also very fun! It taught us the principles of Godly character brought forth in Galatians 5:19-26. This kit came with printables, lessons, activities, snack ideas, games, and more. My kids LOVED that they got to get really hands on and eat a snack of fruit at the same time. This set was also scripted with the words for the teacher in bold, making it even easier to find where you left off, and included study notes for the teacher as well. This is an awesome set for older children. I’m not saying we didn’t like it and have fun, but some of the subject matter (such as drinking and sexual immorality) were not things I wanted to have to explain to my Kindergartener, Preschooler, and Toddler. The skills needed for some of the worksheets and activities were also over their head. Like I said, it’s a great set, just not for young children, in my opinion at least. Christianity Cove offers this kit for $19.00.

Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of these lessons and activities. Being that I have been sick lately, I was able to sit on the couch and easily do most of them without much physical effort. I didn’t have to spend a lot of money, and what I did have to buy were simple items that can be used again and again. The kids were happy, learning, and retaining. That made me extremely happy. I would also like to say that I really wish I had known about Christianity Cove when I was teaching Children’s Church for a short time. As with any Bible lesson, you do have to take some time to pray and prepare before you teach it to the kids, but this really made it all so easy. I would definitely recommend it.

(I’m sorry for not having personally taken photos for this post… As I mentioned, I have been ill for the last month or so, which explains the “brain fog” to only realize NOW that I didn’t take a single photo. Please forgive me! This review really does deserve photos… Lots of them! But it does not mean we did not enjoy it! We loved it!)

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ByAngie

Review: Dr. Craft’s Active Play! Fun Physical Activities For Young Children

As many of you know, I have 3 children ages 5 and under living here at home with me. While Tommy is 5, my 3 year old, Johnny Ben, was recently diagnosed as being on the lower end of the Autism Spectrum and my youngest, Molly, is 22 months old. Sometimes coming up with physical activities that all 3 are capable of doing can be a challenge. One can only play so many rounds of the same game before they become bored or annoyed… So I was often found standing there playing Motor Boat or Ring Around The Rosey by myself with no one to play with me. Rejection, it’s hard stuff… So when I was given the  opportunity to review Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children by Dr. Craft’s Active Play Books I jumped at it.
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Active Play! is a book and DVD set of 52 activities that can be done easily, mostly using items you already have or can attain easily for low cost. Consisting of 8 chapters and a “Game Finder” that is a few pages long, the book is well written and has black and white photos to make it easy to understand what the author is trying to explain in the text.

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The first 3 chapters cover the need for active play in young children, going over how important exercise, proper nutrition, and safety are. It also went over how to go about including children who may not be physically able to play, are older, and how to use the activities in different settings along with how to go about gathering your equipment. While a lot of these topics might seem like common sense, I found them to be helpful and informative for the most part. It was especially nice to read about how to modify the games for Johnny Ben since I’m really new to learning how to adapt things for a child with special needs.

The next 3 chapters is the fun stuff, the activities. Active Play! activities for young children, infants and toddlers, school aged children, and families. I can honestly say I am not near creative enough to have come up with the ideas for most of these games on my own! The activities are not limited to just playing for the sake of play, but some teach other life and learning skills as well. For example, “Laundry Pick-Up” teaches children to… pick up laundry. 😉 There is also “Matching Numbers” which has kids running, jumping, galloping, hopping, and sliding while learning how to sequence and match numbers. There are more games that teach math, science, and social skills as well. I love that each activity in Active Play! is well written out by listing at the top the goals for the activity, the equipment needed, instructions, and then options to make it easier, harder, or add variety. Some games, such as “Matching Numbers” also includes instructions for making your own equipment. Some of the activities have to be done either outside or inside, but most are adaptable to be done either way which is nice. No worry about the whether or if your entire family is suddenly plagued by chicken pox! You can still play!

The last chapter is my most favorite part of all: A lesson plan! At first glance you might ask “Why do I need a lesson plan done for me to do activities with my kids?” However, if you’re a busy mom of littles like I am, it’s nice to have all the work done for you. The night before or in the morning all I had to do was see what game we would be playing and make sure I had all the items together in one spot ready to go. Set up for 20 weeks to be used 5 days a week, the lesson plan has a warm-up activity for each week and a more active activity for every day. If the game hasn’t been played before, it lists it as “new” so that you’ll be prepared to teach it to the children (and yourself). On Friday, you or the kids get to repeat a favorite. The lesson plans are set up so that the kids learn a few new games each week while repeating some in way that they learn a few games at a time before moving on to others. I really liked the way it was laid out.

