Teaching Textbooks Math 7 Review

My daughter has never been a fan of Math, so as we were approaching higher Math levels in our homeschooling, I was getting apprehensive about which curriculum she would use. She used Singapore Math during her primary school years but we both wanted to shift to something that she could do on her own and at the same time, make Math easier to understand . We’ve tried several other Math programs before but they didn’t work for her so we wanted to try Teaching Textbooks.

Teaching Textbooks is a Math curriculum which comes in CD format and/or physical book format. It starts from 3rd grade Math until Pre-Calculus.  There is a placement test your child can take so you can be sure which level suits child.

We purchased a pre-loved copy of the Teaching Textbooks Math 7 from another homeschooling family. We got the complete set  which includes the self-grading CDs, Textbook and Answer Keys.

The Math 7 curriculum has 4 CDs and each CD contains around 25 lessons each. There is a total of 117 lessons. Each lesson starts with a lecture with someone explaining the concepts. The narrator is able to explain the problem in an interesting and non-boring manner. The lecture is interactive allowing the student to answer the questions by typing. After lecture, there are 5 practice sets followed by around 25 problems that she needs to solve . The answers are checked on the spot and if student gets it wrong, there is an option where the student can watch the correct solution. There is also a gradebook which records all the quizzes and grades of the student.

My daughter thinks Teaching Textbooks is an awesome way to study math! Hearing that from her is enough to confirm that this product is worth buying.

I personally like Teaching Textbooks because it fosters independence in my daughter. It also dispels my fear of being unable to teach higher Math to my homeschoolers. I also like it that the technical support responds promptly to my inquiries through email.

After several years of homeschooling my children, I am glad to have finally found the Math curriculum that fits my daughter’s needs.

Mom 24/7 2017 Planner

It’s that time of the year again… when planners for the new year are widely available. As a mom, I need a planer which has enough space for me to write about my own goals and even my children’s schedule. I am so happy that Mommy Mundo has made a planner especially for moms, the Mom 24/7 2017 Planner!

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Homeschool Legacy Christmas Comes to America Review

We have just set up our Christmas tree. I can’t believe it but in a few weeks, Christmas will be here! What a wonderful way to welcome this season though an in-depth study of Christmas from Homeschool Legacy.

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We are reviewing this Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America through the Homeschool Review Crew. Homeschool Legacy is a product by Sharon Gibson, a homeschool mom of 16 years who believes that unit study approach is the best way to help children learn. Unit study provides a fun and creative atmosphere for the children to learn. Through unit studies, different subjects can be tackled while studying a single topic. Most of the time, you can incorporate language arts, grammar, spelling, history, social studies, science and math lessons as you study the topic. It is also good for multi-level families as everyone can study and make the activities together. It builds relationships and makes more memories for the family.

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The Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America is biblically centered. The main source of the Christmas story is the Bible though throughout the weeks, you will be taught how Christmas traditions have originally started in different countries, the customs, symbols and traditions of the Christmas season.

 It is also easy to implement as virtually no preparation is needed. Everything has been researched, listed and scheduled for you already. It is very easy to incorporate into your schedule and as mentioned, you can do it once-a-week.

To make this unit study more interesting, they have provided a list of books you can read while doing the lessons. There is also a list of videos that you can watch during Family movie nights to further enhance the learning experience.

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The lessons also incorporate ways for the Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls to earn their badges while doing this unit study. The material is good for the entire family and is best suited for grades 2-12.  You will receive the material in PDF format so you can read the material in any mobile device or through your computer.

The lessons are divided into 4 weeks. Week 1 tackles  The Dutch. The proposed schedule is that the children do independent reading daily while the family meets once a week to discuss the devotional. Then as suggested, children are encouraged to research the history of one tradition per day throughout the month. The origin of “Santa Claus” according to the Dutch was also disclosed. There are some activities for language and then cocoa-making for life skills. This was probably the favorite of our family! At the end of the week, you are encourage to watch a classic Christmas movie.

Week 2 is all about The English. It begins with individual reading daily and the family meets to discuss the devotional. The English discusses the origin of St. Nicolas and the tradition of singing Christmas carols. The making of Christmas cards is discussed and encouraged at the end of the lesson as well.

Week 3 focuses on The German. Ever wondered what “Christkindl” meant and what it stands for? This lesson would help your family understand that. It also features many of the symbols associated with Christmas like the trees, ornaments, tree lights, advent wreaths and the stockings.

Week 4 features The American Christmas.

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It includes the same activities as with the other weeks and at the end, you will be encouraged to create an after Christmas tree for the birds. Definitely, an activity that the children will love!

If you are interested to learn more about the the history  and diversity of the U.S., you may check out the Once-a-Week Micro-Studies: Many Nations . This study would let you know more about the  different Nations of Native Americans in the U.S.

This downloadable product only costs $14.00.

If you are looking for a unit study with no frills on Christmas and one  that is easy to implement, then you should go ahead and purchase this unit study. The activities listed are definitely going to make Christmas more memorable for the entire family and make each one appreciate all the Christmas traditions that they have been doing all these years.

