Pearson Homeschool enVisionMATH

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

With a new baby arriving at this spring, our school year was cut short while everyone adjusted to another family member and Mom recovered. However, I found that not do school was actually more difficult than doing school, so we started up our “new” school year in May. {I love how I can make up my own rules like that!}

By public school standards, I have a new student this year. My five year old will be starting kindergarten, although in actuality he is already halfway through 100 Easy Lessons (reading) and a complete math whiz. That is why I was so excited to try Pearson’s Homeschool enVisionMATH for 1st grade with him.

Pearson Homeschool enVisionMATH

I had looked at the Pearson’s website to see if I thought the math would be a good fit for him. The first grade level starts out pretty basic with number recognition, greater than/less than, and simple addition and subtraction. I felt like this is probably the level he should be working on.

The Pearson’s Homeschool enVisionMATH 1st grade math kit comes with a consumable tablet for the student, a teacher’s guide on CD, and an interactive game on CD.

Consumable Tablet

I immediately knew that I liked the format for the tablet. I had never seen one like it before. Each days lesson is torn out of the tablet and folded in half to make a “booklet” for the child to work on. I don’t know about your first graders, but my first graders usually bend the binding of their notebooks, take their pencils and draw in the creases, scribble on the page edges. By the end of the year their notebooks are barely holding together. I really like the idea of just giving them the days work (which lays flat and easy to work on) and keeping the rest of the tablet put away until needed.

I really liked the fact that the lessons are broken up into sections, especially for a 1st grade level. Even though my son loves math and does very good at it, long lessons would not keep his interest. With the Pearson’s enVisionMATH, he gets to work on a skill for a few minutes, then work on another, and another. Even though these skills are related and build on each other, he feels like he is doing different things so he doesn’t get bored.

The most exciting thing for my son was the “games” in the tablet. Each unit has a game that reinforces the concepts learned in the unit. They are very simple games that can be played by 2 players, but it great fun for Isaac to take a break from the “school work” and play a game.

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

Teacher’s Guide on CD/

I will be honest. I wasn’t thrilled when I saw that the teacher’s guide was on CD. It always seems cumbersome to try and figure out what to do on the computer then do the lesson away from the computer. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the structure of the teacher’s guide is laid out very well and makes it extremely user friendly.

For instance, each lesson has additional printables and a interactive math story that goes along with it. What I liked was that there is a picture of the printable that you need for that lesson and you can click on the picture to print it out right then. No hunting around trying to find what printable goes with what lesson!

The teacher’s guide also has lots of “extras” that can be used to reinforce the skills being taught. There are strategies for teaching students that are behind or need extra help in learning the concepts. There are also ideas for helping the gifted learner reach their full potential. This is wonderful because there are times when our students may fall into each of these categories (or we may be teaching children of different ages).

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

Interactive Game on CD

According to my son, the quiz show math game is the best thing about his new math curriculum! In fact, I often have to make him finish up his “math” so that he can move on to other schoolwork.

The interactive game on CD is set up similar to a quiz show, allowing students to play against each other or the computer. The quiz questions are math problems that the student has been learning in their lessons. The students are able to play at the level they are studying. For instance, when my son is studying unit 2, he clicks on the unit 2 quizzes.

The only problem we have had with the game is that my son doesn’t read proficient enough to play completely by himself. However, he has a sister that is more than willing to sit with him and read the quiz questions, especially if it means she can put off some of her own schoolwork!

I like the quiz show game because it reinforces the lessons being taught, but it is fun for my son so he doesn’t realize he is spending so much time learning. If we spent the same amount of time just sitting and doing problems on paper, he would quickly tire out and want to quit.

Discounts on Pearson’s Homeschool Kits

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Showers of Blessings

Showers of Blessings @jasminejlucero

I am sitting next to window watching the rain pour down as my new baby boy naps on my chest. Today has been such a good day after so many not-so-good days. We are in a drought here in Texas and the dryness seemed to penetrate every aspect of our lives. Today I am focusing on the showers of blessings.

After more than a year of not working, my husband just left to accept a job at a local tractor dealership. When we were first married almost 22 years ago, he was working for his dad’s tractor repair business. He made a whopping $800 a month, which we lived on the first year we were married. He joined the Air Force to pay the bills, but now that he has retired it is such a blessing for him to go back to doing what he loves.

