Kids and Critters

Seems like my kids are always discovering things.  They have a natural curiosity, a sense of excitement and wonder about the world around them.    

And they seem to find critters in the yard, the water, the sky, and just about everywhere we go.  Here are a few of their exciting critters they found so far this summer.

A little lizard.

A snapping turtle.

Little crabs in borrowed shells.

Large crab with blue claws.

Crab with rocks in its shell.

Bees in flowers.

Kittens born in a garden.

They always seem to find a variety of birds every where.

Deer in the driveway.

Baby box turtles discovered while mowing the grass. 

Leaf bugs.

Spiders in their nests.

Little praying mantis who was very unhappy to have his picture taken.

I just love watching my kids discover everything around them with excitement and wonder.

Watching my kids explore and approach everything around them with a sense of excitement and wonder reminds me of the words of Jesus (Yahusha) who encouraged all of us to set aside our preconceived notions, our traditions, our resentments and disappointments, our need to control, and let go and trust and become like children in our relationship to the Heavenly Father and enter his kingdom.

 Jesus (Yahusha) called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:16

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Math Essentials: No Nonsense Algebra Review

Is your student ready to learn Algebra?  Then you might want to try No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.

No-Nonsense Algebra

Softcover Book

275 Pages

95 Lessons

Online Access to Video Lessons

10 Chapter Reviews and Final Exam

Retails $28.95

The No-Nonsense Algebra book includes access to online instructional videos that can be used for teaching the lessons if desired.  This book is self contained as a textbook and workbook all in one and is designed to help your student master the concepts of Algebra.  The online videos are optional and require an access code that is found in the book.  It is not required for the student to use the online videos, but they are available if they need audio visual help from an instructor in completing the lesson.

The book contains 275 pages with 10 chapters, 95 lessons, 10 chapter review tests, a final exam, glossary, Solutions (answers key), and many help pages such as important formulas, symbols, fraction and decimal conversions, charts, etc at the back of the book.

10 Chapters:

  1. Necessary Tools For Algebra (22 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  2. Solving Equations (9 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  3. Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations (6 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  4. Solving and Graphing Inequalities (7 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  5. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities (4 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  6. Polynomials (13 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  7. Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions) (10 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  8. Radical Expressions and Geometry (10 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  9. Quadratic Equations (6 Lessons + Chapter Test)
  10. Algebra Word Problems (8 Lessons + Chapter Test)

Final Exam

Glossary

Important Formulas

Important Symbols

Multiplication Table

Commonly Used Prime Numbers

Squares and Square Roots

Fraction and Decimal Equivalents

Solutions

Our Experience

My oldest son is ready to learn Algebra.

He has taken pre-Algebra, and uses an online math curriculum.  When we were offered the opportunity to review No-Nonsense Algebra, I thought this would be a perfect supplement to his main curriculum.

After looking through the program with my son for this review, including the HUGE book and online video lessons, I can see that this is a complete Algebra 1 program that can be used as the main curriculum or as a supplement.

My son can easily access video lessons from his dashboard.  Each video listed corresponds to a lesson in his student book.

I am personally most excited about the student book.  It is easy to use. It follows the same structure for each lesson.

  • Introduction to Lesson
  • Examples
  • Exercises
  • Review

In addition to the reviews at the end of each lesson, there is also a larger Chapter Review at the end of each chapter.  So students are getting a lot of review to be sure they have mastered the concepts.

He has used an online math curriculum for a few years now.  However his other program does not come with a written workbook.  We have an option to print his pages but he usually just answers them online.   I like the fact that No-Nonsense Algebra combines both online video instruction options with text book lessons as well as written assignments.

Learning Algebra can be complicated for many students, but following a few simple steps can help make it go as smooth as possible.  It is recommended that each time he sits down to do a lesson, he gathers his student book, a pencil, ruler, graph paper, and a notebook.  Then he watches a lesson on the computer and reads the lesson in his book.  Next he writes the examples down in his notebook.  Then writes and solves the problems, and completes the text book problems and the review.  By following these steps each time, he is setting himself up for success with this course.

The huge student book contains written lessons with lots of examples, easy to read instructions, and fully explained step-by-step solutions.

Rick Fisher, Author

Rick Fisher has been a math teacher for over 31 years.  He is the founder of Math Essentials and Americas Math Teacher and he is the author of several award winning math books, DVD’s, tutorials, online courses, and more. 

Math Essentials offers several award winning math courses.  They have a progressive series called Mastering Essentials.  Students move from Mastering Math Skills in upper elementary school, to Mastering Math Skills in Middle and Highschool.  Then they progress to Mastering Essential Maths Skills in Pre-Algebra Concepts and then to No-Nonsense Algebra.

Rick Fisher has also developed award winning online math courses in Basic Math, Advanced Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra through his AmericasMathTeacher.com website.

Be sure to check out all of the great Math curriculum resources that Rick Fisher has created at Math Essentials and Americas Math Teacher.

FREE Resources

Rick Fisher offers a 14 Days Free Trial for his America’s Math Teacher online math courses.  Be sure to check it out if you are interested in seeing his teaching style, or if you are interested in an online math course.

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Greek ‘n’ Stuff: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Review

Want a fun way to learn Greek?  Then check out Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set by Greek ‘n’ Stuff.

We have been using the Student Worktext, Worktext with Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD from their Level 3 Greek language course.  I am really impressed with this curriculum.

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3

Student Worktext 

Soft Cover

Spiral Bound

Retail $21.95

  • Biblical Greek
  • Student Worktext
  • Alphabet and Vocabulary review
  • Greek Grammar
  • Masculine and Neuter Second Declension Nouns
  • Present Active Indicative Verbs
  • Movable nu
  • Read and Write Simple Greek Sentences
  • Matching, Dot-to-dot, Puzzles
  • Flashcard Pages (printed on normal workbook paper at the back of the workbook)
  • For Older Students (upper elementary – adult) and Students Who Have Completed Level 2

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3

WorkText with Answer Key (Teacher Manual)

Spiral Bound

Soft Cover

Retail $21.92

  • Biblical Greek
  • Student Worktext with Answers
  • Teacher Tips
  • Translation Helps
  • Sample Lesson Plan Schedule
  • Big Picture You are Here – Grammatical Overview Charts
  • Some English Derivatives of the Greek Words Taught In This Level
  • References for Further Study
  • Recommended for those who have not had previous experience with the Greek language.

