"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brinkman Adventures: Season 4~ Review

Hello again dear readers. Do you find yourself at awe hearing the stories of those who go into the mission field in another country? I am amazed at what all God is doing in the lives of those who have answered that call. Have you heard of Brinkman Adventures?  Neither had I until we were introduced to their missionary stories here recently. We were sent a copy of the Brinkman Adventures Season 4 to review.

The Brinkman Adventures 4

Brinkman Adventures is an exciting radio show based on true, modern, missionary stories that are told through the eyes of the fictional Brinkman family. Brinkman Adventures is produced by Beachglass ministries. They are a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization who are dedicated to inspiring, motivating and facilitating the next generation of Christian world changers.  Currently there are 5 seasons with a 6th one on the way. The episode’s adventures are action-packed and faith-building. This action packed drama is good for families of all ages, but there are warnings for children under 10 needing to listen with a parent/adult.

The episodes are sold in two different ways. You can purchase them on CD for $31.99. They come in a box with 4 CDs. Another way to purchase is as a download for $25.99. You will be emailed a download link after purchase. For our review we were sent the Brinkman Adventures Season 4 download. The download comes as a zip-file that will need to be extracted before it can be played. You do have the ability to play the episodes on your phone or tablets. You need to download it to your computer first to extract the files, then sync to your other devices. This is important because you can’t extract zipped files from portable devices.

Brinkman Adventures 4- WMP

Here you are seeing an episode being played on my laptop. It is through Windows Media Player. Another option could be using a program called RealPlayer.

The only problem we ran into doing it this way was when I needed my laptop to do some other work myself. You see, my 17 year old son was the one listening to these episodes. Daily he was having to use my laptop to have access to the files, and sharing it was not working out the way we had hoped. Soooo I went with the next option. I synced the files for my son to listen to through his tablet or phone. That was a win win. He did not have to wait on me, and I did not have to wait on him Open-mouthed smile.


episode previews

As you can see above there are 12 episodes in the Brinkman Adventures Season 4. The episodes start at number 37 and goes all the way to 48. Each are around 25 minutes long. You can listen to previews on the website. You can also see (in the above picture) that each title has a theme, shows the character featured, and the region they are at. The theme reflects what the main character in each episode learns or experiences.

The episodes consist of “5 hours of high definition, heart-stopping audio-drama”. You and your children will “learn about Christian heroes that will strengthen their faith and provide important teachable memories”. Some of the stories are about the Brinkman family sharing about the amazing things that happened to them, and other storiess are about other missionaries. They all are sharing the love of Jesus with others around the world. You will hear stories taking place in places like Cambodia, Russia, Congo, and the Middle East. The stories are not all what really happened, but you can read on the website the real stories behind the episodes. These stories tell about God’s provision as well as lessons on the importance of listening to God, faith, overcoming fear, humility, and perseverance.

My son and I had thought provoking conversations after he would listen to an episode each day. He said his favorite episode was “The Five Guys”. In this episode there were 5 guys in the Middle East who all had been having dreams about Jesus. They were taught by a missionary how to be a Christian in a Muslim nation. It would have been great to have a curriculum guide to go along with these episodes. I believe it would have helped my son to think deeper about the lessons he was learning in the process.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Brinkman Adventures Season 4  from Brinkman Adventures. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew also had a chance to listen to these as well.  Click on the banner below to read their thoughts.

Brinkman Adventures Season 4

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CTCMath~ Review

Hello dear readers. If you have been a reader here for a while, you have heard me say that math is not my son’s strongest subject. It was not my best subject in school either. That all changed for me after meeting my hubby in college. Open-mouthed smile Now we work hand and hand to help our son strengthen his math skills. I love trying programs that aid in helping us with that goal. That’s why I was thrilled to receive CTCMath's Single Membership to review with my son, and the great part is homeschoolers can get 60% off + 6 bonus months.
 CTCMath

CTCMath is an online Math Curriculum for grades K-12. This math teaching program was started by Pat Murray. He is a homeschooling father of 10, and was a high school math teacher with 31+ years of experience in the subject. Pat has a real passion for helping children understand and succeed at math. His strategy is one where he does not have to take all the time that most school teachers take to teach math concepts. His strategy is to simply “teach a math concept in 4 minutes, and get the kids to practice it the next 11 minutes”.

