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Unit Studies From Homeschool Complete: Review

We have been working with a lovely unit study about Pioneers, which was given to us by Homeschool Complete for the purpose of this review.

Unit studies from Homeschool Complete truly ARE “complete!” This is really chock full of cross curricular skills, all rolled up into one topic, Pioneers in this case.

The literature we used for the Pioneers Unit Study was On The Banks of Plum Creek, and Farmer Boy, both written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have always liked her books. I watched every single episode of Little House On The Prairie, when it was first run ( way back “in the olden days,” as my children say ). They watch them now, though, and “The Puzzler” really likes them, along with the books, so I thought this would be a pretty good fit for him.

This and other Unit Studies from Homeschool Complete cover the following subjects

  • Bible
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Fitness
  • Character Development

There is a very informative introduction for you, the parent/teacher, followed by pages listing the skills the child will cover, a materials list, a United States map, world map, a board game to make and play, and a number of manipulatives you can print out, cut up, and use if you don’t have the actual physical manipulative. There are twelve lessons in this 154 page pdf, followed by 39 pages of student workbook pages. The workbook pages are well designed, covering every skill listed for the unit study.They are colorful, so if your child has an issue with distraction caused by bright and busy workbook pages I would recommend printing them out with just black ink.

For Bible, the scripture used is taken from the New International Version, however I had no trouble switching and using the King James Version, which is the only version used by our family.

“The Puzzler” is really enjoying the books, and the worksheets from the Unit Study. Because of his developmental delays, we are going very slow, but keeping it interesting. Here is “The Puzzler,” doing some of his reading, and getting started with some science and language arts worksheets about crickets and other things related to the pioneers.

 

 

I had previously purchased a boxed set of the Little House books, so I wasn’t sure if these would match up with the unit study, but in fact, they do! When told to use a certain page in the book to read the word which “The Puzzler” was supposed to describe its meaning within context, there it was, right on the page given.

This is an awesome unit study! We are eager to finish (but at the pace he can handle), so that we can move on and do the other two Unit Studies we received,  Colonies and Pilgrims.

Before this, I had never even heard of Homeschool Complete, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to get our hands on their products.

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IXL Learning {Review}

We were given a complete annual membership to IXL Learning for the purpose of this review. Depending on the grade level you are using, with IXL you get access to Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies!IXL_1

We focussed on the kindergarten and first grade levels which cover math and language arts, however there is so very much more, as you can see right below!

  • Pre-K: Counting objects, inside and outside, longer and shorter, letter names, rhyming words, etc.
  • Kindergarten:  Comparing numbers, names of shapes, consonant and vowel sounds, sight words, etc
  • First Grade: Adding and subtracting, tens and ones, telling time, categories, nouns, verb tense, time order, etc.
  • Second Grade: Place-value models, contractions, irregular plurals, plants and animals, historical figures, etc.
  • Third Grade: Multiplying and dividing, bar graphs, pronouns, possessives, weather and climate, geography, etc.
  • Fourth Grade: Fractions and decimals, synonyms and antonyms, fossils and rock layers, government, etc.
  • Fifth Grade: Multiplying fractions and decimals, idioms, prepositions, photosynthesis, molecules, economics, etc.
  • Sixth Grade: Ratios and percentages, variable expressions, Greek and Latin roots, genetics, ancient history, etc.
  • Seventh Grade: Proportional relationships, phrases and clauses, connotations, climate change, world history, etc.
  • Eighth Grade: Linear functions, the Pythagorean theorem, active and passive voice, chemical formulas, civics, etc.
  • Ninth Grade: (Algebra 1) Quadratic equations, scatter plots, exponents, parallel language, figures of speech, semicolons, etc.
  • Tenth Grade: (Geometry) Congruent triangles, geometric constructions, colons, word patterns, audience and tone, etc.
  • Eleventh Grade: ( Algebra 2) Trigonometric functions, logarithms, polynomials, supporting evidence, claims and counterclaims, etc.
  • Twelfth Grade: (Precalculus & Calculus) Complex numbers, derivatives, limits, domain-specific vocabulary, writing arguments, etc.
  • Spanish for every age: Time expressions, adjectives to describe people, present tense of regular verbs, formality, etc.

As you have seen from the above listing,  IXL Learning is an immersive  learning experience for grades K-12. This online membership provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.

As I said above, we focussed on the early grades because of special needs, but having  explored the topics above which are WAY above my kids, I am kind of thinking I may put myself in as a student in order to refresh some things and perhaps learn some that I was never even taught!

Here is “The Puzzler” working on Math, where he primarily kept himself. It is where he really needs the most help.

