Friday, September 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

We are MOST thankful today for the surprise we received in the mail. We recently won a box full of special goodies after filling out a "Fill a Bucket" survey.

My daughter devoured the books. We read several together as we snuggled on the couch. Our favorite book was titled, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? which I have read in the past to my daughter and other students of mine.

The colorful books are well-written and will hopefully inspire your little ones to fill buckets rather than dipping in them. This set of books is a great way to encourage helpfulness and the idea of serving others. They teach good character traits and also address kindness, love, appreciation, and bullying. I honestly didn't realize they had so many books on the market. I also just found their FREE Resources online and printed several to use with my daughter.

So . . . today we say, "Thank you very much!" This was a blessing.
Thank you for sending us new treasures to add to our book collection. 
You filled our buckets today and brought smiles to our faces. 
We are on a mission to fill buckets every day. :)

I will link this post up at Tots and Me's Sometimes Wordless Wednesday Linky

Friday, September 16, 2016

Another Late Wordless Wednesday: Toilet Paper Tragedy

This time it is not because there isn't any left on the roll. 

So . . . it's been a rough week. I am exhausted. I rush to the restroom after drinking 2 cups of coffee, a half of a bottle of water, and some tea. I've been holding it in for way too long. 

Okay, so now I am in the bathroom (sorry I had to share) and this is what I find. This was the other day. WHAT IS THAT? 

I look closer and then my mind starts to wonder. Hmmmm . . . my tired mind starts thinking about all the crazy possibilities. Then, I wonder if I should use the toilet paper or not? Do I call my daughter in the room to bring me a new roll, because that was the last roll. Well, what do YOU think it is??????

I finally go ahead and use the stuff - you know . . . braving it up. Then, I slowly unroll the toilet paper and find . . . you'll have to scroll down to see it. I can't believe it. You'll never want to buy toilet paper from this store again.  

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I find this cute black spider crawling on my toilet paper. 

I immediately start thinking wow, this toilet paper worker sure has a lot of time on his or her hands. Really, how is that even possible Tracey? You need some sleep. Then, it hits me and I walk to the front of the house calling out to Alyssa, "Did you by any chance draw on the toilet paper?"

I had to ask her, because I couldn't wrap my mind around the idea (lack of sleep will do that to ya). I hear a LOUD cackle followed by a roar of laughter. She said, "You finally found it! I was waiting for you to use your bathroom." She said, "I was bored when I was going to the restroom and it was taking a LONG time so I decided to draw a spider to shock you and make you laugh. I saw it in a Highlights magazine." 

Yes, it DID shock me! Ha Ha Ha . . . What a little prankster! She got me again! She totally freaked me out. I was so flustered with the thought of what it COULD have been. We giggled and then finished school work. I love her so much! 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

TOS Review: Help Teaching Pro Subscription from

Help Teaching Pro Subscription {} sent us a one-year Help Teaching Pro Subscription to review and use as a curriculum supplement. This resource gives us 24/7 access to ALL grade levels from PreK-12th grade. All subject area premium content is also available with your subscription. The website is organized into three main sections: Tests and Worksheets, Test Maker, and Test Room. This subscription allows you to have up to 500 student profiles.

The Worksheet and Test area contains a wide variety of pre-made elementary worksheets and printable materials giving you access to a plethora of educational resources at your fingertips. Additionally, this section includes Math and Game Generators. The feature currently includes only three printable game choices: Number Bingo, Word Bingo, and Word Searches. The Math Generator creates worksheets for four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). The games and worksheet generators are easy to use. My 8-year-old daughter made a test without any problems. You can search or browse the resources by grade, subject, or common core standard if relevant to your state. I absolutely love that I can save the PDF file or immediately print it. Another favorite aspect that I adore is the fact that all worksheets and tests have answer keys making the grading process even faster.

Not to mention, also offers Online Lessons. These lessons include informative text, videos, and practice questions. One observation we had was that not all videos had sound. If this is the case, then your child must be a strong reader or have someone available to read aloud the content. We also noticed that some practice questions weren't live for several lessons.

