Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ September 29, 2019

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ September 22, 2019

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday inspiration~ September 15, 2019

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review~ Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11

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Good Morning! Today, I get to share with you an amazing grammar curriculum for students of all ages. Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 from Easy Grammar Systems is a great way for students to learn grammar. The program is simple and easy to follow!




Easy Grammar Systems is perfect to helps students learn and understand grammar, which is essential for writing and speaking properly. Everyone needs to know how to write and speak well.
The company offers a variety of resources to achieve this goal. 

Easy Grammar Texts
~Grades 1st through 6th ~


Easy Grammar Plus
~6th grade and up~

Daily Grams
~Grades 3rd through 7th~

Ultimate Series
~ Grades 8th through 12th~

Easy Writing
~Teaches how to write at a higher level~


What is the Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11?



For this review, we received a physical copy of the Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 curriculum set. This set comes with the 180 Daily Teaching Lessons Grade 11 Teacher Edition and the Grade 11 Test Booklet.

The teachers edition contains everything you will need. The book contains reproducible worksheets for students to use. This is great if you're homeschooling more than one student. If you'd prefer your students to have their own workbook, you can order one for each of them too. I love how the company offers both choices to parents. The book contains 180 lessons to complete. Each lesson should take about 10 minutes. The material taught in the book is presented in a simple, step by step way. Each concept taught builds upon themselves. This is great for grammar mastery. In the beginning of the teacher edition, the entire program and how to use the series is fully explained. 

The lessons are broken up into 5 different sections.

1. Capitalization~ Teaches capitalization and when to apply it

2. Punctuation~ Teaches punctuation and when to use it

 3.Grammar ~ Teaches various grammar concepts

4. Grammar~ Teaches application of various grammar concepts

5. Sentence Combining~ Teachers students how to combine 2 or more sentences to improve their writing skills.




The Test booklet contains 18 reproducible tests to be given after every 10 lessons. These tests help see what you student has mastered and what they may still need some work on.



Answer keys for the lessons and the tests are included in each book, so there is no need to worry about what you might not remember from your days in high school!


What Did We Think of Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11?

We love this program! 
We first started using the Easy Grammar series a few years ago, when I was looking for a simple, easy way to continue to teach grammar when the kids were entering middle school. We started with the Daily Grams 7th grade and then used Easy Grammar Plus for 8th grade. Last year, both kids worked through the Ultimate Series: Grade 9

I was thrilled when we were given the chance to review the 11th grade books. Both of my kids jumped from the 9th grade book to the 11th grade book.  Just in case you're wondering, we didn't use the set for 10th grade because it was not offered for the review. If it would have been offered, I would have selected the 10th grade books. We have not encountered any issues by doing this.The layout is the same, so there was no confusion for Michael or Therese. I like how the books present the material in short, easy lessons. This allows both of the kids to review a thorough grammar lesson, while working hard completing their English literature work.

The Easy Grammar series reminds me of a book I used in my high school English class. Mr. K was my 9th grade English literature teacher and he was amazing. He was one of those teachers that make a difference in their students lives. He had created his own grammar book to use in his classroom. It contained easy to understand lessons that taught everything a young high school student would need to know about grammar. It was extremely thorough. I often wished I had saved that book to have for my kids, but I didn't. Finding the Easy Grammar System books helped solve that problem. 

Both Michael and Therese find the lesson easy to complete. The simple layout allows then to get the lesson done in 10 minutes, unless they have questions. If they have questions,we review the topic and discuss it. Even when they do have questions, the lesson is usually completed in 15 minutes. The Easy Grammar System books are a great way for students to continue to master grammar even while they are in high school.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review~ College-Ready Writing Essentials from BetterRhetor

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In a few years, Michael and Therese will be starting college. 
With all the writing they will do, I was thrilled when we were given the chance to review the Full Package of College-Ready Writing Essentials™ from BetterRhetor.




