Monday, October 30, 2017

Let the Little Children Come tracts {review}

When working in children's programs, I've learned that most children respond to hands-on items.  A game, a craft, or a fun handout of some kind can go a long with keeping their attention and teaching important concepts.  It seems to hold true whether it is homeschool co-op classes or children's church.

Recently, Let the Little Children Come offered us the opportunity to review Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack, and these are exactly the type of item that can be used in junior church to catch a child's attention and get them interested in the message.

This sampler pack includes 10 popular gospel tracts and evangelism tools to help children understand the gospel.

John 3:16 Animated Tract
Gospel Buttons FlipAbout
The Most Amazing House Pop-Up Tract
Wordless Bracelet Kit
The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract
The Lost Easter Egg Pop-Up Tract
John 3:16 FlipAbout
Silicon Salvation Bracelet - Medium
Where's Everybody Going? Animated Tract
Wordless Book

The variety of tracts and tools offered in this sample pack is great for showing the wide variety of tools that are available for your different needs, and for seeing how the gospel is presented through these tools.  Many of the items have information about salvation and prayers for children to pray for salvation, so the sampler gives you a good idea as to which ones will align with your beliefs and be most useful for the situations in which you will most need them.  Having a variety of different tools on hand lets you also have something relevant in your "back pocket" so to speak, whenever the opportunity arises for a conversation about the gospel.

The Animated Tracts are really cute.  The picture actually looks like it is moving, and I guarantee you, this is going to keep children interested in what you're saying.  The Wordless Bracelet Kits would be a fun craft activity to do with a small group.  Some of these may need to be explained by a teacher or leader, but these make great object lessons.  Others, however, have the information printed inside them, and can be sent home in goody bags after a celebration or just passed out after events.  Some are seasonal, like the Easter and Christmas tracts, while others are universal and can be used any time of the year.

 Let the Little Children Come Gospel Tracks

In addition to the sample pack, which gives you a sneak peak at the variety offered by Let the Little Children Come, you can order each of these tracts or tools in packs of 10 or 20.  This makes them ideal for classes and groups for Sunday School, Junior church, Good News Club, VBS, church camp, goody bag treats, or other similar purposes.  While they are designed to be utilized in different ways, they all serve the same purpose of spreading the gospel.

Let The Little Children Come

You can find out more about the products of Let The Little Children Come by reading our review of their pumpkin box-tracts, browsing their website or checking them out on Facebook.

Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools {Let the Little Children Come Reviews}

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Changes are Coming

Just a sneak peak at things to come . . .

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Safety Scissors & Pencil Grips (review)

I've talked quite a bit about The Pencil Grip, Inc., and their art supplies, but today I am reviewing something completely different!  We were recently given the opportunity to try out two other products.  The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit are both training tools for children.

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The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are designed for children 3 years old and up, but are specifically designed with an additional protective element that I have never seen before.  Most toddler safety scissors are dull or have the raised plastic sides, making clean cuts nearly impossible.  These scissors have the spring for children with limited strength or coordination, or those just learning to use scissors who need more controlled movements.  However, what makes these scissors unique, is that they have regular "big kid" blades, but these blades have a plastic safety shield that encases them.  You slide the paper into the small opening, and use them as you would regular scissors.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors

My 4 year old found these a little cumbersome to use and asked for regular scissors.  I used them to help her finish her project one day, and found that while they do cut well, they don't "turn" smoothly, due to the plastic case.  It does take a little extra effort, which can frustrate a child who already has decent scissor skills.

I can see how these scissors could be highly beneficial for children who might have motor control issues, or those who lack impulse control.  The plastic case eliminates accidental cuts, because fingers can't get between the blades.   I can see them cutting down (pun intended!) on other scissor accidents from curious kids - it would be too difficult to cut clothes or hair without very careful and intentional work to feed the item through the case.  It won't completely deter a determined toddler, but it might slow them down!

