Thinkwell Homeschool Algebra 1 Online Program (Review)

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

Thinkwell Homeschool is a revolutionary new way to introduce your student to THINKWELL’S INSTRUCTOR-LED ALGEBRA 1 online program. A full curriculum for independent learning by the student, yet instructors are easily accessible for teaching concepts missed.

What is Thinkwell Homeschool?

  • Courses designed with flexibility in mind. Access any course, from anywhere at anytime.
  • Designed as a 12-month subscription.
  • Extensions are available in 1, 3, or 6-month for additional purchase, if a student needs more time.
  • Two options for working through the program: Daily lessons readily available for a week-by-week process OR student works at their own pace.
  • Video course lessons are five to ten minutes in length, which helps the student visualize and conceptualize key ideas, definitions and important ideas. Printable transcripts, as well as closed captioning are also an option.
  • Graded exercises with explanations for drill and practice are excellent for reinforcing concepts learned throughout the videos.
  • Printable worksheets give all types of learners a hands-on approach to practical application.
  • Quizzes and tests are graded instantly for immediate feedback to the student and parent.
  • Parent progress reports.
  • Completion certificates are to celebrate success and used within record keeping transcripts.

~My 8th grade student has been using Thinkwell Homeschool for the last six weeks. And let me tell you this has been the BIGGEST blessing to our family. Even though I understand Algebra 1, as a teacher to other students, I have very little time to explain concepts missed. This program has taken so much pressure off of me and I feel confident they are teaching a solid foundation to my student.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday my student is utilizing worksheets, videos, and daily lessons independently. Then on Tuesday and Thursday there are accessible LIVE instructors for 1-hour for any problems or concepts my student may be having.

My student has utilized this resource several times already and gains confidence each time they reinforce the skills learned. It is truly a win-win for everyone!

The customer service is impeccable in every way too! When we first subscribed to this online program using an iPad, we had quite a bit of troubleshooting to do in order for this program to work effectively. (We were using an older iPad, which may have made a difference for all the problems).

My email’s had a response of a 24-hour turn around time, they were extremely patient with my lack of technology knowledge, and managed to help correct error messages within the iPad. AND because my laptop was having trouble printing the daily lessons, I was sent a hardcopy for my student to work through.

Thinkwell customer service has gone above and beyond to ensure my student has been still learning this entire six weeks AND I could not be more grateful for their genuine concern, care, and immediate attention to every detail within this online program. As a mom/teacher I highly recommend this program to any family who is struggling to succeed in Algebra 1.

WE will continue to utilize Thinkwell Homeschool
for Algebra 2 and Geometry when that time approaches.

Give your student the independence needed to confidently explore THINKWELL’S INSTRUCTOR-LED ALGEBRA 1 and rest assured that Thinkwell Homeschool will do a fantastic job giving them a solid mathematics foundation.

~~Simply Passionate~~

*Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more reviews by Thinkwell Homeschool.

Keeping Authenticity With An Influencing Market

In a world where bloggers dominate the industry for brand advertisement, AUTHENTICITY is imperative for companies represented.  Yet, oftentimes Top Influencer’s are representing companies in which they would never shop the brand advertised.   A shameless tactic for money, marketing and followers!  Instead, an ‘Authentic Voice’ needs to overpower the blogging industry with responsibility attached to the content creator.

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Musik at Home (Review)

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

Music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions through rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. Musik at Home Membership created by Musik at Home is a delightful way to expose children, from birth to age seven, to music appreciation.

What is Musik at Home?

  • Illuminates your child’s development through music education.
  • Music classes are in the privacy of your own home. No commute time!
  • Flexibility of times and days are based on the families schedule and routine.
  • One membership per family.
  • Membership allows for multiple classes to be viewed at one sitting.
  • Each class can be modified based on the child’s age and development.
  • Household supplies can be substituted for any object used within the video.
  • Unlimited access to over 400 musical activities, singing games, rhythmic movement, and imaginative musical stories.
  • A good internet connection is needed for streaming videos through Vimeo OTT.
  • An open-ended early childhood curriculum, which can be used at anytime, anyplace or from anywhere.
  • Grown-up participation is strongly encouraged, and ideal for grandparents too.
  • Affordable classes for all types of family to formulate music literacy in children birth thru age seven.
  • Optional for purchase include: lyric books, orchestrated CD’s/digital downloads, and simple instruments.
  • Kathryn Brunner an early childhood educator with a license and certification in Musikgarten.