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3

Pronunciation CD

Level 3 and Level 4

Retail $10.00

  • Biblical Greek
  • Level 3 and Level 4
  • Pronunciation of New Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation of Paradigms
  • Indexed to the Workbook Level and Page (this is very handy)
  • The Alphabet Song

Our Experience With This Course:

I am excited about this course!  The Worktext teaches kids (and adults) Biblical Greek in a fun, familiar, and interactive way.

This course feels similar to an early learning English course.  In the beginning, my son learned the alphabet and practiced writing the letters, he practiced saying the letters and voicing the sounds each letter makes, just as he did when he learned English.

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 3 course is a beginning level Greek course for students 10 – Adult.  Each level is color coded and we are using Level 3 with the “green” color for beginners.  Level 3 is also a continuation level of Greek for younger students who first used Levels 1 (dark pink) and 2 (blue), and younger students who are reading and writing at least at an upper elementary age.

If students are younger than 10 they are encouraged to start with the first two levels that have less information per page and less writing. Kids younger than 2 grade should start with Level 1 and kids older than second grade but younger than upper elementary age should start with Level 2.

36 Lessons

There are 36 Lessons in this curriculum and it is intended to be used as a full school year (or 36 weeks) of study.  Each week begins a new lesson and each lesson has daily assignments for that week.  

There are both written and verbal practice assignments and to do the course well, students need a minimum of the Worktext, a Pronunciation CD, and Flashcards (either from the back of the Worktext or purchased seperately) to master the lessons.  The lessons included in this beginner’s language course are:

  1. Alphabet review – Part 1
  2. Alphabet review – Part 2
  3. Vocabulary review – Part 1
  4. Vocabulary review – Part 2
  5. Accusative case – singular and plural (second declension masculine)
  6. First person – singular and plural (present active tense)
  7. Genitive case – plural (second declension masculine)
  8. Genitive case – singular (second declension masculine)
  9. Vocabulary review – Part 3
  10. Vocabulary review – Part 4
  11. Third person – singular (present active tense)
  12. Nominative case – singular (second declension masculine)
  13. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 1
  14. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 2
  15. Third person – plural (present active tense)
  16. Nominative case – plural (second declension masculine)
  17. Moveable v, vocabulary and sentence practice
  18. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 3
  19. New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 1
  20. New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 2
  21. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 4
  22. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 5
  23. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 6
  24. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 7
  25. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 8
  26. Second person – plural (present active tense)
  27. Dative case – singular (second declension masculine)
  28. Dative case – plural (second declension masculine)
  29. Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 9
  30. New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 3
  31. New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 4
  32. Nominative and accusative cases – singular and plural (second declension neuter)
  33. Second person – singular (present active tense)
  34. Vocative case – singular and plural (second declension masculine)
  35. Final review – Part 1
  36. Final review – Part 2

Appendix

Additional “Help” pages are available in the back of the book.  There are several Appendix pages including:

  • Glossaries
  • Greek Alphabet
  • Vowels and Diphthongs
  • Punctuation
  • Breathing Marks
  • Word Order
  • Voices of the Greek Verb
  • Moods of the Greek Verb
  • Present Tense
  • Gender of the Greek Noun
  • Cases of the Greek Noun
  • Second Declension
  • Bible Copy Work
  • Index
  • Feedback Form
  • Flashcards (printed on paper in book to be cut out if desired, or buy additional flashcards printed on heavy cardstock with metal ring available on the website.)

We have enjoyed using this course so far.  After a few weeks of using this with my 12 year old son, I could not believe how easily he learned Greek using this method.  He worked on a lesson a week and completed various workbook pages each day.

Getting started with Greek.

We took a mini-break from school for a couple of weeks this summer, and he got right back to it when we got home and has already made it to Lesson 4!  He is motivated to learn and really likes using this.  He has never had Greek before, this was his first exposure to the language and I am very pleased with how well this curriculum is working for him.

Practice writing and pronouncing Greek letters.

At this level, learning is familiar, even though it is a different language. Similarly to learning English, with this Greek Worktext, as he learned the names of letters, how to write them and pronounce them, then he began learning how to put the sounds together to pronounce words and eventually learn to use those words in phrases.

When you look closely at some of the pictures, you might notice my son’s Popsicle stick bookmark he was using.  He wanted a quick way to find all the letters in the Greek Alphabet on one page, and the Glossary of word definitions.  He marked these quick references found at the back of the worktext in the Appendix with a Popsicle stick.  The resources at the back help a lot in seeing the big picture and understanding.

The Teacher’s Worktext with Answer Key has helped me understand what my son is learning.   This book has everything in it that the main worktext has with the addition of the answers and several teaching helps.  So even though I have not had Greek language training, with the help of the book I can help my kids learn the material in their worktext and we can discuss it.

The CD is an invaluable resource for learning how to prounounce the letter sounds and words correctly.  The repetition of practice with the flashcards and the Worktext help reinforce what he is learning.

More!

I have been so impressed with using the Worktext, Worktext with Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD  that we were sent for review. I am especially impressed how well my 12 year old son has progressed through it, that I decided to purchase two more copies of the student Worktext, three sets of Flashcards, three sets of the Quiz and Text Booklets, and a set of the Greek Alphabet Bookmarks (no more Popsicle sticks!).

Our additional books arrived last week!  Now the 12, 14, and 17 year old boys are all learning Greek.  Thank you Greek ‘n’ Stuff for creating these resources!   Though the two older boys are just getting started with theirs and are a few weeks behind their younger brother, I have no doubt they will be able to catch up with him and they can learn with this method together and this will be even more beneficial for all them as they journey this course together.

