Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MathArt Online (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

The resources for today’s homeschooling families really are impressive.  You don’t have to be an expert or proficient in a particular area. Someone with the passion and expertise has most likely created a product or curriculum that can help you out! Take for example NatureGlo’s eScience. We recently had the chance to review the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle.  

MathArt Online

The Math Art Bundle includes the following classes.

Math Connections with the Real World
MathArt in Ancient Cultures
MathArt in the Arts & Sciences
MathArt: Patterns in Nature

Each class is approximately 6-weeks. There is one lesson per week and each lesson integrates science, math, history and the arts. You have the option to take a class live, but we opted for the handier version of viewing the recorded classes.

The lessons include slide-show lectures, study guides to download, project ideas, extra resources (videos to watch, etc.) and interactive activities.

I decided to take a look extensively at the Math Connections with the Real World. The lessons included in this class are: 

Week #1 - Introduction & History of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers
Week #2 - The Golden Number & Fibonacci in Art, Architecture & Nature
Week #3 - Fibonacci Numbers - Flower Petals, Seed heads and More!
Week #4 - History & Golden Ratio of the Great Pyramid of Egypt
Week #5 - Quasicrystals & the Golden Ratio
Week #6 - The Mathematics of Music

The instructor and designer for the classes is Gloria. I love it when people are passionate about what they teach! And Gloria has done her homework. She has created a truly interactive and comprehensive product.

I want to show a little of Week #1. 

Along with the video links, we also get a download of all the Power Point slides. This is particularly helpful if you want to look through the material or provide extra study helps for the student. I know many of us like to have a notebook available for our students. 

I particularly love how Gloria has integrated all subjects into her studies. Math geeks will love the extra information she puts into every lesson.

In addition to the PDF of the slides, Gloria has also provided a study guide for the PowerPoint.  I find these beneficial to use while the lesson is going on. It helps the student pay attention to the information going forth.

As well as the Study Guide, there is a student workbook to download. These were easy to access and would make a nice addition to that notebook we were talking about.

Before I move on, you can see from this screen shot that the student can see their progress. The lessons don't allow you to move forward until you have completed the previous lesson. I personally found the visual of the marked off lessons to be extremely helpful.

The student workbook also provides a section of  additional activities and projects to do.

The extras and projects are just plain fun! I realize that it can get overwhelming for some, but I think you have to understand that you can't do it all. And I don't think you are expected to.

The last little bit in this lesson was a Quizlet. This was an online quiz. I think it's a fun interactive way to take a test!

Overall, this is a well-constructed and exciting product. Josiah personally had some difficulty. He does have dyscalculia and he is dyslexic. The videos and interactive nature of the classes make it easier for him to navigate as far as his reading is concerned....though there is quite a bit of it. I appreciated the clean and easy type and the uncluttered workbook pages. However, because he struggles with his number sense in general, he got flustered when it came to some of the "mathy" stuff...particularly in later lessons.

The product can be used for students as young as 12 and up. It would be terrific for bright and motivated kiddos who want to add an extra dimension to their studies. Or to use in between curriculum or as a Unit Study. 

I also had a chance to look through the Math in the Arts and Sciences class. There is some really neat stuff there. I love the gorgeous use of art. Really fascinating stuff! 

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Taming the Lecture Bug (A Homeschool Crew Review Post)

 I hate to nag. I really do. Nagging in general makes me twitchy. There is an ideal universe in which everybody has an appreciation for healthy civil debate. That when you speak, your ideas and thoughts are heard. And that when you ask your children to complete reasonable tasks they are performed promptly and not up for debate. 

Anybody else with me? My son, bless his heart, has conveniently developed selective hearing AND seems to think that the longer he takes to complete a task, there is a greater likelihood that I will forget I even asked him to do anything! Shew. That was quite the run-on sentence. You can tell I'm "miffed." Which is why, when the Crew had the chance to review products from Parenting Made Practical, I knew the one I needed ASAP. I received Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) and Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (DVD)

The teaching is intended for parents with kids in the 8 and older range. I will talk a little about what you can expect with each product separately and tell you my thoughts on both. 

Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) is an easy read. It contains approximately 12 chapters and is filled with encouragement and practical advice. 

The authors, Joey and Carla Link, have been ministering to families for over 20 years. Joey has youth and family ministry experience and Carla has a degree in social work. Joey is currently the Director of Family Life Resources. The Links are involved with Growing Families Int'l and have written several books. They are also parents and grandparents. 

The very first chapter of Taming the Lecture Bug opens with a story from personal experience of raising 3 kids. It also reveals the problem with "lecturing" as opposed to teaching kids personal responsibility. 

I like this quote from the book.

Your kids want you to do your thinking for them, so they can choose to agree with you and do what you say, or argue with you if they won't want to do it. 

I realized to that I have taken away some of Josiah's personal responsibility when I am not following through on my expectations for him. For example, he has certain chores he has to complete every single day. Lately, it seems like I am constantly reminding him about those responsibilities. Josiah has begun to "chose" when he does them or if he even does them at all...according to his own plans for the day.  

The book teaches parents to begin to ask simple questions, instead of giving our children a 30 minute rant. This helps our kids understand the importance of having a teachable and obedient heart. 

I really appreciate how much the Links place on "personal responsibility" in the book. It seems that this is something our society is missing.  Putting it in the context of "sin" and what Scripture says about such matters made me think a lot about how I have been responding to such behaviors. 

There is a really great example of a child who was essentially "training" his mother to take responsibility of his actions and behaviors. How often do we do that as parents? Do we constantly repeat our expectations and try to "fix" things when those expectations aren't met? Or do we allow our kids to suffer the natural consequences of being irresponsible. 

For example, I had to learn this the hard way when Josiah was on the swim team. It was a struggle to get him to check his swim bag before we left the house. Did he have his goggles? What about his suit? There were a few times that we drove all the way across town only to find out he had left his goggles on the floor to his bedroom. 

It came to the point where either he had to miss swim team practice entirely or swim without his goggles. He eventually learned. But this was hard for me! I didn't want to him to struggle or miss practice! 

Taming the Lecture Bug reconfirmed  and reminded  me of some of those hard lessons I had to learn as a parent.  And I still need to be working on. Coming to Josiah's rescue when he forgets his homework for his Graphic Arts class he is taking at the homeschool c0-op isn't doing him any favors. 

I also appreciated the information about temperaments. I read one of the recommended resources years ago when Troy and I first got married. It was so helpful! I think understanding that information made things so much easier. 

I took the book with me to the doctor's office one day. I could see other parents eyeing me with envy. I know they just wish they could get their hands on my book! Oh the secrets it would reveal for the challenging job of parenting! 

It's good stuff, my friends. 

The DVD is approximately 30 minutes. The authors share some of the main points of the book. In fact, this is going to be something Josiah and I watch together.  The expressions of some of the parents in the audience were priceless. You could see that some of the information was really hitting home! There is also a downloadable PDF containing study notes available. I am going to use it at church as part of a class. 

Both the book and DVD are excellent resources!  

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Challenge: Station Eleven

I'm behind in my Reading Challenge posts.

I'm behind in a few more things, but let's not get into that. Let's just say I'm a BIT OVERWHELMED!

One of my goals for the New Year was to join a Reading Challenge to that would encourage me to read different kinds of books. I need to mix it up.

My reading challenge comes from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. You can check it out here.

You might now that I am a documented, card-carrying BOOKWORM. I am always reading on something.

And don't tell me "that must be nice. I don't have time to read."

Bookworms always have time to read.

Anyhoo. For February, my intention was to read a book that Someone With Good Taste Recommends.

I did that and more.

The book I chose for this challenge is called "Station Eleven."

Here is the synopsis according to the publisher.

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. 
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them. 
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave. 
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

I do enjoy a bit of Sci-Fi. Dystopian novels are a bit of a hit or miss with me. For example, both Divergent and The Hunger Games series are dystopian.

I thought they were well done. The Shannara series by Terry Brooks is also dystopian...albeit a bit unconventional dystopia.

So here are some things I liked about Station Eleven.

