Q the Robot from EEME ~ Robotics for Kids

Q the Robot from EEME


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I had seen EEME prior to them becoming a blog sponsor and honestly I avoided looking into robotics for my kids due to my own fears! It looked complicated and time consuming. Thankfully it was unavoidable when Q the Robot arrived in the mail for this review. I was a bit freaked out and my son was ecstatic! Originally I ‘assigned’ this review to my husband, again my fears overtaking me. He initially opened the box and was very impressed with the contents. I continued to be a bit freaked out by the loads of small parts.

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Well, my husband got busy, my son began begging and I gave in one day, fully prepared to have my day consumed with helping him. I can’t tell you how SWEETLY surprised I was once we logged into the instructions and I saw that this was mostly an independent thing!!!!  My son is 10 so he did need some help, but the videos are AMAZING.

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He was able to navigate it all on his own and ask for help when needed. I couldn’t believe how little he needed me!

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Little sister watched almost the entire time, she wants her own Q the Robot now!

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He completed the project over a period of about 3 days, working for about 3 hours total I would guess, maybe a bit more.

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Here’s a video I shared on Instagram of him using Q for the first time. He was so excited to see it work!

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His completed Q the Robot! He had fun using the light to drive Q around and he loved the process overall. This was an excellent project for Krash on so many levels. Not only did he learn scientific skills, he got to practice his focus and processing skills while paying close attention to the details in the videos. If he didn’t listen and apply what was said, his robot wouldn’t have worked! For this reason, I am planning to continue these types of projects with Krash. It is a fabulous way for me to work on this area with him, with the added bonus of learning about robotics and electronics!

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The First Month of 5th Grade Homeschool

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In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 5th grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him.




Our 5th grader has an odd homeschool schedule due to his gymnastics training schedule. He practices most days and we organize his school time carefully to fit it all in. Here’s a peek at one of his recent lesson plans from Lessontrek.

5th Grade Homeschool Lessontrek



Writer’s in Residence has been such a sweet surprise. I can honestly say I enjoy teaching writing for the first time in 10 years of homeschooling. I took a chance and bought it while at Teach Them Diligently this past spring and it has turned out to be a great fit for us! He is using this as his grammar for this year also. We may bring back a specific grammar book next year, but for this year I wanted to focus on just this and it has grammar built in.



He is complaining WAY LESS when it’s time for writing. This is such a blessing. Below you can see a common glimpse of daily life, he is working on writing, she is working independently.

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See his book list and reading record printable here.

We just started reading The Sign of the Beaver together, since we just finished our first assigned book, Shiloh which he LOVED. I read these aloud to him and we discuss vocabulary and comprehension together.

He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading A Dog’s Life.

His completed reading list so far this year…

  • Stuart Little
  • A Dog Called Homeless
  • Rain Reign
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Shiloh {with me}




He does Apologia Swimming Creatures with his 2nd grade sister and his dad.  Daddy is such a great science teacher, I hear them giggling all the time.  They are also spouting out facts about all sorts of sea creatures.

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He also does The Mystery of History with his sister and Dad. I can’t say he loves this one, but they are learning a lot and I enjoy hearing their discussions.




I love Teaching Textbooks and I love that it works for him!  He has made amazing grades this year and has worked mostly on his own.  Last year Dad did the lesson with him in the book and then he went to the computer and did the work.  This year he tried out letting him learn just from the lecture on the computer and it is working! I am so glad we have such a great fit for all three of our kids with a subject I was so worried about when I began homeschooling.

Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6



We are using Spectrum Vocabulary again because it worked well for him last year. It has many skills built in that I want him working on daily.

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We are using All About Spelling Level 5 this year and he is doing very well. I continue to love this spelling curriculum!


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See our review of Evan Moor Geography here, there’s even a video peek inside.  I love this book, he is learning so much that I would have overlooked teaching him on my own.

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His competition season begins in mid-November. His team just had their Mock Meet to prepare for the season. It was really fun watching his new level 7 routines, we can’t wait for meets to begin! Keep up with him on Instagram here where I try to share clips from his training and also from his meets!

