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Friday, October 30, 2020

Inspirational and educational radio station for kids with Smart Kids Radio ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations. 

Happy Friday friends! I’m excited to tell you about an awesome product called Smart Kidz Radio. McKenzie, Micah, and I have been listening to Smart Kidz Radio: Member's On-Demand Radio Program Library, an educational and inspirational radio station for kids, for the last few weeks.

 

Smart Kidz Radio: Member’s On-Demand Radio Program Library can be described as edutainment with hundreds of songs and stories for kids. We were given access to the online, music streaming for six months. Accessing this program is as easy as using an internet browser and there are so many options on this radio program including radio programs, school programs, as well as family programs, so there is something for everyone!



In our house we listen to the radio when we do chores and as background music during our school day. Each night while the kitchen is being cleaned and the house is being tidied up you will find the radio on at our house. You also will hear the radio on as background music during our school day. We have been enjoying listening to the selections on classical composers. Some nights my son has trouble settling down and falling asleep. On these nights I would put on a story from the Smart Kidz collection to help settle him down.

 


Want to know a fantastic thing about this company? Not only do they have quality children’s programing, they also have a foundation called the SmartKidz Foundation, that encourages young people to make a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of others and in the global community as a whole. When you have a subscription to SmartKidz Radio, the company gives 20% of your subscription price goes directly to the SmartKidz Foundation. As a non-profit foundation they help children build self-confidence, compassion, and respect for the environment and provide educational opportunities to young people.

 




We love this program! I especially love that with Smart Kidz Radio I don’t have to worry about what is going to come on and if it is appropriate for my younger kids. Since it is ad-free, I know that nothing questionable will come up if I step out of the room. That peace of mind is great in these times. But don’t just take my word for it! Check out what 49 of my CrewMates think about the educational and inspirational radio station for kids by clicking the banner below.

 
Smart Kidz Radio: Member's On-Demand Radio Program Library {Smart Kidz Radio Reviews}

 Format ~ online radio subscription 
 Ages ~ 2 years old and up


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wordless Wednesday ~ 22 years gone



 



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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wordless Wednesday

 



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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wordless Wednesday ~ Welcome Home

 


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Relaxed Homeschool Science from NatureGlo's eScience ~ a TOS review

 

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.


Hey there! I’m excited to tell you about a Homeschool MathArt program that Montana, my science-loving, artistic daughter has been using. She has loved the idea of reviewing NatureGlo's eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience! Let me tell you a little more about it!


NatureGlo’s eScience was created by Gloria Brooks, an eclectic homeschooler who also is an Unschool Coach and teacher for others wanting to follow that path. Her main goal in her program is to bring to life everyday subject and to give children a love of learning through nature. The courses don’t point to a specific worldview and are very neutral. Through her program children aged 12 and up can learn about a variety of topics through unit studies, electives, or supplemental subjects. 


Once logged into the website you will have access to all the courses available. NatureGlo’s eScience is an online subscription that includes access to 31 courses. Each of the courses offers downloadable materials as will as PowerPoint slide shows, engaging videos, and PDF files. With unlimited access your student gets to explore:


~ Exploring The Giant Redwood Trees 
~ Bubbleology 
~ Geology 
~ Herps Explorers 
 ~ Herps Zoology 
 ~ Introduction to MathArt 
~ Invertebrates 
~ Marine Biology 
 ~ Mammals 
~ MathArt 
~ Marine Reptiles 
~ Marine Zoology 
 ~ Math Connections with the Real World 
~ Life and Mathematical Art

 
I will say that I had a bit of difficulty navigating the website at first. I found it hard to find exactly where I was supposed to log in to get started, but once we figured it out navigation through the program has been easy. Montana, who just turned 14 years old, is the lover of all things big cats so I was especially excited to see that they had a course specifically on Mammals. Of course Montana had no issue logging into her course and getting started. She was eager to learn new facts about the wildcat and the gray wolf.

 




The courses are video heavy but Montana liked this format. After watching the video for the day typically there were questions that were asked to check comprehension or to give the student a chance to show what they know about the topic. Montana usually watched several videos in one learning sitting, but that is because she was so interesting in the topic. This was an interesting and exciting course to add to Montana’s curriculum studies. She has always loved cats and now has one because her oldest sister who is allergic has moved out. She has a heart for all animals really, and this course has helped her realized that she does want to focus the rest of her science studies on becoming a zoologist. The next course she plans on completing is the unit study on Komodo Dragons and then dabble into the world of insects.

 


Overall, this is a gentle approach to science. If you favor a relaxed homeschool science approach, you'll want to check out NaturGlo's eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience. Also be sure to check out what 49 of my CrewMates thought of this program by clicking on the banner below to read their thoughts too!


