The Giving Manger {and giveaway!}

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Worhty Kids

Y’all. Every now and then along comes something that is just so beautiful and sweet, you feel the need to tell others.

The Giving Manger is one of those. WorthyKids has created something so sweet and simple, but impactful; you are going to love adding this to your family Advent celebrations. It doesn’t require daily crafts, snacks, or buying all the things. All you need is The Giving Manger and your family.

The Giving Manger

What It Is

The Giving Manger isn’t something else you have to add to your to do list. The Giving Manger creates an atmosphere of love and peace in homes because the end result isn’t about what everyone gets out of it. The end result is about loving others:

The purpose of using The Giving Manger for Advent is to honor Jesus, by loving and serving others. Just as He has served us.

The book itself is a hardcover picture book, with lovely cut-paper illustrations. The book will help get children excited about the tradition, while helping everyone understand how this new tradition honors Jesus and why you’re doing it. In the 32 page story, a dad explains to his children how Christmas will be different this year- they won’t be opening gifts on Christmas day, instead they will be giving Jesus gifts by loving and serving others during the Advent season.

When they’ve done something to serve others, children place a piece of straw in the wooden manger (both are included with the kit), to prepare it for Jesus. And finally, on Christmas morning they get to place Jesus in the manger. This can be done at night by a parent as a surprise for the next day, by the children, or the family on Christmas morning.

The Giving Manger

How We Used It

Let me tell you- there is something about that little baby Jesus that children *love.* I am not sure what He is made of, it feels like a resin, or resin coated wood? He is sturdy and just perfect for small hands. My kids have been in awe of baby Jesus!

For the purpose of this review, our family began using The Giving Manger before Advent, but hey- what’s an extra month of intentionally serving others and being kind (especially when we are talking siblings)? First we read the book, which is a beautiful and simple explanation of The Giving Manger.

Then, we read through the list of ideas for serving others. This is found in the back of the book, and is a big help when little minds are drawing a blank about how to serve others. There are several pages of simple ideas such as: paint rocks and hide them in the park, put a kind note in a library book, help a sibling with chores, read a book to a younger child, etc.

Much like the children in the book, my kids became very excited once they realized that serving others meant doing something for others that shows your love to them. We talk about this a lot, and they do this in helping me often. But I am so thankful this book and Advent activity really opened their eyes to serving one another better. I saw a big change in the competitiveness that’s creeped into their relationships in recent months (I feel like this happens at certain ages?). And they come up with ways to serve those outside of our family, all on their own.

 

I’ve found them jumping up first to help when I need it, doing chores for a sibling when they are sick, helping keep each other’s doors shut (because toddler!), and reading to one another more. The ideas in the back of the book are very practical for most families, I don’t think they’re over the top or too difficult at all. Of course families can come up with their own ideas, too!

But mostly I’ve just seen their hearts soften and become a little less me focused. And isn’t that what we want for our kids year round? Of course it is! At Christmas, when hearts can become very focused on what’s under the tree, or all the many fun activities going on, The Giving Manger is a wonderful centerpiece for our home, that helps everyone remember why we celebrate Christmas at all.

 

This sweet little kit of book, manger, straw and baby Jesus have created a peace in our home, it has opened hearts to the idea of what serving others really looks like. It has made Jesus somewhat tangible for little minds, and made a concept that may seem abstract to children more concrete.

Thank you WorthyKids, this is definitely a new family tradition for our Advent season!

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Homeschool Redwall Study Guide {Progeny Press}

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Progeny Press
My 11 year old has been working her way through the digital Redwall Study Guide from Progeny Press, and she has enjoyed it so much. We’ve used Progeny Press study guides before in our homeschool, and they never disappoint! You can read our experience with their Miss Rumphius guide here. This guide is for grades 5-8, and covers Redwall books 1-3, but Progeny Press offers many, many more guides at all levels. These are a great way to do language arts in your homeschool!

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

 

What It Is

These study guides come in an E-guide format, which means they’re available as soon as you purchase them, no waiting on shipping (which we know is unreliable these days). Each comes in an easy to use, PDF format; I was able to open it on both my Mac and our Windows desktop where my daughter used it some.

Thanks to Progeny Press’s interactive feature, you can open their study guides using Adobe Reader program (which is free), and your student can type their answer directly in the guide! This is perfect for families like our who have students learning to type, or who struggle with physical writing large amounts at a time.

