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I Know It {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I Know It has been a great way to make math practice fun for my son “The Batman!” This is the kind of site which makes him feel like he loves math!

I Know It is an online math program, which you can use to supplement any K-5 math curriculum. Within the I Know It site you will find over 600 math lessons/topics.

Here is a short video to tell you a bit more about I Know It:

It was extremely easy to set my son up as a user on I Know It! I simply set up my account, then set him up as the student. With the family membership, with which we were blessed in order to do this review, you can use it for up to four children. I am only using it for one.

This is what I see when I have logged in, and then my son can click on the picture he chose for himself. There is only the one password. After that, each of your children can click on their own icon when it is their turn to do some math.

As the parent, you have the ability to either assign lessons or to allow your children to explore the lessons on their own. I chose to let “The Batman” explore on his own through the K level, and he completed the entire thing! He was thrilled that he got Awards Certificates to pprint out, and as a result he also learned how to print them from our printer. Here are just a few of his certificates. Before printing the first one out, he asked if I had changed the ink cartridges, becaus he wanted the certificates to look just the same as they did on the screen. 🙂

This is what he sees when he does well on a lesson.

The picture below is a partial chart of everything “The Batman” has been doing:

Below is a more detailed student report:

The picture below is a partial list of Awards “The Batman” has accumulated so far.

Because “The Batman” has significant developmental delays which affect his ability to learn math, this has been a fun program for him! He does not complain about doing it, in fact, he asks if I will log in to it so that he can “do math!” He is having so much fun!

You can also keep up with I Know It at the following social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iknowitcom/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iknowit_com

A number of other Homeschool Review families have also been checking out I Know It, and I invite you to pop over here and see what they think of this supplemental program!

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The Giving Manger {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I would like to share with you a new tradition, found in The Giving Manger, book written by Allison Hottinger and illustrated by Emily King. We were blessed with a beautiful set which includes the book, a bound package of straw, a wooden manger to (easily!) assemble, and a carved wooden baby Jesus.

This book has a wonderful story about Anne and Ben, who wait all year for their father to make them a hand carved toy for Christmas. But this year, he tells them they are beginning a brand bnew tradition at the beginning of December! Imagine their disappointment when their father, on December 1st, presents them with a little wooden manger and says this will be their gift this year! He teaches them from the Bible about Jesus spending his entire life on Earth serving others, and tells them they will spend this month doing acts of service to others. That each time they do something kind for someone else, they may place a pice of the straw into the manger. He uses the scripture “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” This is Mathew 25:40b. They feel anger and frustration, until kind things begin happening to them.

This is a beautiful book! It is a large, hard cover book, with a matching paper jacket. The illustrations are gorgeous, cut pieces of paper laid out to form the picture. It reminds me a lot of paper piecing from my scrapbooking days.

One of the things that I always like to point out to my readers is when a resource uses scripture from the King James Version of The Bible. This is the only version my family uses in faith and practice, so this is very important to us.

You saw above how this set is packaged, making it a beautiful pre-Christmas gift! The only thing I have not yet showed you everything, though. Here is the babny Jesus, in the straw filled manger!

Isn’t it beautiful? Imagine how good your family will feel when they see this by Christmas, and know that it means they have performed acts of kindness all month for others!

At the end of the book is a two page section entitled “Manger Moments,” listing a good number of ides for acts of kindness, followed by a page called “Manger Memories,” where your family can record acts of kindness year by year.

This is a wonderful set, and I truly recommend it to you and your family.

Please look to the following social media links for more information about Worthy Kids:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorthyKidsBooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worthykidsbooks/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegivingmanger/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/worthykids/

Several other Homeschool Review Crew families have been spending time with The Giving Manger. I invite you to go and read what they they thought of it here.

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Buck Academy: BUCK Making Cents {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

BUCK Making Cents along with Quick Cents to a Buck from Buck Academy are adorable books to teach money lessons to children.

One of the issues “The Batman” has always had is trouble learning about money, so I thought maybe this book would be helpful for him. It is actually written toward ages 5 – 10, but for him, a book about money needs to be geared to the very young.

