Shiloh and Papa

Shiloh got scared once when he jumped onto my recliner while I was sitting there, because it swivels and rocks.But he finally gave my husband’s a try, and loved it!

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MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software {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 sons have been working on reading comprehension through MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software from MaxScholar.

When first beginning, the teacher login is the best place to go.

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Here, you will be able to set up each of your students. You will be able to decide if you want them to take a placement test, or simply choose a level for them. We started out having them both do placement tests, but it seemed to continue for days, and since I didn’t want their frustration level to become overwhelming, so I finally went back into the teacher section and reset it, allowing for no placement test. However, if you really unsure of where your student(s) belong, maybe set them one grade above where you thing they might be, and do a placement test from there. You can decide if you want them to work on Latin and/or Greek roots. I chose not to have them do that at this time, but will very probably add them in later.

when your student logs in, they will see their own welcome screen, and can choose from there where they would like to go!

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“The Artist” really likes the MAXPLACES, because he likes geography quite a bit.

In the photos above, he is learning more about Petra, which is in the mountains of Jordan. He had to read a text section about Petra, and then answer questions about it.

One of “The Batman’s” favorite things was MAXMUSIC. He said he liked the fact that at least in one of the artist’s sections, he was given an on screen keyboard to play the music.

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Something that I like in MAXMUSIC is that the student can choose an artist and learn about him or her specifically.

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Here is “The Batman” working in MAXMUSIC. He is matching sounds.

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His other, and perhaps even most favorite section, was doing the wordsearch puzzles in MAXVOCAB. This is one of his puzzles!

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“The Batman” did NOT care for the section below.

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He, like his brother, is a very avid reader. I’m thrilled about that, as both his dad and I have always been avid readers. However, he’s not enjoying spelling rules, or lessons lessons on syllables, and is struggling with them. For the most part though, both boys enjoy the educational games within this program.

I truly didn’t think this would be a good fit here because both of our boys are very good readers. It did turn out to be good for them though, because it has shown that they need work in certain areas that were unexpected by me. I ended up very happy to have received this product for review!

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Early History of the U.S. Coast Guard:Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915

(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 was interested reviewing Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities because he liked the idea of reading about maritime rescues.

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Author Rebecca Locklear has written this book in order to help students learn about the precurser of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Locklear’s great-grandfather Ernest “Skipper” Eldredge was part of a seven-man crew, helping to row a wooden surfboat over huge breakers into the ocean to rescue crew and passengers on sinking ships. Justifiably proud of him, the author learned a good deal about what he did, and wrote this book to help students learn about what happened during that time, and about the U.S, Life-Saving Service, which eventually became the U.S, Coast Guard.

We received for the purpose of this review the digital version of the book Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities. This book is 117 pages long. It has four units, with 17 student workshops and 120 activities. Here is some of what you may expect, and what grade levels they could work for.

Unit 1: Life at the Station House

  • Molasses and Gingerbread 4 – 12
  • Hunting, Fishing, and Eating 4 – 12
  • Skunk Stories 4 – 12
  • Camaraderie and Drama 8 – 12

Unit 2: Working Together

  • Ships and Signals 6 – 12
  • Beach Patrol 5 – 12
  • Rescues with Boats 6 – 12
  • Rescue Scenarios: Live or Die 8 – 12
  • “The Survivor” and Medicine Chest 9 – 12

Unit 3: The Culture of Character

  • The Polite Surfman 5 – 10
  • The Character of Men 8 – 12 70

Unit 4: Relevance Today

  • Prepare to Stay Alive 8 – 12
  • Thrown into Cold Water 8 – 12

Expanding the Life-Saving Vision through the Arts

  • Choose an Art Project 4 – 12
  • Perform Music 4 – 12

Research Areas Relating to the U.S. Life-Saving Service

  • Archeology
  • Badges
  • Boats
  • Clothing
  • Communication: Coston Flares

And so much more!

“The Artist” chose to focus on Unit 2, and did a couple of the worksheets that were available for it.

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He also did a project related to the smelling salts that were used when necessary.

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I helped my son gather the needed supplies, and he went on to create his own energizing salts by following the recipe. We already had the dried rosemary, so we went to the store for Lemongrass leaves. Unable to find them, we bought actual Lemongrass.