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit includes three grips in different styles for different stages.

The Crossover Grip is for training, and is best used with adult supervision, for gentle reminders.  It has a "superhero cape" that provides more structure.  The Pinch Grip is the transition grip, and it has the partial wings for continued structure, but allowing some freedom.  The final stage is the Pencil Grip.  This kit is great for children who are just learning to write, or those that have fine motor issues and need more guidance in pencil/pen grip.  The grips can help with proper finger positioning and for the child who perhaps holds too tightly or presses too hard.  The grips literally forces a correct pencil grip to aid in various ways, as I tried them out myself and had to readjust the way I was writing.  I found the regular Pencil Grip to be the best fit, but it wasn't easy to get used to.  My kids don't have significant writing issues, and don't do well with transitions, so although they thought the grips were neat, I found them coming off the pencils regularly.  It's hard to break old habits, but I think younger kids shouldn't have this issue.  The kit comes in assorted colors, and the grips are available individually for purchase.

Ultra Safe Safety Scissors & Pencil Grip Training Kit {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reading Eggs Review

Recently we had the opportunity to review Reading Eggs which is an online reading program designed to help children learn to read.  It is full of games, activities and songs to make reading fun and interesting.  I have been using it with my 4 year old.  While I don't require any school subjects at this age, all of my kids have been interested in learning to read around this age, and she is no exception.  She's quite precocious and enjoys learning activities while her big siblings are doing school, so this seemed like a good fit for her.  We also received access to Mathseeds, and I'll address that learning area as well!

There are three major components to Reading Eggs, each targeting a different reading level.

Reading Eggs Junior is for ages 2-4 and and has toddler games and preschool activities.  It provides exposure to words, sounds and letters through read-aloud books, alphabet games, songs and other phonemic awareness activities.  Eleanor spent some time in here, and I felt like it is definitely for the younger crowd, if you allow screen time at that age, or older children with no exposure to the alphabet yet.  It is slow paced and gentle.

Reading Eggs, for ages 3-7, is designed to help children learn to read.  It utilizes the five essential keys to reading success:
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Fluency
Reading Eggspress is for fluent readers and is targeted at 7-13 year olds.  The focus shifts from learning to read, to reading to learn.  Activities and games help children build their reading, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills.

Reading Eggs Lessons

The original Reading Eggs is where Eleanor spent most of her time.  When you start the program, you can take a placement test.  Eleanor knows her letters and sounds, but isn't actually reading yet, so I wanted her to start at the beginning to get used to the program before getting to any new material.  The placement test determines which "map" they start on.  There are 12 maps, with 10 lessons each, for 120 lessons.

The maps represent a broad level, with 40 lessons in each level.

Level 1 Starting Out in the Zoo
Maps 1-4 are for beginning readers or those with little reading skills.

Level 2 Beginning to Read in the Playground
The next group of lessons (maps 5-8) is for emerging readers and focuses on short vowel words and more high frequency sight words.

Level 3 Building Confidence at the Theme Park
For early readers, maps 9-12 cover long vowel words, builds fluency, and helps children read for meaning.

Inside the lessons, you have a series of activities to complete.  The activities are locked, and you must complete them in order, but once they are unlocked, you are free to go back and repeat activities or to return to previous lessons.

 The activities this early in the program typically revolve around one letter at a time - clicking on the /n/ sound (as it hopped around the screen, then in short words), identifying the letter N in different fonts among a grid of other letters, or dragging words that start with n (like nest) to a picture that matches.

As a lesson is completed, the student earns a little character, which hatches out of an egg with a rhyme and dance.  There is a book that shows the collection of each character, where they can watch the videos again.

Most of the activities are very easy for my 4 year old right now.  The computer skill required is minimal - usually point and click or sometimes drag and drop.  There is an app too, which might be more beneficial to children who can't quite use a mouse or mousepad yet.

