GPALOVEMATH: Interactive, Web Based Math for K-5 (Review Crew)

Critical Thinking Company Review

In the elementary years, we’ve enjoyed using a variety of math programs, both online and in workbook form.

Since both Kendall (8) and Kade (5) were wrapping up their levels in the online program we’ve been using, I thought it would be a good time to try out a new one. So, for the last few weeks we’ve been using GPALEARN’s GPALOVEMATH several times a week.

GPALOVEMATH is a web based math program, with levels for Kindergarten through 5th grade. In each level,  an animated “Learning Coach” guides your child through lessons, practice problems, and quizzes.  Each grade level consists of over 150 lessons and over 10,000 practice problems, and by doing 4 to 5 lessons a week, a grade level can be completed in 10 months. [Read more...]

In Our Classroom: High School Edition (March 2015)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

In addition to regular dance classes, drama, and schoolwork, Kaitlyn has had extra rehearsals for both her ballet company’s performance of Cinderella and their upcoming Regional Dance America trip at the end of the month. With performance week, a brief spring break, and several out of town trips, just the basics have been getting done in academics these last two or three weeks.

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Visual Learning Systems: Digital Science Online (Review Crew)

Visual Learning Systems Review

Science is one of the subjects that I tend to lack consistency at.

In the earlier grades, we focus on getting the basic “three R’s” down well, and doing a ton of reading. I feel like once that foundation is established, it’s easier to branch out and learn about all kinds of other things. When it comes to science, art, and other subjects, we tend to jump around a bit and not settle on just one “program” in particular for those first few years.

We’ve been trying out a subscription to Visual Learning Systems’ Digital Science Online, and it’s been a great way to get some fun science education into our days without any fuss! Digital Science Online offers educational videos on a wide variety of science related topics, with accompanying teacher’s guides and student activities to accommodate all learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It’s available in both an Elementary Edition for grades K-5 and a Secondary Edition for grades 6-12. We received a full year’s subscription to the Elementary Edition, which covers physical, earth, and life science, health, biology, and more.

Both Kendall (8) and Kade (5) have been picking videos to watch several times a week for the last month or so. Sometimes we get to the accompanying activities, and sometimes we don’t. There’s a wide variety of topics to pick from. For example, Kade has watched sets of videos on mammals, migration and hibernation, magnets, electricity, seasons and weather, and more.  [Read more...]

Purposeful Links #85

Why we need sun exposure, sloth vs. laziness, the

It’s a busy ballet performance weekend for us here, but I managed to round up a few must-read links to share with you.

Here they are:

  • Since spring is right around the corner (hopefully!), thoughts are turning to the outdoors and sun protection. I’ve written before about why we *need* some sun exposure. Did you know that it’s not just the Vitamin D, but the radiation itself, that our bodies need? This article explains why.
  • We’ve been trying to stick to a semi-paleo way of eating since we finished our Whole 30 challenge last month, although this past week’s been a bit of a bust with all the rehearsals and preparations going on. Even while sticking to the Whole 30 guidelines whenever we can, I need my chocolate now and then! I’ve got this “paleo friendly” Molten Lava Chocolate Cake from Paleo Mom saved to try in the near future.
  • I’ve mentioned many times how essential I think it is for our kids to understand that the Bible is one big story of redemption, not a collection of morality tales. Ed Stetzer put that into words better than I ever could in this recent article. It’s a must read!

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)

In Our Classroom: Kindergarten & Elementary Edition (February 2015)

 

In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

It’s time for long overdue kindergarten and elementary classroom updates!

The new year has been super busy, and we’ve been on the go so much we’ve been doing the basics academically, but not much extra. I noticed with both of my older kids, that when we had seasons when life got hectic and academics were on the back burner, they took huge leaps in their basic skills in math, reading, and writing, and in their ability to grasp concepts in areas like history and science, even though we weren’t devoting the time I would have liked to any of those areas. I’ve noticed this same phenomenon with both Kendall and Kade in recent weeks. In my mind, this is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling. The ability to “go with the flow” of life and still see my children blossoming and advancing academically, even when our school days don’t always look like what I had envisioned, has been a real blessing to me through the years.

So, here’s where things stand right now:

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In Our Classroom: High School Edition (February 2015)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

It’s time for a long overdue update!

We’ve spent the last six weeks getting into a new routine for the new year, and I’ve neglected to update you! This week, I’ll catch you up on our junior high and high school classrooms, and next week, I’ll fill you in on kindergarten and elementary. Kaitlyn has been plenty busy since the holidays.

Here’s what our high school classroom has looked like recently:

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