The book teaches about the dollar bill and how many of each coin is needed to be a dollar. The coin illustrations are foiled, and textured so that he can actually feel the coins. I hope you can see the shiny foil in the picture below:

“The Batman” thought is was funny that it said on the above page “prewash the coins & bill so they are clean for use over and over again.” He said “Mom, wouldn’t that be money laundering?!” We all got a laugh over that one!

On each page, the book teaches about a different coin, and how many of that coin you need to make a buck.

He did have trouble with all but the penny, but we worked on counting by fives for thr nickels and by tens for the dimes. For the quarters, I ended up reminding him that the buck is a piece of paper. If we tore into four pieces, each one would be? He said a quarter. That helped him.

Some of the things he liked the best were details about the coins, like the fact that a dime has 118 ridges around the edge, and a quarter has 119. Those were his favorite facts, and he has been asking other people if they know them.

Written by Dustin Goss and illustrated by Febyolla Goss, this is an excellent book to help children learn some basics about money. At the very end, it says ” Value Knowledge. Gift it forward.” Once the child has read the book over and over again until they really understand the “cents within a Buck,” they should gift the book away to pass on that knowledge!

Keep up with Buck Academy with the following social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BUCKacademy.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BUCK_academy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buckacademy/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BUCKAcademy/_saved/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrwVZl0j3v5OeKI_h2JXLhQ

Several other Homeschool Review Crew Families also have been checking out BUCK Making Cents and/or Baby BUCK, How Much Am I. I invite you to please go here and find out whaat they think!

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Progeny Press Redwall & Cricket in Times Square {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

We love adding Progeny Press guides to our Language Arts studies so we were very happy to receive both Redwall and The Cricket in Times Square Study Guides to review this time. We have reviewed other Study guides from Progeny Press, and you can read what we thought about them here.

My son “The Batman” was in the back seat and saw the screen on my phone when I was checking out which Study Guides were being offered for review, and when he saw The Cricket in Times Square, he immediatly asked if we could get it. Don’t worry, we were not driving, we were sitting in a parking lot waiting for something! When we got home, I had “The artist” take a look, and we settled on Redwall for him. As you can see above, as soon as I learned that we were chosen for the review. I immediately ordered the books to go with the Study Guides. When the books arrived, the boys started reading them right away!

Both Study Guides were ready for me to download as soon as I logged in to Progeny Press. It is so easy to download them, too! I was provided with the e-guides and a seperate download of the Teacher Key.

Both of the Study Guides have the same basic format:

  • Note to Instructor: information about how to use Progeny Press Study guides, information on what things the student will need.
  • A synopsis of the story
  • An “About the author” section
  • Background information
  • Ideas for pre-reading activities

When the student gets further into the Study Guide, he/she will find vocabulary lessons, comprehension questions, a thinking about the story section, a dig deeper section, and optional projects.

“The Batman” and I did a lot of The Cricket in Times Square orally because of his developmental delays, but “The Artist” typed a lot of his in. This is one thing that is really wonderful about Progeny Press, the Study Guides are interactive. Not only can the studen type in his/her answers, but the study guide can also be printed out and written on.

Progeny Press can also be found by checking out the links below:

Social Media Links: Progeny Press

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/progenypress
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/progenypress
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/progenypress
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/progenypress

My boys love Progeny Press, and so do I! The books they have chosen for study are really good literature, which is something I really like to put into our home library.

There are 40 other Homeschool Review Crew families who reviewed a variety of Study Guides from Progeny Press over the past several weeks. Please go here to discover what they thought!

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Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I am not confident in my ability to teach science, so I am grateful for Self-paced 4th-7th grade one-semester classes such as the Virtual, interactive homeschool Young Scientist chemistry course from Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science. Also, my son prefers the self paced courses more than having to follow a strict schedule, so this was a good choice for him. He prefers not to have someone hanging over him while he is working.

From the About page, Greg Landry & College Prep Science:

“He has a heart for students and a passion for science… but more specifically a passion for teaching students to see God’s hand in every aspect of His creation that surrounds us. His goal is to help them see that God’s creation didn’t just happen by chance – it wasn’t an accident, a fluke of nature.” I like that!

