Learning About Science From WriteBonnieRose {Review}

We like to add fun subjects like science to our summer studies so I was excited to receive Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) from  WriteBonnieRose!

I have done one other review of a WriteBonnieRose publication, you can read it here.

“The Artist” is my most enthusiastic science kid, so I was certain he would enjoy doing Level 3 of the Learning About Science Collection. I let him look over the options once we received our download for the purpose of this review, and he decided he wanted to begin with Life Science: “What’s Going On Inside Plants?’

Other topics in this series include:

  • Earth Science, Discovering Rocks, Minerals & Crystals
  • Physical Science, Energy And It’s Many Forms
  • Earth Science, Exploring The Earth’s Land forms
  • Earth Science, forecasting & understanding the Weather
  • Life Science, Kinds of Animals & How They Live
  • Life Science, Life in the Oceans Hidden Zones

Also included in our download is a four page pdf with a goodly amount of categorized web links to add in when we want to find out more in a given topic.

Each one of the “workbooks” from WriteBonnieRose is around 20 pages in length. They can be printed out and used as worksheets, bound together as a book, or simple stapled in a top corner, as we did. Eventually, we will remove the staples, and then either 3-hole punch to put all together in a notebook or maybe I will take them to be spiral bound as a complete book.

As I said above, “The Artist” was interested in starting with “What’s Going On Inside Plants?” workbook. I am very impressed at what he was able to learn that he didn’t already know from it! A few evenings ago, for some reason the topic of fungi came up at supper (you just never know what you will be discussing at supper when you have a bunch of boys! 🙂 ) I said that i thought maybe moss was a fungus, and “The Artist” immediately said no, moss is a non-vascular plant. When I asked him how he knew this, he said “I learned it from WriteBonnieRose! Here is the page that he was referring to:

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Here is the cover of the workbook “The Artist” has been focusing on:

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I did manage to get one picture when he was actually working on, and coloring the workbook pages:

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One thing we really appreciate is that these are labeled as “levels,” as opposed to grades. My kids are age-wise older than the third grade, but they have different levels of abilities depending on their individual delays. This was perfect for “The Artist,” because he loves science, and he absolutely prefers to learn in bite sized chunks.

Write Bonnie Rose

Bonnie Rose is a writer. She was never homeschooled, and never had any children. She ended up writing for the homeschool community because she loves children, and is a supporter of homeschooling. Another author suggested that she go to a homeschool convention, where she picked up a free copy of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She ended up volunteering to write for Schoolteachers.com, an educational website developed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Bonnie Rose is an excellent writer of educational materials, and I very much recommend her!

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Learning About Science collections {WriteBonnieRose Reviews} 

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Dinosaurs and the Bible From Northwast Treasurs {Review}

We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Dinosaurs and the Bible as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.

“The Artist” has long been fascinated by dinosaurs, fossils and all the things which go with them, so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review this course with him, especially because the courses from Northwest Treasures are taught from a Biblical perspective.

Before getting into this six part course, we viewed the 20 minute video titled  Taking the Mystery out of Geology.

This is an excellent video as an introductory class, and we enjoyed it very much. We learned a good deal, too, from Taking the Mystery Out of Geology! In this mini-class we learned quite a few terms which are intended to make it easier to understand when viewing the 6-part classes such as Dinosaurs and the Bible. There were terms which include:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Evolution
  • Creationism
  • Rock Cycle
  • Tectonics and Orogeny
  • Geological Time Scale
  • Geology
  • Fossilization

And others.

This little mini-class enabled us to better understand the Biblical framework with which we can learn how the flood and the ice age come together, and gave us clarification as to what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.

After watching Taking the Mystery out of Geology, we settled in with the six-part course Dinosaurs and the Bible.

When my boys were little and had dinosaur toys, they wanted books too. We finally found dinosaurs from a Biblical perspective. Well, “The Artist,” who is by far the biggest dinosaur/geology fan among my kids and really enjoys learning about them. I however, have always been hesitant, because as far as I could find, there were no classes from a Christian world view. Little did I know, Northwest Treasures exists, and is a wonderful place to go when you are looking for true, Biblical Based teaching on these and other topics!

