Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today

Today was an unexpected day at home. Our dear friends in our co-op woke up with colds, so at the last minute it was cancelled, leaving me with a totally free day.

And, since we are starting school back up again next week, a day for unusual fun.

But first things first.....Nutsy did something special last night.

First she looked like this...


then this....


and then about an hour later she had this smile.



None of the other kids have ever lost both front teeth at the same time and of course I think it is just too cute.

Now back to today.

First thing we did this morning was have a tea party.




With my mom's tea cups, of course.





Then the younger two decided to get out the play-dough, which had not been played with in a while and was as hard as a rock, so we made some more.




If you have never made homemade play-dough, you need to try it....super easy.


And super fun.




During our summer break I let the kids watch a couple of Iron Chef episodes on the internet...you know, that cooking show where two chefs are given a secret ingredient and then they are given an hour to incorporate it into 5 dishes. Well after lunch the older two came up with the idea to have our own Iron Chef competition. I laid down the rules, (the main one being that Mr. Lego would supervise any cooking/baking and that they would all clean up afterwards) and Bookworm and Dasher were given 45 minutes to create three recipes using a secret ingredient chosen by the judges.....peanut butter.

I pretty much stayed out of the kitchen (I think I would have been giving too much advice about the messes they were making), and did some work upstairs during the cooking part.  But I did come down to snap a couple of photos and for the judging.





The eager judges.



Dasher, describing her dishes.




This was peanut butter-lemonade.



Can I just say that I am so glad I wasn't a judge.

Dasher's next dish... a cut out corn tortilla with peanut butter and sprinkles, chocolate and strawberries, apple slice and peanut butter.




And her dessert. Which looks pretty good, actually.




Bookworm was up next and started right off with these cookies, which she made completely by herself with no recipe. Um hello, I am not even brave enough to try that.




And they were actually quite yummy.



Trying her milk-strawberry-peanut butter-coffee drink...



And this one was quite creative....melted marshmallows and peanut butter sandwich with a strawberry on top.



Awaiting the judges decision....




...and Dasher wins it!




Mr. Lego wanted a turn at cooking so the girls gave him a secret ingredient.......pepper.

Here is his first dish, sauteed onions and mushrooms with pepper, served with some leftover refrigerated rolls from last weekend.



Explaining his dish....



Biscuits with chocolate and strawberries, with a sprinkling of......pepper.....



I must say that he probably scored very high in presentation.

And finally, marshmallows with chocolate and pepper.


The girls said they actually didn't mind the pepper. Again, I am glad that my only job in all this was the designated photographer.


It was neat to see; they all gave honest feedback on all the dishes (the reason Bookworm lost was because her drink was just nasty, according to one judge) and they lost and won graciously.

Even though we have been off school this last month, I have been busy re-organizing, going through books, getting our school schedule ready, writing reviews....and really hadn't spent time with the kids. So it was lovely today, to have nothing to do but play with the kids and take photos.

Now I'm off to make sure the kitchen is cleaned and to make dinner....

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I am one sore lady today. We had a fun time, these last 2 days, on the Delta doing all sorts of crazy water sports, and today I am paying for it.

What I'm reading: A dear friend gave me the book A Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul David Tripp which I am starting to read.

What we're learning: Our last week before we slowly get back into school....I just found out today that the key book for our Literature course is now on back-order and won't come until the third week of September. The kids are thrilled.

What's cooking: This week I am making a dish from a new cookbook I am reviewing, plus I'm making lasagna, and Chicken Pad Thai.

What I'm buying: I'm off later this week to the dollar store to buy some cute things to put in my kids pencil cases for school.

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful that my internet is back up and working! This morning it was not doing well, but after some advice from my Sweetie, it's back to acting like normal now.

What I'm creating: I am finishing up some lesson plans for school....we start math and Bible next week and then on Sept 10th we will add everything else. (Except the literature, of course.)

What I'm praying: For my grandpa and extended family in Oregon. His days on this earth are almost over and I am praying that the Lord would peacefully take him home in His time, and for patience and strength for my aunt and those that are caring for him.

What I'm planning: To research online driver's ed/training courses and forms.....yes, Mr. Lego is officially 15 and a half.

What we did this last weekend: We went with some dear friends to the Delta....there were 19 children and 8 adults. We did tubing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, hill water-sliding, good food eating, volleyball playing, late night talking.....fun times.

