Thursday, August 20, 2015

Horizons Kindergarten Math Set Review




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We received the Horizons Kindergarten Math Set from Alpha Omega Publications to review. This is a full curriculum for homeschooled Kindergarten children. The set comes with two student workbooks and a teacher's guide. You'll also want to have basic math tools and materials on hand for many of the lessons.

The scope and sequence of this curriculum is: counting 1-100, number recognition, number writing, number value, number after, number between, place value, addition, subtraction, money, time, calendar, number theory, colors, shapes, size, comparison, direction and position, and coordination.

The lessons are teacher-led. The teacher's guide is straight-forward and allows for you to add your own teaching style to fit the learning needs of your child. Inside the teacher's guide you'll find daily lesson plans and answer keys, along with teaching tips and activities. There will also be a materials and supplies list which make it easy to gather materials to use for the lesson. I find the lessons to be multi-sensory friendly, which is helpful when teaching children with different learning styles. I typically lead math lessons by setting up the worksheets with any physical materials needed and verbally go over the lesson and the solution. Then you can either work with the student or let them work independently. We're very hands-on, so problem solving is a group effort and I love watching my kids work together.

One feature that we love about this curriculum is that the workbooks are full of color! You rarely see colored illustrations in a math workbook (or perhaps we have just been buying all the wrong ones). It's the small things that count and since my children have always reacted better to work pages that are colorful, it made a huge difference. Both of my children enjoy math, so while my daughter worked on the problems, I set up similar activities for my son to work on. 

Here are a few examples of the worksheets from the first few lessons. Some pages simply ask you to count the objects, not to write them, but Bean decided to write them anyway.


There are plenty of opportunities to practice verbally counting and practice writing numbers.


Counting specific objects instead of dots on a chart makes it so much easier for the kids to keep track of where they are while counting. They remember where they left off if they pause while counting, and are more confident while counting out loud. They love declaring that there are "five ducks!" or "eight fish!"


Here's a comparison of the student workbook to the teacher's guide. What isn't covered in the student's workbook are the hands-on lessons, which are thoroughly explained in the teacher's guide. The student workbook only covers the written portions of the lessons.




One unexpected resource that we didn't originally intend to use is the box that the curriculum comes in. The box is large enough to fit another set of the books inside and seemed like a bit of a waste of space. So when we opened it up, the books were moved to our math shelf and the box sat next to the indoor recycle bin for a couple days. After using the books for a few days, we realized there were a handful of materials that we always reached for when we started up the math lessons each morning. So I filled up the box and all of our extra materials fit inside! Inside the box is: dry-erase boards and markers, laminated number boards (1-10, 1-20, 1-100, and skip-counting 2, 5, 10, etc.), shape blocks, pattern cards, plastic counters, play money, ruler and measuring tape, clock, math magnets and small magnet board, calendar, compass, and flash cards. We also have a set of dominoes that doesn't fit in the box, but that we use often.

You could absolutely use this curriculum without physical materials, but we really like to follow up worksheets with hands-on activities. Plus, this curriculum is primarily used by my daughter (she does all the written parts), but my son still sits with us and follows along with the lesson. He is technically a year behind, so he doesn't usually use worksheets. But he loves hands-on math. So we set up the same sort of problem for him, but instead of using the worksheet, he uses the physical materials. As a kinesthetic learner, this is how he learns best. My daughter on the other hand favors visual and auditory learning, so she prefers worksheets and spoken lessons.

We loved using Horizons curriculum for math. I look forward to continuing to use their curriculum for this upcoming year! Both of my kids enjoyed using this curriculum. Bean was overjoyed to have a "huge math book!" to use for lessons and is always excited to sit down and start on the next lesson. We would highly recommend Horizons math curriculum to other homeschooling families. We all find the lessons to be engaging and fun!