Product ~ NatureGlo's eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle 
Format ~ online, self-paced 
Ages ~ 12 and up



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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wordless Wednesday





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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Homeschool Coding Classes with SimplyCoding ~ a TOS review

 

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Happy Friday friends! Another week is down and I hope your schooling is going well. If you are looking for a homeschool computer science curriculum, I think you should check into the Coding for Kids Annual Membership from Simply Coding.
Computers are the wave of the future and even the youngest of children are expected to have some sort of computer knowledge. Simply Coding was started in 2013 by a pair of friends, Joe and Seth who were themselves were never exposed to computer science while they went through high school or college. Once summer they were able to gather 60 nieces and nephews of Joe to test their teaching program. The program took off from that day and is still going strong today having grown to teach 1000’s of students in schools, online, or in summer camps.

Simply Coding features the following features for students aged 11-18:

~ on demand self-paced online courses 
~ live chat / screen share mentor support 
~ Step-by-step written tutorials and video instructions 
~ Bi-monthly live Q&A sessions with the teachers 
~ Month to month memberships available

Membership to Simply Coding is either by single student or family membership and includes over 300 hours of self-directed coding courses. Annual Membership costs $149.00 for a single student while the Family membership cost $229.00. The family membership allows access for up to three students and both options include a 10-day free trial.

There are four different learning pathways available through beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in web design, Javascript, and game design courses. They include: 

 Simply Coding: 



 Simply Media: 



 Simply Tech Essentials: 



 Simply Tech4Kids:


I used this program with my youngest daughter, McKenzie, who is 11. After receiving access she mostly showed interest in the Photography courses. Getting started on them was as easy as downloading the syllabus and clicking to get started. The activities within the photography course were fun and engaging for McKenzie and she enjoyed them.

 





The bulk of the program is the coding portion. While we did not fully dig into this area I did look over it and I think you should definitely take a look at it if your child has any interest in learning to code. Inside you will find courses from beginner to advanced in:

 

Web Design ~ beginning web design courses to teach students html and CSS. Intermediate web design courses will guide student in making a responsive web design.

Javascript ~ beginning students will learn and design games in about JAVA as well as in Android apps in JAVAscript.

Game Design ~ courses in game design help the student learn to create 3D and multiplayer games.
Overall, I think Simply Coding is a great coding program for homeschoolers or regular schoolers. Because many high school now require a computer science course for graduation, I think this program would fit the bill for your high schooler. While, my daughter was not that interested in coding she did enjoy using the photography course. I hope that my son, when he gets older will love coding and gaming. Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this program by clicking the banner below to read their reviews.

Coding for Kids Annual Membership {Simply Coding Reviews}

Company ~ Simply Coding 
Format ~ online, self-paced 
Price ~ $149.00 for a single student , Family membership cost $229.00. 
Ages ~ 11-18 years old

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wordless Wednesday


 



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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Educational & Homeschooling resources from My Teaching Library ~ a TOS review

 

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Howdy friends! So, you probably have a few weeks of schooling under your belt. How are things going? Are you looking for some quality materials to supplement your learning? If you are, take a look at the educational resources from the Download Club from My Teaching Library. It’s a great place to look if you are wanting to add to your homeschool.

 

My Teaching Library was created in 2010 by Lynda Ackert, a veteran educator of 20+ years. Back then it was called the Christian Homeschool Hub Download Club (CHSH). Mrs. Ackert has a passion for teaching and creating educational material for teachers and homeschoolers alike and you can tell that she pours her heart into her online ministry. Over the last few weeks, we have added some fun resources with the Download Club, specifically in the science department as we study Anatomy. I’m also really excited to dive deeper into the Reading List I found. It ranges from K-12 and I always am looking for good books to add to our shelves. Especially with Christmas approaching I need some new book ideas for the kids “Stack of Books” gift.


My Teaching Library {MTL} is geared towards preschoolers through high schoolers and gives subscribers access to over 50,000 downloadable pages of quality educational material on an easy to navigate website. With everything from puzzles and games, recipes, math, language arts, science, history and more you’ll be sure to find something that you need. A subscription to the Download Club affords you access to all the downloadable products for a certain time period depending on your subscription. Use your selected downloads for as many times as necessary even if you purchased the material individually or if you downloaded through the Download Club membership.


There are two subscription levels available to choose from: Annual membership for $45.00 that gives you access to all the products on the site. Use this for your entire family for one year.

Lifetime membership for $225.00 that does not expire for any of the products.

Accessing my files was easy! Finding the download you need is as easy as clicking in the “search for downloads” box. You can also view the downloads by category, subject, or grade by navigating through the Educational Resources tab. I have been focusing on the Anatomy downloads for our science study. I love that the printables are so vibrant and detailed. and they are even stored inside my own personal download library for future access. 