The Test Room is an online platform allowing you to send assessments to individual children or students in your classes. The assessments can be sent via email directly to the student or you can share a public link to the test. You can manage classes to track performance. You can add children to a group or delete them if needed. There is also a "practice" mode which enables your child to prepare for the test. I explored the Test Room and was surprised by how much customization is allowed. We did find an error where the wrong answer was given for a question on one of the pre-made online tests. Furthermore, if you hoover over a question on an online tests, then the answers are given if the appropriate setting isn't clicked. The screenshot below shows the results by question. It tells me the number of students who answered a specific question correctly. I also received overall results giving percentage scores.

The Test Maker is the last section. This is the "go to" place for creating customizable tests. Each test can have up to 100 questions with a subscription. Furthermore, you can create unlimited number of assessments. There are over 1,000 images stored and categorized in their database. These images can be added to your test. Several question types were offered such as fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, open-ended, and true/false. Although you should know that if you add any fill-in-the-blank or open-ended questions, you'll need to manually grade them. Answers are auto generated for other questions.

Subjects Addressed
  • Language Arts (Spelling, Reading, Grammar, Handwriting, Writing)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies and History
  • Geography
  • Arts (Music and Art)
  • Physical Education
  • Early Education
How We Used Our Help Teaching Pro Subscription
I used this resource as a supplement to my daughter's core curricula. It is not a comprehensive or complete resource, but the number of materials is growing. Alyssa (Age 8) utilized the materials 3-5 times per week. For the purposes of this review, we were asked to focus on the lower elementary grade level content. We aimed to use materials suitable for children in 1st-6th grade. I used this resource to find supplemental worksheets for a variety of subjects. The time spent working on the worksheets varied each day depending on the material being covered. She spent approximately 5-25 minutes on each worksheet. We used the resources as a way to slowly get back into the groove of having a school routine and schedule. I slowly introduced subjects back into her homeschool day after the long summer break. We used an assortment of the educational resources available from Math, Literature, Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Geography, and History.

We accessed the materials on my MAC 10.9.5 computer using Safari 9.1.3 as our preferred browser. You will need Adobe reader for the PDF printable files. Of course you'll also need a computer with Internet service and a printer stocked with ink.

The new school year started off with a bang. She completed a Learning Style Inventory and Goal Setting Graphic Organizer from their website. I wanted to see if her learning style had changed from the previous year and I encourage her every year to set realistic SMART goals.

She also explored several self-paced online lessons which correlated with her studies. I scheduled and assigned the Four Types of Sentences lesson for Alyssa to complete online. The invite link was sent via email. She read the grammar information, watched the video, and attempted the practice questions. Positive feedback such as "Great! You've completed all the practice questions." The lessons really changed up our normal routine making it even more interesting.  

Children's Literature 
The first area we explored was the Literature section found under English Language Arts. We found a conglomeration of tests related to children's literature books. The Literature section is further broken down into smaller categories including children's literature, young adult literature, classic literature, genres, others, literary analysis, Christmas/holiday literature, and chapter by chapter novels. Picture and chapter books were included in this area. My daughter reread and tested on many of the books from this list. She enjoyed reading many classic and treasured books from her childhood. A few of the books she read and tested on were Make Way for Ducklings, Owl Moon, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, BFG, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type. The Charlotte's Web test will be utilized next.

I printed off the complete Cursive Alphabet printable set from the Handwriting Practice section. Many months had passed by since my daughter last practiced writing in cursive. We are currently still working our way through this set. She focused on one letter a day and wrote each letter pair (upper and lowercase) 4-5 times in the space provided. This was a short and sweet daily activity which I found useful in preparing her for longer cursive handwriting assignments in the near future.
Cursive Alphabet

We also chose several Daily Writing exercises for her to complete. Alyssa chose the themed topic. Each day a prompt was given to answer. My daughter wrote her response on the line provided. We used these worksheets to encourage daily writing practice and to prepare her for upcoming writing projects. I wanted to start her back slowly and increase the amount of writing she did every single day. Monday's pet themed question asked, "What is the best kind of pet?" Her response was cats.
Daily Writing

I was hoping to use the spelling lists with my daughter, but the words for her grade level were too easy. We ended up using the spelling game and activity worksheets as a way to learn her spelling words from her core curriculum. In the photo below, you will see the Spelling Write It Thrice worksheet and the Spelling Word Breakdown worksheet. The word "sluice" was difficult for her because she kept using an "s." I gave her these two worksheets as practice activities. She could easily spell the word correctly on her final test the next day. The Word Breakdown practice worksheet helped her focus on analyzing the spelling of the word. She saw the word, heard the word, wrote it, and spelled the word aloud.    

