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Beast Academy Playground: FREE Math Games for Kids

Beast Academy Playground: FREE Math Games for Kids

Playing games is a great way to not only have fun and interact with your kids, but to help them learn concepts in a fun way! My grandson loves anything that uses his hands. Thus he is all about playing board games, manipulating pieces with his hands, etc. We recently came across Beast Academy Playground and we are loving all the screen free, fun math games!

Beast Academy Playground - FREE Math Games for Kids ages 4 & up. Fun, simple to create, screen free, educational games for the whole family! A review from Starts At Eight

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Beast Academy Playground: FREE Math Games

Beast Academy is an advanced comic-based math program for students ages 8-13. Beast Academy Playground is a growing collection (New videos are released each week) of math games, crafts and activities that Beast Academy offers for FREE! This playground helps kids build numerical literacy and problem-solving confidence.

Beast Academy Playground - FREE, screen free, table top math games

Offline Math Games

All of my children, and my grandson too, have no shortage of screen time. Many of their school subjects are complete online, as well as lots of free time gaming. That is one of the reasons I love Beast Academy Playground! All of their games are offline, screen free, table top games.

Accessing the Free Math Games for Kids

The only screen time used for these games is the time it takes me to pick one, read the directions and/or watch the video they include to explain each game, and referencing it to get the supplies to play.

You can simply scroll through games, or use the filters to help you narrow your search to specific ages and activity types.

Our Experience with Beast Academy Playground

I have to say that not only did my grandson have fun playing these games with me, but so did I! They are simple to create using basic supplies around the house, the instructions are detailed and easy to follow, and they were just plain fun to do together!

Take a closer look below at two of the different games we have played so far:

Cartographer

Fun, FREE Math Games with Beast Academy Playground

I was super excited to Cartographer amongst the math games at Beast Academy Playground because we are working a lot with a map of the United States this year for history/geography. My grandson is learning all 50 states and where they are located on a map.

All that we needed for this game was:

  • a print out of the provided map
  • 4 different colored markers

When he saw it his eyes lit up and he was super confident he had this one in the bag! (It ended up being a little trickier than he thought!)

Beast Academy Playground Cartographer Game

He was so disappointed when he got to the end and realized he didn’t quite complete the map correctly. But we went back through and talked about what he could change to make it work – it only took changing the colors of two states and he was successful! (HINT: If you think your child may have a little trouble with this, you could slip the map in a plastic sheet protector and use dry erase markers so it’s easy to fix and redo.)

Beyond the printable United States map, there are tons of variations you can draw and try out for yourself. This gives the kids a chance to be creative. You can each draw some and then switch to see if you can stump the other person!

Troll Hole

Fun, FREE Math Games with Beast Academy Playground

Truth be told I picked Troll Hole for it’s name. I knew my grandson would think it was silly and would like drawing a troll in the empty circle of the game.

All we needed to play this game was:

  • plain white paper
  • a quarter (optional but made it easier to make uniform sized circles)
  • 2 different colored markers
Beast Academy Playground Troll Hole Game

I think what he ended up liking most was that he beat me! LOL! We did multiple shape variations of this one as well. It’s cool to see if you can figure out a way to give yourself a winning advantage, and they are using valuable adding skills along the way!

Spiral or Mastery Math Curriculum: What’s the Difference?

Spiral or Mastery Math Curriculum: What’s the Difference?

Spiral or mastery math? This is a question that is often asked amidst the homeschool community. What are they? How do they differ? And what curriculum can I use for each one? Let’s talk spiral vs. mastery math!

Spiral vs. Mastery Math Curriculum explores the difference between spiral & mastery math, along with curriculum examples of each type.

What’s the Difference? Spiral vs. Mastery Math

Doing math through the mastery method is sometimes knocked for not reviewing and spiral math for moving too fast. The truth is I see the difference more in how they use review.

The mastery based approach uses review after a concept is learned and practiced until it’s mastered. A mastery math approach teaches a concept, then practices that concept. The intention of this practice is to understand the concept and be fully able to utilize it.

With the spiral approach review is used to master a new concept. The spiral approach also teaches and then practices. The difference being the amount of practice is smaller, and they move on to review quicker.

Mastery Math Curriculum

With a mastery approach the student shouldn’t be moving on until they fully understand the concept. They keep working on the one concept until they have mastered it. Then, and only then do they move on to the next concept. Here are a few examples of math curricula that use the mastery math approach (many of which we have used ourselves):

CTCMath Online Math Learning

CTCMath is a online homeschool math curriculum

Disclosure: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. All my opinions are my own, honest thoughts and I was not required to post a positive review. Your experience may vary. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

  • A CTCMath Homeschool Family Membership allows you to enroll your whole family in their online math program, for ONE LOW COST!
  • has math for all levels from Kindergarten through Calculus (high school)
  • video based lessons with audio instructions that allow students to pause and rewind as many times as they need to until they get it
  • Allows student to repeat a lesson
  • Short manageable lessons (even in the upper levels)
  • With a CTCMath Homeschool Family Membership you have access to all grades and lessons. There are no restrictions allowing freedom to move back and forward. 
  • CTCMath is NOT aligned to Common Core
  • Homeschoolers receive a HALF-PRICE DISCOUNT!

Life of Fred

Life of Fred is likely to be one of the most unique math programs you will ever come across. It is a complete (not a supplemental!), math program that relies upon the self-teaching learning style.

The texts follow the life of Fred Gauss—a six-year-old math professor at Kittens University who was born on the slopes of the Siberian Mountains—who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures. Informal in tone and approach, these books are designed to engage students in a fun narrative while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics–without an abundance of repetitive drills!

Life of Fred texts are hardcover, non-consumable textbooks with Smyth-sewn bindings; students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text – written directly to the student.

Beast Academy (Review Coming Soon)

Beast Academy is an advanced comic-based math program for students ages 6–13. It help kids ages build their problem-solving skills while learning elementary math.

Students learn new topics from the graphic-novel-style Guides, and then master math topics by solving engaging problems and challenging puzzles.

Beast Academy can be used either as a set of physical books, as an Online program (which also offers access to videos and chapter tests), or as a mix of both.

Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth offers full math curriculum and supplemental worktexts and workbooks for elementary and middle school. All of the books are available as downloads—and most also as printed books.

Singapore Math

Singapore Math is a textbook/workbook based math program for the elementary grades. It begins in first grade and has levels through sixth grade. Singapore math calls on concrete math, pictures, and abstract approaches to teach math.