All of the resources are great!  I would encourage everybody to get the flashcards and bookmarks too.  They are not expensive and they are an invaluable resource.

The bookmarks have the complete Greek alphabet.  This resource includes the capital letter, small letter, Greek name of the letter, short vowels, long vowels, and dipthongs.  The bookmarks are inexpensive and come in a set of 5.  Since I only needed three for the boys, that left one for my husband and me.  I love it!  I am using it to mark where I am reading in my bible.  It is a really handy resource to have.

These Flashcards are wonderful too.  They contain 78 cards already to use, so I don’t have to cut them out of the back of the student Worktext.  They are sturdy and made with a heavy duty paper so they will hold up to repeated use.  They are printed double sided, so the word my son is learning is on one side and the meaning is on the reverse.  Also on the reverse side is the Greek Level and Lesson Page # so he can go back and review the lesson again when needed.  The cards are also hole punched to keep them organized on the provided metal ring.

I am considering getting the Level 1 and Level 2 for my younger three children so they can work through the beginning level for younger students together too.   The younger level has coloring pages and fun activities and is much easier for young kids just starting out.

Additional Level 3  Supportive Products Available:

Though you can master this course with the Worktext, Worktext with Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD, I personally think it would be worth your time to check out the additional supportive materials and bundled sets Greek ‘n’ Stuff has to offer. I would especially encourage families to at least add in the sturdy Flashcards and Bookmarks.

Each level is numbered and color coded, so be sure to buy the supportive materials that match the level you are using.  We are using the Level 3 (green) so when purchasing supportive products, I made sure each one matched with the correct number and color.

A few of the additional Level 3 items available for this course include:

Flashcards. (78 Cards + Metal Ring)$8.00

Bookmarks (Set of 5) – $6.00

Sheet Music for the Greek Alphabet Song – $2.95

Quizzes and Exams – $5.50

Answers only key – $6.00

Bible Copybook – The Gospel of John – $25.95

FREE STUFF

Be sure to check out the FREE Greek Sample Pages Greek ‘n’ Stuff offers on their website.  They offer free samples of Greek, as well as Latin, and Bible curriculum.

Greek ‘n’ Stuff

Greek ‘n’ Stuff offers 8 levels of Greek language training.  The first three levels are for beginners.

Greek ‘n’ Stuff also offer student worktexts in Bible Studies, Songs, Readers, and Copywork in the Greek language too.   But that is not all, they also have language learning products in Latin and French, and have several Bible Studies too.

Social Media

Be sure to check out Greek ‘n’ Stuff on their social media for all the latest news and updates.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreeknStuff/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/heyandrewteachmesomegreek/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreeknStuff
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kuriakos/greek-n-stuff/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenmohs/

Homeschool Review Crew

Members of the Homeschool Review Crew recently had to opportunity to review several of the great products Greek ‘n’ Stuff has to offer.

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set

Alone with God Bible Studies

I Can Study Jonah & Ruth Alone With God Bible Study (13 week study) KJV or NIV

I Can Study Esther Alone With God Bible Study (13 week study) KJV or NIV

I Can Study I Samuel Alone With God Bible Study (39 week study) KJV or NIV

I Can Study Acts Alone With God Bible Study (52 week study) KJV or NIV

Be sure to check out other reviews written by families on the Homeschool Review Crew about using these products with their kids.

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Everything You Need

Do you know that God created you to bring him glory with your life?

He alone is Father God, the Creator of Life, and He wants us to acknowledge him and trust him for everything.

I was reading in Luke chapter 12 today and wanted to share a few of the verses with you.  If you have time, go read the entire chapter.  May it bless you today.

 

“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8-9

 

“And he said unto them, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15

 

“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;” Luke 12: 22-35

 

May everything you and I do today and everyday bring Father God glory. May we trust him in everything, for everything we need, and seek his face and his heart each day. May we each give him praise for he alone is worthy of our praise.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Be blessed!

 

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English On A Roll Review

Kids love playing games with numbered dice.  Why not give them dice with words for learning the English language?

For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing grammar skills with my kids using the English Grammar Teaching Method from English on a Roll.

English on a Roll

English Grammar Teaching Method

150-page Instructor Manual

37 Lessons

40 Cubes

Ages 5 – Adult

Retail $79.00

 

What is included?

English On A Roll uses a researched based, highly successful, Multi-sensory Structured Language method (MSL) of instruction.  English On A Roll includes a 150 page instructor manual that contains 37 lessons, reproducible worksheets, and learning materials.

However, the lessons and worksheets are not the boring English Language instruction you would normally find in a curriculum.  Instead, this instruction manual is filled with game-like activities that involve various senses.  Kids will have fun using their visual, auditory, verbal skills, and their hands to create grammatically correct sentences.  The instruction manual contains reproducible worksheets, conversation ideas, and teaching tips that both kids and adults enjoy. No prior teaching experience is required.  It comes with everything you need and is easy to implement.

English On A Roll also includes 40 word cubes (dice) in a plastic case.  Each heavy duty plastic cube is six sided and has 6 corresponding words kids will use to make sentences.  There are 38 color coded word cubes engraved with groups of related words, and there are also 2 blank cubes for customizing.

The word cubes are color-coded to facilitate learning the different parts of speech by color association.

  • Pronoun Words = Blue
  • Question Words = Green
  • Noun Words = Dark Blue
  • Preposition Words =  Dark Blue
  • Article Words  = Dark Blue
  • Adjective Words = Purple
  • Verb Words = Red
  • Adverb Words = Orange
  • Punctuation Symbols = Black
  • Conjunction Words = Black

The 40 piece set of word cubes come in a durable plastic case so you won’t loose them and they are easy to transport and store.  They are just the right size to be portable, and the case is small enough to fit into a backpack or purse.  The set includes two blank cubes that are easy to customize with additional vocabulary words of your choice.  From their website, you can buy as many additional smaller sets of blank cubes as you need.