The next section we utilized quite frequently were the Math Worksheets. We started with 3rd and 4th Grade concepts. These worksheets were used as a way to review previously learned concepts while we waited for her new Math curriculum to arrive. We reviewed topics including but not limited to fractions, quadrilaterals, prime factorization, expanded notation, multiplication, division, place value, time, and many other concepts. There are numerous resources in this section. This section was our second favorite worksheet section. I started the year with a few weeks of review. I also wanted to assess her knowledge since she takes a month off to be with her father during the summer. I can't wait until the Daily Math printables are available for 2nd-5th grade. These will be excellent daily review resources and will be great on those busy days where you need a quick math worksheet. I can also see these worksheets as morning work. They can be cut and pasted in Math journals.

I wanted to see how much my daughter remembered from out state study. I printed out a worksheet asking her to choose the correct capital for a variety of states. It did not cover all of the states. I would have preferred a worksheet that did include all of the states in order to be complete.

We used the Test Maker features in several ways. I would obviously make and give Alyssa tests I created. My daughter loves book projects so I assigned her a book to read. Then, as her challenge assignment I asked her to create a 10 question test and a Word Search as her culmination project. I asked her to focus on the story elements. I seriously had to pull her off the computer. She felt like such a big girl. First, we reviewed similar questions for books possibly related to her topic. She couldn't find any useful pre-made questions. She chose Option 1 to create a test using her OWN questions. I modeled how to use the assessment feature and then let her diligently work. Each question can be a different type of question. This means that the test can include more than one type of question they can all be one type. It's your choice! She created a test including multiple choice and true/false questions about the book titled, The Three Pigs. The Preview feature enabled her to check her questions before saving them. She had a blast! She said, "I love this! I can make my own tests whenever I want. It helped me focus on the important details of a book." I did ask her to make each question private. She even asked me if she could make more tests for my students. Check out the process below.
Create a Test: Option 1

Add Your Own Questions
Preview the Questions and Answers

Alyssa's Test Creation
She made me take the test and said I passed. :)

What We Liked
We both appreciated having access to the Game Generators and the Test Maker features. My daughter loves puzzles so she constantly asked for Word Searches. She'll also never turn down the chance to play Bingo with her mama. Creating Word Searches for books is her new passion. Alyssa started completing her own The Three Pigs Word Search, but then she assigned it to me.

The My Content feature was extremely helpful, because it saved the tests or worksheets that were created making them easy to find and more accessible if in a hurry. Furthermore, you have the option of modifying your saved worksheets and tests. As soon as I logged in, My Content was visible. There is also an archive feature which allows you to store unused tests. I used this feature to get rid of the assessments I created during my exploratory phase or to set aside the ones my daughter already completed.

I was super excited when I figured out how to utilize the Test Room feature. My daughter doesn't have her own email address which limited our use of this feature, but I sent her an online assessment to my email so that I could see exactly how the platform worked. I went to Alyssa's school computer and logged into my email account. She clicked on the link they provided to take the test. The score was automatically generated and sent to my account. I viewed the results and graded any open-ended and fill-in-the-blank questions. I noticed that she could see the answers which motivated me to further research the Test Room capabilities. When you are sending an online assessment a setting must be adjusted. This process is simple and accomplished with an easy click of the mouse.

After figuring everything out, I created an Addition Pre-Assessment using the Test Maker feature. Then, I emailed the students in my online Elementary Math class. I don't actually have their email addresses, because they are automatically added into the company's system. Imagine my surprise when I noticed the share a public link option. I immediately shared the link to the pre-assessment on their homework board. They earned rewards for completing the test voluntarily, because I wanted feedback from their experience. One of my older students gladly shared his opinion.

Student Feedback
"Everything went smoothly and the site was easy to use. I like the layout of everything and how I could go back and review my answers before the test was over. I also liked how some questions were multiple choice and others were not."

Alyssa's Feedback
"I thought it was weird that I had to take the test through my mom's email account. It made it more difficult for me, because I had to wait to take the test. It was easy to use. I did enjoy answering the test questions."  