At first I thought “Why a DVD?” but this actually turned out to be a nice addition for a few reasons. 1: I didn’t have to guess if I didn’t quite understand one instruction and 2: I could show the kids how to play the game before we played it. It was also handy this last week, as my children have chicken pox. They didn’t feel up to playing, but sure enough, they asked to watch this DVD so they could see other kids playing. That might sound REALLY sad, but it was actually their idea and they really enjoyed it. Not all of the activities are included on the DVD, but the page with the instructions has a little icon at the top telling you if it is on the DVD or not.

In addition to everything being all planned out for me in the lesson plans, being able to pull it all together so easily for little to no cost was awesome. When we first received the book, I made a list of things we might need and first looked around our home to see what we already had that we could use. What was left on the list was all acquired during one trip to the dollar store.

The cost of Active Play! Fun Physical Activities For Young Children is $39.00.

All in all, we love this activity book and will continue to use it for a few years, I’m sure.

 

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Review: Leadership Garden Legacy

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UNIQUE Kids book photo leadership-uniquekidsbook_zps3822722c.jpgAs parents, we all have a desire for our children to stand out and be natural born leaders.  As anyone who’s been tasked with shaping a young person knows, it’s not as simple as “just add water”. Providing a child with the skill set and ability to use it can be a challenge.  Enter Leadership Garden Legacy with  U.N.I.Q.U.E., by Deborah J. Slover.  We were sent a thoughtful and well put together kit, designed to pass important leadership tools to not only children, ages 5 to 12, but their older siblings and parents as well.

The book, U.N.I.Q.U.E Kids: Growing My Leadership Garden ($18.95) follows the story of a little lamb named Hugh as he wanders on to Leadership Farm. There he learns the values of leadership, how life choices he made could have turned things around had he handled them differently, and how to move forward in a more wholesome positive way. The book is full of metaphors, obviously stemming from the Leadership Garden theme, to help teach children life skills such as “Be nonjudgemental, Do not enable, Use empathy, Prune gossip, Eliminate blame, & Eradicate victimization” by following the story of Hugh. Our family completely agrees that these are all qualities that are extremely important. The only issue we had with this was that not only did Tommy really not get that the story was telling him that, but my husband and I both had to sit down and look over the materials and really scratch our heads to try and figure out how the story was relaying that, exactly. It’s really not an easy story to follow along with for an adult, so we had to stop every few minutes and explain what the story was trying to say to Tommy.

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The U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids Activity Guide ($8.95) follows along with the book, not only repeating the study questions at the end of each chapter, but suggesting activities that might be beneficial to learn along with the study. Some are directly related, some merely followed the theme of gardening and embraced another subject all together. Also listed in the guide were Common Core Alignments should that be something your family is interested in for your homeschool. While some sections of this guide made it easier for Tommy to understand what was just read to him, others made it even more confusing.

UNIQUE Kids MP3 photo leadership-kids-cdmp3_zpsaf402d56.jpgFinally, in the Children’s series, is the U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids Audio Book – MP3 Download ( $8.95). I actually found this product extremely useful, and have since decided audio books are awesome for Tommy… Why didn’t I think of that before? The reader’s voice is friendly and easy to listen to. Each page has the little “ding” to tell you to turn the page as I remember they did when I was a kid. Tommy was able to guide his own reading and feel more independent even though I was within a few feet of him at all times.

Leadership Garden Guidebook photo leadership-adultleadership-guidebook_zpsf2bbaaad.jpgAlso included in the Family Tool Kit we received was the adult version of the book titled U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing The Leader Within ($18.95) and The Leadership Garden Guidebook ($18.95). The book is actually a more detailed version of the children’s book while also taking breaks to tell the author’s life story. The guidebook follows along with the book going through more reading and having you do written activities As with the children’s products, I was very excited to receive and try these items out for myself as I’ve always wanted to develop my leadership skills more. However, both the book and guidebook seemed off topic to me and had a difficult time keeping my interest peaked. I’m not saying they don’t have a purpose, however I’m not quite sure what the label for it would be. Leadership just wouldn’t be my first thought.

I honestly believe this is one of those types of products that many people love and it works for them, but our family is just too quirky for. We wanted so badly for it to work out, but our learning styles being different than many other families’ plays a part in here as well. (So please, if this is something that sounds like you might like, feel free to visit the website and reviews and don’t just go based on how it worked for the Schotts. That being said, because this is a Christian blog, I want to mention that this leadership curriculum is not Bible based. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I just don’t want you to assume it is as that is what you usually find on this site.)

Leadership Garden Legacy is offering a Spring Special Discount of 20% to all TOS Review Crew readers! To participate, enter promo code TOS-SS20D upon checkout. This is a limited time offer and the code will expire on May 31, 2013. In addition, they offer some discounted Tool – Bundle packages as well… And guess what! The code even works on them! What a great deal!

