Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ UnLock Pre-Algebra

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Pre-Algebra


Just when I was ready to pull out my hair (out of pure frustration) over math, we were offered a WONDERFUL opportunity to review UnLock Pre-Algebra from UnLock Math. Michael jumped at the chance to give this program a try. I am so thankful we did! My hair is thankful too. I'd either be bald or all gray if this program hadn't come along and I have to admit I really like my long curly hair!
UnLock Math
So What is UnLock Math?

UnLock Math is a complete math curriculum. It can be used all on its own as a full curriculum or it can be used just a supplement for students who may need a little more help. They offer upper level math programs for middle school and high school students. UnLock Math offers students a chance to learn Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. 
homeschool math curriculum
Unlock Math has some wonderful features for students. Each student will have their own personalized dashboard where they view their progress, access reports, and find their lessons. The program has wonderful instructional videos and allows students to have access to unlimited practice. It truly is a program that can unlock your students math potential!
UnLock Math pre-algebra
How Did We Use UnLock Pre-Algebra?

For this review, we received a one year subscription to Pre-Algebra from UnLock Math. A one year subscription cost $299.00  for one student. Siblings receive a 50% off discount on their program. Michael was eager to jump in and get started. We replaced his math curriculum with this program to see how it would work out. I was hoping it would work for us! We really needed a math program that was challenging, not boring, and not too tedious.

UnLock Pre-Algebra contains 16 units.

  • Unit 1~Whole Numbers
  • Unit 2~ Integers
  • Unit 3~ Variables & Expressions
  • Unit 4~ Rational Numbers
  • Unit 5~ Fractions
  • Unit 6~ Equations
  • Unit 7~ Inequalities
  • Unit 8~ The Coordinate Plane
  • Unit 9~ Decimals
  • Unit 10~ Percents
  • Unit 11~Polynomials 
  • Unit 12~ Triangles
  • Unit 13~ 2D Geometry
  • Unit 14~ 3D Geometry
  • Unit 15~ Analyzing Data
  • Unit 16~ Probability & Statistics

UnLock Math
Each unit is broken up into lessons. Lessons start off with a warm up math question. After completing the warm up question, students will view the instructional video. Once the video is over, students will then work through the practice problems. The practice problem section has multiple problems so the student can practice the new math concept being taught. Following the practice section, students will then work on a few problems in the stay sharp section. As an added bonus, the lesson closes with a challenge yourself section. 


UnLock Math
Each lesson contains reference notes that can be viewed online or printed out. We chose to print them out and place them in a binder for Michael. I wanted him to have some notes that he could look back over, especially if he is struggling with a new concept. 
The Units contain the lessons, quizzes, and a test. The course also has a midterm and a final exam. Of course, we haven't reached that section yet.
UnLock Math
What We Thought About Pre-Algebra from UnLock Math?

We are only in Unit 3, so we still have quite a few lessons to complete, but so far we both are enjoying the program.

Here is my take on the program.......

Pros:
  • No stress~ Less gray hair for this mama
  • Everything is there and ready to go~ No lost textbooks or notebooks
  • Easy for the student to use~ Little to no help needed from parents
  • Easy to log in and create an account
  • Grades are tracked and updated daily
  • Students know how they stand in the course
  • great for parents who are not as strong in the higher level math courses
  • AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING customer service~ Matthew from Unlock Math was on the ball! He was very helpful when we had an issue and he responded to my email within 20 minutes! He even commented on how well Michael was doing in the course. He took the time to look him up. What a wonderful way to add a personalized touch.
  • Immediate feedback & access to a teacher
Cons:
  • Teachers Gradebook is a little tricky to navigate~ I feel like I have to click too many links to find what I am looking for
  • Students reports and grades are not easy to find and read
  • Price~ It seems a little expensive to me for only one child. A regular math textbook program can be reused by another student making it cost effective.




Here is Michael's thoughts about UnLock Pre-Algebra course.......

Pros:
  • Less stress
  • No longer dreads doing math~ it no longer takes him 2-3 hours to finish since he's no longer bored out of his mind
  • Instructor is easy to understand and explains the information clearly
  • Easy to log in and get started on the correct lesson
  • Likes how he can keep track of how he is doing in the course
Cons:
  • Variable letters are written to small and hard to figure out at times (Seriously, this was his only complaint)
UnLock Math
UnLock Math offers parents and students a variety of complete math programs.

and
their newest program
UnLock Geometry

Want to give UnLock Math a try?
Click HERE and you'll receive $50 of an annual purchase!


Be sure to stop by and see the other great course the crew reviewed!

Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry {UnLock Math Reviews}
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Till Next Time,
Monique 



Monday, June 19, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series

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The kids and I were recently given the opportunity to review the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.  We were thrilled to read these books and experience history coming to life before us.
Adventures of Rush Revere
For this review, we received all five hardback books in the Rush Revere book series.
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Revere and the First Patriots
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner
Rush Revere and the Presidency 
The books came beautiful wrapped up in a blue ribbon. They would have made a wonderful gift for a child learning about American history. They are visually stunning!
They are recommend for readers age 8 to 12. I think they can easily be read to younger children since they are entertaining to read. Who doesn't love a talking horse? I truly believe the books are great for readers of all ages. Older readers and parents will enjoy them to.
Adventures of Rush Revere
The Rush Revere book series are a fantastic way for students to learn about American history. Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh wanted to create a way for young people to learn about history in a fun, creative way. They wanted the books to be engaging, patriotic, and filled with the historical events that created our nation. Readers will meet the amazing people that helped form our great nation, led our revolution, and made our government.  
American History

The Rush Revere books are about an American history teacher named Rusty Revere. His nickname is Rush since he hurried everywhere and loved learning about history as a child. Rush Revere isn't your average history teacher. No boring lectures or books are used in his classes. He time travels through history to teach his students, Freedom, Tommy, Cam, history through first hand experiences. His trusty talking horse, Liberty is right by his side.

In the five books, readers will be introduced to many famous men and women from history. Readers will learn about the pilgrims, Squanto, George Washington, King George, our founding fore fathers, Dolly Madison, Frances Scott Key, Thomas Jefferson, and more. They will learn about how our great nation was founded, how we settled the land, how brave men and women fought for our independence from England, our constitution, and our government. Young readers will learn why freedom is so important and why we need to keep fighting for it.
American History

The books are filled with beautiful illustrations! The colors are bright, crisp, and clear. They are stunning. Detailed maps and images with descriptions allows for further learning.


There are even pictures of famous paintings. I love how this exposes students to great works of art.


So What Did We Think of the Books?

We enjoyed reading the Rush Revere series. We loved the time traveling aspect of the books. Who wouldn't want to go back in time and get the chance to experience history first hand. Wouldn't you want to sit down with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, or Dolly Madison? The stories they could tell! 



I especially like the way the stories were told. They were entertaining, captivating,and held everyone's attention. The kids often asked for another chapter to be read. 
We had 2 copies of the first 2 books, so the kids read them by themselves. I read a copy from the library, so I would know what they were reading about. We read books 3 and 4 together as read a-louds. We are getting ready to read book 5 together. I'm hoping this books will give them a good start on our government for a class they are taking next year called, Founding Fathers.

I like how the books were extremely accurate with their historical events. This is one thing we strive to achieve when we teach our kids history. I certainly don't want to teach them history that teaches one belief or view. I loved how the importance of freedom is stressed. I think too often in today's society we lose sight of why we need to fight for our freedom.

Michael loved the books! He found them interesting to read and enjoyed the light humor in the stories. He said the books would be great for a student who doesn't really like history. He feels the books would help them become interested in learning more about history. It may even get them interested in learning more about different periods of history.

Therese enjoyed the books too. She didn't enjoy them as much as Michael. She did say they were entertaining. She agreed that the books made history fun to learn. She said they were easy to read and she's 12. 

Another great aspect of these books is the website to go along with them! The study guides available online would make for a great early American history class! 
If you head over to the Rush Revere website, parents and children can find a variety of topics and pages to explore. Kids can have loads of fun working on different activities, playing a few games, or even taking a few quizzes about the books. They can test their knowledge! Parents and teachers can find a wonderful selection of resources for learning all about our great nation. Study guides for each book can be found here. Homeschoolers can find out more about the characters from the book, discover new friends, enter a few contests, and even try to earn a scholarship! The Rush Revere website has so many options to explore. You can even go shopping.
Check out the other crew members reviews of the Rush Revere books!
Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series {Reviews}
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Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Pope Leo XIII

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"There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return."

~Pope Leo XIII


Till Next Time,
Monique



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Yellowstone National Park~ Day 3

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Day 3 in Yellowstone was another fun filled day. We headed off to explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone!



The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ranges in depth from 750 to 1200 feet.



The width varies from 1500 to 4000 feet.


The hiking trails are wonderful and the waterfalls are breathtaking.




While exploring the area, we saw this gray little bird.
Isn't he cute?


Michael was thrilled to see a Trumpeter Swan. It was one of the many animals he wanted to see while out there.


We did stop and see the Dragon's Mouth Spring.This spring is named perfectly. You can picture a dragon blowing out smoke when you are viewing it. I immediately thought of Pete's Dragon. 



Thanks for stopping by and journeying with us!


