Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MaxScholar Reading Intervention REVIEW

MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs


It's easy to take learning to read for granted.  You just get a simple phonics program and before you know it, voila, your child is reading, right?  Well, that generally works as long as your child doesn't have learning issues such as ADHD, dyslexia, or processing problems.  I was so glad to have a chance to review the Reading Intervention Programs from MaxScholar.  I received a 12-month online digital subscription to this reading intervention program for both of my kids (age 5 and 14).  The programs are geared for Pre-K to 12th grade but can also be used for adults needing help.  Remember, this is a READING INTERVENTION program.  It is geared toward struggling learners such as those with ADHD, dyslexia, or processing problems.




I learned the hard way with my son that he needed the Orton-Gillingham approach to learning to read.  He had both ADHD and dyslexia and he still wasn't reading by 2nd grade. Thanks to the Orton-Gillingham approach my son was reading at level by the end of his 2nd-grade year.  MaxScholar uses a multi-sensory approach based on Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell Process©, and other phonics and reading strategies.






I really could have used MaxScholar back then but was glad there was something available at the time that helped us.  Now, with Little Bug getting ready to start Kindergarten in the fall I was so happy to have MaxScholar available for her.  She does not seem to have the same problems as my son had but has her own learning struggles that we are still trying to figure out.  So far she is doing well with MaxScholar.  Since she is only 5 we are focusing on the phonics part of the program.  She usually only takes about 15 min or so to complete a lesson.  Her lessons are reinforcing the skills she has learned and introducing more blending that she has not worked on much yet.

Little Bug working on her lesson





Once you open your account and log in, access to the different programs is very simple and easy through your dashboard.  There are pretests to be taken to place your child at the correct level.  

Homescreen Dashboard to access programs


The Reading Intervention Programs that are available include Pre-K PHONICS (age 3-5), MAXPHONICS (age 5-7), MAXREADING (reading comprehension, highlighting, summarizing and outlining too), MAXWORDS (building words with prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots), MAXMUSIC (learning games for memory, recognition, and auditory skills), MAXVOCAB (dictionary and vocabulary games), MAXPLACES (exploring the world), and MAXBIOS (biographies with timelines that teach chronological ordering skills).  The three main programs are the MAXPHONICS, MAXREADING, and MAXWORDS. The other 4 programs use games and strategies to enhance the learning process in reading and writing.  For example, in MAXPLACES your child can choose a destination, then read a selection about that place, learn to highlight important points, and answer questions about the passage.  It helps you work on your highlighting skills and reading comprehension.

MaxPlaces map to choose a destination
MaxPlaces reading passage with highlights


Don't let the age designations keep you from realizing that this program is for adults as well as kids.  For those who have either never learned to read or that need help in spelling and reading skills, these programs are geared to help even adults.  For students who excel, this program would probably be too easy and boring for them unless they needed help with specific skills like reading comprehension.  For the purpose this program was created for, I think it is wonderful.
MaxPlaces questions from the reading passage.

I can't get over how much material is available for our kids and they are really enjoying working through the program.  The lessons are fairly simple and short enough that they do not become bored or overly frustrated with the material.  
While Little Bug is mainly doing phonics I have my 14-year-old working heavily on MAXWORDS to get his vocabulary boosted and learn his Greek and Latin roots.  I truly believe our kids can excel when they can learn the root words.  There will be no limit to the words they can learn and decipher in the future with these skills.

Based on what we have worked with so far and what I see for potential with my kids I would definitely recommend a subscription to these Reading Intervention Programs if you have struggling learners.  You can connect with MaxScholar on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and LINKEDIN.


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Three Amigos


The little stinkers never stay still!  I have tried to get pics on them for a while now, but they never turn out cause they run from the camera!  LOL.  So, here they are.  The best I can get right now.  They are cute, fluffy, and healthy.  Mom protects them fiercely.

