Homeschool Programing – Review


When I was in school there was a required class called Computer Lit. Basically it taught you how to use a word processor, make spreadsheets and do power points. That was the only computer education I ever had, everything else was kind of trial and error. I know that in todays world that will not be enough for my little one. When I was given the opportunity to review a program that was designed to teach kids and teens computer programing I was excited. Homeschool Programing is an amazing curriculum written by homeschool parents. The curriculum actually teaches kids (and their parents) how to write their own computer programs, games and websites. There are a variety of courses available.

  • KidCoder Beginning and Advanced Web Design
  • KidCoder Windows and Game Programing
  • TeenCoder Windows and Game Programing
  • TeenCoder Java and Android Programming

    We were given the opportunity to review the KidCoder Beginning Web Design Course.

    The KidCoder Web Design course is for kids in grades 4 to 12. It is a year long course (2 semesters)that teaches in a step by step way, how to use HTML and how to design a web page. The course can be purchased a semester at a time for $70 for the course only, $85 for the course and videos, or $20 for just the videos. As of the writing of this review, the KidCoder advanced web design is not available yet, but it is coming soon. Click here to see sample pages and here to see sample videos.

     
    The course comes with a textbook and a course cd. For this review however, I received everything downloadable on the computer. Along with the course there are solution manuals and help available if you need it. The best part of the program is that you don’t have to be a computer wiz to teach it.
     

    How did we use it?

     
    For each lesson you read the lesson in the textbook (and watch the video) and then do the activity. My little one is in 5th grade now, but she is not a confidant reader so I read through the lessons with her. For a strong reader there probably would be no problem, but my little one found the vocabulary used in the lessons and the amount of reading to be a bit overwhelming. We continued to push through and honestly she showed little interest in the program. When I told her she was going to learn how to make a website she thought that she would just get to pick colors, fonts, and pictures, not actually learn how to write code and learn the wonderful information that was being taught.
     
     I decided to complete a few more lessons on my own. I found the lessons to be very interesting and overall very helpful. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the thought of learning how to write computer code, but I learned a lot of things that I hope will help me to spruce up my blog. When I first downloaded the program the videos were not yet available. Once the videos became available I had AJ watch some of them and she did enjoy them. The videos definitely add a great element to the program and were helpful for a visual learner. If I were to purchase the program in the future I would buy the course and video option.
     

    What did we think? 

     
    Overall I think that the KidCoder Beginning Web Design course is a great course. My little one is just not ready for it yet and that is okay. I think in another year we will try it again. With the ever changing technology in todays world there is a great need to know and understand how computers work and this course will help her to learn a lot. I feel that it is a good, program that is hands on, easy to teach, and very informative. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to teach your child more about computer programing.
     
     

    Joanne’s Cafe

    About five years ago or so we were visiting my grandma and were going out to dinner. We were tired of Denny’s and Coco’s and wanted something different. We happened to find a restaurant called Joanne’s Cafe that was very close to my grandma’s house. (Located at 1141 North Mountain Ave Ontario California 91762.)  So we decided to try it out. We have eaten there almost every week ever since.
     
    The food is great! Between our family we have tried almost everything on the menu and have yet to find something that we haven’t liked. They have a large variety. Breakfast has all of the great food choices you would usually find, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, steak, bisects and gravy, waffles, pancakes, hash browns, home fries, and even omelets.
     
     
    Lunch has great choices as well. Some of our favorites include; the steak sandwich, BLT, tuna or egg salad sandwiches, hamburgers, and a lot more. They have great lunch specials that include a sandwich, drink, and side for a great price. I love their coleslaw, it is sweet and very refreshing. Their seasonal fruit is wonderful as well.  It usually contains a combination of melon, bananas, and oranges. Depending on the season they have pineapple, grapes, and strawberries too all fresh.
     
    Our favorite meal to have there is dinner. I love their steak teriyaki. The teriyaki sauce is home made (and corn free) and is so much better than any I have had before. You get white rice, steak, 2 egg rolls, and a vegetable. Our favorite vegetable by far are the carrots. They are sweet and melt in your mouth. The meal also comes with a choice of soup or salad and desert. It is a wonderful meal and most of the time I have leftovers to enjoy later.
     
