Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Forbrain

Recently, we were given the chance to review Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD. We didn't know much about this device, but we were eager to see how and if it works!

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

Forbrain is a technology device that was created to help children and adults that have speech and language difficulties. It can also improve attention, concentration, verbal working memory, and short-term memory. Forbrain is a headset that can be worn by both children and adults. It's recommended for the use with children ages 4 and up. The headset needs to be worn once or twice a day for at least 15 minutes each session. If the user wears the headset for this specified time frame, they should see results within 6 weeks!

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

For this review, we received the Forbrain bone conduction headset. The headset came in its own zippered, sturdy storage case. The case protects and helps keep the headset safe and sound.
The headset can be ordered on the Forbrain website for $299. When we received the box, we all were pretty curious about the headset. We were interested in seeing how the headset worked. Forbrain is simple and easy to use. The user simple places the headset on and is ready to go.

So How Does Forbrain Work?

First, the user turns on the headset. Then they place the loop behind their head. Next, they place the membrane in front of the ear. The Forbrain headset features bone conduction technology. This type of conduction is faster than air conduction. What exactly does this mean? Basically the headset rests on the user's cheekbone in front of their ear. This placement allows the sound of the users voice to be transmitted 10 times faster back through the headset. Once the headset is in place, the user just has to read, talk, recite poems, sing, hum, etc. Using the headset is simple and easy. Understanding the technology behind it may not be so simple and easy. 

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

So Why Use Forbrain?

Forbrain can be used to help students with attention, speech, and memory! It will help them become better students.

The filter trains the brain to be more attentive. This not only helps with attention, but with auditory processing and sensory integration.

The technology helps improve speech fluency, pronunciation, sound discrimination, and rhythm. These are important for clearer and more effective communication. 
Public speaking comes to mind!

Forbrain helps improve memory that plays a crucial part in reading comprehension, writing skills, and even everyday chatting with friends!

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

What we thought about Forbrain?

I will admit at first I really had my doubts on how this headset was really going to make any difference in Michael's speech. I just didn't completely understand the technology behind it.

Michael used Forbrain to help with speech clarity and pronunciation. Basically, the boy talks too quickly and doesn't enunciate his words well. This can make it difficult for people to understand him clearly. I am constantly saying "speak slowly and enunciate!" Michael's first reaction was that the headset was awkward to wear. I had him read aloud to practice his speaking skills. He said it was very strange to hear his own voice in his head as he read. He did say the programmed volume was a little too loud, so we did adjust it slightly. It did take a little time for him to get used to the headset. He eventually was comfortable with it....well for the most part he is. I will admit that he'd rather not practice or use the device at all. We have persevered and I have seen a slight improvement with his speaking. I think the more he uses the device the closer he will be to speaking clearly and correctly.

Forbrain can not only help students with their speaking, but it can help with memory, attention, ADHD, ADD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders. It can even improve singing. Therese is looking forward to giving this a try when she gets back into participating in her plays. I'm really surprised that she hasn't already "stolen" it away from her brother.

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

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Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

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Forbrain {Sound For Life Ltd Review}

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Monday, November 13, 2017

CCD Week 5~ Formation of Christian Chasity

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Our saint for this week was Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary since the fast day was October 7th. It went along great with our review of last week's class about the rosary.

We colored a beautiful picture of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  The children immediately recognized the picture from our rosary wall. We have some very observant children in our class this year. 
Our virtue was purity. I explained that purity is keeping our soul free of sin and bad things. 

This week our lesson was our diocese's Formation of Christian Chasity program. In first grade this means talking about creation and how God made us in His image. We also talk about how we should respect and take take our world and ourselves. 

For this lesson, I always read the story of creation to the kids. We used 

We played a fun game of Who Made It? God or Man. I found the game online at That Resource Site and every year the kids have fun playing it. I taped the pictures up on the wall and the children roam around deciding whether God or Man created what is in the picture. Examples of pictures are butterflies, waterfalls, bridges, bells, statues, etc. This game is great for getting the children to think and it gets them up and moving.

The kids made a craft to remind them that we are all made in the image of God.  You can find it here.

Another fun craft to complete would be a Days of Creation Wheel. I found this one to use, but we ran out of time this year. 

And before we knew it class was over! Time sure does fly when you have 16 happy, eager little learners!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Living Like a Saint

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, 
for all the holy souls in purgatory, 
for sinners everywhere, 
for sinners in the universal church, 
those in my own home and within my family. 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe

A few weeks ago Michael was given the opportunity to learn about what engineers do by using the course Thinking Like an Engineer from Innovators Tribe. This is a fantastic online course that introduces students to the exciting world of engineers!

Innovators Tribe

For this review, Michael received a two year subscription to the Thinking Like an Engineer online course. This course is geared for students in grades 6th-12th. The regular cost of the course is $149, but is currently on sale for $96. Please be advised that prices are subject to change. For the current price, please refer to the Innovators Tribe website.

This course is a phenomenal way to introduce students to the exciting and varied world of engineering. Engineers are leaders in the world of science, technology, weaponry, and design. So many careers today are in the engineering fields. This is an important area for our kids to explore! Sadly, the United States is falling behind in this area. We need to encourage our children to explore  the engineering and the STEM world.

In Thinking Like a Engineer course students will get.....

 Interactive Lessons 
These lessons are self-paced and fully guided. This means moms and dads get to sit back and take a break while their student learns. Free time and a chance for some independent learning.

Hands-On Projects
What better way to learn about a topic than to dig deeper into the lesson by being creative.. Hands-on learning is a great way for students to put into practice what they have learned. What kid doesn't like to get their hands dirty? I love seeing that light bulb go off when they finally grasp a topic.