ShillerMath

ShillerMath offers two levels of math kits (along with a few other kits). Their math kits are Montessori Based and cover an age range from preK through 8th grade.

  • Scripted lessons guide you through each lesson, with zero lesson preparation
  • Beautiful, varied, and lifetime manipulatives capture children’s continuing interest
  • Children (and parents!) love the dozens of catchy songs that integrate with lessons
  • Multi-year kits ensure a consistent and money-saving experience
  • Lifetime consumable lesson replacement – 1 kit is all you need for the entire family!

Mr. D Math

Mr. D Math offers Middle and High School Math as well as Testing Preparation curriculum. All the courses are online with both live and recorded courses for your homeschool.

Sprial Math Curriculum

The spiral method is also known as the incremental method. Concepts are taught incrementally with lots of reviews and drills. New material is added all along the way. And it’s within the constant reviewing that concepts are mastered. Here are a few examples of math curricula that use the spiral approach:

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks is an app based math programs for students in grades 3-12.

  • Video based lessons followed by on screen assignment questions which are also read to the student
  • Access to the printable e-book text.
  • Every problem comes with a detailed step-by-step audiovisual solution. 
  • Each level has fully automated grading

A Beka

A Beka Math homeschool curriculum provides your students with an academically rigorous, Christian mathematics course.

DIVE into Math

DIVE Interactive Education offers both Shormann and Saxon mathematics courses. Their courses offer daily video lessons, interactive assignments, auto-grading, video solutions, and Q&A support!

Saxon

Saxon uses a very short spiraling approach, combined with a blend of procedural and conceptual.  Saxon ensures students build and retain mastery of mathematical concepts. · It develops a deeper understanding through integration of mathematical strands.

Homeschool Friendly College in Greenville, Pennsylvania

Homeschool Friendly College in Greenville, Pennsylvania

Thiel College, (pronounced Teal) is a homeschool friendly college, located in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Thiel college is a small, independent liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college, boasting a student-faculty ratio of 11:1!

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Thiel – A Homeschool Friendly College

Thiel College is located in the small community of Greenville in Mercer County, Pa. The campus is a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland – vibrant urban centers bustling with opportunity for internships, service learning, educational trips and entertainment – and a 40-minute drive from Youngstown, Ohio.

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Thiel College. I was compensated for my time in sharing this information.  Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Thiel’s unique location allows students to enjoy both the wonders of nature abundant in the western Pennsylvania countryside, including a myriad of outdoor activities, and also take advantage of the dynamic cultural experiences offered in nearby cities.

What Makes Thiel a Homeschool Friendly College?

Homeschooled students are not only encouraged to apply for admission, but they are also eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid consideration. Thiel College prides itself on being a school that’s for students who learn differently.

Small Class Sizes

As I already mentioned, Thiel College boasts an incredible 11:1 student-faculty ratio. This benefits students by increasing their access to professors. And the professors? 80% of them hold the highest degree available in their field! That’s a lot of knowledge for our students to learn from.

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Over 60 Areas of Study

Thiel College offers over 60 areas of study, including:

  • Business and Accounting (Business Administration, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, and more)
  • Communication (Communication Studies, Media & Journalism, Public Relations, and more)
  • Education (Early Childhood, Secondary including Biology, Chemistry, English, Math and more)
  • Health Sciences (Medical Technology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Exercise Science and more)
  • Humanities (Philosophy, Religion, English Literature, and more)
  • Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and more)
  • Sciences (Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Chemistry and more)
  • Mathematics & Computer Science (Data Analytics, Mathematics, Information Systems E-Commerce, Actuarial Studies and more)

There are also various options for minors, Associate’s Degree Programs, and Duel Enrollment.

Thiel’s New Master’s Program

Thiel College has a new accelerated degree program which would be a great fit for motivated homeschoolers!

With their 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree pathway program students can complete their bachelor’s Degree at Thiel and earn their master’s in as little as 11 months!

Degrees available in this New Master’s Program are:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-language Pathology
  • Business and Accounting/MBA
  • All other majors/Communication and Leadership
  • Physician Assistant/Physician Assistant
  • Psychology/Clinical Mental Health Counseling

(This bulleted list represents the Bachelor’s degree and the matching Master’s degree eligible for this program.)

Enrichment Opportunities

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Students benefit from a robust enrichment program that encourages cultural and educational excursions to major metropolitan areas, as well as domestic and study abroad opportunities.

100% of students complete one or more internships prior to graduation.

Impressive Success Rate

A full 95% of Thiel College graduates report that they are employed or studying in their field within 3 months of graduation.

In addition, graduates often go on to study at top institutions like Duke, Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, or Yale.

Learn More About Thiel College

So if your student is interested in a small liberal arts, homeschool friendly college, Thiel College may be just the right fit for them.

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Economics for High School with Mr. D Math

Economics for High School with Mr. D Math

As a family homeschooling in New York State, we have what many would consider some pretty strict homeschool regulations. Everything from a set number of attendance days, to end of year testing, and courses like Economics for High School.

Along with American Government, Economics is required for homeschooled high schoolers in New York State. Each course needs to be a minimum of .5 credit.

How to fulfill a .5 credit of Economics for High School is a frequent question when it comes to homeschooling high school in New York State.

Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers. A review from Starts At Eight

I have recently found an online, self paced Economics for High School course from Mr. D Math that I think homeschoolers will love! We have had multiple great experiences with Mr. D Math courses and this one is no exception!

Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp
Mr. D Math College & Career Readiness is an online class (live or self-paced) teaching life skills such as time/money management, college application/resume writing, banking skills and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

Economics for High School

Mr. D Math Economics for High School is a half credit, online course for high school students. The course contains 16 lessons and is self-paced so you can spread it out however you like.

{Disclaimer: I received free access to Mr. D Math Economics for High School and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers. A review from Starts At Eight

Topics Covered Include:

  • supply/demand
  • producers/consumers
  • currency/credit
  • debt/deficit
  • economic recession
  • monopolies
  • taxes

In addition to the concepts of economics included above, students will learn important financial and life skills for their next stage such as:

  • how to open and manage a bank account
  • apply and interview for jobs
  • compare benefit packages
  • understanding paystubs
  • budgeting
  • using credit
  • establishing good credit
  • identity theft
  • purchasing/leasing a vehicle
  • renting an apartment
  • calculating interest

Features of Note in Economics for High School

Self-Paced

Economics for High School is one of the multiple self-paced courses offered at Mr. D Math. The great thing about this course being self-paced is that your student isn’t tied to class times or specific deadlines. Instead your student (and you if necessary) can decide that timeline for which this course is completed.