    A favorite of my moms is the Fillet of Sole. It comes with the soup or salad. My mom loves their salad, it is always cold, crisp, and fresh.

    The fillet of sole is a lightly breded piece of fish that is refreshing. It comes with potatoes, a vegetable, garlic or zucchini bread, and desert. My mom opted out of the potatoes and chose fruit instead.

    There are quite a few options for dinner including, Mexican food on Tuesdays, pot roast, pork chops, steak, fried chicken, different salads, honestly there is something on the menu for just about everyone.
     
    They have a few different options for desert, the ones included with dinner are either, ice cream, tapioca pudding, or jello. Tapioca pudding is a favorite among our family.

    Not only is the food great but the service is as well. The waitresses are always kind, fast, friendly and efficient. It seems more like visiting with friends than just talking with strangers. Between the great food, great prices, and wonderful service, Joanne’s Cafe is a winner in my book. If you are going to be in the Upland, Ontario, or Montclair area stop by and try it out for yourself you won’t be disappointed.
     

     
    

    Ancient History Go Fish Game – Review

    History has never been my strong suite. In school I remember reading out of the book and then having to answer questions. In fact the only year I actually liked history was in seventh grade. I had one of those teachers who brought history to life. That is something that I am trying to do this year with AJ. We play games to learn in math, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, but I had never thought about using games to learn history. Prior to this review I had never heard about the Classical Historian but they offer quite a few different products including:

    • Online classes
    • Curriculum
    • Go Fish History Games
    • Memory History Games
    • Constitution Game
    • and more

    The Go Fish games come in three different versions, Ancient History, Medieval History, and American History. The memory games come in the same versions. We were given a set of the Ancient History Go Fish Game. It retails for $11.95 and right now they have a deal if you  purchase all 6 history games it is only $59.99.

    The Ancient History Go Fish Game comes with 48 jumbo cards featuring different topics.

    • Ancient Asia
    • Roman Empire
    • Mesopotamia
    • Political Leaders
    • Seven Continents
    • Rivers of Early Civilizations
    • Native American Homes
    • Ancient Hebrews
    • Roman Republic
    • Pre History
    • Ancient Greece
    • Ancient Egypt

    Each topic has four cards and a different color. There are four different games you can play with the cards. AJ has never learned about Ancient History before so I was a little skeptical of how she would react to the game. She loves it and asks to play every day.

    We started by playing Go Fish. It is Just like the regular version except you have to ask for the category instead of the number. (Do you have any Pre History?) The goal is to collect all four cards in a category. While we had fun with the game I didn’t see too much learning. Each card has a picture, the word and three hints about the word on it. The issue I saw with that was that the hints didn’t really explain much about the topic.

    Take this card for example. If you had studied Ancient History before then you might know what the Celtic Village is, but if you had not then the hints would not explain it. The only thing that you would know is that it is made of stone, it is in Europe, and it has many families. On the other hand the lack of information in the hints could lead to further discussions and learning. Some of the cards are more helpful with the hints, such as Cave Paintings.

    The next game we played was Collect the Cards. Basically one person reads the hints on the cards and the other player tries to guess what the card was. We only played this game a few times. The second time that we played AJ was getting almost every card right, then I discovered that she could see through the cards. I think with the Go Fish game and this one, if you had previously studied the period in history it would definitely be a learning tool.

    Then we tried the Continents Game. In that game the player that can put the cards under the right continent the fastest wins. We took a different approach. We went through the cards and tried to figure out with her prior knowledge where each card went. She knew that Egypt was in Africa so then she knew that the Nile River would go in the Africa pile. I think by far this was the most educational game. She had to use critical thinking skills and really think.

    The last game was the Chronology Game where you have to put the events in the order as they happened. We couldn’t do that so instead we used the answer key and learned the order that things happened.

    Over all I think the game is worth it for $11.95. I would have liked to see a category card for each category (like the instruction cards) that gave a little more information about the cards, that way even if you hadn’t studied the era in history you could still play and learn. If you are planning to study the era in history it will add a bit of fun to your studying. We will not get to Ancient History for a while but when we do I think these cards will be used a lot.

