Homer Learn to Read Review with $75 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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I recently tried out The Homer Learn to Read program. The Homer Learn to Read program is a fast, effective way to teach your child how to read that was designed by teachers and experts. Homer is a step-by-step method that will leave parents feeling proud and worry-free. Homer works with homeschool curriculums, or as a supplement you work on at home with your child.

Homer Learn to Read won the 2015 Teacher’s Choice Gold Award. Using Homer for just 15 minutes a day has been proven to boost early reading scores by 74%.


Homer Pickle Wickle Park


Homer Learn to Read is for ages 3-8. Here are a few features of Homer:

22 levels, over 1,000 lessons and activities that included phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, quizzes.  There are new lessons added every month.


After you sign up on Homer, you kids get to choose their own avatar from cute little animal pictures, then a thinking cap to put on it. Kids are then taken to Pickle Wickle Park, which is on an island. From there, they can choose which activity they would like to do. Storytime, Discover the World, Music, Learn to Read, and Adventures in History, with more activities coming soon.


Storytime is divided into 4 sections, Poetry, Fables, Folklore, and Homer Stories.

Homer stories

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Discover the World is divided into 4 sections, Marvelous Mammals, Feathered Friends, The Human Body, & Seasons and Celebrations. Discover the World has over 70 lessons that teach over 300 vocabulary words.




Adventures in History is also divided into 4 sections, Biographies, Cool History, Time Travelers, and World Bookshelf. Adventures in History covers history, geography, and biographies. These cover dozens of important people and places. Also included are traditions, celebrations, and customs from around the world.
In the Learn to Read section, the kids do just that. Learn to Read. The first lesson is A. Kids learn the sound, recognizing the letter in upper and lower case, then identifying pictures that start with the A sound, then pictures that have A as the middle sound. After completing the section, kids get to draw.


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The site has music that is easily turned off. The colors in the program are bright, and all the pictures kid friendly.

As a homeschooling parent, I love that you are able to track your kids progress, view the gallery with all their drawings, print worksheets and coloring pages.


Homer parent


You can also see what progress they are making with their reading.


Homer Track Progress


Over all, Homer Learn to Read is a great educational website that is kid and parent friendly. This award-winning program is available for web and iPad. A Homer Learn to Read iPhone app will be available mid-February


You can get a free 30 day trial to try out Homer. Use this link to Homer Learn to Read and get a 50% discount on an annual subscription!


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SchoolhouseTeachers.Com Yearly Membership Review

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I have used SchoolhouseTeachers.com for a few years now. They offer close to 200 different classes, as well as extras and printables with the SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership. I love how easy to use the website is, and the variety of online classes available for for all ages, including adults. The printable homeschool planners available are some of the best I have seen in my 25 years of homeschooling.















For new members, the best place to start on the site is the New Members Hub. From there, you can check out Courses by Grade or Courses by Subject to choose what classes you want your students to take.  With almost 200 different classes, there is something for every member of the family.

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer and Technology
  • Drama and Speech
  • Electives
  • Foreign Languages
  • History, Geography, and Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
  • Science
  • Just for Parents or the Whole Family



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You can watch an Introduction to SchoolhouseTeachers.com video that is very helpful in seeing all that is offered.



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Members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com also receive many extras included in the membership:

  • Digital back issues of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • All 5 of the popular Schoolhouse Planners,
  • Recordings of the Schoolhouse Expos,
  • Free monthly eBooks and TOS supplements,
  • Membership to Applecore, an online homeschool tracking software
  • And more!


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Here are a few of the offerings Just for Parents or the Whole Family:


  • Be Prepared
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  • Growing in Homeschool Confidence
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  • Heritage Crafts
  • Homegrown Parenting
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  • It Starts At Home
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  • Parenting: The Early Years
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  • Reading Remedies (Reading Lessons for Young or Struggling Readers)
  • Reading List (Monthly Book Lists for Families)
  • Special Needs
  • Special Needs Trenches
  • Tips for Homeschooling Active Learners
  • Whole Foods Cooking with Sue Gregg
  • Writing: Mechanics
  • Your Child’s Learning Style


There are hours and hours of reading & invaluable resources available for parents to help you in your homeschooling journey.


I have used some of the high school courses available with my students. For this review, my 9th grade son chose to use the Web Game Design course. The Web Game Design course teaches students how to create some simple games in their web browser. Students will learn to write code directly into the web browser to make things happen. With the Web Game Design course students will learn to use input fields, images & sound effects, 2D frame animation, how to start a JavaScript game, & more.