CTCMath has over 1400 animated and narrated math lessons (short video tutorials with clear spoken explanations), interactive questions (that tests how well your child understood the video lessons), and diagnostic tests (helps you see where your child has learning gaps, or if he has mastered the skill). It can be used as a complete curriculum for grades K-8th, and used as a supplement for 9th through 12th grades.

CTCMath

CTCMath offers Single and Family Membership’s. These can be purchased as a yearly or monthly subscriptions. As a homeschooler you can get 60% off + 6 bonus months. That's 18 month's with a great discount! If you want to try it out before committing to buying anything, you can try it for free.  For this review I will be talking about the Single Membership because that’s what I was given to try out.

Some benefits of using CTCMath are:

* Uses multi-sensory methods that ensue retention.
* Your child (dren) learn at their own pace.
* Videos that are short and to the point.
* Video lessons can be stopped and replayed until your child gets it.
* Great for catching up, keeping up, or moving ahead.
* Membership gives you access to all the lessons from all grade levels.
* Has the option of doing printable math worksheets instead of doing the work online.
* Has automatic grading for the lessons done online.

The program offers math help for high school math in the following courses:

* Algebra 1
* Pre-Calculus
* Calculus
* Algebra II
* Geometry
* Trigonometry

To begin I was sent my login information and link. From there I  was taken to the parent dashboard. On the right hand side there is a box with my name in it. I clicked on the edit button so that I would be able to change my password to one that I would easily remember. Going back to the front page of the parent dashboard I was able to add my son as a student. I can also set a passing grade for him in order for him to be able to move on to the next lesson. See the picture below to get an idea of how that looks.

Adding Student

In the Task section I am able to set up tasks for him to do daily (more on that below). Under the Tools section you are able to do things like browse through the lessons, and download a course checklist like this one here.

Checklist

Another cool feature on the parent dashboard is the Activity Log (see picture below), rewards, and the Weekly Reports. I like that a copy of the Weekly Reports are automatically emailed to me each week in case I didn’t remember to go ahead and download them myself.

Activity Log

There is a way for the student to log in from the parent dashboard. This will take him straight to his side of the website. You can see that in this picture.

student login

Now he is able to see the tasks you have set up for him. As you can see right here.

Tasks

When he clicks on the available task it opens up to the ones that currently need to be completed.

Tasks 2

This is what a lesson looks like on the screen when the instructor is explaining how to work out a problem. I like that it shows one problem at a time.

Lesson

There are diagnosis tests for each section. We did one before he started the lessons and he scored really low. I switched up and had him do the lessons first then take a short (16 questions), standard (24 questions), or maybe a comprehensive (32 questions) diagnosis test afterwards.

Diagnosis Test 2

I had my high school son work on CTCMath 3 days a week to supplement his Algebra 1 math curriculum. All he needed extra to complete the assignments was a pencil, scratch paper (to work out his problems), and a scientific calculator. I will share with you some of his thoughts about the program.

I like how they show you in the videos how to work out the problems. When I did not make a passing grade on my work, I was able to go back, and watch the video again. I had a chance redo the lesson to get a better score. Being able to watch it again and again helped me to figure out how the teacher got a different answer from what I got. I did the problems again and got the correct answers.

One last thing I want to mention is this. If you want to see what problems your child missed in the lessons or diagnosis test, you MUST have them download the file while they are still on the web page. Once they go to the next lesson or close out the browser, you won’t be able to see the work. These will not be part of the weekly progress reports.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope you stop by to check out CTCMath. Remember that you can as a homeschooler get 60% off + 6 bonus months, but this only lasts through November 15, 2017 so hurry. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew also had a chance to review  the CTCMath Single or Family Membership.  Click on the banner below to read what they had to share.

CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fortitude~


Previous Words of the Week:
Foil
Feral
Facetious
Enervate
Empirical
Elicit
Edict

Monday, October 2, 2017

Foil~


Word of the wk 27

Previous Words of the Week:
Feral
Facetious
Enervate
Empirical
Elicit
Edict

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