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Review: ABeCeDarian Company

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For the last few weeks, our family has been reviewing the ABeCeDarian Company reading program. A carefully constructed reading curriculum created by Michael Bend, Ph.D, ABeCeDarian stands out amongst the rest in that it does not follow the normal format of other reading programs. (While I can not say much about other reading programs because this was the first one we used, I have looked at many of them and I can tell you that this one’s approach is definitely different. In fact, it was much different from the way I learned to read!) Gone are sight words and most phonics rules. In it’s place is sounding out letters to make words, using a multi-sensory approach by “touching” the letters, and learning all the sounds in each word instead of just memorizing it by appearance.

This program consists of 4 levels for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Level A is for children just starting out, struggling, or in Kindergarten through the middle of 1st grade. Level B is for children reading at the middle of 1st grade through 2nd grade range. Level C is for children reading at a 3rd grade and 4th grade range. Level D is for children reading at a 5th and 6th grade range. Before beginning, it is suggested that you use the placement test to know where to have your child begin.

Our family was given the Teacher Manuals for A-1, A-2, & B-1, the Student Workbooks for A-1, A-2, & B-1, the Set of 10 Storybooks, and ABeCeDarian Aesop. As Tommy just starting out with reading, we only used the following:

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Teacher Manual A-1 – $28.50

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Student Workbook A-1 – $12.25

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Set of 10 Storybooks – $21.50

IMG_20130409_155624_716Before I could begin planning walking Tommy through his lessons, there was a TON of reading ground to cover in the teacher’s manual. For most, it probably wouldn’t seem like a lot of reading. However, for me, it was during a time that we had a lot going on and I had to force myself to find time to do all the reading. That being said, if you diligently take the time to read and understand the teacher’s manual before you begin, you won’t have to spend a lot of time planning (hence my crossing it out at the beginning of this paragraph.) The first section of the teacher’s manual helped me understand more about learning to read than I ever knew before and how to help my son learn to read on his own. I learned how to teach using “Turtle Talk” (sounding out the letter sounds), “People Talk” (saying the word normally), “Tap and Say”, “Error Game”, word puzzles, and more. I actually felt well prepared to begin with Tommy on the first lesson even though we had never tried a formal reading plan before.

IMG_20130409_155737_435That being said… Remember how I said I had learned to read a different way? Yeah, old habits die hard. You know what else is hard? A tough as nails stubborn little 5 year old who wants you to take the easy way out and pretend he either 1: doesn’t know how to do this even though he’s constantly begging you to teach him how to read or 2: whine, distract, and just all around act out. We didn’t have this problem EVERY day, but the first few weeks were a bit brutal, if I’m to be honest. Does that have anything to do with the curriculum? No. I just believe in being transparent and want you to know that we, like every other family trying to teach their child to read, have had some struggles.

Now, once I got all those “old rules” out of my head, re-read some of the teacher’s manual, and I had a “come to Jesus” talk with Tommy, things got better. We went back to the beginning of the books and started fresh after taking a break for a few days. One thing that made each lesson significantly easier for me as I tried to keep Tommy’s attention was that it was basically scripted for me in the teacher’s manual. The point of the lesson and instruction is all in regular font. However, the part of each lesson that they would like you to say out loud to your child is in bold italics, making it easy for ME to keep my place and remember where I am as we move throughout the book.

IMG_20130409_160034_202I wish I had taken video the first time Tommy read a word on his own without error or correction. Why? Because he didn’t realize that he actually read it and it was HYSTERICAL! Once the realization hit him, he was jumping up and down, shaking, passing out high fives around the house, and begging to call his grandparents and tell them. Tommy was laughing, I was crying tears of joy & relief that this wasn’t going to be years of struggles, and the other 2 kids just looked at us like we were a bunch of nuts. After our struggle the first 2 weeks, I didn’t expect him to really get it as quickly as he did. I thought it would take a few lessons for him to be reading a word on his own, let alone 3 words by the end of that week and the next week 6 words. (Just a warning: If you happen to meet Tommy in person he is going to spell every word he knows for you now… Be prepared.)

Tommy is now following the flow of the curriculum (Like a GOOD boy… This whole not being in preschool anymore is a bit of an adjustment for him…) and learning a little more every day.

