Friday, August 14, 2020

Super Teacher Worksheets 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.


Are you needing some help with practice sheets or just keeping up with a child who LOVES to learn?  We recently reviewed the 1 Year membership from Super Teacher Worksheets.  This has been a great benefit to our homeschool planning!!!

Ok...I admit it.  I was a geek in school.  I didn't mind the work, for the most part.  I loved worksheets and busy work.  I actually have a couple kids that enjoy worksheets, and I'm always looking for materials that are easy to print and search through to save me time and give them busywork.  


Super Teacher Worksheets provides parents and teachers with worksheet and activity help for a wide variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, phonics, reading comprehension, health, geography, brain teasers, printable games, and even provides a worksheet generator.  It has been created for Grades PK - 6.  If you have students with special needs, this range could be used for a while.

I will be honest, we have been active subscribers to this site for a few years now. I recommend it to many of my homeschool friends. When dealing with multiple grade levels and so many different learning delays, I was struggling with finding help and curriculum in specific areas.  Super Teacher Worksheets has been able to provide me with access to thousands of worksheets to help the kids get more practice in areas they are trying to master.

Instead of buying multiple math books, at a high cost, I have been able to print various worksheets that allow them to practice to mastery in specific areas of concern.  As they master each grade level, I just print the next harder worksheets for this area of study.  1-2-3...my planning is done.

Another area that I love about Super Teacher Worksheets, their seasonal printouts.  They gather all their seasonal items into a file that you can browse by subject and easily see recommended grade level also.  I also print fun worksheets for math, writing, and spelling that are themed the first week of each season.



Using Super Teacher Worksheets website is super easy.  When we need practice material, I can either search through the subject area or there is a search bar option also.



You just click View PDF of the file that you want.  

Unlike other websites, the Individual Membership from Super Teacher Worksheets does not restrict  you to a certain amount of worksheets each month.  You have unlimited downloads for your family to use and print out.  They also do not restrict you to specific levels, so it's perfect for Homeschool parents who have several different grade levels to plan out for.  You can even create your own worksheets with their Worksheet Generator.

Lydia is using a pretty specific math program this year.  Recently she needed some extra practice on factors and fractions.  She went through all the options on her program and then I checked out Super Teacher Worksheets to find some worksheets that allowed her that practice that she needed.  She gained more confidence and passed her test with no problem.


This year instead of buying a special spelling curriculum for Caty, who is starting spelling a bit late due to her reading delay, I decided to try the weekly spelling program that is offered on Super Teacher Worksheets - 
Individual Membership.  



I wasn't sure how she would do.  But so far it has been excellent.  I pick and choose what worksheets she will be doing each week.  Some weeks she needs extra writing practice, while others I print the fun word searches.  I like the long/short vowel worksheets that forces her to split the words down and remember the spelling.



All the worksheets and booklets that we have used so far have been easy to search for and print.  They provide the right amount of practice for each student.  I also can choose to print an answer page if I need it for quicker grading or if I just need to verify that I am helping them in the right way for an answer (hey I will admit that I struggle with some language arts areas...like supporting details).


We use the science worksheets, the Reading Chapter book comprehension series, the Geography areas about the states, and I will admit....there is more materials available than our little family would ever be able to use.  But the cost is so budget friendly....Super Teacher Worksheets is an invaluable resource.

Every time I think that I have possibly used a little bit of every resource they have to offer, I am shocked and find something else that I can use.  Super Teacher Worksheets is one of my most used resources in our homeschool.  

I will continue to use the Super Teacher Worksheets materials as long as I can and highly recommend their resources to any homeschool families that are looking for some ways to save time and money.  If I added up the cost of the pages I have used just in the past couple months by comparing them to workbooks I would have had to purchase, Super Teacher Worksheets really will save you money.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out 
Super Teacher Worksheets in their homes.  Please take some time to see how this program worked for them by visiting the Review page.



Printable Activities and Worksheets! {Super Teacher Worksheets Reviews}


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Homeschool In The Woods - U.S. Elections Lap-Pak 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.




Our family is a huge fan of any products released by Homeschool In Rhe Woods. We recently had the opportunity to review the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak.  This has been a great way to help break down the Presidential electoral process in the United States.


The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak provides students with 21 different projects/lessons that include:


The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak was created for Grades 3-8, but as with other products we have used from Homeschool In The Woods, we have been able to work outside of that grade suggestion for kiddos with learning disabilities and even the younger ones.  This is one of my favorite options with using products like their U.S. Elections Lap-Pak, multi-grade level teaching is made very easy.

The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak can purchased on CD-rom or as a PDF download.  I received the PDF download for our review.  The process is super easy to use.  I was able to download and choose what items I wanted to print.  I will admit that my girls are not huge fans of lapbooking.  But the strange thing they will complete activities and just put them in a notebook.  So that is the option I chose.

You can print the "Lessons" or reading material in booklet format or as full page lessons.



I chose the simple route, and did full page lessons and printed some activities.  Below you will see a picture of what the lapbook could look like when you print and attach all activities.


