TOS Review Crew: Dyslexia Gold

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Dyslexia Gold Review

Did you know that 98% of struggling readers, including dyslexics, have
a vision problem and poor phonological awareness? That is why I was so excited to team up with Dyslexia Gold to review their Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle.

While this is not a full reading program, it is designed to be used with students who have already been taught how to read, but are still struggling.

For our family, particularly our boys, they can decode words no issue, but convergence issues prevent them from reading as fluently as they would like.

Side note: All screen shots are taken from my personal account. My oldest son was not comfortable with me sharing his personal scores. So I have taken the screen shots from my personal account.

Engaging Eyes

engaging eye

Engaging Eyes was the program that sparked my interested in Dyslexia Gold. While none of my children suffer from Dyslexia, like I mentioned before both of my boys have convergence issues.

This is when both eyes have trouble working together. Convergence issues get worse as the person gets tired. So with my youngest for example, he will start to side eye what he is looking at, using only one eye to read. Of course this is more difficult and slows him down.

Wesley working on the Engaging Eye program

Engaging Eyes is a program that uses those old style blue and red 3D glasses. The student has to try and focus and shot the centre of several targets. As they progress the targets get more and more difficult to hit.

This game helped me realize that my oldest had worse convergence issues then I thought. So we have been using it regularly to help build up the strength in the connection between his brain and his eyes.

Fluency Builder

In the Fluency Builder portion of the program, first the student works on identifying the difference between two sounds.

After that they move on to spelling words using tiles.

Then the student selects pictures that beginning with the same sounds as the words they are told orally. For instance, the screenshot above the student is to select the picture of the nails, because it starts with the same first sound of the word given.

Once that is complete, the student has to listen to a word and select which letter needs to be changed to make a new word. For example if the word given is “cat” and they want the student to change it to “hat” they would select #1.

And finally on the hard setting, your student will read a passage and answer questions about what they read.

Spelling Tutor

Spelling Tutor asks the student to spell a series of words to determine their spelling level. Afterwards it tailors the program to the areas where your student is struggling.

What I really like about this portion of Dyslexia Gold, is the student is required to do some pen to paper writing, and correct their own work. This program is NOT teacher intensive at all.

One little hiccup with this program that frustrated my son was, sometimes the voice dictating the sentence would miss the first word. So we would have to press the button to hear the sentence twice to make sure we had the whole sentence.

Times Table Tutor

In order to be successful in math, a student needs to have their math facts at the tip of their tongue. If your anything like me, you remember sitting with a pile of flashcards practicing your times tables. Then being called to the teachers desk so s/he could test you and see how much you could remember.

It was so stressful. Thing is the brain does not learn best under stress. Even if you can remember what you learned for the test, if you learned it under stress you are less like to retain those facts long term.

Dyslexia Gold’s Times Table Tutor helps teach your child their times tables quickly in stress free. Based on Singapore Maths method, your child will learn their multiplications in just ten minutes a day.

My oldest son knows how to multiply, but needs work on doing the times table a little quicker. But the typical flashcard methods just didn’t work for him. Dyslexia Gold’s Times Table Tutor provided a way for him to practice without the pressure of Mom quizzing him. He can work independently, and notices already that the answers are starting to come quicker to him.

Sometimes the student is expected to type in the answer, other times 12 options are provided for the student to select from.

This program is based on three pillars.

  • Concrete
  • Pictorial &
  • Abstract

Student Reports

Parents can easily keep tabs on their students progress using the reports tab. In the screen shot above you can see how it is all laid out for you.

I love how you can clearly see where your child is, how much they have done and how much progress they have made.

Overall What Did We Think?

Overall, I’m really impressed with this program. At first just watching my son work through it, I wasn’t sure what he was really getting from it. It looked pretty easy. But when I sat down myself and tried it out, I really could see what Dyslexia Gold is doing.

Through practice and repetition, the student is building confidences and learning in a non threatening way. The brain is a muscle, just like any other muscle in the body. The brain grows by use. I can see with my eldest, and while trying this program myself that it can help students with convergence issues. Studies have also shown this program is very beneficial to students with dyslexia as well.