Possible Vendor Suggestions
  • Search Feature Needed for Specific Topics Across All Grade Levels
  • Student Password Account for Homeschoolers Wanting to Assign Worksheets and Tests Using the Test Room Feature and Online Lessons. A Specific Number of Accounts Cane Be Designated. 
  • Add More Games and Puzzle Options such as Crosswords, Concentration, Flashcard Games, etc.
  • Website First Appearance is Overwhelming
  • More Elementary and Intermediate Level Chapter-By-Chapter Novels Would Be Greatly Appreciated such as Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden, Mr. Popper's Penguins,  The Little Princess, Huckleberry Finn, and Robin Hood.
  • Math Game Generator Needs the Option of Spacing Out the Problems When a Smaller Number of Problems are Requested Which Provides Younger Students With More Room to Solve the Problem. 
  • Math Generate Can Offer Regrouping or No Regrouping Option
  • Test Maker needs a "Back" button
I recommend this educational resource for new and veteran home educators who utilize a traditional worksheet-based program. I also recommend it to tutors and classroom teachers of public and private schools. If you enjoy creating tests and printable games for your child, then this tool may also be useful to your homeschool. Individuals needing to report grades in certain states will find this resource beneficial too.

I have mixed feelings about this subscription service. I have a love/like relationship with I will consider renewing my subscription next year based on how useful the content is throughout the school year. I will also decide based on the amount of growth and expansion the company has over the year.

I was disappointed at times, because I wasn't always able to find topical resources to fit the needs of my homeschool and I didn't always have the time to create a worksheet. I do appreciate having the ability to create customized tests. This was definitely my go to resource when wanting to create a test. If this feature is used several times a week, then this feature alone may encourage you to consider the reasonable price offered for a subscription. However, it was not my go to tool when I was looking for specific materials.

The website definitely offers a decent amount and variety of educational materials that could easily supplement into your homeschool lessons depending on your needs.

Help Teaching Pro Subscription will ONLY cost you an affordable $24.95 for a year. Check out the FREE materials on their website as a way to try before you buy.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

TOS Review: CHSH Download Club Subscription from

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}

I've been using many resources from my annual ONLINE review subscription to the CHSH Download Club from, also known as the Christian HomeSchool Hub. The subscription offers a variety of educational materials and resources organized by subject or grade. There are OVER 50,000 unlimited downloadable products. Materials are available for a wide variety of subjects including but not limited to Science, Health, Math, Grammar, Bible, Reading, Writing, History, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages. There are resources for ALL ages and grades. You also have the option of sharing your own items. Furthermore, seasonal and holiday resources are also available on the website.

You can easily find items you want by doing a quick search. You can browse by categorized subject, grade, month, organization, or miscellaneous items. The search button enables you to locate items related to a specific topic or keyword. The search can be sorted a-z, z-a, or with newer products first. Many items have been created by the website developer and veteran teacher, Lynda Ackert. Other resources were offered on loan or by donation from specific vendors granting members permission to access their particular products.

Materials Available
  • Complete Curricula
  • Worksheets
  • Workbooks
  • Notebooking Sheets
  • Lapbooks
  • Unit Studies
  • Graphic Organizers and Templates
  • Flashcards
  • Games
  • Science Experiment Forms
  • Certificates
  • Homeschool Planning Forms
  • Parent Forms
  • Out-of-Print Books
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How We Used the CHSH Download Club
I used this homeschool resource with Alyssa (Age 8) who works at a 3rd-5th grade level approximately 3-5 times per week. I obtained the resources on my MAC computer using Safari as my preferred browser. After logging in, I browsed the many resources offered. We explored the resources and I found several items of interest. We decided to pick-and-choose items to complete based on Alyssa's interests, abilities, and subjects learned. She also worked on several items a day when lessons were short. In August, I slowly added back one subject at a time using the worksheets as a review. Let me tell you about a few of our favorite selections. As you read through my review, please click on he pictures to enlarge.    

Picture Book Units
One product I utilized first were the 8-page picture book units suitable for children in 1st-3rd grade. I wanted to keep things simple this summer, so I allowed my daughter to chose any book unit of interest as long as we owned the book. I wanted to use the units to motivate her to read more, reduce summer learning loss, and possibly help keep us on track with school. The resources were formatted exactly the same with colorful cover pages using eye-catching photographs of the book covers. Each unit consisted of contextual vocabulary found within the reading comprehension questions and two journal pages. The Table of Contents described the types of pages and their use. We really liked the fact that before, during, and after questions were offered. She worked on predictions, connections, and questioning skills. These book units were done together. I also alternated the picture book units with the chapter book units so that we could cover more book units during the review period. 