One small issue we had with the actual activities is one that asked the student to choose the capital and lowercase letter that matched from about four letters.  One round of the game gave a capital I (Ii) and a lowercase l (Ll) but the font used made them look exactly the same, so she couldn't figure out which combination (along with the lowercase i) that she was supposed to match up.  It just seemed like a poor choice of combinations for the purpose of that activity.  Otherwise, her main issue seems to be not hearing the instructions, and not being able to find a "repeat" button so she can hear them again.

A few lessons in, students are introduced to CVC words like Sam and cat, and words like "I" and "am" so that they are building and reading sentences like I am Sam or I am a cat.

Because of this, I feel like a child needs to have a lot of experience with identifying sounds, with word play and with early reading skills in general.  Otherwise, blending, identifying sight words, and making sentences could potentially be difficult or frustrating.  There is a playroom in Reading Eggs and now the Reading Eggs Junior section that can help with some of this, but I am glad that Eleanor was already to this point.

She was so excited when she read her first few words, so if a child is ready, this can be a very rewarding program!

Each map also ends with a quiz where the student can earn a certificate!  If your child is motivated by rewards, this is a nice feature.  There are also different areas of the program where the student can play games, buy items for their avatar, listen to songs, read books, and do other fun activities outside of their lessons.  Storylands, Spelling and Driving Tests allow the child to continue learning outside of the standard lessons.  The games and store, possibly more, require the use of "golden eggs" which are earned during the lessons.  It's pretty easy to navigate, and once they learn their way around, you might have to keep an eye on the child to make sure they are doing lessons, and not just playing.  

For the Parent

When you login in to your dashboard, you can click on a tab for each child you have on your account,  then the program, and it shows you their progress.

You can also access a Parent User Guide, if you need a visual walk-through of how to use the program.  As the parent, you can also print out Activity Sheets, which give you a list of learning objects and worksheets to share with your young child.  There are color worksheets available as well.

New to the program is the Homeschool Program, which is a 36-week outline for K-2 Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  It details the online lessons, books, quizzes and assessments available in the program, putting them in a logical order, so you don't have to create your own lesson plans.

Depending on your child's age and your homeschool style and philosophy, you could easily use this as a complete curriculum, or use it to supplement another primary curriculum.


Also, as part of the review we received access to Mathseeds.  My daughter has loved this area as well!  Mathseeds is for children 3-9 and is a similar set up as Reading Eggs.  The main avatar is an acorn, and golden acorns are earned for lessons, which can be spent in other areas.

I did let her take the placement test for this, because she's been doing K level math for awhile now.  She placed in map two, as there were a lot of number words involved, and she's only 4 and just not reading yet.  She was just thrilled to begin what she calls "my math" and begs to play daily.

The biggest difference I have seen between Reading Eggs and Mathseeds is that Mathseeds has less lessons per map (Reading Eggs - 10, Mathseeds - 5) but considerably more activities per lesson.  Where Reading Eggs only has 10 activities, give or take, Mathseeds can have around 20 activities in one lesson.  This means that sometimes she is "done" in terms of attention-span, well before the lesson is complete, so she has to resume another day.  The lessons are cute and interactive though, and she really enjoys them.

Final Thoughts

Reading Eggs has grown considerably since I first used it with my now 5th grader.  The additional levels, the activity sheets, the homeschool program and even Mathseeds helps make this program more comprehensive and accessible for even more children.  Overall, my daughter is in love.  For our family, this is a fabulous early learning activity for the precocious preschooler who just wants more, and I think it is a fabulous supplement for older students!

There are varying purchasing options (monthly, 6 months, 12 months) for both Reading Eggs and Mathseeds, so you can choose the subscription that best meets your needs.  You can sign up now to receive a free four week trial.  This offer is good through November 30, 3017.

