Have you heard about Samson’s Classroom? It is a new approach to online educational learning. It combines several products under one umbrella so if you have access to one of the products you actually get access to ALL the products.
Right now there are three products under the Samson Classroom umbrella: Sight Words with Samson, Spelling with Samson, and Reading with Samson.
Sight Words with Samson – is created for your beginning readers by helping them to master 224 of the most commonly used words in our English language. This helps build a strong foundation for new readers to encourage them to be successful in reading. It uses a 5 step process to help each student learn these widely used words. During the process they will see and hear the word a myriad of times as well as seeing the letters needed to create each word they are learning.
The games they will play ask them to complete a sentence, spell a word, identify the word, or take a short quiz. There is a scoreboard which helps both the student and parent keep track of where they are and what their result was. There is also a portion in the resource center that allows the teacher to print out additional worksheets and even flash cards. And you can print a certificate out once your student has completed each level.
Spelling with Samson is a comprehensive set of games that drills spelling words in a variety of mini games. The vault of more then 7,000 words will all be used in games which are designed to grab the attention of your children to play them over and over again all the while building their spelling skill. You can customize the lists to match what you are learning in your curriculum OR you can choose to use one of the lists already created. Spelling with Samson is similar to Sight Words with Samson where it also uses a multi-step process to build confidence in your student’s spelling ability through a variety of games.
Reading with Samson is a combination of reading comprehension and logical analysis where the student will learn to draw conclusions from what they have read to figure out the answers to the questions presented to them. The questions asked cover cause and effect, discovering the main idea, context, and sequencing to name a few. This program also uses a new patented user instant feedback system. If a student answers a question incorrectly the pertinent information of the passage that they read will be highlighted and the child is allowed a second chance at answering the question correctly.
There are also a myriad of worksheets, lesson plans, and other resources available to you the parent/teacher. Here are some examples:
There is a variety of pricing options from home use ($30 per year), as a family (4 users $50 per year), as a classroom (30 users $80 per year) and even more. You can try a demo of the program and make sure you check out this short but very thorough video demo. If you’d like more info on all Samson’s Classroom has to offer click the link below to read some more in depth reviews.
A big thank you to Kellyann Walker of Walking Home … for writing this introductory post.
Vocab Videos uses a few key tools to bring vocabulary to life.
They offer memorable videos that will help your child experience, learn and master vocabulary. Their extensive digital tools feature quizzes modeled on SAT style questions to help prepare your child for future testing situations. A flashcard maker and digital worksheets to enhance sentence writing and the use of synonyms and mnemonic devices. Crossword puzzles, an extensive glossary and teacher tracking tools all combine to further student success.
Another component to the Vocab Videos lessons is the Workbook. The workbook reinforces the 500 key vocab words that are on the SAT test and costs $11.99. The Crew did not review this portion, but it is another resource available.
Vocab Videos shared its Small Educators Subscription with selected members of the Schoolhouse Review Team. A small educators subscription offers parents the ability to monitor student progress, access all videos and study material, and that ability to create individual student accounts. This yearly subscription is available for $74.99.
Student Subscriptions are available in 6-month and 12-month subscriptions. Please visit the VocabVideos.com for more information.
After reading the Schoolhouse Crew Member reviews be sure to check out the Vocab Videos one month free trial!
As a homeschool parent, you obviously have the inside scoop on how well your child is advancing through your curriculum. You can see in which areas he is strong and in which areas he needs some extra time or help. However, some parents still find it reassuring to administer some kind of standardized testing in their homeschools. And in some states, it is a requirement that homeschooled students have a periodic standardized assessment of their progress. In this week’s Blog Cruise, we are curious about your take on this subject. So we’re asking the question:
Do you administer standardized testing in your homeschool? Why or why not?
At Homeschool in Nova Scotia, Kimberly asks the question, ” Is standarized testing necessary?“
Jane emphatically believes that, “Knowledge is Power” when she answers this question at Mozi Esmé.
April discusses the “Standardized Testing Requirement” at Eclectic Montage.
Amy, at Amy’s Blog poses a question herself– “Testing is (ridiculous? valuable? worthless? important?) for Homeschoolers”.
At Ozark Ramblings, Beth shares some past experiences that helped form her opinion in “You Can Keep Your #2 Pencil”.
In “Peppermints Needed”, Nicole shares her reasons for not testing at Journey to Excellence.
Briana, at I Can’t Decide, offers up her own words of wisdom in “Testing, Yes or No“.
In “Testing 1 … 2 … 3 …” Brandy shares her reasons she chooses to test her students at Kingdom Academy.
Heather sets us to show us that every child is different in “To Test or Not To Test: That is the Question” at her blog, The Blessings Pour Out.
At Footprints in the Butter, Debra shares her thoughts on using standardized testing as one option to meet her state’s requirements, in “Yes, we test”.
Terri, at Accidentally Homeschooling, has mixed feelings about testing. She shares her reasons in “Achievement Testing for Homeschooling? Ten Things“.
Christina, at Blue Skies Academy, shares her opinions in “Out of Level Testing”.
While forgoing testing in the younger grades, Jesse, at Orange Marmalade Mama, shares why she finds it a useful tool in the older grades, in “Testing 1 … 2 … 3 …”.
Blossom, at North Laurel Home and School, weighs in with “Testing . . . or Portfolio? This Year It’s Testing“.
Finally, at Ben and Me, I discuss “10 Reasons We Choose Not to Subject Ourselves to Torture“.
Webster defines success as a favorable or desired outcome. As homeschoolers, we look for signs of success every day. Is Billy getting his multiplication tables down? Has Susie learned all of her spelling words? Is little Johnny’s handwriting legible? We spend lots of money on THE curriculum that will ensure success. We write lesson plans, chore assignments, and list of things to do so that each day will be as successful as possible.
But is that all there is to it? When it’s all said and done and these children we have loved, nurtured, and taught are all grown up and on their own, how will we know if we have been successful in our teaching?
This week, the TOS Homeschool Crew tackles this very challenging question:
How do you measure success in your homeschool?
Brandy, from Kingdom Academy, has decided that character is just as important as academics when measuring success in “Sink or Swim“.
At Circling Through This Life, Tess looks for outward signs in “The Measure of Success.”
Jill, from Clark Clan Craziness, has a unique perspective, in that she has graduated one student from homeschool and sent him off to college. Read what she thinks about this subject as she spends some time “Ruminating on Success“.
Jane found her secret to success in “No Attitude“, and you might be surprised to find out what that is. Read all about it on her blog, Mozi Esmé.
At Ozark Ramblings, Beth poses 3 questions that help her measure success in “so what am I hoping for when homeschool is done?“
Find out what April thinks about “Defining Success in Our Homeschool” on her blog, Eclectic Montage.
At Homeschool Coffee Break, Kym is “Measuring Success” by setting goals and then evaluating the results.
At Lighthouse Classical Academy, Marisa is “Measuring Success” on a daily basis, and with long-term goals in mind.
Heather is “Measuring Success God’s Way“, at Blessings Pour Out, where scripture is her guide.
Finally, “True Success” can be found in a life well lived, according to Jennifer at A Glimpse of Our Life.
How do you measure success in your homeschool? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear your answer to that question!