And obviously the books description drew me in. Audacious. Dark.Glittering. Any book that uses audacious and glitter in the same sentence is alright with me!

The plot idea itself was also really intriguing.  A flu wipes everybody out! Of course, I read this book right in the height of a particularly, nasty flu season. I found myself a little paranoid about going out after reading the book. I also found myself washing my hands a little too obsessively.

The book had some twists and turns I really appreciated.I love a good plot twist.

But then there was this....

The book has a lot of language in it. It was hard for me to read through it without cringing. I realize that for most, the language won't be a big deal.

It's just not something I enjoy. I don't think it's necessary to the story. Perhaps some authors think they are just imitating real life. My real life is G rated. Vulgar language isn't part of my vocabulary.

The next assignment for the reading challenge is to read a book in translation. I have to admit, I haven't even thought about what I am going to read yet. I'll keep you posted.

For now, you can check out my book choice for January.

CursiveLogic (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

I’ve got another goodie for you to look at this week! For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic. I’ve reviewed CursiveLogic before, so I was anxious to get a look at this new revised edition and the beautiful coloring book.

For my review, I received the CursiveLogic workbook, adult (teacher) coloring book and access to the webinar for 12 months. I’ll talk about each in turn.


I adore webinars in general. It’s like taking a class; only I get to do it from my couch and I don’t have to put on mascara. The CursiveLogic webinar is basically a master class. If you are nervous about teaching cursive writing, the webinar lays it all out for you. All of the information is in the workbook, but I love having the visual in front of me. It will be especially helpful for those of you have visual learners. The class is directed at parents or teachers, but I believe students can benefit.

The webinar itself comes via a Vimeo account and lasts about 50 minutes. As I have access to the webinar for 12 months, I can go back and watch it as often as necessary.

The Workbook

The CursiveLogic method isn’t like any cursive method you’ve seen before. It uses colors, shapes and letters strings to teach the letters. The letters are grouped based on their shapes, not alphabetically.

Personally, I have found the method much easier for my son (who has dysgraphia) to master.

CursiveLogic teaches letters grouped by shape. For example, those letters that are oval shaped are all taught together. This shortens the learning time. The letters are more uniform in shape and, therefore, result in prettier handwriting.
CursiveLogic also uses all manner of learning styles to reach each student more effectively. For example, Josiah is a very visual and kinesthetic learner. Each shape category as a color to help reinforce and aid in learning. The method also really focuses on muscle memory. If you have a child who struggles with these, you know how important building muscle memory is.

The CursiveLogic Workbook is spiraled at the top of the page. This is also helpful for my son (who is a leftie)! He doesn’t have to fight with the book. We are also encouraged to use smooth writing utensils. All of these little things make the whole process gentler for someone who has difficulty with writing in general.

The book is sturdy and is set up in a consistent and methodic way. There are also 3 dry-erase pages located in the back for extra practice.

A nice thing about this workbook is that you don't have to have a special teacher's guide. Everything you need to know is located inside the workbook. 

The Art of Cursive

The Art of Cursive is a beautiful coloring book that also features handwriting practice. This is a clever coloring book, as well as a beautiful one. 

You can see that each shape is filled in with cursive strokes. Brilliant! 

I, personally, had so much fun working through the book. My own handwriting as become a mixture of odd styles over the years. I have enjoyed relearning my cursive style using the CursiveLogic method. It is a lovely style.

Overall, the whole program is an impressive way to teach and learn cursive.

Right now, CursiveLogic is giving all the Homeschool Review Crew Blog readers a special 20% discount for the Quick-Start Pack. Just use the code CREW2018. The code is available through the end of March.

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Magic Six Washable Markers and A Giveaway! (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

My friends. I have another review for you today. This is one is by our friends from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  Stay tuned to hear more about the  Magic Stix Washable Markers and a great Giveaway!

I have a few great loves in my life.

My Muffin and Son. Jesus. My Family. Books. Some more books. Vintage China (the pottery, not the country). History type stuff. 


And art supplies. 