Reading Eggs

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 {review}

We live rural, so we have a lot of downtime in the car.  Listening to audio productions is a great way for us to pass the time in the car.  It is even better when I can have something fun and educational and appropriate for a wide range of ages.  I was thrilled to receive Brinkman Adventures Season 4 to review.  The Brinkman Adventures are radio shows that tell real-life, modern missionary stories.  I have four kids that range from 2-10 years old, and it can be hard to appeal to all of them, but this was a great way to keep them all quiet and engaged!

The Brinkman Adventures are told through the adventures of the fictional Brinkman family, acted out by a real life family.  The episodes frequently alternate between the Brinkmans and their local adventures, and missionary activities across the world.  The stories are often "retold" by a missionary through a special presentation, or by one of the Brinkman children on the family blog.  The stories are fictionalized, but do contain elements based on true stories.  You can read the real stories, but I would suggest doing that after listening to the episode.  It's a great way to connect further with the underlying message, especially if a child especially loves a particular episode.

Whenever we'd get in the car, I'd hear "Can you turn our stories on!?"  If I asked where we left off (like after the husband accidentally took the CD out when we'd left off in the middle of a story) they could tell me exactly which story we were on and give me extensive details about the plot.  If an episode ended and I turned the radio off because we were only a few minutes out from home, they were disappointed that I wouldn't start the next one.  They were intrigued and couldn't wait to listen to more!

I asked the kids about their favorite episodes.  I know my 4 year old would just answer CAMBODIA because the big kids had just studied Cambodia in geography and she was excited at the connection.  My 8 year old said that "The Crashed Kitchen" was his favorite.  The theme is God Doesn't Make Mistakes, and this is shown in both the folktale story that opens the story, and the actual missionary story.  My 10 year old said he liked them all equally, and couldn't choose just one favorite.

I really appreciate that I can let my children listen to these without worrying about what message they are receiving.  I know they are hearing about faith, love and trusting God.  I feel these are family friendly, though there is a warning on some stories that children 10 and under should listen with parents, due to intense scenes.  While my children didn't feel they were terribly upsetting, I can see how an extremely sensitive child would need a parent to listen first to screen for any potential issues.

We received a physical CD set, but the adventures are also available to download.  There are over 5 hours of audio, and the episodes are approximately half an hour each.  This is just the right length of time for younger kids, though older kids can certainly listen to a few episodes per sitting, and in fact, will probably insist!  I believe Brinkman Adventures are so good because they aren't just a monotone voice reading a story to us - they are using exciting sound effects and music and real people to tell a real story.  As we are taking in all the sounds, we are forced to imagine with the rest of our senses - our emotions are stirred and the picture we paint in our mind of God's hand at work is only limited by our own imagination.

We've also been blessed to review Season 3 in addition to Brinkman Adventures Season 4, and after listening to two seasons, I am confident we will be adding the rest to our collection.  These stories are wonderful for families, giving so many opportunities for discussion and personal reflection.  They would also be good for youth groups and other small group activities.

Brinkman Adventures

To find out more, check out the Brinkman Adventures website, listen to samples, visit their Facebook page, and read more crew reviews!

Brinkman Adventures Season 4

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CTCMath {review}

Today I want to share an interesting review with you!  Recently we were given another opportunity to review CTCMath.  I was given a Family Membership to use with my kids, which is one subscription for the entire family - and homeschool families receive 60% off + 6 bonus months.

CTCMath Review

CTCMath is a video-based instructional math program for K-12 students.  They suggest that K-8 levels are complete curriculum, though high schoolers should use it as a supplement.  We are currently using CTCMath for 5th grade, 3rd grade, and my 4 year old is using the Kindergarten section.  It's been incredibly interesting to see the results so far!