The Horizons Kindergarten Math Set is available for $71.95.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Funtastic Unit Studies Review

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We received Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies to review. This curriculum was designed by Susan Kilbride, a homeschooler, with other homeschoolers in mind, but can still be used in a classroom or even as after-school activities for public school children. While it's not a full science curriculum, it can absolutely be used for stand-alone unit studies or used by teachers for learning activities to supplement their own curriculum. 
An awesome benefit of this science curriculum is that it utilizes multi-sensory styles of learning and mixes hands-on lessons with vocal or written lessons. The units build on each other, so we started at the beginning. We have been 
There are 20 chapters in this book, covering material from the five senses and dinosaurs, to microscopes and simple machines. They are grouped into two categories, which is based on an age group, either 4-7 or 8-13. My children fall in the first category, so we primarily focused on those activities. The idea is to start at the beginning of the book and work your way through the activities. However, considering our children won't be ready for chapters 11-20 for some time, we have only looked through them to see what we have to look forward to. Homeschooling families with a broader age range of children (ex: 4, 6, 8 and 10) will likely not run into the same problem. I expect that they would either figure out a way to make each chapter useful to all their children, or simply run two science units.

At the start of each unit you'll find a materials list which is based off of the needs of an individual student. So if you are teaching more, you'll need to multiply the list appropriately. Most of the items are common and can be found around the house, bought at a local store (grocery, hardware, etc.) or at a library. Each chapter has roughly 4-7 parts, Some parts feature multiple activities, while others consist of single comprehensive activities, tests, and crafts. The tests can be found at the end of the 8-13 units to check if the student understands the unit and is ready to move on. Each of the units are designed to build on the unit that came before it.

Typically, a unit of this size can be completed in a week or two, depending on the pace of your child. You may even want to create a month long unit for younger children and supplement the unit with your own activities. Or you could simply work on one part per week, depending on how often you teach science in your homeschool. We typically work on science Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with breaks in-between to read books on the subject. Monday is the introductory day, Wednesday is the hands-on learning and exploration activities day, and Friday is the "experiment" day. We visit the library on Saturdays to pick out books for the next week.

Both kids loved the first unit on the Five Senses. We followed the activities in the book and ditched our regular science routine to feature one of the five senses each day. In addition to the activities in the book, we created a few of our own, for the kids to work on while I set up the activities for the day. Like coloring with scented markers, reading books on the five senses or books that feature one of the five senses (touchy-feely books, scratch and sniff books, etc.), and listening to music.

We also set up exploration tables that we left up all week that focused on the current theme. So for example, we started at the beginning of the book with the five senses. We used a couple small bowls we had and filled them with items that represented the five senses. For scent, we used our homemade scent bottles, which are old spice containers, cleaned out and painted, and filled with different herbs and flowers and oils, so that they can test them out and guess what the scent it. For the touch basket we used fabrics with different textures, wood toys that are smooth and bumpy, shells of various shapes, and texture blocks that have different patterns on each side. For taste we used dried fruits, nuts, and small snacks, like veggie sticks. The five types of tastes are: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and savory. We added something for each of these tastes. We kept them in baggies, but they were allowed to snack on them and match them to the five taste words of what they think they are. For sight we added small binoculars, a magnifying glass, a hand mirror and a kaleidoscope. For sound we created sound eggs, using old Easter eggs and filled them with different objects, like a bouncy ball, dried beans, bells, beads, sand, sticks, etc. There are a dozen of them and they try to line them up from the quietest egg to the loudest egg, or vice versa.

The Human Body unit (the second unit) was Bean's favorite unit so far. She especially enjoyed creating a human body out of construction paper over the course of  the week. Typically unit studies would last two weeks, but because it's the summer time and we have multiple mini-vacations, we try to keep our schedule open. For this lesson, we took some of the activities outside. We used our local basketball court to trace our bodies and draw features and different parts of the body. Munchkin used printables of the human body that he colored in. Our exploration table featured a human body model, skeleton toys, books, and paper and pencils to draw parts of the human body.

Now we are on the prehistoric unit which focuses on dinosaurs and has so far been a huge hit with Munchkin. He loved making the bagel Stegosaurus (although he munched on it the whole way through). We used our dinosaur toys to sort herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Our exploration table had multiple sets of dinosaur flash cards, books, a small sand garden with dinosaur skulls and bones ("fossils") to excavate, and a sensory bin small world with grass, rocks and dinosaur figures to play with. We also used the Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs book with a timeline to explore the different time periods. We watched the Disney movie Dinosaur and some Land Before Time movies to show what life was like for dinosaurs. They already watch the Dinosaur Train show, so they knew a lot about dinosaurs. We're currently exploring their extinction and it's pretty sad for Munchkin, so we picked up the book Dinosaur Cousins? at the library to cheer him up. He now sees dinosaurs everywhere.