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

The study guides are broken down into sections divided by chapters; for example the first section of Redwall’s guide was chapters 1-9. Each section includes activities; while not all activities are included in every section, some are:

  • Vocabulary- sometimes students match definitions, make their own sentences, multiple choice, etc
  • Dialect- this quizzes the students on what they think these odd-to-us phrases and words mean
  • Questions- these are comprehension questions about what happened in the book
  • Thinking About the Story- these are questions are where students make connections between the text, themselves and the world by critically thinking about what is explicitly said and what they must infer. I will post a screen shot below of an example
  • Dig deeper- these questions do just that
  • Class Discussion- this is a great opportunity for narration or family discussion
  • Chapter Activities- these include cooking, animal report, research, crafts, and art
  • Optional Writing Assignments or Discussion
  • Creative Writing Assignment
  • At the end there is a secretion of Final Project ideas
  • There is scripture all throughout the guide too, which I love

Throughout the guide there are interactive links and Pinterest boards for students and families to explore. My girl *loves* this. We do not yet have any ad blockers or special browsers for my kids to use, so I was hesitant at first to let her work alone. But the links from progeny Press are safe, and once she figured out using the browser it worked well for us.

How we Used It and What We Think

We started with book 1, Redwall; I printed what we needed, when we needed it so y daughter could work on it whenever she had time, and could do a bit of writing. I chose to print a section at a time, which is convenient and not overwhelming for her. It’s so easy to print if you’re needing it as a family or for more than one student, because you can print as many copies as you need, and everyone can work at their own pace. Of course you can do this in PDF format on the computer for typing as well.

The answer key for the teacher is a different file, so no worries if you need to keep that from little eyes. However, I will tell you that there’s a reason teachers had us check our own work in school. 😂 It makes less work for the teacher, and students generally enjoy it! Also, I like doing this with my older kids because it gives them a chance to see with their eyes what it is you’re expecting from them. I can tell them I expect “complete sentences with detailed information from the book,” all day long. But when they see what is expected of them in print, compared to the answer key, it can help them really understand what I mean. We do this sometimes, especially with language arts.

I like the Progeny Press study guides, because we can use the smaller ones throughout the year. But larger ones like this we can savor slowly, and make it a larger project. I think using a larger one like Redwall over the course of  semester or two gives students time for quality work. It can become more like an independent unit study where they get to explore all the links and activities in the guide (and if you have more than one student doing the same one, the whole family can work together).

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

My girl *loves* doing projects and cooking on her own, so this is a chance for her to do that without me having to put anything together on my own, which I don’t have much time for. Thank you Progeny Press!

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Beginner Math with Counting Kingdom: a review

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counting Kigndom

 

A few days a week, we have been using Counting Kingdom, a fun online introductory math program from Reading Kingdom, for review. Reading Kingdom offers other programs: Story Smarts, Spelling ninja, along with Counting Kingdom that you can read about by clicking the banner at the bottom of this post. These are online based programs, and will require internet access to be used; they can be used on a desktop or device.

We found the program to be easy to use, and fun. My 5 year old used it on my iPad most of the time. Counting Kingdom is designed for children ages 4-8, and I found that this is probably the most appropriate ages, or more specifically, the right level. This is going to be a great supplement to homeschoolers with younger children not quite ready for full blown math curriculum, or students that need extra practice working on a 3rd grade level and below.

Counting kingdom

 

About the Program

The program says for best results, use 4 days per week. I can see how this could hinder some use, but the idea is to use the program consistently.  Students will learn math concepts including recognizing, counting, and understanding numbers up to 10, 1:1 correspondence, and more.

  • level 1: teaching and understanding number concepts using 1-10
  • Level 2: starts with introducing higher level math concepts using terms such as same, all, some
  • Level 3: starts adding memory tasks and introduces basic operations

Students begin in lesson 1:1 and move up through the program. You can adjust the student’s level in the settings, if needed.  There is an option to adjust the speed of the program as well, allowing more or less response time. Parents can also get a report on how well students are doing. There is a key for what each symbol means in the dashboard for parents to easily see progress.

