Thursday, June 25, 2015
Today our history studies included us traveling to Ancient Egypt and listening to With Lee in Virginia. We are having so much fun with both of these.
I wish we were farther along in our Egypt study. History of the Ages Project Passport Study: Ancient Egypt has what you call Stops. The lessons are called stops because you’re going on a ‘tour’. We are only on Stop 3. We do this about 3-4 times a week too! I feel behind. Some of the other Crew members completed 3 Stops in a few days! Wow!
In this Stop we are learning about Everyday Life (Part 1): what did they wear?, what did they eat?, Where did they live?
We just started Stop 3 today. The kids did some coloring while I read the 3 pages about everyday life.
We then did a fast forward to the time With Lee in Virginia. Joshua, Brent, and Lance already listened to the whole audio already but we are still going to listen to one track a day together (Caleb, Brent, Ethan, and Lance). I want to include the study guide.
Brent started a really neat new math program called Unlock Math: Pre-Algebra.
We have only been using it for two about weeks and already love it! Brent thinks it’s just awesome! Alesia Blackwood the instructor in the tutorials makes math fun with her energy and fun nature.
Unlock Math does a great job with helping the child understand math and enjoy it too! I haven't seen anything like Unlock Math in the homeschooling community.
I would have done a lot better in high school math if I had a teacher like Alesia. Right now through July 15th she is having a 25% off sale.
Both Caleb and Brent continue to use WordBuildOnline. Since I have not started Latin with them (yet) this is the next best thing!
CTC Math is another review item we use daily here at Homeschooling6!
Caleb’s CTC Math above.
I feel like it is taking forever for the kids to move to the next grade levels with CTC Math. I think it’s because the kids don’t move on until they totally mastered what they are learning. They want to get 100% before moving on. It’s a good thing but I would like them to move faster :/
Brent and Lance are still using Orphs of the Woodlands. They took a month off but have since started it up again. Brent can’t wait for the next online book to be available.
I’m happy to report that Lance and Ethan are still using Memoria Press’s Latin programs. Slowly but at least they are continuing on. Ethan is completing lesson 6 and Lance lesson 3.
We stopped IEW but hope to get back to it next week. I really love IEW! And Fix It! Grammar.
Although not a Crew item, Caleb is using U.S. History Detective.
I wanted to share a photo of our Egypt Study from Stop 2! I’ll write about Stop 2 hopefully this week.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
If you follow me on Facebook you may have noticed quite a few call to prayer posts of families who have lost their child or children to the state. Children taken from loving homes with parents that want their children.
The state is keeping these children and will adopt them out (This family lost all 5 kids to the state). Adopting them out when they have parents fighting for them. Parents that want them back. Parents who have done nothing wrong. Innocent parents.
This really hits home with me because it’s happening to one of my own family members.
Right now Bella is set up to be adopted out. This shouldn’t be happening. Baby Bella has loving and caring parents. They want their daughter back.
Why was Bella taken? Not because she was being abused or neglected. She was taken because of a formula dispute! You can read the whole story at the Medical Kidnapping website.
This is not an isolated incident. It’s happening all over America. The Verzosa family have been missing their children for 11 months now. All 7 children were taken from loving and caring parents.
So we at Homeschooling6 are making an awareness; the need to help Fight For Bella.
People need to know what is happening to families. Christina and Jonathon want Bella home. Bella now has a baby sister. They should all be together.
Please keep Bella in your prayers. She needs to be home with her parents and baby sister. They need to be together. And visit the Medical Kidnapping site for information with how you too can Fight for Bella and help bring her home. Also visit A Miracle for Us.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Some pictures or Week 20.
I found these two completing their school work together.
Caleb is working on Cover Story a writing program and Lance, I think, is working on an English assignment from ACE.
Working through the summer. Caleb is in 8th grade. His 9th grade year won’t officially start until January.
Lance is in 4th grade and won’t officially be in 5th until January. At church they are already in 9th and 5th though. It just makes things easier with the whole grade level activities.
Ethan schooling in the kitchen with his Aloe Vera plant. He’s kept it alive for a year now, wahoo Ethan.
Ethan is still using Latina Christiana. He’s working through the review lesson.
Last week I finally pulled out the Prima Latina material. I’ve been meaning to do this for weeks. Lance has been asking for Latin lessons.
Lance looks really bored but we call it concentrating, haha.