Take more time, take less, time, either way being self-paced offers a ton of flexibility for your homeschool!

Encourages Independence

Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers. A review from Starts At Eight

The online platform for this course (and all the Mr. D Math courses) is laid out in such a way that students can be completely independent. In the left sidebar you will find the complete course broken down by lessons, and with those lessons there are tasks such as reading, videos, quizzes, worksheets to print and complete, and more.

Uses Various Learning Styles

Video Lessons – Mrs. Kelli does video lessons for each section of this course. On top of that there are also other videos included to reinforce topics. (YouTube Video on topic, Crash Course Videos, etc.)

Reading – Sometimes students are assigned short readings from various sources to help teach a topic.

Printable Worksheets – These worksheets include worksheets to reinforce the concept that was just introduced with via video or reading, as well as extension activities to get students thinking.

Engaging Activities – Not only does this course include all the basic methods of learning, but it goes one step further and gets students involved in real life examples and activities that demonstrate the topics being covered.

Glossary PDF

Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers.

At the beginning of the course students are instructed to print out the Glossary of Terms.

While this feature may not seem important to some people, I find that a topic like Economics contains many words and concepts completely unknown to high schoolers. They are instructed to complete the definitions as they are presented throughout the course lessons. Thus encouraging them to hear them, see them, and write them. Using these various methods of engaging with the material greatly increases their chance of understanding the material.

For this reason, I love that students start with a BLANK GLOSSARY and end up with a (completely filled in by them) Glossary of Terms.

Online Graded Quizzes

Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers. A review from Starts At Eight
Economics for High School from Mr. D Math is a half credit, online, self-paced course for homeschool high schoolers. A review from Starts At Eight

Throughout the course there are online quizzes. They vary in length and include a variety of question types such as multiple choice and true/false.

They are auto graded online with instant results right on the screen so students get immediate feedback.

I like that students get 3 attempts at each quiz. This encourages learning because they can see the ones they got wrong and go back to review those concepts before trying the quiz again.

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We have also used Mr. D Math courses more than once throughout our years of homeschooling.

Having access to an instructor where the kids can ask questions and get feedback is such an awesome part of Mr. D Math live online courses.

You can check out what our experience was like with two of our children. Just click on the images below.

Tackle Homeschool High School Algebra with Mr. D Math! Mr. D Math offers online live or self-paced courses for high school math, Test Prep, ASL, and more! A review from Starts At Eight
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BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark has added something new for 2021! BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum is a new feature you can add on to many of the BookShark curriculum options. It allows you to do your reporting online, track assignments, grades, and more!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

New for 2021: BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark Virtual is a feature that works alongside the BookShark print curriculum, not in place of. That means you will need the BookShark printed curriculum, and then you have the option to add on the virtual portion.

I recently reviewed the BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum I am using with my 3rd grade grandson. Pairing it with this new virtual feature makes it even simpler to implement. I can check lesson plans on the go and even quick reference the science supplies needed for the experiments when I get to the store and realize I have forgotten my list!

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum is an open & go, literature based, hands-on, secular science curriculum for homeschoolers.

For parents and students, it offers enhanced, online capabilities such as assessments, grading, and accountability. These can be accessed both via desktop and mobile device.

It brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

Features for both parent and child:

  • enjoy easy recordkeeping & grading
  • upload student work
  • see 36 weeks of schedules
  • keep track of completed assignments
  • encourage independent learning
  • document student work
  • track completed assignments
  • assign & adjust grades
  • provide feedback and leave messages
  • get parent notifications
  • export PDF portfolio of completed work
  • and many more

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum is available for any BookShark levels A-H, including history, language arts, and science. It also completely integrates with Math-U-See. BookShark Virtual also offers proposed schedules and the ability to upload completed assignments for Singapore, Saxon, and RightStart.

A Few Cool Features We Love

Auto Grading of Written Work – you (or your student) can upload student assignments right into the online assessment tool for automatic grading. While all assignments aren’t auto-graded, there is a manual grading option as well. This way all grades are kept in one place in the BookShark Virtual dashboard for that class!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

It Creates a Digital Portfolio – BookShark Virtual saves your student’s work and grades so you can easily see progress and track learning at any time.

Fosters Independence – The BookShark Virtual platform provides lesson plans so your student can just log-in and get started on what they need to accomplish for that day. They can also take assessments, review their grades, and even communicate with you (their teacher) so you can have all course related comments together in one place.

Try Before You Buy!

The best way to understand BookShark Virtual is to try it yourself. The first three weeks of every Virtual course are available for free just like the Instructor’s Guide samples always have been (here).

Watch the demo videos to get your bearings, and then take it for a spin. Let your child take a peek, too!

BRAINIKA A Fun Math Game on Roblox

BRAINIKA A Fun Math Game on Roblox

If your kids are anything like mine you probably spend a good amount of energy patrolling their screen time. I bet you are also always on the look out for ways to make screen time both fun and educational. Good news! I found a fun math game on Roblox that you might be interested in!

Throughout my years of parenting and homeschooling I have had to balance my kids (especially my son’s and now grandson’s) screen time. I have never had a problem with them spending time playing games on the computer, as long as they are also doing other things to create balance in their lives. I created this method of limiting kids screen time by balancing it with other activities like chores, outside time, reading, etc.

Between implementing this screen time method, and striving to find fun but educational online games, I feel we have struck a pretty good balance for our kids.

Check out this fun math game on Roblox by BRAINIKA! A fun way for kids in grades K-2 to practice their math skills! Turn their game time into learning time! A review from Starts At Eight.

Fun Math Game on Roblox

I recently found BRAINIKA Math – a new educational math game on Roblox for kids in K to 2nd grades. It takes kids love for online games like Roblox and turns it into educational time parents can feel good about!

{I received free access to the BRAINIKA Math Game on Roblox and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Check out this fun math game on Roblox by BRAINIKA! A fun way for kids in grades K-2 to practice their math skills! Turn their game time into learning time! A review from Starts At Eight.

BRAINIKA was created by a mom of an ADHD child who was frustrated by trying to force him to learn.

From Anika… “I am an education entrepreneur who knows seven languages. I have used my knowledge to build two online language schools and create courses through Coursera.org.

