CTCMath {Review}

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

I am very excited to tell about a wonderful online math homeschool with CTCMath’s full math curriculum! It does not matter one bit which level your children are at, CTCMath is there for you. Just LOOK at all of the choices you will have right at your fingertips . . .

  • Kindergarten
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Measurement
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus 

We received a 12 month subscription of CTCMath for this review, and it really is a full curriculum for any grade. If you have children in different grades, you can just set them each up with their own account, and for the most part, they can work independantly. You as the parent/teacher will set up your own account and place them in the grade you choose. In the student side there are tests they can take which will tell them, and you, if maybe they need to move forward of backward. On the parent dashboard, you can view all of your student’s activity. You can see if they did complete the lessons you expected them to do, you can see any awards they have earned, etc . . .

There are short video lessons which your student can watch as many times as they need, and the teacher speaks in a lovely Australian accent.

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There are also printable summaries of the lessons, so this will help children with differing learning styles to use along with the video lessons.

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Because CTCMath believes in the importance of teaching Math the traditional way, this curriculum is not aligned with common core. This is something that I personally like, because math is math. It does not change, and the simple use methods and concepts which are the easiest, quickest and most successful ways for students to learn and understand Math are what is used to teach your child. What’s not to like with that kind of thinking? 

While poking around I found some games to play. Fun ways to reinforce the different concepts they are learning. We have Speed Skills . . .

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Whch is pretty self explanatory. Whatever level the student is working at, they choose the topic (such as addition), and away they go!

We also have a game to reinforce Times Tables . . .

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And the Swap Pieces game.

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You can follow CTCMath on a variety of social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/ctcmath/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw

A good number of Homeschool Review Crew families have been using CTCMath, and I would like to invite you to check out how they are using it and what they think of it. Please check them out by clicking here!

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Shiloh Got Mail!

For several months now, I’ve been thinking about giving Shiloh a Super Chewer Bark Box. He goes through toys like there’s no tomorrow, especially squeaky toys, which are his absolute favorite. I discovered that Bark Box has regular toys AND super chewer toys and decided to give it a try. Oh, my goodness, did he love it, and I’m so glad I did it! And he’ll get a different themed box every month!

Opening his Space Jam box . . .

He LOVES his new toys! Because this was the first box of his subscription, he got two extra toys for a total of four. They are . .

A Marvin the Martian squeaky toy

This is so far a favorite, but he won’t let anyone touch the other new toys, so he must like them all!

Marvin’s flying saucer, into which we can put treats for him to retrieve

Space age basketball

Last toy, a Bugs Bunny chew toy that Shiloh hasn’t been able to wreck!

Here are some play time pictures!

And, I believe this is the pretties picture I’ve ever taken of Shiloh! Those eyes!

Shiloh also got bags of treats, which he is loving! I’m so glad I did this!

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Project Passport: Ancient Greece {Review}

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

With products like Ancient Greece from the Project Passport Studies, Home School in the Woods makes it easy (and fun!) to add hands-on history to our studies.

“The Artist” has been working through the Project Passport: Ancient Greece fromHome School in the Woods for a few weeks now, and it has been coming along very nicely!

This is the first time we have done a Project Passport Study, and it was different than the HSITW studies we’ve previously reviewed here. The Project Passport studies are set up as travelling stops, with different projects to do showing what we did. During the first stop, The Artist” made a suitcase folder and passport.

The directions are to save the passport for use in each Project Passport study you do in the future. At the end of his study, “The Artist” will make a passport “stamp” to adhere to his passport! He was also to begin his “Scrapbook of Sights,” which is placed into a three ring binder.

“The Artist” has completed seven stops on the travel itinery now, and has been learning a lot about ancient Greece! Here are some of the things which have so far been added to his scrapbook of sights . . .

He has also been creating booklets and things which will be added to either the suitcase folder or the Lapbook . . .

One of the lapbook projects is a dining guide, seen below . . .

Sometime over the next few weeks, we would really like to purchase the ingredients for and make some of these recipes for our family.

There are also recordings to listen to during several stops, such as Audio Tour: “A Visit to Sparta,” which was in stop 6. This is a nice added touch, making it like a real stop on an itinery!

There are 25 “stops” on this trip to Ancient Greece, so we have yet to finish. This is a LONG vacation, where “The artist” is spending one week at each stop. If I took a real trip to a country I wanted to truly learn about, it would be wonderful to have it last long enough to spend a week at each stop!

Here is something I like a lot:

  • Home School in the Woods has gone entirely digital download. This means no more waiting for the snail mail to bring your product, and being digital, you can use it for all of your children when they are ready for each project!
  • All of the individual timeline sets that once ONLY came in printed format have recently been developed in download on the HSITW website. Having done that, they’ve enlarged the sets to include the figures in various formats making them more usable in more of ways.

