“So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool?” Becomes an eBook!

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Guess what?

I’ve got an eBook coming out!!!!

*points down*

I am excited to announce that So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool? will be released May 28th!

You may remember the series I did a while ago on the blog.

It took a humorous look at some aspects of homeschooling such as the need for a book bag and my inability to be one of those mothers who uses every waking moment as a learning experience.

Well, I took it and made it into an eBook.

But that’s really giving the eBook the shaft because it’s so much more.

THE GOODS

The eBook is divided into two sections:  section one is for someone who is just starting to homeschool and section two is designed for those who aren’t so new to homeschooling.

While each group of people will definitely find useful information in their respective sections, their is great info in both sections for all!

SECTION ONE

When I started homeschooling I had a hard time finding concrete steps to get started.

I found a lot of information about evaluating my educational philosophy and the best way my child learned.  I read about not spending too much money on products.

What I found was a bunch of ambiguous stuff that didn’t help me.  I needed to know specifically what I needed to do to get started.

I’m a box checker, and I needed to know the specific steps to take to get started.

Section one puts these steps together for you.  You’ll find information about:

  • state laws
  • organizational methods
  • curricula
  • record-keeping
  • planning
  • socialization
  • and more!

One bit I’m particularly proud of is the listing of states and their laws.

The statutes and laws can be confusing if you don’t know the jargon just yet, so I took each state and separated out the meat of their laws.  If available, I also included a link to each state’s Department of Education homeschool site {or the state’s equivalent}.

Even if you’ve been homeschooling for a while, there’s still some really great info in this section if I do say so myself!

I’ve included lots and lots of links for extra-special reading!  Many of you are featured in the eBook!

SECTION TWO

Section two might be familiar to some of you, as the basis for this section is the original posts from the series of the same name.

Don’t worry, though; I tweaked it, made it better, added more substance, and made it new and shiny!

Just as in section one, lots of links are present.  Tons of great reading for information purposes, as well as motivation and encouragement.

Some wit is sprinkled in for good measure.

SWEET EXTRAS

Because I am a box checker and because I like organization, I also included sweet extras at the end.

You’ll find checklists, link lists, and more!  So super cool!

THE FINE PRINT

The eBook will be available beginning May 28th, and for one week it will be sold for $4.  That’s half the retail price!

I’ve scoured the internet for and pulled homeschool information from all over the place and packaged it into a nice pretty file for you!

It will be available as a PDF download and on Nook and Kindle.

Be on the lookout for a super cool giveaway the week prior to launch, a free chapter, and more!

I want to thank each of you for your support; it means so much to me and I can’t wait to share this fun experience with you!

TOS Sweet Critique: Homeschool Library Builder

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What:  Homeschool Library Builder

Cost:  Membership is free, price of books varies

Recommended Ages:  Various

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WHAT IS HOMESCHOOL LIBRARY BUILDER?

From Homeschool Library Builder {HSLB}:

Homeschool Library Builder is co-owned by two veteran homeschool families dedicated to Christ-centered education.

Our desire is to help homeschool families affordably collect books for their literary-based educational needs.

We stock both new and used books found in popular literature-based homeschool curricula, as well as select titles to supplement your unit studies.

Whether you’re looking for educational or leisure, inspirational or reference, self-help, activity, or classic reading, we are committed to providing wholesome materials that will enrich the entire family.

Basically, the site has tons of new and used books available for purchase.  You can search by curriculum, see what’s new, search by subject, and more.

Each book listing details the author, reading levels, book type, condition, a brief overview, retail price, and HSLB price.

HSLB also provides ways for you to earn points toward free books and provides a monthly newsletter full of promotions.  May’s promotion is 25% off all books!

OUR THOUGHTS

I have never personally purchased from HSLB, but they do have a decent selection of hard-to-find books.

The prices are very reasonable, and they make every effort to find something for you if they don’t have it in stock.

I have it bookmarked for future use!

WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT

Find out what other members of the Crew thought by clicking here!

True Confessions:  I was asked to provide an information review of this website.  All opinions are my own.  I was provided with a 10% off coupon code if I chose to use it.

TOS Sweet Critique: “Inference Jones”

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What:  Inference Jones

Cost:  $11.99

Recommended Ages:  Grades 3 & 4

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WHAT IS INFERENCE JONES?

Inference Jones is a workbook that helps students build inference skills.

By using short reading passages followed by true/false and multiple choice questions, students practice making inferences.

OUR THOUGHTS

I was excited to receive this product as this is something I’m still trying to teach to Babydoll.

I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve found that making inferences is something hard for me to teach.  I just can’t explain it well.

At first glance, Inference Jones seems to be pretty basic.  And, in a way, it is straightforward, which is a good thing.

