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My five year olds are really getting the whole addition and subtraction concept.  We’re constantly talking about math concepts!

I overheard a conversation my twins were having.  Twin A “I have four pieces of fishie crackers and I eat one all up!  How many do I have now?”  And Twin B responds with “Three!”

So see?  They get it!  I bet the fact that we’ve been playing a lot with our math game, or playing with our cuisenaire rods has tremendously helped them grasp these concepts!

When asked to review a new, to me, concept math book, I was happy to do so because anything that would help and enhance their math learning experience would be awesome in my book!

The Verbal Math Lesson books are geared towards 5 year olds and go up all the way to 10 year olds!  No pencil or paper is required!  You heard right.  All of this is done verbally with your kids!

So I started with book 1 which is geared towards 5-7 year olds.  The first few pages were super easy for my girls to grasp!  We flew through it and we found it to be a very relaxing approach.  See, my girls are still learning and even struggling with their writing.  We practice a lot, but they don’t like writing much.  I don’t want to push them to write and so unfortunately, we’ve had to put our Singapore Kindergarten book on the back burner for now.  I didn’t want to be the one entering all their math answers.  I really want them to do it and they were getting rather frustrated with not being able to write certain numbers.  So, enter The Verbal Math Lesson!

What is so neat about this book is that even though my girls don’t like writing their numbers, they can still learn math and continue to expand their mathematical knowledge!

All you need to do is sit down with your kids -in a relaxed, non-stressful setting- and just read from the book.  An example would be, “We had 2 pictures on the wall and put up no new pictures.  How many pictures are on the wall?”

Introducing the concept of zero was a LOT of fun for them!

learning who is first, which is second, who is "before" who, who is "behind" who, etc.

After a lesson, they’d pull out their number foams and dolls and would show me visually the concepts they’d learned!  And this was without prompting from me!

It was just awesome hearing them randomly say things, like at the dinner table, how I ate the last bite and now I have zero food on my plate!  It was obviously clicking with them!

I highly recommend these books if your child is reluctant to write and gets exasperated with worksheets!  Visit The Verbal Math Lesson for more information!


The company sent me The Verbal Math Lessons books to review.  All of the opinions expressed here are my own. 

posted by on Schooling Resource, Update

I absolutely cannot believe that we’re nearing the end of July!  Where has the time gone!?  Seriously, I thought Summer was just beginning and here we are nearing its end.  On the bright side, August doesn’t usually get cooler so we’ll have more hot and humid days ahead!

So what have we been up to?  Well, mostly enjoying our Summer!  Yup, we’re still schooling here.  Schooling really never ends for us.  We have taken a day or two off here and there.  We’ve had pool days, and just wanna do nothing days, and even let’s go out and have a good time days.  And then we’ve had let’s get some schooling done days.  Overall, it has been fairly lax so not too many complaints.

I’ve been busily getting stuff set for the new school year.  I have everything we need curriculum-wise, book-wise, and co-op-wise.  I think we’re all set there.  Girls got new backpacks for co-op and carschooling, some much needed supplies that we were running low on, and some new books that we’ll need for co-op.  So I think we’re pretty much set for things to go back to their ‘ol routine.  I’m not yet sure when we’re going to buckle down again.  Probably end of August.  We’ll see!

So as it stands now, here’s what we’ll be using going forward:

Oldest -6th grade:

Mosdos Press Pearl Set for literature

Writing With Skill for writing

Spelling City -we’ll be dropping Soaring with Spelling as it’s gotten way too easy and I don’t want to invest in another book.  Instead, we’ll be jotting down misspelled words in a binder and accumulate our own spelling list of words that I’ll be plugging into Spelling City so she can practice it.

Grammar -going to take a break from Growing with Grammar and grammar in general.  We might revisit this subject to make sure it hasn’t been forgotten but it’s become so redundant and “boring” (her words, not mine!).

ALEKS math -we’re doing middle school math (6th grade) and we’re actually halfway through it.  We’re taking it slow and keeping it at her pace.  There’s definitely progress but slow progress since we’re doing a lot of review this summer.

