A + Interactive Math Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan review and giveaway

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Adaptive Math Placement Test w/ Lesson Plan

A+ Interactive Math is a company that I have come to like very much. Their math programs are awesome and if you have children that absolutely love to work on the computer this program is perfect for them. I’ve received the opportunity to try out their new Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan for review.

I have to say that I think this is a great program. I went through this with my youngest daughter and we identified early on some holes in her math education.  After discussing this with my husband we believe we will be signing up our kids for the family plan this coming fall.

The placement test is set up for your child to go through a number of questions per category. After they go through it the program identifies where the holes are in their education and sets up lesson plans to follow in order to help your child to close those gaps. The lessons are set up very much like their normal math program.  So if you have ever used the A+ Interactive program before you will be able to easily navigate the system.

Adaptive Math Placement Test

When you sign into the program you will see the menu above. You can choose to take the placement test, view the reports, view the lesson plan and watch a video tutorial on how to get started. It’s simple and easy for your student to use. Adaptive Math Placement Test

At the end of the placement test you will see a screen that looks like the one above.  It will show the grade level, what the students status is, how many questions were answered correctly or incorrectly or even skipped.  At this point if you see a huge set of answers either skipped or incorrect then you will have the ability to go back to the menu and look at the lesson plan for your child.

We love the ease of use, the lesson plans that are developed and how easy the program is for closing these learning gaps. My daughter loves using the online program and I love that I don’t have to download anything. It is all accessible from the teacher dashboard on the A+ website.

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FREE Math Placement Test – Most comprehensive program with multi-grade level “adaptive” testing to identify student’s current skill level.  It then creates an “individualized” lesson plan to target problem areas with everything included. Individualized lesson plan available for small fee.

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K5 Learning Review

I was asked to try out this website with my daughter. We tried it for six weeks thanks to the people over at K5 Learning for allowing us to try this out for review.


K5 Learning is an online after school study program for kids in grades K-5. The program has 4 main areas Reading, Math, Spelling and Math facts. The program is set up to help build reading, math and study skills that will follow the child throughout their lifetime.

The program is customized to your child. The child will take an assessment and the program will set the program to start with what the child already knows and then develops from there as the child learns. This is an independent program and the parent/teacher receives progress reports weekly to inform them where the child is in their lessons and how they are doing.

The site offers free worksheets as well to help reinforce what they are learning after school. The program is priced at $25 for the first child ($15 each additional) a month or $199 for first child ($129 each additional) a year. It’s also 100% web based so you won’t have to worry about downloading any software onto your home computer.

Our review:

My daughter absolutely loved the math side of the lessons. She felt that they were more like games than lessons. The lessons are short for younger attention spans and reinforce the subject from previous lessons as well. They are colorful and seems to hold her attention.

That said she did not enjoy the reading lessons. She felt that they were “for little kids”. They were set up the same as the math lessons, very colorful and continues to reinforce the previous lessons while teaching new concepts but for her it was not fun.

However, as a mom, I can definitely see the benefit for kids and the flexibility this program offers. But as for my family its just not a good fit.

Thank you again to K5 Learning for allowing us the time to try this out and assess it.

K5 Learning offers a 14 day free trial for you to use and try out the program before you purchase. I highly recommend doing that before making your final judgment on this program.

Curriculum For Sale 2014

Hi everyone, It’s that time of year again to start cleaning out the book shelves of curriculum. I don’t have a ton to sell this year but I wanted to give my reader’s first dibs at the items. If they don’t sell within a week I will then post them on eBay.

The prices for each of these items includes shipping.

Christian Liberty Press Items:

Adventures in Phonics Teacher Edition and Student Workbook $15


Meeting New Friends $4.50


Noah Webster’s Reading Handbook $4.50


Classical Academic Press:

God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1 Student and Teacher Edition $35.00


Hooked On Phonics:

Kindergarten Kit $40.00 (includes everything accept for charts and stickers)




Saxon Math 2 Teacher Edition and Student Workbook 1 & 2 $55.00


If you are interested in these items email me via my contact form listing the items you want and I will send you my PayPal information and let you know if these items are still available.  It’s first come first serve.

Learning Success Review

I had the opportunity to try out Liz Weaver’s Learning Success program. This program is specially designed to help kids who have learning issues. The program is geared for kids who struggle with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and more.

The program is designed as an email that is sent to you daily with an activity or video to help your child physically and mentally that will develop their learning skills. The program can go as long as you need it to. It’s not a software which is nice.

Liz’s program is three strategy’s: 1) Build up the fundamental skills of Learning, 2) Build Confidence and 3) Integrate the body and mind. LSemail

The emails are sometimes fun craft activities, a learning activity and sometimes a physical or motor skill activity. Along with each email is a link with a video or directions of what to do for that days lesson. The lessons are really not long but they can make a world of difference.