We started off with learning the alphabet.
These pictures where from last week. We are on lesson two now.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
We love CTC Math here at Homeschooling6 and were very happy to review their 12 Month Family Plan!
Levels we used: 4th, 5th, 6th, Basic and Pre-Algebra
Review helpers: Caleb 14, Brent 13, Ethan 12, and Lance 10 years old
About CTC Math: CTC Math is an online math program for grades K-Trigonometry! Your children will watch a tutorial, complete online worksheets, and receive immediate grading.
CTC Math takes the pressure of teaching math off of mom!
How CTC Math Works: When you sign up for CTC Math for Homeschoolers whether the yearly or monthly plan you have math for all your children. Now how is that for large family friendly?!?! For those of you who only need math for one student CTC Math has single user membership as well.
Each child (if using with more than one student) has access to all grade level.
CTC Math is so easy to navigate. All your child has to do is click on the grade level, then click on what he is currently working on. In the above screenshot it’s Number, Patterns and Algebra. Once your child clicks on that all the topics will pop up.
Click on the topic and all the lessons under that topic along with a diagnostic and comprehensive test will appear.
The lessons are between 3-5 minutes long.
After the tutorial your child is ready to do some math problems. For grades 6 and under all the questions are online. Your child types in the answer and it’s immediately graded.
When your child completes the lesson and has answered all 10 questions he can immediately review his results.
At this point I have my kids print the worksheet and file it in their binder. Once you exit out of this page you won’t be able to view it in such detail anymore. This is why I have them print it. If you prefer not to print it, you can still see percentages and such. It just won’t show each problem and which ones they missed or got correct.
For Pre-Algebra and up your child will print off the worksheet, complete it, then input the answers online for immediate grading.
A motivator for my children was earning ribbons (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum). Once their score averaged 100% they were rewarded with a platinum ribbon. Below Lance earned a gold and decided that was good enough .
If your child needs some speed drill practice CTC Math covers that too!
Once a week I receive a very detailed email from CTC Math that shows when my children logged in to their account and what they did. I always download this and save it to my computer.
You can also check and see what your child has completed by logging into the parent account.
How we used CTC Math:
For each new topic I have the kids take either the standard or the comprehensive test. The standard has half the problems than the comprehensive test.
Depending on how they did on the diagnostic test determined how many lessons they would do. For example if you look at the screenshot below you can see that Brent received 50% on a few topics like Completing Number Sentences II.
With that information I’d have him skip the areas where he received 100% and only do the lesson(s) that he didn’t fully master. I would then have him take standard test again once he completed the lessons.
Sometimes I used the longer comprehensive test to gauge where my kids needed to start.
Having access to all levels is a huge plus for us because some of my kids used two grade levels. For instance Ethan was using the 6th grade level when he realized he needed more long division practice. He went back to the 5th grade level to complete the division section.
Almost all my children used more than one grade level. With Caleb he needed more practice with fractions so he went back a level and completed all the lessons on fractions. Went back to his level, took the diagnostic test, and went from there.
Lance is solidifying his multiplication skills. He’s in 4th grade but is working through the 3rd grade level.
My kids stayed on a topic until they mastered it. That means that sometimes they did the same lesson over and over until they got an average of 90%. Sometimes they were working toward a gold or platinum ribbon which meant they had to score above 90 for the gold and 100 for the platinum.
When the kiddos trying for the gold or platinum and doing the same lesson over they didn’t watch the tutorial each time. They would skip the tutorial and go straight to the worksheets (unless they needed to watch it again to understand the concept).
Our thoughts: We are in our second year with using CTC Math and love it! I really feel that the kiddos are mastering math with CTC Math. I love that something as simple as the ribbons motivate them to continue with a lesson until they reach a certain score.
- One family (homeschool) membership for all students
- Each child has access to all grade levels
- Immediate grading
- Easy to navigate
- Keeps track of progress
- Detailed reports
- Fun speed drills
- When a problem is missed it would be nice if CTC Math would show how to get it correct with steps so the child can see what he did wrong.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Dynamic Literacy has a fun way for your child to practice morphemes using Latin and Greek roots combined with prefixes and suffixes called WordBuildOnline.