My son, Tim, is diagnosed with ADHD. I was tired of trying to force him to learn. He gets bored easily and finds it too hard to focus when he is not interested.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, both of my kids became lost in Roblox. I felt guilty at first, since many of the games on the platform are mindless. Then, I noticed that Tim had no problem focusing when he played Roblox. He also remained very attentive whenever he played Minecraft. I loved that he had found the motivation to focus, but what he was focusing on was not very educational. I had to find a solution! So, myself and my team developed a small game in Roblox surrounding Math practice. Now Tim can play the game he loves and practice school math at the same time!”

How it works

BRAINIKA is used within the Roblox platform. That means if your kids play Roblox they will be familiar with how it all works. BRAINIKA Math has kids solving problems as they play! Jumping, running, going through mazes, all while earning coins to be used for cool stuff!

Check out this fun math game on Roblox by BRAINIKA! A fun way for kids in grades K-2 to practice their math skills! Turn their game time into learning time! A review from Starts At Eight.

When you purchase BRAINIKA you will get a code to use to connect it inside the Roblox platform. Once they are linked you will have access to easy progress tracking, a safe environment(chatting with strangers is disabled), and kids can make 400 Robux monthly for solving math problems!

Reasons to Love BRAINIKA Math Game on Roblox

5 Reasons You'll Love BRAINIKA
  1. Easy Progress Tracking for Parents – parents track kid’s progress with progress reports sent your email.
  2. 100% Safe Environment – Chatting with strangers is disabled
  3. Kids who LOVE Roblox will have fun learning math! – Every 30 days your child can earn a 400 Robux gift card if they played at least 15 days out of 30 and completed one level with an 85% or higher score.
  4. Affordable – At just $5.95 for one month (or for a limited time $31.90 for a year!) this is an educational game you can get behind!
  5. Recommended by Experts – Barbara Oakley, a scientific advisor, recommends BRAINIKA. Oakley is the author of the course Learning How to Learn (the most popular course on Coursera) and one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women Engineers by Forbes. Also ADHD experts recommend BRAINIKA for helping kids to stay attentive and focused on solving math problems.

Purchasing BRAINIKA Math Game

Two Ways to Buy!

You can try BRAINIKA for a month for a $5.95 one-time payment. One month, no strings! Then you’ll have the option to extend month-by-month or purchase an annual access with a discount.

BRAINIKA Math Game on Roblox 50% Discount

OR Check out this secret link to get 50% OFF the annual subscription NOW! (offer ends September 30, 2021) That’s an entire year for just $31.90!

If you are a school teacher, an educator or a homeschooling parent with 3+ kids at home who has been using game-based learning and would like to use the BRAINIKA Math game in Roblox in class or for home assignments, BRAINIKA would like to give you FREE access. Reach out to Anika@brainika.co to inquire.

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Improve Reading Comprehension with LightSail for Homeschoolers

Improve Reading Comprehension with LightSail for Homeschoolers

When my son was little he was a phenomenal reader. He was reading way above grade level and faster than I can read. The problem? His reading comprehension was almost non-existent. He could read all these big words and sentences but couldn’t tell me much about what he had read or answer any questions of the like. I struggled to find something that would help improve reading comprehension. I wish LightSail for Homeschoolers had been available then!

Lightsail for Homeschoolers is an online language arts program for preK-12 that advances skills in reading, writing, vocabulary and fluency.

LightSail for Homeschoolers

The LightSail for Homeschoolers language arts platform is a comprehensive and engaging online reading and writing program for children in grades pre-K through 12. A foundation in the science of reading and writing combined with the experience of a team of home educators creates a family-friendly learning experience advancing skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, and fluency. LightSail provides tens of thousands of ChildSafe books and multimedia resources from leading publishers such as World Book, Baker Publishing and Lerner Publishing.

{Disclosure: I received free access to LightSail as part of this review. I was compensated for my time to give an honest review of this product. All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

The 4 Pillars of LightSail

Lightsail for Homeschoolers is an online language arts program for preK-12 that advances skills in reading, writing, vocabulary and fluency.

LightSail’s program is based on what they define as The Four Pillars of Literacy.

  1. Reading – LightSail has a library of tens of thousands of books and multimedia content for all ages. Classics, biographies, animals, sports, timelines, audiobooks, and so much more!
  2. Writing – The writing assignments compliment the reading your child is doing. LightSail breaks the writing process down in a fun and easy to manage way.
  3. Vocabulary – LightSail uses a spiral approach to teaching vocabulary that is customized to your child’s Lexile score. Kids work with these words in Spelling Bees and vocabulary assignments, and parents can assign their own Spelling Bees or use ready-made lists. Students will learn things like how to use the words in sentences, what part of speech the word is, the definition and synonyms for the word.
  4. Fluency – LightSail has some really cool fluency tools. These tools allow your child to record themselves reading a portion of a book aloud and send it to you for assessment. Students can play their own recording back and re-record it until they are happy with it. It then allows you to listen to the recording with text on screen, so you can assess what they’ve omitted, inserted, mispronounced, substituted, repeated, or self corrected.

Features of LightSail for Homeschoolers

Lightsail for Homeschoolers is an online language arts program for preK-12 that advances skills in reading, writing, vocabulary and fluency.
  • Extensive Library: LightSail contains an extensive collection of tens of thousands of engaging books and multimedia content from respected publishers such as World Book and Lerner Publishing, as well as trusted homeschool and faith-based publishers. Parents customize this collection to the individual needs of their children and their family values through LightSail’s ChildSafe Content Control Service and reading- and grade-level appropriateness controls.
  • Bookmarks: Curated passages from larger works, like the Bible or Shakespeare, organized into topical groups and with added assessment questions leveled for children of different ages. Watch a video on Bookmarks here that shows you some examples! And, of course, any parent can create their own Bookmarks.
  • Quotations: Similar to Bookmarks but limited to 300 words in length, these passages are perfect to assign for copywork or memory work. Parents can create their own, but LightSail also has hundreds of groups of Quotations chosen by their team of experienced homeschoolers from famous lines of poetry, to quotes from historic speeches, to favorite Bible verses.  See more here
  • Memory Work Tool + Ready-Made Lists: LightSail has harnessed the power of existing features in their Fluency module and created an all new Memory Work Tool, allowing parents to use a Quotation or Memory Work list (or provide their own text) and set a schedule for their child to practice and recite. Plus, they provide all the most popular choices (hundreds of pre-made lists) for memorization that homeschoolers want! Learn more here.
  • Lesson Plans: Beginning with faith-based lessons, and then expanding to other academic subjects, LightSail’s Lesson Plan incorporates their amazing content into structured lessons with teaching notes, activities, games, crafts, quizzes, and much more.  Learn more here
Lightsail for Homeschoolers is an online language arts program for preK-12 that advances skills in reading, writing, vocabulary and fluency.