This is what “The Artist” sees after logging in:

There are video lessons in this course, and he can follow along with the downloadable study guide:

The study guide also has printable pages, such as note taking pages and worksheets with questions for him to answer:

He really fought me about the note taking page. “That’s not how I take notes, Mom!” But he finally agreed to do it just for the pictures.

I asked “The Artist” what he liked about this course, and the first thing he said was “I like that this is Biblically based, instead of secular.” I like that part as well. What “The Artist” said he doesn’t like, “The videos were too long.”

What “The Artist” told me does, in order:

  • I log in
  • I go to the dashboard a click on courses
  • I go to the lesson next lesson
  • I watch the lesson
  • Go to the pdf study guide and print out the forms I need
  • Fill out the forms

We chose the Young Scientist Chemistry Course from the Self-paced 4th-7th grade one-semester classes, but it is just one of the courses offered in this catagory! Here are the courses available, that are available:

  • Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology
  • Young Scientist Biology
  • Young Scientist Chemistry
  • Young Scientist Physics
  • Young Scientist Earth & Space Science

There are also  Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes:

  • Exercise & Sports Physiology
  • Biochemistry / Microbiology
  • Embryology / Endocrinology
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Study Skills / Measurement / Lab Reports / Graphing

There is a nice selection of Freebies here for you as well!

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A good number of other Review Crew families have also been checking out different courses from Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science. I would love to have you go here to see what they did, and their thoughts!

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Freezer Meals October 2021

Got this month’s round of freezer prep done! With help from “The Batman” and “The Artist,” we got the big shop done on the 14th, and the meals put together on the 15th! Here’s the menu plan.

For each recipe we get two meals in the freezer, except for the salmon, that made 4 meals. Plus, we had enough extra boneless chicken breasts to do 4 packages with BBQ sauce, making a total of 26 meals in the freezer! Yay, us!

This is the bounty of our work:

So far, we’ve had one meal, the Salibury Steak. It’s a favorite of my husband and boys, so they wanted that first.

I use My freeze Easy to create my menu plans. I’d love it if you went here to check it out, there’s a try it free option at the top of the page. My family loves the variety, I love having entrees all ready in my freezer, plus, It makes me ready at any time someone needs a meal brought to them, which is a ministry I participate in at my church.

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LightSail for Homeschoolers {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

LightSail for Homeschoolers focuses on four areas ReadingWritingVocabulary, and Fluency. We have been using it to improve reading comprehension.

When homeschooling curriculum began to be available as digital and as online programs, I was really not a fan. I mean, I much preferred to use physical copies of everything. I think that maybe it was because that was all I had known for pretty much ever. Digital and online curricula has really grown on me over the past few years, though! LightSail for Homeschoolers is really showing the advantages of an online curriculum. I mean, how expensive would it be to have a library of over 12,000 books, 51,000+ encyclopedia articles, 150+ unit studies, and so much more than I could realistically decribe to you in one review!

We are focusing more on reading and vocabulary at this time. With Cloze activities, the student fills in missing words. They also answer multiple choice questions. There are also Power Texts. You, as the parent, can assign how often you expect your children to do them. Power Texts are selected books at your child/children’s reading level. They help your child really improve his/her reading skills.

This is my parent dashboard:

Here, you can set up the children who will be using LightSail for Homeschoolers. You can assign specific things, such as number of pages to be read per week, how often they must do a Power Text, Unit Studies, and more!

Here is the opening dashboard for one of my boys:

This is where he will see a book that he is currently reading, how many pages per week he is supposed to read, and more. This picture was early on in our review period.

One thing we really like is the extensive library, which is mentioned early in this review.

There is so much here! As you can see, there are specific catagories, but when you click on one, it opens up to tons more! For example, books!

The picture above is only a tiny portion of the many, many books available to read! This picture shows browsing by subject, which we like, but you can also browse by author.

One of the other topics from the main library page is Unit Studies. I love them, but one of my boys is not a fan at all. 😦

Here are just a portion of the unit studies available!

Over all, we like LightSail for Homeschoolers. The only thing we didn’t like was that it didn’t work as well as we expected on my children’s Chrome Books. This meant they both have to use my Laptop, though I didn’t mind if I wasn’t needing to use it. With the Chrome books though, they could both work at the same time, plus keeping my Laptop free.