My kids are really enjoying the lessons.


Lesson 5 Questions (verses Statements) With “Be”.  Singular: “It is a car.” or “Is it a car?” Or Plural: “They are cars.” or “Are they cars?”

The lessons are fun and have a “game” like quality to them.  In addition to “playing” as you learn the grammar lessons, students can get creative and develop their own lessons too. English on a Roll is fun, which keeps students practicing.

Repeated practice is recognized as the most significant factor in mastery of language.

Students can learn to master grammar of the English language with English On A Roll’s multi-sensory hands on program.  It teaches both grammar and syntax and students will have a strong understanding of the structure of the English language when they complete the program.  One set of cubes can be used for up to six students at a time; and larger groups (or classrooms) will need to purchase the larger kit that contains the instruction manual and 5 complete sets of the cubes.

English on a Roll uses fun 6 sided word cubes to get the message across.  By rolling the cubes (spinning the cube around with their fingers), and coordinating the color code, students can build unlimited phrases and sentences and learn the basics of the English language.  Kids feel like they are playing a game and they want to practice because it feels seems to them they are playing a game.  It is easy to see how students have fun while learning with this program.

English On A Roll is a great addition to Homeschools.  It is easy to use, portable, and would make a handy resource for parents in many different scenarios.  A few ideas where a homeschool family might use this program in addition to home is:  in the car, at Homeschool coops, and volunteers in various settings, and at nursing home visits.  Parents could take this program along for kids to work on quietly in the lobby while the parent are in a meeting or appointment.  Here are a few more ideas of various situations where these cubes would be a great resource:

  • Homeschools
  • Literacy
  • Beginning Reading (K-4)
  • Daycares
  • Preschools
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Special Education
  • Adult Education
  • Nursing Home Visits (help with social interaction, memory, eye hand coordination or language recovery).
  • Test Preparation Programs
  • After School Programs
  • Summer School Programs
  • Libraries
  • Community Centers
  • Churches
  • Classrooms
  • Tutoring Programs

 

Check out this video link to see the creator of  English On A Roll using the program with students on their website.

FREE Sample

If you would like to try before you buy, check out the FREE Sample Chapters offer on the English On A Roll website.

Additional Resources

There are a couple of additional products available for even more hands on learning fun.  They offer additional sets of blank cubes for $8.50  Even though they include two blank cubes in the main set, you might need more blank cubes.

You can put whatever vocabulary words you want on these, however, I would like to get a couple sets of the blank blocks and make a set of alphabet blocks for my youngest child who is just beginning to learn letters and sounds.  The main set with vocabulary words was perfect for my 8 year old and the older children, but they were too hard for my 5 year old.

He preferred to sort them by color and count how many there were, and he loved to stack them and play with the blocks on the floor when the older kids were not using them for their lessons.

I plan to use the one and two letter word cubes for learning some short letter words as he begins to read, and I would like a more blank cubes that we can add more smaller sight words into his vocabulary.  I would also like to have more blank cubes to customize for the older kids and make a fun way to learn bible verses, rhyming words, and make a fun game on creating poetry, songs, story telling, etc.  I can think of many challenging ways we could use these.

English On A Roll also offers a board game for $20.  This board game looks like a lot of fun. It is designed to help kids build their vocabulary and social skills as they incorporate the use of the word cubes, as well as a game board, cards, and players. I hope to order the board game soon.

Our family enjoys learning various subjects with a hands-on approach.  It has been fun to use this multi-sensory method to practice language learning skills.  I recommend English On A Roll for families, because this program gives kids (and adults) the tools they need to learn English in a fun hands-on way.

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPweHHfQ9OmKiu7Lo4Fv42Q

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Garden 2017 Update July

Thought I would share some pictures from our garden projects from July.

This is part of my Garden 2017 series of posts.  You can see the earlier posts at:

Garden 2017 Update June

Garden 2017 Update February Through May

Garden 2017 Aquaponics

Garden 2017 A New Beginning

 

This has been the hottest summer we have ever seen.  The temperatures have been in the 90’s everyday and though we had a wet spring, and the plants put on a lot of stems and leaves, they didn’t produce much actual fruit.  We haven’t seen any rain for several weeks and have had intense heat and the garden isn’t producing as much fruit and vegetables as I had hoped. The heat has really taken it’s toll.

July 8, 2017

Garden Bed A

Garden Bed B

Romano tomatoes are still mostly green.

But some starting to turn orange and we have had a few of them turn red. The rest of them should be ready for harvest soon.  With the heat we are having, I don’t know how long the plants can handle the intense sun and heat and if they will put on any more blooms or not.

Butternut squash.

We think these could be a kind of pumpkins, but not sure.  We have not grown these before.

Zucchini

The sunflowers are almost ready to bloom.

July 12, 2017

Okra is on its second set of blooms.

Okra is a delicious food!

Pink petunias in the garden.

Romano tomatoes in the garden are ready to harvest. So far, only a few have been ready every couple of days.

The kids take turns mowing the grass.

July 13, 2017

Zucchini ready for harvest.

We had a cookout and grilled some of our garden veggies including zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, Romano tomatoes, okra, and we cut up fresh cucumbers and later we made smores.

All of the fresh food was delicious and it was a beautiful summer evening to enjoy spending time together.

July 27, 2017

We are still thinking these could be a kind of pumpkin.  I am used to a pumpkin that starts out green and then turns orange.  However, these start out as smooth yellow balls and then turn a peach color.

Zinnias in the garden.

Red Romano tomatoes.

Bees hiding out on the squash blossoms.

Small watermellons.  Several have already been eaten by something before they get any bigger than a baseball.  The plants are struggling in the heat and many of the leaves and stems have died.

A few of the sunflowers in Garden B have bloomed.

The sweet potatoes in the corner of Garden B are not doing much.  I think it has been too hot for them.