Our weather has been SO hot lately.  Even with fans and misters the coop inside has been about 100 degrees.  Our "feels like" outside temps have been around 105 degrees!  The chickens are stressed.  I always do ice water and misters in the hot summers anyway and make sure they get electrolytes as needed also.  Hope we get a break soon.  The effect of the heat is cumulative on the flock and if it continues it may not have a happy ending.  We lost one last year to heat stress despite all efforts to keep it from happening.

I can't believe they are already feathering and getting their tail feathers!

I'm hoping for at least one or two pullets out of this bunch.  The odds are against me, but I can dream :).  I really hope the Easter Egger is a pullet.  Wouldn't mind if the one that resembles an Australorp baby was also a pullet.  Time will tell and I will have updates.

What's new in your flock lately?  Any broody mommas or hatched chicks?


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. REVIEW

 ARTistic Pursuits

Little Bug just loves to draw, and draw, and draw.  It was a no-brainer for me to request the opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray by ARTistic Pursuits, Inc.  Yes, both DVD and Blu-Ray versions are included so you can use whichever you prefer.  I remember using one of their books many years ago for my now 14-year-old.  Boy have they changed!  I love the new format with a 63 page hardcover book and both DVD and Blu-Ray video instruction.  There are several options to choose from and I chose Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary for grades K-3.  You can start with Vol 1 and then "follow history in chronological order through Volumes 2-8 . . ."  The volumes do not need to be used in order, nor do the individual lessons.

Art for Children Vol 1 contains 18 lessons in the book.  Six of the art lessons have an accompanying video lesson (marked below - total of 6 video lessons).  It is a very nice quality book with glossy pages.  There is a list of needed materials for all the lessons at the beginning of the book.  The lessons include:
  1. Watercolor Crayons (VIDEO)
  2. Artists Compose
  3. Artists Imagine
  4. Identify and Mix Colors (VIDEO)
  5. Artists Observe
  6. Artists Communicate
  7. Construction Paper: Cut (VIDEO)
  8. Artists See Shapes
  9. Construction Paper: Fold  (VIDEO)
  10. Artists See Form
  11. Oil Pastels  (VIDEO)
  12. Artists See Texture
  13. Artists See Landscapes
  14. Artists See Still Lifes
  15. Draw Shapes  (VIDEO)
  16. Artists See Animals
  17. Artists See Figures
  18. Artists See Portraits
Each video lesson begins with a summary of the materials needed for the lesson and what you will be doing.  Next, there are brief instructions on how to prep and proceed with the lesson.  All of the non-video lessons begin with information about the topic and some simple questions to contemplate.  Next a work of art and artist from history is introduced.  A sample picture along with a brief description of the artists and picture are included.  There are also questions for you to discuss with your child about the picture.  I just love this.  Our schedule was to complete one lesson per week.   I thought we would be able to complete more lessons but our summer has proven to be quite chaotic.


Lesson 2 Artists Compose

The lessons are short but descriptive, and Little Bug is really enjoying them.  So far we have just covered lessons to do with the watercolor crayons because that is what she wanted to do.  We will get to the other lessons so I'm not worried that we didn't cover the other techniques yet.  Within the 18 lessons you will use watercolor crayons, oil pastels, construction paper and cut outs, glue, and scissors.

Our drawing subjects

Little Bug's pencil drawing

After Little Bug used the watercolors to fill in and paint

I thought I would try one with her and I must say an artist I am NOT!!  But it was fun.  The 14-year-old, who is a pretty good up and coming artist, decided to take a stab at Lesson 2 on Artists Compose.  He chose to use oil pastels instead of watercolor crayons.


My feeble attempt at Video Lesson #1
Watercolor Crayons

14 Year olds pencil drawing of Lesson #2

Completed version of Lesson #2 by
14 year old using oil pastels

I really like this art curriculum, it is a great homeschool art option.  Even though this is marketed as art for children you can still use it as a family as a nice family activity.  We have fun sitting at the table working on our individual pieces.  The lessons are short and simple and Little Bug did a pretty good job considering her ripe old age of 5.  She is technically still in PreK getting ready to officially start Kindergarten in the fall.  She did not have a problem (for the most part) in completing the art lessons we worked on.  She did want to do it "her way,"  but all in all she did pretty good. She really enjoys the watercolor crayons (absolutely fascinated how the water can change her crayons like it does!).

