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Curriculum CleanOut Giveaway

Heather —  August 24, 2010

I have a couple of items for the CleanOut. These are mainly for the older set:) My five year old is hiding everything else! Thanks, Jolanthe, for doing this!


The 2010 Curriculum Cleanout is going on now–If you haven’t stopped by, go check it out! I was looking through our stuff to see what I was willing to part with–because I have only been homeschooling a couple of years, I don’t have too much. BUT, I do have a couple of things!



  • Light Speed Math, Geometry Intro. I really like all our Light Speed DVDs. I’d keep this, but my son says he’s done…This one has video and a digital workbook. You can see the item, here. Value: 14.98

Another Math! (Apparently I’m not covetous of my Math Curriculum)


I liked all of these, but my kids are done with them. If you want to enter, just leave me a comment saying which item or items you are interested in!

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mathleticsHURRY…this ends July 6th. It is available this morning!

I keep trying not to think about school–just Summer, but then I see some fantastic deals and ideas….and I do love getting things the kids enjoy that are also educational! I got this deal in my email this morning, and had to share.

In my review of Mathletics last year, I talked about how my daughter used the program. We liked it so much, that after our review subscription ended, I purchased a subscription. I am really cheap frugal, but I felt that this online Math was worth the money. (And, they have added so many parts since I used it last year)

Whether your little one is homeschooled or public schooled I strongly recommend getting this subscription instead of the next plain old video game! I love that it is a safe place for kids to play around. For the special right now, see below.

Mathletics Super Summer Special – One year subscription for only $39.00

In celebration of winning the BESSIE Award – Best home school math website as published by ComputED Gazette and the TOS Crew – Favorite Online Math Product as published by The Homeschool Magazine, Mathletics is pleased to offer a 10 day Super Summer Special of 1 year’s subscription to Mathletics for the special price of only $39.

A subscription to Mathletics is normally $59.00. Hurry, this offer will be available for 10 days only* and won’t be repeated or extended!  Click here to subscribe to our award winning program for just $39 today.

*Through July 6th

Because–Everyone really loves Math…they may just not know it!

Dollar Homeschool


Summary & Rating: 3 An intriguing way to handle a complete homeschool curriculum from K-12, Dollar Homeschool has basically compiled the Ecletic Education Series (EES) in an electronic format. The EES is a set of textbooks that were used extensively in the United States from about 1865 to 1915. Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about using these. I found it difficult to get into them. Some of the curriculum is heavy on the critical thinking–no fuss. Learn to read, write and…do arithmetic. On the other hand, things–such as references–are out of date and the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, I am into color.

Nevertheless, I am a fan of the good old days and I think some of this material does have merit. The idea of making solid progress, one room schoolhouse style is romantic. Read the interesting story behind these books. However, the format really did challenge me.

Click here to view the complete list of books included in Eclectic Education Series.

The EES books are in the public domain. Dollar Homeschool has basically tracked all of the files down, catalogued them, pdf’d them and burned them onto CD’s for your use.

The complete EES is available for $159. Other purchasing options are available.

While I found the EES a bit overwhelming, I did notice that some of the veteran homeschoolers whose reviews I respect on the TOS crew got into them. You can see some reviews here on the Ray’s Arithmetic portion over at Delightful Learning. Also, at Footprints in the Butter, Debra gives a good overview of how she used the Spelling, Reading and History portions.

To see what other TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

The Eclectic Education Series was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.

Math Tutor Review

Heather —  February 10, 2010

Math Tutor

Review & Summary: 4 This company specializes in Math Curriculum, packaged in DVD and online formats for all ages, from beginning Math to Physics. We received two particular DVD’s; one for little guys and one for the older student. Overall, I felt the curriculum was solid…the presentation for the older ages is very much like taking Math in a class. The DVD for young children is very bright and fun with wonderful classical music. I sure do wish the Math for older students could be that fun!

See a sample from the Young Minds DVD, below. This was a very pleasant DVD with lessons and review on numbers 1-10 for small children. It was really too young for Em, but she enjoyed the narration by another child and the excellent photography and music. I thought this was great–similar maybe to some of the baby Einstein videos. I did give this one away because I was a bit worried about some of the flashing colors as we are in the midst of watching her epilepsy! Otherwise, I would have used it as a calming activity for her.

Now, with the stuff for the older students, you are getting a more serious lecture style. The instructor is Jason Gibson who has several math related degrees.  As he lectures, he uses the whiteboard and is quite clear. I am not a math lover, myself. I found myself wishing we could go back and watch the baby DVD!

Nevertheless, the curriculum does seem to have some excellent courses and is very reasonably priced. I could see using this in the future–either as a complete curriculum or as a help for some of the more advanced Math we are beginning to face in high school. Many of the courses are also available to purchase and view online. Main thoughts:  good solid math. kind of boring (shoot, I am an English Major:).

I think this curriculum is worth taking some time to look at. If you are looking for a long term plan or just some help for Math, definitely stop in at the Math Tutor DVD site. They have plenty of samples and videos and worksheets to peruse to see if the style works for your family. They also offer an online plan for $19.99 per month.

To see what my TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

The Young Minds Counting DVD and The Basic Math Word problem DVD was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.

Mathletics Review

Heather —  December 30, 2009


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Summary & Rating: 4.5 This online math program is fantastic for my younger daughter. I am actually purchasing a subscription when my trial runs out…so you know I love it! This math program can be used as a complete or supplemental curriculum for students from K through 8th. My son was too advanced to try it out, so my 4  year old gave the program a test run. I was really surprised by how much she learned…and how well she did. I like that the program introduces math concepts and then allows the student to reinforce that learning in several different ways–whether playing games, or using printable worksheets or racing and answering questions in competition against other kids.

"Let me work, Mom"

"Just let me work, Mom"

In my mind, there are definitely two main sections to Mathletics:

  • The first would be the main curriculum. In this section you can find age appropriate math lessons, games, worksheets, and information for parents. In this section you would “set” the level for your child, and you can set up email reports to let you know how they are doing and to get other updates from Mathletics.
  • In the second section, your child can play in math competitions with kids from around the world. These competitions are short drills where the children race against time and each other.

clipMy child really enjoyed both sections–although because she is little, in the competitions, she went so slow she often lost. I have heard from other TOS Crew members that the older children have really enjoyed the competitions.

We ended up using the main section the most. As Em goes through the Kindergarden curriculum, she answers questions and as she completes levels correctly, she is able to earn points and certificates. There is then an area where she can spend her points, dressing and playing with an online character she has created. She quickly realized about how many points one needs to be able to buy stuff for her character!

If you are looking for a whole math curriculum or a fun addition to your math, I recommend going to the website and browsing through the “About Mathletics” area. I was pleased, as a parent, that they show clearly before you buy the main curriculum available by age.

Only one thing bummed me out about Mathletics– they do not have audio instructions to help pre-readers. Please add that, Mathletics!!

The individual Mathletics subscription is $59 per year (per child). Get $10 off that price by knowing the human calculator’s favorite number (9). Click here to see a post I did about the human calculator–he’s amazing!

NOTE: I did have some problems accessing worksheets and downloads in Firefox. When I switched over to IE, I had no issues…

To see what my TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

A 6 week subscription to Mathletics was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I received no compensation and I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.