Math-U-See AIM {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

My son “The Batman” is developmentally disabled, and we have tried ever since he was little to help him learn just addition and subtraction, but he has just never been able to do it. I was very happy to receive Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction  from Math-U-See for review, because I thought maybe it would help. And oh my word, it is slowly but surely helping!

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Accelerated Individual Mastery is a program with both physical products and a digital toolbox. Here is what we received:

This is the book, the integer blocks and the special colored pencils.

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Here you see the 13 Fact Check Strategy posters.

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And finally, the Fact Check Cards which are printed on perforated Cardstock.

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I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize the fact check cards were in with the Fact Check Strategy posters, and printed them out on paper! But the ones in the box are so sturdy that we will be using them.

Because “The Batman” has always had such a problem with even the simplest of math, I am so happy that this is working, even though we have to go very slowly for him. Where others might be able to get through this program in one multi-part lesson per week, we have to go MUCH slower. Because this is an individual mastery program, the pace will look different for everyone.

“The Batman” really is enjoying this program, and not becoming frustrated! He is even asking every day if we can do some more of it. I think this is partly because of the hands on manipulatives, but also because he isn’t feeling as though he has to push through faster to “keep up.”

Before beginning, I went through the Before-AIM Assessment with “The batman.”

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You can download the assesment here before deciding to purchase this program. It will quickly help you to see where your child is with addition and Subtraction facts. Here is where “The Batman” was at the end of the assessment:

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At the end of this program, we’ll go through a post AIM assessment to see how much he’s gained.

Here is his first worksheet, which we downloaded from the worksheet generator in the Digital Toolbox, which you will have a one year access with your purchase of this program.

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After the lesson, I read the math facts to him and mark off those that  he now knows.

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Yiu can see that at this point, he’s all over the board.

After each lesson, I’ll do this again, until the whole sheet is marked. Then, we will move on to subtraction.

In the Digital Toolbox you’ll also find review activities and games to aid in memorizing the math facts. “The Batman” likes everything in the toolbox!

AIM  was created  many different students in mind, such as:

  • Those who have done other addition and subtraction fact methods without mastery (even adults!)
  • still need to tally marks or count on their fingers
  • struggle as they face harder math concepts
  • Have not mastered many math facts at all, like “The Batman”

This program focuses on:

  • Specifically single-digit addition and subtraction fact mastery
  • Uses language and activities that are updated for more mature students
  • does not use distractions and additional topics beyond the fundamental facts

Each lesson has a short video to help you teach the concept. That is where I went to learn how to use the integer blocks most effectively. Below the video, there were links telling me what I needed to print out, what physical materials to remove from the box, and what games there are to cement the concept taught. there are also sometimes activity pages like this coloring page:

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One activity that “The Batman” can do is a matching game. Here, he is using a printed out chart of the integer blocks to color the game cards. The numbers are the same color as the matching integer block cards. He is coloring them with the Math-U-see pancils, which match the color of each integer block.

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Now, when he wants to play, either his brother or I will do it with him.

“The Batman” really likes this program, as I said above. He feels so much more confident than with any other method we have tried.

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Home School in the Woods: Knights {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.With products like The Knights K-2 Lap-Pak  from Home School In The Woods,  it becomes so easy to add Hands on History to our studies.

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Home School in the Woods is a family owned and operated company, born out of Amy Pak’s time as a home schooling mom. Here is some of their own history.

My son enjoys the materials from Hands on Home Schooling, as you can see from the other reviews we have done on projects from this company here.

These studies are very versatile. You can put them into a lap Book made out of file folders, which we have done, but you could also put them into a binder, which “The Artist” chose to do this time.

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We received a zip file, and once opened, found the pdf files with the directions and all of the project masters. The first thing I always do with these products is to print out the project directions and the lap book assembly page. This way, I don’t have to go back and forth to find out which projects are to be printed out on white or colored paper or card stock, and how to put them together. The assembly directions show how they should be placed in your lap book.

There is a story which can be printed out in booklet form or full page, if you wish to put it in a notebook, which is what we did. Along with the printed out story, there is an audio file so you can just listen to the story, of read along while listening, which is what my boys did.

While the Knights (K-2)  pak is marked as being k-2, it really works for any age. I actually feel that children at the K-2 level would probably need an awful lot of help with the cutting and assembly.  “The Artist” chose it because he’s done a number of the other paks in the past, and he is interested in that period of history.