Both my children are budding artists and really enjoyed working on the projects in Art for Children, Building a Visual Vocabulary.  We give ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray a double thumbs up!  The fact that some art history and artist recognition is woven into the lessons is wonderful.  The techniques that the children are learning are great too. We will definitely be looking into more from this series in the future.

I think we will try the animal cutouts next!!



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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Drive Thru Feeding


Now there's ingenuity!  Silly momma.  She has 3 babies now and two of them were wanting to snuggle with mom but she was hungry and so was the other chick.  She decided to drag the feeder down and lay on it!  I just had to laugh.  The two under her could also peek out and eat from this too if they wanted.

Never a dull moment in the chicken yard.  This is my super sassy momma but she is so good with her babies.  At least in the beginning.  She does tend to kick them "out of the nest" a little too early, but they are generally fine by the time she leaves them, just a little younger than normal or that I would wish.

Blessings to you today!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Traditional Logic I REVIEW



Memoria Press never seems to fail when it comes to wonderful classical Christian curriculum that will enhance your child's education.  I was so happy to have a chance to review Traditional Logic I Complete Set.  Yes, I did say Complete Set!  I received the physical products that included the Instructional DVDs (Introduction plus 13 lessons on 2 DVDs), Text book, Student Workbook, Teacher Key, and Quizzes & Tests.  It is designed as a one-semester course.  This was so perfect with my 14-year-old starting High School in the fall.  We're getting a good head start now on his High School studies.

Even though it is a one-semester course, the author recommends you consider the option of combining some lessons (which he has specific suggestions for) to finish it early so that you would have extra time to work on the more complex topics in Traditional Logic II.

Now, of course, my son being who he is, was NOT happy about this course, but I was elated!  It is something I feel he needs to have and after working through some of the book he is now at least a little intrigued.  I really like the way the lessons are laid out.  You cover a chapter a week with individual assignments each day.  Bite size pieces is what he likes.  It is a good fit for him.

Traditional Logic I is an introduction to formal logic.  The introductory chapter explains what formal logic is and compares it somewhat with symbolic logic.  It also mentions mathematical logic.  Basically, there are two main branches of logic and they are formal (minor) and material (major).  The introduction continues on to briefly discuss:
  • Truth, Validity, and Soundness
  • The Components of an Argument
  • Term
  • Proposition
  • Syllogism
The topics covered in Traditional Logic I are as follows:
  • Simple Apprehension (Term)
    • What is Simple Apprehension?
    • Comprehension and Extension
    • Signification and Supposition
  • Judgment (Proposition)
    • What is Judgement
    • The Four Statements of Logic
    • Contradictory and Contrary Statements
    • Subcontraries and Subalterns
    • Distribution of Terms
    • Obversion, Conversion, and Contraposition
  • Deductive Inference (Syllogism)
    • What is Deductive Inference
    • Terminological Rules for Categorical Syllogisms
    • Quantitative Rules for Categorical Syllogisms
    • Qualitative Rules for Categorical Syllogisms

The author, Martin Cothran, is also the teacher on the videos.  There are PDF slides available on the DVD (or they can also be downloaded from a link they give you) of the lessons to be printed if you like.  While you watch the DVD there is a notation on the bottom as to what slide(s) they are on.


DVD lesson shot

Sample PDF page to print

Our typical week working on the program consisted of watching the lesson video on day 1.  On day 2 he would do the lesson for the day out of the workbook which consisted of reading a portion of the chapter out of the Text book and then filling out the blanks in the workbook.  This is also where I expected him to start learning to take notes by highlighting important information out of the Text book.  Within each chapter, there are 4 daily lessons so after he finished Day 4 lesson (on a Friday since we did lessons Mon-Fri) I would administer the short quiz out of the Quizzes & Tests book.  There are a total of 13 quizzes and 1 Final Exam in the Quizzes & Tests book.


