Reading Kingdom program review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are teaching your child to read be sure to check out the online reading program Reading Kingdom.  This blog post is a review of the online Reading Kingdom program.  Check out my review below to find out if Reading Kingdom could work for your child.

What is Reading Kingdom

Reading Kingdom is a captivating online reading program that also teaches the keyboard layout. The program works on computers and also on the iPad. Each lesson introduces a new word to learn.

There are several different activities to help learn the words. The new word is introduced and then you have to type the letters in the order. Sometimes there are letters between so the child had to distinguish which letters are correct and the correct order. If after a certain time the child has not selected or typed the word correctly, the right answers are shown on the screen. The time can be adjusted as shown in the picture below.

Since typing on the keyboard is required for the Reading Kingdom program it is nice to see that there is a game included for keyboard typing practice. The game uses a Space ship to shoots words by typing them on the keyboard.  There are several levels starting with the top row of the keyboard and then other rows are added and more words appear.

Reading Kingdome shows overall progress. You can see the word being learned in the current level.  You can even move students to the next lesson or have them do a lesson again.  There are five levels and a placement test which determines which level the student begins with.

What we thought about Reading Kingdom

To start the program my son took the online assessment. Since my son knows simple words the program started him with words like kid and girl. My son hasn’t learned sounds like ir but the program introduces them in a way that they get plenty of practice.

Even though my son knows how to use the iPad he actually doesn’t really know they keys on the keyboard. Initially, it frustrated him but thankfully there is also a game included with the program to practice typing.

We tried both the computer and the iPad. With the iPad, you have to use the on-screen keyboard which reduces the size of what is displayed on the screen. I thought some of the words were a little small. On the computer, you can either use the onscreen keyboard or the physical keyboard.  We ended up using the computer more than the iPad.

Overall my son enjoyed the activities but he got a little frustrated since he was not very familiar with the keyboard.  After some practice games, he got a little better and it was a little easier for him to continue on the program.  I also tried to help him a little with the general location where the letters were on the keyboard. It also helped to extend the program response time so he had more time to find the right letter.  I would definitely make sure your child has a beginning knowledge of the keyboard for Reading Kingdom.  Once my son started to get to know the keyboard a little better, he really started to enjoy the program more.   I would recommend checking out Reading Kingdom and try the 30-day free trial to see if it will work for your child.

Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews of Reading Kingdom.

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No-Nonsense Algebra review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I often hear homeschoolers talk about being intimidated by teaching math to their children so I was excited to learn about No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.  Since my daughter is working on High School Algebra I thought it would be a good idea to review No-Nonsense Algebra.  Keep reading to see what we thought about No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.

What is No-Nonsense Algebra

No-Nonsense Algebra is a math book that covers basic algebra taught in High school.  The book is a softback book with almost 300 pages.  The book has examples along with exercise problems and the answers.  The book also includes quizzes and a final review test.  There are 10 chapters in the book covering topics such as graphing, solving equations, and factoring.  The first chapter covers all the “Necessary tools” for Algebra.  The first chapter is basically a review of all the math required before High school algebra.  Not only does the book have plenty of practice for algebra topics but it also includes a code to access online videos that explain all the algebra concepts included in the book.  It never hurts to have more explanation for Algebra.

What did we think about No-Nonsense Algebra

Algebra is not necessarily something people consider fun.  I actually enjoy Algebra but for my daughter, it’s a different story.  I was glad (she was too) that No-Nonsense Algebra has videos she could watch to help explain algebra instead of me trying to explain things all the time.

Another thing we liked about No-Nonsense Algebra was the good examples that are in each chapter. The book recommends working out on a separate sheet of paper the example problems.  For graphing you will want graph paper instead of regular paper. Each section also has helpful hints.  The examples show in detail how to solve the problem.  I really like that each step has notes to the side explaining what was done.  This is really helpful when the students look back at the examples when working on the exercises.  The exercises must be worked out on another sheet of paper which means the book can be re-used with multiple children.

My daughter and I thought the No-Nonsense Algebra, had just the right amount of problems for each lesson.   Overall we thought the Algebra really was “No-Nonsense”.  It wasn’t overwhelming and the video lessons were wonderful.  Whether you are looking for a High school Algebra curriculum or as a review for a test I would recommend No-Nonsense Algebra.

We used No-Nonsense Algebra, but other families used other resources from Math Essentials so be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more views.

No-Nonsense Algebra, Math Refresher for Adults & Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School {Math Essentials Reviews}

Building a tree house with the boys

Now that the Coronavirus keeps a lot of us home I have an opportunity to spend more time playing with the boys at home.  Here is a list of things I have been doing with the boy’s are home under lockdown

  • Build Lego creations
  • Go on bike rides
  • Read some books
  • Help with math
  • Plant a garden
  • Build a chicken tractor (coop)
  • camp in the back yard
  • Make a rabbit trap
  • Play in the dirt
  • Make a zip line
  • build a treehouse

My son has been wanting to do this for a while, but it seems like I never have the time.  He has several treehouse books but one of the best ways to get inspiration is through Pinterest. You can check out our board here. My son’s favorite treehouse book is How to Build Treehouses, Huts & Forts by David Stiles.

Here is what we learned about building a treehouse.

  • Make a plan!

What about you?  Do you have any treehouse advice for us?

Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC.  I have been using it with my kids and I would like to tell you more about it.

What is the ebook about

Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting is a 216-page ebook that serves as a guide for teaching kids to read.  It is also a way to help your child improve his handwriting through copywork pages that reinforce each reading lesson. The ebook introduction provides guidance to help in teaching reading and writing.

The first lessons start out with letters in the alphabet.  Then words with short sounding vowels are next.  The lessons progress through all the phonics rules and exceptions to the rules. Once the main lessons are done then there are additional copywork sections for handwriting practice.  In the back of the book starting on page 182 there is a section for penmanship practice that covers writing slanted letters, writing with italics, and a little bit of Caligraphy style writing.

How did we use the ebook

Since it is an ebook, I can have a copy on all my devices from my iPad to my computer.  I only have to print off the sections that I need at the moment.  The ebook also has an introduction on teaching your child to read using the book so it’s nice to be able to read it on the iPad.  The end of the book also has pointers for fancy letter writing.

I have several boys who need both help with handwriting and reading.  The book is great for both of these things. The book is set up to start with writing alphabets for children who are just learning their letters. Here is an example of one of the pages my son copied.

For my older sons I found sections to help them work on their spelling.  I printed out the sections to help and put them in a folder.

Here is another sample lesson.  You can see there is a lesson page and then there is a page of copywork to practice the lesson.

What did we think of the ebook?

I really appreciate the versatility of the Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook.  The only thing I did not like was that some of the phonics exceptions are taught early on but that might be OK for most students. I used the ebook mostly for reading instruction and for writing practice.  I liked the letter font used and that I could print out the copywork as much as I like.  Best of all I liked that the ebook was phonics-based.

Want to hear more about Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting? Click below to read what other members of the Review Crew thought.

Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook {Everyday Education, LLC Reviews}