In the end, I think this program could have positive affects on any student who is using it. However if the student has fine motor skills that prevent them from using a mouse, this program is not for them.

Even if a student doesn’t suffer from dyslexia or convergence issues, it can help them become more fluent, and quicker in the key subjects Dyslexia Gold works on.

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USA Homeschool Book Haul 3

Sharing Links to the Books In My Haul

In the past I have had viewers on my YouTube channel ask me if I can post links to the books in the description box of my videos. While I wanted to do this, the work to get the titles and separate links to each book in the description box seemed daunting.

Then it dawned on me that it would be much easier to create a post on my blog with all the links there! I now only have to put the link to this post in the video description box and they will come to the full list!

Chapter Books

The Adventures of Rose & Swiney (Little House Chapter Books: The Rose Years)

Missouri School Days (Little House Chapter Book)

Caroline & Her Sister (Little House Chapter Book)

Brookfield Friends (Little House Chapter Book)

Little House in Brookfield (Little House: the Brookfield Years)

The Rocking Horse Secret (Young Puffin Books)

Canadian Summer (Mitchells) (Thehilda Van Stockum Family Collection)

A Gift for Tia Rosa

Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson

Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust

Ten True Tales Titanic Young Survivors

The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries 7)

The Soccer Star (Billie B. Brown)

The Birthday Mix-Up (Billie B. Brown)

The Beautiful Haircut (Billie B. Brown)

The Big Sister (Billie B. Brown)

The Midnight Feast (Billie B. Brown)

Billie B Brown: The Secret Message

The Little Lie (Billie B Brown)

Billie B. Brown The Best Project

The Talented Clementine

Clementine and the Family Meeting (A Clementine Book)

Clementine (A Clementine Book)

The Case of the Sneaky Snowman (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)

Cupcake Chaos (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster

The Tiger Rising

Escape into the Night (Riverboat Adventures, Book 1)

China: Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall: (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)

Snakes and Other Reptiles: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission 17

Magic Tree House Survival Guide (Magic Tree House)

Bad Kitty School Daze

The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden Book 1)

Trixie Belden 9 The Happy Valley Mystery

Lakeshore Vocabulary Journal

Picture Books

In the past I have focused mostly on hauling chapter books. However over the last few months I have started incorporating in more picture books into our daily homeschool.

So below you will see which picture books I decided that I needed to add to our homeschool.

What If You Had Animal Feet?

What If You Had Animal Ears?

I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)

I am Jackie Robinson (Ordinary People Change the World)

Superstars of Science

The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (Step into Reading)

Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book

Maps and Globes (Reading Rainbow Book)

I want to Be a Scientist Like Isaac Newton (ISBN: 1-4026-0234-0)(no link was available for this book. I believe it is sold as part of a homeschool curriculum)

Biscuit: 5-Minute Biscuit Stories: 12 Classic Stories!

The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore)

The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You! (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

Berenstain Bears: 5-Minute Berenstain Bears Stories

Curious George Discovers the Seasons (science storybook)

Curious George Discovers Plants (science storybook)

Curious George Discovers the Stars (science storybook)

Curious George Discovers Space (science storybook)

Punctuation Takes a Vacation

Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic!

Kyle Keeps Track of Cash (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Money Basics)

From Addition to Multiplication (Hershey’s Chocolate Math)

The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book

The M&M’s Addition Book

Twizzlers Percentages Book

Twizzler’s Shapes And Patterns

Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Math (From Simple Shapes to Geometry)

Graphic Novels/ Comics

Slavery’s Storm (Chester the Crab’s Comics with Content Series)

Greeks, Romans, Countrymen! (Chest the Crab’s Comix With Content)

Wonder Women (Chester the Crab’s Comics with Content Series)

World War 2 Tales (Chester the Crab’s Comix With Content)

Moving and Grooving (Chester Comix)

Heroic Folk (Chester the Crab’s Comix with Content)

Ancient Africa(Chester the Crab Comix With Content)

Homeschool All-Stars (Comix With Content)

Books for Mom

I’m not just raising bookworms, I’m also a bookworm at heart. I also have an obsession with Amish romance novels. 90% of the time I read mostly non-fiction, but I will not pass up a good Amish book.

These are the books that I grabbed for myself.

Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men

7 Myths About Christianity

On Her Own (Brides of Webster County Book 2)

Dear to Me (Brides of Webster County, Book 3) 

Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio

The Shunning (Heritage of Lancaster County Book 1)

The Brethren (Annie’s People Series 3)

Past Haul Videos without book links.

This video was the last of a three part series of book hauls. The other videos can be found below, but they do not have a list of links. However I hope this will still be helpful if your looking for ideas what to read with your child.

Raising Bookworms: What We Read In May 2019

I’m always shocked how the months are just flying by. I’ve been meaning to get this post out, and somehow its already the middle of June and I am just getting to it now! Yicks! I will have to try harder with June’s list.

This month we read 16 chapter books and no, I did not lose my voice again! A reader mentioned in the comments of my Raising Bookworms: What We Read In May 2019 post, that I should have my thyroid checked because it can be correlated. When I did some Googling, I saw that is completely possible. So at my physical I will be bring this up! I love my blog/vlog community!

So while I was healthy this month, I cannot say the same for my Little Z Man. At the end of April, Zakari was really run down. Then at the beginning of the month, he developed a fever and just wanted to sleep all the time. If you know my little man you would see right away how this was so out of character.

I’m not one to run to the doctors, but his birthday party was coming, and I didn’t want him to be unwell if there was something I could do about it. So my best friend came and helped me out. She took care of my daycare kids while I ran Z to the doctor. Turns out that it was just a virus, and I was just suppose to keep him hydrated and let him rest.

Waiting at the doctor.

He started to seem better. His birthday party was a great success. I thought we were on the mend. He was still sleeping a lot, however slowly but surely he was recovering.

Then over the May long weekend while my hubby was out of town at the work convention, things took a downward spiral. We had vomiting, fever and Zakari was in so much pain. But he could not tell me where.

Finally it just clicked in my head. He behaved very similarly in 2017 when he had an ear infection. So I drove to my parents, picked up my dad for an extra set of hands, and off to the emergency room in the town where our doctor is located. Because it was a holiday, none of the clinics were open.

Turned out he had developed a nasty ear infection. So now we knew what we had to do. Pain meds around the clock, until the antibiotics started to work. We landed up with a much happier little boy.

So because he was so lethargic for a good chunk of the month, sadly some nights we could only get through maybe 1 chapter. So I’m quite happy with our 16 chapter books!!

So as usual! Check out the video below to see what we read in May 2019. Under the video, you will find the links to all the books mentioned in this video, in case your interested on checking them out for your kiddo!

The Thirteenth Knight (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

Magic Tree House: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve

A Big Day for Baseball (Magic Tree House)

Dolphin Treasure (Harper Trophy Books)

The Empty Envelope (A to Z Mysteries)

Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)

The Puppy Place 16: Honey

Winter of the Ice Wizard (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)

Bear (The Puppy Place 14)

Carnival at Candlelight

May Magic (Calendar Mysteries, No. 5)

Lucky (Puppy Place 16) 

Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)

Snowflake and Sparkle (Best Friends, Book 1)

Video Rivals

Toby’s Best Friend

What did you and your kiddos read this month?

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Summer Reading List for Year Round Homeschoolers

Summer Reading Club 2019

Once again this year Zakari is participating in the Summer Reading Club. Our goal this year is to read 1200 mins between June 1st and July 15th. A few days in and we are making great time.

Last year Zakari beat the 1200 mins goal by 200 mins reading 1400 mins total. He was blessed to be able to earn a bunch of awesome books for this passed homeschool year! Also the 2018 Summer Reading Club as a whole earned $750 worth of books for under privileged kids! This year we have a larger club, so we are hoping to earn even more books for underprivileged kids.

Since this program only runs till July 15th, we will also be joining the TD Summer Reading Club at our local library that runs. Registration for that program starts June 15th, and runs to August 23rd.

Summer Reading List

This year I decided to create a reading basket full of pre-selected books. I know I love looking up reading list to get ideas from. So I hope this reading list will inspire you to try out some new books and series with your children or students. I’m still going to doing our Raising Bookworm series here on the blog and my YouTube channel, that way I can update you guys on which books worked for our family!