Classes available for your child to participate in are: Family Music for Babies & Toddlers, Family Music for Preschoolers, Family Music for Mixed Ages, Family Music for Ages 4-7, Family Music for Christmas, Finger Independence, Instruments, Dance, Singing Games, Call and Respond, Graphic Notation, Ages 3-5, Songs for Special Days, Scarves, Rhythm Sticks, Babies & Toddlers, and Ages 1-5.

Each class is designed for the parent to choose the length of video, in which they have time for in their daily routine.

What better way to expose your child to the gift of music but through songs, dance, body movement, finger play, simple instruments, games, and colors of art. And you spend your time engaged with the child for as long as they will linger.

~My child is in between toddler and preschool age, so I chose Family Music for mixed ages. The first time viewing she sat spellbound and motionless, and the length of the video was five minutes. She insisted we watch another class immediately, in which we did. This viewing was a little more engaged with letting me use her hands to follow the instructors motions and body movements of rocking. Sitting on my lap the entire time helped her to feel secure and loved. Even though she was still apprehensive to engage fully, we both thoroughly enjoyed spending this isolated time together, because as the youngest she often feels her world is always engaged in older activities. These music classes helped both of us focus on her current age and development.

This music curriculum was easy to incorporate into a busy home educating household once a week, and my child looked forward to her special day with me.

One of my favorite aspects about these music classes is the diversity of children of all ages, gender and ethnicity. This is what captured my child’s attention the most by observing the other children and their behavior with musical movements.

Kathryn Brunner is an early childhood educator who is passionate about child development and music literacy. Musik at Home combines both of her passions in an exciting, creative, imaginative and fun way for every child to appreciate the importance of music. She really brings each video to life through her voice and interactions. And I would highly recommend trying a Musik at Home Membership for children birth to age seven.

There is no better time than to give the gift of music to a developing child!

~~Simply Passionate~~

*Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more reviews by Musik at Home.

Land of Enchantment New Mexico

Family friendly southwest, where experiences are endless, vast landscapes beg to be explored, and the International Balloon Fiesta take to the skies!  This is True Albuquerque. 

A place unlike any other, known for its rich history, culture and chilis of course!  It is here a thousand moments become a lifetime of memories.  New Mexico at its finest and why kids of all ages will enjoy the adventure. Continue reading

Positive Action Bible Curriculum (Review)

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

Teach students Biblical truth in a fresh, exciting way with 4th Grade – Building Life Castles designed by Positive Action Bible Curriculum. Illustrated in such a colorful way this curriculum really brings the Bible to life.

Revolutionize your students knowledge outside of their core subjects with building a foundation on the Word of God. Transform their understanding by studying the life of Christ, the works of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of the Apostle Paul.

Formulated in a way to engage fourth grade students through a series of twenty minute daily lessons.

“As we build our lives on Christ, God will transform us into strong and beautiful monuments to His grace.” ~Positive Action Bible Curriculum

What is Building Life Castles?

Curriculum components are Teacher Manual and Student Workbook.

STUDENT WORKBOOK

Lessons include: content objectives, learning objectives, vocabulary, session notes, target truths, character trait activities, student manual facsimiles, quizzes, and scripture memory.

Each lesson is divided into sections for an easier way to keep the content organized.

Contents of Thirty-five Lessons: Who is Jesus, The Promised Messiah, The Boy Jesus, The Land Where Jesus Lived, Victory Over Temptation, The Disciples of Jesus, The Ministry of Jesus, Jesus Reveals His Power, Responses to Jesus’ Power, Jesus Teaches with Parables, Jesus Teaches About Salvation, The Crucifixion of Jesus, The Resurrection of Jesus, The Arrival of the Holy Spirit, The Spirit’s Work in Us, The Fruit of the Spirit, Who Controls Your Life?, God Cares for You, Your Inner Character, Confidence in God, Compassion for Others, Courage to Stand Alone, Learning to Trust God, The Value of Humility, Learning Submission, Patience to Endure, The Need to Forgiveness, Making Wise Choices, Saul the Persecutor, Saul’s Conversion, Paul’s Missionary Journeys, Earthquake at Philippi, Paul Faces Trouble, Paul’s Final Journeys, and a Race Well Run.

