Jul 30

Analytical Grammar – Mastery in Minutes (A TOS Crew Review)

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As I prepare my son for the start of 7th grade in a few weeks, I set some educational goals for the upcoming school year. One of my goals was to focus on grammar mastery. I have been on a quest to find a grammar curriculum that would not consume large amounts of our time. My oldest son is an avid reader and has a very good grasp of vocabulary and the English language. My question was, how do I keep all the important grammar rules fresh in his mind for testing purposes without bogging down in loads of busy work? Enter the Analytical Grammar company. We were recently sent one copy of Analytical Grammar, which retails for $94.95 (This includes one teacher book and one student book) for review purposes. This course is intended for 6th grade and up. Analytical Grammar Review

About the Company

Analytical Grammar is run by a mother daughter team. Mom Robin Finley is a retired teacher who developed this program in her classroom after being told by her department chairs that they would not purchase extra curriculum for her 5 language arts classes. She could not transport her one set of grammar texts to multiple classrooms, so she took initiative and developed her own curricula! She has a heart to help students and believes that if grammar is taught logically and sequentially, there is not a need for “daily” grammar work throughout the years. She used her curriculum over 12 years as she tweaked it and made it what it is today. After using it in her own public school classroom, she was approached by a local private school asking her if her materials were for sale. That was the start of Analytical Grammar. As her daughter Erin Finley Karl came through her mother’s classroom, she was educated using the Analytical Grammar materials and then went on to teach middle school using her mother’s materials for a few years. Now you can find Mrs.Karl helping her mom run their company and working part-time as a public affairs officer for her local military base. She is also a Major in the Air Force Reserves. If you would like to connect with the authors on social media you can find them on Facebook and Twitter at the addresses below.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/analyticalgrammar

Twitter – http://twitter.com/AnalyticalGram

Analytical Grammar Review

About the Course

Season One – The Analytical Grammar course is intended as a three-year course teaching grammar mastery and language mechanics. The first year or “season” as the book describes it, contains ten weeks of intensive grammar instruction covering 10 units of the curriculum at a pacing schedule of one unit a week. After this, no new grammar is taught for the remainder of the year. It is recommended that every two weeks, you spend one day completing a review exercise from the Reinforcement and Review book (not included). The student conducts these review exercises independently and can grade the exercises on his own, correcting his mistakes. Our focus for this review was on the first season.

Season Two – This year is begun with one week of review from the Reinforcement and Review book (sold separately) and then you teach units 11-17 at a pacing of one unit a week. Afterwards one day a month is set aside for review. This completes your study of grammar.

Season Three – The last season is focused on usage and punctuation as you teach the remaining units 18-34.

There is an alternate schedule included on the website if you would like to complete the course more quickly.


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The Books

The Teacher Book –

The paperback teacher book is 392 pages of teacher notes and student book answers. It begins by explaining the program and giving pacing suggestions. Then there are notes on grading the exercises and tests. I found reading this beginning material very important for implementing the course in our homeschool. The next section gives teacher’s notes for each unit in season one with suggestions for possible shortcuts to use if needed. Next you find answer keys for the student pages with occasional teacher’s notes sprinkled in. Season Two and Three continue in the same manner.

The Student Book -

Skills Support Analytical Grammar This 396 page paperback text contains everything you need for three years of grammar studies with the exception of the Reinforcement and Review book should you choose to use it. The units are broken down into a notes section that introduces each unit, followed by three exercises, a skill support assignment and a test. The exercises reinforce the topic discussed in the unit and have the student actively marking and diagramming sentences. The skill support exercises are intended to teach paraphrasing paragraphs, for the purpose of helping the students with essay tests, book reports and other writing skills needed in the upper grades.The exercises and tests can be removed from the book easily by tearing on the perforated lines. Leaving the notes sections in the bound book provides a great easy reference manual that the student may use in the future for writing projects in other subjects.You could also choose to remove the notes section and place in a binder with page protectors.I thought this was a very handy idea.