Some of our review families have been using Individual Timeline sets, such as Timeline Set: America’s History (Explorers to 21st Century).

A good number of other families have been working through different studies from Home School in the Woods. I would love for you to go and read about what they have been doing, and what they think. Please, check them out here!

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Cardmaking Again!

Haven’t been doing much cardmaking lately, but an elderly couple in our church just got married, and I got to work making them a card. Here it is!

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Possessing The Land {Review}

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

If you are looking for a homeschool Bible curriculum for your middle school student, check out 5th Grade – Possessing the Land from Positive Action Bible Curriculum.

We were blessed with the Teacher Manual and one Student Manual, and since my boys so enjoyed previous curriculum from this company I went ahead and purchased a second student book so that they could both do this review.

I very much like this company! Upon research of the company’s doctrinal statement, I discovered that it lines right up with our beliefs. I also appreciate that when the student is directed to look up scripture, they are given the reference as opposed to having it directly written out. I am happy about this for two reasons. One, because we use only the King James Version of The Bible, and it makes is difficult when the student is asked to copy a written out verse from a different version. We don’t often find curricula which uses only the KJV. Two, having just the reference forces the student to actually look up the scripture, which I would much rather that they do.

With 35 lessons, Possessing the Land is intended to be a one school year curriculum covering God’s love and care for His people throughout the Old Testamant. Your student(s) will cover the following lessons:

  • The Word of God
  • Sin and Redemtion
  • Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac
  • Jacob and Esau
  • The Trials of Joseph
  • The Mercy of Joseph
  • Israel in Bondage
  • The Exodus from Egypt
  • The Law of God
  • Our Holy God
  • God Guides His People
  • Moses’ Final Charge
  • Entering the Land
  • Conflict in Canaan
  • Judging Israel
  • The Story of Ruth
  • The Last Judge of Israel
  • The First King of Israel
  • The Loyalty of David
  • The Reign of David
  • The Reign of Solomon
  • Elijah and Elisha
  • Ezra the Teacher
  • Neemiah the Organizer
  • Queen Ester
  • The Suffering of Job
  • Songs of Praise
  • Wisdom and Vanity
  • Three Prophets
  • Daniel’s Discipline
  • Daniel’s Devotion
  • The Prophet Who Ran
  • The Minor Prophets

There are also review chapters, Hymn lyrics, and scripture memory sections, along with reproduceable quizzes for each lesson.

Here are some pictures of some of the lessons my boys were working through:

My Teacher Manual came in a very sturdy 3-ring binder, and is very easy to use. At the beginning, there are pages of teaching material, then there are teacher coyies of every student page with the answers on them as you can see below. After the teacher pages there is a section of reproduceable quizzes, one of hymn lyrics, and scripture memory.

The Batman and The Artist have been really enjoying working through  5th Grade – Possessing the Land. In fact, The Batman who is my older, special needs guy, said one day while working through a lesson “This is really FUN, Mom!” That is just one of the reasons why I’ve felt blessed to receive another curriculum from Positive Action. You can read my review of the previous curriculum here.

Please note that my family is not the only Review Crew Family who has been reviewing Bible curricula from Positive Action Bible Curriculum! Some of us have been reviewing 5th Grade – Possessing the Land, and some have been reviewing Wise Up (Wisdom In Proverbs) Please check out ALL of the reviews here!

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Youth Group Bake Auction

Our church Mesa Baptist has an aual bake auction to help defray the cost of Teen Camp for our youth group, which begins on Jul 5th this year. We want to make sure that every teen who wants to, can go. Tonigh was the auction, after evening service. Our Youth Pastor Dominick McClure preached the message, and he did a wonderful job! Our Assistant Pastor Kenny Fryman did the auctioneering, also a wonderful job!

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Here are just a few of the items up for bid . . .

Aftern everything was auctioned off, we all went into the fellowship room and shared it out with everyone else!

The auction brough in just under 3,200 to help defray the cost of teen camp!

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Pretty In Pink!

I haven’t had pink nails in such a long time!

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Sinus Infections Suck!

So, I’ve been miserable for a couple of weeks now, with sinus pressure, difficulty when nose blowing, etc . . . I thought it was just the variable weather we’ve been getting. However, my husband finally convinced me to go see the doctor and I got an appointment yesterday. It’s a sinus infection, so now I’m on an antibiotic and a nose spray. I dislike taking antibiotics, but they do work. So, I will suck it up and take the meds for five days, after which hopefully I’ll be well again.

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Pursued To Eternity by John Riley {Review}

In Pursued to Eternity, John Riley took this reader on an exciting adventure while sharing scientific evidence for creation. I was given the blessing of reading this book from Covenant Books in order to review it for my readers!

