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Schoolhouse Teachers: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Schoolhouse Teachers: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Schoolhouse Teachers: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Photobucket Sacha’s<25: A monthly subscription blending home learning with the latest technology provides you with plenty of learning opportunities for your entire K-12 homeschool (also great planners for teachers and students-my favorite!)

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time? 9 stars
Did it help us learn? 9 stars
Is it worth the money? 9 stars
Is it useful to me? 9 stars
Practicality- 9 stars
Quality- 10 stars
Kid Rating- 10 stars

What is Schoolhouse Teachers?

SchoolhouseTeachers.com was created with the vision to provide quality homeschool materials from the best teachers in many subject areas. We offer daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans and activity ideas.

The tagline “Blended Learning, Innovative Education” means so much…..

“Blended learning is the use of both classroom teaching and online learning in education.” Our approach believes in the combination of face-to-face learning—i.e., home education and homeschool co-op settings—combined with the latest in technology. And that’s where innovative comes in. We’re using the latest in technology: online learning, E-Books, apps, back issues of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine archived, and more. And there’s much more (video, audio files) to come.

Member Benefits and Privileges….

Daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans and assignments are available 24/7/365 at the all new SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

1. Members-only access to lesson materials in these subject areas: Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, History, Home Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Reading, Writing . . . and so much more!

2. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine delivered straight to your inbox, monthly.

3. All The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine digital back issues—easily searchable, a fantastic feature that enables you to go directly to articles of interest.

4. The Homeschool Minute™ weekly E-Newsletter.

5.  Download all five Schoolhouse Planners—the Parent version (hundreds of pages), all Student planners (3 versions) and the Special Needs planner.

6. 12 E-books from the Schoolhouse Store—one per month during the first year of membership.

7. All available TOS Expo-To-Go recorded sessions—including all future recordings, for the duration of membership.

8. After 12 months of uninterrupted membership, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to the “Totally TOS” section of the Schoolhouse Store.

The 2011-2012 Schoolhouse Planners, filled with scores of articles, helps, tips, calendars, and more—literally hundreds of pages of homeschool helps—are now free and yours to download!

Our Experience:

When I first logged on to this amazing site it was a bit overwhelming.  There is such a vast amount of information and planning and lessons.  After spending a bit of time looking around I was really impressed with how there really is something for everyone.  There are lessons that come up monthly, weekly, and daily! The lessons are provided by amazing teachers such as Terri Johnson, Diana Waring, Michelle Miller, Andy Harris and Kim Kautzer—just to name a few!  As a parent/teacher I can log onto my account and look for lessons that we want to cover or even daily activities I want my students to work on!  Just to name a few-filmmaking, lapbooking, and voice lessons!  I really enjoyed watching some of the filmmaking lessons! Wow, these aren’t lessons you can just find anywhere, not to mention for this price! Of course, there are all the usual types of subjects as well—history, grammar, chemistry, economics, writing, literature. I want to mention here that some of the lessons are video based and some you just print out and go from there!

One of my favorite aspects of this membership is the planners are now included.  In past years I have paid $30 for a planner for me and another $10-20 for each age group I needed planners for!  No more!  Free with your membership!  I love these planners.  The teacher planner is 800+ pages—choose the pages you need and print them out.  They are also editable—I would type in our weekly lesson plans and print out copies for my kids! There are planner pages for your homeschool as well as your household!

Daily plans include–writing, math, grammar, today in history and much more.  I will definitely be using some of these this year with my kiddos.  Daily grammar explains a grammar rule and then has practice exercises to go with it! There are also 10 copybooks available if you want your child to work on copy work…no more needing to hunt down what you want them to do, these are all put in once place and nicely laid out!

All I can really tell you is there is more on this website than you could ever need and it is updated daily to include new content.  Also included are all the back issues of TOS Magazine–my favorite homeschooling magazine—this is a goldmine right here!

What I liked:

  • The value here is amazing…so much information and lessons for $5.95/month!
  • The variety of the lessons provided–film making?, voice lessons?, as well as the traditional subjects.
  • It really is a one-stop shop for all your homeschooling needs, and the best part is you only pay 1 low monthly price!
  • There are daily lessons as well as weekly and monthly-something for every type of homeschool.
  • Love the planners!!!!
  • Love the back issues of TOS magazine as well as the new monthly digital magazine!
  • Some of my favorite homeschool curriculum writers are teachers here!