Here are the topics covered in Season One

  • Nouns, articles and adjectives
  • Pronouns
  • Prepositional Phrases
  • Subjects and Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Patterns
  • Helping Verbs
  • Conjunctions

Season Two and Three cover these topics and more

  • Participle Phrases
  • Gerund Phrases
  • Adjective Clauses
  • Comma Rules
  • Punctuating Quotations
  • Semicolons and Colons
  • and more……..

If you are interested in seeing more of the materials, you can view some sample pages on the website.

Our Opinion of the Materials

My son commented that he enjoyed the fact that Analytical Grammar had taught him to identify how words are used in a sentence. He benefited greatly from the section on prepositional phrases. After having spent the last two years in an intensive writing class in our local co-op, he has had lots of practice with adjectives and adverbs, but he had forgotten the details of identifying some of the parts of speech. I loved the idea of teaching grammar mastery for 10 weeks then using the rest of the year for review. I think this is exactly what I was looking for in a grammar curriculum for my son. I found the teacher book extremely helpful when grading exercises with my son. We were able to quickly identify any errors in the text and correct them as we went. When grading tests, I benefited from the points value given for each sentence. We used the first 5 units over the summer and plan to continue through unit 10 for the first 5-6 weeks of our official school year. I plan to purchase the Reinforcement and Review book to use the rest of the year completing one exercise every couple of weeks. When we come across grammatical concepts in other subjects, we will pull out the books and review as needed. We will do Season One for 7th grade, then continue next year with Season Two. If you would like to hear what other families had to say about Analytical Grammar and some of the other products they offer, check out some of my crewmates reviews by clicking on the graphic below.

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Jul 30

Wordless Wednesday

We will be making a trek to Virginia midweek to visit grandparents. Here are some pics from our last week of summer school.

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Lydia lining up her bears in the window

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Jul 27

Planning Resources – Things to Enhance Your Homeschool Planning

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Today I am sharing a roundup of some of the things I am using in my homeschool planning this year. I thought that I would also share some of the things that have worked for me in the past. I am even going to share some cool things I have found on Pinterest or other blogs that I have yet to try. I LOVE me some office supplies and planners, so hang on to your hat as I try to inspire you to get in preparation mode for the upcoming school year.

Homeschool Planners

Past

I have used the Well Planned Day planners in the past and found them to be a great paper planner for homeschooling. I loved the inclusion of tear out report cards in the back and the visually appealing graphics. There is room to plan for up to four children, with lots of extras like budgeting pages and Bible reading plans.This year’s version is available for $26.95

The Schoolhouse Planner, downloadable version is something I have used in the past because I have free access to it as a result of my affiliation with the TOS Review Crew. I have found some really awesome planning forms and tools within its pages. It really has everything you could ever imagine in its pages and you can customize many of the PDF pages. This digital version sells for $39.00

Present

This year, I was sent the Hey Mama Schoolhouse Planner for only the cost of shipping. I have started to use it and will update you as I get deeper in my planning on my opinion of this new product. So far, I think I am going to really like it. It is on sale right now for $16. I like the simplicity of the layout. I am trying out a new planning method this year of putting everything on paper as a pacing guide so I know where I stand to finish on schedule. I will use the monthly calendar pages at the beginning of this planner for this purpose. Then the two-page spreads will contain what is actually done by the children each week. I found this planning method at Only Passionate Curiosity. She even has a free downloadable planning pack.

Future

If you are the creative type, this is a very cute way to make your own customized planner on the cheap using a composition notebook.

Here is another one that requires more steps to put together, but it looks very customizable.

I also found this free printable planner on Pinterest. I like the look of the graphics and the simplicity of the record keeping,

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Personal Planners

Past

I used to always have my handy-dandy Dayspring pocket calendar in my purse for reference and to keep track of my work schedule, church events, etc. I have not had one of these for several years and was delighted to see the new and improved version that is now available for $7.99.

The Cozi calendar app was something I really enjoyed using before getting a smart phone. I loved that I could use it from the laptop, but found keeping an online calendar that I could not access when out and about was difficult to maintain. I was using a pocket calendar when out, a wall calendar for the family and the digital calendar on the laptop so I could keep the family journal there. This worked for a while, but soon became tedious.

