Friday, February 23, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Week Twenty-Five

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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Go Canada!
Homeschool news  . . . In my opinion, this week was perhaps a bit more productive, since Kennady only worked one day. Writing, History, Algebra, and French were the subjects covered. It was a bit of a rough week for French, because she had a vocabulary quiz that really challenged her, and realized at co-op class that she had missed writing down some of the homework she was supposed to do. I expect she'll recover pretty quickly though, and she's been working on French today while it's still fresh in her mind. In Writing class, we got started on the Literary Analysis chapter, and there won't be an essay due next week so maybe she'll have a chance to get caught up on Algebra again.

Other news . . . This has been a pretty quiet, and dare I say - boring - week, but that's okay! We couldn't handle exciting and different every week! Good news - the renovation project at church is coming along well. Bad news - our waterbed heater died and I think we'll need to sleep on the sofabed till the new one arrives. Ugh. But back to the good news, here are some progress pictures.

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altar rail and steps got stained this week. Beautiful!

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This is part of the cross that will be on that stone wall.

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Just about done out here - this picture was taken Wednesday evening.
As of today I believe the carpet is in!

What I'm Highlighting . . .  This week on the Homeschool Review Crew blog you'll find A Round Up of Why We Homeschool, featuring stories and perspectives from many Crew members about why we decided to homeschool and what keeps us going.

Let's Talk About Why We Homeschool{Homeschool Link UP}

From yours truly, you'll find my story about how we got started homeschooling and the factors in our decision - A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool.

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Week 1 "The Reasons We Homeschool" in the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018

And a post about how I try to stay focused on why we homeschool each year - From the High School Lesson Book: School Scripture.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. ~from Psalm 111 on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


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Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years) by Angela Hunt, and I've been reading:

The Mayflower Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower by Kimberley Woodhouse
A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge) by Connilyn Cossette

A parting shot . . . It doesn't happen very often, but this week a train came by just as we were leaving Kennady's guitar lesson. I took the picture from the balcony right outside the studio. The train tracks are basically right under the studio window. Needless to say, lessons pause for a minute or two when a train goes by!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

UltraKey Online (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

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Nowadays it seems like kids are born knowing how to keyboard, doesn't it? Sure, they figure out how to hit the right keys, but typing with efficiency and accuracy requires using good technique, and that's where an UltraKey Online Family Subscription comes in. We were able to review this keyboarding instruction package from Bytes of Learning over the past several weeks.

UltraKey Online Family Edition

Bytes of Learning is a developer and publisher of multimedia software and tools for learning technology. Their specialty is keyboarding instruction programming for personal, family, and school use. The UltraKey Online Family Subscription is a one-year subscription to the online program that makes a great choice for homeschool families. The subscription can be for three, five, or eight users; and each user follows their own track through the instruction. A parent or tutor can manage all the users, setting individualized goals and monitoring progress. It's compatible with most browsers, and there are no plug-ins.

UltraKey Online uses clear voice-over instructions and teaching, along with animations and videos to teach touch-typing to beginners and to help more experienced typists improve fluency. The program includes the step-by-step lessons, along with a Game Zone (to practice those skills in a fun setting!), a typing forum (to take typing tests and do free typing activities), and helpful resources.

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How did we use it? I consider myself a fairly proficient typist, since I aced my high school typing class (which was really boring, by the way) a whole lot of years ago, and have spent a good portion of the years between then and now either working in office settings or making use of a computer for education and blogging. Kennady learned basic touch-typing when she was maybe ten years old or so, and has been typing up her own schoolwork and other things for several years. So we mostly needed a refresher course and to improve our skills. I got the two of us set up in the program, and can manage the user accounts from the dashboard. Navigating from here wasn't immediately intuitive for me, but once I'd experimented a couple of times I got it. The "My Dashboard" is where I can do things like manage the goals for myself and for Kennady, and generate several kinds of progress reports. The "My Instruction" section takes me directly to my user account. Kennady has her own log-in and user account, and as the parent administrator, I can manage that. I've chosen to allow her to set her own goals and work at her own pace.