More of the round yellow orbs that might become pumpkins.  I have never seen a plant send out so many runners and then every foot or so it has another set of roots it sends into the ground.  Some of these runners are 30 foot long and loaded with blossoms, yet seem to only produce 1 actual fruit ball.  I don’t know if it is behaving this way because of the extreme heat or if this is normal for this plant because I have not grown this species before.

It is lovely to listen to the frogs and cicadas even though it has been so hot.

Found these wild grapes had dropped on the ground, just below the garden. They are growing 30 feet up in the trees, so I wont be able to harvest them.   We saw about 50 grapes had dropped.  Some of the grapes were green.

Some of the grapes were purple.  We accidentally stepped on some too.

Our tomato harvest!  The harvest is small, but not too bad from our small garden.

Found a cricket hiding upside down on the cucumber plants.

Harvesting cucumbers.

I am thankful we have had several cucumbers ripen daily all summer long. There hasn’t been a day go by this summer that we didn’t have lots of cucumbers on the kitchen counter and sliced up for supper.

Mint is in bloom.

The kids decided we needed to give a few plants some water.  We planted some Brandywine Heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers where the onions and lettuce used to be.  We hope they make it through this heat and put on some fruit soon before it is too late.

The kids found a baby lizard and spent some time holding it and letting it crawl up their arms before setting it free on a tree trunk.

The petunia plants in the barrel planters are almost dead.  Most of the green of the plants is gone or turned to brown.  But this week it put on new blooms almost to say to the heat, “I’m not done yet!”  A butterfly had stopped in for a drink of the nectar in this photo.

Pink lilacs that are 20 feet tall put on blooms this week at the very top.  They bloomed earlier this year and I was surprised to see them bloom again.

Pink petunias in the garden are still blooming.

Sunflowers along the driveway.

Today’s harvest is small.  This is the last of the Romano tomatoes.  The plants looked brown and nearly dead from the heat when we picked these. But I was thrilled to bring in this harvest.

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The Crafty Classroom: Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook Review

We have a fun and easy to use preschool curriculum to tell you about today from The Crafty Classroom.

The Crafty Classroom has lots of affordable printable curriculum options for kids of all ages.  We are currently reviewing their Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook.  This product has made teaching preschool super fun and easy in our home.

Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook

658 Pages

26 Letters with 24 Activity Pages Per Letter

Illustrated

PDF Download

For ages Preschool to K4

Retail $15

This downloadable curriculum includes everything you and your student need to hit the ground running.  The Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook is 658 printable pages on a PDF downloadable file.  It contains lots of illustrated full color (and black and white) downloadable materials that are great for teaching children the alphabet and teaching them verses from the bible while they grow in their faith in God.

The focus of this curriculum is to help kids learn their ABC’s and biblical truths at the same time.  By giving kids biblical truths in small pieces each day, it helps kids build a strong foundation and identity in Christ. Each week students learn a new letter, a character quality of Father God, and a corresponding bible verse as they grow in their knowledge of him and build their faith.

This curriculum is designed to keep the prep work to a minimum.

Good news!  All you need to complete this course is the printed out worksheets for the day (or the week), a bible, a pencil and crayons.  For a couple activities you will also need glue, scissors, and a ruler.  That is it!  This curriculum is designed to keep the prep work and organization for the teacher to a minimum.  You can store everything you need in 1 binder (large sized) and a zippered pencil case.  You can also add dividers into your binder for each letter if you want to.

It is suggested to teach this material 4 days a week during a 26 week course. Each day there are 4 to 5 worksheets for your student to complete. The suggested age range is Preschool to K4, but K5 and possibly first graders might benefit from going over this curriculum too. This curriculum would also be a great way to introduce ESL students to the English language too.

Included are lesson plans and a suggested schedule and 24 activities for every letter of the alphabet. You are encouraged to complete 1 letter per week for 26 weeks. The 24 pages of activities include: letter pages, Bible activities, games, worksheets, charts, coloring pages, math explorations, copy work, and more.

Charts

  • Character of God Chart
  • Bible Verse Chart
  • Bible Vocabulary Chart
  • Letter Chart
  • How to Write Chart

Coloring

  • Beginning Letter Bible Coloring Page
  • Bible Verse Coloring Page
  • Bible Themed Quilt Letter Square w/Cutting Activity
  • Blank Letters (x3 for coloring or art projects)

Worksheets

  • Tracing Worksheet
  • Handwriting Worksheet
  • Bible Verse Copywork Page
  • Find the Letter Worksheet
  • Beginning Letter Worksheet

Math

  • Daily Math Worksheet
  • Count & Graph Worksheet
  • Spin & Race to the Top Worksheet

Games

  • Full Color Memory Game (or Flashcards)
  • Bible Verse Maze and Activity Page
  • 4 in a Row Bingo Game Cards (4 different cards for each letter)

Take Home

  • Bible Verse Crown

 

Suggested Calendar & Schedule:

This curriculum is flexible and you can fit it into many scenarios for your student.  They suggest that you plan a work schedule of 4 days a week, working on 1 letter per week for 26 weeks.

The curriculum includes a handy reference Suggested Calendar & Sample Schedule.

HOW DID WE USE IT?

I can’t believe how quickly my youngest son is growing. It seems like yesterday he was still a little guy.  I am so thankful for this opportunity to review this curriculum because it fit perfectly for our family.  Life is busy with 6 kids in the house.  With this curriculum, all the prep work is done and we can just pull out what we need each day and do it.  He is progressing very well through this preschool curriculum and I think he will be ready for kindergarten curriculum this fall. He is so excited about his Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook.  We are currently working on the letter F and he asks to do his school work each and every day since we started! He loves learning!

I thought I would show you what a week with this curriculum looks like. Each week follows basically the same routine.  Below is what the first week learning the letter A and following the schedule laid out in the curriculum looked like in our home.