What I didn’t like:

  • hmmm, hard to find something!

To sum it up: For just $1 for the first month you can try out this amazing homeschool resource.  I highly suggest you do yourself a favor…it will save you time and money in the long run!!!

 

The important information:

Schoolhouseteachers.com

Order from: http://schoolhouseteachers.com/

Price: $1 for the first month, $5.95 for each additional month….sign up for a year at a time and there is an additional discount!

To read other Schoolhouse Crew reviews of this product click here.

 

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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

Zane Education: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Zane Education: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Zane Education: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Sacha’s<25: An on demand visual learning program including videos, quizzes, study tools and lesson plans for K-12.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time? 6 stars
Did it help us learn? 7 stars
Is it worth the money? 6 stars
Is it useful to me? 6 stars
Practicality- 8 stars
Quality- 8 stars
Kid Rating- 6 stars

I was very interested to see what Zane Education had to offer in the realm of video learning!  We received a Gold Membership.  Look at all this membership offers:

Gold Membership provides:

  • Access to ALL of Zane’s 1,000+ subtitled curriculum videos for K-12*
  • Access to the non-subtitled curriculum Math videos for K-12
  • Access to Free Lesson Plans for all 260+ curriculum Topics for K-12
  • Access to online Video Study Tools
  • Access to all 260 online interactive curriculum quizzes for K12
  • Free downloadable copy of Zane’s Learning Video Catalogue (worth $49.95)
  • Free downloadable copy of Zane’s Christian Home Learning Guide (worth $49.95)
  • Access to all of the K12 educational resources in the Study Center section including the World Factbook, World Leaders Guide, Historical documents and much more.
  • 24-Hour Tech Support
Whew, that is pretty impressive!

Zane Education provides an effective, subscription-based, online visual learning education solution using subtitled educational video, quizzes, interactive video study tools and free lesson plans. They provide online learning for 11 different subjects and 260+ K-12 curriculum topics, with more material being added all the time. 

For many Homeschoolers it provides a complete one-stop-shop Visual Learning-based education solution that provides the curriculum material needed for children from Elementary school to College age, or from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The features include:

  • The online subtitled videos deliver the curriculum content for each topic.
  • The online interactive quizzes provide online testing for each topic.
  • The interactive study tools on each video page allow aspects of each video to be further explored and investigated.
  • The Lesson Plans provide further activities for the parent or teacher to ensure each topic is explored in a structured and thorough manner.
  •  The Study Center provides additional resources including the World Fact Book to support study and additional resources are constantly being added.
  • A Getting Started Guide and selection of User Guides for a range of different students are freely downloadable to ensure that each student is able to use the resources provided for their greatest benefit.

 The benefits of Visual Learning and using subtitled video to deliver curriculum content include: 

  • It effectively provides for virtually every learning style, enabling each child to choose to process the information by watching, listening to, or reading each presentation thereby allowing them to process that information in the most beneficial and effective manner.
  • Using video to learn provides each child with a more interesting, compelling and fun manner by which to learn. It attracts and maintains their interest and concentration for longer periods of time.
  • Using online video enables each child or student to study at their own speed, and thereby achieve their greatest potential.
  • Not only is this a more compelling form of learning for the average child, it also provides a meaningful solution for a wide range of special needs including Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties, Learning Difficulties, Hearing and Visual Impairment, Autism, ADD and ADHD, the disabled, and other Special Needs requirements.

 

Our Experience:

I can see this being a great tool to use during the school year.  It was a bit hard for us to find a groove for it during the summer simply because we don’t have as many specific things we are studying.  We try to take a summer break!

Matthew (12) asked to watch the space/astronomy videos.  While he learned a few things, he commented quite a bit that he already knew many of the facts presented.  Andrew (8) asked to watch videos about Abraham Lincoln.  This was a little bit harder to find, simply because Lincoln is covered within other video topics.  We couldn’t find one for his age level just about Mr. Lincoln.

