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Dyslexia Gold Review!!

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Dyslexia Gold generously provided us with a family license and to Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle. This is an engaging program for children who have dyslexia. There are not many online programs that are geared to children who have dyslexia and that is why Dyslexia Gold is unique in its design. The platform is child focus and evidence based learning.

My son does not have dyslexia , but we found this program to be of great use for him for providing him more practice with his reading fluency, spelling and math. The slowed down pace and the auditory components are wonderful. The Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle included Engaging Eyes, Fluency Builder, Spelling Tutor and Times Table Tutor. Each of the platforms has student reporting so parents can adjust and review what their students have been working on and how they are improving.

We have been working a lot in the Spelling Tutor that is an area my son needs the most work in these days. I love how the Spelling Tutor has the students to grab a paper and pencil and then they listen to the auditory and then they correct their sentence. The spelling tutor works on sentence structure spelling and grammar, the program using dictation as a way to teach spelling.

The Engaging Eyes area ask the kids to focus on an object and track it. Now if you have a younger reader you know sometimes they have a tendency to get distracted by pictures on a page they are reading then they stall with their reading have to track back. The engaging eyes helps improve this issue in both they child with dyslexia and the child without it. I have seen improvement in my sons reading over time he isn’t as distracted when reading.

The Fluency Builder is excellent, I mean that will all seriousness my son has been flying through books since he has been using the fluency builder and his reading comprehension is even sharper. The Fluency builder also works on phonics, speed and segmenting. The struggling reader and dyslexic child will definitely see great improvements.

The Times Tables Tutor is a life saver. We have worked a little on beginners times tables but nothing concrete. I was a little apprehensive about letting him try it out , but to my surprise my son LOVES MULTIPLICATION! He said this made it easier for him to understand and it was fun practicing . I think one the things that made this easy for him is that the program uses legos to teach the students the concept.

So here is the breakdown, parents will see improvement of 12 months if students use the program on average of 10 hours a month playing 15 mins per day. The program is geared towards ages 7 to 11 years that are at least 1 year behind. The program as I have said can be used with struggling readers and those who would like to review skills. The program was created for children who have dyslexia.

The cost of Dyslexia Gold is discounted by 20% for Homeschoolers. Our family was given the Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle family license. Dyslexia Gold also offers a Dyslexia Screen Test at a low cost as well. If you have a child with dyslexia or even just struggling with reading I highly recommend checking out the Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle from Dyslexia Gold.

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Be sure to check out the other Schoolhouse Crew Review members of Dyslexia Gold.

Until Next Time,

Mom

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Matific Galaxy Giveaway!!!!!

Hey everyone we loved Matific Galaxy so much that we teamed back up with the company to host a giveaway for our followers. If you missed my review on Matific Galaxy check it out here. Three lucky families will receive a single grade one-year subscription to Matific Galaxy for one child .

How to enter:

  • Follow @littlelearnerandmom and @matificgalaxy on Instagram. Like and Save the post…extra entries if you share!
  • Download the Matific Galaxy app for FREE and try the first planet of games (level) without paying. 
  • Leave a review on one of Matific Galaxy apps in the Apple app store and Google Play store.
  • Email a screenshot of the review or rating along with the Grade level and platform (Android or iOS) make sure you include Little Learner and Mom in the subject to athufa@matific.com !

Once you have followed all the steps you are entered to win!!! The winners will be chosen July 16th, 2019 at 9am ET!

Good Luck!

Mom and J

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2nd Grade Curriculum, Education, Homeschool, Math

Matific Galaxy Review

Matific is multi awarding winning company. The company is geared towards grades K-6. The curriculum is fully aligned with national math standards. Matific is unique because it’s designed to reduced anxiety math and build confidence. Kids move at their own pace so their is no pressure to hurry and master a skills.

We have tried many online platforms in the past and the all were lacking in some areas and eventual my son lost his interest. With Matific Galaxy my son has continued to ask to sign on, there is a interactive parent and student dashboards. The student dashboard has several different planets. Each planet concentrates on target skill level such as money, geometry, counting, addition and subtractions. The child will engage in 6 activities on each planet they must show mastery of each skill before they are are allowed to move on to the next planet skill. There is a bad guy alien that shows up and gives the kids that competitive edge to keep playing.

The company recommends that students play a minimum of 45 minutes a week 3 days a week. My son has been playing on average 45mins-60 mins a week. The parent dashboard is one of the best I have ever seen in a learning platform. The platform offers parents a clear diagnostic of what my son has been working on and exactly what he needs more practice. The Parent zone breaks down each area the of skill and assigns a percentage for each skill and then an overall percentage for all area assessed. The company gave us subscription that allows me to be able to have my son work at multiple grade levels. For the summer I decided to have him work the 1st grade level 2 days a week and 2nd grade 1 day a week. Having him do this and using the parent dashboard has allowed me to see what I need to concentrate on more this summer to help him be prepared for his 2nd grade math curriculum.