Dinosaurs and the Bible is a very interesting series of video lessons. You have to have access to the internet as well as a vimeo account (free) After purchasing the lessons, you would simply then watch them on your computer or other device. I wanted to put them up on our television so that they could be watched in a more comfortable seating area, but was not able to add the vimeo app to our T.V. with the other apps we have. But then, techie husband came to the rescue and taught me how to cast the lesson videos from my cell phone right onto our T.V.

Here is “The Artist” watching:

As you can see by the way he has become more alert when watching, he really enjoys this! You should also know that each lesson has an accompanying printable worksheet and an answer key, all in pdf.

Here he is working on one of the worksheets:

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The course has the following lessons on video:

  • How We Got Our Modern View of Dinosaurs
  • The Classification of Dinosaurs
  • The Great Dinosaur Rush
  • The Extinction of Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs and the Ice Age
  • Fossils, Age and Soft Tissue
  • Worksheets and answers
  • Comprehensive exam and answers (for those parents who want to test retention and/or those who would keep a portfolio for the state)

We really like this course! It could be much longer, and we would still want to do it! There are other offerings fro Nortwest Treasures which look extremely interesting to me, one of which is Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project. This is one that I’d love to be able to explore sometime with “The Artist!”

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Online Geology Classes{Northwest Treasures Reviews}

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Smart Kidz Radio From Smart Kidz Media {Review}

Smart Kidz Media’s newest offering, Smart Kidz Radio, can be described as edutainment with songs for kids. I really have liked listening to the live-streaming radio programming. This is actually created for children from age 2 – 10, but can also be enjoyed by older kids (like me!)

But there is much more than songs here. We’ve been greatly enjoying the podcasts, which are actually radio dramas of well-loved fairy tales. Everything is focused on teaching a character value. In fact, even as I am typing this review, we are listening to Treasure Island, and earlier we listened to The Three Musketeers and Rumplestiltskin! Most of the audio dramas are around 20 minutes long, and are like short movie without visual. They are acted out beautifully, and include scoring and sound effects.

When I go to the podcast section, I see numerous choices, and click on the one we want to hear.

Our favorites so far have been those mentioned previously, along with Aladdin and His Magic Lamp and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.

You and your children can stream Smart Kidz Radio on a variety of devices, making it easy to go mobile if you are away from your desktop, or your child wants to listen when you are listening to or watching something else.

This is not a strictly Christian broadcast program, but it is definitely character based. It is nice to discover something that children can listen to, without their parents needing to worry about objectionable themes and language. My kids are older, and I still stay mostly away from radio because you just never know what will be played next! Even your little ones can listen to the music, and you know that they will be listening to something clean.

I wouldn’t even object to private listening with headphones!

Everything I have talked about here is free! They will also have an upgrade offering on demand listening, which will be available for a small fee.

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Smart Kidz Radio Homeschool Reviews

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Adaptive Math Online From A+ TutorSoft Inc. {Review}

With the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) we are able to identify and address learning gaps in “The Artist’s” math skills.

Several years ago, we reviewed a different math product from A+ TutorSoft, and you can read that review here.

“The Artist” appears to have the same phobia dislike of math that I have pretty much always had. I like to think that it’s because our strengths are more on the creative side of our brains, but whatever. 🙂 Regardless, it’s still pretty important for us to have a better grasp on this subject, in my opinion.

The Adaptive Math Curriculum Online is set up to please any parent who would really like their child/children to be able to work mostly independently. The parent enrolls their child in a target grade level, and then the program gives them a pre-test for each topic , and if he/she passes, then they are not given a lesson and just move on.

At first, I put “The Artist” in the sixth grade because he had worked in a book on pre-algebra. He immediately came to me and told me it was too hard and asked to be put back in the third grade, so I agreed, and changed it. This is a real positive with this program, you are allowed to go into your side of the program and make changes like this. It also gives you reporting so that you can see how well the child is doing. After passing a lesson, the system gives them a page telling them how well they did and giving them a grade. You could print this out, if you need to keep records, or simply want them to keep for your child.

So, back to “The Artist.” Once I allowed him to go back to the grade he thought was more comfortable, he began taking the pre-tests. At first, he was passing every single one, which meant that the program didn’t create a lesson and he just moved on. Eventually though, he stopped passing them, and the program created custom lessons, based on where he was weak in the section.