The subject list is pretty extensive including videos on Art, Biology, Geography, Health, History, Library Skills, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Science and, Social Studies.

We already used a very scheduled curriculum, so I don’t think we would use this the same way as a family who is using it more for teaching a topic.  I can see us using it to “fill in the gaps” or add to what we are already learning about in a subject.  My kids really do enjoy reading and I love that they like that mode of learning so I don’t see us using this to it’s full potential.  However, where I do see us using it more doing the year is to cover some supplemental subjects such as music.  There are plenty of videos covering specific composers and types of music.

There are times where I could see this being a very helpful site!  If mom doesn’t feel well find some videos to cover what you need your students to learn about.  A family whose children don’t enjoy reading as much, may really enjoy watching the videos.  I appreciated that there are quizzes following the videos to see how much your students retained!

 

What I liked:

  • Ease of use…just search the topic you are interested in having your student learn about and click on the video to watch. Or scroll through the extensive list of topics and choose from there.
  • Looking to supplement what you are already studying or maybe mom doesn’t feel well to teach?  This would be a great way to still get in the studying you want your kids to do.
  • At first I didn’t get subtitling all the videos, however, after I watched a few I really liked it.  The subtitles really seemed to engage them even more.
  • The quiz portion adds a lot to the value of this program…you aren’t simply putting your children in front of videos without knowing how much they got out of the video!

What I didn’t like:

  • I really thought my kids would be thrilled to watch videos to learn.  They love all things related to screens-Netflix, DVD’s, computer, DSI etc.  However, this wasn’t the case.  My 7th grade son said, “These videos are ok, but I really like it more when you just read us a book about the topic.”  Wow, this spoke a lot to my heart!
  • When I think of videos I think of animated or people moving around etc.  These “videos” are more like a moving picture with speaking over it.  I felt it was a bit like the filmstrips I watched in elementary school.
  • We couldn’t make the videos play full screen.  A bigger problem when you have multiple children trying to watch at the same time.
  • Videos are not compatible with the iPad. : (

To sum it up: Looking to add a video dimension to your homeschool experience?  This is a great way to do it.  With over 1,000 videos spanning K-12 this is a huge resource!!!!!

 

The important information:

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Zane Education- https://www.zaneeducation.com/

1.850.488-8204

Order from: Click the link below for a free membership and use the discount promo code below for 35% off of any annual membership purchased by the end of August 2012

The Free Membership Code: HSMUUA
The 35% Discount Promotion Code: ZE886HSM
Check them out on Facebook: Zane’s FaceBook Page http://www.facebook.com/ZaneEducation
 

Price: prices start from $8.99/mo, the level that I reviewed is $17.99/mo or $197.89 for the year
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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Sacha’s<25:  Improve essential math skills and scores dramatically in your students in only 20 minutes per day using this DVD/workbook program.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time?  10 stars
Did it help us learn? 10 stars
Is it worth the money? 10 stars
Is it useful to me? 10 stars
Practicality- 10 stars
Quality- 9 stars
Kid Rating-  9 stars

Our Experience:

When this review first came up, I wasn’t very excited about it.  I thought, “Another math program?”  However, once I poked around on the Math Essentials website I was excited to give it a try.  I ended up placing a phone call to the company to try to figure out where I would place Matthew in all of their books.  I was pleasantly surprised when the owner of the company and author of the books called me back within the hour (this was on the weekend) to help answer my questions!  After speaking with Rick Fisher I was super thrilled to try out the program.  We have been looking for something to use for Matthew this upcoming school year.  We have reviewed online programs and used workbooks, but I haven’t been blown away with anything yet.  

Enter Math Essentials Book 2 for Middle and High school students! After speaking with  Mr Fisher I learned that the problem most Pre-Algebra and Algebra teachers have is that the students coming into their classes haven’t mastered the basic math skills necessary to be able to fully do these upper level classes.  Matthew will be in 7th grade this year and with the current curriculum we have been using he would be ready for Pre-Algebra.  However, I really felt like he would do well if we spent some time reviewing all that he has learned before hitting the Pre-Algebra level.  This way he would have a better grasp of the essentials!