Love the art supplies. Thankfully, our homeschool lifestyle encourages the acquirement of both books and art supplies. One can't have too many of either.  
Magic Stix Washable Markers

We are great fans of The Pencil Grip here in this house. We've reviewed several of their tempera paint (Kwik Stix) sticks, scissors and their patented Pencil Grips. 

Every single product has been a huge hit. 

For this review, I received the 24 pack of the Magic Stix Washable Markers. 

Now these markers promise a lot. The Pencil Grip promises that you can leave the lid off a marker for 7 days and it won't dry out. They are also unscented. No stinky or toxic smells! The markers are washable, yet bright and colorful.

Would the Magic Stix Markers live up to my expectations?

For one, look at the variety of colors you are given!  I also really, really like the carrying case. I generally wind up putting random markers in a plastic shoebox. The typical cases are either cardboard or a cheap plastic. This case is a sturdy plastic with a nifty handle. It's also flat so I can stack it easily on a shelf. 

I was also anxious to try the "7 days with no cap" challenge. I chose the neon yellow for the experiment and placed it, uncapped, in an inconspicuous corner of our piano. You can see the results after 7 days. The color is bright and full!

I do have a little bit of a funny story and disclaimer. Every time I would pass said "inconspicuous corner" of the piano, I noticed that the lid was back on the marker. Josiah kept recapping the marker! I probably should have filled him in on my little experiment. He probably thought I was being my usual fruity self.

We used them for school projects. You will most likely see this picture again in the short future. I was pleased with the ease of how the markers moved.

I personally love to color. I tried them on a few of my adult coloring pages. You can see how bright and vibrant the colors really are. I was especially thrilled with the variety of "green" shades.

I didn't have to work too hard to color. The Magic Stix Markers filled in the spaces quite well.

I was also really pleased with the pastel colors available. You will notice the peach color in this picture. Very light and pretty. Typically peach colors in markers are little orange for my taste.

So The Pencil Grip, Inc. has another hit, in my opinion! The Magic Stix Markers are a wonderful addition to our art supply collection. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Drive Thru History Adventures (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

Sometimes we get to review products that checks all the right boxes.  I am about to tell you about one such product. We are currently using (and loving) Drive Thru History Adventures by Drive Thru History. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Drive Thru History Adventures

Drive Thru History is not an unknown entity in most homeschool circles. In fact, last year Josiah and I got to review the wonderful DVD series, The Gospels. It was just plain awesome. (Just following a little rabbit trail here, but Drive Thru History is offering a special deal right now for anyone who purchases a one year subscription of the very product I’m getting ready to tell you about. The special deal is the entire set of The Gospel DVD’s. You can grab the code here.)


It is also fairly common knowledge to readers of the blog that we have a special place in our hearts for history in this house.  In other words…we kind of dig it. So obviously isn’t wasn’t a long stretch for us to fall in love with this product.

So what is the Drive Thru History Adventures experience all about? For the purposes of this review, we received a one year subscription to this online site.

There are three different adventure paths you can explore:

Bible History Adventures
American History Adventures
Ancient History Adventures

All contain the excellent videos we have come to expect from Drive Thru History. However, in addition, users have access to a complete history curriculum. This means worksheets, discussion questions, additional articles, primary source material…just a bunch of great stuff.

The videos can be used with the entire family, but the majority of the curriculum is intended for ages 12 and up.

You will need access to a computer, set of headphones and speakers, a good internet connection and possible printer if you wish to print off the assignment sheets. One of the great benefits of Drive Thru History Adventures is that you are not locked into one single computer.

You can do history at the library. You can do history at Grandma’s house. You can even do history at your favorite fast food restaurant on your trusty laptop. (not that fast food ever happens at our house!)

How We Used It

For our review, we decided to focus on American History. And because I love you, I will give you just a little glimpse of a typical lesson.

Each video episode is between 20 and 30 minutes long. There are 12 episodes of American History. The first begins with the discovery of America and the series ends with the Revolutionary War.

Our host for the series is the ever entertaining and informative, Dave Stotts. Josiah is a forever fan. 

More on that in a minute.

