Home School in the Woods Wonders of the World {Review}

You guys know how much we enjoy using Home School in the Woods products. My kids enjoy the hands-on approach to the way they do things, so this is just perfect for them! We have done a variety of different ones in the past, but one that I was really looking forward to trying was Wonders of the World, which is a part of the Lap-Paks line.

Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World

What I especially loved about this one is that it included Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Natural. Not just one section out of those!

Most of our schooling is reading. I mean, we go through books and books and more books. Sometimes they just get a little tired of my voice, and, let’s be honest, my voice gets tired! lol. This set comes with mp3’s that you can use if you’d like, or it comes with a text booklet that you can print out. You can mix it up if you want, even have a child read aloud one day!

The best thing about Home School in the Woods is that it truly is a hands-on project set! Every wonder of the world has them making something new that will eventually fill up a lap book!

Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World

Granted, my kids don’t color much anymore, so it won’t look like this one once completed, but the content will still be there. With it being something that they put together, I think it is something that will want to be looked at over and over!

We have made our way through Ancient and are working on the Medieval set now. Even though the information provided isn’t lengthy, it is very interesting and you still learn a lot. I have learned quite a few things myself!

Here are a few examples of our latest activities.
Home School in the Woods Wonders of the World
This one actually has layers that you use cardboard to help lift it off the page. It is hard to tell in the photo. One of my kids figured out that the thick double sided tape works well for that too! We will have to remember that for the future! But I love how it makes it look 3-D.
Home School in the Woods Wonders of the World
This one is obvious what it is…lol. But you can make the tower lean or make it straight. I think it looks funny if it isn’t leaning though, right?
Home School in the Woods Wonders of the World
This one has a tab that you pull up and the knight appears. Put the tab back down and he disappears. Just like those books that you always read with kids. So fun for them to actually make these!

I love all the creativity that Home School in the Woods uses in their products and then also that you do in putting them together.

Everything is included for the lapbook activities except the actual craft stuff. Paper, tape, that sort of thing. But the files for everything are there. What we do is print of the days text assignment and project direction the night before. I make sure we have everything ready and just get it all situated for all three kids. We read or listen to the corresponding information and then we work on the project!

The direction sheet has photos with along with the steps so you can see what you are supposed to be doing. Also included in another file is just a file of pictures of the completed projects. That comes in handy too!

In the past we worked on U.S. Elections and you can read my review for that here. Most recently we did the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece and you can read my review here. I am very pleased with the Project Passport choices the more we work on Geography, so I will be looking into doing more of those in the future!

Most recently they came out with a la carte projects! I am fascinated with this idea! This is perfect if you are learning about one topic or the other and want to do a little extra without getting the whole kit. I am looking at Get Your Kicks on Route 66 since we went that way for a little bit on our way out to NC from AZ! If you are interested, you can use the code alacarte at checkout to get the Erie Canal project on that page for free. It’s a great way to check out how they work!

These kits are geared toward grades 3-8, but like I said, my high school kids all enjoy doing these! If you are interested in what other courses look like, feel free to click on the banner below!

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Half way done!

Half way done

In looking at our school schedule, the amount of time we have already taken off, and what we have left…I am thinking that we are half way done with our school year!

Finally…lol.

We typically start at the beginning of January and try to finish in September. It rarely works due to people visiting, random days off that turn into the week off, and just other things throughout the year.

With being half way done in mid-July, I am not quite sure when our last day of school will be now!

I know Ryan is chomping at the bit because he already had his graduation, lol. He claims that that means he should also be done with school, but alas, he does need to finish his Senior year out.. Poor Ryan.. 😉

The way I figure it, we have about 15 weeks left of school. That puts us towards the end of October. That would be awesome if we could stay on track for the rest of the school year and still have two months off for a break.

That would also help me since I will be in the midst of doing student yearbook portraits for our local homeschool group. It is so much better to work on those with no other distractions. Like school I mean. Not that it is a distraction, but I get done quicker if I don’t have school to do also. Because I HAVE to have distractions while working on the portraits themselves, I typically watch a couple seasons of a show on Netflix or something, lol.

I do like having a couple weeks off in the summer like we did, as it breaks it up just enough but we also still have a larger break in the fall, which is our favorite month ever.

We are really hoping to be able to take a vacation this year, and that would be a wonderful time to do it! A few things have to occur in order for that to happen though…and at this point, it doesn’t look like that will happen. :sigh: We will see.

