Online Times Alive From City Creek Press, Inc {Review}

Memorizing multiplication facts can be boring. In fact, I never learned them. Yes. Yes I did just admit that! To be fair though, Nobody ever taught the multiplication tables in any class I was in. But, with the Online Times Alive subscription from City Creek Press, Inc. YOUR students (and you!) can learn math facts by watching videos and practicing math facts.

For many people, learning facts (of any sort) is easier using rhymes or songs. Based on the best selling book Times Tables The Fun Way Book for Kids, Online Times Alive uses both of these, along with short stories to teach the multiplication tables. Mnemonics have always been a great help to me ( “In 14 hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” ring a bell? )

Here is a quick little video to give you an idea of the fun way students are brought to a knowledge of multiplication facts:

I decided to have “The Artist” be the student on this one. Both “The Batman” and “The Puzzler” are very delayed in math skills, and are still trying to learn basic addition and subtractions. With their developmental delays, this may take a long time, or may never happen, but we do keep trying. “The Artist,” however, has had some work in Pre-Algebra, but definitely needs to learn multiplication facts. He (and I) know how to multiply, but memorizing the multiplication table certainly helps to get to the answer quickly.

The thing I like the best about Online Times Alive is that “The Artist” was able to be totally independent! Once logged in for the first time, the program gave him a pre-test, after which the program gave him a set of lessons in a table.

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At this point, “The Artist” simply clicks on the lessons in the order given, and away he goes! The filled in circles indicate completed  lessons, while the white, unfilled circles indicate that those lessons have not yet been started. If a circle is half filled in, it is a lesson which was begin, but not yet completed.

This is the beginning of the lesson for 8×8.  I just asked, and “The Artist” says that he remembers this fact (8×8=64) because the snowmen look like 8’s and the fire at the end has flames which look like 64. There is also a sign by the fire which says sticks (6) are for (4) the fire.

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The program keeps his records, but it is important for you to be aware that the student must use only the device he or she initially logged into, and remember what neme exactly they used to log into. The records and progress are kept on the one device, so this is important. I do wish that they were kept online, because at some point after beginning the review period “The Artist” received a Chromebook specifically for school use and switching him over meant he had to start all over.

Speaking of records, as you can see in the above picture, there is a red bar at the middle bottom of the screen. Clicking on that got me this:

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The picture below is what “The Artist” sees after watching the video in any given lesson. He tells me that this excercise is to see if he remembers what the lesson taught.

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He says that periodically the program gives a comprehension quiz or a test. The Artist really has been enjoying this! He also has some developmental delays, thoughv he’s not quite as delayed as his brothers, and this has been a great fit for him! Check out Online Times Alive and see if it’s a good fit for you! The cost is $9.95 / month with an initial $6.95 sign-up fee, but my readers can use the code  lovetolearn to have the sign up fee waved.

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Yummy Freezer Meals!

Today, “The Artist” and I put together 11 meals for the freezer!

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“The Artist” is making the Baked Apricot Meatballs, while I make the sauce to put on them.

Here, we have the really good smelling topping to add into the Baked Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops. I wish you could smell this, instead of just seeing it, because it just smells so yummy, and I’m sure it’s going to smell even better baking in the oven!

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This is all 10 of the meals from the recipes above, 2 of each, plus a package made using the extra pork chops and Vidalia Vinaigrette, so a total of 11 meals.

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And finally, 11 new supper main dishes in the freezer to add to whatever meals were left from the last time we did this!

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We have a membership with My Freeze Easy, and every few weeks I just go in and create my own menu plan, but you don’t have to. Each monty there are 12 new menus to choose from. Each recipe will make 2 meals for the freezer, and we chose to use 5 recipes this time. I also set my meal portions per meal at 8 so there will be leftovers, often enough for a second supper the next day! If you click the link earlier in this paragraph (affiliate) You’ll find the join page, and also a “try it free!” click at the top. We have been using and loving this for almost 3 years now, and my crew loves it! We get so much more variety now, and I never have to worry about having something already prepped to just thaw and bake, slow cook, Instant Pot, or skillet! Another reason I started doing this is that I’m part of the “Care Bear” ministry in our church (Mesa Baptist Church). I never have to say no anymore, because there are always good meals in my freezer, which enables me to do a meal for someone in need wil very little notice. I like that!

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Our Lastest Freezer Session!

We’ve been freezer meal prepping again! We’ll be enjoying the bounty for the next couple of weeks!

 

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Music Appreciation for the Middle Grades Book 2 From Zeezok Publishing {Review}

 

I grew up listening to music from classical to bluegrass and beyond, so I was very excited to receive this wonderful homeschool music program, Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades from Zeezok Publishing for the purpose of this review!

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For a little while now,  “The Artist” has been learning all about Frederick Chopin, using the main Student Activity Book and biographies of the composer.

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It has been important to me that my children learn to appreciate music from diverse time periods, so this really fits the bill! By the time this course is finished, we will have learned about seven different composers:

  • Frederic Chopin
  • Robert Schumann
  • Richard Wagner
  • Stephen Foster
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Edward MacDowell

We will learn about them by using the big Student Activity Book and reading nine biographies. We received physical copies of eight, and we received one of them as an e-book. When you order this package, you will get them all as physical books. Of the books we received, seven are very nice soft cover in a couple of different sizes, and one is a nice, sturdy hard cover.