  • Lessons 1–13: Life and ministry of Jesus Christ
  • Lessons 14–17: Works of the Holy Spirit
  • Lessons 18–28: Explanations and examples of godly character
  • Lessons 29–35: Life and ministry of Apostle Paul

In the back of the student manual there are ten hymn lyrics to songs such as, Be Thou My Vision, Man of Sorrows, For the Beauty of the Earth, Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Come Thou Fount, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, How Firm a Foundation, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Immortal Invisible God Only Wise, and Joy to the World.

And a scripture memory tracking sheet for keeping dates of when the student memorized a specific scripture.

TEACHER MANUAL

(Teaching Material, Testing Material, Answer Key)

Contains teaching material for all thirty-five lessons broken down into prompts for the teacher to read and discuss. Objectives of what the student will be learning, extra scriptures references if needed to help explain a concept further, and character trait activities for engaging practical application.

Suggested weekly schedules options include: five-day, four-day, three-day which can be modified to fit any students routine.

Brief weekly one-page quizzes engage the students comprehension of concepts learned. This is a great way to monitor whether or not your student had a full understanding of the material or if a topic needs reinforcement.

Optional Components are Music Curriculum, Extra Resources and K4-6 Curriculum Sequence.

Both Teacher Manual and Student Workbook are available in physical form or as digital downloads.

Use code REVIEW20 for free shipping online or by phone.

~As a home educator adding a Bible curriculum could seem overwhelming, as the core subjects consume most of my students time. I was pleasantly surprised to find 4th Grade – Building Life Castles to be a simple way to explore Biblical truths without much effort.

My student is eager to engage in each lesson, is learning to navigate the books of the Bible, is practicing her reading skills with Biblical vocabulary, using her comprehension skills to recall knowledge learned with quizzes, and is training her mind to memorize weekly scriptures.

I could not be more pleased with this curriculum and how it has complimented our school routine. The lessons give my student, and myself, a much needed break from the core subject pattern.

Bring the Bible to life with a fresh, new approach using Positive Action Bible Curriculum. Engage all types of learners by giving them a Biblical foundation that will last a lifetime.

I highly recommend 4th Grade – Building Life Castles when looking for a Bible curriculum to incorporate into your school routine.

~~Simply Passionate~~

*Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more reviews by Positive Action Bible Curriculum.

Themeville Math (Review)

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

Looking for a straight forward math curriculum then may I suggest ThemeVille Math Grade 1.  Simplifying mathematics with a daily routine of lessons and reviews builds confidence for students of all ages.
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MacroLife Naturals Kids (Review + Giveaway)

Most parents struggle to get their kids to eat the daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables, I know I do!  Tweens and teenagers are even more difficult at fortifying their diet with proper nutrition.  End the guilt conscious battle by having them drink their fruits and veggies instead with Macro Coco Greens and Macro Berri Reds.  This is one way to ensure improving their development, as well as keeping the immune system boosted.

Thanks to MacroLife Naturals for sponsoring this post with giving one lucky reader a chance to win both Macro Coco Greens, Macro Berri Reds and a shaker cup, so keep reading. Continue reading

IEW Structure and Style (Review)

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Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level A formulated by Institute for Excellence in Writing® are writing resources, which help students gain confidence in the classroom, for a lifetime of excellent writing. Continue reading

3-Steps for Teaching Kids Healthy Conflict Resolution

Society is trending with teaching inappropriate conflict resolution between individuals who are emotionally conflicted.  The observers, which are children, have difficulty being able to handle conflicts within their own peer group.

It is imperative grown-ups instruct kids with conflict resolution skills in healthy, appropriate ways for the well-being of society depends on it!   

Here are 3-steps for teaching children how to deal with their BIG emotions when they arise.
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Humanity Reflects Fear

More and more stories keep pouring in regarding issues over mask-wearing, governors who are out-of-control, snitching incidences and the EVER present virus.

Reprimanding someone in a store, assault charges filed, people intentionally coughing on others over the endless debate of masks.  At a time when the United States is in turmoil how is this beneficial?  This is humanity at its worst.
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