What I'm looking forward to: We have co-op this week...I am doing a lesson on time signatures in music, in history we are learning about World War II, and we are moving onto learning about Mars in science.

A picture to share:


 ~Some crazy children enjoying ice cream on our trip.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Christian Liberty Press: Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

We have too many books. I had a friend tell me that very thing lately, and she encouraged me to do a purge. Which is probably long overdue, but there are a few books that I would not be giving away, and Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers by Douglas Bond is one of them.

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What It Is:

This book, published by Christian Liberty Press, follows two modern day children, as they vacation in England. They befriend an older man, Mr. Pipes, who takes them on adventures in England. On the way, he tells stories and details about some of the many hymn writers from England. Each chapter narrates the life of a different hymn writer:

Thomas Ken
Isaac Watts
Charles Wesley
William Williams
John Newton
William Cowper
Augustus Toplady
Thomas Kelly
John Bunyan

There are also chapters on Scottish and Anglican hymn writers, and a chapter of women hymn writers as well. Through the pages, the reader will see personal insight into these great lives, what obstacles they overcame to write, and what influenced them as Christians. There a few tastefully illustrated pages which, if we were reading this aloud, my younger children would enjoy.


What You Get:

I received the pdf version of the book; it is also available in soft cover. The ebook is $8.79 on their website. At the end of each chapter, a couple of the songs written by each hymn writer is shown, just as you would see it in a hymnal. This makes is very easy to sing the hymn together with your children, a perfect aid to studying these great Christians.

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How I Used This:

As a part of our summer studies, I gave the book to Bookworm to read (of course); I also read through the book. Hymn writers intrigue me, and have been inspiring to me before in our homeschooling journey. If you have read my blog for a while now, you will remember that I was involved in a co-op where in our Circle Time component we studied through three or four hymns in a year. I was the one that taught that segment of our co-op, and I will tell you that having this book would have been such a help for me as the teacher. At the time I spent a lot of time researching the composers and writers, figuring out why they wrote what they did and more about their background. This book has all that and more. Intriguing stories about their childhood, education, life influences; which is very inspiring and uplifting to read.


What I Thought:

I quizzed Bookworm about the book after she read it. She felt that parts of it were a bit dry; she actually told me that a lot of the information about some of the hymn writers she already knew about from our co-op hymn study. (All that teaching did pay off!) I liked how the story flowed; there was more to the story about the composers and you saw the relationship develop between Mr Pipes and the children. I also really appreciated the depiction of the great faith that these men and women had; what an incredible testimony to God's faithfulness. This was in an ebook format which I don't really care for. I can either read it on the screen which is hard on my eyes and ties the computer up, or I can print out all 242 pages. But that is easily solved; there is a hard copy version available from the website. While perusing the website, I was also excited to see four other books in the Mr. Pipes Series.

You can see what other reviewers thought about this book by clicking below.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Apologia - I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Athiest

Apologetics: The branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.

I have always called myself a Christian, ever since I can remember. But for some of my friends, they remember those moments of doubt, those times when they did not know what to believe. And we do live in a world where there are many who don't believe in God; and sometimes it takes more than just a "you have to have faith" response to answer to their questions and doubts. Enter the book, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek and the accompanying curriculum workbook from Apologia.


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 What It Is:

The book, written by two wonderful authors, gives compelling reasons to believe in our faith. It is always best to have an answer, and this book can help us and our young people to know what to say.

The book covers these topics extensively:

Truth about reality is knowledgeable.
The opposite of true is false.
 It is true that the theistic God exists.
If God exists, then miracles are possible.
Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God
The New Testament is historically reliable.
 The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God.
Jesus' claim to be God was miraculously confirmed.
Therefore, Jesus is God.
Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.
Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God.
Therefore it is true that the Bible is the Word of God.


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Logic arguments are used extensively throughout; the Road-Runner tactic, moral argument, and other arguments are used to prove the truth of Christianity. Through science and historical facts, the authors give many compelling reasons to believe, and to have faith, in God. You can see a sample chapter here.

The accompanying workbook, published by Apologia, is a helpful resource. This curriculum supplies questions, activities, and supplemental materials to encourage learning and discussion. Within each chapter there are four sections:

Hook: This is a review of that chapter of the book and includes a few questions.

