Monday, August 29, 2016

WAY Comes Home Kit (HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company Review)

WAY Comes Home Kit
Disclosure: I received a complimentary kit from Homeschool Scholastics through Schoolhouse Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review.


WAY Comes Home Kit


We've added a homeschool health program, WAY Comes Home Kit, from HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company to our weekly homeschool Science schedule. This kit includes the following:
  •  (1) Kindergarten to first grade consumable journal  (intended for one student)
  •  (1) Second to third grade consumable journal (intended for one student)
  •  (1) Fourth through fifth grade consumable journal  (intended for one student) 
  •  (1) packet of WAY vocabulary cards and illustrations that are consumable. (This pack includes the cards for each of the three levels listed above.) 
  • Many fun items to assist with the learning such as an ink pad, stethoscope, manipulatives, trays, a plastic scale, 2 foam balls, and plastic eggs.
  • Teacher's Book
  • DVD

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    The journals include different activities, weekend suggestions, and utilize the WAY More Resources. There are five lessons for each level, and each lesson should take about one week to complete. The program was developed with the assistance of educators, health professionals and home school families from around the country. There was two years of research that went into finalizing this wonderful kit. It is believed that WAY has been  proven to increase academic performance in math, science, reading & writing.


    WAY Comes Home Kit 
    My sons had a blast using this program. I read the lesson plan in the Teacher's Book before the lessons, and then we would watch the DVD segments. I liked how each level had it's own episode. This makes it easy if you are just teaching one child, but is also enjoyable as my sons enjoyed watching each others segments. The first video we watched was for the K-1 level, and the videos had the boys get up and dance, wiggle around and be silly. The songs were about animals or bones in our body, and the word appeared on the screen that it was singing about. I thought this was a great way to introduce spelling and reading.
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    After this, we talked about the lesson and also had a chance to do some fun artwork! The journals come with a plain, white cover so that your child can design their own covers. My oldest loves anything to do with art, so he very much enjoyed this aspect. They were having so much fun, that Daddy jumped in to participate also. Each of them colored and cut out a mask (included in the kit for the lesson plan) of one of the characters, and then spent much time giggling while trying on each others paper masks. This was for one of the K-1 lessons.


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    One of the lessons for grades 2-3 brought up the concept of self esteem, and how children view themselves. They each drew a picture of what they do at different times during the day. My oldest also had to write out sentences to describe his pictures. The boys had fun with an activity using the stamp pad. My youngest also has a doctor's costume and he couldn't believe this kit came with a real stethoscope! We were able to use this and you can really hear the heartbeat. They thought this was extraordinary! They also used the scale to measure their toys and different items to see how much each weighed in comparison to the other.



    WAY Comes Home Kit 


    I would have to agree that this does help enhance performance in math, science, reading & amp; writing. I think this is an excellent curriculum for STEAM or STEM, as it does go over many different aspects of learning. This would make an amazing educational choice for schools and homeschools, and we would definitely recommend it!


    Check out this wonderful offer open to Raising Samuels readers, and Schoolhouse Review Crew readers:


    This program (the complete kit and all print materials) normally $49.95, is on sale for $39.95, plus an additional discount of $15 when you apply the Coupon Code: GC0737011. There is also an online component when you purchase this kit, where new lessons are posted quarterly. (3 new lessons per quarter)


    WAY Comes Home Kit



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    Blessings,


    Kelly


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    Friday, August 26, 2016

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    I like that Groupon breaks down these offers into different categories to make things easy to find. Once you click on a category, it is broken down into subcategories. For instance, if you choose Baby, Kids and Toys, many subcategories pop up. I chose Toys, and then more subcategories pop up, and I was able to choose Games and Puzzles, because my sons absolutely love playing games and puzzles. There is also a way to find things on Clearance, and also the ability to filter things out by price so you can stay within budget.

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    I think it is fantastic that there is such an easy way to find the best deals to help you save money. Some of the products also have reviews by others who purchased the goods, so you can get a better glimpse and insight into the products. There is also free returns available on certain products within the United States and Canada, and they are currently running free shipping on purchases of $34.99 or more. (Be sure to check out the fine print on each item to see if it qualifies) Groupon not only has great deals, but also runs $10 Deal Day. These change daily, but today's offer is on Men's socks that normally run $40, but are $10 for the $10 Deal Day.

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    Blessings,

    Kelly

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Can Do Cubes (jollyliteracy.com Review)


    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Disclosure: I received a complimentary Can Do Cubes product from jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC) through Schoolhouse Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review.

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    My sons and I were so excited to get to review Can Do Cubes from jollyliteracy.com. Earlier this week, we wrote about Jolly Phonics and Grammar (please check out our review here) which is also from jollyliteracy.com. We used both of these amazing products together. The Can Do Cubes come with two different levels of blocks, for Stage 1 and Stage 2 (as shown above), and also a booklet for each of the stages filled with valuable information. It also comes with a DVD and Cd-rom, that are Teacher Guides to explain synthetic phonics and ways to use this product. There are over 44 phonemes, or sounds of speech in the English language and over 175 spelling variations of the English writing system. There are also 3 posters included that break this down further and help make it easy to teach, and for children to understand. I enjoyed that two of these posters gave suggested words to build for the blocks.