Summer Reading Video

Summer Reading List

Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House)

Warriors in Winter (Magic Tree House)

To the Future, Ben Franklin! (Magic Tree House)

Night of the New Magicians (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)

Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House)

Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)

Calendar Mysteries: June Jam

Calendar Mysteries: July Jitters

Calendar Mysteries: August Acrobat

Jack (The Puppy Place 17)

The Puppy Place 18: Sweetie

The Puppy Place 19: Baxter

Ballpark Mysteries 1: The Fenway Foul-up

The Pinstripe Ghost (Ballpark Mysteries)

Frog Power (Cul-de-Sac Kids Book 5)

The Mystery of Case D. Luc (The Cul-de-Sac Kids 6)

The Stinky Sneakers Mystery (The Cul-de-Sac Kids 7)

Pickle Pizza (The Cul-de-Sac Kids 8)

Blue Bay Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 6)

The Woodshed Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 8)

Passager: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book One

Hobby: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book Two

Merlin: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book Three

Leader of the Pack (Artlist Collection the DOG)

Firefighter Dog (Artlist Collection, The Dog)

Hollywood Spaniel (Artlist Collection: The Dog)

Lab to the Rescue (Artlist Collection: The Dog)

Animal Adventures: (Little House Chapter Book)

Laura & Nellie (Little House Chapter Book)

School Days:(Little House Chapter Book)

Liz Learns a Lesson (The Critter Club)

Marion Takes a Break (The Critter Club)

Amy Meets Her Stepsister (The Critter Club)

Bee Movie: The Junior Novel

Cars 2: Fueled for Adventure (Disney Chapter Book)

Daisy the Kitten (Dr. KittyCat 3)

This Little Pig (Janette Oke’s Animal Friends)

The Mystery of Pony Hollow

Zombies Don’t Play Soccer (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, 15)

Claude at the Beach

A Ghost in the Castle (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

The Spell Thief (Little Legends)

Do you have any summer reading plans? Any book suggestions that we should check out? Please share in the comments below!

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The Old Schoolhouse® Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year REVIEW

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year {The Old Schoolhouse® Reviews}

It’s that time of the year, homeschool planning! This year I was blessed with the chance to review Gena Suarez’s Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year from The Old Schoolhouse®.

The first thing I noticed about this book is the beautiful cover. The soft spring colors reminds me a fresh start, for a fresh year. When I’m using a planner, I need it to look pretty and inviting. If its not, I’m less drawn to use it and fill it in. This cover makes the cut.

I never know what to do when it comes to planners. When it comes to mainstream planners, they just don’t fit what I need as a homeschooler. Our first year homeschooling my youngest, I made my own planner. But that was costly and super time consuming. After flipping through the Hey, Mama! Planner, I think this will be a great fit for my family’s needs.

What Is Covered In This Planner?

The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner puts together nearly everything a homeschooler needs to plan the year for up to 5 children. There are 188 pages of calendars, lists, forms, and charts. As a homeschooling mom of only one little one, I am still able to utilize the extra space to do even more planning!

This planner also includes 21 Devotionals for homeschool moms sprinkled throughout the planner. One page is the devotional, and on the page to the right is an area to write notes. You can journal how this devotional relates to you, Bible verses, or ideas you might have.

Do I Think Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner Will Work For Us?

Now because the planner does not start until July, I wasn’t able to get a real chance to use it in daily life. But I did plan out our first week of July using sticky notes.

Instead of using one column per child, I used each column to represent the days of the week. Of course because I’m only homeschooling one child, this works well.

However if I had to use it for 5 children, I’m not sure I would have enough space to really express what I’d want to do for the whole week. That being said I like to record every detail. But if you are just wanting to give a brief description about what you are planning for the week, I’m sure you could fit 5 children per weekly planner.

I love that this book is spiral bound. Its lays flat on the table, which makes it easier to follow along with and write in.

One little issue I found in the planner was a typo on the November monthly view calendar. The 3rd is missing. This is something a bottle of whiteout can easily correct, but I know for some moms out there it might bother them. For us it was no big deal.