    How Do We Know God is Really There? – Review

    We can’t see God so how can we know he exists. To me the easy answer would be faith, but sometimes that is a hard concept for adults let alone kids. I was recently given the opportunity to review the book How Do We Know God is Really There written by Melissa Cain Travis, illustrated by Christopher Voss, and published by Apologia. (The same company who publishes those great planners I reviewed).

    A little about the book:

    This book is the story of a little boy Thomas and his dad. After looking at the night sky Thomas begins to talk to his dad about God and how a friend told him that there is no proof that God is real. The book goes on with Thomas’s dad asking questions which leads to Thomas understanding that there is a God.

    It is a 24 page hard cover book with a lot of illustrations. Every other page is full of vibrant colored pictures. Aside from the funny looking people, my little one enjoyed the pictures. It is available Here for $16.

    I really liked how the book is written in a kid friendly tone. It does not come right out and preach at you but lets the child think for themselves and uses the science of Edwin Hubble to explain that God is real.
    I read the book by myself the first time because I was not sure what to expect, but I felt that it explained things clearly and then began to read it to my 10 year old. She didn’t seem too interested so I waited a few days. The second time I read it to her she liked it but became very defensive telling me that, “Thomas’s friends are just crazy because there is a God and he did create the earth.” This book definitely brought about a good conversation. I was glad to be given the opportunity to review it.

     

    The story is great the quality of the book however is another story. We have read through the book about 5 times and the pages already have small holes near the center. There are strings from the binding sticking out, and the picture is tearing off of the middle from the pages sticking together. Overall the copy that I received seems to have been put together poorly.

    

    These are some of the holes.

    I am a little mixed on if I would recommend this book or not. The story is wonderful and I feel it will bring great conversation, but the quality of the book is poor.

    This is the strings coming out of the book.
     
    

    My Home School Grades – Review

    I am still fairly new to home schooling, and very new to having to keep track of all the work my little one completes. Even though the state I live in doesn’t require records to be kept, I think it is important to have some kind of a record of all the hard work we do. AJ is in fourth grade so although the need to make a transcript is quite a few years off, it is something I will need in the future.

    I was given the opportunity to review My Home School Grades. It is an online program that lets you keep track of your home school in one place. You can keep track of grades, extra curricular activities and even create a transcript. It is very simple to use and has four different videos that explain how to do everything.


    The set up is very simple. You impute basic information and create your student. You can even upload a picture of them. Then you add a class for the student. Here you are given numerous options. You can select the school year, if the class was an entire year or semester, and if the class was an honors course.

     
     

    The next step is to decide how to grade the class. There are many options here as well. You can select to just enter a grade for the class, make the class a pass or fail class, or enter in each lesson and have the system calculate the grade for you. If you use a well known program to home school with such as: Math U See, or  Apologia,  you are even able to import the lessons so that all you have to do is enter the grades. There is also the option to ask for a curriculum to be added to the list. Right now I don’t use a program that is listed we are doing a lot of work books, and next year we will be doing a unit study. I was able to put in my own lessons. It did take a little bit of time, but I entered each lesson into the system and now when AJ finishes an assignment I can enter in her grade. Even entering a grade has options. You can type in the grade (A, B, C), a numerical score (100, 95, 87) or the fraction they got correct (8/10, 51/60). No matter how you enter it the system will change it to your default setting for the class. Once you are ready you can also print out a very professional looking transcript.

    Once you have the system set to your liking entering grades is quick and simple. You can create a different student for each of your children and have all your information in one place. There is also a screen to enter all of the extra curricular activities that your child participated in that year.

    My Home School Grades is still being improved. One major improvement that is being worked on is a place to record attendance. I can’t wait for that to be finished.

    You can access My Home School Grades from almost any device that connects to the internet, so not only is the program simple it is also portable.

    You can get a lifetime subscription for My Home School Grades for only $49.99. That price includes all future updates to the program as well. I think that $49.99 for a complete record of your home school is a very reasonable price, but they are giving a FREE 14 day trial so that you can check it out for yourself and see if it is something that will work for your family.

    I really like this product. I love the fact that all of my grading records can be kept in a safe place. One thing that I really liked was that you can enter information from prior years. We started home schooling mid year so it was nice to be able to input the grades that she received from the other school. I also liked that there were so many different options because no two home schooling families are the same. I would definitely recommend this program.

