Do you use anything for literature analysis is your home? I have always been leery of doing too much with literature since I didn’t want my kids to resist reading because of it. When I was growing up, I never enjoyed book reports, and literature analysis always felt to me like a book report. But when I was offered a chance to review the literature guides for The Door in the Wall and The Courage of Sarah Noble from Progeny Press, I thought it would be a great idea to give them a try since I have heard great things about them! The Door in the Wall e-guide retails for $16.99 and is intended for grades 3-5. The Courage of Sarah Noble e-guide retails for $11.99 and is intended for grades K-3.
The Progeny Press guides come in four different levels: lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school. The guides can be purchased as a study guide on a CD or as an e-guide that is available as an instant download. Both can be printed time and time again for your children. You can also purchase the printed workbook. The great thing about the e-guides is they can be used interactively. So if your child prefers typing to writing, they can fill out the questions that way instead. The guides are intended to take about 8-12 weeks to complete and answer keys are available in the back of every guide.
I decided to print off the guides for each of my children. Our computer is not always reliable and can run slow, so I figured this would be the best way to make sure the guides get done. We already own the books for the guides we are using, but most of the study guides are for award winning books that can be found in most public libraries.
For my oldest son, I chose the guide for The Door in the Wall. This guide is intended for the upper elementary level. I love how the guides break the readings and activities into easily managed chunks. For Caspian, it worked out best to do a few days of reading, and then work on the study guide for the next few days. His guide came with great information about the book to help him understand the background. There were a few pre-reading activities, and then we jumped right into the guide. Each section is full of meaningful questions that can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”. Some of the questions are directly about the story, but others really made him think beyond the story line of the book. There are wonderful exercises to broaden his vocabulary.
One of my favorite parts of the guide is the Scripture references. I love how they use the story to connect to God’s word. There was obviously a lot of thought that was put into each and every question. We have had some wonderful discussions not only about the book, but also about how the answers can be applied to our lives. I just love the “dig deeper” section of the questions! I also love that the guide ends with wonderful suggestions of similar books and even some videos. If you have sparked an interest in a subject with these guides, you have an easy resource to guide you to more great things.
My daughter, Aurora, was given the guide for The Courage of Sarah Noble to use. This guide is for the lower elementary group. Even though Aurora already read this book last year, she was very excited and eager to read it again! Her guide included many things similar to Caspian’s, but just at a different level. She had vocabulary work along with some great questions, which again, included ties to Scripture. Then end of her book included some fun extras. There is a section of recipes, crafts, art, games, and even a crossword puzzle. The end of her guide also included other books by the author, and books related to the same time period as The Courage of Sarah Noble.
These guides were a great first start for my kids in literature analysis. There is just enough work to help them learn, but not enough to overwhelm them. The authors of the guides suggest doing about one page per day, and for us that was a reasonable pace. I didn’t want to overwhelm them with too many questions, and this was perfect. I would think doing one or two of these guides per year would be a perfect balance of free reading and literature analysis. I know my kids would get quickly overwhelmed if we did one of these guides for every book, but a couple per year would be great.
If you need a way to check comprehension and analysis skills in your readers, I would recommend the Progeny Press guides. They are so easy for the parents. No putting together activities or coming up with your own questions. It has all been done for you with the Progeny Press guides. Now to decide which guides we will choose next! 😉
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Do you teach a Biblical worldview along with your regular Bible studies? If this is something you would like to add to your studies, Apologia Educational Ministries has just what you need! They have just released the fourth book in their “What We Believe” series of worldview training. For this review I received the What on Earth Can I Do? (hardback book), the What On Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal, the What on Earth Can I Do, Junior Notebooking Journal, and the What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book. The hardback book retails for $39 and can be used with children in grades 1-6. Both the Notebooking Journal and the Junior Notebooking Journal retail for $24. The coloring book is perfect for your younger children to keep their hands busy while they listen, and it retails for $8.
Although this is the fourth book in the What We Believe series from Apologia, this is our first experience with them. I have heard of them many times before, but have never really looked into it. That was a mistake, because these books are wonderful! They are all meant to show your children how the words and actions of God are woven into our lives and into history. The main book includes 8 lessons, but these lessons can take weeks to get through. The suggest time for each lesson is about two weeks, but we have found working at our own pace instead of working within that time frame, has worked very well. The stories in the book are easy to read and easy for the kids to follow. There are wonderful pictures to go along with the stories too.