He is several lessons in and liking it. We have used core subjects before, and I will be adding some more in for my son this semester, but I let him pick which course to take first. This Web Game Design class includes 42 weekly lessons, and is generally expected to take 1-2 hours per week to complete. Students who complete the entire year should be comfortable receiving 0.5 computer science credit on a transcript. I really love that most of the high school courses tell you how many credits your student will earn by completing the course.


I, myself, have used the ASL course in the past, but haven’t completed it. I will be starting again. And finishing! I truly love everything about SchoolhouseTeachers.com!


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Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Review

I have been using Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool with my 9th grade son for a month.

Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool is a complete high school curriculum and meets standards and benchmarks in all 50 states. This homeschool edition has added scripture references that are not in the other editions of this curriculum. Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool sells for $119.99 for the set, with additional student texts available for $26.99.

Included in Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool are the paperback student text and a 6 cd-rom set. Five of the cds feature teaching delivered via video by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts. The 6th cd is Teacher’s Resources.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Review


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool consists of 4 units.

Saving and Budgeting
Credit and Debt
Financial Planning and Insurance
Income, Taxes, and Giving

Each unit has 3 chapters, with each chapter containing 3 sections, as well as a chapter summary. You can see the chapter titles, summaries, and see a sample chapter from Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool on the website.

The student text pages are not in full color, but rather in shades of gray. The chapter and section titles are in orange. The pages are not boring, though. The book is filled with graphs, charts, statistics, quotes, and scripture references. Each chapter has journal questions. The chapter summaries help reinforce what the student learned in that chapter.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


The video lessons last anywhere from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. My son said he really liked the videos. The instructors use humor and real life stories to teach and reinforce principles of managing money. While watching the video lesson, students follow along using the student text. As the student is watching the lesson, they have to fill in the blank in their book. I like this, as it helps to insure that my son is paying attention to the video lesson.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


The Teacher’s Resources CD contains over 150 pages and includes a getting started guide, forms & resources, assessments, a 90 day syllabus, and files for each of the 12 chapters. Each chapter’s file contains a fill-ins answer key, lesson plan, chapter summary answers, case studies, printable activity pages, tests and answer keys. The over 35 activity pages contain fun activities that reinforce what was learned in that chapter. Some activities are about learning statistics about money. For example, which country has the highest, and the lowest, percentage of saving money.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


I love having the syllabus printed out. I can tell with just a glance what is needed for each day. It makes it easy to have the printables ready for each day when the student needs them.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


You are able to print out as many copies of the assessments and activities as you need for your homeschool students from the cd. The student text, however, does not grant permission to copy pages. So you will need a student text for each of your students.


The only thing I didn’t like about this curriculum was that some of the activities were for the classroom, not the homeschool. For example, Candy Bar Madness, shown below, was designed to be used in the classroom, and is nearly impossible to replicate in the homeschool. This is something I think they need to improve. If they say this is for the homeschool, then all activities should be geared towards the homeschool setting.


Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool


There is another aspect to this curriculum that we have not used yet. There is a learning website available to the student that features calculators, tools and resources. We have not used Foundations U yet, but I have checked it out. The different calculators available look very helpful to the student. There are also articles to read, and the chapter activities for the course.


Overall, Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool is a great curriculum for teaching homeschool students all aspects of personal finance. From learning about world currency and the world financial market to the history of credit in America to saving their own money & managing a checking account and their own credit.


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Last August I reviewed Roman Roads Media Old Western Culture The Greeks.

My 16 year old daughter has since finished the course. I liked it because it is a challenging, well written curriculum. My daughter liked it because she earned 2 credits for completing it. A social studies credit, as well as a literature credit.

I recently received a set of Roman Roads Old Western Culture The Romans The Aeneid, 4 dvds and a workbook, to check out.

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If He Had Not Come – A Christmas Book Review

I recently received the book If He Had Not Come, $18.95, by David Nicholson to review. If He Had Not Come is a Christmas book about the birth of Christ and its importance.

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New Liberty Videos The Forbidden Book DVD Review – A Christian Documentary

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently received a The Forbidden Book DVD, $19.95, from New Liberty Videos to review.

New Liberty Videos are produced by Brian Barkley, who was a Hollywood producer for Quincy, among others. I used to love to watch Quincy. After becoming a Christian, Mr. Barkley has been producing Christian movies. There are 10 Christian DVD’s available on the New Liberty Videos website.


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Fortuigence Essay Rock Star Personal Statement Online Writing Course Review

As part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently received online access to the Essay Rock Star Personal Statement Writing Course, $57, from Fortuigence to review.

The Essay Rock Star Personal Statement Online Writing Course is one unit in the full Essay Rock Star program available for $197. The course is ideal for ages 12-18. This course, Personal Statement, by itself, is equal to .125 high school English credits.

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