With products for everything from Preschoolers to High Schoolers, this download club has you covered! Overall, I give this product two thumbs up! Whether you are teaching your students at home or they are in a virtual learning senario, there is sure to be a PDF you can use for your learning activity. Having access to all of this quality material is really priceless because of the sheer amount of products available to download. Be sure to check out what my CrewMates think of this product by clicking the banner below!
My Teaching Library Download Club {My Teaching Library}

Product ~ Download Club 
Format ~ downloadable PDF files 
Price ~ Annual membership $45.00
Ages ~ Pre-K - 12th graders

 

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Classical Literature Based Learning from the Wisdom Wonder Project ~ a TOS review

 

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Hi friends! How is your school year going so far? We are finishing up our 6th week here and things are flowing smoothly. We have gotten into a nice routine and lessons are going well too. We do have a few things we have to change up, so look for that post next week. Today I am excited to tell you about a new classical homeschool science curriculum apart of the Young Scholars program from the Wisdom Wonders Project that’s an awesome fit for my little guy.

 

The Wisdom Wonder Project was started in 2005 as the San Luis Classical Academy by a group of parents who desired to have a classical school for their children. When they discovered that there was not a school around them, they decided to form their own school. Now, 15 years later the same group of educators in offering their product to homeschooling parents around the world.


The Wisdom Wonder Project has three curriculum packages available. They include the Little Wonders (three different levels including Pre-K, Junior-K, Kindergarten), Young Scholars (geared for 1st /2nd grade and includes three components of History, Science, and Art), and finally a video based course on Singapore Math.



We received access to the Young Scholars program that includes monthly unit studies for History, Science, and Art. You have the option of purchasing the curriculum at one time as a annual subscription or as a monthly subscription. If you subtribe annually you receive two months free. Since this is a subscription program you can only download one month at a time, however, for the purpose of this review I was able to download several months to get a complete overview of the program. Each learning component does have materials that need to be purchased for every week of the month. There is also a sample weekly schedule that is included to help you schedule your learning.
 


History/Literature ~ The history program uses The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer as the spine and begins in 7000 BC when Nomads roamed the Fertile Crescent. If you are not familiar with The Story of the World, it is a four volume set that covers history in a four year cycle. The Young Scholars History curriculum will take you through the early civilizations of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It includes all the components found in a classical education including narration, copywork, geography, timeline, as well as hands-on projects. An extra materials list is also included and contains items such as puzzles, games, and extra books for suggested extras for purchase.

 

Science ~ The science program is also classical in design and includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, geography, and hands-on activities. The curriculum this year covers three months each on biomes, the human body, and life cycles.

 

Art ~ Each month you will discover the character and spirit of a new artist and art are observed and discussed. Art projects focus on techniques unique to the artist.

 

The mission of the Wisdom Wonder Project is to provide book-based learning with developmentally appropriate material through great books in a classical education style. This is what drew me to this curriculum. Micah and I mainly focused on the science portion of this curriculum. We are already using The Story of the World with our current history program, so I only added in some of the activities and a few extra books we didn’t already have.

 

Overall, we both love this curriculum! It is what I have been searching for, for several years. I am excited to continue through this program! It is gentle enough in style, yet rigorous enough for my 1st grader. Fortunately, because we are long term homeschoolers, I have many of the books and/or curriculum the program recommends. I don’t mind purchasing the items we do not have because, again, I think this is an excellent curriculum. However, If I was just starting out as a homeschooler looking for a classical approach I would love to have access to this full curriculum and all the recommended materials needed in one purchase. Yes, it would increase the monthly or annual pricing, but I think this curriculum is worth the extra expense.

 





Starting next week we are going to jump ahead in the science curriculum to the Human Body portion because it lines up with what McKenzie, my 5th grader, is studying. We will come back to finish the rest of the biomes study after the new year. We also will be continuing with the History/Literature portion, specifically the hands-on activities. Our history program jumps around in the chapters of SOTW, so I just find the corresponding chapter and plan our lessons that way. Micah has loved learning all about the Ancient Egyptians and next week we will be doing an archeological dig of ancient Egyptian artifacts.


If your virtual learning is not turning out the way you thought it would, I suggest you head on over to the Wisdom Wonder Project and take a closer look at this literature based curriculum! But don’t just take my word for it! Click the banner below and see what 34 of my CrewMates think of this curriculum and the Little Wonders Preschool (Junior K – Kindergarten) and Kindergarten Singapore Math by clicking the banner below.

 
Little Wonders Preschool, Young Scholars  & Kindergarten Singapore Math {Wisdom Wonder Project Reviews}

Product ~ Young Scholars bundle 
Format ~ printable PDF 
Price ~ annual or monthly subscription 
Ages ~ 1st - 2nd graders
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