Friday, April 21, 2017

Full course load, Science projects, and Safety Field Trip

Well we were back to full course load this week.  For some reason, the kids were struggling with this.   Ok, not all of them.  But Lydia seemed to struggle.  I think part of it involves that none of them have been enjoying our science unit study.  It's a great program, but they do not really care to study the periodic table that in depth.  They are enjoying the experiments.  There are some great experiments.  That has kept their attention.  Below I'll post some of the cool experiments we done this past week in science club.  I think we are all ready for our next study unit on Trees though!

We started out our week though with family.  We celebrate our anniversary with my parents and brother & sister-in-law.  All of our wedding anniversaries are within a couple weeks of each other and we include all the kids.  So first off we went to a local favorite restaurant for lunch.  The meals looked yummy!

Then it was home to our house for presents.... there were lots of presents!!

One of my favorites.  My niece Bryce made me this!! It's for bird feed, but I love it on the back deck.

I snapped this picture at the Kingdom Hall on Sunday.  They were singing together.  They are very close.
4H Project updates

We are back into the swing of working on 4H projects.  Lydia started a new project this week, since she finished her other animal project.  She started a new Dog project.  She wont be learning dog training, but the history of dogs in society and their influence on our lives.  The first couple of activities have been interesting.  I found a series from National Geographic that we started to watch.  It's called Dogs The Untold Story.

Joey had a couple of baking projects this week.  One was to find a substitute for oil.  He is very anxious about trying anything new.  We found a substitute that Caty could eat, since she is allergic to applesauce (all apple products) and that was the suggested item.  He used Greek yogurt and Lydia said it was really good.  Joey would not really try it, since there was different flour in it also.  He used buckwheat flour.  It's a darker flour, and he said he would not do it.  Ugh...Joey's OCDs are about food.  So far even with meds and age, he has kept the same ones.

Brayden had to make peanut butter cookies.  This was a project that I totally tried to stay out of the kitchen for.  I had to step in when he was not coming to the oven when the timer was going off to remove the cookies.  So I went in to yell down the hallway.  I was told they were very yummy and they smelled amazing.  But I could not try any of these since they were made with regular flour.  He did really well on his measuring.  Next we need to work harder on cleaning up the mess we make.

In Joey's tobacco project, we learned about tobacco and movies.  We read the CDC recommendations and discussed how tobacco products are displayed in movies and video games.  He also had to read Universal Studios policy on smoking depictions in films.

For careers, both boys needed to work on introducing themselves with a firm handshake.  They also needed to research email etiquette.

Caty worked on her garden project.  She did a soil test where she wants to plant her zinnias.  She planted her flower seeds a couple weeks ago and they are growing wonderfully.

Caty also started her sewing project and made supper one night.  It was for one of her projects.  She learned how to make grilled cheese.

Both girls took their miniature gardens outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine we had this week.  One of Lydia's ferns in her soon-to-be dog park is not doing so well.  So hopefully the real sunshine helps it.


This week I had them all refresh their addition and subtraction charts.  Brayden flew threw all of his facts.  Joey and Lydia did also.  Caty struggled just a bit.  This is going to be our math for the next few weeks.  As we were going through our division, I noticed a few things that was holding them back.  So hopefully this will help things go smoother as we introduce decimals this summer.


This week they started Charlotte's Web for their assigned reading.  They were also actually excited to start this book.  Next weekend hopefully we'll be through the book and they can watch both movies.   I know they want to watch the non-animated, but I remember the animated one.  So we may have to either watch both or take a secret vote on which one we'll be watching.


In history we worked our way through Genesis Chapter 2 & 3.  We reviewed the 7 days of Creation and talked about the sin that took place in the Garden of Eden.  We also covered the first murder in the Bible, Cain and Abel.

Language Arts

Review of alphabetization.  They also worked on re-writing sentences by correcting the errors in them.


The science fair projects that have been started are doing well.  Trouble is, Lydia lost two of her fish.  Not sure why they died.  So we are going to get another set this weekend.  We'll be changing out the water in that plant also.

Caty's chicks should be hatching soon, according to our countdown clock.  So we prepped the house and got some wood chips and starter food for them.  But when we went to get supplies from the farm store, this happened....

The boys haven't officially started their projects.  It's on the schedule for next week.  Brayden changed his mind anyway.  He's going to do a project on Popcorn, or he thinks he is.  Ugh...


Lydia and Caty are working on cursive.  Lydia started the next level in Memoria Press.  Caty is just starting cursive.  So Lydia is actually just improving on what she's already doing.  She was excited to start this new book and keep learning.

Field Trips and other Classes

Science Club

Well there were lots of experiments.  We finally successfully made a smoke bomb.  We also made elephant toothpaste and tested the oxygen in yeast bubbles.

We had a field trip at the beginning of the week with the Girl's Troop.  It was to finish off their Safety Award projects for each of their current levels.  We had an exciting trip to a local firehouse.  They were actually called out on a run in the middle of our trip.  We almost had to reschedule.  The kids thought it was neat watching them leave on the truck.