Book: This section talks more specifically about the chapter, giving further insight into the topic.

Look: This component to the workbook gives the student specific assignments to complete. These are in-depth, writing and research assignments, that continue to teach and instruct.

Took: This final part summarizes the chapter material, and gives suggestions for applying the ideas learned.

Throughout the book there are short biographies of notable people: Carl Sagan, Augustine, Albert Einstein, and CS Lewis to name a few. These are very insightful and give further understanding into belief systems. There are places to write definitions, questions that challenge, and arguments to counter. This curriculum is meant take about 9 months to complete; spending about two to three weeks per chapter.

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What You Get:

You can purchase both the book and workbook at the Apologia website; the book is sold for $16.00 and the workbook is $33.00. The 278-page workbook is spiral bound. You can see a sample chapter of the workbook here and view the table of contents as well.


How We Used This:

When I received this product I knew that my children were not quite ready for it yet; that and it being summer vacation meant that I was going to get to read through it and see what I thought. And I really enjoyed it. Ever since I can remember I have believed in Christ, and because of that, I feel in some ways that I almost have a blind faith. I believe in God because that is what I believe, and for me that seems enough. So reading this book was very good for me, it gave me "proof" reasons why God exists. And not just any God, but my God; the one who created me and made me to glorify Him. I saw how science proves that the universe was created, that historical evidences leave no doubt in Jesus' birth and resurrection, and the many reasons why we know that the Bible is true. In short, I was not only given the proof that my faith is correct, but also the tools to prove it.


What I Thought:

I really enjoyed reading the book. Since I was the only one reviewing it, I went through the workbook, reading the insight and questions to myself. I appreciated how some of the questions made me think, and challenged me in what I had just read. This was definitely a high school apologetics course, but the book could be used as a read aloud for younger children and would be a great opportunity to encourage discussion. Someday, when my kids are older, I would love for them to use this in our homeschooling; what a wonderful reminder to continue to train our believing children in defending our faith.

Check out what other members of The Crew thought about this product by clicking below.


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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.


Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That my house is starting to look a bit more organized...the last couple of weeks I have gone through the kids rooms, the school room, the game drawer, and parts of the garage. This week I plan to tackle the laundry area and the closet out in the garage, which is stuffed with old school stuff, art supplies, magazines, puzzles....pretty much the catch-all area for the last 6 months.

What I'm reading: I'm looking through school books right now; specifically Lightning Literature and Write With World. It was lovely having this break from school, but as I am figuring out our schedule I am getting excited about next year.

What I'm listening to: The bird chirping in the kitchen....and our a cat, meowing on the front porch. We are taking care of an abandoned cat; he is such a sweetie and doesn't even care when Nutsy picks him up by his neck. He is always hanging around the house now...I guess he's ours.

What we're learning: We have about two more weeks of our summer break....that gives me two weeks to figure out our school schedule and decide how to implement it.

What's cooking: This week I am making a couple of dishes from a cookbook I am reviewing; another night I'll be making a Romaine and Chicken Salad, and then on our slow-cooker day I am making Orange Chicken.

What I'm buying: I need to head out and buy 75 hot dog buns....another adventure is coming up.

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for the house I live in. Sometimes I find myself complaining because the yard is too small, or there is not enough space for my books, but I have been so blessed living here, and know that this is exactly where God wants us to be.

What I'm creating: I bought a big bag of raw almonds from Costco recently and later today I am going to try to slow roast them in the oven. It is supposed to hit 97 degrees here today so I had better start these sooner rather than later.

What I'm planning: I have a review to write tonight, and I really want to update a big chunk of my family journal. Having this blog has made me lazy about updating it....so I really need to sit and write in it for a while.

What we did this last weekend: We went to a friend's on Friday for swimming and dinner. Saturday my Sweetie and I played tennis and then we did some chores around the house. Yesterday we went to church and then to our last summer picnic. There was good food, football, volleyball, and a water fight, of course. A certain young lady came up behind me and dumped an entire bucket of water right on my head...

What I'm looking forward to: Today a dear friend and her children are coming for lunch and I am looking forward to that. I am also looking forward to being with friends next weekend.