There are some fantastic journals to go along with the main book for your children to use. Caspian used the notebooking journal, Aurora used the junior notebooking journal, and the coloring book was for Moose. I love how these notebooks can bring the whole family together as they work to study the same topics. The notebooking journal is filled with comprehension and analysis questions, as well as crossword puzzles, word finds, and other pages to copy Scripture and take notes. The journal notebooking journal includes crosswords, coloring pages extra activities and book suggestions, and includes places to write prayers, copy Scriptures, and record praises.Both journals come with lesson plans at the beginning to instruct you on which activity to do in connection with your reading in the main book. The coloring book has several beautiful pictures to color for each lesson.
The main book does give you a suggested lesson plan, but I found it was best to read a chunk each day and not force our way through anything. There are so many great stories in this book and I didn’t want my kids to miss any of it! I will admit, when these books first arrived, I wondered how well my children would listen to the stories. But I completely underestimated both my children and the authors. These stories are written in such a conversational way that it is easy for them to follow along. They have taken so much from the stories we have already read, and we aren’t even half way through the book yet! The greatest sign of curriculum success for me is when my children bring up something they have learned when we aren’t even doing school work. This has happened several times with the What on Earth Can I Do book.
I really feel like teaching a Biblical worldview is so important for our children. Sometimes the Bible can seem so separated from our daily lives and our families are constantly bombarded with unbiblical things. It is so beneficial for children to hear and see that the works of God are woven into each moment of today and in history. From a Bunker hole in World War I to the Biblical days of Joseph and Potiphar, God has always been there, and he always will be there!
I love the view of God’s sovereign hand this book has brought into our home. The kids are seeing how important their relationship with God is, even outside of our home. Seeing how wonderful these books are makes me ready to try the others in the series. It has sparked some great discussions and has proven to teach some very powerful stories in a way that I could never have done on my own. If you have used the other books in this series, I am sure you will love this one just as much. And if you have never used the Apologia What We Believe series, it is one that I would highly recommend. I am truly grateful for the blessing these books have been to our family!
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If you have any electronic devices in your home, I have something to share with you that I am sure you will love! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a case for your device that was sturdy enough to stand up to just about anything that could happen? That is exactly what the Trident Case was created to do! I was so excited to receive the KRAKEN A.M.S. CASE FOR APPLE IPAD 2/3/4. Trident offers several different cases for all of your devices, but this iPad case retails for $69.95. The Trident cases can be enjoyed and used by children and parents of all ages.
We had a fun time picking out the color for our new Trident case…they come in such a great variety of colors! We took a majority vote (with Moose being the tie-breaker) and decided on green. I love it! The case is wonderfully sturdy and I am so happy to have it.
Not long before our Trident case arrived, our iPad was dropped on the basement floor while a certain little boy was coming to show me the game he was playing. Well, it unfortunately cracked, even though it was already in a case (not a Trident case, though!). Thankfully, the warranty covered a replacement, but we only had 3 days left before the warranty ran out! That was too close! I am so happy that the new iPad will now be protected with a sturdy case that can withstand the abuse given to it in a house full of children. Trust me, these kids put any product they touch through a rigorous durability test.:-)
There are a few things about the Trident case that I love and I think sets them apart as a wonderful choice for a case.
*It has been tested by the military. As the wife of a Marine, I know that the military can be tough on their equipment. If this case makes it through their testing, then it is sure to be a good one! They even offer some military themed cases, just wish there was a Marine Corps one ;-).
*The cases are made in the U.S.A. I am always happy when a company is willing to keep their working crews in the United States. Even if I have to pay a little bit more for something, I am willing to do that to support great companies.
*The cases are super easy to order. The website walks you through exactly which case you want based on the device you have. Nothing is better than a great purchasing experience.
*They are easy to put together. Although I was nervous about taking the case apart (I always worry about breaking things!) my wonderful husband showed me exactly how to pop the case apart and put the iPad in it. I guess I never should have worried about breaking something so sturdy.
*Even with the case on, the buttons on the iPad are very easy to press. Some cases make it difficult to push buttons once the cover is on, but not with the Trident case! Every part of the iPad is protected, including the buttons, but you can still use them. The audio still sounds wonderful and the camera can still be used easily too!