But really, having Ryan almost done with his schooling, and Kyle and Lauren almost done with their first year of high school, I think it is all going pretty well! Homeschooling high school isn’t as scary as I thought it would be!

Ah well, back to getting ready for next weeks school work! I am cutting out things like I am in a Kindergarten class…hehe…

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Restore

Not that long ago I had to go to the dentist to deal with a tooth that was having issues. I knew what I needed before I even went there..but still, I was hoping not to hear the words, lol. Nope, there it was…root canal.. This would be my second one. They really aren’t as bad as what people say, in my opinion! I did have to take antibiotics first before they would do the actual root canal. I don’t like taking them at all, but I understood the need. Some people suggested I look for a probiotic to take. But right at the same time I heard about Restore. Restore isn’t a probiotic, but it is so much more!
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With it not being a probiotic, or prebiotic, or any other biotic…lol…I wasn’t exactly sure what it was! But I read up on the Restore website as well as watched a few videos and it sounded like a great thing to try!

I am not one to experience gut problems, but the way I understood it is that it helps your gut with just every day things. Heavily processed foods, GMOs, gluten, and environmental things such as herbicides and antibiotics in farm animals do awful things to your digestive tract and then impact your overall health. It is hard to escape everything!

Restore bottle smRestore is made to keep all that nasty stuff in your guts instead of getting to your bloodstream. One less thing for your immune system to deal with!

This is what I have been using the last few weeks. In case you are wondering, there is no flavor to it. They say that you don’t have to refrigerate it, but I do just because. I think it feels better to drink it cold, maybe because it is summer and miserably hot…lol.
Restore dose
Just one teaspoon three times a day is the dose that is suggested. Now granted, my life as a homeschool mom does not mean I am in fact home all day long. Sometimes I took one serving, sometimes two, and sometimes I did all three.

Few ingredients are listed on the bottle, I love that! Terrahydrite is a stabilized lignite extract and then for other ingredients purified water is the first ingredient. Followed by trace amounts of minerals and other things.

The lignite extract is supposed to help your intestinal walls that in turn helps grow your good gut bacteria. When that is working as it should it helps your immune system and your overall well-being..

Now, I didn’t know what to expect when I tried this. But I have to admit that I did in fact feel just a little better taking it! I could tell when I didn’t get my dose at a certain time. The feeling is undescribable! Oftentimes I do have to watch more of what I am eating, and maybe that is part how it helps…but it makes me want to keep taking it!
RestoreThree things were included in my package.. I was quite happy to have the travel size version and I took it with me on a recent trip to Maine. Fit right in my carry on liquids bag. The travel size is good for six days so I have a couple more servings left for another trip. I had Jeffy try out the nasal spray and he said that he liked it. He uses nasal spray often, especially during allergy season and he said it felt a little more gentle than his other ones, probably because those are all medicated and full of icky things.

Feel free to check out the Restore website for more information and learn about it for yourself! There are videos as well that are quite informative!

Right now you can use the code B7X66JY to get 20% off of everything on the website! But you have to hurry as it expires on July 16th!

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What I read in June

What I read this month
Wow, I had a busy, busy month! I was surprised that I even got one book read, lol. But thank goodness for school books and such! 😉 I think I was getting too far ahead in my challenge anyway, so it is always good to take a breather… Anyway, this is what I read in June. Let me know what you have read and loved lately, or if you have any other suggestions!! 🙂

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko – One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

What I thought: Well, to me, it just seemed like witnessing the lives of these people. It wasn’t a book that you couldn’t put down, but more like a book that is just comfortable, like an old friend…

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At Any Cost by Mike & Hayley Jones – When Mike and Hayley set out to adopt a child from Sierra Leone, Africa, never in their wildest imaginations did they dream this venture would lead to the “Jones Dozen.” This dramatically moving story will amaze and inspire any reader. Their stunning observation: “It was the least we could do!”

What I thought – What a great story about the adoption of the children! It kind of jumped around from current to past, but I think it made sense, in a way. I enjoyed the children profiles in the back of the book too.

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Love was Near by Sandra Martin – Love Was Near, offers a deeper look into the movie, Trust Fund, exposing what’s behind the story and what Reese is thinking. Like all of us, Reese is ready to forget some of the things she’s done and head towards a brighter future. But before she slams this chapter of her life shut, she takes a final glance back. She doesn’t turn to salt, but she does find she has plenty to learn about life, love and the risk of trusting others.