Can I tell you that Matthew was thrilled to hear he only had to do math for 20 minutes a day?  Yep, what kid wouldn’t be?

We are loving this program. At the beginning of the DVD we see Mr. Fisher and he speaks but once we hit the lessons it is just his voice and a whiteboard going through the problems.  The DVD is not watched every day, you just watch it on the days it corresponds to a new topic.  Mr. Fisher stresses that the students write the problems out along with him on the DVD teaching portion.  At times he goes slowly explaining how to do a particular type of problem, slowly enough that Matthew finishes the problem before he is done teaching it.  However, I appreciate that he isn’t rushing through and expecting students to know what they are doing.

Each day the student does one page in the workbook.  Matthew really enjoyed that the lessons were quick, not overly repetitive.  I enjoyed not hearing complaints about having to do math!  We will be continuing this program through the school year.  My only concern is that this might not be enough math to stand alone as our only math each day.  Mr. Fisher claims that “with consistent review built into each lesson, concepts missed in the basic curriculum will be covered in the daily review or new material section. You definitely will be ready for Algebra 1 after completing either of these workbooks!”

Don’t just take our word for it….click here to see samples of Mastering Math Essentials book 2!

From Mastering Essential’s Website:

Mastering Essential Math Skills for Middle School Grades/High School is 8 chapters and 125 pages. You’ll be provided instruction and practice for:

  • whole numbers
  • fractions
  • decimals
  • percentages
  • integers
  • geometry
  • charts and graphs
  • problem solving

MAKE MATH FUN AND BUILD SELF-ESTEEM
The key to this program’s success is that every lesson is fun and exciting. Each daily 20 minute session is short, concise and self contained. Students don’t have time to get bored or discouraged. Consistent review is built into lessons so students are able to master and reinforce their math skills. Students can see their progress and this helps increase their confidence and build self-esteem.

IT’S PARENT/TEACHER FRIENDLY
A daily lesson contains five key parts.

  1. There are two speed drills
  2. review exercises
  3. helpful hints section
  4. new material
  5. daily word problem

Lessons are easy to correct and the Parent/Teacher’s Guide provides illustrated step-by-step solutions for each exercise and problem.

UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE
Use Rick Fisher’s Mastering Essential Math Skills for 20 minutes a day as directed. If you don’t see what you feel are dramatically improved math test scores, send us a note saying so. You’ll receive a prompt, complete refund – no questions asked!
THERE IS NO RISK


What I liked:

  • 20 minutes a day!
  • There’s not a ridiculus amount of problems…he gets right to the point and they do enough problems to make sure they have it, but aren’t bored to death.
  • Math is reviewed along the way.  He doesn’t hit a topic once and then never cover it again!
  • I really feel like this would prepare a math student to be ready for Algebra.
  • No risk-money back guarantee.
  • Love that there is a instructional DVD included with this program.
  • The price is right!

What I didn’t like:

  • The DVD teaching can be a bit slow at times…no biggie…the teaching isn’t very long each day.
  • I’m not sure that it can be used as a stand alone math program.  However, it is awesome as review or supplement!

To sum it up: Math Essentials offers many books/programs for all ages and skill levels.  It would be a disservice to yourself and kids if you don’t check out what they have to offer. Also, don’t forget they have a money back satisfaction guarantee!  (see below for a special deal as well!)

 

The important information:

 

 

 

Math Essentials

Published by:  Math Essentials 

Order from: http://www.mathessentials.net/

Price: Mastering Math Essentials Book 2 and DVD Set- $33.95

Math Essentials will be offering a special promotion for the months of July, August, and September.

The promotion applies to any order placed through the Math Essentials website.

Any order that includes Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 1, OR, Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2, OR, No-Nonsense Algebra, will include a free copy of Geometry (A $14.95 value) plus a free Homework Kit (A $4.99 value).


To read other Schoolhouse Crew reviews of this product click here.

 

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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

Keyboarding for the Christian School: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Keyboarding for the Christian School: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Keyboarding for the Christian School: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

 

Sacha’s<25: An ebook typing curriculum for private schools and home schools designed for grades 6 and up for the low price of $15.95!