We love, love, love our new Trident case! I no longer worry about what the kids might do to the iPad. The kids are free to use the iPad now without me hovering over them and worrying about what might happen. Electronic devices like the iPad are not cheap, so I really think it is best to invest in a sturdy case that will protect your investment. I can tell you right now, we will be buying Trident cases from here on out for any electronic devices we own. I trust the company, the cases are sturdy, the colors are wonderful, and the electronic device is still completely functional with the case on. What more could you ask for?!
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I feel like I have been searching for years for a decent American History program that the kids love and that I will love to teach. Amy Puetz of Golden Prairie Press has put together one of the best American History curriculum I have ever had the pleasure of using! Digital Heroes & Heroines of the Past: American History Curriculum is so well put together and has a little bit for every different type of learning style. While this curriculum is intended for grades 1-6, it can be used with older children too. This program retails for $98.99 and can be purchased as a digital or physical book (though the physical book comes in black and white, while the digital book is in color).
The main text of this curriculum is called Heroes and Heroines of the Past and is divided into two eBooks. Each contains 15 weeks of lessons. The rest of the extras are separate. The additional materials download includes printable timelines, videos, full size pictures of the artwork, and coloring pages. There is a separate eBook that includes the historical skits. There are also two separate audio downloads that include listening to history and singing some history.
From the moment I began reading through this curriculum to prepare it for my children, I knew it would be a hit! There are so many fun extras and the mix of activities is perfect. Each lesson begins with a reading from the Heroes and Heroines main text. Most lessons have a shorter, condensed version to use with your younger students (mainly 1st and 2nd graders). This is typically one page long. Then there is a longer more detailed version to use with your older students. Some days the reading is combined and both age groups read the same, but I love this option. I love having the ability to teach a wider age range of students, but still have them learn at their own level. There are enough lessons in this program to get through American History in one year if you do one lesson per day, five days per week.
The end of the lesson includes all of the extras. There are typically some quick comprehension questions, just to make sure your students actually picked up the important points of the story. There are also writing prompts if you wish to extend the lesson to include some language arts. The lessons include some type of geography study too. This last page is also the page where you find the added activities. Some days that includes studying art work (there is a full color copy of each art work on the additional materials download). Other days you may be doing a play, listening to music, creating something, cooking, listening to history, or working on a timeline. There are Bible verses to memorize and extra readings you can do if you want your read alouds to coincide with your history studies. I’m telling you, there is a little bit of everything in this curriculum!
There is also a package of literature you can purchase for your older students to read independently. A few of the books are public domain, but if you purchase the books through Golden Prairie Press, you will be purchasing books that have already been edited for things like racial slurs and outdated words. There is also a coloring book you can purchase for your younger learners. They can color along while they listen to the history stories read. This really is a great multi-level curriculum that is family friendly and a lot of fun!
I always wonder when we start a curriculum what my kids will take away from the readings. I have been reading the selections for the older students, even though my daughter is technically in 2nd grade. They have done a great job listening and taking away the main points of the lesson. They are learning new things and really enjoying this. I love that the readings aren’t dumbed down, but neither are they filled with words the kids don’t understand. The author made sure to include stories about famous women too, which is unfortunately left out of many older history books. So I am learning some new things about these heroines that I didn’t even know before!
My daughter was unbelievably excited when I told her there were skits to do with history. She loves acting and this was perfect for her. My son wasn’t thrilled at first. But once we started the play, you could tell he was really getting into it. I tried to not let onto the fact that I saw him enjoying it, but he did. 😉 We have studied more wonderful works of art through this curriculum than we have in a long time. I never realized how many artists depicted the early American history times.
The projects we have done with this curriculum have been great. No project has been too complicated and they have all been wonderful at tying together what we are learning in the history text. There are few things more frustrating to me than getting a book full of activities that include ingredients or materials I don’t keep at home. But we have been able to do everything so far with no problems.
Since my husband has a military background, American History is a very important subject in our home. I was so glad when this curriculum came up for review…it looked promising from the beginning and I was not disappointed! I feel it does such a great job of blending traditional history with an element of fun that will hold any child’s attention. My kids are learning so much about American History and for that I am very grateful to Amy Puetz, the wonderful author. I no longer feel the need to search for that “perfect” American History curriculum. I am confident we have found that with Heroes and Heroines of the Past. If you have been searching for a great American History curriculum, check it out. We really love it!