One the areas I know my son needs improvement is counting money and making change. One of the planet games has area where the kids are at a movie theater and they are buying snacks and other treats my son really loved this activity. I loved the fact that it was combining real life lessons in a fun way. I have defiantly seen an improvement in my son money skills while he has been playing Matific Galaxy. This would be a great resource for parents to use year round because it really helps your students to stay on top of their math skills and improve them.

So lets talk cost for a single grade is $19.99 for 70 plus activities for a full K-6 access (I recommend) the cost is $39.99 for 500+ activities this cost is per student for the year. There is sibling discount of 25% for larger families. The platform is available on desktop and Apple Store and Google Play. This is a great math program for your student, you can also try out it for free with limited game access as well. I highly recommend you try it out today!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Crew members reviews on Matific Galaxy an online math resource

Until Next Time,

Mom

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Hewitt Homeschooling Resources Review!

Today on the blog I am reviewing the language arts curriculum Grade 2 Lightning Lit Set from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. The company sent us the teachers manual and student workbook. One of the things I have enjoyed about reviewing this curriculum is that it is literature based. We are a homeschooling family that integrates literature based learning in all aspects of our lessons so this curriculum fit right in with our flow.

The curriculum uses a variety of classical books and some new books to help children to develop skills in reading literature and reading informational text. Children are introduced to grammar and composition in weekly lessons. The teachers manual gives very detailed instructions and the ability to modify lessons to best fit your students need. At the beginning of each week you are are given a “week at a glance” to help you prepare for the upcoming week. There are optional materials suggested as well as the grammar and mechanics to be learned in the weeks lesson.

The lesson flow for the week is broken down into 5 days and each day covers the following areas of study:

  • Literature
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Composition
  • Reading Journal

In the teachers manual you will find the reading comprehension questions to ask your student after reading the weeks literature book. The Grammar and Mechanics will introduce the concept to practice and learn for the week. The composition portion section each day will work on the creative writing assignment for the week. The reading journal gives the student the opportunity to journal about their thoughts about this weeks. On Day three students will work on vocabulary building and sentence puzzles. Keep in mind this curriculum is versatile and can be easily modified to your learners pace and tolerance levels. There is no pressure to follow the layout, but to make this lesson as frustration free for you and your learner.

We used the curriculum as laid out in the book and my son really enjoyed this new way of learning language arts and writing. I went through the teachers manual and there is an in depth amount of grammar that will be introduced to the student. There are two chapter books that the curriculum uses for read aloud or for independent reading. On day 4 students are asked a question about what they have read.

The curriculum covers 36 weeks of lessons for 5 days a week. In the back of the book you will find an alphabet, handwriting and writing lines resources that can be photocopied for using with the weekly lessons. The course can be tailored to your students needs which is a huge plus. In my opinion you really don’t need to purchase a separate writing curriculum if you are using this curriculum because it covers this area every week. Students will also increase vocabulary and learn how to diagram sentences. The cost of the Grade 2 Lightning Lit Set is $93.50 plus applicable taxes and shipping the pack will also include Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

Be sure to check out the other Crew Review of Hewitt Homeschooling Resources there are many great reviews ona varitey of products.

I highly recommend this curriculum if you are literature based homeschooler or if you are looking for something a little lighter for learning grammar and composition. We will continue using this for the upcoming school year and for the rest of the summer.

Until Next Time,

Mom

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Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words Review!

As part of an on going quest to find a spelling curriculum for our upcoming school year, we were sent Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words, Skill level about 1st-3rd grade from Memoria Press to review!

One of the things I have been looking for in a curriculum was something simple and easy to manage without a lot of extra components to the lessons. The way the Simply Classical Spelling lessons are laid out they are familiar to the way I learned spelling.

The Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words lessons were easy to follow and the teachers manual is built right into each of the books.

This series gives your struggling writer an incremental, multi-sensory approach with an oral/aural emphasis. Each week includes targeted Word Study exercises to promote linguistic awareness, cognitive flexibility, and improved spelling skills.

In both books the spelling words are called “Key Words” students will identify Vowels, Consonants, Silent E, Consonant Digraphs, Consonant Blends and Word Families. Then there are the “Words to Know” these words are the exception to spelling rules.

Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words students are given 7 words to learn and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words they are given 13 words to practice for the week. Book one provides 34 weeks of lessons with 30 spelling list and in book 2 students will receive 32 weeks of lesson. The teacher suggested games are also helpful if you want to add variety to the spelling practice. Each lesson can be divided up into five practice days.

My son is pretty familiar with spelling practice so I started him in Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words and we took out our spelling box to practice his “Key Words” and “Words to Know”. I like the fact the lessons also include phonics and a little grammar. The suggested pattern for the lessons are broken down to 4-5days with the 4th day being quiz day and 5th day is for dictation which is very important step in book 2.