While this is not a problen for us, I know that there are people who like matching sets so I thought I ought to mention it.

If you follow the table in the workbook exactly this curriculum will take you twenty-nine weeks. Four weeks per composer, with the exception of Frederic Chopin which is a five week section. This could take as long or as short of a time as you wish, but following the schedule is worthwhile if you would like it to be completed within one school year.

This course is cross curricular, covering history, geography, music, social studies and more.

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At some point we will be coming back to this to try the delicious sounding recipe pictured here, but as my husband is on the hunt for a new job he wants to avoid poppy seeds for now. 😉

The components of this curriculum are listed below.

  • Student Activity Book:

This is designed for different kinds of learners (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, “active”) Activities will teach geography, history, instrument study, music vocabulary, timelines, character trait studies, musical facts, and more. This is a consumable book, so while multiple children within your family would be able to share the biographies you will need a separate Student Activity Book for each of them.

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  • Optional Journal Notebook:

While working through the Student Activity Book, the student will find directions for creating their own journaling notebook using a 3-ring binder, a regular notebook, or even a sketchbook, helping him or her to connect with the musicians and their musical creations through writing.

  • The Great Musician Series (nine biographies by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher.
  • Music Appreciation for the Middle Grades App:

This is a new feature as of this curriculum. There are QR codes sprinkled throughout the Student Activity Book which give your student easy access to all of the songs in the biographies, interactive quizzes and additional website links.

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I have covered the website link to the App page because it’s reserved for consumers of this curriculum only.

There are optional components available for purchase:

I feel that this is an excellent tool for introducing my children to the appreciation of music! With this set we are not simply listening to music, we are learning about the places from which the composers came, how they lived their lives, along with much more from each time period. I very much recommend this set to you!

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Memoria Press Sixth Grade Liturature Guide Set {Review}

If you prefer classical Christian education then you need to check out Memoria Press and their Sixth Grade Literature Guide Set  which includes the King Arthur Literature Guide.

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However, you don’t have to be using the Classical Education method to really appreciate this set. We are far, far from being Classical Education home schoolers, and we think these are just great! We have reviewed educational curricula from Memoria Press in the past, and you can see those reviews here.

Memoria Press very generously sent us the complete Sixth Grade Literature Guide Set for the purpose of this review, and this is what came out of the box when it arrived to us.

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When given the choice of which grade to review, I did not choose based upon anyone’s grade level. I had my son look at all of the choices, and he picked the one which had guides for specific books he wanted to read. He chose this level, and the guide we decided to begin with is King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table. Because I thought these guides were a valuable resource educationally, I purchased the matching book.

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After reading each chapter in the book,

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my son went directly to the Student Study Guide.

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I believe in the picture above he’s working on the vocabulary portion of the chapter he just read, as he has the dictionary open next to him.

For each chapter, the Student Study Guide has a quote at the top of the page on the left. That will be for later. First, he has a section called Reading Notes. My son said “they are kind of like reminders about people, things and places .”

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Next, he works on the small vocabulary list. Here is the  one I was able to get a picture of early on, which also shows part of the following section, the comprehension questions.

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The next section Discussion Questions, is where he would need the aforementioned quote. There are questions regarding who said the quotation and to whom, and then further questions regarding people and/or things which happened in a given chapter. I like to use this as a  starter for oral discussion in our family. Next, we have the section titled Enrichment. For example, in King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table, scattered among enrichment activities involving writing, there is an opportunity to play a game patterned on Percivale needing to distinguish between what was real and what was caused by an evil spirit. We’ve played a similar game in the past called Two Truths and a Lie.

Here, my son is checking out the family tree of King Arthur and his four bravest knights. Um . . . yes. A haircut will now be on the agenda, today or tomorrow. 😳

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The King Arthur Student Study Guide has 47 pages of student work pages followed by an appendix of 10 pages. After the 3 pages of definitions is the part I like the best, long pieces of poetry. Two by Alfred Lord Tennyson (The Lady of Shalott and a passage from Le Morte D’Arthur) and one by Howard Pyle (The Wooing of Sir Keith). The King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table Teacher Guide is 115 pages long, and gives you all of the answers for the Student Study Guide.

The other three books in this level are The Door In The Wall, The Adventures Of Robin Hood and Adam Of The Road. The Student Study Guides are all of a similar length with the exception of The Door In The Wall which has 19 student pages. All of the Student Study Guides and Teacher Guides are 8 1/2″ x 11″, bound with a sturdy, glossy cover. I think they will stand up to use.

As I wrote at the top of this review, These literature guides are great no matter what style of home schooling your family does! We are very relaxed, wing-it style home schoolers, using an extremely wide variety of materials. We are not school in a box kit people, we’re more free wheeling, and we love these!

With 65 reviewers in total, you will see a variety of opinions and grade levels. Please click below to see what the other 64 have to say!

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