Monday, January 13, 2020

Progress, progress this weekend I laid the tile for the bathroom floor. Next up grout and shower tile. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in
exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I
compensated in any other way.

We have been members of for many years now. We have watched it grow into what it is today. This year we received an Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership. is curriculum for grades Prek through High School as well as a variety of resources for parents.

There is so much to it is impossible to include everything it has to offer in a review. Things I find most important in my homeschool are the lesson plans, video library, ability to customize my lessons to my kids needs, as well at the literacy center.

Video Library: We love the video library I can find all sorts of videos here. If I need a history video to go along with something the girls are learning I click the video tab and scroll down to the history section. Odds are I will be able to find something that will fit right in with what we are working on. I have yet to find a video offered in that I felt had content that was not ok for my kids to watch. The girls like the science videos the best. They are fascinating and offer so much information. I often find the girls just browsing through the science videos when they are looking for something to watch during screen time. I prefer the Drive Through History videos, I wish they had history lessons like these when I was in school.

Literacy Center: Has a wealth of information. It has everything from tips on teaching your child how to read to comprehension skills. There is a section of downloadable books for K to 4th grade students. We have used a fair amount of these books over the last few months. I find that they are all great quality books and I love having a selection that I can download when we just cant make it to the library. I have found the reading comprehension help section to be great. When you first look at this section it gives you some choices like can I identify the main idea of a passage or Can I place events of the story in the proper order. You simply find the area you are looking to help your child with. Then when you click on the section like: Can I place events of the story in proper order it will give you some lessons to help your child work on these.

World book: Is a Resource gold mine that offers. World Book Online is basically an online version of the old Encyclopedias that we had back in the day before computers. I have set up the girls computers with the log in for world book so they can access it when ever they need to. My only down fall is the password changes from time to time and I have to log back into to get the new password. Its some times an issue if I am at work when the password expires and they need to look something up. Once logged in the girls can search topics and research just about anything they are interested in. We find everything from written articles to videos about different things. Its a great resource for us because we don't always have access to a library when we need it and I am very glad it comes with our yearly subscription.

Last but not least are the lesson plans. You can find the lesson plans under the planning tab at the top of the screen. They offer other things under this section like course information, Schoolhouse Planner, Scope and sequence etc. But the lesson plans are the biggest time saver for me, they are easy to download and print if I wish to go that route. I mostly keep everything digital now days. Eight years into this homeschooling journey and the paper records are really starting to pile up. Anyway I can change the lesson plans where I need to or leave them as is and just follow along. Below you can see a screen shot sample of a Drive Through History lesson plan. I pulled this one to go along with our current history program that is very boring. I don't need all the lesson plans on this on because its a supplemental but it gives you an idea of what they look like and how you might be able to customize them to fit your families needs.

Over all is a homeschooling resource that we just keep coming back to. Some years we use it more than others but its one of those staples that I can customize to fit our needs. Some times we use courses as our main curriculum and other times we use it to supplement like we are doing this year. If you just need it for the World Book resources and you can totally do that. Need a foreign language yup they have that too. Want to use it to pull a full years worth of curriculum for multiple grade levels go ahead because it has something for basically every grade level. I would love for everyone to click the banner below and see what some of the other crew members might be saying about it. 

Online Homeschooling For the Whole Family { Reviews}

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Local paint class

The girls took a local paint class. They were the only kids there and I think their Christmas paintings came out great!

Monday, December 23, 2019

T'was the night before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas, as she sat all alone, In a room made secure, full of consoles and phones. I had come down the chimney with presents to give And to see just which hero in this center did live.
I looked all around and what did I see? No tinsel, no presents, just a very small tree. No stockings by a fire, just switchboards & mics, And a few small photos of her kids riding bikes.
Amongst medals, and badges, awards of all kinds A sobering thought crept into my mind, For this room was different, so busy and bright: T'was the 911 office, and a dispatcher on "nights."
I'd heard stories about them and wanted to know more, So I walked down the hall, and pushed on the door. And there she sat with keyboards and mouse, Waiting to set tones on a well roasting house.
Her face O' so gentle, her room was abuzz, It occurred to me then that she needed a hug. Was this the hero of whom I'd read? Sitting at a console making her bread?
Though my stress was high, hers seemed to be zero And I soon understood this was more than a hero For I realized the families that I saw just that night Owed their lives to this servant who was willing to fight.
Soon 'round the world, the children would play, And grownups would celebrate a new Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year, Because of dispatchers like her standing so near.
I couldn't help wonder how many there were On a cold Christmas Eve working hard like her. Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye, I eased up beside her my heart full of pride.
The dispatcher said, as she saw my tears falling, "Santa don't worry, this life is my calling; I am the watcher: a lone, steady voice, Getting help to the helpless: my job and my choice.
With a wink and a smile she answered a call, An elderly man who'd been hurt in a fall. I watched her intently, so alert, and so quick, And I saw a slight shiver as she made a mouse click.
So I took off my jacket, thick, fluffy and red, And I covered her shoulders, her neck, and her head. I put on her sweater, which was smaller and tight, The two of us there must've been quite a sight!
Though her sweater hardly fit me, my heart swelled with pride, And for a fleeting moment I felt a kinship inside. I didn't want to leave her on that cold dark night, This guardian of honor so ready to fight.
But she kissed my cheek, and in a voice so pure, Said, "Carry on Santa. Christmas Day is secure." One look at my watch, and I knew she was right. Merry Christmas my friend, as you watch through the night.

Author Unknown

Merry Christmas to all Telecommunicators out there!!!