It is recommended that the lessons be taught once a day, 4-5 days a week. In A-1 there are 27 lessons divided into 5 units. This is the plan we are following, but like I said, we went back and started over at one point and if you have to also, that’s okay. What matters is that the lesson is done right, not fast. 😉

A few years ago when we first decided to homeschool, my pastor’s wife/co-pastor Sis. Pam Howard gave me some great advice. She had taught homeschool herself, so I listened closely. I can’t remember the exact words, but she basically told me that if I can teach my child to read, I’ve overcome the biggest fear and struggle as a homeschooling parent and that it would all be downhill from there. (If I got that wrong, please correct me, Sis. Howard!) Naturally, I agreed with her. Now, thanks to ABeCeDarian? Well… I’ll let you know when we get to Algebra. 😉

 

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Leading Up To An Eggcellent Easter, And A Blog Hop!

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We’ve been busy in the Schott home preparing for Easter and doing some fun activities! This year our main focus has been on Holy Week and the spiritual reasons for the holiday. Sure, we’ve done some Springy things and there has been talk of dyeing eggs this weekend and the Easter Bunny possibly making an appearance and dropping off some Easter Baskets, but our main focus has been Jesus.

It’s not that we’re holier than thou or think it’s wrong for others to do differently. It’s just what we feel lead to make it clear to our children, specifically Tommy, that God sent his son Jesus to earth to die for our sins and rose again that we might enter Heaven with Him. Tommy just turned 5, and we feel it’s time that he learn to grasp this a bit more.

A little back story to lead up to where we are at this year. Last year I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs and a copy of Benjamin’s Box. I thought then that Tommy would be all over it. I had these visions of rays of light coming in through the shutters, the light bulb turning on in Tommy’s head, and him suddenly understanding the concept of everything involving the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

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Tommy has not only caught on to the story and what all Christ has done for us, but has actually showed such empathy that I did not expect. We’ve had to stop the telling of the story a few times so he could pull himself together and stop crying. Which made me cry. Which meant we sat there holding each other crying, praying, and having a “moment” that I will cherish forever. I can’t imagine how much it will affect him when he’s older and understands more as I kept it all very basic. Thankfully, we have gotten to the point in the eggs that now we will start focusing on the Resurrection more and more the next few days which will make him VERY happy.

As for Molly and Johnny Ben, well… They liked the eggs and listened along, but they had their own agenda. And that was okay…

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I’ve listed below some other activities we are doing this week. The printables are all ones we did last year. YAY for laminating! I’ve only had to print a few sheets this year as I saved everything in a file folder and ziploc bag. (Sometimes it pays to be a pack rat…)

Interested in the Ressurection Eggs, Benjamin’s Box book, and other items we’ve used? Below are links to the items we are using on Amazon.

 

 

What are you doing this week? Any crafts? Recipes? Stories you’d like to share? Link up anything that is family friendly and Easter related up in the Eggstra Special Easter Blog Hop below!


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(Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above, specifically the Amazon.com Widget, 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.”)

ByAngie

Review – Adventus MusIQ Homeschool

When I was offered the chance to review Adventus‘ product MusIQ Homeschool, I was ecstatic.

Music is very prevalent in our family. My husband plays a number of instruments and I like to think that I can play piano. I grew up with a piano in the home and began lessons at a young age. When there are no other adults in the house, I often sit down and play a few songs and sing at the top of my lungs. (My neighbors probably hate me, ha!)

As a result, a few of my children have been trying to talk me into teaching them to play the piano. Driving them to and from lessons would be really difficult as we are a one car family right now, and while I know how to play the piano… Like I said, I’m not good at it. So when I heard about a piano curriculum software that would put me in control, could be done at home, and would teach my children to play piano effectively, relief came over me. What I didn’t expect was for MusIQ Homeschool to be more than just another computer software hooked up to a keyboard.

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Adventus MusIQ Homeschool is an award winning complete curriculum for learning to play the piano. If you were to start at the very beginning, it would entail 7 years of instruction, completing over 20 levels. It is appropriate for ages 4-18 (or older), can be started at the beginning or at a higher level, and covers much more than just learning to tickle the ivories. It is broken down into volumes as follows:

For ages 4-10, running on Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 or Macintosh OSX

  • Children’s Music Journey Series Volume 1
  • Children’s Music Journey Series Volume 2
  • Children’s Music Journey Series Volume 3

For multi learning ages 10+, running on Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000

  • Piano Suite Premier
  • Ear Training Coach 1 & 2
  • Ear Training Coach 3 & 4

 

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When it comes to purchasing the product, you have options. The first option is to buy the curriculum one series at a time on CD-ROM. The second option is a subscription service. For $10.95 a month you are given the ability to download not one, but all 7 years of lessons at once. In my opinion, this is the best option as you can have family members using the software at different levels and only have to pay a small fee instead of purchasing multiple levels. (You will have to have a working internet connection on the computer you use for your piano lessons though.) If you would like, you may also purchase lesson plans that have descriptive objectives, activity sheets, and more.