This is a very nice trade sized soft cover book. At approximately 150 pages it is a fairly quick read, but packed with enough story and information to keep my interest. Did I say story? Yes, I did! As noted in the introduction we find the following:

 “This is a short novel with fictional events, such as hunting for dinosaurs, living during the Exodus, managing school conflicts, searching for oil. Also blended into the book are nonfictional challenges to evolution and an extensive survey of apologetics.” 

Here is a short video for you to check out:

While it is a novel about the six month journey of two brothers, Connor Bridges a Christian who is a Biology teacher and Doctor Alan Bridges who is a geologist who is an Atheist, it is filled with scientific proofs supporting Creation as opposed to Evolution.

My very favorite chapter is called “Please Don’t Indoctrinate Us!, in which some students went for pizza with their teacher Connor Bridges’ family to celebrate a game victory. They asked him some questions about a test from earlier in the week:

“Given a box of jigsaw-puzzle pieces of the fifty states, you are asked to select each piece from the box in alphabetical order . . . blindfolded. How many incorrect selections are probable before one correct selection, with all the pieces in proper order, is made?”

Once their teacher did the math for them, they discovered the answer would be equal to 3 followed by sixty-four zeroes.

After a student asked the obvious question which was “What does this have to do with Biology?” his teacher responded that it has to do with the theory of Evolution, in which all natural progression comes from undirected mutations, most of which are not beneficial. The idea is that a few of the mutations result in new, well-ordered designs, then natural selection would preserve for the future. He asked the students to come up with mutations as an attempt to put parts into a correct order, similar to the puzzle pieces activity. There would be far more unuseful mutations than an extremely limited number of useful ones.

The students had already been reading things at home which seriously questioned Evolution, and wondered if there was a way of presenting the information from their own sources in class as a balance to the theory of Evolution in the text books. The students developed a web-site on their own with all research done after school and at home, with voluntary participation, no grades or school credit. Students from other schools discovered the site, asked their teachers about discussing the material, and reminded that only the biology textbook could be taught in the classroom.Other schools found out, and it just spread! While this whole thing ultimately cost Connor Bridges his job, before that happened he touched so many lives, and he very likely considered it a worthwhile sacrifice.

John Riley is also has designed the course Apologetics: Creative vs. Evolution, for for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. It is a a 14-week, video-based course for grades 7 to 12. Like his book, the course demonstrates evidence and proof for Creationism and allows the students to examine the evidence and come to their own conclusions.

I would recommend that you check out the reviews of 24 other Review Crew Members! Please go here to read them!

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Everybody Always For Kids From Tommy Nelson Publishing {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

We were very blessed to receive the book Everybody Always For Kids from Tommy Nelson Publishing for the purpose of this review! When I read the sample pages before applying for it, I wanted to read “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

This is what we found in the box upon arrival!

Once out of the box, this is what we had, a beautiful hard cover book, with a very colorful illustration.

The author of Love Does and Everybody is Bob Goff, a New York Times best selling author. He has written the book Everybody Always for Kids with his daughter, Lindsey Goff Viducich. She has had quite a career teaching, from a time teaching at a therapeutic childcare center in Seattle, followed by teaching kindergarten in Nashville and then first grade in Salem, Oregon, and both first and second grades in San Diego. Her father is an attorney who serves as the honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda and is the founder of Love Does – a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. 

Here is a quote I found on the website for this book:

The quote is very appropriate, because the forty stories in Everybody Always for Kids are written from a Christian world view, teaching children via Biblical concepts different ways that they can show kindness to all people.

The book is targeted toward children from age six through age ten, but as I said above, *I* wanted to read the rest of the story. My son “The Batman” is significantly older chronologically, but is developmentaly delayed quite a bit. He really has enjoyed reading it!

As you can see in the picture, the book is quality. It is nice sized, perfect for him to hold, The pages are glossy, with beautiful, colorful illustrations. As you can see, there is even a nice blue ribbon to be used as an attached bookmark.

Reading the prologue, I imediately knew this would be a very good addition to our home library. The authors talk there about how God wants most for people is to grow up to be love.

One of our favorite stories is Connectiong the Dots. The boy in the story is covered in freckles, and other kids at school made fun of him, calling him Spot. His grandmother helps him by showing him the Art in his freckles!

We also received a five day lesson plan to use with the book. We have not used it, but I really like it!

There are crafts for the kids to do, hands on activities, and discussion questions. I think this is a great add on to reading this book with your children!

Check out the following social media links for this book and the publisher:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommynelsonbooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootedfamily/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rootedfamily/_created/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8czPXeM9a-OULnyks60How

https://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/everybody.-always-for-kids-reviews/You know, our family is only one of twenty-five who have been reviewing Everybody Always for Kids! To see what the other families think of it, please go here to check them out!

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