Saturday, September 29, 2018
A 365-Day Devotional
Dr. David Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point, a ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching relevant to today’s changing times. Ever Faithful is a hard cover devotional that will take you through the year. Each day begins with a scripture and then Dr. Jeremiah uses practical everyday living examples and points readers back to the Bible.
For example July 4th entitled, Warning Signs, the scripture comes from 2 Chronicles 36:15 which says: "And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people." Dr. Jeremiah talks about how important warning signs are. They alert us of danger from tornadoes to harmful ingredients in products. The Bible also is full of warnings. Dr. Jeremiah says, "Sin produces sorrow, immorality brings heartache, moral depravity causes despair, and disregard for grace results in judgement. When we ignore God's greatest warnings and continue to live in sin, we miss His grace, His Gospel, and the glory He wants to give us." In Acts 20:31 it says, "Therefore watch, and remember that for three year I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears." We always need to heed God's warnings! According to Dr. Jeremiah, if we don't we are endangering our souls.
This devotional would be the perfect gift for Christmas coming up. I think that this would be appropriate for teenagers as well as adults.
Each month begins with a scripture of the month. There is a satin bookmark that can be used to keep your place marked in the book. At the end of the book there is a section for notes.
Disclaimer~I received this in exchange for my honest review.
Monday, September 24, 2018
iKnowIt.com is an amazing interactive math practice site that engages students in grades K-5 towards mastery of math skills and concepts. The math concepts in each grade level offer a wide variety of types of questions to help keep students engaged and interested in the material. Students receive instant reward and feedback along the way and are challenged mathematically. The program keep your students progress so that you as a parent can see exactly how your child is doing. The same team that operates SuperTeacherWorksheets.com created iKnowIt.com. Membership Pricing is available for many levels.
My daughter has been working through the 5th grade level of iKnowIt.com. She has enjoyed the freedom to choose from the many topics available in the 5th grade level. Within each topic there are subtopics to choose from. Each lesson consists of 15 questions. Parents are
able to create assignments for their students to complete. The student then simply
clicks on the My Assignment tab and completes the assignment that you have created
for them. I opted to let my daughter work independently and to let her choose what
she wanted to work through. At the beginning I told her that I wanted to to work through
each of the topics and not just work through what was easy for her. It was easy for me
to go in and check her progress to see what she was working on and to make sure that
she was working on a variety of topics. Giving her this independence made it seem not
so much like schoolwork.
Here are a few of the questions from the topics within the 5th grade level questions.
For younger students or for students that struggle with reading they can
click on the sound/speaker icon and have the question read to them. If your student is
using an iPad they can actually work their problems out on the iPad. There is a
Pencil icon that will appear. They simply touch on the icon and they will be able to
work the problems out on the iPad. Since my daughter was using our MacBook Pro
Laptop she had to do her work on paper.
If a student is unsure of how to begin a problem they can click on the hint button at the
bottom left hand corner of their screen and a hint box will pop up. The hint will help get
the student started on how to start the problem. In each subsection students are given
3 hints to use. I absolutely loved the idea behind the hint boxes! This helps the
student that may get discouraged and just needs a little bit of a help to get started.
This feature also is great in that it enables the student to work independently without having
to go to a parent to ask for help, enabling them to be more independent.
What student doesn't love to be praised for a job well done! Each time your student
answers a question correctly they are rewarded not only with a check mark, a written comment, but they also get an emoji face. When a student gets multiple problems correct in a row they will get a message such as, "Tic-tac-toe! 3 in a row!" Or if maybe they have been struggling to get answers right and they finally get one right the
message might say, "You got it that time!"
When a student gets a problem wrong the correct answer is displayed and then the problem
is worked out so that the student can see how the problem is supposed to look like.
I love this!!! So many programs just tell the students that they got it wrong and
move onto the next problem. The problem with that is the student has no way of knowing
why they got the problem wrong. I told my daughter to look at her problem and see
where she went wrong and to not move on until she understood why and how
she went wrong.
When the lesson is complete your student will get a certificate showing their score
for the lesson.
iKnowIt.com sends parents weekly e-mail updates letting them know about their
child's weekly progress. This is a neat feature.
I would most definitely recommend iKnowIt.com to others looking for math practice for their child. iKnowIt.com offers users a 60 day trial for FREE with no commitments to homeschoolers and teachers! I was extremely impressed with this program and
will most definitely continue to utilize it. The only sad part is that my
daughter is currently in the 5th grade and the program only goes up to 5th grade.
I hope that they add grade levels in the future!
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books from Monkeying Around are fun connect the dots puzzles. Our family had the opportunity to review the Original Series which includes: The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Original Book in the World: Book 1, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Original Book in the World: Book 2, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Original Book in the World: Book 3, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Original Book in the World: Book 4.
My 10-year-old daughter Phoebe said, "I worked through Book One.
My favorite dot-to-dot puzzle was the Crazy Dots.
Crazy Dots were not in my book so my sister let me do one that was in her
her book. It really liked the Field of Dots. It was a really time consuming
dot-to-dot puzzle but it was fun. I really liked the Star puzzles where you
stop at each star and then skip to the next number and start your line again.
The normal dot-to-dot puzzles that did not go way high
past 100 or so were easy and fun. The dot-to-dot puzzles that went to almost
200 made my eyes water. The No Dot puzzles were fun too. I was so sad when I finished
my book and I had no more puzzles to do."
There are two basic tips to create the best pictures.
Try to make lines as straight as possible.
Follow number order.
My 15-year-old daughter Karis said, "I worked through Book 2. I liked the Stars puzzles
where you stop at each star, then skip to the next number and start your line again.
Working through the puzzles is calming. They are easy to work on while
watching TV or listening to music. The variety of dot-to-dot puzzles is so much better
than the normal, boring dot-to-dot puzzles that we all are used to working on."
Using a fairly think pen or marker will allow the final image to
emerge or pop from the page. Throughout each of the 4 books there
are helpful hints such as this one that will make your dot-to-dots look amazing! Some
of the other hints talked about are Long Distances between points, and Origins and
History?. In Origins and History it talks about where dot-to-dots come from. For example,
Architectural design, perspective, the mysterious vanishing point.
Astronomy is one of the first examples of connecting points via stars.
Art, an example would be Pointillism.
Geometry connects points with lines to various points using shapes.
My 12-year-old was excellent at guessing the pictures way before anyone else.
I decided to work through one of the books after I saw how much fun my kiddos
were having. I intended to let my 18-year-old work through the 4th book but
I just could not resist myself. Once I started working through the
puzzles I was addicted. It was relaxing and so much fun!! I loved the
variety of puzzle types. One is definitely NEVER
TO OLD to do dot-to-dots!! After completing the book I was finding myself desperate for
more books, lol. I got online to see the other dot-to-dot books from
My 12-year-old daughter Megan said, "My favorite dot-to-dot puzzle was the Crazy
Dots. I also liked the Sets where you stop your line after competing each set, then
skep to the ext set and start your line again. It took me 2 days to complete the whole
Dot-to-Dot book. I worked through Book 3 in the series. I cannot wait to get more of
these books. I hope that they get harder as the series goes on. They are so much fun!!"
After completing Books 1-4 Dot-to-Dot enthusiasts can move onto
the next series,
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge
Books 5-8 Set
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Disclaimer: I received these books in exchange for my honest opinions for review.