Reese invites us to join her on a very personal journey as she shares with us her everyday struggles and answers our questions of who did what and why. Leading us to questions about our own identity, purpose, and life plan. Don’t worry about having the right answers; there are none. Just be honest, if not for you, for the future you; It’s your story!

What I thought: I will have a deeper review in a couple weeks, but I did like how the book was set up to be a diary/workbook/story type thing. I think a lot of younger girls could really use it!

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The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis – This classic of Christian devotional literature has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Both Protestants and Catholics — as well as mystics and historians of religious thought — have studied these meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, finding in them a path to prayer and spiritual guidance. Written in a candid and conversational style, The Imitation of Christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life. With its simple, readable text, this translation will appeal to new readers as well as to those already familiar with this religious classic.

What I thought – Well, there were a lot of great points! And they were repeated over and over and over. lol

That’s it, that’s all I read for this month! We will see if I can get back on track in July or not! I am still 12 books ahead of schedule so I have plenty of wiggle room, just in case.. 🙂

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Flavor Your Life with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Jeffy and I love to cook together. It has turned into something that we enjoy so much it is our main reason for wanting to do a house remodel in order to make our kitchen bigger! I think we use olive oil every time we cook something. I was excited to be a part of the Flavor Your Life with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil campaign.
Flavor your life olive oilAs much as I love cooking with Jeffy when he is home, when he travels I like to cook up things that I enjoy to eat that I know he doesn’t. Bring on the veggies, the fish, etc!!

Here are some things that I cooked up on his most recent trips. These recipes are from the Flavor Your Life campaign and every one of them has been super tasty! I love trying new recipes! Some of them were similar to others I have tried, but just a little different.
Flavor your life olive oilThis recipe is Zucchini Pesto Pizza Bites. It is so simple and quick! You just need some extra virgin olive oil, zucchini, salt & pepper, pesto, and mozzarella cheese! Brush the zucchini on both sides with olive oil and season with the salt & pepper. Broil about two minutes per side until tender. Top each slice with pesto and cheese and broil again until the cheese is melted. You can swirl with more extra virgin olive oil if you’d like!
flavor your life olive oilOh avocado…you fickle thing you. I love you and I hate you. When you are good you are so good but when you are bad… :sigh: Anyway, this is another easy thing to make! All you need is extra virgin olive oil, a ripe avocado (good luck, lol), garlic salt, black pepper, lemon juice and a baguette. Mix the avocado, garlic salt, pepper, lemon juice together. Add the extra virgin olive oil and mash up until it is a chunky past mixture. I went a little overboard on the lemon juice so mine isn’t as chunky as it could be. Still tasty though! Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides and broil until light golden brown. When they come out of the oven, spread on your avocado mixture! Mmm, I love bread…especially warm…
flavor your life olive oilSalmon is another thing that I love to eat..I usually only get it in restaurants every so often but I decided to treat myself while he was off on a trip recently. I know it is hard to tell what it is from the picture.. I am definitely not a food photographer. 😉 For this you just need extra virgin olive oil, grated zucchini, pesto, salmon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar (mm, another fave!), black pepper, and basil. Toss the grated zucchini with half of the pesto. Get a square of foil and put the grated zucchini mixture on it. Put the salmon on top. Place the rest of the pesto on top of the salmon. Then in another bowl mix the tomatoes, garlic slices, balsamic, pepper, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Spread that around the salmon and fold the foil into baskets. Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

You can find these and more recipes on the Flavor Your Life recipe page. I am going to make the Herbed Olive Oil Ice Cubes next! I just needed to pick up an ice cube tray because, who has those around the house anymore? lol I apologize to those of you that do use them.. :ahem:

I definitely learned quite a bit off of the website and on some included literature. I had no idea about a lot of this stuff regarding olives and olive oil! Check out the Flavor Your Life education pages and see how much you knew!

I did know that a lot of olive oil in general is just cheaper oils packaged up.. That’s just awful. I definitely noticed a difference in the quality of this olive oil that I used. Very tasty! It says to use it within six months of opening, I think they will be lucky if it lasts six weeks at this rate!

Jeffy is coming back into town today, so I am sure we will be back to a more typical meal selection. That’s quite alright with me, it’s all good! 🙂
Flavor Your Life with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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A year ago we finished our foster care classes…

A year ago we finished our foster care classes…

With all of the need out there it seems like we should have had plenty of placements and plenty of of experience in the world that is foster care by now.
foster care baby bearAlas, our county has had a streak of hardly any kids in care and we have yet to have our first placement.