After just a few minutes of reading through the teaching suggestions, though, I learned a key bit of information I’d never heard before:

After reading the passage, liken the story to something in your child’s life.

This helps them see the correlation.  They can see how you don’t always have all the facts but you can infer something from a situation using clues.

That alone was worth the price of admission!

What I also liked about Inference Jones is that the questions are usually divided into three sections:

  • True or false
  • Multiple choice
  • Probably true or probably false

Other products we’ve used have had the child write out lengthy answers to questions, which for a kid like Babydoll, doesn’t work.

She doesn’t like writing anyway, and isn’t a fan of language arts period, so having to write a bunch of stuff made it drudgery.

Letting her just write one or two letters and circle an answer makes it quick and painless.

I definitely think this is my preferred choice for teaching inferences now.

WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT

See what other members of the Crew thought about Inference Jones, as well as the other titles by The Critical Thinking Co., they reviewed here!

True Confessions:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

TOS Sweet Critique: Amazing Science! – Volume 1

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What:  Amazing Science! – Volume 1

Cost:  $19.95 for the DVD or $17.99 for the immediately download

Recommended Ages:  Any, really, as long as there is parent supervision for the kids!

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WHAT IS AMAZING SCIENCE! – VOLUME 1?

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Amazing Science! – Volume 1 is a set of two DVDs full of 23 science experiments kids can do with items commonly found around the house.

Here is a list of the experiments completed on the DVDs:

A complete materials list is given for each experiment, multiple camera angles show what’s happening during the experiments, and an easy-to-understand explanation of the science behind each experiment is given.

OUR THOUGHTS

We loved these DVDs, especially Babydoll!  She love science anyway, but she absolutely loves doing experiments.

It’s been our experience that experiments in previous curriculum called for a ton of supplies that we didn’t have on hand, so inevitably they didn’t get done.

The materials used in these experiments really are things you have around already:  dish soap, cotton swabs, jars, pepper, plates, etc.

Babydoll had a few favorite experiments:

  • Build a Motor #2
  • Ocean in a Bottle
  • Reversing an Image with Water

She watched the entire set of DVDs in one day and paused every so often to go do an experiment.  That’s how easy it was!  I was working that day, so she was on her own!  She was able to gather the materials herself and, with my supervision, complete the experiment.

She did four different experiments that day!

We highly recommend this DVD set:  it’s easy to understand, fun, full of great science info, and has some great experiments!

WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT

See what other members of the Crew thought about Amazing Science! – Volume 1 here.

True Confessions:  I received a copy of these DVDs in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

Sweet Critique: Interactive MATH

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I see the posts all the time:

Math is a four letter word in our house.

Most homeschoolers search far and wide for the math curriculum that fits their child’s needs.  Once they find it, they hold on tight.

Over the past three years Babydoll and I have tried several math programs.  Each had its merits, but ultimately, we’re still searching.

It’s not that any one particular program has been bad, they’ve just not been quite right.

What does all this mean for you?

Well, it means that we’re still trying different programs and I get to share our experiences with you!

I was recently sent a copy of Interactive MATH Premium to try.  I’ve given it a thorough look-through so I’m ready to let you know what I think!

OUR THOUGHTS

The program is computerized, which I love.  You know I’m a huge fan of technology.

This means that you get a wealth of information in the Premium addition:

  • Multimedia Lessons
  • Math Book
  • Worksheets
  • Exams

The Table of Contents to the left of the screen makes it very easy to identify exactly what you’d like your child to study and delve right in.

The program covers a wide range of topics, too:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Decimals

 

There’s quite a bit more that is covered.  You definitely get an extensive program.

The multimedia lessons can be followed up with worksheets and exams, and the program is set up to allow the parent to track progress.

I did have a bit of trouble getting us signed up; I was unable to see the boxes to type in Babydoll’s name and was promptly warned that I could not change that student so I had to hope I had the name typed correctly.

Also, some of my options were cut off on my screen; not sure why, I have a HUGE one!  Or, they just didn’t show up at all.

I think we’d definitely use this as a supplement or for extra practice.  It would be a nice change of pace when we really need to drive home a point.

Interested in giving Interactive MATH a try yourself?

The good people at A+ TutorSoft are giving away one copy to one reader!

TO ENTER, leave a comment letting me know what the most difficult math for you to teach was!

True Confessions: I was provided with product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Linked at Hip Homeschool Moms.

Update:  I spoke with the good folks with Interactive MATH and they let me know that the issue I was having was due to the resolution of my graphics card and can easily be fixed.  Great to know!  Also, I wanted to make it clear that while we are happy with what we are currently using for math, Interactive MATH can be used as a complete curriculum!