The first book unit she chose was Jumanji. She placed her worksheets on a clipboard with a pencil nearby. First, we discussed the pre-reading questions before reading the book aloud. She also made predictions about the story based on the cover. Then, as I read aloud the book we paused to verbally discuss and answer reading comprehension questions which often reflected on vocabulary words within the context of the story. She wrote her responses before moving on so that she wouldn't forget them. I told Alyssa that good readers ask questions while they read. I modeled how to use questioning while reading a story. She shared the questions she formulated during and after the reading. She verbally answered the AFTER reading questions about the plot. One unique aspect of the book unit was the observation of the art or illustrator's craft. My daughter's favorite part were the journal pages, because they involved drawing. She usually chose the journal page allowing her to draw in her own style. We even watched the movie during a play date after reading the book. I was pretty lenient when using these worksheets over the summer. I encouraged complete sentences but didn't require them. 

The Make Way for Ducklings was another fun book unit we utilized during the review period. The book is a classic picture book. The book unit format helped create a familiar routine. Alyssa knew what was expected and was ready to work. She responded to reading comprehension questions in written format and the journal pages tapped into her creative side putting those drawing skills to work.   

We recently completed the Black and White book unit which was an interesting book. My daughter's journal page drawings were exceptional from this book unit. Her favorite scene was clearly depicted. We were impressed with the style and artwork of this book.   

Chapter Book Literature Units
Ralph S. Mouse and the Whipping Boy were the first two chapter book units we completed. These are suitable for children working at a 4th-8th grade level. We will begin a new chapter book soon. Alyssa will choose the book this time based on the available units.  

Ralph S. Mouse written by Beverly Cleary was an enjoyable book for my daughter to read. After reading the first chapter, she said the book was kind of boring which surprised me. She gave the book a second shot and was hooked into the story. The materials related to this unit were easy to use. I appreciated how the reading comprehension questions covered one chapter at a time. Factual and reflective questions were given. There were 4-7 questions per chapter enabled her to dig deep into the story. The answers were given for individuals who prefer using them. I always asked Alyssa to mark where she found the answers to the questions in the margins. This unit even included an awesome word search. I am a huge fan of graphic organizer usage when teaching reading strategies and skills. I believe if used correctly they can improve critical and analytical thinking skills. The picture below shows a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two characters, Ryan and Brad. After reading Alyssa paragraph contrasting and comparing the two boys, I learned that we needed to focus on paragraph formation using a topic and closing sentence again. The vocabulary was used in the context of the story using fill-in-the-blank sentences making the terms more meaningful. Six extended book activities were provided. Alyssa chose 1-2 book extensions to complete, but she had to make sure we had all the supplies needed before starting the project. One of her book projects at the end was to compare and contrast the movie to the book. We found an animated You Tube movie for her to watch online. 

The most recent chapter book unit we completed was about the Whipping Boy. We have plans to revisit the Whipping Boy book so we didn't complete the extended projects this time. She listed a few that she wanted to do later. My daughter did enjoy the challenge of the analogies after learning new vocabulary. She looked each vocabulary word up in the dictionary which strengthened her dictionary skills and expanded her vocabulary knowledge. She read and chose the correct definition based on the context of the story. Younger children could benefit from having multiple choice definitions (2-3 choices). It was a lot of writing in one day. I quickly realized that the reading assignment length was too long when paired with vocabulary work. I divide the reading and vocabulary over a 2-day period. Furthermore, I had a hard time dividing up the chapters. I didn't know which vocabulary words and reading comprehension questions were from which chapters. I wish that the chapters were indicated on the answer sheet in the margin area.     
Reading and Vocabulary Work
Reading Comprehension Questions and Answer Key

