In 2014 we were introduced to CTCMath and discovered the benefit to an online school program and the joy that can be found with such an addition to our homeschool day. CTCMath has been renewed in our homeschool going on our third year, and we are reviewing this one-year subscription to CTCMath Homeschool Membership thanks to our participation with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. What a blessing this is! CTCMath is an online math program. We successfully use it on my iMac desktop, Linux-based Ubuntu laptop running a moderated Chrome browser, iPad1, iPad2 both in the Safari browser with little to no issue. We’ve enjoyed it in years past, and this year my turning-five-years-old-next-week daughter is really getting the benefit of the program as well! We use the program daily during the weekday and sometimes on weekends as well. The girls are both eager to work with CTCMath and consider it a reward. . .
My daughter enjoys math but can use all the math practice she can get, so we were excited to get a 12 month subscription to LearnBop for Families from LearnBop! Before chaos ensued around here we were participants in a review for the Prepaid version (12 month subscription) for either the Single Student Plan, or the Family Plan (access for up to four students). At first we leaned toward the Family Plan, but then I realized this particular product starts in Grade 3, so we used it solely with AppleBlossom. She is almost seven and has started third grade material as of this summer. This is an online subscription. While she has accessed it via our Linux Ubuntu laptop running through Google Chrome moderated browser, for the most part I have her use the program using our iPad2 in the Puffin browser. Why do we use it? It helps me learn a. . .
Demme Learning‘s Math-U-See ~ (http://demmelearning.com/) has gone digital and my daughter AppleBlossom is loving learning with the Gamma Level. We are using the Gamma Digital Packs and I have gotten my hands on the physical teaching products as well. For years, since we have entered the homeschooling realm I have heard of Math-U-See as a recommended math program, but at a glance the price and confusion of what was what always turned me away. I should have looked twice. Demme Learning has a family of products including Math-U-See, SpellingYouSee, Building Faith Families, and KinderTown. Today I am finally getting to discuss Math-U-See. While Math-U-See has been around for more than 20 years teaching students to visually understand and master math concepts, as of 2016 Math-U-See has gone digital. Adding digital packs to their line of purchasable materials making the world of Math-U-See available in a manner not yet seen before. It is. . .
This has been a hectic year. This has been an amazing year. I had a baby. I blogged books, quilts, cross stitch, and homeschool stuff. I also taught a combination of Tot School and K5/1st Grade. I found some new things to love, and I discovered some things that just weren’t an appropriate fit. Love! (Backlinks of joy) Memoria Press First Grade (Advice) Memoria Press First Start Reading (Phonics) Memoria Press Kindergarten (Series) Creative Madness Mama Blossom School on a Normal Day Logic of English Foundations Lightning Literature 2014-2015 Wrap Up Blog Hop Landing Page (Visit other bloggers!) Last year, the curriculum that I chose was suppose to take AppleBlossom two years to complete. It was suppose to be K5 that merged into 1st Grade as time went on. However, she finished all of the First Grade materials, or is very nearly so through with them as of now. She. . .
I guess it was about April, last year when I discovered online school programs, or what I called Science Computer School and a Math Computer School Program. Last year, you might have seen my review, when I was first introduced to CTC Math ~ http://www.CTCMath.com and blessed with their 12 Month Family Plan for their US Curriculum. Again this year I have that blessing! Last year I was extremely intimidated by the idea of starting online school programs, but now we have found them to be a delightful part of our schooling. Right now my daughter is working to master her addition facts, subtraction facts, and becoming introduced to multiplication theory and facts. Sometimes as we have been going about our school day, we need a little bit of reinforcement or a different way to introduce how-to do a math problem. CTC Math has provided an awesome way to do. . .
In our experience so far we have been extremely blessed with our math curricula and AppleBlossom is staying on target, but it is still early and in the future we will most likely need to know our options if she or her sister just doesn’t get it (already I can tell that teaching her little sister is going to be a patience-testing endeavour). The online software of A+ Interactive Math ~ (http://www.APlusTutorSoft.com) comes from a neat company with lots of products available. One such product is the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan, this is a three month subscription. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed with access for two students and we found that it was all completely above OrangeBlossom’s preschool and basic kindergarten level and nearly so for AppleBlossom, but we kept on with her on the First Grade level. More Information from Vendor: Top. . .
Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .
What an incredible year this has been for reviews, I’ve been especially pleased in finding new curriculum ideas for our homeschooling life. Some have been wonderful and will be new staples in our regimen, while others have been neat and we might continue if a budget allows. One program we have been blessed to discover and experience for the last several weeks that will definitely be a program on my go-list is IXL ~ (http://www.IXL.com/). In the past, I’ve seen sales for IXL (such as through the co-op) and I’ve seen their ads and banners on blog sidebars, but I never really knew what it was about… Through the blessing of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I have been blessed to gain access to both the IXL Math and IXL Language Arts for one year with an account for both of my students. I’ve been using this with AppleBlossom (age 5 years, 3.5 months). . .
So here I was, minding my own business and updating my “Previous Curricula” page. Then I was drafting out a “plan” post for the summer and fall to come this year when I stumbled upon the calendar for the TOS Crew where I had the option to participate in a blog carnival with the theme of sharing my Favorite Curriculum Choices. How appropriate that my mind is already here!? I figure that I could just think back on this last year and share my favorite choices, but that seems unfair especially since I’m considering my earlier and past choices as my younger daughter gets closer to truly starting “school”. So I figure I’ll give you levels and my choices within. Also if you’re curious, you might want to step back and read my Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014) post as well for more details. Link backs:. . .
Me: “So do you want to do your math at your desk in the library or at the table in the living room?”
AppleBlossom: “Snuggle math!”
Alrighty, so far I’ve told you about the Junior Kindergarten Lesson Plans For One Year and the Phonics books portion of Jr. K. Now I want to tell you about the Math and Numbers portion of the curriculum.
We are absolutely loving our Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Kumon Numbers.