Here is “The Artist,” working at my computer. You can see that he is also using paper and pencil to figure out some problems.

 

Once he was on a roll, he started enjoying the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online, and I believe that this was because whenever he passed the pre-test he was able to move on to the next thing. He wasn’t having to “complete five pages of stuff he had already proved he could do.” I like that as well, because whenever we’ve done workbooks, it irritated me to make them continue if they showed they “got” it after a page or two.

This is a VERY good program! You can sign up for one student, or for a family plan which covers two to ten students. You can go one month at a time, three months at a time, or a year at a time. It’s all-inclusive, meaning you have access to all the grades 1 – 6 and Pre-Algebra.

Some crew members reviewed the Family Math Package, which is different from Adaptive Math. Family Math does not pre-test, but does give a recommended lesson plan and instant grading.

As a parent who loves any plan which takes care of placement, creating custom lessons AND does the grading for me, I highly recommend Adaptive Math Curriculum Online !

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Family & Adaptive Math Online {A+ Interactive Math Reviews}

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Paddington Bear Unit Study From Branch Out World {Review}

When offered the chance to review the literature study Paddington Bear from Branch Out World, I jumped at it!

A couple of years ago I had given a copy of Paddington Bear, along with Paddington himself to a friend who was having a baby. Had I realized that “The Puzzler” didn’t even know who Paddington was, I would have gotten two sets! Because he didn’t know about Paddington, I really wanted to do this.

Up until now, I had never even heard of the company Branch Out World, but I am sure glad I know about it now!

Branch Out World is a homeschooling family based in West Yorkshire, a metropolitan county in England. I believe strongly that whenever possible, supporting homeschool families with your educational purchases is a good thing, just like when I go shopping in person I prefer to keep my dollars in my own city if I can.

This literature based unit study was written to accompany the book Paddington, written by Michael Bond. It is part of the Picture Book Explorers Series. Here you can see “The Puzzler” and me with the book (he hates having his picture taken!)

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This  unit study, like all of those from Branch Out World, is written as if the reader is in the United Kingdom. This is fun, because we got more of a view of where and how Paddington lives, and where he came from (Darkest Peru). It is not at all difficult to work out different spelling and different terms. I thought it was fun for example to read in the list of things to get, a library “ticket.”

The Paddington Bear 69 page Unit Study is intended to be used over a five-day period, with different topics to be covered each day. The idea is to read the book, and cover the topics for that day, then each day after that, do the same thing with another topic. Using this study as intended, you will cover:

  • Day 1 – Exploring the Setting – when and where
    This section looks at history and geography, and looks at the themes
    presented in the book.
  • Day 2 – Exploring the Words
    This section looks at literary devices and some grammar, as along with
    giving opportunities for creative writing.
  • Day 3 – Exploring the Pictures
    This section has the student looking at the pictures in more detail, giving ways for your child to create his or her own artwork.
  • Day 4 – Exploring Science
    This section looks at scientific topics that come up in the book, from animal
    studies to hands-on experiments.
  • Day 5 – Exploring Maths, Crafts and More
    In this section, your child will lightly touch on math activities in a way
    that relates to the story. Math will also often come into the
    suggested craft activities and recipes intended to bring a fun ending to your
    exploration journey.

“The Puzzler” really enjoyed the map and flag activities the best! He loves coloring, and here, he is coloring the included map of the United Kingdom, after labeling England, London and the River Thames.

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Here, you can see him sticking Paddington’s explorer flag as close to London as he can get it. He used a very small piece of double-sided tape on just one end, so it would partially stick up.

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As you can see above, the page where he colored the flags of England and Peru is peeking out.

This study is actually written towards ages 5 through nine. However, with special needs children at varying levels of ability, this worked very well for us. In fact, I could have used it with all of the boys, and I am thinking that I will at some later point when we can delve even more deeply into all of the rabbit trails and projects. I think it will be fun for us all to do it together as a collaboration!

While browsing the Branch out World catalog, I saw a number of interesting options! I would love for example, to do the Earthquakes & Volcanoes Bundle together with my boys. I think they would love it!

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Paddington Bear {Branch Out World Reviews}

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After a Mile: Dirty-Dash Piglet Run, Edgewood NM

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