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We got Q the Robot for a review {which is coming soon} and I had no idea how amazing this would be for him!  Such a fabulous addition to his homeschooling. He isn’t completely done building his robot yet, but so so totally into it and is begging to do more whenever he has time!

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A Recap of his 5th Grade Subjects

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for a wrap-up all about 2nd grade! See 9th grade here!

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5th Grade Reading List

5th Grade Reading List

I spent the most time creating a book list for my 5th grader, since he is my slightly reluctant reader. I read tons of books this summer to carefully choose books I thought he would enjoy. After deciding on many book choices for him, I created a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily.

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The books on the top row are his required reads and ones we are reading together and going in depth with {comprehension questions, vocabulary, etc.}. Those are the same books I used with Pac when he used Calvert in 5th grade.

The rest of the books are books he can choose from. He may or may not get to all of them and that’s fine. Some are actually books that were on his 4th grade list that he didn’t get to last year. I have read most of these books or took my recommendations from trusted sources, but be sure to look into the books yourself {some have intense subject matter}, all kids are different!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.


I am writing more detailed reviews for some of the books he is reading. So far this year {he began a few weeks ago} he has completed…

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I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

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Next, here is a blank reading record like his. I just have him write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we used when he was younger.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

Free Printable Reading Log

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My middle son is 10 and going into 5th grade this year.  Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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5th Grade Subjects

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There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

You can see our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 9th Grade Choices will be shared soon!

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

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The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

4th Grade Subjects

Krash homeschools a bit differently due to his intense gymnastics training schedule.  We usually do 4 days worth of school in 2 days, with only a few subjects on all 5 days of the school week. He is willing to double up 2 days per week in order to be in the gym more so we are flexible. Thankfully he finished 4th grade on time this year and although those double up days aren’t always smiles and roses, we made it through!

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

All About Spelling continues to be a great fit for Krash. We had to do some review at the beginning of the year, so we didn’t actually begin level 4 right away. We started about a third of the way through the school year and he did very well.  We will be moving on to level 5 next year.


Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 3 and First Language Lessons 2 

I did not give Krash a solid start with grammar in the early years which is why I have him using level 3 instead of 4 for GWG.  He needed to take things a bit slower. GWG 3 was a great fit for him.

We used FLL as a supplement mainly to help improve his auditory processing skills.  It is mostly an oral program which is great, although challenging for him for this reason. 

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Writing ~ Write Shop D

Again, if you read my 8th grade year-end review, you’ll see I have similar issues with writing with all of my kids. I struggled maintaining a consistent routine with Write Shop D. The curriculum is fabulous, just too much prep work for me. He needs something more simple and to the point so after hours of researching {thanks to Teach Them Diligently} I decided to begin Writer’s in Residence with him for 5th grade.

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Science ~ Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science

We chose to use Evan-Moor mostly because we needed something simple for our younger kids.  It ended up being a GREAT fit!  He did this with Daddy, and they had fun!  Daddy went to TTD with me and decided he wanted to try Apologia Swimming Creatures with Krash {and Ladybug} for next year.

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Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 5 and Life of Fred

Teaching Textbooks works well for Krash and we will be sticking with it and moving on to TT 6 next year.

We use Life of Fred at a MUCH lower math level than he needs for his auditory processing skills. He loves the Fred stories and Daddy reads them to him.

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See all of the books he read here! We basically followed the plan my older son had used in 4th grade, with some extra books thrown in.  He doesn’t love reading the way I wish he did, but we seem to be getting there. I read aloud to him and he reads aloud to me to work on fluency.  He also reads independently.

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Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th and Kids’ Vocabulary App

The Spectrum Vocabulary book was a good fit for him although I cannot say he loved it. When he completed the book, I got him the Kids’ Vocab app,  He LOVES this. It is a great app if you are looking for something like this!  I definitely recommend it!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Ladybug}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Ladybug}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!

USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 1st Grade soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade.

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here!

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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