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It was very difficult to grind or grate it, so he just chopped it up. I had all of the essential oils except for Rosemary, so a dear friend gave me the 20 drops he needed. We purchased the course ground sea salt at the grocery store. The day he was going to make this project, my Essential Oils order arrived so then we had enough Rosemary oil along with everything else, to make two jars.

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“The Artist” proceeded to add the ingredients together:

Then, filling the jars! We had spent time at the grocery store looking for just the right size jars when “The Artist said “Why don’t we just re-use those glass jars that gravy came in?” (we had bought some jarred gravy a few days before). So these are the jars he used.

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Filling them was easy, he made a couple of funnels out of parchment paper that we already had, the filled them one spoonfull at a time, alternating between the jars.

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Full!

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“Mmmm! Smells good!”

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Because the initial 20 drops of Rosemary oil came from our friend Savannah, we decided to pretty one jar up and give it to her. Here it is all prettied up.

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And, gifting it!

All in all, this is a really good book, filled with true-life stories from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. There is so much I didn’t know, even to the fact that this organization had even existed! It’s fascinating, and there are projects for each and every unit, allowing you and your student(s) to focus on the area which interests them the most.

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Putting Up Freezer Meals During Covid-19

Recently, “The Artist and I put up a bunch of new meals for the freezer. During Covid-19, it’s a little more difficult because stores are limiting how much of each kind of meat we can buy. So what I’ve been doing is creating a menu which doesn’t call for too much of one meat, but varying it up so as to be able to get what I need. Here’s the menu for this time around.

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We put up 2 of each of these meals, plus two extra Honey Dijon Chicken meals. The Salmon meal I just froze separately so that it could be made with fresh dill the day we decide to have it.

Here are the fruits of our labor!

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Here are some of the meals, ready to eat! Yummy!

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HelpTeaching Pro Subscription {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.)

I have been using the HelpTeaching Pro Subscription from HelpTeaching.com to help my sons improve thinking skills in writing, and also to work on vocabulary skills.

Worksheets with questions helped “The Artist” to think about the answers before just throwing something down as a guess.

“The Batman” has very poor fine motor control skills, so I kept his work to a minimum, as far as writing. Here are some worksheets he did, one about his favorite movie and one with simple addition, which because of his developmental disability, he’s still learning.

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Here are some of the word search puzzles he has done so far:

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And he’s looking forward to having me use the word search generator to create some based on specific interests, such as Marvel movies or anything Batman (go figure!)

Here is a screen shot to show you just SOME of what is available in the HelpTeaching Pro Subsription.

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There is a lot available on the free side of HelpTeaching.com, but the HelpTeaching Pro Subscription offers a good deal more. With more flexibility when it comes to the  creation of and scheduling of unlimited online tests and worksheets, you can endlessly provide your students with new topics and interests. You can also access and use online lessons for a plethora of topics, and you can even send up to 500 students into their Test Room. I only have two, but you know, maybe you want to share what you have created with other teachers and homeschoolers!

You can browse tests and work sheets fromthe following topics:

  • All Worksheets By Subject

  • Arts
  • Early Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Life Skills
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Seasonal and Holidays
  • Social Studies
  • Study Skills/Strategies
  • Vocational Education
  • Word Searches new!
  • Common Core ELA Worksheets

  • Common Core Math Worksheets

  • Math Worksheet Generators new!

  • Printable Game Generators new!

One of my favorite area is titled:

30 Things I wish I learned in High School

Why? because there are quite a lot of things that it would be great for young people to learn which really have very little to do with academics, such as:

  1. Basic study skills
  2. Time management
  3. How to practice self-care
  4. How to Navigate the healthcare system
  5. Healthy habits
  6. How to prepare a meal
  7. Simple household tasks
  8. Basic car maintenance
  9. How to buy a car
  10. Get a credit card (and use it wisely)
  11. The basics of saving and investing
  12. How to get through college without student loans
  13. Setting and achieving realistic goals
  14. How to handle failure and rejection
  15. Negotiation skills

And that is only HALF! With each one, there is information to help you. this section would not be a bad thing to check out if you are an adult, and either need a refresher or simply never learned these things.

HelpTeaching.com even has their own blog!