American History using Joy Hakim’s History of US.  I also purchased Build Your Library‘s Book of Centuries and Timeline Figures.  We’ll go ahead and backtrack a bit as a review so we can fill in our timeline.  I just got this printed the other day so we’ll likely be doing that soon and then move on.  We’ve gotten really lax (read: hardly did any) on this subject this summer.  Yah, bad us, I know.  A review is in order!

Science -we’re doing Elemental Science‘s Biology for the Logic Stage.  We’re doing this with a good friend and her two kids and have actually started it this Summer.  We’ll just keep going with this until we complete it.

Extras:  Duolingo for Spanish, Latin, Art, and Famous Composers

Co-op starts in September and she’ll be doing: Art History, Mythology, and a math class based on The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure.


As for the little monkey’s..  They’ll be ‘officially’ be going into Kindergarten (eeek! where has the time gone!?).  I’ve got some solid ideas on what I’ll be doing with them, but honestly, nothing incredibly structured.

Lots of hands on play with Cuisenaire Rods.  We’ve already been doing this for some time and I have to say they are picking up some ‘math’.  I cannot recommend enough this website: Education Unboxed.  We’ve also got a fun puzzle game that incorporates addition and subtraction so the girls have definitely picked up those concepts from playing this game with me.  We’re fairly lax but games seem to be really helping them ‘get it’.

I also picked up Miquon The Orange Book and hope to start that mid-school year.  We’ll see how it goes.  Definitely no set goal to get it done.  Kinda going at their pace.  We’re also still working on Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten Math.  Our biggest obstacle in completing this book is number writing, so we’re practicing writing letters and numbers using Handwriting Without Tears.

We’ve also been using a variety of books to learn how to read.  We have so sooo  many different books (Alpha Phonics, 100 Easy Lessons, Hooked on Phonics, Bob Books, and on and on), so we float through them all and I let the little ones choose what they want to use.  Like I said -lax and easy going here.  No rush or pressure to have them reading.

With my oldest, I was so worried she wouldn’t read.  I felt the pressure.  It was pressure I put on myself and I am sure my kid felt it, too.  She learned how to read by age five.  I have noticed over the years that kids pick things up almost naturally.  They have a natural curiosity to the world around them and if naturally led to these things, they are more apt to pick it up and with far less a struggle.  If they’re not reading by age 7, then I’ll start freaking out lol  But for now, naaah.  It’ll be ok :)

The little ones will be attending co-op for the first time this school year.  They are actually very much looking forward to it!  They keep asking if it’s September tomorrow.  Ha!

Their co-op classes will be: Music & Movement, Art, and Introduction to Science -lots of hands on fun activities for them!

I do believe that wraps up what’s in store for us in the new school year.  I’m actually ready to get back to our old routine!  The kids?  Not so much!

Build Your Library


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Just wanted to share this truly awesome secular literature based curriculum:

I am excited to make my purchase soon and just had to share this!

More updates from me later :)


Summer Update


posted by on Schooling Resource, Update

We’ve been keeping fairly busy this Summer.  Between activities, homeschool get togethers, playdates, and keeping up with schooling it has been indeed cah-razy busy!

However, I have come across some fun ways to keep the schooling going without being met with hiss-boo-blah about still having to do school during the Summer months.

Instead of doing the Logic Perplexors, we’ve opted to do some Logic fun games!  There’s truly so many out there and I am itching to get my hands on several more but we started with this one because I can also play this game with my five year olds.

Ever heard of Mindware’s Qwirkle?  It’s really super fun to play!  My oldest and I play this all the time now!  And with the twins, we don’t count points or anything.  It’s a wee bit challenging for the little ones but it’s definitely doable if you’re patient and are able to guide them in the beginning.

my daughter and I playing out on the patio table

We got the travel version because we love the portability!

As for my young’uns.  I got them some Cuisenaire Rods to play with.  I found an amazing website that I will be using a lot to implement teaching the little ones math.  More on this another time!  For now, I leave you with these pics:

I hope you’re enjoying your Summer!  Stay cool and stay tuned for more info on the c-rods ;)