Monday:

  1. Character of God: Discuss the weekly theme, memory verse and vocabulary that are all related to an important character quality of God. Pray together and thank God for being our CREATOR!
  2. How to Write Chart: Use the chart to introduce the Letter A.  FINGER PRACTICE the proper formation of uppercase and lowercase version of
    the letter A.
  3. Beginning Letter Bible Coloring: Color the upper and lowercase letter A beginning letter picture and word to color. While my son colors, I can read the corresponding Bible story and discuss the weekly theme.
  4. Bible Handwriting Practice Page: This page reminds children
    of the proper letter formation and strokes. Beginning letter words
    are shown to provide ample practice opportunity.

Tuesday:

  1. Beginning Letter Chart: Shows children 10 different beginning letter words. Hang it on a wall or place on the front of your binder for a frequent reminder during the week.  You can also play games like tic-tac-toe, print two for a matching game, etc.
  2. Bible Memory Verse:  Read the verse for children to
    work on memorizing for the week.  Review the verse with your child throughout the week.
  3. Bible Verse Copywork:  Coloring page and beginning
    handwriting tracing page for the weekly verse.
  4. Race to the Top: This is a fun game played with a paperclip
    spinner. Children spin the paperclip and then trace the correct
    winner (uppercase or lowercase). The first letter to the crown
    wins! Follow up questions guide children through less and more
    and inequalities.
  5. Bible Maze: A simple follow up worksheet with mazes and
    small motor control art activities.

Wednesday:

  1. Blank Letter Pages:  Large letters that can be put into a plastic sleeve or laminated and the design can be filled in with pompoms, buttons, sticks, play dough, stamps, designs, stickers, or things that start with that letter.
  2. I Can Find the Letter: Find the letter A and count the upper and lowercase letters.
  3. Letter Trace: Trace the uppercase and lowercase
    letters. They can also make their own letters and color in a beginning letter picture for each row they complete.
  4. ABC Quilt Square: Color and cut out uppercase
    and lowercase letter A, then glue the letters onto the quilt square.
    Place the quilt square on a wall (or a string, or notebook, or place of your choosing) as they learn each new letter throughout the curriculum.
  5. Alphabet Memory Flashcards:  Cut out the flashcards and use them in multiple ways: pocket chart, play a game of concentration, play sorting games, ABC order, letter sounds, etc.

You can make several sets of these flash cards and use them in games such as matching or go fish.  My son really enjoys making and using the flash cards.

Thursday:

  1. Daily Math Worksheet:  Complete the daily math worksheet.  Skills practiced include: Counting, Measuring, Addition,Tally Marks, Patterns, Ordinal Numbers, Positional Words, Number Line, etc.
  2. Count & Graph Worksheets: Count the letters and pictures and then graph them.
  3. Write & Read Worksheets: Tracing page.  Fill in the missing beginning letter.
  4. Bible Crowns: Color your crown.  Decorate it and cut it out.
  5. 4 in a Row Bingo: Play “Letter A” BINGO.  The bingo games at the end of each week are a lot of fun and a great way to review his letter.

My Favorite Part!

I am thankful this curriculum is easy to print and go!  I am also thankful my son loves learning with it and we enjoy doing it together.  But my favorite part of this curriculum is the focus on the character of God and the verses that help my son learn about his Heavenly Father.

In just a few short weeks he has learned several letters in the alphabet while having lots of fun, learned a memory verse (though he doesn’t have them memorized), learned a vocabulary word, and learned a character quality of God:

Letter A: God is our Creator. (Genesis 1:1)

Letter B: God is Truthful. (Psalm 33:4)

Letter C: God is Love. (1 John 4:8)

Letter D: God is our Protector. (Psalm 46:1)

Letter E: God is Eternal. (Psalm 146:6 &10)

Letter F: God is Upright. (Psalm 25:8)

I also love that is it so flexible and easy to use.  You can use this curriculum as your main curriculum four days a week, or use it as a supplement to your main curriculum.  You can print out all of it, or print out just the portions you are interested in.  Being able to print only what you need is especially nice if you are working on remedial work with an older child who doesn’t necessarily need everything but does need practice in some areas.

My suggestion is to use this curriculum as your framework.  The lesson plans are already done for you and the curriculum covers all the basics your little ones need to build a good foundation in learning the alphabet and letter sounds as well as identifying beginning letters with associated pictures.  It also teaches kids basic understanding of who their heavenly father is, and how to go to his word, the bible, to read about him and build their understanding.  Then if time permits, and you want to expand on this curriculum, feel free to use additional props like play dough, sensory activities, sensory bins, related snacks, correlate reading books into the theme, songs, videos, or additional crafts that relate to your letter of the week.  I love it that this curriculum is so flexible, yet simple, and can be adapted to any family’s needs and schedule.

The Crafty Classroom

The Crafty Classroom has many wonderful and affordable resources for homeschool families.  Be sure to check out some of their great products and see if they will meet your family’s needs:

For Preschool:

Alphabet Curriculum Notebook (26-weeks)

Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook (26-weeks & Bible)

For Kindergarten:

Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (36-week Curriculum)

R.E.A.D. Review Pack (28 Early Readers that Correspond with R.E.A.D. Notebook) Can be used as a stand-alone product, if you are not wanting a full curriculum.

For Older Kids:

USA Activity Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

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Homeschool Review Crew

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You Are The Temple

Why worship God in temples made by human hands?

As I have gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to understand that the scriptures in the Bible point to the human body as the true temple of our Heavenly Father, not the church building or any other building.  We are instructed to care for his temple, our body, and care for others because they are also his temple.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

That they (men of all nations in the earth) should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”  Acts 17: 24 – 25; 28-29

 

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

But he spake of the temple of his body.”   John 2:19-21

Buildings made by human hands might impress people, but they don’t impress God our Creator, our Heavenly Father.  Money donated (or taxed) to build buildings (or anything else) doesn’t impress him either.  He said a poor widow’s penny offered is more impressive than a rich man’s offering.  He also said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

From the scriptures we can clearly see that HE wants an intimate daily walk with us and for us to recognize a special day each week that we acknowledge him, and do good to others in his name, that special day he calls the Sabbath.  The Sabbath means the 7th day when God our Creator rested from his work.  He has asked us to do the same and keep it special for him.