    Waterproof Bible – Review

    When I think of the Bible, I think of a holy book full of God’s word. I have had many Bibles over the year and in fact at the moment I have three of them sitting on my bookshelf. They are in fairly good condition because other than church they never really left my house. When I received a Waterproof Bible from Bardin Marsee Publishing to review, I didn’t exactly know if it was a product that I would use. The version I received was the King James Version of the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
    It has a very nice pink cover and is very well made. It is not the entire Bible but the small size would fit nicely into a purse or backpack.

    There are five different versions available

    • ESV – English Standard Version
    • KJV – King James Version
    • NIV – New International Version
    • NKJV – New King James Version
    • NLT – New Living Translation

    The Waterproof Bible is available in two forms.

    • The Full Bible for $44.95
    • The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs for $24.99

    The amazing thing about this Bible is that it is WATERPROOF inside and out. It is stain resistant, and tear resistant. The synthetic pages of the Bible will stretch before they tear and to help ensure the durability, each page is sewed in and then glued. They say you can hold the Waterproof Bible by one page and shake it around and that the page will not fall out. We decided to test it out. This Bible is so well made that even with a little bit of pulling the page stayed intact.

    I didn’t know what to expect with waterproof pages, but they are beautiful. They are crisp and clear and the text is very easy to read. One of the things that I liked was the fact that I could not see the print from the backside of the page as I was reading.

    Since I received the Waterproof Bible I have dunked it in water a few different times, each time after it dried it looked brand new. Today was the first time we went swimming this year so we decided to take along the Waterproof Bible and test it out some more.

    AJ took it in the pool and the water just squeezed right out of the pages. As you can see the text on the pages is still clear as can be and the cover looks like new. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact that the Bible sank to the bottom of the pool instead of floating.

    The new products do float but I received an older version, one that was printed before they made the change to the floating materials. I have heard from many others that their Waterproof Bibles do float but ours didn’t.

    Overall I think this Waterproof Bible is a great idea. It is sturdy and will stand up to just about anything. For now I don’t have any major plans to use this Bible. It will probably sit on my bookshelf with the others, but I love the fact that if I ever have the need or desire I can take this Bible anywhere. I could definitely see this Bible being great for those who are the outdoor type or for people who want to put their Bible in a book bag and not have to worry about it getting ruined. Sunday school teachers, missionaries, and kids away at camp would also have great use of this Bible. If you are looking for a new Bible that is durable, stain resistant, and waterproof, then this is the one for you.

    Spanish for You! – Review

     

    Living in California, there is a great need to be fluent in Spanish. Spanish is everywhere and my little one has picked up a lot of words and phrases, but she needs more. For the last two years she was taking a Spanish course at school and while it was great for vocabulary, that was about all that it taught. Now that we are traditionally home schooling I have been searching for a good Spanish program that teaches more than just vocabulary. I wanted a program that was not all on the computer and one that taught conjugating verbs. I found a few programs that fit my specifics, but they had very high price tags. Then I was given the opportunity to review Spanish for You.  It seemed to meet all of my needs so I was very excited to try it.

    Spanish for You is a Spanish program designed for kids in grades 3 – 8. It comes with a soft cover book, downloadable worksheets, downloadable flash card pictures, lesson guides, and MP3 downloads that have the author reading the pages in the book and a native Spanish speaker reading as well. It also includes downloadable self checking worksheets.

    There are three different themed books; Fiestas (celebrations), Estaciones (seasons), and Viajes (travel). At the time of this review Viajes is not quite finished and will be available soon. The books can be used in any order as they are not leveled. The interesting part of this program is that the same book can be used for your child in third grade and your child in eighth grade. There are lesson guides to use for grades 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. While your students in different grades will be learning the same things, there are worksheets available that will be at each ones grade level. I only have one child and we used the 3/4 lesson guides but I did look at the higher level worksheets and they looked grade level appropriate.

    I was given Estaciones to review. It contains 5 lessons; The Calendar and Weather, Fall and School, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each lesson covers new vocabulary, verbs and how to conjugate them, and grammar. Each lesson takes about four to six weeks to complete depending on the child and the pace you take. The lessons are short and to the point following a four day a week schedule.




