Bridge to Terabithia workbook

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While looking for more online reading class materials, I found another workbook that you may find useful in your homeschool classroom. As your child reads each chapter of the book, he can answer the questions in the workbook. I look forward to using this with my kiddo.

Book: Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DUndYQXJadm1tMms/view?usp=sharing

Because of Winn-dixie Chapter Q&A

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For each chapter we read in reading class I have my daughter answer a series of questions and look up any words that she may not have understood. We recently finished reading this book entitled “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. I found these great questions online and wanted to share. The links below have questions for each chapter. You may want to skim through the chapters and choose 3-4 vocabulary words to have your child look up.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DVWVsampNYnU0djA/view?usp=sharing    Ch 1-7

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DQzM5cnBSTHNvTkE/view?usp=sharing      Ch 8-13

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DUWRVSGdESnY1VWs/view?usp=sharing   Ch 14-20

How to get FREE access to McGraw Hill leveled reading books!!

If you are not familiar with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill leveled readers, it’s time to change that! I LOVE these and you will as well. This will give you access to lexile measured reading books for grades PK-12. If you do not know what lexile measuring is please see this link to get familiar (https://lexile.com/about-lexile/lexile-overview/). These books can be viewed online for free (best option) or you can order them as well.  The best thing about these books is that every title comes in lower lexile for your slower readers, “average” level for your readers who are at grade level and advanced for your advanced readers.

Each book covers different topics from Biographies to Earth Science and each book has reading comprehension questions in the back of the book along with activities to do relating to the reading. This is a great time saver for the homeschool parent!

To get access to the free books please follow these instructions closely!!

1. Go to http://leveledreaderdatabase.macmillanmh.com/lrdb/search.form

2. Select “Register”

3.  Enter access code AG1326712

4. Fill in personal information.  BE SURE TO CLICK “YES” TO “ARE YOU 13 OR OLDER?”

5. Create username and password.

6. Click return to homepage and login.

7. Bookmark the page and or save our login info.

BOOM! You’re done!!

Link to Free textbooks, workbooks and labs for grades 1-6

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I love free homeschool materials! I thought I posted this link a while ago but apparently I did not. This link will take you get free Science textbooks along with the workbooks. This will save you from having to buy the textbooks! Print what you need on the activities and you’re set! Hope this helps you on your homeschool journey.

Mcgraw Hill Science textbooks (Grades 1-6)

Reading and Writing in Science (Grades 1-6)

Activity lab books (Grades 1-6)

http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/472872-mcgraw-hill-science-textbook-workbook-lab-book-free-grade-1-6/

JW Language

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I’m excited about this new application called JW Language http://www.jw.org/en/online-help/jw-language/ that the organization has put out for us. I wanted to share an idea with you on how I plan to combine using this application along with the free foreign language website (DuoLingo) to not only learn a foreign language but to also use it in the ministry! Both JW Language and DuoLingo are in the app store so that makes it easy to learn on the go or when you have a free moment.

I’ve been using DuoLingo for about a month now and I really like the program. Of course this is a secular program so to learn terms and greetings for the ministry you would turn to JW Language. I downloaded the app a few days ago and browsed through it, I LOVE it! The application is so easy to use. I also like that for each phrase or term your learning, there is a play button to hear how it is said and it sounds like a normal person, not a robot. The combination of both applications or websites can help you become fluent in another language!

I’m SUPER excited about this! For the longest time, I’ve wanted to go to a Spanish congregation. I’ve never visited because I didn’t really understand the language and none of the Spanish programs taught the terms that would be used in the Watchtower or Bible Study. Now that this program is out, I’m looking to fully immerse myself in learning the language and maybe trying it out in the ministry.  Have any of you had success in combining this application along with your foreign language program?

Teaching your child to read

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The month of August was soooooo busy! With the campaign, vacation and and moving to a new place I didn’t have time to think straight! Thankfully, the move is over and unpacking is almost done and now I’m getting back to our normal routine….

I wanted to tell you about this great free website that really helped my daughter years ago when we were teaching her how to read and now we use it for my son. It’s called Starfall.com and it was a fun way to teach letters , phonics and early reading. The website is free but they do have a curriculum you can purchase with additional features. The Site is interactive and you little one will enjoy playing the games so much they won’t realize they are learning. I would recommend starting this at the age of 2-3, it’s never too early to start!

CTCMath Review

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Let me start by saying, I wish I had this program when I was in school, it would have helped me tremendously. When I first considered homeschooling my kids I was worried about how I would do with math and how well I would be able to teach it . Math, honestly, has never been my strong point. I’ve always been a reading, writing, English type of student and when it came to math I did it but I could have done much better. My daughter takes after me and she loves reading. When it came to math she seemed to struggle and I partially blamed myself because my approach and/or delivery wasn’t the best. I searched for months trying to find the right program to help me help her grasp the concepts.

A few days ago I told you about a math program called CTCMath. After signing up for the free trial and exploring the site I was very impressed. The tutor made everything easy to understand. I decided that it would be worth the investment and purchase the program. I have purchased several programs in the past which did not yield the results that CTCMath did in one day. I decided we would do an extended math session today so I could get the feel of the program and see how she liked it.

Before we started CTCMath this morning my daughter had been struggling with rounding. No matter how I tried to explain it, it wasn’t clicking. I looked for games and she kinda got it but when we went back to doing it on paper, it didn’t stick.  It was so frustrating trying to explain something that to me, was super easy to understand. By the end of 2 hours on this program (we covered several topics) she completed rounding with a 95%! I was am AMAZED. I still can’t believe she picked it up in that short of a time and we didn’t have to play online games. Most of all, My child was so happy to finally get it. She was proud to show me her 95% and 100% on her lessons. I was happy that all I had to assist instead of instruct and I didn’t have to grade a thing!

After she completed her math sessions I received an email informing me of what she did for the day and how she scored on all of her topics we covered. I even received 3 awards to print and display! I am so happy I found this program.  If you have a child that needs help in math, please save your sanity and look into this program. I will happily continue to pay for this program until we are done with homeschool. It is well worth the $78.80 per year!

 

**This is my honest opinion of the product reviewed**