Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures: A TOS Crew Review

Brinkman Adventures
Brinkman Adventures
Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures

Another family favorite!  We have been listening to Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman AdventuresWe spend plenty of time in our van, and what better way to spend those hours?  We love listening to these exciting audio adventures.

Brinkman Adventures come with 12 edge-of-your-seat audio stories.  It's 4 CD's with 5 hours of listening!  Each episode is around 30 minutes, so it's perfect for our drives around town. 


This series follows the adventures of the Brinkman family, a large, modern-day missionary, family that travels around the world.  They introduce you to many real-life missionaries along the way.  The Brinkmans are a big family, and many of the family members are the voices in the audios.  We love the idea of our family being travel the world as missionaries as well!

The audio is well done with excellent sound effects.  They really draw you into the story.  We began listening in Season 3 and couldn't wait for Season 4 (especially since our Season 3 set was stolen from our van...I pray they were blessed when they listened!)  This season takes you around the world - from the Congo to Russia to Cambodia. 

From heart warming family stories - births and weddings, to daring hippo escapes, witch doctors, and prison these stories captured our imagination and engaged our hearts.  The stories will inspire and enlarge your perspective on the world and make you want to get involved with what God is doing! 

One episode - "Heart Song" was very impacting.  The true life story of a Russian man imprisoned for his faith.  Our family had just heard this story at our church recently.  I love how these stories bring hope, and show us God's truth.  We have had many great discussions as a result of listening together.



They are a wonderful way to encourage your children's hearts and minds.  The mission of Brinkman Adventures is to "inspire, motivate, and promote the next generation of Christian world changers"  - exactly what I am working for as well!

In addition, their website is filled with information - you can read the Real Stories behind the audios, find curriculum to use with the audios, and even preview some episodes!

We can't wait for the next season, it's available now!


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Membership from CTCMath: A TOS Crew Review

CTCMath

Family Membership from CTCMath 

Nothing makes a homeschool mom cry more than math... but, I have a solution to the tears!  We have been using our Family Membership from CTCMath - and homeschool families get  - 60% off + 6 bonus months.  (Or, try a free trial!)   Dry your tears, and start cheering, math help is on the way!


CTCMath

CTC is a online subscription program with access to over 1400 core curriculum math lessons from Kindergarten to Trigonometry! 

We have been using this program for the past several years for all my testers... grades K-12. 

The Family Membership allows up to 10 students.  YEAH!  Finally a program that works for my entire family.

This program is very easy to use.  As a parent, you can log in and customize the level for your child, set the minimum percentage correct to advance, and even get weekly email progress updates.

I like being able to see all my student's progress in one place.  

When your student logs in, they can decide which topic they wish to work on (or on which lesson you assigned in your parent dashborad)  You can pinpoint particular skills.  They can easily see which topics they have mastered, and which may need some more work.  Lessons can be repeated as needed.



We like to use CTCMath as a supplement and reinforcement alongside our regular program.  This is working wonders on improving their math skills!


It's hard to find supplemental programs for high school math, but they are all included in CTCMath's subscription.


My testers have worked in most of the levels. 


Within each grade - topics are listed.  Each topic offers diagnostic tests to help determine exactly where the student is, and what they need help with. 


Each lessons offer short video explanations/demonstrations of the skill being taught.  Most of these are under 10 minutes and can be paused, and replayed. 


After watching the video, the student answers questions to determine mastery.  I have set 80% as our passing grade.  If they need to repeat a lesson, they can.  This is a great way to help them target and master skills without just moving on.


Many lessons offer printable worksheets, but my testers always prefer the computer time to another worksheet. For grades K-8,  CTCMath can be used as core curriculum, they do recommend it as a supplement in the more advanced grades. 


CTCMath

Another great feature is that we can move around from grade to grade, or topic to topic.  My testers mainly use this to keep reviewing skills they have learned.  It's also been helpful for them to see slightly different presentations of problems, something that they can't get in a regular program.


CTCMath offers a variety of subscription programs - individual, family, monthly or yearly.  I highly recommend it as a great value for a big family like mine! 




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Picture Smart Bible - We love It!!



We started a new Bible program this year and we LOVE IT!  By the way,  this isn't a solicited review, it's just that I have to share. I purchase this at a recent homeschool convention, after looking at it for years.

You can learn more about Picture Smart Bible here




It's very easy to use.  My girls love that they get to color, and I'm impressed with their creations!  Everything you need is included.



We had so much fun, and this was just the introduction!  The pictures (they are printed in an outline form that you trace) really help you remember what the Bible is all about.  I even got to do my own page...


This is a great company as well.  They sent me a letter - they noticed I'm a Texas customer, and offered me a free download if I had been effected by the hurricanes.  Now, that's customer service.