That is huge! I mean, our county isn’t the largest by any means, but it is spread out between numerous cities! To not have kids coming into care just amazes me!

Our neighboring counties are still having kids come into care.

The major county on one side of us has quite a few kids coming into care and they already have a lot. Close to 300 kids in care already, with the majority of them older kids, and quite a few of those are aging out.

The smaller county on our other side has about a third of the other counties amount of kids in care. They get a lot of babies and younger kids.

I don’t know if any of my blog readers donated to my fundraiser that I did during National Foster Care Month, but if you did, thank you so much! Any shipments via Amazon were anonymous and so I couldn’t tell who donated what unless they left a note.

We were able to help out three counties with things they specifically requested!

We got a lot of household items and such for the larger county…we got a lot of diapers and baby things for the other county. And for my county, we got so many socks and undies, along with diapers and toys.. Everyone got just what they needed.

I know the need is still there. I know it didn’t solve all of their wants. But at least it is something. I would love to do it again next year..

I guess my thought is, even though we are licensed for foster care, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are only limited to taking in children. It is wonderful that our county is doing so well. I wish we could help out the other counties that still have plenty of kids, but it gets tricky when you cross counties…it does happen sometimes.

Who knows what our role is with foster care. I do know that it is an important part of our lives now. And we will just keep doing what we can, when we can! 🙂

 

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Hewitt Homeschooling Speech {Review}

When Ryan first started taking his college courses a few years ago, we didn’t know that he was going to be taking a public speaking class that involved quite a bit of speech writing. It was a required class so it just had to be done. We didn’t do a lot of speech writing in our homeschool to that point! So I wanted to make sure that we had something for Kyle and Lauren when it was their turn to take that class! Hewitt Homeschooling has a Speech course that has saved the day for us all!

 Lightning Literature & Composition Speech Pack

The Lend Me Your Ears text has over 1100 pages of speeches! It is a thick book! The authors of the speeches are quite varied; Demosthenes, Queen Elizabeth I, Dalai Lama, John F. Kennedy, Edgar Allan Poe are just a few of the authors included! In this updated version there is a section of undelivered speeches that I find fascinating!

Included in both the student and teacher’s guides are two schedules. One is for their suggested semester schedule. This is the schedule they recommend. They also offer a full-year schedule, and this is the one we chose to follow after looking over the materials.

The student guide is not very long, but there is a lot of information inside. There is a great introduction section that I highly suggest being read and it is the first assignment to be done in the course. It is only about ten pages. It gives information on how to use the guide and also explain more about the course.

Each lesson isn’t very long, but there is a lot in each lesson. Does that make sense? I will try and explain.

Take the first lesson…it is all about the opening of a speech. The first page lists the selections to be read from the Lend Me Your Ears text. For this lesson there are eight different speeches.
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Next is a While You Read section. This section is focusing on the opening of the different speeches. This is good to read before you actually read the selections on the previous page.
Hewitt Homeschooling Speech 2Next are some comprehension questions. These are important when you read anything, but definitely helpful with these speeches! I know sometimes if I am listening to a speech that isn’t grabbing me my mind has a tendency to wander. A lot of these are great speeches though, so that shouldn’t happen..

Next is the Literary Lesson.. This is the longest section in the lesson. It will give you different ways to go about, in this case, your opening. I LOVE this.. There isn’t one right way to right a speech, and with the options given, I think it gives students ideas that they may not have had before! Also, speeches can be intimidating to write, and this helps with that.

In this lesson they use a commencement speech as an example. They then go through eight different ways to write an opening of a commencement speech.. What a way to get your mind thinking!
Hewitt Homeschooling Speech 1Lastly are some writing exercises. You only have to choose one exercise for this lesson, not all five. These are pretty thorough exercises and really make you think! My kids like having choices, we do that a lot in school, so this is perfect for us.. We have made it through Unit 1 Lesson 1 and are all excited to work on the rest of the book!

At the back of the book there is appendix A that has some discussion questions, broken down by lesson, appendix B has lists of additional reading by lesson, and appendix C is where the schedules are.

The Teacher’s Guide has some of the same things that the student’s guide does. The schedules, the writing exercises, and discussion questions…but it also has the answers to the comprehension questions. This is definitely good to have. The best part is the grading section. I find grading writing papers difficult. The address certain things that are pretty much all things that I have thought, so this was helpful for me!

