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16 Jul
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Recently Boobear has gotten very interested in space. Not surprising in this family! He asked his grandmother to buy him a pack of little foam craft balls. She did and we were expecting him to do something with them that was related to Minecraft or Angry Birds. Nope - instead he wanted to make a model of the solar system. While he worked on the planets, we looked at photos from NASA of each one. We talked about the rocky inner planets, the asteroid belt, the gas giants and the moon. Read more [...] 

13 Jul
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Boobear loves art, and lately he's been using the lessons from the Entire Level I of ArtAchieve. Let me tell you: this is one happy mama and kiddo! First off, let me tell you I'm no artist. I make stick people look bad. That is just not where my talent lies. But Boobear loves art dearly. ArtAchieve is a program that lets anyone teach art to kids. It doesn't matter if you have all the talent of a mud puddle. You can teach art and your kids will learn. The art lessons are inspired by things from Read more [...] 

7 Jul
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To add some variety with our handwriting, we've been using Patriotic Penmanship Transition (manuscript to cursive) from Laurelwood Books. This is a great handwriting book for an up-and-coming second grader, though I think it could be used with any grade. While we reviewed the transition book of the Patriotic Penmanship series, there are books for kindergarten through high school! Check out the reviews of my fellow crew members if you want to read about other levels. Something that I found unique Read more [...] 

4 Jul

One of the challenges that Boobear faces is his speech. While he can make himself understand to those in the family, people outside the family often have a difficult time understanding anything that he says. We've been working on it for a long time. Words in isolation? He's great. 100% So he didn't qualify when we talked to the school about it. So, since it was bothering him and I can only do so much because I'm not trained in speech therapy, we went private. Now we go to the rehabilitation Read more [...] 

30 Jun

We've recently added notebooking to our homeschool. The Lifetime Membership from NotebookingPages.com has been a real lifesaver in this area! I can't say enough about it! So just what is NotebookingPages.com? It's a website where you can find notebooking pages for just about anything. Need something for that experiment write up or a nature journaling page? They have it. How about a page for copywork or that history you're studying? They have it! When you log into the site, one of the first Read more [...] 

27 Jun

Just a week and a half before we start back, I've finally narrowed down our choices for curriculum. Not cutting it too close, right? I tried to take Boobear's preferences into account. He likes the Amish programs because he knows exactly what he's going to do, it's logical, and everything is laid out. Plus, he's learning with them. All good. But he also wanted more hands-on things. He wants to make things, do crafts, and do experiments. So I tried to work that in too. I kinda feel like this Read more [...] 

24 Jun

It's easy to make lesson plans for the upcoming year with My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from MySchoolYear.com. I was recently given an annual membership to try as part of the Review Crew and I have to say, I like the program. My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) is an online record keeping program that allows you to set up your year and keep all the records you could possibly need. It's very intuitive and easy to use. I had no trouble figuring out how to set up my school, terms, Read more [...] 

16 Jun

Progeny Press makes it easy to study a book with their The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide. One useful thing I immediately liked about the study guide is that it provides background information that is actually important to the story. The background information is to the point and relevant, rather than rambly and all over the place, something that drives me nuts. The study guide is a pdf and I read it on the computer. If you prefer, you can print the document out if you like to have something Read more [...] 

14 Jun

First of all, I apologize for the lack of regular updates. I'm working full time again from home, and still trying to find a rhythm to our day. I'll get there! Right now we're on break. But I want to share with you a rookie mistake I made regarding Boobear's math. I'll admit it - I'm a curriculum junkie. I want all the shiny things! But shiny things aren't always what we actually need. I was using the Amish math program Learning Numbers with Spunky with Boobear. It's not flashy, it's Read more [...] 

14 Jun

I was thrilled when Forbrain - Sound For Life LTD sent me a package with their bone conduction headset! My hope was that this would really help Boobear with his speech. Provided he would tolerate using it of course. Thankfully Boobear is pretty easy going and gave me little trouble. He doesn't understand exactly what the device does, but guess what - his speech has improved. So what is Forbrain? This is a device designed by Forbrain - Sound for Life LTD as a device that uses your own voice Read more [...] 

2 Jun

As part of the Review Crew, I received the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse. I'm ready to get started planning now! This spiral-bound planner is 192 pages long. It has pretty much everything that you need to plan a school year for multiple children. Since I only have one child, I plan to use the planner to plan his school year and to plan my own studies. The planner is dated and begins in July 2016 and ends in June 2017. This means you can plan for the Read more [...] 

1 Jun

For the past few weeks, Boobear has been practicing his math and reading skills with the Complete Home Learning Suite from Essentials Skills Advantage. While he loves math, he needs practice learning his facts and from different angles to make it stick. He just needs more practice in reading in general. Essential Skills Advantage (ESA) has been perfect for that. What is ESA? ESA is an online learning platform that has more than 14,000 lessons for grades kindergarten to sixth. Lessons include math, Read more [...] 

25 May

To help Boobear learn his addition facts, we've been playing a game from Sunya Publishing called Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting. This is a new product that isn't available to the public yet, but as a member of the Review Crew we got a sneak peek at this great game. What You Get So what do you get with this game? You get a book that tells you all about how to play. It tells you information about the number system, gives several versions of games to Read more [...] 

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