Posted by LilBearsMama on October 1, 2015 in Curriculum
, First Grade
The Schoolhouse Review Crew was offered the chance to review a 100% online language program from Middlebury Interactive Languages. The program is an immersion program where most things are spoken in the target language. We reviewed the Elementary Spanish 1: Grades K-2. There are other languages and grade levels offered, all the way through high school.
Stories are used from culture to help teach the lessons. Boobear loves this. I was a little surprised at how much he enjoyed the stories since Read more [...]
Posted by LilBearsMama on September 28, 2015 in Curriculum
Minecraft! Whether you love it or hate it, it's a fact that most kids seem to adore the game. I have to admit, I've played a bit myself and quite enjoy it. Boobear adores it. We have a deal - he can play Minecraft before lessons start as long as he hops off the game soon as he's asked without complaint. Or he loses it the next day (and longer if he argues.) So far, the deal works. What's even better is that I see things we've talked about popping up in his game. For example, Martian machines from Read more [...]
Posted by LilBearsMama on September 26, 2015 in Parenting
As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we received two games from USAopoly: Tapple and Wonky. And I have to say, these games were a hit!
USAopoly has been making games for families since 1994. When I first saw this review offered, I got sucked right into their website - there are quite a few games we'll be adding to our collection for family game night! Even if the two I'm about to talk about don't strike your fancy, be sure to check out what USAopoly has to offer. I'll bet there's something Read more [...]
Posted by LilBearsMama on September 23, 2015 in General
Well, our friend has gone home to England. We all greatly enjoyed her visit, but I'm sure she's glad to get back home. Boobear was delighted to meet his "aunt," track her trip to and from London, England, and he's gotten a huge kick out of trying out the accent since she's left.
It was a great visit, but now it's time to get back to normal. Or what passes for normal here.
See you soon,
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Posted by LilBearsMama on September 17, 2015 in General
So, we've had an exciting time of it! We're schooling at a minimum at the moment, because my dear friend has arrived from England! We've known each other for 13 years now, and she finally was able to come for a visit.
Boobear absolutely adores his Aunt Raven.
I'll have more to post after she goes home, but just so you know why things have been quiet the last few days. We were getting ready for her arrival and now we're having a blast.
Til' next time,
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Posted by LilBearsMama on September 10, 2015 in Charlotte Mason
, First Grade
So we're back to school! Yes, we actually did our first week a bit ago, but hey - life. So it got spread out a bit, but we were still learning. Videos, bug hunts, and whatever science book is hanging around at the moment are great ways to learn.
I've mentioned before that we're using a tweaked version of Ambleside Online's Year 1. I have to admit, I am surprised at just how much Boobear loves it. He likes the variety, the books, and the short lessons. Of course, we're just really starting our Read more [...]
Would somebody please explain to me how on earth Boobear is in the first grade?
Well, on paper anyway. I don't really believe in grade levels. I believe in ability. So on paper he's in first grade. In reality...well, it depends. His comprehension is off the charts but he's still learning to read and write. Depending on the subject, Boobear ranges anywhere from the K - 4th range. I've even pulled from material for higher grades in order to give him a proper challenge. (Remember that insect lapbook? Read more [...]
Posted by LilBearsMama on August 20, 2015 in Charlotte Mason
, Nature Study
It's been a bit since I've posted about this program. I do apologize for that, but health issues and some other things got in the way.
So, onto our final thoughts about this program from Winter Promise's sister company Spirited~Autumn~Hope!
I really like this program. While I would love to be able the full packages that Winter Promise offers, the PDF downloads from Spirited~Autumn~Hope are actually more than enough.
With this, I only had to have some baking supplies, pick up one book, and Read more [...]
Posted by LilBearsMama on August 20, 2015 in Curriculum
As part of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew, I received a chance to review a level of Horizons Math by Alpha Omega Publications. We received the 1st grade math set, which is the teacher's manual and two student workbooks.
About Alpha Omega
Alpha Omega Publications is a Christian company that offers print, online, and computer-based homeschool curricula. They have won quite a few awards, including being included in the top 100 picks by Cathy Duffy. The company has been producing curriculum since 1977.
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