Personally, we loved this book! It was easy to understand, the activities took little to no time to set up (though some did require trips to the store for supplies at the beginning of the week), and both kids enjoyed them. We actually took a step back from full lessons for a couple weeks over the summer, but these helped up get back into the swing of homeschooling through the rest of the year.

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers is available for $24.95 (old edition) or $16.95 (new edition). There are two free PDF units that you can download to determine if this book is right for your homeschool or classroom. You can also find other freebies, lessons and activities on Susan's website.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages Review

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We received Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages from Home School in the Woods to review. Home School in the Woods creates hands-on learning materials for children that can be used by homeschoolers, co-ops or schools (though the co-op and school pricing is different). The recommended grades for this product is 3rd through 8th and can be used by a family with children of various ages.

We used this history study with both kids, although only Bean used the writing portion. As with most history lessons, we aimed for more of an introduction to the time period, and focused on the people, where they ruled, and what happened to them. Bean is a visual learner, so we use pictures, diagrams, maps and acted out events using her medieval toys to help her remember. We also used the timeline, which is the first one we have ever created, and she did amazingly well remembering dates! Munchkin sat out for most of the reading and writing parts of the lessons, but participated in the hands-on parts, like assisting cooking and helping to read the maps.

The Middle Ages starts around 200 AD and ends around 1500 AD. The age starts with what is commonly known as the Dark Ages, and then transitions into a time of discovery, exploration and invention. Project Passport covers so many topics during this study and it includes: invasions and wars, medieval life, class structure, science, education, church history, the Crusades, and different groups of people, such as Norse, Romans, Huns, Anglo-Saxon, etc. This history curriculum is loaded with literacy-based activities, hands-on activities and lessons, and even some exploration into science of the Middle Ages.

Having just read books and learned about the Roman Empire, it was perfect timing to start with the fall of the Roman Empire. The kids were already familiar with the time period and from there we established who the leaders were, where they came from and what territories they controlled. I actually printed out figures for the leaders and their armies and used our huge map of Europe to explain what happened.

But so far their favorite part has been learning about the different barbarian tribes and Britain during the ancient times. They were already familiar with Norse mythology when we started using Project Passport, so they immediately made the connection between the vikings and the Norsemen. We also looked into the languages each group spoke and what their written language looked like (Pict, Norse runes, etc.). Along with the maps and timeline, we have been using a language chart to mark how the language of an area changed through the ages as large groups of people either invade or move into new areas and how the influence of the language they spoke effected the language that is now known in that region. For example, the original Britons tried to defend their homeland (England), but where being pressed in on all sides. From the North they were attacked by the Irish, Picts and Scots, while from the South they were attacked by the Angles, Jutes, Frisians, and Saxons. Eventually the Anglo-Saxons cornered the Britons into what is now known as Wales and Northern Franch (Brittany). It was a combination of Anglo-Frisian that led to Old English, Middle English, and Modern English.

Cooking the old fashioned recipes was Munchkin's favorite part. He absolutely loved Wassail (it combines apple cider, orange juice, spices and is served warmed) and requests it quite often now, despite how hard it is to find apple cider out of season, so we've had to make our own (I highly suggest going the crock pot route). And to add to the cooking experience, we only used our cast iron pots and pans and wooden spoons for the rest of the recipes. The kids tried out Gruel (AKA oatmeal) and had the same feelings as I have, which was to push the bowl away. Pottage was approved, because they both love stews and soups. Herb bread was by far the most popular, and Bean has declared that we can only make our own bread from now on.

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Other World History Studies from Home School in the Woods: Ancient Egypt and Renaissance & Reformation.

There are 25 "Stops" included in this historical journey. They can be completed over an 8-12 week period. We prefer to work at our children's pace, so some weeks we only make it through one or two of the Stops. Along the way you will examine different events, meet people (lots of familiar names, and plenty of names I had never heard before - which was a bonus for me, since I love history), and explore the time period by using puppet figures, reading maps, cooking old fashioned recipes and reading the literature of those ages (we did this as a side project to explore authors from the middle ages - mainly poems and ballets, but also folk tales and stories).

