Friday, August 23, 2019

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping - Annual Membership Review

Trying to stay organized while homeschooling can be difficult for almost anyone.  We had a chance to review My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping - Annual Membership to try and keep me organized.  It has taken my planning and recording keeping to a whole new level.

I started out homeschooling and when doing one it's crazy enough.  But to track multiple kids...holy cow it's hard.  I started using notebooks ten years ago, but those get lost.  I used files on my laptop that I would create, then lost the files when my computer died (forgot about back up of things like that), and now I have been introduced to My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping.  What a life saver this will be!

When you start, you will create an account and add your students.  You will need to add your students that you are tracking.  And then each subject/class they are taking.

You can add the assignments once you have "created" the class.

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping also keeps tracks of awards that your student receives during the year.  This would have been helpful for me the last few years.  I always forget by assessment time all the various activities (or I lose that notebook) of the awards and activities that the kids have participated in.  It's inevitable that I know that I miss something.

Have trouble keeping track of your calendar....My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping has you covered there also.  They have a calendar where you can track your kids activities, field trips, class times, etc.  You can color code so that you can keep student's separated.

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping doesn't leave you in the dark.  They have several videos to help parents make sure they are taking advantage of all the resources that it has to offer.

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping provides great reminders while using their program.  I get weekly emails to make sure that I remember all the resources that I have available at my finger tips.

It was a little time consuming getting started with My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping.  But that is because I was starting from the very beginning with 3 kids information to be input.  Once you have all the initial information put into the program, the rest is a piece of cake.  It is very user friendly program and they want to make sure that you feel comfortable while using My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping.  And between the tutorials and the weekly reminder emails, they can put your mind at ease that you are organized in your homeschooling!!

When you need information, it's all at your fingertips.  Need a list of assignments your son or daughter has completed in math, there's a transcript for that.  You need to track grades for your state, you have that.  You need a list of awards or volunteer positions your student has held for a scholarship application, you have that information also.  My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping really has everything covered for you, including a high school transcript if you need that also.  This would be a great program to use for all ages, but especially for those middle to high school years as you prepare your student for College-Credit Plus and post high school college studies!!

There is a little work that can be done weekly.  As you check over your kid's schoolwork, you check off the assignments they have completed.  Add grades.  You also need to add volunteer hours and positions.  So all the work isn't done for you completely.  But it is very easy to input, and you can add it when you are ready.  So if you want to spend just an hour a month adding all that information, then do it then.  Or you can track it weekly or daily depending on your schedule.

Once I got the initial information input into My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping, I was ready to go.  I like that I am able to track their extra curricular along with their school assignments easily.  This helps to keep Lydia's zoo, sports, and riding schedule in mind while I am planning her school assignments.  It makes it feel less overwhelming.  I'm going to continue using it for Brayden, as I am also inputing materials that he already completed his freshman through junior year.  It will keep all his information at my fingertips as he prepares for graduation this upcoming summer.  Since I am able to track all of Lydia's "extras", this will help me as she prepares for possible college during high school, since we'll be starting to fill out that paperwork in the next couple years.  At least all the information I am going to need will be found easily with a few clicks of the mouse because of My School year Homeschool Record Keeping.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping - Annual Membership.  Click on the banner below to see how they used this product in their homes and what they felt about it.

Annual Membership Homeschool Record Keeping  {My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping Reviews}
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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 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!