My 4 year old is eager and precocious and was already doing several pages each week in a Kindergarten Math curriculum workbook, at her request, so I knew she'd enjoy having the exact same math program as the big kids.  Now she asks for her "computer math" a few times a week, and is working steadily through the Kindergarten level.  At this level, the videos are about five minutes on average which is doable, but there could be 20+ questions.  Sometimes she takes a break and comes back later or the next day to finish the questions.  She's doing lessons on counting, number words, shapes and such.  It's a fun way for her to have something special to do, without being too demanding.  When a lesson proves to be too much, one of her big brothers usually comes to her aid, or I just direct her to a different lesson or send her to play.  She may only complete a lesson a week this way, but for her age, I don't even require school work, so I'm completely satisfied with this progress.

Completed "worksheet" of the Questions for a Kindergarten lesson.

My 10 year old is the child that is difficult to please when it comes to math.  He's good at it, but doesn't particularly like it.  I asked him to give this a try again, and he agreed.  Not only that, he has agreed to switch to CTCMath and work towards a mutually agreed upon final grade.  My 3rd grader, who initially said he wanted to stick with his original math program, asked to switch after a week or so of watching his siblings use it!

So what makes it so special?  It's hard to pinpoint exactly.

The video tutorials are voiced over, and you see computerized graphics, charts or other visual elements.  This allows the student to have the auditory input of the teacher, without the distractions of a person on the screen.  The lessons are short (average 10 minutes, often much less) and to the point.  From the lesson, the student can this access the questions.

Although the lessons are taught through video, you can access a PDF summary, so if the material is already familiar, you can just do a quick review.  You can also access the questions without watching the video - so again, if the material is familiar and I'm confident they know it, I can just have the kids skip the video.  For instance, I allowed Emory to skip the video on the Greater Than/Less Than lesson.

I'm still not a fan of the "counting on fingers" strategy that is sometimes recommended in the lower grades, but I do like that the program offers different ways to look at some topics than I might present it.

CTC Math follows a logical scope and sequence, but allows students to move between lessons, and between all grade levels.  This means all lessons for all levels are available at any time, which means if a student gets "stuck" in an area, they can either move down to a lower grade and review it at a simpler level, or they could move to a different stream of math, and focus on something else for awhile.  If they need more challenge, they can skip over previously learned material (there are tests for each set of lessons, so they can test out if you wish) and not waste time on stuff they've mastered.  They can also move up to a higher level if they have interest in learning something more advanced.  As a homeschool family, we really appreciate this flexibility, because we all know that children learn at different levels, and may not be at "grade level" for every single skill.

Grades are calculated automatically, and repeated attempts are averaged.  Certificates can be awarded for each section, and the color (bronze, silver, gold) is based on the final score.  For children who are motivated in this manner, it is a great feature.

All of the work is done on the computer, there's nothing to print out (at least at our current grade levels) except completed worksheets.  The completed worksheets must be printed immediately though, because once closed you can only see the score.  These work great for portfolios though, and I print about one a month for this reason.  However, my 5th grader has been instructed to get out pencil and paper to work out problems in writing, so he also has this work that can be put into his portfolio.

From the parent account, I can preview lessons/questions, see cumulative scores, print a checklist of skills per grade, download reports, set tasks, determine their "passing" grade, and do other administrative tasks.

There were a few minor things here and there that we had to adjust to (no commas in large numbers, vocabulary, etc) but no major issues.  So far we are enjoying the program, and I intend to use it for the rest of the year.

You can check out a free trial and sample lessons from all levels, and be sure to check out crew reviews - other crew members are reviewing all different levels!


CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Peek into our Homeschool: September 2017

Well, we're a more than a week into October, so I should probably get September's summary posted before another month flies by!

September was a busy month, both in our homeschool and out.

We first went on vacation to Atlanta!  We stayed with my grandmother, so that meant a lot of our downtime was spent outdoors just playing and informal and impromptu nature study - like when my grandma told a story about a black snake, and my brother-in-law went for a walk and came back with a (freshly killed) copperhead.  It came from right where the girls and I had been walking that morning!

There was also plenty of playtime with cousins, shooting a bow and arrow, and playing in the rain!