Highlighting important points in Text book
Sample Workbook page

I really like that the lessons are pretty short and easily completed.  The author is easy enough to listen to and the content, in my opinion, is wonderful.  I am so glad my son gets to go through this.  I never had the opportunity for a logic course in high school and I think it is a good thing for our kids to experience.  At this point, my plan is to purchase and continue with Traditional Logic II for his second semester freshman year.


Traditional Logic I Complete Set


I definitely recommend you check out the Traditional Logic I Complete Set.  You can connect with Memoria Press on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM, GOOGLE+, and YOUTUBE.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary REVIEW

The Critical Thinking Co.™


I just love The Critical Thinking Co. ™  I was so happy for us to have a chance to review their Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary.  I am always up for increased vocabulary in my children and this book sounded like a lot of fun.  I received a physical copy of this 38 page paperback book.




It is recommended for grades 5 - 12+.  I like the + part as I have enjoyed working these with my soon to be 9th-grade son.  Each lesson is a mystery case you need to solve and it includes about 18-25 new and challenging vocabulary words.  Per their website, "The vocabulary in these mysteries is taken from the Sat’s most difficult word lists and top look-ups for Merriam Webster online dictionary."  If you do not understand or know what the vocabulary words are, you will have a VERY difficult time solving the mystery.  There are a total of 12 cases in Vocabulary Book 1.  The book is also available as an electronic ebook download and the copyright license allows you to copy pages for your family use.



There is a guideline at the beginning of the book that gives you pointers on how to solve the cases. They are challenging but once you have the definitions of the unknown vocabulary words, the pieces start to fit together and solving the mystery becomes a little easier.

The cases begin with the premise that the story and the suspects' statements are true.  The story/case is presented in a couple paragraphs, then any further helps like customer statements might follow and finally, the suspects are listed with pictures and information.  Your student must use all the available clues and information to slowly eliminate the innocent and narrow down the guilty suspect.  It's a lot of fun and really gets their mind working.  If you really get stumped remember, the answers are in the back of the book.  We've had a lot of fun working through the cases.

Other skills learned include:
  • observation skills
  • reading comprehension
  • deductive and inductive thinking skills

After each case, there is an additional activity that uses fill in the blanks to further use your newly learned vocabulary words.  If there are any synonyms in your word list you may use either word to fill in the blank. Remember, the answers are in the back of the book to both the mystery case and the fill in the blank section.





Fill in the blank work sheet

Since I wanted my son to not only learn new vocabulary words but also to work on his dictionary and alphabetizing skills, I broke each case down into separate lessons.  The first day I would have him look up all the words from the vocabulary list and write the definitions down.  Then I would have him write the list in alphabetical order.  The next day he would work on solving the case.  Finally, he would use the vocabulary list to fill in the blanks.  Doing it this way kept it from being overwhelming and allowed him more time for the new words to sink in.


word definitions looked up in dictionary

He was very reluctant at first and he definitely does NOT like looking words up in the dictionary (his dysgraphia also poses a challenge when I make him write the definitions down), but he agrees that solving the cases is kinda fun.  I really like the way these are done and think it is a great way to get kids thinking deductively.



The Critical Thinking Co.™


I definitely recommend Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary by The Critical Thinking Co. ™  It is a wonderful language arts supplement that teaches them so many critical thinking skills. You can connect with them on FACEBOOK, GOOGLE+, TWITTER, and PINTEREST.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Homestead Bounty Blessings


I just love being able to go out in the front or backyard and harvest homegrown organic produce. Strawberry season just ended and we had a pretty good crop this year.  I love that the most I ever have to put on my strawberries is food grade diatomaceous earth and that is only when the ants start to overrun the bed.