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Grids for Kids Logic Books Review

Logic puzzles are a good way to exercise the brain and one’s reasoning skills. But sometimes, it is hard to find one that is easy enough for beginners to try.

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This has been the experience of Brian and Melanie Fulton. They have been looking for one that is fit and appropriate for their oldest daughter, a logic puzzle that would help their daughter  practice her reasoning skills at the beginner’s level but couldn’t find one. Since both of them are experienced writers and editors of mathematics curricula for a variety of levels, from middle school through postgraduate, they decided to write one for kids!

Grids for Kids Logic Books come in 4 different  levels. Level 1 is best for 8 years old and up. Each level has 30 puzzles. There are five tutorials in each level to walk the child through the solution process for solving similar type puzzles. There are supplements available if you want to have additional practice puzzles for every level. The file is in PDF format so you can easily view and print out the lessons.

My 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son haven’t really tried many logic puzzles before. So when I was asked to review this product, I thought this would be a good practice for them. We were sent the Level 1 and Level 2 PDF files.

The book has 3 sections: the puzzles, tutorials and the answers. I immediately printed off the puzzles and asked my kids to read and follow the tutorials for the section 1. Afterwards, they were able to work through the next 5 puzzles by themselves. My son who loves Math was able to understand the process faster and answered most of the puzzles.

Afterwards, my daughter kept on and tried the Puzzles in section 2. Following the same pattern, looking at the tutorials first and worked on the puzzle clues.

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I also tried to work on the puzzles. Sometimes, it is easy to follow the tutorial and fill up the logic grid but sometimes, I get confused too! This is truly a different way to bond as a family. We discussed the possible answers together and check the answer key who got the right answer!

Grids for Kids Logic Books only cost $3.00 per level. The supplements only cost $1.50 each.

I would recommend this logic grid puzzle book for children who needs to sharpen their logic thinking skills. It is good start for beginners and a good practice for intermediate students. This has been a big help for our family who has never tried logic puzzles before. I would also suggest that  answering the puzzle is  a fun way to spend your Friday night together as a family too!

If you wish to try this product first, you may request for a free sample from : http://www.gridsforkidslogicbooks.com/free-book.html

For more information, please visit Grids for Kids website.

Middlebury Interactive Languages Middle School German Review

Learning different languages has been part of our homeschool. This year, as part of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were given a 6 month access to Middlebury Interactive Languages. My 7th grade daughter wanted to learn a new language so she chose to try the Middle School German 1 class.

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Middlebury Interactive Languages is not new to our family. We have actually tried the Elementary Chinese  Course a few years back. We loved how the program uses the immersive approach in developing one’s skill in languages so we were quite excited how the Middle School German 1 course will help my daughter understand German and appreciate Germany’s culture.

About the Company

Middlebury Interactive Languages offers K-12 Language programs in French, German, Chinese and Spanish. Each language has elementary, middle school and high school courses. Though the products are not credit bearing, the lessons are aligned with the standards of the leading world language and digital learning organizations (ACTFL and iNACOL). The courses are designed to deliver a holistic learning approach through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities in digital format.

About the Product

The Middle School German 1  course consists of 18 weeks or units (90 days) of content.  In each unit, there are 10 lessons. There are 2 semesters and for each semester, there is a midterm and a final exam. This is a self-paced program ideal for 6th Grade-8th Grade students.  The program is good for beginners.

The course introduces common vocabulary terms and phrases. At the end of the course, students should be able to follow the grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and communicate using basic conversational phrases.

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Using the system is fairly easy as you only need to have a stable internet connection and a browser to access the program. Upon log-in to the system, the student will see the dashboard. The lessons that she can learn for the day will be displayed here.

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You may also check the Table of Contents to see the entire course.

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There is also a calendar where  the lessons are already scheduled daily so you can finish the entire course on time.  But this is just a recommendation, you may choose to go faster or slower than the recommended pace.

The lessons are very visual but it is also good for auditory learners as there is a green button where you can play the audio file of the entire slide. The lessons are very interactive too. You can answer the questions thru the drop down menu and there is an auto-correct button to see if your answers are correct. The left side of the screen shows the slides that you will be studying for the entire lesson. You can move forward or go back as you may want to review old lessons.

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The lessons also include cultural topics. This allows the student to get immersed on the culture of the language as well. It creates an awareness of the different lifestyle of the German people. There are some videos of the architectures that you can find in Berlin, Germany too.

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The pop-quiz results are recorded in the gradebook section. If you need to see the grades of your student, then this is the place to go. If you want to see what your student has completed,  you may also browse through the different slides of the lessons and see which ones has a check mark which signifies your student has completed the lessons.

What I Thought of the Product

I really like this product for our homeschool and here are the reasons why:

  • Product requires minimal parental supervision.
  • Thorough language lessons yet very holistic in approach as it includes a study of culture as well.
  • Systematic and step-by-step lessons easy for beginners to understand the language thoroughly.
  • The product without teacher support is being sold at $119 only.
  • If you need teacher support, there is an option to get teacher support with a higher fee.

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