    I have to say that I really like this program and so does my nine year old. She actually asks to do Spanish now. I like the fact that while there are some worksheets to complete there is not an abundance of writing. A lot of the work has to do with memorizing the vocabulary and there are quite a few fun games suggested in the book to practice the vocabulary. I think my favorite part of the program is that they are learning the Spanish language not just select vocabulary. On the second week they are already learning how and why to conjugate verbs.


      My little one is learning things that I didn’t learn until high school Spanish, but the learning is being done in a way that is easy for me to teach and for her to learn. Each page in the book is read by the author as well as by a native Spanish speaker so that there is no confusion on pronunciation. I liked having the opportunity to listen to both recordings of the book because I felt that it gave a solid understanding of the pronunciation of words.

    There is not much prep time needed to use the program. Each week I printed the lesson guide, printed any worksheets that needed to be printed and found which audio files we would need. I would say it took less than ten minutes to prep for the week and I found the program self explanatory and easy to use.



    The program has a few different pricing options shown here. The entire program for a single grade level (3/4, 5/6, or 7/8) is only $39.95 while the entire program with all grade level lesson guides is only $64.95. I feel this product is definitely worth the price. It is a solid Spanish curriculum that I think most anyone would benefit from. I feel it would also be great for those older than eighth grade who were looking for a way to learn Spanish that wouldn’t break the bank.

    There was only one small thing that I wish was different when it came to this Spanish program. I wish that there was an option to purchase the audio downloads on a CD and the workbook pages in a workbook so that they didn’t have to be printed. I understand that it would cause the price to increase, but I personally prefer to buy real books and not print page by page. There was not a lot to print, but if that option was available I would definitely choose it when I purchase our next set.

    This program has been great and we will continue to use it next year when we start school again in the fall. I feel that this review came at the perfect time as I no longer need to search for the perfect Spanish program, for us this is it.

    Ultimate Homeschool Planner – Review

     

        Debra Bell’s Ultimate Homeschool Planner - Review

    It’s already April, and chances are if you are a homeschooler you are looking at, thinking about, and even purchasing items for the next school year. Next year will be the first time I will be traditionally home schooling my little one for the entire school year. I have started to get my curriculum ready for next year, so when I was given the opportunity to review Debra Bell’s Ultimate Homeschool Planner, I was excited. To be honest the only thing that turned me away from it in the beginning was the price. It costs $28, but I soon realized it was much more than an ordinary planner. To start with it has a 12 page user guide in the beginning. It gives details on not only how to use the planner but how to plan your year. Inside the planner there is a place for yearly, monthly and weekly planning. All of the pages in the planner are undated which is nice because not everyone follows the same schooling schedule. With room for information for up to six students the pages leave plenty of flexibility so you are able to use them as you see fit. Each week there is a place to put down the good things that happened throughout the week along with places to put bible verses and prayers.

    Pages are easy to use and are full of information!

    The back of the planner is filled with more great information and teaching tips. To go along with the Ultimate Homeschool Planner there is a teen planner (which I did not review, but it looks nice) and a Student Planner.

     The Student Planner is smaller in size and easy to carry around. It has undated monthly planners as well as weekly planning pages. We used the monthly planning pages as a way to track attendance. Each day she did school work I put a sticker on the calendar, since we don’t follow a Monday through Friday schedule it was nice to glance at the page and see how many days she had worked on school.
    The Student Planner is a perfect way for kids to stay organized

    On top of the weekly planning pages there are scripture verses and trivia questions. The weekly planning pages are broken down so that there is a separate place for Monday through Friday and another place for Saturday and Sunday. I was happy to see that there was a spot to put weekend work. I really love how there is a place for the child to check off that the assignment was completed and then another place for the parent to approve the assignment. My little one loves stickers, so instead of just checking off the assignments, I put a sticker in the area once her work was completed to my satisfaction. It seemed to make her finish her work a little quicker and take more ownership in it. It also forced me to grade it daily.

    The back of the planner has all kinds of facts and learning tools. There is a world map, USA map, punctuation rules, Greek and Latin roots, a history time line and much more. I felt that those were very helpful in trying to create an independent learner; I feel that the student planner would actually be great for non homeschoolers as well.

