Thursday, February 4, 2016

Joyful Moments: Train Party Food and Train Cake

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A+ Interactive Math Pre-Algebra {Review with Offer for an Entire Year Free}

A+ Interactive Math gave us access to a subscription to their Pre-Algebra curriculum to review.

A+ Interactive Math is an online math program that offers complete first through sixth grade, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I curriculum. There are animated video lessons to teach the child, interactive reviews that reteach the concept if the child gets an incorrect answer, online worksheets and tests, printable worksheets and tests, solutions, automatic grading and tracking, and reports. The program is designed to teach the child, so that the parent does not need to do any of the teaching; however, there is a parent account where you can monitor your child's activities.

Video Lesson

In your parent account, you can watch the lesson videos, see the table of contents, view lessons and plans, access curriculum e-books, look at the worksheets and tests along with the solution guides, print worksheets and tests, get an overview of your child's progress, look over reports, create worksheets and tests, and change or set limits on features.

The student account contains icons that the child can click on that include:

  • How to Get Started Video-This video provides an introduction of how to use the program for the child.
  • Video lessons w/ Interactive Review-The child starts by watching a lesson (taught by a woman's voice) and then practicing interactive review (Q/A) to learn math concepts.
  • Online Worksheets and Tests-This is your child's second stop. After completing the video lessons and interactive review, your child should complete the worksheet or test (once all of the lessons and worksheets have been completed). The program tracks the grades for you.
  • Additional sections include: Lessons/Lesson Plans, Printable Worksheets & Tests, Reports, and Assigned Worksheets & Tests-These are not daily requirements and the one that your child may need is assigned worksheets and test, but only if you as the parent choose to generate additional worksheets.

Student Dashboard

The Pre-Algebra topics included:
1. Numbers Review
1.1 Whole Numbers
1.2 Integers
1.3 Positive and Negative Integers
1.4 Rational and Irrational Numbers
1.5 Decimal Numbers
1.6 Real Numbers
1.7 Prime Numbers
1.8 Percentages
2. Fractions and Operations with Fractions
3. Real Numbers
4. Powers and Roots
5. Exponents
6. Variables
7. Expressions, Equations and Formulas
8. The Coordinate Plane
9. Linear Equations and Formulas
10. Linear Equations and Slope
11. Quadratic Equations and Parabolas
12. Linear Inequalities
13. Polynomials
14. Factoring
15. Pythagorean Theorem and Triangles
16. Introduction to Trigonometric Functions

Interactive Review

Ceesa worked within the Pre-Algebra program. Within the time frame that we've reviewed it, she has just begun the very basic material. Her favorite part is working on the interactive review section. True to the concept of the teaching program, she needed very little assistance from me. I would pull up the page for her and she would do the work herself.

At one point, she said an answer was not correct on the program. So we re-watched the video together and it did in fact seem that the answer that she was supposed to choose was not correct and that a correct answer was counted wrong.

For our wish list, we'd like it to be accessible from our iPad device. We like to save the school pages that the kids work on frequently to it. Ceesa could then work on the entire set without me having to access the lap top for her when she is ready.

I like that the program allows Ceesa to work on her own. We encourage our kiddos to figure out how to learn about things on their own. It is important that they understand how to learn about things without depending on someone to guide them through everything. Another thing that I found helpful was that during the interactive questions when a question was answered incorrectly, the program would immediately display a refresher for that particular problem,

Sample Question from Online Worksheet

And right now, for a short period of time, A+ Interactive Math is offering a FREE “Single” grade level (your choice) for 1 year; however, the offer is limited to those that have not used the program before. If you have used the program, they will offer a 60% discount. If you are not sure what level is appropriate for your child, you can start with a placement test.

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Disclaimer: I received a free subscription in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way for writing the review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Homeschool Fashion Study: Stewardship & Thrift and Boot Cuffs & Scarves

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~James 1:17

For our family, dressing fashionably is also about being good stewards of the blessings we've been given. Thrift shopping, using hand-me-downs, looking for beautiful items in unlikely places, and being careful of how we care for the clothing that we do buy are all ways that we try to save money. While not everything that we've been given has fit us properly and clothes do eventually wear out, we try to find other ways to use those things. Boot cuffs and scarves are fairly easy to create and you don't need much sewing skill to finish them off.

One option for creating book cuffs is using sleeves from men's dress shirts. Poppa sometimes wears out the collars in his button-ups or gets ink stains in the pocket. The sleeves make lovely boot cuffs. You can leave them just as they are or you can add lace to them.

Depending on the size of the sleeves to the leg, you may need to add extra buttons or sew in different places so that they fit properly. These fit the younger set best.

Another option for making boot cuffs is to salvage sweater sleeves. Just cut the sleeves out. You can do fairly short cuffs, cutting about 3 inches below where the cuff sticks out of the boot or you can make some that go down to the ankle. To stop fraying, you can hem the bottoms or you can put on no-fray. You can leave them as they are or add embellishments like buttons, ribbons, and lace. These sleeves were from a hand-me-down sweater that didn't fit anyone properly.

You may even wish to head out to the thrift store and see if you can find sweaters that would be perfect for this at a fraction of the cost of new boot cuffs.

Another thing that is easy to make from materials that are worn out are scarves. Have an old flannel sheet? Use the part that isn't worn thin to create a simple scarf. Simply cut out a long rectangle, fold in half inside out, sew it down the length, turn right side out, and fold ends into the scarf and sew to close. We were actually given some scrap flannel material. I think the pieces may have come from my grandmother's scrap box. 

The girls made the scarves themselves.

Li wanted to wear one for you too!

For our mission boxes, the girls asked for materials to make special things to donate. Ceesa got a blanket kit. She was making a lap blanket so she had some material left over. Perfect for scarves too!

These are even easier and no-sewing is required. Just trim off the length and width that you would like and cut about 2 inches up at each end to make fringe. 

These make lovely gifts too!

And now on to the fashion show...

I can wear this outfit lots of church, evening services, out to dinner, and to a homeschool mom's get together.

Both the sweater and the pants were given to me. The cami underneath the sweater has lace at the bottom. I have two camisoles like it, this color and a peach color. I really love them! They lend some femininity to any outfit and make shirts that might normally be too short just the right length. 

Ceesa's dress is one that we purchased when we were on a hunt for dresses that were a length that we were comfortable with. We found some of these in long sleeve and short sleeve. She added a scarf from my closet. 

She generally wears this to church, but she could also wear it concerts or plays, too.

Jo-Jo's outfit is another hand-me-down collection. She wears this out with friends and to various homeschool events and to Wheel's birthday party.

I love the detail down the front.

Portfolio Assignment: Find simple patterns for making your own scarves and boot cuffs. Collect them in your notebook. Make a page for writing down all of your ideas for reusing and re-purposing clothing.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Joyful Moments: Snowman Donuts

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