LightSail: Online literary & Language Arts platform for homeschoolers

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Today’s review features a detailed look at LightSail for Homeschoolers. This website is a reading centered, adaptive language arts platform for students in K-12th grade. We received the one-year, Premium Subscription online membership for each of our children. This website was created for homeschoolers, by homeschool graduates that have firsthand experience in what our students need.

LightSail for Homeschoolers focuses on building and growing Language Arts skills for students of all ages. Their four pillars of literature comprehension include reading, writing, fluency, and vocabulary. By using this program your student perfects their writing skills, learns the process of writing development, and can even publish their own books via Book Sharing. Fluency increases as they connect speaking, listening, writing, and memorization with various subjects.

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My children used their Premium Subscription daily, even on the weekends when we didn’t have school. This subscription is available in monthly or annual options to best suit any family budget. There are also options to choose or add a World Book Kids or World Book PreK subscription. This adds additional content including games, videos, photographs, and books.

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION includes:

  • 12,000+ Books Included
  • 51,000+ Encyclopedia Articles
  • 20,000+ Educational Videos
  • 10,000+ Biographies
  • 150+ Unit Studies
  • 13,000+ Audiobooks
  • 1,000+ Livestreams
  • 150+ Data Points
  • Lerner Sports Encyclopedia
  • 50+ 360° Enhanced Images
  • World Book Timelines
  • World Book Maps & Atlas
  • World Book Behind The Headlines
  • Memory Module
  • Bookmarks
  • Quotations
  • E-Reader
  • Fluency
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Parental Controls
  • ADHD / Dyslexia Reading Support

One of my favorite features is the variety of Faith-Based Content included on this website. There are thousands of books, videos, Bibles, and other public domain content provided with our LightSail subscription. You can also adjust the type of faith-based content your children view according to denomination and beliefs. This gives you the ability to curate your family’s library with special content that is perfect for them.

World Book Kids and Pre-K:

  • 100s of Interactive Videos
  • 350+ Photographs
  • 400+ Educational Activities & Games
  • 50+ Science Projects
  • World of Animals
  • Compare Places
  • Interactive Maps & Atlas
  • Full Picture Dictionary
  • 100s of Curated Stories for Kids
  • 100s of Games & Art Drawings
  • Math Games

There are many pre-made lesson plans, secular and faith-based, included in your LightSail subscription. These lessons include assigned reading, supplemental videos, discussion questions, memory verses, vocabulary, assessments, quizzes, teaching notes, and instructions educator instructions. The pre-made plans can also be customized to include additional games and activities. Your child can also create their own lesson plans and share those with the family or church youth group. Can you imagine your 8-year-old presenting a Bible study lesson? It is truly possible with the options of this subscription.

The Parental Controls are my next favorite feature of our LightSail Premium Subscription. With the ChildSafe Content Controls I’m able to completely oversee all my children’s online use and make adjustments as needed. You can also change content to ensure it aligns with your faith and values. There are also subcategories for potentially objectionable material and it shows parents if a book contains a reference to any of those subcategories. From there, you can choose to allow the content, block, pick single titles, or block the entire subcategories. After the time we spent using LightSail for Homeschoolers, we think it is a great addition to our homeschool. The features of the Premium Subscription and added options fit well for all of my Cool Kids.

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#TUKWLjourney 9 Months Post-Op VSG

This update includes Part 2 of my interview with my husband about this weight-loss journey. I also included my updated weight-loss goals and measurements.

9 Months Post-Op VSG Update

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Best & Worst Homeschool Advice Collaboration

Today, I’m hosting a collaboration focused on Christian homeschoolers sharing the Best and Worst Homeschool Advice they’ve received. The participants also highlighted whether they applied, denied, or tweaked then tried the advice.

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Tips for Handling Homeschool Advice

  1. Understand the difference between advice and criticism
  2. Set boundaries for those continuously offering unsolicited advice
  3. Be prayerful on which advice you should or should not accept.

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I hope you were encouraged by the tidbits shared in each video! I also pray you find peace when accepting or rejecting advice. Trust that God will ensure that you will have all the resources you need to be successful.

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Quick Reference Bible Study Tools by Teach Sunday School

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Today’s review features a detailed look at Bible Breakdowns by Teach Sunday School. We received both the Old Testament and New Testament digital PDFs. After purchasing you receive instant access to these files which can be downloaded to use at home or with your church.

Teach Sunday School is known for providing helpful resources to Christians all over the world. They offer a variety of Bible printables, games, crafts, study resources, mazes, coloring sheets, word searches, cryptograms, and much more. They also specialize in creating unique skits, plays, science experiments, and service projects. Vacation Bible School resources are also available for purchase from the company website.

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Bible Breakdowns serve as quick reference sheets for every level of Believer. These sheets showcase verses, themes, subjects, and chapters for all 66 books in the Bible. The layout allows for easy understanding and an overview of one book in the Bible. You can purchase the Old Testament and New Testament individually or purchase both at a discounted price.

Bible Breakdowns include:

  • Book Summary
  • Number of Chapters
  • Type of Book
  • Date Written
  • Timeline Covered
  • Author
  • Subjects by Chapter
  • Most Popular Verses

I used these extensively during the 5-Week Wives of the Bible Study I hosted. I liked the variety of information included and felt each sheet serves as a great introduction to the books of the Bible. The classic Bible stories are also labeled with a blue font and noting the popular Bible verses was useful for finding familiar passages. The layout of these Bible study previews would work well for beginner, intermediate, and expert Theologians that like a summary before diving into the daily study. I found these were also helpful to scan and find scripture references for specific events. Overall, the Bible Breakdowns for the Old Testament New Testament by Teach Sunday School are a unique addition to your personal study library. These would also work well as a special gift to a friend that is a new believer, Sunday School teacher, or Church Ministry Leader. A newly ordained Minister or Pastor as well as your local Pastor’s wife could benefit from these as well.