Till Next Time,
Monique


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Monique


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Internship for High School Credit from Apologia

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Apologia Educational Ministries


Recently, we were given the opportunity to review Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries. Michael is heading to high school soon and I thought this would be wonderful resource to have. A few years ago, he took classes at a local wildlife rehabilitation center and started asking about volunteering then. We learned he wasn't quite old enough, you have to be 18, to work with wild animals. We did learn that he could help out at our veterinary clinic near us though. This is a great opportunity for a young man who loves animals! I knew an internship would be in our future.



Apologia Educational Ministries

Why are Internships Important?

Years ago, people learned their trade while studying under great masters. They studied under these well trained men and women to learn a specialized trade or skill. Once they had learned all they could, these apprentices would be able to head out and start their own careers. Sadly, over the years jobs and careers become more business orientated and less craftsman like. The advancement of technology changed the way people learned their skills and knowledge. College and universities became the way to advance their knowledge, skills, and career. Learning more about you career is  great but studying books can only take you so far. Many graduates attend a 4 year university and never enter into their actual career path. They have no hands on experience. They have no idea what the day ins and outs of their career are. They have no idea if they will even enjoy their chosen career path. 

So we are back to the question of why are internships important? 
Well, they give students a wonderful way to get hands on leaning and experience. They allow students to experience their chosen career and see if they truly like what they have chosen. 

Internships offer students a variety of benefits.....

Explore their chosen career & gain valuable experience
Learn the day to day job responsibilities
Discover what they like or dislike about their job
Decide on a major and chose classes to focus more on that path
Improve their college application & scholarship opportunities
Gain marketable job skills 
Increase their potential job offers


Internship for High School Credit

What is Internship for High School Credit?

Internship for High School Credit is a workbook style notebook for high school students. The notebook is broken up into five sections.

Apologia Educational Ministries

Apologia


Part I: Getting Started
The getting started section helps students do just that. It guides students on how to determine the type of internship they might want to obtain, how to chose a company, how to write a resume and a letter of introduction, how to do well on the interview, and how to obtain high school school credit. This section even offers students sample of the introduction letter and the resume. This section offers wonderful advice that is extremely important for young men and women entering into the work force.

"There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."
~G.K. Chesterton

Apologia

Part II: Information for Parents
This section is for the parents! It helps parents with vital information about how to choose a company and location, important child labor laws, how to add it to your student's high school transcript, how to decide on a course title, how many credits to give for the course, and how to grade. This section is filled with a wealth of information for parents just heading into the homeschooling world of high school.
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."
~G.K. Chesterton 

Apologia

Part III: First Semester & Part IV: Second Semester
These two sections of the notebook contain various worksheets for the student to use. Students can write down their semester goals. They can track the dates and times they work. They can record their position and job description. They can write down what type of duties they are required to do at at their job. There are even places where they can write down any questions they may have about their job. The workbook pages have questions and activities for the students to complete that will help them with their job experience. There are pages for their supervisors to fill out. At the end of their internship, the students can fill out a few pages all about their internship, the skills they have learned and gained. It's a great way to wrap up the end of the year! 

High School Internships

Internships for High School Credit

"Do your best to cultivate ability for concentrating your thought on whatever work you are given to do."
~Theodore Roosevelt 

Apologia

Part V: Course Wrap-Up
The final section in the notebook is the end of the year wrap-up. The notebook has a wonderful writing assignment that encourages students to write a paper about their experience. Student scan look back at the previous two sections and write a detailed paper about what they did and what they have learned.  This writing assignment allows students to see if they have enjoyed their internship and if they would like to pursue their chosen career path. Another great idea from this section is having the students write a thank you note to their supervisor. It's always great to thank others who help us learn new things. Students can also ask for a letter of recommendation from their supervisor. Of course, they need to update their resume with their new job experience!
High School Internships
What Did We Think About Internship for High School Credit?

Michael isn't quite old enough for an internship just yet, but I wanted to get an idea about how to incorporate one into our studies, He has already asked to do one. He would love to work at our local wildlife animal rehabilitation in the next few year. I found the book very helpful, especially for this mama heading into a new phase in our homeschool world. It was filled with a ton of information on how to get started. I love the pages for the students to use to record their experience. I think it would be a wonderful way for them to write down their thoughts. These pages will allow the students to dig a little deeper into the internship experience. I am looking forward to using this with Michael when the time comes for his first internship. If you have a high school student or a student heading there soon, I can't recommend this book enough. 

Be sure to see what they rest of the crew had to say! We actually reviewed two different products this time, Internship for High School Credit and How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook).
Stop by and check them out! 

Homeschool with Confidence & Internship for High School {Apologia Educational Ministries Reviews}
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Till Next Time,
Monique

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