Present

When I got an iPhone about a year ago, I had just begun using Google Calendar and decided to merge everything to this platform so I could access it from my phone and the laptop. I love the Photo credit: Sarah Reid via Flickr

ease of use and the fact that I can send reminders to my phone for events and my husband can view the calendar from his computer at work. I have yet to get anyone in the family to use Google calendar with me so I am planning to keep my wall calendar and go back to a small paper planner that I can take with me on the go. I feel like I still need the visual of a larger layout and the ability to see ahead the events that are upcoming rather than a little dot on my phone calendar.

Future

I recently won a blog giveaway for a Classic Life Planner from Erin Condren.com, I watched You Tube videos of the planner in action and I can’t wait for my new customized planner to arrive. I will definitely let you know what I think of this as I see how it works for me.

Homeschool Reference and Encouragement Books

Past

What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. – There is an entire line of books for K5-5th grade. A great reference to help you aim for the important things to cover in each grade

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell – My all-time favorite homeschool reference book. It literally covers everything you could ever need to know about homeschooling.

Present

Growing Up Duggar by Jill, Jinger, Jessa and Jana Duggar – This book is full of some great tips for child training, relationships and the many things that happen in family life. I have been inspired with some great ideas from this book.

Flourish by Mary Jo Tate – This is my latest favorite book that has helped me really envision more for my life, homeschool and blog.

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401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home by Bonnie Runyan McCullough and Susan Walker Monson – this has been an excellent resource in helping me make a plan to teach my kids all the skills they need to know about home and property management before they leave home.

Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winkler – great ideas for simplifying your record keeping and managing email.

Future

These are books on my homeschool/mothering reading list

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen and Grace Mally

Created for Work by Bob Schultz

Life Skills for Kids by Christine M. Field

Help for the Harried Homeschooler by Christine M. Field

Quiet Times in Loud Households by Kimberly Eddy

I hope some of these resources spawn your creativity and help you plan the best homeschool year ever! Blessings on your homeschool!

 

~Jenni~

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 23

Are You Ready to Flourish? – A Book to Help Moms Find Balance (A Crew Review)

Flourish for Homeschool MomsOne of the hardest things moms face is burnout. When we add up all the responsibilities of home management and organization plus throw in working at home and homeschooling, we have a recipe for disaster if we are not careful to learn principles of organization, time management and goal setting. In her new book entitled, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Mary Jo Tate shares her stories and equips homeschool moms with the tools they need for long-term success in life and business. Flourish Book Review

About the Publisher

Apologia Educational Ministries has been serving the homeschooling community for many years and is a trustworthy name in science curricula for homeschools. However, their ministry goes far beyond Christian science materials. They also offer materials for history, biblical worldview, language arts and a whole host of books to help equip and encourage homeschool moms. They sponsor a yearly homeschool moms retreat called,  Real Refreshment.

 About the Book

Flourish Book Review   Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms is available from Apologia Educational Ministries for $15.00. This book was written with homeschooling moms in mind, but would be easily adaptable for moms in all walks of life. There is literally something in the book for almost all women. The sixteen chapters in this 288-page paperback cover topics such as:

  • Finding Balance and Flourishing
  • Using a FREEDOM toolbox (Focus, Reflect, Educate, Eliminate, Discipline, Organize, and Multitask)
  • Time Management
  • Goal-setting and creating a Big Dream
  • Using planning tools such as yearly goals, a monthly calendar, a daily task list ,and a running to-do list
  • Dealing with interruptions and distractions
  • Adjusting our attitudes
  • Nourishing yourself personally
  • Child training
  • Managing the home
  • Single parent homeschooling
  • Managing and growing a home business
  • and more……..

Appendix A is a recommended resource list broken down by topic. Some examples of the topics are homemaking, life management and education. Appendix B contains a list of planning and self-evaluation forms for you to use as you navigate the book. They are also provided as a downloadable link with the purchase of the book.

About the Author

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Mary Jo Tate is a single, home educating mom of four boys. She runs a successful freelance editing and book coaching business and is the author of Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald and several business courses. She hosts the “Flourish at Home” radio show for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. She is also a convention speaker. She enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with others and feels impassioned to encourage, inspire and equip homeschooling mothers.