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100 Years Of Glenn Doman

This August marks my hero’s 100th Birthday. If Glenn Doman was still alive he would have been celebrating 100th year on August 26th of this year.

Who is Glenn Doman & Why Is He So Special?

Glenn Doman was a physical therapist, who realized that traditional therapies were just not working for brain injured patients. Instead of continuing with the way things had always been done, he started looking for new ways to help this patients.

Doman journeyed to many countries, and lived with many different type of people. He observed how children grew and developed in different cultures, from the Inuit children in the north, urban children in major cities, to the children living in remote communities.

Through all these observations, and with the help of the best and brightest people like Temple Fay, Glenn Doman created the Development Profile that is the back bone of the work at Doman International. Using this profile, families can now diagnose where in the brain their child is injured. So instead of treating the symptoms, parents can now treat the brain itself through specially designed programs. Many of which can be learned through the several books on the subject he has written. Most of them are available for free at your local library. More in dept programs can be learned at Doman International.

What made Glenn Doman special was the fact he was not OK with the same old, same old, mentality that has been failing brain injured children for so many years. He spent his life researching and creating programs that have been life changing for my son and millions of other families.

The Brain Grows By Use

One of his most important discoveries in my option was that the brain grows by use. All children needed to be stimulated and the brain will continue to grow and develop. How many special needs children are institutionalized and left to rot, even though their brain desperately needs to be stimulation to grow.

Glenn Doman Lives On

Glenn Doman may no longer be here on Earth with us anymore, but his legacy lives on. To start with a person only has to type “Glenn Doman” into Amazon, and they will find several of his books. Run the same search in YouTube, and you can hear him speak on the subject of brain injured children.

So just because your just being introduced to the world of the Doman Method now, don’t think you missed the boat. Glenn Doman wrote his books just the way he spoke. OK yes, sometimes he could be a little wordy, but everything he wrote was clear and easy to follow along with.

The 4 books I think are must reads are listed below. I feel as a professional mother, ( a term Glenn Doman used to refer to moms using the Doman Method), you should read all of his books, but these 4 are a good start.

Doman International

Another way Glenn Doman lives on is through the works of Doman International. His family there have followed in his footsteps and dedicated their lives to helping children like my son grow to their full potential.

Like Glenn Doman, they strive every day to teach parents programs to help rewire the brain of their injured child. They also are constantly looking for new ways to help brain injured children. The staff at DI believe that parents are the most powerful teacher and therapist for their child. Never do they make parents feel like they are inferior to them like other programs tend to do.

Why is Glenn Doman My Hero?

That is such an easy question to answer. Glenn Doman is my hero because he gave me hope during the darkest moments of my life.

NOTHING hurts more then being told your child has this horrible condition and they are hopeless. NOTHING crushes a mother more then being told no matter what she does, she can’t fix it.

Glenn Doman had a different outlook. If you work hard, and never give up, you can help your child. Not everyone makes it to complete wellness, but if done right these programs give your child the best possible chance to succeed, and grow into the best person they can be.

The growth and development I have seen in my children using Glenn Doman’s methods gives me so much power. Usually in a situation where a child has been diagnosed with a condition like Autism, parents have the power taken from them. Glenn Doman realized, no therapist loves their patient more then that child’s parents. Therefore parents are the best teachers and therapist.

Glenn Doman, then and now to me can described in one word…

HOPE

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Happy Birthday Mr Glenn Doman, though I never met you in person, I still feel like I know you so well. Thank you for making the world a better place for my children. I will always be in you debt.

TOS Review: Supercharged Science

e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum {Supercharged Science Reviews}

Supercharged Science

I love science, and I want to install that love of science in my son.

So when Zakari and I had the chance to review Supercharged Science, we jumped on it. We were given access to e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum for all levels, K-12.

We were expected to share with you how we did a few of the experiences with our children. However I made a request to write this review from the point of view of a family that running experiments is not always possible. Some kiddos, like mine have impluse issues and difficulty with fine motor skills. Other families maybe road schooling, so experiments may not be doable. But that does not mean they cannot use Supercharged Science.

What Is Supercharged Science

Supercharged Science is an online library of 1000+ videos, designed to excite even the reluctant science student.