BetterRhetor is a company that offers writing resources for high schools, colleges, and universities through out the United States. They now offer resources for homeschoolers and families to use at home online. The College-Ready Writing Essentials course uses the same ground breaking resources that schools do, except now the course is customized for individual use or use with small groups. The writing skills taught will allow students to have confidence in their writing and give them the confidence to succeed along their academic journey. 
Isn't that what all of us want for our kids?

Here are some staggering statistics...

73% of students entering college are not ready for college level work
(I've seen this first hand with friend's children)

70% of high school graduates do not go on to college

1 in 4 student need academic help when they get to college

60% of college students never graduate



BetterRhetor's goal is to help students become better writers. Their writing course helps students heading off to college bridge that gap from high school writing to college level writing. Sadly, this is a skill many high school students are lacking in. I've heard so many parents say their child never wrote papers during their junior or senior year of high school and I've seen these student head off to college only to struggle, panic, and want to give up!

BetterRhetor offers families 3 choices in their College-Ready Writing Essentials™ course.

CRWE~ Mini Course
This course is free! 
Students will learn what college-ready writing is and why it's important. This is a great introduction that offers families a glimpse into this amazing resource before purchasing.


CRWE~ Full Package 
$49
This is the full curriculum. 

25 Step by Step Lesson
Exercises and Worksheets
Strategies, Models, Examples of Writing
Demonstration Essays
Links to helpful resources
Reference Sheet of Key Terms & Phrases
Discussion Form and Interactive Comments
Certificate of Completion (great for a high school elective)
30 Day Money Back Guarantee

CRWE~ Premium Package
$99
The full course plus lots of bonus features!

25 Step by Step Lesson
Exercises and Worksheets
Strategies, Models, Examples of Writing
Demonstration Essays
Links to helpful resources
Reference Sheet of Key Terms & Phrases
Discussion Form and Interactive Comments
Certificate of Completion (great for a high school elective)
30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Plus....

Personalized feedback about your essays from Dr. Bryant
Two-finalized, top quality Model Essays in a PDF form
Extra Going Beyond Exercises
Full Instructor's Guide (PDF)
Rubrics Sheet (PDF)
Proprietary CRWE Competencies Framework (PDF)
CRWE White Paper

The courses are geared for high school juniors and seniors, but can be used with all high school students. Any student heading off to college or a student struggling in college can use the course too.


For this review, we received the full package of College-Ready Writing Essentials™ with lifetime access. The course is self-paced and online. Both Michael and Therese are using the program. We are counting it as a high school elective. I felt it was important for both of them to go through the course. Our goal is to have both of them take a few classes at the local community college in the next 2 years. I knew this course would be extremely beneficial for both of them. 




The course contains 25 lessons that are broken up into 4 sections. This course contains everything a student needs to know!

Planning
Lesson 1~ Overview
Lesson 2~ Task, Audience, Purpose
Lesson 3~ Selecting a Topic
Lesson 4~ Researching a Topic
Lesson 5~ Reading Perceptively
Lesson 6~ Defining an Issue
Lesson 7~ Connecting a Specific Issue to a General Concern
Lesson 8~ Mapping Perspectives
Lesson 9~ Taking a Position
Lesson 10~ Outlining your Essay
Lesson 11~ Outline-Peer Reviews  

Drafting
Lesson 12~ Rhetorical Repeals
Lesson 13~ The Introduction
Lesson 14~ The Introduction- Peer Reviews 
Lesson 15~ The Body- Background & Analysis
Lesson 16~ The Body- Your Position & Supporting Arguments
Lesson 17~ The Body- Addressing Counterarguments
Lesson 18~ The Body- Peer Reviews
Lesson 19~ The Conclusion

Revising
Lesson 20~ Self Review
Lesson 21~ Self Review- Detail & Content
Lesson 22~ Self review-Language
Lesson 23~ Peer Reviews

Finalizing
Lesson 24~ Finalizing
Lesson 25~ College-Ready Writing



When Michael and Therese click on a lesson, they read through the material presented. Once they have read through the lesson, they'd mark it as complete. At the end of each lesson, there are writing assignments and worksheets that they work on. 
The recommended course schedule is 4-5 classes a week. We choose to go at a slower pace since it was summer (and we were busy) and because we were using this course as an elective. We are currently working through the program at 2 lessons a week. They both are already taking a writing class at a local co-op, so this course will hopefully go along with what they are learning there. 

