Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workbox Wednesday #11

Chestnut Grove Academy

Welcome to Workbox Wednesday!  If you use workboxes, tot trays, or anything similar, feel free to post a link to your blog post or a picture (pictures can be from facebook, but please make sure they are PUBLIC so we can see them, or use a host like to get a URL for your photo) that shows WHAT IS IN YOUR BOXES!

Please visit my co-host at Tots and Me

Visit others that link up, leave comments, follow, etc.  The favors will be returned!  Feel free to grab a button too, so others can find the link up and join in the fun!


We are off this week, just doing a really light load and nothing new to share workbox wise.  However, fell free to link up what you are doing!!  Next week should be our Fall Unit of Earth Science K-3 Open-mouthed smile

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Hewitt Homeschooling (TOS Review)

Hewitt Homeschooling Review
Hewitt Homeschooling Review
We really enjoyed our review product from Hewitt Homeschooling.  We used Lightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Student Workbook and
Lightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Teacher's Guide.  If you are a regularly follower of my blog you may recall that my oldest (almost 8, 3rd grade) is not a fan of writing.  He struggles with it a bit, so I opted to try out the Grade 1 curriculum.  It is recommended for Grades 1-2.
This curriculum is literature, composition, writing and grammar.  Each week focuses on a new book chosen from a wide variety of children’s classics. 
Here are a few of the book selections for this curriculum.  Many listed were books that we already owned.  They are common, popular childhood stories.  They are easily found for purchase or at your local library.
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The curriculum is designed on a 4 days a week program, with the 5th day as a catch up (if needed).  This worked well for us, as we typically only school 3-4 days a week.  Each week the lesson is based on one book.  Since my son is older and is an avid reader, he was able to read the literature choices himself; sometimes I read them to him (he still likes to be read to).
The teacher’s manual contains comprehension questions to go with the stories, as well as other teacher directed activities. The writing process for the final paper of the week is written out in a step by step, day by day process.  This was nice, because it made the task of writing a story, much simpler for my son.  He didn’t feel overwhelmed with the task, he had several days to plan it out, we talked about it, and then sometimes he would dictate and later copy, or he would write a rough draft himself and then a final copy.
The student workbook has colorful pictures, easy to read instructions, plenty of writing space for the assignments.  In addition to the workbook and literature choices you also need a journal or writing paper for the weekly writing assignment.  The workbook pages are labeled by days of the week, which can be a bit confusing if you aren’t following that schedule precisely.  I would prefer if they said Day 1, Day 2 – instead of Monday, Tuesday…
We tried at first to keep the pages in the book when working on them (to keep them all together), but the book was too thick and it became difficult for him to write.  The pages do easily rip out though and they are hole punched to place in a binde.
The writing and grammar was my main interest with this curriculum, since writing is our struggle. He enjoyed the subjects assigned each week for writing.  I feel that the subject of writing improved quite a bit with the use of this curriculum over the last several weeks.  My son had a great time revisiting old stories (ones he had read in the past).  He completed the assignments without too much complaining. 
Some weeks have alphabet pages where you list a wide variety of words in a particular subject (ie fruits and vegetables, emotions, reptiles and amphibians).  He had fun learning new words. 
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We did not start with Week 1, we went with what books we had on hand and did the lessons in order starting with the first book we had, and moving forward that way.  Ideally this curriculum would be used in order, as the lessons to build on each other grammatically and also with literature terms.  Most of the grammar covered in the books we have already covered, so that was not an issue, our main focus was to work on writing. 
This curriculum could also be used to focus on comprehension and literature alone if you have an early reader who isn’t strong in writing, or would be a perfect balance and combination curriculum for reading and language arts.  It could easily be adapted to fit your child’s learning needs. 
We will be continuing with this curriculum for writing practice mostly at this stage.  Since my son is 3rd grade and we have covered most of the literature and grammar concepts.
I love the use of literature to teach reading, writing and language arts!  It’s a great combination and made it much more enjoyable for my son.  Writing truly has been a struggle for us, and this helped ease the painfulness of it for both of us!
The teacher’s guide is available for $29.95 and the student workbook is available for $49.95.  I only wish they had PDF versions available!  Grade 2 and 3 programs are in the works, I’ll be keeping my eye out for them! 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Poppins Book Nook–Pirates!! (with Giveaway)

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This Year’s Co-hosts

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

PicMonkey Collage
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See links below to view our pirate activities and FREE printables!

Workboxes and FREE Printables

PicMonkey Collage

More Pirate Books, Movies and Apps!


I’m so excited to be able to provide the prize for this months giveaway!!  Check it out!

Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month weare partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate's Handbook(recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old)books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here

Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: a Rafflecopter giveaway Have a Pirate Themed Post you want to share?? Link up below:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Classical Composers Monthly Birthday Sale!

Birthday Sale

Such an easy way to incorporate Art and Music Appreciation Studies!!

Also includes famous Scientists and Inventors! 

See my review

Friday, July 25, 2014

Share it Saturday

Chestnut Grove Academy Share It Saturday Blog Hop

new share it saturday hosts
Please visit my co-hosts:

Karyn from Teach Beside Me
Colleen & Leann from Sugar Aunts
Mary Catherine from Fun-a-Day
Kate from Laughing Kids Learn
and Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road



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