It is divided two ways.

  1. By Topic
  2. By Grade level

How We Used Supercharged Science

Sometimes hands on Science is hard for Zakari. What intrigued me about this program is that all the experiments are presented in video format. So while Zakari’s fine motor skills and impulse control prevent him from doing a lot of these experiments, he can still experience them!

We just sit down and put on the video. Aurora not only explains what is happening, and demonstrates it as well.

One of the lessons we worked on what about Sensing Temperature. Aurora explained to us why our body can react to differently to room temperature water when we are cold vs warmer.

So for example Zakari and I started off by watching the 12 minute video introducing the topic of temperature.

Then we dived into the reading materials, and started expanding on what we had learned from the video.

Using This Program With The Doman Method

As many of my readers know, we follow the Doman Method, when it comes to teaching Zakari. Like all homeschoolers, we adapt everything to help Zakari learn to his fullest potential.

I went through the Lesson Section on Temperature Reading. Using this 18 page PDF I created Doman Word Cards with the Key Vocabulary section. I split them into 2 groups and show each group 3 times a day for 5 days.

After about 5 days, and we have retired the key words, so I start presenting retired words in the form of a sentence. 3 sentences for 5 days, after which we retire the batch and start a new batch of 3 sentences.

Once I have introduced all the Keywords and have put a good dent in the Sentences we start to introduce Homemade books! This is Zakari’s favourite part! I present this book to him about 3 times one day, then we retire it and introduce a new book the next day!

Honestly the reading material is like GOLD to a Doman Mom!

On top of using this awesome materials, that is not dull and geared for kids, we watch the videos regularly on the website.

What Did We Like?

My son & I loved that this program is not dry or boring. Aurora teaches with passion and lots of expression. She clearly loves what she does, and her passion is contagious.

What We Might Change

One thing I would change are the amounts of emails sent out to subscribers. Some days as many as three emails arrived in my inbox. For me this is way too many, to the point I don’t even open half of them.

When I get an email that says Important! (Please Read), as a subscriber I thing that its something I need to know, like password changes, etc. Not another ad for summer camp registration, that is apparently closing. When I opened the email 5 days later and registration was still open.

The infomercial like sales tactic is a real turn off for me.

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Homeschool Conference Haul

What Do I Attend a Homeschool Conference Every Year?

Every year when March rolls around, I start to get excited! Just when I feel like I’m starting to burn out, here comes our annual homeschool conference!

My husband asks me every year why I go. I know what I’m going to teach our son, and we have a good thing going. But the thought of missing a conference breaks my heart.

I don’t attend conference because I need someone to tell me how to teach Zakari. It’s not that at all.

Reasons I Don’t Miss Homeschool Conference?

  • There are not many homeschoolers in my regular life. Conference connects me with many local homeschoolers and makes me feel like I’m not alone in this journey.
  • Gives me a chance to receive some mentorship, either from fellow attendees, vendors or conference speakers.
  • Lets me shop with my hands. Sure I can buy all my homeschool supplies online. But not all books provide sample pages, and sometimes even through there are sample pages, you need to see more. Many times I have flipped through a book I thought would be a hit, and landed up realizing it wasn’t going to work for our family. I have also flipped through books I would have never considered, and realized it was perfect for my son.
  • I stay in the loop with what is going on on the legal side of homeschooling in our province.
  • Finally, sometimes I feel our approach is so different then other families. Then I hear a few other speakers and homeschool mom’s share how they have used a similar method, and raised successful well rounded human beings. It makes me feel more confident about the path we are on.

Speaker Sonya Shafer

This year I had the chance to not only hear Sonya Shafer speak several times at conference, I also had a chance to speak with her. As a fellow Autism Mom, she was able to share some great advice on teaching kiddos on the spectrum using the Charlotte Mason Method.

Vendor Hall

So I thought this year I was only going to grab a few items from the vendor hall. Boy I was wrong. I landed up purchasing more then I planned. However many of the unplanned items were books on personal development for myself, books for my boys to read. When it came to workbooks there was only one book that was not planned.

Without Further Ado… What I Bought At Homeschool Conference

Check out this video, and find links to all the products below!

Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1: This book was recommended to me by a fellow Autism Mom. I purchased it mostly for the stories, but if we get some of the work pages done, even better.

I have been kind of slack on math the last few years. But after sitting through an awesome session about math in the early years, I no longer feel guilty! Check out :Multiplying Joyful Days Informal Math in the Early Years to listen to the session and get some great ideas.

Wow Canada!: Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast (Wow Canada! Collection): OK I have been eyeballing this book since Wesley was little. Finally I figured out how to work it into our Social Studies for next year.

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men: A friend of mine at suggested this book, so I grabbed it. Impulse shopping at its finest.

NIV, Homeschool Mom’s Bible, Compact, Leathersoft, Teal: Daily Personal Encouragement: I have been really looking for a good Bible, and after flipping through this one, I felt connected.

Laying Down The Rails for Yourself: After hearing Sonya speak, I realized that this book needed to come home with me. I have to start focusing on having good habits myself if I want my boys to develop good habits.

The Incredible Adventures of Louis Riel: Canada’s Most Famous Revolutionary (Amazing Stories): Canadian read aloud for Social Studies.

Hudson’s Bay Company Adventures: Tales of Canada’s Fur Traders (Amazing Stories): Another Canadian read aloud for Social Studies.

Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting: This book spoke to me, so into the cart it went.

My First Sticker by Numbers Book: Zakari loves working with stickers recently, so I got this book for him in the clearance bin for his birthday. Stickers are such a great way to work on fine motor skills.

Kickstart Kindergarten Student Workbook – Handwriting Without Tears Series: We completed this book this school year, but I feel one more round through it is needed before we move onto the next level. I’d rather make sure those basic skills are in place by moving ahead slower.

Honey for a Child’s Heart: This is another book I have been eyeballing for years. Finally I took the plunge. Since we are literature based homeschoolers, I felt it was worth the money,

World War Two: Under the Shadow of the Swastika (Campfire Graphic Novels): Educational birthday present for Wesley.

Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War Two :Educational birthday present for Wesley.

Math Review Worktext Grade 1 3rd Edition: Something I found in the clearance bin, and thought, “Why Not!”

Explode the Code: Book Two: Using with Bookshark Level 1.

Explode the Code : Book 3: Using with Bookshark Level 1.

Do you attend any homeschool conferences? If so what makes them valuable to you?

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EdAlive: Typing Tournament Online Review

Typing Tournament & Maths Invaders Online {EdAlive Reviews}

Now a days, typing has become a very important skill for kids to learn. I had been in the market for a good quality typing program for my oldest. So when we had the chance to team up with EdAlive and try out their Typing Tournament Online, we jumped on it.

What is Typing Tournament Online?

Typing Tournament Online is a complete, 10-finger typing course designed for students ages 6 to adult. Students can work right from their current typing level, and it progressively introduces the whole keyboard.

This is a self guided, medieval tournament theme program with 128 lessons, games and drills. Typing Tournament Online actively promotes the use of the right fingers on the right keys

Why Is Typing Important To Us?

Now a days, teens tend to type more on phones and tablets, which only requires the use of their thumbs or pointer finger. I feel it is really important to make sure 10 finger typing is taught as most careers will require the use of a computer.

This upcoming year with our oldest son starting high school, he will be required to type out more papers, notes, etc. I want to make sure that he is a proficient typer so that typing will not slow him down.

How Do We Use Typing Tournament Online?

A few times a week, my son spends 15-20 minutes working though the program after school.

When he signs in, he will see this screen:

When he click View Map, he will see this:

Usually he will start off with a little keyboard practice. This is basically a game where dragons are lighting up barrels of gun powder, and he has to put them out by typing to correct letter. The knight on the screen with then throw a water balloon and put out the fire.

After which he will select a place on the map. There he finds a lesson to work through, drills, test and games using the keys being taught. Tokens are awarded for accomplishments.

What Did We Think About Typing Tournament Online?

Overall my son and I both enjoyed this program. Typing Tournament Online, helped turn something like typing, that many kids may find boring, into a fun challenge.

My son can be loudly opinionated if he’d rather not do something. With Typing Tournament Online, I have never had any objections from him when asked to practice his typing.