The student’s guide is only eight lessons long, but each one is so full of things to do that by the time you are done, a full speech has been picked through for you to learn by!

This is going to be a great addition to our school year and definitely a good start for when they start their college courses their junior year!

Hewitt Homeschooling has all sorts of Lightning Literature and Composition kits for high school that I am going to look into as well. I am drawn to the World Literature! If you are interested in checking out what others thought of the Speech that I did or possibly finding out what they thought of something your own kids ages, feel free to click the link below! There really is something for everyone!

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Novare Science & Math Introductory Physics {Review}

A few years back the kids and I did the next step in our then math curriculum. That next step happened to be Physics. I don’t know if they just weren’t ready or if the curriculum just wasn’t for us, but it was disastrous. I mentioned it to a few friends and they just said to put it off for a while and come back to it. That’s what we did! We recently tried out Introductory Physics from Novare Science & Math.

Novare Introductory Physics, 2nd Edition

This Physics course is meant for ninth graders with at least pre-algebra done for math. It can also be used for sophomores and juniors as well, there are even a couple ‘harder’ chapters that will make the course a little more challenging.

Kyle and Lauren are in the midst of their freshman year, so this was perfect for us!

I was quite surprised when the book came at the size of it. You can’t tell by the picture, but it is a smaller text book than what you would be used to. It is about seven inches by almost ten inches. Much easier to hold and use!

There is an explanation both for teachers and students at the beginning of the book and I highly suggest you read these! There are explanations why they did things a certain way and tips on how to study this course.

Novare Science Physics CD

We also had access to everything on the Resource CD. This is a wonderful addition to the text book and I think it adds so much to the course!

Novare Science & Math believes in three things that make them different from most other publishers. Mastery, Integration, and Kingdom Perspective. Rather than just learning enough to pass a test and then forgetting the information, they stress the importance of mastering the subject. The integration is that there is more than ‘just science’ involved in science. Math and English are two important ones! And I love when we can find curriculum that involves the Bible! Especially a science!

When I first started reading the book to figure out where to begin I was a little overwhelmed. I then realized that the CD included a suggested schedule as well as information on how the author taught the course in a classroom setting. This included weighted grading, scheduling, and and other tips that I am very appreciative for!
Novare Science Physics Lesson ScheduleI realized that we could continue our four day a week science class time without a problem once I read the information on the cd! Here is an example of what a Chapter 1 timeline would look like. I appreciate that they broke down the exercises like that! The first time I looked at the list of the questions I was wondering how that would go with the kids! Breaking them up like this is much more enjoyable!

The first chapter is The Nature of Scientific Knowledge and is relatively short at only 17 pages. There is a lot of basic science facts as well as more in depth information in this chapter though, so don’t dismiss it! There is a total of 13 chapters in the book.

At the beginning of each chapter is a list of Objectives. Students should be able to do each of the tasks on the list at the end of each chapter, whether it is explaining vocabulary words, memorizing equations, or just a fact that they learn in the lesson.
Novare Science Physics highlighted areaThere are a lot of highlighted items throughout the book. I think that is awesome as I am a visual person and know that those tan colored highlighted items mean something extra important. The objectives and exercises are also highlighted in this color. There are also quite a few graphs and images within each chapter.
Novare Science Physics Do You KnowIn green boxes are ‘Do You Know…’ sections that give a little extra information regarding something in the lesson. There were a few ‘ahaaaaa’ and ‘wowww’ moments with these green boxes! That is awesome!

At the end of the chapter is the list of exercises. These will vary in length but all are quite detailed. They require complete sentences and pretty thorough answers! But like I mentioned above, if you follow the suggested schedule you can break up the questions. That is a lifesaver for us, my kids don’t do well when they feel overwhelmed.
Novare Science Physics CD foldersWe are in the midst of Chapter 2 and appreciate that Chapter 1 gave us such a great example of how the book is best used. We are on a roll now and with all of the extra details on the cd, we are good to go. The cd is definitely worth the extra money! The way it is all set up makes it so much easier and not intimidating at all. Even though this is definitely not an easy course, I think it is done in such a way as to give us success in our second try at Physics! :phew:

Novare Science & Math has other courses as well! I am excited about the General Chemistry next but…I heard a little something that they are also going to be coming out with a Biology textbook! I wonder where that will fall in the schedule. I know it isn’t going to be released soon, but since our school schedule is so off, maybe they will have more information posted by the time we are needing the next science course.