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If you have ever had difficulty finding a great reading and phonics program for your children, I may have the answer for you. I have just recently been introduced to the Logic of English curriculum, and it is a big hit! Have you ever wondered if English really makes sense? There seem to be so many exceptions in our language, but Denise Eide, author of the Logic of English, makes sense of it all.
For this review I was given the following products: Foundations, Level A , the Reusable Resources Set, and the Doodling Dragons App. Foundations, Level A retails for $71 and includes the teacher’s manual, the student workbook (in either cursive or manuscript), and the Doodling Dragons book. The Reusable Resource Set (which can be used in all of the Foundations levels) retails for $85 and includes the Basic Phonogram Flash Cards, Handwriting Tactile Cards, Phonogram Game Cards (two sets), Rhythm of Handwriting Quick Reference Chart, Small Student Whiteboard. Again, these are all available in either cursive or manuscript. The Doodling Dragon App retails for $4.99. The suggested age range for Foundations is 4-7, and the Doodling Dragons app can be enjoyed by children ages 2-7.
I know a lot of people feel overwhelmed with it comes to teaching language arts, probably because it is one of the most important subjects your child will learn (the other being math). The Logic of English Foundations program takes you through teaching reading in such an easy to follow and easy to implement way. Everything is broken down into simple steps that any parent can teach.
The Logic of English is a program based on Orton-Gillingham’s method of teaching. So each word is broken down into phonograms, or the sounds that each letter makes. I love this method because not only does it make strong readers, but it also develops strong spellers. Even though I feel like I am learning as I teach (since I was not taught with phonograms) I have seen huge improvements with reading as my children learn how to sound out new words easily with the phonograms.
The Logic of English Foundations program works on learning handwriting at the same time that your child is learning the phonograms. You are able to choose either manuscript or cursive. Since we prefer to teach cursive first, this program is perfect! Handwriting instruction is taught piece by piece, beginning with some basic strokes used in the letters. My son loves using the dry erase board to practice. One side has a big set of lines and the other side is smaller. There are also practice pages in the workbook. We love the sandpaper letters, too! They make it so easy for a child to use muscle memory when it comes time to write the actual letter. The great thing about this program, though, is that you don’t have to do handwriting and phonics together. You can, but it isn’t necessary. So if your child is ready for letters but not ready for handwriting, you can work at their pace.
The level A foundations book has 40 lessons and also includes a review after every 5 lessons. The scope and sequence walks you through exactly what your children will be learning each lesson. The individual lessons are set up in a way that they can work for busy families. At first glance, you can see what the lesson objectives are and what materials you will need. The lessons are scripted so you don’t have to figure out what to say. Each section, including phonemic awareness, handwriting, phonograms, and phonogram practice, is divided so that you can easily start and stop the lesson without getting lost. I would imagine that most young children could probably work through the book at about a lesson or two per week. Since Moose already knows some phonograms, he was able to complete one lesson every two days. The sides of the pages are filled with colorful boxes of helpful hints, tips, and activities.
The Logic of English also has great apps that work to support their programs. We received the Doodling Dragons app, and both of my younger boys (ages 5 and 3) love it! This app works to help the child break words apart into their individual phonograms. This is a great introduction to phonograms for my Little Bear. He loves to play the games, and why not learn something while you play! Each page is divided to practice one phonogram. This is the same in the book Doodling Dragons. Both of these tools provide so much more than any basic alphabet book can. They are bright and colorful and fun!
The Logic of English Foundations program is one of the best programs around for active little learners. No other program I have seen taps into every learning style in every lesson. Your kids will be moving, writing, listening, and playing, all with an end result of learning to read. Moose loves the variety of activities that comes with Foundations. It can be easy to get into a rut with lessons that are similar day after day, but that doesn’t happen with Foundations.
As I mentioned before, Moose was able to do one lesson every two days. What we typically did was break the lesson into the phonogram parts and the handwriting parts. So one day he would be learning and reviewing phonograms, and the next he would be learning to draw the phonogram. Moose is a little boy who loves things to be perfect, so handwriting is hard for him. He is not pleased if a letter doesn’t look exactly like it does on the card. I was able to remedy this by mixing things up with how we practiced handwriting. Some days we used the dry erase board and sandpaper letters. Other days, I had him practice writing in sand or shaving cream. Sometimes I would draw the letter on the dry erase board and then have him erase it as he drew the letter. This really helped him feel more comfortable with his letters, and he was so excited to be learning cursive like the big kids!