Reading Kingdom

 

My 5 year old did enjoy this program more than my 7 year old. I started it with my 7 year old, but switched to the 5 year old because most of the concepts were new to her. I really like that it works with a ten frame and creates that visual concepts- this was the main reason I wanted to review the program. Ten frames are such a great tool for math concepts using numbers 1-10.

My older girl was definitely not as interested; it is a slower paces program which is going to serve its purpose for some students, 💯! For others it is going to be too dull and slow. As always, knowing your student and what they need is going to be best for your family. The concepts are solid, and I think for students that need help with fewer distractions (crazy noises, bright lights, flashing/moving characters) this is going to work well for them!

 

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WORLD Watch- Current Events for Homeschool Families with a Christian Worldview

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Whatever the News, the purpose of the Lord will stand

WORLD Watch is an unbiased daily news program for current events (mainstream and otherwise) for all busy homeschool families, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it in our home. WORLD Watch is an online subscription that brings the news in 10 minutes, and offers a Christian worldview we can trust. During lunch my kids ask to watch the news, and I know it is going to be something we can watch together and then have discussions about, with a meaningful impact.

WORLD Watch is real journalism, you know the kind that began dying off a few decades ago, and more recently has become extinct? They’ve done the ground work, they give real news from real research, and they’re real journalism I can trust.

I know when we turn on WORLD Watch we are going to have a quick and easy news show, with a little humor for the kids and a light hearted approach to the topics. Students/families learn about current events happening all over the world through biblically sound headlines, news briefs, and feature stories. They don’t skip over the important things-there are some deep topics… the current situation in Afghanistan for instance, the impact of communism in other countries, etc. But I love that the news anchors aren’t overly dramatic, scary, or leaving out important information.

My children can make up their own minds about what they see and hear on the news without fear mongering.; hey can practice discernment and critical thinking about what’s happening.

WORLD Watch News- a christian worldview

My children don’t come away from WORLD Watch with fear, anxiety, or someone else’s opinion. They have questions, their own opinions, and intelligent conversation. They love the humor the anchors throw in, and we enjoy that they connect current events to the Bible. This kind of news really puts our current world into perspective- it helps my children make connections between scripture and current events/discoveries without preaching. It is truly just facts and a lot of fun information.

The news given is age appropriate, without any political bias or opinions mixed in. My 11 year old says,

I love the funny parts at the end where he (the anchor) does funny things. The news they give us is always interesting, and I like talking about it afterwards.

I think this subscription is a great idea for families, especially if your children are 10+ and thus able to understand the news. I also think adults are going to enjoy getting the information without the mainstream media twist on everything, thus avoiding any truly false information. WORLD Watch is a great source (maybe one of the only sources) for non partisan journalism.

Wit WORLD Watch we can get our facts from a Christian worldview news channel (knowing there isn’t anything promoted my children shouldn’t see), and know we can trust it. That’s what I love about them!

 

WORLD Watch News- a christian worldview

 

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Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn

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My children have been reading  Archer and Zowie, written by Hans Bluedorn for fun the last few weeks. This is a fanciful story of friendship written in the humorous style in which the author also wrote The Fallacy Detective (see the Crew link for more reviews on his works). This is a 234 page, paperback book with fun black and white illustrations and a lot of imagination! It held up through a lot of reading and toting around with a sturdy binding and easy to read pages. *If you have a child who is easily intimidated by many small words on the page, this is a great fit for them. The print is large and the pages are not overwhelming*

When their mischievousness leaves them with a failed experiemnt and a broken microwave, best friends Archer and Zowie discover their microwave can now do mysterious things- all of which send them on an adventure to space via the Hungry Caterpillar, with penguin aliens, the author, and much more.Archer and Zowie

 

My children who read this book are 10 and 8; it is science fiction for middle grade students … I’d say the tween age (8-12) will probably enjoy it most. My 8 year old son thought it was pretty funny; he read it in a matter of days. I think this can be attributed to the world building the boys get to experience, and the silliness of the writing style. My kids found parts of the book extra silly, something that stuck out to my 8 year old,

I liked how they explained about trash day. They thought on trash day (like our cleaning day when we throw out things while cleaning), that you just never see your trash again, they thought it was a giant beetle thing that took the trash away. But they find out  on another planet that trash day is once a year, and they shoot all the trash into outer space and it makes a ring around the planet; which is sad. They were good friends and helpful to one another.