Here is a nice little chart from HelpTeaching.com to show you the difference between the free membership and the HelpTeaching Pro Subscription:

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I love using the HelpTeaching Pro Subscription for my boys! It enables me to both create and use already created materials at a moments notice, which works in our household.

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Covid Hair

As everyone knows, we all were missing (and in a lot of cases, needing) haircuts. This is me, mid shut down:

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When salons in my state were finally open at 25% capacity, I finally got an appointment. My regular lady had had a very bad motorcycle accident only three days before the governor allowed partial opening, so one of the other stylists (Nicole) in her shop covered part of her clients, including me.

Me, after getting home from my appointment:

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Me, the next day after I fixed before church!

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I feel SOOOO much better!

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Covid Nails

March 18, 2020, we found out we were about to have an approximately 2 week shut down due to Covid 19. So I went to get my nails done because I was already a week or so past due. Since I wear acrylic nails because my natural nails have been very brittle ever sich having very bad Hyperthyroid problems in the early 1990’s, I thought it best to get them taken care of.

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This polish changes color. in the above picture my hands are warm.

The following picture was taken on April 13, 2020, almost a month later. Our two week shut down was at about a month at this time.

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This picture is from about mid May. I had to take the handled toenail clippers and a strong file to them, because they were coming apart and causing a great deal of pain.

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Finally, our governor decided to allow salons to be open at 25% capacity, with precautions, on June 1, 2020. I was able to get an appointment on June 3.

Finally!

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Big Box Store Covid Shopping

Shopping at Sam’s Club the other day . . .

 

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Five Minute Friday ~ Normal

I’ve decided to join the FMF fun. I was given a word prompt, instructions to set a timer for 5 minutes, and just write. To check it out, go here. This week’s prompt word is Normal. And, go!

They keep talking about the “New Normal.” the press, the governors, comunity leaders, and now, just people. A LOT of people, who don’t seem to realize what the term “new normal” even means.

New normal is not a temporary thing. The first time I ever heard the term was when my best friend’s husband died. One day when I asked how she was handling things without him, she said she was learning to live with her “new normal.”

“New Normal” is not a temporary thing like our governor and the press would have us believe. The term itself is a permanent thing. Are we in a new normal? If so, I resist, my family resists, and will do so forever.

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Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 {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.)

I have always been intimidated at the thought of teaching Math to my children so I was excited to be offered  Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High Schoolfor my family’s review from Math Essentials.

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Please let me tell you about Mastering Essential Math Skills Book Two. This is a very nice work text. Sturdy, with a nice glossy cover. This book is 158 pages, eight chapters, plus the teacher answers in the book.

The eight chapters cover:

  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Word Problems

Ath the end, there is a Final Review Section and an answer section. Note: I’d love to see the answers in a separate book, bundled with the work text. Ask me why!

There is also a Resource Section which has a glossery, an Inportant Symbols page, and several charts.

This book, as well as the other books being reviewed by Review Crew families includes online, video lessions to take you all the way through. The courses are taught by Rick Fisher, a Math instructor for  over 31 years within the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, California. His sixth grade students would regularly bypass the seventh grade math program and move directly to a high-powered eighth grade algebra program. The videos are password protected, and you must have to book to get in. For “The Artist,” this was very helpful. A number of times, he really needed them to “get it.” In twenty minutes or so per day, a student can easily refresh skills they have forgotten, or if they are just learning these concepts, these lessons will help the student to better succeed.

Each day “The Artist” watched the video for the lesson, and then do hus book work.

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Having just realized he wasn’t doing the review problems, I told him that was going to change. I had been letting him self direct, but between that and the answer section, I think either his dad or I will be needing to do something at the table during Math time! This is what he’s going to see, if he tries looking in the back again!

Neither myy son “The Artist” or I care much for  Math, but he had gone through the No-Nonsense Algebra book from Math Essentials during an earlier review and I went through Math Refresher for Adults. Both of us really learned using them. When I offered him the opportunity to be the student for this review, he happily said that he would. and I had gone through the Math Refresher for Adults. You can check out those reviews here.

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No-Nonsense Algebra, Math Refresher for Adults &  Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School {Math Essentials Reviews}As always, I would just love it if you would join me in all of “My Journeys Through Life.” Just go to the subscription box at the top of the blog and enter your email information. After that, you will always know when there is something new happening. I hope to see you here very soon! -)

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