Suggested pattern book1:

  • Memorize Monday
  • Hands-on Touch Tuesday
  • Write High Wednesday
  • Thursday Quiz Day
  • Optional Review Day for Book 1

Suggested Pattern Book 2

  • Memorize Monday
  • Tracing Tuesday
  • Word Study & Write High Wednesday
  • Thursday Quiz Day
  • Friday Dictation

Another great component to this curriculum is that if you have a struggling writer this will help your young writers improve their writing skills while learning spelling. The curriculum is appealing to both children with special needs and those who just need a little more support before jumping into a more challenging spelling program.

Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words cost is $14.95 per book plus shipping. There is no separate teachers manual for you to purchase everything is within the books. The only additional supplies I will say you will need is index cards, highlighters or colored pencils. Creating a spelling box is clearly optional for your student and it isn’t mentioned in the books. I highly recommend this program if you are looking for a spelling program to ease your student into and we will continue to use it over the summer.

Be sure to check out the other Crew Reviews they are reviewing a variety of other curriculum from Memoria Press!

Until Next,

Mom

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Adventure Academy Review!

On May 1st  Age of Learning launched a new platform for kids ages 8-13 years old called Adventure Academy. I instantly jumped on the 30 day free trial to check it out for my 6.5 year old. All I can say is WOW!!  Adventure Academy is like nothing I have ever seen before, the campus is beautiful and it immediately reminded me of my old college campus!

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The game starts with the kids creating their own avatars. Parents can set their students accounts up with 3 different learning levels. I started my son on the beginners level. Even though I set him on the beginners level we also were able to change between all 3 levels for learning opportunities throughout the game play.  Part of this month we were studying botany and I was able to do a search within all the learning levels and favorite all the activities related to our study!  The parent dashboard makes it really easy to track down what your student has been doing in the game.

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Students can make friends on campus and they can invite their real life friends to be friends also if they have an account. My son already has 10 of his closes friends on his friends list. The kids can chat with each other or other players who are really playing the game. Parents have full control over chat feature so you can disable it or set limitations!

Adventure Academy is a fully interactive the kids are instantly thrown into campus life as soon as they start playing. Level 1 of the game play is all about the kids learning their way around campus and meeting their instructors. Learning is all around the kids no matter where they are in the game! The Academy which looks like a prestigious boarding school or college is divided into several different wings. One my sons favorite hang outs is in the science wing. You will see kids running around to get to class and bells ringing! When I tell you they thought of everything they really did in this platform. There are interactive bulletins boards in the foyer as well as inside of the different wings. The atmosphere  on campus is inviting and pleasantly encouraging.

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The instructors and other staff members walk around campus and the kids can chat with them and go on different quest around campus. There is so much to discover in Adventure Academy that it seems never ending what the kids can learn and do.

The monthly cost is $9.95 for up to 3 students per account. If you take advantage of the 49% off discount during your trial you pay only $59 for the year. This is a great supplement to learning and also just in time to help prevent the summer slide! Be sure to check that your systems meets the operating requirements.

I highly recommend you take advantage of the 30 day trial offered from Adventure Academy  and let your child explore and have fun on campus.

Until Next Time,

Mom

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Reduce Reuse Recycle Kids Night In Box!

I love Spring time, it just something about it that makes me want to reorganize the house and donate items that we no longer use. So with spring cleaning in full effect, and so much talk about Earth Day I was trying to figure out what could we do for Earth Day this year. Then it hit me our new Kids Night In Box was coming!

This year I wanted to make our spring cleaning purposefully and with this in mind I thought it would be a perfect time to do a mini unit on Reduce Reuse and Recycle. Who better to help me teach such a valuable life lesson than the April Kids Night In Box “Reduce Reuse Recycle”. The box was just what we needed for our mini unit!

April’s Kids Night In Box was perfect, it came with 7 activities for us to do and a cool book and special treat for him to enjoy. That special treat lasted a very short time and has since been added to our grocery list by special request. A complete unboxing of the awesome goodies in this box can be found on our Little Learner and Mom Youtube channel.

My son enjoyed reading the book and working on the recycling activity first then we enjoyed painting flowers on used newspaper. Bubbles are always a huge hit in our home and the Upcycled Bubble Blower activity didn’t disappoint.

So what did he learn from our mini unit using the Reduce Reuse Recycle Kids Night In Box. He learned what it means to recycle and why we should. We explored learning that everyday items we may think are trash can actual be upcycle for art projects or repurposed. He also learned that not all things can be recycle and how to properly sort recycle items into 4 different categories. He made us some delicious green smoothies that will also be in heavy rotation in our home.

You know that special treat that he gobbled up super fast? It was an Envirokidz chocolate bar and we learned about how that company donates 1% of it sales to support endangered animals. This sparked an entire new conversation about helping endangered animals and people. So now he has decided his new service project is to volunteer at our local food bank and this summer we will making lunches at the YMCA for needy kids!

This one box has inspired my son to give back to the community and be more conscious about the planet. This is one the reason why I love this box is because it is “inspired by real life parent adventures.”

It’s not too late to get your own Kids Night In Box. The new May box ships out May 16th-21st. All orders have to be placed by May 13th!