For this review, we were given access to CrossWired Science and the Sound, and Fluid Dynamics projects of their program. This review was a bit different as the program is not completely developed yet, though they hope to have it all ready for use by families like ours very soon. Overall, our experience with this company has been wonderful and we look forward to watching them develop and grow as they continue to create content and programming on their website.
CrossWired Science is Biblical based science that integrates subtopics into deeper topics, crosswiring them across the program to link from one to another and create a program that all ages can use to learn while providing a solid Biblical foundation as you learn. The program will cover lessons that go from Pre-kindergarten level to Chemistry leveled courses for your students to gain knowledge and have fun while they do so. The program also hopes to keep a low fee so that the projects are affordable for those who use it. They are still in the planning process and working out the kinks but overall they have high expectations that seem to be workable.
Above is a picture of the CrossWired Science dashboard. On it you can see bold lettering that links to various aspects of the page. Under the General Info tab, there are many questions answered. They speak about the Biblical relation of the program. They speak about the ages 4-adult that can gain knowledge and enjoyment of the site. They suggest doing Parent-Kid quiz teams, which helps the parent gain knowledge while teaching the child and creates a fun way to bond while learning science together. You will find a wealth of information here that helps solidify your choice to purchase the program. All wonderful stuff.
The next tab is Ed Whys? This is the About section of the program: why CrossWired is what it is. Why they chose to create this program. How it developed. And so much more. It’s a good read to find all the ins and outs behind the program’s beliefs and creation.
Then we move into the good stuff: Curriculum. Curriculum is currently broken down in to two levels: First Timers and Second Timers. They look a lot alike but each of the levels provides different lessons to help you learn deeper information about the project you’re working on.
Once you choose a project: at this time, either Sound or Fluid Dynamics, you will be taken to the next page that has a huge selection of choices to learn from. We started with the first lesson but you could skip around and learn from the one that grabs your student’s attention best. All of the lessons are fun and informative.
The lessons feature different things but most have a video available to watch, feature a worksheet download that is related to the lesson being covered, and you will find directions and info related to how to use the program as well. Worksheets are generally simple, black and white text in question answer form and line drawings. These can be colored by the student for extra fun.
Beneath the lesson video, you will find quizzes about the lessons details just covered through the video provided. These are simple and easily answered by the student. Once you complete this, you can submit for results and then you can move on to the next lesson.
On the Student tab, you will find results of the quizzes, info on completed lessons and your student can pick up where they left off there. The parent tab is a little more in depth with the ability to manage students as the program is able to accommodate multiple students for lessons. You can see student progress in this section, view quiz results, find teacher resources, view calendars, find worksheets, and general and unit links that go along with the program as well.
The CrossWired Science program is a wonderful curriculum that can be used as a full science program or as a supplement to your regular program as you choose. As more is developed, this program is only bound to become better and better, creating a wonderful experience for any student to learn through. We look forward to using this program more in our future lessons as well.
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IEW is an outstanding curriculum provider. They stand behind excellence in education and their products are top quality. Though we prefer in our homeschooling to use less formal curriculum, IEW is one exception that we make. The educational value their products provide outweighs our preference and gives my children’s education value for the cost. IEW is one provider we find ourselves returning to for learning again and again.
This time around, we chose the second book for the Fix It! Grammar program to continue what we were already learning in the first book. The second book is subtitled Robin Hood and is themed around the brave Robin who took from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood happens to be a favorite in our home so this was an intriguing level for our family.
IEW mailed us a Teacher’s Manual and Student Book for level 2 Robin Hood. Included in the Teacher’s manual is a link page that included links to wonderful resources, including a link to a download copy of the student e-book which is the same as the print student book. You also receive Mastery Learning e-audio and But, but, but… What about Grammar? e-audio. This link allows you to use the program with more than one student in your immediate family, which is wonderful for us since we use our curriculum with multiple students.
Now this book was ordered specifically with Emmalee in mind, as she works at a higher level but later I can print the student guide to use for Laycie as well. Generally, we do not write in our student books but use paper instead or print copies where we are able but for this review, we did use the student guide to show how easy it is to make the program work for us.
The great thing about this program is that it only takes 15 minutes a day for four days a week to work on. That’s right – you heard me. 15 minutes to learn some grammar and practice. Homeschooling doesn’t require tons of excruciating time to complete your work. That’s one of the many reasons we love it so much. And my daughter can do most of her work, including this, on her own without much assistance from me, which is just how she likes it!
Following the guide, your student will Get Ready by getting their books together along with an extra spiral notebook to record their vocabulary words, definitions and passage rewrites in. They will Get Started by listening to lesson directions and completing the tasks as directed. They will learn that “a mistake is an opportunity to learn” as directed on page 4 of the lesson guide. They will Learn It by referencing the grammar cards provided within the book, as well as following the lesson itself. And they will Fix It but correcting the provided passage as they’ve learned to do through the lesson they are covering. Finally, they will Rewrite the passage in corrected form showing they’ve learned the lesson as it’s been presented to them.
In the back of both books, you will find a Grammar Glossary for your reference and the students. This is a great help for the lessons itself. If you do use a download copy of the student guide, your student can use a regular dictionary or use the glossary found in the back of the teachers manual.
Grading of this program is not recommended. We love that since we don’t issue grades in our day to day homeschooling and like to keep learning without stipulations.
Easy, easy, easy. Fix It! Grammar from IEW makes learning Grammar so easy for us. It’s all laid out right within the pages of this book. The only extra thing needed is a notebook or some notebook paper and a pencil.
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