Friday, May 01, 2015

A+ Interactive Math ~ Review


Hi Friends, My three daughters and I had the chance to review the Family Math Package from A+ Interactive Math. In the past online math programs have proven to be very successful among my daughters and I was excited to see what this one had to offer.

What is the Family Math Package?



 A+ Interactive Math Family Math Packages are specially designed to cater to both individual & family needs. There is Access to all grade levels for each student (K1 - Algebra). You have the ability to change the grade level to fit student needs at any time. The program teaches, grades, measures, reviews and tracks. I like that the program uses multiple learning styles to fit each students individual needs.


How we used Family Math Package



I was able to sign my three daughters up with ease. They each have their own login and this makes it nice to be able to keep track of each ones work. After they sign in they have the option to view their profile or to launch their math level. Launching means that the program opens a dashboard in a new browser window.

Below is an example of what the dashboard for my oldest looks like 




As you can see from the picture above, the program features:

  • Multimedia Interactive Lessons
These animated lessons make learning fun. My daughters found them easy to understand and entertaining. They really enjoyed the animations when the would get a problem correct. After completing a lesson, it shows on the top the completion date as well as the score achieved. 



  • Lesson Plans
It's really great when I know what we should be doing and when. The lesson plans have been very helpful in keeping me on track. While we do get behind, it's nice to have an idea of where we need to be and what we need to do to get back on track. I also like that the lesson plans are printable. 



  • Printables
The printables are another wonderful addition. While my daughters have always enjoyed doing an online math curriculum, sometimes it's also nice to have a worksheet in hand. With this program you have the option to not only print worksheets but also print Exams and Reference Sheets. 



  • Ebooks
Under the Ebooks tab, you can view a full curriculum book, worksheet solution guides, and exam solution guides. It's, yet again, a helpful addition that has made using this program and learning math fun.


  • Online Worksheets and Exams
There is even an option to do worksheets and exams online. We didn't do a lot of these, but I really do appreciate that they are here. I anticipate that we will be using more of these in the future.


I also really enjoy the Parent Features as well. They include:
  • Instant online grading.
            It's always nice to be able to see a grade after a lesson is completed and my daughters love            being able to see how well they did immediately after a lesson. So this is a very nice feature. 

  • Parental controls that allow parents to lock solution guides.



  • Progress reports that identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.
The progress reports have been nice. I'm not use to making my own progress reports. When a program offers the opportunity to easily see them, It makes me excited. 
  • The ability to enter students scores to track progress for all work completed offline.

Final Thought

There are a ton of lessons for us to still do. This is a very wonderful program and we are looking forward to using it more in the future. If you are looking for a complete math program than I recommend A+ Interactive Math.

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They will start a 2-week 40% to 50% off sale on their “Family Math Packages” and “Adaptive Placement Testing w/ Lessons” program on Monday May 4th. 
Start Date: 5/4/2015 – End Date: 5/18/2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements ~ Review


Hello friends, I'm so excited to share a new review with you all today. My oldest daughter and I recently had the opportunity to review Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements (Level F) from Spelling You See. Last year I had the chance to review a different level with another daughter and we fell in love with the program. I knew that this was going to be a great review for my struggling speller. 


What is Spelling You See?

Spelling You See is from the same fabulous company, Demme Learning, that brought us Math-U-See. It was developed by a wonderful woman named, Dr. Karen Holinga. It is a homeschool spelling curriculum with seven levels that follow the developmental stages of language development. Placement is not based on grade but on the student’s level of language development. It is their philosophy that students all move through the same stages as they are learning to spell, but that the pace of each child is unique to that child.

I love that the Spelling You See program allows students to develop spelling skills naturally and at their own pace. 



Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements is level F in the Spelling You See program. It is recommended for the student who can read and a write complete paragraphs comfortably.




There are two student workbooks in Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements.  Each workbook has 18 lessons that are divided into five parts, A through E. So all together there are 36 lessons. The only tools needed to complete the workbooks are a pencil and colored pencils or highlighters. 