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In addition, you will need a MIDI keyboard or a MIDI adapter. Adventus does offer keyboards for sale. We bought the lowest priced keyboard (M-Audio KeyRig 49) from them and find it adequate to our needs. It only works while connected to your computer via USB and will not work standing alone. Since we own a piano this was not a concern for us so it worked out to be the perfect option.

Obviously, we have yet to do more than a few weeks of this amazingly broad curriculum, so for the remainder of this review I will focus on the only series we are currently using, Children’s Musical Journey Series Volume 1.

Starting out, we hit a few glitches. Our computer and the keyboard didn’t want to recognize each other. Adventus offers technical support, but before calling them I asked my husband (a technical engineer) to look at it and he figured it out and had it fixed in a few minutes. Later I realized there were instructions for this sort of issue, so if I had only been patient and read a little I would have prevented this problem. Lesson learned… 😉

Once we had all the bumps smoothed out, I created a profile for Tommy. Then the next day, I created another profile because I had forgotten what his password was. (Yes people, I am REALLY that ditzy. I’m telling you, I am seriously letting you all in on way too embarrassing stuff about me lately!) This time I let him pick out his password since I figured Mr. I-forget-nothing would be able to help me if I ever forgot again. Anyways, in the profile you have parental settings that can be adjusted for free play, normal, or strict lesson flow. Here you also have the ability to see what lesson your child is on and how far they have completed it.

Now we were all ready to get started. You begin with “rooms” to choose from: There is the library, where you can listen to different pieces of music, go back to old lessons, play music, or listen to music you yourself have composed. The game room where you can play lesson enforcing games that are unlocked based on how many lessons you have completed. The lesson room, where you meet with the composer you are working with. The practice room, where Miss Melody encourages you to practice. And last there is the improvisation room for you to compose your own music. Being that the suggested use of the curriculum is 1-2 lessons a week and practice daily, in our family we begin with the lesson and then do each of the other rooms the remainder of the week, being sure to visit the practice room at least twice.

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Remember how I said this was more than just learning to play the piano? I’m finally going to explain that! The lessons are actually taught by cartoon caricatures of famous composers, and guess what?! They aren’t annoying! The program begins with Beethoven for the first 5 lessons. Right now, Tommy is learning from Bach. During the piano lessons, they mention little tidbits of their lives, music, and compositions… Meaning that Tommy is learning music and composer history without having to purchase a separate curriculum. At the beginning and end of each lesson, the composer plays a piece of their own music. I was surprised to find this was one of Tommy’s favorite parts.

The lessons are far from the same style I was taught, but I believe this way may actually be far more effective. To begin, the children are taught that there are “high bird notes” and “low whale notes”, using cartoon animals and an ocean to differentiate the two. Next they are introduced to “Middle C”, which is a man on a boat. Pretty cool, right? As of today, Tommy is learning rhythm and has started learning to look at notes as dots instead of animals.  It has amazed me with how well this program has taught him so far. The way the characters explain the lesson is very clear, precise, and easy to understand making it very simple to retain. Each lesson is probably about 10-15 minutes, which is just right for Tommy’s attention span.

In case you didn’t notice, I’m impressed! So much so, that I’m going to be using this program myself soon, so obviously we will be continuing our subscription service once our review period has ended. I can’t say enough great things about this curriculum! Adventus MusIQ Homeschool is probably my favorite curriculum right now.

Right now Adventus MusIQ Homeschool is offering a free 7 day trial, the perfect option if you already own a keyboard and are still not sure. But take my word for it, you’re going to want to keep it going!

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Review: TouchMath Kindergarten Curriculum

Until recently, we had not used a formal curriculum for math. Sure, we did math, but it was a compilation of basic skills, free worksheets that I had found online, games, flash cards, manipulatives, art, and workbooks that I had put together. So, when we were offered the chance to review the Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum from  TouchMath  right at the beginning of our Kindergarten year, (We began in January.) I was relieved. Not that I don’t know Kindergarten math, mind you, (Though some might say I don’t. 😉 ) I just felt it was time to begin using some “real” curricula and to be honest, when it came to math, I wasn’t sure where to turn.

I usually get excited for curriculum shopping. However, I wasn’t really liking what I saw in the math department. Up pops this opportunity, and what do you know? It was an answer to prayer.

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TouchMath uses a very tactile approach by utilizing TouchPoints. With this approach, every number has points. Each point has a value of one and is assigned a place on the number. When counting the numbers, the child touches the points and says them aloud, adding up the value of the numeral. The “year” is broken up into units (A-D) and then into 6 modules. The manual is probably the best one I’ve ever seen, actually walking you through each and every step of the worksheets/activities by telling you when to let the child work alone and when to guide them. Forms for monitoring progress or to take notes on what to go back and review more of are also included, along with detailed explanations of what your child should be doing and is expected to know before beginning the module and after.