Even though I am already pretty comfortable with the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching, the Foundations curriculum is so wonderful to have. I don’t have to write lesson plans or put together activities. No books need to be read and no research needs to be done. This curriculum is complete. Fun for the kids and easy for the parents…who could ask for more?!
If you worry about your abilities to teach phonics, check out Logic of English. There is no assumption that you are trained as a teacher or that you already know the material. The teacher’s manual walks you through everything as if you have never taught phonics before. This is one product I would highly recommend for any parent who is unsure about teaching their child to read. It truly is wonderful!
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Does your family listen to audio books? We love them in our home, but we have really never tried audio drama before. We recently received an absolutely wonderful audio drama collection called the The Brinkman Adventures. The CDs we reviewed included The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24. Each season’s collection includes hours of audio entertainment for your entire family. They were created with families in mind and are perfect to listen to together, whether that is in the car, at home, or wherever you choose to listen to them. The Brinkman Adventures are available either on CDs or as mp3 files. The CDs retail for $25 (with free shipping too!), and the mp3 files are $17.
The Brinkman Adventures is a series of audio episodes based on the lives of real missionaries. They do change the names of people and certain places for the sake of privacy and safety, but the events have actually happened. The Season 2 episodes involves the Brinkman family trying to get down to Mexico for a missions trip. There are many times they wonder if they will ever get down to Mexico. Like so many other things in life, there are obstacles in the way. But, the family sticks together as they seek the Lord’s will, and in the end, everything works out for God’s glory.
These days it seems difficult to find sources that encourage our children to spread the Gospel in a meaningful way, but that is exactly what the Brinkman Adventures does. Throughout their travels, the Brinkman family is faced with many difficult decisions and circumstances. But what do they choose to do? They immediately take their needs and questions to the Lord in prayer. This is such a refreshing thing for families to hear! So many times we try to outsmart God’s plans, but it the end, it is only when we surrender to His plans that we can be truly successful in life.
We have a family full of kids that get car sick. 😦 So anything I can do to distract them in the car is good. Listening to the Brinkman Adventures did the trick for us. I have never had a car trip where everyone was so quiet! We have done audio books in the car before, and usually the younger boys talk right through it. But not with the Brinkman Adventures! Between episodes, they were full of questions about the “hows” and “whys” of the episodes. And I can’t tell you how many times I was asked to clarify if the events in these episodes really happened. These type of events are so different from our daily lives around here that they continually needed my assurance that things like this do actually happen. The Brinkman Adventures captured their attention like nothing else they have ever heard!
My 10 year-old was especially interested in the Brinkman Adventures. He can be the one that is hard to please because if he doesn’t like something, there isn’t much I can do to convince him to give it a try. The first time we listened to an episode, we were all in the family room. The boys were being boys (wrestling on the couch) and I didn’t think they heard much. But I was wrong. A couple of days later, we took the CDs on a car trip. As soon as I put the first one in I assumed we would need to start over at the beginning. But Caspian had heard everything and told me exactly what had happened!
I now have very fond memories of this special bonding time with Caspian. Just listening to the Brinkman Adventures sparked so many questions in him and we had some great discussions. These talks will always remind me of the Brinkman Adventures and I am incredibly thankful for the quality time they gave me with my son at a time in his life where he seems to grow up more every day. I can see from the questions he asked that he is no longer a little boy but is beginning the transition into being a man and is curious about things like missionary work. What an awesome thing to see! I can guarantee you Caspian will be receiving more of these CDs for his birthday! 😉
Would I recommend the Brinkman Adventures? Without a doubt, I would recommend these wonderful CDs. They made our hour and a half car trip feel like 20 minutes. There are very few products like this that can truly entertain the whole family, and this is one of them. Regardless of your children’s ages, they can all enjoy listening to these audio dramas. The producers do a great job of letting you know if there is anything that may be intense for young children, so you don’t have to worry about them saying things that are too much for the youngest members of your family. We are now life-long fans of the Brinkman Adventures!
