Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science- Earth and Space Science (Review)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Is science a difficult subject for you to teach? Or is your student wanting to learn more about a certain science discipline? Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes might be what you are looking for.

One of the online courses Greg Landry developed and we were able to experience is the Earth & Space Science course. It contains the following classes.

  • Instructions and Introduction for Parents and Students
  • Class #1- Taking Notes, Note-Sketching, & Studying
  • Class #2- Prime Meridian, International Date Line, Latitude, Longitude, & Time Zones
  • Class #3- Ocean Tides
  • Class #4- Earth’s Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
  • Class #5- The Heavens I
  • Class #6- The Heavens II
  • Class #7- Rocks, Minerals, Ores, Landforms etc.

Each of these classes has video lessons that last around 30 minutes and a PDF study guide. The printable study guide has questions and fill-in-the-blank worksheets. The colored pages have the answers and the black and white pages need to be filled out.

Our Experience:

I was intrigued when Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes from Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science was a possibility for review. I thought that this would be the perfect time for Christie to spend some time exploring Earth & Space Science to see if there was a topic she would like to learn more about.

Once we had access to the program, we needed to get a Canvas account, which was easy, then we watch the Class Intro. The Class Intro contains and introduction and instructions for both the parents and students. After that it was Christie’s responsibility to watch the videos and fill out the worksheets. I would later check them and discuss them with her.

Earth & Space Science Dashboard
List of Classes

My Thoughts:

I think that this Earth & Earth Space Science course is good for 7th and 8th graders, but not high school, unless as a basic introductory class to see if they want to learn more, because there isn’t enough information provided. I think that there should be more information added for those in high school, like topics for papers or links to learn more information. A final test would be good as well.

I liked the videos, they had good graphics and stayed on topic.

Sun Paths and Sunrise/Sunset Locations from The Heavens II

I thought that the worksheets were great. I liked that there were some fill-in-the-blank sheets and some were questions, a good way to see if the student remembers the lesson.

Types of Landforms (Fill-in-the-blank)
Page 1 of Chapter 7 Questions

Christie’s Thoughts (Entering 10th Grade):

I chose to review the Earth & Space Science, because this is one of my favorite subjects in science.

  • I liked the topics that were discussed.
  • I liked that the videos were short, and the lessons didn’t take too much time to do.
  • I liked that it was a self-paced program.
Working on Latitude and Longitude

I think it would have been nice had he had a script or notes on what he was going to be talking about to minimize all the unnecessary words and pauses.

This program would be good for people of all ages, but more specifically for seventh and eighth grade.

Recap of Pertinent Information:

Product Link: Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes (Earth & Space Science)

Vendor Information Link: Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science

Age Appeal: Grades 7-12

Format: Online and Self-paced lasting for .5 semester with short videos and printable summaries and worksheets

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought of other Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes,   Self-paced 4th-7th grade one-semester classes, and the Virtual, interactive homeschool laboratory.

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead- Smoky Skies

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here. Well, we really need some rain. The crops aren’t going to be very bountiful this year, if moisture doesn’t come soon.

I took this photo last week and liked it, because it did a good job of of showing the clouds and smoky skies. We live hundreds of miles away from the wildfires, but we still get the upper level smoke.

What is it like where you live?

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead- Rain Clouds?

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here. Well, we can still use some rain. I was hoping that this cloud would produce some rain for us, but nope! We haven’t received much rain at all. Our current precipitation deficit is almost 9 inches. We also have smoky skies. What is it like where you live?

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.

Creating A Masterpiece- Art History Program (Review)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Do you have a family member who loves creating art in different styles and techniques? The online Art History Program developed by Sharon Hofer from Creating A Masterpiece features 3 different types of projects (styles in art history, historically themed, and a Capstone project) containing different art skills (use of charcoal, oil painting, sculpture, form and composition, and more. The art media your family member can explore are glass mosaic, ink, colored marker, printmaking, sculpture, pencil/charcoal, acrylic, oil painting, faux metal working, glass etching, and faux stained glass.

Styles of Art in History Selection

Our Experience:

One of Christie’s favorite activities is art. Art and art history are not where I shine, so we were excited when we were chosen to review Creating A Masterpiece. Christie chose the projects she wanted to complete (Abraham Lincoln, The Eye, and The Great Chief), wrote down the art supplies, and we went to our favorite art supply store to purchase the high quality materials she needed. When we came home, she went to her room to begin watching the video lessons, studying the Lesson Highlights, and begin her projects. She did one lesson a day, and soon she had three wonderful works of art that she will be able to enjoy and hours towards her high school fine art credits.