My daughter is thoroughly enjoying Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements and is learning how to spell by relying upon visual memory through repeated reading and repeated writing. She has been completing short daily activities in the first workbook that include:
  • Chunking
  • Copywork
  • Dictation 
One the first day of a lesson she reads a passage aloud to me and then "chunks" the appropriate letter patterns indicated for the lesson. She really enjoys chucking the passages. I was a little worried that she might not enjoy it, but to my surprise she does. I think it's great that it is truly helping her look for patterns and how to remember to spell words.correctly.  In the next section she copies the passage and then "chunks" it again.
On the second and third days of a lesson, reading, chucking, and copywork are again repeated.

On the fourth and fifth days my daughter has to write the passage from dictation. She has been struggling a little bit with the writing from dictation portion but I have been able to offer the help that is needed and she has shown vast improvement since she first started.  It is recommeded that if the day four dicatation is completed easily, you can skip the second dictation.So far we have found the second dictation to be extremely helpful.  

One of the things that we both really enjoy in Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements are the stories. Not only is my daughter learning to spell but she is also learning some very interesting history. For example, because of this awesome program she has learned about the Cave of Lascaux, silkworms, cuneiform, the Goseck Circle. Her exposure to these topics through Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements has created a bigger interest in history and she has even been seeking out more information on the subjects. I'm pretty impressed to say the least. 

Another favorite of ours is that each lesson includes a special feature called a Spotlight. The Spotlight introduces interesting facts about words that are found in the passage. These have been fun to read and very helpful in my daughters studies.


My favorite book of the program is the Instructor's Handbook. 


The Instructor's Handbook includes a getting started page, lesson-by-lesson instructions, a weekly activity guide, and resources to help within each lesson. Each section has proved to be extremely valuable. I'm so glad that I have a handbook that has allowed me to make sure that we are correctly using the program. It sure has made helping my daughter an easy task.

I like that the resources pages include passages for dictation and an answer key for the chucking. It has been nice to be able to use the answer key when checking my daughters work. 



Final Thoughts:


Spelling You See: Ancient Achievements is a program that we plan on sticking with. I have always felt that if a program is working than you should stick with it. It's working! I'm also glad that it is a program that my daughter enjoys. I have seen vast improvement in the short weeks since beginning and I'm excited to see more improvements in the future. We highly recommend Spelling You See

You can currently purchase the Ancient Achievements Student Pack for only $30.00
You can also purchase the Ancient Achievements Instructor's Handbook for only $14.00


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Choctaw Frontier Days ~ Field Trip & How to Make a Whirligig



Hello Friends, My daughters and I recently attended a very fun and educational event called Choctaw Frontier Days. It was a ton of fun and we're already looking forward to attending next year.




There were planned activities at this educational festival, specifically tailored to school children, They included historical presentations, re-enactors, cowboy and cavalry encampments, a jailhouse, mock gun fights, old-fashioned games and more. I'm glad that we had the opportunity to attend. 


The girls had a chance to see the Marlow Gunfighters


The Marlow Gunfighters are an Old West historical entertainment group based out of Marlow, Oklahoma. They have performed throughout Oklahoma at town festivals and events.


You can learn more about them on their FACEBOOK page

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The girls also got to meet Kent Shelton as Buffalo Bill Cody.



We all really enjoyed Kent's presentation and he shared a lot of fun facts about the life of Buffalo Bill and about the pony express. Kent preforms at a lot of events and festivals around Oklahoma. You can learn more about these events by visiting his FACEBOOK page. 

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The girls got to make their own button and string whirligigs. They thought it was such a neat pioneer toy. They have still been playing with them. 

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The last thing we did before we left was take a little carriage ride. It was a fun experience for the girls. 

After the carriage ride, it was time to make the long drive back home.  It was fun and we will be back.


 If you are ever in the area at the time of  Choctaw Frontier Days,  I highly suggest attending. 



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

FulcrumGallery.com ~ Review






Hi Friends, I wanted to share with you an amazing high quality online art store that I had the opportunity to receive a piece from. The store is FulcrumGallery.com. I was recently contacted and asked to do a review. After a quick glance at the site I jumped at the chance. I mean, honestly, I was very excited. I couldn't pass up the chance to own a high quality art piece. I love art! 