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PSAT Vocabulary Prep for 6th-8th Graders

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary book by The Critical Thinking Co.™ This workbook focuses on increase vocabulary, language arts, and PSAT skills for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary book by The Critical Thinking Co.™ is 168-pages and houses 15 lessons. These lessons teach 180 words from the PSAT list through various language arts activities.

All lessons include:

  • Definitions
  • Pronunciation keys
  • Parts of speech
  • Synonyms
  • Idioms
  • Phrases
  • Story
  • Alliteration
  • Fallacies in reasoning
  • Foreign words and phrases
  • Mythology
  • Journalistic writing

All lessons begin with a detailed vocabulary list including definitions and additional helpful information. From there, the six activities begin requiring reading and writing skills to use the words in context. After continuous practice, your middle school linguist will learn a myriad of ways to use and recognize these words in their original form and variations. This will not only help further expand your student’s vocabulary but build their spelling and writing skills.

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Activity List:

  • A: Multiple choice fill-in-the-blank for sentences
  • B: Word List fill in the blank for sentences
  • C: Story challenge using the word list
  • D: Unscramble word using definition as a clue
  • E: Use idiom, phrase, or synonym to define word list
  • F: Write a sentence using the word list

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Bear used this workbook for several weeks in conjunction with his English From the Roots Up lessons. Each activity took him approximately ten minutes to complete and he only did one every other school day. He thought the Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary book by The Critical Thinking Co.™ was well organized and provided a variety of ways to use the words. I like that the pronunciation, alternative choices, definitions, and parts of speech are included with the word list. This book also has perforated pages which make them easy to remove before completing. We recommend Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary book by The Critical Thinking Co™ to families ready to prepare their middle-schoolers for the PSAT and SAT tests through fun yet challenging activities.

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Week 5: Wives of the Bible Study

This is the last week of our Wives of the Bible Book & Bible Study. I hope you enjoyed the lessons and that you felt loved throughout our time together. If this series has blessed you, please share the videos and posts with a friend. Also, comment below with the next Study you want to participate in.

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WEEK FIVE VIDEOS: Videos will GO LIVE daily at 12:00 PM CST

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Algebra Prep Workbooks by Math Essentials

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Today’s review features a detailed look at Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 and 2 by Math Essentials. These books cover six clusters of essential math concepts from Whole Numbers through Pre-Algebra. These books are available from the Math Essentials website. Each purchase includes access to their online Math Resource Center and Video Library.

Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 and 2 are full of review exercise worksheets for your students to solidify their math foundation in preparation for classes from elementary through Algebra. As your student masters these concepts they’ll be able to quickly and accurately compute them. These books also help build their problem-solving and numeric recall skills. Both books provide continuous practice questions with a space to write the answers in the side column. The number of math problems varies per page but each allows for ample opportunities to perfect the concepts.

Basic Math Skills Rescue Part 1 covers:

  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Integers
  • Positive and Negative fractions
  • Measurement
  • Introduction to Geometry

Basic Math Skills Rescue Part 2 covers:

  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Problem Solving
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Critical Thinking

Bam Bam and Bear used one worksheet from Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 and 2 each day to review math concepts. Though Bear is in 8th Grade, he still likes to have a quick math warm-up before he begins a new lesson. These workbooks are just what we need to prepare for high school math. Bam Bam is currently doing 3rd Grade math so the worksheets at the beginning of Part 1 were used by him. Again, it is important to note that this book does not include lessons for instruction, those are provided via online tutorials. Using these videos will be the added review and boost of confidence your child needs to be successful. The Helpful Hints at the top of the page also give guidance if your child forgets the concepts needed to complete a problem. We recommend these books from Math Essentials to families with students in 3rd to 9th Grade. Building a strong math foundation equips your child for Algebra as well as other advanced math, science, and technical classes.

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Week 4: Wives of the Bible Study

Week Four of our Wives of the Bible Book & Bible Study starts now! How have you grown since starting this study?

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Reading Eggs: Comprehensive Online Elementary Reading Curriculum with FREE TRIAL!

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Reading Eggs is a comprehensive online reading curriculum that we have been using as a language arts supplement since 2019. We received a one-year subscription for up to 4 students to Reading Eggs and Math Seeds. The bonuses included in the subscription made this perfect addition to our homeschool program.

Reading Eggs provides personalized, one‑on‑one lessons that match your child’s ability. Each lesson is colorful, animated, interactive, and fun making your children feel like they are playing rather than learning. The highly anticipated and exciting rewards also motivate them to work hard to earn a prize. Activities within Reading Eggs cover phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, also known in education careers as the five essential components of reading success. This program was carefully created by a team of educators with nearly four decades of experience. As a result, you can see the care, detail, and persistence they put into this award-winning website and app

Reading Eggs have the option to take a placement test, which I highly recommend. This test places your child on the perfect learning level to help them review and perfect new and challenging concepts. All lessons are self‑paced and detailed updates are sent to the parents about their progress. good progress. A comprehensive family dashboard lets you view each of your children’s learning progress, including how many lessons they’ve completed, books they’ve read, their estimated reading age, and quiz scores.

Over the years, we have found Reading Eggs to be helpful to new and veteran homeschool families. We recommend the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds website and app because the program was carefully designed to build children’s literacy and math skills fast while motivating them through fun activities. My children love the characters, animations, songs, and golden egg rewards. I like the bonus of offline supplements, including over 500 printable worksheets that correspond with each of the lessons.

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Week 3: Wives of the Bible Study

Are you ready? It is time for Week 3 of our Wives of the Bible Book & Bible Study. Let’s grow together!

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