I have raspberries out back but I also have some out front.  There is a plant or two from years ago that stayed behind when we moved them to the backyard.  My daughter just LOVES when they come into season as she knows that each time she goes down the walkway she can always snag a few straight off the cane.  I never have to spray or treat them with anything so they are just fine to pick and eat!  Raspberry season is here so I hope to be able to get enough this year to put some up for jam.  So far each year we eat them before we get enough!!

The garden is coming along well and the cucumbers and zucchini seem to be the next things we will be harvesting.  I will try to post a garden update within the next week.

How is your garden coming along if you have one this year?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Broody X 3

Broody Mama Team - Sassy, Nugget, and Bertha

Oh my!  The Broody Mama Drama team!!  So these crazy hens are driving me nuts.  Petunia, one of my 1-year-old Buff Orpingtons decided to go broody.  It means she wanted to sit and hatch eggs.  I had been waiting for someone to go broody so I could hatch a few more homegrown chicks.  I was excited when she actually got serious about sitting.  The problem is that broodiness does tend to be contagious.  When one hen starts sitting you may soon have a rebellion on your hands with more wanting to sit.  I was ok when the second hen, another young mom, my 1-year-old Easter Egger decided she would sit too.  

Fast forward to today.  Besides all the fighting, broken eggs, and nest swapping, I now have two completely new hens sitting.  Petunia, the original Buff that was sitting got somehow ousted by Sassy, one of my other Buffs (I have 5 total).  Sassy hatched 3 clutches for me last year.  She is a sittin' mamma!  The original Easter Egger, Nugget, is still sitting and now Bertha, my two-year-old Australorp has decided she wants to sit.  It's crazy.  At any given time they are swapping nests and letting other hens add to the egg stash.  Sneaky little things.

I have all the hatching eggs marked so I know which ones to take away each day that are the freshly laid ones for the day.  The first hatch day is this Friday, only 2 days away!  We should have some new chicks by Sat if my days are right and the eggs were viable.  I tried to candle them but I need a lot of work in that area!  I couldn't tell if they were good or not.

The drama continues and it will be interesting come Friday to see what we might have.  Sure hope we get some new fluffy butts and don't get overtaken with cockerels either!!

Blessings to you today.  May you enjoy your day to its fullest.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Home School Navigator REVIEW

Home School Navigator
We've been busy with quite a few reviews lately but it's hard to pass up the opportunity to review a curriculum that can meet your children where they are at and help them along.  Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum by Home School Navigator is a comprehensive curriculum for your language arts needs in grades K - 5.  It is even recommended for upper grades if you have struggling learners who need to fill in some gaps.  It is available as an annual digital subscription so internet access is necessary.


Little Bug working on one of her worksheets

I received a one-year subscription for my K5 and 8th-grade children.  My 8th grader is a struggling learner and battles mild dyslexia and dysgraphia so I was hoping to use the writing aspects of the program for him.  I really LOVE that there are actually NO grade levels!  That's right.  The levels are color-coded to skill level.  You can check out their scope and sequence to see what level your child might use.


What you get with your subscription
36 wks instruction, teaching guides, handouts with answer keys, review games,
word study, vocabulary, interactive book studies, and video library



Another great thing about this reading success curriculum is that you have your schedule laid out for you.  The included teaching guides show you what is covered each month and then it is broken down by week and day.  There is even a page that shows what handouts are needed each week at whatever level you are currently using.  The schedule includes a materials list for each day.  Each daily teaching guide has activities that include, for example, a read aloud, literature/composition, writing, grammar, phonics/word study/vocabulary, print work, and independent reading.  There are other activities depending on the level you are at and what day you are completing.  You do not have to complete all the activities.  That is the great thing about this curriculum.  They lay out the work and you can choose to complete all of it or just some of it.  There are even "catch up" days included throughout the program because we all know that "life" happens!  Their heart is to create an atmosphere of lifelong learning in our children.