For more on LightSail for Homeschoolser, please check them out on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LightSailEd
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lightsailed/

A number of other Homeschool Review Crew families also spent some time checking out LightSail for HomeSchool. I would love for you to go here and check out what they had to say, and the ways that they used it!

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Bible Breakdowns From Teach Sunday School {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

Teach Sunday School is a company with a number of very good products to aid in helping your children (or yourself!) including the product I am reviewing for you now: Bible Breakdowns.

Bible Breakdowns is just exactly what it say, a breakdown of every single book in the bible. Each page is laid out really nicely.

At the top, you will see the name of the Book as well as what number the book is (in order).

Next, there is a very short summary of the book being studied. It is a bare bones summary, but plenty enough to tell me what I want to know before studying the book.

Here is a graphic to tell you more about the book:

I like this a lot! I like to see at a glance the information given in the graphic. If I want to see what period is covered in a given book for example, it is right here for me.

Now, we come to the Breakdowns themselves. As you will see, this section gives you the entire book of Daniel broken down by chapter, and sometimes by verse sections. I really like that books which would be considered to be classic Bible stories are highlighted in blue.

Finally, the last section of the Bible Breakdown page is a section which gives you the most popular verses in the book being studied.

During this review period, I have printed out the breakdown sheet for the book of Daniel. Our Assistant Pastor (who will become our Pastor when our current one retires in January) is doing a series during our Sunday evening services using the book of Daniel, and I thought it would help us to have this breakdown printed out to refer to.

This is my copy with my Bible. I am liking the fact that I can get additional context, along with keeping track of what we are hearing during the services.

As you can see below, this is a beautiful set, worth printing out and keeping in a notebook so as to have handy for every book you study, whether for church or for personal study.

I plan to do exactly that, but first I need to go and buy a binder for the pages! Then, it will be readily available for use every time any of us are being taught from a specific book of the Bible, or doing a Bible study of our own.

Social Media Links: Teach Sunday School

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SundaySchoolLessons
Instagram: @teachsundayschool
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/biblefun/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChwHfenlbCBU_XfzvqCFFPA

43 other members of the Homeschool Review Crew have also been using Bible Breakdowns. Please go here to find out how they are using them, and what there thoughts are!

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Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2 {Review}

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The Critical Thinking Co.™ provides fantastic critical thinking resources for young students such as Building Thinking Skills® Beginning 2.

I was very happy to receive Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2 from  The Critical Thinking Co.™ to use with “The Batman,” because this company provides fantastic critical thinking resources for young students such as Building Thinking Skills® Beginning 2.

With “The Batman’s” developmental delays, the only book offered to us for review that would work for him at this time was Building Thinking Skills 2, so this is the one we chose. This book addresses many skills he has struggled with all of his life, such as:

  • Auditory Processing
  • Fine Motor Control Development
  • Classifying
  • Analogies
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Patterns
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Aural Reasoning
  • And many more skill sets!

There are plenty of areas in which my son has gone significantly higher than we were told we should expect, such as reading and spelling, but many areas that are extremely difficult for him, such as those listed above. He has always had fine motor control problems, but he did not complain at all while doing work pages in “Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2,” which makes me feel we have perhaps found a company to stick with. If we can get him through this book, then maybe he can handle the next one, as well!

When the book first came, “The Batman” was very excited to see it! He likes the colorful-ness of the pages, and the fairly clear instructions. I have only had to explain what he was being asked to do a few times.

Here are a few of the work pages he has done so far (there are really too many to put in here!)

His hands shake an awful lot when he tries to write, make lines and circle things, but he does really love this book! To quote “The Batman:” “It makes me think a lot, and it is really fun to do!” That to me is a good indicator that this is an excellent tool for learning. My long time readers know that I have pretty much always said that the learning which is enjoyable is the learning that will stick!

To learn more about the Critical Thinking Co., please check out the following:

Social Media Links: The Critical Thinking Co.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCriticalThinkingCo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/criticalthinks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecriticalthinkingco/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/criticalthinks/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsVEVNa6UpVqXxo_t5sbb7Q

There are 37 other Homeschool Review Crew member families who received this and other books to review from The Critical Thinking Co. I invite you go and discover their thoughts regarding this company and its products by clicking here!

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