If you have a child that needs to learn kinesthetically or has sensory issues, this might be something you really want to look into. Tommy has to literally exhaust every one of his 5 senses some days when it comes to math. (Okay, maybe not ALL of them. If I could have him eat the numbers to taste them, and it would work, I would. He’s just a typical 5 year old boy who doesn’t understand the point of all this number talk. On good days, he catches on almost too fast! Oh, I’m rambling… Sorry…)

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For our review, we were also given TouchShapes, TouchMath Tutor Software, and 3-D Numerals. These items are NOT required, and the curriculum standing alone is still good. However, I found that by combining all of these resources together with the core curriculum, that is based on common core state standards, Tommy was able to touch, say, and hear what he was learning.  Sometimes just moving a TouchShape to a different place on the worksheet or hearing the bear on the software explain a concept to him, he was able to grasp what he was trying to understand. The 3-D Numerals I would highly recommend should you choose to go with this program, though, as they are really what helped Tommy “get it” more than anything. (And while we were not given TouchMath to review for our preschool aged son, Johnny Ben, who is Autistic, I want to mention something: After watching his older brother do his lessons, Johnny Ben walked over to the table in the homeschool room and began touching the TouchPoints on the 3-D Numerals and saying the numbers. (He is mostly non-verbal.) Color me happy!)

The lessons are to last about 2 1/2 times your child’s age, so since Tommy just turned 5 this last week we focused on 10-12 minutes of lessons 4-5 days a week. Some days this meant we only got through 1 (a few times less) worksheet or activity. Other days it meant we did 3 worksheets or he flew through the lessons on the software. In the beginning this worried me, but after a few weeks I realized it was working out for him when he was counting to 100 at a family dinner with my parents and showing such confidence about it. At this point in time he is learning subtraction and is just going with the flow.

A quick example of Tommy using the software.

A quick example of Tommy using the software.

The TouchMath Kindergarten Homeschool curriculum is available as a download from TouchMath.com. Now, this is another really cool thing I like about this company. You don’t have to buy the entire year at once. If you want to, you can, but if you would like to you can buy only one unit at a time. The cost of each unit individually is $59.95, and if you purchase all 4 units at once the price is $199.95. The optional add-ons that our family was given to review were:

  • TouchShapes – $30.00
  • 3-D Numerals (That also comes with a fun CD-Rom loaded with worksheets. Tommy LOVED these worksheets!) – $79.00
  • TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software – $99.00
  • (There are also other items available for sale that supplement this curriculum on their website. These are just the items we were given to review.)

All in all, I give TouchMath a good rating. Teaching math to some kids is just flat out hard. Especially a child who could care less about it. It got my son’s attention and has him learning things he needs to know. A+!

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ByAngie

Helping Little Ones Learn Creatively With Toys, Games, & Puzzles

Today’s post is part of day 3 of the 5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop hosted by The Schoolhouse Review Crew. Be sure to check out the other posts by 80+ bloggers who are also sharing ideas on teaching creatively! You can find posts from day 1 (Delight Directed Teaching) and day 2 (Schooling In The Kitchen.) here.

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Whether or not you homeschool, if you have kids, you have toys. If you have toys, your kids are learning through play in one sense or another. By encouraging a child’s imagination through pretend play, toys, games, and puzzles you are creatively teaching them concepts from all over the learning spectrum.

Many of these items can be used to teach a specific lesson, or along side a curriculum, as a supplement. My 3 homeschooled children are all still really young, so there is rarely a day that we do not include a toy, game, or puzzle. Here are some items we use and ways that we implement these items in our lessons.

Can you say "Angie needs a new camera?" Sorry for all the blurry photos. :(

Can you say “Angie needs a new camera?” Sorry for all the blurry photos. 🙁

Play-doh: Oh, the joy of Play-Doh, homemade dough, and clay. The list of ways to use it goes on and on. For Science we  use it to mold an animal, tree, or parts of anatomy. For reading and learning the alphabet we roll the dough into letters to help the child learn how to form the letter. Most recently, we used it for math to make “donuts” to learn that 12 makes a dozen. Sure, it’s potentially messy and you have to be sure it doesn’t get in the carpet. I can’t recommend it enough though.