On their imaginary adventure the boys learn more about the world around them, about their differences, and to be better friends because of it all. There is mild potty talk that my kids pointed out (I wondered what they would say) because we don’t use potty talk in our home, but I will say it is mostly harmless and not something that is a main theme in the book.

The life lessons learned are pretty profound even if children don’t realize it, and the boys really learn a lot about themselves and one another on their journey. It helps them to become better friends and understand life a little more. Isn’t that what childhood is about?- learning about yourself, learning to love others, and learning about the world around you, all while playing pretend in your backyard?

Archer and Zowie

This turned out to be a really cute read that my kids enjoyed, and I liked the lessons learned along the way.

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Math Essentials {homeschool speed drill practice}

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Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills

If you are looking for supplemental math practice, Math Essentials  Speed Wheel Drills offers addition, multiplication and division practice.

We have used these books several times a week to practice math facts. We began practice with them after a 4-5 week break during the summer, and boy were my kids rusty with their math ? . We all laughed because my math loving 8 year old had suddenly forgotten all his multiplication facts. Within a few days of practicing with Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills, he was remembering them at lightening speed again.

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Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills

 

 

My 10 year old really enjoyed using the timer on my phone to time herself as she went through the wheels. (This lead to her wanting to also calculate how quickly she can read a age in a book, and figure out at that speed how long it would take her to read the entire book in seconds, minutes, and hours)

 

 

 

 

There are great tips on learning math in the front of the book, along with a how to use this book page.

Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills

 

The books each have a sturdy, glossy cover with binding that held up great to medium/heavy use (are your kids as hard on workbooks as mine?). There are 1400 sheet wheel drills that help with instant recall, making math easier for students. It’s super easy to track progress. If you have 2 students using the same book like we did, put the child’s name and day 1, day 2 etc on the top of the page to track individual progress. I’d say no more than 2 kids using a book though. The pages are a crisp white, and they do not shadow onto the other side, which is really nice.

Wheels are arranged differently on each page so students aren’t memorizing the order of the problems, but the math facts themselves. Students can easily check themselves using a math chart (we used our math chart printed from Schoolhouseteachers.com, and laminated) which makes this even less aren’t intensive. My children really enjoyed watching how much faster they could become and how many more they got correct each time.

As a mom I like how each page is simple and not too crazy, which is helpful. It is so hard for some kids (and adults) to concentrate on the task at hand when the page is busy with color and graphics. I like the simplicity and cleanness of the speed wheel pages.

Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills

These make a great supplement to math throughout the school year, or as we found, for summer break to keep some practice but without doing full school. I took an easy approach, of no fuss or pressure and my kids really enjoyed it. It became something they used to improve their skills but they just thought it was fun competing against themselves ?

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Homeschool Science Online- Chemistry

Homeschool Science online

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We have been using Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science, Young Scientist Chemistry, for some science fun this summer. This course is for grades 4-7, and is a self paced course. Because it is online, you can do it anytime with as many students as you’d like. Self paced makes this course as slow or fast you your family feels comfortable. I have some kids that will fly through self paced courses, and others that like to take a little longer.

For the Young Scientist Chemistry course, there are 13 classes, plus an intro that covers a little information from parents and student.  Classes cover:

  • note taking and test taking
  • the scientific method
  • creation, the atom, matter & quantum mechanics
  • the periodic table (2 lessons)
  • elements, mixtures, and compounds
  • chemical bonding
  • the mole
  • states of matter
  • Density
  • Radioactivity
  • Ph- acids and bases

The course includes easy print out study guide pdfs for each lesson, divided into parts, 1-4.

Homeschool Science online

We have really enjoyed these lessons. My almost 3rd grader tagged along with his almost 5th grade sister. They were both interested in it, but my daughter specifically requested doing chemistry, so it was of more interest to her and at her level.

Homeschool Science online

Classes are lecture style and Professor Landry is so easy to listen to, and is also easy to understand-which is so important for online learning. Lessons include some visuals on the screen, which correlate with the PDF study guide. I recommend printing the study guide before class, that way students can make notes as they go along through the class.

The PDF study guides include activities and worksheets for filling in information for class, which helps the student with note taking and completing their work, as well as comprehension. There are great charts included in the PFDs as well. My daughter loves visuals and reading over notes, so we find the printable guides super helpful.