We had tennis practice this week.  This was my first week of working with all the athletes on my own.  (I volunteered to coach tennis this season.) We were almost rained out, in fact it started raining during practice.  But we toughed it out and kept playing.  There was no lightening and it wasn't a downpour.  It was so fun!  I didn't get pictures of all the athletes.  We have 2-3 others.  Not a big team, but we have fun together.

Lydia finished up her volunteer hours to earn her award.   But she loves it so much at the stable.  So she'll continue to go there weekly.  She is also taking a few classes that the barn has to offer.  This month she is learning the history of domesticating horses.

Lydia also had programming this week.  She is learning how to make a carnival shoot app/game.  Hopefully next month we will get to do a 3D printing class also.

I did skip physical therapy this week.  Joe was in Tennessee and it is a lot to just keep up with the kids and their stuff, I couldn't handle rescheduling and trying to fit everything in this week.  So I start back for a couple more weeks, next week. This week I worked at getting my walking goal everyday.  There was a couple days I couldn't.  There was just not enough time in the day and energy for me to do it all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  Linking up with other homeschool moms at

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SpeedyPrep - CLEP Examination Study Program Review

Testing for anything that involves college can be overwhelming, and we do not concentrate on testing in our studies.  So I was interested to get a chance to review the CLEP examination study program from SpeedyPrep.

I don’t have anyone on their way into college in the next year, but you never know what the future holds.  The CLEP or College Level Examination Program is a set of tests that are given to students so that they can earn possible college credit for classes without taking actually taking them.  SpeedyPrep has created an online program that will allow your student (or even yourself) to practice for these college examinations.

SpeedyPrep was created to be used with students at least 16 years and older.  It uses a series of flashcards and questions to allow the student (or adult in some cases) to review college level material and earn a passing score by repeatedly quizzing on the subject they are studying.  As the student answers problems correctly, it shows that they can retained the knowledge needed to pass that particular CLEP test.  SpeedyPrep tracks the number of times that a question has been answered correctly so that you can just concentrate on retaining the material.  The SpeedyPrep progress bar shows students when they have achieved a 90-100% success rate on the course.

The SpeedyPrep flashcard system is very effective, but just in case you need a little more help, they also include videos on several of the topics that you are studying.  The videos are meant to reinforce the topics that are being studied through the electronic flashcard system.

The SpeedyPrep  program is done entirely online.  You do not need to buy any extra materials to use the program.  You can use it on your computer, tablet or even your phone.  So you can use this program anywhere, even when you are out and about.  As long as you have internet coverage, you can practice whenever you discover you have some downtime.

If you are using SpeedyPrep properly, they guarantee their product.  If you complete the program and have a progress bar that is 90-100%, and you fail your CLEP exam, they will refund your money.  They are very confident in the success rate of their product and that it meets all the standards for the CLEP exam.

There are 33 college subjects that are currently available to take the CLEP examination on.  SpeedyPrep offers help with all of these subjects, from my research on them. 

You can actually highlight subjects and then select which areas you would like to concentrate on.  In the example above, I could select branding, consumer behavior and marketing concept to concentrate on with my study flashcards.  So if you already know some of the areas that you have weaknesses in, SpeedyPrep makes it easy for you to work on those specific areas.

If you want to just study the questions that you missed, there is a feature after you finish your session that allows you to select to repeat only the questions that you missed previously.

SpeedyPrep  is extremely user-friendly.  The login is simple, and you can also log into the same account from a couple different devices.  This is convenient when we would need to go from a laptop at home to tablet on the go.  Once you select the subject you will be working on, you just start answering your questions.

You get immediate feedback on your flashcard (yeah…I wasn’t doing real great on this subject)

Questions centered around not only techniques and skill on a subject, but also vocabulary.

Videos are also included with many of the topics being studied.  These videos are great as a refresher before you start your questions.  You cannot watch just the videos and do no other studying for your exam.  It will not work.  The videos work to be used along with the flashcard questions in the SpeedyPrep program.

SpeedyPrep  has definitely shown me that Joey (and even myself) would have a lot of work to do if we wanted him or myself to test out of college classes.  This program has definitely opened my eyes to what courses we will need to continue on, if Joey wants to attend any college classes in the future. 

SpeedyPrep is a very affordable option for families if you are looking to take the Clep Examination.  The cost varies.  They offer a monthly option for $19.99, 3 months for $53.87 and an annual option for $179.55.  They also now offer a perks program.

I have really enjoyed going through the questions on SpeedyPrep.  It has given me the opportunity to practice areas that I think Joey is ok in, and assess what more we need to do in preparation for the possibility of college.  SpeedyPrep is a great educational tool for those with high school students.  It’s a great way to practice and work on their testing.  It is also great that SpeedyPrep is so confident in their product that they offer a money-back guarantee if you are using the product properly.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review SpeedyPrep  in their homes and with their children.  If you would like to see what they thought of this product when used with their families.  Just click on the link below.

College Level Examination Program Preparation {SpeedyPrep Reviews}

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