He enjoys the crafty aspect of the projects, and getting to use stuff from my paper crafting stash to do them.

“The Batman” did the coloring here. With his disabilities, he has very poor fine motor control, but he wanted to be included so “The Artist” did the cutting and assembly while “The Batman” did some of the coloring. He stopped when it got more detailed because it hurt his fingers and hands.

Here is the first project. This is assembled in such a way as to be able to lift the flaps to get to the information.

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Here, you can see someone being knighted with a moveable sword, a castle with a drawbridge which lowers, and a pop up scene under the castle.

Next, we have another interactive project. As you can see, the knight’s helmet moves to show you information about what a knight is.

Here we see information about the weapons a knight would use.

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More information about knights:

 

And here in this collection of projects, the student is instructed to design their own family crest.

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The blue background with the mitten and the fish (pike) is because we are originally from Michigan. The blue green and electric blue are our favorite colors, and the red is for the blood of Christ as our foundation, with a cross and the shed blood.

The other projects on this page are, as you can see, about the crusaders and famous knights.

Home School In The Woods has so many great projects! One that would be really good right now while we are in an election year, is the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak.

Amy Pak has a very good blog post about teaching with Lapbooks that is a must read!

As you can see, this is a wonderful hands on tool for learning history. We have enjoyed many of the lap paks from Home School in the Woods!

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Freezer Prepping Right Before Stay at Home Order

So you all know that about once a month we do a menu plan for the freezer to save money and make things easier, right? Well, we managed to get one in right befor our governor gave a stay at home order. I will say that it took several days to get the meat we needed, and then “The Batman” and I went to Smith’s for the “reserved for seniors and disabled” hour to attempt to get the other ingredients for the recipes. We waited in line outside of the store for 45 minutes. I ended up needing to substitue a lot of ingredients, but I did get 16 meals into the freezer. I hope the substitutions work!

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I finally thought of going to our local meat marked (duh!), and they were limiting to 5 pounds of each thing you wanted to buy. This is my purchase:

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I’ve never bought a bag of bacon before! Here are the meals, right before going into the fridge!

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So far, we’ve had one of the Sloppy Dog meals, one of the Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, and one meal left over from a previous session, Ginger Peach Pork Chops! I do 8 servings, and almost always get two suppers out of them for my family.

I’m glad we were able to get this done before the stay at home order, and that we were able to find what we needed in the midst of all the panicked shoppers.

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Alan Shepard Higher and Faster {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

YWAM Publishing offered us a number of choices from their Heroes of History series of books, and we were so happy to be given Alan Shepard Higher and Faster for the purpose of this review.

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard was the first American to be launched into space, and one of the select few to actually walk on the surface of the moon. Can you even imagine having such a legacy? I certainly can’t!

This is a very entertaining and educational book, covering the time from Shepard’s boyhood dreams of flight all the way through to his death at the age of 74 after suffering with Leukemia. We read about his trading work for flying lessons on his quest to be a flyer, to his time in the Naval Academy, through World War 2. We read about his invitation to join NASA, and his journey through training for space flight. We get to read the exciting account of Alan Shepard being one of the preiviledged few to actually set foot upon, and walk on, the moon.  Alan Shepard has a wonderful legacy as one of the pioneers of space.

Along with this terrific book, we received the accompanying Heros of History Unit Study.

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This unit study will aid you in covering the following areas:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Essay Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama
  • Art

Here, you can see just what has been included for your exploration!

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For our family, the chapter questions were key. This is what I primarily used at the end of each chapter we read together, as a means of seeing what was understood, and what was retained.

Ultimately, this book gave us a very good look at the history of space flight, without being a dry text book. We have truly enjoyed reading this and reviewing it for you, just as we have with other books and unit studies from YWAM. You can read those reviews here.

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Shopping During the Madness: Corona Virus Insanity

People! Stop It!

Yes, the Corona Virus is a bad thing. Yes, we are supposd to be social distancing. Yes, if you get sick you may have to quarantine for a couple weeks.

But, what is going on is insanity. Not only have people lost their minds, they have lost their common decency. There is no reason whatsoever for the grocery shelves to be looking like this, every day, even after being fully restocked. You do NOT need to behave as though you will be locked into a bomb shelter  for the next few years. You do not need to act as though it’s only important that you get everything, even if others get nothing. This is what it looks like in my local Smith’s (Kroger), and it’s rediculous.

It’s rediculous to see pictures of people lining up around the store buildings before opening.