The day of the week the Sabbath is on changes each year and sometimes even during a certain month of the year.  How you find the day is to learn when the barley is ready for harvest in the spring and the correlation with the first sighting of the moon during that season.  This then begins the year, and the Sabbaths of that year are on the seventh day and every seventh day there after.  This pattern of seven days should follow a 28 day rotation, with the full moon falling on the second Sabbath of the month.  Every once in a while it will be on a 29 day rotation with an extra day added at the end if the next sliver of the moon wasn’t seen until the following night.  If the month had 29 days, then the next pattern of “first day” and “seventh day” will shift forward by one day and then continue forward on 28 days again with each month having 4 Sabbaths and then repeating.   Today in our modern society, few people keep the true Sabbath of Father God, but instead they set a certain day such as Sunday or Saturday or Friday as their day of worship when they go to temples made with human hands.

What blesses Father God is pure worship and love for him from our heart and caring for the needs of our fellow humans.

Check out these verses from Isaiah 58 about what pleases God the Father:

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”   Isaiah 58

May we have the desire to draw near to HIM, our Heavenly Father, through faith and forgiveness found in his only begotten son Jesus who has shown us the truth and the way, and seek his face and learn his ways, and obey and be found faithful.

Be blessed!

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Garden 2017 Update June

 

This is part of my Garden 2017 series of posts.  You can see the earlier posts at:

Garden 2017 Update February Through May

Garden 2017 Aquaponics

Garden 2017 A New Beginning

 

June 2017

After tons of rain, the garden (plants and weeds) is growing like CRAZY!  The plants put on tons of growth and blossoms.  Some flowers are missing their petals and are leaning over due to too much rain.

However, many of the garden plants are finally producing fruits and vegetables!

We have two garden beds, plus a few planters growing produce and flowers. Garden Bed A is 12 x 16. We planted it with the square foot method of intense planting. It grew like crazy with all the rain. We need to tweak how we plant this garden bed next year. Though I am thankful for the abundance, we are not able to de-weed it at this stage and it looks like a mess.

Garden Bed A: Harvesting Green Beans!

The garden has been invaded by Japanese Beetle Bugs. They are quickly devouring the bean leaves.

The cucumbers have taken over the lavender. The lavender is in bloom too.

Harvesting cucumbers and green beans.

Bountiful harvest of green and yellow beans.

Dalia starting to bloom.

We often remove old blooms from petunias and they continue to produce beautiful flowers with bright colors.

Carrot tops are growing nicely.

We have had an abundance of leaf lettuce.  We had a lot of rain and the lettuce seemed to really appreciate it.

Marigolds are in bloom.

Removing dead blooms from the geraniums will encourage new blooms.

Hanging basket with leaf lettuce.

This basked of lettuce has produced several harvests already.

Heirloom tomato plants.

I started several more heirloom tomato plants in milk jugs.  Milk jugs are like mini greenhouses and it is a great way to start seedlings.

Petunias in barrel planters.

Garden Bed A: Small spinach patch is going to seed.

The spinach has produced an abundance and I have harvested it daily for several months.

Sweet potato vines and romaine lettuce growing in the aquaponics barrel. The romaine lettuce is about to go to seed.  It has produced a lot of lettuce since we transplanted them months ago from lettuce we had already used during the winter and regrew.  Lettuce is amazing!

Potato Bins are just about finished growing.  Two have stopped sending out new plants, but this one still has new growth emerging.  We can’t wait to open up these bins and see how they produced under all that straw and dirt. Hopefully we will have a nice potato harvest.

Garden Bed B

Garden bed B gets more shade than garden bed A.  We built this one because we ran out of room in the first one for plants that like to spread out. In this one we planted different kinds of squash and watermelon, sweet potatoes, and a second planting of radish, and a few flowers and sunflowers to attract pollinators and to enjoy the flowers.  So far there is nothing to harvest in this bed yet, but it is producing a lot of vines and leaves and blooms.

The cucumbers from Garden bed A are growing past the garden now.  They are traveling out into the yard and growing the nicest cucumbers.  They might think the garden bed is too crowded!

Though our garden project this year is small, the garden beds are producing some wonderful foods for our family.

I am thankful for these harvests.  Summer harvests taste delicious and have so much more flavor than food from the store.  I enjoy the beautiful flowers too and all of the variety of insects they attract that help pollinate the plants. This process of a summer garden is even more special when family spends time together planting the food, then watching it grow, and then brings in the harvest together.  Enjoying time together is the best part!

Be blessed!

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Fascinating Chemistry Review

I am so excited to tell you about the Fascinating Chemistry course from Fascinating Education.

Fascinating Education offers excellent online science courses for teens. They currently offer several courses: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Logic of Medicine.  These courses are interactive and help students build a solid foundation in their knowledge of science.  These courses were developed by Dr. Sheldon Margulies who has taught science courses for over 30 years and trained 2500+ medical students in the science of how the brain works.  His programs have won numerous education awards.

Fascinating Chemistry

Fascinating Chemistry

Online Course

18 Lessons

Quizzes

Labs

For grades 8 – 12

1 year subscription

Retail $79

Fascinating Chemistry uses an online audio visual approach to engage students and keep their interest while they learn the scientific methods and principals of chemistry.  The courses are mobile and all you need is a subscription and a computer or smart phone or other interactive device that connects to the online course on the internet.  These courses are designed for highschool age students, but can be used for middle school age students too if they have had some of the higher math training used in the course.

In Fascinating Chemistry, students will learn the four ways that atoms bond to each other to create molecules, and how these bonds help determine the properties of the end result molecule.  Students will learn how these special molecular properties explain a wide range of aspects of the everyday world we live including concepts as varied as: air, temperature, diamonds, rubber, how water freezes, gasses, nuclear energy, food, metals, weather, and more.

The course outlines 18 main lessons with multiple mini-lessons in each. Lessons take approximately 45 minutes or less to complete, not including tests and additional labs.