What’s Not to Love?

Extensive Reading Collection

As I’ve already mentioned, LightSail has an extensive library. Not just books, but timelines, maps, biographies, new and more! This means you have reading and research material right at your fingertips!

Customization

The extensive reading collection comes with amazing customization capabilities! As a parent have the ability to customize to the needs of your children and family values through LightSail’s ChildSafe Content and Control Service and reading and grade level appropriateness controls. This allows you to block the books you don’t want and/or specifically choose what you do.

Then there’s the customization LightSail does automatically. Every 15 days LightSail automatically updates your child’s Lexile score, allowing every feature to be tailored to your child’s reading level!

Along with the Lexile adaptation, there are built-in comprehension assessments that help you determine if your child is absorbing what they are reading.

Extra Features

Lightsail for Homeschoolers is an online language arts program for preK-12 that advances skills in reading, writing, vocabulary and fluency.

One of the features I really liked was the built in cloze activities to help improve reading comprehension. This leaves out a word in the sentence. Kids have to choose the correct word that will go in the blank. Doing this helps to ensure that kids are paying attention to what they read. It helps them to use the context of the story to infer meaning.

Another feature to love is the option to have the book read to you. Check out the video below where I demonstrate a book being read, and the various speed settings to choose from. This is super helpful when your child is struggling and needs help, or if you’d like them to be able to read (listen) to something that is above their reading level.

Teach Kids About Money with this Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum

Teach Kids About Money with this Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum

Are you looking for fun, online, educational games for your kids? How about one that teaches financial literacy and money management for kids? I would like to introduce you to a financial literacy homeschool curriculum that does these things!

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14. A review from Starts At Eight.

As you may already know I am a big proponent of teaching life skills at ALL ages throughout the childrearing and homeschooling years. It can be as simple as teaching your toddler to put their toys away in a bin, or as complex as preparing your teens/young adults for the home buying experience.

One of the amazing things about homeschooling is the ability to weave these skills into your daily lives and homeschool curriculum plans!

MoneyTime Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum

MoneyTime Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum is a gamified online financial literacy program for kids ages 10-14. MoneyTime can be used on any PC, laptop or tablet that is connected to the Internet however it does not work on mobile phones.

{Disclosure: I received free access to MoneyTime as part of this review. I was compensated for my time to give an honest review of this product. All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

How the MoneyTime Game Works

The Moneytime Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum combines financial literacy lesson modules with a money management game. It consists of 30 personal finance lessons and 13 optional Parent-Child lessons covering topics such as earning, saving, budgeting, property, investing and business, all at an age appropriate level.

Within the 13 Parent-Child lessons your children will write a resume, prepare a household budget, buy an imaginary property and check on your household’s insurances. These modules provide a great opportunity for them to get to know you better and to understand your family’s finances so that they can put their learning into a real life context.

Each child begins the game as a gardener and continues on to be able to choose a better paying job by investing in further education. Every profession has an expected income and a cost to gain the qualification. This is a great way for kids to understand that different jobs need different levels of education and also produce varying amounts of income.

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14.

Kids can also choose to spend money on shopping for fun accessories for their avatar, donating to charity, purchasing property, stocks, and other investments.

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14.

Check out the video below for a walk through of how this homeschool finance curriculum works!

Using MoneyTime in Your Homeschool

Self-Contained Curriculum – NOTHING else is needed! No extra books or supplies. All the kids need to learn and put their learning into action is built into the program!

Self-Directed Learning – I love that MoneyTime is designed for kids to do independently (other than the Parent-Child Lessons). It means my kids can open and go, without needing my time or attention. It both teaches and facilitates learning via doing.

Parental Help & Involvement – While the majority of lessons are student led, there are 13 lessons for parents to do with their kids. This really gives us the chance to work side by side with our kids, giving them our real life experiences and wisdom on topics such as resumes, household budgets and more!

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14.

Recommended Scheduling – MoneyTime recommends children try and complete the program within a 3 month period, averaging 3 lessons per week. Each lesson builds on the learning of previous lessons and it’s important your child uses the program regularly to get the most value out of it.

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14.

More than Just Money – Beyond money management for kids, MoneyTime also includes content that helps kids learn what to do when choosing a career, understanding how their career choice impacts income, considering purchasing new or second hand, understanding wants vs needs and so much more!

Purchasing Information & Discount

You can purchase MoneyTime directly from their website. There are both low monthly subscription and annual memberships available. AND there is a 60 day money back guarantee provided on the annual membership license.

Teach Kids About Money with the MoneyTime, the online gamified Financial Literacy Homeschool Curriculum for kids ages 10-14.

Right now you will receive 25% off the Annual Membership price! Offer valid until October 31st, 2021.

Teach Teen Life Skills as a High School Elective

Teach Teen Life Skills as a High School Elective

Teaching your teen life skills is a huge part of not only raising your teen but of their academic life as well. Just as we teach our children about history, and help them explore the various sciences, we need to teach our teens the essential skills they need to go out and thrive in the world.

Things like pumping gas, learning to drive, opening bank accounts, cooking, cleaning, taxes, interviewing, and SO much more!

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Teach Teen Life Skills as a High School Elective

The cool thing about teaching your teen life skills is that you can count it as a high school elective! Yup! You heard me correctly! Life skills as high school electives is a real thing!

Plan Your High School Electives: Free Printable Pack from Starts At Eight

Even from the time they were young, life skills has been something we weave into our daily lives with all of our children. It begins small, with age appropriate chores around the house. Things like putting away their books or toys. Then into things like using safe cleaning products to wipe something down, or vacuuming.

As tweens things like cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry. When they get into their teens the life skills start to step outside the household chores to things like applying for a checking and savings account, getting a license and learning to drive, budgeting, and more.

Thrive Academics – Voyage

Voyage (from Thrive Academics) is an affordable (just $60 for a full year of access) program. that helps teens learn things about themselves and their purpose, and to complete life skills tasks such as writing checks and applying for a driver’s license all while also earning high school elective credit (the course is .5 credit).

{I received free access to Voyage and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Voyage is a dynamic, fully animated program designed as a semester course for high school students. It walks your teens through many life skills they will need as they prepare to enter college, the workforce, and life outside of your home.

5 Modules in Voyage

There are five modules immersed with life skills and lessons to prepare for the next stage of life after high school.

Within each of the 5 modules you will find a Resources Tab (upper right hand corner when you are in the course). This tab contains a multitude of printable pdf activities for the module your student is working on.