I didn’t realize it until yesterday when he was offered the job, but I mentally put my life on hold. Not knowing what the future holds will do that to you. I tried not to let, really I did. I planted some tomatoes in the garden in an effort to “bloom where I’m planted”. And we even officially joined our church as members this month.

But there are those subtle messages that play in my mind. I haven’t opened up and fully embraced living here just in case we had to pick up and leave. There are very few pictures on my walls and I have made do with the living arrangement in the house.

Once he found out about the job, it seemed like a huge relief poured over me. Not only because we needed him to work, but because it gave us direction, a road map. I know that we never really know what the future holds, but at least now we on a path rather than floundering without a course to follow.

And as we were given a small window to see what lies ahead, our oldest daughter is also embarking on her own new path. She is being launched as a mighty arrow into this world for God’s glory. As she finished up her second year of midwifery studies, she has been given the opportunity to apprentice with a midwife near Ft. Worth. She will be rooming-in at the birthing center with another young apprentice.

As hard as it is going to be to let her go, what a blessing it is to see how the Lord is using her for His purpose. She has such a heart for God and His ways and a willingness to serve Him. What more could a parent ask for? All these years of training and teaching. All those moments of feeling like I was failing, and yet God redeemed what feeble attempt I made at raising a child.

And to further give testimony to what the Lord has done, my son walks into my room and lays down on the bed. He nonchalantly mentions that he made a “B” in his college algebra class. After I probed, he said he made an “A” in government. My son is 16 years old and took these classes as a high school Junior. This is a young man that was a hyper little boy who didn’t learn to read until after he was 10. He has struggle in school although I always knew he was super smart, he just learned different. I can’t wait to see all that the Lord has in store for Him. I pray that he would walk with the Lord all the days of his life.

Now that I am finishing this post, the rain has ceased but the refreshment it has brought is long lasting. I am anxious to see the new growth that will spring forth both on the earth and in our family. Ideas are swirling in my head as I start to plan for all the things that have been on hold during the drought.

Showers of Blessings
(beautiful hymn that reminds of the times we would sing it in Spain)
Dan­i­el W. Whit­tle

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing—
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

The Christian Herbal Launch Day Giveaway!

The Christian Herbal Launch Day Giveaway!

From My Heart

The more I study herbal medicine, the greater my desire to share that knowledge with others. I am beginning to realize that I learn more when I am teaching others. Funny how God created us that way!

Anyhow, this website has been on my heart for many years now. There are so many Christians in the world who are now realizing the amazing gift that herbs are to us, but solid Christian-based herbal wisdom has dwindled to near extinction.

However, God always provides a remnant, and so it is with herbal teachers. Few and far between as they may be, the knowledge of herbalism is being spread and Christian families are once again able to use the plants all around us to nourish and doctor our families.

Not to sound like an alarmist, but our country’s medical system is becoming so flawed that many Christians are looking for other options. And while we may not be equipped for medical emergencies and serious problems, we can take the small step of learning to build up our family’s health (prevention) and treat the smaller problems that come up in the course of living.

Launch Day Giveaway

With all that said, I am super excited to finally get this website up and running. There is so much information I would like to share! But as a homeschooling mom of soon-to-be seven kiddos, there just isn’t time in the day to get everything done I would like. So I will work diligently to do what I can, and I pray that others would come along beside me and join as teachers of the great gift of herbalism!

To officially launch The Christian Herbal, I have some great gifts that I would like to give to one of my readers. Several companies have stepped up and offered to donate prizes to the giveaway, and I think you will find them to be rather AWESOME!!!

Bulk Herb Store

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

Prize: Beginner’s Herb Kit
Contains: Snooze Tincture, Less Stress Herba-Smoothie, Cough Tea, Double-E Immune Booster, Red Rooibos Spice Chai Tea, Peppermint Leaf Cut, Rise and Shine Tea

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Prize: Classic Essential Oil Kit
Contains all certified organic oils of: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree

Trilight Health

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Prize: Trilight Liquid Herbs
$50.00 gift certificate toward the purchase of Trilight products.

Natural Herbal Living

Prize: 5 Issues of Natural Herbal Living magazine
Issues include: Rose, Ginger, Rosemary, Elder, Echinacea + Bonus: Approaching a Personal Herbal Practice, Herbalism Basics, and Safety Information

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Botany

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Prize: Exploring Creation with Botany plus Botany Notebooking Journal

The Christian Herbal

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Prize: Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann

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