Pictures to share:

Obachan's visit



 At the pool




Lunch, made by my wonderful mother-in-law


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vocabulary Spelling City

Spelling and vocabulary are subjects that I haven't taught much. My older children read a lot and spelling came naturally to them. When I would notice in their writing that they had misspelled words, we would work on them, but I rarely used a formal spelling curriculum. Now my younger ones are not as proficient or eager to read, so spelling has been something that I know we need. And I also know, with older children, that a knowledge of vocabulary is something I really want them to have. So when this review came up for an online vocabulary and spelling program, I knew I needed to try it out.

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What It Is:

Vocabulary Spelling City is truly a combination of those two subjects. When you access the program, you will make profiles for your children. At this point I would highly recommend watching the teacher videos; these really help you to understand how to fully use the website. You can either choose a pre-made list or make one up for your children; I did both. Here are some of the many choices you can choose from in the pre-made lists:

Dolch-Sight
Compound Words
Sound Alike Words (homophones)
Geography Lists
Math Vocabulary
Science Vocabulary
Literature Word Lists
Monthly Holidays Lists
Phonics Word Lists
Word Family Lists

In each of the above categories, you then choose a grade level to select. Each of the lists have between 8 and 50 words to study. You can either allow your child to choose their own study activities or you can use the program to assign certain ones for them. These include a wide range of exercises:

Match-It Definitions
Which Word? Definitions
Word-O-Rama
Flashcards
Hangmouse
Unscramble
Spelling Test Me
Vocabulary Test Me
Parts of Speech

....and many more. 

For all of the activities, your child will get immediate feedback on their answers; the tests are corrected after the last answer is submitted and the results are then shown.

What You Get:

When you purchase the premium membership, each of your students will be able to individually log in, and their progress and grades will be tracked and recorded for you. For $29.99 a year, up to 5 students in your family can use the website. This includes handwriting practice sheets that you can print out, interactive and printable flashcards, Language Art lessons, and lots of fun activities to help your child learn spelling and vocabulary.

How We Used This:

I had two of my children use this product. Dasher is in need of some spelling help so I started her on a pre-made word list. We chose a word list from the graded vocabulary/spelling list and I chose 5 different activities plus a spelling test for her to do through the week. The word list I chose actually had 49 words in it; halfway through the week I had to revise her assignment to a shorter list so she could complete it. Each day she sat and worked on her assignment; I had her do Flashcards, Match It Sentences, Sentence Writing Practice, Letterfall, Alphabetize, and the Spelling Test. Mr. Lego was the other guinea pig for this resource; I wanted him to test out the vocabulary section of the site. I gave him a Literature Word List from To Kill A Mockingbird, which included such words as prerogative, stolid, obscure, and vexation. I also chose 5 activities for him to do; he really enjoyed the Word-O-Rama and WordFind. I liked that the list of words challenged him and that he was able to see his progress as he moved along.

What We Thought:

I liked the flexibility of this program. During Dasher's second week, I made a list up from words she was struggling with. The program was smart enough to guess which word meaning I was after, and gave me definition choices for all of the words. It also pronounced all the words for me, so I was sure that they sounded right. Dasher did complain that a couple of the games took a while, but it is a fact of life that school does takes time. The website format did take some getting used to, but the teacher videos helped immensely and I felt more and more comfortable with it as we progressed. I would like to continue to use this; I really liked the Language Art activities that can be selected with the word lists. I also am excited to have a program that will help to teach higher-level vocabulary; I do wish they had SAT level word lists, but I was impressed with the ones that they had for my son's level.

Other members of The Crew reviewed this product, check out what they have to say by clicking below.


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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a one-year subscription, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.







Monday, August 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Education - This Week In History

I love studying history. And I love making history come alive for my children, because face it, no one wants to read a boring textbook for an hour a day. Enter This Week In History from Thomas Jefferson Education.

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What It Is:

First, I need to describe what Thomas Jefferson Education is. In a nutshell, this education philosophy focuses on seven principles:

  • Classics, not Textbooks
  • Mentors, not Professors
  • Inspire, not Require
  • Structure Time, not Content
  • Quality, not Conformity
  • Simplicity, not Complexity
  • YOU, not Them
Aren't those seven things sounding familiar? I know they hit close to home for me; some of them being the very reasons I homeschool. To learn more about TJed, you can see their About page here. What I reviewed though, was their This Week In History resource. Every week an email would appear in my inbox, with what had happened in history that week. But this is more than just a walk through history, the editors of this resource pull historic and scientific events together in a unit-study format. This was what I received for the week of July 26th -August 1st.