So far we are keeping everything in a scrapbook box, with each stop in a separate, labeled manila folder. We only laminated a handful of the papers, such as the blank maps, which they can use a dry erase marker on to draw territory lines. I cut out labeled pieces of paper that were also laminated and have a velcro dot on the back of, so they can place them on the map after they are done drawing the lines. Bean's favorite part about labeling the maps are comparing them to modern day maps. She finds it unique that so many countries around the edge of Europe are large countries, while all the countries in the middle are all fairly small.



The Project Passport World History Studies are available to download - PC or Mac ($33.95) or on CD ($34.95) and is for individual family use. We received the download version and printed out lessons on a weekly basis. So for example, the first week we printed the cover, introduction, reading list, timeline and first lesson, along with a handful of other printables we wanted in advance, like the map, puppets and cookbook, among others. However, we have a black and white printer, so I'd suggest you use a color printer to fully utilize all of the printables. Because while most are black and white, a handful are not, such as the maps which have red territory lines. We will either use a red marker or a highlighter to draw over those lines.

Overall, we loved using Home School in the Woods' Middle Ages study. It was our first exploration into this time period, and the kids loved learning about European history. Now Munchkin is obsessed with knights, princesses, and Robin Hood, and Bean wants to be a viking warrior (I blame Thor comics) - mainly for the sword fighting, archery and armor. Another highlight was the learning games that were included. It took a couple plays for the kids to fully understand the games, but now they love them.

Additional materials we used to go with these lessons: Safari Ltd. Knights and Dragons TOOB and Days of Old TOOB for sensory bins and small world play, Dover coloring books for Middle Ages, Medieval Life, Costumes, and Knights, The Secret of Kells and Merlin on Netflix, and The Sword in the Stone movie. They also have several books on mythology that we read, as well as books from the library on vikings, celts, Norsemen, and history and life in the Middle Ages. Had the kids been a little bit older, we would have also introduced them to a handful of historical board games that are themed around the middle ages, such as Catan: Cities and Knights, Citadels, Kingsburg, Timeline, and Shadows over Camelot. Even Love Letter can be used to learn about the class structure within the castle of a princess.

I would highly suggest using Project Passport for history studies. It was an incredible curriculum to use (and are still using), and we really look forward to using some of their other curriculums in the future, such as Renaissance & Reformation, as a continuation of our current studies. And someday in the future, we'd love to revisit Ancient Egypt and use their materials for that time period as well. I really hope by then they have a few more choices for Project Passport, because that would be awesome and will just add to the learning experience! Hopefully there will be an industrial age to modern day passport and one that visits Asia during ancient times. We haven't used the Time Travelers series yet, which focuses on American history, but we plan to use them.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Circle C Adventures Review


Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a short-story collection about Andrea Carter. This book will transition readers from the Circle C Beginnings books to the Circle C Adventures books. There are six books in each series. Beginnings takes place while Andi is younger and is suitable for readers who are 6-9 years old, while the Adventures takes place when Andi is a teenager and the books are suitable for readers 9-14 years old. Andi's story doesn't end there though, because there are two new books in Milestones, suitable for readers 12+. There will hopefully be more to come in this new series!

Susan K. Marlow is a Christian fiction author who was inspired to write this book to answer questions from her fans. She is also a fellow homeschooler, which is why her books can be paired with lapbooks and study guidesAndrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook comes with the study guide, mini-booklets, lapbooks, and more. There is so much information about Andi's life, history, culture and more. So whether you're reading the books for pleasure or for school work (did I mention they are perfect for an Old West unit study?), anyone can use the lapbook to learn more.

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Andrea Carter was born and raised on the Circle C Ranch, which is located in California, during the 1870's and 1880's. She's an active, independent kid who loves horses and going on adventures. She loves her family, friends and the horses she cares for.

Children who read the stories about Andi Carter will learn more than just her story, they will learn about the time period she lived in, like how people lived, what they did for work, their beliefs and way of life. It's a really cool way to learn about history, despite being a work of fiction. The location is real, the work they do is real and many people led that kind of life, and the sources are well researched.

And if you happen to have a son who wants to learn about this time period, but may not enjoy reading from a girls perspective (or vice versa, perhaps a girl wants to read from a boys perspective), there is another series called Goldtown Adventures for readers 8-12. It's about a 12 year old boy during the 1860's, after the Gold Rush, living with his sister and Pa. Like the Andrea Carter books, there are free study guides and lapbooks available for purchase.