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Hearing about fist fights in stores because people are panic buying is horrible. This country has been whipped into a frenzy of fear, and as a result, unwilling to be kind and decent to one another. Is this how our country should be behaving?

People! Stop it!

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Venturing With God in Congo {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

We have been reading Venturing with God in Congo by Darrell Champlin from Conjurske Publications together,  and really enjoying it. As we just recently held our annual Missions Conference, we were so happy to receive this book for review!

Darrell Champlin and his wife Louise. Louise had grown up in the Belgian Congo of Africa, in a family which had most members had gone to the mission fields. He had written this book in parts, and after his death his wife Louise compiled it into this non-fiction missionary account.

Let’s begin with the quality of this book. This is a good quality, hardcover book. Since I like to add books which will last into our home library, this was important to me. The cover art is amazing! I am showing you both the front and back covers. so you can see how beautiful Congo was to the Champlin family.

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This book is 290 pages long, and has included pronunciation tips several times throughout the book, along with a short page at the beginning. There is an eight page gallery of photos taken during the span of this story which were fun to look at.

There is scripture used throughout, and those who read this blog regularly will know how please I was to see that all of the scripture used was from the 1611 King James Version.

We belong to a very missions minded church, so this sort of book is always a treat for me. As I said above, we just finished up our Missions Conference, and this was an excellent way to extend it!

The personal sacrifices made by missionary families are daunting, but God calls us all to be missionaries. For many, the call is to “go.” For those who are not called to go, we must send. Missionary giving is so important, so that we become part of spreading the  Word of God and need for salvation throughout the world.

Some of the things given up by the Champlins were modern life, financial security, and safety, among others. They lived on very little in the Congo, $28.00 per month! The rest of their $128.00 of support went into the actual ministry. They gave up modern life because the people they were reaching were living as if it were 100 or more years in the past. They lived in a jungle home, where the windows were just openings and couldn’t be closed, where people or animals could enter at will, so there was much danger.

Darrell Champlin has written the most vivid descriptions of the wild life and the people in Congo, I could actually visualize it! The incredible stories of thise who came to Christ should bring anyone who doesn’t know Him straight to their knees.

One such story (my favorite, actually) gives an account of a man called Lulu Bekanga. This man struck terror into the hearts of the people. He had been raised with witchcraft and satan worship. Now, as an adult, he was working as a head policeman for a territorial Belgian agent, terroriging the villagers. When Champlin began his very first service in the Congo, Lulu Bekanga shouted “The first person in this village who believes in this Jesus, I personally will bury!” God works, though, because the first person to accept Jesus as savior was a nephew of Lulu’s, and in his culture he was forbidden to kill a family member. In another of God’s miracles, Lulu Bekanga was the second person their to accept The Lord Jesus as his Savior! At his baptism, he asked to take a new name, and chose Bekanga Paul after Paul in the New Testiment. Thus, like Saul the persecutor of Christian became Paul the messager of The Lord, Lulu Bekanga the murderer became BeKanga Paul, seeking souls for The Lord.

Learning about this missionary family, their work, and the people they served for The Lord was inspiring to me. Through this book, I was pricked in the heart about missions giving. It may do that to you, but read it anyway! It is a fascinationg read, and you’ll be better for it, in my opinion.

I very highly recommend Walking With God in Congo. I do suggest reading ahead before reading each chapter to younger children, as he doesn’t sugar coat the lifestyles of the people. There is much promiscuity in the lives of the people, and no knowledge of right and wrong in that area when the missionary family arrives. I think teens can handle this, but use it as a discussion and teaching point.

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Missions Conference 2020

We had our Misions Conference at our church Mesa Baptist from March 1 through March 4.

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Jeremy and Kari Randle are serving in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany Kari wasn’t able to be here, as her father was having surgery, but Jeremy was, and we really enjoyed hearing from him!

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Larry and Sonny Harrison are serving in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada. Their church plant is Calvary Baptist. The Northern Lights are visible from there!

Our third missionaries for the conference are Glenn Kosiorek and hiis wife Shelley. They are serving in Alabama, and also sing as the Crosspoint String Band, singing and playing old fashioned bluegrass gospel music. Their church plant is Redemtion Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama.

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We had such a grand time! Wonderful messages, great meals before churc on Monday through Wednesday, and WONDERFUL music from Glenn and Shelly Kosiorek! You can see videos of some of their music on their Facebook page.

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