Connect with Mary Jo Tate on Facebook and Twitter

My Thoughts and Opinions of Flourish

I was excited about reading this book from the beginning, but I have to admit, I have read MANY books for homeschool moms. I have read volumes on organization and home management and I was wondering what I might learn from this book that I didn’t already know. My problem has always been implementation. I am a great planner, but the follow-through is the hard part for me. When I started the first chapter, I was engaged with the material. I identified with the author and saw some of the ways that this book might be able to help me. I was first struck by this quote from page 19 photo 2 (5)My ideal never seems to be my reality. I have this skewed mental picture that if I just get up earlier, get more organized, or set loftier goals I will reach my ideals. I took a good hard look at my ideals and found out they didn’t mesh with my reality. I had to come to peace with that. In reading this book, this was one of the greatest revelations for me. I started following some of the steps in her “Taking Action” section at the end of each chapter.

Flourish - Take Action!Journal entries from Flourish

This book made me take a serious look at my life and what I want it to look like in 5 years, 10 years and so on. I realized that it is ok to dream big. If I never try to reach for my dreams, I definitely won’t realize any of them. I had several deep discussions with my spouse about our hopes and dreams and we decided on a few action steps we needed to take to make them a reality. There is so much inspiration in these pages. I loved the quotes scattered throughout the book in the sidebars. Here is an example of one that spoke to me.

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I will be reading this book again and probably highlighting and marking up the pages. I was surprised at how much I gleaned and I am sure that any mother will find some inspiration, help or encouragement in these pages. This book will be on my top ten list of recommended titles for homeschooling moms. Although some of the chapters didn’t directly relate to me,  (I don’t have a home business and I am not a single mother) I took away knowledge from these chapters to share with others and store up in case I ever find myself in need of this advice. If you are looking for a thoughtful, inspiring and encouraging read, and are ready to find meaning, purpose and balance in you life as a homeschool mom, make sure and pick up a copy of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms today.

 

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Jul 23

Guest Posting on the Laundry Moms Website Today

Have you ever been overwhelmed with life? Sitting there going over your to-do list in your head and wondering how you are going to get everything done? This was me a couple of months ago. Each day for me as a mom is filled with scheduled activities and interruptions. If you are a do-er like me, sometimes the busyness never ends.

A month ago I had the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to Romania for 10 days. As I spent time preparing for the trip and took time to really be present on the trip, putting distractions aside, it helped me really get perspective on my everyday life. Before the trip, I found myself turning like a hamster on a wheel, moving but feeling like…

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Jul 20

Five Random Photos from Our Week

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Fun with friends at the peach packing plant

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One of the foam magnet creations the kids made

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David serving at the local homeless ministry

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Homemade chalk paint

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A field trip to the roller rink

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Jul 12

Finding a Balance in the Crazy Life We Live

I have been thinking about my focal words for this year recently. I chose balance and focus. I have been reading a really good book entitled, Flourish by Mary Jo Tate. (Watch for the review coming soon!) This book has caused me to think about my goals and really being intentional about my life again. I find that halfway through the year, I tend to lose my mojo and begin to stall out in the motivation category. Add in summer break and I really just want to chill. This is nice for a few weeks, but then I start feeling pressure to get things done before school starts back. Here are the things I am learning in regards to each of these words at this time in my life.

FOCUS

Focus on the things you can change and let go of the things you can't.

I have been putting off some tasks that I wanted to get done this summer, because I thought that it would take all day to do them. I made a commitment with myself to just try to work on them 30 minutes each day. I have finally started to see some progress. Here are some of the things I have accomplished this week by  using this process.

  • clean out my junk drawer
  • get rid of a big stack of papers that needed sorting/filing – still working on this project
  • cleaned the vinyl on my back porch
  • bathed the dog
  • worked on annual homeschool assessments for my kids – still working on this project
  • backed up photos from my iPhone – hoping to finish this project tomorrow

As I have started to just BEGIN some things this week, I have been surprised by the progress. If you are feeling stuck and unproductive, try just picking something that has been bugging you and just GET STARTED. Even if you only have 15 minutes a day, you will start moving forward. I have also been meditating on the fact that my ideal in my head and the reality of my life are two different things. If I am always focused on the ideal, I will never be happy with my reality. Meditating on this has been really making me realize how discontent I can become if I am not present in my reality. Coming to grips with my reality has given me a new level of contentment with my life.

