Review of CTCMath - Promoting Progress in Algebra

Last year, my high school daughter struggled to learn Algebra 1 using two different programs. Having little success, we set both of them aside. By the end of the year, I had no idea how she would be able to get through three years’ worth of math before she graduates in 2021. While chatting with a homeschool couple, I learned about their family’s positive experience using CTCMath. A few weeks later, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this online math program.

In July, We received our 12-month Family Membership for up to 5 students. I created accounts for my 3 students and assigned them short diagnostic tests. It gave my twins, who are now starting Algebra 2, a chance to review what they learned last year. At the same time, my high school daughter could demonstrate what she knew and earn that evasive Algebra 1 credit.

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Starting Our Homeschool Year at the Speed of Life

Since most kids in our area start school on August 1, we planned to do the same. As the appointed date approached, however, we were overwhelmed with craziness. Returning from a fun weekend in the mountains, we dealt with a bug infestation in our home. An itchy rash on my arms turned out to be my first ever case of poison ivy. In addition, our kitty, Paul, was behaving strangely, prompting multiple vet visits and treatment for diabetes. With all that was going on, should we start school anyway or wait until life calms down?

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What Can You Do When Your Cat Has Diabetes?

A few months ago, we began noticing subtle changes in one of our cats, Paul Revere. The litter box started seeming more full than normal. Paul was sipping from the water dish more often than usual. When we returned from an out-of-state trip in July, he seemed to have lost weight.

Initially, we assumed our 9-year-old kitty was simply showing signs of his age. But when he began leaving puddles around the litter box and walking with an uncomfortably arched back, we called the vet.

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Why Should We Delay High School?

At about this time every year, the inevitable question arises: What grade are your kids going into? For the twins this year, the answer is a bit tricky. They are gearing up for a second year of eighth grade.

Did the girls perform so poorly last year that our only recourse is to repeat the 8th grade? Nothing could be further from the truth. Both of the twins are outstanding students who have already earned high school credit in science and math. Read on to find out why they are waiting an extra year before beginning high school.

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Are My Roots Strong and Immovable?

I am not a gardener. Contentedly blossoming plants tremble in fear when they see me coming. They are destined for death. I’ll either overwater them or forget them entirely—often alternating between those two extremes. The plants don’t stand a chance.

Because I have such a black thumb, I had never dared to trim the bushes around our house, for fear I would utterly obliterate them. This year, however, we are saving money for a family trip. One of the casualties of our newly discovered frugality was our landscaping service. At first, we didn’t notice much of a difference. But by the end of May, the bushes were threatening to block the path to our front door.

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Review of The Heart Changer - Middle Grade Biblical Fiction

Do you remember the Bible story of Naaman, the Syrian soldier who contracted leprosy? A Jewish slave girl urged him to go see the prophet Elisha in Israel. Perhaps Elisha could heal him.

Who was this unnamed slave girl? What was she like? And how did she become enslaved? The Bible is silent on these questions, but Jarm Del Boccio, Author, explores possible answers in her debut book, The Heart Changer.

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