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Beyond the module content itself, and the pdf printable activities, each module also has a 10 question final exam that must be passed with an 80% or higher to complete the module. The quizzes are graded within the module, and you can run a report for the grades.

1.  Who I Am

In this first module teens will identify their purpose, brand, and strengths, and work on setting SMART goals and a vision for their life.

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Below are the topics they will work through:

  • Purpose and Passion (Includes figuring out your purpose statement)
  • Strengths (Skills profiler)
  • Personal Brand (creating a brand crest that includes values, passions, and traits)
  • Vision (Learn what a vision is; engage in activities to help student think about their own vision)
  • My SMART Goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely)
  • My Mission (creating an action plan based on the topics above)

2.  Career Planning

Module 2 is all about career planning including: career assessment profiler, researching careers, filling out a job app, writing a cover letter and resume, and attending a virtual job interview.

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Below are the topics in order with some of what your student will find within them:

  • Career Profile (finding your career path, O*Net Building, and Notetaking)
  • Your Career Profile (job vs. career, comparing careers, career comparison chart, occupational videos)
  • Higher Education (plus student networking)
  • Building Your Resume (essential application steps, resume sections, cover letter, job search, and examples)
  • Virtual Job Interview (walks your student through an interview with step-by-step suggestions)

3.  College Planning

Module 3 contains everything from researching the right schools, applying to college, applying for financial aid to life on campus and setting their school schedule.

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens.

These are the topics and activities students work through in Module 3:

  • Researching Schools (College Readiness Fair – provides information about 2-year/community college, 4-year university & tech/trade school based on your student’s career aspirations, selecting your major, in-state vs. out-of-state schools, side-by-side comparisons)
  • Applying to School (tips & ideas, practice application, application checklist)
  • Financial Aid (scholarships, grants, loans FAFSA)
  • Getting Accepted (selecting classes, scheduling classes, reading a map, college transcripts, housing, buying textbooks)
  • Campus Life (clubs and organizations, college sports, transportation costs, getting an internship, socializing and partying – making responsible decisions)

4.  Financial Responsibility

Module 4 is all about financial responsibility, covering topics such as opening a bank account, balancing a check register, online banking, taxes, interest, managing a budget, and financial responsibility.

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Here are the lessons taught in Module 4:

  • Types of Accounts (checking accounts, check writing, online banking, check/debit card, ATM, balancing accounts, savings account, interest, retirement)
  • Understanding Credit (introduction, FAQs, maintaining good credit, credit scores, credit cards & fees, interest)
  • Financial Responsibility (introduction to taxes, W-4 form, filing deadline, W-2 form, filing options, reading paychecks, tax resources, paying bills, disputing a fee)
  • Budgeting Basics (needs vs. wants, calculating income, create a plan, money saving tips)
  • Student Loans (understanding loans, types, amoritization, repayment)

5. Everyday Living

Module 5 covers tasks of everyday living where students will learn about everyday responsibilities including health and safety, balanced nutrition, renting a house/apt, completing forms for a doctor’s visit, applying for a driver’s license, navigating airports, and much more!

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

Here are the topics covered in Module 5:

  • Personal Health (healthy eating on a budget, activity, fitness, creating a fitness plan, sleep, personal hygiene, health insurance FAQ, doctor visits)
  • Travel (preparing for your trip, at the airport, on the flight, enjoying your trip)
  • Home and Vehicle (driver’s license, getting a vehicle, housing, roommates)
  • Communication (making a good first impression, body language, talking, listening, healthy relationships, social media)

My Thoughts on Voyage for Teaching Teen Life Skills

Teach Teen Life Skills such as college & career planning, financial responsibility, and travel with Voyage. An affordable life skills course for teens. A review from Starts At Eight.

1. It’s not just videos

Voyage goes beyond students watching videos and regurgitating information back. For example when learning about Travel, specifically in the Home and Vehicle section, they are given a sample Driver’s License Form to fill out. Voyage takes them through it and then has them print a sample from the Resources in the top right corner to fill out themselves.

2. Designed for Independent Learning

I think it is important in the high school years that kids take control of their education. We strive for them to be completely independent in their learning, keeping themselves on task and working through their studies with minimal help.

Voyage is designed for students to do on their own:

  • All the information is given in a clear and engaging way.
  • The pathway is clearly laid out for them to follow.
  • All printable resources are within their corresponding lessons so they can easily find what they need.

3. Confidence for Mom

Voyage from Thrive makes it easy for me to feel good about the life skills being taught to my teen. While I could definitly teach my children all of this (and I do still engage them in this skills in real life), this gives me the structure to help me feel confident that we are covering a wide variety of useful topics.

I never would have thought about doing Airport but Voyage covers this too! Including things like navigating the airport, check-in, security, finding your gate, boarding, and even steps for when you are inside the plane.

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More on Teen Life Skills

Fulfilling Homeschool High School Health Credits from Starts At Eight is a how to guide including why to teach high school health, what topics are covered, and an extensive list of both secular and faith based homeschool high school health options.
Life Skills as High School Electives: Cooking Basics for Teens from Starts At Eight. Preparing our teens to cook for themselves will both save them money and allow them to eat healthier. Cooking Basics for Teens will help you, help them learn basics such as how to boil water, cut onions, cook chicken, and more!
Career Exploration for High School Students from Starts At Eight
Effective Ways to Teach Math for Children with Dyslexia

Effective Ways to Teach Math for Children with Dyslexia

Many children who have dyslexia are so disappointed when they figure out that sometimes dyslexia affects their math too, but often this only becomes apparent a few years after they have realized that reading is difficult.

This is because most children find early math quite easy and can do simple addition and take away sums, however when it comes memorizing times tables, mental math, and their slower processing speeds, the difficulty becomes apparent.

It’s important they can get a good grasp on these concepts before moving onto more advanced math such as integration.

Effective Ways to Teach Math for Children with Dyslexia offers techniques for helping kids with dyslexia tackle math. From Starts At Eight

Effective Ways to Teach Math for Children with Dyslexia

Between 60 to 100% of dyslexics have difficulty with certain aspects of mathematics. As parents this can be so difficult to watch, especially when they have already taken a confidence knock with their reading.

So what can we do to lessen these difficulties and make sure math stays fun and engaging for children with dyslexia?

Improve Working Memory

One of the common traits of dyslexia is a weakness in working memory. Our working memories help us to hold small pieces of information in our mind while carrying out a task.

A good working memory is essential in math, so we can keep hold of numbers while working out more complex sum.

Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to try and help strengthen your child’s working memory, and most of them are games which kids tend to love!

Any game which requires your child to use their memory will do the job. Simply having to keep the rules of the game in mind while playing a game can strengthen the working memory.

Great examples include:

  • Memory matching card games – turn all the cards upside down and turn over two at a time to find the matching pair.
  • What’s missing – gather up 5 household objects, have your child memorize them, then remove one and ask them to figure out which one has been taken.
  • I went to the shop – the first player starts by adding one item, then the next player recalls the item, and adds another to the list. Play continues until the last person can remember the correct order of items!

Allow the Use of Aids

Once your child knows how to work out their times tables, or other mathematical facts, keep a printed list of the times tables facts close by when they are working out more complex questions, to reduce the number of steps in the problem.

This allows your child to move through a curriculum and feel a sense of achievement rather than feeling completely overwhelmed.

If your child has dyslexia, they might struggle with the written element of math, so read any questions aloud that they might find difficult, again to reduce the frustration. Save reading time for their reading sessions.

You can also encourage your child to use a calculator once they have good number sense and understand the basics of adding, subtracting, multiplication, division and place value.

Multi-Sensory Approaches

All children learn differently, so providing a wide range of sensory approaches when you teach helps them to understand math concepts in different ways.

You can use sight, touch, hearing and movement to enhance your children’s learning. Using objects for counting, multiplication and division can help them to grasp the logical side of math in a visual way.

There are a number of curriculums such as Singapore Math and Math U See which encompass a wide variety of learning methods.

Create a Happy Environment

Have you ever noticed that your child recalls and remembers events where they were happy really well? This is because when we are happy, dopamine and serotonin are produced which improves our memory and ability to learn.

This isn’t just hearsay, research has been done into the correlation between feeling strong positive emotions and learning and the link is scientifically proven.

Studies have even been carried out on adults in the workplace, and when their workplace is fun, employees are more likely to try out new things.

So if you can create a fun and happy learning environment each time you have a math lesson, they are a lot more likely to retain facts and information.

Can you get your children to laugh while they’re learning some tricky math rules? Laughter is a powerful quick route to happiness, so if you can think of a few math related jokes to lighten the mood, you might just find that your kids start to enjoy and look forward to math.

Which Method Should You Use?

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all when it comes to the best way to teach math to a child who has additional needs. Play around with some of the above techniques, until you find a style that suits your child.

Ultimately, your child already has the best teacher – you! You have their best interests at heart, you know them better than anyone else, and so therefore you have the best chance at finding a way to make math fun and enjoyable for your child, despite their difficulties.

Bio: Jesse Woods homeschools his own two children and founded Matter of Math to provide a multisensory approach to learning, and to make math accessible to everyone from children to adults who have always struggled. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and hold a degree in Math and Physics.

More Math from Starts At Eight

Teaching Lego Math: Multiplication & Division from Starts At Eight using Lego Bricks is a great way to get hands-on learning to teach math concepts.
ShillerMath Review - An Unboxing & Review of Kit II from Starts At Eight. ShillerMath Review: These kits are Montessori based for preK through 8th grade. Use manipulatives, enjoy the prescripted lessons, sing the songs!
Playing Card Math for Middle School - Games to Make Math Fun! from Starts At Eight
Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum

Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum

I already knew that Apologia does an amazing job with their science curricula, but I didn’t know they were coming out with MATH! Apologia Homeschool Elementary Curriculum is coming to you!

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum - Exploring Creation with Mathematics is for grades 1-6 and is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum

What is Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum?

Apologia Exploring Creation with Mathematics is a new product from Apologia for elementary kids in grades 1-6. This curriculum combines color photos, hands-on activities, engaging projects, and plenty of games to teach math concepts! Each lesson’s design presents math as an accessible and exciting topic.

{I received Exploring Creation with Mathematics as part of this review and I was compensated for my time in writing it. All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Apologia’s Elementary Math Levels:

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

There are currently 3 math levels in the Apologia Homeschool Elementary Curriculum (Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, Mathematics 3) with 3 more on the way!

Mathematics 1 Covers:

  • Recognizing numbers to 120 
  • Addition up to 100
  • Subtraction up to 100
  • Measuring Length, Capacity, Time
  • Data and Graphs
  • Geometric Shapes

Mathematics 2 Covers:

  • Recognizing Numbers Up To 1000
  • Addition up to 1000
  • Subtraction up to 1000
  • Money, Length
  • Data and Graphs
  • Shapes, Angles, Symmetry

Mathematics 3 Covers:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Time, Weight
  • Data and Graphs
  • Perimeter, Area

Components of Apologia’s Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum:

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

1. A consumable, spiral-bound Student Workbook

Can I just say that once again Apologia has made sure the Student Workbook is spiral bound! This makes it SO much easier for kids to use!

Each level of the student workbook follows the same design:

  • Units open with a section on “Seeing Our Creator” in mathematics. They also include the “Skills Practice” that students will review while working on new materials. Units are divided into individual Chapters.
  • Chapters cover individual concepts and are divided into discreet daily lessons.
  • Daily lessons consist of an opening hands-on activity that uses common household items, textual materials to explain any new concepts, and a practice worksheet.

2. A softcover Teaching Guide and Answer Key

Exploring Creation with Mathematics Teaching Guide and Answer Key. Levels 1, 2, and 3 contain:

  • A 28-week lesson plan broken into 4-days/week
  • Teacher Notes for each unit
  • Supply list for each unit (a complete supply list is also available)
  • Skills Practice suggestions and ideas
  • Teacher Notes for individual lessons, where needed
  • At-a-glance answer key for each workbook page
  • Consumable worksheets (copies are also located on each title’s Book Extras site)

Bonus Online Content

Every Apologia title has its own website. These Book Extras contain additional materials that help parents and students succeed.

  • Relevant websites, such as electronic games or places to create your own worksheets
  • A printable PDF of every consumable page found in the Teaching Guide and Answer Key
  • Additional printable PDF worksheets for students who are struggling with a concept and may need additional encouragement.

Not Sure Where You Need To Start?

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Apologia has created this elementary math curriculum with courses designed to progress your student through  specific skills and levels of learning rather than by traditional grade levels. In this curriculum, students master math concepts that build on one another to establish a strong foundation for success in future courses.

If you aren’t sure where you should be starting with your student, check out the Placement Guide for Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum.

What’s to Love About Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum?

1. Both Visual & Hands-On

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Incorporating more than one learning style is a strong suit of the Apologia Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum.

First there hands-on activities with each lesson such as playing a game or using some sort of manipulative (M&M’s, Legos, Counting Blocks, Coins).