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Not too long ago I brought up the fact that my son was beginning to really struggle with math. I am happy to report that is no longer an issue! This is all thanks to a wonderful online math tutoring program called CTC Math. Our family was blessed to receive the 12 Month Family Plan for review, which is currently on sale for $118.80. There are also options to buy monthly or every six months, and there is also a free trial you can use. CTC Math provides math instruction from Kindergarten all the way up to grade 12.
This program originated in Australia, but is gaining huge popularity in the United States…and for good reason! I have never seen such a complete program that works with so many different types of learners and is so user-friendly. The math levels that are covered include grades Kindergarten through 6th, Basic Math & Pre-Algebra, Elementary Measurement, Elementary Geometry, Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Currently, grades K-6 can be used as a full curriculum, and they are working on adding more to the upper levels so they can be used as a full curriculum too. There are also sections to work on Speed Skills and Times Tables.
Each instructional lesson starts with a video. The videos in the younger grades are shorter (usually around 3 minutes or so) and get a bit longer as the grade level increases. Your child can see exactly what the instructor is doing as he works through the explanation and sample problems. You can also download a summary of the lesson if you prefer to view it that way.
After the instructional video, your child is ready to do some practice problems. The number of questions does vary with each lesson but there are usually about ten. Up until the upper grade levels, the questions are completed on the computer. For problems that involve things like carrying, numbers can be crossed off and other numbers can be moved in. So everything is interactive.
The questions can be attempted as many times as you want. For the younger grades, the final score is taken from the average of the last 3 attempts at the questions. The first and second attempts of the questions are weighted more heavily in the upper grades to try to encourage the students to not rush through thinking they will just have another chance. Once completed, your child is awarded a certificate based on how well they scored.
As the parent, you are kept informed of how your students are doing. You receive emails each time one of your students earns a certificate. There is also a weekly report you receive for each child. You can log in the Parents’ Area of the CTC math website and see exactly what each of your students has done. You can get the detailed reports and see which lessons they have attempted, along with the score they received.
If you are worried about placement, you don’t need to be. You are given access to all grade levels with CTC math. This way if you find an issue in your child’s current grade level you can go back to the previous grade and see if you can remedy the problem. Or, you can move ahead if you find a section that is too easy. Each section has what is called a “Standard Test” and a “Comprehensive Test”. They are very similar except for the fact that the “Comprehensive Test” has more questions. We used these tests to help with proper grade level placement. They are also a great tool to use at the end of the group of lessons to make sure your child really knows the material.
Although the CTC program was originally intended to be a tutoring type of program, we are using it as our full-time math for 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. We have to use CTC math on several different devices since all of the kids love doing their math. On any given day, one child is using the laptop, another is using a Google Chrome book, and someone else is using the iPad. CTC math works on all of these devices, although there is no access to the Tests on the iPad. The video quality has been excellent on all of the devices, and the kids are really starting to enjoy the instructor’s Australian accent.;-)
CTC math has been such a good thing for my perfectionist child. He is so happy that he can keep working until he gets 100% because he will settle for nothing less. The kids have “friendly” competitions to see who can get the best score on Speed Skills and to see who can get the best score on their lesson during their first try. I have heard no complaints from them, nor have I heard any requests to go back to a different math program. From the moment we gained access to this website, we have used it as our full-time math.
As a busy homeschooling mom, I am so grateful for CTC math. I love math, but I don’t always know how to explain things in the best way when my kids don’t understand it the first time. CTC math pretty much takes me out of the math equation. The kids still occasionally get stuck on something here and there, but it usually just takes me a few minutes to get them set straight and they are back their lesson.
The only minor issue I am having is with Moose. His reading level is not quite where it needs to be in order for him to do his lesson on his own. But, since he wants to be just like the big kids, he tries it anyway.:-) I would never really expect a program like this to be completely independent for a 5-year-old child, so it really isn’t a big deal…I just thought I would mention it in case any of you with younger children were curious.
Would I recommend CTC math? Absolutely! This is one Crew review I guarantee we will be using for a long time, even after our review membership is up. There is no way I could find another math program that is so thorough and affordable that gives me access to use with all of my children. My family was truly blessed to review such a magnificent product. If you have any issues with math in your home (whether you homeschool or not), I highly recommend you check out CTC math!
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