emphasis on strong morals and values,
and Under Drake’s Flag is no exception.
Sail with Ned and his friend Gerald as
they journey on the sea with Sir Francis
Drake, one of the earliest pirates. Listen as
through their trials, struggles, and adventures, the two boys grow to become men
with a firm faith and a determination to
hold onto what they believe, even in the
face of danger. The CD set also comes
with a study guide download that includes questions for discussion, vocabulary, and a Bible study linked to the story.
Each chapter in the story is numbered on the CD, making it easy for
parents to listen to the story and stop
it at their convenience. With important
historical concepts such as the Spanish
Inquisition as a backdrop, the Christian radio theater drama brings Henty’s
characters to life with a talented cast of
British actors and amazing sound effects. If you are looking for a way to liven up your history lessons, or just want
some wholesome family entertainment,
this audio recording meets that need.
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Essential Skills Advantage:
Online Reading and Language
Learning for Grades K- 6
Essential Skills Advantage
When researching language arts curriculum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
It seems like there are millions of options to choose from. Some focus on
sight words, others on phonics. Then
there’s grammar and reading comprehension and spelling to think about as
well. It’s enough to make you want to go
get a bowl of ice cream and call it a day!
Recently, members of The Homeschool Crew were given an opportunity
to review an online language arts program that takes all of these different elements and presents them in a fun and
Essential Skills Advantage has been
around for over a decade. Until recently, this program was only used in a
school setting. Due to its success, there
was a demand that it be made available to students in a home setting. This
new online program is geared towards
children in kindergarten through 6th
grade, although it is beneficial to students slightly younger or older, or those
in need of a little extra practice. Monthly memberships are now available.
One thing that sets Essential Skills Advantage apart from other online programs
is that they think of themselves as a supplement to lessons rather than a replacement.
Through teacher tested games and activities, ESA encourages students to keep progressing through all of the lessons.
This program encourages independence and boasts minimized distractions,
making it a great tool for busy homeschool families. Parents can easily track
the students’ progress online. A membership provides you and your child access
to everything ESA has to offer. There are
thousands of interactive activities!
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UberSmart Math Facts
Members of the Review Crew recently
got a chance to try out UberSmart
Software. They were given a download-
able software called UberSmart Math
Facts to try out with their children. Up
to eight children could use the program.
UberSmart Software came about
when David Kocur was asked by his
wife to find a flash card program for
their children. He couldn’t find anything he liked so he decided to make his
own! One of his daughters has learning
disabilities due to epilepsy and they
were told she would always struggle
with math facts. Not anymore! This
program helped her to master her math
UberSmart Math Facts is a downloadable software that features Dot
Cards (adding numbers in the form of
dots together on domino type cards),
Keyboard Entry ( 10 key numbers),
and Flash Cards (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). For
the addition and subtraction the facts
go up to the 9s while for multiplication
and division they go all the way up to
This program is based on making
memorization fun for your child. In
essence, to help them memorize and
retain all the math facts they need to
know. It is geared for grade K- 6. The
software requirements state that it will
only work on Windows 7, 8, Vista or
XP. Once you download it, it’s yours!
You can keep and use it until you decide
it is no longer for you.
Click this link to read how our families used the program!
We hope you
See you next issue!