Character Trait Study With Literature Connections
The Learning About Character Traits Study contains a book list of literature connections, but ANY book or character can be used for each unit. The author, Lynda Ackert, offers 2-3 books for each character trait unit. She also provided a suggested weekly use plan covering one unit a week with teacher tips. Each week follows the same format. The term, character trait, is clearly defined within the pages of the resource. The PDF book covered 40 character traits which are listed in the Table of Contents. Three pages are dedicated to each trait. The set included an eye-catching colorful trait definition poster to display, a character trait analysis graphic organizer, and a simple literature connection sheet. We read the book titled, Owl Babies, when learning about exhibiting the Anxious character trait. When discussing the Demanding character trait, we read a book called If You Give a Pig a Pancake

First, we read the book together snuggled on the couch. Even though my daughter is almost 9 and can read independently, one of her favorite together activities is for me to read aloud books. I also wanted to spend more time reading to her so this resource helped me improve that goal. Then, we completed the character trait analysis sheet. This sheet frequently addressed text-to-self connections. My daughter reread the book independently before completing the literature connection sheet. She used post-its to mark the book pages for information needed in the graphic organizer as the Words, Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions related to the trait exhibited.

Topical Math Worksheet Packets
All of the Math worksheets were utilized to review previously learned skills. She was at her father's for over a month in the summer and I was afraid that she would forget difficult Math concepts. She really needed a solid foundation of basic Math concepts before beginning her advanced Math curriculum. She did need to brush up on a few skills, but luckily she had truly mastered many concepts. Check out a few Math concepts we reviewed below.

Adding and Subtracting Mixed Fractions is a gigantic 232-page resource choked full of practice worksheets suitable for 4th-6th grade students. The packet covered a variety of fraction skills related to addition and subtraction. Mixed and improper fractions are addressed. Word problems, regrouping, and least common multiple (LCM) are just a few of the topics reviewed. In the beginning a visual model is shown with an informative teaching blurb to review. The lesson become more complex and progressively more difficult over time.

Subtracting Fractions with Regrouping

Working with Fractions
This workbook resource contained 222 pages of worksheets in color for children in 2nd-4th grade. She completed a few basic worksheets asking her to name and identify fractions. Answer keys were also provided. There are several other fraction resources available.

We will definitely continue using the fraction worksheets until her core Math curriculum arrives which should be soon. These resources have been extremely helpful during this transition.

Roman Numerals
The 41-page Working With Roman Numerals resource served as an excellent review. I did a quick mini-lesson and read aloud the Roman Numeral rules. We displayed the Roman Numeral poster for a few days while she reviewed material using the worksheets. She never really looked at the poster after the first day. We didn't print out the entire unit, because she was familiar with the concept. I chose several pages based on what she had been previously taught. The answer keys were in a vertical list format for this packet. A crossword puzzle was available to challenge your puzzle loving student.

Learning to Check Division Problems is a 22-page resource reminding children how to check their division work and the importance of checking work. You'll always know if a division problem is correct or not if you check your work. A decent amount of space to show work is given if your child can write small enough. The final answers are written on the side which makes checking work a breeze.

This was a unique worksheet approach. Alyssa had to check the division problems using multiplication. Then, she had to decide whether the given answer was correct or incorrect. She's always been required to check her own work using multiplication, but she was never given the answers first. Some answers included remainders. She said she felt like a teacher grading a paper, but that it was neat activity. Answer keys were provided. The answer keys are a must for me when it comes to checking Math work, because it simplifies everything.

She also worked from another 76-page division packet titled, 3-Digit Dividends With and Without Remainders. There were too many problems on one sheet so I ended up slitting it up over several days. She also worked the problems on a separate sheet of paper so she could have more room to write. 

Math Games
One engaging 3-page game we enjoyed playing together was Multiplication Turtle Tic Tac Toe. We used centimeter blocks as markers and printed the game board twice. She wanted to play this game over and over again to review. Basically, you roll the dice and multiply the two factors or numbers to get a product. If that product (answer) is on your card, then you can cover the number. We took turns rolling the dice. The first person to cover 5 numbers in a row wins the game. The colorful game board and adorable turtle character appealed to my daughter. I believe these features made her more interested in the game. This game covers single digit multiplication up to 6x6=36.

The Daily Geography is a 36-week resource suitable for children in 3rd-5th grade. The book contains 157 pages. The first page of each weekly assignment contains information about a topic to be discussed together. This is just a short blurb which makes maintaining the child's attention easier. The answer key and vocabulary are also provided on that same page for easy teacher reference. The answer key indicated the answers for each daily assignment.