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The lessons look something like this - 

UltraKey Online Family Edition

There are links on the left side of the instruction screen as well as along the top. Although you may take a placement test at the beginning to help you set your goals, it seems that all students must start at the very beginning and work through each and every lesson in order. While this makes complete sense in not allowing kids to skip the beginner basics, I was initially frustrated because I wanted to "test out" of early lessons on finger placement and home keys. But I wanted to make absolutely sure Kennady was getting the finger placement and techniques right, since I thought it likely that she'd made up some of her own rules.

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I didn't find it right away, but my dilemma was eventually solved - I could change the amount of practice required, and the step-by-step setting of the lessons. In "My Settings" I could change the Step-by-Step Learning from On to Partly or Off.  You can also block or allow back-spacing in the timed tests from this screen.

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When you log in to the My Instruction page, it automatically lets you know where you left off. As you can see above, when the Step-by-Step setting is On, you can "choose a lesson" but only if it's green. This compels you to do each lesson and pass each skill test before moving on, although you can go back and practice those you've already completed if you need to. After turning the Step-by-Step setting off, all the lessons turned green.

The instruction begins with correct posture and finger placement, and then teaches each of the keys in order with plenty of practice. The voice for the instruction is a pleasant and fairly expressive female voice - recorded rather than computer generated. There are some sound effects such as little blips and beeps as you complete keystrokes in some of the skills practice. 

Kennady spent a bit of time in the Game Zone, which is designed to make typing practice fun rather than tedious! The challenge of winning a game provides a bit of added incentive to improve the skills learned in the lessons.

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It's recommended to work on the lessons for about twenty to thirty minutes a day, and to do so consistently. As with any new skill, the more consistently you practice, the better you'll get. Our schedule is a little crazy these days, however, so I didn't get too fussy about keeping track of the time we spent. Once I got Kennady set up and familiar with the program, I told her to work on it whenever she was at the computer anyway and to aim for at least three times a week. Some days she would do just ten minutes or so before needing to quit, and other days she worked for at least thirty minutes or more. The main thing is that she is learning efficient keyboarding and correcting a few little bad habits she's developed.  And while I can't always stand over her shoulder to watch what she is doing, I can check her progress with the reports that UltraKey provides. This was the very first one I generated and it's a bit small, but it shows the lessons and skill tests completed, net speed, and more.

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What we liked best:
  • step-by-step instruction with visual and voice cues
  • the voice doing the narration is actually quite pleasant to listen to!
  • once I figured out how to do it, I liked the fact that I could adjust the practice time necessary for each lesson, and allow a bit of skipping around if I thought it appropriate.

What I need to mention:
  • it's suggested that the parent or tutor explore and practice in the program to get familiar with it before setting up students. I found this recommendation to be spot on! Nothing was difficult to figure out, but in some places it wasn't intuitive and I needed to play with it a bit before I caught on.
  • every once in awhile, there would be a little glitch and it wouldn't allow us to move on to the next lesson. We found that just refreshing the page solved this minor problem.
  • UltraKey is currently configured for North American keyboards, spelling, and content. The UK and Australia/New Zealand version will be available sometime this year.

Our bottom line: This is an excellent and thorough course in proper keyboarding, with high quality sound and graphics. There's enough variety and interaction in the instruction to keep it from being tedious and boring. Students can challenge themselves to improve their skills and conquer the games as well as the more traditional typing tests. Kennady and I both enjoyed honing our skills a bit, and can recommend this to families in need of a practical and complete approach to keyboarding skills.

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Would you like keyboard instruction for your family? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: www.BytesofLearning.com/

Pricing: Visit the UltraKey Family Subscription page to see the pricing options.

Age recommendation: Age 8 to adult

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Pirate

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Pirate by KAT, February 2018

Well, so much for her realist phase! Although she is working on getting the proportions as close to realistic as possible.

This was another drawing completed mostly with the Magic Stix Washable Markers we're reviewing soon. Watch for our full review in just a couple of weeks, and a giveaway as well!


We've previously reviewed Kwik Stix solid tempera paints (tempera paint in a marker container): Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paints (A Schoolhouse Crew Review) and Thin Stix (solid tempera markers with a finer point): Creativity With Kwik Stix (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review).