Yearly schedule


I absolutely LOVE this from their blog:
4 .   Don’t stress the small stuff!  If the child has to concentrate very hard with the correct way to hold a pencil as in the case where the child has been diagnosed with ADHD, certain sensory disorders, or if the child is dyslexic, don’t force the issue!   Let’s face it, when most kids go off into the “real world” they are not likely to grab a pencil and start jotting down their memoir.  Allow them to use a computer and word process their work or allow them to use voice-to-text software for the rough draft portion of writing.  This is NOT cheating!  This is helping the child find his or her voice in the form of written text.
1. Encourage!  Writing does not have to be a threatening, grammar drilling, diagramming nightmare.  Try to establish it into your daily routine.  Keep it simple.  Try unjournaling.  What is unjournaling, you might ask?  It is a series of writing prompts that are not threatening, but instead, require creativity and perhaps some artwork.  These short prompts should not take more than 10 minutes to implement and are generally more engaging for the child. They invite the child’s response. 

Sample portion of lesson links from RED level


Sample link from red level with links to online book and video for the day


A typical day for Little Bug might go something like this:

  • read a read aloud book like "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
  • watch a video of the above book being read to you (all links included in curriculum)
  • work on "writer's notebook" (since Bug is not writing sentences yet she just draws pictures) - there is also a nice intro video on this and how to use it.
  • work on phonics like finding objects around the house that begin with certain letter sounds
  • practice writing her name (she already knows how to do this but it helps her with her writing practice too)
  • work on nursery rhyme extension (an extra activity where she watched a video on "Little Miss Muffet" and then worked on a handout where we cut out sentences from the rhyme and she had to put the sentences back in order)
She is enjoying the activities and it doesn't seem like school to her.  She loves when she gets to cut and paste and of course watching videos is always fun.  It really helps that she just plain loves books so language arts sits well with her.  As you progress through your assignments you can simply mark them as completed or use the option to upload (64 Mb max) them to a private server (included in your subscription) so you can download them at the end of the year as your portfolio of completed work for record keeping purposes.  I did not upload our assignments, I simply marked them as being completed.


Little Bug on cut and paste with like sounds

I used the Indigo level with my 8th-grade son to try to pick up some skills he was lacking in or basically needed practice with.  Writing is always such a struggle for him so we focused on that and working on the word roots to help him with his vocabulary.  Even though he has mild dyslexia, he reads just fine now (though it wasn't always like that!).  For the reading portion of his level, there was a list of books needed for the month which is nice if you need to find the book or check it out from your local library.  Of course these days so many books are available to read for free on the internet.  I am really happy with the word root and vocabulary portions that we are using for him.  We have done some of the reading comprehension with him since this is also a skill he needs to work on.

Cut and paste from Indigo level when learning root word "PED"


The basic flow of work between levels (Red for Bug and Indigo for 8th grader) is about the same.  They both include read aloud, literature/comprehension, and writing/grammar.  Bug's red level focuses on phonics while the indigo level works more on formal grammar, root word, and vocabulary work.  It also introduces computer skills.  They have a really cool tool called Finding "Just Right" Books that helps you to select just the right book for your child.  One that is not too easy or too hard but just the right level of challenge.

Finding "Just Right" books


The only challenge we had was that some of the videos that were recorded were hard to hear, but they have been replacing them with updated videos.  There is also a LOT of printing involved, but you can also choose not to print everything.  Many activities can just be completed from the computer screen.  The creators of the program are always open to improving the program to meet the needs of homeschoolers and I really like that.  They were also always very receptive to any concerns or suggestions we had as reviewers.  Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is definitely worth checking out and considering if you are looking for a fairly well-rounded language arts program that covers a lot of ground.  I would recommend it especially if you are wanting to fill in any missing gaps.
Home School Navigator
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Another aspect of the program that we didn't use was the Interactive Notebooks.  Rather than answering a ton of boring questions about a book they are interactive in that your student will cut out shapes and paste flaps down and write answers in underneath, or draw, or cut out tabs and sort the answer out. This alone is a good reason to be sure to check out the reviews from my fellow Crew members to learn what they have to say about this program.


Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum {Home School Navigator Reviews}


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