She has three program options:

  1. 3 Month Starter Program $147 (or 3 easy payments of $49)
  2. 6 Month Program $249 (or 6 payments of $42)
  3. 12 Month Program $398 ( or 12 payments of $35)

My review:

This is a really great program and I like that it is delivered via email with very easy to follow instructions.  I no longer need to use the program with my daughter as her reading has greatly improved and she is almost up to grade level.  She is practicing reading every day and I know it will she will continue to improve.

I like how this program is laid out and that there is no software downloads involved. I highly recommend this program.


K5 Learning Review Coming Soon

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I’ve been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. – See more at: http://www.k5learning.com/review-k5?sid=23426#sthash.3KQ4bxyw.dpuf

My 10 Favorite Homeschool Reviews from 2013

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Below is a list of my 10 Favorite Homeschool products that I reviewed in 2013. If you haven’t checked them out please do so. They are great products.

  1. A+ Tutorsoft
  2. Supercharged Science
  3. Notgrass Company
  4. Mayan Mysteries
  5. Doorposts Beauty in the Heart
  6. Reading Kingdom
  7. The Presidential Game
  8. VocabularySpellingCity
  9. YWAM Publishing
  10. Apologia Exploring Creation Through Chemistry and Physics

I really enjoyed trying out the products above and as I have stepped down from The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew I may not do as many Homeschool reviews this year. I do have one coming up. I hope the vendors will continue to seek me out to do reviews but I will not be able to do quite as many as I am focused on other things.

Some of them are my affiliates and if you would like you can purchase from them by clicking on the links in my sidebar by doing that you are helping to pay for this site.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation Through Chemistry and Physics Review

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We got the awesome and exciting opportunity to try Jeannie Fulbright’s newest science book through Apologia. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. In fact not only did we get to try the book out for review but they sent us the Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal and the Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Junior Notebooking Journal to try out as well. This curriculum is used for grades K-6th. The notebooking journal is for older children that have mastered handwriting and can take notes. The junior notebooking journal is for the younger students with coloring pages. Both journals are good supplements to the book and both contain many of the the same things. The book is hardback and full color and it is priced at $39 and the notebooking journals are spiral bound and priced at $24 each.

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is a homeschool science curriculum that uses a Charlotte Mason approach to science. It’s very hands on and wants to immerse your child into the topic at hand. The book contains a supply list for all the experiments contained in the book as well as tons of fun experiments to teach your child the building blocks of creation and science. The Notebooking journals have suggested lesson plans along with additional activities to compliment the main book.

 photo juniornotebookingjournal_zpsa179a078.pngWe love Apologia. Especially the Exploring Creation books. I know the Chemistry and Physics is technically for K-6th grade but I believe older students can use this as well. My 7th and 8th graders are enjoying this right along with their 3rd grade sister. So I really think you can use this even up through middle school if supplemented. As mom I absolutely love the Notebooking journals. I wish they had these several years ago when we were doing photo notebookingjournal_zpsaa83790f.png Astronomy and Botany. I would definitely have purchased them. They add a little more fun to the child that likes worksheets and those that like to get creative in their lessons. These books have scored big in our homeschool. Doing the experiments together and making actual observations has made it come alive.

All three of my kids learn best hands on. So having a science curriculum that encourages that type of learning is best for them and for me as a mom. What I like the most about this is that you don’t have to do every single experiment in the book but if you want to you can. The lessons can be catered to you and you can learn one lesson per week or make it last longer. It’s solely up to you. It’s completely flexible and that is something that even my kids like.

This is definitely going to be on my lists of favorites for the year.

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VocabularySpellingCity Review


I got the opportunity to try VocabularySpellingCity ‘s  VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership in order to review it. At first I wasn’t so sure this was something that I would use but the more we tried it the more I realized that this is exactly the spelling/vocabulary program that might work the best for my kids. This site features: spelling games, vocabulary games, language arts games and printable sheets for writing practice as well as flash cards for learning the words that you are using. You can input your own word list or access lists that are already there.  It’s premium membership is $29.99 per year and that includes up to 5

students. This program is for kids in grades: K-12th grade. With the premium membership you get access to not only the free membership benefits but there is so much more that is offered as well such as: record keeping, customizable lists in order to meet each students needs, differentiated learning, accountability and vocabulary activities.

Some of the activities you can print out as well and you know which ones they are because they have the little printer icon next to the activity. Like these flash cards that you can print out for your students or you can use them online as well. There are fun matching games and typing games which not only helps the child to learn spelling skills but typing skills as well. And in today’s technological world it is a must to learn how to type properly.
The games and activities are very colorful so they will attract the attention of younger students as well as still be useful for the older ones as well. If you have a competitive child they may like the fact that the high scorers initials are shown as the high scores on the site and that may give them a goal to strive for and in turn make them much better spellers.
For the younger kids and/or struggling readers, I like that there is audio on all the games. The narrator reads the words/sentences and instructions aloud so that the student understands what they need to do. You can also mute this option if you would rather read it for yourselves.
As the teacher I also like that I can track my kids tests and scores and view them in my teacher homepage. I have not utilized this as of yet but I am planning on working on this in the next few weeks. I can also leave notes to my students via my page in case there is something I need to let my student know and they can access it on their homepage. I don’t know that I will use this feature since I am a homeschool mom but I may if I get busy. I know that is a feature that will work great for schools and homeschool moms or even co-ops that might use this system. I really like the thought and ease of use they put into this and my girls enjoy spelling when its fun. They make it fun.
I do like that there are lists already set up I just wish the lists could be accessed more by grade or spelling level than going through the local school lists. But it’s really not that big of a deal that I can’t use it. Just a preference on my part really. Overall I think it’s a great program and look forward to using it throughout the rest of our school year.