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Wulf the Saxon - An Extraordinary Adventure from Heirloom Audio (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

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We have become loyal fans of the wonderful audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Productions, so of course we were excited about being able to review their latest adventure! This time the extraordinary adventure brought to life was Wulf the Saxon

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Heirloom Audio Productions knows the power of great stories, and the power of great story-telling too! They believe in the importance of learning and remembering Christian history, and their mission is to bring these stories to life by engaging listeners' imagination and taking them back in time with these wonderful stories. The audio dramas they produce are based on the novels written during the late 1800s by master story-teller G.A. Henty. The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty are stories of "virtue and valor, daring and determination, character and courage" and Heirloom Audio tells them using stellar voice acting, realistic sound effects, and wonderful musical soundtracks.

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We received the two CD set of Wulf the Saxonthe latest in the series, which takes the listener back to England just before the Norman conquest. As the story opens, Edward the Confessor is king of England, and Wulf is a young landholder in the service of Edward's brother Harold. Wulf has a loyal retainer, Osgod, who accompanies him on all his adventures and is a powerful fighter during the battles they face; and a good friend and ally in another landholder, Beorn. Wulf proves himself loyal and trustworthy, and he becomes a determined warrior and formidable strategist.

Wulf and Beorn are among the men that accompany the Earl Harold on a sailing adventure that ends in disaster when they are shipwrecked on the shores of Normandy. The Englishmen find themselves prisoners of a Norman count, but Wulf and Beorn are able to escape and go to Duke William of Normandy to secure Earl Harold's release. Wulf is also the guest of a Baron DeBurg during this time and becomes friends with DeBurg's son and daughter. Before Harold's return to England, Duke William has him declare an oath of loyalty; however, this is obtained by trickery, as William conceals the fact that Harold has sworn on holy relics until after the oath is given. 

Once back in England, Harold is occupied with maintaining peace with the thanes of the northern lands, and with the Welsh; and Wulf's loyalty and devotion make his service invaluable as a friend and on the battlefields. One of Wulf's greatest accomplishments during this time is the capture of the castle of Prince Llewellyn ap Rhys of Wales. He and Beorn are able to take possession of the fortress and then to capture Llewellyn, which leads to the end of Welsh rebellions for that generation.

Troubles with the northern thanes continued, especially when Earl Tostig (brother to King Edward and Earl Harold) proves disloyal. Eventually, after Edward's death and Harold's ascension to England's throne, Tostig allies himself with Harald Hardrada of Norway, and the English must band together to repel an invasion from Norway. Wulf and Osgod both acquit themselves well in these battles and again prove invaluable to King Harold with their loyalty. The celebration of this great victory was short-lived though, because less than one week later, the invasion force of Duke William of Normandy arrived, and despite the valiant efforts of King Harold, Wulf, and the forces of England, the Battle of Hastings was a decisive victory for Normandy. Thus William the Conqueror gained the crown of England. Although Harold was slain in the battle, Wulf and Osgod survived and were protected by their old friend, Baron DeBurg. And at last, when England was at peace again under a new ruler, Wulf was able to count himself among the fortunate few, for he was able to marry the lady of his choice, DeBurg's daughter Agnes. 

Fortunate are the few who marry for love.

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As always, the voice acting, sound effects, and musical soundtrack combined to bring this entire story to dramatic life. Kennady and I felt as though we were right in the action, and it's rather like watching a movie except there is no visual! That part is left to our imagination, but it's easy to picture the scenes and the battles as they are so well portrayed. This story does feature a fair amount of warfare, and the sounds of battle were realistic enough to cause us to wince. These historic battles were bloody and violent, and many men died. Since we hear only sounds and don't see images in listening to this audio drama, it's hard to quantify just how "graphic" the portrayal is, but I would suggest an adult preview before having young children listen to it, because the sounds of bloody combat could be disturbing.

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Members of the Live the Adventure Club from Heirloom Audio Productions can look forward to  Bonus Content on the website. We've had access to the club for other Heirloom audio dramas, and the Bonus materials have included read-along scripts, the original G.A.Henty novels as e-books, the complete soundtracks, and of course, the Study Guides. (As of this writing, a Study Guide for Wulf the Saxon is not available but is expected soon) The Club is a resource for educational materials and kids' activities related to their audio dramas, as well as encouraging and informative articles and resources for parents and an interactive online community.

