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Thursday, 11 February 2010
I'm Sorry
Mood:  blue
Topic: General

Notice the words shaped as frowns! This is for all of you who have Internet Explorer or another browser. I use Firefox. Everything on my blog looked fine with Firefox. I didn't realize that my blog looked terrible on IE and on some other browsers. I have made some changes and I hope that it is easier for you to read now.


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Posted by tink38570 at 5:57 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 11 February 2010 6:35 PM CST
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Math Tutor - Caution! There's a Disclaimer With this Review!
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

All right, so it's not a real disclaimer. Unless, of course, your're referring to the disclaimer that I have on all of my reviews about getting a product for free to try out. This disclaimer is a statement that I made when I began reviewing homeschool products on the TOS Homeschool Crew. I said back then that I would always be honest in my reviews, and not try to make a product look good just because I got it for free. I do, however, try to find something positive to say about every product I review. If it didn't fit well with my family, then I always try to find a situation that it would fit in with. Today's product, though, is not a product that I have to search for positives. It is, in fact, two products that I recieved and reviewed from Math Tutor that are totally different but equally impressive. I'll review them one at a time.

Young Minds - Numbers and Counting

Jacob was thrilled when he heard about this because htis is the first product this year that has been just for him. This product is all about intoducing children from toddler age through preschool to numbers and counting. Here is what the Math Tutor website has to say about this product -

In addition to introductin Math in an engaging manner for little ones, these DVD's strive to immerse the child in learning about things that naturally interest young children such as colors, animal names and sounds, machines, and more!

I am here to tell you that  they do just that. It is a total learning experience. The pictures are fantastic, the music is from classical composers such as Beethoven and Mozart, and the graphics are great. Everything about this video is well done, entertaining and educational. I was even fascinated! Math Tutor uses classical music in the background while a child's voice introduces thenumbers on through ten. They show and talk about each number in a variety of ways. This reinforces the nuber being taught in various learning styles to help eachchild grasp the concept. The child might say "Here we have four zebras. One zebra, two zebras, three zebraz, four zebras. Here we have four zebras drinking. These zebras are black and white." This reinforces the number being taught and the concept of what the number represents. While the child narrator is saying this, your child is seeing four zebras on the screen. As the child counts the zebras, a graphic of that number is shown close by each zebra. So the pictures and the graphics are visual reminders of what each number means. Along with the animal names, names of fruits and vegetables, and lots more. Jacob loved it, but let me quit talking about it and show you a short YouTube clip of this great product.

The DVD also has bonus features such as Repeat Play, Picture Puzzles,  Connect the Dots and Name the Animal. The retail price for this DVD is $29.99,  but if you purchase it direct from Math Tutor online, you can get it for $19.99. Now for the next product.

The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor

Let me tell you up front, that anything truly educational that my children ask to watch is a winner with me. And, John Allen actually loves to watch this. I fancy myself as being a fairly good math teacher. I loved math in high school. It was one of my best subjects. I have even tutored college students in math. For some reason, however, John Allen and I don't click when it comes to math. I don't think I'm a bad teacher, and I don't think that he is a bad student, but my way of teaching just doesn't work with him. This Math Tutor DVD has been the trick.

When I first got the video, I was a little disappointed. I thought that the DVD was going to be on Basic Math, not Basic Math Word Problems. I soon realized, however, the benefit of having the Basic Math Word Problem 2 DVD set. Of course, as you are teaching the kids how to take apart and understand a word problem, you are going to have to eventually work the word problem out.  The well qualified instructor (he just left his job as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller with NASA), Jason Gibson, doesn't leave anything for chance. Although he is very intelligent, he clearly explains each problem step by step in very understandable ways. This DVD covers everything from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions to percents, ratios and proportions. John Allen has had no difficulty understanding anything. The amazing thing is, that Mr. Gibson doesn't use any bells and whistles. He teaches the old fashion way in front of a wipe erase board. YouTube didn't have a sample for this particular DVD, but I found a sample of the Algebra Word Problem DVD. It's not quite the same, but I think you'll get the picture.