    Much more than just a planner, it is full of study aids too!

    With only one child to home school, I  found myself using the student planner more often. I liked the size and didn’t feel the need to write my plans in my planner and then the same plans in the student planner. I am however using the Ultimate Homeschool Planner to plan and get ready for next year. Next year my plan is to put independent items in the student planner, and work that we will do together or that might require my help in my planner.

    Overall I feel that the Ultimate Homeschool Planner would be a great fit for those with more than one child. It has a lot of space and keeps everything in one place. If you have younger children I would recomend getting just the Ultimate Homeschool Planner. For those who have a child who is more independent I would recomend the Student Planner as well.The Student Planner is full of information and my little one really enjoyed using it. The only problem that I found with the Student Planner was the ruler bookmark. I loved the idea and at first I liked how it stayed in place in the spiral binding, but ours has already broke and will no longer stay in place. Other than that the planners have been a blessing.

    Product at a Glance

    What is it?

    A planner to help organize your home schooling year.

    Who would use it?

    The Ultimate Homeschool planner could be used by anyone wanting a better way to schedule their home school. The Student Planner is geared towards kids grades 4 – 8.

    Where can I get it?

    It is available from Apologia. Click Here

    How much will it cost me?

    The Ultimate Homeschool Planner is $28
    The Student Planner and Teen Planner are each $19

    Why this product?

    It was created by Debra Bell author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. It is easy to use and contains a lot of information.

    We Choose Virtues – Review


    Obedience, honesty, helpfulness and kindness are all qualities that the world needs a little more of, so when I was given the opportunity to review We Choose Virtues I was excited. It is a program geared towards kids ages 3 through 5th grade to help teach them to be:

    Self-Controlled

    Content

    Forgiving

    Patient

    Kind

    Perseverant

    Obedient

    Diligent

    Helpful

    Gentle

    Attentive and

    Honest

    The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do the program. I was given a few different things to help teach the different virtues. The first thing I received was actually a free product, the Family Character Assessment. It is a downloadable page that is a self assessment to see where your child feels they are on all of the different virtues. I figured my little one would say she was doing great on all of them but it turns out she knew where she needed help. She decided the virtues she needed to work on the most were honesty, perseverance, and obedience. I agreed with her and we started with Honesty, she likes to lie about the craziest things even when there is no way what she is saying could be true. It was nice to see that she knows what she needed to work on though. Another free resource available is a list of memory verses, heroes and truths that reinforce the virtues.

    The item I feel was the most important was a set of Virtue flash cards. You get 12 cards; each has a cute picture of a child whose name starts with the first letter of the virtue. Hockey Stick Nick is the Virtue Kid that helps you to remember Honesty. On the back side of the card there is a kid friendly definition of the virtue along with a memory verse that goes along with the virtue.

    Honesty says, “I am a truth teller I am not a liar, a thief or a cheater and I don’t change the truth to get my way!

    The cards come in KJV, NIV or secular. It is recommended to focus on one virtue each week. We talked about each virtue each week and then picked one to focus on through out the week. My little one really liked the cards and loved how the definitions were written in words that she could understand. Some may feel that the pictures on the cards are a little too young for older kids, but my 9 year old seemed to like them a lot. The cards are $14.99 and I feel they are definitely worth the price.

    I was also given a sample parent card. The parent cards tell a story about the virtue kids and give ideas to help reinforce the virtue. The parent cards are $34.99 and I will be purchasing the entire set in the future because I think they would help to grasp the virtues better, and She enjoyed the story about Airplane Betty Jane (attentiveness).

    I received a downloadable coloring book as well. It is a good value at only $3, but my little one is not too into coloring, and she didn’t care for the pictures too much. I think for a younger child the coloring book would be good.

    I also received a downloadable teacher’s handbook; it costs $5 and has a lot of ideas on how to learn virtues in a group setting. Even though I only have 1 little one I found some very useful ideas. If you have more than one child I think it would be useful to get. There are numerous other products available including posters, awards and goal charts. While those items may be helpful I feel that the virtues could be easily taught with just the Virtue Flash Cards and the Parent Cards. Check out the other products and more about the program here

    There are also different kits available for church groups and home schools. Throughout the month of April there will be a discount code available if you would like to purchase the Home school kit. Type in Home20 before check out to receive 20% off of your home school kit. Another code that is available forever is Virtue15. It will give you 15% off any purchase through We Choose Virtues. The two discount codes can not be combined.