Video Lesson
Lesson Highlights

My Thoughts:

This Art History Program from Creating A Masterpiece is wonderful. I appreciated how Christie could just take the supplies to her room, watch the videos at her speed, and take her time making wonderful projects. I also liked how Sharon Hofer shared the history of the technique that was used, her favorite famous works of art, and her knowledge.

I think I might even try to do one of the simplest projects.

Christie’s Thoughts (Entering 10th Grade):

I thoroughly enjoyed this program, Creating a Masterpiece. The projects I did were the Abraham Lincoln charcoal drawing, The Great Chief, and The Eye in colored pencil. 

Early American: The Great Chief was the first project I worked on. 

 The Abraham Lincoln charcoal drawing was the second, and it was the first time I had done charcoal portraiture.

Step One- Grid
Step Two- Pencil Sketch
Step Three- Finished Drawing

The realism eye was my favorite project to work on, and I love how it turned out, even though it’s not exactly like the reference photo. 

Step 1: Draw a simple outline of an eye, for this I used a regular pencil.
Step 2: Get a black colored pencil, fill in the pupil, and feather out the black from there. Go around the iris with the black as well. Start filling in the remaining space in the iris with your blue colored pencil. I used two different shades of blue for mine, because I thought it would add interest. 
Step 3: Coloring in the skin around the eye. I chose to do darker skin with a warm red undertone to make the cool colors in the eye stand out.
Step 4: Add the eyelashes and your signature and you’re done.

I would highly recommend this product for people of all ages. I plan on doing some of the other projects on the website.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createamasterpiece

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyDU-6301Pwj_1Dez9YkumQ

Recap of Pertinent Information:

Product Link: Art History Program

Vendor Information LinkCreating A Masterpiece

Age Appeal: Ages 5 and Up

Format: Online video lessons with lists of supplies needed.

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Mama Recommends!

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought of Creating A Masterpiece’s Art History Program.

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead- Reflective Puddle

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here. Well, we really need some rain.

This photo shows a wonderful puddle from the end of June, when we were at our county fair. What has the weather been like where you live this year?

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.

CTCMath: A Complete Online Math Program (Review)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Are you looking for an easy to use comprehensive math curriculum? CTCMath is an online math homeschool, which is perfect for Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Since this is a self-pace program, students can complete CTCMath in their own time, which means they can take the diagnostic tests as pretests before watching the 4 to 9 minute video tutorials, completing the interactive questions or worksheet, reviewing the one page summaries, to see if they can move to the sections they need to learn. You are able to access your account online and see your student’s progress reports and schedule work for them. You will also receive weekly emails.

Our Experience:

When I was in high school Algebra 2 came before Geometry, so that is how we did it for Christie this past year. We discovered that today’s Algebra 2 has a lot of Geometry, so we probably should have switch programs around. I was excited that she would have the opportunity to review CTCMath, since she would be able to go at her own pace and take the diagnostic tests to see if she could skip certain sections. She has done just that. By taking the Standard and Comprehensive diagnostic tests and passing them with a minimum of 80%, she quickly finished Part 1. Christie is currently working on Parallel Lines, Triangles and Polygons and also on Perimeter and Area in Part 2.

Sections in Geometry

My Thoughts:

I really like how flexible this math program is, especially since I had Christie do Algebra 2 first. She is able to take advantage of the diagnostic tests (passing with 80% grade that I was able to set) and learn the new sections with the short videos, interactive activities, worksheets, and summaries. These different methods work well for her and those with different learning styles.

Mixed Examples on Angles Video

The following screenshots show what it is available in the parent’s section.

Parent’s Homepage Showing the Browse Lessons Section (I like the simplicity of the navigation.)
Page 1 of the Geometry Course Checklist (A Perfect Way to Keep Track of Your Child’s Progress.)
Access to the Weekly Reports (They are also emailed. As a busy mom, I appreciate knowing weekly how Christie is doing.)

Christie’s Thoughts (Entering 10th Grade):

I worked on CTCMath’s Geometry course three days a week for the whole duration of the review period. I worked through the parts and sections by doing the standard and comprehensive diagnostic tests and getting an 80% or more to pass the section. If I didn’t get 80%, I did the interactive work and took the tests again.  

I like having the diagnostic tests available, because it allows me to move past topics that I already know to move onto the ones I need to work on. I will be continuing to use this program until I have completed it entirely.

