Wednesday, August 21, 2019


We are going into our 7th year using a wonderful math curriculum called CTCMath. I was so happy that they had the Family Membership option that came in handy when we added Little Bug to our homeschool math.  I have reviewed for CTCMath before HERE.  I don't want to be too redundant in this review so I will focus more on what is NEW.  I received a 12-month Family Membership, for up to 5 students, to this online math curriculum.  You will need internet access to use this program.

For details on the general content of this program please go to my previous REVIEW and/or be sure to follow the graphic link at the bottom of this post to see what my fellow Crew members have to say about CTCMath.  I will repeat a few great aspects of this program.  It is an interactive, online math curriculum that is multi-sensory.  The lessons are generally short 4-10 minute video lessons that cover topics one at a time and allow your student to gain mastery over a short period of time.  Students can rewatch the videos as many times as they need to get help.  Many lessons can be printed out on worksheets and then answers entered in online.

Easy to navigate menus

Progress and results at a glance

More details on progress and results

Ability to take diagnostic tests

As I have said many times, CTCMath has been such a lifesaver for us over the years.  This full math curriculum has changed so much over the years and it just keeps getting better and better!  They only had a full curriculum through the 8th grade when we first started.  Now it includes kindergarten through the 12th grade (including Calculus).  Some of the newer features they have added include:
  • Question Wizard Bank
  • Individual Results
  • Weekly Revision Tasks (1st-6th grade)
  • User Guides

I am so excited about the Question Wizard Bank and the User Guides.  Over the years I have had to poke around to learn most of the features, but now you can just go to the User Guides section and watch a video that explains in great detail many of the features of the program and how to use them!  Videos include:
  • Getting Started
  • Add Student
  • Adding Tasks
  • Question Types
  • Parent Reports
  • Weekly Revision Tasks
  • Question Bank Wizard
  • Question Bank Reports

The new Question Wizard Bank feature is wonderful.  I really like that you can customize worksheets for your student for extra practice.  You can also add these to their task list!  Watching the video on this one is a must.  You have the ability to print, email a PDF, or save a PDF of any worksheets you create.

Choose which lessons you want practice on

You can choose how many questions or how long you want the worksheet to be.
You can also adjust the level of difficulty of the questions.

Customizing or saving the worksheet

Creating your own worksheets for practice is wonderful!

The Individual Results addition is nice because now you can easily view each individual lesson your student has completed at a glance and what type of lesson it was (i.e. worksheet or interactive questions).  If the lesson was interactive questions you have the option to view/print out all the questions your child answered and if they were right or wrong.  You can see what they got wrong and why and use that information to work with your student or generate customized worksheets for more practice.

You can see which questions they got wrong

Finally, the Weekly Revision Tasks, available for 1st to 6th grade, is another wonderful addition.  I REALLY like that you can also print these out for your student to work on and then enter the answers online once completed.  They are a great way to review what your child has learned and identify any weaknesses they may have (in which case you can then go to the Question Wizard Bank and generate some worksheets!

Sample PDF printout of weekly revision task

Each time I have thought that we might try a new curriculum we keep coming back to CTCMath.  I highly recommend this program, especially if you have struggling learners that can use a muti-sensory approach with short, concise lessons.  Little Bug is not a struggling learner, but she sure does like the shortness of the lessons.  It keeps her fresh and interested and she doesn't have much time to get bored or frustrated with too much repetition.  The Family Membership option is great if you have more than one student.  Homeschool memberships are 50% off regular pricing!

You can connect with CTCMath on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, YOUTUBE, and INSTAGRAM.  Please also be sure to check out the other reviews on this great math curriculum by clicking on the graphic link below.

Math 12-month Family Membership {CTCMath Reviews 2019}

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rosie's First Egg!

She did it! Rosie laid her first egg about a week ago.  We were so excited! She has laid an egg every day since.  I heard that ducks are much more reliable layers and I can say she is.  Especially in the hot, hot temperatures we have been experiencing this week.  Most of my hens are saying no way (egg production has been down) because it is just so hot (heat index of 105 today!). Since she is a Pekin duck, she may not lay a lot of eggs per year, but when she is laying she should be pretty consistent with daily eggs.

I can't believe how big both ducks have gotten.  Rowdy has matured really nicely and his colors are more and more gorgeous every day.  He is getting his green feathers in on his head and neck and he is absolutely stunning.  They aren't fully in yet, but the progress is fun to watch.  He is still so timid and such a scardy cat, but so enamored and protective over Rosie.  It is really quite cute.

I must say, that even though they are so messy with their water, I have enjoyed the ducks very much and can now understand why some prefer them to chickens.  They really are taking all the weather changes much better than most of the chickens and their eggs are super yummy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Canning Time Again!

This year has really flown by.  I can't believe it is August already and that here we are again into canning season.  We had a lot of failures in the garden this year again, but also some wonderful successes. Some of our best crops this year have been broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, okra, cantaloupe, and even a small amount of corn.  We had some absolutely delicious corn on the cob from the garden for dinner tonight!

I have yet to put up any of the cucumbers but got the okra pickled tonight.  I also put some in the freezer for future soups and plan to harvest the rest and either freeze more and/or make some yummy fried okra, YUM!

Hopefully, I can put up some bread and butter pickles and some sweet relish tomorrow.  I also hope to start the Christmas pickles!  I had never heard of these but a friend shared some with me and they are absolutely divine!!!  You must look the recipe up and try some.  The best part is that it is preferable to use those HUGE cucumbers you either missed or just failed to pick off the vine on time.

What have been some of your successes and/or failures this year in your garden?  I'd love to hear your updates on how your garden is doing.
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