Do not feel overwhelmed though. This picture may look difficult, it is not.  Homeschool in The Woods does provide easy to read instructions for all aspects of this project.  Once you complete your first project, you will see why I am hooked on their history materials.  Caty has been traveling through the 1800s using their various history packs, and really enjoys the short but informative lessons.  They are perfect for her attention span.

The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak has provided the girls with a very easy to understand explanation as to what an election is, how it proceeds, and the important aspects to our society.  

For parents, all the work is ready for you to print and go.  There are extra drawings and photos you can print to jazz up your books even.  Simple materials such as a printer, colored paper, scissors, glue sticks, and file folders are all the supplies that are needed for this project.  You cannot get much easier than this.  

You can easily finish a lesson a day in this material and finish this study in roughly a month, depending on how much you tackle each day.  And just in time for all the questions your child may have with the important upcoming elections in our country.  

I really cannot say enough how much we LOVE and how much I recommend using Homeschool In The Woods materials in your home.  They have been a blessing to me as I am a working parent who wants to make sure that her kids love history as much as I do.  The simple design that packs a punch in each lesson is perfect for this.

Click on the link below to see other products from Homeschool In The Woods that my fellow Homeschool Review Crew parents used in their homes.

Election Lap-Pak, Benjamin Franklin, Timeline Collection, Time Travelers U.S.History and Make-A-State Activity-Pak {Home School in the Woods Reviews}



Thursday, July 30, 2020

Journey Homeschool Academy - Experience Biology: Upper Level 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.
I have yet another entering high school.  I was excited to get the opportunity to review a new to our family science curriculum from Journey Homeschool Academy.  We were able to spend the last few weeks using Experience Biology: Upper Level with Lydia.  She has really enjoyed this program, and I'm enjoying the easy to use self-guided study of Biology that Lydia is getting.

Journey Homeschool Academy provides families with Christian based science studies for elementary though high school grade levels.  Using video based learning, Luke and Trish Gilkerson help students explore biology and astronomy.  We had the opportunity to use the Upper Level, or high school level Biology program.


Experience Biology: Upper level provides a easy study program for high schoolers earning their credit for Biology.  The four step process includes use of video instruction, Comprehension quizzes, lab assignments for hands-on learning and research questions, and weekly reading assignments from The Riot and Dance: Foundational Biology. Also available are PDF printable note-taking guides for use during the videos.

There are 35 lessons that cover both lessons in human and animal biology.  



The interface is extremely user friendly.  Lydia is able to keep track of where she is easily.  The materials are available to print on your own, or you can order the books printed.


I chose to print the materials.  Each week, I print the lessons outlines from The Student Guidebook and also the Student Lab Guide.  We are only a few lessons into the studies, but this has worked out very well for us.  I also added tabs to help Lydia find the pages in her binder easier.  She does have a processing delay, so note-taking is something that she struggles with.  I love the Student Guidebook for this reason.  As she watches the videos, she can pause and fill-in the information inside of the outline notes.





I can also make adaptions for her learning disabilities by allowing her to use the notes on the graded quizzes provided with each lesson.  I like that they allow her to retake quizzes if she does not score a passing score.  This allows her to work at a pass she can with her processing delays, and I can also see if she is struggling in the understanding of a specific subject area.  

Each Lesson does include a hands-on lab activity.  This is also a PDF printable file.  I print the pages and place them with her lesson notes inside of her binder.



Lydia learns well with hands-on activities.  She is loving this part of her lessons.  We plan her week out though that she can work on her lesson videos independently and then her labs on days where I can be more hands-on with her work, just in case she needs a little help.



Our microscope hooks through my laptop, so she can take pictures of what she is seeing.  She prints that and then includes that in her binder for her assessment next year.

You can turn in lab assignment for grading.  Lydia has opted to not do this so far.  The labs have been very easy for her, but you can turn in 15 labs during the course of study.  


I can log into my parent account and see her quiz grades.  This is also where I can purchase other courses and assign them to Lydia, or even Caty if I chose to use the lower level programs for her.  I am considering this.  Journey Homeschool Academy can really be used independently, with just a parent overseeing their studies and confirming that they are finishing the work.  This is a great benefit for busy parents who are homeschooling and working.  There is a Curriculum Guide available to answer questions that you may have along the way, and also a materials list for the Lab Assignments.  Included are also Answer Keys for certain lab assignments, and a sample lab report just in case you are not familiar with what is required for these forms.  

I really have liked all that Journey Homeschool Academy - Experience Biology: Upper Level has offered my animal science girl.  She is able to work independently, which is something that she wants.  I am able to adapt it to her learning style, and I do not feel dependent on a curriculum guide or an extensive list of fancy lab supplies that many people may not have access to order.  I know that Lydia will be signing up for the Upper Level: Astronomy course when she finishes Experience Biology: Upper Level.  I hope that the Gilkerson's will come out with other courses for high schoolers to help me get through the rest of Lydia's science requirements.

You can check out Journey Homeschool Academy and the programs they offer by clicking below.  Several families from the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to use the various programs that Journey Homeschool Academy offers in their home during the review period.  See what they thought and how they used these in their homes.