Hot Wheels, Trains, Action Figures, etc: It used to be a battle for me to be able to sit down with my children and not have them beg to have a favorite toy by their side. I finally gave in and made a rule that as long as it is not distracting them, they can have it by them. Not playing with it mind you, but next to them. There are times, however, that this comes in handy. Sometimes I need one of the kids to show me that they know a certain color. I will lay out some of these favorite items and have them tell me what color each one is, or ask them to find an item of a certain color. We also use these as counters for math. Tommy is definitely more interested in counting something if it is of interest to him. Also, like play-doh, toys like Hot Wheels and trains can be lined up to form shapes and letters.

Here is where I inform you that in our home, it's Johnny Ben's world. We all just live in it. And that's okay... Except that in Johnny Ben's world, pants are optional. We are working on that...

Here is where I inform you that in our home, it’s Johnny Ben’s world. We all just live in it. And that’s okay… Except that in Johnny Ben’s world, pants are optional. We are working on that…

Legos & Every Other Kind Of Building Block (There are just way too many different variations to list them all. 😉 ): Once again we have the counters, colors, etc. But the possibilities here are endless. Lego has even launched a whole new company based on Lego Education. K’nex has products for education also. Even a DNA replica set! We’ve used many different types of blocks to explain birds, plants, geography, and more. With our youngest son, Johnny Ben, who is autistic, we have used many textile blocks and gears to help him with sensory exploration. Just watch out and make sure you don’t step on any of these items in the middle of the night. OUCH!

Little People: Who doesn’t love Little People? We’ve used Noah’s Ark to teach the story of Noah. The Farm set to teach about Farm animals. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, ha ha. There are so many sets to use for various teaching supplements. Sometimes we don’t even use them as intended. I’ll have Tommy line up some of the animals or people and tell me the difference in each one, or point to different body parts such as the knees or ear. Oh, did I mention we love Little People?

Puzzles: There are so many themed puzzles out there. But one fun option is to make your own if you have the resources. This can be done with a printer and craft foam. Sometimes I’ll print out a picture of something we are learning, glue it to a sheet of foam, and cut it out for the kids to put back together. My children have grasped so many concepts with this hands-on method. Now, if your husband is like mine and wants to permanently live in his woodshop, then you can have him make you some puzzles… But really, if you just walk down the Dollar Spot at Target or the toy & learning aisle at the dollar store, then you’ll likely find plenty of options for what you are teaching for a lower price.

Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a vintage Hot Wheel City!

Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a vintage Hot Wheel City!

Games: We often play games like Sequence, Connect 4, Monopoly Jr., Hi-Ho Cherry Oh!, Scrambled States of America, Richard Scary’s Busy Town, Uno, Bible card games, and many others instead of doing an actual lesson. When we do this, I point out many different educational aspects that are happening as we play. During play and after we discuss what we learned. Being a game loving family (Minus my husband. We’ve given up on having him play with us…) so we all love learning this way.

Basically, the point I’m trying to get across is that if your child has a toy, it can be a resource for learning. To be honest, I believe that young children SHOULD involve play with everything. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a time to sit down for direct teaching, but there is no reason it can’t be fun. I do believe that there should be a lot of constructive play in addition to free play. Sparking a child’s imagination makes them curious, and when they are curious, they want to learn.

What are some ways that you use toys, games, and puzzles to help your children learn?

 

 

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ByAngie

Review: ARTistic Pursuits

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For a little over a month our family has been using ARTisitic Pursuits for our art curriculum. We were given Early Elementary K-3 Book One: Introduction to the Visual Arts to review for all of you fabulous readers out there. Today, I’m going to tell you all about it!

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TommyARTisticPursuitsThe intention of this lesson book is to teach children in a simple way the visual arts. Divided into 3 themed sections, What Artists Do, What Artists See, & Where We Find Art, children are introduced into actual classic art work and learn to pay attention to the details of how they were created and how to imagine what the artist may have been thinking or wanting you to see. In the process of learning these perspectives, they are taught how to do the same by using fun activities to create art of their own.

Looking over the curriculum initially, I was concerned. I wasn’t quite sure how Tommy would receive it. I mean, classic art and how to create it for Kindergarten? Cool, yes. But realistic?

However, once again, I ate crow. He took right to it!  The format of the lessons, meant to be done weekly, is to read together a little about some classic art, and then to create your own. While the reading segment is thorough, it’s not so much that it goes over my Kindergartener’s head. He was able to understand everything and learn exactly what the lesson was trying to convey. He has even asked to learn more about some of the artists and has done more lessons than expected because he wants to work on it during play time, not just during “school time.” Some lessons he has asked to repeat even. What mother would argue with that? I love that it has sparked his interest in art, and it’s really neat to see how he  uses his imagination to complete his work.

If you're following me on Instagram, then you understand this is a painting of my daughter Molly dressed as Yoda and Tommy dressed as Darth Vader. Funny kid.