July 26th:      New York becomes a state (1788)
                        Great Britain granted independence to the Maldives (1965)

July 27th:      Transatlantic cable connected (1866)
                        Bugs Bunny was born (1939)
                        Pony penning day on Chincoteague

July 28th:     Beatrix Potter is born (1866)
                       Johann Sebastian Bach died (1750)

July 29th:     Alexis de Tocqueville was born (1805)
                       National Lasagna Day

July 30th:    Puccini was born (1747)

July 31st:     Soap is patented (1790)

August 1st:  Colorado becomes a state (1876)

Each of these events is then built upon with links, activities, books to read, maps, and interesting facts. For example under Puccini is a link to his photograph, and a short paragraph about him. Then there are three links to use which include listening to La Boheme, and a couple of websites where you can learn more about Bohemian Opera. But that is not all. There are musical vocabulary words to learn and a link to an online musical dictionary. There is even a link to a site where your child can design their own opera.

For each of the events listed above there are links galore. New York and Colorado state maps, coloring pages, and puzzles. A coral reef learning page about the Maldives, Kid's Morse Code activity (transatlantic cable), and a lesson on drawing horses. This resource truly goes beyond history and includes music, art, geography, current events, science, and writing skills.

What You Get:

For $9.99 a month, you will receive the weekly resource which is accessible 2 ways: either via email to your inbox, or through their blog feed. And the really neat thing is that when you are a member, their entire site is available to search by date, content, or key word. You can see a sample week here and subscribe here.

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How We Used This:

This fit perfectly into our "Together Time", that time at the beginning of our school day where I gather all four of my charges for our together teaching time. We usually do Bible, Latin vocabulary, memorization, and any other subjects where we work together. The day before I had already gone through the email and decided what things to focus on; really there is a lot to choose from and we could not do it all. We chose to use this 3 days a week and then I picked and chose from what I knew the kids would enjoy, regardless of the day. Of course we learned about the horses of Chincoteague, and my girls had a fun time with the drawing lessons. I love Bach so we followed the link and listened to his Toccata and Fugue in D minor. I read a bio on his life aloud while the younger two did an activity sheet, and then the older two took an online quiz. I chose to do all the activities together, so my son and older daughter were answering most of the questions while the younger two were listening in. There are no age limits to this resource; as a teacher you get to decide what is age appropriate based on your child's abilities.


What We Thought:

I really enjoyed this resource. In some ways, it made me want to toss out our history, science, and geography curriculums and do this instead. And if I had all younger kids I would seriously consider doing this, but I do have two middle/upper grade students, who need to be a bit more challenged and have solid classes on their transcripts. I could see this also being great for a homeschool co-op; each week the teaching mom would take things from that week in history to teach in a group setting. I really love using historical and cultural events to wet the learning appetites of our children, so in our homeschooling I plan to periodically use this as a part of our Together Time.

Other members of The Crew received a subscription as well, check out what they though by clicking below.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a one-year subscription, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That it is going to be another hot one here today. We are in day five of temps over 100 degrees with the forecast saying that today it will hit 107 and be over 100 for the next four days. Hello, pool.

What I'm reading: I picked up Alton Brown's Good Eats at the library last week. I guess it is based on a TV show, but we don't have cable so I am totally out of the TV loop. The book is a little silly, but does have some good recipes in it.

What we're learning: This week a couple kiddos are testing out some homeschooling products for me...the older two are doing an online math program, and Nutsy is trying out a new reading curriculum. Aside from that, we are on summer break.

What I'm watching: My garden is still plugging along. The beans are coming back and slowly producing, the cucumbers and zucchini are slowing but still giving me about 1 a week. But those tomatoes.....let me just tell you that it is torture to see these lovely, green plants with not one tomato on them. They even smell like tomatoes, but no fruit. So not fair.
 
What's cooking: This week I am making a couple of things in the slow cooker...Gyros and Indian Butter Chicken. Slow Cookers are a life saver in the summer heat here, and don't heat up the house like the oven would.

What I'm buying: I do have big shopping later this week; I need to get my brain in gear and make out my monthly menu.
 