FulcrumGallery.com offers a huge selection of high quality art prints & posters for your home or office. They can even frame them or put them on canvas, all with great prices and fast shipping.

{My Thoughts}


When I first visited the site, I was blown away at their amazing selection of art pieces. They all looked so wonderful. I assure you, it was no easy task narrowing it down to a single print! It was a hard choice but I finally settled on a piece called Chevron Sentiments Teal I. It literally had everything I was looking for. As you can probably tell from the background on my website, I love gray chevron. So it's no surprise that I fell in love with this piece. I couldn't wait for it to arrive. Much to my surprise it shipped super fast. I was e-mailed as soon as it was shipped. I loved this because I was able to track its progress all the way to it's final destination. My home! 

When it arrived I took note of how well it was packaged. I read on their website that every framed item is shipped in a lab-tested secure packaging to ensure that it will arrive undamaged, even when subjected to the most severe conditions. I must say that this was true. I was very happy that they had taken the time to make sure it would be completely safe during the shipping process. When I removed it from the box it was better than I expected. I mean, I knew I would love it, I just didn't realize how much I would really, really, really love it. Right now my design colors are black, gray, teal, and red for an accent color and this piece fit in like it was made to be in my home.

Another thing that I appreciated in my piece is that it had a Quality American Craftsmanship sticker on the back. I could already tell that it was of wonderful quality but this sticker also showed me how much pride they put into their work. 



I'm now looking for more pieces because I love this one so much! I found an awesome category page on FulcrumGallery.com called Hartworks Wall Art. This category literally has everything that I love and once again it's going to be super hard to narrow down some choices. So, I'm going to ask you for a little help. Would you mind visiting and shooting me a comment below on some of your choice from the Hartworks Wall Art category. I would love to hear what some of your favorite choices are and maybe it will help me make up my mind as well. 

My overall experience, which included the process of ordering my art print and receiving it was extremely positive! I could not be more pleased with the quality of the print and how well it compliments my living room. Like I stated before, it's like it was meant to be in my home. 

FulcrumGallery.com offers a variety of other print types and services, such as framing and printing photos on canvases. Their prices are affordable and the quality is excellent. They are currently offering 50% off sitewide. Seriously, it’s hard to not select a few pieces for your home or office. I highly recommend you visit their website today and take a look around, you will not be disappointed!



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Monday, April 20, 2015

PBS Kids ~ OETA ~ Explore the Outdoors ~ Field Trip



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Do you live in Oklahoma? 

If so, there is an event that happens yearly that I think you should know about. It's a wonderful learning event and it's FREE!

It's the PBS Kids ~ OETA ~ Explore the Outdoors Event.


You can join OETA at Oklahoma’s beautiful State Parks
for a day of FREE family fun and outdoor activities! From investigations of wind, trees and habitats 
to nature hikes and recycling activities, families can learn up-close about nature and the environment!

This Year, OETA Has Expanded Explore The Outdoors To FOUR State Parks: 

CLICK HERE to see if there is a State Park close to you and to see dates.

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My daughters loved the event. They always love getting out in nature and exploring. Through the event they were able to learn, build, paint, and explore. One of their favorite parts was being able to meet and do an experiment with Jessi Crino, the host of What's the Deal?  

What's the Deal? is a web show about finding out how things work.


After completing their experiment they each received a cool What's The Deal? t-shirt. Of course they had to put those on immediately. 


The girls also had the opportunity to meet and listen to Al Bostick. Al is a an artist and amazing story teller. His career spans some 30 years in the Oklahoma region. It was a pleasure to be able to listen to him entertain us. 

The girls also enjoyed building structures out of clay and toothpicks as well as also painting a picture of what they were observing in nature. 


The girls also got to see Curious George. They thought that was pretty fun. 


There was also a tables set up that gave the girls opportunities to learn about minerals, oil exploration, and animals. Each table presented a ton of educational facts in a fun and easy to understand way.



At the end of the event they each received certificates of completion. These state they they had each completed 4 hours of additional studies in STEM, Physical Education and Social Studies at Explore the Outdoors 2015 



As you can probably tell, we had a blast. We hope that you get the opportunity to attend as well. 

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