Mr. Stotts doesn’t just stand in front of a green screen or out in a random field in Pennsylvania (though I’m fairy sure there is a random field somewhere in the series). He travels all over the world to bring the sights and sounds of historical events to life.

I am going to use my favorite screen shot method to share from Episode 6: Founding Fathers of Philadelphia.  

Mr. Stotts takes us all over Philadelphia. In this shot we see the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge (now just known as the American Philosophical Society). It's first president was none other than  Benjamin Franklin. 

I'm hoping their useful knowledge was a bit more helpful than the philosophy class I took in college. 

And, of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Philadelphia without a Philly Cheese steak sandwich.

One of the best and more unique things about any and all of the Drive Thru History videos is the humor. They just have a fun way of presenting history. In this little scene, Mr. Stotts told of how Colonial Americans were forced to house British soldiers. This "British Soldier" has taken up residence in Mr. Stotts' hotel room. I'm dying here.

I have to tell you that the whole family was ready to take a road trip to Philadelphia after this episode. The Muffin (also known as my husband) has been itching to go take in the Revolutionary War sites for years. I wonder if we could stow away in Mr. Stotts' tricked out jeep? 

After the video, students are then given options to read primary source material (such as the Declaration of Independence). You can read it online or print out the PDF download.

There is also famous artwork to enjoy. 

And a worksheet to download with thoughtful discussion questions. 

There is also always an option for Digging Deeper.

On this day, we checked out The History of Groundhog Day.

Oh, yes. The Disgusting Rodent Covered in Cooties.

Just. Plain. Funny.

This little side trip took us to another fun part of our subscription, Adventures TV.  Users can download an app or view these fun and informative little videos. Sometimes Dave talks to us about what's going on in current events and how they fit into historical events. He often gives us just a peek into his personal life.

Poor Mr. Stotts and his family were even hit by the flu bug. Which led to a little visual lesson on the hazmat suit

So I mentioned about Josiah being a genuine fan boy. He absolutely loves this curriculum. And he's 16. It takes a lot to impress a 16-year-old boy. For one, he's dyslexic.  The methods and content of Drive Thru History makes such a big difference for him.  He doesn't have to struggle to learn. Even the extra reading can be adjusted. He is truly curious about history.

When Josiah learned I was part of the "secret" Facebook group for Drive Thru History Adventures he freaked out just a little. I didn't tell him that anyone who has a subscription can join.

My cool mom credentials instantly rose and I just felt that I needed to ride this thing as long as I could.

But immediately, Josiah had some questions for Dave Stotts. I was going to make him write them out in the form of a friendly letter (because most Homeschool Moms are cool that way). However, I thought that perhaps he could use my review to ask away. In list form. The extra commentary is all me.

1. How old are you?  (not weird, at all)
2. How old are your kids and how many do you have? (I think he's hoping you have a teenage daughter)
3. Where do you live? (I hope I'm not raising a stalker)
4. What led you to want to do this for a living? Were you bored? (Josiah is still trying to sell me on his plan to play video games for a living. Maybe he's thinking about producing an adventure style TV show for his "plan B")
5. Do you plan the funny stuff or does it just happen?  (asking for a friend)

So there you have it. I'm sure you got more than you bargained for when you decided to read my review. You can see that we are BIG FANS! This has really been Josiah's favorite curriculum in a long time. He is always sharing something with me he learned during one of the lessons. He's excited about history and oddly enough, Cheese in a Can.

You will just have to being a subscriber to understand what Cheese in a Can has to do with anything, at all.

Before I send you on your way, I also need to tell you about the Drive Thru history special advertised in the Winter Edition of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. 

There is a code featured on page 19 of the magazine. This code will give you 20% off an annual subscription of Drive Thru History Adventures!

Here is the link to the digital issue of the magazine. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Starfall Home Membership (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life.

And if that fun happens while one is learning…we are all better for it! I am a HUGE proponent of learning through play. I’ll talk a little more on that in a minute, but first let me tell you about this review. We recently took a look at The Starfall Home Membership Review from the Starfall Educational Foundation.