What Did We Think....

I thought the program was extremely thorough. It covered everything a student heading off to college would need to know about writing. I love the fact that we have lifetime access. This will allow, both Michael and Therese, to review sections that they might be struggling with. They can also reread a lesson if they need to better understand something for their other writing classes. As they get closer to college, they can actually redo the course as a fresher!

If you have a student heading off to college or if they just want to become a better writer, I highly recommend this online writing course! I promise your student will not regret it.


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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ September 8, 2019

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Homeschooling Highschool~ Michael's 10th Grade Curriculum

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Another year is starting! Have both kids in high school seems crazy. It feels like we just started on our homeschooling journey. I still remember coloring and teaching both kids how to read.
Time is passing by faster and faster each year. Before I know it, they'll both be heading off to college.

This year, both Michael and Therese will be participating in a co-op on Mondays. They'll attend a variety of classes all day. This mama has a free day! I'm not sure what I'll be doing during there school day, but I'm sure I'll find something to do.

So on with the show....here is what Therese will be working on this year. 
Her first official year of high school!

Monday~ Co-op Day
English/Grammar~ Analytical Grammar
Writing III
Biology~Apologia Biology with Lab
Elective~ Criminal Justice

He'll have to work hard during the week to stay on top of the work sent home.

Tuesday- Friday~ At Home

Religion~ 
Introduction to the Bible



The Bible~ Read 2 chapters a day from the Gospels through Revelations

Drive Thru History~ The Holy Lands





Drive Thru History~ The Gospels


Drive Thru History~ Act to Revelations




History~ Ancient Rome through the Early Explorers
RC History Volume 2
RC History Volume 3
and a huge selection of books (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Math~
Finishing up Algebra 1~ Jacob's Elementary Algebra
Geometry~ Jacobs Geometry

Foreign Language~ Spanish
Spanish 1 from Schoolhouse Teachers

Physical Education~
Weightlifting
Shooting Team- rifle & pistol




A busy year awaits us! 
Wishing you all have a fantastic year.


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Monique


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Homeschooling Highschool~ Therese's 9th Grade Curriculum

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Another year is starting! I now have both kids in high school. It's crazy. It feels like we just started this homeschooling journey. Time is passing by faster and faster each year.

This year, both Michael and Therese will be participating in a co-op on Mondays. They'll attend a variety of classes all day. This mama has a free day! I'm not sure what I'll be doing during there school day, but I'm sure I'll find something to do.

So on with the show....here is what Therese will be working on this year. 
Her first official year of high school!

Monday~ Co-op Day
English/Grammar~ Analytical Grammar
Writing II
Biology~Apologia Biology with Lab
Elective~ Chorus

She'll have work to do through out the week.

Tuesday- Friday~ At Home

Religion~ 

Introduction to the Bible



The Bible~ Read 2 chapters a day from the Gospels through Revelations

Drive Thru History~ The Holy Lands



Drive Thru History~ The Gospels


Drive Thru History~ Act to Revelations




History~ Ancient Rome through the Early Explorers
RC History Volume 2
RC History Volume 3
and a huge selection of books (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Math~
Finishing up Pre-Algebra~ Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

Foreign Language~ Spanish
Spanish 1 from Schoolhouse Teachers

Physical Education~
Swimming- classes during the winter to increase speed and fine tune her swimming style and techniques

Shooting Team- rifle & pistol

Fine Arts~
Drama Club- Part of the ensemble of Frozen


A busy year awaits us! Wishing you all a fantastic year.


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Monique


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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ September 1, 2019

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