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you understand this is a painting of my daughter Molly dressed as Yoda and Tommy dressed as Darth Vader. Funny kid.

So far he has used watercolor crayons, ebony pencils, and soft pastels. Because the manual has me teach him how to use the materials properly through word and picture, he has a good grasp on how to be an artist himself. The result is gained confidence in addition to knowing how to create art of his own. By reading about a piece of classic artwork before his own project, he is also learning about the artists, eras, and techniques used by different artists at the time the pieces were created.

In a nutshell, I am pleasantly surprised and adore this curriculum! My son has learned so much and has a desire to do art in a different way than he ever has before. His ambition to hear more about the artist and ask me questions to the point of my having to go to google to look up more information on them is really exciting. I love that he has been inspired.

The ARTistic Pursuits, Early Elementary K-3 Book One Introduction to the Visual Arts book is $47.95. It is a spiral bound book printed in, what in what my opinion is, high quality ink on heavier than normal paper. The pictures are very clear and detailed. You could never notice the details in the art that you see on page if were you just looking at them on the computer.

Here Tommy is looking out into our backyard for specific items on a list to draw with ebony pencil.

Here Tommy is looking out into our backyard for specific items on a list to draw with ebony pencil.

The list of needed materials isn’t too long. Each item is definitely needed for each lesson so you can’t really skimp in this area. All of the materials can be bought either in packages on the ARTistic Pursuits website or piece by piece as needed depending on your budget. Take note, some items will be difficult to find at your local craft stores. We were surprised when we could not find watercolor crayons at ANY of the craft stores in Southern California. Thankfully, we were able to find them on Amazon and had them in no time. Pay attention to the quality of items if you decide not to buy name brand. For a few of the items we were able to buy an off-brand, but for some I chose to use the more expensive choice for the sake of the lessons being done correctly. But once again, that’s just my opinion. 😉

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ByAngie

Teaching Creatively Giveaway! $1,000 In Homeschool Prizes, 3 Winners, 1 Blog Hop!

If you were paying attention to the posts on our Facebook page this week, then you already know that I posted a little teaser about the Teaching Creatively Blog Hop that will be taking place this upcoming week on many of the blogs  that belong to members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, including Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven. Topics covered will be Delight-Directed Teaching, Schooling in the Kitchen, Toys, Games, & Puzzles, Homeschooling in a Crisis, and Hands-On Projects. Whether you’re new to homeschooling, thinking about it, or have done it for some time I highly recommend reading around on “the hop” as there will be so many amazing tips and ideas shared!
Was putting this fantastic Blog Hop all together to help bring you more information enough? Not for the awesome ladies, Marcy and Sam, who orchestrated this event. They wanted to make sure at least 3 people would be blessed above and beyond. Thanks to their hard work, there is a giveaway that I am so excited to share with you. These are NOT just your average prizes, and whoever wins them is going to have their socks blessed right off!
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I’m joining in with Marcy @Ben and Me and Sam @Sam’s Noggin to bring you this awesome giveaway during the 5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop, hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew! The Blog Hop won’t begin until Monday, but we are starting the fun early by giving you the opportunity to win incredible bundles of books and homeschool resources!

There will be a total of 3 winners chosen — one GRAND prize, a 1st RUNNER-UP and a 2nd RUNNER-UP! The contest will begin at 12am on March 9 and end at 12am on March 17. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter, but read the contest rules, found at the bottom of the widget, first.

 

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A complement to any lifestyle of learning, this book is different from the Five in a Row manuals. It doesn’t give a specific book to study for each holiday, rather it is a treasury of traditions, memories and ideas for making your own! Each unit also includes calendar pages, blank pages for recording your own memories, and combinations of traditions and recipes, book and movie suggestions, quotes, decorating ideas, and more!

 

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Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.

 

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The 1st RUNNER UP will receive ALL of the following — a $225 value!

 

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Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.

 

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A+ TutorSoft, Inc. provides Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH Full Curriculum products to help students improve their grades at all levels. Our Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH helps homeschooling families as well as public and private school teachers and students. A+ TutorSoft offers everyone a FREE 30 day trial on all products. Visit the top right corner of our website: http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/. And through 3/31/13 they are offering 50% off all products with code spoffer50!

 

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  • Lapbook10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit

 

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Looking for an easy way to add art to your days? With A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – just add chalk pastels and paper! Short lessons for a whole year, 100 pages of tutorials, art for all ages.

 

 

glacierbaycoverTricia Goyer — Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska ($13 value)

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But When singer Ginny Marshall travels to the isolated town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, she is charmed by the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery. She discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between an early missionary to Alaska Territory and his accidental mail-order bride. Written by homeschool moms, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.

 

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