Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Vacation reading material

Years ago before I had children, I tried to read this series. I think I got midway through Book 2 and lost interest:


My boys have now read the entire series. John is midway thru reading Book 3 to all four kids in their before-bed-bedtime ritual. And Sidge asked that I give it another chance. 

John encouraged me to read it through my kids’ eyes, and I am this time! 

I started Book 1 right before we left for Vermont. I’m now midway thru 2 and really enjoying it! I especially love “getting” something my kids get. 

Right now we are stuck in New York City traffic, but I’m having a blast with my Book (and some Kit Kats!)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Colorado Trip

I thought I posted these pics but then realized I hadn't! It was Abigail's turn to go with her Daddy out west for his Continuing Medical Education (CME) year conference with the Wilderness Medicine group. Here are some pictures of their adventures!



































Enjoying Vermont







There are so many pictures I could share of the week we are taking away as a family in Vermont this week. We go at the end of every Summer. We've gone for seven years. It is truly my chance to regroup and get prepared for the end-of-summer crunch on the farm. My heart is so full in this place. I can't say enough about being here ... everyone needs to recharge someplace special. I know our farm is that for so many people.

For me, it's Vermont.

Review: CTCMath (for the 4th time!)

CTCMath
I first did a review on CTCMath in August of 2016. I had the opportunity to review it again in 2017 which you can read by clicking here. Back in June, I had an opportunity to share about it yet again which I did excitedly. Three years later, and it is still the biggest staple of our homeschool life. Hang on to your hats folks -- The Family Membership from CTCMath is simply and utterly AWESOME! I raved about it when I first reviewed it, and I am raving about it again!

Rave Reviews
Those of you who read my Blog regularly will not be surprised with this review. I have raved about this product since I was first asked to review it back in 2016. CTCMath made our Review Crew's list of 2016 favorites. And I included it in my own personal "favorites" list as well which you can read by clicking here. You can read my original review by clicking here.  AND NOW SOME OF THE GREATEST NEWS: BY USING THE LINK AT THE END OF MY BLOG, YOU CAN GET THIS PRODUCT FOR 50% OFF!!! (You also can try out the program for FREE for a two-week trial. So truly, you have NOTHING to lose!)

Why do we love this program
Honestly, there is so much I can say, but I want to mostly say that using this program is SIMPLE. My kids have confidence and a positive attitude because the videos are short and to the point. They can learn at their own speed and are not working against anyone else. They can watch the videos as many times as they need to until they get it. I, as the parent/teacher have full parental control and it is EASY to use. I don't have to struggle around to figure out how to move forward. The stress is eliminated, the scores recorded ... I can instantly see what they are struggling with and move on accordingly!

Quick Summary
This review covers their family membership (good for up to 5 students.) We have a Family Membership to CTCMath. We use this program with our sons (who are entering fifth grade) and my two daughters (second and kindergarten.) My individual child logs into the program with their unique login and password. He/she then goes to the next lesson in their list. They watch a short video on that lesson and then they answer questions that go with that lesson. Each of my kiddos work through each lesson individually and without parental involvement or help. If they have trouble with a lesson and get a poor score, then Dad or Mom will watch the video with them and they will try it again. 
 
Lesson by Lesson
Each of the square bullet points are "Lessons". For each "Lesson" there is a short video and then questions to answer to gauge the students' understanding of that particular lesson.

Reports
I can get detailed reports telling me exactly how Abigail did on each lesson that she takes. It will tell me her "Efficiency Rating" and will tell me what her result was on her first attempt and what her highest attempt was. It will also tell me how many times she took the lesson in an attempt to pass it and what date she passed it on. I also can get reports emailed to me (which I do!) and get information about when and for how long my student was logged into the program.
 
NEW to CTCMath
Because I have reviewed for this program so many times, I want to make sure I highlight a NEW feature that I think is really fantastic. This is the "Question Bank Wizard." This allows you (the parent and teacher!) to make practice questions for your kids on areas that they need. There is an entire video HERE where you can learn more about this new feature, but take it from me, it's a great one!
 

Other Features
In addition, there are a few others features sort of "off-the-beaten-path" that I wanted to emphasize. 
  • Speed Skills: Work on speed in addition, subtraction, multiplication or division!
  • Times Tables: Provides a game for your student to practice their multiplication skills.
  • Swap the Pieces: A logic game that requires some major thinking!
You have two choices when purchasing this product. You can order a single membership by month or for the year. Or you can purchase a family membership which allows all children in your family access to the program.
 
I honestly believe every single person who is homeschooling should be using this program. It's that good. And it's that EASY to do. It makes math a joy in our home, and I have recommended it without hesitation to every single person I talk to about "what do you do for math?"

"What I like most about CTC is that the lessons are short and mostly easy." Isaac (age 11)
"CTC has a video to explain everything before they just plunge me into questions. I like that." Sidge (age 10)
"CTC is good that it teaches me math." Hannah (age 5)

"I like the accent of the guy who teaches you." Abigail (age 7)

For this lesson, you can click on the "Lesson Summary" in the bottom left section or just jump to the video. You can also do the questions or a worksheet as well. 
Cost:
CTCMath's Single Membership is now available for you to try for free! You do NOT want to miss this opportunity. You truly have nothing to lose. Two free weeks to see how it works for you. 

If you are a homeschooler, you can now purchase the Family Membership for under $150 for the year! This works out to about $13 a month. You can also choose to purchase a single membership (if you have only one child) or a monthly membership as well. 

Other questions? Email me at wkitsteiner@gmail.com and I'll fill you in and tell you to ORDER IT today! And please take a moment to read some reviews from my fellow Homeschool Review Crew members by clicking the link below:

Math 12-month Family Membership {CTCMath Reviews 2019}
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