We plan to continue using this program for the rest of the school year and into the summer. I really feel this will help prepare him for high school.

Looking For Help With Math Practice Too?

EdAlive not only offers a great Typing program, but they also have a program called, Maths Invaders Online. It is a fast pace, space invaders game, aimed at the 5 to 15 year old group of students.

Your student can practice:

  • addition,
  • subtraction,
  • multiplication,
  • division,
  • fractions,
  • decimals,
  • percentages,
  • numeration,
  • counting,
  • squares,
  • square roots,
  • powers
  • and directed numbers

While this program was not a fit for my boys right now, I think it would be great for a child that is motivated by video games and beating scores. For my oldest, fast pace math drills have never gone over well. But I tried it out myself, and I found it quite fun, so don’t discount it because it wasn’t a fit for my son.

What Did Other Families Think About These Two Program?

If you want to see how other families used Typing Tournament Online and Maths Invaders Online, click the link below!

Typing Tournament & Maths Invaders Online {EdAlive Reviews}

Thank you EdAlive for allowing our family to try out two of your programs!

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Christian Focus Publications: God Is Better than Trucks

Big Bible Science, Elizabeth Prentiss, God is Better than Princesses,  God is Better than Trucks. {Christian Focus Reviews}

Books, Books, Books…

One thing I believe you can never have enough of are books. Anyone that knows me, knows I believe books are one of the best investments you can make in your child’s education at home.

So when we had the chance to work with Christian Focus Publications, and review one of their book, God is Better than Trucks, we jumped at it.

God is Better than Trucks

God is Better than Trucks, is a fun and easy to read book that combines learning your ABC’s and learning truths from the Bible.

Many times, it is hard for young children to relate to the stories they hear in the Bible. However author Sarah Reju, uses the subject of truck and other machinery that many young boys are naturally interested in. This draws the child into the story, and has them open to learning how God is better then these things.

My son has gone through many vehicle stages. For a while it was school buses, then semi truck, now it is a tie between submarines and race cars. So God is Better than Trucks, was a home run in our home.

How Can Families Use This Book?

When we received this book, the first thing my son and I did was read it cover to cover. But when we were done, I couldn’t help but think this book could be so much more then just a story books.

As a homeschool mom I begin to realize that God is Better than Trucks could be used as a Bible study for younger kiddos.

In the first week families could read the books from cover to cover.

Then between weeks 2-27 they could focus on one page per week. Memorizing the Bible verse, and talking about the topic in more details. Some families might like to have their child do copy work, writing out the verses. Other children might like to do draw their own vehicle pictures and recreate their own book. Now you have Bible Study, Penmanship and Art class!

If your family uses a 36 school week schedule, you could spend the next 8 weeks rereading the books and going over your child’s favourite verses.

Who Is This Book Written For?

In my opinion, this books is best for the 3 to 7 year old crowd. But don’t think this is just for boys! I know as a little girl, I loved being around my dad and uncles while they built and raced their RC cars. I was also right next to my dad on Thursday nights watching the car and truck races.

God is Better than Trucks is also a great resource for children like my son who have autism. Teaching kids on the Autism Spectrum about God can be difficult since it is not a black and white subject. My son really enjoyed seeing each of his favourite vehicles, yet then hearing a verse from the bible explaining why God is better then that vehicle.

What Did We Think?

Over the years, I’ve become pickier when it comes to children’s books. I use to like almost everything we read. It had to be pretty bad for me not to say it was good.

As the years have gone on, and we have been exposed to more and more great books, I’m starting to have a stronger opinion on what is a good children’s book and what is not. I’m no longer afraid to giveaway and donate books that we didn’t love. There are too many good books to waste time with subpar ones.

This book made the cut. God is Better than Trucks has earned a spot on our bookshelf. It was pleasant to read. The content was pure and valuable. Most importantly my son truly enjoyed it.

Thank you Christian Focus for allowing us to review one of your great children’s picture books!

What To Read What Others Thought?

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Big Bible Science, Elizabeth Prentiss, God is Better than Princesses,  God is Better than Trucks. {Christian Focus Reviews}
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