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time?  5 stars
Did it help us learn?  5 stars
Is it worth the money? 5  stars
Is it useful to me? 5  stars
Practicality- 5 stars
Quality- 8 stars
Kid Rating- 6 stars

Our Experience:

We received Keyboarding for the Christian School by Leanne Beitel for review. This program was not at all what I was expecting.  I thought that the students would be typing Bible verses early on in the lessons.  This wasn’t the case. The first 29 lessons focus on the letter keys and number keys.  I was pleased that once they get that under their belt the lessons continue with things that they would need to know for middle school and high school.  See below the Table of Contents:

Introduction 4

Lessons 1-20 Alphabetic Keys 5-24

Lessons 21-25 Numbers and Symbol Keys 25-29

Lessons 26-29 Number Pad 30-33

Lesson 30 Centering 34-38

Lesson 31 Enumerated Lists 39-40

Lesson 32 Tab Key 41-42

Lesson 33 MLA Reports 43-46

Lesson 34 APA Reports 47-50

Lesson 35 Cover Page 51-52

Lesson 36 Works Cited 53

Lesson 37 Bibliography 54

Lesson 38 Personal-Business Letters 55-59

Lesson 39 Business Letters 60-65

Lesson 40 Envelopes 66-67

Lesson 41 Proofreader’s Marks 68-69

Lesson 42 Timed Writings 70-74

Timing Scale 75

Index 76-77

The “Christian” aspect comes into play once they are learning centering etc.  Then they are typing Psalms, m  etc.  Unfortunately, the instructions to learn how to do the word processing portions of the lessons are written for a PC.  We have a Mac so the instructions don’t line up with how we do it on our Mac programs. I was bummed about that because my soon to be 6th grader is already a really good “typer” and needs the layout instructions more so than the typing instructions.

I had to beg my kids to try these lessons out, they found them to be  really dry and boring compared to the computer games they have been working on learning typing with.  My daughter enjoyed it more once she was past the typing stuff and into the formatting/word processing where she was actually typing verses from the Bible.

Click here to see some sample lessons.

 

From their website:

Keyboarding for the Christian School  can be used along with a software-based program or online program to further enhance your student’s learning.  Most of these programs are great for graphical use but fall short of actual teaching in word processing techniques.   This book will help your middle school through high school student learn touch typing through…

*Typing drills, timings, letters, envelopes, APA and MLA reports (the ONLY book that features both), centering, proofreader’s marks, and creating tables with a Biblical perspective
*The textbook is brief–only 108 pages–to be used in conjunction with other curriculum or as a refresher

*Screen shots for each lesson after the alphanumeric keys to make sure student is on target
*Resources for grading and assessment
*Access to the author for questions or help
*Printed softcover products are available for an additional shipping and printing fee 

What I liked:

  • I loved that it covered more than just learning to actually type.  Lessons 30-43 cover all kinds of things that are needed for upper grade levels.  (see above for table of contents)  We will be referring back to these lessons over the school year.

What I didn’t like:

  • This book just doesn’t have the excitement attached to it that a computer based game does.  My kids were really bored with it.  That being said, she does say this on her website and I think it proves to be a good point:  Why choose a printable e-book versus a web-based program?  Think about the things you type.  Are they readily available to copy from the screen or are they something that you are looking at on a piece of paper?  Usually you are typing something from a rough draft.  If the lessons are only available on the computer monitor; your student will not get the needed skill of transferring information from paper to the computer.  A printable e-book allows you the preference of binding the whole book or just giving your student one page at a time.  A printable e-book is portable and economical.
  • The directions on how to format the pages for certain things were written for word processing on a PC.  We have a Mac and they just didn’t work the same way.  
  • Because it isn’t a computer program it doesn’t tell them when they are wrong, or tell them their typing speeds.  

To sum it up: My children like a little more “bling” when it comes to drill work like learning how to type.  I have found that they are more willing to work on typing with a computer program.  With that being said, I think that the last lessons will be very helpful as they hit middle and high school levels where they need to know MLA, APA reports, doing cover pages, bibliographies, business letters, etc.

 

The important information:

Order from: Christian Keyboarding

https://www.christiankeyboarding.com/

Price: $15.95

To read other Schoolhouse Crew reviews of this product click here.