Lessons include:

Lesson 1: Intramolecular Bonding

The Periodic Table of Elements
Bohr Model of the Atom
Electrons, Protons, Neutrons, Nucleus
The Strong Force
Intramolecular Bond

Lesson 2: The Ionic Bond

Law of Entropy
How Ionic bonds form molecules
Reaching a lower energy level
Polarity
Ionic bonds
Pauling’s Electronegativity Chart
Atomic Numbers

Lesson 3: The Covalent Bond

Covalent Bonds
Gases
van der Waals forces

Lesson 4: The Polar Covalent Bond

Giving away electrons
Polar covalent bonds
Intramolecular bonds hold atoms
together.
Intermolecular bonds hold molecules
together.
Polarity of a molecule
Dipoles

Lesson 5: The Metallic Bond, Part 1

The Metallic Bond
Metals in the Periodic Table
Transition metals
Electron shells
Block groups of the Periodic Table
Electron configuration

Lesson 6: The Metallic Bond, Part 2

Molecular movement in a metal
Metallic strength
Hard or soft?
Temperature and translational movement
Heat Conduction

Lesson 7: Heat

Sensing cold
Hypothermia
Heat insulation
The Leidenfrost Effect
States of water
Heat capacity
Latent heat of fusion
Vaporization
Steam

Lesson 8: Air Pressure

The boiling point
Air pressure
Barometer
The strength of air pressure
Measuring altitude
Temperature and pressure

Lesson 9: Properties of Water

Oil and water
Micelles and soap
Viscosity
Surface tension
Density
Displacing water
Salt water versus fresh water

Lesson 10: The Mole

Comparing equal numbers of molecules
Lower the freezing point
Weighted average
Converting grams to moles
Converting moles to molecules
Converting moles to grams
Percentage weight
Empirical formula vs. actual formula

Lesson 11: Gases

Coulomb’s Law
Kinetic energy
Ideal Gas Law
Electrolysis
Concentration vs. density
Standard temperature and pressure
(STP)
Partial pressure of gas

Lesson 12: Solutions

Molarity
Molality
Mixtures
Freezing point depression
Colligative property
Phase diagram
Boiling point elevation
Acids and bases
Types of acids
Neutralization of acids and bases
Calculating pH

Lesson 13: Chemical Reactions

Activation energy
Catalysts
Balancing equations
Stoichiometry
Coefficients
Equilibrium state
LeChatelier’s principle
Phase diagram
Equlibrium constant
Solubility product constant

Lesson 14: Orbitals

Subshells
Slots within subshells
Energy levels within slots
Probability clouds
Aufbau Principle
Hund’s Rule
Pauli Exclusion Principle
Ionization energy
Lewis Diagrams
Hybrid bonds
VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron Pair
Repulsion)
Molecular shapes

Lesson 15: Molecular Geometry

Lewis Dot Diagrams
Lewis Dot Diagram Predictions
Filling the Valence Shell
Formal Charges
Forming sp3 Hybrid Bonds
Carbon sp2 Hybrid Orbitals Current
Sigma and Pi bonds
Nitrogen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
Oxygen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
Beryllium difluoride
Boron trifluoride
VSEPR
Molecular shapes
Diamonds
Isomers

Lesson 16: Electrochemistry

Oxidation State
Redox
Voltage Cells
Reduction Potential
Calculating Potentials
Voltage
Current
Car Battery
Electroplating
Aluminum Oxide
Iron Rust
Fuel Cells

Lesson 17: Polymers

Formaldehyde, Phenol, and Bakelite
Ethylene and Polyethylene
Strengthening Polyethylene
Natural Polymers
Nylon
Rubber

Lesson 18: The Nucleus

Solar energy
The Strong Force
Neutrons
Making helium
Making heavy elements
Binding energy
The Sun’s fuel

Final Problems

Lessons and Student Dashboard

The student dashboard is easy to navigate.  From the dashboard you can choose the lesson video, or lesson text script, or the test.   After you complete the test, it grades the test and gives the option to retake or continue on to the next lesson.

Below is an example of Lesson 2 The Ionic Bond and within the lesson this is a segment called The Atomic Number.  You can see from this dashboard picture that you can access the Lesson Menu as needed, and a Glossary with definitions on the left.  You can also control the play and pause of the video lesson, and the volume, at the base of the video. You can also go back to a previous segment and watch it again, or skip ahead as desired.

The Glossary of definitions is right next to the video so you can pause the video at anytime and look up a word you may not know and read it’s meaning.

Labs:

Fascinating Chemistry offers the option of Labs for high school credit.  On the student dashboard, they have an option to “Go To Lab”.  Labs are experiments that demonstrate the concept being taught in the lessons. Labs are optional but some states require them for high school credit.  Check with your state to see what is required.

My son likes using this course.  He says it is not difficult if you focus and take time to listen to what is being said.  The teacher speaks clearly and gives good visuals to show what concept is being discussed.  He is so excited that he spends a good deal of time retelling me what he is learning.

Taking an online Fascinating Chemistry quiz.

Word’s of my son: “I Love It!  It’s fascinating! The teacher is easy to follow and he explains everything very well.  I am learning about different kinds of bonds that atoms form.  I am in lesson three and learning about the second way atoms form bonds called covalant.  The first lesson was an introduction to the program and taught me the structure of atoms with protons neutrons and electrons.  The second lesson was learning about ionic bonds, electronegativity, electron affinity, and ionization energy.  So far I understand everything he is explaining. The tests are at the end of the lesson. I like that if I get the answer to a question wrong I can go back and retake the test again. I am really glad I am taking this class.”

Fascinating Chemistry

Free Resources:

Video explaining more about Fascinating Education and a lesson in Calcium.

Video Lesson Periodic Table, Atoms, and Inter-molecular Bonding

Try before you buy.  Fascinating Education offers free lessons of their different courses.  Check out courses and a free sample lesson from each course:

Fascinating Chemistry
Fascinating Biology
Fascinating Physics

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