As I said before, John Allen loves it, and it has actually improved his math abilities. This DVD sells regularly for 434.99, but you can buy it for $26.99 if you purchase it from Math Tutor online.

Math Tutor has many more turorial DVD's that you can pruchas and since Jason Gibson has left his job, he is focusing on producing more. At the time of this writing they had everything from the 1st - 7th Math Tutor DVD to Physics, Calculus and Probability.

One small caveat. Although they are little by little preparing worksheet CD's to be sold separately from the tutorial DVD's, they are done for only a few of the DVD's that they offer. So, you cannot use it as a full curriculum for most subjects at least at this time. We have been using Math Tutor to supplement the curriculum that John Allen is presently using. As you can see, however, it has workd out fantastically. I would certainly recommend these DVD's for any one whether you homeschool or not and whether you're having difficulty with math or not. To find out more about what Math Tutor has to offer, just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. As usual, many more of the TOS Crew Members reviewed this product as well. To find out what they had to say, you can click here. Happy Home Educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was sent a free copy of Young Minds - Numbers and Counting and The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor in order to try out and review on my blog. 

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Posted by tink38570 at 1:46 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, 11 February 2010 4:10 PM CST
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Mood:  a-ok

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Since I'm still having problems with my sidebar and haven't been able to post the above badge for my Facebook Fan Page on it, I'm bumping it back to the top with this post. I would love to have you follow my Facebook Fan page. All of my posts from both of my blogs show up here, so if you are having a problem finding notices of my posts on the new Facebook, this is the place to go.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Join us on the Blog Cruise!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Helps

The TOS Homeschool Crew has embarked on a new endeavor. We have begun something called "The Blog Cruise". It actually began a few weeks ago but this is the first time I've posted about it. The Blog Cruise focuses on a homeschool question of the week. These questions are typical questions that new or even experienced homeschoolers often ask. TOS decided to tap in to the expertise of the members of the TOS Homeschool Crew for answers to these questions. That's very humbling to me, as I don't think I'm very experienced. Thankfully, answering the questions is voluntary. We don't have to submit an answer ~ in the form of a post ~ unless we would like to. So far the questions have been:

What about socialization?

How do I know what to teach?


How do you know if your children are keeping up with their peers? 

If you want to know what the Crew Members said about each, just click on the individual question above to go to the Blog Cruise page for the answers.

This weeks question is:

How do you handle multiple ages?/How do you homeschool with a baby or toddler? 

Now that's one that I can answer. We certainly do have a wide range of ages in our family, and I have homeschooled for the past few years with Jacob crawling under our feet. Be looking for a post in the next couple of days answering that question. I'll put the link up to the other crew members answers as soon as I get it. In the meantime, why don't you click on one of the questions above and check out the great answers that have been given so far. Happy Homeschooling!

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Posted by tink38570 at 9:19 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, 9 February 2010 9:22 PM CST
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Men's Monday Meme - Question 9
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme


It has been a jam packed past couple of days. I haven't been able to write my answers to last weeks questions yet, but I will do so and link them tomorrow. Since I can't have two Mr. Linky's going on at one time, then I won't be able to put the new one up until my posts are linked. So the new Linky won't be up until tomorrow anyway. Until then, read the question, ponder it, and write your post if you would like. Then just link up when you can.

Ok men. Perhaps this should be a Hot Topic question but I won't lable it as such. If it turns out to be one, then all the better! Here's the new one: 

Would you ever vote for a woman president?

Of course you all know where I'm going with this. Sarah Palin has been in the news of late, and last go around, Hillary Clinton was in almost till the end. I'm interested in hearing your take. Do you think it's OK? Do you think a women in authority is unBiblical? Or, are you just a male chauvinist and would never vote for a female president Undecided? Have fun thinking about this one and discussing it with your wife Laughing.

Let me remind you of the rules:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night.

OK folks. I haven't posted my responses to last week's questions yet, but I'm not going to wait any longer to put the Mr. Linky up. When I post (and I will post) my answers,  I will put a comment with the links up. So, here's the new Mr. Linky.


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Updated: Tuesday, 9 February 2010 5:56 PM CST
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