BALANCE

I have been reminded of the importance of saying “no” and I am finding a greater balance in my life. I have taken on fewer reviews, I have been putting my phone down more, I have been trying to spend more time with my kids and husband and I have been trying to step away from the computer more often. Balance is also about keeping Christ at the center of my life. When I filter all my activities, opportunities and encounters through His eyes, I realize the things that are most important.

I hope you will be encouraged today to find more FOCUS and BALANCE in your life.

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Jul 06

Weekly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ Holiday Style

The First Week of July

This week I decided to share some photos from our Holiday week. We started the week out by enjoying Freedom Fest at our local church, Oak Hill Baptist Church, on Sunday night.

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We also had a great deal of fun entertaining my nephews.

 

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We spent July the Fourth as a family at the Flint River. This was fun for all of us!

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Jumping off “the rock”

tadpole search

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David spent time teaching the boys to skip rocks

We had a blessed week. We spent some time swimming and eating with friends, working on some language arts and doing a little bit of math review. I also brought out some curriculum to work on planning for the upcoming school year.

How did you spend your week?

 

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Jul 04

Happy Fourth of July!

From David, Jennifer, Drew, Luke and Lydia, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day!Fourth of July!

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Jun 30

Self-Paced History Course by Veritas Press – A TOS Review

Self-Paced History Middle Ages

In the beginning of my homeschool journey with my kids, I decided that I wanted to teach history chronologically. I read several books on classical education and was interested in the philosophy, but found that I was far too eclectic to hold to such a rigid format for our schooling style. However, over the years, I have found that using some of the philosophies of classical education has worked for us. We have studied history chronologically and have memorized historical facts from timelines, etc. Recently we had the opportunity to review the online class, Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation.  When I was looking at the Veritas Press website in preparation for the review, I was very impressed with the samples and the free two-week trial (scroll to the bottom of the page). I had my husband watch some of the samples with me and we were both mesmerized. We were also offered the Middle Ages, Ren & Ref Flashcards as a complement to the course.

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About the Company

Veritas Press was created by Marlin and Laurie Detweiler after reading a book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson, recommended by a friend, and realizing that Christian Classical education was the direction they wanted to go in training their children. They had difficulty finding Christian materials and tools that would help them in this new journey, so they began to create their own materials for use with their own children. This led them to form two Classical Christian schools, develop their own publishing company and most recently begin and online classical academy. Their focus is decidedly Christian and teaches history from in a chronological format. Their first products were the Veritas Press History and Bible flashcards. Now the company is well-known in the classical and homeschooling community for providing quality products as they seek to restore the culture for Christ by reaching the hearts and minds of our children with the truths of God’s Word.

About the Products

Veritas Press ReviewVeritas Press Self-Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation

$199 for one year’s access to the course for one child. Additional children can watch the lessons for no additional cost, but if you want them to use the worksheets and graded assignments, they need to pay the additional fee for a separate login. Each child should be a minimum of age 7 the first day of class. Geared for 2nd -6th grade.

Literature kits are available, but not required. The courses are self-contained so the literature is not necessary, but can add depth and interest if your family loves good books.

optional Literature Kit, Level 1 – $92.52 (2nd-3rd grade)

optional Literature Kit, Level 2 - $159.06 (4th-6th grade)

This Self-Paced History Course gives you access to the program for one year and you can work through the lessons as fast or as slowly as you like. There are a total of thirty-two events covered over the course of the year and each event is covered by five lessons. The general recommended pace is five lessons a week for thirty-two weeks, with four review weeks spread into the plan.

After you register, you simply login and this is the screen you see first.

Veritas Press login screen

You can then immediately launch the lesson from the button in the middle of the page or choose to view your grades or other courses using the tabs at the top.