    Overall we enjoyed using this product. I like how the virtues are backed up with verses from the Bible and really enjoy that they are written in a child friendly way. Character training is a life long lesson and we plan to continue to use these products to help us to live a better life. I have seen a change in my little one’s behavior while using the cards. I hope your family is able to enjoy this product as well.

    Product at a Glance


    What is it?

    It is a character training program for kids.


    Who is it for?


    Kids age 3 through 5th grade


    How much will it cost?

    The flash cards are $14.99, but there are other products available including different kits.


    Where can I get it?


     


     

    I like it because it is kid friendly and is easy to teach!
     
     
     


    FamilyMint – Review

    As part of the Mosaic Review team I was given the opportunity to review the Money Management Certification Program created by FamilyMint. It is an amazing money management program designed for kids. It comes in two parts, a workbook that is designed for kids age 10 and up and an online application designed for kids ages 6 to 14 with some help from parents.



    The workbook is divided into four chapters that include, Tracking Your Money, Goal Setting, Budgeting, and Interest. Our favorite chapter of the workbook was definitely Tracking Your Money. Most kids seem to think money grows on trees and my little one was no exception. She has always been great at saving her money, in fact she saved over $350 to take with her to Disney World last year, but she thinks I can just slide my card even when I say we don’t have money for something she wants. That first chapter really helped her to realize that you have to have money to spend it. I love how the workbook is written in easy to understand language and my little one enjoyed all of the fun money facts sprinkled throughout the book. The workbook if full of real world examples that help money to make sense. My little one is in fourth grade and did require a little bit of help with some of the math but other than that, she was able to learn a lot on her own.

    This is a page where she learned about checks and deposit slips.

    The online application is basically a simulation of online banking. You can put in the amount of money that is started with, and then you can make deposits and withdrawals as you add to or spend your money. In doing that the child should always know how much money they have. It has a place to set saving goals, and it will do all of the calculations for you to let you know how much money you need to save each week to get to your goal. We found the online application to be very easy to use. We also played around with it and learned how saving even a dollar more a week could get you to your goal faster. After using the application as it was designed to be used, we decided to use the online portion a little differently. We are using it as a family vacation fund tracker. We put in each of the things we want to do while on our next vacation ( to Disney of course) in as a goal. Then as we get extra money set aside we can see how much closer we are to our goal. It has been nice to see that those few dollars here and there really can add up.

    Overall I really liked this product. I feel it is easy to do and the kids will be learning in an enjoyable manner. I agree with the age recommendation for the workbook, but honestly feel anyone could benefit from the online portion even some adults. The only down side I saw was that the computer portion was online. Even though my little one could use it by herself, I don’t allow her on the Internet by herself. I wish that there was an offline CD version available instead. That being said we still enjoyed it very much and will continue to use it. If you are looking for an easy way to teach money management to your kids or you need a refresher yourself I recommend you try this.

    You can choose one of three options when purchasing the program. My recommendation would be to get the bundle offer. I think if you have kids that are ten or older they would really benefit from the workbook. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the premium application for life and the workbook for only $5 more than the price of an annual subscription.

    Here are your options….

    1. Special Introductory Bundle Offer!
    You get the Money Management Certification Program workbook plus a LIFETIME subscription to the FamilyMint Premium application for only $29.99 2. PREMIUM online application subscription only – Annual $24.99 or Monthly $4.95

    3. FREE online application only – which includes a 14-day trial of FamilyMint Premium

    Even if you don’t get the premium version right now I would try the free version you really have nothing to loose.
     

    Product at a Glance

     

    What is it?

    A money management program for kids.
     

    Who is it for?

    The workbook is for kids 10 and up the online application is for kids 6-14.
     

    Where can I get it?

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    How much will it cost?

    The best value is $29.99 but other options are available.
     

    Why this product?

    It is fun and easy for kids to use and it will help them to learn about money management at a young age.