Experience Biology: Elementary Level, Upper Level and Experience Astronomy: Elementary {Journey Homeschool Academy Reviews}


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CTCMath Family Membership Online Math 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.



Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a fan of teaching upper level math.  I was grateful to get the opportunity to review the CTCMath Family Membership Online Math program from CTCMath with the girls.  It has helped me out so much already these last few weeks.

CTCMath is a online math program that provides extra help for students who may be struggling in various areas of math.  It offers video instruction which can be repeated as many times as the student needs.  Each lesson includes quizzes to reinforce and provide practice in the skills that your student needs extra help in.  You could use it as a standalone curriculum/teaching program or as supplemental to help reinforce skills your student may be struggling with.


CTCMath allows students to work at a pace that encourages them to master a skill, not just learn it.  The videos are short and yet are full of information which helps those with short attention spans.

CTCMath provides 
  • Almost 1,400 math videos and interactive lessons
  • 57,000 interactive questions
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Instant feedback for both parents and students
  • Help with higher level math such as algebra, trigonometry and calculus
  • Math lessons are available for students in levels from kindergarten through high school

We have been using CTCMath Family Membership for the last few weeks with the girls as their full math curriculum.  

They like the short length of the lessons.  If they do not understand the steps being taught, they can easily watch the video again and work at the skill they need to master.  CTCMath has been great for Caty.  She is getting someone else to show her (yes it's a video explaining and showing the steps), but it's not just mom showing her what to do.



One of my favorite things about CTCMath Family Membership Online Math.  The simple videos.  The videos on CTCMath are simple and to the point.  They give a great explanation.  If they need to, the kids can easily watch them again.  These videos save me an extraordinarily large amount of time in dealing with math instruction.  The video below contains some sample lessons that you can watch to see how easy the video instruction is.


I like that I can adjust the girls learning to where they actually are.  In some aspects of math they are at grade level, while other math areas they may be behind or ahead of their grade level.  I can easily assign them the areas where they need help or where they excel.  The parent area is easy to use.  I can sit down and assign out their weekly tasks in roughly 15 minutes.

Under the parent account, I can also print a checklist to keep with my lesson plans.  This allows me to plan out their weekly lessons easier.

Each day I get an email that is called and Expired Task list.  This email shows me how the girls did on their math lessons the previous day, or even if they tried to skip their lesson.  Because it shows what was completed.  If they try to skip a lesson or forget to do their math, I can easily reassign the task to be completed.


The girls are also rewarded when they finish a section with a printable certificate.  This is at all grade levels.  They used to care more, but I still print them and they are very proud and grin when I hand them the paper.


During the review period, I used several grade levels for the girls.  Some things I assigned identical, since they are both struggling there.  Others I was able to assign at various grade levels.  If Lydia was able to tackle higher level addition/subtraction, great.  That is what I assigned.  But other areas she needed help, so I would assign more practice.  This provides great flexibility when work with students who have learning disabilities.


I am recommending many parents that are new to homeschooling to check out the CTCMath Family Membership Online Math for their families.  We have used it for several years now, and my favorite recommendation for using CTCMath is for multi-grade level teaching.  The ease of use is also a great benefit.  And you can use CTCMath Family Membership Online Math for all levels PK through high school.  This is a great budget saver for families.


Click below to see what other Homeschool Review Crew families thought of the CTCMath Family Membership Online Math.


From Kindy to Calculus CTCMath 12-month Family membership {CTCMath Reviews}



Thursday, July 16, 2020

Favorite Art Curriculum



Some people choose to just let art projects to just happen.  Whatever they want to do on a whim.  Others though, need preparation and planning.  When we started our Art History this year, I definitely at least needed a basic outline plan of what we were going to do.

Beyond the Stick Figure




A friend shared this book online and I ordered it right away!  Vincent's Starry Night and other Stories.



I used this to make our outline for the year.  I had a few projects in mind as I was going through the list, but usually planned out a month in advance.  I really liked this book.  It gave a little story for each.  We also watched a quick biography video on all the artists that we could and looked up their art work.  Another suggestion I got from a friend was to print coloring pages of each artist's work and let the kids color those.  So that is what we did for most of the artists.  We all know that Pinterest is the mecca of art projects!!  So I would surf around if I didn't have any ideas and borrow from here and there to create our projects each week.

Behold the Beauty Art Curriculum - I used this along with the above book.  It was a great addition to our year this year.  This copy is for Grades 4 - 6, but you can also purchase for lower grade levels and beginning artists.





Great American Artists



Discovering Great Artists



Online resource.... Art Hub for Kids ... the girls love drawing these pictures!  Their Youtube channel is jammed packed with fun art lessons.



Artistic Pursuits is a wonderful program.  Projects are completely laid out for you.  So very little planning needed, other than pre-reading lesson and collecting supplies



You honestly could find thousands of tutorials on Youtube to help with drawing basics.  There are also online schools such as Outschool.com that also offers several levels of drawing classes.  (Remember Youtube is FREE for almost all the videos, so that is always budget friendly!!)

You can read more reviews both at the 


Cathy Duffy Reviews


and also


Homeschool Review Crew