The lessons include worksheets, quizzes and tests that are weighted and graded. The student has a cumulative grade that is automatically calculated and can be viewed at any time from the my grades tab. Once a worksheet, quiz or test is taken, the grade is permanent and cannot be changed. You can back up the lesson and repeat the exercise, but the first grade remains. Here is an example of what the grades page looks like from the student login page.

My Grades page

When you are ready to begin the lesson, you get a series of slides with pictures, videos, activities and games to complete. All the events included in the lessons are introduced one at a time on timeline cards in the lessons. There is also a song that lists the events and the dates and is sung for the student in each lesson. Here are some samples of the different types of slides.

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An opening screen, giving you the course title and lesson number.

 

 

 

 

 

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Each lesson is narrated by two men dressed in character. They explain the historical content and entertain the student along the way. In this particular course, there is even a talking gargoyle.

 

 

 

 

 

Veritas Matching Activity

 

 

 

This worksheet includes a matching activity. You drag the content under the pictures to the correct term.

 

 

 

 

 

Mapping Activity

 

 

 

 

Drag and drop mapping activities help reinforce learning.

 

 

 

 

 

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Games are a part of nearly every lesson. If you answer review questions correctly before the game, you get an advantage during the game.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is an example of a worksheet with multiple choice answers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quizzes are mostly multiple choice with correct answers highlighted in blue after you make your choice and incorrect answers highlighted in red. You have immediate feedback on your choices. You cannot change your answers after you click next.

 

 

 

 

Since this is an online course, you will need to check the computer requirements before purchasing the course. There is a list of computer requirements here, but if you are like me and don’t know all the specs on your computer, check your computer’s compatibility with this course on the Veritas site. I ran this test on my laptop and it took less than 2 minutes. We used the course on laptops running Windows 7 and Windows 8 and had no problems loading the videos or pictures. We did have a lesson freeze mid-lesson a couple of times, but we were able to log out and log back in and fast forward the slides to our place in the lesson. Some of my crewmates who used iPad for this course stated that because of the lack of Flash Player on the iPad, they had to use a special third-party app to run the lessons.

The complementary product we were provided with was the Middle Ages, Ren & Ref Flashcards - $19.95. This set of 32 full-color coated cardstock event cards can be laid out and used as a chronological timeline or used as flashcards. The front of the card names the event and includes a beautiful work of art to study.The back of the card displays the dates of the event and gives a description for you to study. There is a list of resources at the very bottom for further study of the event.

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How We Used These Products in Our Homeschool and Our Opinons

I used this for my 10-year old. He logged in four to five days a week and watched the lessons over breakfast. We all learned things from the lesson by default of hearing the lessons while eating. On days where he had worksheets or quizzes, he used the flashcards as a reference. I didn’t allow him to use any helps when he took a test. In the beginning, he was unaware that worksheets and quizzes were graded and he failed a few of them. He was frustrated when he realized that it affected his grade. He is usually a very conscientious student, so he had an opportunity to learn a great life lesson. As he moved through the course, he was able to bring his grade up gradually. He never complains about doing his history and he really enjoyed the games and the activities included. We didn’t purchase the optional literature kit, but I was able to get some of the titles from the library and he has enjoyed reading these in his free time. He reached lesson 21 this week and will be doing a calligraphy project that is recommended. He will copy Psalm 23 and color the scroll work around the paper in colors of the period. His opinion of the product was highly favorable. He was enthusiastic about completing the lessons and he laughed at the talking gargoyle. We loved the beautiful pictures and the narrators were witty and charming. I cannot say enough good things about this program. I loved the self-contained nature of the materials. It required no preparation or teaching from me. This was a great fit for my self-directed 6th grader. I am unsure whether or not my 2nd grader would happily complete the material. I believe he could easily watch the lessons, but I think the quizzes and worksheets would be a bit over his head and would possibly frustrate him, especially the fact that they are graded. Having used literature-based history in the past that requires lots of reading aloud by mom, this was a nice change of pace for us. This would be great for auditory learners. The events song that is sung in each lesson is catchy and I found myself and my son singing along after a while. It is kind of corny, but I think it is definitely memorable. Overall we give this program a thumbs up and will continue the course until the end.

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