Way back in our early homeschooling days, was one of the first resources that I fell in love with. Josiah is (and was) a struggling learner. He is dyslexic and I searched high and low to find resources that would give me a leg up. Or at least a toe. Learning to read is tough for these kiddos!  No matter how much he would appear to master the material on a certain day, by the next day it was like he was learning a whole new language!

Anybody with me?

I am not even sure how I came across Starfall all those years ago, but it was an instant hit in our house.  He could “read” along with the little stories. School become “fun.” And I grew to understand how VITAL review and play was going to be for Josiah’s learning experience.

Zac the Rat and Peg the Hen became important parts of Josiah’s school days.

As a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, I was immediately impressed with the content and ease of the site for my little guy. He could use it (mostly) by himself and felt very accomplished. 

So a little more about It is an educational website created for kiddos in pre-K through 2nd grade or special needs learners. The site concentrates on learning to read through phonics, but The Starfall Home Membership has expanded access beyond the free content to math and additional reading activities.

I normally don’t post prices when I post a review (product prices can change from year to year), but I believe I can make an exception in this case. The Starfall Home Membership only costs $35 for a year. This membership fee is for the entire family. Basically, all the kids can use across multiple devices and computers.

Of course, you can use a lot of content on for FREE, but the Home Membership is really a great deal. Especially if your house is filled with littles.

Obviously, it has been a long time since we’ve needed in our school day. Josiah is now 16. While reading is not his favorite pastime, he is a confident reader. In fact, he recently told me that he volunteered to read the main part of “Shrek” in his High School Homeschool Co-op theatre class.

That is a BIG deal for my guy.

When the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership came available, I begged and pleaded (probably) to be included. If only for the chance to plead my case. Starfall is a TERRIFIC addition to the struggling learner’s educational toolbox.  It made such a difference for us. I just knew I needed to share the love.

I want to show you just a few peeks into the world of and share with you some of my favorite things. 

Fair warning. There are a WHOLE lot of screen shots here. 

This is the main page I see when I log into our account. All the little icons at the bottom are holiday related. They take the user to fun things to do according to whatever you might be celebrating at the time. 

The Math Song page is genius. In addition to being dyslexic, Josiah also has something called Dyscalculia, which is a disability relating to math. 

Using songs to teach is such an effective method. has done it brilliantly.

5 Little Speckled Frogs is a song Josiah and I sang together. I also used it for years when I taught. Here the kids can actually see the little frogs jump in to the pool. I'm a fan.

The 2nd Grade Math Skills section is not comprehensive, but they have the basics available. I am telling you. If you have a student who struggles with math...let them play games.

This game is a matching game. Even the student who struggles daily with memorization will feel like this is something he or she can tackle.

Another fun section is the Talking Library.

There a variety of books to chose from. This one on humpback whales is right up our alley. One of the great things about these books is, yes...they talk!

Another fun little section is a Sing-Along. There is also a section just for motion songs.  See that continuous play button? Oh yes. Be prepared to have "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" playing all. day. long.

The 1st Grade section has a math and a reading section.

This little story is under one of the Phonics tabs. See that little ostrich tab on the right hand side?


Here he is! The student simply clicks on the ostrich and is able to see a coordinating activity. 

Starfall has an excellent Parent Teacher Center. It is so awesome that you need to be able to add to get into it! I had to do math in my head! No fair, Starfall. It's been a long time since college algebra.

The Parent Teacher Center is really great. It is extremely well organized. It has special articles and instructions for homeschool parents...which I think is great. Sometimes we just need it all laid out for us, don't we?

They also have a wonderful download center.

This particular picture shows the activities available for download under Grammar.

I clicked on Short A - Classification and it brought me to a PDF of this printout. Perfect!

Printable books, posters...just a little bit of everything is available to us. It really makes for a complete learning experience.

I mentioned previously that The Starfall Home Membership also has a mobile app you can download. I didn't check it out, myself. I did hear (through reliable sources) that it doesn't have all the content that is available on the desktop version, but I know that I personally love having learning games and books on our tablet.

You can see that I'm a big fan! If you are able, go check The Starfall Home Membership out. I think you are going to be impressed.

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