Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CTCMath - Family Membership Review

I will be honest, I am spread very thin teaching three kids at different learning and grade levels.  I was grateful to get the opportunity to review the CTCMath Family Membership Online from CTCMath for 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. They give several examples of how to complete the problems, and allows students to really understand it.  If they are struggling still, they can easily re-watch the video.

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.  

The girls 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.  

The lessons start out with the video and then there are usually ten questions that students need to answer.  They get immediate feedback.

But at the end of the lesson, you can also see a summary of all the problems they completed and the student can look at the problems they missed so they can work on what they answered wrong.

One of my favorite things about CTCMath.  The simple videos.  My kids like playing math games online.  But sometimes the flashier the program, the less they learn.  There is just too much distraction for their ADD brains.  The videos on CTCMath are simple and to the point.  They give a great explanation with several working examples.  If they need to, they can easily watch them again.  These videos save me an extraordinarily large amount of time in dealing with math instruction.  

This video from the CTC Math Youtube site, will give you a thorough explanation and shows how the individual lessons work.

Along with the student account, CTCMath Family Membership also gives parents a login.  They can use this login to not only track their student's grades, but parents can also assign out the lessons for their students.  The lessons are not laid out in order for students.  You can login and see all the lessons for each specific grade level or skill type.  Parents though can assign lessons to be completed on specific days.  You can assign out for several weeks, and also make sure that each assignment has a due date.  This is then tracked in a report that is sent to your registered email.  So you can track what lessons your student is completing on time.  

The girls have been enjoying the ease of lessons.  I like that I can adjust Caty's learning levels on various math topics.  For example she was struggling with fractions, and needed to take a couple steps back.  We discovered an area where she successfully hid that she was struggling.  I was able to easily adjust her assigned lessons, and re-assign a younger grade level on the same topic.  A "light bulb went off" and she suddenly realized that she did understand the problems!!  CTCMath Family Membership is very adjustable for kids with special needs and those with learning disabilities.

I plan on continuing to use CTCMath Family Membership as a stand alone curriculum for Caty this upcoming school year.  Lydia will also continue to use, but as a supplement for her math program, to help her master skills with extra work and video explanations.  

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review the CTCMath Family Membership Online from CTCMath.  Click on the link below to read what they felt about this program.

Math 12-month Family Membership {CTCMath Reviews 2019}
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Brayden's Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

Brayden is a senior!!  I just can't wrap my head around this!!  He has most of his credits already for graduation in Ohio.  There are no set requirements for homeschoolers, but I did keep a transcript for him.  He will be working 1 day a week, the same as last year.  These are the subjects he'll be finishing up this fall.

Science - Prentice Hall Science Explorer Animals

Math - Life Skills Math

 Geography - Calvert World Geography

History- The History of U.S. - Joy Hakim

He'll also be working on sentence writing, and creating sentences using Remedia Publications.

And of course he'll still be working on his Bible Reading and character study challenges each week.

Hope you all have a great 2019-2020 ... we will be preparing for yet another graduation in the spring!!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

4H Fair Activities and Shows

July was so busy!!!  We went constantly, or at least it felt like it.  The kids had lots of work hours both at their jobs and with 4H prep for the upcoming fair.  I also helped to organize a curriculum fair.

Worked my first parent volunteer shift with Lydia at the zoo.

They did lots of activities with the local library summer reading program.

Competitive Cheer Season was in full swing.

Lydia had prep for her upcoming two day show at the fair.

Joey earned an award at work.

Softball season also started in full swing....lol....literally in full swing!  One out of town game took us past this historical marker.  It is a memory bench for a shootout that happened in the later 1930s.  Two officers lost their lives and one of the escaped convicts died also.  It is the site where their killing spree was stopped.

Joey being silly.

Caty had a drastic change!!!

Before we knew it...the 4H fair began.  Booth decorating.

Animals had to be displayed and cages decorated.

Joe and I went for a walk with friends along the river.  It was a nice couple hours of quiet before the storm of upcoming chaos.

Brayden's favorite....working at the 4H Milkshake barn.  He worked 3 extra shifts on top of our regular club shift.

The girls were working hard on their Open class projects for the next fair.

 So many early mornings and late nights taking care of the animals.

Lydia found her name on the county board showing who will represent our county at State.

It was a disappointing rabbit judging.  But Caty still loves Peter, and has already started plans for next year.

Annual 4H dance with friends and her cousin.

Joe took Lydia to state judging.  She didn't place.  Nutrition state judging is such a new world than county judging.  She tried hard, and learned a lot.

Chicken judging.

Cheesecake for the 4H Bake-off challenge.

Fair cheer competition!

First place in Spirit for our team.

 4H Bake off auction

We had two days of horse shows for Lydia at this fair.

Oh and they threw in another milk shake barn shift during the two horse shows!!

We also went out to the Sportsmen Club to target shoot.  It was the family picnic night.

I was pretty proud of that center shot I got.

Joe on the Skeet range.  I don't shoot this gun anymore.  It has too much kick for me.

For three years now Caty has been visiting this booth at the fair.  They were featured on Food Network.  They have such a great relationship with Caty.  She baked them a cheesecake this year, and even though she did not win anything from the Bake Off, they voted her cheesecake the best.

They surprised her with this Prize!!

Second day of shows...

She got a 1st and 2nd place.

Then it was off to the combine derby before picking up the animals from the barns to bring them home.

The day after the fair we headed to Cedar Point with family.  We spent time on the coaster side and at the water park too.

We didn't play long at the lake, just long enough to sit on the beach for a few minutes.  Caty wanted to stay longer.  But with the algae bloom, I didn't want to take the chance of her getting sick.

More softball practice.

Lots of work for me.  I have learned to take advantage of any work opportunities I can.  Lydia was working on grounds at the zoo one day in separated shifts.  So I worked at the picnic tables outside the zoo mounting photos for our county fair.

And even worked on classwork too.  Moms work too....all the time!!!

This was all within a week....yes only a week!!  The last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August are always jammed packed.  I'm glad that it's almost over!