Beyond the hands-on activities the book includes visual representations of key concepts being taught.

PLUS, each unit in Exploring Creation with Mathematics culminates in end-of-the-unit projects that reinforce the math the student has learned through real-world scenarios.

2. Built in Review & Daily Skills Practice

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Math is a building blocks subject. If you don’t learn the basics, you can’t add on…at least you can’t add on successfully. At the elementary level, a sizeable part of the content is math facts that must be memorized. (Yes, I very much believe in the memorization of basic math facts.)

Each day, in addition to the daily lessons, Exploring Creation with Mathematics has students spend 5-10 minutes reviewing a previously-learned skill. 

I find this to be so important when learning math concepts. It’s natural that if you don’t use something often, you lose it. By including daily review this curriculum helps students use, and therefore retain the math skills they have learned.

Games and activities that are easy to set up are listed in the Teaching Guide and Answer Key.

3. Easy to Use

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Speaking of the Teaching Guide and Answer Key, this resource makes executing and teaching math simple! It is organized by unit.

Each unit includes a full supply list. This is so great because you can easily gather everything you need for the unit ahead of time so there is no searching for supplies during lesson time!

You will also find all the Daily Skills Practice suggestions and ideas here. Right in front, in list form, so that you can easily implement this important feature of the math program with your student.

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

Parents can also check their student’s answers easily with the thumbnail images of each worksheet. The answers are clearly visible for ease of use.

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

4. Flexible Scheduling

Apologia Elementary Homeschool Math Curriculum for grades 1-6 is designed to build a strong foundation of familiarity with numbers as children learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A review from Starts At Eight

While this is part of the ease of use included in the Teacher’s Guide, I feel it needs it’s own spotlight.

Apologia does a great job of laying out a 4 day a week lesson plan for you. As you may know we use a 4 Day Homeschool Week in our house. It has afforded us so much more flexibility and taken the pressure off when we need a break or have something else pop up.

Within the schedule, each day students are to complete the lesson and skills practice listed on the daily schedule. These are clear tasks and can easily be broken up if a day is cut short and you need to move on. Or if you are running short on time, simply cut out the skills practice that day so you can move right on the next day!

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Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Are you looking for online homeschool high school biology options? Looking for something that is visually based and easy to use? Then Fascinating Biology from Fascinating Education might be for you!

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Fascinating Education uses an audio-visual technique to teach science in a step-by-step manner using plain English and clear illustrations. This “right-hemispheric” learning approach takes advantage of the brain’s ability to process images more efficiently and more effectively than just reading text.

{I received free access to Fascinating Biology and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

The Fascinating Education curricula focus on scientific facts while eliminating unnecessary complexity. Dr. Margulies (owner and developer) engages the student by bringing a real life touch to all the lessons so that the student understands why the material is important for them.

About Sheldon Marguiles Owner/Developer

Sheldon Margulies - owner and developer of Fascinating Education

Sheldon Margulies is the owner and developer of Fascinating Education. He is a neurologist who has taught over 2500 medical students and residents in his career, and I has since turned his attention to younger students with online courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, and the Logic of Medicine.

In my curricula, I don’t just teach. I explain, in plain English, one step at a time, using images that I’ve created and narrate. I want students to see exactly what I’m saying, and for today’s students who are so comfortable with audio and visual learning, narrated images are a great way to learn science.

Sheldon Margulies owner and developer of Fascinating Education

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Fascinating Biology covers the basic principles of biology, including the components of life: cell membranes, taking in nutrients, creating chemical energy, growing and repairing, reproducing, maintaining a stable internal environment, and adapting to a changing external environment. You can see a full breakdown of the Fascinating Biology Course Content right on their website.

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

The course consists of 3 major components:

The cool thing is that each one of these components has an online component AND a printable component option. Your student can do it all online, or they can choose to do some of it with pen and paper.

Video Lessons – There are 18 video lessons.

Review – The awesome thing about the review sections is that each question is read to the student, and each answer is read and demonstrated with a corresponding image.

Tests – When done online the test end by giving the students their score, and options to Review, Print, and Retry the quiz. You can also choose to print the tests out ahead of time and have them do them offline.

Key Features of Fascinating Biology

1. A Note About Secular vs. Religious

When it comes to science curriculum the first thing most people want to know is if it is secular or religious, creation vs. evolution. I like that Sheldon tackles this question first before anything else in the biology course. Below you will find a brief video clip of him explaining his view and how that impacts the curriculum.

I really appreciate his point about how understanding different viewpoints does not mean you have to adopt them. In our home we have always tried to talk about both sides of the coin so they can decide for themselves.

2. Great for Visual Learners

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

The Fascinating Education courses are very visual. All 18 lessons are video lessons with tons of images, diagrams, etc. Plus there are print out options for all the components so your students can have them in hand too if they want.

3. Lesson Scripts

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Can I just say that the super type-A in me LOVES these. They are literal replicas of the video lessons, complete with images and text! I like printing them out along with the review printables and tests so that we have a visual representation of the work complete.

4. Review & Tests as Learning Devices

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Both the review sections and tests are used as an additional opportunity to teach the material and to ensure the student is progressing appropriately.

The review questions have corresponding full image answers, giving students another opportunity to understand and absorb the concepts taught in that lesson.

The tests give students an opportunity to go back and review their answers alongside the correct answers and to retake them. This allows students to go back and look at where/what their mistake was and learn the material correctly.

My Thoughts

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

I love the different teaching approach to the Fascinating Education science curricula. The lessons are not too long, I’d say they take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, and they are easy to understand. There is plenty of reinforcement built in with the reviews and tests, giving students plenty of exposure to the concepts so they can more readily learn and understand them.

My main concern when calling this a curriculum is that most would assume it was a full year and thus a full credit course. When looking at the FAQ Page it states, “The lessons differ in length; however, each presentation is about 45 minutes long (on average). If a student does 1 lesson a day in chemistry (assuming about 1.5 hours to complete each lesson and test) – a student could finish in 24-27 total hours. We also have labs for chemistry which are an hour or so each – so you could add those additional hours.  We are in the process of adding additional review material – which will add some time to each course. Each biology lesson could take twice as long, but that’s still only about 30 hours to complete the course.”

This is significantly lower than the standard of a high school course being 120 hours. So my suggestion would be to add labs and extra readings or research on topics of interest throughout the year. OR I also think these make great summer review courses! You could do them before taking a full year to get a head start on the concepts, or take it after as a review/reinforcement.

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Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

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