This is a great way for parents to assess progress in the course, and show proof of learning for any requirements for their state or diplomas. We like making portfolios for our work, so Professor Landry’s guides are a great way to do this.

My children have a pretty firm foundation in the metric system, thanks to their math, so the metric system class was a great way to bring all of that information together, showing how it relates to science. We did one lesson a week, sometimes every other week, usually on Wednesdays. We loved the lesson for creation, the atom, matter & quantum mechanics. I like how Professor Landry handles creation and the topic of God’s creation, the analogies he gives for student’s to understand- we weren’t created from nothing. But instead purposefully, by our Creator.

Homeschool Science online

Classes build upon one another, so I do recommend going in order of the course. There is also review in each video we’ve come across, because students use knowledge from previous classes for the next.

We are super excited to continue on through the course, and continue our learning journey with Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science, Young Scientist Chemistry.

 

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Homeschool Math-All Grades-with CTCMath

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CTCMath Homeschool Online Math Parent Dashboard

Many homeschool families are looking for an easy to use, online math program for their children. CTCMath is a full online math program, covering all grades, kindergarten through 12th, including calculus. We know there will come a day when my children may need more help than their math books and I can give them, and CTCMath will be a great option at that time. (I have blurred out names and email address in the images below).

CTCMath Homeschool Online Math Parent Dashboard

After logging in, families will find pre-recorded video tutorials with directions explaining step by step each math concept. They are easily accessed any time, anywhere via your account. I found these lessons to be clear and easy to follow along, making it like sitting in class listening to a teacher.

In the parent dashboard, parents can add each student, selecting their grade level and where to begin on lessons. From there, students can login, complete their lesson, and take a quiz over what they just learned. A lesson summary can also be downloaded for each lesson. I love this because we enjoy making math notebooks with concepts my children may need to revisit. It helps make it hands on, too.

CTCMath Homeschool Online Math Parent Dashboard

CTCMath Homeschool Online Math program

Topics may have multiple lessons, which are all in order for the student to follow. The quiz questions on each lesson can be read to the student by clicking the speak button next to the questions; this is a great option for early readers, or students who better comprehend by listening. Weekly revision sets help consolidate learning and identify areas of struggle. In the CTCMath parent dashboard, you can find extensive reports making tracking easy for parents and record keeping.

Parents can set tasks, view results, and see the history of what students have been working on.

There are also some really fun games found at the bottom of the screen: speed skills, times tables, and swap pieces. I have to be honest and say these are a lot of fun, and will definitely help your kids find motivation to do some extra math learning. These are a great rewards for having completed math lessons for the day or week.

CTCMath Homeschool Online Math Parent Dashboard

CTCMath Quiz grade 5 Homeschool Online Math program

Maybe one of the best parts- CTCMath offers a 12 month guarantee- I don’t know any math curriculum that backs their program with such confidence! Overall, this program is definitely going to help improve math learning for students. If you family is looking for an online, video based learning option, CTCMath is where it’s at! Between the easy to follow lessons, simple tracking, and fun games, kids and parents will both enjoy this math.

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Homeschool History with Home School in the Woods

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Home School In the Woods History

We have enjoyed using Home School in the Woods to supplement our history before, and this time we loved it as well! We’ve been enjoying their Time Travelers U.S. History Studies, and it goes along perfectly with our American History this summer. We are working through the Time Travelers: The American Revolution pack, for hands on learning in our homeschool.

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This summer we have been working through fun history projects, and my kids have loved it! I have to be honest- I’m not a fan of putting together units with projects… and that’s where Home School in the Woods Time Travelers have come in. After reading our history, I usually search for a video to watch on YouTube, recapping what we just learned. Then we take to the projects in our pack, at the family table.

Our favorite has been making newspapers! The kids had so much fun with this- even though the packs are suggested ages 8+ my 6 year old loved joining in. So if you have younger kiddos, I say definitely let them tag along. We like doing these as a family because everyone can work at their own level, and do their own activity. Younger children will enjoy coloring the pictures, and pasting in a notebook. There are so many ways to adjust these history studies for all ages.

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10 year old’s newspaper page

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8 year old’s newspaper page

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6 year old’s newspaper page

Parents will find each download has a folder with lessons, a folder with correlating, labeled projects, as well as instructions, photos, and a resource list. Everything is easy to find, print out, and simple to use. Finding each project in the photos provided in the download is very helpful, especially for kids that need to see what the finished project looks like (or this mama, who is super visual).

