Friday, October 21, 2016
Are you a homeschooler? Do you blog?
It is the time of year when the Homeschool Review Crew accepts applications for the 2017 team. We have been involved with the Homeschool Review Crew for almost 5 years. It has been a great opportunity for us to not only meet people around the world, but find out about some wonderful curriculum and programs we had never even heard of.
There is some work involved, but it's nothing too hard. You need to use the products that you receive. That's it!
Stop by and check out the requirements and benefits of being a part of the Crew!
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We have been studying the Civil War the last few weeks. In the past we have visited many wonderful Civil War locations of battles and hospitals. But while doing research to go with our lessons, I uncovered a little gem in Northwest Ohio. We visited the American Civil War Museum of Ohio....Ohio's only Civil War Museum.
Even though Ohio was not the heart of the Civil War, there was some influence. Many volunteers streamed from Ohio.
There were sections on slavery and pre-war issues, including state's issues.
Examples of flags of the confederacy.
Toys of the period..
Learning about the telegraph machine.
There were lots of hands-on exhibits for the kids to play with. Including a battle field table so they could have their own strategy.
The Rutherford Hayes museum had a traveling exhibit there. Lots of presidential items to read about.
This was a great museum to visit. We learned about some things that were not in our textbook. We were able to see many wonderful historical items. The volunteers there were fabulous. They were very nice and helpful!
I'm glad we had the opportunity. There was so much to see. If you are ever near Tiffin, swing past here! There's also some other great little museums in the area to see.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Sometimes you need a little extra help with lessons. We have multiple learning styles in one group, so it's a challenge to keep everyone happy and learning. We recently had the opportunity to review the online Educeri Lesson Subscription Service from Educeri ....... Educeri a division of DataWORKS.
The Educeri Lesson Subscription Service provides over 1,000 lessons in Math (413 for all grades), Science (22 lessons at middle to high school level), History (26 lessons for 5th grade and up), Language Arts (525 lessons for all grade levels), Art, PE, and Music.
Many of the lessons are Common Core aligned, even though we do not use Common Core materials, I didn't find that it affected any of the materials I used and how I would present them to the kids.
Educeri Lesson Subscription Service has helped me out in teaching the kids their group lessons. I have different learning styles with all 4 kids, so teaching them as a group is a challenge daily. I was excited to try out the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service. This program has been written with lessons for grades Kindergarten through high school.
You can easily do a word search for specific lessons that you are looking for. I love this feature. We all know how limited our time is, so having a search feature is something I look for on all websites. I just don't have time to sit and scroll through a list at times. So being able to do a quick search is a big plus for me!!
Once you choose a lesson, it works online as a slide show. You do need to be online while using the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service. You simply click Teach Lesson, and your slide show will come up on your screen.
You simply work your way through the presentation. Not only do you have online lessons created, but you can print out student handouts for many of the lessons.
This has provided me with great material for not only additional learning, but material I can use for full lessons. During our recent study of the Civil War, we used materials they had to offer. I liked that the grade level was easily seen, before I even opened the lesson. I knew I would need to adjust this material for the girls, but it is the level the boys needed.
Extra teaching points and vocabulary suggestions are made on the pages, and other notes for you as the teacher. This was a great bonus in lesson planning.
Learning Objects were given and also review questions and other suggested critical thinking questions.
The lessons we used were well put together and organized. The Battle information provided for me well written and I didn't need to do any extra research. I was able to just open up the lesson when we were ready to work on battle information and we started covering the material. Slides were not overwhelming with wording and included pictures to help keep the kids attention as we discussed them.
Obviously you may not get through all the lesson in one sitting. You can easily skip to the slide where you left off with a couple clicks of the mouse.
The slides we used on Civil War battles encouraged child participation and interaction about facts used. We could have easily made a timeline similar to what they were using in the slides to help reinforce the material being discussed.
We also used a couple Language Arts topics, including one on nouns. I don't have a whiteboard or anything fancy. We simply sat at our table and used my laptop to go through the slides as we talked about the material. With the Language Arts we used the Student handouts. These were very easy to download. A couple clicks of the mouse and then I printed them off. We worked on them as we went through the lessons. Very easy to use.
The cost of the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service is $7.00 per month. But if you are still on the fence, you can use their 30 day free trial to see if this program will be a good fit for you family. A credit card is not required to try out the program. That is a great deal. There are not too many curriculums where you can use it before you pay. I am very excited to see what other lessons Educeri ....... Educeri a division of DataWORKS will be adding in the future!
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service. Still not sure, be sure to visit their blogs and see how they used this program in their homes and what they thought of it.