Design Challenges
This course offers students a variety of design activities to complete. These help the students get their creative juices flowing. I love how they challenge the students to test their limits and how to problem solve. Problem solving is an essential ability to have in the world. 

"To often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
~Robert Lewin

Journal Exercises
The journal exercises allow students to write down and document what they have learned as they travel through the course. This is a great way to encourage writing and for the students to process all that they have learned and accomplished.

Design Software
This is a HUGE! Students will get the chance to use modern design technology. While completing the various activities, students will get to actually use design software. As a homeschool student, Michael doesn't always get a chance to use new technology so this was a big hit for him.

The company does provide a printable syllabus for he course. The syllabus breaks down the chapters and provides a supplies list for mom and dad!

Thinking Like an Engineer

So What Does Thinking Like an Engineer Teach?

Thinking Like an Engineer is a pre-recorded online class. Students can choose their own pace.  The course is broken up into 6 chapters.

Chapter 1~ Introduction to Engineering
Chapter 2~ Introduction to 3D Design (Tools of Modern Design)
Chapter 3~ Engineering Roller Coasters
Chapter 4~ Engineering Bridges
Chapter 5~ Nano Engineering (Discovery of a New World)
Chapter 6~ Thinking like an Engineer (Course Conclusion)

Each chapter is broken up into lessons. for example, the first chapter, Introduction to Engineering, has 4 lessons.

Lesson 1: What is Engineering?
Lesson 2: Types of Engineers
Lesson 3: Engineering Clean Water
Lesson 4: Grand Challenges of the World

The lesson each contain a video to watch (10-30 minutes long) and a challenge for the student to complete. There is a suggested time frame for these challenges. I wouldn't worry about it too much though since this is a self-paced course. You may have a child that completes it faster, no big deal. You may have a perfectionist like me, so some of these challenges may take longer (sometimes a lot longer).
Innovators Tribe What You Get

What did Michael think of the Thinking Like and Engineer course?

First off, Michael was extremely excited (dare I say enthusiastic) about this course. He never gets excited about anything. He's my serious, sensible guy. As a baby, we referred to him as the little old man in a babies body. He's always be interested in building things and figuring out how things work. His grandfather is an engineer, so he gets his curiosity honestly. He knows a few older siblings of friends who are studying engineering too. He has seen first had how prevalent this career is in the world. 
He has enjoyed the course so far. He enjoyed the introduction into the various engineering careers. He said he learned a few new things. Shocker....a teenage boy who admits he doesn't know everything! He said the videos were well done and easy to understand. He said the graphics are great. He was fascinated with the explanation on how they cool the tower in Dubai. He talked about that for days and told everyone we know about it.  He likes how everything is explained extremely well. 

I will admit that his perfectionist behavior has hindered him from moving too quickly through the course. We are not that far along, but I'm just thrilled to see him excited about something. The first project took him quite awhile. He wouldn't move on until he got it JUST right. He's still trying to perfect it. Some days he drives this mama crazy. He tends to over analyze. 

So would we recommend this course to our friends you bet we would! If you've been a reader for awhile now, you know that I LOVE LOVE hands-on learning. It this course encourages our children to learn more about science fields and become more interested in the STEM world, than it's a win-win for this mama. Michael is even encouraging his sister to give it a try. We'll wait and see what she says..


Crew members were given the opportunity to review
 Thinking Like an Engineer and Thinking Like an Architect. 
Stop by and see what they had to say about these fantastic programs!

Thinking Like an Architect or Engineer {Innovators Tribe Reviews}
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Monday, November 6, 2017

CCD Week 4~ The Holy Rosary

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Our saint for the week is Saint Hyacinth. The children colored in a picture of Saint Hyacinth. 

We read a short summary about his life. The kids were amazed with how brave he was. Saint Hyacinth saved a statue of Mary and the Holy Eucharist when he hide them from robbers that came to his church to steal them. They were shocked that he could carry the full size statue of Mary. We asked the children how could St. Hyacinth do that if he was an older gentleman. They immediately responded with help from God. We talked about the Holy Eucharist (the Blessed Sacrament). We asked them if them knew were the Holy Eucharist was kept in the church. They knew Jesus was in the special box on the altar. We told them that they special box is called the Tabernacle. 

Our virtue for this week was Reverence. We asked the children how they can show reverence to God while in church and outside of church.  Again, the children had wonderful answers.

  • Don't talk during Mass
  • Pray quietly in church
  • Listen well during Mass
  • Participate during Mass
  • Don't run in church
  • Don't use a loud voice in church
  • Treat people how Jesus treated people
  • Pray and read the bible
  • Don't say God's name when angry

This week in class we learned all about the Rosary. I gave the children a coloring page that would help them learn how to say the rosary. We prayed one decade of the rosary together as a class.
We read The Holy Rosary.

We learned about this special devotion. We talked about the different prayers we pray while praying the Rosary and we talked about the different mysteries. I found this page that shows all the mysteries and the days you say them. I didn't use this with my kids but here is a wonderful Rosary booklet that can be purchased and printed out to teach the different mysteries of the rosary.

We made a rosary craft I found online at Real Life at Home. It's a simple craft kids can make. All you will need are some pony beads and pipe cleaners!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

All Soul's Day

All Soul's Day
Jakub Schikaneder

For all our departed brothers and sisters,
Merciful Father,
hear our prayer
and console us.
As we renew
our faith in your Son,
whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope,
that all our departed brothers and sisters
will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

All Saint's Day

Angels, Archangels,
Thrones, Dominions,
Principalities, Powers,
heavenly Virtues,
Cherubim and Seraphim, 
all Saints of God,
holy men and women,
and especially my patrons:
intercede for me
that I may be worthy
to offer this sacrifice to almighty God,
to the praise and glory of His name,
for my own welfare,
and also that of all His holy Church.

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