The pack contains 25 lessons that can be completed in 5-10 weeks, or as you choose. They cover all of the politics and conflicts that launched a new nation, including the French and Indian War, George vs George, government, taxing, the Boston Tea Party, and so much more! You can view the scope and sequence by selecting the scope/seq tab midway down on this page. I love how they cover not only the big, most well known events and people, but lesser-known events that happened and people that affected the war and revolution- like women of the war, and battles in the south.

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I have found these projects to be meaningful, interesting, and helpful for my children to remember what we’ve learned together. We really love putting together lap books, and I can’t wait to do that soon. We’ve been so busy with baseball, and celebrating sumer with friends we haven’t had a chance to get everything put together, but we will!

Included in the Time Travelers: The American Revolution masters are the timeline figures! The set included for this pack can be found here,  but there are so many sets to add for all your homeschool history studies. Home School in the Woods offers several different sets of timeline figures and have added some new ones recently- check them out!

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one of our timeline book pages

 

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Homeschooling Memory Work with Cross Seven

 

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We have added Cross Seven Ventures – Homeschool Musical Memory Tool online subscription to our morning time during breakfast. This memory work is set to Claritas Musical Memory Work songs. These songs are beautiful, and so easy to remember! We have loved this program.CrossSeven memory workInside the account dashboard of Cross Seven, parents can create a child profile for each child. Using the child profile, students can take quizzes on the memory work they are learning. Each child profile can login under the family account, which allows ease for parents to keep up with what everyone is doing, and tracking progress if desired. Our family chose to do quizzes together, and take turns answering quiz questions (though they all knew most of them) as a family. Memory work for us is an added bonus to morning time, and I trust the process enough to not feel the need for quizzes… BUT quizzes can be fun for kids, a great opportunity computer practice, and of course a way to track progress if necessary for homeschool reporting. You can also give children any name for their account, it doesn’t have to be their real name (I know some parents like to avoid putting their children’s name online, and I totally get that!).

The images and text on the videos of each song are meaningful, and memorable. Each week’s memory work consists of

  • Scripture
  • History
  • Latin
  • Grammar
  • Science
  • Math
  • Grogrpahy
  • Hymns
  • Timeline
  • Timeline Song

Families will find an easy to use program, divided into simple to navigate sections. Our family mainly utilized the Weekly Memory Work tab, but you can also navigate through the memory work by subject. Each memory work song correlates with a video; if you click on memory work by subject, you can scroll down to find hand motion videos for each song in that section.

There are 4 year cycles to work through, each containing 28 weeks of memory work. This provides a great foundation of memorizing facts, on which to build more in-depth knowledge later. We enjoyed watching the videos that went along with the songs in Cycle 1, as this is our first year doing memory work. But we are looking forward to Cycle 3, where we will move through some of the Psalms, the Industrial Revolution, learn about perimeter, and more!

Each week has correlating Fun Links, including how to create your own timeline book. We have a timeline book and love utilizing it, so I would definitely suggest making one to go with your memory work. It is not only a great keepsake, but of course documents student’s learning, while providing opportunities for kids to express what they’ve learned. They can write, draw pictures,  or dictate to a parent what goes into the book. So many opportunities for added learning!

I love that this online program is *easy* to use. While the program itself isn’t complicated, even simple programs can have difficult websites- but not Cross Seven! It is very intuitive for users, from logging in to navigating the website, anyone can do it. I also like that there is a Cross Seven Roku Channel! We love using our Roku for learning channels so adding this one was a no brainer.

My children have had lightbulb moments with this memory work! *Oh! Now I understand XYZ because the timeline song!* Honestly, I have benefited from the memory songs, especially in the timeline portions, because sometimes it is hard to remember the order of history. This makes it so easy and fun… we aren’t just doing rote memorization here. This is learning that students will apply to all areas of their education- (making connections is vital in comprehension: from text to self, text to text, and text to world. We aren’t talking about reading here, but the same thing applies. Children will benefit in making these different connections through the use of memory work. Ok-my education degree rant is over. ? )

Parents can also choose to order books, CDs, map booklets, and more products that align with their family’s memory work cycle, but this is not necessary.

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