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YWAM Publishing George Washington True Patriot Review

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My older two girls and I recently finished doing YWAM Publishing’s George Washington: True Patriot and George Washington: Unit Study Curriculum Guide. George Washington: True Patriot is a 224 page book available in paperback, audiobook, Nook, or Kindle editions. It is priced at $6.99 and is for ages 10 and up. George Washington: Unit Study Curriculum Guide is a 64 page paperback study guide priced at $7.49. YWAM Publishing has lots of great Heroes of History and this is just one of many. You can view a complete list of biographies in chronological order by going to the website. For this review we received the Kindle version of the reader along with a PDF version of the study guide.

At first my oldest two were not real thrilled about this book. They will get bored a lot of times with the readings of other biographies we have done but I must say after we got started not only did they enjoy it but their interest comparing George Washington’s government to how far our government has gone today was piqued. GeekGirl made many comments along the way how our country GW Unit Study photo YWAM-GWUnitstudy_zps416f4e51.jpgshould go back to what it once was and how she wished we had a man like George Washington today to help lead us out of the mess we have gotten our country in. That being said, we all learned a lot even me. I am a HUGE lover of History and especially early American history and having read a lot about Washington previously was surprised to learn even more about the first President of our country.  The story was captivating and written so well. The only thing I am disappointed about was that I don’t have this one in paperback so I am thinking I will go back and purchase this and many others for our homeschool library. We had to laugh at Princess. She was so disappointed the story ended. She wanted more. I love that it left her thirsty for more knowledge about this era of our history. I am sure there will be much more research of this subject in her future.

The study guide is awesome. It has loads of questions for each chapter to make sure your children are comprehending what is being read. There are so many fun activities and research possibilities throughout. There are also suggestions of related themes you can explore for the study that incorporates the other subjects along with a list of other books and resources that you can use to further deepen your George Washington study. There are also maps, a fact sheet and timeline to utilize in your study. I’m actually looking forward to using this again with Boo as we have at least one more year before she will be doing this. But I’ve got a ton more ideas of what to do with her thanks to doing this with the older two.  I’m also looking forward to doing more unit studies by YWAM publishing. We were very happy with this product.

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VideoText Interactive Review; Algebra: A Complete Course

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VideoText Interactive has given GeekGirl the opportunity to try out their Algebra: A Complete Course online video curriculum program. This is a complete Algebra course beginning with what we would call Pre-Algebra and ending in Algebra 2. It is taught straight through rather than taking a break from it to do Geometry. Which they also have a course for that. The Algebra course starts with 8th grade and works its way through high school. So you have a complete math course. The online price for the complete course is $299. But your getting at least 3 years worth of math. If you want you can also order it in physical form which is priced at $529. I recommend the online version. That is what we have been using and my daughter seems to like it. She seems to understand it fairly well.

With the online version you get the video lessons (there are 176); 360 pages of course notes; 590 pages of student work text; Solutions manuals and progress tests. The student is supposed to sit down and take a test taken from the previous lesson to make sure they understand and remember what was taught. Then, you would watch a 5 to 10 minute video introducing the next concept. Finally the student would then do the student work text which can be printed. The manuals, course notes, test and work text are all in PDF form so they can be downloaded and used by the student.

I love the fact that each lesson is started by a test to make sure the student has understood and retained the previous lesson before going on to the next concept. The over all goal of this course is to teach a complete mastery of Algebra by teaching it in a logical order. There are no shortcuts or tricks to this program which makes certain your student understands the concepts presented to them. Geek Girl seems to be understanding and what she isn’t we have stopped and taken the time to go over it together and make sure the concepts are being understood and remembered.  Math has never been her favorite subject but I am hoping that the more we use this program the less afraid she will be at doing her math work. I’m hoping it will boost her confidence in this area. I think it will be a huge help for her. I am already seeing improvement in her in this area and am looking forward to continuing to see improvement and mastery of this subject. So far both Geek Girl and I are happy with this program. We have used this at least 4 days a week as we work through this course together. I do recommend that the parent be very involved in this to make sure that your student is actually understanding the lesson and not just guessing. Overall I do believe this is a great program and is set up in a much more logical way of teaching Algebra. Had this been around when I was in high school I would have loved it and I believe it would have been a help to me especially in making sure I actually retained the knowledge I gained.


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