Shiloh : Relaxing

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Simple, Straightforward Math Curriculum {ThemeVille Math 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.)

If you are looking for a straight forward homeschool math program, I suggest checking out the Grade level of ThemeVille Math which would fit your child the best. Because one of my special needs children has never been able to get beyond additions with a sum of less than 10, I decided to work with him in ThemeVille Math Grade 1.

The author of ThemeVille Math is Dr. Avi Patil.

Dr. Patil immigrated to the United States in 1996. He became a citizen, and completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He loves to teach.

One of the good things about this curriculum is that the Worktext is all in black and white. For my son, this is very important because it is much less distracting for him than colorful pages generally turn out to be. You can see below, he is working on a very plain and uncluttered page, and next to it, another simple, uncluttered page.

The Worktext is 590 pages. It covers:

  • Forward and backward counting
  • Comparison
  • Addition and subtraction with number lines and bar diagrams within 20
  • Word problems
  • Place values in operations
  • Hundreds chart
  • Numbers composition
  • Numerals – words
  • Money
  • Skip counting

And a good deal more! There is also a six page Appendix at the end regarding manipulatives, many of which we already own or can use household items to substitute. There are also instructions for making your own rulers.

There is a pre-lesson (review) for each of the 120 lessons in the worktext, enough to get you through the entire year.

There are 10 tests scattered throughout the Worktext, and a grading page in the back. The idea is to write the grade there each time a test is taken. The total grade for the year is calculated based on the cumulative grades for all of the tests recorded. 

The seperate Solutions book is much thinner. It is laid out with four student pages on each solutions page, as you can see below.

I have not needed the solutions book much yet, except for a couple of times when looking at a given page helped me to better explain what my son was supposed to be doing.

My son is not at all intimidated by the thickness of this worktext, and eagerly asks to do his math every day, and it is my hope that this will be the curriculum which finally makes it easy for him to get beyond where he has been stuck for so many years. So far, it’s working!

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Progress

I’m joining in with the Five Minute Friday writers this week. Each week, a one word prompt is given, and the challenge to write something prompted by that word for five minutes. This week, the word is “Progress.”

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Progress is measured in many ways. How much weight you lose, how many pages you write, how much packing you get done each day during a move, and on and on.

Right now for me, progress is little things. For a number of reasons, I’ve slipped into depression over the past few years. So now, I’m trying to do small things. Each day, I try to finish reading my paper copy of our newspaper on the same day we receive it. I’ve managed it most days, though not every day yet. It may seem small to you, but it’s a victory, and once I do it every day for a while, I’ll add something else.

You can do anything, if you do small things first.

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Home School In The Woods U.S. Elections Lap-Pack {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 U.S. Elections Lap-Pak, Home School in the Woods makes it easy to add Civics, History and Social Studies to our studies.

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The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is geared to kids in grades 3-8, but in my opinion, given that this is an election year it would work for just about anyone! Of course younger kids may need help with projects, but it would be worth it to get them a head start on learning learning about how our country works, particularly with the political climate we are currently living through. Older kids, and even adults will learn something new, given that schools don’t seem to be giving any in depth teaching about how our country is supposed to work.

Please see the blog post at Home School in The Woods to discover more about thU.S. Elections Lap-Pak, including a short video about how the Lap-Paks work.

This product is in digital form, which means you will get it right away when you order it, although you can also order it as a CD and waith for it to come in the mail. It’s ready to go! I received a zip file. I simply clicked on it, and all the sub files opened. Since we have done a number of Home School In The Woods products for review, I already knew what to do. It’s pretty simple. Unzip your product, and you will see the following files:

  • Images
  • MP3s
  • PDFs
  • Start

Personally, I just go straight to the PDFs. Here you will find the following:

  • Introductions-And-Directions
  • LapBookProjectMasters
  • ReadingTextPages

I print out the Reading text pages

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and then continue on and:

Open Introductions-And-Direction, and you will find the following:

  • Booklet directions-Elections
  • Intro_Ackn_Res-Elections
  • LapBookAssembly-Elections
  • ProjectDirections-Elections

I print out the LapBookAssembly-Elections and the Project Directions-Elections for “The Artist,” and then go back to LapBookProjectMasters. Print these out in the order the projects are listed in ProjectDirections-Election, on whatever color paper or cardstock called for.

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Then, I let “The Artist” loose!

Here is just part of the production (and just PART of the mess!):

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Here is one project where instead of using the pre-printed symbols, he did his own:

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“The Artist” enjoys drawing, coloring, and making things, so the fact that he can do all that and learn at the same time is a definite plus! We have discovered this over and over in our family while reviewing other products from Home School In The Woods, and you can read those reviews here.

And, the finished product:

We have used unit studies put together into file folders since way before I ever heard of Home School In The Woods, and I am here to tell you that this company’s print and go format is by far the most friendly I’ve ever used! We love it!

Home School In The Woods is offering a giveaway running through the end of August in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Receive a free copy of our Greek Life! File Folder Game when you use the code TOSGameNight at checkout. No purchase necessary.

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Happy Nails Again

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Freezer Meals 7/18/2020

Yesterday,  “The Artist” and I put up 18 dinner meals in the freezer.

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Here is “The Artist” putting together the Bacon Wrapped Chicken.

And here is what it looks like when it’s ready to eat!

Here we have the Mexican Pork Chops . . .

IMG_20200717_195410 This is all of the meals, ready for the freezer, plus two containers of boneless chicken breast for two other planned meals.

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We got this all done in 3 hours and 34 minutes, including the time wasted going back to the store for something that didn’t make the list. You can do this too, with My Freeze Easy! Here is my affiliate link. Enjoy!

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Progeny Press Study Guide For Animal Farm {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.)

Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credits easy with high school level study guides such as Animal Farm  Study Guide.

We received the Animal Farm Study Guide from Progeny Press for the purpose of this review, and I’m glad we did! This is a book I had never read, and after reading about it, given today’s political climate I was very interested in doing so.

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Written by Michael S. Gilleland, This study guide takes us through the book Animal Farm quite well. It is really comprehensive! Within this study guide you will find the following:

  • About the Study Guide Author
  • Table of Contents
  • A Note to the Instructor
  • Synopses of the book Animal Farm
  • About George Orwell, author of the book Animal Farm
  • Background information
  • Optional Pre-reading activities
  • The Chapter Sections, within which you will find:
  • Vocabulary activities: using a Thesaurus to choose synonyms and/or antonyms, using a dictionary to look up and define words, defining words based upon context, matching words and definitions, etc.
  •  Analogous Characters and Events, wherein we learned to figure out who, what , when and where the characters and places represented.
  • General Questions, which are, or should be, easily answered. They will give you an idea of how the student is retaining information.
  • Analysis  in which the student is given more open ended questions.
  • Dig Deeper questions are going to give the student the oportunity to think more critically about the feelings and behaviors of the various characters. In this section, you’ll also find scripture passages which the student will use to possibly see how there are things which apply to his or her own life.
  • Optional Projects and Activties
  • Optional Essays and Projects
  • List of Additional Resources

There is an answer key in a separate download that you can use.

We chose to use the study guide orally, which works so much better here. My kids sometimes get a bit balky at having to do a lot of writing, but doing it orally allows for them to go further with their answers. They are more likely to pay attention, and to really think about what is being asked. They are more apt to go further in detail when discussing. They even connected how the author’s view of what was happening when he wrote this novel, seems to be happening right now, but in the United States of America. I would whole heartedly recommend both this study guide AND the book, which I purchased from Progeny Press.

My family has reviewed other Progeny Press Study Guides over the years, and you can see those revews here.

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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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