What I'm creating: In the next week or so, I have 4 reviews that I need to write. I kind of have them mentally written in my head, now I need to get it down on the computer.

What I'm praying: That I would be sensitive to the needs of those around me, and not be focused on my own happiness.

What I'm planning: I am thinking that I need to start planning for our new school year. About half of the subjects we are doing I have figured out already; the other half I need to go through and make up some sort of schedule for so we will stay on track. I also need to order a couple of books before we start.

What we did this last weekend: We had a lovely Saturday that started with some tennis with My Sweetie. We are trying to be more faithful playing together - it is really good exercise and I love playing it. Then in the afternoon we headed up to our friend's house for some volleyball, swimming, and good food. Sunday we went to church and to our fellowship meal, then home to watch the closing ceremonies, which were a bit disappointing. We all enjoyed the recap of the Olympic events, though.

What I'm looking forward to: This week is quiet....my mother-in-law is thinking to come for a visit which we are all looking forward to, and then some friends are gathering later this week for a BBQ and swim party.

A picture to share:


~August 2006....it seems like an eternity ago, but it was only 6 years. Time flies.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy

Yes, I am reviewing another math product....it seems like there are a lot of new things out there for homeschoolers and since this subject is one of my weaknesses and deals with addition facts (which 2 of mine still struggle with) I knew I wanted to try this product from Math Made Easy.

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What It Is:

This soft cover, spiral workbook has all you need to teach your child the addition facts in 6 weeks. Many math programs teach addition along side other math concepts, but the thing that makes this supplemental program unique is that it only teaches the addition facts, 0-9. Commutative property is stressed throughout this program, along with an emphasis of memorizing the facts. This is huge to me, as I still struggle to not count on my fingers when adding.

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Before you begin the actual meat of the program, you will teach your child the 0 and 1 facts. It is highly suggested that you use objects to show addition; this will help to prevent finger counting and aid in understanding. To help learn the 0 and 1 facts there are two worksheet pages to do and some flashcards to drill with. Once you feel your child understands those facts, you move on to the main lessons where the remaining 36 addition facts are divided up and taught. Each day of the week you will review the 6 facts for that week and do a worksheet. These are consistent for each week and include a color-the-answer page, adding problems horizontally and vertically, a code puzzle to figure out with the answers from the facts, and a word problem page. There are also three games to play every week, weekly reviews, and a pretest and post test.

What You Get:

For $24.95 you will receive the book which has all worksheets that you will need. You can order directly from their website.  The second half of the book has the game pieces and all the double-sided flashcards; the games and flashcards are conveniently printed on sturdy card stock with perforated edges. At the top of each worksheet it gives the week and day for ease of scheduling, and printed on all the flashcards is the appropriate week. This makes it very easy to figure out at a glance what to use each day. The games are fun and engaging; other things you will need to have is a clothespin, a brad, and material to laminate with if desired.

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How I Used This:

Well, my youngest needs help with her addition facts big time. And so we charged right in with this program. This was a little tough, the summer sun is shining brightly outside, we were gone on vacation for a couple of weeks, and I am taking a break from formal schooling. But I had her sit with me for 10-15 minutes a day and go over the flashcards and do the worksheets. She really enjoyed the coloring pages on a couple of the days, and loved the games. One of the games did suggest laminating the cards, but we chose not to and just stored them in a ziploc baggy between uses. She did start to get a little overwhelmed after a couple of weeks; I am planning to go at a teeny bit slower pace for the next few weeks and do lots of flashcard reviewing.

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What I Thought:

I really liked this product. It is simple, yet the worksheets are fun and varied so as not to bore those children that can't stand math. I was happy with the progress that Nutsy made, and Nutsy was happy to spend 15 minutes a day, doing fun math with mom. A couple of the worksheets were long for her; in the future I might split those ones between two days. The program is not teacher-intensive at all, and organized well. One thing I did notice was that the flashcards only included some of the +0 and +1 facts; I would have preferred seeing all the addition facts as flashcards for review. This program would be perfect to do over summer vacation for either a young math student, or an older one who was never taught to memorize the facts and struggles with retention.

Members of The Crew were also given Multiplication Teaching and Learning Made Easy which I am going to check out as well. Head on over to The Crew blog to see what they thought!


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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.