My grandmother has had this puzzle for as long as I can remember, and all of my kids have loved it.  This is Eleanor's first time playing with it, and she figured it out right away!  (There's a few pieces I still struggle to remember!)

While most of our time was spent visiting with my family, we also wanted to do a few field trips while we were there.  This year we went to the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

In our Homeschool
After vacation, we jumped back in full force, adding in the rest of our subjects.  We are doing a review of CTC Math and both boys have asked to switch to it.  We'll see how long that enthusiasm lasts, but I'll take it for now!  We're also still working out some kinks with a few subjects (history/science/geography) and our daily routine, but I'll share more in October once we have, hopefully, figured it all out.

Everything else is going well though.  We finished up our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and they watched the newer movie on Netflix for movie night.

Our Hymn this month was "Marching to Zion" and our Folk Song was "The Outlandish Knight."  I was unfamiliar with the folk song and we listened through without me first reading the lyrics.  Let's just say, it surprised us, but it was definitely memorable!

Outside the Home
Aside from our vacation, we also started back to AWANA!  We have one in Puggles, one in Cubbies, and two in T&T 3rd and 5th.   Husband and I are leading T&T 4th grade.

Co-op started back too!  I'm teaching an elementary literature class, and it will be loosely FIAR-ish in style, with the focus on language arts.  Eloise is in the toddler room.  Eleanor (4's) has Before Five in a Row and Gym.  Elliott has Gym, Art and Science, and Emory has Art, Literature and Science.  They love it so far!

We had a family cookout and hayride, and a church cookout and hayride.  We also went to the nearby Fall Fest.  Elliott did the bull riding, they made stress balls with sand in a balloon, we bought a few little things (I got some cute earrings made by a local homeschool mom - also the boys' art teacher!) and they got to shoot a fire hose with the fire department.

Of course I went to the library book sale.  Not a ton of great stuff this year, or I missed it, but I picked up a few titles for homeschooling or free reads.  I either recognized the title or author of all of these, or the series in the case of Who Was Monet?  For the price, I didn't mind getting the ones I wasn't specifically familiar with, so I can skim them and determine if they're keepers or not.  Elliott also went with me and he picked out a big snake book for Emory too, which he devoured.

Busy month with the vacation trip and starting back up with extra activities, but it's been a good month!  We're almost back into a routine with homeschooling, and once we get that ironed out, I think the rest of the year should go fairly smoothly.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive {review}

Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks offers a variety of print, cursive and math workbooks for elementary students.  My 8 year old needs to learn cursive, so I was happy to review Easy Peasy Cursive, which looks unique and helpful.

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook

Channie's workbooks were specifically developed by Chan Bohacheff for her son who had handwriting struggles.  The books are unique in that they offer a more visual representation with vertical dotted lines and colored blocks in order to assist with proper letter formation, sizing, spacing, and even punctuation.

Although the books were developed for children with difficulties writing, I believe they are suitable for children of all abilities.  Beginning writers, struggling writers or those who just need review would all benefit from this.

The cursive book has 80 pages, and focuses on introducing the alphabet.  The book teaches the letters in alphabetical order, teaching both the capital and lowercase version together.  Each letter has a few pages of practice.  The first page has the guided arrows for tracing.  There is not a sample with the letter broken down into steps, which would be beneficial for some of the letters with more loops.  I always model the letter first, so he knows which direction to loop, otherwise he sometimes tries to lift his pencil or loop in the wrong direction.  The second page has more practice for the same letter without the arrows.  Finally, there is a blank page to practice writing the letters without tracing.

We follow the Charlotte Mason method, which means we need short lessons, and he should focus on creating a few beautiful letters over many mediocre letters.  The way this book is set up works well for our needs.  There are 5 lines on each page, so I have him do a line or two for each letter, then move on to a new page the next day.  There is no cumulative practice built in, so after a week or so, I have him go back and do a line from a few previous letters.  Sometimes I will instruct him to use one of the blank pages to also write out the letters he knows to that point.