 

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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

Professor B Math: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Professor B Math: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Professor B Math: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Sacha’s<25: An online math program for pre-k to 8th graders, divided into 3 different levels of learning, where parents work with their child.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time?  3 stars
Did it help us learn?  3 stars
Is it worth the money?  2 stars
Is it useful to me?  2 stars
Practicality-  2 stars
Quality-  2 stars
Kid Rating- 3 stars

We were given a year subscription to all 3 Professor B Levels of E-Learning to review.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time figuring this program out and how to best use it for our family.  I found it hard to navigate around and especially to figure out where to start in the program with my older kids. (I know they offer a free placement test, but I wasn’t sure where within each Level to start)

In the end I chose to work on it with just my 5 year old and had my 3 year old watch.  We started at the beginning of Level 1.  She already was pretty familiar with her numbers 1-10 but I thought we would start at the beginning.  What we found was that while some of it was stuff she already knew there were new things interwoven in the material.  I would click past the material that she already knew so that she wasn’t bored or annoyed (she would think I was wasting her time if she already knew it).  This program is meant for the parent to do with the student.  There is no sound and it is basically a bunch of power point slides that you click through and read what the Bee is saying to your child.  This is regardless of level and age.  Yes, they want you to read to your 7th grader as well.

I really liked that with all of the number recognition drills that she learned to quickly identify numbers and sets of objects.  She can now quickly tell me how many items are in a group.  What she found very boring was the finger number recognition.  There would be whole exercises where she would have to tell me how many fingers were held up on the screen.  I still don’t really understand why.  The thing that we found to be really strange with this portion was that she would have to recognize all different ways that each number could be done on your fingers.  No one holds up a thumb and pinky on one hand and and index finger on the other to tell you the number 3.  We found this part of the program to be really weird and unnecessary…she would see the fingers on the screen and blatantly say, “I’m not doing that.” I don’t blame her one bit.

I had her work on the program about 4 different times.  After that she begged to do her regular math book.  She really did not want to do it, so I am not going to force her to when she really enjoys the math she is working on and will do multiple lessons in one sitting.

I wish I could give a better report on how this worked for our family, but it just didn’t work.  I will give you some of the specs for what they claim to offer and please read what other reviewers thought.  I know this was great for some families.

THE INSTANT MASTER TEACHER PROGRAM
Original number sense activities and strategies.This is not a drill and practice program WE TEACH MATH!

LEVEL I Pre-k though 2nd graders and remediation of older learners. Introduction to Addition/Subtraction Facts – Counting to One Hundred – Lower Addition and Subtraction – Higher Addition and Subtraction – Place Value Fractional Parts & Order – Time – Money
LEVEL II 3rd grade through 5th grade and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division Facts and Problem Solving – Introduction to Fractions – Fractional Equivalence – Addition and Subtraction Fractions
LEVEL III 6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions – Decimals – Percents

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What I liked:

  • Faith learned to quickly identify number sets.

What I didn’t like:

  • On one of the lessons it suggested going back a level to review before continuing.  I would be frustrated to see this message and not be able to access the information I needed to teach the lesson because I hadn’t purchased the previous level.  Seems that the level should have everything needed to teach that level!
  • As I mentioned above, this was just a confusing program for me to use.
  • Unless you want to sit and do everything with your child, this program is not for you.  I don’t want to sit through full lessons with my older kids, let me teach and then have them do their work by themselves.  (I have 5 kids to work with-I’d be at the computer all day with 5 of them just doing math!)
  • I am a traditionalist in certain areas of learning…math and reading being 2 of them.  This just seemed so different from what we are used to…it made me nervous.
  • Bad customer service….I emailed them to ask a question and find out if this program was compatible on my ipad.  Never got a response.  Not Good!

To sum it up: Looking for a different way to teach your kids math?  Want to do it on the computer?  This might be a program for you…they offer a free 30 trial.

 

The important information:

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Order from: http://www.profB.com/

Price: Monthly subscriptions starting at $20/mo for 1 level.  See website for discounts on additional levels

 

To read other Schoolhouse Crew reviews of this product click here.

 

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Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.