Instead of Purposeful Links this weekend, I just want to share this live reading of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall in Philadelphia by a group of celebrities including Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg, and Michael Douglas with you. Enjoy!
Summer is in full swing.
Our usual school schedule has fallen by the wayside in favor of decluttering, projects around the house, swimming, and playing outside. We do still try to keep up with some minimal practice in the “3 R’s”, and keep learning more informally through the summer months though.
Our subscription to SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers has been handy in that respect. Created by SmartKidz Media, it’s a digital media learning library designed especially for homeschool families. It consists of not just educational videos, but also flash-animated eBooks, music, interactive study guides, and more. We were given the chance to try it out and tell y’all what we think about it.
The website is organized into categories ranging from “World of Discovery”, containing documentaries on nature, culture, history, travel, and more, to the “Fun Zone”, which has a variety of fun games and puzzles. There’s a large collection of resources for early learning with sing-alongs, interactive picture books, an entire section on baby sign language, and more. There’s also a section devoted to special needs that looks great. There’s even a health and fitness section with several Pilates and kid-friendly exercise videos!
You may remember me mentioning CTC Math about a year ago.
CTC Math is a comprehensive online math tutorial program for grades K through 12. It features over 1300 animated and narrated math lessons, interactive exercises, diagnostic tests, instant feedback to students, detailed reporting for parents, and more. The 12 Month Family Plan offers unlimited access to all lessons at all grade levels for up to ten students for one price.
I used it for a good part of Kendall’s 2nd grade school year, and wrote about what I liked about it. I’ve once again had an opportunity to try out the 12 Month Family Plan, and this time I added Kyle (14) to the mix. He finished his math curriculum earlier this spring, and rather than start him on next year’s, I’ve had him working on CTC’s Pre Algebra and Algebra sections in preparation for next fall. So this time, I’m going to tell you what I think so far of the program in the upper levels. [Read more…]