The end of the book has one page, front and back, with words to write and copy.  I wish there were a couple of pages like this built in throughout the workbook, using learned letters, so there would be more practice with connecting letters.  I think it is often very effective to put a new skill into practice, but the blank pages can be used for this too, as long as the parent provides a good model first.  Or, perhaps, there should be a book two!

So far, Emory is enjoying the workbook, and his letters are turning out well for being completely new to cursive.  He likes to look over his row of letters and circle his very best sample, especially on days where he's writing the letters independently.  I am please with the results we are achieving.

Other books from Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks that the crew has reviewed:

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 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks {Reviews}
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Super Teacher Worksheets {review}

There are very few worksheet websites that excite me, but Super Teacher Worksheets is one that really does work well with our homeschooling style.  Recently we received their Individual Membership for review, and I am here to tell you, the variety and depth of this resource astounds me!

Super Teacher Worksheets

There is a little bit of everything on this website!  The major categories include:
  • Math
  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Chapter Books
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Holidays
  • Puzzles & Brain Teasers
  • Teacher Helps
  • Pre-K & Kindergarten
These broad categories are typically further divided by grade level or concept (i.e. Science - animals, human body, weather, etc.) to make it easier to find something interesting.  The categories are listed down the side of the website, and I'd prefer a header or drop down menu of some sort, so it's always visible at the top of the page, or at least more quickly accessible than scrolling up and down when I pass what I'm looking for, but it's not a deal breaker.

There is such variety here, that there is always something to enhance our studies.

My preschooler has used a lot of the worksheets from the Phonics and Early Literacy section and the Pre-K and Kindergarten section.  I'm not typically one to offer worksheets to a preschooler, but this kid thrives on them, and strongly desires to do school like the big kids.  Giving her an age-appropriate worksheet is easy enough with Super Teacher Worksheets, because these aren't your typical skill-based worksheets.  Sure, we've colored pictures that match the letter, or traced words that start with the letter Bb, but we've found some other fun ones too.

I like to find worksheets that relate to books we're reading, to tie into our themes for the week.  When we read a book about a yellow ball, I found a page on circles under the shapes subcategory, and she chose different yellow writing instruments to use.

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When we read about a blue boat, I found a cute sailboat page to practice triangles.

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Under the scissor skills section, I found the zigzag practice page, and of course she colored each boat blue as she reached it.
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For the older kids, we've used cursive practice sheets, maps for our geography, worked on prepositions, and the proofreading editing activities are a nice alternative to traditional grammar workbook pages.  There are a few books in the Chapter Book section that are on our reading list this year, so I'm excited to use some of the materials from this section when we get to these books.  There are chapter questions, project ideas, bookmarks you can color and other activities from which you can pick and choose.

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If you have an iPhone/iPad or other device that can scan QR Codes, there are some fun worksheets for math and a couple of grammar pages.  Sometimes you scan the code to reveal the problem, sometimes a choice of answers, or sometimes the answer to determine if yours was correct.

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One of my favorite features of this website is that you can preview worksheets (and answer keys) without downloading them.  I can open the PDF and look it over, and determine if it is what I want.  I prefer this over websites that automatically download before allowing me to look at the material.  I'm particular about worksheets and only use them in moderation, so this is a huge deal to me not to have to wade through unnecessary downloads.  There are also other great features like the search feature, a Worksheet Generator, and a Filing Cabinet where you can save worksheets you come across and want to use later.

Overall, I am very pleased with everything they have to offer.  There is such variety, and they are often so unique, that I can find non-traditional worksheets that meet our needs better than anywhere else I've tried.  Most of the material is Pre-K-5th, but I've come across some sections with 6th-8th grade material.  The worksheet generator would obviously allow more tailored material for any ages.

Super Teacher Worksheets offers multiple worksheets for free, usually one or more in every category, and you can preview the subscription-based items, so please check them out and see if they offer something for your family!

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