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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and my children also enjoy reading books about history. It's a great way to introduce them to the subject and then incorporate lessons and learning activities. We often take a hands-on approach and make recipes, visit museums, dress up in themed clothes and act out scenes, read lots of books from the library and set up small worlds using Safari Ltd toobs. We also research the topics that interest them, look at historical maps and pictures, and create craft projects that are inspired by objects that were used in the past.

We love reading about Andi's life and the many adventures she goes on. And we absolutely plan to use the Circle C Adventures and lapbooks on future unit studies about the Old West when the kids are a bit older.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SmartKidz Media Review


SmartKidz Media is an online streaming program for children. The SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers is perfect for families, even those who do not homeschool, as all the videos are kid-friendly and very educational. Curious children will love watching videos about their favorite animals! There are so many educational videos to choose from, not to mention countless activities, games, puzzles, study guides, and more!


The categories include: World of Discovery, Music and Fine Arts, Mighty Ebook Collection, Baby Signs Program, My Animal Family, Quick Find Study Guides, Learning Special Needs, Living Skills Program, Ready Set Sing, and the Fun Zone. And the topics include: animal kingdom, history, science, social studies, world cultures, the fine arts, sports, and health. The study guides also cover language studies and math. So basically, there are A LOT of materials. 


My preschooler and kindergartner loved using SmartKidz Media to watch videos about all of their favorite animals. Usually we watch one or two videos in the morning while the kids eat breakfast. The videos are often short, which is why we might watch more than one. 


They watched the videos together, but used the program by themselves for topics that they enjoyed, but their sibling didn't. For instance, Munchkin loves classical and jazz music, and likes listening to it while he plays. And while he did that, she would be in another room listening to ebooks while she played. There are so many ebooks to choose from! Bean is satisfied with listening, while Bean would prefer to sit and watch them. 

You can watch the videos on any device, anytime, anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection. We use it on our phone, tablet/iPad, laptop and our tv (works on tv's linked to the internet). Members will have unlimited access to the entire media library. Parents can feel at ease letting their children watch the videos, because they are carefully chosen and are perfectly appropriate for children of all ages. 


So whether you have a preschooler or a middle schooler, there are videos and instructional activities to promote learning and reading! We loved exploring the SmartKidz Media site. We mostly used the wildlife videos, music and ebooks. And my children were easily able to navigate the site on their own, since the categories are color coded and each video or lesson has a picture image to select. 


The SmartKidz library is huge, but if I could choose a few subjects to add, it would be videos about vehicles (like how they are made and what they are used for), engineering or STEM, jobs, crafts (how-to videos, DIY projects for kids, nature crafts, etc.) and homemaking. I know many kids in our neighborhood who would love watching videos geared towards kid on how to crochet, cross stitch, sew and other hand crafts. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube, but they are usually aimed at adults and the instructions aren't always clear. And I think most kids would enjoy homemaking lessons, which is sadly not a class in most schools these days, but is usually taught in homeschools.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Games!

We got some new games from Miniature Market recently, which, if you're in interested, is a wonderful online store that has awesome (usually extremely discounted) prices on games and gaming accessories. We got 8 games for just over $100! And their daily deals are really dangerous! (In a good way!) Legendary Villains was purchased from our local game store. 

We got Steam Park, BattleLore, Sky Traders, Ventura, Bootleggers, Octo, Galapa Go!, and Bugs And Co. The last three are kids games that we picked up for Munchkin's birthday in August. 



BattleLore and Ventura are two-player games for Albz and I to enjoy when are regular gaming group is unavailable. BattleLore is a strategy war game, with each player controlling their own army. There are multiple expansions that either buff up your army or lets you play a completely different one. Albz really enjoyed it and the kids loved playing with all the miniatures. We can't wait to introduce them to bigger, more complex games! Ventura is a historical war game that uses hexagon tiles to determine location based abilities, with cards and player pieces representing military leaders and armies. 

One of our favorite parts of new games, besides playing them for the first time, is opening them up and punching out all the pieces and organizing everything. It sounds crazy that we enjoy it, but it's always something we are eager to do. It's like that "new game feeling" where you get to look through everything and enjoy it in its pristine state. Albz also likes to sneak a peek at all the cards and read through everything. I prefer to be surprised. :)


Seriously, who doesn't love punching out pieces?

