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CTCMath Review

Review a math program in the summer? The mention of math is normally a forbidden four-letter word around here, especially during the summer! After a less than spectacular year with our first year of high school math, an opportunity arose to review a 12-month Family Membership from CTCMath. Honestly, the timing could not have been better!

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Rewind – The Very Best of Homeschool Fanatic

A year ago this week, I started a blog. I didn’t start a blog because I needed something to do, wanted to get rich, or because I think I’m the best homeschooling mom. I started a blog because I have a fire, a passion, and a drive. My goal has always been to encourage, share ideas, cheer on existing homeschoolers, and convince others to join the homeschooling lifestyle.

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10 Tips For Choosing Homeschool Curriculum (With Free Printables)

Choosing curriculum for your homeschool can be a joyful or a daunting experience. We are fortunate to be homeschooling in a time where there are hundreds of different curricula to choose. Or are we? I have been there. When looking for guidance, there are just as many tips and opinions out there as there are curriculum choices, and most of the tips are similar. Making choices can be overwhelming, but it is one of my favorite duties as a home educator. Let me share with you a few personal tips of what I have learned over the past decade that may be different than what you are used to reading.

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Lightning Literature Set (Grade 7) Review

Literature study has been something that I have struggled with in our homeschool. My goal is for my reluctant readers to find reading something to be enjoyed naturally, and to be able to recognize and appreciate quality literature. Hewitt Homeschooling Resources has been on my radar for several months now. I was excited to have the opportunity to review the  Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set for my son, and my older daughter joined us.

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Life With Dog Movie Review

Often times, the timing is just perfect for a review. We were on our last week of school, all but a few lessons were complete, and we were experiencing our first heat wave here in coastal Carolina. Mill Creek Entertainment sent us the movie Life With Dog to watch and review at the perfect time! My teens we more than happy to have popcorn and watch a movie as part of their school day!

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Supercharged Science Review

What if there was one online curriculum that covered hundreds of topics and experiments for teaching science? What if you could have an actual rocket scientist as your child’s teacher?  Supercharged Science makes that possible with their e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum.

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The Critical Thinking Co. Middle School Math Games Review

I love teaching with games! Not only are they fun, they break up the monotony of textbooks and add what I like to call, “learning with glitter”. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Middle School Math Games  from The Critical Thinking Co. I have used some things from The Critical Thinking Co. before, and their material can offer a bit of a challenge for the average student. My ninth grader, who finds math a struggle at times, was who I had in mind to try this product with.

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Study.com Review

The mission of Study.com is making education accessible, anytime, anywhere. I received a trial subscription to Study.com to check out their CLEP and DSST prep materials. We are just in the beginning stages of our high school journey, so I was unfamiliar with CLEP and DSST. If this is new territory to you too, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests that evaluates college-level knowledge. Administered by the College Board, the goal is to help students earn college credit without taking college courses.

DSST are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. (Formally known as DANTES). In 2004, these tests were made available to the general public and now serve as another way for self-motivated, goal-oriented college students to pick up speed as they race toward the finish line.

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