The daily assignments are in bold print and indicated across a 2-page spread. A map or coordinating activity sheet is frequently included as a tool for answering questions. There is a Glossary at the back of the book. Furthermore, a Geography Glossary binder cover and a My Glossary page enabling users to list and define new related words is offered. I absolutely LOVE Daily Geography. I've been looking for a Geography supplement that is quick and simple to use. I wanted it to address topics not mentioned thoroughly in her core curriculum. The text font and size are easy to read. We will definitely continue using this resource!

I found a 41-page Sentence Types workbook which covered the four different types of sentences: Declarative, Imperative, Exclamatory, and Imperative. It was the perfect back-to-school review supplement to use before beginning our new Grammar curricula. The workbook pages emphasized a learn, practice, and test approach. Answer keys were provided with answers indicated in a bold red color.

First, I used the poster to discuss the sentence types in sets of two. She didn't need to do the complete packet so I didn't print the entire book. I carefully selected and printed off several of the worksheets covering the skills I needed to address. She completed exercises relate to the two sentence types. As I added in a new sentence type, the worksheets she used became more cumulative. She worked through several pages to review the concept until she felt confident that she mastered it. Then, I printed a test for her to complete in order for me to assess her level of understanding. Once she made a 100% we moved to a new topic. I displayed the posters on the wall after she studied them. They will later be added to her Language Arts binder. We now use the formal names for the types of sentences as we work through her Grammar curriculum book.
Planning and Organizational Forms
The calendar and record keeping documentation forms were helpful to our homeschool. I printed several specific forms for my personal binder. I may or may not keep up with the binder as the busy year progresses, but at least these forms are ready for the school year. I like that I can customize my homeschool planner using the forms I want or need. As you can already see I haven't started using several of the forms yet. I am still in prep mode.

Attendance Form
The horizontal attendance form is in chart or table format listing the numbered days across the top and the months vertically on the left side. At the end of each month, there is space to write the number of days taught and the number of days year-to-date. We aren't required to track attendance in Texas, but I am curious how many days we thane school so I'd like to track it this year. I also wanted to have it on record just in case it was needed in the future. I later added a notation system at the bottom of the page including marks such as A=Absent, P= Present, H=Holiday, W=Weekend, etc. Then, I highlighted the days as I counted them for each month.

Extra-Curricular Log for Field Trips, Concerts, Plays, and Sports
A space is given to write the name and location of the event in addition to the date, type of activity, and the class or significance. I am hoping we'll attempt more field trips this year with the local homeschool community. I often forget places we visited as the year progresses so this record sheet will remind me.

Volunteering and Community Service Log
There is a place to indicate my daughter's name, grade, and year. The form gives space to indicate the place, your role in serving, the time, and the date. My daughter made a goal of helping the community twice a month. This form will help her track her activities.

Daily Grade Log (monthly)
Each column is titled with a subject such as Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. You fill-in who the grade log is for in addition to the month and year. I immediately realized that I needed a blank form which enables me to write my own subjects. I like to split up Language Arts. I am not sure if or how long I will use this form, but I am going to attempt using it this year.
Mixed Group of Forms 

Reading Log
She used the Reading log to track some of the books she read. I want her to be more consistent with recording them this year so this was a practice run for us.

Other Items of Interest

  • Human Anatomy and Audubon Bird Coloring Book
  • Cursive ASL Handwriting 
  • U.S. President Timelines, Fact Cards, and Color Pages
  • Full Spanish Curriculum
  • Sermon Notes for Kids

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Possible Vendor Suggestions
  • Indicate which items are available for a limited time on temporary loan.
  • Create more Math games addressing advanced Math concepts.
  • Add more Elementary U.S. History materials.
  • Add more easy to find picture books to the Character Study even though a book list was provided.
  • Thoroughly check the website for necessary updates. Some materials weren't accessible all the time. 
  • Attention is needed for minor glitches in the website. For example, needing to log in again immediately after logging in. 
  • Offer more picture book and chapter units with cumulative assessments - include a series of historical fiction.
  • Break up longer worksheets into smaller chunks for younger readers. For example, the Whipping Boy format seemed overwhelming to both of us. I would cover only 1-2 chapters and organize it like the Ralph S. Mouse unit. Another option would be to mark vocabulary and questions with chapter indicators making it easier for parents or educators to create a more manageable work load for the needs of their particular children.  
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