I HIGHLY recommend this one!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Easy Peasy Cursive from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks: A TOS Crew Review

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook

Easy Peasy Cursive from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

Cursive handwriting is alive and well at Bentz Academy!  Teaching it just got easier with Easy Peasy Cursive from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks designed for students in 1st-3rd grade. 

There are so many benefits to learning cursive!  For instance, you child does need to learn how to properly sign their name (my college kid was shocked when some co-workers were actually impressed he knew how to write in cursive...what?!).  There is plenty of research to back up the brain benefits to writing in cursive, and it gives your child confidence as well.  

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
My 3rd grade tester is loving this new 80 page workbook.  This was developed by a mom who wanted help her young son improve his confidence and writing skills.  These are more than just the standard handwriting pages.  They are designed to help your child see the correct letter formation.  These heavy weight pages offer lines and colored boxes for the letters to "fit" into. 

This really helped my tester get the correct slant to her cursive letters.  She has been begging to get to start writing in cursive, but in a busy home like mine - I haven't sat down and taken the time.  This workbook came at just the right time.  I gave it to her, and she was off learning independently!
Each letter offers a page of traceable letters so your student can learn how to form the letter.  Then, there is a page of lines for practice.

We decided this was the perfect handwriting warm-up to start each school day.  She would copy the traceable letter, then move down and make a line of her own.  I rewarded her with a sticker for each line done correctly.  Really... cursive is this simple!





The final pages have words to trace and then write, showing them how to connect letters.  This is a very affordable tool to improve any student's handwriting skills and comes in both cursive and print versions.



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Individual Membership from Super Teacher Worksheets: A TOS Crew Review

 Super Teacher Worksheets
Individual Membership from Super Teacher Worksheets

I LOVE this site - and you will too!  I have been having so much fun discovering the treasures with my Individual Membership from Super Teacher WorksheetsThis online, subscription program offers over 10,000 pages of downloadable worksheets for every subject for grades PreK-5!  Here's a few...
     Super Teacher Worksheets
  • Math
  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spellings Lists & Worksheets (Gr. 1-5)
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Holiday
  • Puzzles & Brain Teasers
  • Teacher Helpers
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Make Your Own Worksheets

I love finding the perfect addition to our study, and this is the perfect site. I have had the opportunity to review this in the past, and LOVED it so much I renewed.  At a very affordable $19.95 per year, you can't afford NOT to have this one!  Warning, it's time to load up on printer ink because you will want them all!

The website is well organized and easy-to-use.  Simply log in, and browse the subject and topics to find that perfect "something" for the lesson.  It's all right there, with so many to choose from.  No more hours of searching the internet!  These are all well done worksheets and they include answer keys as well!

One of my favorite sections is the "Make Your Own" Worksheet generator.  You can take your own spelling words, math facts, vocabulary or review questions and create custom review sheets, puzzles, games, flashcards and more.  It's super easy to use - you can even save your creation.  Of course, the answer key is included too.

I am teaching writing and we are focusing on improving our vocabulary.  My students were so excited to find their vocab words in our very own crossword and word search.  Next week - we get to play Vocab Bingo on my custom creations.  This is exactly what I was looking for.  A handy "File Cabinet" keeps all your creations for you online in an easy-to-find spot.  You can also save the pre-designed worksheets here as well.



Let me show you a few more of my favorites...  The English/Language Arts section is packed with more than just the same old worksheets.  I found fun ways to introduce idioms, and themed reading comprehension sets.  My dino-loving son was surprised to see I found one just for him!  They offer a complete list of worksheets to connect with popular children's literature as well.




The  Teacher's Helpers section is another personal favorite.  They offer many printables you can use in dozens of ways.  I love the Music Practice Chart and the Orchestra Viruoso worksheets for rewards for my diligent practicers... This section also offers calendars, crafts, hats, teacher planners and many more.




This helpful computer parts chart helped my young testers learn the names and functions of the computer.



Not only worksheets are available, there are many options to create games or manipulatives you can learn with as well.  These sight word wheels were just the ticket for my new reader.  And, it's more fun than just reading them off a list.






I may have gotten a little overexcited when I explored the Geography section!  Printable outline maps, labeled and numbered!!  Or blank, if you want to test their knowledge.  An entire geography study of the world is waiting for you.




 I found the cutest book marks to give my testers... they are reading The Boxcar Children right now.  This site offers many fun options you can find to coordinate with whatever you are currently studying.


My testers LOVED this one!  Remember making "cootie-catchers" as a kid?  Here's fun way to practice "Fact or Opinion".  The instructions are included, and directions for How to Play.  You can make these for a variety of subjects.


Flashcards are available as well...and for much more than just the basics. You can find science, math, spanish and many more.

 Super Teacher Worksheets
This is one site I wouldn't want to homeschool without!  Make sure to check it out!
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