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He has been really enjoying IXL Learning, often ASKING if I will please log him into my computer so he can “Do that math thing, Mom?” I really don’t hear requests for schoolwork very much around here, that’s for sure, and if for not other reason I would tell you I love IXL Learning.

There are, however, many reasons to like IXL Learning. I like that my kids can move themselves up a level if they feel confident in doing so. “The Puzzler” did, and I didn’t even realize it until I checked! I receive emails telling me how he is doing, along with being able to log in as myself and get a more complete picture of his progress.

Here, you can watch a short video about student experience with continuous diagnostics:

 

Students can also earn awards. Here is a shot from early on:

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They can earn certificates which you can print out for them . . .

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Because of some family issues, “The Puzzler” has been the primary student thus far, but there is definite interest by the other boys, and they will be added in now as well.

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My “Happy Nails!”

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G. A. Henty’s “For The Temple,” From Heirloom Audio: Review

Our family has loved listening to the audio dramas from Heirloom Audio ever since we first discovered them, and so we were so happy to receive the two CD production For The Temple for the purpose of this review!

With a wonderful original score by John Campbell and Daniel Philpott, we were swept into history as this production swirled around us! I have always said that scoring really brings a story to life.

The story “For The Temple” follows the Jews and the Romans during the time up to the destruction of the temple which was in Jerusalem. In particular, we follow the life of John, the son of a vintner whose home is on the Sea of Galilee. He wants only to live there, and produce the best grapes in Israel, but war between the occupying force of Rome and the Jewish army opposing them are making this an impossible goal for the time being.

John ends up in the Jewish army and has to leave the vineyard behind, as well as his mother and the girl he is planning to marry.

John ends up being something of a legend as a rebel leader, so much so that when he next sees his loved ones they tell him that along with praying for him, they are praying for the great leader John who is making such a difference!

While out for a walk while his men watch the Roman camp, John meets the Roman General and they fight. When John has the upper hand he learns who the man is, and he makes him swear on his life and his gods that he will not destroy the temple. Then John passes out from a head injury. The General becomes his friend and cares for him for ten days before letting him leave.

While recovering after leaving the Roman camp, John stays in a small poor village on the coast of the dead sea. There he meets someone who says they knew the Nazarene Jesus. At this point, John begins to question his beliefs.

When John learns that the Romans are planning to take the holy city of Jerusalem, he leads six hundred men into the city to protect it, not only from the Romans, but also from three zealot groups who claim to be protecting the city but are in reality stealing from widows and orphans and desecrating the holy temple by staining the altar with blood. John must make a difficult decision. But, you must listen to the story to discover how this all turns out!

Along with the two CD production, we received a wonderful study guide. This study guide has helped to guide our discussions while listening to For The Temple with questions under the following headings:

  • Listening Well. Here, your child will be asked about what he has heard or what he remembers.
  • Thinking Further. in this area, he will be asked to draw conclusions from the actions of various characters, or to speculate about the intentions, mindset and personal character of the people in the story.
  • Defining Words. This is an area to aid in expanding your childs vocabulary. He will be asked to look up and learn words specific to the story.

There is also a recommended reading list given which will help parents and older
children who  to know and understand more about the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, Three Bible studies, and two essays which gave us a lot of really good background of the time involved in this story.

As always, I do recommend this audio drama to you, along with all of Heirloom Audios other productions! To read what our family thought of the other productions which we reviewed, please read here.

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My New Instant Pot!

I received a much wanted Instant Pot for Christmas!

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We’ve been having fun putting up meals from My Freeze Easy, where in addition to all of the regular categories there’s now a whole category for the Instant Pot! This time around, we (The Artist and I) put only Instant Pot meals in our menu plan, so as to get used to using this brand new appliance. We’ve now served all five of the recipes we put up, and still have one of each in our freezer.

First up, in 8 minutes we did Meatballs and Marinara sauce.

Here they are, at the end of 8 minutes . . .

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And, plated!

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Next, we did New Brunswick Stew, which took about a half hour.

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Then, we did Chicken Cordon Bleu, cooking time about 20 minutes.

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Next up was French Onion Pork Chops, which were cooked in about 20 minutes.

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Finally, Mushroom Beef Pot roast, which took 55 minutes!

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This is such a great appliance! And it’s nothing like my mother’s pressure cooker, which I was always terrified of. Plus, it has other functions we haven’t even explored yet, like slowcooker, cake maker, rice cooker, steamer, food warmer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, and sterilizer. I will never use the yogurt maker. 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy with this appliance, and very glad I’ve been asking for one!

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Our Batman on His Birthday!

As you can see, he is still all Batman, all the time! As long as he receives Batman things, he is so happy, as you can see!

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