Review helpers: 14 year old Caleb and 13 year old Brent
What Homeschooling6 reviewed: I received WordBuildOnline Elements Level 1
What is WordBuild? WordBuild is a great way to teach vocabulary and reading comprehension through the study of morphology. Morphology is studying parts or units of words: prefixes, suffixes, and roots. What’s makes WordBuild a unique way to teach vocabulary is Caleb and Brent don’t have to memorize a list of words but the morphemes which means they are learning the smallest unit of word that has meaning.
How WordBuild works: WordBuild is meant to be used only 15 minutes a day. Yup, my boys liked that! Of course your kids can work through the course at a faster pace.
At the beginning of WordBuild Elements Level 1 Caleb and Brent worked through a review of prefixes and suffixes then it was onto the fun part, Latin and Greek roots!
Every week the boys learned a new Latin or Greek root. The program took them through five 15 minute activities. They completed one activity per day.
The first day or Monday might take a little bit longer because the student will view a video on the Latin or Greek root for the unit.
First they will learn about the root through a short video. Another shot of one of the videos.
More video samples.
After viewing the video your child is ready to begin the activities. The first one being the Affix Adder. Your child will add either a suffix or prefix to a root word.
Once the word is put together your child will write the meaning and pick the sentence that makes the most sense of the word.
Day 2 or Tuesday the boys also completed the Root Square activity. In this activity the boys were able to build words and type their meaning.
There are a group of roots in the middle square and the squares around that one are prefixes and suffixes. The child clicks on the suffix/prefix and root to form a word. For instance the prefix ‘com’ and the root, ‘pose’ to make the word compose. Then the child will type what he means: to put together
Wednesday (day 3) was Magic Square day! In this activity the boys read the word in the squares and had to find the correct definition. Once they read through all the definitions and picked the correct one they put the number in the square. All the numbers have to add up to the magic number 15 otherwise the need to try again.
Thursday (day 4): the Stair Step activity. The boys had to find the prefix and suffixes that would make a word match the definition below.
Friday (day 5) the boys completed a 10 question comprehension booster assessment called In Other Words. The boys read a passage and had to click the correct answer.
FYI about all the activities:
- When the boys got the activity right stars fluttered with a happy sound.
- When they missed a question no happy sound-stars.
- The boys were allowed to redo the activities when they received a low score after completing a unit.
- Each activity is 15 minutes. If they finish sooner, great! If not they don’t finish and move to the next activity.
- Anytime the boys weren’t sure what a suffix/prefix was they could hit the suffix or prefix help button and a screen (with either the suffix or prefix) would pop up.
When Caleb and/or Brent completed a lesson I would receive an email. The parent account is where you can see in more detail what your child completed and his or her score. You can view your child’s lesson and even reset them.
Below is the Progress Report for Caleb.
How we used WordBuild at Homeschooling6: My 7th and 8th grade boys used this five days a week as intended (remember your kiddos can move through the lessons faster if you like). I wanted to keep it more on the fun side of school.
Both boys had some difficulty as you can see in the screenshot above that Caleb’s average is 60% (Brent’s is about the same too). This is a good thing though because now I know that we need to work more in this area of Latin and Greet roots.
I know that some of it had to do with the boys misspelling a word. They are now working on their spelling and being more careful so it won’t affect their score. Another reason for this mama to love WordBuilOnline. Who wouldn’t love their children being more aware with how they are spelling words.
My son Caleb told me that WordBuild is helping him understand bigger words when he comes across them in is reading (so a low % score doesn’t mean they are not learning). That was music to my ears!
When the boys are reading for pleasure or school I have told them to keep a sticky note pad with them (haven’t seen it happen yet), when they come across a word that they don’t know the meaning write it down so we can go over it together.
Unfortunately that doesn’t happen very often (sigh) but now with the boys learning the Latin & Greek roots along with the prefixes and suffixes they can easily take the word apart using their WordBuild skills and figure it out! With that I’d like to say, “Thank you WordBuild!” (happy mama smiling)
Final thoughts: I don’t have complaints about this program. I am a happy mama knowing that Caleb and Brent are finally learning Latin & Greek roots. I love how they are understanding bigger words and in a fun way.
I think when the kids enjoy what they are learning and how they are learning it, it sticks long term.
Each student will need their own account. Your child will have access to WordBuild for however long it takes to complete all the units.
If you’re interested in WordBuild or any Dynamic Literacy products you’ll be glad to know that right now when you use discount code training6 you will receive 10% off WordBuild or 25% off the Dynamic Literacy books!!!