What we liked best:
  • we always enjoy the dramatic plots and exciting stories that make us feel as if we are in the middle of all the action!
  • great quality acting and realistic sound effects
  • stories that highlight true courage and godly character
What I need to mention:
  • this story does have a lot of violent battle scenes, and the sound effects may be too intense for young or very sensitive children
  • keep in mind that these are audio dramas based on the original novels by Henty, so you will not necessarily be able to follow along in the book

Our bottom line: Heirloom Audio Productions has delivered another winner in this powerful story that highlights courage and loyalty, and teaches a bit of history in an exciting way. I found myself wanting to review my knowledge of English history with these fresh insights into what the battles may have been like, and what personal struggles some of the major players may have faced. Although Kennady and I were the ones that listened to Wulf the Saxon from start to finish, my adult son was with us for part of the time and was also drawn right into the story and wanted to know how it ended. Truly I can warmly recommend it for the whole family!

We've reviewed all but one in the series so far, and I recommend all of these extraordinary adventures!  You are invited to check out our full review of In Freedom's CauseAn Extraordinary Adventure in Scottish Historyour full review of With Lee In VirginiaAn Extraordinary Adventure With Lee In Virginiaour full review of The Dragon and the RavenAn Extraordinary Adventure With Alfred the Greatour full review of Beric the BritonBeric the Briton - Another Extraordinary Adventure from Heirloom Audio Productions; our full review of The Cat of BubastesAn Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egyptour full review of In the Reign of TerrorAn Extraordinary Adventure During the French Revolution; and our full review of Captain Bayley's Heir: Captain Bayley's Heir - A New Audio Adventure.

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Would you like to listen to the extraordinary adventure of Wulf the Saxon? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: www.WulfTheSaxon.com/

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Pricing: See the Heirloom Audio website for all the purchase options.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Week Twenty-Four

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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Homeschool news  . . . This was a tough week as far as schoolwork. Kennady had the opportunity to work a few days this week, and because she needed a ride, those days were the ones that I was home. Her co-op homework was first priority, so that got done, and she did very well in French this week. I still have to grade papers for Writing class from this week, but from a quick read-through I'd say she did really well with that assignment. Some History and some Algebra completed as well, but I feel like we probably need to pick up the pace.

Other news . . . The weekend was crazy, because Landon and Kennady went to winter retreat with the church youth group, while I worked all weekend at a conference. The kids were out of the house so at least we didn't have to plan around them and their needs to go places, but I wasn't home most of Friday or Saturday so I was extremely tired! Then a last minute thing came up for the other worship leader at church, so I wound up filling in on Sunday morning without much notice. Good thing we're still doing very simple acoustic sets while the renovation is in progress! Speaking of the renovation, let's check how that's going:

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This is what we had on Sunday morning.

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Pretty sweet! But the construction stuff was all in the side overflow areas, so that was a fun visual!

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And then we all the chairs were moved out again.

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And this week our new chairs arrived!

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By the end of this week, the painting was in progress, and I think by Sunday we'll have the stone on that center section.

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As I mentioned, Kennady was able to work at the piano shop three part-days this week. She started spending some earnings this week too, by adding a new ukulele to her collection.

I was busy with a co-op board meeting, homeschool moms night out, and our co-op open house this week, in addition to all the usual mayhem.

Happy Fastnacht Day! Did you grab donuts on Tuesday?

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What's Working . . . co-op classes are working out so well! I really do wish we'd been able to do a high school level co-op like this earlier, but all the pieces finally fell into place this year and I'm so glad. Kennady missed being in her Speech & Presentation class with that group of friends, so yesterday at the Open House I allowed her to sit in on the Economics class that group was doing. Not only did she enjoy it, I do believe she learned something! And writing class is going well - and we are enjoying The Power In Your Hands so much that we've decided to go ahead with the high school fiction writing course from Sharon Watson for next year at co-op. Kennady wants to do that course either way so it's all good. I'm going to be ordering our copy of Writing Fiction [In High School] in the next couple of days. We are opening registration for returning families in just a couple of weeks, and we already know that Kennady will be taking French II, Fiction Writing, and Speech/Presentation II.

    


I recommend . . .  visiting the Homeschool Crew blog for this weekend's guest post and homeschool link-up - Enriching Our Homeschool with a Museum Visit.

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On my blogs last week . . .

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:
And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I've been reading:

Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years) by Angela Hunt 
A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge) by Connilyn Cossette

A parting shot . . . this cutie learned to walk this week! Guess it must have tired her out!

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