If you want to check out what others thought of the Physics and Chemistry courses, or two other ones, feel free to click on the banner below!

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UnLock Algebra1 {Review}

Some of you have been following our homeschool journey for a while.. Kyle always was the best in math, getting every math concept, doing crazy things in his head.. And then came letters. Kyle and algebra are not friends. We have tried various things from books to online to cd’s and nothing was getting through. Lately we have been trying UnLock Algebra1 from UnLock Math.

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Just from looking at their website, I thought that this would be a good fit for Kyle. I contemplated starting him back on the Pre-Algebra, but with all of his other studies I think he understood enough to start on the Algebra1.

After a quick parent set-up, your student is ready to go! Each child gets their own user id and password, but as a parent, you are able to check in and see where they are and what they are working on. It really is nice the way it is done.
unlock math student dashboardAs your child logs in, this is pretty much what they will see, and you as well, if you are viewing their account. I had Kyle start on the Pre-Algebra review section, just to make sure that he really did understand like I thought he did.

At this point of my screen capture, I had suggested to him to start at the beginning of the review and then continue until he thought it started getting tougher. So, he did a variety of lessons, and finally came to the point that would always stump him. This review was a helpful way for him to get used to the program before starting the actual Algebra 1!
unlock math graphAlso on the dashboard page is this graph, a visual representation of how much he has done and how much he has left.  He did complete the ones he was working on… I like that the green ‘complete’ words are so easy to see that they are done.
unlock math lesson completeHe has since gotten into a groove and finding the spot that he started to have problems in the past. Kyle has commented how well the teacher explains each lesson and he appreciates the visual aspect of it. He can see her face and expressions, as well as different animations on the screen next to her. I will get to that in a minute.. Let me explain how a typical lesson goes..
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When they log onto a new lesson, this is pretty much what they will see. You start with a Warm Up, which will review what was already learned so that they can keep it fresh in their minds. They can only answer a question once though! Makes it interesting to see how much they really retained! 😉

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You can get a glimpse of the teacher here on the video. She is very animated and has a lot of jokes to keep the child into what she is talking about as well as making it easy to understand and remember. The videos are all on the shorter side, this one being about five minutes long.
unlock math lesson intro 2At the bottom of the new lesson screen is the rest of the path. You continue on with Practice Problems, Stay Sharp, and Challenge Yourself. Each question can only be entered once! The end shows some reference notes from the section. You can always print them out, or have them opened in another tab to help you along the way.

Since this was a review lesson, there aren’t any quizzes or tests, but those are definitely included in the lessons further ahead!
unlock math pacing guide
On the main dashboard there is a pacing guide, that will help you figure out how long each set should take. For this particular section, they say it should take 19 days to finish before moving on to the next unit, which is Equations.

I like that it has a grade book that will list everything so that I can copy it down into our planner that has all of our grades. I don’t have to search for the information, it is all in one spot and easy to read.

Kyle enjoyed the way everything was set up, from the videos, to the graphs, to just the ease of the website. I do feel like he has definitely caught on to things that he was stuck on before. I call that a win-win in my book! I am looking forward to seeing what this year will teach him and not seeing him frustrated anymore!

Make sure you check out UnLock Math, they have other levels besides Pre-Algebra and Algebra1! They have UnLock Algebra2 and most recently added is UnLock Geometry! You can also get a feel for their website as well as the video teacher..

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Pro-crastinating

Forever ago my friend Meggan and I would joke about which one of us was the biggest procrastinator. She ended up saying that we both put the Pro in procrastinating. That’s pretty much it. So now it is Pro-crastinating.

Found this graphic recently and this explains it perfectly, lol. Glad that we aren’t alone out in the world.

I have quite a few things cooking right now and well, it is all coming due at once. Some of the things couldn’t be done any sooner, but others, I for sure did procrastinate on. Some things I was waiting for someone else to do a part, some things had to be done a certain way… I think that covers #3… 😉

I think someone who wasn’t a Pro-crastinator would look at all that I have going at the moment and start to panic. But you know…this is when I do my best work. It’s been that way for ages. Even in school with essays and all that homework. Eh, it’s all good.

I do get to the point that I say I won’t let it get this bad again, but nope…it still does.

Anyone else out there consider themselves great at Pro-crastinating?

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