One thing that makes me sad is that Legendary Villains did not come with a plastic insert, like the original game did. In fact, the Dark City expansion also lacked a plastic insert. It totally makes sense that the little expansions don't have one, but the big boxes should definitely have them. It makes organizing the cards so much easier. Instead it just has a cardboard divider and some foam blocks. I will definitely be looking into either making a DIY card tray or invest in one from The Broken Token, either the Villains one or the Legendary base set one, or both. 


On the plus side though, the Villains game came with a lovely roll out play mat, which we love!


Steam Park is a cute little game that will be perfect to bring along on camping trips and family outings. It's a game about building an amusement park for robot visitors. There are lots of cool rides and special tents. And I love that keeping your park clean contributes to victory points! 


The visiting robots are drawn out of a bag, so you never know who you'll get.


I love the designs for the green and purple visitors! Purple octopus tea party rides and apple orchards!





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Thursday, June 18, 2015

CTC Math Review

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We received the 12 Month Family Plan from CTC Math to review. The Family Plan can be used by up to 10 students, so it's really wonderful for homeschooling families with multiple children. And it's extremely convenient for parents, because it tracks each individual student's progress and sends weekly reports to their email.

CTC Math offers unlimited access to multiple levels of math:

Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
Elementary Measurement
Elementary Geometry
Algebra 1
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Algebra II
Geometry
Trigonometry

Students will have their own accounts, which will let them access any level of math that they are using. CTC Math will also keep track of what lesson they are at and they can work through the lesson as many times as they want before moving on. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace for maximum understanding. 

Last year we used CTC Math for Kindergarten math. This year we used it to start on 1st grade math with Bean, and Munchkin continued using the Kindergarten level of math. We used to share a laptop and work through the lessons together, but they now have their own iPad's (hand-me-downs) to use for their online lessons. So we primary used those, which meant they both got to work on math at the same time, but on different levels. It's definitely easier to use tablets for online lessons, because the kids can use the screen, instead of a mouse and keyboard, to click or type their answers.

We love using CTC Math as our primary math curriculum, with homemade hands-on lessons afterwards to practice. We use dice and card games, math manipulatives, life lessons (like counting how many lemons we need to make lemonade or adding the price of two tomatoes at the store), and worksheets. We use CTC Math Monday-Friday during our math block, and for about 20 minutes. We work on one topic per week, or switch to the new topic if the lesson is mastered.

Students using CTC Math can work at their own pace and teacher's do not need to worry about leading the lessons. Which is perfect, if said teacher isn't confident enough to teach math. Because let's face it, math is my least favorite subject and the only subject I'm not comfortable fully teaching my kids. The earlier levels are fine, but I know I'll eventually struggle with algebra and calculus. Which is why CTC Math is perfect for our family. The lessons are set up with an introductory video at the start of the lesson, which explains the concepts and how to solve the problems. After the students watch the video, they can start on their lessons, which usually consists of ten problems. And each time you start the lesson, it has different problems, so you don't have to worry about re-doing the same set of problems each time. Students can work on the lesson until they feel comfortable moving on.

I know that CTC Math provides worksheets for some of the higher levels of math, but I really wish they had worksheets available for the lower levels. I understand that they wouldn't be able to create worksheets for all of the lessons, for instance objects in motion. But they could create worksheets to benefit children who have a hard time using online programs. And I know that means parents or teachers could simply use a different program, but CTC Math is amazing and I have seen a lot of progress with my kids using their program. But if, for instance, there was a family of 5 sharing a single computer, it would definitely make a difference if the students waiting to watch their math lesson video had worksheets to practice and work on.

For students who struggle with math, CTC Math can become the perfect tutor. There are plenty of questions and the lesson videos are thorough. And because the lessons are videos, students can rewing and rewatch the lesson video as many times as they need. There are 1,367 math lessons and over 57,000 interactive questions throughout the whole curriculum, so that will absolutely keep kids busy!

CTC Math is available in two membership plans. The first is for a single student and can be paid for monthly ($29.97), 6 months ($127.00), or for 12 months ($197). The second plan is the family plan, which is for 2 or more students. You can purchase the plan monthly ($39.97), 6 months ($197), or for 12 months ($297).

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