Archives for April 2015
My kids love playing games on the computer, and I don’t mind so much really, especially if they are learning at the same time. We were recently given lifetime access to Preschool Curriculum from La La Logic. While this is technically a preschool program, it’s geared for ages 3-6, and since Lucas falls into that range, I knew that I could make it work for us.
Last night, Lucas had his Kindergarten graduation through our homeschool co-op. We aren’t officially finished with school for the year, but there’s only 1 week of co-op left. This is the first time we’ve ever done any type of graduation ceremony with our kids. I loved it so much, though, and it makes me wish we’d have done something like this for the 3 older kids. I’m so proud of my Lucas!
I promise his face wasn’t dirty, the lighting so so weird in the church sanctuary.
You may remember that some time back, we reviewed an elementary level of curriculum from ARTistic Pursuits with our son Issac. We were recently blessed to be able to review Middle School 6-8, Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition with our daughter Rachelle. She’s the art buff in the family, so we were very excited for this opportunity! She loves to draw and paint, and was a bit jealous that Issac got to try this out before she did. This book is recommended for grades 6-8, or ages 11+.
I love it when I find new and unique products to use in our homeschool, even if it’s only for a short while. If it’s something that covers more than one subject, well, that’s even better! Our family was given the opportunity to try Orphs of the Woodlands from Star Toaster. The recommended starting grade is 4th, so only my 3 oldest children used this. Subscriptions normally last for 2 months, but we were given access for 1 full year. Extensions can also be purchased if needed. This is an online program, and is like a story, learning, and a game all-in-one. The title of the book is The Treasure of Hightower. One cool thing about the program is that many of the team members come form homeschooling families themselves. One team member is a teenager, and he did some of the coding, research, and even provided the voice for a character in the program.
I’ve used several products in our homeschool to teach our children to read. Some have ben pretty intense, others fairly laid back, and some in the middle. For this review, Lucas and I were given the opportunity to try First Start Reading from Memoria Press. We have used Memoria Press products in the past with success, and I expected no less this time around.
Yay freedom! Okay, only for 1 week, but we were all ready! Hubby is taking a vacation week, so I decided to take our Spring Break Week at the same time. This’ll be our last break before school ends for the year. This will be a staycation, since we have plans to do things around the house. My husband finished putting up a fence for the backyard so that the dogs would have more room to roam. Eventually we’ll close off part of the front yard for the chickens as well. We also plan to clean up our storage shed, and the rain cap on our chimney needs to be fixed. Of course we’ll also be doing some Spring cleaning. We’ve gotten behind lately, and I can’t stand it anymore. Yuck!
Does your homeschool take a Spring break?
I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news! Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!
Morpheme – any of the minimal grammatical units of a language, each constituting a word or meaningful part of a word, that cannot be divided into smaller independent grammatical parts, as the, write, or the -ed of waited.
Did you know what a morpheme was before I defined it for you? Before using the product I am reviewing for you today, I had never actually heard the word ‘morpheme’ before, and had to look it up myself. At first, I didn’t really understand the meaning of it, but once we received Greek Morphemes Lessons (It’s NOT Greek to Me!) from Ready to Teach, the definition sort of fell into place for me. This product and company are both new to me, as I have never heard of either. I was pretty stoked to get to use it, though, because as I get older, I am finding that I have a new love for learning. I also love finding products that I feel will really benefit my kids not just now, but in the long run as well. Rach, 13, was the main user of the program, but I dabbled with it a bit as well.
The author of the program, Dr. Alene H. Harris, previously taught secondary language arts and life science in Nashville, TN for 16 years. I’d say she definitely has the background to make a program like this one!