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    My sons loved that there was something tangible they could pick up and build. I think this is excellent for Kinesthetic learners, as it is a multisensory tool. They had a blast building with the blocks, and then realized that each side had letters on it began to build words that they knew. They enjoy watching wrestling on TV, and one of their favorite wrestlers is The Rock. This was the very first word they spelled together.

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    They then began to look at the poster charts included to see which words they knew how to spell already, and began to build those words. I remember how much they enjoyed playing with blocks as toddlers, and it warmed my heart to see them playing with blocks again but also having the knowledge to spell words with them. They then became curious and wanted to know what other words they could build. This helped them tremendously as I went over the phonics of the letters with my youngest to teach him beginning words, and to work on more complex words with my oldest.

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    I think teaching phonics is extremely important. When I was teaching in public school before my sons were born, I noticed how much emphasis was placed on sight words. This seemed to have students do well until about the third or fourth grade, when they hit a plateau. They had not been taught how to sound out the words, so they began to really struggle with reading. It was at this point, that phonics had to be taught to them so they could learn how to sound out larger words. I think teaching phonics at about the Kindergarten to second grade level, which is where my sons are now is the best time. I think it has them become more advanced readers later down the road.

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    I also had to become certified this past summer to qualify for my new position as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. I noticed during my study modules and exams, how important the teaching of phonics is. I was excited to apply this knowledge for my sons, and for my students I will be teaching. I am also really excited to bring in the Can Do Cubes to my classroom. I think the students will absolutely love them, just like my sons do. Using this and Jolly Phonics and Grammar as supplements in our homeschool studies, has really helped make reading lessons much more fun.

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    I love that the Can Do Cubes come in such an organized box. All the blocks are on top separated by the two different stages, and the posters, CD-rom, and DVD fit underneath all of this. It makes clean up very easy, and it is compact enough to be put onto a bookshelf ready for the next use. I would definitely recommend for any classroom or homeschool setting. I take out these products, and my sons smile and have an "Okay, Mom. Let's learn" attitude, and that is the best feeling in the world.

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    These are just some of the amazing products by jollyliteracy.com (Check out our review on Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar)

    To find out more about this fantastic company, please visit them on their social media below:
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    Blessings,

    Kelly

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    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar (jollyliteracy.com Review)


    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Disclosure: I received complimentary products from jollyliteracy.com through Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for a honest review.

    It has been amazing working on Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar from jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC) during the summer, and into this homeschool year.  There are short lessons and each lesson is usually just one page. The pages are colorful and very kid friendly, but also does a wonderful job of teaching phonics on different levels. We were blessed to be able to review the following:


  • Jolly Phonics Teacher's Book in print letters

  • Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2 and 3

  • Jolly Grammar 1 Teacher's Book in print letters

  • Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book

  • Jolly Songs in print letters



  • Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    I enjoyed that the Teacher's Book included the lessons for all three levels. It was very easy to reference because my sons were working on two different levels. My youngest who is five, worked on Level 1 workbook. This also corresponded with Jolly Songs, that taught each letter sound and how to sound it out and write it in the workbook. The Jolly Songs was a fun CD that played songs that corresponded with each lesson. For instance, he worked on letter s one day, so in the workbook, he wrote and traced letter s, and then the CD played a fun song about a snake and reemphasized the phonics of letter s. He enjoyed listening to the songs multiple times. It also had the lyrics to the song in the book with the CD, so my oldest who is seven was able to listen to the CD and also look at the lyrics to help him with his reading.

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    Grammar 1 Workbook was a fantastic middle ground for both of my sons. It had activities in this that both of them could do together. Some of the activities included matching and recognizing words to pictures. Again, the pages were very colorful and allowed them to even color additional pages as part of the activities.


    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    My oldest worked on Workbook Level 2, which was perfect for his start in second grade this year. We didn't make it to Workbook Level 3 during this review, but I think this would be a good workbook level for end of second grade or beginning of third grade and he is excited to get to the next level workbook. We also used Can Do Cubes together, which is another excellent product from jollyliteracy.com We will be posting a review on this product this week as well.  

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    My sons really enjoyed learning phonics using these products. They were an excellent supplement to our normal homeschool reading lessons. I think that any homeschool parent or teacher would be thrilled with the amount of time and effort that went into these products to help make learning phonics fun and easy. We would definitely recommend! Don't forget to come back later this week to check out our review of Can Do Cubes, also by jollyliteracy.com.

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    Blessings,

    Kelly



    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review



    #hsreviews #literacy #reading #phonics #interactivelearning