Area of a Triangle Video
Perimeter of a Triangle Question

Area of Triangles II Worksheet
Working on a Diagnostic Test for Parallel Lines, Triangles,and Polygons

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/ctcmath/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw

Recap of Pertinent Information:

Product Link: https://www.ctcmath.com/how-it-works

Vendor Information LinkCTCMath

Age Appeal: Ages K-12

Format: Online with short videos, interactive lessons, and printable summaries and worksheets

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Mama Recommends!

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought of the different grade levels of CTCMath.

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead- An Old Barn and Corn

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here. Well, we can still use some rain.

I always enjoy seeing this barn when we go to our county fairgrounds. It makes me sadder every time, because more of it has fallen down. I like this photo, because it shows the new corn against the old barn. What do you think?

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead-No Rain Coming Sunset

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here. We could sure use some rain though.

I thought that perhaps the drought monitor would change, but I don’t think it will as we haven’t had enough rain. We need over 6 inches of rain to get back to normal. We keep getting chances in the weather forecast, but we don’t get any in our area. Have you been getting all of the precipitation you need?

I took these two photos when I thought we would be getting some rain, but they were just pretty clouds that kept going by.

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.

Words Rock Online from EdAlive (Review)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

Are you looking for a fun learning activity for your family? Words Rock Online from EdAlive is an adaptive learning online program where children from the ages of 5 to 15 and even older can learn spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and more. The levels are adjustable at the beginning of activities, but will adjust as necessary when each activity is completed, the student can also click on the button “Too Hard” if the level is too hard for them. They earn Agent cards for rewards! There is also a “Tools and Reports” section for parents.

Our Experience:

Christie doesn’t always enjoy using technology as a learning tool, so I was hoping that she would enjoy the fun hyperbole activities of Words Rock Online. She did enjoy it, but only in short time periods. Ten minutes a few times a week was all that would work for her.

My Thoughts:

I personally think that Words Rock Online is a lot of fun. )As a parent I was able to play the games as well.) I thought that some of the activities were very difficult, but I could always make them easier. I could either change the grade level that I was doing or simply click on the “Too Hard” button. I had a very hard time changing the level, though, I got stuck in Level 5. I thought that clicking on “All Content” was the best as it had a lot of variety. When I played the games for the younger levels, they were read to me. I thought that was great, because many younger children are still learning to read. Since EdAlive is based in Australia they had an Australian accent and had fun words for congratulations like, crackerjack. They were encouraging if I got the answer wrong.

Adaptive Learning Choices

The following screenshots show some of following fun activities:

  • simile and metaphor activities
  • onomatopoeia activities
  • homonyms and homophones activities
  • synonyms and antonyms activities
  • alliteration questions and answers
  • word smart vocabulary
  • grammar and punctuation activities
  • spelling activities
  • vocabulary games
  • and more.
Rewriting
Word Families
Spelling Misunderstandings
Crossword Puzzle Vocabulary

As the parent I liked being able to see the what Christie was working on, so I could reach out to her if I saw that she had a particularly hard day. I wanted to be able to encourage her.

Tools and Reports

Christie’s Thoughts (Entering 10th Grade):

Words Rock Online is an interactive grammar, spelling, and vocabulary course. I like Words Rock Online, because it challenges me to actually think about what I am doing. However, I have found that sometimes the questions are really simple and other times they are so difficult that I can’t answer them. 

Overall I think this is a great program that challenges your mind. Although I think it would be better for ages 10 and up.

Agent Cards

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdAlive
Twitter: https://twitter.com/edalive
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edalive_onlinelearning/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/edalive/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/EdAliveTube

Recap of Pertinent Information:

Product Link: Words Rock Online

Vendor Information LinkEdAlive

Age Appeal: Ages 5 to 15 and older

Format: Online only

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Mama Recommends!

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought of the Words Rock Online, Volcanic Panic Reading Success Online, and Baggin’ the Dragon Maths Online from EdAlive!

Photo of the Week! on the Homestead-Drought Photos

Hi, y’all!! How has your week been? It’s been going pretty well here.

This is county fair week for us, so that means leaving the “big” city and going to our small town fairgrounds. We have been having rain, we had to drive through a large puddle and muddy grass to park, but there is still a drought. Here are photos of our hostas and the county fair grounds. Perhaps it will rain more and the drought monitor will change.

Have a great week on your “homestead.” Enjoy the outdoors, and take some fun photos!

These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro.